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The words ‘I’m bored’ aren’t welcome here. Especially when we have heaps of holiday ideas and things to do in England for you discover based on your interests. We’ve got fun-fuelled breaks for families, holidays for flocks of friends, romantic getaways for love birds, city breaks for culture vultures and rural escapes for tree huggers - think of us as your England travel guide. Get filtering to find your perfect holiday in England.

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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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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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Grab a beach spot for the world's biggest airshow

Grab a beach spot for the world's biggest airshow

This free festival brings together the thrill of gravity-defying displays in the air and an abundance of family entertainment on the ground.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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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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Join 100,000 people at the Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival

Join 100,000 people at the Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival

A fantastic 4-day festival of food and drink in the heart of Yorkshire. Real-ale, workshops, demonstrations and live music.

Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

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Dance your wooden clogs off at Broadstairs Folk Week

Dance your wooden clogs off at Broadstairs Folk Week

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

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

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Take a traffic-free bike ride around Leicester

Take a traffic-free bike ride around Leicester

Sky Rides are big, fun events which take over a town or city centre, so cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride safely together.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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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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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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Take part in local celebrations at the City Festival

Take part in local celebrations at the City Festival

Enjoy ten days of free family festivals and events as the city is filled with music, dance and sports celebrating the very best of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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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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Plan a visit to Hull's fresh grass roots festival

Plan a visit to Hull's fresh grass roots festival

Grab your dancing shoes and head down to Humber Street Sesh - a fresh, grassroots festival hosting over 150 bands in one day, all set in the atmospheric old fruit market.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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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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Hit the right royal notes this summer

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

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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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Wander into the Wilderness Festival

Wander into the Wilderness Festival

The Wilderness Festival is here to combine nature with art in a festival bursting with life and adventure. Swim the river and absorb the atmosphere.

Location: Oxfordshire

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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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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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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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