This Christmas, Kew Gardens will once again transform into a magical after dark explosion of festive colour, as visitors embark on an illuminated trail inspired by the Gardens themselves, for the much-anticipated Christmas at Kew 2018.
There's something for everyone as the one mile sparkling path winds its way through the world-famous gardens in a magical after dark experience.
Now in its sixth year, our 2018 winter trail is bigger than ever before, with over a million twinkling pea-lights and thousands of laser beams. Walk under welcoming arches into a world festooned with seasonal cheer and wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour.
New this year, glittering spiral trees dripping with silvery shards guide you on your way. Enter the moonlit woods and step into a Laser Garden where refracting lines of light playfully bounce across the branches. Then stroll towards the Lake and pause at the waterside reflections made by a festive flotilla of hundreds of glowing boats gently bobbing on the shimmering surface.
And for the finale, criss-crossing laser beams leap to life at the Palm House, with jumping jets of light and kaleidoscopic projections.
Complete your trail with tempting treats under the stars – a spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts and toasted marshmallows fills the air, then browse Kew's well-stocked shop for that extra special gift.
For the young ones, don't miss the Victorian carousel*, helter skelter* and other family rides* at White Peaks and look out for Santa and his elves along the way.
New for 2018 - Christmas dinner at Kew’s Botanical restaurant. Two sittings are available, with dinner before or after your visit to the trail. Choose dinner at 5pm, in conjunction with a 7pm ticket to visit to the trail, or visit the trail first at 6pm, followed by dinner at 8pm. Must be pre-purchased in conjunction with your trail ticket, with entry at Victoria Gate.
New for 2018 - Christmas dinner at Kew Gardens’ Botanical restaurant. Two sittings are available, with dinner before or after your visit to the trail. Choose dinner at 5pm, in conjunction with a 7pm ticket to visit to the trail, or visit the trail first at 6pm, followed by dinner at 8pm. Must be pre-purchased in conjunction with your trail ticket, with entry at Victoria Gate.
• Thursday 22 November - Sunday 25 November • Wednesday 28 November - Sunday 2 December • Wednesday 5 December - Sunday 9 December • Wednesday 12 December - Monday 24 December • Wednesday 26 December - Saturday 5 January
Christmas at Kew opens at 5pm and closes at 10pm.
Main Entrance - Victoria Gate: Choose from nine entry times every 20 minutes between 5pm and 7.40pm.
Last entry at the main entrance, Victoria Gate is at 8.00pm.
Tickets with pre-paid parking at Brentford Gate - choose from eight timed entry slots, at 20-minute intervals, between 5pm and 7.20pm. Last entry at 7.40pm.
Advance tickets from £16.50 (£10 for children). Friends of Kew receive further discounts. Booking fees apply.
Christmas dinner at The Botanical costs £30 person for adults and £13 for children (excluding your trail ticket.)
This August, children aged 16 and under can get FREE theatre tickets to selected performances when they're accompanied by a full-paying adult. There is a huge selection of shows to choose from and a whole programme of activities to keep them entertained this summer. Plus, adults can buy up to two extra kids' tickets at half price, and there are no booking or postage fees. Welcome the drama this summer holiday.
East London born & bred, 19 year old Jvck James is already creating a buzz with his blend of Jamaican roots and tasteful soul music taking in influences from the 90’s greats such as D’Angelo & Lauren Hill whilst giving a nod to the likes of Khalid & Frank Ocean.
Graduating from ELAM (East London Academy Of Music), young Jvck has been mixing his studies with song writing sessions for the last year, laying the foundations of what promises to be a very exciting next chapter in his life.
Having already released ‘Extroverted Lovers’ and ‘Easy’ to much critical acclaim, plus his stand out live session for Berlin based ‘COLORS’, he’s already pricked the ears of numerous tastemakers and fans.
Having spent time working with a crop of talented producers including Di Genius (Drake Controlla), and New Yorks Dre Skull (Drake & Rihanna), this year will see this unique British talent release a slew of new music. Check out the new single ‘On My Way’ out now.
The events at the Servant Jazz Quarters will be Jvck’s first headline events.
Just announced for CBBC Summer Social is Shrek the Musical and New Hope Club!
Joining these are a whole host of pop sensations and CBBC faves as Max and Harvey, Sophia Grace, KIDZ BOP, Merseygirls, BBC Philharmonic, Mckenzie Ziegler, Hacker T Dog, The Next Step and Mr Tumble are amongst many to be performing this August!
Held over the 3rd, 4th & 5th August at Croxteth Country Park, this festival-in-a-day is the BBC’s biggest ever kids event and the only festival to give 6-12 year olds and their families a unique line-up of CBBC favourites and international music acts.
But if that wasn’t enough stuff to do, there’ll be junior discos, themed treasure hunts, gaming areas, character walk-abouts, vlogger meet and greets and much much more. There’ll also be cool outdoor and sporting activities hosted by Liverpool Football Club’s official charity - LFC Foundation and Everton in the Community with Everton Football Club, and enjoy top class musical experiences with Opera North and Royal Albert Hall.
For further details of the line up by day please see: bbc.co.uk/cbbc. Please check the festival date line up before purchasing your ticket to ensure you can see your favourite performer!
Jack White released his third solo album 'Boarding House Reach' back in March (his first in four years), which features White on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars and drums, organ, and synthesizers. He's backed by a remarkable new lineup of musicians that includes: drummer Louis Cato, bassists Charlotte Kemp Muhl and NeonPhoenix, synthesizer players DJ Harrison and Anthony "Brew" Brewster. Also keyboardists Neal Evans and Quincy McCrary, percussionists Bobby Allende and Justin Porée and backing vocalists Esther Rose and Ann & Regina McCrary of Nashville's beloved gospel trio, The McCrary Sisters.
