Please see below for more information on new events and happenings in England.

Coming soon 

New English National Parks Experience Collection launches
1 February
2019 marks the 70th Anniversary of the National Parks and on January 31st the organisation is launching 70 new immersive visitor experiences across nine of its Parks. Carefully curated by local experts, these authentic experiences celebrate the extraordinary and the everyday of our unique living landscapes. So whether itskayaking in the Norfolk Broads, going on a spice trail in the Lake District or climbing in the Peak District, there's something for everyone The full list of experiences go live on the National Parks website on1February.

New food festival at Rockcliffe Hall Hotel, County Durham
2 – 9 February
Rockcliffe Hall's new Festival of Food is an eight-day-long celebration of fine British cuisine, with some of the country's top professional chefs. It kicks off with an artisan food fair, followed by a series of special lunches, dinners and food and wine events, and culminates in a black tie gala dinner. Renowned chefs such as Andrew Pern, James Mackenzie and Mark Jordan will join Rockcliffe Hall's executive chefs, head sommelier and head gardener to host various dinners and events. Highlights include The World's Best Sunday Dinner with Andrew Pern' a  Gardener's Lunch and a tour of Rockcliffe's kitchen gardens and potting sheds with head gardener Phil Mennell; a wine and food pairing masterclass; and a banquet celebrating the best produce of the North East. The event will raise money for Hospitality Action.

New London art gallery opens with Andy Warhol Exhibition
2 February – 13 April 
The inaugural exhibition at the Bastian gallery's London space will include a series of over 60 portrait and self-portrait Polaroid photographs by Andy Warhol, depicting artists, actors, politicians and friends of his eccentric Factory entourage. Positioning Warhol as both subject and spectator, the exhibition, Andy Warhol Polaroid Pictureshighlights the artist's prolific capacity as a chronicler of his time – including many never displayed works.  
The exhibition offers an intimate portrayal of New York in the 1970s and 1980s during the establishment of a new visual culture. Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm

Leeds Northern Ballet stages world premiere of Victoria
9 - 16 March 
Northern Ballet hosts the world première of Victoria, a ballet by Cathy Marston inspired by the monarch who was born 200 years ago. Victoria tells the Queen's astounding life story through the eyes of her youngest child, Beatrice, travelling back from Victoria's death bed. From her mother's diaries Beatrice uncovers her accession as a teenage princess, challenging relationship with her own mother, passionate marriage and ambiguous relationship with John Brown – as well as key events of her reign. Victoria presents the various, often conflicting faces of this emblematic monarch, and shows how an act of daughterly devotion became one of history's most notorious revisions. Touring to seven other cities across the UK until June. Tickets cost from £12-£53.


Just opened

Mariage Frères, Covent Garden
The world's most exclusive purveyor of luxury teas and France's oldest tea house, Mariage Frères, opened its first UK tea emporium this January. Bringing tea savoir-faire to the capital, the brand's largest branch to date is housed in a beautiful five-storey listed Georgian townhouse on Covent Garden's King Street. Offering the largest collection of teas in the world, from vintage and rare to fruit and herbal, the UK flagship of Mariage Frères boasts a stunning retail space, a restaurant specialising in tea gastronomy, tea museum and two private event spaces.

Waltham Forest: The Mayor's London Borough of Culture 2019
Waltham Forest's tenure as London's first borough of culture started with its art-filled opening show Welcome to the Forest on 11- 13 January. Chosen from the 22 bids, Waltham Forest's project includes a year packed full celebratory events, exhibitions, workshops and public art. Highlights in February include a Jazz festival, meanwhile throughout the year you can sign up for tours of the borough and see art installations such as Molecules in the Marshes on Walthamstow Marshes. The Jazz festival is held February 16th, tickets from £27.50.general admission.

Make My Day, London and Nationwide
This new adventure experience website created by award-winning travel journalist Nick Boulos aims to revolutionise and personalise your experience of the UK. Launched in 20th January, it offers bespoke personalised experiences in London, from doorstep discoveries to flying high over the skyscrapers. Each Mystery Day will comprise of three unforgettable tours and experiences which, when pieced together, will create personalised and memorable days. Other locations in the UK will be added too/ Prices vary from £10pp and £69pp for Mystery Days.


And beyond

New Cookery School at the Grand Hotel & Spa, York
A new cookery school is scheduled to open in March 2019 at the luxurious The Grand Hotel York, located a few minutes' walk from York station. Described as 'a place to relax, have fun, make friends and learn something new', this new culinary venture promises to cook up a storm in the north. Guests will learn how to prepare authentic dishes, with fresh local produce at the heart of each creation. As well as corporate days, there will also be academy classes for those looking to advance their skills. Even the kids will have an opportunity to get involved with bespoke classes during the holidays. Perfect for developing cooking knowledge or to spend time with friends or family, the classes will be designed to appeal to all abilities, from novice to those looking to give Nigel Slater a run for his money. Sessions will range from £65 for a half-day to full day courses from £145 led by expert tutors. 

New Stargazing Kayak with Norfolk Outdoor Adventures
March – October
This is your opportunity to get out onto the water and experience one of the best parts of the Norfolk Broads. Start on the still waters of Hickling Broad you will join highly experienced guides on a rudder controlled and easy to paddle Horizon two seater kayak. Only this time at night and gazing at the plethora of stars hanging above the shimmering water. Tours happen once a month, from March through to October and cost £45 per person.

New opening for England's “finest woodland gardens” Horsham, West Sussex 
March 2019 
The 200 acre estate at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens is set open after an 18 month closure in which the gardens and house underwent a massive restoration. Dubbed the 'finest woodland gardens in England', the beautiful landscaped Grade I listed gardens, were first planted in 1801 and boast outstanding spring displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and bluebells. Since 2017, they've been restored in a project has described as the largest of its kind since Heligan. Visitors can explore a wide range of features including the elegant 19th-century Italianate-style Mansion House, listed Grade II for architectural merit, the unique dolls' house exhibition - and the rare colony of wallabies, wildfowl and huge carp in the seven ponds.