Age of Glamour Exhibition at Lotherton Hall Leeds‏

Lotherton Hall

Fashion from the Fifties: International Haute Couture to Extra-Ordinary Every Day

20 March to 31 December 2015 at Lotherton Hall, Leeds

Age of Glamour, a fabulous exhibition of women’s fashions from the fifties, will be the first exhibition to open following the extensive refurbishment of the Fashion Galleries at historic Lotherton Hall, situated between Leeds and York. This ground breaking exhibition will showcase a major loan from the V&A – a red Dior cocktail dress (the acclaimed ‘Ecarlate’, from Dior’s La Ligne Y collection of 1955) – plus pieces from renowned designers, Balenciaga (Ball Gown, by Cristóbal Balenciaga, 1951) and Norman Hartnell. The displays will also show luxury ready to wear dresses from British designer labels such as Frank Usher, Susan Small and Horrockses, and explore the post-war period when fashion delighted in a return to elegance. The exhibition celebrates the opening of one of the largest spaces in the north of England providing a regular programme of fashion and textile exhibitions.


Visitors will gain an understanding of the fashion system at the time and how the renowned names of French couture may have led the way in creating the fifties style, but that it was really an era which saw the coming of age of ‘off the peg’, as the glamour of Paris was copied and recreated at every level, from exclusive labels sold in department stores, to the home dressmaker. Some of the country’s earliest department stores recognised that the design achievements of these great couture houses could be represented within their own ranges and stores, such as Marks & Spencer, Marshall & Snelgrove, Schofields and Lewis’, and all helped to bring this exclusive style to the high street. With strong links to the north of England, their representation within the exhibition will allow this period of fashion history to be placed into context of Leeds and Yorkshire and provide a snapshot of the population’s desires and eventual achievement to have glamour hanging in their own wardrobes following the austerity of the war years.

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London Art Fair

logo_200x200London Art Fair, the UK’s premier Fair for Modern British and contemporary art, kicks off the cultural calendar with its 27th edition at the Business Design Centre, Islington, from 21-25 January 2015.

The Fair presents a unique overview of the art world, with 128 exhibitors ranging from established UK-based Modern British and contemporary galleries to innovative emerging spaces in Art Projects; as well as international gallery presentations from Milan, Paris, Toronto and New York. With an engaging programme of curated exhibitions, talks, tours, films and performances, the Fair provides an inspiring and supportive environment for collectors of all levels.

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The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair


For the third year in a row, The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair takes place at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP from Thursday 8 until Sunday 11 January 2015.

Organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited and held in association with Mayfair property specialist Wetherell, this boutique event has built up an enviable reputation amongst its international audience.

The fair attracts collectors, interior designers and people seeking the finest things in life. It has boasted an exhibitor waiting list since before the first event even took place. The majority of the 44 exhibitors are members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers. Newcomers this coming January include  Kinghams Art Pottery Ltd bringing Martin Brothers, Wedgewood’s Fairyland and William de Morgan collections; Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass experts M&D Moir selling Lalique, Gallé, Daum, Monart and more; Dinan & Chighine, specialising in 17th to 20th century decorative engravings and watercolours; Manya Igel Fine Arts with a fine collection of paintings by Royal Academicians and members of the New England Art Club and Timothy Langston Antiques with English, Continental and Oriental furniture, objects, paintings and decorative
lighting, including a Chinese iron red and gilded rouleau vase, decorated with figures, flowers and foliage.

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The 12 Days of Christmas

If Event Hire did Christmas Carols, it would probably be…………

On the first day of Christmas,
Event Hire brought to me
A drinks fridge for all our bubbly.

On the second day of Christmas,
Event Hire brought to me
Two turbo ovens,
And a drinks fridge for all our bubbly.

On the third day of Christmas,
Event Hire brought to me
Three coffee cups,
Two turbo ovens,
And a drinks fridge for all our bubbly.

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T in the Park 2015 Tickets on Sale Friday at 9AM

t in the parkTickets for the next chapter in T in the Park history go on sale this Friday at 9am. Taking place across the weekend of 10th-12th July 2015, excitement is already building among fans as they look forward to T in the Park taking up residency in the beautiful grounds of Strathallan Castle.

Festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager are thrilled to announce that fans will be able to get their hands on the ultimate festival ticket for 2015 when a limited batch of Christmas early-bird T in the Park tickets go on sale at 2014 prices for the third year running, at 9am on Friday 5th December. With Christmas just around the corner, T in the Park tickets are the perfect gift for music lovers.

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Diana Rigg and Charles Dance Read Truman Capote’s a Christmas Memory at King’s College Chapel


Performed by
Charles Dance and Dame Diana Rigg

10th December 2014 at 7.30pm in support of LIFT
at King’s College Chapel in the heart of King’s College London.

Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory is the tender recollection of a short and innocent period in the life of the seven year old narrator and his older distant cousin and best friend in 1930s America. As Christmas approaches they embark on a ritual involving friendship, cake, country life and the joy of giving. A ritual soon to be lived only in memory.

LIFT presents an intimate festive reading of this evocative story in the candlelit glory of the newly restored King’s College Chapel.

On 10th December the story will be told by, the story will be told by multi award-winning actress Dame Diana Rigg and Screen Actors Guild award winner and BAFTA and Emmy nominee Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, The Imitation Game)

A reading of the story by LIFT Patrons Mark Rylance and Juliet Stevenson on 11th December has already sold out.

“How would Santa know where London is if we didn’t have LIFT? LIFT keeps English theatre artists and audiences connected to the world. The more we support LIFT the more wonderful theatre artists they can invite to London.”
Mark Rylance.

Capote’s story was first published in 1956 and is an enduring gift from a literary powerhouse. It will staged with a distinctive LIFT twist courtesy of immersive theatre company Look Left, Look Right and cellist Harry Napier.

Each performer has generously given their time and all proceeds will support LIFT and its work in bringing ground-breaking international artists and theatre to London.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells’ Ice Rink Is Now Open!

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The town’s real ice rink has opened in the picturesque Calverley Grounds.

The opening ceremony took place in the beautifully lit park with skating performances by Silver Blades solo figure-skaters Dixie Bignell and Freya Godfrey, to an ice skating duet with Yasmin Kerkham and Cassie Stone.

The final performance was by British novice champion and twice Silver British Junior medallist Isabella Larkin. She is part of the GB performance team and the Olympic pathway team.

Councillor Jane March, Cabinet member with responsibility for Tourism, Leisure and Economic Development says ‘It’s great, the ice rink is up and running and ready to welcome you! More beautiful than ever in the glorious Calverley Grounds, if you haven’t visited before I urge you to do so, it’s a fantastic experience and you can extend your stay by shopping, eating and drinking.’

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Camp Bestival goes wild for 2015

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Inspired by our love of getting out into the open air and running free, Team CB are extremely excited to announce a brilliant new theme that’s very close to all of our hearts. That’s right, they’re putting Mother Nature front and centre for 2015, as Camp Bestival Goes Wild!

Camp Bestival’s own wild man Rob da Bank says: “Calling all wild boys and wild girls…oh yes my wild friends and family, prepare to get down and dirty at Camp Bestival 2015 as we dump the technology and scramble into the woods for a back to nature escape from normality. We’ll have golden chances to bond with your kids in the mud kitchen, sleep under the stars with your mates and family, and take part in tons of wild activities. Release your inner wild thing and see you in July!”

We all love computers and game consoles but you can have too much of a good thing. As the amount of screen-time kids enjoy creeps ever upwards, the simple pleasures of the great outdoors, and the endless fun of running around under the sun is being left behind. So, we’re going all out at Camp Bestival, unleashing our burning passion for all things wild, and dedicating our four-day festi-holiday shenanigans to the happy and healthy joys of getting back to nature. From jumping about in your bare feet, creating wild art and making daisy chains, to wood carving, star gazing and way beyond, a wild imagination goes a long way in nature’s playground, and come 30th July to the 2nd August, Lulworth Castle is going to be the wildest place on earth!

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Bette Midler Announces Second London Show Due to Demand

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Multiple Grammy Award®-winning singer and legendary performer Bette Midler has today announced that she will play a second show at The O2, London due to incredible demand. This show will take place on Sunday 19th July and become the final performance of her long awaited UK tour. Following the immediate sell out of July 18th performance, be sure to snap up a ticket before they go! The Divine Miss M will now play the following shows:

Bette Midler – July 2015
Thursday 9th Barclaycard Arena Birmingham
Saturday 11th Manchester Arena
Monday 13th The SSE Hydro Glasgow
Wednesday 15th first direct arena Leeds
Saturday 18th The O2 London
Sunday 19th The O2 London

Tickets for this additional London show will go on sale Friday, 28-November at 9:00 am available from All other dates on-sale now. Fans who purchase their tickets online are also able to add a copy of Bette Midler’s new album “It’s The Girls!” to their transaction.

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Do You Need Tables And Chairs For Your Christmas Party?

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Are you arranging a Christmas Function or Party? Do you need tables and chairs for the event? Do you have enough capacity in your restaurant, hotel or for your family Christmas dinner?

Award winning Event Hire can help.

Event Hire have a wide choice of chair styles that will suit all situations and requirements, from wood frame stacking chairs in a range of colours with interchangeable colour seat pads to sumptuous upholstered reception furniture.

We also have tables to suit all occasions.

Contact us at or call on 01922 628961.

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