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London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace

The London Model Engineering Exhibition returns to the iconic venue of Alexandra Palace for the 2017 event, its 21st Anniversary. The exhibition is regarded as one of THE Largest Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibitions in the UK and attracts over 14,000 visitors annually.

The 2017 event will be packed with hundreds of displays to keep the whole family entertained for hours, from traditional model engineering, steam locomotives and traction engines, collections of scale model ships, through to the more modern gadgets and boys toys including remote control trucks, boats, aeroplanes and helicopters – as previously featured on BBC “The One Show”. Visitors to the exhibition can travel between the shows different zones, trying out different activities and watching fascinating and technical demonstrations.




SPECIAL EXHIBIT FOR 2017 – Mail Rail and Postal Museum officially opens its doors in Spring 2017, and will be London’s first major museum in over a decade. When launched Mail Rail will enable public into the tunnels of the Post Office’s private underground railway for the first time in its hundred-year history. Visitors to the London Model Engineering Exhibition in January will get a glimpse into the hidden past of the Mail Rail before its grand opening. The special display will include a Royal Mail immersive and inflatable tunnel interactive experience demonstrating what life was like working in the tunnel as a Mail Rail engineer.

The London Model Exhibition is keen to engage with modellers of all ages, the model active zone brings modelling to life.  You can take part in hands-on model building activities, watch live demonstrations from Tamiya Truckin and the British Model Flying Association. Of course a model show wouldn’t be complete without LEGO, so you can get your fix of the timeless classic at the Brickish Association and Fairy Bricks stands. The Polly Owners Group will return once again providing free passenger rides, so you can hop on board the 5” gauge steam locomotive. For the real youngsters the Imagineering Foundation stand is more like a science lab, where they can try out modelling experiments, or have time out playing on ‘Track Party’ a huge track layout featuring toy trains, cars and dinosaurs!

Always a show highlight is the Spithead Review, a set of around 600 tiny 1:1200 scale models of iconic ships providing a visual history of 3,000 years of naval warfare. The collection has been a 33-year labour of love for Jack Snary, a former engineer and accountant from Cheshunt, Herts. Each ship takes about 40 hours to construct and its materials about 50 pence per boat but the collection is insured for a staggering £60,000!




Other attractions include an extraordinary display of matchstick ships to models of historical ships such as HMS Victory and HMS Vanguard, built by Alex McFadyen, aged 72 from Surrey – who has built two  8ft 6inch long models, which took over 13,000 hours to build.

The London Model Exhibition will host over 50 national and regional clubs and societies displaying their members work each competing to win the prestigious Society Shield. In total nearly 2,000 models will be on display.

Nearly all the industry leading suppliers will be present showcasing new products and special promotions. It gives hobbyists an excellent opportunity to see and compare products under one roof as well as glean expert advice and useful tips from the professionals. You can purchase virtually anything you need for your next model or project or to get you started in a hobby.

If you are interested in modelling yourself or want to rekindle your childhood memories, you will find something amongst the many diverse types of modelling on display to admire. If you are not already a modeller hopefully the exhibition will fire your imagination to build something yourself and enjoy one of these satisfying hobbies.

With so much to see and do under one roof, The London Model Engineering Exhibition is a great day out for all the family whatever the weather!

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Yamaha Music London to launch drumming festival YML DRUM FEST ’16

Next month sees the launch of a new and entirely FREE 4 day music festival, devoted entirely to drumming!

From Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th October, Yamaha Music London in Wardour Street, Soho will present YML DRUM FEST ’16, that offers a feast of live drumming and drum workshops, plus an exclusive 360º Virtual Reality Experience with the world’s greatest drummer, Steve Gadd.




For anyone who already plays or wants to play drums, this is a do-not-miss opportunity for drummers of all ages and abilities to enjoy stunning performances from world-class Yamaha drummers Richard Spaven, Mikey Sorbello and Bob Knight, the choice of artists such as Cee Lo Green, Jason Derulo, Michael Bublé, James Taylor, Rumer and Incognito to name a few.

