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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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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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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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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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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Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot

This is probably the most quintessentially English sporting day out.

Location: Ascot, Berkshire

Events
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Push the boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Push the boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Witness the world’s most diverse artists and performers from the risqué world of Burlesque.

Location: London, Greater London

Performing arts
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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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Enjoy the City of London's Lord Mayor Show

Enjoy the City of London's Lord Mayor Show

The Lord Mayor's Show has floated, trotted, marched and fought its way through 798 years of London history; watch as it travels through the City.

Location: London, Greater London

November events
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Help yourself to the best food and drink at Aldeburgh

Help yourself to the best food and drink at Aldeburgh

Fine food, local brews and idyllic seaside make the perfect ingredients for a tasty weekend away.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Coastal towns
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Encounter Bristol's animated films at Encounters Film Festival

Encounter Bristol's animated films at Encounters Film Festival

'Encounters' is an internationally-renowned film festival held annually in Bristol, which showcases the work of short and animated film talent.

Location: Bristol

Arts and cultural events
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Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Don't miss Europe's largest hot air balloon event.

Location: Bristol

Free
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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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Take part in a Confetti Battle in Devizes

Take part in a Confetti Battle in Devizes

Join the crowds gathered in Devizes' historic market place for this colourful event!

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

August events
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Trip Blackpool's light fantastic

Trip Blackpool's light fantastic

Every autumn, Blackpool lights up the Lancashire skies with a sparkling spectacle that will leave you feeling dizzy.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Historic sites and icons
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Take a day out at Ramsgate’s Summer Squall arts festival

Take a day out at Ramsgate’s Summer Squall arts festival

Feel Ramsgate come alive to a fabulous festival brim-full of outstanding international and local artists.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

Festivals and carnivals
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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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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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Get in the swing at the Manchester Jazz Festival

Get in the swing at the Manchester Jazz Festival

Feel the groove or just chill out with ten days of cutting-edge tunes and killer beats at the Manchester Jazz Festival.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Music and nightlife
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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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Step back in time at the Victorian Festival of Christmas

Step back in time at the Victorian Festival of Christmas

Get in the festive spirit at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport

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