Events

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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Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

The Robin Hood Festival is a celebration to all things medieval and associated to Robin, taking place annually within his home of Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Activities
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Changing of the Guards in London

Changing of the Guards in London

Pomp, ceremony and black bearskin hats.

Location: London, Greater London

Royal
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Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Be part of Scarborough’s three-day celebration of all things music, theatre, dance, film and art.

Location: Scarborough, Yorkshire

Coastal towns
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Visit England's largest travelling fair

Visit England's largest travelling fair

Hull Fair celebrated its 700th birthday in 1993 and has grown to attract over half a million visitors.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Family
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Watch a cricket match at world famous Trent Bridge

Watch a cricket match at world famous Trent Bridge

Visit one of the most famous sporting grounds in the UK and watch cricketing history being made.

Location: West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

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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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Push the boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Push the boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Witness the world’s most diverse artists and performers from the risqué world of Burlesque.

Location: London, Greater London

Performing arts
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Be inspired by authors, readings and workshops in the northeast

Be inspired by authors, readings and workshops in the northeast

Hexham's annual celebration of all things literary features some of the country's best writers, in a suitably beautiful setting.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

Culture
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See kites fill the sky at the St Annes on Sea Kite Festival

See kites fill the sky at the St Annes on Sea Kite Festival

St Annes hosts the spectacular annual Kite Festival, featuring magnificent kites from all over the world.

Location: St Annes on Sea, Lancashire

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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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Be bowled over by the Scarborough Cricket Festival

Be bowled over by the Scarborough Cricket Festival

The annual festival is one of the most historic sporting events in the world and has played host to some great cricketers over the years.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Celebrate international arts at Salisbury's annual festival

Celebrate international arts at Salisbury's annual festival

The annual 16-day Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival blazed into life in 1973, and presents a wonderful array of spectacular events.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

May events
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Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

With up to 40 races a day and more than 1,000 boats pulling into harbour, Cowes Week is the sailing spectacular event not to be missed.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

August events
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Celebrate of all things Sunderland at the Sunderland Festival

Celebrate of all things Sunderland at the Sunderland Festival

Every year new elements are added to make the Sunderland festival bigger and better, promising a fantastic weekend full of activities for everyone.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Tetbury Woolsack Race

Tetbury Woolsack Race

This is undoubtedly one of England's strangest sports, but its tradition dates back to the 17th-century.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Budget
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Enjoy delicious eats at EAT! Festival

Enjoy delicious eats at EAT! Festival

Forget everything you know about food festivals, EAT! NewcastleGateshead is something unique, innovative and rooted in NewcastleGateshead and the North East.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

September events
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Listen to the world’s top authors at The Bath Literature Festival

Listen to the world’s top authors at The Bath Literature Festival

Historical architecture, famous writers, highbrow debate and piles of books… What more could you ask for from a literature event?

Location: Bath, Somerset

Literature, film and TV
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Watch a performance by the Scarborough Spa Orchestra

Watch a performance by the Scarborough Spa Orchestra

Hear the UK’s last remaining professional seaside orchestra in the surroundings of the Grand Spa.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Coast
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Step back to the Summer of Love at the Isle of Wight Festival

Step back to the Summer of Love at the Isle of Wight Festival

At the legendary music festival in June you can see some of the biggest names in the business from the past, present and future.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

June events
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Go Hi-de-Hi at Camp Bestival

Go Hi-de-Hi at Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival (Bestival’s baby sister) brings music, comedy and family fun to the Dorset coast each summer.

Location: Lulworth, Dorset

Culture

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