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Britain Calling May 2008 Dining in state at Buckingham Palace For the first time ever – and for this summer only – visitors to Buckingham Palace will be able to see the palace ballroom set up for a State Banquet. State Banquets are held to honour a visiting Head of State, when the Queen entertains around 170 guests on the first evening of the visit. During this year’s summer opening of Buckingham Palace, the horseshoe-shaped table traditionally used at State Banquets will be set with silver-gilt from the Grand Service first used to celebrate the 73rd birthday of King George III in 1811. Visitors will also be able to watch film footage showing behind-thescenes work of Royal Household staff, including chefs, footmen, pages, florists and housemaids. To prepare for a State Banquet 1,000 glasses are polished, around 170 linen napkins folded and over 20 flower displays arrranged. The tables are laid with precision, using rulers with the specific measurements for the placing of guests and for the position of glasses and cutlery. Her Majesty takes a close interest in all aspects of the planning, approves the choice of menu and the seating arrangements, and always makes the final check of the table. During Her Majesty’s reign, 77 State Banquets have been held at Buckingham Palace, 18 at Windsor Castle and one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The most recent State Banquet was held at Windsor on 26 March for the President of the French Republic and Madame Nicolas Sarkozy. Buckingham Palace is open daily to visitors 9.45am–6pm from 29 July to 29 September. Admission prices: adult £15.50, over-60/student £14, under-17 £8.75, under-5 free, family ticket (2 adults and 3 under-17s) £39.75. Ticket Sales and Information Office The Official Residences of The Queen London SW1A 1AA Tel: +44 20 7766 7300 Website: www.royalcollection.org.uk Press contact: Kathryn Cecil Tel: +44 20 7839 1377 Email: Kathryn.Cecil@royalcollection.org.uk Britain Calling May 2008 Mangrove swamps in Devon Living Coasts, a coastal zoo in Torquay on the south coast of England, is to open Britain ‘s first major exhibit based on a mangrove swamp habitat. ‘Mangroves: The Roots of the Sea’ will open in July and feature giant aquarium tanks containing over 20 new species. The poisonous blue-spotted ray, upside-down jellyfish and horseshoe crab, a creature unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs, are among the species new to the zoo. Living Coasts Director Elaine Lambert explains: ‘When you leave the upper area you will descend into a mangrove forest. The ramp will take you from the top of the canopy, filled with firefly, bat, flying fox and proboscis monkey models that will react with sound and lighting effects when people walk by, down into an underworld of roots and foliage. You will be immersed in the mangroves, exploring the swamp and discovering exotic species as you go.’ Mangrove swamps are complex and threatened ecosystems, found in places as diverse as Bangladesh, Florida, the Philippines, Thailand, Guyana and Sri Lanka. Living Coasts is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 10am. Admission £8.75 adults, £6.55 children 3-15, £6.85 senior citizens and students £6.85, family ticket £27.50. Prices include a voluntary 10% donation supporting Living Coasts’ conservation work Living Coasts Beacon Quay, Torquay, Devon TQ1 2BG Tel: +44 1803 202470 Website: www.livingcoasts.org.uk Press contact: Philip Knowling Tel: +44 1803 697568 Email: email@example.com Britain Calling May 2008 West Bromwich goes Public One of Britain’s largest and most ambitious cultural building projects will open on 28 June in West Bromwich near Birmingham. With more than 9,000 sq metres (97,000 sq ft) of internal space, The Public houses the Public Gallery, a live performance theatre, recording studios, creative office space, event and conference spaces for business hire and a café bar. The Public Gallery is an entirely participatory art gallery – the only space of its kind in the world. Its interior features no vertical walls, and three floors interconnected by rolling promenades. There will be digital waterfalls, flying avatars, labyrinthine paths and sound tunnels. As visitors move through the gallery they have to interact with exhibits to bring the pieces alive. In turn, these pieces react differently to each user, depending on the information the visitor has given. Permanent exhibits include a glade of steel trees by Ben Kelly, the designer behind Manchester’s Hacienda and Factory Records HQ. The steel trees will data-profile each visitor. Usman Haque’s Flower of My Secret is a series of drawers containing virtual flowerbeds of whispered thoughts and secrets left behind by visitors. LA-based Marie Sester has created Access at The Public, where visitors can spotlight unsuspecting individuals and send them a compliment only they can hear. An area called Make will offer an end result of an individual’s journey through the gallery and allow visitors to create their own designed art object, inspired by the artworks they have seen and interacted with. The architect Will Alsop says: ‘This building is one of the most important I have worked on because of the way it interacts with the public: I hope people will find it beautiful.’ From 28 June The Public will be open 10am–6pm Tuesday–Saturday and 10am–5pm Sundays. Admission will be free. The Public New Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 9PG Tel: +44 121 524 2109 Website: www.publicgallery.org Press contact: Roz Arratoon Tel: +44 7941 027921 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Britain Calling May 2008 Blenheim’s Victorian tournament As part of its Victorian season, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is to stage a reenactment of a great jousting contest held in the early 20th century. Jousting dates back to the Middle Ages when armoured knights practised their horsemanship skills using a lance as a weapon. The sport developed with two armed horsemen riding at each other with levelled lances, each aiming to unseat his opponent. Jousting declined as a serious sport with the arrival of gunpowder in the 17th century, but the Victorians revived it as entertainment. The jousting contests at Blenheim take place on 3–5 May and 8–10 August, when ‘the Knights of Royal England’ will challenge the 9th Duke of Marlborough in feats of skill under the medieval codes of chivalry and honour. During the summer (19 July–31 August) visitors to Blenheim will be able to meet ‘Victorian butlers, footmen and housemaids’ who will be telling tales of life as a servant at the Palace in the Victorian times. The palace and formal gardens are open Wednesday– Sunday inclusive, the park every day except Christmas day. Admission to the palace, park and gardens is £16.50 adults, £10 children (under-fives free) or £44 for a family ticket. Blenheim Palace Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PX Information line: 08700 602080 Website: www.blenheimpalace.com Press contact: Hannah Payne Tel: 01993 810524 Email: email@example.com Britain Calling May 2008 Illustration from the swinging sixties The Design Museum in London is holding the first exhibition in the UK of the work of Alan Aldridge, the graphic designer and illustrator who created album sleeves for the Beatles, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, John Lennon, the Who, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. Aldridge, a charismatic personality with many dedicated fans, embodied the design movement of the 1960s and ’70s, creating illustrated books as well as album covers. The exhibition, which runs from 19 September to 25 January, will be curated by his daughter Saffron Aldridge and will feature graphic work dating from 1964 including posters, album artwork and more than 100 designs for Penguin book covers and film projects. The Design Museum is open daily 10am–5.45pm (closed 25 and 26 December). Admission: £8.50 adults, £6.50 concessions, £5 students, under-12s free. Design Museum Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD Tel: +44 870 833 9955 Website: www.designmuseum.org Press contact: Ashley Frank Woodfield Tel: +44 20 7940 8787 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Britain Calling May 2008 The world’s largest chimp enclosure The largest chimpanzee enclosure in the world opens this May at Edinburgh Zoo. The Budongo Trail is a specialised enclosure which can house up to 40 chimpanzees. The Trail has three living pods of varying temperature and layout and an outdoor climbing frame. It has been designed with viewing platforms and panoramic windows so that visitors can watch the chimpanzees closely. Interactive exhibits offer visitors the chance to learn about the primates and their habitat. The Budongo Trail will also be used by behavioural researchers as a study base. This £5.65-million investment is closely linked to the Budongo Conservation Field Station in the Budongo Forest in Uganda. The field station was set up in 1990 by Professor Vernon Reynolds to study and help conserve Uganda’s threatened chimpanzee population. The Budongo Trail aims to raise the awareness of visitors to the major threats to the forest and its wildlife and allow them an insight into the primate behavioural research being carried out in both Edinburgh and Uganda. Edinburgh Zoo, which currently has 11 chimpanzees, is one of Europe’s leading centres of animal conservation and Scotland’s major animal attraction. The zoo attracts 650,000 visitors a year. It is open daily (except 25 December) 9am–6pm April–September, 9am–5pm October and March, 9am–4pm November–February. Admission: adult £11.50, under-14s £8, under-3s free, concessions £10, family tickets £35 (2 adults + 2 children) and £40 (2 adults + 3 children). Admission prices include a voluntary donation to support the Budongo chimpanzee project. The Budongo Trail Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS Tel: +44 131 334 9171 Website: www.edinburghzoo.org.uk Press contact: Charlotte Rowland Tel: +44 131 470 3400 Email: Charlotte.Rowland@porternovelli.co.uk Britain Calling May 2008 A secret hut opens its doors Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, the nerve-centre of Britain’s intelligence-gathering in World War Two, has a museum dedicated to the codebreakers who worked there in total secrecy. Between 1939 and 1945, the codes and ciphers of several Axis countries were deciphered at Bletchley, most famously the German Enigma code. Hut 8 housed the code-breaking team that worked on Enigma messages sent by the German navy and included Alan Turing, the inventor of the modern computer. Their greatest success came in 1942, thanks to the capture of Enigma codebooks from a German U-boat by three British sailors from HMS Petard. At the end of the war, the thousands of people who had worked at Bletchley Park went back to their normal daily lives and over the next 60 years, Hut 8 fell into a state of disrepair and decay. But now it has been restored and visitors to the Bletchley Park museum can see a new Petard Exhibition in Hut 8, paying tribute to Tommy Brown, Colin Grazier and Anthony Fasson, the three sailors who captured the codebooks. Grazier and Fasson died on the mission. Bletchley Park Museum is open daily 9.30am–5pm weekdays, 10.30am–5pm weekends and Bank Holidays (10.30am–4pm from November to March, closed 24–26 December and 1 January). Admission prices cover entry for one year: £10 adults, £8 over-60s and students, £6 children 12-16, under-16s free with friends or family, £22.50 family ticket. On 25 August Bletchley Park will be celebrating the centenary of the birth of Ian Fleming and his wartime connection with Bletchley Park with special spy and double agent activities, talks and exhibitions and a