Get involved in Lancaster's culture

Get involved in Lancaster's culture

Lancaster is as vibrant as it is quirky, and its fantastic range of events, attractions and festivals mean there is so much for our students to see and do. Whether you're already studying at our Lancaster campus or are thinking of applying here, take a look at just some of the things you can explore in this heritage city.


Lancaster hosts a range of live music events throughout the year, which our students love to get involved in.

In May, you can head to Williamson Park for the Highest Point Festival. This is the city’s biggest music festival and welcomes some of the UK’s most popular artists every year. Past performers have included Rudimental, Clean Bandit, Rag N Bone Man, Becky Hill and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Best yet – it’s just a five-minute walk from our campus!

Each October, over 50 cafes, pubs and bars come together to host the Lancaster Music Festival, which celebrates the wonderful musicians and performers in the local area. As well as live music from over 300 artists, you can enjoy street theatre and workshops.

Popular events venue Kanteena regularly hosts gigs and raves too, so no matter your taste in music, there is something in Lancaster for you.


If you love a night at the theatre, be sure to check out the Lancaster Grand. This beautiful theatre has an amazing schedule of events throughout the year, including stand-up comedy shows, plays and musical performances.

There’s The Dukes Theatre too, a live performance venue with its own independent cinema. Each year it hosts an open-air, walkabout theatre in Williamson Park, a unique event that shouldn’t be missed.


Lancaster Central Library is more than a place to go and read books. It is also home to some great cultural events throughout the year, including plays, readings, and live music performances. Arts and crafts classes are available too, making the Library a fantastic place to discover a new hobby.

Another must-visit is Lancaster Castle, a former prison that dominates the local skyline. With a fascinating past, there’s no better way to explore its courtrooms and prison cells than on a guided tour. The grounds of the castle are also home to a fantastic café, so you can grab a drink and a bite to eat after uncovering the Roman fort’s dark past.

If you enjoy history, then we’d recommend taking a trip to the Lancaster City Museum. Its exhibits range from the pre-historic era right through to today, offering a glimpse into how Lancaster’s landscapes have evolved over time.

Lancaster celebrates Bonfire Night in style with the Light up Lancaster festival, allowing locals and visitors alike to discover new things about our historic city. At night, the festival gives artists a platform to showcase illumination works across town, including light-up displays in Market Square, planetary exhibits at the Central Library, and brightly decorated food stalls in Dalton Square. The finale of the festival is a firework spectacular, an unmissable display that illuminates the entire city.

Discover Lancaster

Upon moving to Lancaster, it’ll quickly become clear how this thriving city is a hotspot for creativity and culture. So, what are you waiting for? Come and join in the fun of life in Lancaster when you apply to one of our Lancaster-based courses.

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