Throughout YML DRUM FEST ’16, experts from Yamaha Drums will be on hand to present daily Tech Talk workshops covering a vast range of drumming and kit related topics, and anyone looking to sharpen their playing skills or interested to get started can book a FREE 30 minute one-to-one drum lesson.

This is a perfect opportunity to see and hear the range of Yamaha Drums as everything will be on display from the flagship PHX series through to the new Manu Katche Jnr set and everything in between. So if you wanted to know the difference between the new Recording Custom Series and the award winning Absolute Hybrid Series then now is your chance!

For full details and to book visit

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Walk London to showcase some of the city’s best attractions, architecture and open spaces


Londoners can join guided walks around the Capital for free on 1 and 2 October during Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Autumn Ambles weekend. The 42 guided walks showcase some of the city’s best attractions, architecture and open spaces.

The free guided walks range from short strolls to challenging treks and take in some of London’s famous landmarks and panoramic views. All walks start and finish within easy reach of public transport and explore sections of the city’s seven popular Walk London Network routes, with knowledgeable Walk London guides leading the way.

It is quick and simple to book a free place on one of the walks by visiting the Walk London website:

The Mayor has put a new focus on making it easier and more enjoyable to walk around London and TfL is working with London boroughs, businesses and schools to make this commitment a reality. A wide range of improvements to London’s streets, junctions and public spaces are underway with more than 1,500 Legible London signs across the Capital to help people find their way. TfL has also launched a new version of the Tube map, which shows how many steps it takes to walk between stations in zones 1 and 2.

Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning at TfL, said: “We are committed to making London the most walkable city in the world and we hope that through these free guided walks people will see how easy, quick and enjoyable it can be to walk around this vibrant city. The walks are very popular so we would encourage people to book a place soon; they offer something for everyone regardless of walking ability.”

The 42 guided Autumn Ambles walks include:

Saturday 1 October

  • Hidden Alleyways and Courtyards – St Paul’s to Chancery Lane at 11.00 (1.5 miles)A unique walk that explores London’s past, including a monastery, hidden alleyways and the history of London’s newspapers and journalism.
    • The Victoria line – A plague pit, the Queen, the Beatles and an American president at 12.00 (1.5 miles)This is a design-focused walk to celebrate TfL’s Transported by Design programme. The walk goes above the Victoria line to discover the sights along the route and reveals how the line accidently ploughed into a centuries-old plague pit when it was constructed. Insights about the Queen, the Beatles and a US president will also be revealed.
    • Goodnight Mister Tom – London in the Blitz at 14:00 (1.6 miles) – This family-focused walk is inspired by Michelle Magorian’s much loved book Goodnight Mister Tom, which tells the story of Willy Beech who is evacuated from London during the Second World War. The walk explores the City of London and hears what life was like for those who remained in the Capital during the Blitz.
    • St Paul’s Secret Cornersat 15.00 (1.5 miles) – Join the walk to explore many rarely visited parts of the City of London including tranquil gardens, ruined churches, hidden courtyards and some stunning modern architecture.

Sunday 2 October

  • London’s Hidden Treasures – Waterloo to London Bridge at 11:30 (2 miles) – This stroll along both sides of the River Thames will reveal some of the secrets that lie beneath the streets and under the river. The walk starts at Waterloo and the iconic London Eye before moving directly onto the river where the history is over 2,000 years old.
  • Along the Canal – Elegant Little Venice to Eclectic Camden at 13.00 (2 miles) – Join to see the picturesque area of Little Venice and hear about the buildings and residents of the area. Walk along the canal to learn about John Nash’s development, see stunning homes, and catch a glimpse of the animals at London Zoo. The walk ends in eclectic Camden, where entertainment and popular culture surround and delight.
  • Millbank MI5, MI6 and Much More at 14.00 (2.5 miles) – Walk into London’s Thames riverside history, from boat builders and boat breakers to prisons and potteries, and discover its transformation through post-war office developments to 21st-century penthouse domination. The walk crosses two bridges to reveal the Archbishop of Canterbury’s official London residence, the Palace of Westminster, a high street with no shops and a plague pit – with ‘spies’ lurking.
  • Fresher’s Trivia Walk at 15.00 (1.3 miles) – A walk that is perfect for new London students, covering all sorts of London trivia such as the Savoy’s trick for protecting its guests from noisy horses. The walk ends at the British Library, the largest in the world.

