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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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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Three days of music at Strawberry Fields

Three days of music at Strawberry Fields

Taking place on a farm locally famed for strawberry picking, this growing festival offers a multi-staged line-up of international and local acts.

Location: Heather, Leicestershire

August events
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Hear the best bands at Somerset’s world-famous arts and music festival

Hear the best bands at Somerset’s world-famous arts and music festival

Experience a weekend of music, arts and comedy at the south-west’s most iconic farm, where festival-goers have been flocking since the Seventies.

Location: Pilton, Somerset

Countryside
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Watch a cricket match at world famous Trent Bridge

Watch a cricket match at world famous Trent Bridge

Visit one of the most famous sporting grounds in the UK and watch cricketing history being made.

Location: West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

Events
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Experience the Bristol Harbour Festival on the water or dry land

Experience the Bristol Harbour Festival on the water or dry land

Celebrate all things maritime, from mermaid dances to pirate treasure hunts, and test out your sea legs on historic vessels at the Bristol Harbour Festival.

Location: Bristol

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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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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Have some fun at Kendal Calling

Have some fun at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling is the most fun you can have in the countryside with fields full of activities and attractions.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

Festivals and carnivals
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Test Match at Lord’s

Test Match at Lord’s

Discover the Home of Cricket on a day out at Lord's.

Location: London, Greater London

Sporting Events
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Enjoy music from around the globe at Rhythmtree

Enjoy music from around the globe at Rhythmtree

Rhythmtree world music festival offers hippy food and happy faces, alongside some of the top global music stars for festival-goers of all ages.

Location: Shalfleet, Isle of Wight

July events
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Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Be part of Scarborough’s three-day celebration of all things music, theatre, dance, film and art.

Location: Scarborough, Yorkshire

Coastal towns
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Enter antique heaven in Newark

Enter antique heaven in Newark

Go on an antique hunt at the Newark Antiques Fair. You never know what treasures you could discover…

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

Shopping and fashion
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Step up to the okey for 8 days of Darts action in Hull

Step up to the okey for 8 days of Darts action in Hull

Get up close and personal with some of the UK’s best darts professionals as they let the arrows fly.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Sporting Events
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Look to the skies at the Bournemouth Air Festival

Look to the skies at the Bournemouth Air Festival

A Mecca for aeroplane junmajestic display in the skies, the sea and on land.r Festival sees the RAF and Royal Navy put on a majestic display in the skies, the sea and on land.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Military history
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Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Quintessentially English sporting event on the River Thames.

Location: Henley, Berkshire

Sporting Events
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Learn the art of laughter at Birmingham’s Comedy Festival

Learn the art of laughter at Birmingham’s Comedy Festival

Watch stand-up from some of the world’s top comedians and then learn how to be funny yourself at the Birmingham Comedy Festival.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Performing arts
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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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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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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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Enjoy Nordic walking at the Walking and Outdoors Festival

Enjoy Nordic walking at the Walking and Outdoors Festival

The annual Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival, offers a host of exciting outdoor pursuits and taster sessions.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

Walking and hiking
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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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