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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
100th anniversary of birth of Roald Dahl
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