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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See huge headliners at Kendal Calling

See huge headliners at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling is the most fun you can have in the countryside with fields full of activities and attractions.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

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Bring the kids to family-friendly Victorious Festival 2016

Bring the kids to family-friendly Victorious Festival 2016

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Manic Street Preachers and Mark Ronson are coming to Southsea this summer for Victorious Festival 2016.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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See the sawdust fly at the National Forest Wood Fair

See the sawdust fly at the National Forest Wood Fair

With demonstrations, 'have a go' wood craft sessions and children's games, the National Forest Wood Fair will keep adults and children entertained.

Location: Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire

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Soak up three days of music at Strawberry Fields

Soak up three days of music at Strawberry Fields

Taking place on a farm locally famed for strawberry picking, this growing festival offers a multi-staged line-up of international and local acts.

Location: Heather, Leicestershire

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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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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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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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Skies are filled with colour at the Portsmouth International Kite Festival 2016

Skies are filled with colour at the Portsmouth International Kite Festival 2016

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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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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Say hello to Beatlesweek at the legendary Cavern Club

Say hello to Beatlesweek at the legendary Cavern Club

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

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Enjoy Yoga sessions and indie acts at Lakefest

Enjoy Yoga sessions and indie acts at Lakefest

This small but mighty award-winning music festival held in the grounds of Eastnor Castle is fast becoming known for its outstanding lineup of bands and vast array of family-friendly activities.

Location: Herefordshire

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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

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Learn the traditional art of Well Dressing

Learn the traditional art of Well Dressing

Take part in the tradition of Well Dressing, the Peak District’s colourful summertime spectacle.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

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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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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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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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Soak up spectacular sights and sounds at Castle Howard

Soak up spectacular sights and sounds at Castle Howard

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

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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

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Enjoy the ultimate festival experience for free in Greenwich

Enjoy the ultimate festival experience for free in Greenwich

Visit Greenwich this summer for amazing sights and sounds at the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival whist on a budget break in London.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Experience a world-famous electronic festival at Creamfields

Experience a world-famous electronic festival at Creamfields

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

Location: Liverpool

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