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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Work and play on a New Forest conservation holiday

Work and play on a New Forest conservation holiday

Give something back to the environment and have a great time too on a conservation holiday in the New Forest.

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Forests and woodlands
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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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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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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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Step back to the Summer of Love at the Isle of Wight Festival

Step back to the Summer of Love at the Isle of Wight Festival

At the legendary music festival in June you can see some of the biggest names in the business from the past, present and future.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

June events
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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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Sample some fantastic seafood at the Newquay Fish Festival

Sample some fantastic seafood at the Newquay Fish Festival

Feast upon the edible delights that swim Cornwall’s waters as local chefs cook up a treat, right before your eyes, at the Newquay Fish Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Indulge your sweet tooth at The Chocolate Festival

Indulge your sweet tooth at The Chocolate Festival

Celebrate the tasty world of chocolate at this multi-sensory event.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Lifestyle
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Enjoy a behind the scenes tour at the home of Gloucester Rugby

Enjoy a behind the scenes tour at the home of Gloucester Rugby

Make the most of your West Country Rugby World Cup trip to Gloucester and take in the medieval history, glorious waterways and rolling landscapes.

Location: Gloucester

Sport
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Hear music from around the globe at WOMAD

Hear music from around the globe at WOMAD

Grab your tent and get down at the long-running World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Forests and woodlands
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Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

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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Join in the parties at Spitalfields Music Festivals

Join in the parties at Spitalfields Music Festivals

Putting music at the heart of London, Spitalfields continues its fusion of global and local in the East End of London through its festivals.

Location: London, Greater London

Festivals and carnivals
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Experience York’s Literature Festival

Experience York’s Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Literature, film and TV
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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 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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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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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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Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

If you're a culture vulture then you'll absolutely love Portsmouth's annual festival of culture, arts and heritage, spread out over two weeks.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Events
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Watch Britain's top cycling teams race around Leicester

Watch Britain's top cycling teams race around Leicester

Get close to the action as some of Britain’s top professional cyclists contest the Leicester Castle Classic cycle race.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

August events

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