This year is jam-packed with an amazing array of events in England. From hot air balloons in Eastbourne, musical extravaganzas in Liverpool and Devon to a rum festival in Birmingham, why not use these to plan some trips for this year, suggests Danielle Jones.
This February will be filled with colour and glitz as Showzam! Takes over Blackpool once again with its exciting mix of circus and cabaret. (11 – 14 February)
Covering genres and themes from across all of cinema, this year’s Leeds International Film Festival is tipped to be the best yet. (2 – 16 November)
Pull on a horned helmet for Europe’s largest Viking Festival and learn about the infamous warriors and their impact on ancient York. (20-26 February)
Watch your step as you creep up close amongst these amazing beasts. See them true to scale for the first time at this ground-breaking exhibition. (24 June – 24 August Birmingham, 30 September – January 2018 Manchester)
Head to the Eden Project and weigh in with the heavyweights of pastry at this delicious contest of Cornwall’s famous delicacy. (4 March)
Visit Yorkshire to celebrate chocolatey goodness at York’s Chocolate Festival; the perfect event for anybody with a sweet tooth. (14 – 17 April)
This brand new, 10-day, festival brings together all that Bath has to offer from music, to literature, arts and more. (19 – 28 May)
Enjoy the great outdoors this spring with this family friendly cycling festival set in the grounds of a beautiful stately home. (27 – 29 May)
Regale in the Regency era at this special celebration of Jane Austen’s literary life, deep in the Hampshire countryside. (17 – 25 June)
Chatsworth’s gardens will truly be in bloom this year as the Royal Horticultural Society launches a brand new annual event. (7 – 11 June)
Try all proofs and colours of this sugarcane based beverage and enjoy live music, exotic food and a carnival spirit at Birmingham’s Rum Festival. (1 July)
Bringing together art from across all mediums, this 18-day festival encapsulates the essence of Manchester through original works and exciting performances. (29 June- 16 July)
Enjoy some additional sights along England’s beautiful South Coast, as Eastbourne launches it’s very own hot air balloon festival. (28-30 July)
You don’t need to go an art gallery to see beautiful photography, not when you see amazing exhibitions right underneath your pint glass in various pubs across the city. (1 – 31 December)
Celebrate the Fab Four in the 50th year since the launch of revolutionary Sgt Pepper album at Liverpool’s annual BeatleWeek. (23 – 29 August)
Explore the artwork and exhibitions of this year’s Folkestone Triennial, breathing even more beauty into the Kentish seaside town. (2 September – 5 November)
Head to the Devon coast for a series of classical performances and shows at the revered Two Moors Festival. (13 – 21 October)
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