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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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

 
See Lynn Lumiere light up King's Lynn's historic buildings

See Lynn Lumiere light up King's Lynn's historic buildings

Rich in history and fascinating by day, Lynn Lumiere lights up some of King's Lynn's stunning building with an amazing animated light display every evening from dusk.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

 
Join the highbrow chit-chat at Chester Literature Festival

Join the highbrow chit-chat at Chester Literature Festival

There’s no shortage of wordy stimulation and novel debate for aspiring book worms at the Chester Literature Festival.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

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

Location: Lewes, East Sussex

 
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

 
Eyes on the sky for Light up Lancaster

Eyes on the sky for Light up Lancaster

See the skies over Lancaster light up this autumn at the North’s biggest firework display as part of Light up Lancaster.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

 
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

 
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

 
Enjoy days and nights out on Hull’s buzzing marina

Enjoy days and nights out on Hull’s buzzing marina

Yorkshire’s only waterfront city boasts an array of attractions, from artisan shops and lively cultural events to inviting restaurants and pubs.

Location: Hull, East Yorkshire

 
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

 
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

 
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: 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

 
Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Burning the Clocks

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Burning the Clocks

Brighton marks the shortest day of the year with the Burning the Clocks winter solstice parade.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 
Celebrate The Bard in Birmingham

Celebrate The Bard in Birmingham

This year some of Birmingham’s most esteemed institutions will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with the ‘Our Shakespeare’ season.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
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

 
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

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