View of Bamburgh Castle on the Northumberland coast

Coastal breaks in winter

Explore the ancient beauty of the English coastline on a coastal break this winter, whether it’s strolling along castle ruins or escaping to one of England’s beautiful islands.

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Get your jazz hands out for the Scarborough Jazz Festival

Each September, the annual Scarborough Jazz Festival on Yorkshire’s north coast provides the ideal tonic for music lovers to wash away those summer blues.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Go to Liverpool Sound City, an innovative music, film and art festival

Get a ticket for one of the UK’s largest international music, digital and film festivals.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

June events: Revel in the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Visit Greenwich this summer for amazing sights and sounds at London's biggest festival of free theatre and performing arts.

Location: Greenwich, London

 

October events: Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

Book tickets to a wide variety of new and award-winning films at London’s most accessible and exciting film festival.

Location: London, Greater London

 

November events: Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get involved in a unique celebration of local and international films at the Cornwall Film Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

 

July events: Watch a live opera at the Buxton International Festival

Take your seats and enjoy a summer celebration of music, art, opera and literature on the edge of the scenic Peak District.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

 

May events: Put your best foot forward at WalkFest

Put a spring in your step over the spring bank holiday weekend at the North York Moors National Park’s annual walking festival.

Location: North York Moors, North Yorkshire

 

May events: The Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance every May.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 

Hit the right royal notes this summer

This August, Alnwick International Music Festival celebrates four decades of hosting music, whilst Bfestival in July is a fresh face on the scene.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

 

Get away at The Great Escape

The Great Escape brings hundreds of up-and-coming artists to 35 venues over three days in Brighton and Hove.

Location: Brighton, Sussex

 

Enjoy the energy of South Tyneside Festival

This fabulous summer festival brings three months of free entertainment to the vibrant seaside resort of South Shields.

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

 

November events: Join the highbrow chit-chat at Chester Literature Festival

There’s no shortage of wordy stimulation and novel debate for book worms at the Chester Literature Festival.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 
Brighton Pride

August events: Strut your stuff at Brighton Pride

At Brighton Pride you can enjoy a risqué drag act, dance till your heart’s content and eat fish ‘n’ chips by the sea all in the same day.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

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

 

See stars take to the Meridian at Greenwich Music Time

Experience live performances in the magnificent surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College, overlooking the Thames at this music festival in July.

Location: Greenwich, London

 

November events: Watch an illuminated parade at Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival

Experience the West Country tradition of ‘squibbing’ at the UK’s largest winter carnival.

Location: Bridgwater, Somerset

 

December events: Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

Experience the timeless beauty of Durham City as you explore the traditional Durham Christmas festival this winter.

Location: Durham City, Durham

 

Watch the Battle of the Brass Bands in Durham

Brass is given a modern twist with art installations in the streets and a dose of contemporary hip hop at BRASS Durham International Festival.

Location: Durham

 

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

 

July events: Watch a traditional Cart Marking ceremony

From handcarts and horse-drawn carriages to steam-driven vehicles and vintage London buses; see this parade of vehicles marked in the traditional Cart Marking Ceremony.

Location: London, Greater London

 

Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Immerse yourself in the gruesome world of the Vikings as the city of York celebrates its Norse past.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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