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.


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

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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


A stunning new addition to Liverpool’s waterfront

The Museum of Liverpool, the first of its kind for more than a century, will open its doors on Tuesday 19 July 2011. Read More »

Hereford Orchard

RHS celebrate Herefordshire a€™s Year of The Orchard

Herefordshire’s orchards have been a way of life for over two centuries. At the forefront of Britain’s orchard horticulture, they are an intrinsic part of the counties treasured past, landscape and community. Read More »


A Fashionable Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough Hotel

Bring in the summer in styleon the 1st July, when this prestigious hotel teams up with fashion label Harvey Nichols to offer a luxurious Champagne Afternoon Tea and fashion show.

There’s nothing more quintessentially English than afternoon tea, especially when it’s in the luxurious surroundings of The Lanesborough Hotel. Bring in the summer in style on the 1st July, when this prestigious hotel teams up with fashion label Harvey Nichols to offer a luxurious Champagne Afternoon Tea and fashion show. Enjoy this renowned, traditional tea in The Lanesborough’s opulent restaurant Aspleys, whilst sipping on champagne, as models glide down the catwalk wearing the best of this seasons resort wear.

The Lanesborough is one of London’s most prestigious hotels, located in Knightbridge, opposite Hyde Park. It has won numerous awards for it’s delicious afternoon tea, including Best in London and an Award of Excellence, both by The British Tea Guild. A sumptuous tea, made up of dainty sandwiches and a mouth-watering selection of freshly baked scones, cakes and pastries, all washed down with champagne and a careful selection of tea varieties.

Whether you are on the hunt for a new holiday wardrobe, or looking for perfectly tailored swimwear to flaunt on the beach, this is the event for you. With designers such as Heidi Klein, We Are Handsome and Missoni, Harvey Nichol’s will showcase exclusive beachwear for you to draw inspiration for your holidays; A handpicked selection of the chicest swimwear options and cover-ups of the season.

There will also be advice from top designers Heidi Gosman and Penny Klein, on how to achieve that poolside look. The show will highlight their latest collection of chic, feminine and glamorous attire, perfect for that exotic trip abroad or weekend away in Britain. Don’t miss out on the chance to select your new resort wardrobe in the affluent surroundings of The Lanesborough Hotel.

The Lanesborough’s Fashionable Tea will be held on the 1st
July, from 4.00pm to 5.30pm and priced at £49.00 per person plus 12.5% service
charge. For reservations, please call 020 7259 5599 or visit www.lanesborough.com




All-Australian orchestra to perform at the City of London Festival

The annual City ofLondon Festival will begin this year on the 26 June and will end on the 16 July. Read More »

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