Chester’s Mystery Plays are the oldest and most complete cycle of mediaevaldramas in Britain. It’s an extraordinary community event telling the greateststories ever told.
, meanwhile, will welcome the arrival of theLindisfarne Gospels- onloan from the British Library - in 2013, from July 1
to September 30
. Theexhibition will be a contemporary interpretation of the North of England'smost enduring story, the tale of the famous saint Cuthbert. It will also givevisitors a chance to see some of Britain's most significant medievalmanuscripts alongside stunning Anglo-Saxon treasures.One of the best times to visit
). This will involve a packed schedule of talks, tours, discussions, drama, walks and worship celebrating the life of C.S.Lewis, author of the Narnia stories who taught and lived in Oxford and wasburied in Holy Trinity churchyard, 50 years ago.With a packed programme of world-class festivals and events, a grand re-opening of one of the city’s iconic attractions - not to mention the 200
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- 2013 promises to be another busy year inthe World Heritage City of
. The first house in the finest crescent in Bath - No.1 Royal Crescent - willofficially re-open in June, following a £5-million renovation which means thehouse and adjoining servants quarters will be opened and interpreted for thepublic for the first time.And the same city will also be at the very heart of the 200
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this year with a series of themed events,tours and packages including: 50 Fabulous Frocks (Bath Fashion Museum,from February to December); the Jane Austen Festival (September 13
to21st); and a screening of Pride & Prejudice (Bath Film Festival November 14
to 24th). The big news from
for 2013, is that it will be possible to retrace theDam Busters squadron's story of bravery, love and loss on that daringmission which took place on May 16
, 1943. With the help of experiencedguides, it will possible to walk around the Wing Commander Guy Gibson'soffice at RAF Scampton where the daring raid was planned, then have lunchat the Dam Buster’s pub in Scampton village before travelling onto theformer RAF Hemswell, where the iconic film was made, to explore the worldof antiques. Visitors can then take a once in a lifetime taxi ride in aLancaster Bomber, and feel the Merlin engines roaring into life as it rollsacross the grass runway. At the end of the day enjoy a drink in the 'DamBusters Bar' at the Petwood Hotel, which served as 617 Squadron’s OfficersMess whilst they were based at Woodhall Spa. And during the week of May13
, the whole of Lincolnshire will pay tribute to those gallant airmenwith events including a service in Lincoln Cathedral and a gala screening of the famous 1955 film followed by a reception. For further details, visitAviationHeritage Lincolnshire’s website.Further itineraries are already being planned, and will be posted on thewebsite in due course. For further details of these and many more festivalsand events taking place in Britain’s Heritage Cities during 2013, visitwww.heritagecities.com.