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XMAS – Wishing you a Merry Mancunian Christmas!

Check out our top 5 picks for festive fun in Manchester this December

‘From Darkness to Light’ Winter Illuminations at Salisbury Cathedral

Glowing tree forms, a gigantic light-filled globe and a wave of singing lights.

XMAS – 5 of the Best Ice Rinks

We have a "love skate" relationship with this wintry past time

XMAS – a Grinch’s guide to the festive season

If baubles are sending you bonkers, and – no – you don’t want a gingerbread latte, it’s time to plan your escape

“Looking at Tudor paintings through Tudor eyes…”

Renowned historian and broadcaster David Starkey has curated a brand new exhibition in Hever Castle’s Long Gallery, which aims to recreate what a typical Long Gallery would have looked like during the reign of Henry VIII.

Enrol for a History of Magic Lesson…

If you’re too impatient to wait until Halloween to delve into the world of witches, magic and mystery, then why not get started early with a trip to the Ashmolean’s “Spellbound” exhibition!

“It was a fascinating journey of discovery…”

We caught up with Alexander Whitley to find out about his latest work “8 minutes”, a choreographic space odyssey inspired by solar imagery and created in collaboration with IF Oxford and STFC RAL Space.

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!

Top 5 Spooky Events in Bristol

Halloween is just around the creepy corner, so we’ve rounded up some ghoulish events in Bristol that will lift your spirits!

Top 5 Poetical Pursuits

Today is National Poetry Day, and to celebrate, you could do a lot verse than visiting one of our Top 5 events and venues to get your literary juices flowing.

Top Feminist Podcasts

Ranging from comedy to hard hitting political debate, there are plenty of feminist podcasts out there that discuss the issues effecting women in today’s society. So, for International Podcast Day tomorrow, check out our selection of some of the best!

“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!

Opening exhibitions at Charleston in South Downs

Discover the Charleston Trust's brand new exhibition space with their programme of thought-provoking and innovative exhibitions

Sometimes you’ve got to be a little bit naughty…

After spending 6 years in the West End, multi-award winning Matilda the Musical is returning to its regional roots by doing a UK and Ireland Tour through 2018 and 2019.

Oxford on a Budget

Here’s how to get the most out of this magical city in a day for under £20.

“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!

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.

Cause we are living in a Bacterial World!

We chatted to Professor Paul Smith, Director of Oxford Museum of Natural History, about the upcoming Bacterial World exhibition, which seeks to address the misconception that bacteria is something you need to clean off your kitchen surface!

Spotlight On: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, situated on the banks of the River Kelvin and near Kelvingrove Park, is now one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations

“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.

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.

“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 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 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.

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.

The Original Mail-Order Bride!

Learn about the intense orchestration and political manoeuvring behind King Henry VIII marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, in a new play “The Court Must Have a Queen” performed at Hampton Court Palace over the summer!

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.

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.

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!

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!

“Happiness has got to be paid for”

Following their adaptation of the renowned totalitarian regime in Orwell’s 1984 at the Oxford Mathematical Institute last year, Creation Theatre take on another dystopian novel in their adaption of Brave New World at Oxford’s Westgate Centre.

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.

Explore & Discover

Here at Culture Calling, we pride ourselves on keeping our finger on the pulse of all the latest cultural news and events, particularly things that are a little off the beaten track. In this section, you can expect to find a little bit of everything – whether that’s location guides, the best food or exciting new events coming to a city near you. 
 

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