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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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

 
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

 
May events: See Salisbury's amazing Art Festival

May events: See Salisbury's amazing Art Festival

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

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

 
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

 
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: 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

 
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

 
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

 
Relive your childhood at the Loogabarooga Festival

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

 
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

 
Take a tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Take a tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Admire historical artworks in a grand setting at Chatsworth.

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

 
May events: Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world at Fowey Festival

May events: Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world at Fowey Festival

Use the Fowey Festival as an opportunity to explore the town and countryside that inspired novelist Daphne du Maurier.

Location: Fowey, Cornwall

 
Enter antique heaven in Newark

Enter antique heaven in Newark

Go on an antique hunt at the Newark Antiques Fair. You never know what treasures you could discover…

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

 
Experience Agatha Christie's Riviera in Devon

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

 
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

 
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

 
Immerse yourself in modern art at Pallant House Gallery

Immerse yourself in modern art at Pallant House Gallery

Discover extraordinary works by modern British artists and learn more about the greats on an art course at the award-winning Pallant House Gallery.

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

 
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

 
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, taking place between 28 September and 14 October.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

 
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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