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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Tour de France- Stage 3: Cambridge to London

Tour de France- Stage 3: Cambridge to London

Dreamy spires, chocolate box villages and London’s iconic sights, this stage of the race is England at its most quintessential.

Location: Cambridgeshire

Activities
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Enjoy music without the fuss at End of the Road Festival

Enjoy music without the fuss at End of the Road Festival

The intimate surroundings of the End Of The Road Festival give you the chance to get up close and personal with the bands and their music.

Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset

Forests and woodlands
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Enjoy top acts and great grub at the Ramsbottom Festival

Enjoy top acts and great grub at the Ramsbottom Festival

Rammy Fest is the place to head for a festival with impressive headliners, a local flavour and a really friendly atmosphere.

Location: Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Music and nightlife
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Immerse yourself in words at the Penzance Literary Festival

Immerse yourself in words at the Penzance Literary Festival

A literary festival with a distinctly local flavour and a relaxed atmosphere that’s ideal for book lovers.

Location: Penzance, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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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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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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Cheer on a winner at the Northumberland Plate Festival

Cheer on a winner at the Northumberland Plate Festival

Put on your posh frocks and have a little flutter at one of the biggest events in the North East horseracing calendar.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

City
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Visit the UK’s premier racing venue at Silverstone

Visit the UK’s premier racing venue at Silverstone

There’s far more to this legendary circuit in Buckinghamshire than you may imagine.

Location: Silverstone, Buckinghamshire

Sporting Events
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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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Close the summer festival season in style at Bestival

Close the summer festival season in style at Bestival

If you are looking for an eclectic mix of music, cabaret and entertainment then this is the festival for you.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

September events
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Discover Caribbean traditions in Leicester

Discover Caribbean traditions in Leicester

Join the annual Leicester Caribbean Carnival in August with a parade around the city, culminating in an event in Victoria Park.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

August events
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Take in a lecture at the Royal Society

Take in a lecture at the Royal Society

A Royal Society talk offers you the chance to ease the guilt, warm up those grey cells, and all without the tuition fees.

Location: London

Low cost
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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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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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Join the arts takeover of a seaside town

Join the arts takeover of a seaside town

Inspired by the famous Edinburgh event, the Ventnor Fringe brings all varieties of arts to the Isle of Wight.

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

August events
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Enjoy rugby and soccer greats in Manchester

Enjoy rugby and soccer greats in Manchester

Extend your Rugby World Cup trip to Manchester into a city break and immerse yourself in the sporting heritage, museums and shopping of this vibrant northwest city.

Location: Manchester

Sport
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See the sawdust fly at the National Forest Wood Fair

See the sawdust fly at the National Forest Wood Fair

With demonstrations, 'have a go' wood craft sessions and children's games, the National Forest Wood Fair will keep adults and children entertained.

Location: Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire

August events
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Changing of the Guards in London

Changing of the Guards in London

Pomp, ceremony and black bearskin hats.

Location: London, Greater London

Royal
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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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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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