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On weekend theatre breaks, take a cushion and a bottle of something sparkly and enjoy an al-fresco evening in the company of world-class opera singers, Shakespearean actors or lithesome ballet dancers. Often, the setting will be as stunning as the performances. Make the most of theatre breaks by taking in a show of every type, from dramas to musicals to children’s plays. And theatre trips don’t need to be restricted to the city. Smaller towns and villages host touring arts companies and stage regular music and performing arts festivals of their own.

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Jazz, art and sunsets in St Ives

Jazz, art and sunsets in St Ives

Some say it’s the painterly light that makes St Ives so special. For others it’s the great swathes of golden sand.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

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Listen to the choirboys at Winchester Cathedral

Listen to the choirboys at Winchester Cathedral

Experience the spine-tingling echoes of the choristers, acclaimed as being one of the best cathedral choirs in Britain, as they sing evensong.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Performing arts
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Cambridge evensong

Cambridge evensong

The perfect musical accompaniment on a winter evening in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Heritage
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Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Be part of Scarborough’s three-day celebration of all things music, theatre, dance, film and art.

Location: Scarborough, Yorkshire

Coastal towns
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Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn a new skill or watch the creative talents of others at Poole’s Lighthouse.

Location: Poole, Dorset

Coastal towns
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Experience world-class theatre in Yorkshire’s Deep South

Experience world-class theatre in Yorkshire’s Deep South

Some of the best theatre in the country can be found in Sheffield as the city is home to the largest regional theatre complex outside of the capital.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Performing arts
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See an open-air play

See an open-air play

Carved into a granite cliff face on the southern tip of Cornwall, the Minack Theatre is a wonderfully unique theatrical experience.

Location: Porthcurno, Cornwall

Unique Experiences
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Scarborough Open-air Theatre

Scarborough Open-air Theatre

Visit Scarborough’s open-air theatre to experience amazing acts, in amazing surroundings.

Location: Scarborough

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Go Hi-de-Hi at Camp Bestival

Go Hi-de-Hi at Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival (Bestival’s baby sister) brings music, comedy and family fun to the Dorset coast each summer.

Location: Lulworth, Dorset

Culture
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Close the summer festival season in style at Bestival

Close the summer festival season in style at Bestival

If you are looking for an eclectic mix of music, cabaret and entertainment then this is the festival for you.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

September events
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Enjoy live music in the Cellars at Eastney

Enjoy live music in the Cellars at Eastney

If you love music and comedy then you will absolutely love the Cellars at Eastney as an intimate venue for gigs, drama and stand-up.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Music and nightlife
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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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Unicorn Theatre for kids

Unicorn Theatre for kids

The first purpose-built theatre for children.

Location: South Bank, London

Performing arts
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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

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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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See the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

See the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

Every dance taste imaginable is catered for at Birmingham's showcase festival.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Performing arts
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Picnics and Shakespeare at Eastbourne's Italian Gardens

Picnics and Shakespeare at Eastbourne's Italian Gardens

Discover one of the South Coast’s best kept secrets, with hidden gardens, secluded walkways, outdoor Shakespeare and rock pooling.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Coastal towns
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Theatre by the lake

Theatre by the lake

Inspiring and international performances in a charming lakeside setting.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Performing arts
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Shake your stuff at the south coast's premiere dance venue

Shake your stuff at the south coast's premiere dance venue

Whatever tickles your fancy, there's something musical you can move to at the Pavilion.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Coast
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Stamford Shakespeare

Stamford Shakespeare

Open-air Shakespeare from the Stamford Shakespeare Company.

Location: Stamford, Lincolnshire

Performing arts

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