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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Join in the parties at Spitalfields Music Festivals

Join in the parties at Spitalfields Music Festivals

Putting music at the heart of London, Spitalfields continues its fusion of global and local in the East End of London through its festivals.

Location: London, Greater London

Festivals and carnivals
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Sample the best of Leicester before heading to the match

Sample the best of Leicester before heading to the match

Extend your Rugby World Cup visit to Leicester and discover this East Midlands city’s history, shopping, outdoor pursuits, culture and top notch curry.

Location: Leicester

Sport
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Enjoy a virtuoso time among musical greats

Enjoy a virtuoso time among musical greats

Be amazed by music from around the world, at Bath’s premier festival of sound.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Culture
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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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Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Quintessentially English sporting event on the River Thames.

Location: Henley, Berkshire

Sporting Events
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Have some fun at Kendal Calling

Have some fun at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling is the most fun you can have in the countryside with fields full of activities and attractions.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

Festivals and carnivals
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Stuff yourself full of great Yorkshire Dales grub

Stuff yourself full of great Yorkshire Dales grub

Whether you’re after cheese, vegetables, meat or real ale, there’s something for you at this northern gem.

Location: Leyburn, North Yorkshire

Low cost
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Get the giggles at Bath Comedy Festival

Get the giggles at Bath Comedy Festival

Laugh your socks off at Bath’s premier comedy event -– as it continues to grow.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Performing arts
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Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Culture galore, plus the beautiful Cornish countryside make the Port Eliot Festival a truly magical summer event.

Location: Port Eliot, Cornwall

Gardens and Parks
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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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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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Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot

This is probably the most quintessentially English sporting day out.

Location: Ascot, Berkshire

Events
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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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See the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

See the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

Every dance taste imaginable is catered for at Birmingham's showcase festival.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Performing arts
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Join the highbrow chit-chat at Chester Literature Festival

Join the highbrow chit-chat at Chester Literature Festival

There’s no shortage of wordy stimulation and novel debate for aspiring book worms at the Chester Literature Festival.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Literature, film and TV
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Experience York’s Literature Festival

Experience York’s Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Literature, film and TV
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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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Go to Liverpool Sound City, an innovative music, film and art festival

Go to Liverpool Sound City, an innovative music, film and art festival

Get a ticket for one of the UK’s largest international music, digital and film festivals.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Music and nightlife
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Cool off between games at the beach in Brighton

Cool off between games at the beach in Brighton

Turn your Rugby World Cup trip to Brighton & Hove into a south coast seaside break packed with beach fun, boutique shopping and family entertainment.

Location: Brighton and Hove

Sport
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Enjoy rugby and soccer greats in Manchester

Enjoy rugby and soccer greats in Manchester

Extend your Rugby World Cup trip to Manchester into a city break and immerse yourself in the sporting heritage, museums and shopping of this vibrant northwest city.

Location: Manchester

Sport

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