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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.

This week: 03 - 09 December

It’s early December, and there’s so much to do… just make sure having FUN is high on your list!

This week: 26 - 02 December

Our top picks this week include Christmas craft, witch craft, fairy tales and Love Actually with a live orchestra.

More than just an Exit: Museum Shop Sunday

Most museums in the UK are free or subsidised entry – so why not show your support with a spot of Christmas shopping on Sunday?

XMAS – Top Twinkling Trails

As cities start to throb with shoppers, why not wrap up and head for the great Christmassy outdoors?

XMAS – The Best of Christmas in Brighton

Skate in front of the pavilion, get yourself to the panto and even take a freezing dip on Christmas Day

This week: 19 - 25 November

It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas… (but not too much - we promise)

Billionaire Boy: interview with Luke Sheppard

We speak to the director of the new musical adaptation of David Walliams’ best-selling book.

Bristol’s Hidden Gems: Historical Homes

With so much history to explore, where better to start than our pick of spectacularly maintained and restored properties…

XMAS – Have yourself a Brilliant “Brummie” Christmas!

5 Birmingham-based ideas for festive fun, with a traditional twist

This week: 12 - 18 November

Here comes your weekly round-up, and it's packing a punch!

Back to Bacteria

What did bacteria ever do for us? Oxford's Natural History Museum can tell you: a lot

Pick your own pumpkin!

Getting your pumpkin from a supermarket isn’t a patch on picking one. So why not get pumped for Halloween by carving out an autumnal adventure for yourself, and visiting one of the premier pumpkin patches in the UK.

Nightmare at the Museum!

Halloween is creeping up on us, so why not get your freak on by visiting some of the most hair-raising museums around the UK...

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!

Top 5 Chocolate Indulgences

It’s National Chocolate Week (15-21 October), so why not do the truffle-shuffle to some of the UK’s most delicious chocolate spots from our indulgent guide – it will definitely come in candy!

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!

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.

Bristol Choral Society's 2018-2019 Season

Join the Bristol Choral Society as they mark the centenary of the end of the WWI with an awe-inspiring programme of concerts.

“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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

Summer Family Activities in Newcastle

Worried about entertaining the kids over the 6-week summer holiday? Well, if you’re out and about near Newcastle, this handy guide might just help you fill the time.

Families

Looking for something to do with the family? Culture Calling have pulled together some of the best ways to fill your weekends and holidays. We handpick some of the top events and activities for children and families on offer, from festivals to theatre and days out. Whatever you’re after, we'll help you find something inspiring, entertaining, or educational that the the whole family are sure to love. 

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