England became a unified state in AD 927 and, since the 15th century, has had a significant impact on the wider world, developing the English language, the Anglican Church, and English law – the basis for the common law legal systems of many other countries around the world. Its beautiful and varied countryside is interspersed with quaint villages and cosmopolitan cities including the capital, London.

The name "England" is derived from the Old English name Engla land, which means "land of the Angles". The Angles were one of the Germanic tribes that settled in Great Britain during the Early Middle Ages.

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Suffolk: A Guide to Constable Country

Meander through a masterpiece, wander along winding riverside footpaths, discover landmarks and appreciate an unchanged landscape. Take a look at some of Suffolk’s must see spots.

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BRITAIN at Cowes Week 2011

Intense racing, Red Arrow displays and live music marked the start of Cowes Week which kicked off on Saturday 6 August. BRITAIN joined over 1,000 competing boats and raced in the Extreme Sailing Series.

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Cowes Week returns to the Isle of Wight

On 6 August, the famous Cowes week will descend upon the Isle of Wight. This key event on the British sailing calendar will have racing at the forefront, but with Sail-In Cinemas, Red Arrow Displays and Extreme catamaran racing, there will be something for everyone.

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HMS Victory undergoes restoration

The first restoration work of the mast and rigging began on HMS Victory on 12 July 2011 ready for an exhibition next year.

The work will see 26 miles of associated rigging and 768 wooden clocks removed, some of which are 100 years old.



The first restoration work of the mast and rigging began on HMS Victory on 12th July 2011. The fore topgallant yard and fore topsail yard were removed from the ship by crane safely. The restoration work will see 26 miles of associated rigging and 768 wooden clocks removed, some of which are 100 years old.
The ship’s three masts, bowspirit and rigging will be dismantled over the coming weeks.  The last time HMS Victory was seen without her topmast was back in 1944 so this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see her under-going such extreme maintenance.
Royal Navy’s Director General, Professor Dominic Tweddle said, “HMS Victory is a national icon. It is both a relief to see the next stage in her restoration begin, but also a real challenge. We are determined that Victory will be open to the public throughout so that they can share in excitement and even thrills of the restoration story.”
Most of the highly skilled work will be carried out by master shipwrights and other specialist staff. These workers are experienced in the cutting edge technology of modern warships but maintain age-old wooden shipbuilding skills which are needed for historic ships such as HMS Victory.

The ships age means that constant upkeep is needed to keep her in top condition but her Commanding Officer will make sure that HMS Victory will remain open to the public and urges visitors to come and see the ship whilst the work is underway.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will soon open an interactive exhibition exploring how HMS Victory was original built in 1759, how she was preserved and cared for during war and out of service and finally cover the restoration process that will span the next ten years.
For visitors information about HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard visit www.historicdockyard.co.uk      

Derby Feste: carnival fever returns

On the 23rd September 2011, the annual Derby Festé returns to the Midlands. This two-day festival brings world-class performance, film, live music and more for a weekend of fun for all the family to enjoy and Peixosreturns for an underwater spectacular!

On the 23rd and 24th September 2011, the annual Derby Festé returns to the streets of Derby. This two-day festival brings world-class performance, film, live music and more for a weekend of fun for all the family to enjoy.

A variety of entertainment includes giant fire-breathing dragons, aerial acrobatics performing death-defying stunts, pyrotechnics, live bands, street parties and much more.

One of the most popular acts is back in 2011, the Spanish-based Sarruga, who transforms the city street into an underwater world with the performance of Peixos.

Giant illuminated fish and creatures of the deep transform the street into 30metres of spectacular seabed. Vivid colours and special effects as well as music, sound and light immerse the crowd into the ocean, with sharks and jellyfish moving overhead.

The festival will end with the finale in the recently transformed Cathedral Green, the city’s natural amphitheatre.

Derby Festé brings a carnival atmosphere to the Midland city for two days and nights and has a reputation of bringing a host of internationally acclaimed and local talents to liven up the streets for this festival celebration.

