Literary Inspired Weekends

England’s literary landscapes and locations are as diverse as the writers they stirred. We love following in the footsteps of our favourite authors on literary holidays and seeing the places they knew and loved spring to life. Genteel strolls around elegant cities conjure up images of petticoats and parasols. Clambering to the top of a windswept crag brings dreams of dark, brooding heroes and love torn asunder. From organised trails to self-guided literary trips, there are chances for inspiration all over the country.

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Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

November welcomes Leicester’s annual Literary Festival organised by the School of English at the University of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

November events
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Readings at Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

Readings at Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

Be transported back to the Victorian era as members of the Dickens Fellowship read some of Charles Dickens' most beloved works.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Potter about with Potter at Hill Top

Potter about with Potter at Hill Top

Observe the trout on Esthwaite Water from the Tale of Jeremy Fisher and fields that inspired the Tale of Peter Rabbit and much more at Hill Top.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter & Cranford in Lacock

Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter & Cranford in Lacock

Wonder around the medieval village of Lacock and see why this village has been used for many a movie scene…

Location: Lacock, Wiltshire

Literature, film and TV
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Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Explore the city that inspired one of England’s most famous novel writers.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Tours and trails
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Visit the location of The Railway Children

Visit the location of The Railway Children

Step back in time and relive the famous story of The Railway Children. Watch steam trains puff along the valley and visit key locations in the film.

Location: Haworth, West Yorkshire

Literature, film and TV
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Join the Bloomsbury Set

Join the Bloomsbury Set

Just outside of Brighton is Charleston, home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Literature, film and TV
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Celebrate the birthday of the Bard

Celebrate the birthday of the Bard

Head to Shakespeare’s home town and join in the annual party that marks the anniversary of the playwright’s birth.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Budget
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Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

In the quiet village of Dymock, literacy history was being made by six of the finest poets of the early 20th century.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Literature, film and TV
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See a Shakespearian play at the Royal Shakespeare Company

See a Shakespearian play at the Royal Shakespeare Company

A world class experience awaits you at the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Performing arts
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Explore the Midsomer Murders locations in Oxfordshire

Explore the Midsomer Murders locations in Oxfordshire

Follow in the footsteps of Inspector Barnaby as you explore Causton, Midsomer Newton and more on the trail of the Midsomer Murders locations.

Location: Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Literature, film and TV
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Take in a play during Shakespeare season in Newcastle

Take in a play during Shakespeare season in Newcastle

Every autumn the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) heads north to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal for their annual season.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Performing arts
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Take a tour round Stokesay Court

Take a tour round Stokesay Court

Stokesay Court was the setting for the mansions scenes in the film version of Ian McEwan's best selling novel, “Atonement”.

Location: Craven Arms, Shropshire

Literature, film and TV
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Ted Hughes' Dartmoor

Ted Hughes' Dartmoor

Visit the sleepy village of North Tawton and follow the scenic Tarka Trail.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

National Parks
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Join a Blue Badge Guide on a Portsmouth literary tour

Join a Blue Badge Guide on a Portsmouth literary tour

Arrange a private tour or join one of the weekly walks and talks covering a massive range of topics including Dickens and Authors of Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Tours and trails
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Be enlightened by Auden in Eden

Be enlightened by Auden in Eden

Eden is a place that profoundly influenced Auden’s work and his love for the landscape lasted his entire life and featured constantly in his work.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Find Byron's Nottinghamshire on the Byron Trail

Find Byron's Nottinghamshire on the Byron Trail

Lord Byron was famous during his lifetime as a figure who could inspire love, romance, political change and liberation through his powerful works.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Discover the life and times of William Wordsworth

Discover the life and times of William Wordsworth

Take a literary tour of the homes of one of England’s great romantic poets.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Visit the home that inspired Milton’s Paradise Lost

Visit the home that inspired Milton’s Paradise Lost

Milton’s Cottage is located in Chalfont St. Giles and is the only surviving home of the great poet and parliamentarian John Milton.

Location: Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire

Heritage
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Keat's Walk

Keat's Walk

Retrace the footsteps of one of England’s most celebrated poets – Keats.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Free

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