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

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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

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Flicks in the Sticks in Mortimer Country

Flicks in the Sticks in Mortimer Country

Cinema lovers can enjoy watching nearly 100 film titles from across the globe at venues spread throughout Herefordshire and Shropshire from 24 February to 12 March.

Location: Herefordshire

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Wander like Wordsworth around Ullswater

Wander like Wordsworth around Ullswater

Take a trip to Ullswater and enjoy the fabulous lake and the crowd of golden daffodils which inspired the poet William Wordsworth.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

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Strike gold at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Strike gold at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Find hidden treasures at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, home to the famous Staffordshire Hoard and extraordinary art exhibitions.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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See priceless art at Margate’s Turner Contemporary

See priceless art at Margate’s Turner Contemporary

Pay a visit to Margate’s international gallery Turner Contemporary for contemporary and historic art.

Location: Margate, Kent

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Get Footloose on a theatre trip to YMCA Theatre

Get Footloose on a theatre trip to YMCA Theatre

The theatre is renowned for its year-round repertoire which has widened in recent years to include plays, ballets and musicals.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Discover 650 million years of history in 1,000 objects

Discover 650 million years of history in 1,000 objects

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery offers an inspiring mix of the very old and the very now and is just one of many cultural delights in Shrewsbury.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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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

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Follow Sussex’s Coastal Culture Trail

Follow Sussex’s Coastal Culture Trail

Discover contemporary art at three leading coastal galleries, all linked by a scenic and historic cycle route though Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Book a theatre trip with a difference at Esk Valley Theatre

Book a theatre trip with a difference at Esk Valley Theatre

Groups seeking a unique theatre experience will love ‘September in the Rain’ by John Godber, touring the North York Moors from 17 March -15 April 2017.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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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

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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

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Step into a Jane Austen novel at Hartland Abbey

Step into a Jane Austen novel at Hartland Abbey

Visit the historic house and filming locations of classic TV adaptations of Jane Austen and Rosamunde Pilcher novels, and step into the romance.

Location: Hartland, North Devon

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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

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Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Enjoy a delicious menu made from the best Cumbrian produce, washed down with a pint of freshly brewed ale at the Kirkstile Inn in the heart of the North Lake District.

Location: Loweswater, Cumbria

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Dance the night away in Blackpool

Dance the night away in Blackpool

Blackpool is a mecca for gay and gay-friendly nightlife; you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to venues for a night out.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Admire sculptures under blue skies in Dorchester

Admire sculptures under blue skies in Dorchester

Get up close to beautiful works of art while exploring the glorious Dorset countryside at Sculpture by the Lakes.

Location: Dorchester, Dorset

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Pay homage to the written word in South Shields

Pay homage to the written word in South Shields

Step inside The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, a new state-of-the-art venue brimming with exciting new experiences, activities and facilities for people of all ages to enjoy.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

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Explore the nooks and crannies of Norwich’s artistic spaces

Explore the nooks and crannies of Norwich’s artistic spaces

Norwich is full of cultural activities, with many arts venues found in surprising places, some amongst its most beautiful gardens and public spaces.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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