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19th April 2017 – British reggae legends UB40 to perform at Holkham Hall, Sunday 27th August as part of Grandslam UK Summer Tour 2017

UB40 - featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue.

LHG Live and Live Promotions are delighted to announce that Holkham Hall will host UB40 on Sunday 27th August 2017 as part of the band’s summer Grandslam UK Tour. UB40, featuring original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue with a fantastic eight-piece band, will be bringing their inimitable blend of reggae and pop greatest hits to the forefront of the summer calendar at one of England’s grandest stately homes.

The UB40 Grandslam Tour will run from Friday 19th May throughout the summer in diverse venues all over the UK, finishing with the newly announced concert at Holkham Hall on Sunday 27th August. Each of these shows promises concertgoers a first-hand experience of an outdoor event, with the addition of a real festival vibe; the result of the unique Grandslam format of the tour.

Ali Campbell of UB40 said, “These are great new venues for us and we can’t wait to play this Grandslam Tour. See you there. Big Love!”

Support artists for UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue at Holkham Hall will be announced shortly.

UB40 have released hit after hit since they formed in 1979, achieving four UK Number Ones (Red, Red Wine, Baby Come Back ft Pato Banton, I Got You Babe, ft. Chrissie Hynde and I Can’t Help Falling In Love with You) not to mention 17 Top 10 tracks (including One In Ten, If It Happens Again, Breakfast in Bed, Kingston Town and Homely Girl) and a constant stream of singles over the decades, each of which continue to delight fans. The release of their brand new Unplugged album in November 2016 presented an inventive new spin on UB40’s early gems plus the huge hits with which they later wooed the world, underlining UB40 - featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey – as one of the most iconic reggae bands to hail from the UK. Since reuniting three years ago, Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue have developed into a formidable touring outfit. 2016 has seen them return to the States, play Australia and visit the vineyards of New Zealand for a Red Red Winery Tour. They also made an emotional return to UK in April 2016, when they performed songs from the first two Labour Of Love albums on an arena tour that included sell-out shows at London’s O2 Arena, the Brighton Centre and the Barclaycard Arena in their native Birmingham.

The Grandslam UK Tour presents an excellent opportunity to see UB40 – featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue - at their best as they bring their enthusiasm, passion and winning combination of chilled and upbeat tracks to the centre stage.

Colin Ward MD of Live Promotions, promoter said, “We have worked with Holkham Hall for several years on a number of very successful concerts and are delighted to be bringing one of the world’s greatest bands, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue to Norfolk with LHG Live, in July. This will be a fantastic show and appeals to all ages.”

The Earl and Countess of Leicester commented, “Holkham Park is a popular setting for our open-air concerts. We are delighted to be holding our second concert here in 2017 welcoming UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue over the August bank holiday.”

Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of LHG Live, promoters for the Grandslam UB40 UK Tour said, “Grandslam is a summer event series combining stunning outdoor venues with superb concerts. It is ideal for Holkham Hall who we are thrilled to be working with again. We are delighted to present UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue who are simply one of the best bands to see live. The beautiful outdoor spaces at Holkham Hall are perfectly placed to offer an incredible backdrop for this summer concert.”

Tickets for the UB40 concert - featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue – on Sunday 27th August at Holkham Hall, go on general sale on Friday 21st April at 10am.

Tickets are available in person from Holkham Ticket Office from Friday 21st April 2017 daily between 10am–5pm or telephone 01328 713111. Tickets bought from Holkham direct are priced at £40.00 (General Admission) and £55.00 (Platinum Enclosure). Prices include booking fees. The Platinum Enclosure includes an unrestricted view of the stage and access to a premier bar and catering concessions in addition to providing designated lavatories.

Tickets are also on sale through:
www.livepromotions.co.uk
www.ub40.org
www.ticketmaster.co.uk
www.lhgtickets.com

Tickets are standing only, but concert-goers are encouraged to bring along a blanket or canvas chair so they can relax and enjoy the exquisite setting of the parkland, whilst UB40 enthral on the stage. There will be ample concessions for food and drink.

