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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 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.

“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!

“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!

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.

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.

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!

SUBJECT: Antony Gormley exhibition hits Kettle’s Yard

Antony Gormley returns to the city of his alma mater to present SUBJECT, a site specific exhibition that explores the spaces of Kettle’s Yard’s recently refurbished gallery.

Do It for the Gram: An Interview with Will Bower

We caught up Will Bower, Managing Director of the Selfie Factory, ahead of the launch of the UK’s first made for Instagram exhibition in Brighton. We discussed his inspirations, escapism, and how selfies may be able to promote confidence and happiness.

Spotlight On: The Whitworth, Manchester

Discover Mancheser's "gallery in the park"!

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.

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.

Anything but Amateur: Student Shows at Ed Fringe

Student theatre is an excellent way to support young people in the arts, so we’ve put together an extensive list of student productions on offer this year the Fringe.

Once more unto the Library: An Interview with Kelly Eva May

We chat to Kelly Eva May from Librarian Theatre company about their upcoming production of Henry V, which is touring 10 libraries around Bristol this July as part of Bristol Shakespeare Festival!

Let’s Dance: Top 5 UK Dance Stages

We’ve rounded up five of the UK’s out-of-London dance focused stages, so you know where to go when you fancy a bit of “moving and being moved”.

Spotlight On: The Hepworth Wakefield

Explore the North’s foremost museum of contemporary British art and sculpture!

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!

A Day at the Races: Royal Windsor Racecourse

We headed to Royal Windsor Racecourse on their Irish night to see if a day at the races is all it’s (whip)cracked up to be.

Spark:York's Shipping Container Shopping Experience

Embrace (new)York with this shipping container shopping experience at Spark:York!

Virginia Woolf: An exhibition inspired by her writings

Head to the Pallant House Gallery for an exhibition that pays homage to the renowned 20th Century Modernist, and celebrates her legacy by exhibiting 80 related female artists.

An Interview with Horrible Histories Director Neal Foster

We chat to Birmingham Stage Company Director Neal Foster ahead of his Horrible Histories performance at Hampton Court Palace!

The UK's Oldest Theatres

Check out our round up of five of the oldest theatres from across the country!

Accessible Theatre in East Anglia

We think theatre should be for everyone - and so do these companies and venues in East Anglia.

An Interview with Flower Show Manager Mig Kimpton

We chat to flower show manager Mig Kimpton ahead of Blenheim Palace Flower Show!

Spring Flower Shows

The best places to get your fill of flowers and green-fingered fun.

Top 5 Mindfulness Retreats in the UK

The best places to get away from it all and get back in touch with your thoughts.

Fashion

Theatre

Touring blockbusters, innovative fringe shows and national festivals, you expect to find the best of UK theatre right here. Wherever you’re are and whatever you fancy, Culture Calling aim to help you find the must see shows to catch. We’ll always include a varied mix, so you can either go for something you know you’ll like or push the boat out and get inspired by something new – the choice is yours. 
 

Art

Whether it’s cutting-edge design, contemporary artwork or mind-blowing street art, we bring you the best of the UK’s art and design scene. From blockbuster exhibitions to niche shows you won't hear about anywhere else, we aim to keep you up-to-date with the best and latest must-see art works. 
 

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. 
 

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. 
 

History & Heritage

The UK’s heritage is a rich and exciting one. Culture Calling bring you a smorgasboard of history, from castles to stately homes and cathedrals. Providing perfect days out for all the family, or just a way to fill your weekend.  
 

Entertainment

From theatre to film to gigs to…almost anything cultural, exciting and entertaining. You can be sure to find something here to fill your evenings and your diaries, whatever your preferences. 
 

Music

From classical concerts to intimate gig venues and iconic festivals, the UK is home to an exciting and diverse music scene. Here you can find a broad range of events and guides taking place, as well as musical roundups, interviews, and even the odd how-to guide.
Don’t miss a beat and start filling your diary in with our musical hit list. 

Film

1,2,3..Action! Calling all cinephiles. Culture Calling bring you the best cinema from across the UK. Expect to see interviews with the actors and directors, film festivals, guides to the independent cinemas and even the odd competition or two. 

Food & Drink

The UK is home to a world of delicious cuisine. Whether you’re looking for an authentic curry, a vegan extravaganza, a slap-up roast dinner or just the best place to grab a cocktail, Culture Calling have got you covered. We bring you the best foodie events and guides to satiate your cravings. Bottoms up! 
 

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. 

What’s on

What's on

Write for us

Are you interested in writing for CultureCalling.com? We’re always on the lookout for culture vultures based across the UK to contribute interesting articles and features for the site.

We are looking for writers to create engaging and informative features about the huge range of arts and cultural events taking place around the country. Features are 500-1000 words long and curate the most exciting cultural events and the best hidden gems. This can be a guide to your city’s best gig venues, the best place to grab an after work cocktail, or anything that you think makes your city great!  We also run features on an article exploring a particular event, production or theme, or an interview with a cultural figure.


Benefits and Perks
As a writer for CultureCalling.com, you’ll enjoy:
  • Free tickets to all sorts of exciting events, from fringe theatre shows to press views of major art exhibitions.
  • Great journalism experience writing for a popular and well-regarded site.
  • Extensive exposure for your writing. Our readership is constantly growing, with 17,500+ email subscribers and several hundred monthly visits to the website.

Who can apply?
Many of our writers are students or graduates looking to gain experience in arts journalism. However, anyone is welcome to apply to write for us! We're looking for people who:
  • Are passionate and knowledgeable about one or more cultural areas. This could be theatre, art, museums, film, music, food and drink, fashion, dance, literature, comedy or another area of your choice.
  • Have an engaging writing style and excellent grasp of written English.
  • Can contribute regularly to CultureCalling.com.
  • Are reliable, friendly and fun to work with!

How to apply
To apply to write for CultureCalling.com, please send a short email explaining why you would like to get involved to info@culturecalling.com. Please include an example of your previous writing in your message as well as 3 ideas for features you could write for the site.
 

Best Kept Secrets

Oxford is so well-trod that it’s hard to imagine that anything in the city is a secret anymore. There are still a few places, however, that qualify for the label of undiscovered (or maybe under-appreciated) gems. Here is our rundown of the sites, bars, restaurants, and just general attractions worth exploring.
 
The Ashmolean, Christ Church, The Bodleian: they all draw the crowds. But there are still some amazing attractions in Oxford where you won’t be swamped by tourists. First try the Story Museum. This weird and wacky gallery brings both classic and new tales to life with elaborate theatrical performances and amazing displays. Drop in and roam their building or book a ticket to one of their interactive plays – perfect for kids. If you want to explore the university, there are some stunning colleges that often go unseen. New College is open between 2pm and 4pm and is free of charge. The cloister site was used in the filming of Harry Potter and the back garden holds the mysterious echoing hill. More beautiful still is Worcester College. Again free between 2pm and 5pm, Worcester has a picturesque lake in its grounds, as well as plenty of beautiful lawns and horticulture.
 
Moving on to events. Above the Turl Street Kitchen resides the Oxford Hub, a charitable organisation that also puts on a diverse range of talks and events. Film screenings, plays, story readings, the Oxford Hub has them all – and all the money goes to a good cause. For later in the night, try the Purple Turtle. This club isn’t quite as alternative as its neighbour The Cellar, but its booze is super cheap and they have a drink for every Oxford college. The Half Moon shouldn’t be overlooked either. Just the other side of the Magdalen Bridge, the Half Moon is a pub made up of cubbyholes and antique furniture. They have folk music on Wednesdays and Sundays, jazz on Thursdays and lock-ins … well pretty much every night.
 
