www.free-events.co.uk by Barry Griffin

Best free events in the UK - Festivals, Carnivals, Parades, Shows, Fireworks etc

A non-commercial listing of hundreds of amazing events - many free.

Updated 25 Apr 2017

English Public Holidays 2017

01 Jan 2017 Sun New Year's Day
14 Apr 2017 Good Friday
17 Apr 2017 Easter Monday
01 May 2017 Mon May Bank Holiday
29 May 2017 Mon Spring Bank Holiday
28 Aug 2017 Mon Summer Bank Holiday
25 Dec 2017 Mon Christmas Day
26 Dec 2017 Tue Boxing Day

English Public Holidays 2018

01 Jan 2018 Mon New Year's Day
30 Mar 2018 Good Friday
02 Apr 2018 Easter Monday
07 May 2018 Mon May Bank Holiday
28 May 2018 Mon Spring Bank Holiday
27 Aug 2018 Mon Summer Bank Holiday
25 Dec 2018 Tue Christmas Day
26 Dec 2018 Wed Boxing Day

New email: barry@free-events.co.uk


29-30 Apr 2017 Magnificent Motors, Eastbourne 

Sat-Sun Seafront and Western Lawns near the Wish Tower.

Seafront cavalcade at 10:00, both days.

One of the biggest FREE motoring spectaculars on the south coast.

Around 300-400 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, buses, steam traction engines, commercial and military vehicles. 

Trade stands, French Market, live music stage with local bands and small funfair. Free entrance. Organised by Eastbourne Borough Council, in partnership with Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club, East Sussex Omnibus Society plus a variety of other historic transport groups. Attendance 25,000.

Magnificent Motors


Hastings Jack In The Green Festival ...


01 May 2017 Hastings Jack In The Green Festival Mon. Live music & events - please see the website for more details. Monday - Procession day. 1500 performers and 10,000 revelers. 09:45 Gathering on Rock-a-Nore Road. 10:15 Procession. 11:15 Stop for refreshment and dancing, Swan Terrace, High Street. 12:00 Swan Terrace, Croft Road, along Collier Road and Priory Road. 12:30 Procession arrives West Hill Festival site - Morris dancing, crafts, food and licensed bar with real ales. 15:30 Slaying of Jack. Festival Fri-Mon.

Free event.

Hastings Jack In The Green Festival




01 May 2017 Hastings Bike Festival & May Day Run

Britain's biggest free motorcycle festival. For over 35 years thousands of bikers have visited Hastings every May Day Bank Holiday Monday and now bike1066 is part of that tradition. In 2013 bike1066 Spring Opener became as big as the world famous Isle of Man TT Races. 32,000 bikes, 76,000 people, over 50 exhibitors and live music. Be a part of the biggest motorcycle festival in Britain.

Hastings 1066 Bike Festival




01 May 2017 Rochester Sweeps Festival

Mon 14:45 Procession - Rochester Castle & High Street. Sat-Mon Holiday weekend. Biggest gathering of Morris Dancers in the country. Jack-in-the-Green, a seven  foot high character, is woken at dawn on May Day from his slumber on Bluebell Hill, then travels to Rochester to start the festivities. Thousands of revelers watch performances at various venues & pubs. It is considered lucky to be kissed by a sweep.

2011 Video

Festival Sat-Mon

Sweeps Festival

Free event.



29 Apr 2017 Vaisakhi Festival, London

Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square.

One of the most important events in the Sikh calendar. The packed line-up includes:
Live performances kirtan (spiritual music), arts, food, community groups, charities, children’s activities and turban tying.

All ages welcome. Free event.


29 Apr 2017 Downton Cuckoo Fair

Sat 10:00-16:30. 20,000 visitors, over 250 stalls, produce market, children's funfair, rural crafts and demonstrations, bands, morris dancing and maypole dancing.

Downton Cuckoo Fair

Free event.





Bolton Steam Museum

Bolton Steam Museum, Mornington Road, Chorley Old Rd, Bolton BL1 4EU. Tel 01204 846490.

Volunteers from the Northern Mill Engine Society have rescued and restored 30 old stationary steam engines, which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the North of England. Most will be running in steam on these special steaming days. We have a wide range of different types of engine. Our oldest engine is almost 180 years old, and most of the engines are over 100 years old.  Come and see these magnificent monsters restored and in action once again! We have full disabled access, and a cafe which offers drinks and snacks.
Most will be running in steam on these special steaming days, from 10:00-16:00. Free admission, with free unlimited parking on Morrison's Supermarket Car Park site

Sun-Mon 30 Apr, 01 May 2017 May Day Steamings.
Sun-Mon 28-29 May 2017 Spring Bank Holiday Steamings.
Sun-Mon 27-28 Aug 2017 Summer Steamings.
Sat-Sun 28-29 Oct 2017 Autumn Steamings.
Thu-Fri 28-29 Dec 2017 Winter Warm-Up.



Brixton Jamm

Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, London SW9 6LH.

Home to an array of delicious street food and various reggae sound system’s on rotation.

30 Apr 2017 Sunday Jamm - Brixton's Bank Holiday Carnival. 14:00-03:00am. A weekly Reggae showcase taking place every Sunday at Brixton Jamm.
Free before 5pm (See link). Guests The Twinkle Brothers

07 May 2017 Sunday Jamm - Sweetie Irie. 14:00-24:00. A weekly Reggae showcase taking place every Sunday at Brixton Jamm.
Free before 5pm (See link).

14 May 2017 Reggae Roast Sunday Skank. 14:00-24:00. Free before 5pm (See link).



Events in Poole

Apr - Sep 2017 [TBC] Wave Summertime In The South. Includes Thursdays Poole Quay Fireworks on Poole Quay Live music, quayside restaurants, vibrant pubs and bars, activities all evening to keep the family entertained and a spectacular fireworks finale.

04 Apr - 26 Sep 2017 Dream Machines The UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm

13 May 2017 Mini Steam on the Quay. Some of the most beautiful and detailed mini steam and traction engines, some which have featured on the Discovery Channel, on display and running from 10am-5pm.

07 Jul - 25 Aug 2017 Quay For My Car Themed car event every Friday evening from 6pm - 9pm, putting a great selection of popular car marques in the spotlight.






Candid Arts Trust

Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens St, Islington, London, EC1V 1NQ. Tel 020 7837 4237.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays Life Drawing classes. From £7 - please call.

What's On

21-30 Apr 2017 The Abstract Show 12:00-18:00. Artists submit work to sell in a group exhibition of abstract works.

12-18 May 2017 Black and White Photography Exhibition  12:00-18:00. Artists to submit photography works to sell in a group salon style exhibition.

Candid Arts Trust is a self-funded, registered charity, whose main objective is to promote the arts and arts education with special emphasis placed on helping newly graduated artists and designers in their first years out of college.




Sat 29 Apr 2017 10:00am Road to the Isles Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, Mallaig, Highland
Sat 29 Apr 2017 10:30am Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend
Sat 29 Apr 2017 11:00am Road To The Isles Half Marathon, Mallaig, Highland
Sat 29 Apr 2017 11:30am Challenge Walk, Devils Bridge, Ceredigion
Sat 29 Apr 2017 01:00pm Half Marathon, Devils Bridge, Ceredigion
Sun 30 Apr 2017 8:30am Relay, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Sun 30 Apr 2017 8:30am Marathon, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Sun 30 Apr 2017 9:00am Hackney Half Marathon, London
Sun 30 Apr 2017 9:00am Ashford Marathon, Charing, Kent
Sun 30 Apr 2017 10:00am Saltash Half Marathon, Cornwall

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Harmony Of The Seas -227,000 tons, 1188 feet, 16 passenger decks.

Southampton Cruise Ship Schedule

Southampton Sailings - Mayflower Park is often an ideal viewing point.

24 Apr 2017 Black Watch 16:30
24 Apr 2017 Aidaprima 21:30
26 Apr 2017 Ventura 16:30
26 Apr 2017 Fantasia 18:00
27 Apr 2017 Arcadia 16:30
27 Apr 2017 Viking Sea 17:00
28 Apr 2017 Independence Of The Seas 16:30
28 Apr 2017 Braemar 16:30
29 Apr 2017 Celebrity Eclipse 16:30
29 Apr 2017 Aurora 16:30
30 Apr 2017 Britania 16:30
30 Apr 2017 Ventura 16:30
30 Apr 2017 MSC Preziosa 20:00
01 May 2017 Independence Of The Seas 16:30
01 May 2017 Caribbean Princess 17:00
01 May 2017 Aidaprima 21:30


Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.  Enjoy listening to a short talk from a guest speaker before engaging in debate and discussion around the topic. 

2017 Cafe Scientifique


Free events.

Ultra Running

Sat 29 Apr 2017 The Fellsman Yorkshire Dales
Sun 04 Jun 2017 Northants Ultra Northants 35 S
Fri-Sat 23-24 Jun 2017 SW 50 / SW100 South Wales
Sat 08 Jul 2017 Pennine 39 North Pennines
Sat 12 Aug 2017 Long Tour of Bradwell Peak District
Sat 16 Sep 2017 Hardmoors 60 North Yorkshire
Sat 21 Oct 2017 Round Rotherham South Yorkshire
Sat 28 0ct 2017 Jedburgh 3 Peaks Scottish Borders
Sat 04 Nov 2017 White Rose Ultra Yorkshire Pennines

  Events In London

29 Apr 2017 Vaisakhi Festival Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. One of the most important events in the Sikh calendar.
Live performances, spiritual music, arts, food, community groups, charities, children’s activities, turban tying. Free event.

06 May 2017 Morris Dance Sat 14:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. Westminster Morris Men and Morris Dance teams from across England will join the annual Day of Dance. Free event.

21 May 2017 London Symphony Orchestra Sun 18:30-20:15 Trafalgar Square. A programme of Rachmaninov, conducted by Valery Gergiev. This is the sixth concert in the Orchestra’s annual BMW LSO Open Air Classics series. Get there early to secure your spot. Sponsored by BMW. Free event.

07 Jun 2017 Royal Opera House BP Big Screens Wed 19:30-21:30 Trafalgar Square. World-class opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House on the big screen. Ashton Triple Bill. Free event.

04 Jul 2017 Royal Opera House BP Big Screens Tue 19:30-21:30 Trafalgar Square. World-class opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House on the big screen. La Traviata. Free event.

14 Jul 2017 Royal Opera House BP Big Screens Fri 19:30-21:30 Trafalgar Square. World-class opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House on the big screen. Turandot. Free event.

14 Jul - 13 Aug 2017 Summer of World Athletics Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST.
The biggest global sporting event of the year, with over four magical weeks, the world’s top athletes will bring the roar back to the iconic stadium that saw Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Jonnie Peacock sprint to glory. Tickets from £10.

Bognor Regis Events




01 Apr - 01 May 2017 National Pet Month Thousands of people in the UK will be celebrating life with their pets, spreading the word on responsible pet ownership or raising money for their favourite charity in fun-filled events. Registered charity, bringing together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, pet businesses, schools, youth groups and pet lovers.

01-31 Jul 2017 Responsible Dog Owner Event Month The Responsible Dog Owner campaign focuses on the need for dog training, cleaning up after your dog, pet identification and the encouragement of ethical treatment of dogs by preventing them suffering and even dying in hot cars over the summer months.


Apr-Sep 2017 Dream Machines, Poole Tuesdays. Organised by Poole Tourism, the friendly meet regularly draws over 1000 riders from across the UK for 26 weeks of classic ride outs.  From the latest superbikes and custom builds to vintage classics and trikes, the Quay and Harbour offer the perfect location to show off a superb range of motorbikes where bikers and spectators enjoy a unique relaxed atmosphere.   And with a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks to enjoy during the event, it is the perfect place to relax and have a bite to eat.

08-09 Apr 2017 [TBC] BMX Supercross Sat-Sun, National Cycling Centre, Manchester. The fastest BMX riders from around the globe, racing in time trials. See link for ticket prices.

Vaisakhi is the Sikh New Year, is the holiest day of the calendar for over 20 million Sikhs worldwide.
09 Apr 2017 [TBC] Bradford. Sun 10:30 procession. More
16 Apr 2017 [TBC] Nottingham. Sun 10:00 procession. More
30 Apr 2017 [TBC] London, Trafalgar Square. 12:00-18:00. More. Pictures
07 May 2017 [TBC] Stoke On Trent. Sun 10:30 procession. More
A Guide to Vaisakhi Many thanks to John Roath, Council Of Southampton Gurdwara's, for this information. Southampton Pictures


14 Apr - 01 May 2017 Park Life Art Exhibition

10:30-16:00 The Orangery, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Torpoint, Plymouth PL10 1HZ.

A stunning art exhibition by two nationally acclaimed artists Leanne Christie & Mariusz Kaldowski.

Set in 865 acres, with panoramic views across Plymouth Sound.

Free entry.




British Lawn Mower Racing

Most races 10:00-18:00.