White has just confirmed new shows in Brighton, Birmingham, Hull, Liverpool and Edinburgh for this October. The five shows will follow a three night run at London's Eventim Apollo Hammersmith this summer.
Introducing the ultimate fashion experience: London Fashion Week Festival.
The collections have arrived: shop a curated edit of designer pieces from over 150 brands at exclusive insider prices. The runway shows are here, too: get a front row seat at the catwalks of your favourite London Fashion Week designers. As for the new trends? Get a head start on the key looks of the coming season and take notes from industry experts on hand in the talks theatre to share their secrets on making it to the top.
Set your style compass to The Store Studios, 180 The Strand, also home to London Fashion Week itself, for this exclusive four-day showcase.
London Fashion Week Festival is the only event that replicates a fashion insider’s world and gives you exclusive access to the industry. Four days of stylish shopping, authoritative trends, industry expert voices and an authentic catwalk experience, all under one very stylish roof.
Get 3 for 2 on silver and gold tickets before 23 May - quote SEE3FOR2.
The West Eed’s SPECTACULAR Pantomime Returns This Christmas!
Dawn French stars alongside returning London Palladium pantomime royalty Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot joined by Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent & Flavia in Snow White, London’s must-see panto.
From the same team behind last year’s Olivier Award-winning pantomime, Snow White will feature all the sparkle, scale and spectacle London has come to expect from the West End’s most lavish festive production in a show packed full of laughter, music, special effects and theatrical magic.
With further casting to be announced and a strictly limited five week run; secure your seats now for Snow White at the London Palladium, the fairest pantomime of them all.
Larks in Transit is a compendium of travelers' tales and the general shenanigans of 20 years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald and a re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. Two decades of touring larks from a comic described by the Daily Telegraph as "the brainiest comic of his generation".
"A genuine marvel" – The Herald Sun in Melbourne
"Virtuoso…Comedy’s Mozart" – The Sunday Times
"Joyous, playful, effortlessly funny" – Time Out
"A mind to thrill – breathtaking" – Metro
"Bailey cuts a world-beating swathe all of his own" – Evening Standard
Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra present Ibiza Classics in the gorgeous grounds of Cardiff Castle on July 28, bringing their Mediterranean dance party to the heart of the capital!
The show is a must see for ravers, party animals and everyone who ever saw Ibiza as their Mecca, an irresistible combination of the UK’s most influential DJ with a 65 piece orchestra and a spectacular visual show with lasers.
This epic collaboration came to fruition after Pete's careful curation of a BBC Proms show three years ago! Since, Pete’s collaboration with the Heritage Orchestra went on to play arenas around the world, including the Hollywood Bowl and two sold out nights at the O2, and spawned the album Classic House, which sold over 200,000 copies and reached number one in the UK!
Don't miss this amazing show, tickets on sale Friday at 10AM.
If you're looking for the latest innovations, expert advice and inspiration for your own grand design, then a visit to Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is a must!
With six specialist zones covering build, kitchens, bathrooms, gardens, interiors and technology; over 500 exhibitors; live talks and free advice from Kevin MCloud and other experts; you'll be able to find something for your home project, however big or small.
For those visiting the London show, treat yourself to a day of luxury with a premium ticket and experience:
• Fast track entry to the show • A show pack to help plan your day • A copy of the latest issue of Grand Designs magazine • Private shop and drop and cloakroom facility • Exclusive access to the premium lounge throughout the day • Complimentary tea or coffee or glass of prosecco • 10% off all in-show food and drink outlets including the show restaurant
Only £24 if you quote PREM24 at the checkout before 22nd April!
Tickets on sale for Birmingham and London Live now.
A major new 3-day greenfield music and lifestyle camping festival is set to bring the world-famous, inimitable sights and sounds of the country music scene to the UK in 2018.
Taking place within the grounds of Stanford Hall, The Long Road will present a broad array of artists, including Lee Ann Womack, The Shires, Billy Bragg, Aaron Watson, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Campbell.
Much more than just a music festival, The Long Road will embrace all aspects of the country and Americana scene and, alongside its live music offerings, will incorporate an array of themed activities including Moonshine and bourbon tasting, songwriters’ rounds, lake swimming, a Southern-inspired food & shopping village and much more, providing festival goers with a unique, authentic country music lifestyle experience.
Become a Roadie and be an ambassador for The Long Road, helping to sell tickets while you earn rewards. Find out more here.
The MCN Carole Nash Festival of Motorcycling is THE outdoor bike show of 2018. Here’s why you have to get yourself to Peterborough on May 19-20:
· Bag bargains of kit and accessories
· Get on the bike of your dreams - biggest ever test fleet form major manufacturers
· Racing action
· NEW for 2018: Two Brothers stunt display
· Steve Colley stunt trials
· Ken Fox Troupe Wall of Death
· Motorcycles galore
· Hear classics roar
· Meet guest of honour Freddie Spencer
· Ducati Multistrada and XDiavel Experience
· Bikes, rides and inflatables for the kids!
Party for the weekend!
Campers get access to the exclusive Yamaha Dark Side party on Friday and Saturday night with music, happy hour and a late night indoor bar. Tribute bands include The Expletives, Hooker and The Dizzy Miss Lizzys.
Book tickets this Easter weekend and bag yourself 3 adult day tickets for £37.50 - that's only £12.50 pp. Or book 3 camping tickets for only £90, only £30pp. Hurry – offers end midnight 04.04.18. Kids under 15 go FREE!