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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Get in the festive spirit and spend Christmas in Chester

Get in the festive spirit and spend Christmas in Chester

Go ice-skating, visit Santa, sip on mulled wine and spend the weekend celebrating all things festive in the beautiful city of Chester.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

The Robin Hood Festival is a celebration to all things medieval and associated to Robin, taking place annually within his home of Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Activities
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Jazz, art and sunsets in St Ives

Jazz, art and sunsets in St Ives

Some say it’s the painterly light that makes St Ives so special. For others it’s the great swathes of golden sand.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

Unique Experiences
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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

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Join in this most colourful of parades at Bristol Pride

Join in this most colourful of parades at Bristol Pride

Take in some drag queen cabaret or chill out to some pumping tunes; whatever you decide to do at Bristol Pride, it won’t be boring.

Location: Bristol

Free
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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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Listen to the world’s top authors at The Bath Literature Festival

Listen to the world’s top authors at The Bath Literature Festival

Historical architecture, famous writers, highbrow debate and piles of books… What more could you ask for from a literature event?

Location: Bath, Somerset

Literature, film and TV
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Enjoy family fun among the flowers

Enjoy family fun among the flowers

The RHS Flower Show is the North’s greatest garden party. Get inspiration, listen to the bands and pick up a few plants for your own garden.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

July events
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Calling all food lovers to Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

Calling all food lovers to Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

Holmfirth’s Food and Drink Festival in September is a jam-packed weekend with cookery demonstrations, food markets, live music and entertainment.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

September events
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Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Join the thousands of people each year at the world-famous Lyme Regis Fossil Festival celebrating millions of years of history.

Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset

World heritage sites
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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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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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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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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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Dine alfresco in the walled gardens at historic Swinton Park

Dine alfresco in the walled gardens at historic Swinton Park

The restored walled garden at historic Swinton Park is a delightful spot for lunch in the open-air.

Location: Ripon, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy a weekend of music at Beverley Folk Festival

Enjoy a weekend of music at Beverley Folk Festival

The market town of Beverley in East Yorkshire plays host to the annual Beverley Folk Festival which recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

Culture
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Get in the spirit at the Lincoln Christmas Market

Get in the spirit at the Lincoln Christmas Market

Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Lincoln Christmas Market in the historic Cathedral Quarter.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Festivals and carnivals
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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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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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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

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