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Events 2004, 2005 - A listing of key story ideas and events


2004 – 60th anniversary of D-Day landings

2004 is the 200th anniversary of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) – and a major Year of Gardening related activities.

2005 is the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot!

2005 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar (Nelson)

2004 is the 400th anniversary of the first UK railway (1604) and bicentenary of the steam locomotive (Cornishman Richard Trevithick). The National Railway Museum and Heritage Railway Association are planning events

2005 200th anniversary of Trafalgar, Nelson commemorations planned (see also Year of the Sea below)

Longer term

300th anniversary birth Charles Wesley (Methodism)

250th anniversary birth Robert Burns

200th anniversary birth Charles Darwin


2003 marks the 25th anniversary of the completion of the SWCP. To mark this special events are being organised.

The Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail will open on 23rd May 2003

New National Parks – although still to be confirmed, South Downs and the New Forest could both become official National Parks in 2004

Right to Roam – government intends all England to be accessible to walkers unless property is clearly designated as private (this follows Scottish model). South East and Yorkshire are likely to lead way in 2004

The full length of the Pennine Bridleway, from Derbyshire to Cumbria will be open in 2004

2005 is planned to be Year of The Sea – a potentially major story throughout Britian.

2005 40th Anniversary of opening of the Pennine Way, the first National Trail.

Press contact: Kent Daniels, email:


2003/4 sees the following movie releases:

Dir: Marc Forster. With Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie.
About the life of JM Barrie with Depp as Barrie.

Dir: Richard Curtis. With Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Martine McCutchen, Emma Thompson.
Directorial debut of Curtis (who wrote Notting Hill, Four Weddings etc..), romantic comedy telling several interlinked stories, mainly set in London.
Grant as the Prime Minister who falls for the tea girl (McCutchen)

End 03/early 04 TED AND SYLVIA
Dir: Christine Jeffs. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig.
About relationship between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Shot around UK (and in New Zealand.)

April 2004 (tbc) EDGE OF REASON – the sequel to Bridget Jones Diary, again with Renee Zellwegger.

European Capital of Culture 2008

UK nomination for European Capital of Culture 2008 is announced in March 2003 (shortlisted cities are Birmingham; Liverpool; Oxford; Newcastle/Gateshead; Cardiff and Bristol)

2005 – 50th anniversary of Cardiff as capital city of Wales

Press contact: Penny Boraston, email:


2003 Golf Open Championships (normally July)

2004 Royal Troon (Scotland)

2005 St. Andrew’s (Scotland)

2006 Royal Liverpool, Hoylake (England’s North West)

World Bowls Championship – Ayr, Scotland 23 July – 7 August 2004

UEFA European Women’s Football Championship – England venues tbc
Summer 2005

Cricket – tours to England July-Sept 2003 South Africa; summer 2004 New Zealand, summer 2005 Australia

Longer term

Ryder Cup Celtic Manor, Wales

Press contact: Beth Tippey



10-11 Leeds Castle Festival of English Food and Wine

Jersey International Food Festival

British Sandwich Week

24 May – 1 June English Wine Week


5-6 Organic Food and Wine Festival

Whitstable Oyster Festival


5-9 Great British Beer Festival

16-17 Isle of Wight Garlic Festival


Ludlow Marches Food Festival

20-21 Abergavenny Food Festival

27-29 British Cheese Awards and British Cheese Festival

20 Sept – 5 Oct British Food Fortnight


Devon Festival of Food
Manchester Food and Drink Festival


BBC Good Food Show- NEC Birmingham

Press contact: Adrian Bevan, email: