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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Get active in Exeter during the Rugby World Cup

Get active in Exeter during the Rugby World Cup

Make the most of your Rugby World Cup trip to Exeter and stay on for this South West city’s stylish shopping, historic buildings and surrounding countryside.

Location: Exeter

Sport
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Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

November welcomes Leicester’s annual Literary Festival organised by the School of English at the University of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

November events
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See the Wiltshire market town of Devizes light up this Christmas

See the Wiltshire market town of Devizes light up this Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit as the Devizes Christmas Festival comes to town, including fireworks displays and a spectacular parade of lanterns.

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Le Tour is coming to Huddersfield and Holmfirth

Le Tour is coming to Huddersfield and Holmfirth

Join thousands to cheer on the riders on Le Tour including the most iconic climb in the country, Holme Moss.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Cycling
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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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Have a punt at Warwick Races

Have a punt at Warwick Races

Plan your day at the racecourse to see one of the horse races taking place all year round.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

Sport
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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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Tame your own dragon at the Forest of Dean’s Dragon Festival

Tame your own dragon at the Forest of Dean’s Dragon Festival

Get hands on with baby dragons and learn dragonology as ‘Alchemy Entertainment’ takes over the Dean Heritage Centre for the whole weekend.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Forests and woodlands
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Experience the very best the seaside at the Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea

Experience the very best the seaside at the Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea

For 9 days, you will be spoilt for choice as the island serves up a wide range of sea-related activities.

Location: Isle Of Wight

Coastal towns
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A celebration of all things garlic

A celebration of all things garlic

Did you know garlic is not just useful for scaring off vampires, but can also be used to make beer and popcorn? Find out how at the Garlic Festival.

Location: Newchurch, Isle of Wight

August events
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Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Enjoy a traditional shopping experience in Gloucester, featuring Victorian characters, brass bands, choirs, entertainers and a traditional carousel.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Festivals and carnivals
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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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Hear the best bands at Somerset’s world-famous arts and music festival

Hear the best bands at Somerset’s world-famous arts and music festival

Experience a weekend of music, arts and comedy at the south-west’s most iconic farm, where festival-goers have been flocking since the Seventies.

Location: Pilton, Somerset

Countryside
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Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Join the thousands of people each year at the world-famous Lyme Regis Fossil Festival celebrating millions of years of history.

Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset

World heritage sites
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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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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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Have a spicy post-match feast in Birmingham

Have a spicy post-match feast in Birmingham

Make the most of a Rugby World Cup trip to Birmingham and pack days with historic tours, stylish shopping and fun family attractions.

Location: Birmingham

Sporting Events
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Tour de France- Stage 2: York to Sheffield

Tour de France- Stage 2: York to Sheffield

Culture vultures can discover the Vikings and Bröntes, while those preferring more physical pursuits can take on the Peak District.

Location: York to Sheffield

Sport
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Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

For 16 days during May, Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance creating a plethora of entertainment for all ages.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Festivals and carnivals
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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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