TAKE A CAP­TAIN COOK

Folk he­roes real and imag­ined play star­ring roles next year

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - BEST OF THE UK - KERRY PAR­NELL

On Au­gust 26, 1768, Cap­tain Cook left Ply­mouth in the

En­deav­our on the voy­age that would de­fine Aus­tralia. To mark the oc­ca­sion, the Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum at Green­wich opens its new En­deav­our Gal­leries and Cook 250 ex­hi­bi­tion.

The En­deav­our was built in Whitby, York­shire, where Cook spent his early life and ca­reer. The sea­side town has a Cap­tain Cook mu­seum and is plan­ning a three-day fes­ti­val in Au­gust, in­clud­ing the ar­rival of the replica ship HM Bark En­deav­our. To see where he set sail, go to Ply­mouth. The harbour city has been cen­tral to world his­tory – it was also where the

Mayflower departed to Amer­ica – and is plan­ning a se­ries of fam­ily events in July and Au­gust.

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ROBIN HOOD RIDES AGAIN

He’s the out­law who robbed the rich to pay the poor and if you want to see where he lived, head to Sher­wood For­est in Not­ting­hamshire. The new Sher­wood For­est Visi­tor Cen­tre opens in Au­gust, aim­ing to bring to life the medieval sto­ries, at the same time as the an­nual Robin Hood Fes­ti­val. You can see the Ma­jor Oak with its hol­low trunk, where leg­end says he lived. There’s also a new movie, Robin Hood, out next year and stars Taron Eger­ton as Robin Hood.

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ISLE OF WIGHT FES­TI­VAL IS 50

The catchily ti­tled Great South Coast Bank Hol­i­day Pop Fes­ti­val took place on Au­gust 31 and Septem­ber 1, 1968, in Hell Field, fea­tur­ing Jef­fer­son Air­plane and T.Rex. The 1970 line-up in­cluded Jimi Hen­drix, The Doors, The Who, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Co­hen and the fes­ti­val was so big, the govern­ment banned it and it wasn’t re­vived un­til 2002. It’s on June 21-24, and the line-up is to be an­nounced.

For those who like to get “out of their tree”, how about sleeping in one? Goodleaf Climb­ing has launched tree­top camp­ing, stay­ing in tree boats perched in the for­est canopy on the is­land. You climb to your bed and guides de­liver break­fast with the birds, £450 ($770) a cou­ple a night.

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BRIS­TOL GETS ARTY

Art fans should put Bris­tol on their map. It’s spawned Banksy, Wal­lace and Gromit cre­ators Aard­man, and bands Por­tishead and Mas­sive At­tack. Europe’s big­gest street art fes­ti­val, #Upfest, takes place July 29-31 with 300 graf­fiti artists from around the world and next year sees the fin­ish of a $21 mil­lion rede­vel­op­ment of the Bris­tol Old Vic, Bri­tain’s old­est work­ing theatre, and the re­launch of con­cert hall St George’s Bris­tol.

Kids will love the Aard­man art trail and his­tory buffs will want to check out a new mu­seum ded­i­cated to the life and works of Vic­to­rian engi­neer, Isam­bard King­dom Brunel. Sit­u­ated next to his his­toric ship,

SS Great Bri­tain, Be­ing Brunel opens in Fe­bru­ary. UPFEST.CO.UK, SSGREATBRITAIN.ORG, VISITBRISTOL.CO.UK

LON­DON LUX­URY HO­TELS OPEN

Two new play­ers will en­ter the top end of the Lon­don ho­tel mar­ket next year with the much-an­tic­i­pated open­ing of Great Scot­land Yard and The Penin­sula, the first Bri­tish ho­tel for the group. Great Scot­land Yard in West­min­ster – the for­mer home of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice – will be run by the Steigen­berger Ho­tel Group and is ru­moured to in­clude suites cost­ing up to £10,000 (about $17,115) a night. The Penin­sula sits in a for­mer of­fice block over­look­ing Hyde Park, and its 190 rooms and apart­ments in an un­beat­able lo­ca­tion are set to shake up the lux­ury end of the mar­ket.

