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.

Festivals and events in August

August events

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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Discover Caribbean traditions in Leicester

Discover Caribbean traditions in Leicester

Join the annual Leicester Caribbean Carnival in August with a parade around the city, culminating in an event in Victoria Park.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
Grab your partner and ceilidh on down to Sidmouth Folk Week

Grab your partner and ceilidh on down to Sidmouth Folk Week

The Regency town of Sidmouth on Devon’s Jurassic Coast celebrates a week of folk music, dance and song every August.

Location: Sidmouth, Devon

 
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

 
Journey through 2,000 years of British history at Kynren

Journey through 2,000 years of British history at Kynren

Experience an epic storytelling journey through time at this spectacular live-action night show in Durham.

Location: Bishop Auckland, Durham

 
Rediscover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

Rediscover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

Head to the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s iconic World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace for BBC Countryfile Live, which will be hosted between the 3 - 6 August.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

 
Grab a beach spot for the world's biggest airshow

Grab a beach spot for the world's biggest airshow

This free festival brings together the thrill of gravity-defying displays in the air and an abundance of family entertainment on the ground.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 
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

 
Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

With up to 40 races a day and more than 1,000 boats pulling into harbour, Cowes Week is the sailing spectacular event not to be missed.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

 
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 and Leeds

 
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

 
Lose yourself in Lincolnshire at Lost Village Festival

Lose yourself in Lincolnshire at Lost Village Festival

Take a trip into the surreal landscape of large-scale, interactive theatre performance art. In the woods. With DJs.

Location: Norton Disney, Lincolnshire

 
Celebrate a cultural cocktail at the Lytham Festival

Celebrate a cultural cocktail at the Lytham Festival

Enjoy a new week-long summer festival of music, comedy and literature in the classic Lancashire seaside resorts of Lytham and St Annes.

Location: Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

 
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

 
Escape with the family to Camp Bestival

Escape with the family to Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival (Bestival’s family-friendly sibling) brings music, comedy and hordes of fun to the Dorset coast each summer.

Location: Lulworth, Dorset

 
Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

Feeling hungry? Eat and drink your way around one of the UK’s biggest food festivals.

Location: Oxford South Parks, Oxfordshire

 
Get your flying goggles on for the world’s most steampunk city

Get your flying goggles on for the world’s most steampunk city

Lincoln was voted the world’s most steampunk city and there is a chance to find out why at the annual Steampunk Festival.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
Get your groove on at the Great British R&B Festival

Get your groove on at the Great British R&B Festival

It might be a county steeped in history, but Lancashire has a thoroughly alive, kicking – and dancing – side to it, hosting the Great British R&B Festival.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

 
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

 
Watch films under the stars at Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema

Watch films under the stars at Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema

Grab your popcorn and enjoy a weekend of open air cinema under the stars with the beautiful Hertford Castle as its backdrop.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

 
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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