Culture in Lancaster

Lancaster is an Arts City full of cultural activity from theatres and live music to galleries, cinemas, literature and dance. We’ve pulled together our highlights just for you…


The Dukes Theatre and Cinema

Presenting culture and creativity from the heart of the city, The Dukes is Lancashire’s only professional producing theatre, hosting home-grown dramas throughout the year. Sit back and enjoy theatre productions as well as comedy, dance, cinema and music events all year round.


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Lancaster Grand Theatre

Lancaster Grand Theatre first opened in 1782 and was known simply as The Theatre, Lancaster. The Grand attracts top comedians, singers, bands and theatre touring shows as well as presenting many in-house productions that draw on local talent.


Lancaster Literature Festival

Held each year in spring at the Storey, Litfest is one of the oldest running literature festivals in the country and presents a host of talks and readings from major authors, poets and illustrators.


Highest Point Festival, Lancaster Music Festival and Lancaster Jazz Festival

Lancaster’s growing music festival programme offers something for everyone. The 3-day Highest Point festival is held in the beautiful surroundings of Williamson Park overlooking the city, with Lancaster Music Festival and Lancaster Jazz Festival creating an amazing citywide vibe by taking over the many bars, venues and outside historic squares and spaces.


Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University

Lancaster Arts has a long-established reputation for inviting audiences to distinctive campus-based performance spaces – the Nuffield Theatre, the Peter Scott Gallery and the Great Hall.  Expect and enjoy cutting-edge contemporary art with their thematic programmes.


The Storey

A hub for many festivals because of its trendy Printroom Café and Visitor Centre, The Storey hosts an exciting array of performances, workshops and art exhibitions throughout the year.  This year’s events programme includes ‘A Splendid Day Out Steampunk Festival’, so expect shopping, music, fun and mayhem in a traditional Steampunk style.


Ludus Dance

Ludus Dance, Lancashire’s leading dance development charity, offers ‘dance for everyone’ through events and workshops from their welcoming and friendly studio inside the historic Assembly Rooms.


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Dukes Plays in the Park

See Lancaster’s beautiful Williamson Park become magically transformed into a different world with their hugely popular Plays in the Park outdoor theatre. Why not book some tickets for this brilliant outdoor theatre show and enjoy some culture al fresco.


Lune Valley Arts Trail

For more than 20 years, visitors have followed this arts trail in and around the beautiful Lune Valley. Seek out studios of artists producing ceramics, paintings, woven/felted textiles and sculpture, with many of the pieces available to buy.


Haffner Orchestra and The Ashton Hall

Buy tickets to see the Haffner – Lancaster’s only symphony orchestra – play at the majestic Ashton Hall for a memorable experience. The Ashton Hall (inside Lancaster Town Hall) also hosts Lancaster Beer Festival and other leading acts and speakers.


Light Up Lancaster

This leading light festival invites you to explore the city spaces and venues of Lancaster. Imaginative local artists rub shoulders with internationally renowned artists each year to create intriguing light art and memorable performances.