For more information about walking in London and to download a number of maps visit

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Final stage of Tour of Britain in London


Olympic and Tour de France legends Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins will star in the Tour of Britain finale this Sunday in central London. This will be the fourth year in a row that the Capital has been the final stage for the iconic finish to eight days of racing, creating inspirational scenes and atmosphere to encourage people onto two wheels and continuing to help make London a byword for cycling. Research conducted for Transport for London (TfL) suggests that last year’s race inspired tens of thousands to cycle more often.

The British riders will be joined in the Tour of Britain London stage, supported by TfL, through Westminster by German sprinter Andre Greipel and Australia’s former world hour record holder Rohan Dennis. The race will start and finish on Regent Street St James’s (Lower Regent Street) after sixteen laps around Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Strand, Aldwych and Whitehall.

TfL is advising road users to allow more time for journeys and to consider alternative routes on Sunday 11 September due to road closures for the event. The closures will also mean roads near the race will be busier than usual and some central London bus routes will be diverted or terminate early.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “It will be wonderful to see some of the world’s best cyclists back in London, and I hope the sight of these great sporting figures competing in the capital will encourage even more Londoners to take to two wheels. It’s good for our health, helps tackle our toxic air pollution and eases congestion. That’s exactly why I’m working hard to make London safer and easier for all to cycle.”

Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning at TfL, said: “It is fantastic to be able to welcome back the Tour of Britain and the world-class cyclists it brings to London. The Tour will give everyone an opportunity to finish off a fantastic cycling summer – from a record GB medal haul in the Rio velodrome to the opening of segregated Cycle Superhighways across London. There will need to be road closures in central London to hold this elite event, and drivers and bus users are advised to avoid these areas to ensure their journeys are not affected.”

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director, said: “The London Stage presented by TfL will be a great finale to this year’s Tour of Britain, and a fantastic chance for fans to come out and see the world’s top riders, including of course our very own Olympic medallists Sir Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull and Mark Cavendish. We look forward to another fast and exciting stage in front of London’s most famous landmarks, showing what a great place to cycle this wonderful city is.”

Advance warning signs are in place on the race route to advise road users of the closures required to ensure the safety of competitors and spectators, and TfL will be providing live information through the @tfltrafficnews. Twitter feed and on the TfL website to help drivers plan their journey –  Bus customers can follow the @tflbusalerts Twitter feed for live information. A small number of Santander Cycles docking stations near the event route will be suspended from 20:00 on Saturday until 08:00 on Monday.

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Caribbean Food Week Festival a Caribbean Flavour in the heart of Brixton

First ever Caribbean Food Week (22-29 August) Festival.

The feast of Caribbean food, drink, fashion and music at Windrush Square, Brixton, takes place on August 26th and 27th (11.00am until 7.00pm).

Visitors to the Caribbean Food Week Festival will enjoy a fun-filled mix of cookery demonstrations, Caribbean street food stalls and vendors, live music and an authentic Caribbean market.

Two of the UK’s best known Caribbean chefs, Hasan Defour and Brixton-based Solomon Smith, will each be conducting 5 live cookery demonstrations and joining visitors afterwards to share handy hints about how to make great-tasting Caribbean food at home.

And one lucky person will win a seven night holiday for two in St Lucia (including flights/transfers etc.) courtesy of a free prize draw by one of the festival exhibitors, SN Travel.




Visitors will also be able to enjoy delicious food provided by seven Caribbean cuisine specialists, discover the delights of holidaying in the Caribbean, unearth some of the Caribbean’s finest writers and those with an eye for Caribbean fashion won’t be disappointed either.

And to add even more Caribbean sunshine, authentic steel pan musicians will be on site to provide a true Caribbean soundtrack to the two-day festival.

