What do you look for when choosing a weekend getaway? For me it is Culture, History and Architecture. Add to that being easy to get to, ideally by train. Here are my Inspiring UK Cultural Destinations 2022.
Inspiring UK Cultural Travel Destinations 2022
Now that the Cultural Teens are installed in at University in suitably cultural locations and that we are all fully jabbed I am hopeful for a year of Cultural mini breaks with Mr CW.
Bath has everything that I love by the bucketload . Romans, thermal baths, literary connections and street after street of honey coloured Georgian terraces. You can wallow in a roof top pool filled with warm water that has just bubbled out of the ground whilst gazing at Bath Abbey. 2022 looks to be extra special in Bath. A brand new visitor centre is set to open at the Roman baths. Also set to open, or rather reopen, are the Cleveland Pools … a Georgian Lido. Think, Mr Darcy and swimming …be still my beating heart. Bath’s Museums have an enticing programme this year with a shoe exhibition at the Fashion Museum and Tudors at the Holburne, which is one of my Exhibitions Worth Travelling For in 2022.
J M W Turner claimed that the “skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe”. Who am I to argue with master of the skyscape? It seems that Lonely Planet agree as the Kent Coast is their Top 10 regions to visit in 2022. Margate, the home town of Tracey Emin, is now home to the Turner Contemporary Gallery that has big 10th anniversary celebrations planned for 2021. Even when the gallery is shut you can glimpse the Anthony Gormley statue Another Time for about 3 hours on either side of low tide. John Keats lived in Margate for a time, what better way to mark his 200t anniversary than by seeking poetic inspiration of your own?
Round the coast at Folkestone you will find the UK’s largest outdoor contemporary art exhibition, all completely free and accessible at all times. Keep on following the coast round and you get to wild other worldly Dungeness where you will find Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage.
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Bury St Edmunds is celebrating 1,000 years. Well 1,002 but we all know how the last two years have been for parties. Seven medical manuscripts created in Bury St Edmunds will be returning to the Abbey in May. https://stedscathedral.org/abbey-1000-events/ I love staying in Bury St Edmunds as it gives the chance to stay in one of the great coaching inns. Charles Dickens felt the same, he staying in the Angel Inn too. You can even stay in his room. but I confess that I prefer the ones with a view over Bury St Edmunds Abbey. Bury St Edmunds is the perfect place for a short break with ancient churches, cute streets, a fascinating museum, a brewery, the only National Trust theatre and the smallest pub in England to explore.
Regular readers will know that Norwich is my home City. I know that I am biased but Norwich is a fine place to visit. In 1894 my Great Great Grandfather was the architect behind Norwich Castle’s conversion from gaol to museum, 2022 see’s the unveiling of the first major overhaul of the Castle Keep since. In February Norwich will glow with light installations as part of Love Light. Visions of Ancient Egypt starts in September at the ultra modern Sainsbury Centre celebrating all things Egyptian.
Newcastle and Northumberland
When I left Norwich, it was to go to university in Newcastle upon Tyne. 2022 is an excellent year to visit Newcastle and indeed the whole of the North East. Easily my most eagerly anticipated exhibition this year the Lindisfarne Gospels at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle.https://laingartgallery.org.uk/lindisfarne-gospels-2022 Inspired by the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels a year of exhibitions and installations are happening across the region from Hartlepool to Hexham and Berwick.
Hadrians Wall runs across the spine of Northumberland and is celebrating 1900 years. All manner of celebrations are planned, take a look at the 1900 Festival website for details. Visiting Vindolanda and sitting on the Roman toilets was one of the highlights of my childhood (I suspect that actually sitting on the toilets is no longer allowed!)
Which inspiring UK Cultural Travel Destinations to you want to visit do you want to visit in 2022? Before you make plans to leave home check the latest travel advice and stick to it for your own and everybody else’s safety.
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