WWII Weekend, Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JF.
Immerse yourself in wartime Britain over the Bank Holiday weekend with a whole host of interactive events courtesy of English Heritage. Put on your dancing shoes for 1940s music, relive stories behind the battles that shaped the world as we know it and even meet a kitchen maid dishing out meagre wartime rations. Perfect for the whole family to discover more about the war or as an opportunity to reflect for those who experienced it first-hand.
26-27 August. Tel: 01799 522 842 www.english-heritage.org.uk
Exhibition: “Prince and Patron”, State Rooms, Buckingham Palace, London.
To mark the 70th birthday of the Prince of Wales this year, the summer opening of Buckingham Palace will include a special display of over 100 works of art personally selected by His Royal Highness. Paintings from the Royal Collection will be shown alongside works created by young artists supported by three of the Prince of Wales’s charities in what promises to be an unmissable event.
Until 30 September. Tel: 020 7766 7300 www.royalcollection.org.uk
Faversham Hop Festival, Faversham, Kent ME13 3AW.
Set in the beautiful medieval heart of Faversham, this lively event recalls the traditional festivities associated with the hop harvest. Expect local beers, a Hop Blessing, traditional parade through the town, special tours of Shepherd Neame (England’s oldest brewer), Morris dancing and live music.
1 and 2 September. Tel: 01795 700132 https://www.favershamhopfestival.org/
The Great River Race, from London Docklands to Ham, Surrey.
Perhaps the greatest expression of English eccentricity, this boat race doesn’t just celebrate competition but laughter and fancy dress, too. Pick a bridge to stand on, from Tower Bridge to Richmond Bridge, then watch as the motley crews make their progress. Now in its 30th year, The Great River Race is as much as an institution as its Oxbridge counterpart . . . and much more fun.
Exhibition: “Chatsworth Renewed: the house past, present and future”, Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP.
There’s never been a better time to visit Chatsworth House, one of England’s most breathtaking country estates and home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. This year celebrates the completion of its glorious restoration, as well as the monumental effort and skill of the people involved. Entry to this special exhibition is included with your ticket to the house and the epic 105-acre gardens.
Until 21 October. Tel: 01246 565 300 www.chatsworth.org
Autumn Steam Gala, Severn Valley Railway, Shropshire.
The flagship event in the Severn Valley calendar allows you to get up close to an array of exciting steam locomotives and sample a range of events up and down the line. Visiting locomotives include LMS Princess Coronation No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland and LMS Stanier Black 5 No. 45231 the Sherwood Forester. With the famed overnight running plus the freedom to pay once and then hop on and off during the day, make sure you visit the Engine House at Highley or enjoy a pint at the Railwayman’s Arms, Bridgnorth.
20-23 September. Tel: 01562 757900 www.svr.co.uk
Wells Cathedral Heritage Open Day, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE
As part of around 5,000 events sweeping the nation for Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture, Wells Cathedral is hosting free tours in this year’s theme of “Extraordinary Women” to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage. Step into
this majestic building and learn all about the local women who were instrumental in creating the Cathedral’s incredible embroideries.
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From the dales and vales to the city and coast, there’s so much to explore in and around Durham, yet make a spot of indulgence and relaxation a part of your visit with scones, jam, sandwiches and cakes galore before watching a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940s adaptation of this classic by Daphne du Maurier. The setting of the house fits the film perfectly while Laurence Olivier’s and oan Fontaine’s performance never gets old.
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It’s been an exceptional year for ew with the reopening of the iconic Temperate House after a five-year restoration project, so tie in a visit with this annual event supporting British artists and craft-makers. Organised by Handmade in Britain, you can browse and buy uni ue textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glass, furniture and more direct from the makers themselves. ust the place for a spot of early Christmas shopping (or a thing of beauty for yourself )
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England’s oldest and most prestigious literature festival will once again welcome some of the biggest names in books, food, comedy, travel, history, art, sport, science, stage and screen to this beautiful Regency town. Sir David Attenborough is on the bill, sharing the new edition of his ground-breaking “Life On Earth”, Dame Darcey Bussell on her new memoir, conductor ane Glover on Handel, and football royalty evin eegan reflecting on his career. Literary heavyweights include Sebastian Faulks, ate Atkinson, William Boyd and Rose Tremain. Something for everyone.
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Take your chance to step aboard the HMS
ictory itself and mark the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar with this traditional naval celebration. Watch the parading of the beef with traditional drummers and join the Captain in a port toast to Admiral Lord Nelson. Sea shanties whilst you dine, then a “good old sing along” with live entertainment. To end on a high, dance the night away with the live band
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The legendary oanna Lumley embarks on her first-ever live tour taking audiences through her hilarious and interesting adventures from her incredible career spanning more than four decades. Recounting some never-heard-before stories, she will be joined on stage by friend and producer Clive Tulloh, who will put to oanna uestions from the audience.
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Exploring the relationship between WWI soldiers and nature, this sensitive exhibition reveals the importance of the British countryside and sense of place as an incentive for men to join up, and the solace it provided in the trenches.
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Eleven years after its debut, having played in 11 countries to over seven million people, War Horse returns to the National Theatre to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. A heart-wrenching tale of the love, courage and loyalty of not only young Albert and his beloved horse oey, but also all those who fought for their country in WWI.
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Commemorating the contribution and sacrifice of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts, the service begins at 11 a.m. with two minutes’ silence. There will be video screens north of the Cenotaph, near the green outside the main Ministry of Defence building and mounted outside the Scotland O ce and south of the Cenotaph on the corner of ing Charles Street.
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Michael Noakes – Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.