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Hampton Court Palace Festival – 8th to 23rd June 2016

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Hampton Court Palace Festival returns this year with a star studded line up including  Tom Jones, Van Morrison, Katherine Jenkins, Art Garfunkel, George Benson, Caro Emerald, Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Anastacia and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

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The concerts take place in the Palace’s stunning Tudor Courtyard whilst the scenic East Front Gardens provide the perfect spot for relaxing, drinking and having a picnic before the evening’s entertainment.

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If you’re looking for something special, there are VIP packages that allow you to dine in one of the State Apartments before the concert.

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Full Programme :

Tom Jones – 08 Jun 2016

Anastacia – 09 Jun 2016

Jools Holland – 10 Jun 2016

Fanfare & Fireworks – 11 Jun 2016

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Van Morrison – 14 Jun 2016

Tom Jones – 15 Jun 2016

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Caro Emerald – 17 Jun 2016

George Benson – 18 Jun 2016

Art Garfunkel – 22 Jun 2016

Katherine Jenkins – 23 Jun 2016

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The Festival concerts take place in a seated auditorium in Base Court, one of the Palace’s Tudor courtyards. The gates open at 5.30pm for pre-concert drinks and picnics in the beautiful East Front Gardens. The concert start time differs between shows, but is normally between 8.30pm-9pm

Travelling to the Festival

Address:

Hampton Court Palace

East Molesey

Surrey

KT8 9AU

England

By Train: Hampton Court Palace is situated only a few minutes walk from Hampton Court Station which is on a direct line to and from London Waterloo. There are 2 direct trains per hour from London Waterloo, which take 40 minutes.

By Car: Hampton Court Palace is situated to the South West of Central London and is close to Kingston-Upon-Thames. It is 20 minutes from junctions 15, 12 and 10 of the M25.

Please note: This is an outdoor event, so be prepared for any inclement weather.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Festival website here

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Book Review : London, The Weekends Start Here – Fifty-two Weekends of Things to See and Do by Tom Jones (Virgin Books)

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London, The Weekends Start Here: Fifty-two Weekends of Things to See and Do is the third book by Tom Jones. His two previous best-selling books, Tired of London, Tired of Life and Mad Dogs and Englishmen were inspired by his popular website entitled Tired of London, Tired of Life.

As the author points out, it is often at the weekend that the city really comes alive and to make the most of our free time, the book offers a wide range of cultural, artistic, historical and outdoor experiences.  London, The Weekends Start Here offers 52 themed weekends, organised by season, with over 250 interesting  entries for unusual and surprising attractions.

Many of the themed weekends celebrate London’s position as a global city which attracts residents and visitors from all over the world. Therefore you can explore American London, Japanese London, French London, Russian and East European London, Immigrant London, Italian London, Nordic London and discover the many contributions these groups have made and continue to make to the London story. If these particular groups are associated with London, so are individuals such as William Morris, Charles Dickens and John Betjeman who merit a section on their own.

You can discover different aspects of London History by following the guides on Wartime London, Pirates’ London, Revolutionary London, Political London and Ancient London. The book takes you away from the usual tourist spots of London by providing guides to the Countryside of Croydon, The Back Roads of Bexley and Bromley, Along the River Lea and the Highlights of Hackney.
London is famous for its cultural attractions and on your themed weekends you can discover Artistic London, Poets’ London, Musical London and Scientific London.

One of the attractions of the book is that each themed weekend offers a great deal of variety, if you explore Scientific London, suggestions include a visit to the Science Museum, Attend a lecture at the Royal Society, See the Broad Street Pump, Drink at the Devereux, Visit the Home of Time, Climb an Experimental Lighthouse and explore the Wellcome Collection.

There are over 250 interesting entries which offers a short description of the attraction with information about location and transport.  Also dotted throughout the book are a number of weekend tips including suggestions of the best places to eat and drink.

Many books about London offer a large array of attractions to visit, however the main attraction of London, The Weekends Start Here is that it applies a certain amount of logic to the enterprise. Rather than keeping you to a particular location, different themes can take you all over London following a particular interest. Alternatively if you do not wish to follow a particular theme, the book offers over 250 intriguing places to visit within the confines of the capital.

This well designed and informative book really does have something for everyone, whether you are a Londoner or a visitor. The weekend is a great time to explore London’s large number of attractions and even the most ardent lovers of London will find that the author has provided a number of unusual and relatively unknown attractions to explore.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like to find out more about the book or buy a copy, visit the Virgin Books website here

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British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park – 3rd to 13th July 2014

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British Summer Time Festival is a series of concerts and events in Hyde Park. As well as the live music there is a large number of events and entertainments.

The music tends to me quite diverse but is usually themed on a particular day, in addition there is a comedy day in the main arena.

With plenty of facilities and easy access, it is very popular with families and people who like a festival vibe without the usual inconveniences.

Other than the main stage, there are a range of events in the areas of film, music, literature and sport.
Thursday, 3 July

Arcade Fire,Jake Bugg, Wild Beasts,Future Islands

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Friday, 4 July

Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motorhead, Soulfly

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Saturday, 5 July

The Libertines, The Pogues, Spiritualized, Maximo Park, The Enemy

Sunday, 6 July

McBusted, Backstreet Boys, The Vamps, Scouting For Girls, Diversity

Thursday, 10 July

Tim Minchin, Nina Conti, Milton Jones, Pajama Men, Gina Yashere,Jasper Carrott (Special Host)

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Saturday, 12 July

Neil Young & Crazy Horse,The National,Tom Odell, Half Moon Run, Lucy Rose

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Sunday, 13 July

Tom Jones, Boyzone, Little Mix, 10cc, The Bootleg Beatles

 For more information visit the British Summertime Festival website here

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Since our launch in January, we attract thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.

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