Fancy a spot of classical music at an ancient castle in Kent, or a mega bag of pick ‘n’ mix at a celebration of liquorice in Yorkshire? Check out what’s happening across the country this weekend as written by Danielle Jones.
With fresh oysters, live cooking demonstrations and around 100 stalls of seafood to peruse, the Dorset Seafood Festival has numerous tastes and treats for all, free of charge. Why not check out the Piddle Experience? Here you can enjoy fresh seafood with some expertly matched beverages. You can partake sat on the quayside or take it with you and explore the festival.
Get a little joie de vivre this weekend at the Altrincham French Festival. Celebrating all things Gallic, the weekend of events includes a carnival parade, Bastille Evening and a free family fun day. Try French culinary treats, check out music and dance performances from our southerly neighbours and see who wins La Grande Bake Off competition. Très bien!
Complete with its own dry ice rink, a schedule packed with live music from local acts, plus the ever-popular Freebie Zone, The Oldham Carnival and RootZ Festival is well worth checking out this weekend. Fancy a bit of competition? Then swing by the UK Dance Troop Championships to see who will be crowned top act.
Situated high over the Solent, Fort Widley with its imposing walls and gun turrets is a striking sight, steeped with history. Follow your guide through the darkened tunnels as they spin a ghost tale that will chill your blood and have you questioning what really lurks in the shadows. Tickets are £15.
What could be more enchanting than a picnic, in the grounds of a great English castle, watching the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra? This summer extravaganza, hosted by Aled Jones and conducted by John Rigby, sets classical music to a beautiful summer’s eve experience, with tickets available from £43.
Experience how the other half live on Bournemouth’s Sandbanks Beach. Grab a glass of champagne and watch the polo action up close, head to one of the glitzy VIP after parties, or check out the charity race, Porsche versus Polo Pony. Who will reign supreme? Tickets start at £25 each.
Silverstone is the ultimate date in the British racing calendar. The Grand Prix brings the crème de la crème of Formula 1 to England, as they battle it out for pole position. Hear the engines roar and see the super-slick cars zoom past you at astonishing speeds as they race to victory. Tickets from £40.
For many, liquorice is a childhood treat, whereas in Pontefract, it’s more a way of life. Home of the beloved Pontefract Cake, the annual free Liquorice Festival celebrates the black confection with stalls and events across the town. Even if you’re not a fan of the black stuff there’s plenty else on offer too, from children’s workshops to street entertainment
Watch in awe as competitors undertake feats of strength that seem impossible to mere mortals. Keep your eyes open for Hathor Bjornsson, or “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones, back to defend his title for a third year running. With tickets from £24 you’ll get to see every eye-watering event live.
Bringing together music, BMX and skateboarding, NASS festival will have you dancing to the beats of Andy C and Roni Size whilst marvelling at the sick skills in the competitions. With tickets from £39 grab your deck and have a crack at their multitude of on-site skate parks too.
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