The Datebook Winter spring 2020 Calendar of Events - Page 8
THE WIMBLEDON TENNIS
All England Lawn and Croquet
Club, Wimbledon (29th June - 12th July).
Tel: 020 8946 2244.
HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA
Henley Royal Regatta was first held in 1839
and has been held annually ever since,
except during the Two World Wars. Originally
staged by the Mayor and people of Henley
as a public attraction with a fair and other
amusement, the emphasis rapidly changed
so that rowing became its main purpose.
Tel: Ticket Office, 01491 571900.
RHS HAMPTON COURT PALACE
FLOWER SHOW PREVIEW EVENING
Hampton Court Palace, 5pm.
As the sun sets, listen to live music with
friends and family before tucking into a
delicious picnic, enjoying an all-you-can-eat
Summer Feast or savouring a meal in one
of the restaurants. A magnificent fireworks
display against the stunning Palace provides
the perfect finish to a magical evening.
Price: £72.75; Members: £62.75.
RHS HAMPTON FLOWER SHOW
Hampton Court Palace (7th-12th).
This great garden festival is set in the
exceptional grounds of King Henry VIII’s
former palace. A highlight of the Summer!
Enjoy a first look at the spectacular gardens
and floral displays. www.rhs.org.uk
KEW THE MUSIC 2020
Royal Britannic Gardens,
Sing away your Summer nights at Kew the
Music picnic concerts. Acts include James
Blunt, the Gipsy Kings, Jack Savoretti, Will
Young and James Morrison. Tel: 020 8332
THE FLYING LEGENDS AIR
SHOW - IWM, - Duxford,
This show is famous all over the world for
its unique presentation of historic piston-
engined aircraft in rare combinations and
remarkable flying displays.
Complementing the ‘wow’ factor in the
air is the authentic 1940’s atmosphere
that can be experienced across the
museum. It’s closest you can get to
being back at RAF Duxford in its flying
heyday. Tel: 01223 499320.
125th PROMS SEASON
Royal Albert Hall, London
The 125th season of the BBC Proms,
the world’s largest classical music festival
presents the world’s leading artists and
orchestras as well as a host of talks,
workshops, free performances and family
events. Tel: 020 7589 8212. E-mail:
Ever Wondered Why
Pencils (and the Datebook)
are Always Yellow?
encils have been painted yellow ever since
the late 19th Century, with good reason!
During this era, the best graphite in the world
came from China. American pencil makers
wanted their customers to know that their
pencils contained Chinese graphite, so they
painted them yellow.
Chinese culture associated the colour yellow with
royalty and respect. Thus American manufacturers
chose the bright yellow to communicate this “regal”
feeling and link with China. The rest, as they say, is
The legend of the yellow pencil inspired much more than
just the pencils, however. It’s also the origin of the
The Datebook began as a reference for charities
to check which dates were free from fundraising
We chose an eye-catching, bright colour to
freshen up the publication – and because we were
a ‘calendar of events’ bright yellow was the natural
The hue was inspired by the bright yellow pencils
people historically would have used to write
appointments in their datebooks. In those days
there were no iPads, laptops or mobile phones with
diaries – everyone had a datebook, and everyone
had a yellow pencil.
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