August events

A couple watching fireworks at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 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.

A couple watching fireworks at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 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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August events: Join in the fun at Stockton International Riverside Festival

August events: Join in the fun at Stockton International Riverside Festival

Hosted annually in August, this eclectic festival features four days of street theatre, circus, dance, music and more to inspire, entertain and make you laugh.

Location: Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham

 
August events: Steampunk Festival

August events: Steampunk Festival

Lincoln was voted the world’s most steampunk city - find out why at the annual Steampunk Festival.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
August events: Be amongst the flowers at the Shrewsbury Flower Show

August events: Be amongst the flowers at the Shrewsbury Flower Show

Flowers, fireworks and two fun-packed days of celebrity chefs, floral displays and family attractions at the Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

 
August events: Hit the beach at Boardmasters Festival

August events: Hit the beach at Boardmasters Festival

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

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

 
August events: Notting Hill Carnival

August events: 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

 
August events: Embrace Beatleweek at the legendary Cavern Club

August events: Embrace Beatleweek at the legendary Cavern Club

Get swept up in Beatlemania as fans from all over the world descend on the city where it all started.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
August events: Enjoy yoga classes and indie acts at Lakefest

August events: Enjoy yoga classes and indie acts at Lakefest

This award-winning music festival held in Eastnor Deer Park is known for its outstanding line-up of bands and family-friendly activities.

Location: Herefordshire

 
August events: Dance the night away at the world-famous Creamfields festival

August events: Dance the night away at the world-famous Creamfields festival

Creamfields is the leader of the pack in England when it comes to electronic festival revelry.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
August events: Lost Village Festival

August events: 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

 
August events: SO Festival

August events: SO Festival

Lincolnshire’s coastal district of East Lindsey is transformed into an international arts venue during this annual summer festival.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

 
August events: Humber Street Sesh

August events: Humber Street Sesh

Grab your dancing shoes and head down to Humber Street Sesh - a fresh, grassroots festival hosting a wide variety of bands across two days.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
August events: See the classic works of Gilbert & Sullivan in Harrogate

August events: 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

 
August events: Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

August events: Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

The Robin Hood Festival is a celebration to all things medieval and, of course, Robin himself, that takes place each year at his home in Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

 
August events: Enjoy a brass band concert at Hertford Castle

August events: Enjoy a brass band concert at Hertford Castle

On the 18 August, 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

 
August events: Enjoy top music and tasty cuisine at the Big Feastival

August events: Enjoy top music and tasty cuisine at the Big Feastival

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

Location: Kingham, Oxfordshire

 
August events: Rock at the Castle

August events: Rock at the Castle

This free music festival in early August is held in the grounds of Hertford Castle, with four stages spread over three different areas.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

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

August events: 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 and kicking (and dancing!) side to it, hosting the Great British R&B Festival.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

 
August events: Celebrate the arts at Devizes’ International Street Festival

August events: Celebrate the arts at Devizes’ International Street Festival

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

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

 
August events: Soak up sights and sounds at Castle Howard Proms Spectacular

August events: Soak up sights and sounds at Castle Howard Proms Spectacular

Be wowed by one of the best events in August, as fireworks light up the Howardian Hills at the Castle Howard Proms Spectacular.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

 
August events: Ooh and aah at the British Firework Championships

August events: Ooh and aah at the British Firework Championships

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

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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