parachute drop by the Falling Rocks RAF Parachute Display Team. Bletchley Park Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB Tel: +44 1908 640404 Website: www.bletchleypark.org.uk Press contact: Caroline Murdoch Tel: +44 1869 810443 Email: email@example.com Britain Calling May 2008 Cartoons and coronets The Wallace Collection in London’s West End is to hold an exhibition to mark the centenary of the birth of Osbert Lancaster. Lancaster was an architectural satirist, illustrator, theatre designer and cartoonist and one of the most famous artistic personalities of his day. This celebration of his work as an artist – and chronicler of style and fashion – draws on an unparalleled archive of original designs, illustrations, works on paper, sketchbooks, theatre sets and photographs, none of which have ever been previously exhibited. His work includes architectural drawings from the 1930s, cartoons drawn to cheer up the British during World War Two, drawings from his illustrated diaries of his many travels round Europe, and his designs for Covent Garden and Glyndebourne ballet and opera productions. (His designs for La Fille Mal Gardée for Frederick Ashton are still staged.) In Britain he became best known as the inventor of the pocket cartoon in the Daily Express newspaper, which he drew for over 40 years. Lancaster had a close circle of notable friends. His portraits of John and Penelope Betjeman, John Piper, Freya Stark, Benjamin Britten, Evelyn Waugh and Max Beerbohm will be on display. Cartoons and Coronets – The Genius of Osbert Lancaster runs at the Wallace Collection from 2 October to 11 January. Open daily 10am–5pm, admission free. The Wallace Collection Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN Tel: + 44 20 7563 950 Website: www.wallacecollection.org Press contact: Jeanette Ward Tel: +44 20 7734 4800 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Britain Calling May 2008 Antiques fairs by Gloucester’s docks Gloucester Antiques Centre and Gloucester City Council have launched the city’s first Antiques & Collectables Fairs, to be held on 31 May–1 June and 27–28 September. There will be a range of antiques on sale, including furniture, jewellery, china, prints and clocks, and collectables such as model trains, stamps and coins. There will also be workshops where visitors can try canal art painting. Gloucester is Britain’s most inland port and a variety of boats will moor in the docks during the Fairs. Gloucester’s is one of the longest established antiques centres in the country. It is housed in a former Victorian grain warehouse, with over 140 individual dealers offering the widest range of antiques and collectables in the West of England. The city receives 1.7 million visitors a year. Its main attractions are the cathedral, the antiques centre and the docks, which include the National Waterways Museum (currently closed but re-opening later this year) and the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum. Gloucester Antiques Centre is open Monday to Saturday 10am–5pm and Sunday 11.30am–4.30pm. Entrance to the fairs is £2.50 and free for children under 14 years. Antiques & Collectables Fair Lock Warehouse, Gloucester Docks, 1 Severn Road, Gloucester GL1 2LE Tel: +44 1452 529716 Website: www.gacl.co.uk Press contact: Hannah Knowles Tel: +44 7879 428188 Email: email@example.com Britain Calling May 2008 From London to Beijing – by bus A team of eight London bus drivers plan to drive a red London double-decker bus from Trafalgar Square in the British capital to Beijing. The journey will mark the Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and celebrate the growing economic and cultural links between the UK and China. The journey is expected to take three months. The bus will leave London in June and travel across Europe, through Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan and by ferry across the Caspian Sea. The route then takes the bus through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The plan is to reach China before the Olympic Flag is handed to the Mayor of London at the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, marking the start of London’s Olympiad. Transport for London’s Commissioner Peter Hendy said: ‘The Bus to Beijing project is an extraordinary opportunity for London to showcase and celebrate its world-class transport system, through a globally recognised icon of the city. To have serving London bus drivers at the wheel is fantastic. I’m sure they will prove to be excellent ambassadors for the city and for our Games 2012.’ The bus they will be driving is one of the most modern in Transport for London’s fleet, an Enviro 400 built by Alexander Dennis Ltd, based in Falkirk, Scotland. Press contact: Ken Kelling Tel: +44 20 7234 5841 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Britain Calling May 2008 Aerial displays over Eastbourne The biggest seafront air show in the world takes place on England’s south coast from 14 to 17 August. This year Airbourne, the 16th air show to be held at Eastbourne in Sussex, will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Air Force, and will attract an estimated half a million visitors. There are flying displays every afternoon throughout the four days of the show, featuring supersonic jets, helicopters and classic vintage planes. There will also be displays by a team of wing-walkers and the RAF’s aerobatic team the Red Arrows will fly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The fast jets will be joined by RAF Typhoon, Hawk, Tucano and Tutor planes. On the ground visitors will be able to visit full-size replica aircraft, cockpits and displays from the RAF as well as meet crew-members and try their hand in flight simulators. Airbourne Tel: +44 871 663 0031. Website: www.eastbourneairshow.co.uk Press contact: Emma Wilkinson Tel: +44 1323 415556 Email: email@example.com Britain Calling May 2008 