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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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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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

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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

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Celebrate the written word at the Stoke Literary Festival

Celebrate the written word at the Stoke Literary Festival

The Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival takes place in June at the Emma Bridgewater Factory.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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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

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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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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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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

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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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Get Down to business at Upfest

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

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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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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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See stars take to the Meridian at Greenwich Music Time

See stars take to the Meridian at Greenwich Music Time

Experience live performances in the magnificent surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College, overlooking the Thames at this music festival in July.

Location: Greenwich, London

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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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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

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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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Take a cultural break to Bristol's Watershed

Take a cultural break to Bristol's Watershed

One of the UK's leading cultural centres, Watershed produces and presents original ideas and content and curate a diverse programme of talent development, cinema exhibition, events and festivals.

Location: Bristol

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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

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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

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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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