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It's 'Shawl' Going
on in Paisley

Coats Statue in Paisley

It may have narrowly missed out on being named the UK's City of Culture but Paisley, Scotland's biggest town, is still set for big things as it carries on its quest to celebrate culture.

The market town is packed with fantastic attractions, stunning architecture and exciting events, and will continue its mark on Scotland's cultural calendar in 2018 and beyond.

Best known for its world famous Paisley Pattern, which was sewn into shawls produced by local weavers, this small market town grew to prominence at the centre of the global textile trade. Away from the weaves, workers led important conversations around social justice and fair employment.

The town centre has the highest concentration of listed buildings anywhere in Scotland out with Edinburgh. Architectural gems include the 12th century Paisley Abbey, the grand neo-classical Paisley Town Hall, the newly-restored Russell Institute and the spectacular neo-Gothic Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church.

So here's a short guide to Paisley's cultural highlights:

Paisley Pattern shawls and Paisley Museum

Named as one of 25 objects to shape Scotland's history, Paisley Pattern shawls symbolise a golden manufacturing era when Scotland, as an active player in the Industrial Revolution, capitalised on global demand for a product. Paisley became the epicentre of production for this particular item over the 19th century thanks to the skill of local weavers in replicating the complicated teardrop motif.

The names of the town and the pattern became synonymous as the iconic Paisley Pattern design was favoured across the world, worn by figures from Queen Victoria to the Beatles. Paisley Museum has the world's largest collection of Paisley shawls – a collection designated by experts as 'internationally-significant'.

Paisley Abbey

Paisley Abbey


Dating back more than 850 years, the stunning Paisley Abbey is recognised as the cradle of the Royal House of Stewart. It is the birthplace of Robert II of Scotland, the first of the Stewart monarchs. His mother, Marjory Bruce – daughter of the famous Scottish king, Robert the Bruce – died at the historic site while giving birth to the future king.

The Abbey became wealthy due to extensive trade with commercial centres in Europe. It was a centre of learning, and it is believed William Wallace was educated at the abbey by the monks. It also has a gargoyle that has been modelled to look like one of the monsters of the film 'Alien', thought to be the handiwork of a cheeky stone mason during refurbishment work in the 1990s, and a stained glass window by Daniel Cottier, who influenced Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Paisley's Grand Fountain

Considered to be one of the best examples of a Scottish-made cast iron fountain, Paisley's category A-listed Grand Fountain is the centrepiece to the beautiful Fountain Gardens. Standing at 10m tall, the fountain, which is adorned with an array of creatures and cherubs, was gifted to the people of Paisley by mill owner, Thomas Coats. The fountain was fully restored in 2015 and is the only fully function cast-iron fountain in Scotland.

Brown's Lane

Come face-to-face with some of Paisley's VIPs in the town's Brown's Lane. The street has been transformed into a contemporary piece of art with surrounding buildings adorned with giant street-art murals depicting some of the town's most famous exports, including Gerry Rafferty and Paolo Nutini.

The Sma' Shot Cottages

This popular attraction offers a unique insight into two distinct periods of Paisley's textile history, transporting visitors back into the 18th century into a typical weaver's cottage , originally built in the 1750s. Within the weaver's cottage, you will find the original weaving looms and learn about the origins of the Sma' Shot Day celebration held in July each year.

Coats Observatory

Part of the Paisley Museum complex, Coats Observatory is the oldest public observatory in the country, dating back to 1883. As well as the astronomical work, daily weather readings are taken and the observatory had also served as a seismic recording centre monitoring earthquakes worldwide, including the famous 1906 San Francisco quake.

Paisley: The Secret Collection

Paisley is unveiling a treasure trove of objects with the UK's first publicly accessible Museum Store on a High Street. Paisley: The Secret Collection will house tens of thousands of items from Renfrewshire's collections in a purpose-built publicly-accessible storage unit in a former retail property. The collection includes some of Paisley's world-famous textiles, plus a mix of ceramics, world cultures, social history, art and sculpture, natural history and local archives – with many of those items unseen by the general public in decades or longer.