Celebrating garlic on the Isle of Wight Garlic was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians, chewed by Greek Olympian athletes and is often considered essential for keeping vampires at bay. But not many people associate garlic with traditional British cooking and farming. Yet garlic is a successful crop on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England, where the islanders celebrate this pungent vegetable with an annual festival. This year’s Isle of Wight Garlic Festival, to be held on 16–17 August, will have more than 300 stalls and many garlic-flavoured products for visitors to try, including garlic ice-cream, garlic jelly beans, garlic fudge and garlic beer. The festival also showcases other local produce, including for the first time the island’s Dunsbury lamb, and a wide range of arts and crafts. The Bubblegum and Cheese stage will feature music from Alvin Stardust and the Apple Beatles as well as some of the best local bands. The annual two-day festival, which includes a funfair, attracts 25,000 people and raises money for local charities. It will be open 10am–6pm on both days. Tickets cost £7.50 for adults, £4 for children. The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival Fighting Cocks Crossroad, Arreton, Nr Sandown, Isle of Wight Tel: +44 1983 863566 Website: www.garlic-festival.co.uk Press contact: Sue Emmerson Tel: +44 1983 823099 ext 5876 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Britain Calling May 2008 Tall ships on the Mersey When Liverpool plays host to the start of the Tall Ships’ Races 2008 on 18–21 July, three of the world’s largest tall ships will be taking part. The biggest of all is the Russian barque Sedov, at 123 metres (403ft) long and 52 metres (172ft) high. Dar Mlodziezy from Poland and the MIR from Russia are fully-rigged ships that both measure 109 metres (359ft) overall and over 50 metres (164ft) high. All three are longer than the new Wembley football pitch. This maritime festival will feature around 80 tall ships, with more than 3,500 crew from all over the world taking part. Scores of vessels – square-riggers, schooners, brigs, brigantines, ketches, yawls, cutters and sloops – will be berthed in the city’s historic Albert and Central Docks for four days before the race starts. The Class A fleet will include at least 23 large vessels, most of them berthed in the Wellington and Sandon half-tide docks. The smaller class B, C and D vessels will be berthed at Albert, Salthouse, Canning and Canning docks. Judith Feather, Head of Events at Liverpool Culture Company, says: ‘The arrival of three of the biggest Class A vessels on the Mersey river will be an incredible sight and easily one of the defining images of our Capital of Culture year.’ Over the four-day celebration, the thousands of sailing trainees and crew in the city will be entertained by a programme of special events. The climax of the week will be the Parade of Sail on July 21. The first race, to Maloy in Norway, starts from Liverpool on 23 July. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is scheduled to finish in Liverpool on 5 July. Website: www.liverpool08.com Press contact: Michael Doran Tel: +44 151 233 6761 Email: Mike.Doran@liverpool.gov.uk Britain Calling May 2008 Crime writer celebrated in Torquay The fourth Agatha Christie Festival takes place on the English Riviera from 15 to 20 September, marking the anniversary of the crime writer’s birth in Torquay, Devon, on 15 September 1890. The annual festival attracts fans to Torquay from all over the world. This year a programme of more than 40 events is planned to celebrate the life of the remarkable woman who sold more than two billion books, translated into over 70 languages, making her the most widely published author of all time. There will be walks, talks, theatre productions, films, tea dances, balls and boat trips. A screening of Appointment With Death, starring Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot, will be held in the grounds of Oldway Mansion (2008 is the 70th anniversary of the publication of the story and the 20th anniversary of the film). Other screenings of Christie classics will take place in the Blue Walnut Café, one of the world’s smallest cinemas with just 24 seats. A series of boat trips will cruise the Devon coastline to the River Dart and the Greenway Estate, the former home of Agatha Christie, now owned by the National Trust. Other events include a Cluedo Championship (Clue in the US), a classic car treasure hunt and a tea dance in the ballroom of Oldway Mansion where Isadora Duncan once performed and Agatha Christie also danced. Website: www.englishriviera.co.uk Press contact: Matt Newbury Tel: +44 1803 408350 Email: Matthew.Newbury@torbay.gov.uk Britain Calling May 2008 A Victorian festival in Mid-Wales In the time of Queen Victoria, Llandrindod Wells was a prosperous Welsh spa and many of the town’s unspoilt 19th-century buildings are still in use. Every year since 1982 the townspeople have held a Victorian Festival to recall those heady days. This year’s Victorian extravaganza runs from 16 to 24 August, when horses and carriages, Victorian window displays, street entertainers and townspeople (and some visitors) dressed in Victorian costumes help create the festival atmosphere. There are free concerts, street entertainment and displays as well as costume parades, a craft marquee, exhibitions, a Victorian fairground and daily competitions. At the end of the nine days, the festival closes with a torchlight procession and a fireworks display over Llandrindod Wells lake. Llandrindod Wells is the county town of Powys in Mid-Wales, and lies about 56 km (35 miles) inland from Aberystwyth. Victorian Festival Office Wadham House, Middleton Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 5DG Tel: +44 1597 823441 Website: www.victorianfestival.co.uk Press contact: Sheila Richards Tel: +44 1597 823441 Email: