Change the way you holiday. Discover the latest trends, unmissable events, new openings and great offers from locals in the know at realtimetravelguide.co.uk. We’ve picked out cultural biggies happening in April and May using realtimetravelguide, from Nina Conti at the Brighton Festival to an exclusive DJ set by Jarvis Cocker on his home turf...
The biggest city in the South West continues its mission to ‘Make Sunday Special’ with a host of events taking over the city centre on the first Sunday of the month from May to September. If last year’s shenanigans are anything to go by – remember the huge water slide on Park Street! – this year’s programme will be unmissable too. Make sure you leave the car behind; the main streets will be shut off to traffic to make way for market stalls and all sorts of street entertainment.
See priceless Van Goghs, Cezannes and Picasso's sit side-by-side at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art from tomorrow. Francis Bacon and the Masters is the biggest exhibition of its kind to take place in Norwich, showcasing 100 works, many of which are on loan from the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and have never exhibited in Europe before. Elsewhere Norwich Castle plays host to an American pop art visionary from May 9. Artists Rooms: Jeff Koons is the only chance to see the artist’s work in the UK this year.
Fill your May with cabaret, comedy, club nights, burlesque and plenty of drag queens at the Brighton Fringe, the world’s third largest fringe festival. If that wasn’t enough, The Brighton Festival – the largest multi-arts festival in England – runs alongside from May 2 to 23. Highlights include appearances from ventriloquist Nina Conti and award-winning author Margaret Atwood.
Britpop icon Jarvis Cocker heads to his home town on May 4th to help throw a massive birthday party at The Leadmill. This throbbing heart of Sheffield’s music scene – which has seen Culture Club, The Stone Roses, Pulp, Kings of Leon, Artic Monkeys and many others grace its stage – is celebrating 35 years. There’ll be a huge birthday cake, confetti canons, balloons and Jarvis Cocker and Pulp bassist Steve Mackey providing tunes until the small hours.
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