Are you feeling hungry? For lunch, there’s no better place than Alpha Bar. Located in the Covered Market, it’s amazing this salad bar isn’t better known. Only £4 for a salad box, and £5 for a hot stew or tagine, it’s great value and very tasty. Out in Cowley you could try Kasbar. This Spanish-Moroccan restaurant serves tapas. It’s a bit pricey but the food is excellent and the cocktails even better. Wash it down with a trip to the Rickety Press. Hidden away in Jericho’s back alleys, the Rickety Press is a fond local favourite and has a great selection of ales. The food is fantastic too if you want to stop by for Sunday roast.
 
Some further things to try. The Ballroom Emporium is a great vintage clothes store. It’s popular with students, particularly their cheap black-tie selection in ball season. They also have some great jumpers and jackets. If you are looking for a good walk, Headington Hill Park is a great spot all too often overlooked. This picturesque hillside is beautifully maintained by Oxford Brookes University and features lots of stunning foliage bursting into colour in spring. Finally, why not visit St. Barnabas Church? It’s a stunning, giant Romanesque chapel tucked away in the terraces behind Walton Street. In any other city, this would be a central attraction. In Oxford, with its plethora beautiful churches, St. Barnabas is barely noticed – a ridiculous shame.

Food & Drink

Oxford is a culinary hub, with restaurants of all different cuisines and ingredients – and prices! Whether you’re a gourmet guru, a deli diva or just looking for the best veggie options around, there will be somewhere in Oxford to suit your every need. And don’t forget the drinks! A lifetime of drinking couldn’t make its way through Oxford’s pubs – and then there’s the cocktail bars. Here are just a few to choose from.
 
Starting with the fancier establishments, the city centre has plenty of restaurants serving up sharp, sophisticated dishes. Quod remains the pinnacle of refined dining with a globe-trotting menu that has Lamb Bhuna and cumin rice sliding in alongside succulent salmon fishcakes with a lemon butter sauce. The festive selections are experimental, and you can stop by for lunch, dinner or an avocado and crab breakfast bap – yes, please! Along the Banbury road sits Gee’s, a cosmopolitan conservatory with cultured cuisine. Try the wood fired octopus, the fettuccine and wild boar ragu, and guzzle a Greenhouse – green chartreuse, Bombay Sapphire & rosemary. The last site to add to the list: The Jam Factory. A chic restaurant and gallery, this converted warehouse has food to die for. Examples? Chermoula marinated halloumi. Lincoln Red hanger beef steak. Sticky finger cake and banana ice cream.
 
Oxford may be thought of as quintessentially English, but it also has a staggering amount of excellent ethnic cuisine. Cowley Road is a centre of cultural diversity and on the food front, there is everything from sashimi to salt beef brisket. A few to try: Red Star is a cheap and friendly noodle bar bursting with spice and aroma; Pomegranate serves top quality Lebanese food, with al fresco dining in the summer; and Atomic Burger delivers that ever so overlooked culinary staple – the greasy American burger. Closer to town, Edamame is a must visit. A snug sitting room restaurant with six tables max, it’s all about the food here, and you won’t find better Japanese cuisine anywhere in Oxford. Queues regularly stretch out the door and early arrival is a must. But it’s all worth it to try their Thursday sushi special.
 
Now what about drinks? For pubs, the King’s Arms and the Lamb & Flag are still the standard-bearers for Oxford’s tavern scene. The Turf isn’t quite what it used to be since it’s recent redevelopment, but it’s still bursting with history and culture. For more modern haunts, you could try The Library out in Cowley. A stylish venue with intimate cosy spaces, it’s a student favourite with lots of live events. In Jericho, there’s Jude the Obscure, a trim inn with a hearty lunch and dinner menu.
 
If you’re looking for something stronger, just down the road from Jude is Freuds. This bar is remarkable first for its incredible venue – a remodel of a Roman church – and second for its huge range of cocktails. You can probably guess what a glass of their Zombie will do to you. Finally, if you want something down and dirty, Hi Lo is a popular spot for locals. The décor is a bit dilapidated and you’re only drinking options are rum or Red Stripe, but for atmosphere and wild nights (and Hi Lo is open all night), this is the place to be.

Privacy Policy

Last updated 01/07/2018.

London Calling is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
This privacy policy (the “Policy”) sets out the types of personal data we collect and use when you access and visit www.londoncallingarts.com (the “Website”) or when you contact us to enquire about our services and how we may use that information.
 
1. Introduction
This Policy covers our collection, processing and use of personal data when you use any of our Website. When you supply any personal data to us we have legal obligations towards you in the way we use that data. For ease of reading, we have divided this Policy into several sections:
  1. Introduction
  2. What is personal data and what do we collect
  3. How and why do we use/share your information
  4. For how long do we keep your information
  5. Security
  6. Your Rights
  7. Contact Details
It is important that you read this Policy together with any other privacy notice or fair processing notices that we may provide on the Website at or around the time that we collect or process personal data about you (for example, fair processing notices that we may display to you at the time that you sign up to receive e-mail updates from us) so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using that data.
This Policy supplements other notices including our Website Terms and Conditions and our Cookies Policy and is not intended to override or replace them. By visiting or otherwise using our Website, you are agreeing to the practices set out in this Policy. If, for any reason, you do not agree to the terms of this Policy, please stop using this Website.
We reserve the right to revise or amend this Policy at any time to reflect changes to our business or changes in the law. Where these changes are significant we will endeavour to let users of the Websites know. However, it is your responsibility to check this Policy before each use of the Website – for ease of reference the top of this Policy indicates the date on which it was last updated.
Please note that our Website is not directed at children under the age of 13 (each "Child" together "Children") and we do not knowingly collect personal information about Children. If you believe we have collected personal information about your Child, you may contact us at data@londoncalling.com and request that we cease processing information about your Child.
 
2. What is Personal Data and what do we collect?
What is personal data?
Where this Policy refers to ‘personal data’ it is referring to data about you from which you could be identified – such as your name, your date of birth, your contact details and even your IP address.
By law all organisations in the UK are obliged to process your personal data in certain ways and to ensure that you are given an appropriate amount of information about how they use it. You also have various rights to seek information from those organisations about how they are using your data, and to prevent them from processing it unlawfully. For more information about these rights, please see the ‘Your Rights’ section of this Policy.
 
Data we collect from you when you use the Website
Voluntary Provision of Data
When you voluntarily supply your personal data to us, for example where you; use the Website to upload or send personal data (by filling out an enquiry form, contacting us at info@londoncalling.com or a similar address, subscribing to any of our publications or newsletters, entering a competition, or engaging in any similar activities in which you volunteer data about yourself) or where you contact us by post, telephone, e-mail or SMS, we may collect, store and use the personal data that you disclose to us.
The information we collect from you may include your title, name, address, e-mail address, company, job title, date of birth, and phone number – but will depend on precisely what details you volunteer to us as you interact with the Website.
 
Automated Collection of Data
We may also collect information about you when you visit the Website through the use of technologies such as cookies. The following are examples of information we may collect:
  • information about your device, browser or operating system;
  • your IP address;
  • information about links that you click and pages you view on our Website
  • length of visits to certain pages; • subjects you viewed or searched for;
  • page response times; • records of download errors and/or broken links;
  • page interaction information (such as details of your scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs);
  • methods used to browse away from the page; and
  • the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through and from this Website (including date and time).
We use the data described above for several different reasons. Firstly we use it to ensure that the Websites work properly and that you are able to receive the full benefit of them. Second, we use the data to monitor online traffic and audience participation across the Website. We undertake both of these activities because we have a legitimate interest in doing so.
 
