Thursday, March 17, 2016

Great Britain - Top 10 stories for 2016

2016's calendar is jam-packed with events, anniversaries and key dates that guarantee Britain will be on the top of holiday this year! Here are top 10 stories to look out for in 2016!

1. 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death

Shakespeare's England will host a range of new exhibitions in Stratford-upon-Avon including a new immersive theatrical experience at the Royal Shakespeare Company; a reimagining of New Place following major restoration; and Shakespeare's school room, open for the first time at King Edward VI School.

2. 300th anniversary of Capability Brown

Lancelot ‘Capability' Brown landscaped more than 170 gardens in Britain and most of them can still be seen and enjoyed today as idyllic places to relax, contemplate nature and picnic.

Among his famed projects are Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire.

3. 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë

The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, Yorkshire, north England, was the Brontës family home and is now the home of a lively contemporary arts programme.

The film The Brontës, tracing the story of the famous Brontë sisters, will be unveiled on April 21 2016.

4. 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth

Born on 13 September 1916, Roald Dahl captured the imagination of children around the world with his tales including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits andThe BFG. The film, The BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg, is coming to the silver screen in 2016. 

Learn more about the author at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire, south-east England. In September 2016, Dahl's birthplace Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, will become the setting for City of Unexpected, a celebration of all that's weird, wonderful, subversive and surreal in his much-loved world.

5. The Queen's 90th birthday

To mark the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, a celebration will take place at Windsor Castle, showcasing her life, her love of horses, her dedication to the Commonwealth and her involvement with the Navy, Army and Air Force. Over 90 minutes, 500 horses and more than 1,000 participants from around Britain and the world will create an event for the Queen. Look out for a host of other celebrations across Britain.

6. Wales' Year of Adventure

Wales has named 2016 their Year of Adventure.

Dive into Coasteering in Anglesey, north Wales for some rock hopping and cliff jumping! Plus there's the new Surf Snowdonia, a public surfing lagoon in north Wale with onsite camping pods for overnight stays.

7. Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

2016 has been designated the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design in Scotland and will celebrate the richness of Scotland's much-loved heritage, culture and environment, alongside the contemporary and cutting edge designs showcasing textiles to technology, architecture to fashion and design.

8. Northern Ireland's Year of Food and Drink

2016 will be a celebration of Northern Ireland's gastronomy, embracing the traditions and landscapes of the destinations.

There will a full year's programme of foodie experiences, starting with breakfast, in January, incorporating brewing and distilling, seas, rivers and loughs and culminating in Christmas and premium foods.

9. A thrilling year of new stage productions

London's West End will premiere Disney's Tony® Award-winning new musical Aladdin on 9 June at the Prince Edward Theatre. 

Motown, The Musical which uncovers the story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation, arrives at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London on 22 March. And for the first time ever, Agatha Christie's world-famous whodunit The Mouse Trap is touring across Britain. 

10. Rock ‘n' roll baby! The British Music Experience reopens in Liverpool, north-west England

The exhibition of popular music, which used to be at the O2 in London's Greenwich, will reopen at the iconic Cunard building in Liverpool. 

The museum features hundreds of rare artefacts and manuscripts, including David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust costumes and the original handwritten lyrics to Blue Monday by New Order.

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