2017 season 15 Apr to 15 Oct.


Ceremonial Events

Tue 25 Apr 2017 Guards' Chapel Recital Series at 13:10 in the Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ. Guards Flute Ensemble. Free.
Thu 27 Apr 2017 Household Division Concert 19.00 Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ. Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra. Free.


Classic Bike Shows

22-23 Apr 2017 Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show
Weston Rd, Stafford, Staffordshire ST18 0BD

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice, London Sat-Mon Little Venice, Paddington. Community and waterways festival over the early May Holiday. Over 150 working and traditional boats, boat rally, trade show, activities, entertainment, music, real ale and food. Sat 10:00-18:00. Sun 10:00-18:00,  plus 20:30 Music & illuminated boat procession. Mon 10:00-17:00. Inland Waterways Association General enquiries 07979 676461. Map Free event.

28-30 Apr 2017 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Fri-Sun 10:00-17:00 on the beach. Hands-on science activities. Free.

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 Norbury Canal Festival Sat-Mon. Norbury Junction, Shropshire Union Canal, Staffordshire. Display of working boats, best decorated boat competition, childrens events, live music, hog roast, boat trips, open air service, craft stalls, brass bands, local charity stalls and vehicle displays. More 01952-883568.

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Kite Festival Sat-Mon 10:00-17:00 Beach and Esplanade. Saturday is an informal day with some of the best single line displays in the country showing off their biggest, best and newest kites. Sun-Mon spectacular organised demonstrations. Free event.

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 [TBC] Norbury Canal Festival Sat-Mon. Norbury Junction, Shropshire Union Canal, Staffordshire. Display of working boats, best decorated boat competition, childrens events, live music, hog roast, boat trips, open air service, craft stalls, brass bands, local charity stalls and vehicle displays. More 01952-883568.

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 Urchfont Scarecrow Festival, Wiltshire Sat-Mon Over 50 scarecrows made by families in the village. The Scarecrow Trail commences at the village pond where a programme can be purchased indicating the position of the scarecrows, with the task of identifying and matching the scarecrows to the cryptic clues in the programme is a challenging experience. Children’s competition identifying pictures of children’s characters. Plant Sale adjacent to the pond. Free car parking on the playing fields. Refreshments around the pond. Attendance 10,000. Facebook

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Kite Festival Sat-Mon 10:00-17:00 Beach and Esplanade. Saturday is an informal day with some of the best single line displays in the country showing off their biggest, best and newest kites. Sun-Mon spectacular organised demonstrations. Free event.


Tough Guy

Tattenhall Horse Sanctuary, South Perton Farm, Wolverhampton WV6 7HB. Tel: 01902 764422.

Mud & Obstacle Running - physically challenging, mentally demanding and fear inducing. Video

30 Apr 2017 Mr Mouse Mudathon. 15K Course, Start 11:00, min age 16. Come and experience the fun, fear and frolics of Mr Mouse Mudathon. Take on over 350 Obstacles and be the first to test some of the World's Toughest Obstacles being built for July 2nd World Championships. Includes Killing Fields Obstacles.

02 Jul 2017 World's Toughest ORunner Championships. 21K Course, Half Marathon. Start 11:00,  min age 16, no qualifications required. Championships for all ORunners. With over 350 Obstacles on the World's best OCR course. Come and take part in Mr Mouse's first championships. Brand new extreme obstacles.

30 Apr 2017 West London Radio & Electronics Show Sun, Kempton Park racecourse, Sunbury on Thames. Amateur radio equipment, computing, test equipment, and components etc. Entrance about £4. More

30 Apr 2017 [TBC] Wolverhampton Vaisakhi Festival Sun 09:00 Parade. Festival in West Park - live music, fun fair, stalls, Bhangra displays, wrestling and karate.

30 Apr 2017 [TBC] Beltane, Thornborough Henge Sun 12:00. A celebration of seasonal change and ancient mystery at one of Britain's most important prehistoric sacred sites. Free entrance & stalls. 07709 681581 info@sacredbrigantia.com No camping this year.

01 May 2017 Public Holiday - Early May Bank Holiday.

01 May 2017 [TBC] Lewes Garland Day Mon from 10:00 Lewes Castle. Children's Garland Competition. 11:00 Procession High Street. Morris Dancing by the Knots of May and Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men.

01 May 2017 [TBC] May Merrie, Kingston Upon Thames Bank holiday Monday. Family entertainment, fun, music, dance, magic and street entertainment. Attendance 10,000. Free event. Contact: 020 8247 9513 / 020 8547 1221. Stalls Information Contact: 020 8247 9513. Video May Merrie

01 May 2017 [TBC] Rainham Village Country Fayre Mon 10:00-16:00 Rainham Village, Essex. Eastenders collides with The Archers on Bank Holiday Monday. Celebrating our London Heritage, Pearly Kings and Queens will mix with craft market traders, stilt walkers and Morris Men. All the fun of an old fashioned Country Fayre cum Cockney Street Market with free entry.

01 May 2017 [TBC] Woodhouse May Day Challenge Mon - Start at Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall. Charity 13.5 mile circular event for walkers and runners, around the glorious Charnwood countryside & The National Forest. 08:30 Start time for walkers, 9:30 Start time for runners.


County & Agricultural Shows

01 May 2017 North Somerset
10-13 May 2017 Balmoral
13-14 May 2017 Nottinghamshire
14 May 2017 South Suffolk
18-20 May 2017 Devon County
20 May 2017 Hadleigh
20 May 2017 Otley
27-28 May 2017 Hertfordshire
29 May 2017 Sherborne Castle
29 May 2017 Northumberland
29 May 2017 Great Harwood
29 May 2017 Surrey County

01 May 2017 [TBC] Padstow May Day Mon. "Obby Oss Day" is the biggest day in Padstow's calendar. Up to 30,000 people cram into the little town. The fearsome mask of the Obby Oss proceeds through the streets, swirling and dancing and accompanied by lots of dancers, musicians and drummers.

01 May 2017 [TBC] Chobham Carnival 11:30 Procession, Burrow Hill to the Recreation Ground. 01276 858170. Video Chobham Carnival

Pride Events

25 Feb 2017 Hampshire Pride, Winchester
24 Apr 2017 London Digital Pride
13 May 2017 Exeter Pride St Sidwell's Centre Sat 11:30 Parade

20 May 2017 Lancaster Pride, Lower Briggate
26 May 2017 Burnley Pride, Burnley Library
27 May 2017
Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun Hurst Street. Pictures
27 May 2017 Flintshire Pride, Mold Rugby Club
29 May 2017 Durham Pride, Millenium Square
03 Jun 2017
Oxford Pride 12:00 Procession, Castle & Paradise Street
09 Jun 2017 Blackpool Pride, Winter Gardens
09 Jun 2017 Canterbury Pride, Dane John Garden
10 Jun 2017 Blackpool Pride Winter Gdns.11:00 Procession N Pier.
10 Jun 2017 Coventry Pride, University Square, Priory Street
10 Jun 2017 York Pride, Knavesmire
10 Jun 2017 Gloucester 12:00 Procession, Shire Hall, Gloucester Park.
24 Jun 2017 Chelmsford Essex Sun. Central Park. 12:00-23:00
30 Jun 2017
Bournemouth Pride Bandstand ,The Triangle
30 Jun 2017 Bristol Pride, Castle Park
01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Edinburgh Pride
01 Jul 2017 Exmouth Pride, Manour Gardens
07 Jul 2017 Sparkle Transgender Celebration, Sackville Gardens, Manchester
08 Jul 2017 London Pride 13:00 Baker St to Trafalgar Sq. Pictures Video
15 Jul 2017 Rotherham Pride, Clifton Park
21 Jul 2017 Brighton Trans Pride, Brunswick Square
21 Jul 2017 Newcastle Pride Town Moor. Fri-Sun. Town centre stage.
22 Jul 2017 Eastbourne Pride, Princes Park
22 Jul 2017
Hull Pride Baker Street, West Park.
26 Jul 2017 Queer Spirit, Thoulstone Park
28 Jul 2017 Belfast Gay Pride, The Square
29 Jul 2017 Swindon & Wiltshire Town Gardens, Quarry Road.
29 Jul 2017 Liverpool Pride Sat-Sun.
St Georges Quarter
29 Jul 2017 Sheffield Pride Endcliffe Park
29 Jul 2017 Norwich Pride 19:30 Chapelfield Gardens
29 Jul 2017 Weston Super Mare Pride, Grove Park
29 Jul 2017 Hereford Pride
05 Aug 2017 Brighton Pride 11:00 Parade. 10:00-22:00 Party Preston Park.
05 Aug 2017 Belfast Pride The Square.
05 Aug 2017 Leeds Pride Sat-Sun.
Lower Briggate
10 Aug 2017 Leeds BiCon
Aug  2017 Plymouth 13:00-19:00 Plymouth Hoe. Parade 12:30.
19 Aug 2017 Chester Pride, Castle Square
19 Aug 2017 Warwickshire Pride, Pump Room Gardens
19 Aug 2017 Doncaster Pride, Sir Nigel Gresley Square
19 Aug 2017 [TBC] Glasgow About £10. Parade Sat.
20 Aug 2017 Crieff Highland Games
25 Aug 2017 Manchester Pride
25 Aug 2017 Cardiff Pride Cymru. City Hall Lawn, Cardiff
26 Aug 2017 Southampton Pride, Guildhall Sq & West Marlands Road
02 Sep 2017 Totnes Pride
02 Sep 2017 Herts Pride, Gadebridge Park
02 Sep 2017 Reading Pride Kings Meadow. Parade 11:30 Civic Centre.
03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Barnsley Pride
22 Sep 2017 The Big Gay Weekender, Pontins, Camber Sands
23 Sep 2017 [TBC] Preston Flag Market
06 Oct 2017 UK Leather Pride, Old Market Quarter, Bristol

06 May 2017 Helston Flora Day Sat 07:00 The Morning Dance, Guildhall. 08:30 The Hal-an-Tow, St John's Bridge. 09:50 The Children's Dance, Wendron Street. 12:00 The Midday Dance, Guildhall. 17:00 The Evening Dance, Guildhall. Video

05-07 May 2017 Holmfirth Festival of Folk Excellent community based festival which draws in a large audience. The events take place in the local pubs and on the streets. The vast majority of the events are free, although audiences are encouraged to contribute to the collection buckets. Because of the nature of the venues, don’t expect big names, but be assured that you will get quality. The concerts in the Old Bridge function room and the Ceilidh are paid events.

06 May 2017 [TBC] Brighton Festival Childrens Parade
Sat 10:30 Kensington Street to the sea front. Crowds of 10,000 line the streets. Samba bands, towering tableaux, and 5000 costumed participants with drums and whistles. The largest annual children’s event in the UK.

Organised by community arts group


2014 Video

Free event.

06 May 2017 [TBC] Exeter Pride Sat 12:00 Parade, St Sidwells Centre. Stalls, women's space offering workshops and information, men's networking space, youth space, speed dating, chillout cafe at Exeter Phoenix cafe/bar, live music and DJs.

06-07 May 2017 [TBC] UK Coach Rally Alton Towers Resort. Saturday morning competitors will complete an 50-mile road rally route, in the afternoon go through the driving tests and in the evening relax at our Gala Dinner Dance. Sunday morning bright and early a proud line up of coach entries will be judged, also the driving test will take place for the finalists followed by the presentation of awards in the afternoon. Over the weekend alongside the Rally Event is an extensive Trade Exhibition area.

05 May - 04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Brighton Festival - Fringe City 13:00-17:00 New Road. It’s the perfect place to check out what Brighton Fringe is all about and sample some of the programme for free. Video: Part1 Part2 Fringe City events are free, and part of Brighton Festival Fringe

05 May- 17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Diversity In Focus - Art & Textile Exhibition Sat-Thu 10:00-16:00 Snape Maltings Quay Gallery, Nr Aldeburgh Suffolk IP17 1SR. A contemporary exhibition of textile artists using art, design, mixed media, print, stitch and weaving. Free entrance

06 May 2017 [TBC] Broadwood Day of Dance. Sat, Horsham Town Centre. Celebrating all things English. Morris dancing, music, medieval market and crafts. http://www.broadwoodmorris.info/

06 May 2017 [TBC] East Allington Whacky Races Sat 11:00 East Allington, South Devon. Annual go kart / soap box racing event with downhill races through the village. There will also be skateboard races, a tug-of-war competition and lots of other activities. The event raises funds for the village school, community groups and charities, as well as being a really great fun day out. East Allington’s Got Talent in the Village Hall from 19:00.

