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 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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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 part in a Confetti Battle in Devizes

Take part in a Confetti Battle in Devizes

Join the crowds gathered in Devizes' historic market place for this colourful event!

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

August events
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Tetbury Woolsack Race

Tetbury Woolsack Race

This is undoubtedly one of England's strangest sports, but its tradition dates back to the 17th-century.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Budget
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Get giddy at the Nottingham Goose Fair

Get giddy at the Nottingham Goose Fair

Goose Fair is one of Europe’s largest travelling fairs and is one of Nottingham’s oldest traditions, dating back more than 700 years.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Watch the Lord Mayor brand cars in the Cart Marking ceremony

Watch the Lord Mayor brand cars in the Cart Marking ceremony

From handcarts and horse-drawn carriages to steam-driven vehicles and London busses; see this parade of vehicles as they are marked with a red hot iron.

Location: London, Greater London

Festivals and carnivals
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Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

At Brighton Pride you can enjoy a risqué new drag act, dance till your heart’s content – and eat fish ‘n’ chips.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Free
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Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Celebrity authors, great thinkers and best-selling writers come together at this lively literary event.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Low cost
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Visit the UK’s largest outdoor festival in Keswick

Visit the UK’s largest outdoor festival in Keswick

Grab your Gore-Tex, pack the tent and amble over to Keswick’s big family adventure.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

Forests and woodlands
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Enjoy horseracing as the Romans did 2000 years ago

Enjoy horseracing as the Romans did 2000 years ago

Go to York Races and take part in a spectacle that first took place over 2,000 years ago.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Sporting Events
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Experience the London Marathon

Experience the London Marathon

Thousands of runners take to the streets of the capital.

Location: London, Greater London

Events
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Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

With up to 40 races a day and more than 1,000 boats pulling into harbour, Cowes Week is the sailing spectacular event not to be missed.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

August events
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Push the boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Push the boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Witness the world’s most diverse artists and performers from the risqué world of Burlesque.

Location: London, Greater London

Performing arts
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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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Sit courtside at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Sit courtside at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Experience the thrill of top-class tennis at the world's oldest tennis tournament, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.

Location: Wimbledon, Greater London

Sporting Events
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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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Proms in the Park

Proms in the Park

Top class musical entertainment in Hyde Park.

Location: London, Greater London

Performing arts
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Eyes to the skies at one of Europe’s biggest free Airshows

Eyes to the skies at one of Europe’s biggest free Airshows

Pack the picnic and visit the Sunderland International Airshow, for a fantastic weekend of fun and entertainment, both in the air and on the ground.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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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Watch illuminated floats at Bridgewater Guy Fawkes Carnival

Watch illuminated floats at Bridgewater Guy Fawkes Carnival

Experience the West Country tradition of ‘squibbing’ at the UK’s largest winter carnival.

Location: Bridgwater, Somerset

Culture

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