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XMAS – Wishing you a Merry Mancunian Christmas!

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

A Literature Lover’s Guide to Hampshire

We headed to Hampshire to seek out the Top 5 novel (geddit?) hot spots for book-lovers to enjoy this December

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: 12 - 18 November

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

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!

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 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!

“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!

Oxford on a Budget

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

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.

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

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.

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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