Arts and cultural events

Arts and cultural events

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.

Arts and cultural events

Arts and cultural events

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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Experience festival fever in Derby

Experience festival fever in Derby

If you love a good festival, Derby hosts a variety of different ones all year long, so join in the fun and discover the ‘City of Festivals’.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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Take a Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Take a Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Enjoy a glimpse of historic pieces of artwork that provide a glimpse into what the Grand Tour saw on their travels at Chatsworth.

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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Admire the works of Alphonse Mucha at Russell Cotes

Admire the works of Alphonse Mucha at Russell Cotes

One of the most fascinating historic houses in England, Russell Cotes is a treasure trove of Victorian splendour.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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Surround yourself with artistic talent at Holmfirth Art Week

Surround yourself with artistic talent at Holmfirth Art Week

Over 400 artists combine art, music, comedy, theatre and literature for the UK's largest open art exhibition.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

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Rave into night at this Portsmouth event in May

Rave into night at this Portsmouth event in May

Mutiny Festival brings one of the biggest music festivals in May back to Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Catch art-house gems at Martin's Film Festival

Catch art-house gems at Martin's Film Festival

Enjoy art house movies to box office blockbusters at the St Martin's Film Festival.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Feel the winter glow of a city illuminated for Light Night

Feel the winter glow of a city illuminated for Light Night

See Nottingham become filled with after dark illuminations and neon displays as it blinds the winter chill from the air with live music and street theatre.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

See opera's biggest stars hit the high notes at Glyndebourne.

Location: Lewes, East Sussex

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Uncover the Isle of Wight arts scene

Uncover the Isle of Wight arts scene

It’s a rare opportunity to get invited into an artist’s creative space, but in the Isle of Wight, they’re happy to fling open their doors every July for you to come and take a look.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

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Enjoy a movie under the stars

Enjoy a movie under the stars

The Summer Nights Film Festival brings classic and contemporary films to heritage locations around Derbyshire.

Location: Derbyshire

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Watch future Oscar-winners at Bristol’s Encounters Film Festival

Watch future Oscar-winners at Bristol’s Encounters Film Festival

Celebrate short and animated film talent with internationally-renowned film festival 'Encounters', held annually in Bristol

Location: Bristol

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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

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See Salisbury's Amazing Art Festival

See Salisbury's Amazing Art Festival

Take part in the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, and immerse yourself in music, art, dance, and theatre of the highest caliber.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Dive into Margate’s By the Sea

Dive into Margate’s By the Sea

Mix retro rides with modern music at By The Sea in Margate

Location: Margate

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Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

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Release your inner Wordsworth with Words by the Water Festival

Release your inner Wordsworth with Words by the Water Festival

Don’t miss this exciting literature event, a festival of words and ideas, set by the lake surrounded by the Lake District fells.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

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Feel Ramsgate come alive to a fabulous festival

Feel Ramsgate come alive to a fabulous festival

Feel Ramsgate come alive to a fabulous festival brimming-full of outstanding international and local artists.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

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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

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Discover the creative genius of Stanley Spencer

Discover the creative genius of Stanley Spencer

Visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery devoted to the works of one of Britain's greatest twentieth century painters on a short weekend break in Cookham.

Location: Cookham, Berkshire

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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

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