Culture

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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Get your jazz hands out for the Scarborough Jazz Festival

Each September, the annual Scarborough Jazz Festival on Yorkshire’s north coast provides the ideal tonic for music lovers to wash away those summer blues.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

July events: Global sounds and a world of words at WOMAD

Grab your tent and learn more about cultures across the world at the long-running World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

 

Watch Indie A-listers at the End of the Road Festival

The intimate surroundings of the End of the Road Festival give you the chance to get up close and personal with the bands and their music.

Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset

 

Revel in the sounds of the Cambridge Folk Festival

Join thousands in enjoying some of the finest folk music in Europe, at a gorgeous country hall in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 

Watch the Battle of the Brass Bands in Durham

Brass is given a modern twist with art installations in the streets and a dose of contemporary hip hop at BRASS Durham International Festival.

Location: Durham

 

See musical legends at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Swing into springtime in style at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, one of the leading Jazz events in England.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

 

See stars take to the Meridian at Greenwich Music Time

Experience live performances in the magnificent surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College, overlooking the Thames at this music festival in July.

Location: Greenwich, London

 

Enjoy music, arts and wild lake swimming at Latitude

Combine sing-your-heart-out music with theatre, comedy, wellbeing, food and family-friendly activities and you have Latitude Festival, held in Henham Park, Suffolk.

Location: Suffolk

 

Dance ‘til dawn at Standon Calling

Head to Standon in Hertfordshire for a three-day summer party featuring huge music acts, an on-site nightclub and bars that never close.

Location: Standon, Hertfordshire

 

Hang with the hipsters at Field Day

The coolest festival in London is back and better than ever.

Location: London

 

Tend the rhythm at Beat-Herder Festival

See big-name dance acts and eclectic live bands at a summer festival that brings the funk to the farmland for three days in July.

Location: Sawley, Lancashire

 

July events: Go intergalactic at bluedot festival

Go stargazing while being star struck by an out-of-this-world line-up of musical talent at bluedot festival.

Location: Blackden, Cheshire

 

All aboard for trains and tunes at Indietracks

Celebrate the best of old-time steam railways and indie rock in the East Midlands.

Location: Ripley, Derbyshire

 

Get back on track at Tramlines Festival

Tramlines Festival rolls into Sheffield each summer, bringing the party to Hillsborough Park with four stages of lots of top musical acts.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

 

Coast along at Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Hop on the metro from Newcastle and be transported to a chilled-out, seaside music festival that mixes live music, performing arts, food and crafts.

Location: Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear

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