The Brit culture is very creative and you’ll find local theatre performances in many small towns, plus comedy, live music and film. Everything is historic here so museums are bursting with details of local history, the people and their lives. Local arts and crafts can be seen in galleries everywhere.
1. Exeter Phoenix, Devon
Stand-up comedy, theatre, film –this could be the place you see BFG, in the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations. Impressive multi-artform complex with a cinema, auditorium for theatre performances and music, art galleries, artist studios, editing suites, print workshop and a café bar.
2. Minack Theatre, Cornwall
An open-air theatre in a dramatic setting The Minack is perched on the cliffs above Porthcurno Beach attracting 80,000 people to top performances through the year and another 120,000 who just look around. Seasonal programme shows everything from Roald Dahl to Shakespeare.
3. The Holbourne Museum, Bath
Admission to this special art museum is free and its significant, eclectic art collection fascinating. Currently showing an exhibition of Georgian pastels and ‘Stubbs and the Wild’ an exhibition of George Stubbs’ paintings of exotic wild animals and horses, of course.
4. The Bristol Old Vic, Bristol
Much-loved by theatre buffs and actors alike, the Old Vic keeps itself young at heart encouraging young performers and with a fresh programme designed to reach a wide audience through drama, music and comedy. Coming soon ¬–Out of Sky, a Gothic tale of lost love.
5. The Tobacco Factory, Bristol
Exhibitions, events, live music, dance and theatre in a range of performance spaces. There’s always something new and different and Bristolians look forward to hearing just what’s coming next. The current focus is on attracting guest directors and world class actors and musicians.
6. Lyme Regis Museum, Dorset
Housed in a fascinating building, local history is well told through photos, prints and objects, while the amazing fossils of the Jurassic Coast are explained in the geological galleries. The Writers’ Gallery covers the town’s literary connections from Jane to Austen to John Fowles.
7. Broadway Tower, Worcstershire
Designed by Capability Brown, this was a holiday destination for William Morris and members of the Arts and Crafts movement, explained in an exhibition on the middle floor. The top is dedicated to the Royal Observer Corps as the tower was a lookout in World War Two.