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Welcome to Lancaster

City of Stories

Lancaster is a small city with a big story to tell. Discover the city’s literary history, meet emerging writers or lose yourself in a legend told against the stunning backdrop of Williamson Park.

LitfestLancaster Litfest
3-26 March

Lancaster Literature Festival returns with a fabulously varied programme of events. From poetry to blogging, by way of Doctor Who, whilst welcoming everyone from emerging local writers to internationally acclaimed authors, Litfest offers something for everyone to enjoy during this month of stories. Tickets from Lancaster Visitor Information Centre or

Tea with Oscar WildeTea with Oscar Wilde
Lancaster Castle, 18 March
Join Oscar Wilde as he interviews leading celebrities of the Victorian era and recounts a story or two! For more information

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Lancaster Castle, 18-29 April
A promenade performance of Shakespeare’s exuberant comedy of friendship and love. For more information

The IslandThe Island
The Dukes, 27 April - 6 May
This great drama of defiance and determination draws on the stories that linger from the prison colony of Robben Island. For more information

Lancaster Comics Day
Lancaster Library, 11 June
Comics Day returns for the third year with fantasy authors, comic writers and editors and a games room. For more information

Bard by the BeachBard By The Beach
Various venues, 20-23 July
Performers and artists will converge by the beach and bring Shakespeare’s enduring works to life in a variety of exciting projects. For more information

Treasure IslandTreasure Island
The Dukes Play in the Park, 4 July - 12 Augut
Meet Jem Hawkins, a woman with a plan – to escape her troubles, travel the world and make a new life for herself. Climb aboard the Hispaniola this summer and follow Jem’s search for treasure as the winding paths and dark woodlands of Williamson Park transform into Treasure Island. For more information


Lancaster LitFestLiterary Lancaster
Discover Lancaster's vast library history as you dip into texts by authors such as Charles Dickens and William Wordsworth, accompanied by familar landmarks of Lancaster such as the historic castle and beautiful scenery of the River Lune. Encounter tales of witchcraft, slavery and ghostly hauntings as you are guided ona  literary journey into Lancaster's fascinating and often dark past. For more information

Hidden Treasures at the Ruskin Library
This award-winning building at Lancaster University houses a fascinating mixture of pictures, books, manuscripts and photographs relating to the great Victorian writer and artist John Ruskin. Call 01524 593587 for information and visiting times.

Download the City of Stories leaflet

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