Supersonic Attractions

Concorde Airbus moving into the museum. © Airbus

Due to open this autumn, the £19 million Aerospace Bristol heritage attraction has taken the wraps off its star attraction.

Concorde 216, the last of the supersonic passenger jets to be built and the last to fly, has been cocooned in protective film while her new purpose-built hanger was constructed, but is now fully revealed and ready to welcome her first visitors on board.

Groups will also be able to walk under the aircraft’s wings and take photographs from the Concorde balcony.

Based on the city’s former Filton Airfield, Aerospace Bristol also includes two refurbished World War One aircraft hangars that will allow visitors to explore more than 100 years of British aviation industry – from Boxkite biplanes and the pioneers of early aviation, through two world wars and the drama of the space race to current technology and future possibilities.

The attraction will offer discounted group rates, guided tours and free coach parking. Interested parties can contact groups@aerospacebristol.org

For further information telephone 01179 315 315

New dates for tours of Houses of Parliament during the election campaign

On a guided tour in the Houses of Parliament.

The Houses of Parliament is open to visitors during the period before the UK General Election on 8th June. And to encourage young adults to register, vote and participate in the democratic process, all UK ‘young voters’ currently aged 18 to 24 can book a free place on a tour of the Houses of Parliament.

Visitors will discover the House of Commons, House of Lords and Westminster Hall, and see inside the debating chambers and voting lobbies of both Houses. At the conclusion of their tour, visitors will be invited to make use of Parliament’s pop-up electoral registration centre in Westminster Hall, where parliamentary staff will be on hand to provide assistance with the registration process.

To ensure as many young voters as possible take the opportunity to visit Parliament, eight additional tour dates have been added in May. A ticket is still required and proof of age will be requested on entry.

Tours are available on the following days:
Monday to Saturday between 11 and 20 May
Wednesday to Saturday between 25 May and 3 June
The Houses of Parliament is also taking part in the first ever London History Day on Wednesday 31 May with a range of tours and events.

Booking information
Tickets can be purchased online at www.parliament.uk/visit, by calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114 or in person from the Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more if booked in advance.

Guided tours
Adults: £25.50 / £28
Concessions: £21 / £23
Children (5-15 years): £11 / £12
UK young voters (18-24 years): Free but will require a ticket for admission

Audio tours
Adults: £18.50 / £20.50
Concessions: £16 / £18
(5-15 years): One child free with each paying adult, but will require a ticket for admission, £7.50 / £8.50 for each additional child
UK young voters (18-24 years): Free but will require a ticket for admission

Concessions apply to over 60s, students, members of the UK Armed Forces.

Restoration of a Water Wonderland

One of Thomas Hornor’s paintings, which will help guide the Regency waterpark’s restoration.

One of Britain’s finest Regency waterparks is to be restored as part of the biggest development in the history of the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

The innovative system, which saw water flowing around the estate linked by a network of dams, sluices, bridges and cascades was an impressive aspect of the garden, designed by Capability Brown protegé Samuel Lapidge.

By the mid-19th century it had entered a slow decline, with the necklace of lakes finally being drained in 1934. Empty and silted-up lakes still remained, however, with overgrown paths running alongside and their rebirth will be achieved with reference to a series of historic paintings by Thomas Hornor.

The reconstruction of the dams, cascades, weirs and falls is set to be complete by March 2020, along with extensive landscaping and replanting.
The garden offers special rates of entry for groups of 10 people and even lower rates are available this year during April and May.

For further information please call 01558 667149