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.

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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Experience the excitement of the UK's biggest horseracing meet

Experience the excitement of the UK's biggest horseracing meet

When is the Grand National? Read on to find out more about one of England's most iconic April events.

Location: Aintree, Liverpool

 
May events: Don your eyepatch at the Brixham Pirate Festival

May events: Don your eyepatch at the Brixham Pirate Festival

Landlubbers beware! Venture into Brixham in May and come face to face with swashbuckling pirates and high-sea adventures.

Location: Brixham, Devon

 
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 on the historic Dalemain estate in Penrith.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

 
Gear up for the Cycle Derby Spring Classic

Gear up for the Cycle Derby Spring Classic

Meander through country lanes on a scenic but challenging bike ride through the Derbyshire countryside this April.

Location: Markeaton Park, Derby

 
Celebrate historic England at Abbey 900 in Cirencester

Celebrate historic England at Abbey 900 in Cirencester

At Cirencester's year-long festival you can marvel at the Abbey's manuscripts, dance at a May Day Fleece Fair and tuck in at a Medieval Banquet.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

 
Hit the north for an inner-city music festival

Hit the north for an inner-city music festival

Head northwards this spring as a barrage of musical acts descends on Newcastle upon Tyne’s city centre in one of the newest emerging musical events in North East England.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

 
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

 
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

 
Be inspired by authors at the Hexham Book Festival

Be inspired by authors at the Hexham Book Festival

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

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

 
Cheer on the runners at the London Marathon

Cheer on the runners at the London Marathon

One of the biggest events in April sees thousands of runners push their fitness levels to the max at the London Marathon.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Laugh out loud at England's best comedians

Laugh out loud at England's best comedians

Catch famous acts at the Bath Comedy Festival – a series of events in April.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Discover the birthplace of Capability Brown

Discover the birthplace of Capability Brown

Come to Kirkharle to celebrate the 300th birthday of England’s most famous landscape gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Location: Kirkharle, Northumberland

 
May events: Don your tweeds for the Nottinghamshire County Show

May events: Don your tweeds for the Nottinghamshire County Show

May is usually your first chance to enjoy the spring sunshine, so spend it wisely with an action-packed day at the Nottinghamshire County Show.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

 
Visit a unique Roman cavalry exhibition along Hadrian’s Wall

Visit a unique Roman cavalry exhibition along Hadrian’s Wall

2,000 years of history comes to life in Hadrian’s Cavalry, an exhibition celebrating the Roman cavalry regiments.

Location: Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland

 
May events: Get down to The Suffolk Show

May events: Get down to The Suffolk Show

Take your family on a weekend break to Suffolk’s biggest and barmiest event near Ipswich and see the Shetland Pony Grand National.

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk

 
May events: The Norfolk & Norwich Festival

May events: The Norfolk & Norwich Festival

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

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 
May events: Experience the glory of the FA Cup final

May events: Experience the glory of the FA Cup final

Pay a visit to England's largest stadium and take in all the drama and action of the world's biggest club football tournament.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Add Stratford Literary Festival to your list of things to do in April

Add Stratford Literary Festival to your list of things to do in April

Be in the company of celebrity authors and best-selling writers at this lively literary event in the UK.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 
May events: Have a nautical time at Gloucester Tall Ships Festival

May events: 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 in May.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 
May events: Discover your creative side at the Hertford Arts Festival

May events: Discover your creative side at the Hertford Arts Festival

Enjoy works from local artists and unleash your own creativity at a series of events in Hertford.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordshire

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