“We’re looking forward to a fantastic event. As the UK’s No.1 name in Caribbean food and drink, we want as many people as possible to join us and enjoy the true taste of the Caribbean,” says event organiser Nyree Chambers, Head of Marketing at Grace Foods UK.

“The event has something for everyone. Admission is free, we’re giving away money-off, in-store coupons for Grace/Dunn’s River products and, quite simply, we’re inviting people to come along and have a great time!”

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Alice Through The Looking Glass Exhibit in London

From Tuesday 31st May at 14 Cecil Court, WC2 (near Leicester Square tube) Alice Through The Looking Glass is exhibiting for the first time ever Alice’s actual Looking-Glass.

A chance to see yourself reflected as Alice HERSELF did
in a glass whose allure remains undiminished by the ravages of time.

A unique piece of British literary history imbued with beauty and an enduring sense of mystery.

Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s muse and the eponymous heroine of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ & ‘Through The Looking-Glass’ owned this mirror for most of her life.



Its similarity to John Tenniel’s original illustration is remarkable. Also on exhibition will be: Sir John Tenniel’s very own ‘Through The Looking-Glass’ hand-painted Chessboard. This unique and important Carrollian artefact has 16 original illustrations that depict the books’ main characters including Humpty Dumpty, The Red Queen, Jabberwocky and more.

Other exhibits include first editions of Carroll’s Alice books and new artwork that presents Tenniel’s originals in spectacular colour, grand scale and transformative luminescence.

The exhibit of Alice’s actual Looking-Glass has been made possible by kind permission of the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst and the Ninth Centenary Trust Charity.

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GrandFest festival is returning to London this summer


This summer sees the return of GrandFest, a one day mini festival set in the heart of East London. Proudly presented by older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service, GrandFest celebrates the heritage skills of talented older people, who will be in residence on Sunday 5th June to share their skills with the younger generation.

GrandFest will, yet again, be showcasing lost skills in a series of masterclasses in and around Spitalfields Market. From breadmaking to crochet and dressmaking to woodturning, this festival is expected to be even bigger and better than last year, taking over nearby cafes, shops and museums.

The Hipster Replacments - London's first older People's Festival Takes Over Old Street Picture by Michael Crabtree

The Hipster Replacments – London’s first older People’s Festival Takes Over Old Street Picture by Michael Crabtree

These fun and interactive masterclasses will continue the resurgence of people wanting to discover and learn new skills. GrandFest’s very own GrandMakers, all over 70, will be sharing fountains of knowledge and inspiring a younger generation, what better way to spend a lazy Sunday.

These masterclasses get booked quickly, last year’s event sold out, so book now to avoid disappointment.

The Royal Voluntary Service is one of the biggest volunteer organisations in the UK, which supports over 100,000 older people each month. Through its army of 35,000 volunteers, the charity runs services such as Good Neighbours (companionship), Meals-on-Wheels and Books-on-Wheels that alleviate loneliness and help older people. Royal Voluntary Service also provides practical support for older people who have been in hospital through its On Ward support and Home from Hospital services and via its network of retail shops and cafes.

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Itchy Feet London Getting Set For Hottest April Fool’s Event

Itchy Feet, the DJ and event collective which tours the UK throwing parties set to an old-school soundtrack has something very special planned for 01 April… or does it?

The infamous party troupe will take over the Prince of Wales in Brixton for a raucous night of foolish fun dishing out free dance lessons on one floor, and Rum and Reggae on the other.


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Known for serving the vintage sounds of Rock’N’Roll, Ska, R’n’B, Swing, Funk and Soul with its patented mix of awesome music and awesome people, Itchy Feet is pulling out all the stops for its next event to encourage revellers City wide to release their inner fool at their very own house of fun.

“Itchy Feet has always been about uniting the different types of vintage music. And if you don’t like one, you’re bound to like the other” says the night’s creator, Leo Bedford.   “ Dance instructors from Swing Patrol will be laying out the lessons downstairs, while the roof deck will have a decidedly more laid back feel.”


