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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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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Celebrate the birthday of the Bard

Celebrate the birthday of the Bard

Head to Shakespeare’s home town and join in the annual party that marks the anniversary of the playwright’s birth.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Budget
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Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Visit the cathedral city of Ely, and discover why the humble eel is so important in its history, as you walk its unique Eel Trail.

Location: Ely, Cambridgeshire

Events
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Listen to famous faces and discover new ones at Brisfest

Listen to famous faces and discover new ones at Brisfest

Brisfest gives you the chance to see the latest in up-and-coming musical and performing talents, and gives them their big break.

Location: Bristol

Low cost
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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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Haworth 1940s Weekend

Haworth 1940s Weekend

Head to West Yorkshire and party like it’s 1945.

Location: Haworth, West Yorkshire

Culture
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Laugh, cry and sing-along at the Playhouse

Laugh, cry and sing-along at the Playhouse

Since opening in 1990, the Playhouse has become one of Leeds' premiere events venue.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Performing arts
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Explore Exmoor on foot at this fantastic walking festival

Explore Exmoor on foot at this fantastic walking festival

Pull on your hiking boots and join in the march at the North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival.

Location: Exmoor, Devon

Countryside
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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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Uncover the Isle of Wight arts scene

Uncover the Isle of Wight arts scene

It’s a rare opportunity to get invited into an artist’s creative space, but in July they fling open their doors for you to come and take a look.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

City
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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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Visit England's largest travelling fair

Visit England's largest travelling fair

Hull Fair celebrated its 700th birthday in 1993 and has grown to attract over half a million visitors.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Family
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Visit the UK’s premier racing venue at Silverstone

Visit the UK’s premier racing venue at Silverstone

There’s far more to this legendary circuit in Buckinghamshire than you may imagine.

Location: Silverstone, Buckinghamshire

Sporting Events
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Revel in pageantry at the Henley of the north

Revel in pageantry at the Henley of the north

There's nothing weary about the Wear, at northeast England's premier rowing event.

Location: River Wear, Durham

City
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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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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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Cheer on a winner at the Northumberland Plate Festival

Cheer on a winner at the Northumberland Plate Festival

Put on your posh frocks and have a little flutter at one of the biggest events in the North East horseracing calendar.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

City
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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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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

Forests and woodlands
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Discover the world’s biggest bonfire celebrations in Sussex

Discover the world’s biggest bonfire celebrations in Sussex

Autumn sees towns and villages across Sussex unite together in an ancient bonfire tradition for three months of eerie torch lit processions.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Coastal towns

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