Some interesting plans are afoot to make the Wiltshire town of Malmesbury the UK’s first “philosophy town”. The market town was the birthplace of Thomas Hobbes and sits serenely atop the Vale of the White Horse. It is proposed that the town be a regular host to various philosophy-themed festivals including a three day ideas symposium next October. An ideas workshop/coffee shop is also a project under development and the historical connection between philosophizing and walking will be reaffirmed with a number of long walks (including one to the home of John Locke) using Malmesbury as a starting point.
I don’t know of any similar proposals elsewhere in the world or if other countries support such a tradition. It would be interesting to find out. It does seem to me that there is a very good case for taking philosophy to places and audiences outside of the Academy.
I may have some involvement with the project (I live half an hour away) and will keep you posted.