Major events programme

Paisley has a growing reputation for staging a number of major events attracting regional, national and international audiences to experience a culturally-vibrant town. Highlights include Weave (July), a two-day cultural festival wrapped around the town's traditional Sma' Shot celebrations and celebrating its roots in both textiles and radicalism; The Spree (October) multi-arts festival, now a major fixture in Scotland's cultural calendar, which has an attractively-varied programme of music, drama and dance, and this year featured a homecoming show by Paolo Nutini.

The town has also secured a number of other major events. Having won the right to host the British Pipe Band Championships from 2016-2018, Paisley has recently learned it will again hear the skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums when the championships return for another three-year run from 2019-2021. The town has also won the right to host the Royal National Mòd in either 2021 or 2022, having previously staged this famous showcase of Gaelic culture in 2013 in one of its most successful stagings.

Paisley Burns Club

Paisley Burns Club was founded in 1805 and is the world's oldest formally constituted Burns Club. The club meets in its premises in Queen St Paisley - a cottage once owned by Paisley's world-famous poet and songwriter Robert Tannahill. Tannahill was also the founder and first secretary of Paisley Burns Club.

Oakshaw West

For more inspiration about things to see and do in Paisley visit www.visitscotland.com

For more information about Paisley visit www.paisley2021.co.uk
 

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year in the National Forest

Enjoy the beauty of nature in the National Forest

Why not make 2018 your year for positive resolutions, and make the most of the National Forest to help you get fitter, more creative and get more out of life.

Focus on the detail

Walk a daily route and notice the tiny differences which mark the changing seasons. The buds are already on the trees, watch them swell and break open, observe the leaves and flowers unfurling. Snowy day? Look for animal tracks and discover what's been out and about before you were even out of bed.

Take a longer view

Choose a route through the Forest and walk it each month. Notice the changes in the air, the light, the view, the undergrowth at the woodland edge; what you can hear or see, what you can smell or touch.
www.visitnationalforest.co.uk/walking

Capture the difference

Choose your favourite tree or view and take a picture of it each month.

Hug a tree-trunk

Seek out one of the iconic National Forest Noon Columns, to be celebrated in July at the National Forest's Timber festival. International artist David Nash created six marvellous sculptures, each one made from a single massive trunk of oak, each standing in a different part of the landscape in the National Forest. At True Noon each day, sunlight moves through a slot carved into the Column and shines a beam of light on the shadow cast by the Column itself.
www.landshapes.org

Plant a Tree, of course

Plant a tree in the National Forest

Plant a tree and help the environment.
www.nationalforest.org

Start a nature journal

Write down what you see. Sketch some of the natural features of the great outdoors. Write down what you hear: try recording birdsong in words or rhythm on the page, so that you can learn it and recognise it again.

Collect 'jewels'

Seek out the snowdrops at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve; see carpets of bluebells at Lodge Hill Bluebells at Yoxall; marvel at the veteran oaks at Calke Park, their tiny buds brown as a hare; enjoy the bright spring green of unfurling leaves, the dusty yellow hazel catkins, or tiny ruby flowers of the alder. Look for kingfishers at the National Memorial Arboretum, Sence Valley Forest Park or skimming at the edges of the reservoirs in the Forest.

Get your hands muddy

Take the kids pond dipping or mini beast hunting. Mini beasts live in undisturbed corners of woodlands (and gardens). Remember to always replace dead wood or stones where you find them – they are probably someone's home.

Make something

Try your hand at a range of new skills, so you can create a treat, for you…or someone else!

Have a go at Windsor Chair making, contemporary willow sculpting, longbow making and spoon carving at Greenwood Days. Set in beautiful 90 acre woodland on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border, Greenwood days has just picked up the 'Best Woodland Courses' award from www.woodlands.co.uk 

Or you can come along and visit Woodland Survival Crafts, which offers a range of courses designed to educate, challenge and inspire both young and old. From foraging in the Forest to outdoor cooking and shelter building – you'll gain a brand new set of skills in 2018!

