Cultural breaks in summer

Cultural holidays in summer

Culture vultures won’t have to search very far to indulge in some English culture – it can be found be throughout this green and pleasant land from sculptures along the coast to outdoor film screenings on the grounds of country estates. Embark on a free trail exploring the filming locations for BBC Tudor drama Wolf Hall in Winchester, walk through the lavish State Rooms used as a filming location for Downton Abbey, or head into the forest to watch internationally acclaimed artists belt out their greatest hits in the Cotswolds.

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Find the cultural heart of the City of London

Find the cultural heart of the City of London

Spend some time exploring the Black Art in Action exhibition, creating at the Magna-Crafta family workshop or enjoying Shakespeare at Temple Church.

Location: London

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Feel the rhythm on Bristol’s music-filled streets

Feel the rhythm on Bristol’s music-filled streets

Hear music drift outdoors this summer with the Bristol Proms, listen to jazz on cobbled streets and watch huge outdoor concerts in July and August.

Location: Bristol

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Take a trip up the historic Naze Tower

Take a trip up the historic Naze Tower

Explore the Naze Tower, an historic 86ft landmark situated on a stretch of coastline at Walton-on-the-Naze.

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

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Visit the crème de la crème of classic and modern art

Visit the crème de la crème of classic and modern art

Follow in the footsteps of 17th and 18th century aristocrats on a grand art tour with a contemporary twist across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Location: Nottingham and Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Discover the magic of film and TV within the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

Discover the magic of film and TV within the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

Discover a gateway to the far-away worlds of star warriors, magicians and the ancient lands of legendary, mythic heroes and villains.

Location: Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

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Enjoy great entertainment at The Spa Bridlington

Enjoy great entertainment at The Spa Bridlington

This stunning Art Deco venue, The Spa Bridlington, hosts some big names in music from The Script to Kasabian.

Location: Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire

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African and Asian treasures at the Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens

African and Asian treasures at the Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens

Delve into the fascinating story of Major Powell-Cotton’s adventures at Quex House and Gardens.

Location: Birchington, Kent

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Combine culture with Warwickshire’s great outdoors

Combine culture with Warwickshire’s great outdoors

Celebrate the Arts and Crafts movement at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Shakespeare and nature on Brownsea Island

Shakespeare and nature on Brownsea Island

See Shakespeare acted out in the open air, part of this summer’s theatre programme on the National Trust’s Brownsea Island in Dorset.

Location: Poole Harbour, Dorset

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Retrace the Cotswolds’ Arts and Crafts movement

Retrace the Cotswolds’ Arts and Crafts movement

Explore William Morris's Cotswolds as you relive the area's arts and crafts movement in Chipping Campden and Broadway.

Location: Chipping Campden & Broadway, Gloucestershire

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On location with the world’s most popular heritage railway

On location with the world’s most popular heritage railway

Ride along with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as it takes a starring role, from Dad’s Army to Harry Potter.

Location: Goathland, North Yorkshire

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Admire scale and form at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Admire scale and form at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Get excited at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich this summer – a museum which will inspire even the most intrepid traveller.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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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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Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Experience the Isle of Wight’s incredible microclimate first hand with a startling subtropical and exotic plant collection at Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

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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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Feel Ramsgate come alive to a fabulous festival

Feel Ramsgate come alive to a fabulous festival

Feel Ramsgate come alive to a fabulous festival brim-full of outstanding international and local artists.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

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Give a standing ovation to Plymouth’s lively arts scene

Give a standing ovation to Plymouth’s lively arts scene

Explore the works of Plymouth's legendary artists – Beryl Cook, Robert Lenkiewicz and Sir Joshua Reynolds, as well as today's talented young artists.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Watch a performance by the Scarborough Spa Orchestra

Watch a performance by the Scarborough Spa Orchestra

Hear the UK’s last remaining professional seaside orchestra in the surroundings of the Grand Spa.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Established in the 16th Century Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park must be one of the oldest picnic areas in the country.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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See Harry Potter and Downton Abbey sets in Alnwick

See Harry Potter and Downton Abbey sets in Alnwick

Relive scenes from hit TV shows and movies in the magnificent setting of Alnwick Castle, a popular destination for film crews.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

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