3. How and why do we use/share your information
How we use your information
Where you provide us with your personal data to enable us to provide you with our services we will use your data only for that purpose. We will not pass your data to any third parties who are not directly involved with the delivery of those services to you and we will never sell your data unless you have given us your specific permission to do so.
Where you provide us with your e-mail address as part of entering one of our competitions, or where you subscribe for one of our newsletters or publications, we may use that e-mail address to send you information about cultural events which we consider may be of interest to you. We may also share your e-mail address with partners who arrange similar cultural events so that they can tell you about their events directly.
Where we intended to use your e-mail address in the way described above we will make this fact clear at the time that your e-mail address is collected and you will either be given the opportunity to opt-out of providing your e-mail address or from having it used for the purposes described.
 
Sharing your information
Depending on how and why you provide us with your personal data we may share it in the following ways:
  • we may share your personal information with any member of our company group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006;
  • with selected third parties who we sub-contract to provide various services and/or aspects of the Website’s functionality, such as where third party plugins provide functionality such as message boards or image hosting services (see “Service Providers” below);
  • with analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimisation of this Website as described above;
  • if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal information in order to comply with any legal obligation, or if we are asked to provide your details to a lawful authority in order to aid in the investigation of crime or disorder; and/or
  • in order to enforce or apply our Website’s terms of use or terms and conditions; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of our company, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
 
Service Providers
We use various service providers to provide us with a variety of administrative, statistical, and technical services. We will only provide service providers with the minimum amount of personal data they need to fulfil the services we request, and we stipulate that they protect this information and do not use it for any other purpose. We take these relationships seriously and oblige all of our data processors to sign contracts with us that clearly set out their commitment to respecting individual rights, and their commitments to assisting us to help you exercise your rights as a data subject. The following is a list of the type of service providers we use to deliver our services:
  • Web Hosting Services – to help us to host and deliver our website
  • Mail Management Service Providers – to help us to deliver e-mails to people on our mailing lists
  • Mail delivery companies – to assist us in distributing and delivering printed materials
 
Links to third party sites
Where we provide links to third party websites on www.londoncalling.com to websites that are not owned or controlled London Calling Arts such sites are out of our control and are not covered by this Policy. If you access third party sites using the links provided, the operators of these sites may collect information from you that could be used by them, in accordance with their own privacy policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to those websites.
 
 
4. For how long do we keep your information?
We will hold your personal information on our systems only for as long as required to provide you with the services you have requested or to perform the purpose for which that data was collected.
Where you sign up to receive e-mail marketing from us we will retain your e-mail address on file should you ever ‘opt-out’ of receiving e-mails from us. We will retain your e-mail address in this way in order to ensure that we continue to honour and respect that opt-out request.
In some circumstances you can ask us to delete your data: see ‘Your Rights’ below for further information.
In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes, in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.
 
 
5. Security
London Calling takes the protection of your information very seriously. We use encryption to protect your personal data when appropriate, and all the information provided to us is stored on secure servers once we receive it.
London Calling may store your personal data on secure servers either on our premises or in secure third party data centres.
Please note that some of our service providers may be based outside of the European Economic Area (the “EEA”). These service providers may work for us or for one of our suppliers and may be engaged in, among other things, the fulfilment of your order, the processing of your payment details and the provision of support services. By submitting your personal information, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. Where we transfer your data to a service provider that is outside of the EEA we seek to ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place to make sure that your personal data is held securely and that your rights as a data subject are upheld. If you would like more information about the mechanism via which your personal data is transferred, please contact data@londoncalling.com.
If we ever give you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of this Website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.
 
 
6. Your Rights
As a data subject you have a number of rights in relation to your personal data. Below, we have described the various rights that you have, as well as how you can exercise them.
Right of Access
You may, at any time, request access to the personal data that we hold which relates to you (you may have heard of this right being described as a "subject access request").
Please note that this right entitles you to receive a copy of the personal data that we hold about you in order to enable you to check that it is correct and to ensure that we are processing that personal data lawfully. It is not a right that allows you to request personal data about other people, or a right to request specific documents from us that do not relate to your personal data.
You can exercise this right at any time by writing to us using the contact details set out here and telling us that you are making a subject access request. You do not have to fill in a specific form to make this kind of request.
 
Your Right to Rectification and Erasure
You may, at any time, request that we correct personal data that we hold about you which you believe is incorrect or inaccurate. You may also ask us to erase personal data if you do not believe that we need to continue retaining it (you may have heard of this right described as the “right to be forgotten”).
Please note that we may ask you to verify any new data that you provide to us and may take our own steps to check that the new data you have supplied us with is right. Further, we are not always obliged to erase personal data when asked to do so; if for any reason we believe that we have a good legal reason to continue processing personal data that you ask us to erase we will tell you what that reason is at the time we respond to your request.
You can exercise this right at any time by writing to us using the contact details set out here and telling us that you are making a request to have your personal data rectified or erased and on what basis you are making that request. If you want us to replace inaccurate data with new data, you should tell us what that new data is. You do not have to fill in a specific form to make this kind of request.
 
Your Right to Restrict Processing
Where we process your personal data on the basis of a legitimate interest (see the sections of this Policy which explain how and why we use your information) you are entitled to ask us to stop processing it in that way if you feel that our continuing to do so impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms or if you feel that those legitimate interests are not valid.
You may also ask us to stop processing your personal data (a) if you dispute the accuracy of that personal data and want us verify that data's accuracy; (b) where it has been established that our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where we no longer need to process your personal data (and would otherwise dispose of it) but you wish for us to continue storing it in order to enable you to establish, exercise or defend legal claims.
Please note that if for any reason we believe that we have a good legal reason to continue processing personal data that you ask us to stop processing, we will tell you what that reason is, either at the time we first respond to your request or after we have had the opportunity to consider and investigate it.
You can exercise this right at any time by writing to us using the contact details set out here and telling us that you are making a request to have us stop processing the relevant aspect of your personal data and describing which of the above conditions you believe is relevant to that request. You do not have to fill in a specific form to make this kind of request.
 
Your Right to Portability
Where you wish to transfer certain personal data that we hold about you, which is processed by automated means, to a third party you may write to us and ask us to provide it to you in a commonly used machine-readable format.
Because of the kind of work that we do and the systems that we use, we do not envisage this right being particularly relevant to the majority of individuals with whom we interact. However, if you wish to transfer your data from us to a third party we are happy to consider such requests.
 
Your Right to stop receiving communications
Where we send you e-mail marketing communications (or other regulated electronic messages) you have the right to opt-out at any time. You can do this by using the ‘unsubscribe’ link that appears in the footer of each communication (or the equivalent mechanism in those communications).
Alternatively, if for any reason you cannot use those links, or if you would prefer to contact us directly – you can unsubscribe by writing to us at data@londoncalling.com and telling us which communications you would like us to stop sending you.
 
Your Right to object to automated decision making and profiling
You have the right to be informed about the existence of any automated decision making and profiling of your personal data, and where appropriate, be provided with meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and the envisaged consequences of such processing that affects you.
 
Exercising your rights
When you write to us making a request to exercise your rights we are entitled to ask you to prove that you are who you say you are. We may ask you to provide copies of relevant ID documents to help us to verify your identity.
It will help us to process your request if you clearly state which right you wish to exercise and, where relevant, why it is that you are exercising it. The clearer and more specific you can be, the faster and more efficiently we can deal with your request. If you do not provide us with sufficient information then we may delay actioning your request until you have provided us with additional information (and where this is the case we will tell you).
 
7. Contact Details
If you have any queries regarding this Policy, if you wish to exercise any of your rights set out above or if you think that the Policy has not been followed, please contact us at data@londoncalling.com.
 