Join a volunteer group and help look after a local woodland. Or sign up to volunteer and be part of Timber festival in the heart of the Forest in July. www.nationalforest.org

Free gym

The National Forest has hundreds of woodlands waiting for you to explore. Pick a woodland close to you, time yourself walking around it, and each week try and complete your walk a little faster.
www.visitnationalforest.co.uk

Take a Mystery Tour

Find a map of the National Forest, shut your eyes, randomly pick a spot – go explore!

Join a local running club

Go for a run in the National Forest


They'll introduce you to places in the Forest you never knew existed!

Challenge yourself

Take up the #1000 miles Country Walking challenge and use this as a chance to explore the woodlands, or set your sights on one of the cycling sportives that run through the Forest.

Walk the National Forest Way

This 75-mile long distance trail takes in all the varied landscapes of this unique Forest. Suitable for experienced and beginner walkers alike, it can be walked in separate stages.
www.nationalforestway.co.uk

Find out more about The National Forest at www.visitnationalforest.co.uk

 

Travel & Holidays


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Go Double Dutch
with Planet Rail


Explore Amsterdam with Planet Rail


Go Double Dutch in style with Planet Rail on a two centre holiday to Leeuwarden & Amsterdam by First Class Rail. The holiday celebrates Leeuwarden’s appointment as European Capital of Culture 2018 and also takes advantage of the new direct Eurostar service from London to Amsterdam.

After speeding from London’s St Pancras and changing in the Dutch capital, guests spend the first two nights in Leeuwarden, a charming city with an historic centre, where many buildings date back to the 13th-century. As part of the celebrations, there will be 40 major projects happening in the city from workshops, films, art exhibitions and The Giants of Royal de Luxe, a mega puppet show, plus on May 10 Leeuwarden will host the largest flower market in the country.

Guests then take the fast, efficient rail service south for a further three nights of Dutch delights in Amsterdam, from the Van Gogh museum to the attractive Vondelpark.

Leeuwarden & Amsterdam by First Class Rail is priced from £825 per person, sharing. The break includes 5 nights’ B&B accommodation in 4-star hotels (2 in Leeuwarden, 3 in Amsterdam) and return First Class rail between London and Leeuwarden, via Amsterdam (Standard Premier on the Eurostar).

Leeuwarden Pancake Boat

For more information about Planet Rail and the Double Dutch break visit www.planetrail.co.uk

Or call 01347 825292.
 

Seven Night Italy Opera Cruise with European Waterways


Take a Seven Night Opera Cruise with European Waterways

European Waterways is bringing back its popular Opera Cruise for guests who book the 7 night, August 26th 2018 departure of its spacious La Bella Vita hotel barge, the largest vessel in the company's fleet with capacity for up to 20 guests.

In addition to a cruise on the Po Valley in Venice, the Opera Cruise includes a stay in a 4-star hotel on the night prior to the cruise, extra dinner, and premium seats to watch Georges Bizet's “Carmen” in the Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheatre renowned for staging some of the most lavish, large-scale productions in the world.

Opera cruise charters can also be booked, based on ticket availability, during the run of 'Carmen' for any departure from June 24th - August 26th 2018. Prices start at $4,840 per person, based on double occupancy. Other restrictions may apply.


“Opera is the original 'pop music' of the ages, with composers and performers who were as much idolized in their time as the Beatles are today,” says Derek Banks, Managing Director of European Waterways. “'Carmen' is a timeless tale of a fatal love affair that never fades in popularity. For opera lovers, watching a performance is as exciting today as it was when it premiered in 1875.”

