Culture Top-Up: What to See and Do, and Where

We’re always keeping an eye out to see what’s happening and where – be it an exhibition, countryside ramble or something cultural you can enjoy from the comfort of your sofa. It’s been a while since we last shared some of these ideas with you so I’ve rounded up a few new ones. Read on to see if there’s something that peaks your interest…  

7 Cultural Activities to try this Autumn

Ideas for Cultural Activities & Art Events in the UK

Get up close to abstract expressionism

Scale and colour dominate this deeply expressive exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. Take a wander through room after room and really lose yourself in the immersive works of artists including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. Royal Academy of Arts, London. 24th September-2nd January 2017, £17-£19.  

Experience the glamour of the '30s

Something of a Woody Allen fan, I’m taking myself to the cinema this weekend to see Allen’s latest film, Café Society. The story centers on the glitz and glamour of ’30s Hollywood, with an awkward love story of sorts, and start studded cast to boot. At cinemas nationwide now.   Ideas for Cultural Activities & Art Events in the UK

Admire Picasso's Portraits

London’s National Portrait Gallery hosts this major exhibition of portraits from all periods of Picasso’s career. See early paintings from his childhood, portraits of his family, friends and lovers, and some pieces that will be on show in the UK for the very first time. National Portrait Gallery, London. 6th October 2016-5th February 2017, £15.50-£19.   Ideas for Cultural Activities & Art Events in the UK

Set sail on a pop art boat

Tate Liverpool and pop art great Sir Peter Blake pay homage to ‘Dazzle’ ship artwork of the first world war. This was the name given to the graphic, often geometric, camouflage on ships that was designed to confuse enemies while at sea. (You often couldn’t tell whether the front was the back or vice versa. Clever!) Together they’ve transformed ‘Snowdrop’, one of the Mersey ferries, into a moving masterpiece that you can climb aboard and cruise on until the end of the year. Liverpool. Until 31st December.  

Explore a Northern waterfall

Pull on your walking boots, get back to nature and get snap happy at the beautiful Plodda Falls, near Loch Ness in Scotland. The natural waterfall drops some 45 meters through a forest of Douglas Fir trees and winds past scenery that looks straight out of Lord of the Rings.   Ideas for Cultural Activities & Art Events in the UK

Wander through the lost gardens

While the weather’s still good, take a trip to Cornwall’s Lost Gardens of Heligan and amble through over 200 acres of re-discovered wilderness. There’s tropical gardens of giant rhubarb and banana plantations to explore, wildlife and woodland to spot, and mysterious sculptures to uncover including the resting Mud Maid and Grey Lady. And in October, there’s a Harvest Festival too where you can learn about local produce grown on-site, taste it, or even take a join a cooking masterclass. Open every day except Christmas Day. Free-£13.50 (£35 for a family of four). Ideas for Cultural Activities & Art Events in the UK

Read up on the art (and history) of weaving

Stay at home and read a little about the wonder and skill of weaving; an art form that’s really seen a comeback over the last few years. When I spotted this article, part of London’s Frieze Art Fair, I originally thought it was an exhibition. Sadly, it’s not. But I found learning about the tradition and techniques used really interesting and so thought you may, too. Read it here.   If you’ve spotted any other cultural activities around the UK you’d like to share, please do! Or if you make your way to something I’ve suggested, I’d love to know what you thought. You can pop a comment below or over on Facebook or Twitter. 7 Ideas for Cultural Activities by Braintree's Clare

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