The best late summer arts festivals
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival may be over for another year, but if you missed it (or you are already having withdrawal symptoms) there are still plenty of opportunities to celebrate all things arty in the UK. And although Edinburgh is rated in most surveys as being one of the best showcases of creative talent in the world, artists, writers and performers a-plenty will be appearing at some of the less well-known festivals up and down the country for the rest of 2016. Here is our round up of the top creative late-summer celebrations which mustn’t be missed.
According to recent surveys, outdoor cinema showings are growing rapidly in popularity here in the UK. So why not give cultural films a go at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival from 21st to 25th September. The festival gives you the chance to watch films you won’t find in your local cinema, set in a selection of unusual surroundings. Every year, Berwick-Upon-Tweed is transformed into one huge living cinema. The red carpet is rolled out for a host of world premieres, and art installations pop up in the most unlikely places - including the Town Hall’s Prison Cells and the Bankhill Ice House. Well worth a visit if you like movies.
Like the sound of treating the family to an exciting weekend of outdoor arts? Head to the Birmingham Weekender on 25th to 27th September, where the city centre will be brought to life with music, dance, theatre, art, literature, food and fashion. This is not only family friendly but wallet friendly, as most of it is completely free.
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside. And with stunning beaches, rustic coastline and cobbled streets, what better place to celebrate the arts than in Rye? The laid back Rye Arts Festival is, according to a recent survey, one of the top ten small festivals in Britain - running from 17th September to 1st October. It offers a diverse selection of literary, musical and theatrical events within a beautiful, historical backdrop.
Fancy stepping back in time and enjoying some classic culture? Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s characters, and explore Royal Bath – the world-famous city that inspired one of England’s most famous writers. Step into a Georgina world during the Jane Austen Festival , from 9th to 18th September, and discover the art, music, fashion and dance of the time. Plus a side of exceptional literature, of course.
Want to enjoy a day out with a difference? Celebrate Doncaster at the unique St Leger Festival ! Join the party at St Leger, the oldest classic horse race in the world, with an array of music, fine food, arts and culture – and racing of course! It runs from the 7th to the 10th September.
Ever heard of the Winkworth Festival? It’s well worth a visit! This historic market town invites you to see some outstanding art, showcased by local and international artists. The art fills the streets, homes and historic buildings through paintings, architecture, photography and more. It is on from 7th to 23rd September.
The annual Royston festival is another little gem waiting to be discovered. It features professional and amateur artists putting on a great show of colour, artistry and creativity. Put a date in your diary for 16th to 25th September.
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