email@example.com Britain Calling May 2008 A glimpse into London’s secret squares Garden squares are one of the defining features of London. Like other European cities, London has its grand civic spaces, but no other city has developed the garden square in quite the same way. Some of these hidden patches of greenery are locked to all but a few local residents. But once every year, many of these secret spaces open up to the public. This year 174 gardens will be open to view on 7 and 8 June. They include formal set-pieces, typical English flower gardens, the prison gardens at Holloway, Wandsworth and Wormwood Scrubs, the 18thcentury landscape design at Fulham Palace, the former home of the Bishops of London, and the walled gardens at Charlton House, one of England’s finest surviving Jacobean manor houses. The London square evolved as fields around the old walled City of London were converted, first for public recreation and then for housing. Many London squares were built in Georgian and Victorian times, and have become a focus for local communities, attractive to tourists and relaxing places for Londoners. Social changes, two world wars, building development and neglect all took their toll on London’s squares in the 20th century. The London Squares Act of 1931 protected more than 400 of them from being built over; without it many of the city’s squares enjoyed today may not have survived. One ticket allows entry to all the garden squares over both days. Tickets cost £6 in advance or £7.50 on the weekend from the Britain and London Visitor Centre and selected gardens. Website: www.opensquares.org Press contact: Rachel Aked Tel: +44 7790 732448 Email: Rachel@rachelaked.co.uk Britain Calling May 2008 Made Up in the Capital of Culture Every second year Liverpool Biennial, established in 1998, presents a festival of contemporary art. Its centrepiece, the International exhibition, aims to show significant new works by international artists commissioned specially for the City of Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008. This year’s International exhibition, which runs from 20 September to 30 November, is titled Made Up and explores the power of the artistic imagination. It will include narrative, fantasy, myths, lies, prophesies, subversion, spectacle, and the ambiguous territory between the real and unreal. There will be around 40 new commissions for the festival. Artists already commissioned for Made Up include: Ai Weiwei (China), Atelier Bow Wow (Japan), Guy Ben-Ner (Israel), Manfredi Beninati (Italy), David Blandy (UK), U-Ram Choe (Korea), Adam Cvijanovic (USA), Nancy Davenport (Canada), Leandro Erlich (Argentina), Rodney Graham (Canada), Tue Greenfort (Denmark), Hubbard & Birchler (Ireland/Switzerland), Jesper Just (Denmark), Otto Karvonen (Finland), Ulf Langheinrich (Germany), Gabriel Lester (Netherlands), Annette Messager (France), Tracey Moffatt (Australia), Ged Quinn (UK), Khalil Rabah (Palestine), Sarah Sze (USA), Tomas Saraceno (Argentina) and Richard Woods (UK). The works that make up Made Up will be presented across the city in public spaces and galleries including Bluecoat, Tate Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery and many smaller city centre galleries and alternative spaces Liverpool Biennial 2008: Made Up Website: www.biennial.com Press contact: Catharine Braithwaite Tel: +44 7947 644 110 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Britain Calling May 2008 Glastonbury’s founder honoured The work of Michael Eavis, the founder of Glastonbury Festival, has been recognised with the Enjoy England Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism. Previous winners include Her Majesty the Queen, Harry Potter and Manchester United Football Club. Farmer Eavis first held a music festival on his land in 1970 when the entrance fee was £1 and included free milk from the farm. Glastonbury is now the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. For three days in summer, more than 365 hectares (900 acres) of farmland in the Vale of Avalon in Somerset are transformed into a tented city with many different stages and performance areas. Last year 153,000 people attended the weekend, and the total spending by revellers, traders and the Glastonbury festival company was more than £73 million. But Eavis’s original aims for the festival have not changed. When he first registered the company, his written intent was to ‘encourage and stimulate youth culture from around the world in all its forms including pop music, dance music, jazz, folk music, fringe theatre, drama, mime, circus, cinema, poetry and all the creative forms of art and design, including painting, sculpture and textile art.’ A large area of the festival is set aside for complementary and alternative medicine, demonstrations of environmentally-friendly technologies, various forms of religious expression, and a forum for debating environmental, social and moral issues. Michael Eavis now co-organises the festival with his daughter Emily. Tickets for this year’s festival, from 27 to 29 June, cost £155. The line-up includes Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Hot Chip, the Verve and hip-hop star Jay-Z. Glastonbury Festival Tel: +44 1458 834596 Website: www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk Email: email@example.com Britain Calling May 2008 The City of London’s annual pageant Every year on the second Saturday of November, the newly appointed Lord Mayor of London processes through the City to take his oath of allegiance to the sovereign. Lord Mayors have been making this annual journey for 784 years and the procession is now so splendid it is known as the Lord Mayor’s Show. Businesses, Livery Companies, charities, Her Majesty’s Forces, the City Police and participants from around the world take part. Last year there were more than 6,000 people in the procession, which included 2,000 servicemen and