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New perspective

Emirates Spinnaker Tower, in partnership with Visit Portsmouth, has unveiled a new joint ticket for 2016, enabling groups to explore Portsmouth on a guided walking tour before enjoying a birds-eye view of their route from 100 metres up. Starting at the city’s 13th century Royal Garrison Church, the tour ends at the tower, where groups

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Move for Museum of Brands

Formerly located on Colville Mews in Notting Hill, London, The Museum of Brands has announced the opening date for its new building on nearby Lancaster Road. Conveniently situated two minutes from Ladbroke Grove Tube station, the new museum has larger exhibition areas to display its huge collection, exploring the history of consumer culture, and includes

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External Bard drive

Timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s legacy, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is reinventing Shakespeare’s New Place, the grounds where The Bard had his family home for 19 years. The house itself was demolished three centuries ago, but the plot in Stratford-upon-Avon has been conserved as a garden in honour of Shakespeare

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Efteling opens fantastic palace

Dutch theme park Efteling has announced a new dark ride, representing the park’s largest ever single investment. Due to open in the autumn, Symbolica: Palace of Fantasy will see up to six people entering each carriage and then choosing one of three routes. Each of these routes will be an alternate story, offering different adventures

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New home for Hive

Following its run as the centrepiece of the gold medal winning UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, critically acclaimed installation The Hive will take up its new home within Kew Gardens from June 2016. Designed by award-winning artist Wolfgang Buttress, the 17-metre high, 50-tonne lattice structure is an immersive, multisensory experience inspired by groundbreaking

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Hair-raising ride

Thorpe Park in Surrey is to introduce a ride dreamt up by TV illusionist Derren Brown. Described as a ghost train reinvented for the 21st Century, the age-restricted attraction will incorporate live action elements, nextgeneration technology and 4D special effects in an attempt to create an experience unlike any other. Housed inside a large disused

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Gorge-ous makeover

One of Britain’s most magical underground spaces is currently being transformed, ahead of its re-opening at Easter. Cox’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, has had a huge footfall of guests, experts and royal visitors since it was first discovered in 1837, but this will be the first time in a quarter of a century that

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Pirate’s Quest reshuffles decks

Cornish walk through experience Pirate’s Quest Newquay will open for its second year with a brand new storyline. The hour-long interactive adventure, led by legendary buccaneer, Captain Calico Jack, will involve visitors being transported back over 300 years to the dawn of the Republic of Pirates. Group members will get to experience a live recreation

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Vaulting ambition

Historic characters from Peterborough Museum’s 500-year past feature in new tours of the building’s underground vaults, which have opened to the public for the first time. Film-style special effects are projected onto the ancient brick walls of Priestgate Vaults during tours and characters talk to visitors as they move through the vaults in groups of

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Tintagel transformed

Perched on Cornwall’s dramatic Atlantic coastline, and said to be the birthplace of legendary King Arthur, English Heritage attraction Tintagel Castle will launch new outdoor interpretation panels and art installations next year, including specially-commissioned sculptures of the Sword in the Stone and King Arthur himself. The site has already completed a number of improvements this

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