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32 Red Day at Sandown Park – 2nd January 2016

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Sandown Park kick starts the New Year with an action packed jump racing card on Saturday 2nd January. The racing highlights are The 32Redsport.com Veterans’ Chase Final and The Grade 1 32Red Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle.

The Veterans’ Chase Series has been run over 10 qualifying races from January 2015, culminating in the final at Sandown Park this Saturday. Each of the 10 qualifying races have had a minimum total prize fund of £30,000 with the final offering £100,000 in prize money. All horses that started in one of the qualifying races were eligible to enter the Final.

16 runners have been declared for the Final with a combined age of 188. Between them they have run in 551 races, winning no fewer than 112.

Gates to Sandown Park on 32Red Day open at 10:30 with the first race taking place at 12.05pm.  Tickets are fantastic value for money costing just £16.00 for Grandstand, if booked in advance or £20 on the day, and £22.40 for Premier Enclosure in advance or £28 on the day. Under 18s are admitted free.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Sandown Park website here

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Cirque du Soleil : Amaluna at the Royal Albert Hall – 16th January to 6th March 2016

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The global phenomenon that is Cirque du Soleil returns to the Royal Albert Hall for their latest show Amaluna. It will mark 20 years of  Cirque du Soleil appearing at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

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The Canadian circus troupe whose origins go back to a number of street entertainers in the 1980s, were one of the first to develop a show which was a striking, dramatic mix of circus arts (without animals) and performance that featured wild, outrageous costumes, magical lighting, and original music.

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Since then they have travelled the world with their shows that are usually in large arenas or under the big top.

In Cirque du Soleil’s latest show we are taken to a mysterious island ruled by goddesses who have to deal with a group of young men washed up on the isle in a storm.

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The show features the usual amazing gymnastic routines in a fast paced adventure with plenty of thrills and spills.

If you would like more information or book tickets, visit the Royal Albert Hall website here

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A Short Guide to The Regent’s Park

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The Regent’s Park (including Primrose Hill) covers 197 hectares and like most of the other Royal Parks, Regent’s Park was part of the large area of land appropriated by Henry VIII. Marylebone Park, as the area was known, remained a royal domain until 1646. After the Civil War, the land was leased by the crown to tenant farmers until 1811 when the rapidly developing London made the area attractive to building.

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John Nash, architect to the crown and friend of the Prince Regent developed a masterplan for Regent’s Park which included a huge circle with a lake, a canal and the new royal residence inside. There was also a plan for 56 villas in the park and a series of grand Regency terraces around it.

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Although the masterplan was never completed, many elements of Nash’s scheme survived with eight villa’s and a series of grand Regency terraces built. The park was only used originally by the residents of the villas and terraces until 1835, when the east side the park was open to the public.

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The park was little changed for 150 years until formal Rose beds were developed in Queen Mary’s Gardens in 1930s.

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Running through the northern end of the park is the Regent’s Canal and it borders on London Zoo, but much of the park is open parkland with a wide range of facilities including gardens, a lake with a boating area, sports pitches, and children’s playgrounds.

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For more information, visit the Royal Parks website here

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A Short Guide to Green Park

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The Green Park covers 40 acres and links St James’s Park and Hyde Park, the park has no buildings but is full of mature trees and grassland. It is a popular route for those visiting Buckingham Palace from the Green Park underground station which is located at the edge of the park.

The Green Park was first recorded in 1554 as the place where a rebellion took place against the marriage of Mary I to Philip II of Spain. It was also a famous duelling site until 1667 when Charles II bought an extra 40 acres and it became known as upper St James’s Park.

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Now a peaceful area, The Green Park in the 17th and 18th century was the scene of a number of festivities, two vast ‘temples’ called the Temple of Peace and the Temple of Concord were located in the park but were destroyed during firework displays in 1749 and 1814. The park was enclosed by Charles II in 1668 and stocked with deer, the King also built one of the first ice houses in Britain here.

In the 18th century, The Green Park became a favourite place for Queen Caroline, the wife of George II. She built a reservoir called the Queen’s Basin, a library and the Queen’s Walk, which became a fashionable path.

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In the 1820s, John Nash re-landscaped the park and The Wellington Arch was built at the end of Constitution Hill to mark the point where Green Park ended and Hyde Park began. Eventually all the buildings that were located in the park were demolished.

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The park has a number of memorials to those who served and died in the two world wars.

