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

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 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

 
July events: Get down to business at Upfest

July events: Get down to business at Upfest

Europe's largest street art and graffiti festival is now a firmly established part of the Bristol calendar with over 250 artists coming from around the world to take part.

Location: Bristol

 
July events: Surround yourself with artistic talent at Holmfirth Art Week

July events: 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

 
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

 
October Events: Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

October Events: Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales, that's taking place between 4 and 20 October.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

 
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

 
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

 
May events: Discover your creative side at the Hertford Arts Festival

May events: Discover your creative side at the Hertford Arts Festival

Enjoy works from local artists and unleash your own creativity at a series of events in Hertford.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordshire

 
October events: Relive your childhood at the Loogabarooga Festival

October events: Relive your childhood at the Loogabarooga Festival

This exciting annual event features ‘incredible illustrations and brilliant books’ from a variety of children's authors and illustrators.

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

 
Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

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

Location: Lewes, East Sussex

 
Enjoy contemporary crafts at The Wilson

Enjoy contemporary crafts at The Wilson

Visit Cheltenham this spring and indulge your cultural instincts with a visit to two exhibitions running in tandem from 5 March - 5 June.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

 
Tickle your ribs at Bristol's Slapstick Festival

Tickle your ribs at Bristol's Slapstick Festival

A unique celebration of silent film and slapstick comedy, the festival offers a unique chance to watch silent films with a live orchestra along with a VIP list of guests and celebrities sharing their passion for this genre.

Location: Bristol

 
October events: Get lost in words at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival

October events: Get lost in words at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Visit the Isle of Wight between 10-13 October for the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, and you can help honour the great literature that was inspired by the island.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

 
August events: Step back in time at the Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival

August events: Step back in time at the Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival

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

Location: Lytham Green, Lancashire

 
July events: Immerse yourself in words at the Penzance Literary Festival

July events: Immerse yourself in words at the Penzance Literary Festival

A literary festival on the Cornish coast with a distinctly local flavour and a relaxed atmosphere that’s ideal for book lovers.

Location: Penzance, Cornwall

 
September events: Experience Agatha Christie's Riviera in Devon

September events: Experience Agatha Christie's Riviera in Devon

Discover Agatha Christie's Riviera and follow in her footsteps by attending her namesake festival, and walking the Agatha Christie Mile in the bustling harbour town of Torquay.

Location: Torquay, Devon

 
May events: Celebrate spring at the Chippenham Folk Festival

May events: Celebrate spring at the Chippenham Folk Festival

Head to the Cotswolds to enjoy more than 200 bands, musicians and dance acts at Chippenham's four-day Folk Festival.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

 
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

 
Discover a castle fit for a prince

Discover a castle fit for a prince

Explore artistic treasures in Auckland Castle, home of the Prince Bishops of Durham for 900 years, and set to host a spectacular new show from 2016.

Location: Vale of Durham, Durham

 
July events: Discover local art at Open Studios Isle of Wight

July events: Discover local art at Open Studios Isle of Wight

It’s a rare opportunity to be 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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