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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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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Experience the Bristol Harbour Festival on the water or dry land

Experience the Bristol Harbour Festival on the water or dry land

Celebrate all things maritime, from mermaid dances to pirate treasure hunts, and test out your sea legs on historic vessels at the Bristol Harbour Festival.

Location: Bristol

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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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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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

Events
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Have a spicy post-match feast in Birmingham

Have a spicy post-match feast in Birmingham

Make the most of a Rugby World Cup trip to Birmingham and pack days with historic tours, stylish shopping and fun family attractions.

Location: Birmingham

Sporting Events
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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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Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Celebrate the Cornish fishing community’s hard work and delicious produce at the Newlyn Fish Festival.

Location: Newlyn, Cornwall

Coast
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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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Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Dance to the steel pans, see amazing costumes and enjoy a slice of the Caribbean at Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street carnival in Europe.

Location: Notting Hill, Greater London

Festivals and carnivals
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Plunge the depths of maritime navigation

Plunge the depths of maritime navigation

From 11th July to 4th January 2015, the National Maritime Museum and Royal Museums Greenwich will mark the 300th anniversary of the Longitude Act.

Location: Greenwich, London

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Indulge in a tripple at Manchester’s Beer and Cider Festival

Indulge in a tripple at Manchester’s Beer and Cider Festival

If beer and cider are your passion, don’t miss this CAMRA-organised festival at Manchester the Velodrome between 21 and 24 January 2015.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Events
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The FA Cup

The FA Cup

The best places to watch the Cup Final day.

Location: London, Greater London

May events
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Three days of music at Strawberry Fields

Three days of music at Strawberry Fields

Taking place on a farm locally famed for strawberry picking, this growing festival offers a multi-staged line-up of international and local acts.

Location: Heather, Leicestershire

August events
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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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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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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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Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Have a Teutonic shopping experience, and don't miss the Glüwein!

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Low cost
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Skies are filled with colour at the Portsmouth Kite Festival

Skies are filled with colour at the Portsmouth Kite Festival

Take a kite to Southsea Common and get involved in one of the world's biggest and best kite festivals.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Events
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Make a date for Bath Fringe Festival

Make a date for Bath Fringe Festival

A buzzing 17-day festival of multiple art forms (some that don't have names yet) held in all kinds of settings within Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Performing arts

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