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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Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Don’t miss this exciting literature event, Words by the Water A Festival of Words and Ideas, which is set by a lake surrounded by the Northern Fells.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Watch creatures fly at Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Watch creatures fly at Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Join thousands of spectators in watching kites of every shape and size take to the air.

Location: Southsea, Hampshire

Free
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Enjoy the best of the West Country's culinary fare

Enjoy the best of the West Country's culinary fare

As if the Cotswolds weren't enough of a treat, get a taste for the local and refined at this gourmand's delight.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Food and Drink
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Big Show Entertainment at Bournemouth International Centre

Big Show Entertainment at Bournemouth International Centre

Dance, music, sports or comedy? It's all on offer at the Bournemouth International Centre.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Coast
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Watch Britain's top cycling teams race around Leicester

Watch Britain's top cycling teams race around Leicester

Get close to the action as some of Britain’s top professional cyclists contest the Leicester Castle Classic cycle race.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

August events
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Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Celebrate the life of Dickens at the week long, eclectic festival.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

Festivals and carnivals
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Get in the swing at the Manchester Jazz Festival

Get in the swing at the Manchester Jazz Festival

Feel the groove or just chill out with ten days of cutting-edge tunes and killer beats at the Manchester Jazz Festival.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Music and nightlife
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Warwick soaked in colour and sound

Warwick soaked in colour and sound

Sing along to folk favourites, as Warwick brings the world’s best to its door.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

Music and nightlife
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Proms in the Park

Proms in the Park

Top class musical entertainment in Hyde Park.

Location: London, Greater London

Performing arts
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Find your festive spirit at Salisbury's Christmas Market

Find your festive spirit at Salisbury's Christmas Market

Shop 'til you drop at Salisbury's annual Christmas Market, held in the beautiful Market Place.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Seasonal celebrations
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Tame your own dragon at the Forest of Dean’s Dragon Festival

Tame your own dragon at the Forest of Dean’s Dragon Festival

Get hands on with baby dragons and learn dragonology as ‘Alchemy Entertainment’ takes over the Dean Heritage Centre for the whole weekend.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Culture
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Take a Christmas cookery class with a celebrity chef

Take a Christmas cookery class with a celebrity chef

Explore the world of Christmas food and drink with Michelin-starred celebrity chefs at the Taste of Christmas event in London’s Docklands.

Location: London

Food and Drink
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Witness the thrill of the race at Barbury International Horse Trials

Witness the thrill of the race at Barbury International Horse Trials

Saddle up for this three-day event, which tests the strength and stamina of horses and their riders.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

Sport
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Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

Feeling hungry? Eat and drink your way around one of the UK’s biggest food festivals.

Location: Oxford South Parks, Oxfordshire

Food and Drink
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Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Tour de France- Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate

Tour de France- Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate

Explore some of England’s most dramatic scenery, and take in some shopping, a stroll and a spa treatment along the way.

Location: Yorkshire

Sport
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Mix rugby and Royals in Milton Keynes

Mix rugby and Royals in Milton Keynes

Stay on after Rugby World Cup games in the surprising new town of Milton Keynes for shopping parks, indoor ski slopes and those famous concrete cow statues.

Location: Milton Keynes

Sport
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Plan a visit to Hull's fresh grass roots festival

Plan a visit to Hull's fresh grass roots festival

Grab your dancing shoes and head down to Humber Street Sesh - a fresh, grassroots festival hosting over 150 bands in one day, all set in the atmospheric old fruit market.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Culture
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Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

For 16 days during May, Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance creating a plethora of entertainment for all ages.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Festivals and carnivals
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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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