Culture

Cultural holidays

English culture encompasses everything from vintage fashion to futuristic architecture crowned with swish rooftop restaurants and bars. Culture old and new fuses effortlessly in our big cities, where Victorian museums host cutting-edge modern artists. And you’ll find hoards of cultural activities in the countryside and along the coast too. Follow sculpture trails hidden in woodlands, walk in the footsteps of your favourite fictional characters on a film or literature tour, catch a film screening in the grounds of a Tudor mansion and stop by one of numerous art galleries popping up in seaside resorts on your cultural holidays.

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Discover contemporary Nottingham at Nottingham Contemporary

Discover contemporary Nottingham at Nottingham Contemporary

If it’s raining outside head to Nottingham Contemporary art gallery, home to many of the city's world-class exhibitions and a diverse range of events.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Experience York's Literature Festival

Experience York's Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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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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Discover the Delicious Tastes of Padstow

Discover the Delicious Tastes of Padstow

Nestled in the Camel Estuary Padstow has become known for its culinary prowess with restaurants offering fine dining and quality local produce.

Location: Padstow, Cornwall

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Be inspired by Canaletto's A Regatta on the Grand Canal

Be inspired by Canaletto's A Regatta on the Grand Canal

Canaletto’s masterpiece A Regatta on the Grand Canal is on display at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from 11 July to 13 September as part of a tour from the National Gallery.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Explore Portsmouth's history on a free cycle tour

Explore Portsmouth's history on a free cycle tour

Uncover 800 years of Portsmouth's history on a guided tour and discover the famous occupants, landmarks and gems that have made the city so great.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Hit the north for new music in Newcastle

Hit the north for new music in Newcastle

Head northwards this spring as a barrage of musical acts descends on Newcastle upon Tyne’s city centre.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

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Be moved by world-class opera and ballet

Be moved by world-class opera and ballet

Powerful performances by Opera North and Northern Ballet will take your breath away with powerful stories in atmospheric venues.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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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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Follow the films to Lacock

Follow the films to Lacock

Step into the historic charm of Lacock, where you can explore abbeys, museums, and country houses.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

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Discover secret Bristol on a budget

Discover secret Bristol on a budget

Uncover Bristol’s hidden treasures as the city’s most beautiful and quirky buildings open their doors to the public for free.

Location: Bristol

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Enjoy Newcastle’s nightlife – and its famous ales

Enjoy Newcastle’s nightlife – and its famous ales

Get a real taste of NewcastleGateshead on a local ale trail to buzzing pubs, then head on to catch a live gig in the coolest neighbourhoods.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

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Take your pick from Liverpool’s rich cultural gems

Take your pick from Liverpool’s rich cultural gems

Liverpool is a thriving capital of culture with museums and galleries for every taste, many of which are free to explore. Dip in and emerge inspired.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

In the quiet village of Dymock, literacy history was being made by six of the finest poets of the early 20th century.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Rediscover England’s mining past at the Woodhorn Museum

Rediscover England’s mining past at the Woodhorn Museum

Journey through England’s 800 year coal mining history and experience what life was like for pitmen at Woodhorn Colliery.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

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Follow art trails around NewcastleGateshead

Follow art trails around NewcastleGateshead

Throughout NewcastleGateshead you will discover public art in the most surprising of places from figurative sculptures to conceptual work.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Take a trip to the theatre in Worthing

Take a trip to the theatre in Worthing

Worthing’s four distinctive venues bring an ever changing combination of nostalgic and cutting edge theatre.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

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Take a bite out of a Nottingham Pie on a heritage break

Take a bite out of a Nottingham Pie on a heritage break

Embark on a journey of revolt to explore the riots of 1831, and how a protest in a sleepy Nottinghamshire village exploded into the Luddite Movement.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Bekonscot is the world’s oldest and original model village and model railway, and a tribute to one man’s eccentricity.

Location: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

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Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Unravel the Case of the Portsmouth Doctor at A Study in Sherlock in Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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