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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!

“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!

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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.

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.

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 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.

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!

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!

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.

Edinburgh Art Festival: An Interview with Sorcha Carey

We caught up with Sorcha Carey, the Director of Edinburgh Art Festival, the only major annual festival dedicated to visual art in the country, which is running its 15th edition this year.

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.

The Wonder Project: An Interview with Andy Franzkowiak

We chatted to Andy Franzkowiak, director of Shrinking Space arts collective, who have developed an after-hours experience at Kew Wakehurst, Sussex, exploring our relationship with nature through a series of interdisciplinary art installations.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Cambridge Shakespeare Festival

We can’t think of any better way to spend an evening than relaxing in a park watching great theatre. So, we headed to Cambridge Shakespeare Festival to check out their rendition of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in King’s College Gardens.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales 2018

The National Eisteddfod of Wales is an annual eight-day arts festival with historic roots tracing back to the twelfth century. Returning to the capital for the first time in a decade, this year’s festival is set to be a good one.

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.

Summer Family Fun in Oxfordshire

From mischievous bunnies bouncing around museums, to fairy tale trails around enchanted gardens, there’s a plethora of events going on in Oxfordshire this summer which are perfect for all the family.

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!

The Marvellous Mechanical Museum at Compton Verney

Compton Verney’s Marvellous Mechanical Museum looks back to the spectacular automata exhibitions of the 18th Century, and charts artists’ experiments with clockwork and robotics through the ages.

An Interview with Rope Walker Christopher Bullzini

We chatted to rope walker Christopher Bullzini ahead of his upcoming high wire performance at Blenheim Palace, where he is following in the footsteps of famous 19 Century performer Carlos Trower.

Southampton Mela Festival 2018

On Saturday 14th July Southampton’s biggest free family festival is back.

A Sandy Surprise: Top 5 Inland and City Beaches

Do you like to be beside the seaside? Well, with our round up of inner city and inland beaches, you don’t even have to travel to the coast for some sand between your toes!

Newcastle on a Budget

If you’re looking for a place with deep-rooted traditions, friendly folk, and fun activities for all ages, this is the city for you. Howay man – you don’t have to spend big to enjoy a day in Newcastle, here’s how to do it for under £20.

Summer Fruits: Top 5 Pick Your Own Fruit Farms

Whilst strawberry season is nearly over, you can still head to a pick your own fruit farm near you to fill a basket full of other seasonal berries and fruits… and maybe if your lucky find a last few sneaky strawbs!

The Great Yorkshire Fringe: An Interview with Jane Veysey

We chat to Producer Jane Veysey about the upcoming Yorkshire Fringe Festival from 19-29 July!

Surviving the apocalypse: ZED Events Wasteland Experience

Do you think you can survive the apocalypse? Head to ZED Events’ abandoned shopping centre in Reading for an immersive Wasteland Experience that’s a video gamer’s dream!

Trainspotting: Top 5 Vintage Railways

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

Bird is the Word: The UK’s Best Birdwatching Spots

From flamingos to ospreys, puffins to swans, there’s plenty of species of winged wildlife for hawk-eyed birdwatchers to see in UK!

Take a Trip

Looking for your next weekend away? A day trip to somewhere new? Let Culture Calling help you decide! Our ‘Take a Trip’ section is dedicated to celebrating the best of UK travel, whether you know your destination or are looking for recommendations. 
 

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