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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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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Get your groove on in Lancashire

Get your groove on in Lancashire

It might be a county steeped in history, but Lancashire has a thoroughly alive, kicking – and dancing – side to it, hosting fantastic festivals.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

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A celebration of all things garlic

A celebration of all things garlic

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

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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

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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, Leeds

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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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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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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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Join the arts takeover of a seaside town

Join the arts takeover of a seaside town

Inspired by the famous Edinburgh event, the Ventnor Fringe brings all varieties of arts to the Isle of Wight.

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

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See the classic works of Gilbert & Sullivan in Harrogate

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

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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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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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Shrewsbury says it with Flowers

Shrewsbury says it with Flowers

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

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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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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Join Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta

Join Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta

As Europe's largest hot air balloon event, the fiesta’s amazing programme of events includes morning and evening balloon lifts and two nightglow events.

Location: Bristol

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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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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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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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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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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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