Attraction review: Buckingham Palace Garden open to the public for the first time in history

Jul 13 2021

This summer families can discover the sights of private areas of Buckingham Palace Garden enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to picnic with views of the Palace. I have done that and loved feeling the soft grass under my bare feet and laying on historical grounds. 

Kids and parents alike can wander around the garden’s winding paths and experience the beauty and calm of this walled oasis in central London. Among the many features to discover are the 156-metre Herbaceous Border, the Horse Chestnut Avenue, the plane trees planted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the famous lake with its island that is home to the Buckingham Palace bees (accessible exclusively to Prince Albert who used it as his man cave). 

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Art exhibition review: Paula Rego at Tate Britain 7 July – 24 October 2021

Jul 06 2021

This week, Tate Britain opens the UK’s largest and most comprehensive retrospective of the work of Portuguese artist Paula Rego  (b.1935). Rego is uncompromising in her extraordinary imaginative power and redefined figurative art as well as revolutionised the way in which women are represented. The exhibition tells the story of Paula’s remarkable life, highlighting the personal nature of much of her work and the socio-political context in which it is rooted. It reveals her broad range of references, from comic strips to history paintings. Featuring over 100 works including collage, paintings, large-scale pastels, drawings and etchings, the show spans Paula Rego’s early work from the 1950s to her richly layered, staged scenes from the 2000s. I loved this exhibition which deepens my knowledge of this artist and her talented family including Rego’s husband and painter Victor Willing and their son and filmmaker Nick Willing. I had the pleasure to meet them a few years ago at a retrospective about Victor Willing in Hastings.

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A family affair: Britain’s biggest family escapes to Alton Towers Resort ahead of first school holidays post lockdown

May 26 2021

This week Britain’s biggest family, The Radfords, were invited to Alton Towers Resort to test out the rides and hotel rooms ahead of a post lockdown half term for the theme park.

Escaping their home after months of being cooped up indoors for the ultimate family staycation, Sue and Noel Radford along with 15 of their 22-strong brood packed up 5 suitcases, 2 pushchairs, and loaded a 17-person minibus to visit Alton Towers Resort in their first family outing since lockdown restrictions eased across England on 17th May.

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