BRITAIN’s best… summer outdoor cultural events

From film festivals to sculpture exhibitions, summer sees a host of exciting events taking place across the country

Henry Moore’s Glenkiln Cross. Credit: Jonty Wilde

Those keen to explore England this summer will be pleased to discover a range of artistic and cultural experiences at many of our famous country homes and iconic cities. Below is a selection of the best days out for you to enjoy:

Henry Moore exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

As one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Yorkshireman Henry Moore will be recognised in this new major exhibition, which takes a fresh approach to his work by considering the relationship he had with the land. The exhibition also features a carefully selected display of personal artefacts, notes, sketches and photographs, curated in collaboration with the artist’s daughter, Mary Moore.
Until 6 September.

Henry Moore’s large two forms. Credit: Jonty Wilde

Borde Hill Sculpture exhibition, West Sussex

The 16th annual Sculpture Exhibition at Borde Hill celebrates art and sculpture by both new and established artists. During the exhibition the garden is transformed into an outdoor gallery, with bronze, resin, stone, metalwork, ceramics, steel, clay and glass sculptures placed around the garden and extending into the woodland. From 1 May-1 September.

Oxfordshire Artweeks

Around 1,000 artists and designers will display their work in more than 400 exhibitions and events across the county for Oxfordshire Artweeks, the longest running and biggest open studios event in Britain. Painters and designers, potters and sculptors, wood-turners, photographers, jewellers and textile artists will open their homes and studios to the public for free and showcase their talent through exhibitions and demonstrations.
From 2-25 May.

Oxford. Credit: VisitEngland/Experience Oxfordshire

Sculpture in the Vineyard, Oxfordshire

Sculpture in the Vineyard, held in the the seven-acre grounds of Bothy Vineyard, is Oxfordshire’s largest exhibition of its kind, with 200 outdoor sculptures produced by 35 local and UK-wide artists. The exhibition, which takes place at the county’s oldest vineyard, will draw visitors through the vines, orchard and wildlife areas. From 23 May-7 June.

Outdoor cinema at Holkham Hall

This May Holkham Hall hosts an open air cinema, courtesy of the Luna Cinema. Among the films to be screened in the beautiful setting of the walled gardens will be Mamma Mia, while north of the hall in Holkham Park, the 80s classic Top Gun will also be screened. From 23-24 May.

Holkham Hall. Credit: Iain Lewis/VisitEngland

Bristol Comedy Garden

Bristol Comedy Garden in the city centre’s Queen Square is a prestigious festival featuring up-and-coming comedians at the Smoke & Mirrors on Denmark Street. Comedy fans can also buy a ticket for for performances at The Bristol Hippodrome or Colston Hall. From 1-5 July.

Queen Square, Bristol. Credit: Iain Lewis/VisitEngland

Shaun the Sheep trails, Bristol

Following the release of Shaun the Sheep Movie in February, Aardman Animations’ beloved character and his flock will be gracing the streets of Bristol with an arts trail. 60 five-foot-high sculptures painted by local artists and celebrities will be placed across the city before they are auctioned off by Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal to raise money for the Bristol Children’s Hospital. From 6 July-31 August.

Burghley Film Festival, Lincolnshire

Burghley’s picturesque South Gardens in the grounds of magnificent Burghley House will be transformed into a magical outdoor venue for the annual Film Festival. With the spectacular Elizabethan house as backdrop, the festival features five days and nights of films including the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frozen and Back to the Future.
From 29 July-2 August.

Burghley House. Credit: VisitEngland

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