5 Delightful Cultural Events for your 2018 Calendar
With a brand new year well underway, we’re looking ahead to some of the fantastic cultural events lined up for 2018. Liven up your calendar with this wonderful selection.
1. Chelsea Flower Show
Running this year from 22 to 26 May, the Chelsea Flower Show is always a civilised affair. A wander around the Show Gardens will give you heaps of inspiration for your own garden design, while the Great Pavilion is the place to discover the finest flower and plant specimens the country’s nurseries and florists have to offer. This year the programme has a few new features, including a late opening on the Friday, described by the organisers as “a vibrant evening with bands, an artisan food market and wandering artists, as well as a chance to enjoy the Artisan Gardens by twilight.”
2. Hay Festival
A must for book-lovers, the Hay Festival takes place in Hay-on-Wye on the border of the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park – the perfect place to immerse yourself in the world of literature. This year it runs from 24 May to 3 June, and although the full programme isn’t released until the spring, the speakers announced so far include Margaret Atwood and Philip Pullman. The town itself is a mecca for bookworms, so if you can’t make it to the festival then you can still have great fun rummaging around its numerous second hand and antiquarian bookshops looking for literary treasures.
3. Dover’s Hill Games
One of the country’s quirkiest cultural events, the Dover’s Hill Games in Chipping Campden is also known as the ‘Cotswold Olimpicks’. It’s a revival of a centuries-old Cotswolds event that sees such ‘sports’ as shin-kicking being played out in the natural amphitheatre of the National Trust-managed Dover’s Hill, which has spectacular views across many counties. After the sports are finished, participants and spectators alike enjoy a firework display before lighting torches and forming a procession down the road into Chipping Campden for more merriment. Head into the Cotswolds on Friday 1 June to join in the fun.
If Glastonbury is a bit too big a festival for you, you might prefer the more intimate atmosphere of Wilderness, which unfolds in the idyllic setting of Cornbury Park in Charlbury from 2 to 5 August 2018. The line-up is yet to be announced, but if previous years are anything to go by you can expect a delightful mix of music, lectures, wild swimming, crafts, fantastic food and lots more.
5. Notting Hill Carnival
A highlight of London’s cultural calendar, the lively Notting Hill Carnival is one of the world’s largest street festivals and a much-loved feature of the August Bank Holiday weekend. The action happens on 26 – 27 August this year, and you can expect to be able to revel in upbeat Caribbean vibes, steel bands, parades, food and plenty more besides.
As always, don’t forget to hire a chauffeur to get you to all your social and cultural events in style this year.