Unique among European Waterways' diverse hotel barge cruises, La Bella Vita's Opera Cruises feature a full day of sight-seeing in Venice, in addition to premium seats at a performance of some of the world's most beloved operas. After checking into the Hotel due Torri in Verona in the city's historic centre – near Juliet's famous balcony – guests prepare for 'a night at the opera,' by visiting the Arena Museo Opera, a museum dedicated to the theatrical and musical history of the art form. They subsequently enjoy dinner at a courtyard restaurant of the Palazzo Forti, after which they are taken to the Arena di Verona to watch the performance.

See an Italian Opera with a European Waterways Cruise

The following morning, guests enjoy a guided tour of Verona before boarding La Bella Vita, where they cruise along the famous Giudecca Canal, past some of Venice's celebrated monuments that include Chiesa del Redentore and the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. They also enjoy a stroll through St. Mark's Square and a brief tour of Doge's Palace, the residence of the Venetian government.


Other highlights of the itinerary include a tour of the Gran Teatro La Fenice, a history-rich opera house that saw the premieres of famous pieces by composers such as Rossini and Verdi. Guests also visit the Bagnoli Estate for a private wine tasting and a tour of the Renaissance gardens, known for their many statues dating back to the 18th century. In the city of Ferrara, guests visit Estense Castle, the epitome of a 14 century castle with its moat, drawbridges and marble balconies.

“Watching 'Carmen' is a fantastic start to La Bella Vita's unique and exciting cruise on the waterways of the Po Valley,” says Derek Banks. “It sets the stage for a cultural and gastronomic adventure that introduces guests to some of Italy's famous regional cuisine and timeless landmarks.”

For more information about the Opera Cruise visit www.europeanwaterways.com

The following morning, guests enjoy a guided tour of Verona before boarding La Bella Vita, where they cruise along the famous Giudecca Canal, past some of Venice's celebrated monuments that include Chiesa del Redentore and the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. They also enjoy a stroll through St. Mark's Square and a brief tour of Doge's Palace, the residence and the seat of the Venetian government.

Other highlights of the itinerary include a tour of the Gran Teatro La Fenice, a history-rich opera house that saw the premieres of famous pieces by composers such as Rossini and Verdi. Guests also visit the Bagnoli Estate for a private wine tasting and a tour of the Renaissance gardens, known for their many statues dating back to the 18th century. In the city of Ferrara, guests visit Estense Castle, the epitome of a 14 century castle with its moat, drawbridges and marble balconies.

The cruise culminates in Mantua, a Renaissance city that was home to Verdi's opera Rigoletto and is today renowned for its neo-classical and baroque architecture.

“Watching 'Carmen' is a fantastic start to La Bella Vita's unique and exciting cruise on the waterways of the Po Valley,” says Derek Banks. “It sets the stage for a cultural and gastronomic adventure that introduces guests to some of Italy's famous regional cuisine and timeless landmarks.”

For more information about the Opera Cruise visit www.europeanwaterways.com
 

Bolzano Wine Tour with The Blue Walk


Castel Ringberg

Walking tour vacation specialist “The Blue Walk” has announced the addition of the “Blue Walk Bolzano Wine Tour” to its program for 2018. The tour is a six-night walking and wine tasting vacation that explores the fine vintages and unique heritage of Bolzano, Italy. Offering a mingling of Italian and German culture, the town is renowned for having the most award-winning wines per hectare under cultivation. It is also a luxury destination, enjoying one of Italy's highest quality of life and nestled in a picture-postcard setting that boasts sweeping mountain vistas and charming riverside paths.

Prices for this walking and wine tasting tour start at $2,945 per person, based on double occupancy, land only, and include breakfasts and lunches per the itinerary, the services of a certified, trilingual guide, taxes and fees. Available tour dates include May 7-13 and September 2-8, 2018. Guests receive a complimentary mobilicard to use for public transportation, allowing them to visit nearby villages during their free time.

