Get your culture fix

Rejoice in English culture at one of the many shows and fairs held throughout the year. Think of them as giant garden parties featuring enthusiasts, displays, and excellent food and drink stalls. Classic car fairs bring together vintage and performance motors, with demonstrations from world-class and often famous professionals. The biggest also include motorbikes and beautiful vintage aeroplanes. During the summer choose from an abundance of cultural events and literary festivals. Books come to life as novelists and poets read from their latest works. Head to a vintage festival or antique fair to revel in the music, fashion, film, art and design that shaped the 20th century.

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Enjoy arts events at Holmfirth Arts Festival

Enjoy arts events at Holmfirth Arts Festival

Take in music, art, comedy, theatre, literature and inspiring things to do in Holmfirth and the Holme Valley.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Celebrate a unique musical heritage at BRASS Durham International Festival

Celebrate a unique musical heritage at BRASS Durham International Festival

Brass is given a modern twist with art installations in the streets and a dose of contemporary hip hop, at BRASS Durham International Festival.

Location: Durham City

Budget
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Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Home to the 11th Duke Marlborough & birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim is a super family day out.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Visit the cathedral city of Ely, and discover why the humble eel is so important in its history, as you walk its unique Eel Trail.

Location: Ely, Cambridgeshire

Events
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Proms in the Park

Proms in the Park

Top class musical entertainment in Hyde Park.

Location: London, Greater London

Performing arts
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Celebrate international arts at Salisbury's annual festival

Celebrate international arts at Salisbury's annual festival

The annual 16-day Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival blazed into life in 1973, and presents a wonderful array of spectacular events.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

May events
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Celebrate the written & spoken word at the Literary Festival

Celebrate the written & spoken word at the Literary Festival

You can spend a whole weekend in October honouring the great literature that was inspired on the island.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

October events
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See new movies first at CINECITY Brighton Film Festival

See new movies first at CINECITY Brighton Film Festival

You can catch a must-see movie ahead of its release and question the director about what inspired them at the CINECITY Brighton Film Festival.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Culture
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Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Enjoy traditional dishes, dance and dress, while learning about the country’s unique culture, at Bristol’s annual Thai Festival.

Location: Bristol

Low cost
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Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Immerse yourself in a line-up of events showcasing the best of independent cinema and musical performances.

Location: London, Greater London

Culture
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Take in a lecture at the Royal Society

Take in a lecture at the Royal Society

A Royal Society talk offers you the chance to ease the guilt, warm up those grey cells, and all without the tuition fees.

Location: London

Low cost
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Bram Stoker Film Festival

Bram Stoker Film Festival

Distinctly dark surprises on the east coast.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Events
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Step back in time at the Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival

Step back in time at the Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival

Come and join in the atmosphere and immerse yourself in heritage, entertainment, re-enactment and have-a-go fun.

Location: Lytham Green, Lancashire

Events
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Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get involved in a unique celebration of local and international films at the Cornwall Film Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Join the highbrow chit-chat at Chester Literature Festival

Join the highbrow chit-chat at Chester Literature Festival

There’s no shortage of wordy stimulation and novel debate for aspiring book worms at the Chester Literature Festival.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Literature, film and TV
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Trip Blackpool's light fantastic

Trip Blackpool's light fantastic

Every autumn, Blackpool lights up the Lancashire skies with a sparkling spectacle that will leave you feeling dizzy.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Historic sites and icons
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Experience England at its most glorious

Experience England at its most glorious

Experience England at its most glorious at Goodwood.

Location: Goodwood, Sussex

Countryside pursuits
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See Joseph Wright paintings at Derby Museum & Art Gallery

See Joseph Wright paintings at Derby Museum & Art Gallery

Discover the Joseph Wright gallery and see the world’s largest collection of amazing paintings by this Derby-born artist.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Experience the Isle of Wight’s incredible microclimate first hand with a startling subtropical and exotic plant collection at Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Gardens and Parks
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Visit the UK’s largest outdoor festival in Keswick

Visit the UK’s largest outdoor festival in Keswick

Grab your Gore-Tex, pack the tent and amble over to Keswick’s big family adventure.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

Forests and woodlands

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