06-28 May 2017 Brighton Festival Three weeks of arts & street theatre on a huge scale, many free. Video

07 May 2017 Maldon Mud Race, Essex Sun, Promenade Park‚ Maldon, Essex. 300 entrants, 20‚000 spectators and £55,000 raised for charity in 2015. Competitors race through the mud of the River Blackwater at low tide. The return crossing can take an hour, and is very heavy going. Best times might be under four minutes. Spectator entry to the park is by personal donation. Start times [TBC] 12:30 Duck race, 12:00 Warm up, 13:00 Mud race. Visit maldon Video Maldon Mud Race

07 May 2017 [TBC] MG Regency Run, Brighton Sunday. Brooklands Motor Museum, Weybridge to Madeira Drive, Brighton. All sorts of MGs along Madeira Drive - from the 1920s to the present day, from the very classy to the nifty and sporty.

07 May 2017 [TBC] Bracknell Half Marathon Sun 09:00 South Hill Park Arts Centre. Video


07 May - 17 Sep 2017 Dragon Boat Racing

Gable Events charity Dragon Boat Races: info@gable-events.co.uk

06/05/2017 Electrical Industries Charity Dragon Boat ChallengeElectrical Industries CharityPeterborough Rowing Lake, Thorpe Meadows, PE3 6LN

07 May 2017 Gloucester Severn Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge, Gloucester Docks GL1 2ER.
14 May 2017 East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival, Nicolas Everitt Park, Lowestoft NR33 9JR.
21 May 2017 Dragon Boat Challenge, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER.
28 May 2017 Brixfest, Brixham Harbour, The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AJ.
03 Jun 2017 Wish Upon A Star Dragon Boat Event, River Soar, Leicester LE3 5LW.
04 Jun 2017 UK Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, Salford Quays Watersports Centre, Manchester M50 3SQ.
10 Jun 2017 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival, Peterborough Rowing Lake, Thorpe Meadows PE3 6LN.
18 Jun 2017 Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club Dragon Boat Race, Bristol Docks BS1 6XG.
22 Jun 2017 London Construction Industry Dragon Boat Challenge, West Reservoir, Hackney, London N4 2HA.
24 Jun 2017 Brindleyplace Dragon Boat ChallengeCure LeukaemiaBrindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HL.
25 Jun 2017 Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival, Willen Lake, Milton Keynes MK15 0DS.

The British Dragon Boat Racing Association run a national league calendar together with national championships held annually.

10-14 May 2017 Royal Windsor Horse Show Wed-Sun, Her Majesty The Queen’s private grounds at Windsor Castle. The UK’s greatest outdoor celebration of everything equestrian, with over 3,000 horses and ponies. International competitions in show jumping, dressage, carriage driving and endurance racing. Displays from The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and The Household Cavalry, the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Grand National. Old fashioned funfair and over 230 trade stands, all set in the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle - perfect for a family picnic. Please see website for tickets. The opening day is free for all visitors.


The UK's leading gardening charity.

Royal Horticultural Society Shows

11-14 May 2017 RHS Malvern Spring Festival Set with a backdrop of the beautiful Malvern Hills.
23-27 May 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Experience cutting-edge design and visionary gardens at this prestigious event.
07-11 Jun 2017 RHS Chatsworth Flower Show Set in the rolling Derbyshire landscape designed by Capability Brown.
23-25 Jun 2017 RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show RHS Garden Harlow Carr will host its second flower show.


RHS Gardens Events Diary

13 May 2017 [TBC] Exmouth Carnival Fun Day Sat 09:00-17:00 The Strand. 60 stalls selling plants, handmade gifts, crafts and jewelry, toys, cakes, clothing and ceramics etc.

12-18 May 2017 Norfolk & Norwich Festival Two weeks of amazing events - circus, music and visual arts, both free and ticketed.

13-14 May 2017 St Ives Food & Drink Festival Culminates in a food and drink producers’ market and cooking demonstrations on West Pier. Taste, try, meet, buy, and enjoy the finest flavours and tastes of Cornwall. See some of the best chefs in the county giving cooking demonstrations.

Twickenham Craft Fairs

13:30-17:00 St Marys Church Hall, (Opposite St Marys Church), Church Street, Twickenham TW1 3NJ.

A wide variety of local hand-made crafts, in a family orientated environment with no stairs or steps. Free entry.

Sat 13 May 2017
Sat 01 Jul 2017
Sat 12 Aug 2017
Sat 16 Sep 2017
Sat 28 Oct 2017 (Halloween theme)
Sat 18 Nov 2017 (Christmas theme)
Sat 09 Dec 2017 (Christmas theme)


Paws in the Park

Dog shows for working, trained and pet dogs. Have a go activities, terrier racing, gun dogs, stunt dogs, agility, police dogs etc.

13-14 May 2017 South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex.
05-06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Stansted Park, Hampshire.
16-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] The Kent Showground, Detling, Kent.

14 May 2017 Basingstoke Festival of Transport Sun 11:00-16:00 War Memorial Park, Basingstoke. Over 900 vehicles on static display, including classic, vintage and commercial vehicles, fire engines, military trucks, and a variety of specialist car clubs, trade stalls and catering outlets. Whether you're a keen motor buff or you just want an interesting and enjoyable Sunday, Basingstoke Festival of Transport is a great day out for all the family. The event has accessible car parking and toilets. Parking £2. Enquiries 01256 844844. Free event.

14 May 2017 London to Eastbourne Jaguar Run Sunday. After running the London to Brighton Jaguar Run for 18 years, the run will be moving to it’s new finish home of Eastbourne and this year is set to be the biggest and best run yet! The run will begin at one of London's most famous landmarks, The Old Royal Naval College, which is one of Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpieces. The route will then finish on Eastbourne’s prestigious Western Lawns seafront, which will be closed off exclusively for our use. 

14 May 2017 Abingdon Charity Air & Country Show Sun 10:00-17:00 Abingdon Airfield, Dalton Barracks. A volunteer run event in aid of Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance. Flying & static aircraft, trade & charity stands, farmers market, crafts, historic & classic vehicles, ground & arena displays, childrens amusements, live music, food and free parking. About £15.

14 May 2017 London May Fayre & Puppet Festival Sun 10:30-17:30 Garden of St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street WC2E 9ED. Annual celebration of the art of puppetry with Punch and Judy Professors from all over the country commemorating the first sighting of Mr Punch in England by Samuel Pepys in 1662. Free event.

14 May 2017 [TBC] Duck Race and Family Fun Day Sun 11:00-16:00 Bramhall Park, Hall Road, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 3NX. The event now includes a bake-off, and raises money for worthy causes. Organised by Bramhall and Woodford Rotary Club.

14 May 2017 [TBC] Boishakhi Mela, London Sun 12:00-19:30 Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. One of London’s premier street celebrations, with an attendance of 150,000. Bangladeshi festival with food, live music, sports activities and traditional arts and crafts workshops. Boishakhi Mela Free event.

19-28 May 2017 Bath International Music Festival Multiple events, both free and ticketed.

20 May 2017 Surrey Heath Show Sat 10:00-16:00 Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Green. Classic cars, arts, crafts and community stalls, Surrey Air Ambulance, live music, food stalls, judo displays and the Companion Dog Show. Free event. Small parking charge.

20-21 May 2017 Rickmansworth Festival Sat 10:30-22:30, Sun 10:30-17:30 Batchworth Lock. Held on the third weekend in May. Canal boats, boat tug of war, boat trips, guest speakers, environmental fair, live music and an animal farm for the children. Rickmansworth Waterways Trust Inland Waterways Events

20 May - 04 Jun 2017 Chelsea Fringe The alternative garden festival. Hundreds of events around the capital.

Eventissima Events

20 May 2017 Eynsford Village Spring Craft Vintage and Gift Fair. Sat 11:00-15:00 Eynsford Village Hall DA4 0AA. Free entry.

21 May 2017 London-Brighton Mini Owners Run Sun 08:00-17:00 Crystal Palace to Madeira Drive. Annual Mini-Owners run organised by the London & Surrey Mini Owners Club. About 2100 Minis. Trade stands and auction etc.

21 May 2017 Dunstable Downs Radio Club Boot Sale Sun 09:00 Stockwood Park, Luton - M1 J10. Annual specialist sale of ham radio, computing and test equipment etc. Food and toilets available. DDRC Boot Sale

World Naked Bike Ride

Annual world-wide event to celebrate cycling, the human body, and the vulnerability of cyclists on the road.

27 May 2017 Canterbury Sat 14:30 for 15:30 Canturbury Castle, Castle Street, Canterbury CT1 2PR.
02 Jun 2017 [TBC] Southampton Fri 18:00 for 18:30 Southampton Common, East side, next to Highfield Road.
03 Jun 2017 [TBC] Hastings Sat 12:30 for 13:30 Lower end of Alexandra Park.
03 Jun 2017 TBC] Bristol Sat 11:00 for 12:00 Full Moon Pub, North Road, Stokes Croft.
04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Cardiff Sun 13:30 for 15:00 Sophia Gardens.
09 Jun 2017 [TBC] Manchester Fri 18:00 for 19:00 All Saints Park, Cavendish Street.
10 Jun 2017 [TBC] London, Hyde Park Sat 14:30 for 15:00 North Carriage Drive W1H 7EL.
London Pictures
10 Jun 2017 [TBC] London, Regents Park 14:30 for 15:00 Cumberland Green NW1 4HA
10 Jun 2017 [TBC] London, Kings Cross 14:30 for 15:00 Granary Square N1C 4AA
10 Jun 2017 [TBC] London, Clapham Junction 14:45 for 15:00 Grant Road SW11 2NU
10 Jun 2017 [TBC]
London, West Norwood 12:00 for 14:30 Knights Hill SE27 0JD
10 Jun 2017 [TBC] London, Tower Hill 14:30 for 15:00 Tower Hill EC3N 4DJ
11 Jun 2017 [TBC]
Brighton Sun 12:00 The Level, Union Road, BN2 3FX.
Brighton Pictures Video: Start Old Steine
17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Cambridge Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Park entrance, Regent Street CB2 1AB.
25 Jun 2017 York Sun, Millenium Bridge.
25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Scarborough Sun 14:00 Esplanade Gardens.
01 Jul 2017 Newcastle Gateshead Sat 13:15 for 14:00
Northumberland Road NE1 8SF.
01 Jul 2017 Folkestone Sat 13:00 for 14:00
Green at Shearway Rd CT194RH.
02 Jul 2017 Portsmouth Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Alexander Park, Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre, Alex Way, PO2 9AD.
08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Exeter Sat 11:00 for 13:00 Trews Weir, South of Exeter Quay SX924914.
15 Jul 2017 Clacton Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Toby Carvery, Marine Parade.

Current Ride Status


Great Runs

21 May 2017 Run Through The Heart of Scotland
28 May 2017 Great Manchester Run
10 Jun 2017 Great North Swim Run
15 Oct 2017 Birmingham International Marathon

22-24 May 2017 [TBC] Pint of Science Festival Mon-Wed. The festival brings top class scientists to pubs across London and the UK to tell the public about their exciting research in an informal setting. Themes in previous years have included: Matters of the Mind, Our Body, Chemistry & Physics plus Planet Earth. Tickets about £2.

25 May - 04 Jun 2017 Hay Festival Hay gathers people together to think about the world as it is and to imagine how it might be. It's a big conversation about discovery and intellectual adventure. We share stories and ideas with great international writers and thinkers, film-makers, historians and novelists, philosophers, environmentalists, poets and scientists. And at night we like to party with the greatest comedians and musicians.

25 May - 04 Jun 2017 [TBC] How The Light Gets In Philosophy Festival, Hay on Wye The world's largest philosophy and music festival. A host of exhilarating stages, thought-provoking debates and legendary parties. Typically over 450 events and 35,000 attendees.

26-29 May 2017 [TBC] The Big Knock - British Diesel Bike Rally Main days: Fri-Sat. Location: The Wisborough (formerly Bat & Ball) Public House, Newpound, Nr Wisborough Green & Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 0EH. Enthusiastic gathering of riders with their machines. The event features a group ride-out to a scenic location. www.dieselbike.net

26-29 May 2017 [TBC] Fishguard Folk Festival, Pembrokeshire Fri-Mon. Ticketed concerts, plus nearly 40 free events.

26-29 May 2017 [TBC] Chippenham Folk Festival. Fri-Mon. Over 200 events in the town centre. Ceilidh and concert events in the riverside park. Multiple pub sessions, workshops, concerts and dances. Full program of children's events, craft marquee, catering facilities and an open air arena in the park. The High Street and historic Market Square are traffic-free, and feature buskers, street theatre and processions. There is a large street fair on Monday.

26-29 May 2017 [TBC] Margam Park Kite Festival Kite festival, Margam Country Park, just  off the M4 near Port Talbot, Wales. Amazing variety of kites and other attractions, in a relaxed environment, close to good beaches. Free entrance.

26 May - 04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Exmouth Festival Music, arts and crafts - mostly free. Various venues around town, and about 100 acts playing on the main stage in Manor Gardens.

26 May - 11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Bath Fringe Festival Multiple events and locations. Attendance 16,000

27 May 2017 [TBC] Taste Moor Sat 11:00-16:00 The Moor, Sheffield. Celebrating Sheffield’s cultures and communities through dance, crafts and food, Taste Moor will be a vibrant and fun day filled with free activities, workshops and demonstrations.