Tickets for people with disabilities are available from Ticketmaster. Please call Ticketmaster’s Accessibility line on 0800 988 4440.

Ticket holders are permitted to bring one blanket or canvas chair.

Full details on the UB40 Grandslam tour are available from www.ub40.org.

Artist Links:
Twitter – @WeAreUB40
Facebook - www.facebook.com/UB40
Website - www.ub40.org

Notes to editor:
Links for photos and logos:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ymjy3etuc5zenf7/AAChC7_WdAfq-7stl8MOgEBSa?dl=0

UB40 – consists of Ali Campbell (lead vocals/guitar), Astro (vocals) and Mickey Virtue (keys) plus their 8-piece band.

Promoter – LHG Live, part of the well-known Liz Hobbs Group, is the UK’s leading producer of ‘music with sport’; one of the country’s premier producers and promoters of a range of outdoor and indoor music events, and a key developer of music partnerships with British sport.

Promoter – Live Promotions have since 1972 been promoting very successful concerts and events. They are the leading outdoor automotive event organisers in the UK with a strong musical heritage.

For press enquiries on the Holkham Estate please contact Tamsin Graham on: holkham@perowneinternational.com or telephone 0207 078 0295.

For all artist enquiries please contact: Ruth Parrish on: ruth@lizhobbsgroup.com or telephone 01636 555 666, ext. 1 or Gemma-Louise King on: gemma@lizhobbsgroup.com or telephone 01636 55566, ext. 3.

16th March 2017 - Holkham Hall awarded Best Family Day Out and Best Shopping at the 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Awards

Holkham Hall has won two of the prestigious 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Awards which were announced on Tuesday 14th March. Holkham picked up the awards in the categories of Best Family Day Out and Best Shopping, sponsored by Jarrold Publishing. Established in 2011, the awards are an independently judged, annual, national scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites and celebrate the very best visitor experiences.

The awards are a wonderful acknowledgement of Holkham’s exciting new visitor facilities following a £4.5 million refurbishment programme in 2016. These include the contemporary events and wedding venue, The Lady Elizabeth Wing, the stylish new Courtyard Café and Gift Shop and the fantastic permanent interactive exhibition ‘Field to Fork’. The new exhibition has been designed to demonstrate in a fun and engaging way the complex relationship between land and food production. Pitched to attract all ages, visitors are taken on a journey through time with the display of artefacts, interactive exhibits and audio visual. The exhibition cleverly illustrates the interweaving stories of gamekeeping, conservation and crop production and clearly demonstrates how a traditional estate has embraced state-of-the-art modern technology and farming techniques with great success.

Lady Leicester said “We are delighted to have won these 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Awards. They demonstrate the high standards and commitment we offer our visitors to ensure their experience is the very best. We are delighted to have the acknowledgment and recognition that Holkham Hall and our Gift Shop are amongst the elite of heritage attractions in the UK”.

Of the winners Sarah Greenwood, director at Hudson’s and publisher of Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens said “The finalists in 2017 showcase an amazing range of experiences just waiting for us all to enjoy at Britain’s heritage places. This year they include three World Heritage Sites but also iconic castles, public buildings, unusual gardens and stunning country houses several of which are not well known. We at Hudson’s would like to congratulate them all on setting the standards for others to follow”.

Penelope, Viscountess Cobham, CBE, Chairman of VisitEngland presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London with invited guests including owners and managers of the winning entries, representatives of the heritage tourist industry and the media. The lunch was hosted by an independent judging panel of heritage experts including Chairman Norman Hudson OBE, heritage consultant; Lucinda Lambton, writer and broadcaster; Jeremy Musson, architectural writer; Simon Foster, consultant to Channel 4’s Country House Rescue and Ken Robinson, CBE, tourism business consultant.

14th March 2017 - Tom Jones to perform at Holkham Hall, north Norfolk, Sunday 23rd July 2017

Tickets on Sale – Friday 17th March 9am

Holkham Estate, LHG Live and Live Promotions are delighted to announce that legendary artist Tom Jones is set to perform at one of England’s grandest stately homes - Holkham Hall in north Norfolk - on Sunday 23rd July 2017 in a spectacular outdoor concert.

