Rural retreats in summer

Rural escapes in summer

Enter a world of peace and tranquility on a rural break in the English countryside, where a world of historic castle grounds alive with colour, unspoilt woodlands, lush landscapes and quaint English villages await you. Be pampered from head to toe in your own moorland lodge on a spa break in Bradford, explore quaint market towns and walk alongside awe-inspiring waterfalls in the Durham Dales, or hop aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a luxurious train ride through picturesque moorlands.

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Rock out at Download Festival

Horn signs at the ready; get set for a weekend of rock as the biggest names in metal take to the stage at Download Festival.

Location: Leicestershire

 

May events: Visit the 1940s in West Yorkshire

Head to Haworth in West Yorkshire and get a glimpse into life in the 1940s.

Location: Haworth, West Yorkshire

 

Dance the weekend away at East London's Lovebox

See dance-music greats strut their stuff on stage at this hip East London festival.

Location: London

 

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

 

Take the River Ferry to Beeses

Enjoy a delicious Sunday roast at this scenic English riverside tea garden in Bristol.

Location: Bristol

 

Mosh to the biggest acts at Reading and Leeds Festivals

Head to Bramham Park in Leeds or Little John’s Farm in Reading for three days of unbeatable live music.

Location: Reading and Leeds

 

Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Hear old school traditional to cutting-edge contemporary jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

 

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

 

November events: Celebrate Mozart with world-class cultural events in Bath

If Mozart is music to your ears then don’t miss a spectacular celebration of the musical genius at the annual Bath Mozartfest this November.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Go to Liverpool Sound City, an innovative music, film and art festival

Get a ticket for one of the UK’s largest international music, digital and film festivals.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

May events: Open your mind at the International Festival of Psychedelia

Soak in a dynamic display of visual and auditory treats at this critically-acclaimed festival in Liverpool’s creative district.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

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

 

May events: Feel inspired at The Bath Festival

Enjoy music and literature from around the world with an incredible programme of arts and events.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Head out on a Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

Follow in the footsteps of John, Paul, George and Ringo with this immersive tour of where they lived, met and played throughout Liverpool.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Rainy Day Activities: Catch a film at a 1930’s picture house

Spend an evening dining in a restored Georgian Chapel followed by an indie film in the art deco-styled Little Theatre - the perfect combination of indoor activities for when it's raining outside.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

May events: The Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance every May.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 

Get the inside story on Manchester’s music scene

See the sights of the city that inspired Manchester’s legendary music scene and made it the envy of the world, with Manchester Music Tours.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 

See A-listers perform at Europe’s largest open air theatre

Elton John, Jessie J; you might think you’re reading the line up for a big city gig, think again.The stars flock to Scarborough.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 
The crowd at British Summer Time in Hyde Park.

Warm up your vocal chords for British Summer Time

Thousands of music fans invade London’s largest Royal Park every summer for American Express presents British Summer Time.

Location: Hyde Park, London

 

Trace the lives of The Beatles in their home city

Buzzing Liverpool is renowned for its music scene. Discover how its four most famous sons still set the beat for a fab visit to the city.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Enjoy free, live music at Southsea Bandstand

Is there a better summer afternoon than a fantastic free programme of music and dance in a beautiful natural amphitheatre looking out to sea?

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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