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.

Super offer for air tattoo early birds

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