Tom Jones’ distinctive voice and iconic records have earned him a place as one of the best loved artists ever to emerge from the 1960s, with an eclectic musical mix spanning pop, rock, soul, R&B, dance, country and gospel. With more than 100 million record sales under his belt, including the instantly recognisable hits It’s Not Unusual, Kiss, Delilah and What’s New Pussycat, he is without doubt a living legend. Tom continues to garner popularity as both a live performer and recording artist after five incredible decades, and at the age of 76, has earned the best reviews of his career for his most recent albums Long Lost Suitcase, Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame.

Tom is currently a coach on ITV’s popular talent show The Voice, and has appeared in several films, including ‘Mars Attacks’. With numerous tours the world over under his belt, and a legion of fans, his extraordinary career was recognised in 2006 through his knighthood from Her Majesty the Queen, and a string of prestigious music awards, including BRIT Awards for Best Male and Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Hitmaker Award from the [US] Songwriters Hall of Fame, GQ Man Of The Year, and the prestigious [UK] Music Industry Trust Award.

The Earl and Countess of Leicester said, “The parkland surrounding Holkham Hall is a perfect setting for Holkham’s outdoor concert and we are thrilled to have such a high profile artist appearing here this year.”

The outdoor concert at Holkham on Sunday 23rd July will feature a collection of Tom’s most popular hits across the decades - including his latest albums - promising fans an unforgettable evening at the height of the summer. The concert will take place in the east park of the grounds of the estate in view of the fact that the popular two-day Country Fair will be taking place over the same weekend.

Colin Ward MD of Live Promotions, promoter said,”We have worked with Holkham Hall for several years on a number of very successful concerts and are delighted to be bringing one of the world’s greatest performers Tom Jones to Norfolk with LHG Live in July. This will be the event of the summer.”

Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of LHG Live, promoter said, “We are delighted to be working with Live Promotions to bring Tom Jones to Holkham. Tom is such a legend; a wonderful performer, and we are delighted to be working with him and his team again. The Holkham Estate is a truly remarkable venue and the perfect choice for a summer evening concert.”

Tickets are standing only, but concert-goers are encouraged to bring along a blanket or canvas chair so they can relax and enjoy the exquisite setting of the parkland, whilst Tom enthrals on the stage. There will be ample concessions for food and drink.

Tickets for Tom Jones at Holkham Hall, north Norfolk on Sunday 23rd July go on General Sale on Friday 17th March at 9am.

This event is subject to licensing.

Standing tickets are available, priced at: £45.00 + booking fee for Unreserved Standing and £55.00 + booking fee for Golden Circle Standing.
Ticket holders are permitted to bring one blanket or canvas chair. Food and alcohol are not allowed to be brought in to the concert.
Tickets for people with disabilities are available from Ticketmaster. Please call Ticketmaster’s Accessibility line on 0800 988 4440

Tickets are available from:
www.tomjones.com
www.ticketmaster.co.uk
www.lhgtickets.com
www.livepromotions.co.uk

Tickets are available in person from Holkham Ticket Office from 1st April 2017 between 10am – 5pm. Telephone 01328 713 111.

Artist Links
Twitter – @RealSirTomJones
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SirTomJones/
Website – www.tomjones.com

2nd March 2017 - Visit Holkham this spring for an egg-citing long weekend of Easter fun for all the family

Holkham Hall opens its doors over the Easter weekend

Explore a special Easter trail in the Field to Fork Experience and learn how malt is turned into Maltesers. Decorate Easter treats in Holkham’s historical Old Kitchen, master Easter Bunny origami and interact with the friendly animals in the Walled Garden.

Friday 14 – Monday 17 April 2017

This Easter, visitors to Holkham Hall in Norfolk, from Friday 14 – Monday 17 April, will be welcomed for an egg-stra special four-day long weekend of family friendly Easter themed activities.