women, 200 vehicles, 66 floats, 24 marching bands, and 21 carriages besides the gold State Coach in which the Mayor travels along the three-mile (5-km) route. The State Coach has been used in every procession for the last 250 years, and between Shows is on display in the Museum of London. This year’s procession starts at 11am on Saturday 8 November, after a flypast of aircraft. In the evening there is a firework display over the city. There has been a Lord Mayor of London since 1189, when Henry Fitzailwyn first held office. In 1215 King John granted a Charter allowing the City’s citizens to elect their own mayor. The Charter stipulated that the new Mayor must be presented to the Sovereign for approval and to swear loyalty to the Crown, so each year the newly elected Mayor has to travel from the City to Westminster to pledge allegiance. Website: www.lordmayorsshow.org Press contact: Lesley Mair Tel: +44 20 7332 1754 Email: Lesley.Mair@cityoflondon.gov.uk Britain Calling May 2008 Luxury in a Highlands shooting lodge A family-run country house hotel in Scotland has been upgraded and rebranded. The Torridon is set in 23 hectares (58 acres) of parkland on the shores of Upper Loch Torridon at the foot of Ben Damph on the north-west coast. It is near Eilean Donan Castle, the Isle of Skye and the fishing villages of Applecross and Plockton. The 19-bedroom luxury Torridon Hotel is a former shooting lodge built for the first Earl of Lovelace in 1887. Its wood-panelled malt whisky bar serves 320 different whiskies. The Torridon Restaurant uses local produce in season and has been awarded 2 AA rosettes. The Torridon can organise many sporting pursuits for both novice and expert guests. These include kayaking, mountain guiding, rock climbing, guided glen walks, gorge scrambling, archery, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking. As well as the main country house hotel, the Torridon estate includes the Torridon Inn, with 12 quality budget rooms, and the secluded two-bedroom Torridon Boat House. The Torridon by Achnasheen, Wester Ross IV22 2EY Tel: +44 1445 791242 Website: www.thetorridon.com Press contact: Caroline Keith Tel: +44 1463 811000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Britain Calling May 2008 Bedrooms for ‘Ladies who Spa’ The five star Culloden Estate and Spa has opened a new wing of 26 bedrooms, including some spa rooms, the first of their type in Northern Ireland. These are duplex style rooms, arranged over two levels, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. They have been designed for ‘Ladies who Spa’, an increasing market of women who like to take spa breaks and who choose to travel and stay together. Julie Maguire, Hastings Group Marketing Director says: ‘In the same way as men have traditionally travelled the world to play golf, so too there is now an emerging market for women who travel to spa.’ The Culloden is five miles from Belfast City Centre, in the Holywood hills overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline. It was originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down and stands in 5 hectares (12 acres) of gardens and woodland. Tennis stars Pat Cash and Bjorn Borg opened the new wing when they stayed at the hotel during the Tennis Legends tournament in Belfast. Nightly rates at the Culloden Estate and Spa start from £60 per person per night bed and breakfast. Culloden Estate and Spa Bangor Road, Holywood, Belfast BT18 0EX Tel: +44 28 9042 1066 Website: www.hastingshotels.com Press contact: Alison Wood Tel: +44 20 7385 7090 Email: Alison@grifcopr.com Britain Calling May 2008 A Marriott at the home of English rugby The new London Marriott Hotel Twickenham will be part of a new development at England’s most famous rugby ground. The hotel is part of the Twickenham Rugby Stadium South Stand development and the hotel is scheduled to open this October. The new Marriott will have 156 guest rooms, including 27 Premium bedrooms and six VIP suites overlooking the rugby pitch and available for private functions. The new South Stand will double the conference and banqueting capacity at the stadium. It will enable Twickenham Experience, the official provider of meetings and events, to cater for every type of occasion from small board meetings to major exhibitions. Conference organisers can arrange for a private stadium tour or a champagne reception in the player’s tunnel. There is also the Ultimate Twickenham Tour, the chance to go behind the scenes in the company of a former England player, followed by a meal in the President’s Suite. London Marriott Hotel Twickenham Rugby Road, Twickenham, TW1 1DS Tel: +44 20 8744 0346 Website: www.londonmarriotttwickenham.co.uk Twickenham Experience Tel: +44 870 143 2400 Website: www.twickenhamexperience.com Press contact: Linda Moore Tel: +44 1784 482 642 Email: email@example.com Britain Calling May 2008 New rooms in a Hertfordshire manor Following a £1-million refurbishment, Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel in Hertfordshire now offers luxury accommodation in new buildings and additional wings. Ten of the hotel’s 29 bedrooms will be available from 1 May and the remainder during the summer. Anton’s restaurant, run by chef Anton Edelmann, has already opened. The hotel, in 10 hectares (24 acres) of grounds, is a converted manor house overlooking a swan sanctuary and a lake. There are three meeting rooms, including the Oak Room, a multi-functional banqueting suite. The Gallery Room is a private dining room that is also fully equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment for meetings and training. The Room at the Top is a private ‘management hideaway’. Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel aims to be carbon-neutral and environmentally friendly. The hotel filters and bottles its own water from an underground supply, and uses air-source heating technology. Environmentally-friendly products are used in rooms, restaurants and kitchens throughout and a large proportion of produce is locally sourced and home grown. The hotel is seven minutes from Stansted Airport and will be operating a shuttle to and from the airport/rail terminal. Great Hallingbury Manor and Anton’s Restaurant Great Hallingbury, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts CM22 7TJ Tel: +44 1279 506475 Website: www.greathallingburymanor.com Press contact: Liz Lower Tel: +44 1279 506475 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Britain Calling May 2008 Extension to a Victorian mansion Rhinefield House Hotel in the New Forest National Park has invested £4 million building 16 new bedrooms and five new conference and banqueting rooms. The Victorian mansion now has 50 bedrooms and can accommodate meetings for up to 160 people. Rhinefield House Hotel is part of the Hand Picked Hotels group. Its features include the Alhambra Room, originally built as a gentleman’s smoking room by the owner Mabel Walker-Munro as a birthday gift for her husband. It was designed as a replica of the Alhambra Palace in Granada and is elaborately embellished with onyx from Persia, copper and bronze and hand-cut mosaic tiles. It is now a private dining room. The restaurant’s fireplace features a carving of the Spanish Armada which took nine years to complete and was carved out of one solid block of oak more than 120 cm (4ft) thick. Rhinefield House, which has been awarded two rosette status by the AA, has grounds measuring 16 hectares (40 acres), and 32 hornbeam trees have been planted in front of the hotel’s new mirrored building. The trees will be watered using an irrigation tank that collects water from rainfall. The water will also be pumped back out to a new orchard. Rhinefield House Hotel Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7QB Tel: +44 845 072 7516 Website: www.handpicked.co.uk Press contact: Lisa Ronchetti Tel: +44 870 066 8725 Email: email@example.com Britain Calling May 2008 Enjoy England Awards for Excellence These annual awards, now in their 19th year, celebrate the best of England’s diverse tourism industry. There are 15 categories including, for the first time, an award for sustainable tourism. The Gold winners for 2008 were announced on St George’s Day (23 April) in a ceremony in Liverpool, European Capital of Culture. Large Hotel of the Year Chewton Glen Hotel Website: www.chewtonglen.co.uk A privately-owned five red star country-house hotel, spa and country club, on the edge of the New Forest National Park and a short walk from the Hampshire coast. Its 58 bedrooms and suites have been individually designed, with antique furnishings, magnificent fabrics and contemporary textiles. Most rooms have a terrace, balcony or private garden. Small Hotel of the Year Devonshire Arms Country House Website: www.devonshirehotels.co.uk Originally a coaching inn on the Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales, the Devonshire Arms has been in the family of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire since 1753. This country house hotel contains 40 bedrooms with views over the Italian box garden and across to the hills. The Burlington Restaurant has four AA rosettes and a Michelin star. Bed & Breakfast of the Year The Salty Monk Restaurant with Rooms, Sidmouth Website: www.saltymonk.co.uk A 16th-century building that was originally a salt house used by Benedictine Monks who traded salt at Exeter Cathedral. Set in beautiful Devon countryside, 3 km (2 miles) from the sea and close to Dartmoor National Park, the cathedral city of Exeter and the antiques centres of Honiton or Topsham. Five individually furnished rooms, award-winning gardens and contemporary English cuisine in the Salty Monk Restaurant. Britain Calling Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2008 May 2008 Self-Catering Holiday of the Year (joint winners) Stone Cottage, Deepdale Website: www.lakelandstonecottage.co.uk Stone Cottage, in a tiny hamlet in the Lake District National Park, has four individually designed bedrooms sleeping six people. Many original features include oak-beamed ceilings. Oil-fired central heating (and open fire with logs provided) and free wireless broadband link. Optional extras include breakfast packs, luxury hamper and private chef service. Mill Granary, Ingleton Website: www.millgranary.co.uk A converted stone-built granary near Darlington, Co. Durham, with spectacular views of the open countryside of Lower Teesdale and within easy reach of the North Pennines, Durham Cathedral and Barnard Castle. Sleeps 8–10 people plus cots. The 40 sq metre (430 sq ft) kitchen is open-beamed with an oak floor, granite worktops and a range cooker. Caravan Holiday Park of the Year Poston Mill Park, Peterchurch Website: www.bestparks.co.uk The park occupies 13 hectares (33 acres) of open countryside beside the River Dore, 14 km (9 miles) from Hereford. The caravan pitches all have electric hook-ups and the modern toilet facilities have individual washing compartments for privacy. Leisure activities include fishing on the Dore, a nine-hole pitch and putt course, nine-hole putting area, croquet lawn, badminton, petanque, football pitch and grass tennis court. The Mill Bar and Restaurant adjoins the park and nearby Peterchurch village has two pubs and a licensed bistro. Tourist Information Centre of the Year Liverpool 08 Place, Whitechapel Website: www.visitliverpool.com Since opening its doors in Liverpool’s city centre in 2005, the 08 Place has welcomed almost half a million visitors – over 16,000 people a month. An experienced team of multilingual staff offer a full range of information and advice services, while multimedia technology provides access to a range of interactive tools, including up-to-the-minute events listings. Britain Calling Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2008 May 2008 Large Visitor Attraction of the Year (joint winners) Imperial War Museum, Duxford Website: http://duxford.iwm.org.uk Europe’s leading aviation museum, at a famous Cambridgeshire aerodrome, is home to many historic aircraft, from World War Two fighters and bombers to Concorde, as well as one of the finest collections of tanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits in the country. Museum highlights include the award-winning American Air Museum, a reconstructed wartime Operations Room and Airspace, the new £25-million exhibition of British and Commonwealth aviation. Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington Website: www.vam.ac.uk From a building housing a small collection of objects bought by the government from the Great Exhibition of 1851, the ‘V&A’ has grown into the national museum of art and design. Its buildings now cover over 5 hectares (12 acres) and contain a huge collection of objects spanning 2,000 years of art in virtually every medium, from many parts of the world. They include many particularly important British works, especially silver, ceramics, textiles and furniture. Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden Website: www.roaldahlmuseum.org A small family-friendly museum in Buckinghamshire with two biographical galleries dedicated to Roald Dahl’s life and an interactive Story Centre focusing on the process of creative writing. Displays include original documents, a replica of Dahl’s writing hut, top tips from today’s leading authors and interactive games. Free daily story-telling sessions in the school holidays, hands-on science workshops, puppet-making, drama and cookery classes. Tourism Website of the Year Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Website: www.liverpoolphil.com ‘The Phil’ relaunched its website in 2006 with improved information architecture and a general search feature. Customers can now see the view from their seat, listen to audio and watch video clips, as well as buy memberships, CDs and digital downloads. Recent additions to the site include podcasts, RSS feeds, and an online car-sharing service for concert-goers. Since the relaunch, online bookings have nearly doubled and now account for 34% of all ticket sales. Britain Calling Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2008 May 2008 Business Tourism Award The Emirates Stadium, London Website: www.arsenal.com Arsenal’s new football ground opened in July 2006 and has rapidly established itself as one of the most successful sports stadia in the world. As well as football matches, the arena has hosted nearly 1,000 events for businesses and individuals from around the UK and Europe. It has versatile conference and banqueting suites, large flexible spaces that cater for up to 600 delegates, modern AV infrastructure, excellent transport links and a dedicated, experienced events team. Outstanding Customer Service Award David Pollard, Falmouth Pride Ambassador David Pollard brought together a group of volunteers to meet and greet cruise passengers visiting the busy port of Falmouth. The volunteers enhance the visitors’ experience with their local knowledge and help guide them through the dock areas and into the town. They also now offer interesting shore excursions. Since July 2006, the volunteers have welcomed more than 15,000 passengers. Sustainable Tourism Award (joint winners) Strattons Hotel, Swaffham Website: www.strattons-hotel.co.uk Strattons Hotel is an elegant Queen Anne villa with a strong environmental policy that is revised every year. Hotel staff are trained to work with the policy and encouraged to contribute new ideas. Energy reduction schemes include empowering staff and guests to adjust heating levels, reducing the use of plastic bottles by 97% and serving local fresh ingredients. The hotel has reduced its total waste from just under 10 tonnes five years ago to a 2005 total of under 5 tonnes, despite a significant increase in the number of guests. The hotel engages with the local community and offers guests information packs about sustainable living. Cottage Lodge, Brockenhurst Website: www.cottagehotel.org Cottage Lodge is a five-star 17th-century forester’s cottage offering bed and breakfast in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire. The owners care passionately about their impact on the forest and have implemented many measures to reduce waste, pollution, carbon impact and environmental impact. Breakfast is locally sourced and, where that’s not possible, Fair Trade. They offer tea and cakes to guests who park their car for 24 hours or arrive by train. Britain Calling Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2008 May 2008 Taste of England Award Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay Website: www.fifteencornwall.co.uk Fifteen Cornwall not only has an innovative menu of the best seasonal and local produce, it also employs and trains disadvantaged local youngsters. The restaurant has the same inspirational social enterprise goals as set out by Jamie Oliver and the team at Fifteen London. All profits from Fifteen Cornwall go to the Cornwall Foundation of Promise, a registered charity. The restaurant, which overlooks a beautiful Cornish beach, is working towards being a carbon-neutral operation. Best Tourism Experience Sunderland International Airshow Website: www.sunderland-airshow.com The largest free air show in Europe is run by the Sunderland City Council, and last year it attracted over one million visitors to the seafront at Roker and Seaburn. With national and international display teams of jet fighters, helicopters and aerobatic teams, plus precision flying and many activities on the ground, the show provides an action-packed weekend for all the family. This year the Council has teamed up with Gentoo to offset any carbon emissions caused, with the aim of becoming Europe’s first ever carbon-neutral air show.
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