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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August events: Embrace Beatleweek at the legendary Cavern Club

August events: Embrace Beatleweek at the legendary Cavern Club

Get swept up in Beatlemania as fans from all over the world descend on the city where it all started.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
Get a fix at the London Coffee Festival

Get a fix at the London Coffee Festival

Master your latte art and sample some of the best small batch and specialist coffee at the city’s annual Coffee Festival in March.

Location: Brick Lane, London

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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: 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

 
November events: Eyes on the sky for Light Up Lancaster

November events: Eyes on the sky for Light Up Lancaster

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

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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: 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

 
Experience York's Literature Festival

Experience York's Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
November events: Join the highbrow chit-chat at Chester Literature Festival

November events: Join the highbrow chit-chat at Chester Literature Festival

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

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 
December events: Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Burning the Clocks

December events: 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

 
June events: Celebrate the written word at Stoke Literary Festival

June events: Celebrate the written word at Stoke Literary Festival

Housed within a working factory, the Stoke Literary Festival is a surprisingly scenic spot for a literary celebration.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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