Ravens’ new home at the Tower

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The ravens’ new home at the Tower.

Bespoke enclosures have been built to house the legendary ravens at the Tower of London.

Commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces, the new accommodation offers more night-time space for the seven ‘Guardians of the Tower’, which roam the attraction’s grounds during the day.

New display boards with information on the myths and legends surrounding the ravens have also been introduced.

Special rates are available at the Tower for groups of 15 people or more.

For further information telephone 0844 482 7770

Hastings Pier rises from the ashes

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The visitor centre on Hastings Pier.

Following  a £14.2 million refurbishment and over two years work, Hastings Pier has re-opened to the public.

Built in 1872, the attraction was gutted by a fire in 2010, and its renovation has included the replacement of damaged support pillars and steel beams, and the introduction of new decking the length of the 910-foot structure.

Materials saved from the original pier have also been used where appropriate on the 21st-century update, which incudes small shops selling crafts, pier-related merchandise and refreshments, as well as a full service restaurant and fairground rides.

A two-storey visitor centre in the middle of the pier, housing a bistro and a digital archive of different aspects of the structure’s history, will open later in the year and visitors can already make use of its roof terrace café.

This building also features terraces from which audiences can watch performances, and larger scale events will take place including outdoor cinema screenings, farmers’ markets, Christmas markets, an ice rink and, over the August Bank Holiday weekend, a summer circus.

For further information telephone 01424 435587

Stuff and nonsense at Jacksons Lane

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Managing Editor Abbe Bates and her son Herbie enjoyed a performance of Goldilocks and The 3 Bears in London recently at the lovely Jacksons Lane theatre in Highgate. The children’s story is brought to life by kids theatre company Stuff and Nonsense with amazing costume, puppetry and acrobatics, and some witty dialogue too. It was Herbie’s first visit to the theatre, and he thoroughly enjoyed it! The show is currently on tour until June.