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Culture Creature

Every once in a while it’s nice to escape from your busy life and try to have some you time. We know it is something that we love to do!  It could be a local exhibition or going to watch a musical tour, the escapism of it all is relaxing and something that helps keep us sane when tackling the hustle and bustle that comes with adulting. Here are a few things we have found for you to do on those rare days of downtime.

  • Closer to home - Our first pick is something in our local Harrogate. The Harrogate Open 2017 is a free event that runs from June to September every year. The Mercer Gallery offers children’s activities, gallery tours and demonstrations from artists themselves. Artists from around the country submit their artwork for the viewing pleasure of the public and tourist visiting our little town. So if you are a budding artist who wants to show off their work you can submit it to the committee of selectors for consideration. Take a look! 
  • Further a field - The Edinburgh Fringe Festival celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year and like every year the streets and local business will be packed with performances. It’s not just about comedy (like most people think), there are also plays, singers, dancers, spoken word, children’s shows and the odd magician and fire show for your wonderment. Any combination of performance art you can think of we bet you will find it at the fringe. This is the perfect getaway in August as it runs throughout the month. Bigger names in entertainment will have priced tickets but other people will keep to the real essence of the fringe and work by donation only. You pay what you think it’s worth.  
  • Touring - Having just finished its 5 year run on the West End The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime has begun its UK tour. The hugely successful play was adapted from Mark Haddon’s seventeen award winning novel of the same name this play has been raved about by every critic and most likely every viewer that has seen it. An intense and thrilling play which sees one young boy’s world turned upside down has certainly turned heads with its magical performances.  The play has won 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony’s since it began its run and shows not sign of slowing down in its success. 
Some of the best things are the hidden gems that you don’t know anything about so if you are in dire need of a little bit of culture always check your local paper and your town’s council website! 



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