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New Year, New You, New Experiences

Get excited for the new year with these upcoming events and new openings!

Yayoi Kusama: You, Me and The Balloons

Factory International, Manchester

30 JUN – 28 AUG 2023

Discover this brand new immersive environment for 2023!

One of the world’s most loved artists takes us up and away as part of Factory International’s opening summer programme.

Yayoi Kusama is bringing her largest-ever immersive environment to Manchester. Conceived especially for the soaring spaces of Factory International, Yayoi Kusama – You, Me and the Balloons celebrates three decades of the pioneering Japanese artist’s inflatable artworks, which are brought together for the first time in this major exhibition. Journey through Kusama’s psychedelic creations – many over 10m tall – including giant dolls, spectacular tendrilled landscapes and a vast constellation of polka-dot spheres.

Kusama is renowned and adored for her surreal world of dots and pumpkins amongst other artistic motifs. Her hallucinatory paintings, sculptures, and immersive environments, such as her Infinity Mirror Rooms, take us beyond ourselves and make us feel part of something greater. Unique in her ability to conjure wonder while also asking bigger questions about human existence, millions of people queue for hours to spend just a minute in Kusama’s cosmos.

Kusama’s career spans eight decades and she is now a global phenomenon. In Yayoi Kusama – You, Me and the Balloons you will experience the vastness of her playful and kaleidoscopic universe.

They have a range of affordable tickets for Yayoi Kusama – You, Me and the Balloons, including options for £10 or less; so you can find a price that’s right for you.

The World of Peter Rabbit™ Storytime Trail

18 High St, Canterbury CT1 2RA

18 FEB 2023 – 16th APRIL 2023

A celebration of Beatrix Potter’s classic character.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter was first published by Frederick Warne & Co. (now part of Penguin Random House UK) in 1902. In celebration of the anniversary of this classic little book, and over 120 years of mischief, Frederick Warne & Co. are delighted to present “The World of Peter Rabbit™ Storytime Trail”.

Hop into this walkthrough experience, where visitors will be able to immerse themselves in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Little bunnies will be able to crawl under the garden gate, hide in a watering can, and see their reflection in a mirror pool, just like Peter Rabbit! With photo opportunities and activities to take part in along the way, there are plenty of opportunities for families to enjoy this well-loved tale. 

Anglo-Saxon Museum and Whisky Distillery

Ad Gefrin, South Road, Wooler NE71 6NJ

oin them as they unfurl their world class Northumberland Anglo-Saxon Museum and English whisky distillery. Opening in Spring 2023 we will be celebrating and showcasing the unique heritage, ancient hospitality, and contemporary crafts, arts and produce of Northumberland and re-awakening the Northumbrian tradition for Whisky distilling that has slept for over 200 years.

They will invite visitors to step back in time to the Royal Court of the 7th century Northumbrian kings and queens to experience the ancient spirit of hospitality and belonging that inspires us.

The same landscape that shaped ancient royal hospitality and drew peoples from around the world, today gives them the finest malting barley and the purest Cheviot water with which we create their Single Malt Whisky.

In embracing all that the Golden Age stood for in terms of connectedness, cultural exchange and hospitality, Ad Gefrin will have a timeless welcome, will bring people together, and instils a sense of belonging and hope.

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