Events

Events for 2020 might be cancelled or postponed as a result of COVID-19, please check with individual websites and businesses for further information. There’s nothing quite like events in England. From Wimbledon to Glastonbury, Manchester Christmas Markets to Brighton Pride, there is a wealth of fantastic, unique festivals and events across the country that span all interests and walks of life. Whether it's film, literature, music or tradition, England's events calendar has it all.

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August events: Soak up sights and sounds at Castle Howard Proms Spectacular

Be wowed by one of the best events in August, as fireworks light up the Howardian Hills at the Castle Howard Proms Spectacular.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Be part of Scarborough’s three-day celebration of all things music, theatre, dance, film and art.

Location: Scarborough, Yorkshire

December events: Enter an underground Christmas cave

Follow the story of Archie and the Unicorn, told through glittering lights in an underground cavern.

Location: Clearwell Caves, Gloucestershire

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

December events: Join Santa on the La'al Ratty through Eskdale

Climb aboard the family favourite 'Santa Express' which returns to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway this winter.

Location: Ravenglass, Cumbria

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

May events: Push boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Witness the world’s most diverse artists and performers from the risqué world of Burlesque.

Location: London, Greater London

Pay homage to the written word in South Shields

Step inside The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, a state-of-the-art venue in South Shields.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

June events: Become part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Celebrate Hebden Bridge's quirky and distinctive arts scene at this unique festival, known for delivering big names in a local setting.

Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

July events: Global sounds and a world of words at WOMAD

Grab your tent and learn more about cultures across the world at the long-running World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Experience York's Literature Festival

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

Location: York, North Yorkshire

October events: Sample local delights at the East Midlands Food Festival

The East Midlands Food Festival in Melton Mowbray is one of the largest regional food festivals in the country. Running for over 15 years, lots of loyal and new visitors can enjoy edible delights from some of the country’s finest producers, many from the East Midlands.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

June events: Country fair fun at the Royal Cheshire County Show

Spend the day tasting delicious local produce, watching monster truck displays and meeting birds of prey at the Royal Cheshire County Show.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

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

Glide into Christmas at the Tunbridge Wells Ice Skating rink

A favourite festive destination, ice skating in Royal Tunbridge Wells offers something for skaters, shoppers and spectators this season.

Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Take a guided walking tour of Mortimer Country

Strap on your walking shoes and explore the Mortimer Country with the county’s Walking Festival this summer.

Location: West Midlands

Get back on track at Tramlines Festival

Tramlines Festival rolls into Sheffield each summer, bringing the party to Hillsborough Park with four stages of lots of top musical acts.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Brighten up your autumn with Sunderland Illuminations

Don't mourn the arrival of longer, darker nights; let the North East coastal city of Sunderland fill your autumn with light and magic.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

September events: Give cultural films a go at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival gives you the chance to watch films you won’t find in your local cinema in a range of unusual surroundings.

Location: Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland

September events: Experience Agatha Christie's Riviera in Devon

Discover Agatha Christie's Riviera and follow in her footsteps by attending her namesake festival, and walking the Agatha Christie Mile in the bustling harbour town of Torquay.

Location: Torquay, Devon

Find a festival for everyone in Suffolk

Suffolk is the county for festivals, large and small, with at least one a week between May and October.

Location: Suffolk

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