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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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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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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Experience a little bit of Island Culture

Experience a little bit of Island Culture

Open-air theatre, art and craft galleries, music, history. The Isles of Scilly have a range of attractions and activities for culture connoisseurs.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

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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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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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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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Kingston Lacy: an Italian palace in Dorset

Kingston Lacy: an Italian palace in Dorset

Home to a rather fabulous collection that includes pieces by Rubens, Van Duyck, Titian.

Location: Poole, Dorset

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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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Visit one of the oldest museums in the country

Visit one of the oldest museums in the country

Travel through time and around the world at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

Location: Warrington, Cheshire

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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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Uncover a jewel for art lovers in the Durham Dales

Uncover a jewel for art lovers in the Durham Dales

Fall for the romantic charms of The Bowes Museum’s amazing art, quirky curiosities and fabulous contemporary exhibitions.

Location: Durham Dales

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Immerse yourself in art, music and culture in Bury St Edmunds

Immerse yourself in art, music and culture in Bury St Edmunds

Enjoy a great cultural holiday in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, this year celebrating 800 years since Magna Carta was signed.

Location: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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Picture England’s seaside at the Scarborough Art Gallery

Picture England’s seaside at the Scarborough Art Gallery

Discover the historical and cultural heritage of Scarborough through the works of local artists.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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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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Discover Charles Dickens’ Medway

Discover Charles Dickens’ Medway

Discover how Medway inspired novelist Charles Dickens, who lived in Chatham as a child when his father was transferred to Chatham Dockyard in 1812.

Location: Kent

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Go on location with Wolf Hall in Wiltshire

Go on location with Wolf Hall in Wiltshire

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

Location: Wiltshire

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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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Journey through 2,000 years of British history at Kynren

Journey through 2,000 years of British history at Kynren

Experience an epic storytelling journey through time at this spectacular live-action night show in Durham.

Location: Bishop Auckland, Durham

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Discover the seaside charm of South Shields

Discover the seaside charm of South Shields

The picturesque coastal resort of South Shields is full of quintessentially English seaside experiences, gorgeous sea views and good food.

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

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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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