December What's New Bulletin

Wed, 05/12/2018 - 15:52

This month we challenge your senses as we bring you exciting news of an Upside Down House in Bournemouth, an eye-opening hybrid of street art and experiential entertainment. Meanwhile an ear-opening new exhibition curated by UK indie rockers, the Kaiser Chiefs at York Arts Gallery invites you to explore the power of music and art. If you’re looking for food, then the opening of Market Hall Victoria in the abandoned arcades of London’s Victoria Station, will sate your appetite. Please see below for more information, plus a round-up of other news just in from around the country.


Coming soon

New Exhibition co-curated by Kaiser Chiefs at York Arts Gallery 
14 December 2018 – 10 March 2019
Leeds indie rock band the Kaiser Chiefs have been working with York Art Gallery on a unique experimental exhibition which will explore the boundaries between music, art, creation and performance. ‘When All Is Quiet: Kaiser Chiefs in Conversation with York Art Gallery’ will bring together works from internationally regarded sound artists which have inspired the band to look at sound in new ways. Highlights include Janet Cardiff’s ‘The Forty Part Motet’ which has a forty-part choir singing a reworking of a Thomas Tallis composition through forty speakers. Paintings from York Art Gallery’s own collection will also be on show, paired with Kaiser Chiefs songs.
Price included with Gallery admission, £5.45 for adults, free for under 16s with a paying adult. Open 10-5 daily.  

New Emmeline Pankhurst Statue, Manchester
14 December 2018
Exactly one hundred years since the first women in the UK voted in a General Election, a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled in her home city of Manchester. Marchers are invited to meet at either the Pankhurst Centre, the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst or the People’s History Museum, the national museum of democracy to march to St Peter’s Square to greet Our Emmeline, whose statue was erected through public choice. A choir and local dignitaries will congregate at St Peter’s Square.
Marchers invited to congregate at 10:30 and start arching at 11:00, with unveiling at noon.


Just opened

The Upside Down House, The Triangle Bournemouth
An extraordinary and exciting new building, the Upside Down House, arrived on November 10th in Bournemouth’s buzzy and vibrant Triangle. A hybrid of street art and experiential entertainment, this inverted wooden structure is the first of its kind in the UK, providing visitors with a zero-gravity illusion. Walk on the ceiling, go downstairs to go up, do handstands on the sofa and let your imagination run riot over this two storey installation, which will be open until June 2019.
Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Friday, when tickets are £4 and 10am – 9pm Saturdays and Sundays, when tickets are £5. Children under 3 are free.

New Yoga Retreat at Godshill Park Farm on the Isle of Wight
Godshill Park Farm on the Isle of Wight has opened up a new yoga retreat. Inside this gorgeous converted barn, boasts a yoga studio, complete with relaxing views over the farmland and their animals. Add to that some great, locally-sourced food, roaring log fires, wild local walks from the back door, some good old-fashioned hospitality - and the Island's natural healing environment - and it's easy to see why this is now being tipped to become one of the country's most popular wellness centres. Their residential retreat packages are available over a weekend, three-night, mid-week or full week retreat and begin at £265 per person, with a vast schedule of yoga and well-being retreats slated for 2019.

White Peak Distillery, Ambergate
Inside a former Victorian wire-works in Ambergate, one of the largest commercial whisky distilleries in the whole of England has just opened to the public. White Peak Distillery, which has been open a matter of weeks, includes a tasting room and shop and, whilst the first whisky won’t be ready until 2021, their award-winning Derbyshire dry gin is. You can book tours and get tastings of this spirit, inspired by the berries, hedgerows and flowers of Ambergate’s Shining Cliff Woods, now.
Tours are £12 and are on Thursdays at 11am, Fridays at 11am and 3pm and, soon to be offered on Saturdays.

Market Hall Victoria
The abandoned arcaded bays of Victoria’s Terminus Place has been transformed into a foodie hub. Market Hall Victoria which opened on November 12th showcases a diverse and eclectic offering of food and drink across three floors with eleven kitchens, a coffee shop, and three bars championing independent British-made beers & spirits. The former Edwardian shopping arcade will also play host to a 100 person drinking roof terrace from spring 2019.

The Auckland Tower, County Durham
Designed by architect Niall McLaughlin, the Auckland Tower opened on October 20th and is a new visitor attraction, which offers panoramic views of County Durham. The 29 metre tower boasts a 15 metre-high viewing platform and its unique design reflects the history of Prince Bishops of Durham, who once ruled the land as proverbial Kings of the North. It is part of the Aukland Project which will see the regeneration of Auckland Castle, a Spanish Art Gallery and Faith Museum, in addition to a new hotel.
Auckland Tower is now open daily 10am until 4pm.Tickets for the Tower are £3 per adult and £1 per child.


And beyond

The Langley Hotel & Spa, Buckinghamshire
February 2019
The Langley, the former country estate of the third Duke of Marlborough, is being transformed into a luxury hotel and spa. Forty-one sophisticated rooms and suites will be split between the main building and the 18th-century, Grade II-listed Brew House. Along with fine food and drink and a bar stocked with cognac and cigars; the hotel will include a world-class spa, created in partnership with personal trainer and fitness author Matt Roberts. Outside visitors can enjoy Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown-landscaped gardens and parklands.

New events lined up for Dark Skies Festival, Yorkshire
15 February – 3 March 2019
The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks, together with Nidderdale AONB, are holding their fourth annual Dark Skies Festival in February. Some of the new celestially inspired events they have lined up include an Ale and Astronomy evening at Whitby Brewery, cinema screenings and talks from acclaimed astrophysicist, Tim O'Brien. Join them for night time cycle rides, lantern walks, rocket-making workshops and much more. The South Downs National Park and Northumberland are also holding festivals at the same time.   

New five-star hotel The Londoner, Leicester Square, London
Opening 2020
Edwardian Hotels London will open its first purpose-built hotel in 2020. Set over 15 levels, the landmark £300 development, will
include two Odeon Luxe cinemas as well as concept restaurants and a roof top bar with unparalleled views over central London. It will also boast one of the deepest commercial basements in Europe, encompassing leisure facilities, spa, and state-of-the-art conference facilities.  The £300m development is slated to provide 500 new jobs.      

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