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6 Places to Enjoy a Summer of Laughter!

Published: 8th August 2022

Creativity by coach

August sees Edinburgh take centre stage with both the Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival taking place from 5 August 2022. From children’s shows to over-18’s comedy, there is so much to explore and enjoy. Find your new favourite comedian, enjoy some live music, or watch the drama unfold on the stage. With over 3,000 shows and events to choose from, it will be hard to pick what to see!

If you can’t make it up to ‘Auld Reekie’ though, there are still plenty of places around the UK where you can express yourself and have a great time. With arts, theatre and comedy hotspots dotted across the UK, why not explore some of these destinations with our great value fares?

1. Bristol

For a fun, creative and authentic Bristol experience, you could try a Graffiti Workshop. Graft’s workshops are led by professional artists so you’ll soon be well on your way to colourfully expressing yourself with spray cans, stencils and paint markers.

Check out their website for more -

2. Birmingham

Everything to Everybody: Your Shakespeare, Your Culture is a free exhibition at Birmingham Library, as part of the Commonwealth Games festival. Celebrating one of the UK’s most important cultural assets, the Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library – the only great Shakespeare collection which belongs to all the people of a city. Immerse yourself in the unique story of the library and learn about Birmingham’s pioneering ‘everything to everybody’ ethos.

Runs until November 2022. See for more information.

3. London

The South-east corner of London will be bursting with sound, movement and foam for the outdoor Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. There will be numerous ways to express your creativity with 17 extraordinary days of theatre, art, dance and circus from 26 August – 11 September. And, best of all, it’s free!

Visit their official website for more.

4. Cardiff

Part of the national chain of comedy clubs, The Glee Club in Cardiff showcases some of the best stand-ups in the country every Friday and Saturday night. With well-known names bringing their shows to the Welsh capital before and after the Fringe, it’s a great place to head to see some stellar comedy talent and get your laugh on.

Visit Glee Club's website for more at

5. Leicester

If you’re looking to get singing or laughing, The Curve theatre in Leicester has a schedule packed with musicals and comedy during August and September. From Billy Elliott to Ed Gamble there’s all kinds of entertainment on offer at this spectacular state-of-the-art theatre based in the heart of Leicester’s vibrant Cultural Quarter.

Visit for more info.

6. Newcastle

Newcastle Mela is a free, family-friendly festival celebrating Asian culture in Newcastle's Exhibition Park. Buy clothes, gifts and jewellery; try out art, crafts and activities; and see some incredible performances by circus acts, dance artists and local groups - plus try plenty of great food.

Sunday 28 - Bank Holiday Monday 29 August 2022. Go to for more.


These are just a few of the hundreds of brilliant arts, theatre and comedy events and destinations across the country with something to offer this August. So if you can’t make it to Edinburgh, don’t worry. Hopefully this has inspired you to get out there and have some cultural fun!

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