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 the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

See the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

Every dance taste imaginable is catered for at Birmingham's showcase festival.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Experience the glory of the FA Cup final

Experience the glory of the FA Cup final

Discover an institution of English football in West London...

Location: London, Greater London

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Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Join the thousands of people each year at the world-famous Lyme Regis Fossil Festival celebrating millions of years of history.

Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset

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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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Get festival fever during May in Brighton and Hove

Get festival fever during May in Brighton and Hove

The seaside city comes alive with four fantastic festivals taking place in one month of madness.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Don’t miss this exciting literature event, Words by the Water A Festival of Words and Ideas, which is set by a lake surrounded by the Northern Fells.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

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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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Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

For 17 days during May, Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance creating a plethora of entertainment for all ages.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Taste Yorkshire’s best produce at the Food Lovers Festival

Taste Yorkshire’s best produce at the Food Lovers Festival

The festival boasts an enviable line up of some of the county’s top chefs, offering live cookery demonstrations and private classes to gastronomes.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

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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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Experience the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink

Experience the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink caters to over 20,000 people, allowing them to eat, drink and celebrate the South West’s best.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Put your best foot forward at WalkFest

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

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Have a bloomin’ lovely time at the Harrogate Flower Show

Have a bloomin’ lovely time at the Harrogate Flower Show

Regarded amongst England’s largest and most prestigious gardening events, the spring show promises garden lovers the perfect day out in late April.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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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

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Watch the Tetbury Woolsack Race

Watch the Tetbury Woolsack Race

This is undoubtedly one of England's strangest sports, but its tradition dates back to the 17th-century.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

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Gather your pieces-of-eight for some piratical fun

Gather your pieces-of-eight for some piratical fun

Landlubbers beware! Grab an eye-patch and a parrot and head to Brixham for an adventure on the high seas.

Location: Brixham, Devon

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Heed the thunder of galloping horses at The QIPCO Guineas Festival

Heed the thunder of galloping horses at The QIPCO Guineas Festival

Jump into the grandstand for the chance to watch Europe’s top racehorses compete for victory at Newmarket’s highly anticipated racing event in May.

Location: Newmarket, Suffolk

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Combine blue skies with vintage cars on England’s south coast

Combine blue skies with vintage cars on England’s south coast

Don’t miss out on a visit to Magnificent Motors, Eastbourne’s exciting vintage and classic car motoring event in May.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Discover why the twentieth century’s great writers and artists found their inspiration in the fishing town of St Ives.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

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Celebrate Shakespeare’s special birthday bash in his own hometown

Celebrate Shakespeare’s special birthday bash in his own hometown

Celebrate 400 years of the Bard's lasting legacy at the spectacular street party that is Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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