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: 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: 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: Wander into the Wilderness Festival

August events: Wander into the Wilderness Festival

A ticket to Wilderness in Oxfordshire's countryside is like a ticket to a mini-paradise where art, music, fine food and nature collide.

Location: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

 
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: Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

August events: Isle of Wight 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 Isle of Wight Garlic Festival.

Location: Newchurch, Isle of Wight

 
August events: Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

August events: 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

 
August events: See the world’s biggest sailing regatta

August events: See 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

 
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: Take in the big screen at Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema

August Events: Take in the big screen 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 providing a suitably dramatic backdrop.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

 
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: 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: 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 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: Be bowled over by the Scarborough Cricket Festival

August events: 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

 
August events: Sit under the stars at Summer Nights film screenings

August events: Sit under the stars at Summer Nights film screenings

Grab a blanket and watch a blockbuster film at Wollaton Hall's Summer Nights outdoor cinema.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
August events: Grab your partner and ceilidh on down to Sidmouth Folk Week

August events: 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

 
August events: Bring the kids to family-friendly Victorious Festival

August events: Bring the kids to family-friendly Victorious Festival

Enjoy a Victorious trip to Portsmouth at this scenic and buzzing music festival.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
August events: Dance your wooden clogs off at Broadstairs Folk Week

August events: Dance your wooden clogs off at Broadstairs Folk Week

Join in the fun – play the spoons, sing along with the many bands, shake a clog or head along to the Hobby Horse Club.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

 
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: Watch Britain's top cyclists race at Leicester Castle Classic

August events: Watch Britain's top cyclists race at Leicester Castle Classic

Get close to the action as some of Britain’s top professional cyclists take part in the Leicester Castle Classic cycle race.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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