1. The Prince Regent hosted a 127-dish banquet at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion in honour of the visiting Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia in 1817 and the pièce de résistance was a 4ft-high Turkish mosque constructed entirely out of marzipan. Hear more about the Prince Regent's outrageous exploits on an audio tour of the palace. A fantastic attraction in the South East of England.
2. Taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend, Leeds West Indian Carnival is the oldest in Europe and sees 100,000 revellers shake their stuff through Potternewton Park, Chapeltown and Harehills.
3. Originally opened as the 'Bijou News-Reel Cinema' in 1937, Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema was designed and built by Dixon Scott, great uncle of film director Ridley Scott. Grab some popcorn and soak up the grand surroundings while watching the latest flicks.
4. In Central England, Leicester holds one of biggest annual celebrations of Diwali outside of India with up to 35,000 people attending the switch on of the lights on Belgrave Road and even more attending Diwali itself.
5. Milton Keynes is home to Bletchley Park, the hallowed site where Alan Turing led a team of codebreakers in WW2. Marvel at the largest collection of Enigma machines on display in the world and take a glimpse at the iconic Bombe machine – developed by Turing himself.
6. Bring out your inner book worm at Manchester’s Chetham’s Library. The oldest public library in the English-speaking world, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels often studied together in the alcove of the Reading Room.
7. Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice. Discover pretty locks and wharfs, marvel at restored industrial buildings and explore peaceful suburbs on a canal boat cruise that showcases well-known sights alongside hidden gems.
8. Gloucester’s gothic cathedral is where Henry III was crowned, Edward II was buried and famous Harry Potter scenes were filmed. Climb the 269 steps of the Cathedral Tower to admire views across Gloucestershire, a stunning South West county.
9. Sir Christopher Wren had originally wanted to crown the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral with a stone pineapple as he saw them as “a symbol of peace, prosperity and hospitality”. There are pineapples on top of the two western towers instead.
10. Exeter's City Wall is almost 2000 years old. It's withstood rebellions and has been the setting for many civic ceremonies and celebrations. Discover more about the city's history on a free guided tour.
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