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17 unmissable events in 2017

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
January 11 2017

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.

1) Showzam! Blackpool

Showzam! Blackpool

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)

Things to do in Blackpool

2) Leeds International Film Festival, West Yorkshire

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)

See what’s happening in Leeds

3) Jorvik Viking Festival, York

Jorvik Viking Festival, York

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)

What else is there to do in York?

4) NEW: Dinosaurs in The Wild

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)

Find more arts and culture in England

5) World Pasty Championships, Eden Project, Cornwall

English events at the Eden Project

Head to the Eden Project and weigh in with the heavyweights of pastry at this delicious contest of Cornwall’s famous delicacy.  (4 March)

Find things to do in Cornwall

6) York Chocolate Festival

Visit Yorkshire to celebrate chocolatey goodness at York’s Chocolate Festival; the perfect event for anybody with a sweet tooth. (14 – 17 April)

Plan a trip to North Yorkshire

7) NEW: The Bath Festival

Cultural things to do in Bath

This brand new, 10-day, festival brings together all that Bath has to offer from music, to literature, arts and more. (19 – 28 May)

Discover things to do in Bath

8) Pedal Norfolk, Holkham

Pedal Norfolk, Holkham

Enjoy the great outdoors this spring with this family friendly cycling festival set in the grounds of a beautiful stately home. (27 – 29 May)

Thinking about a trip to Norfolk

9) Jane Austen Regency Week, Hampshire

Regale in the Regency era at this special celebration of Jane Austen’s literary life, deep in the Hampshire countryside.  (17 – 25 June)

Find fun things to do in Hampshire

10) NEW: RHS Flower Show, Chatsworth, Derbyshire

Chatsworth’s gardens will truly be in bloom this year as the Royal Horticultural Society launches a brand new annual event. (7 – 11 June)

Discover more of Derbyshire

11) Birmingham Rum Festival

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)

Get the scoop on Birmingham

12) Manchester International Festival

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)

Get to know Manchester

13) NEW: Eastbourne International Hot Air Balloon Festival

English events in Eastbourne

Enjoy some additional sights along England’s beautiful South Coast, as Eastbourne launches it’s very own hot air balloon festival. (28-30 July)

Look for more ideas in East Sussex

14) NEW: Hull Beermat Photography Festival, East Riding of Yorkshire

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)

Find out more about the UK Capital of Culture 

15) International BeatleWeek, Liverpool

International BeatleWeek, Liverpool

Celebrate the Fab Four in the 50th year since the launch of revolutionary Sgt Pepper album at Liverpool’s annual BeatleWeek. (23 – 29 August)

Discover more of Liverpool

16) Folkestone Triennial 2017

Cultural days out in Folkestone

Explore the artwork and exhibitions of this year’s Folkestone Triennial, breathing even more beauty into the Kentish seaside town. (2 September – 5 November)

Plan a holiday in Kent

17) The Two Moors Festival, Exeter

Cultural things to do in Exeter

Head to the Devon coast for a series of classical performances and shows at the revered Two Moors Festival.  (13 – 21 October)

Travelling to Devon?

Melissa Brobby

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