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Galway Oyster Festival set to kick off
Head to Ireland's west coast this autumn to find the freshest flavours from the Atlantic. From September 28 to 30 visitors will descend from near and far on the coastal city for the 64th edition of the Galway Oyster Festival, the longest running of its kind in the world. The most competitive get involved in the oyster shucking championships, but the majority of visitors join in the revelry of family activities, live music and cooking demonstrations. Not to forget the best bit of course - sampling the succulent seafood and washing it down with champagne or stout!
Bristol welcomes the 2016 International Balloon Fiesta
From the 11th –14th August, Bristol welcomes the 38th International Balloon Fiesta, Europe's largest annual meeting of hot air balloons. Taking place at Ashton Court in Bristol, the event showcases 150 Hot Air Balloons from all over the globe take to the skies. As well as a balloon filled sky, the fiesta also offers trade stands, fairground rides, entertainment and a grand firework finale across the 4 days. One of the best ways to see the action from above, book yourself a Hot Air Balloon or Helicopter ride to get the best views.
Ireland Welcomes First Luxury Belmond Train
On August 9th 2016 Ireland's first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Grand Hiberian will roll out of Dublin for its first journey. The Grand Hiberian will offer 2, 4 and 6 night journeys throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, visiting many of the highlights including iconic castles and renowned whiskey distilleries.
Opening of the New Tate Modern
On June 17th 2016 the new Tate Modern in London's Southbank will be unveiled. Standing at an impressive 10 stories high, the new building will provide 60% more exhibition space to the existing gallery, originally designed by renowned Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron in 2000. As well as providing additional space, the new building also has a viewing level on the top floor providing an excellent vantage point for views across the city, a restaurant and three new floors of galleries.
300th Anniversary of Capability Brown
2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of the famous landscape gardener Lancelot Brown (nicknamed 'Capability' as he often proclaimed that his clients' grounds had "great capabilities"). To this day large country estates across England have been defined by his vision and talent - Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth House, Warwick Castle and Hampton Court Palace.Take a tour of some of England's most beautiful gardens with our ' English Gardens and the Chelsea Flower Show' tour, which includes a visit to one of Capabilities famous works of art - Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace will also be holding a talk 'Capability Brown: Visionary or Vandal' throughout 2016, which will critique some of Capability's more radical ideas.
150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter
English author Helen Beatrix Potter was born in London in 1866 and wrote her first and arguably most famous story The Tale of Peter Rabbit while she was in her thirties. Potter often holidayed in the Lake District and following the success of her first book she used the proceeds to relocate to Yorkshire. It was there that she took inspiration from the stunning lakes, countryside and wildlife to continue with her passion for writing, publishing a further 30 books. In recognition of this national treasure The Royal Mint has designed a series of Beatrix Potter official UK 50p coins. On the authors death in 1943, Potter left property to the National Trust and the anniversary celebrations will be marked with exhibitions, openings and talks in many of Yorkshire's National Trust sites.
100th anniversary of birth of Roald Dahl
The huge success of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches and The BFG to name just a few, shot Roald Dahl to fame in recent decades. 2016 celebrates all things Dahl with dedicated exhibitions and events spanning the country, even the launch of a rose named after the talented author. Why not take a visit to The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre just half an hour outside London, perfect for the whole family. This summer also sees the launch of Steven Spielbergs' adaptation of The BFG hitting our screens.
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