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2014 Cultural Highlights

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There’s plenty for the culture vulture to get the teeth into this year – so we thought we’d help you plan ahead with a quick rundown of the best, or most unusual, things you can do over the course of 2014. Pack your most intelligent-looking hat, save money on an early train ticket booking at, and get involved!

London Fashion Week

LFW, as it’s known to the cognoscenti, is open for business. Unlike other major fashion shows, which are only open to the press or to fashion buyers, London Fashion Week includes a final-weekend public event: London Fashion Weekend. Rub shoulders with the glitterati as this year’s SS (that would be spring and summer, to you and me) collections hit the catwalks.

London Fashion Week tickets

You’ll see the most influential figures in modern couture, and with a whole week’s worth of strutting already behind them, you might get to eavesdrop on a proper tantrum or two. You’ve got to be 18 to attend, and you’ll get a choice of “trend shows” (lots of different designers, one theme) or traditional designer shows. Tickets are on sale now: the Weekend runs from Feb 20-Feb 23. Get cheap train tickets to London by booing in advance at


Glastonbury is back with a vengeance – and who knows, we might get a second sunny year in a row! The legendary music-and-hippies festival cranks up the volume on June 25th, and this year’s line-up is as secret as ever. Expect hard-rockin’ legends, a few hip-hop controversies and a lot of cider.

Glastonbury tickets

The festival has sold out (as per usual) – but there’s a second round of cancellation sales happening in early spring. Keep your eyes peeled. When Michael Eavis announces the second sell, you can guarantee you’ve got minutes before they sell out again. Glastonbury runs from Weds 25 Jun to Sunday 29 June, in Pilton. If you don’t fancy driving your own car to the event, can sort out car hire for you.

Edinburgh Film Festival

Forget Cannes – Edinburgh’s where it’s at if you’re a movie buff. Some of the most exciting and innovative films in recent years have previewed at the Edinburgh Festival, including The Hurt Locker, Moon, Let the Right One In and Little Miss Sunshine. If celluloid is your thing, there’s nothing better in the UK. Lights, camera, action!

Edinburgh Film Festival tickets

The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from June 18 to June 29. Tickets are not yet available. Individual events are ticketed, and some are free – check the programme for details. can get you cheap train tickets to Edinburgh when you book in advance. We can also help with flights if you prefer.

British Fireworks Championships

Get down to Plymouth Hoe in August for a firework spectacular like no other. Some of the biggest fireworks companies in the world descend on the West Country city to strut their stuff. Plymouth was chosen by the Event Services Association as a perfect place to blow things up because of the natural amphitheatre shape of the Hoe.

British Fireworks Championship tickets

The Firework Championships begin on August 12, and finish on August 13. You don’t need a ticket – you can see the displays from anywhere in the city. The Hoe itself and the Citadel area are where the displays are designed to be seen, so get to these locations early to avoid disappointment. can book hotels in the area, so you don’t have to travel home after an evening’s entertainment.

Get your calendar out and set aside a few weekends for some proper cultural activities. can take care of your travel and accommodation arrangements – all you have to do is turn up and enjoy!

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