What not to miss

There’s nothing quite like events in England. Where else can you take a dip in a hot tub after dancing the night away at a masquerade ball, sing along with rock stars while dressed as an octopus and catch up with famous writers and chefs in a glorious seaside setting. Film, food, music, comedy, street art, theatre, literature, vintage lifestyle and even worm charming are all checked off at English events and festivals. Want to keep it traditional? England invented the social season and the summer calendar of events in the UK is peppered with opera in gardens and major sporting fixtures including horse racing and rowing.

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Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

There are over 200 films to choose from at London’s most accessible and exciting film festival.

Location: London, Greater London

Literature, film and TV
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Enjoy live music at Broadstairs Folk Week

Enjoy live music at Broadstairs Folk Week

Discover a world of music then dance from early till late in the streets, pubs and promenades of this atmospheric town.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

Festivals and carnivals
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Celebrate a unique musical heritage at BRASS Durham International Festival

Celebrate a unique musical heritage at BRASS Durham International Festival

Brass is given a modern twist with art installations in the streets and a dose of contemporary hip hop, at BRASS Durham International Festival.

Location: Durham City

Budget
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Treat yourself at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival

Treat yourself at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival

It’s a case of food, glorious food at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival but don’t miss out on the chance to learn about local produce too.

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

Coast
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Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

For lovers of real ale and cider, there’s no better place to stop off than the Robin Hood Beer Festival, with over a thousand real ales and ciders.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Enjoy horseracing as the Romans did 2000 years ago

Enjoy horseracing as the Romans did 2000 years ago

Go to York Races and take part in a spectacle that first took place over 2,000 years ago.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Sporting Events
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Experience a celebration of Dorset seafood

Experience a celebration of Dorset seafood

Celebrate Dorset’s finest seafood, with cooking demonstrations and tasting opportunities. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Location: Weymouth & Portland, Dorset

Coast
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Enjoy music from around the globe at Rhythmtree

Enjoy music from around the globe at Rhythmtree

Rhythmtree world music festival offers hippy food and happy faces, alongside some of the top global music stars for festival-goers of all ages.

Location: Shalfleet, Isle of Wight

July events
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Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

At Brighton Pride you can enjoy a risqué new drag act, dance till your heart’s content – and eat fish ‘n’ chips.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Free
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Enjoy family fun among the flowers

Enjoy family fun among the flowers

The RHS Flower Show is the North’s greatest garden party. Get inspiration, listen to the bands and pick up a few plants for your own garden.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

July events
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Superbikes and car racing at the heart of British motorsport

Superbikes and car racing at the heart of British motorsport

The iconic Donington Park motor racing circuit hosts national and international motorsport racing throughout the summer months.

Location: Castle Donington, Leicestershire

Extreme Sports
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Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Don't miss Europe's largest hot air balloon event.

Location: Bristol

Free
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Revel in pageantry at the Henley of the north

Revel in pageantry at the Henley of the north

There's nothing weary about the Wear, at northeast England's premier rowing event.

Location: River Wear, Durham

City
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Discover Caribbean traditions in Leicester

Discover Caribbean traditions in Leicester

Join the annual Leicester Caribbean Carnival in August with a parade around the city, culminating in an event in Victoria Park.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

August events
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Enjoy a weekend of music at Beverley Folk Festival

Enjoy a weekend of music at Beverley Folk Festival

The market town of Beverley in East Yorkshire plays host to the annual Beverley Folk Festival which recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

Culture
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Help yourself to the best food and drink at Aldeburgh

Help yourself to the best food and drink at Aldeburgh

Fine food, local brews and idyllic seaside make the perfect ingredients for a tasty weekend away.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Coastal towns
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Le Tour is coming to Huddersfield and Holmfirth

Le Tour is coming to Huddersfield and Holmfirth

Join thousands to cheer on the riders on Le Tour including the most iconic climb in the country, Holme Moss.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Cycling
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Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

November welcomes Leicester’s annual Literary Festival organised by the School of English at the University of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

November events
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Stamford Shakespeare

Stamford Shakespeare

Open-air Shakespeare from the Stamford Shakespeare Company.

Location: Stamford, Lincolnshire

Performing arts
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Take part in a Confetti Battle in Devizes

Take part in a Confetti Battle in Devizes

Join the crowds gathered in Devizes' historic market place for this colourful event!

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

August events

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