Carbis Bay Beach Flies the Blue Flag for the 12th Year Running

Cornwall’s Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate announces continued Blue Flag Status for their privately owned Carbis Bay Beach

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9 places that tell the story of the Royal Air Force

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On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force (RAF) celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The formation of a new and separate service was, at the time, a controversial decision and it reflected the growing role of airpower in warfare, and the need for a single command of air research, training, resources and operations.

Historic England has helped protect some of the structures that illustrate key achievements of the RAF during the twentieth century. Here we take a look at 9 of them:

1. RAF Stow Maries, Essex

stow maries RAF Stow Maries. Copyright Mapio.net

Towards the end of the First World War the newly formed RAF took over a number of airfields that had been used to protect London from the new threat of aerial attack from airships and Gotha bombers. RAF Stow Maries, listed Grade II*, is a well preserved example of this type of base, and illustrates the…

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7 places with First World War connections to the Commonwealth

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The modern Commonwealth of Nations, whose official head is the Queen, has 53 independent sovereign states as members, most of whom were once part of the British Empire.

Today around a third of the world’s population lives in its member countries – 2.2 billion people of varied races, languages and beliefs. They range from the largest, India, with a population of 1.3 billion, to Nauru – an island in the Pacific – with just over 11,000.  Each member nation is regarded as equal, no matter their size or wealth.

The Commonwealth champions democracy, economic development and human rights. It is a way of nations keeping in touch informally, through friendship and strong historical links.

During the First World War, Britain turned to the Empire for assistance – including New Zealand, India, the West Indies, Australia, Canada and South Africa. Vast resources, especially manpower, was needed. Tens of thousands sacrificed their…

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Our most loved churches

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There is plenty to see and much history to be discovered when visiting any of the 42,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses in the UK.

Together, they form an unparalleled network of public buildings which sustain local communities.

Keeping these tremendous assets looking beautiful and able to cope with the demands of the 21st century is a constant challenge and costly. The National Churches Trust is the UK’s church buildings support charity and provides support to Christian places of worship.

To mark their 60th anniversary, The National Churches Trust celebrated ‘The UK’s Favourite Churches’ and asked leading public figures to choose their most loved and interesting places of worship. Here The National Churches Trust shares the stories of four remarkable churches in England:

St Wilfrid’s Church, Leicestershire

Chosen by Michael Wood, Historian and Broadcaster

St Wilfrid, Kibworth St Wilfrid Church, Kibworth

The church is not especially memorable for its architecture, perhaps, but…

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Experience the wonders of Shakespeare’s England in 2018

Experience the wonders of Shakespeare’s England in 2018 with a host of exciting events and activities for all the family. See two new exhibitions at Compton Verney and six new summer productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, book into a new boutique hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, celebrate several anniversaries at key attractions and take part in a variety of festivals celebrating arts, literary, music, food, poetry, motoring and the river. 

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