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Spring Highlights: Things To Do In April

April is debatably one of the best months of the year. There are not one, but TWO bank holidays making for a four day weekend, spring has officially sprung and everyone is generally in a better mood (probably down to all those sweet, sweet Easter eggs). Another perk of all that time off in April is you have more free time to discover the great things that are happening across the UK. So what are you waiting for? Plan now, REVL later.

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Queer British Art

From 5th April, the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art is coming to Tate Britain. It will feature works from 1861 – 1967 that all related to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) identities. This show marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and will include artists David Hockney, Duncan Grant, Dora Carrington and John Singer Sargent.

5th April – 1st October | Tate Britain | more info here

Margarita Rumble

Margarita lovers rejoice, there’s an entire festival dedicated to your favourite tequila-based cocktail coming to London at the end of April. Margarita Rumble 2017 will honour the humble margarita by inviting 15 of the city’s best restaurants to come and knock up their most impressive margarita to take home the title of London’s Best Margarita. 

30th April | The Yard, Shoreditch | more info here

The Hot 8 Brass Band

If you haven’t heard of The Hot 8 Brass Band, where have you been? They’re a New Orleans’ based brass band that mix jazz, funk and hip-hop with traditional brass all into one unbelievably catchy sound. You literally can’t listen to these guys without a smile beaming on your face and luckily they’re touring the UK throughout April. Catch them at Camden’s Roundhouse in London and other venues across the UK.

4th April | Roundhouse | more info here

The London Marathon

The Virgin Money Marathon has come around once again and it’s a great excuse to get out and support the runners and enjoy the sunshine at the same time. They’ve got an online spectators guide where you can find all of the necessary info whether you’re out and about or watching from home.

around London | more info here

And if you’re not in London…

Manchester | Andy Worhol at the Whitworth Gallery 

Andy Worhol’s work will be displayed in the Whitworth Gallery as part of their ‘Artists Room’ exhibitions that will show the sharp critical opinions of artists, known to most as art salesman, purveyor of product and celebrant of capitalism. This exhibition is supported by the Arts Council, Art Fund and Creative Scotland, so you know it’ll be good.

until 16th April | Whitworth Gallery | more info here

Liverpool | Grand National at Aintree 

Get your glad rags on and head to Aintree for this year’s legendary Grand National. There’s loads to get involved with including Ladies Day, live music and entertainment after the racing and loads of food and drink to try. 600 million people watch at home and you could be part of the live experience!

6th – 8th April | Aintree Racecourse | more info & tickets here

Newcastle | Quentin Blake: Inside Stories 

Curated by the House of Illustration, this exhibition gives us an insight into the life and origins of some of Quentin Blake’s most popular work. You’ll be able to see original drawings of Blake’s inspirations, first drafts and storyboards and see how his ideas developed into some of the most widely recognised illustrations of today.

11th March – 8th July | Laing Art Gallery | more info & booking here

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