The summer season is upon us and it is time to head outdoors and enjoy England’s amazing offerings. This month, we bring you news of a new hotel by Blackpool Pleasure Beach; a helter skelter ride which will be installed in Norwich’s Cathedral and a new festival in Cornwall to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.
Please see below for more information, plus a roundup of other news just in from around the country.
New hotel on Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Located on Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool. Boulevard Hotel is a brand new seafront property at Blackpool Pleasure Beach with 120 stylish rooms, including 8 junior suites, 2 park view suites, 8 coastal suites and family rooms with a mixture of coastal and park facing rooms. The hotel offers Theatre Packages, where you can book accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis plus premium tickets for the evening performance of the world’s most spectacular ice show – Hot Ice - from July through to September. Prices start at £166 for two people. Or whilst there, take your time to enjoy the UK’s most ride intensive amusement park and home to the UK's only Nickelodeon Land.
Peterloo 2019, Greater Manchester
2019 marks 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre (16 August 1819) a watershed moment in Britain's struggle for universal rights. From June to August a vast Peterloo 2019 events programme, inspired by the themes of protest, democracy and freedom of speech will include more than 150 exhibitions, screenings, performances, conversations, takeovers and dramatisations. Why not join Billy Bragg in conversation on 7 June or see a concert on Protest Music at The Royal Northern College of Music on 6 July? You can also see long term exhibitions in galleries and museums around Manchester like Disrupt? Peterloo And Protest, which will run until 2020 at the Peoples’ History Museum. A permanent memorial created by Turner Prize-winning artist, Jeremy Dellewill be unveiled on 16 August.
New Sensory Walks, London
Julia Bradbury’s The Outdoor Guide has co-designed, with Sense charity, two sensory walks for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities. Launched during National Walking Month 2019, the walks will be held in Golders Hill Park and Trent Country Park, embracing a full sensory experience through touch, sight, smell, and sound, all of which is constantly changing with the seasons. Join Sense and The Outdoor Guide on their pilot sensory walks every Friday in Golders Hill Park, starting on 7th June at 11.00am. Download the Golders Green route here, and more information is available here:
New Mindful Digital Detox Breaks at Swinton Bivouac, North Yorkshire
Swinton Bivouac in North Yorkshire is introducing a fresh antidote to the demands of busy modern life with a series of mindful digital detox breaks set within tranquil woodland on the edge of the Dales National Park. For this new two-night package developed in association with Forest Bathing UK, you’ll stay in off-grid accommodation in a hand-built wooden tree lodge and embark on a programme of mindful outdoor activities including forest bathing, sound baths and Reiki drumming. Price £375 per person for a two night stay, with a £45 supplement for single occupancy.
New Festival, Apollo 50, Cornwall
Apollo 50 is a new one-day science, music and arts festival, at Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall, designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic moon landing. Headline acts include dance legends Orbital and art-rock band Public Service Broadcasting who’re bringing their full audio-visual show to the Goonhilly satellite dishes. Plus performances from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, who created the soundtrack for Doctor Who and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, amongst others. There is a full creative programme of talks, screenings and workshops for all ages from experts, authors and scientists. Weekend tickets are now available from £59 at Apollo50.co.uk - Camping is available (off site) or stay in a Shire Hut (sleeping either 2 or 4) for those who like the comforts of glamping.
CULTUREPLEX, a new social and culture destination featuring a restaurant, lounge, coffee counter, events spaces with outdoor terraces, and cinema will be opening July 2019. Located on the edge of Manchester’s Northern Quarter on the Western end of Ducie Street, CULTUREPLEX overlooks the Piccadilly Basin in a former goods warehouse, becoming the latest of the city’s heritage buildings to take on a new purpose.
Fantasy Forest festival, Cotswolds
20 – 21 July 2019
The UK’s first Fantasy Forest will be held in Sudeley Castle’s grounds. Participants can dress up in their favourite costume from Socplay, Steampunk, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Medieval, Gothic, Pirates – whoever they want to be – and immerse themselves in another (highly Instagrammable) world, with fantasy-related shows, entertainment, stages, competitions, lectures, workshops, traders and more. Limited camping spots are available; the festival is the first time it will be possible for visitors to spend the night on Sudeley Castle grounds. Day tickets start from £17 for children and £26.50 for adults plus booking fee. Weekend tickets are available for varying prices. For more information visit the website: fantasyforest.co.uk
UK Parliament: Discover Summer 2019, Westminster
Started May and various dates until September
This summer, visitors are being offered a unique opportunity to have a behind the scenes look at the place where the laws that affect them are made. The UK Parliament’s new programme of summer events include free morning tours of Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben (16 May – 27 June) which this year celebrates 160 years of keeping time for Parliament and a free exhibition in Westminster Hall, called Parliament & Peterloo (4 July and 26 September, which explores the history of the Peterloo Massacre. You can also book onto a new Royalty and Splendour tour and dinner experiences (28 June, 12&19 July) where, for £95, you combine a tour exploring the art and decorative style of the House of Lords followed by a Victorian inspired three course dinner, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. To see the range of experiences and tours on offer and to book tickets, visit the UK Parliament website:
IWM North, Yemen: Inside a Crisis
17 May – 26 January 2020
At the forefront of a major season of programming at IWM North, Yemen: Inside a Crisis (17 May 2019 – 26 January 2020) will be the UK’s first exhibition to address Yemen’s on-going conflict and humanitarian crisis. Showcasing around 50 objects and photographs, many of which have been exclusively sourced from Yemen for this exhibition, Yemen: Inside a Crisis will also be accompanied by a wider programme of events around Manchester, examining the impact that the crisis is having on the Yemeni people. The exhibition will also include a new artwork commissioned by IWM from Yemeni street artist Murad Subay. Devoured, pictured above, represents the physical and psychological realities faced daily by the Yemeni people, as well as the regional and international experience of the conflict situation. Free
Seeing It Differently, Norwich
7 – 18 August 2019
Seeing It Differently will see a 50ft helter skelter installed in the West End of the Nave of Norwich Cathedral. This rather unusual addition will give people the chance to experience the centuries-old space in a new way including a closer look at its famous medieval roof bosses that depict stories from the bible. Prices and ticketing information will be release closer to the time.
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