Supersonic Attractions

Concorde Airbus moving into the museum. © Airbus

Due to open this August, 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

Castle’s Colourful Celebration

Just a few of the 7000 tulips on display at Hever Castle & Gardens during the festival.

Hever Castle & Gardens near Edenbridge in Kent is hosting its first ever ‘Tulip Celebration’ this year from April 24th to 28th and May 2nd to 7th (excluding bank holiday weekend).

Visitors to the brand new event at the Castle in Kent will be able to enjoy a tulip trail, either self-guided or with Hever’s head gardener, and marvel at the 7,000 tulips, in 60 varieties planted along the Pergola Walk, Pompeiian Wall, Tudor Garden and Italian Garden.

Tulips with a talking point such as ‘Ice Cream’ with its peony-like flower will be planted in troughs and pots and displayed in the rotundas and on the Castle forecourt. The castle’s interior will also dressed with tulips by talented in-house florist Pamela Brise.

The celebration is included with general admission to Hever Castle, which offers special entry rates for groups of 15 people or more

For further information telephone 01732 861701

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