Discovering The UK’s Creative Hubs This Summer: Five Cities To Add To Your List

Summer is in full swing, making now the perfect time to explore - both physically and creatively. It can be restorative, rejuvenating, and revitalising to explore new places, especially vibrant cultural hotspots.

Whether you are looking to kindle your creative inspiration, enhance your well-being – or simply fancy something new – we’ve suggested five thriving creative hubs outside of London you should add to your summer itinerary. 


  1. Folkestone. This Kent-based town is rapidly emerging as an artistic enclave, boasting an entire street bursting with creative businesses, a dynamic art trail showcasing local talent, a book fair, a small fisheries museum which offers a unique glimpse into the area’s heritage, and more. Not to mention the biennale they recently held!
  2. Margate. This one is probably already on your radar. Margate has become something of haven for creatives hungry for inspiration. Many artists and entrepreneurs have flocked to this coastal town in recent years, infusing it with a vibrant artistic atmosphere – making it a great place for a creative getaway, exploring local galleries, independent shops, and cafes. 
  3. Eastbourne. With its recent creative push, Eastbourne presents an enticing blend of art and seaside charm. The Towner Gallery, a hub of contemporary art, is a must-visit, and nothing quite beats a seaside portion of fish and chips. Whether you crave hearty grub, a refreshing coastal breeze, or a cultural day trip, Eastbourne has got you covered.
  4. Newcastle. The creative industries are thriving in this northern hub, offering an abundance of opportunities for discerning freelance professionals seeking a place to live, work, and play. From top-notch art galleries to vibrant markets and a flourishing food scene, this dynamic city demands our attention.
  5. Cardiff. This city pulsates with creativity, proudly holding the title of the UK’s largest media centre outside of London. It houses a multitude of studios and spaces catering to the needs of creatives, such as Cardiff Containers and MeanWhile House. As an added bonus, the contrasting buzz of markets, where savvy small and local businesses sell their merchandise, ensures you’ll never experience a dull moment.
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