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Makeover for Home of the Giants
Makeover for Home of the Giants
9:02 AM, January 11 2018

Imagine having your whole home refurbished, with an indoor pool, hi-tech heating and the best interior design. Well, the Aldabran giant tortoises at Paignton Zoo had all this done – and they love it.

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Fitter - Healthier - Stronger You! Hadleigh Country Park's new year fitness campaign.
Fitter - Healthier - Stronger You! Hadleigh Country Park's new year fitness campaign.
9:11 AM, January 10 2018

With every new year, we dedicate to bettering ourselves and our health. Whilst gym memberships are great, nothing can beat the benefits of exercising in nature. As 2018 kicks off, Hadleigh Country Park launches its campaign ‘Fitter – Healthier – Stronger You!’ to get families out there and being active.

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New Pajama Cardinalfish at Bristol Aquarium
New Pajama Cardinalfish at Bristol Aquarium
9:11 AM, January 9 2018

In the coldest nights in January, we like to snuggle up in our favourite pyjamas at home, but for the latest fishy friend at Bristol Aquarium, they’re just settling in to their new home. The Pajama Cardinalfish family have arrived.

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Eden Project celebrates Cornish Folklore
Eden Project celebrates Cornish Folklore
9:00 AM, January 8 2018

The Eden Project has long been a staple of Cornwall, but the rich Cornish history is being celebrated between in January. Yes, the folk songs and puppet shows are just some of the celebrations being undertaken over the weekend of January 13th & 14th.

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Brooklands Museum is Awarded Special Commendation by the F.I.A
Brooklands Museum is Awarded Special Commendation by the F.I.A
9:01 AM, January 5 2018

Brooklands Museum’s restoration of the original Brooklands Finishing Straight and the re-instatement of the Paddock Scoreboard was awarded a rare Special Commendation at the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile), annual gala and prize giving ceremony on December 8th at the Palace of Versailles near Paris. The Special Commendation was the first ever awarded by the FIA Founding Members' Club, whose annual Members’ Heritage Cup was won this year by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Pensinsula (SCRAMP) for its annual historic race meeting at Laguna Seca, California.

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'Chatsworth Renewed' - the huge restoration project is due for completion & key dates for your diary
'Chatsworth Renewed' - the huge restoration project is due for completion & key dates for your diary
9:09 AM, January 4 2018

After a 10-year, £32.7million project, Chatsworth House and Garden will be restored to full glory in 2018! The project is due for completion this March, after having a huge clean over winter. It is one of the largest renovation projects to the house since 1828, and the restored house will reveal all the work that has taken place over the years. Showcasing everyone who has put in the work, to make sure the house is preserved for many years to come.

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A Ballet Experience to remember
A Ballet Experience to remember
9:10 AM, January 3 2018

Blackpool’s Grand Theatre is offering an exclusive opportunity to 20 children (between the ages of 8 and 15). The Russian State Ballet of Siberia will be teaching an exclusive ballet class on 12th January at 3pm.

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We're back!
We're back!
9:19 AM, January 2 2018

Happy New Year everyone! As promised, the team are now back in the office (battling our collective New Year’s hangover). We hope you all had a lovely festive period and enjoyed the new year! We’ve got loads of new stuff to bring you in 2018 – from new attractions, events to all the latest days out news.

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DOUK Christmas Message
DOUK Christmas Message
9:04 AM, December 22 2017

Sorry if we go quiet for the next week or so - we’ll be out of Office enjoying the festive period! From all of us at DOUK, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year and any other winter holidays out there! We’ll be returning to the office on January 2nd, to bring a whole New Years’ worth of events and exciting new attractions in 2018.

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Thackray Medical Museum wins National Lottery Support
Thackray Medical Museum wins National Lottery Support
9:05 AM, December 21 2017

The Thackray Medical Museum, in Leeds, has received a confirmed grant of £1.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards its £3.7 million development project, A Healthy Future, it was announced today. The museum has also been awarded £1 million from Welcome, the global charitable foundation which has a mission to improve health.

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Next Eden Sessions act announced
Next Eden Sessions act announced
9:11 AM, December 20 2017

There’s been a lot of big names announced for the 2018 Eden Sessions, and another name is added to the list of acts, set to perform. Jack Johnson returns to the stage on July 5th. His debut at the event, was in 2010.

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Underwater Housecleaning
Underwater Housecleaning
9:29 AM, December 14 2017

If you thought it was a challenge to hoover the house, imagine cleaning the bottom of a penguin enclosure! You’ll need a water vacuum, breathing apparatus and something to keep nosey penguins out of your way.

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New at LEGOLAND for 2018
New at LEGOLAND for 2018
9:01 AM, December 13 2017

A new year brings new things. And at LEGOLAND 2018 brings some serious new attractions. Ready for March 2018, the newest additions include;

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All I want for Christmas is Zoo
All I want for Christmas is Zoo
9:02 AM, December 12 2017

It’s time for some extra holiday fun at ZSL London Zoo, as zookeepers have been busy preparing some very seasonal surprises for the Zoo’s residents to enjoy. Asiatic lionesses Heidi, Indi and Rubi will wake up to a pile of pretty presents to rip open - thanks to specialist fund management group Liontrust - while the Zoo’s Humboldt penguin colony will be pecking for pressies underneath their very own Christmas tree.

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Massive Attack to play Eden Sessions
Massive Attack to play Eden Sessions
9:02 AM, December 11 2017

Ground-breaking band Massive Attack will be playing their only UK outdoor shows of 2018 at the Eden Sessions next summer (Friday and Saturday June 15 and 16).

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Manchester Cathedral Radio returns for Christmas
Manchester Cathedral Radio returns for Christmas
9:00 AM, December 7 2017

 Following the success of last year’s pop-up DAB radio station, Manchester Cathedral’s Christmas station returns again for 2017.

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UK Charity Week
UK Charity Week
9:01 AM, December 6 2017

Commencing this week, UK charity week takes place in the first full week of December – designed to get everyone involved in donating to charity, at a time when it is the season of giving. Blackpool’s Grand Theatre’s hugely successful #PlayYourPart awareness campaign has been a massive success within the community.

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New Year, New Journey
New Year, New Journey
9:01 AM, December 5 2017

Why not visit Tenterden’s Steam Railway after Christmas for scenic ride through the English countryside? A nostalgic journey through a beautiful winter landscape, taking place on selected dates post-Christmas – including December 30th, 31st and January 1st.

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21st Century Lizard arrived at Paignton Zoo
21st Century Lizard arrived at Paignton Zoo
9:01 AM, December 4 2017

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon has got four new residents, and they’re as weird and wonderful as you could imagine. The blue tree monitor lizard is the latest animal to join Paignton Zoo.  Four have joined the charity zoo, and are around 5 years old and 2 feet long – they are currently living in the reptile nursery.

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Manchester Cathedral receives £88,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Manchester Cathedral receives £88,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund
9:14 AM, December 1 2017

Manchester Cathedral has received £88,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project, appraising a Transformational Heritage Project, in central Manchester.  Made possible from money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on an exploration of how the Cathedral might adapt its buildings to interpret better its heritage and reach out to its community more fully.

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