 
 

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Arts & Theatre

Oxford may not be one of the country’s biggest cities, but its steady student population and rich history have packed it with cultural venues and performances for locals and visitors alike. The city has an impressive number of theatre and performance spaces alongside a small selection of top-class art galleries and museums. Here are some of our favourite picks…
 
Oxford’s biggest commercial theatre is New Theatre Oxford, which puts on a wide variety of shows right in the city centre. It was best known historically for its annual pantomimes that attracted many leading lights of the British stage. These days, the performances range from musicals to stand-up comedy and concerts. Meanwhile, the Oxford Playhouse goes in for more traditional theatre, balancing new productions with classics. It also pays special attention to young people on both sides of the stage, with regular children’s plays and productions from their youth group. The Pegasus Theatre amplifies the focus on young people, engaging and sparking the imaginations of younger audiences from small children to teenagers and students.
 
The alternative performance scenes are catered for by Oxford’s offbeat venues such as the Old Fire Station. This new arts space houses a shop, gallery, theatre, dance studios and workshops, with a desire to achieve a positive impact in the community and unlock the potential for art to change lives. From comedy to family shows, spoken word to dance, this is truly an arts centre with something for everyone. If that wasn’t enough, the city has recently seen the opening of dedicated comedy space Glee Club above Wahoo Bar, which caters for touring comedians including regular big-name shows.
 
If you’re looking for fine art of world-renowned quality, there’s only place for you – The Ashmolean. This museum of art and archaeology, part of the University, was founded in 1683. It contains drawings by renaissance masters and paintings by many of the world’s greatest artists alongside famous collections of Minoan and Roman antiquities. They also have a few items connected to celebrities of bygone ages – Oliver Cromwell’s death mask, for example, or one of Lawrence of Arabia’s ceremonial Arab garments.
 
The Ashmolean may be Oxford’s most famous gallery, but it isn’t the only one. Modern Art Oxford has been bringing striking new exhibitions to the city for more than fifty years, while Christ Church Picture Gallery has an important collection of Old Master paintings and drawings in its beautiful purpose-built gallery. If you want to discover the work of local artists, keep your eyes open for the Oxfordshire Art Weeks Festival which takes place annually and runs an Open Studios event around Oxford and the surrounding area. On top of that, the many colleges of Oxford University host performance and arts events throughout the year, such as the annual Turl Street Arts Festival or the Degree Shows at the Ruskin School of Fine Art.

Festivals & Music

Music might not be the first thing that jumps into your head when you think of Oxford. Just goes to show that you can’t judge a dusty, leather-bound book by its cover – the city has a vibrant musical scene for those who know where to look. Oxford is the city of Radiohead as well as more recent bands like The Foals and Stornoway. Let’s explore the musical world that raised these talented young artists…
 
For live music performances, there’s something to suit everyone in Oxford. There’s a wealth of classical music, which can be heard across the colleges and their chapels, with a lot more at Holywell Music Room. The oldest custom-built concert hall in Europe, this stunning old building opened in 1748 and still hosts regular concerts of chamber and ensemble music. The Bullingdon does a mean jazz night every Tuesday, while those in search of guitars and drums can generally count on underground hangout The Purple Turtle. The Wheatsheaf pub is primarily known for its comedy nights upstairs, but there are occasionally brilliant jazz and indie nights to be found in that intimate setting.
 
For nightlife, you can’t do better than The Cellar, set up among the warren of tunnels that connect the university’s colleges. The bar has been on the forefront of new music in the city, both live and electronic, and boasts Oxford’s longest-running reggae night. If you’re looking for a boogie and a cocktail with some of the younger crowd, try the Tiki-themed Lola Lo or student favourite Love Bar. These smaller venues often have the best atmosphere, but for the biggest acts you can check out the O2 Academy, which also hosts comedy and sports nights throughout the year.
 
The past decade has seen small and medium-sized music festivals springing up all over Europe, and Oxford is no exception. One of the best for contemporary music in the city is Common People, which takes place at South Park over the May Bank Holiday with a host of big acts. If your interests are more niche, you still don’t need to go far to find a great festival. Oxford May Music is a celebration of classical music and science unlike any other, while the annual autumn Chamber Music Festival invites world-renowned musicians to perform, with a different theme each year. Eco-conscious partygoers only need to look slightly further afield for a great camping festival, with the intimate Wood Festival near Wallingford and the famous peace-fest Wilderness, which encourages you to take a little time out from the busyness of everyday life.

We Love

What’s not to love about Oxford? It is one of the UK’s most visited destinations and is known worldwide as the home of the University of Oxford, the second-oldest surviving university in the world. Oxford is brimming with history, beautiful architecture and picturesque streets. If you are finding it difficult to know where to start, we have compiled a list of highlights that we love most about Oxford.
 
Your first stop to Oxford has to be to the Covered Market. This indoor market founded in the 18th Century is home to a number of permanent stalls and shops showcasing the best in local arts and crafts, food and drink. It’s definitely worth a pit-stop for a coffee or a bite to eat. If you think of yourself as a bit of a foodie, take a walk 10 minutes to Jericho where you’ll find cuisine from around the world at the many independent restaurants to satisfy those exotic taste buds. Afterwards, go for a cocktail, there are plenty of bars in the area serving some exquisite classics to completely new concoctions. If you’re more of a film buff, head to the Phoenix Picturehouse, an independent cinema showing the best in foreign films, documentaries and the occasionally blockbuster.  
 
Staying in the Jericho area, you’ll discover the Oxford Canal which stretches all the way from the West Midlands to end in Oxford. Hire a narrow boat to appreciate the beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire, in particular the pretty villages of Thrupp and Cropredy – great spots for mooring your boat. If you prefer your feet firmly on the ground, the Oxford Canal Walk is the perfect alternative to enjoy the canal and its beautiful surroundings. There’s also the option of cycling to pick up the pace and discover the wildlife that inhabits the area. Continuing with the water theme, your trip to Oxford wouldn’t be complete without a bit of punting. Whether you hire a chauffeur or attempt the punting yourself, there’s much fun to be had on Oxford’s waterways.
 
Oxford is famous for its beautiful, historic buildings but many people visiting the city may not be aware of its pretty parks, meadows, and gardens. Within 15 minutes’ walk of Oxford’s High St, you’ll find the University Parks, a great place for a picnic spot or to watch a bit of cricket on a hot summer’s day. Open from 8am to dusk, Christ Church Meadows is a tranquil outdoor space bounded by the River Thames, the River Cherwell, and Christ Church College – a perfect spot for watching the world (and the punts) go by. The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Britain. Founded in 1621, the gardens started off as Physic Gardens for the study of medicinal plants, since then the gardens continue to be a place for learning and exploring for people of all ages.

History & Heritage

Home to the oldest university in the country and filled with beautiful old buildings, Oxford is a city simply brimming with history. Famously described as “a city of aquatint” by Evelyn Waugh, exploring the streets of Oxford can sometimes feel like stepping back into an earlier time. With so much history and heritage to discover, we investigate the city’s past and look at the best places for visitors to experience and learn about Oxford’s history.
 
The history of Oxford is impossible to separate from that of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the United Kingdom. The exact foundation date of the university has been lost in the mists of time, but it has certainly existed since before the 12th Century. Since that time, the university has grown and now dominates the city. In modern times, a walk through the centre of Oxford is like a walk through the history of the university, with its colleges, accommodation and academic departments making up much of the city centre. In total, there are 38 colleges in the university, each with its own fascinating history to explore and discover. You won’t be able to just wander around the colleges, however, most offer tours of their halls, libraries, chapels and quads. Christ Church is the university’s largest and most visited college, while Lady Margaret Hall is famous as the first college to admit female students. All Souls College is an imposing gothic building from the 15th century which is well worth a visit. Magdalen College is one of the city’s most famous colleges and has a wonderful chapel, extensive grounds, and even its own deer park!
 
