England's Calendar of Events
Crucible at Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral will be hosting Crucible, a world class exhibition celebrating contemporary sculpture from a cast of international renowned sculptors. Crucible, an exhibition described by organizers as 'one of the largest and most important exhibitions of contemporary sculpture to take place in Britain during the past decade', will be hosted at Gloucester Cathedral for two months this autumn.
When You're Strange at The Guildhall
See The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison as he's never been seen before at Gloucester Guildhall, when the insightful documentary When You're Strange is shown. A compelling documentary about The Doors' enigmatic frontman Jim Morrison will be on the Gloucester Guildhall cinema screen this September. Narrated by Johnny Depp, and directed by Tom DiCillo, organisers say the film sees the legendary 60s singer go from the Nietzsche-reading son of a senior naval officer to poet and onto drugged out shaman.
The Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England
Regency Bath Celebrates Its Most Famous Resident. Jane Austen was not only Bath's most famous resident, but her novels and the television and film adaptations of them have probably made the South western City of Bath more famous to most people than the fabulous Roman Baths themselves. The annual Jane Austen festival features at least 30 different Regency themed events, from tea parties and 18th century dance workshops, to street fairs selling Regency themed foods and goods.
Here are some of the highlights:
• Costumed, Regency Promenade
• Festival dance workshops
• 18th century Country Dances with buffet suppers
• An 18th century public breakfast
• Walking tours
• Costume photography sessions (bring your own camera)
• Tea with Jane in an elegant Regency dining room
• Live performances of Austen adaptations
Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay
A UK Celebration of Agatha Christie - The "Queen of Crime" Fictional detective Hercule Poirot in Torquay, Agatha Christie's home town
A Week for Classic Mystery Lovers in Torquay. Torquay, Agatha Christie's hometown and part of the English Riviera, celebrates its native daughter, one of the 20th century's most famous mystery writers, with a week of events and performances. Christie fans come from all over the world for the September festivals.
Events vary from year to year, but usually include:
• Free screenings of Agatha Christie films
• Teas and tours
• Live performances by the Agatha Christie Theatre Company
• Illustrated talks
• Murder mystery parties and dinners
• Tea dances
• Tours and boat visits to Greenway, Agatha Christie's home
• Treasure hunts,
• Classic car events
A Village Tradition, The Findon Sheep Fair Dates Back Almost 800 Years
The Findon Sheep Fair, originated in a 13th century charter for a three day trade fair and market. In the 18th century, a summer lamb sale was followed by the Great Fair in September.
At one time, large flocks of sheep were driven across the South Downs and through the town on the way to railway yards. For more than 200 years, the fair was the occasion for a sheep auction where as many as 15,000 sheep changed hands. Sadly, the sheep auction is no more.
Today the fair features:
• amusements and rides
• rural crafts and food stalls
• barn dances
• a dog show.