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25 May 2018

Blackpool Pleasure Beach debuts £16.25m Icon rollercoaster

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has debuted its highly-anticipated steel launch coaster – Icon – which opens to the public today (25 May). [more...]

17 May 2018

Royal-themed attraction opens at Peppa Pig World

The latest investment at Paultons Park in Hampshire, UK, sees a new zone opening at its Peppa Pig World attraction. [more...]

23 May 2018

Mo Salah's boots go on display at British Museum

Egyptian striker Mo Salah, winner of this year's Golden Boot for being the top goalscorer in the English Premier League, has donated a pair of his boots to the British Museum, where they have entered the institution's world-famous Egyptian collection. [more...]

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Europe's tallest observation wheel planned for Newcastle

Forget the London Eye, Newcastle’s ‘Whey Aye’ is set to outdo its southern sibling by becoming Europe’s tallest observation wheel. [more...]

National Museums Liverpool names Laura Pye as its new director

Laura Pye has been named director of National Museums Liverpool (NML), with the current head of culture for Bristol City Council to take up her new position in August. [more...]

Museum Index: Louvre regains top spot as Paris recovers and London dips

France's museums have shown significant recovery following a tumultuous 2016, with the Louvre reclaiming top spot as the world's most visited museum in the latest TEA/AECOM Museum Index. [more...]

Theme Index: Success in Europe as waterpark attendance tops 30 million

Waterpark attendance has for the first time broken 30 million visitors among the world's top 20, with particularly strong performance in some of Europe's top waterparks, according to the TEA/AECOM Theme Index. [more...]

Theme Index: Disney breaks 150 million visitor mark as operator rules over theme park world

Disney continues to reign supreme in the world of theme parks, with the operator gaining close to 10 million additional visitors through the year – 84 million visitors ahead of its nearest rival in the latest TEA/AECOM Theme Index. [more...]

Museums + Heritage Awards winners revealed

The winners of this year’s Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence have been announced, with shortlisted projects celebrated and recognised across the museums, galleries, heritage and cultural visitor attractions sectors in the UK. [more...]

In brief:

Former petrol station to become arts space in London's White City @LG_Architects [more...]
Royal Academy of Arts celebrates 250th anniversary with opening of Chipperfield-designed extension @royalacademy [more...]
Museums Association opens applications for Transformers Influence 2018-19 next month @MuseumsAssoc #matransformers [more...]
London's Design Museum crowned European Museum of the Year @DesignMuseum [more...]
Tourism's carbon footprint four times higher than previously thought [more...]
'A horticulturists’ haven': Sir David Attenborough opens kewgardens' painstakingly restored Temperate House @InsallArch [more...]
SeaWorld targets British tourists as operator plans to reclaim lost visitors [more...]
London's Japanese culture destination set for July launch [more...]
Purcell win approval for Manchester Museum expansion @Purcelluk @McrMuseum [more...]
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