27 May 2017 [TBC] Twickenham Regatta Located between Eel Pie Island and Richmond Bridge. 500 competitors, 130 races. Free enclosure for spectators and competitors at Buccleuch Gardens, overlooking the finish line at Richmond. Live music from 13:30, sandwiches, cakes and real ale bar. The 2015 event was cancelled.

27 May 2017 [TBC] Eastbourne Carnival Sat 16:00 Fishermen's Green to the Western Lawns.

27 May 2017 [TBC] Maindee Festival, Nr Newport Sat 12:00-18:00. Parade 12:00 Corpa Road. Free community arts event and vibrant parade. Live music, traders, stalls and international food and drink.

27-28 May 2017 [TBC] Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun. Hurst Street area. 12:00 Sat - parade Victoria Square, New Street, Temple Street, Temple Row, Colmore Row and Bull Street, and into the Gay Village area. Birmingham Pride

27-28 May 2017 [TBC] Chesterfield Canal Festival Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Staveley Town Basin S43 3XZ. Canal boats, vintage bus & steam train tours, entertainment marquee, children’s rides, canoeing, birds of prey, stalls and food & drink including a real ale bar. About £3. Saturday night concert. festival@chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk 01246 477569.

27-28 May 2017 [TBC] Happy Days Festival, Surrey Sat-Sun 14:00-22:00 Imber Court, East Molesey KT8 0BT. 3 decades of amazing music with other entertainments including themed retro bars, pyrotechnics, games area, family fun activities and an after show party. 40 acre site. World fusion food. See link for more info & tickets. Adult Saturday day tickets about £40.

27-28 May 2017 [TBC] ThunderSprintSat-Sun. Anglesea Race Circuit. Some of the best classic riders in the world, and their unique motorcycles, in action on the track. Aerobatic display by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire subject to confirmation, children’s funfair and inflatables, fine food area. 100 trade stands selling everything from motorcycling gear and bike accessories to children’s toys. About £10.




28 May 2017 Luton Caribbean Carnival
Sun 12:00-18:00 Wardown Park. Huge one day Caribbean carnival, with an attendance of 50,000. Procession 13:30 from Wardown Park. Static sound systems, food & entertainers. Organised by The UK Centre for Carnival Arts


Green Events is a not-for-profit company whose aim is to benefit the local economy of Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, by attracting visitors to the town through unusual events.

28 May 2017 Welsh Open Stoneskimming Championships
Sponsored by the Heart of Wales Brewery, Llanwrtyd Wells.

10-11 Jun 2017 The Whole Earth Man vs Horse Marathon
The Man v Horse Marathon began in June 1980 following a chat over a pint in the back bar of Neuadd Arms Hotel. The then Landlord, Gordon Green overheard two men discussing the relative merits of men and horses running over mountainous terrain. 

24 Jun 2017 Drovers' Walks
These walks follow in the footsteps of the Drovers of old who used to drive their sheep, cattle, pigs and geese across the mountains to the market towns of England. There is a choice of distances, 10 15 or 25 miles, through the beautiful summer countryside around Llanwrtyd Wells.

28 May 2017 [TBC] Fleet Food Festival Sun 11:00-17:00 The Views, Fleet GU51 4AE. Celebrating and showcasing the best of our region’s food producers. Fresh and regional produce, chefs and master classes in our cookery theatre, real ale and fine wines, food and wine talks with the experts, live music, family fun and picnic area. Free event.

28 May - 04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Rainbow Film Festival, London Various venues. Films, both documentary and features, celebrating the diversity of Asian culture, all with English sub-titles. 

29 May 2017 [TBC]
Cheese Rolling, Brockworth, Gloucester Mon 12:00 Coopers Hill, Brockworth. Foolhardy souls cartwheel down a 1 in 1 gradient, chasing a 7lb cheese. There are five downhill & four uphill races. No advanced booking for competitors, and free viewing for the public, but a modest parking charge. This long-standing Gloucester tradition is held on common land. The hill is Very Steep; competitors & spectators must do their own risk assessment. Video Video Map

29 May 2017 [TBC] Wool Sack Races, Tetbury Mon 10:00. Wacky event where dozens of hopefuls race up and down Gumstool Hill in Tetbury town center carrying 60lb sacks of wool (35lb for the ladies). The course runs the 280 yards, between The Royal Oak and The Crown, and is a very steep 1-in-4. Street entertainment, magic and music from 10:00. Races from 14:00. Attendance 10,000. Wool Sack Races Free event.

County Shows

29 May 2017 [TBC] Surrey County Show - Stoke Park, Guildford
31 May - 01 Jun 2017 [TBC] Suffolk Show - Trinity Park, Ipswich
31 May - 03 Jun 2017 [TBC] Royal Bath & West Show - Shepton Mallet
22-25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Royal Highland Show - Edinburgh
25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Derbyshire County Show Shardlow showground.
11-13 Jul 2017 [TBC] Great Yorkshire Show - Great Yorkshire Showground
25-27 Jul 2017 [TBC] New Forest Show - Brockenhurst
26 Jul 2017 [TBC] Stranraer Show - Playing Fields, Stranraer
20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Mid-Somerset Show - Shepton Mallet
02 Sep 2017 [TBC] Alresford Agricultural Show - Tichborne Park
14 Sep 2017 [TBC] Oxford & Thame Show - Thame
16-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Royal Berkshire Show - Newbury Showground
21-22 Oct 2017 [TBC] Countryside Live.- Great Yorkshire Showground

29 May 2017 [TBC] Surrey County Show Mon 09:00-18:00 Stoke Park, Guildford. Largest one-day agricultural show in the UK. 40 acres of shopping malls, packed with 350 trade stands selling everything from tractors to garden furniture. Two and a half miles of tents and marquees; 71 judges scrutinizing everything from bulls to hens. The traditional end to the day is the mass launch of hot air balloons.

29 May 2017 [TBC] BUPA London 10,000 Road Race Mon 10:00 The Mall, St James's Park. 10k Circular route through Westminster and The City, passing many of London’s famous sights including, Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, Bank of England, Leadenhall Market, The Monument, Millennium Bridge, Tate Gallery, Cleopatra’s Needle, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

29 May 2017 Environmental Rock, Southampton Mon 12:00-18:00 The Hobbit Pub. 02380 710916. Environmental awareness event with music, information, ideas, tips and activities. Map

29 May 2017 [TBC] Soham Carnival & Heavy Horse Show Mon 09:00-17:00. Bank holiday Monday. The Recreation Ground, Fountain Lane. Heavy Horse Show from 9.00am until 1.00pm. The Carnival Parade of Decorated Vehicles will start at Townsend at 13:00. Vintage & Classic Vehicle Show Starts at 15:45. Live Bands Plus DJ’s, Real Ales Beer Tent, Soham Fenlander Majorette Troupe, Stalls from Local Tradesmen, Charities, Children’s Races, BBQ, Punch & Judy etc.

31 May - 03 Jun 2017 [TBC] The Royal Bath & West Show The country's biggest rural festival with something for everyone. 600+ trade stands.


Newark Antiques Fair

Nottingham Showground, Newark NG24 2NY.

Thu 09:00-18:00 - buyers two day ticket £20.
Fri 08:00-16:00 - buyers ticket £5.

The largest event of its kind in Europe, with up to 2,500 stands over 84 acres.
Thousands of dealers and buyers from around the globe every other month.

Often featured on BBC1's Bargain Hunt.

Thu-Fri 01-02 Jun 2017

Jun-Sep 2017 Cardiff Events

Cardiff Festival

Jun 2017 [TBC] Whitehaven Maritime Festival, Cumbria Fri-Sun. Bi-annual. Biggest maritime festival in the UK. Activities on the water, in the air and on the harbour side. Tall ships, air displays, street entertainment, music, drama and re-enactments. Amazing fireworks Friday & Saturday about 22:45. Attendance 250,000 over three days.

02 Jun 2017 [TBC] Cotswold Olimpicks Fri, Dover's Hill, Chipping Campden. Morris Men, Pipe Band, German Shepherd Dogs, Fighting Arts, Tae Kwan Do, Tug of War, Fairground Rides, Birds of Prey, Climbing Wall, Gurning. Hot and cold food. About £6 entrance. 14:00-18:00 Jacobean Village, Medieval Dance, Falconry, Tug-of-War, 15:30-18:00 Folk Concert, 19:30-21:45 The famous Shin Kicking, Tug of War, 5 mile Race, Morris Men, 21:45-22:3 Fireworks & Torchlit Procession, 21:30-24:00 Live Music in the Square. Video: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Cotswold Olimpiks

02-04 Jun 2017 Old Gaffers Boat Festival Fri-Sun Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.

02-04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Baskfest Fri 18:00-22:00, Sat 12:00-02:00 (am), Sun 12:00-19:00. The Hive 260-264 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DG. London Basque Diaspora presents a festival that celebrates Basque culture. Unconventional, provocative and fun visual art and performances, film, music, dance, photography and gastronomy. Free event.

02-04 Jun 2017 [TBC] International Mersey River Festival The International Mersey River Festival is a celebration of our glorious waterfront in a FREE three day extravaganza of family fun, amazing music and entertainment along our iconic river.  At this year’s event, we’re really making waves with an incredible musical line up gracing three stages along the ‘front, a host of creative workshops and entertainment for the whole family. Discover Liverpool’s glorious history, incredible present and dazzling future with an interactive treasure hunt around the UNESCO heritage site, take part in our activities or simply relax with a stroll along the river and take it all in.

02-04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Lets Rock Bristol Fri-Sun 11:00-22:30 Ashton Court Estate, Bristol. Adult day tickets about £47. Camping available.

02-04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Chestertons Polo In The Park Hurlingham Park, Fulham, London SW6 3PR. Eat, drink, shop, socialise, and enjoy a day of entertainment at the leading outdoor polo and lifestyle event in Central London. See link for tickets.

02-04 Jun 2017 Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth Fri-Sun. Around Hope Square and the Old Harbour in Weymouth. Free and ticketed events. On Saturday there will probably be Morris dancing on the promenade and Brewers Quay and a parade on the promenade at 13:00. Various venues and pub sessions - check web site for details. A rover ticket for all events costs about £20.

03 Jun 2017 Epsom Derby Sat. Epsom Downs Racecourse. Free entrance to the central area. 150,000 revelers, music stage with a party atmosphere, lots of market stalls, food, drink and picnics. 2009 Party Video 2010 Party Video Epsom Downs Racecourse

03 Jun 2017 Strawberry Fair, Cambridge Sat 12:00-23:00 Midsummer Common. 11:00 Parade from Christ's Pieces, through the town to Midsummer Common. Three music stages, including live dance acts & DJs. Attendance: 35,000. Map Strawberry Fair 

03 Jun 2017 [TBC] Kemptown Carnival Brighton Sat 11:00 St Georges Road. Parade of Flowers & Samba Parade with over 200 performers. 5 live stages with over 25 bands, street performers, Capoeira displays, choirs, dance troupes, break dancing, a fashion event, art and book fairs, crafts, community market, a children's area, magicians, creative workshops Video Kemptown Carnival

03 Jun 2017 World Custard Pie Championship Sat 14:00 Coxheath, Kent. Teams parade, custard pie throwing, family fun and craft stalls. Viewing is probably free, and all are welcome. 22 teams battle to win the coveted trophy, and some 3000 pies will be flung under strict rules of the contest.

03 Jun 2017 [TBC] Throckmorton Airshow Saturday, Throckmorton Airfield. The UK's premier Emergency and Armed Services fun day, attracting 15,000 visitors, in aid of Help for Heroes. Static and flying exhibits, emergency and armed service exhibits. The 2016 airshow was cancelled.

03 Jun 2017 Oxford Pride Sat 12:00-18:00. Parade 12:00 from Radcliffe Square.

03-04 Jun 2017 Coventry MotoFest Sat-Sun City Centre. Fun, free motoring based festival for the the whole family. Cars, motorcycles, live music, trucks, buses, films, stock cars, armoured vehicles, taxis, art, stalls, design, education, prototypes, engineering, and even some bicycles take part. Free event.

03-04 Jun 2017 Hastings Town and Country Show Sat-Sun 10:30-17:30 Alexandra Park. Suffolk Punch horses, birds of prey and falconry displays, medieval re-enactment village including fighting knights, sheep sheering, working and Newfoundland dogs as well as rural demonstrations. Arts, craft and gift marquees as well as lifestyle and food hall stands will give you the chance to sample and buy unique products. Children's entertainer, bouncy castles and fairground. Entrance about £5.

03-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Adur Festival Beach Green, Shoreham. Weeks of community entertainment, including the Beach Dreams Big Weekend. Free event. Adur Festival


04 Jun 2017 The Moor’s TotFest - The Festival for Tots

Sun 11:00-16:00 The Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PA.

