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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Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Discover why the twentieth century’s great writers and artists found their inspiration in the fishing town of St Ives.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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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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Give cultural films a go at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Give cultural films a go at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival gives you the chance to watch films you won’t find in your local cinema in a range of unusual surroundings.

Location: Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Culture
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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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Enjoy the great outdoors at the Peak District Walking Festival

Enjoy the great outdoors at the Peak District Walking Festival

Put on your hiking boots and join in with one of a hundred themed events and walks happening across the Peak District.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

Countryside
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High-octane thrills on track, water and in the air

High-octane thrills on track, water and in the air

Experience the thrills of Cholmondeley Pageant of Power. Watch the car rallies, air displays, water sports and more.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Sporting Events
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Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Travel back in time, and experience the spa town through the eyes of its famed literary daughter.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Culture
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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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Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Don’t miss this exciting literature event, Words by the Water A Festival of Words and Ideas, which is set by a lake surrounded by the Northern Fells.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Le Tour is coming to Huddersfield and Holmfirth

Le Tour is coming to Huddersfield and Holmfirth

Join thousands to cheer on the riders on Le Tour including the most iconic climb in the country, Holme Moss.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Cycling
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Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world through the Fowey Festival

Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world through the Fowey Festival

Use the Fowey Festival as an opportunity to explore the town and countryside that inspired Daphne du Maurier.

Location: Fowey, Cornwall

Coast
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Go west to sample the best of festive shopping

Go west to sample the best of festive shopping

Bath is fast becoming a shopper’s paradise – so join the fun and grab yourself a bargain.

Location: Bath, Somerset

World heritage sites
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Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival

Whether you’re into clawing your way up mountains, sliding down them, jumping off the top - or just watching others do it - this gathering of adventure sports fans is a must.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

Extreme Sports
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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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Get active in Exeter during the Rugby World Cup

Get active in Exeter during the Rugby World Cup

Make the most of your Rugby World Cup trip to Exeter and stay on for this South West city’s stylish shopping, historic buildings and surrounding countryside.

Location: Exeter

Sport
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Warwick soaked in colour and sound

Warwick soaked in colour and sound

Sing along to folk favourites, as Warwick brings the world’s best to its door.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

Music and nightlife
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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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Get on your bike and take on the ‘Hills Killer’

Get on your bike and take on the ‘Hills Killer’

Do you have what it takes to battle your bike up the most challenging hills on the Isle of Wight?

Location: Freshwater, Isle of Wight

September events
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Celebrate at the SO Festival

Celebrate at the SO Festival

Lincolnshire’s coastal district of East Lindsey is transformed into an international arts venue during this annual festival.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Mix rugby and Royals in Milton Keynes

Mix rugby and Royals in Milton Keynes

Stay on after Rugby World Cup games in the surprising new town of Milton Keynes for shopping parks, indoor ski slopes and those famous concrete cow statues.

Location: Milton Keynes

Sport

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