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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Have fun at Dorset's unusual Knobs, Nettle and Chilli events

Have fun at Dorset's unusual Knobs, Nettle and Chilli events

Dorset's entertaining food events celebrate some strange traditions! From Nettle Eating and Knob throwing to Dorset's own Chilli Fiesta.

Location: Dorset

Coastal towns
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Find your festive spirit at Salisbury's Christmas Market

Find your festive spirit at Salisbury's Christmas Market

Shop 'til you drop at Salisbury's annual Christmas Market, held in the beautiful Market Place.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Seasonal celebrations
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Get to the heart of the crafty Cotswolds

Get to the heart of the crafty Cotswolds

Allow yourself to be dazzled – and perhaps, learn to dazzle yourself – at a place where art comes to life.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Culture
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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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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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Enjoy the best of the West Country's culinary fare

Enjoy the best of the West Country's culinary fare

As if the Cotswolds weren't enough of a treat, get a taste for the local and refined at this gourmand's delight.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Food and Drink
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Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Experience the Isle of Wight’s incredible microclimate first hand with a startling subtropical and exotic plant collection at Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Gardens and Parks
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Skies are filled with colour at the Portsmouth Kite Festival

Skies are filled with colour at the Portsmouth Kite Festival

Take a kite to Southsea Common and get involved in one of the world's biggest and best kite festivals.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Events
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Have a bloomin’ lovely time at the Harrogate Flower Show

Have a bloomin’ lovely time at the Harrogate Flower Show

Regarded amongst England’s largest and most prestigious gardening events, the spring show promises garden lovers the perfect day out in late April.

Location: Harrogate, North yorkshire

Culture
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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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Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Immerse yourself in a line-up of events showcasing the best of independent cinema and musical performances.

Location: London, Greater London

Culture
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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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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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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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Fill your belly at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Fill your belly at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Sample the best of Liverpool’s thriving food and drink scene at this weekend of gastronomic delights.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

City
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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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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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Shop between games in Leeds

Shop between games in Leeds

Make more of your Rugby World Cup visit to Leeds and explore the city’s fascinating family museums, luxury shopping and West Yorkshire country houses.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Sport
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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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The FA Cup

The FA Cup

The best places to watch the Cup Final day.

Location: London, Greater London

May events

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