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For those who give the dance party a miss and head outside, the Brighton-based Del Gazebo has been drafted in to play a night full of Reggae to the open air deck. The dedicated rum bar will be fully stocked and ready to serve up a special range of delicious cocktails to keep the fun flowing all night long. Once the clock strikes 12, it’s club time – strap on dancing shoes and feel the beat as the Itchy Feet DJs hit the decks and muddle together the very best in tunes from yesteryear.


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Starting in a basement in Leeds in 2009, Itchy Feet is founder Leo Bedford’s, idea of a good night out.  The London April Fool’s takeover in Brixton is the latest in a scorching line up of epic events. “I like rooms full of nice people, having a great time, and if possible – listening to R&B and Northern Soul, he says. “ When I couldn’t find such a place, I figured it might be fun to try and make one”.
Seven years and 500,000 tickets sold later, Itchy Feet has visited nearly every major city in the UK, relieving the boredom of the musically enlightened. The party troupe also its own Motown-themed venue, 2648 which is named after the original Motown building in Detroit.

Find out more and book tickets for the hottest April Fool’s event on the calendar at .

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Christian Furr’s art collection to be displayed in London

Talented artist Christian Furr’s stunning art collection “Hidden Treasures” is being displayed at Campbell’s Master Framers and Art Gallery in South Kensington, London.

Amongst the collection includes the painting ‘Flesh and Blood’ – a superb example of contemporary figurative art. The artwork is the last in Christian’s Men and Women series, painted between 2007 and 2011.

The “Hidden Treasures” collection, which must be seen in the flesh to be fully appreciated, is being exhibited until Monday February 15 2016.

Christian features the Game of Thrones star Esmé Bianco in his ‘Flesh and Blood’ painting. Esmé was spotted by Christian, prior to her role in the hit TV series, ten years ago at Terry de Havilland’s 2005/06 London Fashion Week show, where she was modelling.

Speaking about why he chose Esmé to sit for his paintings, Christian Furr said “Esmé, with her red hair, had a twenty-first century edgy look combining the future and the past.”

“Esme’s look is reminiscent of 1940’s screen icons such as Deborah Kerr, who featured as the muse in the film The Life and Times of Colonel Blimp. The model on the right is a friend of Esme’s that has a different type of look that contrasts well.”


Flesh and Blood by Christian Furr 2011

Flesh and Blood by Christian Furr 2011


The actress, who shot to fame in 2011 playing Ros in Game of Thrones, was not featured in George R. R. Martin’s original book series, and in fact was only meant to feature in the pilot episode of the TV series. In an interview with HBO, Esmé explained that the show’s creators, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, enjoyed her performance so much they decided to write her in as a recurring character.

Esmé Bianco said, “Sitting for Christian was an absolute pleasure. He is not only an extraordinarily gifted painter, but a very kind and charming gentleman. I feel very honoured to have been featured in several of his beautiful paintings.”

Christian continues, “I chose to feature two women in this work with different types of poses and attitudes to reflect how most relationships are not static. Esmé gazes out of a window at life outside, unconcerned and intrepid in her pose where the girl on the right looks more introspective and protective.”

“The image of the lion on the wall is vulnerable too. The three of them set up a pyramid-like composition like the Karpman Drama triangle.”


Artist Christian Furr

Artist Christian Furr


The settings for the paintings in the series were largely high end hotels and include various themes about life and the relationships between men, women and love. Paintings within paintings or mirrors and windows that appear in Furr’s artwork are designed to represent alternate realities.

Christian, who was notably the youngest artist to be commissioned to paint an official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, also commented on the method in his artwork. “I am conscious of balance and dynamics in all my works and for this reason I apply a method of making this work that is based on an aspect of the golden ratio. This means that in theory the painting should work upside down and in every position. I create the paintings, turning them every way whilst working.”

“I don’t like to put specific meaning on any of my works. I just like to give clues, signifiers and let the viewer do the rest. Although they may be influenced by my own sub conscious ideas, the works must exist in their own right and have their own life for whoever is viewing them.”

Christian’s Hidden Treasures collection will be on display until February 15 2016 at Campbell’s Master Framers and Art Gallery, 35 Thurloe Street, London, SW7 2LQ.