Beyond the colleges, visitors to Oxford will find that many of the other interesting and historic buildings in Oxford are associated with the university. The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, first opening in 1602. Now part of the Bodleian Libraries, the stunning Radcliffe Camera is the earliest example of a circular library in England; a truly spectacular and unique building. Another distinctive landmark in Oxford is Hertford Bridge which spans New College Lane to join together two separate parts of Hertford College. Locals know the bridge as the Bridge of Sighs after the famous bridge in Venice.
 
However, one of Oxford’s most important historic buildings is not actually connected with the university; Oxford Castle is a Norman medieval castle found near the town centre. Only partly ruined, the Castle is still an impressive sight and now hosts events throughout the year.
 
While simply wondering the streets of Oxford is a wonderful historic education, if you want to learn more, the city is also home to a selection of wonderful museums. The Ashmolean Museum is the best known of these, however, the other museums in the city are also well worth a visit. The Museum of the History of Science is home to an impressive collection of early scientific instruments while the Museum of Oxford brings the city’s history and heritage to life. Finally, the weird and wonderful Pitt Rivers Museum is packed with ethnographic and archaeological items from across the world including musical instruments, weapons, masks, tools and fabrics.

Oxford has been home to many of England’s most famous and important writers, and there are many buildings and sights with important literary connections scattered around the city. The Eagle and Child pub on St Giles Street is famous as the meeting place for ‘The Inklings’, a local writers’ group that included both C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. And if you’re a fan of C. S. Lewis, you can visit his house The Kilns (by appointment only) in the nearby village of Headington. 

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Food & Drink

Brighton is a foodies’ paradise. You’re never short of quirky independent eateries and cute little cafes that line the narrow, winding streets in this thriving seaside town. And if you are looking for a cool hang-out to meet your friends, Brighton has it covered. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, we have selected a few gems that you should give a try…
 
If you are looking for a fancy all-you-can-eat buffet, head to Foodilic. They serve a wide range of delicious and nutritional salads, raw and organic food, making it the perfect place for veggies and vegans as well as meat-eaters. Another great restaurant for vegetarian lunches is Iydea situated in the hip North Laine area.
 
Staying in the ultra-cool area of North Laine, you’ll find authentic Spanish restaurant Solera, serving the most delicious tapas with a contemporary twist. Why not pick up some Spanish delicacies from their shop if you are cooking at home. If Indian is your cuisine of choice, The Chilli Pickle is gem of a find. This husband and wife team visit Indian every year in search of a new dish to bring back to their restaurant.
 
Sunday wouldn’t be complete without a traditional British Roast. The Basketmakers Arms serve excellent locally sourced organic food; the meat is from local Brighton butchers and the fish is caught by local fishermen. We recommend the fish and chips as well! Head to one of the oldest and most popular seafront restaurants, The Regency, to enjoy their traditional fish and chips with stunning views of the sea to complete that perfect seaside trip. If you still have room for more and want to satisfy that sweet tooth, visit Choccywoocydoodah. Situated in the Lanes, this very popular chocolatier serves the most extravagant and luxurious cakes.
 
Brighton is not just a foodies’ paradise but also a destination for night-owls craving the coolest hang outs. Saint James boosts one of the biggest selection of rums in the country. With nearly 100 different rums to choose from you will be going back time and time again. Based in the heart of the Lanes is B.Y.O.C., you may be shocked to discover that this is not an empty shop but a portal into a cocktail cavern.
 
If you are looking for a raucous shindig whilst sipping on your Hendrick’s, head to The Mesmerist where you can expect a dapper looking lounge inspired by 1930’s gin palaces and the steampunk movement. If vodka is your tipple of choice, check out Northern Lights. Just around the corner from The Mesmerist, this Scandinavian bar boosts over 20 different flavoured vodkas as well as beers from Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

We Love

There is so much to love about Brighton! It’s the seaside, the UK’s LGBT capital, a fascinating historic city, and home to all sorts of fun things to do. Sometimes the hardest thing is deciding between all the brilliant activities on offer! To help you out, we have put our heads together to make a definitive list of the things we love most about Brighton.
 
Brighton's historic quarter The Lanes is a maze of twisting alleyways where you'll find a wonderful selection of charming independent shops, boutiques and cafes. Particularly famous for its antique shops, there are also lots of jewellery shops, tea rooms and boutiques. Not to be confused with ‘The Lanes’, North Laine is another lovely area of Brighton just south of the rail station, home to hundreds of local independent businesses including shops, restaurants and bars. An eclectic area with a bohemian atmosphere, North Laine is well worth an afternoon of relaxed retail therapy. One of the loveliest (and strangest) shops in the area is Snoopers Paradise. Full of furniture, antiques, vintage fashion, and strange trinkets, entering Snoopers Paradise is like getting lost in a magical world of antique and ‘up-cycled’ treasures. While you’re in the shopping mood, we also love Brighton’s Open Market, a gorgeous covered market where you’ll find an array of stalls selling everything from food and drink to antiques, fashion and crafts.
 
When you’re done shopping, take to the sea! Brighton Marina’s Water Tours offer you the chance to explore the watery side of Brighton. You can enjoy a speedboat ride, a tour around the Brighton coastline and piers, or a fishing trip. If that doesn’t float your boat, get more hands-on with a lesson from Lagoon Watersports. You can learn how to sail, wakeboard or windsurf at Hove Lagoon and Brighton Marina.
 
Situated on the seafront just in front of Brighton pier, Sealife Brighton is a great choice to visit for a family day out. The aquarium is home to a huge array of exciting sea creatures including sharks, sting ray, turtles, crabs, starfish, clownfish, seahorses and more.
 
You can't go far in Brighton without stumbling across some interesting architecture, imposing sculptures or public art works. Happily, there are three official Public Art Trails that you can follow around the city, giving you the chance to explore all of the wonderful artsy sites on display around Brighton.  In a similar vein, Brighton Bike Tours are a fantastic way to visit the city. Led by a knowledgeable tour guide, you’ll hear Brighton’s most exciting and eccentric stories as you cycle around it’s pretty streets.
 
Head out of Brighton to visit Devil’s Dyke, a truly stunning natural valley just five miles from the city. Carpeted in colourful flowers, the Dyke also offers fascinating glimpses into its historic past; keep your eyes open for the remains of an Iron Age hill fort. Alternatively, try the Brighton Undercliff Walk, which runs along the bottom of the chalk cliffs along the top of the seawall.
 
Finally, for a birds’ eye view of the city, check out British Airways i360. Designed by the architects responsible for the London Eye, the British Airways i360 is a unique vertical cable car. Enter the beautiful glass viewing pod before being slowly lifted 450 feet up into the sky. From there, you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view over Brighton, the surrounding countryside, the dramatic chalk cliffs and the brilliant blue sea.

History & Heritage

Once a small fishing village called Brighthelmston, Brighton has gone through many changes over the centuries to be transformed into the modern town that we know and love today. The town is overflowing with historical landmarks and significant sights, from gorgeous gardens perfect for whiling away a summer afternoon to all sorts of museums. Here are our favourite heritage and history sights in the fair city of Brighton…
 
A stunning and unique building in the centre of Brighton, Brighton Pavilion and Gardens was built as a pleasure palace for King George IV. The building was sold to the town of Brighton by his niece Queen Victoria in 1850. Within a year of the sale, the palace had been redecorated and opened to then public, and is now considered a truly iconic Brighton landmark. Explore the opulent and stylish rooms and take a turn around the fashionable Regency gardens to enjoy a taste of royal life.
 
