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Outdoor Culture

With the sun finally out, there’s no better time to enjoy a spot of outdoor culture in England! There’s a wealth of cultural experiences to be had across the country, and VisitEngland has rounded up a few of their favourites

Written by VisitEngland
Henry Moore exhibition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Until 6 September
Hailing from Castleford in West Yorkshire, Henry Moore is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. This new major exhibition takes a fresh approach to Moore's work by considering his profound relationship with land, which was fundamental to his practice and fuelled his visual vocabulary. The exhibition also presents an opportunity to explore the man behind the practice with a carefully selected display of personal artefacts, notes, sketches and photographs, curated in collaboration with the artist's daughter, Mary Moore.

Borde Hill Sculpture exhibition, West Sussex
1 May – 1 September
Now in its 16th year, the Sculpture Exhibition at Borde Hill is a notable celebration of art and sculpture by both established and up-and-coming artists. During the exhibition the garden is transformed into an outdoor gallery, enabling visitors to enjoy unique works of art set in its beautiful gardens. The bronze, resin, stone, metalwork, ceramics, steel, clay and glass sculptures will be sited in strategic positions within the gardens, and for the first time ever, the exhibition extends into the woodland.

Oxfordshire Artweeks
2 – 25 May
Around 1,000 artists and designers, 150 of whom are taking part for the first time, are preparing for more than 400 exhibitions and events across the county for Oxfordshire Artweeks - the longest running and biggest open studios event in the UK. Painters and designers, potters and sculptors, wood-turners, photographers, jewellers and textile artists will be opening their homes and studios to the public for free and showcasing their talent through exhibitions and demonstrations.

Outdoor cinema at Holkham Hall
23 and 24 May
Visitors to Holkham Hall this May will be in for an extra treat, in the form of their open air cinema, courtesy of the Luna Cinema. The Saturday will see a screening of the much-loved favourite, 'Mamma Mia' in the beautiful setting of the walled gardens, whilst on the Sunday the cinema will move to the north of the hall in Holkham Park, to screen the 80's classic 'Top Gun'.


'Sculpture in the Vineyard', Oxfordshire

23 May – 7 June
Sculpture in the Vineyard will be Oxfordshire's largest exhibition of its kind this year, with 200 outdoor sculptures produced by 35 local and UK-wide artists. The exhibition, held in the the seven-acre grounds of Bothy Vineyard, the county's oldest vineyard, will draw visitors through the vines, orchard and wildlife areas.

Bristol Comedy Garden
1 – 5 July
For five days in July, Queen Square in the city centre will be taken over by the Bristol Comedy Garden, a festival that has previously attracted big names such as Josh Widdicombe, Milton Jones and Nina Conti. See up-and-coming comedians at the Smoke & Mirrors on Denmark Street, where local boy Russell Howard cut his teeth, or be lucky enough to get a ticket for a circuit comedian at The Bristol Hippodrome or Colston Hall.

Shaun the Sheep trails, Bristol
6 July – 31 August
Following the film release in February, Aardman Animations' loveable lamb, Shaun the Sheep, and his flock will be brightening up the city streets of Bristol this summer with an arts trail that's not to be missed. 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.

Burghley Film Festival, Lincolnshire
29 July – 2 August
Burghley's picturesque South Gardens in the grounds of the Lincolnshire Elizabethan house will again be transformed into a magical outdoor movie venue for the annual Film Festival. With the spectacular backdrop of Burghley House, the festival will comprise five days and nights of fabulous films including the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "Frozen", and "Back to the Future". Early bird booking offers prices of £8 for adults (£14 on the door) and £4 for children (£7 on the door).

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