Review: Buckingham Palace State Room Tour

Review: Buckingham Palace State Room Tour

    ★★★★★ By Peter May It’s a rare opportunity to see how the other half—well, other minute fraction—lives and works. Last year there were more than 62,000 visitors to Buckingham Palace, so unless you have an official invitation, this is your only chance to see behind those famous walls. The doors of the monarch’s official residence […]

The best of the summer festivals

The best of the summer festivals

As Glastonbury kicks off, and prepares to welcome the Dalai Lama, we profile some of the best events this summer.   If you want to follow what is going on at Glastonbury from a different perspective, follow @OurCofE     British Summer Time 20 – 27 June With some big hits, this festival features pop, […]

Recharge your batteries on an autumn retreat

Recharge your batteries on an autumn retreat

A respite in the heart of Battle Penhurst Retreat Centre, is set deep within the Battle countryside. The main house, replete with its own chapel, looks out onto gardens and an orchard. Though primarily Christian, with its heart for overseas mission, Penhurst welcomes all religions and denominations. The hosts, Richard and Storm, who warmly integrate […]

Fascinating facts about Magna Carta

Fascinating facts about Magna Carta

EVENTS WILL take place up and down the country this weekend to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Here are some fascinating facts about the historic document…   Magna Carta meaning ‘Great Charter’ was agreed at Runnymede, Surrey in 1215 and it was valid for just 10 weeks King John was forced to recognise […]

Review: Take a trip down the rabbit hole

Review: Take a trip down the rabbit hole

Alice’s Adventures Underground ***** By Peter May It has been 150 years since Alice in Wonderland was first published and to coincide with the anniversary, you are being given the chance to experience your very own journey down the rabbit hole. Set deep underneath Waterloo station lays the Vaults; this vast dark and eerie setting […]

A waxy galaxy far, far away

A waxy galaxy far, far away

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds **** By Peter May   Hot on the heels of the new movie arriving this Christmas, this new £2.5 million attraction has arrived at London’s famous waxwork museum. It has taken a year to arrange the exhibit, which includes 16 statues in 11 different elaborate sets. All of the old […]

Review: La Traviata is grand opera at its best

Review: La Traviata is grand opera at its best

La Traviata Royal Opera House **** By Rosemary May The splendid staging of Richard Eyre’s 1994 La Traviata was superb on its opening night and gave the Verdi singers a wonderful platform to excel through their singing. It’s fair to say that in the first act the set was slightly overdone, albeit rather elegant, and the Royal Opera Chorus […]

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