Some of the best entertainment for younger children. Look out for our big yellow bus and come down to enjoy a great family-friendly fun day with free activities, information and shows. Special guest, The Gruffalo, exciting storytelling, silly sing-a-long songs, fun play areas, free face painting and children’s rides. You can even have a go at new activities in our workshops specially designed for little ones.

Free event.


04 Jun 2017 World Pooh Sticks Championships Sun 10:30-17:00 Cogges Manor Farm, at Langel Common on the River Windrush. Organised by The Rotary Club of Sinodun. The event includes family fun and craft demonstrations.

04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Keighley Gala Sunday, Victoria Park. Parade, music, stalls etc. Fireworks Sat 21:00.

04 Jun 2017 Great Midlands Fun Run

07-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Broomhill Festival, Sheffield Multiple events.

08-11 Jun 2017 The Gate to Southwell Folk Festival Fri-Mon Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0PT. Roots and folk, dancing on two marquee stages, children's festival, events around town and in local pubs. Real ale, cider, quality food and craft stalls. Camping in adjacent fields and good toilets. Lineup

08-14 Jun 2017 Appleby Horse Fair, Cumbria Highlight of the year for Gypsies and Travelers and an opportunity to have some fun, see old friends and do some business. Lots of people, lots of horses, lots of hustle and bustle, but no dodgems, no carousels, no big stage. Main days Fri, Sat & Sun.

09 Jun 2017 Saddleworth & District Brass Band Contests Whit Friday. Described as the greatest free show on Earth. Over a hundred open air performances at 20 venues around the moorland villages and towns. There can be 50 or more bands at the busier venues, and you can expect some world class playing. Each band plays two pieces - one on the march. Competition is fierce, and adjudication can last into the early hours. Venues Video

09-11 Jun 2017 Wimborne Minster Folk Festival Traditional English and Celtic music and dance, Irish, Scottish and clog dancing displays, market stalls, clothing, jewelry and gifts. 10 Jun 2017 [TBC] Bognor Regis Carnival Sat 13:15 Esplanade to West Park. Music stage, arena displays, trade stalls, crafts and food in the park.11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Friskney Show Sun 10:00-17:00 Friskney village hall and playing field, Friskney, Lincolnshire PE22 8RD. Stalls, classic cars, vintage tractors, silver band-singers and dancers, flypast by dakota, fun dog show, punch & judy, kids rides and birds of prey. Free event.:

Great Swim Series

09-11 Jun 2017 Great North Swim

2017 Great East Swim

2017 Great East Swim Run

2017 Great Manchester Swim

2017 Great Newham London Swim

2017 Great Scotish Swim

2017 Great Scotish Swim Run

10 Jun 2017 Northampton Carnival Parade 14:00 Racecourse. Live entertainment on stage, funfair and a wide variety of stalls.

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival Sat 10:00-18:00 Peterborough Rowing Lake by the River Nene, Thorpe Meadows PE3 6LN. Britain’s largest dragon boat event, with races every 10 minutes throughout the day. Over 50 crews and 10,000 spectators. Ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity. Up to 10 people paddle each 30’ boat with a drummer at the front and a helm at the tail steering. Food drink, music and continuous activities. More from Gable Events

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] Trooping The Colour, London Sat 11:00 Horse Guards Parade & The Mall. Official birthday of HM The Queen. The five Household Regiments - Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards take their turn each year. After 12:00 RAF fly-past, watched by members of the Royal Family on the Palace balcony. Trooping The Colour

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] The Old Fair of Abinger Sat 14:00 Village green. Procession, maypole dancing, tug-o-war, Punch & Judy, music, archery, medieval stocks, crafts, cakes, produce, toys, books etc. 14:00 Procession. Timetable.

10 Jun 2017 Carshalton Camera Club Annual Exhibition Sat 10:00-17:00 Carshalton Methodist Church, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 3DE. Trophies will be awarded to pictures in four categories; Best Print, Best Portrait, Best Natural History Print and Best Monochrome Print. Throughout the day there will be a chance to take part in a raffle and buy light refreshments. Members of the club will be present to talk about the pictures on display, the club’s activities and photography in general. Free admission. Visitors and new members welcome - Mondays 19:30 Ruskin Hall, Carshalton Methodist Church SM5 3DE. 020 8641 6210.

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] Dorset Dogs Festival Sat 11:00-16:00 Slades Open Space, Bournemouth BH10 4HF. Celebrate dogs, green spaces and the countryside. Annual fiesta is packed with fun for people and dogs alike, with agility, dog demos and taster sessions, a fun dog show and lots of stalls, pop-up café, ice-cream, family activities and face-painting and more. For more info, contact Su Powner at dorsetdogs@dorsetcc.gov.uk or call 0771 815 9350.

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] Lord Mayor's Family Show, Birmingham 12:00-18:00 Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square, City Centre. Free entry. Live music, street theatre, craft stalls, picnic area and children's rides, magic, face painting, donkey rides etc.

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] Man v Horse Marathon, Wales Sat 11:00 Llanwrtyd Wells. Start at the Town Square, finish at Victoria Wells, a mile away. Lots of vantage points for spectators. Madcap race where the fittest of the fit race against horses. The 22 mile hilly course, down tracks and over moorland, is crafted to make it just possible for man to win.

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] The Great Knaresborough Bed Race Saturday, Knaresborough Castle, North Yorkshire HG5 8AS. 90 teams in fancy dress, watched by thousands of spectators, compete over a grueling 2.4 mile course and swim through the icy waters of the River Nidd. 10:00 Preparation, 11:00 Fete and Entertainment, 11:30 Best Dressed Bed, 13:00 The Parade, 15:00 The Race, 16:30 Prizes.

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] Ritchey Bristol Bikefest Sat, Upper area, Ashton Court. Food and drink in the event village. Spectators welcome.

10-11 Jun 2017 Brighton & Hove Motor Show

Sat-Sun. American Express Community Stadium, Brighton. 13,000 sq mtrs of inside and external space. Multiple themed zones including go-carting and motorcycles. Test drive some of the latest modes on display. Register for your free ticket. Free event.


10-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] World Triathlon Sat-Sun Leeds. Starting with an open water swim in Roundhay Park, the bike leg will see participants complete laps in and around Leeds city centre before completing a testing run course and crossing the finish line in the city centre. 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Free to view. Major event. World Triathlon - Leeds

10-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Stoke Bruerne Family Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire. A celebration of canal heritage by the friends of the canal museum. Rampaging vikings, historic and model boats, clog and morris dancing, displays of traditional canal crafts, music, theatre, a bustling market, children's activities and circus workshops. Free entry, parking £3 per car.

10-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Marlow Town Regatta & Festival Sat-Sun Regatta, rowing and Dragon boats in the scenic riverside town of Marlow, with a garden party atmosphere.

10-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Blackpool Pride Winter Gdns. 11:00 Procession N Pier. Sat 10:30-12:00 Parade, 3 music stages, party near the pier, wrestling, fair, pub events.

10-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Derby Emergency Services Show Sat-Sun Markeaton Park, Derby. Staged by volunteers and operated on a not for profit basis. Over 50 vehicles on Saturday morning and live events throughout both days.

10-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Southampton Kite Festival 10:00-17:30 Lordshill Recreation Ground, Redbridge Lane. Free entry and parking.

10-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Bristol Festival Of Nature Sat-Sun Harbourside, BristolVoted Bristol’s ‘Tourism Event of the Year’, the Festival of Nature unleashes the city’s wild side once again this summer, taking over the Harbourside. The UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world, the Bristol Festival of Nature lets loose wildlife enthusiasts of all ages to explore, enjoy, and get close to nature in the heart of the city. Throughout the weekend, the festival site will be packed with exciting free activities from over 150 organizations. What's On

10-17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Swindon Old Town Festival Jazz concert, ghost walk, hog roast, dog show, beer tent, stalls. The final Saturday is family fun day, with a procession at 11:00.

10-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Bike Week. A national celebration of freedom, Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling as a source of fitness and fun. 


10-25 Jun 2017 Bucks Open Studios

The largest visual arts event in the county. Run by the Visual Images Group, an alliance of over 500 artists and makers living and working in Buckinghamshire. Over 200 different venues across Buckinghamshire open their studios and run exhibitions and events for the public to visit. Go behind the scenes, talk to artists and see work in progress. Demos, workshops and exhibitions, showcasing a wide range of arts and crafts. Free entry.


11 Jun 2017 [TBC] World Naked Bike Ride, Brighton Sun 12:00 The Level, Union Road, BN2 3FX. 12:00 Bike/body decoration, lunch, entertainment, 13:00 Assembly, 13:30 Ride starts, 15:30-16:00 Ride finishes with sea swim and beach picnic, Black Rock naturist beach. Video: Start Old Steine Brighton Pictures

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] London Rathayatra Sun 12:00 Procession from South Carriage Drive, Hyde Park. Rathayatra is a chariot festival that originated in India over 2,000 years ago. 14:30-17:00 Festival in Trafalgar Square. Talks, Bhajans, dramas, stalls, books & paraphenalia.Free Vegetarian Prasadam Feast for all.

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Heritage Day Sun 10:30-16:30 Royal Military Academy, London Road, Camberley, Surrey. The beautiful academy grounds and some of its historic buildings will be open to the public. This is a very popular event with families and will include various military displays, refreshments, sports matches, picnic areas etc. Admission and car parking are free. Pets are not allowed. Events include polo, cricket, military music and Gurkha Kuhkri dancing. Further details: 01276 412088 ~ 01276 412179.

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] High Street Live, Crawley A relaxing day of great music and food. Over a dozen acts on two stages. Closed to traffic, the historic charm of the High Street takes on a continental feel with alfresco dining provided by some of the town's best restaurants and pubs. Live bands include: Fear no Fish, Run Young Lovers, Jive Aces, Artifacts and FranClassic. Part of Crawley Festival

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Weymouth Vintage Bus Running Day 10:00. Free.

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Windsor Triathlon Sun 06:00 Alexandra Gardens. 1.5km Swim, 42km Bike, 10km Run. Multi-lap run course includes Windsor Castle, Eton Bridge and High Street. 2500 competitors and thousands of spectators.

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Congleton Food and Drink Festival Sun 10:30-16:30 town centre. Festival food and farmers market, demos and competitions in the town hall, music and street entertainment, wine tasting, a wild food forage and Beartown Brewery tours.

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Oldham Carnival & Roots Festival Big parade. Alexandra Park will come alive with over sixty acts, on three separate stages, on Carnival weekend. Viking show with battles, ironmongery, woodcraft, stunt comedy escapology act. Parade Programme

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Nuneaton Carnival Sun 13:00 Avenue Road - 25 decorated floats, carnival queen, marching bands, majorette troupes, cheerleaders and over 100 walking entries. One of the largest voluntary organised town Carnival's in the country.

12-18 Jun 2017 Crystal Palace Overground Festival Sat 11:00 till late18:00. Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, London SE20. DJs, BBQs, barn dances, cider festival, comedy, sports, music, film, vintage and plenty more. Free event.

14-18 Jun 2017 Taste of London Festival Wed-Sun Regents Park. The capital’s biggest food and drink event with an attendance of 50,000. Taste of the World festivals are held in 15 major cities around the world. Tel 020 7471 1092.

16-17 Jun 2017 [TBC] StowFiesta Fri-Sat Chilton Fields, Stowmarket. Free community music festival in Suffolk.

16-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Northampton Music Festival Fri-Sun, Northampton Market Square. Annual festival celebrating Northampton’s rich music culture. A broad range of local musicians and artists provide a community-focused gathering. Free event.

16-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Oceanfest, Devon Fri-Sun Croyde Bay. Beach ocean sports and music festival. Friday acoustic. Saturday 12:00-23:00 live bands. Sunday until 21:00. See link for tickets.

16-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] The Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling One of the UK’s biggest cycling events. Rides for all levels. Choose from fun and family friendly leisure rides such as the Tyne Six Bridges to more challenging competitive and non-competitive rides such as the Beaumont Trophy, attracting some of the world’s best riders. Staged in some of Northumberland’s most beautiful countryside, the event promises to be an exciting sporting experience for spectators and participants of all ages.

16-19 Jun 2017 Alfriston & Lullington Flower Festival

Fri-Sun 10:00-17:30, Mon 10:00-14:00.

St. Andrew's, Alfriston BN26 5TL & Church Of The Good Shepherd, Lullington BN26 5QX.

Lunches & teas all day at both churches, stalls, cakes, books, bric-a-brac, garden & produce, tombola.

Alfriston, a big tourist attraction for the locality in East Sussex, has the parish church of St Andrew’s. Known as The Cathedral of the Downs, the listed church is in need of funds for restoration.

16-25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Portsmouth Festivities Ten-day annual arts festival presenting a diverse programme of events celebrating Portsmouth’s history and heritage.

