August What's New Bulletin

Wed, 24/07/2019 - 09:00

From a new e-cycling tour around the Isle of Wight and llama walks on Dartmoor, to an upcoming art and heritage centre in Southampton and a new crime festival in London, here are some of the latest openings from around England.

Coming Soon

A Prince’s Treasure, The Royal Pavilion, Brighton & Hove  

21 September 2019 – Autumn 2021

Exquisite items of art and furniture owned by George IV will return to the Royal Pavilion, Brighton & Hove for the first time in 170 years this September. Items lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection include majestic 15-foot high porcelain pagodas and the Kylin Clock, an extraordinary golden extravaganza featuring turquoise Chinese lions. The Royal Collection loan of more than 124 unique decorative items will return to the Royal Pavilion while extensive building work is being carried out in the East Wing at Buckingham Palace. Free with Royal Pavilion admission, members free.


New Capital Crime Festival, London
26 – 28 September
London welcomes its first international crime and thriller festival this September. Capital Crime Festival taking place at Connaught Rooms in London, Capital Crime is a celebration of books, films and TV and the line-up is an unrivalled mix of world class talent, rising stars and newcomers. Guests include Mark Billingham, Martina Cole, Ian Rankin, Ann Cleeves, Don Winslow, Robert Glenister, Leye Adenle, Denise Mina, Anthony Horowitz, Catherine Steadman and Abir Mukherjee. Tickets from £130

God's House Tower, Southampton
God’s House Tower in Southampton is set to reopen this year after a £3.1million refurbishment project. The distinctive new arts and heritage venue, housed in a Grade I scheduled monument in Southampton’s Old Town, was initially built to form the southeastern cornerstone of the town’s medieval defensive wall. It will re-open with a permanent exhibition on the Tower’s history, two new art galleries featuring works from collections alongside new commissions, a cafe, library, shop and event space.   

Just Launched

Mahé Cookery School and Chef’s Table, Padstow

3 July
Chef Paul Ainsworth has opened Mahé Cookery School and Chef’s Table in Padstow, where guests can learn the likes of ‘Dinner Party Secrets’, ‘Sugar and Spice’, ‘Pasta Masterclass’, and ‘Bistro Cooking’ before having a bespoke chef’s table dining experience at Ainsworth’s Michelin-starred restaurant, No.6, which is located right next door. The Cookery School, hosts up to five guests, and the dining experience up to 10. It’s helmed by Executive Chef, John Walton and sees Ainsworth adding to his collection of three other Padstow ventures.  Classes are available to book throughout 2019, from £125 per person.   

New E-cycling package, SeaView Hotel, Isle of Wight
12 July
Imagine a holiday that combines a love of food, enjoyment of the natural world and a passion for cycling but with a little support if you need it. With SeaView’s new E-cycling Gourmand short break holiday, you’ll get E-bike hire and a self-guided GPS tour, with a selection of routes to explore the Island. You can dine in either SeaView’s 2 AA Rosette, Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant or the bar, meanwhile the price includes a pitstop for lunch. The cost is from £380 per couple including accommodation, E-bike hire & dinner.

New Geodesic domes at The Private Hill, Yorkshire
Set on the edge of the breathtakingly beautiful North Yorkshire Wolds, with views for many miles across the Vale of York, the Private Hill is a small, romantic, luxury destination, away from it all. Their new geodesic domes, each named after one of their pedigree Aberdeen Angus Cattle, are the perfect location for a wellbeing break. Fitting two people, with a private en-suite facility and small kitchenette they’re available for £150 per night.  

Hot Chocolate Walks with a Llama, Dartmoor

Summer 2019

Enjoy a two hour walk with a Llama or Alpaca in beautiful Dartmoor, followed by a delicious hot chocolate and cake. On this new experience, your guides at Dartmoor Llama walks, who have farmed on Dartmoor since the 1600’s will also enlighten you on Dartmoor’s fantastic history, and its amazing traditions, from the Bronze Age to present day. Prices £32.00 per Adult and £20 per child. 


New surf and stay packages with Unique Home Stays, Cornwall

Summer 2019
Unique Home Stays has teamed up with George Stoy Surf Coaching in north Cornwall to create bespoke staycation packages this summer. As you explore the Cornish coastline and grow your skills in the ocean, you’ll also learn why sustainability is at the heart of the surfing community. A half a day of private coaching for up to four people is £220 including all equipment. Learn more about their packages here:

And Beyond

Leeds Playhouse reopens
Leeds Playhouse will reopen this October, with two rejuvenated and one new performance space after a £15.8million redevelopment. The cultural landmark, is fully accessible to everyone for the first time, providing the city with a new home for audiences, participants and artists to experience and create world class theatre. The re-opening programme will include an Open Weekend which invites visitors to explore and rediscover the newly transformed theatre at the heart of Quarry Hill through a series of free events. The first produced show in Leeds Playhouse will be staged in the brand new studio space, the Bramall Rock Void and will be a piece called, There are No Beginnings by Yorkshire writer Charley Miles.

New Tour for Foot Trails
March to September 2020

The West Country walking specialist, Footrails has created a new tour that follows the journey of the River Dart from its inland creeks to the open sea on the eve of the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from these Devon shores. Devon Creek to Coast, an independent walking adventure from Totnes to Chillington, passes through the South Hams, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You’ll be tracing the course of the river along wooded banks, skipping across stepping stones, seeing craggy coves and enjoying historic harbor. The 6 and 7 night trips are available March to November excluding August. Your holiday will be planned for you to your dates and for how long you wish to stay. Prices are in the region of £1200 per person for a 7 night stay.  

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