While you’re at the Royal Pavilion, hunt down the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery which is tucked away in the gardens. The museum was opened in 1861 and today hosts a selection of exhibitions around art and history. If that’s not your bag, Brighton has many other interesting museums to choose from! The Booth Museum of Natural History is home to a beautiful collection of birds, butterflies, fossils and more while Brighton Fishing Museum explores the town's heritage as a fishing community. The Fishing Museum contains hundreds of pictures and artifacts as well as a 27 foot traditional Sussex fishing boat! Brighton Toy and Model Museum is housed in four of the early Victorian arches under Brighton Railway Station. It is packed with thousands of unique and historic toys, from puppets to Meccano. Meanwhile, Hove Museum and Art Gallery boasts one of the finest craft collections in the UK and is just a short walk from the beach!
 
If you’re happy to head a bit further afield, take a trip to the historic house of Charleston. Just a half-hour drive from Brighton in the Sussex countryside, this seventeenth century farmhouse was home and meeting-point for the famous 'Bloomsbury set' of writers, artists, philosophers and intellectuals. The house hosts regular events, talks and workshops including two literary festivals each year. Other nearby stately homes and historic houses well worth a visit include Preston Manor, Anne of Cleves House in Lewes and St Mary’s House and Gardens.
 
Finally, no visit to Brighton would be complete without a walk along the seafront. While taking a stroll, you’ll see some brilliant examples of Regency architecture including many wonderful 'Crescents' of grand houses by architects Amon and Amon Henry Wilds and Charles Busby. 

Festivals & Music

Brighton has a vibrant music and clubbing scene with many well-known musicians starting their careers in this creative city. During summer time, the city comes alive with festivals drawing in crowds from all over the country.  Here are our suggestions for some of the best festival and music venues you should pay a visit whilst in Brighton...
 
Established in 1967, Brighton Festival is one of the UK’s leading arts festivals celebrating music, dance, circus, art, film, literature, outdoor and family events. The festival attracts some of the most innovative companies (and adventurous audiences) from around the world. Brighton Fringe is one of the largest fringe festivals in the world and programmes over 900 events from cabaret to comedy, theatre to dance, there’s something for everyone. Why not apply for the Fringe, whether you’re an artist, performer or producer, they have an open-access policy for all.
 
Brighton Pride Festival is widely recognised as the largest and most popular Pride event in the UK. Brighton’s Preston Park comes alive with the most flamboyant and spectacular entertainment, as well as celebrations continuing through the streets of Brighton and Hove in the Pride Community Parade. If you haven’t had your fill of flamboyant outfits, head to Proud Cabaret. Situated in a former ballroom, this historic venue is now a retro supper club with live cabaret and burlesque performances during dinner.
 
Situated on the seafront, Brighton Centre boosts stunning views of the English Channel and hosts an eclectic mix of live music events, rock gigs, classical concerts and family-fun entertainment. Just a short walk from the city centre, The Old Market in Hove is another place to go for some top-class music from jazz to rock, from folk to punk, The Old Market has it covered. The clue is in the title, Casablanca Jazz Club hosts the best in jazz, funk, disco and jam nights. Get on down!
 
Brighton is the perfect place for night-owls. The city has some of the coolest clubs on the south coast and having Fatboy Slim as a resident, you are sure to find some great venues with top-notch, eclectic tunes. All things come in small packages, Green Door Store is a very popular live music venue and late night bar tucked away in an arch of Brighton’s railway station. Look out for the green door. Situated on the the former site of an art deco hotel, Patterns flows over three spaces, simply called ‘Up, Down and Out’. By day, the space is a place to work, perfect for freelancers and meetings, and by night, the dancing ensues. Looking for an all-nighter, head to Blow at Coalition which kicks off at 3am!

Best Kept Secrets

Brighton is a unique and varied place, packed with all kinds of quirky and unusual sights to visit and things to do. From tiny, gorgeous restaurants to boutique shops, Brighton has a thriving underground of alternative attractions. To help you avoid the big tourist traps, we’ve hunted down the best of the city’s undiscovered and underappreciated gems to share with you.
 
Brighton is home to an impressive selection of museums. However, one of the most interesting and unusual is hidden away from public eyes in the basement of Brighton Town Hall. The Old Police Cells Museum offers a unique insight into the history of the Sussex Police, including the opportunity to explore the cells where prisoners were once incarcerated. It’s a fascinating deviation from the beaten path!
 
Young children will also love the Hove Park Railway, a favourite among railway enthusiasts. However, be warned that this miniature railway line is only open for rides every now and then - so make sure you check opening times in advance.
 
Many visitors to Brighton can be found camped out on the beach or exploring the pier. Whilst these are both great ways to spend your time, the seaside also offers the chance to try something a bit different… Take to the seas with BK Kayaking and ride the waves in a kayak or canoe to see a different view of Brighton. Learn the basics of kayaking, chill out on the waves or even have a go at fishing for mackerel to cook when you get back to shore.
 
And while you’re by the seaside, why not head to the beach? No, not the main Brighton beach! Take a short walk further east and you’ll discover Brighton nudist beach, the UK's oldest public naturist beach. Opened back in 1980, the beach is still a popular destination for those who want to relax by the sea without all the hassle of wearing clothes.
 
When you get hungry, it’s time to try out Brighton’s best kept foodie secrets... Pompoko is a tiny Japanese restaurant in The Lanes. The food is affordable and the charming restaurant feels like a real undiscovered gem. Meanwhile, The Office is a trendy pub-bar in North Laine which specialises in gin and serves great Thai Food. Need caffeine? The Marwood is one of Brighton's best hipster coffee hang-outs, with a lovely secret garden area and live music events in the evenings. Brighton Rocks is famous for their delicious Sunday roasts but is also a great location for an evening cocktail or your choice of craft beer. They even run cocktail classes so you can learn how to make yourself an impressive selection of cocktails!
 
If all that doesn’t give you your fill of Brighton’s weird and wonderful destinations, you can take a walking tour of the city’s most peculiar and unusual places with Only in Brighton. The tour introduces you to everything that makes Brighton unique, from its vibrant street art to its history as the UK’s LGBT capital.

Arts & Theatre

Brighton is well-known for being a creative and diverse hub for culture. Artists flock to the town to be part of this creative community and to enjoy its beautiful surroundings. The town is bursting with exciting and eclectic galleries, theatres and performance venues. Here are our top tips for arts and performance in Brighton…
 
If you are big on your West End star-studded productions head to Theatre Royal Brighton where you can enjoy epic musical revivals in the surroundings of this grade II listed building. Just across the road situated next to the magnificent Royal Pavilion is Brighton Dome, an impressive multi-arts venue with a varied and eclectic programme. Brighton Dome provides a unique space to bring the arts alive and the venue is committed to bringing all kinds of art to a diverse audience. Based in the heart of North Laine, Komedia is a live entertainment venue staging everything from music to cabaret to comedy. If you are looking for something slightly alternative, head to fringe venue, The Marlborough Pub and Theatre, which has a key focus on programming queer and LGBT performance events including hosting the popular Brighton Pride Street Party. Take a journey north of the city centre and go to Brighton Open Air Theatre for that perfect summer’s night out.
 
Dotted all over the town, you’ll discover Brighton has an endless number of art galleries and spaces dedicated to celebrating traditional and contemporary art forms as well as supporting the city’s vibrant art scene. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is housed in the pretty Royal Pavilion Gardens. The Art Gallery has some exciting and innovative displays including fashion, 20th century design and fine art as well a continuing programme of temporary exhibitions. The University of Brighton Gallery presents the work of its student as well as work by artists connected to the university. Fabrica is a visual arts organisation where artists collaborate with the gallery to create work for their major exhibitions as well as offering a number of learning opportunities for artists of all ages and abilities. Graffiti and street art plays a big role in the urban art scene in Brighton, take a walk around North Laine and look out for iconic work by Banksy and Cassette Lord. Go to Prescription Art to see more of the best street art and graffiti art in the UK.
 
