Arts and Culture at Lancaster University

Arts and Culture

Some arts and cultural events continue during Covid-19, but with some precautions in place to ensure they do so safely.

Lancaster has a great deal to offer in terms of arts and culture with many events hosted on campus in the Lancaster Arts centre, and many more hosted in and around the City of Lancaster itself.

Lancaster Arts

Lancaster Arts host regular performances from leading names from the world of theatre, comedy, music and dance. Recent events include stand-up comic Elf Lyons, and the award-winning Police Cops as well as outstanding classical performances from Alexander Panfilov, Nicola Benedetti and Noriko Ogawa to name but a few. Lancaster Arts also includes the Peter Scott Gallery for art exhibitions as well as informal talks and workshops.


Lancaster is home to a vibrant music scene, with many pubs hosting regular live music and open mic nights throughout the year. There is also the annual Lancaster Music Festival which takes place in October each year with hundreds of acts performing at over 40 locations across the City.

Theatre and cinema

The Dukes in Lancaster hosts a mixture of modern films and big screen theatre productions and events in its Artists Hub. There is also a Vue cinema in the centre of Lancaster, and if travelling off campus is too much for you, we even have our very own campus cinema, Take 2.

Lake District, near Keswick.

Arts events

Lancaster Arts City hosts details on a wide range of arts-related events hosted in and around Lancaster, including events at partners including the Dukes and the Storey, which often hosts art exhibitions as well as the monthly open mic storytelling event: ‘Stories at the Storey’.

You will also find a range of arts-based festivals organised throughout the year. Lancaster Words for example a literary festival organised by the University’s Department of English Literature and Creative Writing. While Litfest is a separate event that also takes place in Lancaster on an annual basis.

Away from literature, you can also look forward to the annual ‘Light Up Lancaster’ festival of light and art that takes place in Lancaster each year.

Other things to see and do

You can find out about other things to see and do at the Visitor Information Centre located on the ground floor of the Storey in Lancaster. A selection of other local highlights include:

There are also several nature reserves and wildlife spots not too far out of the City, including RSPB Leighton Moss.