16-25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Golowan Festival Penzance. World music, dance, food and market.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery. Sat 09:45-17:00 North Barn, Fairclough Hall Farm, Halls Green, Hertfordshire SG47DP. Watch our talented goldsmiths at work, while children can learn from our jewellery designers in fun Jewellery Making Workshops. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and browse our latest collections. Free parking. Free event.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Corscombe Festival 13:00-17:00 Corscombe Court, Corscombe, Dorset DT2 0NS. Free event. 18:00-23:00 Evening Concert (modest charge).

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Heart of the Forest Festival Sat 10:00-17:00 Measham, Leicestershire. Street entertainers, parade, marching bands, vintage vehicles, funfair, dog show, donkey rides, tug of war, biplane aerobatics, 100 stalls.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Hanwell Carnival, Ealing Sat 12:00-19:00 Elthorne Park. 11:00 Procession from Hanwell Community Centre. Music Stage with local bands, dog show, craft fair, fun fair, food stalls including English, Indian and Caribbean. The oldest continuous carnival in London - 15,000 visitors.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Chislehurst Rocks Music Festival Saturday. Chislehurst Recreation Ground, Empress Drive, Chislehurst BR7 5BG. www.chislehurstrocks.co.uk Free event.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Corscombe Fest Sat 13:00-17:00 Corscombe Court, Corscombe, Dorset DT2 0NS. Corscombe is a beautiful unspoilt West Dorset village, just 4 miles from Beaminster, 9 Miles from Yeovil, and 7 miles from Crewkerne.
Tickets are available on the gate at £2 and there is free parking .

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Dorset Nettle Eating Contest The Bottle Inn, Marshwood. Live music and entertainment. More

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] AfricaOye, Liverpool Sat-Sun 12:00-21:30 Sefton Park. The largest free African music festival in the UK. 

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Harry Paye Day - Poole Pirates Sat 12:00-18:00 Poole Quay BH15 1HJ. 12:00 Parade of Pirates along Poole Quay. Live music, cannon, musket and fencing displays, belly dancing, children's rides, face painting etc. Sample the finest grog along the quayside’s traditional, pubs, bars and restaurants and listen to a salty sea shanty or two. Organised by the Pirates of Poole and supported by Poole Tourism.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Heart of the Forest Festival, Measham Sat 11:30 Street Parade from Leicester Road. The parade of floats marching groups, military vehicles and classic cars makes it's way down High Street to the Leisure Grounds DE12 7HR. Live bands, 100 stalls, side-shows, fairground, food & refreshments and a planned Spitfire Flypast. Attendance 5000. Free event.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Avon Dasset Soap Box Derby 15:00 Avon Dassett, Warwickshire.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Burwell Carnival. Sat 12:00-22:45 Burwell, Cambridge CB25 0AP. 12:00 Parade from Margarete Field to the recreation ground. 13:30-18:00 entertainment & Stage.


17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Portchester Gala Sat 11:30 Portchester Castle. Arena events, brass band, fun fair etc. Free entrance. 11:30 Procession from the Wicor Mill Pub and makes its way down White Hart Lane and Castle Street. Alan Simpson, 29-31 West Street, Portchester, Hants PO16 9XB. 02392 20162

17-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Midsummer Watch Parade, Chester Sat-Sun 14:00-15:30. Cavalcade of medieval characters including giants, beasts, animated tableaux and a kaleidoscope of costumed characters. Town Hall Square, St Werburgh Street, Eastgate Street, Watergate Street, Bridge Street, Northgate Street, Town Hall Square. Gallery Video

17-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Lark in the Park, Eastbourne 11:00-16:00 Seaside Recreation Ground, Seaside Road  BN22 7NR. Charity event with family fun and entertainment, supporting local youngsters with special needs and disabilities.

17-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] West End Live, Trafalgar Square, London Sat 11:00-18:00 Sun 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. Showcase of West End theatre productions. Free entrance. What's On www.westendlive.co.uk 18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Twickenham Carnival Sun 12:00 Procession leaves St Mary’s Church. 12:30-17:00 Carnival Village in the grounds of Orleans House Gallery. Vibrant carnival parade, bursting with spectacular costumes, dancers and drummers from York House. Traditional steel pans and carnival sound system playing everything from Samba to Soca. Craft bazaar, performance workshops, arts activities and global food and drink. Attendance 3,000 and growing. Video1 Video2 Map Twickenham Carnival Free event.

17-25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Polperro Festival Annual community event run by volunteers for the benefit of this historic and beautiful Cornish village and it’s surrounding environment. Live music of all genres daytime and evening, inside and out, street theatre and entertainment, parades, morris dancers, arts and crafts, drama, poetry, children’s entertainment, coastal walks, treasure hunt, new music day & schools day. Marketing & PR, Robert Springett 07813 303445. Please come and support us. For more information pick up a souvenir programme during the week or see website.

18 Jun 2017 [TBC] DogFest Loseley Park, Surrey. 09:30-17:00.Join Channel 4 Super-Vet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick.

18 Jun 2017 [TBC] London to Brighton Bike Ride Sun 07:00 start from Clapham Common. An amazing 27,000 take part in the annual 54 mile charity cycle ride, organised by the British Heart Foundation. Video BHF Events

18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Manchester Day ParadeSun 12:00-18:00. Start & finish in Liverpool Road. A dazzling array of costumes, music, dance and incredible structures. The city's biggest summer event, with over 2,400 participants and an audience of more than 50,000. Produced by outdoor events experts Walk the Plank.

18 Jun 2017 [TBC] World Paper Aeroplane Championships Sunday, High St, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset TA8. Competitors of all ages make a paper plane from a single sheet of paper then launch their design down the high street. Furthest distance wins.

18 Jun 2017 Newbury & District Amateur Radio Boot Sale Annual boot sale organised by the Newbury & District Amateur Radio Society. Demonstrations, displays, clubs, societies and special interest groups, plus about 120 traders selling amateur radio equipment, test equipment, computers etc. Newbury Showground, M4, J13. From 09:00. About £2. Newbury ARS Rally & Boot Sale

18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Classic & Veteran Car Rally, Kent Sun 10:30 The South of England Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch, Ashford. Auto jumble, Crafts, Stalls etc. About £6. Tel 01233 861 493.

18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Preston Caribbean Carnival 12:00-20:00. The parade begins at Moor Park and parades through the city centre, following a procession route through to Avenham Park where the music continues in to the evening.

20-24 Jun 2017 Royal Ascot Tue-Sat. 10:30 Gates open, 14:00 Royal procession, 14:30 first race, 17:35 last race, music and entertainment from 17:35, close 21:00. Premier annual horse racing & society event. Ascot request both ladies and gentlemen dress in a smart manner in keeping with the occasion. Ladies Day Thursday. Military bands perform on the bandstand and in the Silver Ring on each day of the Royal Meeting. Royal Ascot

21 Jun 2017 Summer Solstice, Stonehenge Watch the new dawn arrive. English Heritage provide managed, Free access to the monument, but car parking charge applies. Car park, located close to Airman’s Cross A344/A360 junction. You will be given a site map. Please note your row number to locate your vehicle later. Monument and car park open from 19:00. 1km grass walk to Stonehenge - a small torch may be useful. Sunrise about 05:00. Food and toilets available. Bag search at entrance, with a modest alcohol limit. Attendance 20,000 to 35,000. Sunrise 04:52. Video 2010 Video 2013 Solstice 2013 English Heritage

21-25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Glastonbury Festival

22-25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Leigh Folk Festival Thu-Sun. One of the largest free folk roots music and dance events in the UK. 100's of performers and thousands of spectators at various locations. Fri evening pub sessions, Sat pm family events in Leigh Library Gardens and Broadway, Sat evening barn dance and music in the Old Town. On Sunday, the Festival completely takes over the Old Town with dancing and stage events happening all along the High Street, on the wharfs and on every piece of open space. In the evening there is the family barn dance and music sessions in local pubs. Sunday 13:00 - procession of Dance Sides from Belton Flyover to Victoria Wharf. Leigh Folk Festival

22-25 Jun 2017 The Royal Highland Show Thu-Sun. About £20 per day (accompanied under 16's free). Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston 0131 335 6200. Map

23-25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Dent Music And Beer Festival A weekend of music and family fun set in a beautiful location on the the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, 16 miles east of Kendal. 25 mainly Acoustic Acts covering Folk, Blues, Country, Bluegrass and Jazz on 2 stages. Free admission.

23 Jun - 01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Didsbury Arts Festival More than 170 arts events, exhibitions, performance and street theatre across 50 venues. Sat 12:00 Music and street theatre. Most events free.

23 Jun - 08 Jul 2017 Greenwich Festival Amazing street theatre. All events Greenwich Festival

24 Jun 2017 [TBC] Isle Of Wight Mardi Gras Sat 15:00 Ryde School, Queens Road, High Street, Union Street and Esplanade, Ryde. Held on last Saturday in June. Flagship event and showcases the very best of children and young people’s carnival experience through learning, creating and performance.

24 Jun 2017 [TBC] World Worm Charming Championships Sat 14:00 Willaston County Primary School, Willaston, Nantwich. Spectator entrance £1.

24 Jun 2017 [TBC] Armed Forces Day Multiple events & locations.

24 Jun 2017 [TBC] Bournville Village Festival 14:00-22:30 Cadburys Recreation Ground, Linden Road, Bournville B30 1UE. Family day out, with maypole dancing and a full day's arena events. Fireworks at 22:00. Entrance about £2.50.

24 Jun - 23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Newbury Festival A month of exciting events, many free.

25 Jun 2017 [TBC] London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Sun 10:00-18:00 London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road E16 2QT. Europe’s most prestigious dragon boat event, organised by London Chinatown Lions Club with support from The Hong Kong Executives Club, The London Chinatown Chinese Community Centre and the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office. The free, family-friendly event is now a significant date in London’s cultural calendar, attracting visitors from across the UK and overseas. Features a food festival offering the tastes of South East Asia, live music on the East West Festival stage showcasing new artists from the East and West, martial arts displays and traditional Chinese lion dancing. Free event.

25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Pride in the Park Sun 13:00-22:00 Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, London. Community style event with entertainment, sports events, dog show, music, performances, food and drink, all in a relaxed atmosphere. Free event. (Photograph: Taurus Attraction/UK Black Pride)

25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade Sun 12:00. Spectacular parade created by local people, helped by fantastic artists. It’s a celebration of creativity, the art of the handmade and is just sheer fun! Up to 1000 people walk or dance in the parade through the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands.

25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Capital to Coast, London to Hove Charity Bike Ride. Sun 07:30-08:30 start from Kempton Park. 2000 riders expected. 

25 Jun 2017 [TBC] South End Green Festival 10:30-17:00 South End Green, London NW3 2PT. Music, food, drink, crafts, children’s fair, dog competition etc. Every year around 4,000 people celebrate summer in one of London's friendliest and most beautiful neighbourhoods. Organised by local traders and residents, with profits going to local good causes.

25 Jun - 01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Mevagissey Feast Week Sun-Sat 6 days. Mevagissey, Cornwall. Live music, dancing, processions, raft races and more. Provisional details, subject to change: Sunday 15:00 big fish procession, 16:30 air-sea rescue. Friday 20.00 live music on the quay. Saturday 19:30 carnival, 22.45 fireworks. Festival Office, 53 Lavorrick Orchards, Mevagissey, PL26 6TL. Tel: 01726 74014.

26 Jun - 02 Jul 2017 Purley Festival Finale A festival of events, workshops and music. Finale on the Rotary Fields (Brighton Road, opposite Christchurch CR8 2BN) on Sat-Sun with a music stage, beer tent, food, activities, stalls and more for all ages. A community, not-for profit event. Free, but donations welcome.

28 Jun - 02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Henley Regatta Wed 08:30-19:30 Heats, Thu 09:00-19:30 Heats, Fri 08:30-19:30 Quarter Finals, Sat 10:00-19:30 Semi Finals, Sun 11:30-16:00 Finals.

30 Jun - 02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Winchester Hat Fair Fri-Sun. A weekend of absurd and enchanting street theatre. Saturday evening procession. Sunday 12:00-18:00 Picnic in the Park at Oram's Arbour, with performances, food market, crafts and children's workshops. Video Winchester Hat Fair

30 Jun - 02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Norwich Mayors Celebration Four days of celebrations including a street procession at 17:00 on Saturday, plus entertainers, fireworks, outdoor stages with music, dance and theatre, a funfair, craft and food markets, street fayre, duck races and lots more. The city's biggest community celebration. At A Glance Street Theatre On The Streets Forum Stage Norwich Mayors Celebration

01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Round The Island Race, Cowes Saturday, Cowes. Round the Island Race is the largest annual yacht race of its kind in the world. 1830 boats 16,000 keen sailors. Olympic medallists and round-the-world skippers mix with first timers and family cruisers to complete the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Fri-Sat Regatta Village in Cowes Yacht Haven off High Street - free entry. Plenty of activities and evening live entertainment. Map & times Round the Island Race

01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Crowthorne Carnival Sat 10:00 Parade, Wellington College to the Morgan Recreation Ground. Fete with live music stage. Held every two years. Crowthorne Carnival.