If the sun is shining and you want some seaside air, follow Brighton & Hove City Council’s Public Art Trails. There are four routes to explore Brighton’s public artworks. The trails take you through the city centre, neighbouring Hove and on a night trail specifically created to give you the chance to fully appreciate the artworks that use light and illumination.

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Food & Drink

Bristol’s food scene is thriving with award-winning restaurants, Michelin-star chefs and plenty of food festivals to feast on. Whether you are looking for the best cheap eats, a fine dining experience or a venue to catch up with old friends, Bristol has its fair share of great spots. Here are our favourites that you must pay a visit!
 
If you are looking for good quality, locally sourced British food then head to The Cowshed. Although in the upmarket Clifton area, this restaurant offers a relaxed and informal environment with the emphasis on simplicity. We hear the Sunday Roasts are delightful! They also own Ruby & White, the butchers next door. Not only a butcher but a deli selling the best of British cheeses, charcuterie as well as locally grown vegetables. A great gastropub with a similar ethos to The Cowshed is Lazy Dog. Situated in the quirky and creative Gloucester Road area, this independent, community-focused pub is a great place to meet your neighbours whilst sampling an exquisite menu of local British food. Dogs are welcome too.
 
If Italian is more your cuisine of choice, try Aquila, where the restaurant puts a modern twist on traditional Italian food. This sleekly designed family-run restaurant oozes style and decadence. If you are on a bit of a tight budget or meeting friends after work, head to St Nick’s Night Market which takes place the first Friday of every month (except August). Sample freshly made Kurdish skewers at Matina, authentic Caribbean food at Caribbean Wrap and Morcoccan dishes packed with flavour at Al Bab Mansour.
 
If you’re still not quite satisfied make sure to visit one of Bristol’s many food festivals. Grill Stock Festival celebrates all that is good in the world with a sizzling All-American BBQ cookout and live music. If you like cuisine from around the world, the Multi & Thai Cultural Food Festival might be right up your street.
 
No trip to Bristol would be complete without a trip to The Coronation Tap, popular with local students, the pub is recognised as Bristol’s premier cider house serving the best cider the West Country has to offer. If real ale is more your tipple of choice, we suggest Beerd, while you’re there try some of the best pizza in Bristol.
 
A great quirky bar, serving fantastic craft beer and ale is The Christmas steps. The pub features a free jukebox and a selection of DJs playing the coolest tunes to take you through the night. Another great bar doubling up as a music venue is the Canteen with its free entry and eclectic programme of live music, there’s something for everyone!

We Love

There’s so much to love in Bristol that it’s hard to contain it in a single article – the city is truly a culture-lover’s paradise. It has one of the most vibrant music scenes in the country, a cutting-edge selection of street art and more tall historical tales than one mouth could ever tell. But what are the things we truly love most about Bristol? Join us and find out.
 
Let’s start with a rundown of some of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods. Gloucester Road is one of North Bristol’s best, named by The Independent as ‘the last Great British High Street’. It’s bursting with independent shops with a friendly atmosphere that is in real danger of extinction elsewhere in the country. If you want a taste of the city’s artistic heritage you can’t go wrong with Nelson Street, the graffiti hub that was once home to the country’s largest street art project.
 
Stokes Croft is the city’s undisputed artist’s quarter, where local graffiti implores you to ‘question everything’. There you’ll find an amazing community of arty types and activities to suit every taste. It even has its own local campaign group, the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft, promoting tolerance and a sense of belonging to a group once ignored by local governments. Style and strength, what could be more impressive?
 
If you fancy a swim but the journey to the cold sea doesn’t sound that appealing, try Clifton’s stylish Lido. There you’ll find a beautiful outdoor pool surrounded by an award winning restaurant, tapas bar and spa – not your average neighbourhood pool. If that sounds a bit tiring, then go for a quick movie at the Watershed Cinema, one of the city’s best independent picturehouses.
 
After a long day of exploration, we’re sure you’ll want to let your hair down. There’s nightlife to suit all ages and types in Bristol. On the traditional end there’s student-favourite pub The Highbury Vaults, which was once the spot for local prisoners to have their last meals! None of that now, of course, but the Georgian building is still wonderfully atmospheric – and they serve a damn good pie. Admittedly that might be a bit old-fashioned for some, so get on down to Motion, the city’s best skate-park-turned nightclub. They regularly invite some of the country’s best DJs to play, with a lot of the talent drawn from Bristol’s buzzing local dance scene.
 
Does that all sound a bit intense? Tell us about it – too much culture can tire anyone out. Luckily, Bristol also has some beautiful green spaces where you can really unwind. Brandon Hill is a lovely spot for a walk close to the city centre, crested by the iconic Cabot Tower. If you’re happy to go a little further afield try Blaise Castle Estate, where you’ll find isolated paths and walkways, a castle and even a lovely hamlet of thatch-roofed houses.

History & Heritage

Bristol began life as a village called ‘Brigg stow’, meaning ‘the meeting place at the bridge’ in the old Saxon language, clustered around a wooden bridge over the Avon. Much has changed over the centuries, and Bristol has now been one of England’s most economically and culturally important cities for almost a millennium. You don’t achieve that status without gathering some serious history, and contemporary Bristol proves a treasure-trove for history buffs! The area has been inhabited since the Stone Age, but rose to prominence in the Norman era, finally achieving city-status in 1542 with the burgeoning Atlantic trade. Since then it has given us icons as varied as Captain Blackbeard, the Concorde, and even the first chocolate bar. Join us for a quick rundown of the city’s historical highlights...
 
Few of Bristol’s structures are as iconic as the Clifton Suspension Bridge. One of the first projects of a young Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it had the longest span of any bridge in the world at the time of construction. It still stands as a remarkably elegant feat of engineering, its two proud stone towers linking the city centre to the parks and golf course of Leigh Woods.  
 
Another of Brunel’s masterpieces floats on the ‘glass sea’ of the Great Western Dockyard. The SS Great Britain is a 19th century passenger steamship which has been lovingly restored to its former glory. Take a walk around its luxurious first class cabins where clothes and possessions are laid out ready for use. Witness the everyday tribulations of life aboard a steamliner, from harassed cooks and minor surgeries to the engine room stokers who worked round the clock to keep the massive engine going. The ship is not the only thing to see, either, as the Dry Dock and accompanying Dockyard Museum tell amazing tales of the ship’s colourful history.
 
If you want to learn more about history and art from Bristol and further afield, there’s no place better to start than the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, which has a wide range of collections to suit every interest, stretching back a billion years! M Shed takes a delightfully unconventional approach to exploring local history, where you can see, hear and share the stories that have made Bristol what it is today.
 
Maybe you want to experience what life might actually have been like centuries ago? There are a range of beautifully preserved old houses and buildings to visit in Bristol and the surrounding area. The Blaise Castle House Museum is an 18th century mansion set in beautiful parkland, with weird and wonderful collections of domestic objects and clothing. Meanwhile the Georgian House Museum introduces you to the home of a sugar plantation and slave owner’s home, while Charles Wesley’s House shows the 1771 home life of ‘the father of the English hymn’.
 
A last, necessary stop in Bristol is St Mary Redcliffe Church. The beautiful Gothic building has been a site of continuous worship for more than 800 years, and Queen Elizabeth I once called it, “the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England.” For Bristol to evolve from a wooden bridge to Liz’s 5-star review is no mean feat, and Bristol is packed with wonderful locations and sights which pay tribute to its fascinating history. 

