Some great ideas for days out over summer, courtesy of London Midland.
Warner Bros Studio Tour
Ongoing, Warner Bros Studio, Watford
Warner Bros Studio Tour have recently unveiled a 20,000ft² expansion, including the original Hogwarts Express steam engine and a recreation of Platform 9 ¾. The new, permanent section offers a glimpse into how some of the films’ most iconic scenes were created.
The Railway Children
17 April - 6 Sept, Kings Cross Theatre, London
All aboard! This stunning adaptation of E Nesbit’s classic novel The Railway Children is currently running at London's King’s Cross Theatre. Set in a new, purpose built 1,000 seat venue, this breath-taking show features a stage built around a real train track, and a beautiful 60-tonne locomotive that steams into the theatre to delight all ages.
One Magnificent City
Now - 5 July, Liverpool
Summer 2015 will see Liverpool’s famous waterfront host a seven week programme of events under the title “One Magnificent City” which will see visits by Cunard Cruise ships, the International Mersey River Festival and the re-enactment of the first transatlantic sailing from Liverpool – 175 years on.
[BBC good food show] BBC Good Food Show Summer
11 - 14 June, NEC, Birmingham
Look forward to a mouth-watering seasonal date at the BBC Good Food Show Summer. Enjoy sizzling entertainment from top chefs and experts cooking up inspirational, delicious dishes live in the Supertheatre and discover all the ingredients, equipment and latest kitchen gadgets and accessories you’ll need for summer feasts.
Trooping the Colour
13 June, Horse Guards Parade, London
Trooping the Colour is an annual event that takes place on Horse Guards Parade near London's St James's Park, marking The Queen's official birthday. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is full of military pomp and pageantry as The Queen carries out an inspection of the troops from the Household Division.
Rock and Roll Marathon
13- 14 June, Liverpool
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & 1/2 returns 14 June. There’s more to love in 2015 – New Saturday 5K, New 1 Mile Fun Run, New Running & Endurance Show. It a happening you don’t want to miss. More Music, More Medals, More Fun!
Mayas: revelation of an endless time
19 June - 18 October, World Museum
Step back to an ancient time and discover the powerful and revealing world of the Maya. This was a time of warriors, shamanic rituals, human sacrifice, jade treasures, advanced knowledge and veneration of the cosmos. It will be the only opportunity to see this breathtaking exhibition in the UK.
City of London Festival
23 June - 26 July, London
Each summer the City of London Festival brings the City's unique buildings and outdoor spaces to life with an extensive artistic programme of music, performance arts, comedy, debates, film, walks, tours and talks, much of it free to the public. Inaugurated in 1962 to revitalise the cultural life of the City, it has established itself as one of the UK's leading arts events.
29 June - 12 July, Wimbledon, London
End up empty handed after the Wimbledon ballot? You don't have to be there to enjoy all the action and all the atmosphere – catch this year's Wimbledon Tennis Championships coverage, along with a handful of other sporting events, at the capital's many summer big screens instead.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Until 2 August, V&A Museum, London
Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe.
Aubrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon
2 July - 18 October, National Potrait Gallery, London
This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars.
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
1 August - 27 September, Buckingham Palace, London
Displays throughout the State Rooms will recreate the settings for these occasions, and will show the detailed preparations that go into each one, whether a private audience with Her Majesty The Queen or a Garden Party for thousands.
The Festival of Quilts
6-9 August, NEC, Birmingham
The Festival of Quilts is the largest celebration of patchwork & quilting in the UK. See 1000 quilts on display, shop from 350 exhibitors and learn new skills from a choice of hundreds of workshops. Visit the NEC, Birmingham this August to find out why patchwork and quilting is seeing a huge revival!
£2 off tickets* when you quote LMID15! Visit www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk or call 01473 321872
*Valid on adult tickets bought in advance only (£1 off concessions). Terms and condition and £1.50 booking fee applies