#NationalLotteryDays: ten great days out!

Posted By Arts Council England on 09 August 2017

With the summer holidays in full swing, children and even the adults amongst us are in need of entertaining; a perfect excuse for families and friends to enjoy some great art and culture and to try something new this summer.

That’s where #NationalLotteryDays comes in. Just follow the hashtag for great suggestions for fun activities in your community - from arts to sport, there’s something for everyone.

Take a look at ten of our own #ACEsupported ideas:

In the South East…

1. All around the world

One Big Multicultural Festival will bring together arts, culture and culinary delights from far flung destinations. African dancing, Bangladeshi singing and 5-a-side football are just some of the activities on offer across Ipswich and Suffolk.

When: Sunday 27 August, midday onwards   
Where: Alexandra Park, 1 Hill House Rd, Ipswich IP3 8AP

2. Once Upon a Festival

storytelling festival
Orton Library, Our Story © Vivacity Culture & Leisure

Once Upon a Festival is the culmination of the Our Story Project, bringing adults and children closer together through literacy and reading.  The festival features storytelling sessions, puppet shows, family theatre, arts and craft workshops, a sensory area for babies and more.

When: Saturday 12 August,11am to 5pm
Where: Central Park, Park Crescent, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 4DZ

In London…

3. Kinetico Bloko Summer Showcase

Kinetika Bloco brings you Unity, a celebration of the music that brings people together.

Over 100 young people across all areas of South London and beyond are coming together to learn rhythms, tunes and dance over a two-week summer school at Southbank Centre, whilst exploring the unity music can bring- with the promise of plenty of energy.

When: 11 August 2017, 5.30pm

Where: The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

4. The People’s Forest

The People’s Forest is a 19-month project by artist Gayle Chong Kwan, exploring the history, politics, and people of London’s ancient woodland, Epping Forest, which touches upon using the forest as a shared resource, a liminal space, the tensions between capital and common use, as well as trees as a focus of protest.

When & where: There are a series of events and activities running throughout London, one of these is a communal picnic. Find out more here.

In the South West...

5. Sing Along the River

A series of outdoor music concerts held every Thursday throughout August next to the River Fowey in Lostwithiel, Cornwall. The concerts will showcase local talent from brass bands to community choirs. Now in its fourth year, this lively event welcomes locals and tourists to enjoy the music and fare of this unique county.

Find out more: For dates, times and more information visit the Lost in Song website

Man holding fabric with woman hiding behind him
The Magic Garden, Boo to a Goose © John Tomkins, Emberlense Productions

6. TheMagic Garden tour

The Magic Garden promises an enchanting story-telling experience and will travel across libraries across Devon this summer. This pop-up theatre tour is based on the children's show ‘The Magic Garden’: an interactive, multi-sensory, storytelling performance, during which children get green-fingered, planting seeds, potting and watering them.

When: 7 to 30 August
Find out more: Visit the Boo to a Goose website for information on dates, locations and times

In the Midlands…

7. Cartists: Reimagining the Car

Fourteen artists, one challenge… Transform a car into a work of art!

Step into a world where industrial design and artistic imagination collide. Taking inspiration from the Art Car movement, graffiti artists, lighting designers, 3D artists, graphic designers and more are challenged to create an extraordinary display of vehicles and artworks using cars or their parts.

When: From now until October, 10am to 4.30pm
Where: Coventry Transport Museum- visit their website for directions

Car with artwork on it in Cartists exhibition
Image: Coventry Transport Museum

8. An Indian Summer

A four-month festival which celebrates the cultural diversity of Leicester and engages a variety of communities with a wide range of traditional and contemporary South Asian arts events. Expect rickshaw riding, kite-flying, outdoor cinema and much more.

When: From now until September
Where: Various locations across Leicester – find out more here

In the North…

9. The UK’s only arts camping festival for families

Just So Festival is an award-winning family arts festival, produced by Wild Rumpus. Promising mischief, curiosity and an array of creative pursuits including literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy, pillow fights, hidden retreats and so much more – all over one weekend, while camping!

When: 18 to 20 August 2017
Where: Rode Hall, Rode Hall Estate, Scholar Green ST7 3QT

10. Peacock Lake

An exciting, innovative production combining ice skating, contemporary and traditional international dance forms, including  Kathak, a classical Northern-Indian dance with live music to produce a modern production of Tchaikovsky’s classic Swan Lake. This modern take on a classic sees a cast of over 200 performers from across the globe come together at the Billingham Forum Ice Arena.

When: 19 to 20 August 2017
Where: Billingham Forum Ice Arena, Town Centre, The Causeway, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS23 2LJ

Find out more

Looking for more Lottery funded days out across the country this summer? Follow the hashtag 

Find out how to apply for National Lottery funding through our open access funding programme, Grants for the Arts