Get your culture fix in the great outdoors

Date Posted: 17/04/2013

Sand sculpture festival - Brighton Beach

Pictured: A previous example from the Sand Sculpture Festival on Brighton Beach.
(Photo credit: VisitEngland).

With temperatures rising in the past few days, head out to the great outdoors this spring to get your cultural fix.

Artists on Brighton beach

The Sand Sculpture Festival takes place in Brighton, open throughout the summer until 30th September.

Over 20 artists will create a sand sculpture theme park by sculpting tonnes of sand with water into an exhibition.

The Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival will feature workshops, live demonstrations and guided tours at Black Rock, near Brighton Marina.

Art in Yorkshire

Yorkshire Sculpture Park will hold an exhibition of work by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare.

FABRIC-ATION features over 30 vibrant works including sculpture, film, photography, painting and collage.

Groups can see the exhibition up until September.

Discover Britten’s inspiration

Follow in the footsteps of English composer Benjamin Britten on a walking tour in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

This year marks 100 years since Britten was born, and to celebrate the centenary, a new Britten Trail opens this month, which will link Britten-associated sites in a walking tour around the Suffolk coastal town where he lived and worked for most of his life.

Walking groups can visit hotspots including The Maltings at Snape, Aldeburgh Parish Church, Blythburgh Church, Orford Church and Jubilee Hall.

Tree-top art installations

A new visual arts exhibition will be displayed in the trees and woodland throughout the Eden Valley in Cumbria from now until November.

Cumbrian-based organisation Eden Arts has launched CANOPY, which starts with a large-scale 'Woollen Woods' installation celebrating the wool craft industry, and featuring knitted birds, felt bats and crochet dragonflies.

Cliff-face performances at the Minack Theatre

Group visitors to Cornwall shouldn’t miss performances of drama, musicals and opera at the open-air Minack Theatre.

The venue is carved into granite cliffs and set in gardens with panoramic views of Porthcurno Bay.

Hedsor House Buckinghamshire - Things to do in Buckingham

Pictured: Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire, where Dustin Hoffman's Quartet was filmed. (Photo credit: VisitEngland).

You can make the most of that extra hour of daylight watching Wuthering Heights, Arabian Nights, The Taming of the Shrew and many more in the modern-day Roman amphitheatre.

Visit a Buckinghamshire film set

Not usually open to the public, Hedsor House, featuring in Dustin Hoffman's box office hit Quartet, is holding summer screenings of the film in its grounds.

The Georgian country house in Buckinghamshire is set to host a screening of Quartet on 21st June and Les Misérables on 20th June.

Group travel organisers will find tickets for the open-air cinema costing £12.50 per person.

Arts, crafts and walking in the Cotswolds

From 24th to 31st August, Cotswold Walks is offering an arts and crafts guided walk excursion to coincide with the reopening of Cheltenham's Art Gallery and Museum this summer.

Discover what inspired William Morris, and Ernest and Sidney Barnsley to relocate to the area, and how their influence remains to this day. 

Tour Hockney’s Yorkshire

David Hockney's Yorkshire tour spans the width of the county, from the British painter’s ancestors' humble beginnings as agricultural labourers in east Yorkshire, to his childhood in Bradford.

Art enthusiasts can discover his long association with the Silver family at Salts Mill in Saltaire and the east Yorkshire landscapes.

The Hockney Trail takes in ten key sites, costs £20 per person and group travel organisers can book through Wold Travel.

Find fossils on ‘Dinosaur Island’

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Jurassic Park. Celebrate by crossing the Solent to search for dinosaur remains on a fossil-finding holiday on the Isle of Wight.

The beaches circling 'Dinosaur Island' are a treasure trove for amateur and professional palaeontologists’ alike; and visiting groups can discover prehistoric remains of dinosaurs all year round.

Hadrian's Wall - Group travel Ideas

Pictured: Hadrian’s Wall hosts a series of open air re-enactment events this summer, including the Roman Festival. (Photo credit: VisitEngland).

Follow in the footsteps of Triassic creatures by taking a guided tour with 'The Fossil Man’, plus be able to touch actual dinosaur footprints. 

Historic re-enactments along Hadrian’s Wall

From 25th May to 2nd June, group travel organisers can opt to visit the Roman Festival at Hadrian’s Wall for a series of open air re-enactment events.

72 miles long and spanning the width of the north of England, you can experience the history of the 2,000 year old ancient monument, see stunning views from the forts and find out about life in Roman Britain.

This list of sites was compiled by VisitEngland. Group travel organisers can visit the website of England’s official tourist board for further advice on planning a group visit to any of the featured sites and attractions.

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