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Ceramics Festival in The Potteries

Designers, studio potters, experts and collectors will be making their way to The Potteries this autumn for the Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics Festival 2007 (Oct.5-7).

Macdonald Hotels transforms Cheshire golf venue

Three championship golf courses and the largest indoor golf academy in Europe at The Portal Golf Club venue are to be part of the new four star Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa in Cheshire when it opens in July.

Shrewsbury recreates its summer season

Performances by Jools Holland, George Melly and Beverly Knight are among the 370 cultural and artistic events over 100 days at the ‘Shrewsbury Summer Season’ this year (May 19-Sept. 9).

London events highlights

Japanese crafts, ‘Pop Art’ and gardening all feature in London’s cultural events calendar this summer and beyond.

Royal wedding dress at Buckingham Palace

A special exhibition at Buckingham Palace this summer will recreate the day in 1947 when Princess Elizabeth - now Queen Elizabeth II - married the Duke of Edinburgh in a glittering ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey.

Scotland’s oldest house marks 900 years

The longest continually inhabited house in Scotland is 900 years old. Once a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland (it hosted 27 monarchs over the years), the Stuarts of Traquair House supported Mary, Queen of Scots and the doomed Jacobite cause.

Climate change boosts English wine in Surrey

England’s vineyards produced 50 per cent more wine last year to cope with high demand and have tripled in size to 1,880 acres. Climate change seems to be working in the growers’ favour, encouraging the buds to burst earlier and ripen an ever increasing grape crop.

New hotels in London, Richmond and Harrogate

The Balmoral Hotel is the spa town of Harrogate’s first independently owned and run boutique hotel and is housed in an Edwardian-Victorian building 10 minutes walk from the town centre.

Britain’s top places for tea

The Dorchester Hotel in London has been awarded The Tea Guild’s Top London Afternoon Tea 2007 award. Its tea includes a selection of sandwiches, scones and pastries as well as a choice of teas from around the world (£29.50).

Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2007

The best accommodation, visitor attractions, customer service and so on, right across England’s tourism scene, have been recognised at the tourism equivalent of the Oscars.

‘World’s smallest railway’ marks 80 years in Kent

A rather unusual railway, running through a unique stretch of English countryside, is 80 years old in 2007. Sometimes called the world’s smallest public railway, the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch traverses 13½ miles of Kent coast, using one-third full size steam engines dating from the 1920s, which gallop along at high speed.

Christmas Crackers

Castle Howard opens its doors at Christmas for the first time in 2006. The palatial stately home near the North Yorkshire Moors will be resplendent with traditional family decorations and roaring log fires in the Great Hall.

Halloween Hair-Raisers

The labyrinthine passageways of Fort Amherst in the Kentish Medway port of Chatham make a splendidly eerie setting for some rum goings-on at Halloween.

Harvest Festivals

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Sussex holds its annual Autumn Countryside Celebration on October 7-8 this year.

Open House

Each year, Greater London turns into a massive architectural exhibition for a weekend, when about 500 fascinating buildings of many different kinds – private dwellings, civic and government buildings, historic houses - open their doors to the public free of charge.

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