01 Jul 2017 Wellingborough Carnival Sat 13:00 Parade, Broad Green to Croyland Park. Held annualy on the first Sat in July. 12:00 live music by local bands in Croyland Park. Free. 07979 506120.

01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Bermondsey CarnivalSat 12:00-20:00 Southwark Park, off Jamaica Road, London SE16. Free family festival with music, dance, funfair, food village, stalls and activities for all. Attendance 30,000. Bermondsey Carnival Free event.

01 Jul 2016 Gumball 3000 Rally Over one hundred rich and famous each pay tens of thousands of pounds to drive their super-cars 3000 miles, across continents, in seven days. The 2017 rally starts in Latvia. London Video London pictures

01 Jul 2017 Guildford Raft Race Sat 15:00 Guildford Millmead to Stoughton Waterside Centre. Rafters raise funds for charities. Preparation begins at 13:00 and the race starts at 15:00. Spectators free. Call Guildford Lions on 01483 546046 for more details. Video

01-02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Heddington & Stockley Steam Rally One of the biggest steam rallies in the area, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the country, who enjoy our friendly and relaxed rally. Vintage traction engines in full steam, miniature steam, stationary engines, tractors, classic cars, motor cycles and bygones. Large display of military and commercial vehicles. Large trade area.

01-02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Morris Minor National Rally Sat-Sun Catton Hall, Walton Upon Trent, Derby DE12 8LN.

01-02 Jul 2017 [TBC] 999 Weekend, Eastbourne Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Western Lawns. The largest public display of the emergency services in the UK. Promotes the 999 services to the community. Arena events, including Police Dog demonstration, extinguishing kitchen fires and mock road crash scenes demonstrating the emergency response. There are sea-borne displays from the RNLI and Coastguard and it is anticipated helicopters from the Police, Coastguard search & rescue, and a fixed wing Coast Guard search plane will fly by. Attendance 30,000.

01-02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Stratford Upon Avon River Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-22:00 Recreation ground, river Avon, opposite Royal Shakespeare Theatre CV37 7LS. One of the region’s leading free festivals with 50,000 revelers. Saturday’s headliners, Kinky Farnham, amazing 9 piece funk and soul band. Music will be on both the Bandstand and Accoustic stage on Saturday from 12:15pm to 10pm and on Sunday from midday to 7pm. Free event.

01-15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Wenlock Olympian Games A multitude of sporting events in and around Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Bowls, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Gliding, Golf, Hockey, Junior Biathlon, Kwik Cricket, Long Distance Walk, Marathon & Half Marathon, Netball, Road Race, Touch Tennis, Triathlon and Volleyball.

Port Of London - Key Events 2017

01 or 15 Jul 2017 Thames Historic Barge Driving Race, Greenwich to Westminster
19 Jul 2017 Port of London Rowing Challenge, Westminster     
25 Jul 2017 Doggett's Coat and Badge Race, London Bridge to Cadogan Pier
09 Sep 2017 Great River Race, Millwall to Richmond
24 Sep 2017 Hasier Marathon Finals, Richmond to Teddington 

Ealing Summer Festivals

01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Greenford Carnival. Sat.
05-08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Beer Festival
08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Acton Carnival. Sat.
13-14 & 19-21 Jul 2017 [TBC] Comedy Festival
15-16 Jul 2017 [TBC] Blues Festival
22-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Jazz Festival (about £5 per day)

03 Sep 2017 [TBC] London Mela. Gunnersbury Park. Free.

Ealing Summer Festivals

02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Lewes Raft Race & Regatta Sun 10:45-14:00 Malling Recreation Ground, Mayhew Way, Lewes BN7 2NW. Annual fun race, with fantastic rafts. Spectators who throw eggs and flour bombs, risk a soaking by water canon. After an hour and a half or so, the first raft crosses the finish line at Newhaven Bridge (near The Bridge Inn), to the sound of a klaxon. Free public viewing. Organised by Lewes & District Round Table. Please call race co-ordinator Matt Craig on 01273 813093. A riot of racing boats, battling bonfire societies and an armada of crazy rafts racing down to the sea. Central event will be the Lewes-Newhaven Round Table Raft Race. 5,000 cheering spectators pack the riverbanks all the way to Newhaven. Up to 25 raft teams will paddle like crazy for two to three hours to be first down to Newhaven, pelted all the way with flour bombs and raw eggs. Other regatta highlights will include a noisy procession of boats, canoe races, sea-shanty singing, Skulldrummery marching band, and a spectacular finale as the famous bonfire societies race through Lewes on dragon boats ablaze with flames and fireworks. There will be picnics and BBQs, all based at Malling Recreation Ground.

07 Jul 2017 [TBC] Waterloo Carnival, London Fri 12:00-21:00. Procession of 300 people at 13:30. Live music stage, outside Cubana, Lower Marsh. Carnival de Cuba

02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Berkshire Motor Show Sun 10:15-18:30 Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading, Berkshire. RG30 2ND. Military vehicles, classic cars and bikes, arena displays, crafts and more. About £8

02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Olney Duck and Raft Races Sunday, Emberton Park. 13:00 Duck Race, 14:00 Raft Race, from the weir. At the finishing line by the town steps there are amusements, refreshments and live music. Tel 07743 983686.

02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Newbury Carnival Sun 14:00 Pound Street to Victoria Park. 12:00-18:00 Carnival Fete in Victoria Park. Arena entertainment, music and dance, children's rides, dog show, crafts and gifts, African drum workshop and international food. 

02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Hinckley Soap Box Derby Sun 11:00-15:00 Castle Street, Hinckley. Annual fun day for teams, supporters and spectators. Themed soap boxes are encouraged, and viewing is free for spectators. Prospective teams contact: steve@hinckleybid.co.uk 01455 698494 Free event.

03-06 Jul 2017 [TBC] Open House, Hyde Park FREE open-air movie nights and Wimbledon screenings, Street Food stalls, daytime DJs, live music and entertainment, free badminton sessions, ping pong and much more. Not to mention the Barclaycard Betterview platform offering amazing views of Hyde Park and London's skyline from 100ft above the ground - for free!

03-10 Jul 2017 Nudefest, Cornwall A weekend of events and activities run by British Naturism that takes place a short distance from Newquay at 25-acre, 400-pitch Newperran Holiday Park. Exclusive use of the park, and nudity will be permitted throughout the event, from midday, Thursday to midday, Sunday. Heated pool, sunbathing terraces, pub, shop & cafe. Two live music sessions, disco, pub quiz, sacred dance, body-painting, yoga, life coaching, sports and exhibitors from the naturist world.

05-06 Jul 2017 [TBC] Northampton Festival - NNestival Sat-Sun Midsummer Meadow, Bedford Road, Northampton NN1 5NX. The NNestival festival will focus on local foods, businesses, bands, artists, community groups and charities. Live stage, acoustic tent and DJ zone. Northampton Festival is a not-for-profit organisation set up by Northants locals in order to promote all that's cool about the area. Free event.

07-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Cambridge Big Weekend

06-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Mouth Of The Tyne Festival Wed-Sun. Live music and art, with a maritime flavour - north and south of the river.

07 Jul 2017 [TBC] Camden Lock Live Fri 10:00-22:00 Camden Lock, Regents Canal, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AF. Live music, street performers, dance workshops, artisan shopping, food & drink. Free event.

07-08 Jul 2017 [TBC] British Beach Polo Championships Fri-Sat Sandbanks, Dorset. General admission about £25. Evening beach party at additional cost.

07-08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Huddersfield Carnival Fri: 21:00 Warm up at Huddersfield Carnival Arts Centre. Sat: 00:00-03:00 D'Jouvert Night Procession - music, revelry, paint, mud and oil. Sat 13:00 Carnival Procession, Hudawi Cultural Centre, to town centre. 13:00-21:00 Local artists & Caribbean food - St George’s Square, St Peter’s Gardens & Market Place. Carnival After Party at The Lime, Huddersfield Carnival Centre, Westgate. In 2012 the main event after the procession, attracting 25,000, was relocated from Greenhead Park to the town centre.

07-09 Jul 2017 Godiva Festival & Carnival Fri-Sun War Memorial Park, Coventry. UK's Biggest Free Family Festival. Attendance 85,000. Friday night retro stars, Saturday a rockier edge, Sunday more relaxed. Top class live music, family entertainment, carnival procession, demonstrations, community groups and Funfair. Free event. Godiva Festival. Fri: 21:15 The Stranglers.

07-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Royal International Air Tattoo RAF Fairford. The biggest annual UK air show. Attendance 167,000.

07-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Bromsgrove Carnival, Worcester Sat 12:00 Procession from the Artrix, School Drive B60 1AX. 13:30 Procession arrives at Sanders Park. Live music until 21:00, 10k race, duck race, zumbathon, children's race, it's a knockout, Worcestershire youth jazz orchestra, funfair, charity stalls and trade stalls. Free event.

07-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Willow Festival, Peterborough Fri 16:00-23:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-23:00 Peterborough Embankment. Quality R&B, funk, soul, ska and jazz on 6 stages. 50,000 attendance. About £10. Video Willow Festival

Quay For My Car, Poole

Poole Quay hosts a unique, themed car event every Friday evening from July to August from 6pm – 9pm, putting a great selection of popular car marques in the spotlight.

07 Jul 2017 Land Rovers feat Defenders
14 Jul 2017 Minis
21 Jul 2017 Italian Stallions
28 Jul 2017 Best of British pre August '83
04 Aug 2017 Air cooled VWs
11 Aug 2017 Lotus 7s & Caterhams
18 Aug 2017 TVRs
25 Aug 2017 American Dreams


08 Jul 2017 Pride London

Sat 13:00 Huge parade from Baker Street to Whitehall, with 150 groups of walkers, dancers and large floats. 

13:00-20:00 Live music in Trafalgar Square. 

Video: Parade Trafalgar Square  2016 Trafalgar Square

Free event.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Rescue Day Sat 10:30-17:00  7 Lakes Country Park, J2 M180 North Lincolnshire. Witness all the major emergency services in action. Displays, exhibitors, skills and equipment. This special day will raise funds for emergency services related charities. About £5. Free Parking.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Bournemouth Pride 11:00-12:00 Parade - East Cliff BH1 3AF to The Triangle. 13:00-23:00 The Triangle - entertainment & big screen. Family fun and entertainment at the Bandstand.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Uckfield Festival Big Day Out Sat 13:30 Amazing Procession with Giant Carnival Figures, High Street to Luxford Field. 10:00-17:00 Big Day with street performers, arena events, dance and music. Bring a picnic. Free event. Video Uckfield Festival

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Lewisham Peoples Day Sat 12:00-20:00 Mountsfield Park. An eclectic mix of entertainment including music on 3 themed stages, dance and wonderful street theatre as well as children’s activities, sports, fashion shows and crafts. Attendance 30,000. Free event. Lewisham Peoples Day

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Littlehampton Carnival Sat 10:00-16:00 Town centre, 18:00 Procession of colourful floats, bands and performers. Fun fair.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Southampton Mela Sat 12:00-21:00 Hoglands Park, City Centre. Leading Indian Classical, Folk, World Music, Qawwali and Asian fusion. Live music and dance on the main stage, workshops and demonstrations in Music & Dance and Arts & Crafts. Family fun with a range of Arts & Crafts activities, a designated play area and a funfair. Stalls - varying from ethnic clothes and accessories, beauty and henna hand tattooing, arts & crafts. Attendance 20,000. Free entrance.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Romsey Beggars Fair Saturday. Music, dance and street entertainment, Romsey, Hampshire. Folk, jazz, blues and world music, colourful dance displays and children’s entertainment. From big bands on the Cornmarket stage to acoustic music in gardens and pub sessions - the day has a great atmosphere. Free event.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] World Tin Bath Championships, Isle of Man Saturday Castletown Harbour. A hundred competitors and thousands of spectators. There are also snake races, short entertainment displays, and even a rope drop. A fun afternoon for the whole family, as wacky races hit the Isle of Man.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] St Ives Carnival, Cambridgeshire Sat11:45 Parade, town centre to Hill Rise Park. Music until 21:00, stalls, side shows, fair, refreshments, licenced bar and entertainment on and off the stage. Sunday 12:00-21:00 about 12 local bands and barbeque.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] World Tin Bath Championships, Isle of Man Saturday Castletown Harbour. A hundred competitors and thousands of spectators. There are also snake races, short entertainment displays, and even a rope drop. A fun afternoon for the whole family, as wacky races hit the Isle of Man.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] St Ives Carnival, Cambridgeshire Sat11:45 Parade, town centre to Hill Rise Park. Music until 21:00, stalls, side shows, fair, refreshments, licenced bar and entertainment on and off the stage. Sunday 12:00-21:00 about 12 local bands and barbeque.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Eid On Trafalgar Square Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate Eid. Highlights include a food festival where you can sample a host of delicious cuisines from across the world. Expect Malaysian, Turkish, South Asian, Egyptian, Lebanese, Indonesian, and Arabic to name a few! You can also enjoy live music and performances, while there’s also a range of fun activities for children to try like face-painting, henna and calligraphy. Eid Festival is a Mayor of London event to mark the end of Ramadan.

