Cultural breaks in spring

Cultural holidays in spring

If you’re looking to book a cultural holiday this spring, look no further than home. After all, England’s green and pleasant land brought the world its most famous poet, Shakespeare, whose plays you can view at Stratford-upon-Avon. Fancy yourself a bit of an art critic? Kent’s romantic sunsets and dramatic seascapes inspired Turner, and it’s easy to see why. Meanwhile, Eastbourne boasts three leading contemporary art galleries along its 20-mile coastal trail. Lose yourself in a West End musical at the Bristol Hippodrome or discover a music venue nestled amidst 13th century caves beneath a Victorian music hall in Nottingham.

Cultural holidays in spring

Cultural breaks in spring

If you’re looking to book a cultural holiday this spring, look no further than home. After all, England’s green and pleasant land brought the world its most famous poet, Shakespeare, whose plays you can view at Stratford-upon-Avon. Fancy yourself a bit of an art critic? Kent’s romantic sunsets and dramatic seascapes inspired Turner, and it’s easy to see why. Meanwhile, Eastbourne boasts three leading contemporary art galleries along its 20-mile coastal trail. Lose yourself in a West End musical at the Bristol Hippodrome or discover a music venue nestled amidst 13th century caves beneath a Victorian music hall in Nottingham.

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Bring a masterpiece to life at Conisbrough Castle

Bring a masterpiece to life at Conisbrough Castle

This romantic medieval castle inspired Sir Walter Scott’s classic book Ivanhoe. Travel back nearly 1,000 years on a visit to the magnificent property.

Location: Doncaster, South Yorkshire

 
Enjoy live music in the birthplace of Oasis and the Stone Roses

Enjoy live music in the birthplace of Oasis and the Stone Roses

Watch an intimate gig at Band on the Wall, or head to Manchester Arena for the ultimate music experience.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 
Experience an on-stage extravaganza at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Experience an on-stage extravaganza at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Plan a theatre trip to Birmingham and enjoy classic performances by the famous Birmingham Royal Ballet, comedy, drama, opera and fun-filled musicals.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Take a tour of Beatrix Potter's Lake District

Take a tour of Beatrix Potter's Lake District

Mountain Goat offer superb minibus tours of the Lake District – discover much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s favourite countryside on a half-day trip.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

 
Discover an artistic legacy in West Yorkshire

Discover an artistic legacy in West Yorkshire

The Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshire’s inspiring art gallery, exploring the work of major contemporary artists in a thoughtfully laid-out setting.

Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire

 
Dig into history at the British Museum

Dig into history at the British Museum

The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world.

Location: Bloomsbury, London

 
Eastern art in a Western setting

Eastern art in a Western setting

Visit one of England’s most unusual art collections, in the heart of Georgian Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Delve into Durham’s historic treasure troves

Delve into Durham’s historic treasure troves

Step back in time and admire world-class art at captivating castles and manor houses across the county.

Location: Vale of Durham / Durham Dales

 
Dales Countryside Museum – tells the story of the Dales

Dales Countryside Museum – tells the story of the Dales

Glaciers that covered the Dales, the Romans, Vikings , Normans, the miners and farmers – all have left their mark on the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Hawes, North Yorkshire

 
Discover Manchester’s cultural charms

Discover Manchester’s cultural charms

Immerse yourself in contemporary commissions and historic collections on a cultural city break in Manchester.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 
Walk in Roman footsteps at Arbeia Roman Fort

Walk in Roman footsteps at Arbeia Roman Fort

Britain’s biggest and best reconstruction of a Roman fort is the perfect place to immerse yourself in their ancient way of life.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

 
Retrace Turner's footsteps in Durham

Retrace Turner's footsteps in Durham

Durham’s landscapes and iconic buildings have inspired several of England’s great artists and writers, including the master painter JMW Turner.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

 
Hop from gallery to shop in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hop from gallery to shop in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Yorkshire’s Salts Mill, near Bradford, is a hive of art galleries and indie shops, set within the culturally rich World Heritage Site of Saltaire.

Location: Saltaire, West Yorkshire

 
Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Pay a visit to Forde Abbey, which was recently the venue for filming a major scene in the 2015 film Far from the Madding Crowd.

Location: Chard, Somerset

 
Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Explore the incredible and diverse collection of museums and exhibitions, all within a short stroll of each other.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
May events: Go on an after-dark crawl in NewcastleGateshead

May events: Go on an after-dark crawl in NewcastleGateshead

Enjoy some unique, one off events during NewcastleGateshead’s popular late night culture crawl – The Late Shows.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

 
Stay and craft at the new Barrel store in Cirencester

Stay and craft at the new Barrel store in Cirencester

Recently opened, the old stone barrel warehouse is a stylish and brilliantly located ‘boutique hostel’ that offer a unique break experience.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

 
Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon for the chance to see a play performed in the Bard’s own hometown.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 
Adventure like the Famous Five in Dorset

Adventure like the Famous Five in Dorset

Visit the Isle of Purbeck on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, which is said to have inspired Enid Blyton's books.

Location: Purbeck, Dorset

 
Explore four floors of arts and crafts at Farfield Mill

Explore four floors of arts and crafts at Farfield Mill

Four floors of inspiration await you at Farfield Mill, a vibrant arts and heritage centre housed within a restored woollen mill now home to local crafts and arts, a café and displays.

Location: Sedbergh, North Yorkshire

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