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28 Feb 2020

Plans for Great Wolf's first European site rejected by local authority

Oxfordshire County Council has objected to plans for a multi-million-pound waterpark resort in Chesterton, UK, following concerns from local residents. [more...]

27 Feb 2020

Duke of Sussex launches sustainable tourism initiative at Travel Tourism Summit in Edinburgh

Prince Harry, HRH Duke of Sussex has returned to the UK for his first public appearance, one of his final as a 'senior royal', since he and his wife, Meghan Markle, renounced their HRH titles earlier this year. [more...]

21 Feb 2020

Northern Ireland's The Gobbins in line for £11m development

Plans for an £11m (US$14.2m, €13m) extension to The Gobbins, a famous cliff-face path at Islandmagee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, have made significant progress, according to the local borough council. [more...]

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London's V&A Museum of Childhood to close for two-year redevelopment

Creating an "unforgettable first museum experience for children" is the aim of the V&A Museum of Childhood in London, which has announced it will close in May 2020 to undergo a two-year, £13m (US$16.9m, €15.7m) transformation. [more...]

Hassell's grass-covered dome will celebrate the stars at Jodrell Bank

Construction has begun on a Hassell-designed grass-covered dome pavilion at Jodrell Bank to help celebrate the site’s heritage and the beginnings of radio astronomy when it opens in 2021. [more...]

£900k Coastal Forces museum to open in Gosport

A new museum, dedicated to the smaller craft used by the Royal Navy in both world wars, is set to open in Gosport, Hampshire, next year. [more...]

Shortlist revealed for National Railway Museum's Central Hall

Five proposals have been shortlisted for the design of the National Railway Museum's Central Hall in York, UK, which is scheduled to open in time for the museum’s 50th anniversary in 2025. [more...]

Eden Project announces £67m attraction for Northern Ireland

A new £67m (US$86.9m, €79.8m) cultural and environmental Eden Project tourist attraction is to be built along the banks of the River Foyle, near Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, with organisers hoping it will help to bring social, economic and environmental regeneration to the city. [more...]

City council wrangles cause robust debate on Belfast Zoo's future

The future nature of Belfast Zoo is uncertain after a motion was tabled by a city councillor to phase out the display of caged animals and return the animals "to their natural habitats". However, the motion also envisaged transforming the zoo into a "world-class visitor attraction by 2025". [more...]

In brief:

Niall McLaughlin Architects have been chosen to design a new, multi-purpose auditorium and public space for London's Somerset House (@SomersetHouse) arts centre. [more...]
Smithsonian announces partnership with V&A East @smithsonian @V_and_A [more...]
Heritage Great Britain to invest £1.1m in Snowdon Mountain Railway @HeritageGB @SnowdonMR [more...]
UK's youth heritage programme wins new government funding @HeritageFundUK @DCMS #KickTheDust [more...]
World-first Duplo coaster coming to Legoland Windsor in March @LEGOLANDWindsor @mackridescom [more...]
London's Natural History Museum announces new strategy to tackle climate change after declaring 'planetary emergency' @NHM_London [more...]
Chessington plans rainforest addition @CWOA @AndersenPress @worldlandtrust [more...]
Welsh government to invest £60m in tourism @visitwales [more...]
3D printing could democratise heritage and help museums in repatriation debate [more...]
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