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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Create your own work of art in a quaint artist’s bolthole

Create your own work of art in a quaint artist’s bolthole

Get the creative juices following and spend the weekend discovering inspiring landscapes just waiting to be captured.

Location: Staithes, North Yorkshire

Arts and cultural events
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Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Home to the 11th Duke Marlborough & birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim is a super family day out.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy horseracing as the Romans did 2000 years ago

Enjoy horseracing as the Romans did 2000 years ago

Go to York Races and take part in a spectacle that first took place over 2,000 years ago.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Sporting 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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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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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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Experience the excitement of the Aintree Grand National

Experience the excitement of the Aintree Grand National

Experience the excitement of the Aintree Grand National

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Luxury and indulgence
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Witness the thrill of the race at Barbury International Horse Trials

Witness the thrill of the race at Barbury International Horse Trials

Saddle up for this three-day event, which tests the strength and stamina of horses and their riders.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

Sport
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Say hello to Beatleweek at the legendary Cavern Club

Say hello to Beatleweek at the legendary Cavern Club

Get swept up in Beatlemania once again as fans from all over the world descend on the city where it all started.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Music and nightlife
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Treat yourself at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival

Treat yourself at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival

It’s a case of food, glorious food at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival but don’t miss out on the chance to learn about local produce too.

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

Coast
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Underground Choir Singing

Underground Choir Singing

Inside Britain's largest natural cave entrance.

Location: Castleton, Derbyshire

Going underground
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Watch the Lord Mayor brand cars in the Cart Marking ceremony

Watch the Lord Mayor brand cars in the Cart Marking ceremony

From handcarts and horse-drawn carriages to steam-driven vehicles and London busses; see this parade of vehicles as they are marked with a red hot iron.

Location: London, Greater London

Festivals and carnivals
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Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Celebrity authors, great thinkers and best-selling writers come together at this lively literary event.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Low cost
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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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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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Watch illuminated floats at Bridgewater Guy Fawkes Carnival

Watch illuminated floats at Bridgewater Guy Fawkes Carnival

Experience the West Country tradition of ‘squibbing’ at the UK’s largest winter carnival.

Location: Bridgwater, Somerset

Culture
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Watch a live opera performance at the Buxton Festival

Watch a live opera performance at the Buxton Festival

Take your seats and enjoy a summer celebration of music, art, opera and literature.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

Music and nightlife
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Go to Liverpool Sound City, an innovative music, film and art festival

Go to Liverpool Sound City, an innovative music, film and art festival

Get a ticket for one of the UK’s largest international music, digital and film festivals.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Music and nightlife
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Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Meet some of the UK's most beloved authors in an annual literary festival for the whole family.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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