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Next summer's Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Next summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

A special commemorative flypast marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will be among the highlights of next summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

The details were announced as specially-priced tickets for the three–day airshow, which takes place from 17th to 19th July 2015, went on sale for a limited period.

Super Earlybird admission tickets, priced at £26 for the Friday and £36 for Saturday and Sunday are available until 31st January. The prices represent a saving of more than 20 per cent off the cost of a standard admission ticket.

Next summer’s airshow will focus on aircraft from around the world whose primary role is to protect their nations’ skies whether in support of combat missions, intelligence gathering, providing an airlift capability or delivering humanitarian aid.

Themed ‘Securing The Skies – Past, Present, Future’, the airshow will look to feature legendary aircraft such as the Spitfire and Hurricane, that proved so effective during World War Two; operational aircraft such as the RAF Tornado, currently in action over Iraq; and the RAF Typhoon, which remain on 24-hour standby in the UK and were scrambled recently to intercept Russian bombers.

The Air Tattoo also hopes that the futuristic Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, which was due to take part in the 2014 airshow, will make its much heralded European display debut at RAF Fairford next summer.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Andy Armstrong said that with so much instability in the world, it was the ideal time to turn the spotlight on the important role air power has played and continues to play in making Britain and our allies around the world, safer.

He added: “Already, the response from international air arms has been extremely positive and we’ll be looking to build on last summer’s hugely successful event. With ticket prices starting at £26 and all under-16s enjoying free admission, the Air Tattoo continues to offer extraordinary value for money.”

The Royal International Air Tattoo is staged annually at RAF Fairford in support of the RAF Charitable Trust. To purchase Super Earlybird admission tickets and to view enclosure options, visit airtattoo.com. All under-16s go free. and there will be free parking.

London launches new visitor campaign

‘London, Now see it for yourself’ is a new visitor campaign, introduced by London & Partners, which aims to capitalise on the success of summer 2012 by converting viewers into visitors.

The face of the campaign, Rufus the Corgi, will help visitors to explore a specially designed digital map and microsite on the new and improved visitlondon.com site. Designed and hand drawn by artist Jenni Sparks, the interactive map enables visitors to discover a variety of things to do across the capital.

Showcasing a range of categories, from Museums and Galleries to Sports and Outdoors, the site allows visitors to access further information on each attraction by using the ‘Now see it for yourself’ link.

There is also the opportunity to win a once in a lifetime trip to London; by following a set of clues visitors are taken around the map of London to find where Rufus the Corgi is hiding.

For further information visit www.visitlondon.com/see

Castle celebrates queen’s quincentenary

Sudeley Castle and Winchcombe Village in Gloucestershire are planning a year-long Tudor-themed Katherine Parr Festival for 2012 to mark the quincentenary of Sudeley Castle’s queen, the sixth wife of Henry VIII.

Sudeley Castle will host the Katherine Parr Festival next year

Sudeley Castle will host the Katherine Parr Festival next year

Highlights include the appearance of several of the UK’s foremost historians, authors and gardeners, as well as monthly Tudor Fun Days involving falconry, minstrels and characters in period costume.
At the heart of the celebrations will be a special Katherine Parr exhibition, which will be complemented by a new film, presented by Dr David Starkey, featuring many of the displayed artefacts and illustrating Parr’s life at Sudeley Castle.
The Katherine Parr Festival will run throughout 2012 in and around Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. For more information telephone 01242 604244.