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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Tour de France- Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate

Tour de France- Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate

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

Location: Yorkshire

Activities
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Enjoy a summer festival of fun

Enjoy a summer festival of fun

The South Tyneside Summer Festival promises to be music to the ears of anyone looking to be entertained during the summer months.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

Culture
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Hear music from around the globe at WOMAD

Hear music from around the globe at WOMAD

Grab your tent and get down at the long-running World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Forests and woodlands
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Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

If you're a culture vulture then you'll absolutely love Portsmouth's annual festival of culture, arts and heritage, spread out over two weeks.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Events
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Celebrate the written & spoken word at the Literary Festival

Celebrate the written & spoken word at the Literary Festival

You can spend a whole weekend in October honouring the great literature that was inspired on the island.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

October events
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See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

Manchester’s Chinatown is transformed as lanterns, food stalls and a Dragon Parade take over the streets of the city.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Budget
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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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Enjoy live music at Broadstairs Folk Week

Enjoy live music at Broadstairs Folk Week

Discover a world of music then dance from early till late in the streets, pubs and promenades of this atmospheric town.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

Festivals and carnivals
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Join a mass cycle ride in Central London with RideLondon

Join a mass cycle ride in Central London with RideLondon

Get on your bike and enjoy two days of special cycling events as part of the RideLondon festival – including a public FreeCycle through London.

Location: Central London, Greater London

Cycling
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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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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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Take part in the Portsmouth & Southsea Triathlon Festival

Take part in the Portsmouth & Southsea Triathlon Festival

Take part in a gruelling Olympic distance race over land and sea at the Wiggle Portsmouth Triathlon Festival.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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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Test your fitness levels at The Great North Run

Test your fitness levels at The Great North Run

The Great North Run is an iconic half marathon with more than 54,000 runners registering to take part every year.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Events
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Underground Choir Singing

Underground Choir Singing

Inside Britain's largest natural cave entrance.

Location: Castleton, Derbyshire

Going underground
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A thrilling day at the Chester Races

A thrilling day at the Chester Races

You can’t beat a fantastic day at the races, so get dressed up and pick up your race card for a day of fun and socialising.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Sporting Events
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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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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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Take a day out at Ramsgate’s Summer Squall arts festival

Take a day out at Ramsgate’s Summer Squall arts festival

Feel Ramsgate come alive to a fabulous festival brim-full of outstanding international and local artists.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

Festivals and carnivals
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Superbikes and car racing at the heart of British motorsport

Superbikes and car racing at the heart of British motorsport

The iconic Donington Park motor racing circuit hosts national and international motorsport racing throughout the summer months.

Location: Castle Donington, Leicestershire

Extreme Sports

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