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Water Spectacular springs into action at Chatsworth this May half term!
Water Spectacular springs into action at Chatsworth this May half term!
9:25 AM, May 25 2017

With the May bank holiday set for glorious weather, visitors can also marvel at the impressive site of water tumbling over the roof of the Cascade House before it flows over the stone steps designed to mimic the sound of music.Other spectacular water features on display are the Ring Pond and Willow Tree Fountain (image right). A survivor from the 17th century garden, the Ring Pond’s original columns originally stood in the garden at Chiswick House in west London but moved to Chatsworth in 1893. The Willow Tree Fountain was designed as a practical joke when it was first ‘planted’ in its own little dell back in the 17th century. The artificial tree of brass often catches out the unwary with its sprays of water.Free drop-in tours of the water features will take place five times a day. Starting from the bottom of the Cascade, tours will focus on the waterworks with a short five minute talk before each feature is turned on. Chatsworth’s Paul Hayes said: “With glorious sunshine predicted for the bank holiday, we’re confident visitors will be in awe of the spectacular water features here at Chatsworth. It’s a rare opportunity to witness the full potential of our waterworks and a chance to cool off in the spray of the impressive Emperor Fountain as it shoots 200 feet into the air, more than double its usual playing height of 75 feet!” Hands-on activities will also be on offer over the weekend (27-28 May) in the Stickyard. Visitors are invited to join the education team and volunteers from Moors for the Future and discover more about moorlands and the plants and animals that live on the moors above Chatsworth.

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ARRR, Shiver Me Timbers! Half term is Pirate Week at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham
ARRR, Shiver Me Timbers! Half term is Pirate Week at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham
9:24 AM, May 24 2017

Calling all buccaneers and swashbucklers, an exciting treasure hunt awaits ye at The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham during the underwater attraction’s Pirate Week this half term (Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June).

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Fabulous freakshakes to drive your taste-buds wild at Eden this half-term
Fabulous freakshakes to drive your taste-buds wild at Eden this half-term
9:34 AM, May 23 2017

TV chef James Strawbridge has invented a range of new shakes with delicious Cornish produce and some surprise superfoods to tempt the taste-buds of Eden Project visitors next week (May 27 – June 4). The Hungry Sailors presenter’s ingenious new freakshakes have been inspired by Cornwall’s great produce and some of the exotic foods grown at Eden. Freakshakes are a cross between a drink and dessert, often topped with cream, cake or sauce. The lavish milkshake is an Australian invention but has become popular in the UK in recent months and James has been working with Trewithen Dairy on his own unique range. His healthier concoctions feature mouth-watering ingredients such as Cornish strawberries and vanilla ice cream as well as some unusual additions including turmeric and beetroot juice. Made especially for Eden is The Eden, a tropical, frothy mix of banana, pineapple, honey and turmeric topped with whipped cream, coconut flakes and broken meringue. James said: “Cornwall has a lot in common with Australia – we’ve taken the idea of the freakshake and given it our own fabulous twist. Yes, we’ve had juices and milkshakes before but nothing quite as ‘wow!’ as this. “The core of The Eden shake is made up of some really healthy ingredients inspired by the great tropical vibe of the Rainforest Biome.” James visited Eden to give hospitality team members a masterclass in how to create the perfect freakshake. Also on the menu at Eden next week are: The Cream Tea – made with blended strawberries and Cornish clotted cream, topped off with half a scone spread with jam and cream and garnished with granola and fresh strawberry slices. The Red Velvet – blended with beetroot juice, chocolate powder and raspberries and sprinkled with chocolate chips and blowtorched marshmallows. The Clint Eastwood – featuring brewed and chilled coffee sponge and finished with whipped cream, sponge biscuits and burnt candied orange zest. Trewithen Dairy Managing Director Francis Clarke said: “We love to see Trewithen products being used in new and exciting ways. Our milk, cream and yoghurt are totally natural products, whizzed into tasty concoctions to delight Eden’s visitors – what more could you want?” Andrew Holden, Eden’s Procurement Director, said: “The team at Trewithen Dairy have been supplying Eden’s dairy needs from the day we opened our doors to the public, so to have James help us whip up something as new and exciting as this with their quality milk and cream is a great way to celebrate our lasting relationship.” The freakshakes will be available to buy every day during half-term at the Freaky Marquee in front of the Mediterranean Biome.

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TEN YEAR OLD BOY WINS CHANCE TO HAVE STORY PUBLISHED AS OFFICIAL BEDTIME STORYBOOK FOR THE NEW LEGOLAND® CASTLE HOTEL
TEN YEAR OLD BOY WINS CHANCE TO HAVE STORY PUBLISHED AS OFFICIAL BEDTIME STORYBOOK FOR THE NEW LEGOLAND® CASTLE HOTEL
10:27 AM, May 22 2017

Joseph Parkes, 10, has won a nationwide LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel bedtime story writing competition

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Baby Alligator arrives at the Tropical Butterfly House
Baby Alligator arrives at the Tropical Butterfly House
10:33 AM, May 19 2017

The Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston, near Sheffield, welcomes a baby Alligator!

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Girl power takes over at Chatsworth
Girl power takes over at Chatsworth
12:33 AM, May 18 2017

Germany’s Bettina Hoy, a regular visitor to the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, had another successful weekend with first and second places and Britain’s Gemma Tattersall rode into the record books as the first female winner of an Event Rider Masters (ERM) competition.

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Bristol Aquarium's Baby Rays are all grown up!
Bristol Aquarium's Baby Rays are all grown up!
10:23 AM, May 17 2017

Three thornback rays (Raja clavata) have outgrown their nursery tank and have just been introduced into the aquarium’s Bay of Rays exhibit. The young rays are around 16months and whilst they have outgrown their nursery tank they are still very small in comparison to the fully grown rays in the display.