For more information and a full line up visit www.derbyfeste.com.


Report by Sarah Linda

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011

Once a year, classic racecars descend upon the West Sussex countryside for the exhilarating Goodwood Festival of Speed. Chloe Collyer visited to find out why people return year after year to this iconic event.

What a way to spend a Sunday! In the glorious sunshine, I experience my first Goodwood Festival of Speed where, once a year, the usually peaceful countryside of West Sussex is rocked by the sound of racecars old and new tearing up the infamous hill climb.

The excitement starts while I am still queuing for the car park, as Aston Martin after Aston Martin shoots past me. As I enter the ground I see a 28-metre sculpture of a Jaguar E-type soaring above the trees in front of Goodwood House, the work of artist Gerry Judah to mark the festival’s 50th anniversary. Using the sculpture as my guide, I happily stumble across a champagne tent for some lunch, and find myself a spot at the side of the track in preparation to see famous drivers – including Lewis Hamilton -roaring past.

It’s not only about the cars. The only remaining flying Vulcan bomber circles low overhead before pulling up vertically, becoming the only machine capable of drowning out the roar of the racecar engines.

After wandering around the old cars in the Cartier enclosure, and spotting Chris Evans’s collection of Ferraris, I cross the track to try out a few cars for size myself (sitting in rather than driving them, sadly). Feeling quite exhausted after all this entertainment, I move on to the Audi pitch halfway up the hill, where Audi owners are treated to refreshments and some very British strawberries. As I listen to Brian May playing live from the main house, I realise there is so much to take in here, I’m barely off the start line.

Report & images by Chloe Collyer



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Eastbourne dig for hidden history

The first ever archaeological excavation of Grange Gardens in Eastbourne, opened by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, invites visitors to take part and take daily guided tours to dicover the town’s history. Read More »


Herefordshire Food Week

Head to Herefordshire’s Food Week between between August 13 and 21 for tempting locally-grown produce. 25 producers around the county will open their doors to the public for demonstrations, sampling and guided tours.

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SS Robin returns to its London birthplace

SS Robin, the world’s last remaining steam coaster ship, built in 1890, returned to London’s Royal Albert Docks. The iconic ship of British maritime heritage will open as an attraction in 2012 in the run up to the 2012 Olympics Read More »

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Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this summer

With 800 years of naval history, visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this summer and take advantage of the Big Ticket offer. Receive entry to all attractions, including the world’s most famous historic ships and The National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard from 11th July – 4th September and receive entry to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower for just £2 more.

The historic dockyard in Portsmouth is a fantastic place to visit 800 years of naval history and visitors purchasing the Big Ticket can experience exceptional value for money with the vast array of attractions included.

Some of the world’s most famous historic ships can be toured, including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and discover the Mary Rose Museum with over 1,000 original Tudor artefacts. Waterbus transfers are also included in the ticket as well as informative harbour tours.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is fun for all the family, with interactive Action Stations where visitors can fly a helicopter or climb the UK’s tallest indoor climbing tower. The museum also features the Dockyard Apprentice and the Trafalgar Sail exhibitions.

Another main attraction is the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Explore on board the only surviving WWII era submarine HMS Alliance to hear stories about living beneath the waves, as well as discovering some of the Royal Navy’s most powerful and secret weapons.

Come up close with mines, massive guns, missiles and explosives from the past and present at Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower, the MOD’s formerly
secret weapon’s store.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard embraces the history and bravery of the Royal Navy and visitors will hear stories of the heroism of generations of serving personnel, from tales of Lord Nelson to the enthralling history of Henry VIII’s Mary Rose. With all this and more, take advantage of The Big Tickets limited offer and come and visit the Dockyard this summer!

Tickets are available from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s visitor centre, the RN Submarine Museum and Explosion and are valid for a year. Full Terms and Conditions and visiting information is available on www.historicdockyard.co.uk/bigticketor call 023 9283 9766

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