“Wine tourism is surging in popularity, and Bolzano, Italy, is one of the 'holy grails' of destinations for wine enthusiasts,” says Jeannette Candau, co-owner of The Blue Walk. “The Blue Walk Bolzano Wine tour is six nights of total immersion and stimulation of the senses, with daily wine tasting opportunities, cooking demonstrations, food and wine pairing sessions, visits to historic landmarks, and accommodations that include luxury spas.”

As part of the tour, a knowledgeable wine expert introduces guests to reserve-class wines and cuisine, with educational sessions on the art of food and wine pairings. The tour also coincides with a local wine festival that celebrates the harvest and features festive drinking and dancing. Guests explore the historic city centre, prominent wineries, rustic wine trails, rolling hills, and riverside paths of the town. Guests also explore the centro storico, a place whose cobbled alleys, piazzas and baroque churches recall ancient Rome. Today it thrives with boutique shops, cafes, trendy bars, market traders, and street artists.

Other highlights of the itinerary include a hike up one of Bolzano's many promenades, starting in the botanical gardens, progressing through vineyards, and ending with a wine tasting and lunch that incorporates the best of the local cuisine.

About The Blue Walk

The Blue Walk offers small-group walking vacations in unique and undiscovered regions of France, Italy, Greece, and England. Its clients enjoy leisurely strolls along the beautiful coastlines, village squares and open spaces of Europe while staying at luxury four and five-star boutique hotels and resorts.

Each tour includes daily one hour to half-day walks in some of the world's most serene surroundings. The Blue Walk also offers themed vacations with well-known, talented and creative teachers. Hiking boots and backpacks are optional, as the routes are always “people friendly,” following safe paths that are a unique blend of gentle walking trails, coastal meandering, and urban strolling.

For more information visit the website at www.thebluewalk.com

 

   Ramblers Walking
   Holidays for 2018


Enjoy a Ramblers Walking Holiday in 2018

With New Year the perfect time to take stock of one's personal well-being, why not be resolute about the year ahead and commit to some 'me time' on one of walking holiday experts Ramblers Walking Holidays new healthy breaks? Reap the benefits of mindfulness, pilates, yoga and walking in relaxing and uplifting settings.

Pilates & Walking

Enjoy a Pilates & Walking Holiday in the Dales

Offering a refreshing escape to improved general fitness and wellbeing, Pilates & Walking in the Dales four night break combines walks in rolling Yorkshire countryside with daily late afternoon Pilates classes and rewarding relaxation sessions in the evening.

Taking in a mixed landscape with hikes along heather moorland, the river Wharfe and across dramatic limestone pavements, highlights such as the natural rock amphitheatre of Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, are well rewarded throughout with fresh country air, breath-taking vistas and an uplifting sense of good health.

Mindfulness

Replenish your energy with a mindful holiday in Majorca

Following the success of Mindfulness in the Mountains, Mindfulness in Majorca offers the perfect escape to replenish one's diminished energy on the sunny islands of Majorca.  Take time out to live in the moment, reflect on life and develop some tried and tested coping strategies staying on the Spanish island's unspoilt south west coast.

Engage in mindful practices as part of a programme of coastal and inland walks and explore sun-kissed trails through fertile hills cultivated with olive, carob, fig groves and sweet smelling citrus orchards with a new awareness.  With some walks in silence, other activities include gentle yoga and short mediation. Accommodation for the week is in a family run and typically  Majorcan  style hotel by the sea in  San  Telmo,  an attractive and quiet  settlement overlooking  the  uninhabited island of  Dragonera - another ideal spot for more peaceful contemplation.

Healthy Adventure

Enjoy an RIB boat ride along the Menai Straits

Combining a healthy hike from Bangor to the Conwy with a great cycle along the coastal path all the way to Chester, the North Wales Coast Path, with a Twist six night trip follows a continuous route from Deganwy to Chester.

