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Created on 21 August 2012

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Fancy a trip to the theatre or a visit to gallery? Arts cover a vast range from films to festivals and there is guaranteed to be something that takes your interest in which ever city you're in. Take a look at some of our favourite all year round art events.


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  • 1 Shakespeare's Globe Theatre All year round in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Shakespeare's Globe, London. Courtesy of Britain on View Arts

    The long-cherished brainchild of American actor Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is London's resplendent reconstruction of the jewel of Elizabethan Theatre. It not only offers a summer season of productions, but also the world's largest exhibition devoted to Shakespeare.

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  • 2 The Riverfront All year round in Newport The Riverfront. Courtesy of Newport Museum and Art Gallery Arts

    Even the 21st-century building that houses The Riverfront is a work of art. You will find everything from comedy to opera workshops at Newport's modern waterfront arts centre and theatre. Don't miss the free gallery of photography, art and design.

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  • 3 York Art Gallery All year round in York Art Gallery Arts

    York Art Gallery houses one of the region's finest collections of European painting, spanning over 600 years and displayed in themed areas. Among the artists on show are Belloto, Reynolds, Parmigianino, Lowry and Nash. The gallery also stages temporary exhibitions.

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  • 4 Edinburgh Festival Theatre All year round Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Edinburgh Festival City Theatres Arts

    Edinburgh Festival Theatre presents large-scale productions of modern dance, ballet, musicals and internationally renowned theatrical productions. The plush old King's Theatre also comes under the Festival City Theatres Trust and is located in Leven Street.

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  • 5 Museum of the Jewellery Quarter All year round Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. © Marketing Birmingham Arts

    Hockley's Museum of the Jewellery Quarter retraces Birmingham's 250-year-old jewellery and metalworking legacy with live demonstrations, workshop recreations and pre-booked factory tours. Buy antique to contemporary trinkets from the museum's shop or wander the unique district's 200 listed buildings.

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  • 6 Compton Verney All year round in Compton Verney Compton Verney, courtesy of Compton Verney Arts

    Compton Verney is an art gallery situated in a Grade I-listed 18th-century Robert Adam mansion near Warwick, with 120 acres of stunning Capability Brown-designed gardens. It houses six permanent collections and has a regular programme of temporary exhibitions.

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