TAKE A CAPTAIN COOK
Folk heroes real and imagined play starring roles next year
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.
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,
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WITH MORE THAN 600 CASTLES PACKED INTO THE NATION, IT’S A HISTORY-LOVER’S DREAM
Travelling to the UK next year? There are so many festivals and activities to entertain and enlighten, you might need to expand your itinerary.