Holkham’s Easter Bunny will be on hand to set visitors on a special Easter trail in the Field to Fork Experience; an interactive and engaging experience about food and farming on the Holkham Estate. Here the whole family can learn about the food chain from farm to plate even learning about how malt is turned into delicious Maltesers. Little visitors can take turns at milling flour, test their foodie knowledge with a quick-fire table-top game and enjoy the perfectly documented short film; ‘Holkham Year’.

Then it’s a short hop over to Holkham Hall, which will be decorated for the occasion with a vibrant display of spring flowers. Children can enjoy the Footprint Quiz to learn about the tell-tale signs of the different wildlife that roam the estate and master the art of origami by creating their own special Easter rabbit. Whilst downstairs in the historical ‘Old Kitchen’, there will be plenty of opportunity to get creative with the Kiddy Cook team who will be on hand to help ice and decorate delicious Easter biscuits with imaginative designs.

After visiting the Hall, the Easter Express will transport visitors to the Walled Garden where the fun continues at Party Animals where visitors will get to interact with furry friends. There will be plenty of Easter games, quizzes and face painting to try and a visit to the storyteller’s enchanted yurt where different cultures will be brought to life through amazing stories, music and dance.

Easter is one of the few opportunities throughout the year to visit the Hall on a Friday and Saturday. With a dazzling array of different activities on offer, Holkham is a fun day out for the whole family this April.

Field to Fork Experience & Walled Garden open 10am-5pm, Holkham Hall opens 12noon-4pm.

Admission to Holkham Hall, Field to Fork Experience & Walled Garden: £15 per adult and £7.50 per child, £41 for a family ticket.
Admission to Field to Fork Experience and Walled Garden: £7 per adult and £3.50 per child or £19 for a family ticket.
Admission to Field to Fork Experience only: £5 per adult and £2.50 per child or £13.50 for a family ticket.

28th February 2017 - Holkham Hall Launches New Exhibition

Delve into Holkham’s archives with a behind the scenes look at the staff who have lived and worked on the estate for the past 200 years.
1 April – 31 October 2017

From this April, visitors to Holkham Hall in Norfolk will have the opportunity to view a new exhibition titled ‘What the Butler Saw’. This fascinating exhibition will give visitors a unique insight into the lives of the many staff who have lived and worked on the family-owned estate. Launching on 1st April and running throughout the summer until 31st October 2017, visitors, whilst exploring the magnificent state rooms, will have the chance to discover how this vast house was kept running like clockwork.

Experiencing Holkham from the perspective of the Butler and other staff, learn what it takes to lay a table for a stately dinner party and what food guests of the Earl of Leicester would have been served 100 years ago. Coming face to face with key Holkham characters such as Surridge the Butler, Paterson the Head Gardener and Scrivener the Chauffeur, visitors can explore Holkham’s archives to find out more about the intriguing lives of the staff, such as who the Ladies Maid fell in love with, and what the Kitchen Boy dreamt of.

The exhibition incorporates unseen photographs and original uniforms, alongside historic documents and personal memories to showcase the various staff roles at Holkham. Throughout history, royalty, leading society and political figures of the day have stayed in Holkham Hall, with the servants’ quarters adapting to the demands of these important guests. From a staff of over 50 in 1914, find out how many staff it takes to run the hall today. Explore personal experiences and colourful stories of the people who have helped to keep this great house running over the last 200 years. Visitors to the hall will have the unique chance to walk in the shoes of those who have worked at Holkham, with dressing up for children, mystery objects to explore and ‘hidden’ passages to be discovered. ‘What the Butler Saw’ offers a great family day out for all generations.

Entrance to the exhibition is included in standard admission to visit Holkham Hall, Field to Fork Experience and the Walled Garden.
Tickets: £15 adult, £7.50 child, £41 family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children).

Open 1 April to 31 October 2017
Holkham Hall is open on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays 12 – 4pm. *
The Walled Garden, Field to Fork Experience, Courtyard Café and Gift Shop open daily 10am – 5pm.
*The hall is also open on Good Friday and Easter Saturday for Holkham’s Easter event plus 27 & 28 October for the Halloween event. Please note that the hall will be closed 28 and 29 May during the Pedal Norfolk Cycling Festival and 23 July for Holkham Country Fair.

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