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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Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne

See opera's biggest stars hit the high notes at Glyndebourne.

Location: Lewes, East Sussex

Performing arts
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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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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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Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Hear old school traditional to cutting-edge contemporary jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Learn a circus trick or two at Blackpool’s Showzam

Learn a circus trick or two at Blackpool’s Showzam

Magicians, performers and clowns take over the streets of Blackpool, as the circus (and much more) rolls into town every year for Showzam.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Coastal towns
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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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See new movies first at CINECITY Brighton Film Festival

See new movies first at CINECITY Brighton Film Festival

You can catch a must-see movie ahead of its release and question the director about what inspired them at the CINECITY Brighton Film Festival.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Culture
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Take a traffic-free bike ride around Leicester

Take a traffic-free bike ride around Leicester

Sky Rides are big, fun events which take over a town or city centre, so cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride safely together on a traffic-free route.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

August 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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Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Join the thousands of people each year at the world-famous Lyme Regis Fossil Festival celebrating millions of years of history.

Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset

World heritage sites
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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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See the Wiltshire market town of Devizes light up this Christmas

See the Wiltshire market town of Devizes light up this Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit as the Devizes Christmas Festival comes to town, including fireworks displays and a spectacular parade of lanterns.

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

Festivals and carnivals
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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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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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Seafood, real ale and free music in bundles

Seafood, real ale and free music in bundles

Throw three sheets to the salty Scarborough wind, with a smorgasbord of food and drink fit the most famed of seafarers.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Coast
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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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Stamford Shakespeare

Stamford Shakespeare

Open-air Shakespeare from the Stamford Shakespeare Company.

Location: Stamford, Lincolnshire

Performing arts
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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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Gather your pieces-of-eight for some piratical fun

Gather your pieces-of-eight for some piratical fun

Landlubbers beware! Grab an eye-patch and a parrot and head to Brixham for an adventure on the high seas.

Location: Brixham, Devon

Family
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Enjoy a behind the scenes tour at the home of Gloucester Rugby

Enjoy a behind the scenes tour at the home of Gloucester Rugby

Make the most of your West Country Rugby World Cup trip to Gloucester and take in the medieval history, glorious waterways and rolling landscapes.

Location: Gloucester

Sport

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