With the added excitement of a high performance RIB boat ride along the Menai Straits thrown in to blow away any cobwebs, other highlights include the fantastical 19th century Penrhyn Castle, Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve with its 120ft Aber Falls and an Iron Age hillfort affording impressive views from Sychnant Pass. With the walking culminating in the medieval walled World Heritage Site and town of Conwy, the trip then finishes with a 30 mile traffic-free sea-front cycle through classic north Wales seaside towns to neighbouring Cheshire.

High Altitude Challenge

Take a mountain trek with Ramblers Walking Holidays


Andorra has long been a favourite for Ramblers Walking Holidays, but the introduction of the new high altitude Grade 8 Andorra Mountain Trek takes it to new levels. Following the Coronallacs – literally the Crown of Lakes – the holiday is being tipped to become a new classic, rivalling Tour du Mont Blanc, The Haute Route and Alta Via I. In a constantly changing background, ranging from woodlands and alpine meadows to waterfalls, lakes and snowy peaks, challenge one's fitness with an adrenalin-packed five day hike staying in remote mountain refuges.

Enjoying staggering sunrises over the peak of Comapedrosa, uplifting views of the Incles Valley and walks along the steep slopes of Els Aspres path, each night hut down in a charmingly rustic retreat where stunning sunsets and clear mountain air are perfectly complemented with a glass of local wine and healthy helping of delicious Catalan food.

Enjoy a healthy break with Ramblers Walking Holidays

Ramblers Walking Holidays extensive portfolio of holidays, including many new additions for 2018, can be viewed on www.ramblersholidays.co.uk

 

  Hot Happenings in
 Denmark to Explore


Visit Denmark in the New Year

Denmark is renowned for its constant innovation, whether in culture, architecture or gastronomy, and 2018 is set to be no exception, with brand new restaurants, attractions and works of art set to open all over the country. From Noma to LEGOLAND, some of Denmark's most famous names have exciting events happening this year.

Restaurants

Enjoy a delicious meal at Noma


World-renowned restaurant Noma will open at the beginning of 2018 in a new Copenhagen location with an urban farm. The menu for Noma 2.0 promises to focus even more heavily on seasonal ingredients, with head chef René Redzepi showcasing the very best of Scandinavian produce.

One of the city's main tourist attractions in recent years, the Copenhagen Street Food market on Paper Island (Papirøen) will relocate in April 2018 to Refshaleøen. The current market will close on 31 December 2017 and will be demolished in the spring to give way to a new waterside development, and the current street food market will be relocated to a 10,000m2 indoor and outdoor area at Refshaleøen, vastly expanding the concept to include markets, bars and cultural activities.

Celebrity chef and author, Trine Hahnemann, will expand her activities in Copenhagen in 2018 with a new shop at Torvehallerne and an international cooking school, restaurant, shop, bakery, coffee bar and event site at Sankt Kjeld's Square in Østerbro. Trine's focus is on everyday food and her cooking is based on farm to table principles. At Hahnemann's Køkken, visitors can participate in events such as smørrebrød workshops, and Danish cheese and beer pairings.

Copenhagen

Treetop Experience in Copenhagen


With is official inauguration in May 2018, the new BLOX building will house the Danish Architecture Centre/Danish Design Centre and create a new and extraordinary venue for the city. BLOX provides a setting for recreational outdoor urban spaces, playgrounds, homes and cafés as well as a unique space for work, exhibitions, research and reflection. It will be open to everyone and brimming with exciting attractions – from exhibitions over lectures and workshops to a restaurant and a bookstore. BLOX is also initiating several new bridges that are going up across and along the harbour, to tie the city and the harbour together.

Copenhill – the artificial ski slope and recreational hiking area that is set to open in the autumn of 2018 – will be built on top of Copenhagen's new green waste management centre. The building will stand some 85 metres high, and on the roof of the café at the top of the ski slope there will be a viewing platform with incredible views of the Danish capital. Ski equipment will be available to hire, and there will be a green adventure and play landscape on the roof where visitors can wander and explore.