The 2011 painting Flesh & Blood by Christian Furr featuring Esmé Bianco is oil on canvas, measuring 914 x 914 mm, is priced at £8,400.

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Spanish Riding School to celebrate 450th anniversary

The world’s oldest and most famous equestrian academy celebrates its 450th anniversary this year. Considered Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO since 2010, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna continues to delight both connoisseurs and newcomers to horsemanship almost half a millennium since its foundation in 1565.

To celebrate this landmark anniversary, the Spanish Riding School of Vienna will return to the UK in November 2016 for six exclusive new shows in London and Birmingham hosted by TV presenter and British Dressage Ambassador, Nicki Chapman. Tickets for the tour are on-sale now via /

Synonymous with the Austrian capital, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution worldwide where classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école is still cultivated. The School is the only place in the world where these classical equestrian skills have been preserved and practiced in their original form. Many years of training fuse horse and rider into an inseparable unit. Audiences are treated to an unforgettable experience by the precision of movement of the Lipizzan horses in perfect harmony with the music.

The UK shows are an impressive display classical equitation. Audiences will be mesmerised by the absolute balance and harmony achieved by these beautiful White Lipizzaner stallions and their regal riders.


LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: A white lipizzaner Stallion performs during the Spanish Riding School of Vienna Gala Performance at Wembley Arena on November 24, 2011 in London, England. The Spanish Riding School and their famous white Lipizzaner horses were last in London five years ago. The highly trained riders and horses of the 430 year old 'High School for classical horsemanship' are based in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: A white lipizzaner Stallion performs during the Spanish Riding School of Vienna Gala Performance at Wembley Arena on November 24, 2011 in London, England. The Spanish Riding School and their famous white Lipizzaner horses were last in London five years ago. The highly trained riders and horses of the 430 year old ‘High School for classical horsemanship’ are based in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)


All of their famous in-hand work and movements above the ground will be performed including the Capriole, an upward leap made without going forward and with a backward kick of the hind legs at the height of the leap, the Levade in which the stallion puts its entire weight on its hind legs and raises its front legs no more than 45 degrees and Courbette where the horse raises its forehand off the ground, tucks up forelegs evenly, and then jumps forward in a series of “hops”..

Nicki Chapman will be hosting the event and will be joined by special guests making this 2016 Spanish RidingSchool of Vienna Tour one of the most unique, exciting and captivating events of the coming year.

Nicki commented;

“The Spanish Riding School of Vienna tours are rare and exceptional.  I’m lucky enough to have been involved in the UK tours and the experience will  stay with me for the rest of my life! I’ve witnessed first hand these graceful horses thrilling crowds with their astonishing combination of elegance and power. This is an extraordinary, once in a lifetime opportunity to witness these most celebrated, world renowned horses performing in the UK during their momentous 450th anniversary.”
The Lipizzan lineage dates back to the 16th century, when it was developed exclusively by Habsburg monarchy. The breed is a cross between Spanish, Arabic and Berber horses. Estimates put the number of Lipizzaners worldwide at less than 3,000. Only 70 are trained to the demanding standards of the Spanish Riding School at any one time.T he institution has been a favourite of royalty since it was set up. Our own Queen is a lifelong fan – and among the few women to have been allowed to ride one of the thoroughbreds.

Incredibly moving, highly sophisticated and full of Viennese glamour the tickets for the 450th anniversary Spanish Riding School Tour are on sale now.

Tour Dates;

Friday 11th November 2016 –  The SEE Arena, Wembley -7.30 PM
Saturday 12th November 2016 –  The SEE Arena, Wembley- 7.30 PM
Sunday 13th November 2016 – The SEE Arena, Wembley – 3PM
Friday 18th November 2016 –  Barclay Arena Birmingham  7.30 PM
Saturday  19th November 2016 – Barclaycard Arena Birmingham – 7.30 PM
Sunday 20th  November 2016 – Barclaycard Arena Birmingham       – 3PM

Tickets on sale now, prices from £27.50 – £67.50 available from /  /


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