August events

Festivals and events in August

Get into the party atmosphere this summer with a visit to England’s top annual events and free festivals in August. Head north for a Caribbean party on the streets of Leicester at its annual Caribbean Festival; enjoy nine days of thrilling outdoor performances at the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, and be transported back to 1940s Britain with battle re-enactments, music and dance at the Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival in Lancashire.

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Enjoy a brass band concert at Hertford Castle

Enjoy a brass band concert at Hertford Castle

Hertford Castle Gatehouse will open its doors to the public free of charge, with a brass band concert on the Castle lawn.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

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Hit the Beach at Boardmasters Festival

Hit the Beach at Boardmasters Festival

Surf culture meets music festival on the sunny shores of the Cornish coast in high summer.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

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Join Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta

Join Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta

As Europe's largest hot air balloon event, the fiesta includes morning and evening balloon lifts and two nightglow events.

Location: Bristol

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Mosh to the biggest acts at Reading and Leeds Festivals

Mosh to the biggest acts at Reading and Leeds Festivals

Head to Bramham Park in Leeds or Little John’s Farm in Reading for three days of partying at the Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Location: Reading, Leeds

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Enjoy top-class music and haute cuisine at the Big Feastival

Enjoy top-class music and haute cuisine at the Big Feastival

Whatever happens at this festival, you won't go home with an empty stomach.

Location: Kingham, Oxfordshire

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Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

The Robin Hood Festival is a celebration to all things medieval and associated to Robin, taking place annually within his home of Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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Ooh and aah over Plymouth’s spectacular fireworks display

Ooh and aah over Plymouth’s spectacular fireworks display

This summer, enjoy the British Firework Championships whilst surrounded by wonderful panoramic views of Plymouth Hoe.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Celebrate all things garlic at the Garlic Festival

Celebrate all things garlic at the Garlic Festival

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

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Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Dance to the steel pans, see amazing costumes and enjoy a slice of the Caribbean at Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street carnival in Europe.

Location: Notting Hill, Greater London

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Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

At Brighton Pride you can enjoy a risqué new drag act, dance till your heart’s content – and eat fish ‘n’ chips.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Be bowled over by the Scarborough Cricket Festival

Be bowled over by the Scarborough Cricket Festival

The annual festival is one of the most historic sporting events in the world and has played host to some great cricketers over the years.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Taste the best of the Trout ‘n About Food Festival

Taste the best of the Trout ‘n About Food Festival

Take your pick from hand crafted jewellery to award-winning sausages at this gourmet event in the heart of the Test Valley.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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Celebrate the arts at Devizes’ International Street Festival

Celebrate the arts at Devizes’ International Street Festival

Head to the Wiltshire town of Devizes in late August and early September for the annual Devizes International Street Festival and Devizes Carnival.

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

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Escape to Camp Bestival for fancy dress and festival fun

Escape to Camp Bestival for fancy dress and festival fun

Camp Bestival (Bestival’s baby sister) brings music, comedy and family fun to the Dorset coast each summer.

Location: Lulworth, Dorset

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Skies are filled with colour at the Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Skies are filled with colour at the Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Take a kite to Southsea Common and get involved in one of the world's biggest and best kite festivals.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Soak up the night sky at Summer Nights film festival

Soak up the night sky at Summer Nights film festival

Sit under the stars and take in a blockbuster film under the watches of Wollaton Hall and its scenic parkland at the Summer Nights Film Festival.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Bring the kids to family-friendly Victorious Festival

Bring the kids to family-friendly Victorious Festival

Madness, Elbow and Stereophonics are coming to Southsea this summer for Victorious Festival 2017.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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See the classic works of Gilbert & Sullivan in Harrogate

See the classic works of Gilbert & Sullivan in Harrogate

Experience the witty, satirical libretto of Gilbert and the glorious music of Sullivan at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival throughout August.

Location: Harrogate, North yorkshire

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Wander into the Wilderness Festival

Wander into the Wilderness Festival

The Wilderness Festival is here to combine nature with art in a festival bursting with life and adventure. Swim the river and absorb the atmosphere.

Location: Oxfordshire

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Feel the rhythm on Bristol’s music-filled streets

Feel the rhythm on Bristol’s music-filled streets

Hear music drift outdoors this summer with the Bristol Proms, listen to jazz on cobbled streets and watch huge outdoor concerts in July and August.

Location: Bristol

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