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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Nightly summer bandstand concerts and weekly fireworks

The UK’s busiest bandstand on Eastbourne’s seafront offers nightly concerts from pop to rock throughout summer, with a weekly firework crescendo.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

May events: Push boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Witness the world’s most diverse artists and performers from the risqué world of Burlesque.

Location: London, Greater London

 

December events: Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Burning the Clocks

Brighton marks the shortest day of the year with the Burning the Clocks winter solstice parade.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Watch films for free at the Tyneside cinema

If the sound of free cinema and cheap drinks is up your street, then Tyneside Cinema’s free film night could be just thing.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 

May the force be with you in Puzzlewood

See where scenes of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens were filmed as you explore the enchanting woodlands of Puzzlewood.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

 

See Dartmoor's famous film and TV locations

'(I have) Never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.' -Steven Spielberg

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 

Uncover the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

For lovers of the great outdoors, the Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst showcases giant pieces created from materials you might find in the Forest.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 

October events: Enjoy local produce at Broadstairs Food Festival

Fresh, local, award-winning produce, live demonstrations and more in October. Simply delicious.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

 

October events: Get giddy at the Nottingham Goose Fair

The Goose Fair is one of Europe’s largest travelling fairs and is one of Nottingham’s oldest traditions, dating back more than 700 years.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 

Imperial War Museum North

Get an insight into the wars and conflicts that have shaped both England and the world at the Imperial War Museum North.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 

Get your gourd at Slindon Pumpkin Festival

Take park in this celebration of gourds and squashes, including an unusual form of pumpkin art, within a National Trust village in West Sussex.

Location: Slindon, nr Arundel, West Sussex

 

Relive the sights and sounds of wartime Britain at Eden Camp

Be transported back through time from an ex-POW camp in Malton, North Yorkshire, to life in wartime Britain on both the home front and on the front line.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

 

Barnard Castle in the Durham Dales

A walking architectural history lesson.

Location: Barnard Castle, Durham Dales

 

Visit a movie star house

Discover Bathsheba's 'Everdene Farm' from Far From the Madding Crowd in Dorset.

Location: Beaminster, Dorset

 

Take the cultural quarter trail in Leicester

Absorb yourself in rich performances and visual arts in Leicester’s cultural quarter and enjoy architectural splendour and fine dining.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Eat and drink by the riverside, at The Trout pub, Wolvercote

Sample local Oxfordshire food at this famously good pub on the banks of the River Thames.

Location: Wolvercote, Oxford

 

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

 

Get your ‘blues’ fix at Broadstairs Blues Bash

Aint’ nothin’ but the blues - not the winter ones, but the music type in Broadstairs every February for one weekend.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

 

Rainy Day Activities: Beware the animal mummies at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

From Egyptian relics and biplanes, to works of art and stuffed deer, there’s something to excite everyone at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Location: Bristol

 
Harrogate Flower Show

Have a bloomin’ lovely time at the Harrogate Flower Show

Get your green fingers ready this prestigious gardening event in April, one of the biggest of its kind in the UK.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

 

June events: Revel in the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Visit Greenwich this summer for amazing sights and sounds at London's biggest festival of free theatre and performing arts.

Location: Greenwich, London

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