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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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 4 - 7 August.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

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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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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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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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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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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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Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Celebrate the Cornish fishing community’s hard work and delicious produce at the Newlyn Fish Festival.

Location: Newlyn, Cornwall

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Taste the Best of the Test at Trout ‘n About Food Festival

Taste the Best of the Test at Trout ‘n About Food Festival

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

Location: Test Valley, 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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Watch Britain's top cycling teams race around Leicester

Watch Britain's top cycling teams race around Leicester

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

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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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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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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Celebrate the arts on a budget break in Devizes

Celebrate the arts on a budget break in Devizes

Head to Devizes in Wiltshire for a colourful break on a budget when the street festival and carnival comes to town.

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

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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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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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See huge headliners at Kendal Calling 2016

See huge headliners at Kendal Calling 2016

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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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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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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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

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Music to your ears, in spectacular surroundings

Music to your ears, in spectacular surroundings

The Lake District is an idyllic setting for music events ranging from the hottest new pop and rock acts to the best in classical music.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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