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A Literature Lover’s Guide to Dorset

A Literature Lover’s Guide to Dorset

From Thomas Hardy to Enid Blyton, Lawrence of Arabia to Ian McEwan, many writers have been inspired by and sought solace in the beautiful Dorset countryside.

Go Green!: Environmentally Friendly Bristol

Go Green!: Environmentally Friendly Bristol

This week is Recycling Week, and what better way to observe it than to take part in some environmentally friendly activities in Bristol, the first UK city to be named the European Green Capital back in 2015!

FILM REVIEW: Bliss!

FILM REVIEW: Bliss!

The North of England meets Norway in Bliss! a bizarre tale in which a girl attempts to find her father. Out on VOD channels from 24 September.

“Art and life imitating each other”: An Interview with Richard Twyman

“Art and life imitating each other”

We chatted to Director Richard Twyman, about English Touring Theatre’s latest production of Othello, which re-analyses the classic play through the lens of religion and spirituality.

“Radical, unconventional and international… much like the artists who lived here”

“Radical, unconventional and international…"

The Bloomsbury Group may be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean their work and relevance has to be. In this spirit, Charleston House in East Sussex has opened an exhibition space filled with work inspired by the work of the renowned artistic group!

Windsor, Booze and Running Shoes: An Interview with Holly Light

Booze and Running Shoes: An Interview with Holly Light

Think a beer (or two) at the finish line would make you run a bit faster? Then the British Beer Run is the event for you! We chatted to Holly Light from AAT Events about the upcoming race in Windsor on 13 October.

The Trocks on Tour!

The Trocks on Tour!

If you’re a fan of RuPaul’s drag race, and also a dance devotee, then you’ll love Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Catch the all-male comedic ballet company as they tour the UK through till November!

Films to look forward to from Venice Film Festival!

Films to look forward to from Venice Film Festival!

Why not check out our summary of what films to (and what not to!) look forward to from the Venice Biennale? With many of the films soon to be streamed on Netflix, you’ll soon be able to get a taste of the world’s oldest film festival right from your sofa!

Gardens just don’t lose their charm for artists!

Gardens just don’t lose their charm for artists!

The Enchanted Garden at Newcastle’s Laing Gallery explores how gardens have been an ongoing inspiration through 100 years of art history. We chatted to curator Amy Barker to learn more about the artists who have flirted with fauna and flora in their work.

Stones Rock! – Top 5 Shingle Beaches in the UK

Stones Rock! – Top 5 Shingle Beaches in the UK

Tomorrow (16 September) is collect rocks day, so why not become a geologist and pick up some pebbles from one of the UK’s Top 5 stone and shingle beaches in our handy guide? We’re sure they will rock your world!

“A homecoming gig”: An Interview with Jimmy Aldridge

“A homecoming gig”: An Interview with Jimmy Aldridge

We chatted to musician Jimmy Aldridge from “Jimmy and Sid” about the folk duo’s latest album, and their upcoming gig in Leeds – where Jimmy bought his first banjo!

“You want to try and come up with a universal Trunch for everybody…”

“You want to come up with a universal Trunch for everybody"

Today is Roald Dahl Day, and as we speak, Miss. Trunchbull, the headmistress we’re glad we never had, is making her way across the country for the UK Tour of Matilda! We chatted to Craige Els who plays Trunch about what it’s like to be the iconic villain!

Top 5 Swashbuckling Pirate Adventures in the UK

Top 5 Swashbuckling Pirate Adventures in the UK

Shiver me timbers, next Wednesday (19 September) is Talk Like a Pirate Day! There “argh!” plenty of events to help you to get into character before the celebrations, so grab your cutlass and head to one of the best swashbuckling activities around the UK!

Norwich on a Budget

Norwich on a Budget

It’s time you make your own Norwich story by taking a day-trip to this gorgeous city. We’re here to show you how for under £20.

FILM REVIEW: Dusty & Me

FILM REVIEW: Dusty and Me

Dusty & Me, the touching story of a boy and his greyhound, is Northern England’s answer to Ladybird, and will be released on VOD channels on 1 October!

“Even in war, blessed are the piss takers”

“Even in war, blessed are the piss takers”

We took a look at Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s play “The Wipers Times”, a quick witted, comical exploration of the satirical newspaper that took the trenches by storm, and encouraged all to laugh in the face of adversity.