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Festivals & Music

Bristol is the ultimate festival hub, with an eclectic mix of events - there’s something for everyone! Being in Bristol makes for an exciting year, full to the brim with lots of fun and alternative things to do. Take a look at our highlights…
 
Bristol is all about embracing identity, with Bristol Pride doing what it does best; celebrating love, acceptance, fluidity and liberation within the LGBT+ community. The Bristol Shakespeare Festival is also back, staging the works of the Bard in unusual spaces across Bristol. For those on a tight budget and who want something a little less traditional, SKINT Theatre Festival gives you bite-sized plays for just £3 a performance.
 
If you’re not a fan of leaving the little ones at home, Colston Hall is kicking up a Hoo-Ha! with a mixture of free and ticketed energetic, interactive shows. Alternatively, you can meet your favourite flying penguins, Puddles & Splash, at the Sky Safari Hot Air Balloon Festival - watch the sky become illuminated by 50 balloons and an amazing light show.
 
Bristol also brings like-minded filmmakers together. The Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival presents a networking hub for new, established and emerging filmmakers, animators and industry professionals. For film buffs interested in learning about nature, the Wildscreen Festival is the world’s leading international film festival celebrating the natural world.
 
If you are a music fanatic, BBC 6 Music Festival is always a hit, whilst Nass Festival is perfect for adrenaline junkies who love high-octane action sports and live music. For those who want a bit of everything, Simple Things is a multi-venue festival showcasing a diverse selection of live performances and DJs over 10 stages across the city. Not forgetting, Love Saves the Day who host a range of pioneering artists from across the globe. Redfest also stirs a melting pot of dance workshops, world music, southern rock, jazz, chillout, reggae, americana, pop, ska, latin and last but not least, trip hop!
 
When a once-a-year festival simply doesn’t cut it, Bristol’s nightlife is enough to keep you busy. Mr Wolf’s is open 7 nights a week and serves food late into the night - perfect if you like a midnight snack. If you’re looking for more than just your average nightclub, check out the former German vessel, Thekla or legendary Louisiana who has played host to iconic music acts including Florence and the Machine, Coldplay and Muse. Lakota is a landmark in Bristol’s nightlife scene, playing house, hardcore, techno, drum and bass, dubstep and psytrance. If clubbing isn’t really your thing, The Old Duke provides live jazz every night including a weekly open mic and also hosts the annual Bristol Jazz Festival. St George’s also stands as one of the city’s finest concert halls, hosting folk, classical, chamber, world folk, blues and jazz music events.

Best Kept Secrets

With its history of alternative culture and a very creative student population, few British cities have as many hidden nooks to explore as Bristol. Whole neighbourhoods are crammed with tiny doors and crooked alleys, and there’s always a delicious meal or a funky music spot waiting where you least expect it. Join us on a trip through Bristol’s best secrets, some so closely-guarded that they’ll be news even to locals.
 
First, some of our favourite secrets spaces. Many will arrive in Bristol at Temple Meads station, but before you take the normal route towards the town centre, try heading out the back door – that’s where you’ll find The Goods Yard, a venue made of shipping containers. This pop-up venue is used for all different events and parties throughout the year, and sits next to our firm favourite bar and restaurant Yurt Lush, which offers fine delicacies from the comfort of three Mongolian yurts. If you feel up to some shopping after you’ve had your fill, a cornucopia of quirky objects await at Clifton Arcade, where 17 eclectic shops are set in a splendid Victorian shopping centre. There you’ll find everything from vintage clothes to kitsch décor to luxury soap.
 
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, check out the amazing street art at Dean Lane Skatepark – this is the home of Banksy, after all! If you’d like to learn more about the world’s most famous street artist, check out the tours via Visit Bristol. Banksy’s anonymity and style earn him some street cred, but you can’t get more underground than Redcliffe Caves. This is the eerie network of caves under Bristol that host regular events from horror movie screenings to plays and raves. Wrap up warm and go check them out, if you dare.
 
When you’re hungry, you could check out The Ox, a subterranean cocktails and steak joint where your meat is locally sourced and grilled over a charcoal flame. But not all the city’s foodie secrets are tucked away – check out staple cafes Maximillions or Café Amore to find quality, well-priced grub with friendly staff and an utter lack of pretension.
 
Bristol wouldn’t be one of the country’s coolest cities without plenty of trendy watering holes, and you’re genuinely spoiled for choice in this department. If you’re feeling upmarket, try Her Majesty’s Secret Service, a cocktail bar marked out only by a single white flag. Inside you’ll find creative cocktails and sleek Bond-style décor. You could also give The Horts pub a try. Unknown to most, they recently installed a 26-seat cinema at the back of the bar, and often show films for free. For a truly secret experience, there’s Haus bar, a speakeasy tucked underneath an Indian restaurant at the top of Black Boy Hill. Their mojitos can’t be beat.
 
It’s amazing how some of these spots have remained hidden gems for so long. Take 20th Century Flicks, surely one of the only video stores to have survived the digital revolution. They’ve just moved to a larger venue off Christmas Steps, and will be happy to furnish you with their unbeatable cinematic knowledge. You can even hire out their amazing private cinema which is decorated like Twin Peaks’ notorious Red Room. And if your idea of the perfect afternoon, whiled away in secrecy, is buried in an enormous pile of old books, there’s nowhere for you but Beware of the Leopard Books. This central institution has everything you could ever read (and lots besides that you probably couldn’t), and yet still doesn’t flash up on the average Bristolian’s radar. Maybe that’s about to change – these spots can’t stay secret forever! 

Arts & Theatre

If you’re an art lover, Bristol’s got you covered. From community arts organisations to digital media hotspots, from compelling live performances to installations in unusual spaces, Bristol is a city to get inspired! If you don’t know where to start, we’ve picked out the top spots.
 
Bristol’s thriving arts scene is committed to giving back. Acta Community Theatre makes theatre accessible to everyone, they work to engage communities and audiences who rarely have the chance to attend the theatre. The city isn’t short of learning opportunities either - Bristol Folk House holds part-time courses and classes in arts and crafts, pottery, writing, languages, music, dance, drama, personal development and much more. If poetry’s more your thing, Poetry Can is a registered charity developing engagement with poetry across the South West Region through events, education projects, training and involvement with Bristol Poetry Festival. Filmmakers of Bristol are also doing their part; Big Screen Bristol is a free film resource located in Millennium Square and operated by At-Bristol Science Centre. Local Bristolians, as well as visitors to the city, can drop in and see a variety of screenings, from live theatre to sporting events.
 
If you’re a fan of local, contemporary and visual art, Here Gallery is a great find. Originally a pop-up exhibition space, the Here gallery displays work by local artists. For those on a tight budget, the Bristol Affordable Art Fair attracts over 50 galleries who sell original contemporary artworks for as little as £50. Walking fans can find lots of art trails throughout Bristol, Totterdown Front Room is the oldest art trail in Bristol, attracting over 200 artists who display work in their homes and studios. In a city that celebrates local artists, it’s only natural to check out the street art scene. Having started as a monthly live graffiti and hip hop night, Weapon of Choice has since evolved into Bristol’s first dedicated Graffiti and Street Art Gallery.
 
Bristol is also home to some of Europe’s leading art galleries, such as the Arnolfini, Spike Island, and the Royal West of England Academy. If you are looking for interesting contemporary art in unusual spaces, the joint crown goes to the Edwardian Cloakroom, a former public toilet and the Cube, an arts venue and social wellbeing enterprise with a colourful history.
 
For the theatre-luvvies out there, Bristol has an eclectic mix of theatres and performance spaces. The ultra-grand Bristol Hippodrome is the ideal stop for West End and Broadway fans. And of course, where would Bristol be without the Bristol Old Vic? It’s the longest continuously running theatre in the UK boasting a 350-strong young company and a theatre school which provides world-class training. Last, but not least, let’s not forget Bristol’s iconic Tobacco Factory Theatres, dedicated to producing and presenting the best of theatre in their Factory Theatre as well as in unique, intimate spaces across the city.

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