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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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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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 Cambridge University

Explore Cambridge University

Take a walking tour through the colleges that make up one of the most prestigious universities in the world – Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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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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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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Follow in the footsteps of Tolkien on the Tolkien Trail

Follow in the footsteps of Tolkien on the Tolkien Trail

From the twin towers of Stonyhurst College to the dramatic countryside of the Ribble Valley, follow in the footsteps of JRR Tolkien.

Location: Hurst Green, Lancashire

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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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Celebrate 200 years of John Keats's poetry at Keats House

Celebrate 200 years of John Keats's poetry at Keats House

Enjoy a varied programme of events from guided walks, tours and poetry readings to family days and music recitals in the peaceful setting of Keats House.

Location: Hampstead, London

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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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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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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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Follow in the footsteps of 18th Century tourists at Stowe

Follow in the footsteps of 18th Century tourists at Stowe

Explore Capability Brown’s first major commission incorporating over 40 historic monuments.

Location: Stowe, Buckinghamshire

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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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Follow the Shipwrights Way sculpture trail

Follow the Shipwrights Way sculpture trail

Walk or cycle through beautiful English countryside along the Shipwrights Way, where sculptures tell stories of Hampshire’s history and culture.

Location: Bentley near Farnham to Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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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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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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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Follow in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Follow in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Step into the world of the Romantic poets, following the Coleridge Way from the Quantock hills, across Exmoor, to the dramatic North Devon coast.

Location: Nether Stowey to Lynmouth, Somerset to North Devon

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Be inspired in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Be inspired in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Summer 2016 sees the opening of Shakespeare's Schoolroom to the public for the first time.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Experience lakeside theatre in Cumbria

Experience lakeside theatre in Cumbria

Inspiring and international performances in a charming lakeside setting.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

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