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PETER RAB­BIT RE­TURNS

To cel­e­brate the re­lease of a mod­ern, rather Aussie, movie ver­sion of Peter

Rab­bit – voiced by James Corden, Rose Byrne, El­iz­a­beth De­bicki and Mar­got Rob­bie – re­dis­cover the land that in­spired Beatrix Pot­ter. Although much of the movie was filmed in Aus­tralia, lo­ca­tion scenes took place in the Lake District – re­cently awarded a UNESCO World Her­itage Site sta­tus.

There you can visit Pot­ter’s 17th­cen­tury home, Hill Top, which is part of the Na­tional Trust. Fans can see the world’s largest col­lec­tion of Pot­ter’s draw­ings, manuscripts and let­ters at the V&A mu­seum in Lon­don.

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PER­FECT PI­CASSO EX­HI­BI­TION

It’s dubbed a “once in a life­time” ex­hi­bi­tion; in March more than 100 of Pi­casso’s finest works are ap­pear­ing in Pi­casso 1932 at Tate Mod­ern. Fo­cus­ing on the year that de­fined the artist, this is the first solo show­ing of the artist at the gallery. Book now.

TATE.ORG.UK

NOW YOU CAN HOL­I­DAY IN EDEN

The Eden Project is a marvel – nes­tled in the hills of Corn­wall, mas­sive biomes house the world’s largest rain­for­est “in cap­tiv­ity”, ex­hi­bi­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties such as rain­for­est rope walks and zip lines. In 2018, the sus­tain­able char­ity is open­ing a ho­tel built by lead­ing ar­chi­tect Tate Harmer with an ex­te­rior of stone cladding and wooden poles.

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100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S VOTE

Next year marks a cen­tury since women got the right to vote in the UK. Ex­hi­bi­tion Vote 100 will be held in West­min­ster, June to Septem­ber, cov­er­ing the long road to suf­frage – an in­cred­i­ble 23 years later than in South Aus­tralia. You can also visit Nancy Astor, the first fe­male MP’s lav­ish home, Clive­den, in Buck­ing­hamshire. Now a Na­tional Trust prop­erty and ho­tel, it was the cen­tre of po­lit­i­cal life with guests in­clud­ing Win­ston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Gandhi and Char­lie Chap­lin.

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D-DAY BROUGHT TO LIFE

Portsmouth’s D-Day Mu­seum re­opens in spring af­ter an $8.3 mil­lion makeover. The mu­seum, which com­mem­o­rates the D-Day land­ings in France in 1944, will tell the story through the eyes of sur­vivors.

DDAYMUSEUM.CO.UK

SCOT­LAND GETS SPORTY

Glas­gow, along with Ber­lin, hosts the in­au­gu­ral Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Au­gust. Glas­gow is host­ing aquat­ics, cy­cling, golf, gym­nas­tics, row­ing and triathlon, and Ber­lin, ath­let­ics. It’s also the 150th an­niver­sary of the birth of the city’s fa­mous artist and ar­chi­tect son, Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh, and Kelv­in­grove Art Gallery is putting on a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion March to Au­gust.

GLASGOW2018.COM, GLASGOWLIFE.ORG.UK

DI­RECT FLIGHTS TO WALES

A new route from Qatar to Cardiff starts in May, so Aussie trav­ellers can now fly daily to the Welsh city, open­ing up a new des­ti­na­tion. With more than 600 cas­tles packed into the na­tion, it’s a his­tory-lover’s dream. It’s also pur­ported to be the home of King Arthur with sites in­clud­ing Arthur’s Stone in Gower, New­port’s Caer­leon, re­puted to be Camelot, and the Lly­daw, Di­nas and Og­wen lakes in Snow­do­nia, which all lay claim to con­tain Ex­cal­ibur. Magic.

VISITWALES.COM, QATARAIRWAYS.COM

THE RAF HITS 100

Next year marks the cen­te­nary of the Royal Air Force and there are fes­tiv­i­ties planned all over the na­tion. Events in­clude an RAF 100 con­cert at Royal Al­bert Hall and big air shows at the Bournemouth Air Fes­ti­val, Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Air­show and The Royal In­ter­na­tional Air Tat­too in the Cotswolds.

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WITH MORE THAN 600 CAS­TLES PACKED INTO THE NA­TION, IT’S A HIS­TORY-LOVER’S DREAM

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Trav­el­ling to the UK next year? There are so many fes­ti­vals and ac­tiv­i­ties to en­ter­tain and en­lighten, you might need to ex­pand your itin­er­ary.

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