What's new in 2017?

Wednesday 21 December 2016

Thinking about travelling to Britain? Just take a look at what's on this year and you'll be booking your flight in no time!

The largest Roman cavalry re-enactments ever seen in Britain!

1-2 July 2017

Hadrian's Wall

Taking place at 10 attractions across the full 150-mile length of Hadrian’s WallHadrian’s Cavalry will be a wall-wide exhibition celebrating the elite Roman cavalry regiments that guarded Hadrian’s Wall and projected the power of Imperial Rome 2,000 years ago. The 6-month exhibition (8 April-10 September 2017) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to explore the role and daily life of the cavalry forces of the Roman army. On 1-2 July, the largest Roman cavalry re-enactments ever seen in Britain will take place throughout the day at Bitts Park in Carlisle, with a troop of 30 Roman cavalrymen coming together to perform ancient training exercises.

New National Horseracing Museum

In 2016 the National Horseracing Museum moved to Palace House in Newmarket, east England (around 90 minutes’ drive from London) and is the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. As well as live thoroughbred horses in the Rothschild Yard and paddock, the centre will include a new museum that celebrates the sport and science of horseracing. The move to Palace House means the museum will occupy the last remaining element of King Charles II’s racing palace in Newmarket, a town synonymous with the ‘sport of kings’, and home to 2 racecourses, the Rowley Mile and July Course.

RHS Flower Show, Chatsworth

7-11 June 2017

For the first time in more than a decade, the Royal Horticultural Society is embarking on a new show in the expansive grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. It will join the current portfolio of shows at Malvern, Chelsea, Hampton Court Palace, Tatton Park, and Chelsea in London but expand the experience with an immersive horticultural event based on ‘Design Revolutionaries’. The event will celebrate the creative genius and conceptual thinking of gardeners and garden designers from the past and present, including Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.  Provisional dates for all RHS Flower Shows in 2017 are:

7-9 April: RHS Flower Show Cardiff
23-27 May: RHS Chelsea Flower Show
7-11 June: RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
4-9 July: RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show  
19-23 July: RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

Blue whale comes to the Natural History Museum!

The central display in London's Natural History Museum is set to change in the summer of 2017, as iconic resident Dippy the Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton is being replaced after 35 years with a blue whale skeleton, which will mark the beginning of a decade of transformation for the museum.

New interactive gallery at the Science Museum - Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

Featuring live event spaces, hands-on experiments and state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, visitors to the gallery in London's Science Museum will be able to walk through a giant Orrery with a canopy of stars, take part in live chemistry experiments, and whizz down the friction slide!

Liverpool World Museum’s new Ancient World gallery

February 2017

The museum has been inspiring children of all ages since 1853. Its popular Ancient World gallery is currently being revamped and is set to open early next year. Alongside 4,000 objects - many of them previously unseen by the public - there are plans for a brand-new Mummy Room as well as interactive displays.

Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe

Windsor Castle, south-east England
Now until 8 January 2017

To celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday year and her support of British couture and millinery, this exhibition has ends its run at the magnificent Windsor Castle.  Explore significant events in The Queen's life and the nation's history through an unprecedented collection of couture and accessories exclusively designed for these occasions. www.royalcollection.org.uk/whatson/event/794179/Fashioning-a-Reign

You Say You Want A Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-1970

V&A, London
Now until 26 February 2017

This major exhibition examines the optimism, ideals and aspirations of the late 1960s, expressed through music, fashion, film, design and political activism. Fascinating objects are paired with an immersive soundtrack and theatrical three-dimensional design, investigating the cultural upheavals and the changes within the law that took place during the revolutionary years.

Fire! Fire!

Museum of London
Now until 17 April 2017

Discover the capital before, during and after the Great Fire of London with this interactive exhibition marking the 350th anniversary of this disastrous event, including rarely seen artefacts from 1666. 

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

V&A, London
13 May-1 October 2017

The first international retrospective of one of the world’s most iconic and influential bands.

20th anniversary of the Harry Potter book series

British Library, London
20 October 2017 - 28 February 2018

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of everyone's favourite boy wizard, The British Library in London is launching a new exhibition about the magic of Harry Potter. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the philosopher’s stone, the exhibition will take readers on a journey to the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Look out for an extraordinary range of wizarding books, manuscripts and objects, with original material from Bloomsbury’s and J.K. Rowling’s archives, that will sit alongside centuries-old British Library treasures. #HarryPotter20

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