Tivoli Food Hall

Copenhagen's famous Tivoli Gardens is renowned the world over for its beautiful illuminations, rides and unique architecture. To celebrate its 175 anniversary next year the Tivoli Gardens will be open from 2nd - 25th February for the first time. Perfect for a Valentine's break couples can take to the ice on its skating rink, cosy up in its range of restaurants before sitting back at the Tivoli Concert Hall with tickets to see Chess – The Musical. Meanwhile, opened in late 2017, Tivoli Corner is a new development for the northwest corner of Tivoli Gardens, designed to connect the iconic amusement park with Copenhagen's city centre. This new building will house shops, restaurants, a food hall and hotel rooms for the Nimb hotel, reconnecting Tivoli and the rest of the city.

In 2018, Copenhagen's iconic Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary. Taking place from July 6–15, Copenhagen Jazz Festival brings together more than 120 venues and around 1,400 concerts, making it one of the largest jazz festivals in the world. The festival presents the best of the contemporary international jazz scene, including the most vibrant Danish acts, and aims to stretch the boundaries of jazz by encouraging new artistic initiatives.

Aarhus

The Salling Rooftop, a sensational roof terrace with a café and urban oasis on the roof of the Salling department store in the centre of Aarhus, has been a huge success since its opening in 2017. The rooftop offers fabulous panoramic views of ARoS Art Museum, Aarhus Cathedral, the Aarhus Ø city quarter, and many other popular Aarhus locations. Every Friday, a DJ kicks off the weekend at the 'Fredag på Toppen' event, and entry to the rooftop is free.

The 'Endless Connection' fountain, created in 2017, has been delighting visitors to the Aarhus waterfront this year. The fountain is a beautiful sight from a distance, as well from the very centre of the cascades, offering the chance to view the harbour through two-metre-tall wall of water. Created by the Danish artist Jeppe Hein, the inspiration for the fountain's changing patterns is the starry skies over Aarhus.

By early 2018, Aarhus will get its eagerly anticipated light-rail network. Created with energy efficiency and a reduction in CO2 emissions in mind, the project is the first of its kind in Denmark and the light-rail will serve some 51 stops in the Aarhus area. The first stage of the light-rail project will use two existing single-track heavy rail lines running into the city's main rail station Aarhus Hovedbanegård (Aarhus H), which have been upgraded and electrified, and 12km of newly constructed double-track light-rail line passing through the most densely populated part of Aarhus.

Other events

The original LEGOLAND in Billund will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018, with lots of new attractions and events in the new year. There will be a new 'Flying Eagle' rollercoaster, a totally revamped 'LEGOREDO' Wild West town, and a huge red LEGO dinosaur to greet guests.

Rubjerg Knude lighthouse

2018 offers the last chance to visit the iconic Rubjerg Knude lighthouse before its moved to a new location. The light in Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse was first illuminated on 27 December 1900, at which point it was more than 200m inland and there were no large dunes around it. Over time the sea has moved closer and the wind has blown large amounts of sand up from the cliff. By 1968 the sand was so high it was sometimes impossible to see the lighthouse from the sea, and the light was switched off. Since then, the lighthouse has been under attack from coastal erosion, and is in danger of falling into the sea. So, in the next year or two, the old lighthouse will be dismantled and moved to a new location.

Koldinghus, Jutland's last royal castle and home to a fascinating museum, turns 750 years old in 2018. The castle has played an important role in Denmark's history, and the anniversary will be marked with a special exhibition, 'The Splendour of Power', showcasing a selection of magnificent and unique Danish and European pieces to illustrate the ability of jewellery to capture our fascination and act as statements of shifting power structures over the past 750 years.

In 2018 Denmark will get a fifth national park in North Sealand. The park will cover a large area of some 25,800 hectares, making it the second largest Danish national park. It will contain Denmark's two largest lakes, Arresø and Esrum Sø, as well as one of Denmark's largest forests, Gribskov, and two UNESCO world heritage sights.

For more information visit about Denmark www.visitdenmark.co.uk