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Painting a fresh portrait of The Mysterious Miss Austen
Painting a fresh portrait of The Mysterious Miss Austen
9:34 AM, May 16 2017

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of the universally acclaimed author Jane Austen and Hampshire is holding a year long series of events to celebrate her creativity and talent.

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Blondie to play at the Eden Sessions!
Blondie to play at the Eden Sessions!
9:31 AM, May 15 2017

Call me!! There is an exciting addition to the Eden Sessions lineup! New wave icons Blondie are the latest act to be confirmed and will play a show against the backdrop of the famous Biomes on Friday June 23. The announcement coincides with the release of their eleventh studio album Pollinator, which comes out today (Friday May 5).

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The Enchanted Fairy Forest at the Tropical Butterfly House
The Enchanted Fairy Forest at the Tropical Butterfly House
9:41 AM, May 12 2017

This spring half term sees the return of the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre’s popular ‘Enchanted Fairy Forest’ event.

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Bays launches Crocod-ale
Bays launches Crocod-ale
9:43 AM, May 11 2017

Bays Brewery is introducing another animal-themed ale for the summer in aid of Paignton Zoo Environmental Park.

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Squirrel Nutkin swings into action at Willows this May!
Squirrel Nutkin swings into action at Willows this May!
10:00 AM, May 10 2017

Willows Activity Farm, based in St Albans, is proud to announce a brand new character joining the family - the one and only Squirrel Nutkin!

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MANORS IN MINIATURE
MANORS IN MINIATURE
9:59 AM, May 9 2017

In partnership with the Foxcote Manor Society, the Kent and East Sussex Railway have booked the magnificent 7822 Foxcote Manor to run during May on their idyllic line. This will be the largest engine ever to operate on this railway.

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Inspiration and Skill on the Menu from The School of Artisan Food at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
Inspiration and Skill on the Menu from The School of Artisan Food at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
10:12 AM, May 8 2017

The award winning School of Artisan Food has designed an exciting programme for the Artisan Kitchen Theatre supported by Villa Maria at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. A feast of interests will be served throughout the five days from cooking with seasonal produce; keeping hens at home and plant pot bread making to wild food and foraging; cheese-making at home and cooking on a budget.

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Napoleonic Re-enactment Weekend - Bringing History to Life at Hole Park
Napoleonic Re-enactment Weekend - Bringing History to Life at Hole Park
9:55 AM, May 5 2017

One of the most memorable ways to experience history first hand is to attend a living history event.

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Lost Garden found at Culzean Castle
Lost Garden found at Culzean Castle
9:34 AM, May 4 2017

Archaeologists working for Scotland’s largest conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland, have discovered the remains of an 18th century walled garden buried below the Fountain Court in front of Ayrshire’s Culzean Castle. The discovery was made as part of a major project to improve the drainage at the Fountain Court and to make it suitable for staging large public events. Souters Sports Ltd. is installing the new drainage and Rathmell Archaeology Ltd. has been conducting a watching brief during the groundworks. During the excavation of a new herringbone pattern of drains and the installation of an irrigation sprinkler system, stone walls were located and recorded. It emerged that these walls formed a large rectangular enclosure over 60m long (north-south) by 30m (east-west). As the current works presented a very rare opportunity to dig below the well-kept lawn, a larger trench was excavated to locate and expose the southern corner of the garden. Careful excavation and cleaning revealed that the wall at this point survives to over six courses, standing around 0.7m high. This garden wall is thought to result from work undertaken by Sir John Kennedy of Culzean, 2nd Baronet, in 1733 where he extended the walled garden at the foot of the terrace walls on the east side of the castle. This garden is shown on the estate map of Culzean drawn by John Foulis in 1755. It is likely that the walled garden functioned as an enclosed kitchen garden for the castle with fruit trees lining the south-facing walls of the terraces. The map appears to show rows of planted beds in a rectangular arrangement. This garden was abandoned in 1782 and the walls were demolished by Robert Adam’s workmen as part of the wide range of improvements carried out around the castle, leading to the iconic clifftop structure we see today.As was the fashion in the late 18th century, the kitchen garden was moved away from the immediate view of the house and the former site was given over to wider views of the picturesque landscape. A new walled garden was built to the south-east, just out of sight of the castle and the date stone above the gate is 1786. It is likely that a lot of the stone used for this new garden (the existing walled garden at Culzean) would have been re-used from the original one.

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Join in the fun at Cheddar Caves this Half Term!
Join in the fun at Cheddar Caves this Half Term!
10:11 AM, May 3 2017

Join in with Cheddar Wildlife Week this May half-termThe famous Cheddar Pink, rare butterfly species and peregrine falcons will all be a feature of 'Cheddar Wildlife Week' during the May half-term holidays.

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Lots of tiny seahorse babies born at Bristol Aquarium!
Lots of tiny seahorse babies born at Bristol Aquarium!
9:29 AM, May 2 2017

Behind the scenes, Bristol Aquarium has successfully bred a herd of around 70 Lined Seahorses (Hippocampus erectus); aquarists are hard at work giving these tiny babies the best possible start in life.

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Explore 'Gruesome Nature' at ZSL London Zoo
Explore 'Gruesome Nature' at ZSL London Zoo
10:39 AM, April 28 2017

Do you know which species can endure radiation, fire and ice and survive in outer space? Or which animal has the largest, slimiest eyeball? Prepare to be wowed by wildlife this May half-term, at ZSL London Zoo’s new interactive stage show Gruesome Nature Live!

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Eden Project wins national award for inclusivity!!!
Eden Project wins national award for inclusivity!!!
9:23 AM, April 27 2017

The Eden Project has been named the country’s best visitor attraction for inclusivity at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

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