Events in spring

England Events in spring

England’s springtime festivals and events come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional country fetes to world-class sporting events and quiet, intellectual affairs. What’s more, there’s something to suit all tastes and interests. Foodies can sink their teeth into Yorkshire’s best produce at the Malton Food Lovers Festival whilst vintage darlings clamber aboard the East Lancashire Railway’s 1940s festival. Sip a quintessentially English Pimm’s at a garden party in Cumbria, join in with the Morris dancers for an old-fashioned May Day knees-up or click your fingers and tap your toes to the sound of Bristol’s thumping jazz scene.

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See what’s new at Sound City Music Festival

See what’s new at Sound City Music Festival

Get to Liverpool as the city sets the stage for the summertime festival scene with its focus on breakthrough artists.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Connect with Dot to Dot Festival

Connect with Dot to Dot Festival

This festival of indie, pop, electronic and alternative music is a travelling show, moving between three cities over three consecutive days.

Location: Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham

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Be a part of the action at the Tour de Yorkshire

Be a part of the action at the Tour de Yorkshire

Cheer on the world’s best cyclists as they compete on the stunning Yorkshire Coast as part of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Explore Exmoor on foot at its annual walking festival

Explore Exmoor on foot at its annual walking festival

Pull on your hiking boots and join in the march at the North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival.

Location: Exmoor, Devon

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Be inspired by authors, readings and workshops in the northeast

Be inspired by authors, readings and workshops in the northeast

Hexham's annual celebration of all things literary features some of the country's best writers, in a suitably beautiful setting.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

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Prepare to be surprised at the UK’s most eccentric film festival

Prepare to be surprised at the UK’s most eccentric film festival

Flatpack is a film event like no other, fresh and innovative, which pops up in cultural venues across the whole of Birmingham every March.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Feel the electrifying buzz of Cheltenham’s sporting events

Feel the electrifying buzz of Cheltenham’s sporting events

A visit to a spring race meet in the Cotswolds countryside is an exhilarating experience.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Release your inner Wordsworth with Words by the Water Festival

Release your inner Wordsworth with Words by the Water Festival

Don’t miss this exciting literature event, a festival of words and ideas, set by the lake surrounded by the Lake District fells.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

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Spread the joy at the World’s Original Marmalade Festival

Spread the joy at the World’s Original Marmalade Festival

Unleash your inner Paddington Bear on a visit to the World’s Original Marmalade Festival, which will be held in the historic town of Penrith.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

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

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

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Flicks in the Sticks in Mortimer Country

Flicks in the Sticks in Mortimer Country

Cinema lovers can enjoy watching nearly 100 film titles from across the globe at venues spread throughout Herefordshire and Shropshire from 24 February to 12 March.

Location: Herefordshire

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Experience York's Literature Festival

Experience York's Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Go on an after-dark culture crawl in NewcastleGateshead

Go on an after-dark culture crawl in NewcastleGateshead

Enjoy some unique, one off events during NewcastleGateshead’s popular late night culture crawl – The Late Shows.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

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Enjoy four days of fabulousness at Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

Enjoy four days of fabulousness at Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

Brace yourself for cabaret and corsets at the fifth annual Burlesque Festival, from 27-30 April 2017.

Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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Welcome spring and its cuckoos at the Downton Cuckoo Fair

Welcome spring and its cuckoos at the Downton Cuckoo Fair

Maypole and morris dancing, craft stalls and Wiltshire’s farm produce are just some of the many things you’ll find at this free event in May.

Location: Downton, Wiltshire

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Click your fingers to the sound of Bristol’s jazz scene

Click your fingers to the sound of Bristol’s jazz scene

Bristol plays host to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative jazz and blues artists for the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Location: Bristol

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Cheer on cyclists at the Tour de Yorkshire

Cheer on cyclists at the Tour de Yorkshire

Hold onto your helmets – the ‘Tour de Yorkshire’ is taking place from 29 April to 1 May. Competitors will begin their race to the finish line from Beverley to Scarborough over three days.

Location: Yorkshire

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Get creative at the Hertford Arts Festival

Get creative at the Hertford Arts Festival

Enjoy locals works and unleash your inner artist at the month long Hertford Arts Festival from 7 April – 7 May 2017.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordshire

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Experience a eureka moment at the Oxfordshire Science Festival

Experience a eureka moment at the Oxfordshire Science Festival

Experience a eureka moment at the Oxfordshire Science Festival.

Location: Various locations, Oxfordshire

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Have a nautical time at Gloucester Tall Ships Festival

Have a nautical time at Gloucester Tall Ships Festival

Set sail to Gloucester as the award-winning Gloucester Tall Ships makes its return voyage to the UK's most inland port on 27 to 29 May.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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