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BBC Countryfile Live is delighted to be taking its home within the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s historic Blenheim Palace.

Blenheim Palace is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This National Treasure, houses some of the finest antique collections in Europe and boasts over 300 years of history to discover.

Explore this World Heritage Site set in more than 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland and tour the array of Formal Gardens, or take the miniature train to the family-friendly Pleasure Gardens.

Blenheim Palace is not only an iconic part of history, but also a living, changing experience with a wealth of events, themed tours and exhibitions throughout the year.

Blenheim Palace is Britain’s Greatest Palace and offers visitors a precious time, every time.



Summer Nights is the perfect way to spend an evening under the stars with friends and family. Upon your arrival you will greeted by the stunning grounds of one of our 14 venue partners. Set up your spot on the lawn seating area, then sit back and enjoy the atmosphere until the film starts on the big screen around 30 minutes after sunset.

There will be hot food and a drinks vendors onsite*; The Tipsy Pigs will be selling hog roast & burgers amongst other tasty items from their converted VW Camper. Festival partner Hooper’s will be providing a relaxed bar and seating area, where you can try out their delicious range of Hooper’s alcoholic brews and Franklin & Sons soft drinks.


The Open Air Theatre Festival returns to the Tuckwell Amphitheatre, in the heart of Cheltenham, from 16th July for two weeks.

This gem of an outdoor festival, tucked away in a secluded corner of Dean Close School, plays host to sublime jazz, classic drama, inspiring Shakespeare, colourful family entertainment, local talent and the enchanting Cinema Under the Stars; for two weeks at the end of July every summer.

So why not pack a hamper, pop a bottle of sparkling wine on ice and grab yourself some tickets for the hottest festival of theatre, alfresco? It really is an enchanting place to be entertained with friends on a balmy summer’s evening.



Soak up the sights and sounds of life centuries ago at this magnificent medieval tournament.  Taking centre stage are the bravest knights in the land – the superstars of their day – armed and ready to do battle until there’s just one man standing.  With fascinating demonstrations of falconry, plus medieval games and family activities, everyone will have the chance to   play their part in this special tourney.


The Carnival will take place on the 13 & 14 August 2016. There will also be an official Carnival after party. The theme for this year’s Carnival is Bajan, also celebrating the 50th anniversary of Guyana. The Parade will start from Alexander Park at 12.30pm. At this year’s carnival visitors can enjoy foods from ‘all around the Caribbean.



Celebrating the city’s 121st Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day (1895 – 2016), the Natal Day Festival runs from July 29th until August 1st, 2016.

More than 30 events that include family activities, live concerts, road races, talent showcase, one of the oldest parades in Atlantic Canada and a spectacular fireworks show launched from a barge in the middle of Halifax Harbour.

Created with a commitment to provide low cost/no cost activities wherever possible, there’s something special planned for every age.

For more information about the Natal Day Festival, we invite you to look through the website and reserve time to join in the fun. Our final event up-dates will be listed by May 1st, 2016.

Save the dates and plan to attend!  We’re looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Festival in Halifax

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