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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Spend a day at The Dower House Garden

Spend a day at The Dower House Garden

The Dower House Garden occupies a 1.5 acre site within the grounds of the National Trust’s Morville Hall, near Bridgnorth in Shropshire.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

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Enjoy the ultimate festival experience for free in Greenwich

Enjoy the ultimate festival experience for free in Greenwich

Visit Greenwich this summer for amazing sights and sounds at the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival whist on a budget break in London.

Location: Greenwich, London

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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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Explore Brighton's Cultural Quarter

Explore Brighton's Cultural Quarter

Find an exotic Royal palace, classical concerts, West End shows and fine art all within a moment’s walk of each other.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Discover the creative genius of Stanley Spencer

Discover the creative genius of Stanley Spencer

Visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery devoted to the works of one of Britain's greatest twentieth century painters on a short weekend break in Cookham.

Location: Cookham, Berkshire

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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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Uncover a political scandal at Cliveden House

Uncover a political scandal at Cliveden House

Pay a visit to the stately home in Buckinghamshire where John Profumo met Christine Keeler.

Location: Taplow, Buckinghamshire

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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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Visit the dramatic landscape that inspired John Constable

Visit the dramatic landscape that inspired John Constable

Follow in the footsteps of John Constable and explore Dedham Vale and Stour Valley an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Location: Dedham, Colchester

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Visit New Place, Shakepeare's final home

Visit New Place, Shakepeare's final home

Walk in Shakespeare's footsteps in the site of his final home, New Place.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Sit in Harry Potter's classroom at Durham Cathedral

Sit in Harry Potter's classroom at Durham Cathedral

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry came to life via a number of locations across the UK, one of which was the awe-inspiring Durham Cathedral.

Location: Durham City, Durham

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Explore picturesque Clevedon, as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Explore picturesque Clevedon, as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Take your time exploring the coastal town of Clevedon near Bristol – filming location for the TV series Broadchurch.

Location: Clevedon, Bristol

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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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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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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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Nautical about Newbiggin

Nautical about Newbiggin

Visit Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, a fascinating mix of maritime heritage and art with the UK’s first permanent offshore sculpture in the sea.

Location: Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland

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Go behind the scenes at Sunderland Empire Theatre

Go behind the scenes at Sunderland Empire Theatre

Tread the same boards as a young Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and the Beatles on a tour of this enchanting old Edwardian theatre.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Go on location with Wolf Hall in Wiltshire

Go on location with Wolf Hall in Wiltshire

Following the BBC’s recent TV drama of Wolf Hall, go set-jetting to the Wiltshire TV locations used during filming.

Location: Wiltshire

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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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Experience contemporary art in Margate

Experience contemporary art in Margate

Contemporary art is leading the way in Margate alongside retro shops and funky bars framed by the trappings of the classic English seaside.

Location: Margate, Kent

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