“I didn’t just want to tell a DJ’s story”

“I didn’t just want to tell a DJ’s story”

We chatted to Manchester music legend and former Haçienda DJ “DJ Paulette” about her upcoming installation “Homebird” at the Lowry Galleries.

BOOK CLUB: The Top Literary Releases this Summer

BOOK CLUB: The Top Literary Releases this Summer

Sick of the usual poolside reads and banal chick lit forced upon you over the past few months? Check out the top literary releases of this summer, tried and tested by us so that you know they're good!

“On the threshold between life and death”

“On the threshold between life and death”

We chatted to Mark Espiner, a Director from collaborative theatre company Sound&Fury about their immersive sound installation Charlie Ward, which places audiences in the heart of a makeshift wartime hospital.

A Culture Vulture’s Guide to Coventry

A Culture Vulture’s Guide to Coventry

With Coventry being the next City of Culture in 2021 we thought it was high time we rounded up some of the city’s cultural hot-spots.

Trainspotting: Top 5 Vintage Railways

Trainspotting: Top 5 Vintage Railways

Blow off some steam by riding a vintage railway for a unique, historical train experience!

Top 5: Independent Bookshops in Bath

Top 5: Independent Bookshops in Bath

Countless authors have flocked to this Somerset city in order to seek inspiration and pen some of the world’s most beloved books. It’s therefore unsurprising that Bath has a wealth of fantastic independent bookshops.

“A Defiant Flippancy”: An Interview with George Kemp

“A Defiant Flippancy”: An Interview with George Kemp

We chatted to actor George Kemp about his role in “The Wipers Times” a comedic play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman about a satirical magazine set up in the WW1 trenches.

A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Interview with Curator Helen Thornton

An Interview with Curator Helen Thornton

If, like Carrie Bradshaw, you’re obsessed with shoes, then York Castle Museum has the exhibition for you. We chatted to curator Helen Thornton the exhibition that pits Vivienne Westwood’s wild creations against the museum’s historical collection.

Top 5 UK Viking Adventures

Top 5 UK Viking Adventures

We might not be living in Asgard, but the UK still has some pretty cool Viking links due to being invaded by the Scandinavian pirates at the end of the 8th Century. So why not set out on your longship to discover the Top 5 Viking adventures in the UK.

Sheffield on a Budget

Sheffield on a Budget

Here’s how to get the most out of a day trip to the vibrant modern city of Sheffield for under £20.

Life in Motion: An Interview with Curator Tamar Hemmes

Life in Motion: An Interview with Curator Tamar Hemmes

We chatted to curator Tamar Hemmes about the current exhibition at the Tate Liverpool, which analyses the works of Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman in reference to the themes of movement and the human body.

Bristol’s Hidden Gems: Green Spaces

Bristol’s Hidden Gems: Green Spaces

Bristol’s eco-friendly credentials are well-documented, but the city is also green in the more-traditional sense, with plenty of open public spaces in which to relax and enjoy the unusually-glorious weather. Check out our list and don’t forget sun cream!

A Literature Lover’s Guide to Cornwall

A Literature Lover’s Guide to Cornwall

Retrace the footsteps of Virginia Woolf, Daphne du Maurier and DH Lawrence with our literary lover’s guide to this beautiful, romantic, but wild, county.

“To torture yourself like this is a luxury.”

“To torture yourself like this is a luxury.”

The latest play to grace the stage of the National’s Lyttelton Theatre is “Julie” starring Vanessa Kirby. But you don’t need to be in London to see this exploration of decadence and self-sabotage, it’s being screened around the UK on 6 September!

Top 5 Brunches in Manchester

Top 5 Brunches in Manchester

Manchester has some of the best eateries in the North of England and they tend to take brunch pretty seriously so, if you’re in the city and are looking for a brunch hot-spot, here are some of the best places to eat in Manchester.

Valhalla Indoor Axe Throwing: An Interview with Luke Ireland

Valhalla Indoor Axe Throwing: An Interview with Luke Ireland

Looking for an alternative to bowling for your birthday? How about giving a spot of axe throwing a go? We caught up with Luke from Valhalla Axe Throwing Range in Sheffield to “axe” him about where his “Viking” for the sport came from.

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