July What's New Bulletin

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 16:00

From immersive art installations in York and waste-free cooking class in London, to new hotels and exciting inland surfing on the horizon, here are some of the latest upcoming openings from around England.

Coming Soon

FREE pop-up cookery classes in London
3 July-12 October
Run by expert chefs at exciting venues across the capital every Wednesday and Thursday from 3 July until 14 October, these fun, sustainable classes will help the time-poor up-skill in the kitchen and reduce the 910k tonnes of food that goes to waste in London homes each year. The first workshops kick off with a weekly ‘Waste-FREE Lunch’ every Thursday during July at Mercato Metropolitano. Learn how to make a healthy, sustainable packed lunch and then eat the results – all in a quick lunchtime session.  July’s classes will also run on Wednesday evenings at venues throughout London. For more details: http://smallchangebigdifference.london/events/small-change-big-difference-cookery-skills-workshops/ Book the free workshops via Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/small-change-big-difference-20236956981

UK premiere for Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, York
5 July 2019 to 5 January 2020
A new immersive experience is set to make its UK debut this summer in York city centre following successful runs in Brussels and Naples. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will open in York St Mary’s on Castlegate and will enable visitors to step inside the paintings, world and mind of the 19th century impressionist painter. The multimedia experience tells Van Gogh’s life and his creations through projections, recreations and interactive elements of his artworks around the historic exhibition space. Over 200 of his works are featured, but rather than remaining static, the huge projections of paintings come alive with digital animation and an emotive soundtrack, to create a world where the visitor sees through the eyes of Vincent Van Gogh for a 35 minute, fully immersive 360 degree experience. Admission prices are £13.00 for adults, £11.00 for concessions and students and £9.00 for children. Family tickets are available for £38.00 (two adults and two children). www.vangoghexpo.co.uk

New luxury holiday park at Ullswater Heights
1 July
A new luxury holiday park from five-star resort operator Leisure Resorts, will open on 1st of July on the doorstep of the world-heritage-listed Lake District National Park. Encircling a beautiful eight-acre lake and set amongst 70 acres of land and designed gardens, the resort sets a whole new standard for high-end holiday accommodation, offering gorgeous holiday lodges for ownership or holidays, including spa getaways and a UK-first: centrally heated glamping tents with Jacuzzis. The resort is a dream getaway for couples, families with children and especially people travelling with dogs. Ullswater Heights’ 150 pitches include lodges for ownership and a range of brand-new holiday lodges for rental in partnership with Hoseasons, including Spa Retreats accommodating two couples, each with its own private courtyard complete with Jacuzzi spa, Akula furniture and sauna.

Turning Tides Festival at The Tide Greenwich Peninsula
5-7 and 12-14 July
London’s first-ever riverside linear park has arrived on Greenwich Peninsula. From public art installations by exciting artists to landscaped trails for running, walking and meditation, the Tide has something for everyone.  The first five kilometres of The Tide has been created by the co-designers creators of Manhattan’s High Line. Expect lush planting, silver birches and grasses interspersed with beautiful serene architectural shapes and spaces. It will be hosting the Turning Tides Festival, in July, where you can enjoy a free festival of live music, art, film, wellness and shoreline feasts. Find out more here: https://www.greenwichpeninsula.co.uk/the-tide/

New 'bistro with beds', The Yan, Grasmere Lake District
1st July 
Nestled amidst the beautiful Central Fells and a short stroll from the idyllic village of Grasmere, The Yan at Broadrayne is a truly special place at the heart of the Lake District National Park. The 17th Century former farm has seven plush en-suite bedrooms and a rustic bistro, offering rustic Cumbrian classics, nostalgic British favourites and exciting modern dishes - all made from the outstanding local ingredients with which Cumbria is blessed, including ingredients from Broadrayne Farm on which The Yan sits. Family-run, with dog-friendly rooms also, The Yan epitomises Cumbrian hospitality and is a perfect get-away after a day of adventure on the Lakes. Rooms from £100/ night. 

Just Launched

New Discoverer Pass for the Great West Way
Great Western Railway’s Great West Way Discoverer Pass is the largest integrated rail and bus ticket of its kind, in the UK. The Great West Way is a 125-mile touring route between London, Bath and Bristol, based on ancient routes, roaming through idyllic countryside, quaint villages and elegant towns. The best and most relaxing way to explore the route is by rail, and the Great West Way Discoverer pass allows you unlimited off-peak train and bus travel between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, with options to branch off in the Thames Valley, Cotswolds and Wiltshire – all with just a single ticket. There are three Great West Way Discoverer routes available, giving you the opportunity to explore the area in one-day instalments or over the duration of a week. Domestic prices start from £24 for a 1-day pass. Visit GreatWestWay.co.uk to plan your adventure.

New Pleasure Garden, an audio garden installation at Harewood, Yorkshire
27 June
Over thirty audio interventions have been hidden across the Walled Garden at Harewood House for visitors this summer, as Pleasure Garden, an interactive ‘listening’ garden created by Australian musician Genevieve Lacey, opens to the public. Inspired by the story and music of the 17th century Dutch musician, composer and improviser, Jacob van Eyck, the Walled Garden will be a place of musical play inviting visitors to move, explore, sit and listen to music which comes from high in the trees to low amongst the plants. Whilst visiting Harewood, there are a whole host of activities to get involved with. Enjoy the exhibition theme in the House of Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters (23 March-1 September). Between 6-7 July you  can also get hands on with lots of craft workshops taking place at Harewood, from the like of Wallace and Gromit creators, Aardman Studios in Model Making with Aardman Studios See Make it Harewood for more information.

UNESCO Biosphere Status, Isle of Wight
19 June
The Isle of Wight has been awarded UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status, which means it is internationally recognised as offering one of the best areas in the world for managed landscapes. There are now just seven Biosphere Reserves in the UK, and the Isle of Wight is the first area in England to receive this accolade for seven years. The UNESCO accolade will build on its sustainable tourism initiatives, including the recently launched Slow Travel Guide to the Isle of Wight, which is a compilation of eight sustainable travel touring routes, which mean you go forgo your car and explore the Island. Check out the routes online at: https://slowwighttravelguide.co.uk. Further details on Biosphere status can be found here: https://www.wightaonb.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/projects/iow-candidate-biosphere/.

And Beyond

Mama Shelter to open in Shoreditch
Trendy Mama Shelter, who harken from LA, will open its first property in London’s Shoreditch this autumn. With cutting-edge design elements specially crafted by Dion & Arles, Mama London has 193 rooms, a vast lobby, plenty of places to work and gather, along with a private dining room and a couple of karaoke rooms in which to sing your heart out.  It also has a restaurant and a terrace. Small rooms from £79/ night. They’re taking bookings for stays from 1 October.

Surfing Comes Inland - ‘The Wave’ to open in Bristol
The Wave - a unique inland surfing destination - is opening in Bristol this October. The brainchild of Founder, Nick Hounsfield, the project has been 8 years in the making and is the first destination in the northern hemisphere to offer the  Wavegarden Cove wave-making technology which can provide up 1,000 waves of varying sizes and shapes an hour – around a wave every 8 seconds. Heights start at 50cm and peak at almost 2m. Located in a beautiful rural site on the edge of Bristol, The Wave will, also offer food and drink, a surf shop, beautiful gardens, meadowland and woodland, peaceful hideaways and family-friendly camping. Its expert coaching team will be able to help everyone learn and improve and will also be specially trained in teaching ‘adaptive surfing’ for those with a wide range of physical disabilities. There are dedicated areas of the lake for beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers.  To find out more visit www.thewave.com 


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