For more information, visit the Royal Parks website here

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A Short Guide to Hyde Park

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Hyde Park is one of London’s largest parks and covers over 350 acres, the park has been the location of a large number of events over the past 500 years and is closely associated with the British monarchy.

It was King Henry VIII who seized Hyde Park from the monks of Westminster Abbey in 1536 and turned the park into a large hunting park where he organised royal hunts to entertain ambassadors and dignitaries. This hunting tradition was continued with Queen Elizabeth I and the park changed little until 1625 when Charles l became king. He opened the park to the general public in 1637 and became a fashionable place to visit. When Charles I was executed , parliamentary troops built forts in the park to defend the city of Westminster from royalist attacks.

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After the restoration of the monarchy, King Charles II turned Hyde park into a royal park when he restocked the park with deer, however there were greater changes when William and Mary became king and queen in 1689. They bought Nottingham House and renamed it Kensington Palace and made it their main home in London. It was William III who a processional route through Hyde Park lit by 300 oil lamps and became the first road in England to be lit at night. The road was called route de roi or King’s Road but the name became corrupted to Rotten Row.

Other striking features in Hyde Park were developed in the 18th century by Queen Caroline. In 1728, she took 300 acres from Hyde Park to form Kensington Gardens, she then had made a large lake called the Serpentine by damming the Westbourne Stream. Over the next 100 years, the park was largely unchanged until King George IV in the 1820s decided to create a monumental entrance at Hyde Park Corner. It comprised the Triumphal Screen which you see today and the Wellington Arch, which was later moved to the middle of roundabout at Hyde Park Corner.

One of the remarkable structures in the 19th century was the Crystal Palace which was built-in 1851 alongside Rotten Row to house the Great Exhibition.

The park become a traditional location for mass demonstrations which have included the Chartists and the suffragettes, it is a tradition that continues up to the present day. Political debate is still keenly undertaken at Hyde Park’s Speakers’ Corner which has acquired an international reputation for its tolerance of free speech developed from 19th century protest movements.

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In the late 20th and early 21st centuries Hyde Park has been the venue for Rock and Pop concerts including the Rolling Stones and Queen. It is the location of British Summer Time Hyde Park concerts since 2013 and the park is also the venue for the Proms in the Park concerts. Since 2007, Hyde Park has hosted “Winter Wonderland”, London’s premiere winter attraction featuring fun fair rides , markets, an ice rink, and bars, restaurants, and cafes.The park also presents a number of sporting events over the year including ITU World Triathlon and Cycling.

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The park also offers various recreational activities including open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding. There are plenty of food and drink options with cafes and refreshment points that offer coffee, ice cream, snacks & freshly made sandwiches. They are available in various locations around Hyde Park including: Serpentine Road, the playground and Hyde Park Corner.

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Walking around the park is a large number of sculptures and statues including the Memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales which was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004.

For more information, visit the Royal Parks website here

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The Who at The SSE Arena Wembley – February 13th 2016

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The band have released a career-spanning set The Who Hits 50 and are undertaking a huge world tour, which has garnered rave reviews. This will be the band’s first UK show since Roger Daltrey’s illness forced the band to postpone their US tour.

It will be The Who’s first UK gig since their triumphant sold out show in Hyde Park and headlining the Glastonbury Festival to huge critical acclaim.

For more information and tickets, visit the Ticketmaster website here

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Country To Country Festival at the O2 from 11th to 13th March 2016

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Country To Country, the UK and Ireland’s largest country music festival is back in March 2016 and will be headlined by some of America’s biggest stars; Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Dwight Yoakam, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton plus Maddie and Tae, Andrew Combs and Ashley Monroe.

For the first time Country To Country will be held over three consecutive days Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, 2016 in three cities; The O2, London, Glasgow Clyde Auditorium and Dublin 3Arena. 

It follows the success of C2C 2015 earlier this year when 80,000 country fans packed out The O2, London and 3Arena Dublin for C2C 2015 that saw multimillion selling megastars Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, and acclaimed artists Lee Ann Womack, Brantley Gilbert, Brandy Clark and Kip Moore take to the main stage as well as launching the brand new satellite stage which saw performances from UK talent such as The Shires, Ward Thomas and Sam Palladio.

Main stage:

Friday: Miranda Lambert, Dwight Yoakam, Thomas Rhett

Saturday: Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae

Sunday: Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Andrew Combs

Yamaha Music Stage:

Charles Esten, Ashley Monroe, High Valley, Maren Morris, Striking Matches and Frankie Ballard.

For more information and tickets, visit the Ticketmaster website here

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