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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Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world through the Fowey Festival

Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world through the Fowey Festival

Use the Fowey Festival as an opportunity to explore the town and countryside that inspired Daphne du Maurier.

Location: Fowey, Cornwall

Coast
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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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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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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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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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Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Wrap up warm and cosy for Leicester’s spectacular Diwali lights switch on in October or join in Diwali Day celebrations through November.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

November events
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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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The FA Cup

The FA Cup

The best places to watch the Cup Final day.

Location: London, Greater London

May events
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Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Enjoy traditional dishes, dance and dress, while learning about the country’s unique culture, at Bristol’s annual Thai Festival.

Location: Bristol

Low cost
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Get to the heart of the crafty Cotswolds

Get to the heart of the crafty Cotswolds

Allow yourself to be dazzled – and perhaps, learn to dazzle yourself – at a place where art comes to life.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Culture
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Go to the races at Beverley

Go to the races at Beverley

Enjoy sipping champagne in the stylish Premier Enclosure or a picnic right at the heat of the action in the Course Enclosure.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

Luxury and indulgence
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Enjoy beer and cycling at Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

Enjoy beer and cycling at Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

There are hundreds of beers, ales and ciders to test out as you watch the cyclists whizz by at the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Cycling
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Enjoy family fun among the flowers

Enjoy family fun among the flowers

The RHS Flower Show is the North’s greatest garden party. Get inspiration, listen to the bands and pick up a few plants for your own garden.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

July events
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Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Get up to NewcastleGateshead and be inspired by a festival centred around art and creativity in children.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Performing arts
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Explore Exmoor on foot at this fantastic walking festival

Explore Exmoor on foot at this fantastic walking festival

Pull on your hiking boots and join in the march at the North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival.

Location: Exmoor, Devon

Countryside
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Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Visit the cathedral city of Ely, and discover why the humble eel is so important in its history, as you walk its unique Eel Trail.

Location: Ely, Cambridgeshire

Events
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Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate, and the Winter Festival presents one of the biggest events across the country on New Year’s Eve.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Seasonal celebrations
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Tour de France- Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate

Tour de France- Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate

Follow the Tour through some of England’s most dramatic scenery, and take in some shopping, a stroll and a spa treatment along the way.

Location: Yorkshire

Activities
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Get the giggles at Bath Comedy Festival

Get the giggles at Bath Comedy Festival

Laugh your socks off at Bath’s premier comedy event -– as it continues to grow.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Performing arts
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Stamford Shakespeare

Stamford Shakespeare

Open-air Shakespeare from the Stamford Shakespeare Company.

Location: Stamford, Lincolnshire

Performing arts

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