April What's New Bulletin

Mon, 09/04/2018 - 10:00

This month we’re excited to share news of Blackpool’s first family-friendly festival; a new helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly; and Royal Wedding Prêt-à-Portea Masterclasses at The Berkeley. See below for more information, plus a roundup of more exciting news just in from around the country.


Coming soon

Royal Wedding Prêt-à-Portea Masterclasses at The Berkeley, London

Throughout May

The Berkeley hotel will celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May by giving guests the chance to create their very own Royal Wedding Prêt-à-Portea. Guests will be welcomed into the hotel’s bakery by the head pastry chef to attend masterclasses that recreate a few fashion favourites as bridal biscuits and cakes. There will be wedding dress biscuits inspired by the likes of Ralph & Russo, Phillipa Lepley and Suzanne Neville, and stiletto shoe cookies inspired by Manolo Blahnik’s, Jimmy Choo’s and Nicholas Kirkwood’s bridal creations. As well as learning everything they need to host their own royal-themed tea parties, after the masterclasses guests will tuck into Prêt-à-Porteas with limited edition regal bridal designs in the SS18 Collections bedecking the cake stand.



New helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall


A new helicopter service will transport passengers to the Isles of Scilly from Land’s End Airport from May 21st. Island Helicopters is being launched by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, and will be operated by Gloucester-based Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) using brand new 10-seater AW169 helicopters. Up to eight flights a day, six days a week, will be offered year-round. A new park and ride service will transport passengers from Penzance train station to the airport, or there’s a car park at Land’s End Airport. Tickets are now on sale and prices start from £215 return.



Just opened

Number 38 Clifton re-opens, Bristol


Bristol’s first boutique townhouse accommodation has re-opened, almost fifty per cent bigger following an extension into the building next door. Two huge new suites and some slick meeting facilities have been added to the hotel’s existing 10 guestrooms and suites, which have been spruced up. The two new suites, rooms 11 and 12, each have eye-catching dual-aspect views across Bristol’s rooftops and the Downs.



Everyday Plastic at Dreamland Margate, Kent

30 March

Dreamland Margate has unveiled its latest art installation, Everyday Plastic, a large-scale photograph by Daniel Webb and photographer Ollie Harrop. Webb saved, displayed, photographed and analysed all the plastic he used in a year for the work, which contains around 4,500 pieces of plastic – that's enough crisp packets, salad bags, coffee lids, toothbrushes and so on to fill 22 bin bags. The artwork is the second of five commissions for Mural-by-the-Sea, a 12-month programme of bespoke works of art to fill a large billboard mural at Dreamland Margate.



And beyond

Blackpool’s first family-friendly festival announced

8 July

Party on the Prom will be Blackpool’s first family-friendly festival. Taking place at the Tower Festival Headland, it will form the third and final day of the new Blackpool Festival (6-8 July). While the first two days of Blackpool Festival will feature dance legends such as Faithless, Paul Oakenfold and Judge Jules, Party on the Prom will be ruled by kids’ favourites including Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and Peter Rabbit. There will be a life-sized dinosaur, CBeebies entertainer Andy Day & The Odd Socks, and baking, science and drumming workshops.



New leisure and conference complex for Hull


Hull Venue is a new £36million music and conference centre – and another sign of confidence in Hull’s future following its 2017 City of Culture success (a title it retains until the end of 2020). The state-of-the-art music and events complex can hold up to 3,500 people, making it ideal for hosting major touring concerts, stand-up comedy, family shows and sporting events, as well as large corporate conferences, exhibitions and trade tours. Events already announced for the new centre include The League of Gentleman’s arena tour (September) and The Queen Experience (October).



New helicopter service to St Mary’s and Tresco, the Isles of Scilly

Spring 2019

Penzance Heliport and Sloane Helicopters will partner to provide regular helicopter flights from Penzance to both St Mary’s and Tresco – it will be the only Isles of Scilly helicopter service to fly to both islands. There will be up to 17 return flights per day and a limited Sunday schedule.



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