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.

Kings Place Festival announces its 2010 programme

One hundred performances in four days are on offer at this year’s Kings Place Festival, 9-12 September.

Get a taste of the Olympics at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta

Head to Dorset in August for the fifth Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, where sailors from 40 countries will compete at one of the UK’s Olympic venues.   WATERSPORTS ENTHUSIASTS should head for the fifth…

Friends, Romans and re-enactors

A living history pageant, from ancient Greeks to the Space Race, is taking place at Broadlands, Hampshire, 7-8 August.   The re-enactment day-out used to take place at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire but has moved this…

Langley Castle Hotel

Langley Castle Hotel

Langley Castle Hotel is a genuine 14th-century castle set in a 12-acre woodland estate, nestling in the Northumbrian valley of the River South Tyne All castle bed chambers are unique and furnished to a high…

Geales Restaurant, Notting Hill

Geales Restaurant – a Notting Hill original

NOTTING HILL without Geales would be unthinkable, says Pat Moore. The restaurant opened inauspiciously in 1939 and has become one of London’s best-loved local restaurants. GEALES RESTAURANT may have opened inauspiciously in 1939, but it…

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent all at sea

Discover a new side to John Singer Sargent, one of the world’s most famous portrait painters, in a new exhibition coming up at the Royal Academy of Arts.   A NEW SIDE to one of…

Take a seat with a British furniture pioneer

The first major retrospective of the furniture designer-maker John Makepeace tours Britain from September, starting at the home of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.

Have a go at the farming of yesteryear

If you want to get out into the countryside and learn more about Britain’s farming history, head for Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in Shropshire to try your hand at traditional farm skills. IF YOU…

Romantic poet John Keats brought to life in historic garden

Head to Keat’s House in Hampstead, London to learn more about the great Romantic Poet and his love in a summer outdoor performance.

The curtain rises on the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes

Ballet fans, a date to get into your diary now! A major exhibition of one of the world’s great artistic directors and impresarios is coming up at London’s V&A museum this autumn.  Firebird by Natalia…