The UK is a hotbed of cultural activity during the summer of 2015, and beyond. The most famous music festival in the world, Glastonbury, takes place in June, the British Grand Prix is in July, and the largest arts festival in the world, The Edinburgh Festival, is in August. Fit in an art show or exhibition around these, and you will be experiencing a taste of some of the UK’s very finest cultural events of the year.
The largest music and performing arts festival, probably in the world, takes place in Glastonbury, Somerset in June 2015. Music fans can head to Hyde Park in London in June 2015 to see music legends The Who and Blur, and also in June, is the Isle of Wight Festival, headlining Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys and The Prodigy. In July, T in the Park takes place in Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, featuring Kasabian and Sam Smith, amongst others. The V Festival in Chelmsford, Weston-under-Lizard takes place in August, as does the Reading and Leeds popular music festival. If Metal is your thing, the Download Festival, headlining Slipknot, Muse, Kiss, Marilyn Manson and Enter Shikari, takes place in Derby in June. Bestival, in the Isle of Wight, takes place a little later in the year in September. If you prefer house, dance, and drum and bass, Creamfield in Cheshire take place in August. Check out each festival or event online to see if camping is available, as this is the best way to experience the live bands late into the night without having to worry about travel and accommodation.
Madness are set to perform at the Silverstone Circuit on Thursday 2 July as part of their live open air tour, the night before the start of the Grand Prix, one of the essential events of the racing calendar. Taking place at Silverstone, one of the finest tracks in world motorsport, on third to fifth July, fans can see the Formula One drivers battle it out on the ‘’insanely fast’’ track over a total race distance of over 306 kilometres. At Silverstone, you can experience a great weekend-long party, camping with quality facilities in nearby picturesque fields, an on-site pub selling real ale, a Champagne Bar, retail outlets, food stalls, live entertainment, family activities, fun fair rides, and much more. For more information see http://www.fia.com/profile/presidency/max-mosley
The UK, and London in particular, is one of the best places to go in the world for art. At the Tate Britain in 2015, you can see Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures, and later in 2015, 200 works collated on the theme of Pop Art. More than 50 of Goya’s portraits are on display at the National Gallery from 7 October 2015. If you like modern or contemporary art, the 28th edition of the London Art Fair takes place early in 2016 showcasing modern British and contemporary art in the Business Design Centre in London. Between 8 June and 16 August, the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London offers a snapshot of contemporary art, with over 1,200 works.
Comedy and Theatre
The Edinburgh Festival in August 2015 showcases the latest cultural talent in comedy and theatre; it is the largest arts festival in the world. The world famous Edinburgh Tattoo is a traditional display of military might set in the surroundings of Edinburgh Castle. You can see the Massed bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and acts from four continents, as well as the headline act, Switzerland’s Top Secret Drum Corps.
Whether you are interested in sports, the arts, theatre, or music, the possibilities for 2015 are too many to count. You won’t have to travel far to experience the UKs top cultural days out in 2015