What’s on in 2017?

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a weekend away or simply want to go on a day trip to somewhere new, we’ve got plenty of ideas of places and events that you should check out this year. It doesn’t matter if you’re into music, theatre or the arts, we’ve got something for everyone.

Head to Hull

If you saw Hull’s tremendous fireworks display to welcome in 2017, you’ll know that they want to make sure that their year as the UK City of Culture goes with a bang. They’ve gotWhat’s on in 2017? an exciting schedule of events, from the Back to Ours comedy, cabaret and theatre festival in February to the New Music Biennial in July which features ten new pieces of music by the best living composers in the world. Other highlights include the Nabucco, La Boheme and Aida operas and the Heads Up Arts Festival in March.

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(Say) Yes to Yorkshire

Enjoy some time in the great outdoors by heading to the Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire. This annual event takes place in September over seven days and offers guided walks, nature safaris, sat nav treasure hunts plus cycling, horse riding and canoeing if you’re feeling adventurous. It’s a wonderful event, suitable for people of all ages so why not bring along your grandkids?

Other must-see events in Yorkshire this year include the Scarborough Jazz Festival,  the Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage and the 100 day long international Yorkshire Festival.

Stay in Stratford-upon-Avon

If you’re a fan of Shakespeare why not celebrate with thousands of others devotees at his annual birthday party in April? There’s a parade, street entertainment, fireworks display and lots of special performances for you to enjoy. You could walk in the Bard’s footsteps by going on a guided tour of his houses or go and see Antony and Cleopatra being performed at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. If you love books, you should make sure you pop along to the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival which runs from the 23rd – 30th April.

Create unforgettable memories in Cornwall

Cornwall offers much more than just its famous beaches and breath-taking views. Visiting in the summer is always fun, especially if the weather is good but there’s plenty to do all year round. The Fowey Festival of Words and Music is a must for fans of novelist Daphne du Maurier and the Port Elliot Festival is well worth checking out too. Cornwall has some wonderful restaurants and food events for foodies, there’s Newlyn’s Fish Festival in August and you’ll want to enjoy a meal or two in one of Padstow’s eateries if you can. Why not take the ferry to the Isles of Scilly one day? You could go on a guided walk or just enjoy hopping from island to island at your own leisure. If you visit over the August bank holiday, you can witness the annual regatta, learn about the maritime history of the islands and enjoy the party atmosphere. It’s not to be missed!

These are just a few events happening across the country in 2017. There are many more great events taking place over the coming twelve months so for more inspiration, please check out the Visit England website >

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