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Basingstoke Live Sat 13:00-22:30, Sun 13:00-19:30 War Memorial Park RG21 4AH. Free festival showcasing the best in local artists alongside national and international performers. Five stages packed with a mix of music and dance from a huge range of artists. Basingstoke Live 15-24 Jul 2016 Birmingham International Jazz Festival More jazz per square metre than New Orleans - multiple venues citywide.

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Tewkesbury Medieval Festival Europes biggest free medieval event. Sat 11:00 Festival opens, 12:00 Archery on Windmill Hill, 15:00 Falconry display, 16:00 Battle re-enactment, 18:00 Events move into town. 19:00 Storming the Abbey, 19:30 Trial and be-heading of captured Lancastrians. Sun 11:00 Site opens, 11:30 Guided walk, 12:00 Archery competition, 13:30 Guided walk, 14:00 Falconry display, 15:00 Battle re-enactment, 17:00 Festival ends.

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix & Town ShowSat 10:00-17:00 Classic Cars Show, recreation ground. Sun 11:00-17:00 Pedal Car Grand Prix, Station Road + Town Show, recreation ground. About 40 "formula one" pedal cars race for 2 hours around a 1 kilometer course. 10,000 spectators. New Milton is a vibrant and lively town located between the rolling hills of The New Forest and the Sea west of the Solent. Free event.

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Worthing Birdman Sat-Sun. Competitors launch themselves from the pier and compete for the furthest flight in home made flying contraptions and winged fancy dress costumes, raising thousands of pounds for charity. Live music, market stalls, local radio etc. Saturday - Flying starts 11:30 - serious flyers. Sunday - Flying starts 12:00 - serious and fun competitors.

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] ClogFest Sat-Sun Skipton, North Yorks. Held on the second weekend in July to celebrate English Step Dance.

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Brighton Kite Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Stanmer Park. One of the longest running kite festivals in the UK, and still free. Spectacular kite flying and displays from leading kite flyers from around the UK. More Kite Events

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Caversham Festival Sat-Sun on the banks of the Thames at Reading. Local musicians, performers and artists. Family friendly. Small voluntary donation.

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Petersfield Food Festival Stalls

09 Jul 2017 Thai Festival Sun 10:00-18:30 Hook Road Arena KT19 8QH. Music & dance, Thai Boxing, Thai carving. About £5.

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford Sun 14:15 Procession from the East Oxford Community Centre. Free Carnival vibes and family fun in Cowley Road and the surrounding streets until 19:00. The city’s biggest and most inclusive summer party. Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Oxted Pram Race Sun 15:00.

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] British 10K London Run Sun 09:35 Hyde Park Corner on Piccadilly. Olympic athletes and celebrities from stage and screen, as well as tens of thousands of fun runners who raise over a million pounds for charity Map

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Stafford Festival The first two Sundays in July. Street theatre, live music, and party in the park. Sun 06 Jul 2014 Party In The Park Family fun with face painting, art workshops, entertaining shows, train rides and lots more at Victoria Park. Free event. Sun 13 Jul 2014 Live @ The Castle The best of local live music from 12:00-22:00 at Stafford Castle. Local bands and singers on the main stage & acoustic marquee. £3.

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Red Bull Soapbox Rally, London 12:00 Alexandra Palace. About £10.

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Warwick Thai Festival Sun 11:00-18:00 Market Place, Warwick CV34 4SA. Free event.

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Mini's on the Wreck, Shoreham 10:00-16:00 Adur recreation ground, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex. Saturday - an evening cruise around the South Downs. Sunday - the main show with raffle, tombola, auto jumble, trade stands, a sound off, show and shine, and various bouncy things for the children. For the public there is free entry, while for mini cars there is a small charge. Free camping. All proceeds to charity.

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Portishead Raft Race Sunday. 30 Rafts. 12:00 Music Starts, 12:30 Edible Boat Regatta, 13:00 First Raft Race, 15:30 Raft Race Final, 16:00 Music headline act.

07-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Caversham Festival Christchurch Meadow, Reading. Festival celebrating local musicians, performers, artists and more. Stalls from local artists and businesses and children’s rides and entertainment, and probably a Samba Parade on Sunday. Free event.

11-13 Jul 2017 [TBC] Great Yorkshire Show Great Yorkshire Showground. Attendance 125,000.

13-16 Jul 2017 [TBC] Brass: Durham International Festival Combining brass, folk, opera, dance and spectacular outdoor theatre in stunning venues and city streets.

14-16 Jul 2017 [TBC] Bristol Harbour Festival Fri-Sun 12:00-17:00 Bristol Harbour. One of the most popular free festivals in the West Country, with an attendance of 200,000. 7 performance stages, 3 fringe stages, historic ships, children’s entertainment, continental market and a fantastic array of food and drink. Free event.

14-16 Jul 2017 [TBC] Brazilica Festival, Liverpool Sat 20:00 Williamson Square hosts the main stage and Brazilian market. Magical night-time carnival parade lights up the city streets ending with a spectacular finale at 21:30. The UK’s biggest Samba Carnival, with an audience of over 80,000 people. Organized by the Liverpool Carnival Company, and part of the Brazilica Festival Fri-Sun, bringing a taste of Brazil’s carnival atmosphere to the streets of Liverpool with live music, dance, art, sport, culture, food and film.


British Rowing Championships

14-16 Jul 2017 [TBC] Juniors. Nottingham.

21-22 Oct 2017 [TBC] Seniors. Nottingham.



14-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Milton Keynes International Festival Large-scale family events, promenade concerts, theatre, dance, music and visual arts installations in unusual locations such as parks, public squares, disused shops or warehouses.

15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Proms in the Park, Bognor Sat 19:30-21:30 Hotham Park. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine. Last night of the prom’s classics by the Bognor Regis Concert Band. Free entrance. Bognor Regis Town Council Marketing, Tourism & Events Dept. 01243 825535 Bognor Proms

15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Hastings Sea Shanty FestivalSat 13:00-17:00 and 19:00-21:00 Stade Open Space. Traditional and more modern sea songs and shanties, followed by the Premiere Screening of the video of the restored lifeboat Priscilla MacBean being towed to her new resting place. There will also be performances at the White Rock Hotel by the pier and the Fisherman's Museum in Rock a Nore Road. Annual event.

15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Kelvedon Community Festival Sat 12:00-19:00 Recreation Ground, Kelvedon, Essex. Two live music stages. Free event.

15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Broadwater Carnival, Worthing Saturday.

15 Jul 2017 [TBC]Goring & Streatley Regatta Cleeve Meadows.

15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Derby Caribbean Carnival Market Place and Osmaston Park. Sat 13:00 Procession, then stage show.

15-16 Jul 2017 [TBC] Eastbourne Beach Life (Extreme) Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Eastern seafront. One of the biggest FREE extreme sports festivals in the UK. Adventure filled weekend featuring a huge line up of air, land and water based outdoor pursuits.Eastbourne Extreme

15-16 Jul 2017 [TBC] Lambeth Country Show Sat-Sun 12:00-20:00 Brockwell Park, London. Largest event of its type in South East England Attendance 120,000. Traction engines and steam parade, medieval re-enactment, falconry; horticultural competitions; fairground rides; crafts; community stalls; live performance stage and arenas. Free event. Video Lambeth Country Show

15-29 Jul 2017 [TBC] King’s Lynn Festival Main festival runs every day with various performances of classical, jazz & folk music plus talks and films.

16 Jul 2017 [TBC] Hastings Pirate Day Sunday - beach and Old Town. The biggest pirate day in the world, with lots of activities around the old town and on the beach. Procession with massed drums and flags, cannon and firearms display, buccaneers pirate ship, live music, shanty singers, sky fall, market, stunt action and sand sculptures. Video: Procession Video: Music Stage Hastings Pirate Day Pirate Day in Hastings

15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Dorset Charity Horse Show Hurn Bridge Equestrian Centre BH23 6AD.

16 Jul 2017 [TBC] McMichael Radio Rally & Car Boot Sale Sun 09:30 Reading Rugby Football Club, Sonning Lane RG4 6ST. Annual Sale of amateur radio equipment, test equipment, computers etc. Large Car Boot area, licensed bar, barbecue, demonstrations and displays by special interest groups. Indoor area for Traders. McMichael Radio Rally

16 Jul 2017 Albury Music Festival 13:00-20:00 Picnics and live music at Albury Cricket Ground. Community event run by the Albury Produce Association & Albury Churches with support from the cricket & football club and parish council.

RathaYatra Festivals

The Sri Jagannath Rathyatra festival originated more then 5000 years ago in India. Colourful chariot procession, and other entertainment.

16 Jul 2017 [TBC] London
05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Cardiff
06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Leicester


16-18 Jul 2017 [TBC] Embankment Summer Market  Victoria Embankment Gardens on London’s Northbank adjacent to Embankment tube station. Handpicked selection of 190 stalls over the weekend including artisans, artists, and fashion and jewellery designers with high quality street food, a produce market, and bars. There will also be lawn games including giant jenga and croquet plus 3 days of live music and entertainment in the City Showcase stage, creating a great day out.

18-22 Jul 2017 [TBC] The War and Peace Revival Wed-Sun 09:00-18:00 Folkestone Racecourse, Kent. The World's largest military vehicles and collectors fair. 3500+ military vehicles, arena events, 1940s fashion, 1000+ stalls. About £20. The War and Peace Revival

20-23 Jul 2017 Hatherleigh Festival, Devon Four days of amazing street theatre and performance, with many free events.

20-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Warwick Folk Festival Warwick Folk Festival and its friendly Fringe offer something for everyone with a pulsating programme of more than 130 events . Traditional English folk music and dance with blues, country and rock. Dance displays, procession and open air concerts during the weekend. See website for further details and tickets.

20-23 Jul 2017 Liverpool International Music Festival - Sefton Park Free Events in a beautiful green space. Kicking off with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Sense of Sound.

21-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Bug Jam Fri-Sun Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, NN29 7XA. VW festival with Drag Racing, Stunt Displays, Jet Car, Show & Shine, Traders, Autojumble, 5 Music Arenas and Funfair. See link for tickets.

21-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Tramlines Festival, Sheffield Fri-Sun. Expected attendance 175,000. 4 main stages and over 70 venues in the city to explore, including The Leadmill, O2 Academy Sheffield, Barkers Pool, The University of Sheffield, The Harley, The Bowery, the Peace Gardens, Endcliffe Park and the main stage at Devonshire Green - capacity 8,000. 600 national and local artists - Rock, Indie, Pop, Electronic, Dance and Hip Hop. Entry about £25 per day. Youtube Channel

21-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Sunderland International Airshow Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Seafront, Seaburn. The largest free air show in Europe attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators.

21-23 Jul 2017 Upton Blues Festival Fri-Sun. Britain’s biggest free blues festival with over 90 performances on 3 official stages and 9 pub stages. Excellent camping facilities. Free event.

21-29 Jul 2017 [TBC] Monmouth Festival One of the biggest free music festivals. Local and national musicians from rock, classical, pop, folk, jazz, ska and punk. Main Stage, Blestium Street - Rock, Pop, Funk, Country, Etc. The Three Horse Shoes, Drybridge Street - Folk & Jazz. St Mary's Church, St. Mary's Street - Classical Music. Robin Hood, Blestium Street - Chill Out (Carnival Sunday). Green Dragon, Cinderhill Steet - Folk, Jazz, Pop. The last Sunday is carnival day, and the whole of Monnow Street and Blestium Street are full of markets, workshops, stalls, and rides.

21-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Manchester Jazz festival 60 gigs, 300 hundred musicians and hours of live music, plus a full array of special events and activities, indoors and out, on stage and on screen. 22 Jul 201t [TBC] Pier to Pier Race, Brighton Sat 12:30. About 60 take part in the swim, run under ASA laws by the Brighton Swimming Club, which is the oldest swimming club in the country.

21 Jul - 11 Sep 2017 [TBC] Sheepdog Trials


 22 Jul 201t [TBC] The Ripley Event Free family fun day by the Rotary Club of Ripley & Send, from 13:30, Ripley village green, Surrey. Vintage & classic cars, pony rides, dog show, Elmbridge model club, children's races, children's dancing, live music, stalls and refreshments. Free parking. More info from Malcolm Pritchett 01932 343929.

22 Jul 201t [TBC] Create Festival Sat 11:00-20:00 Victoria Park, Jemmett Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 5HD. Folk, rock, spoken word & outdoor theatre - one of the South East’s biggest free music festivals. Free Parking. 

22-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] London Busking Festival 12:00-20:00 Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN. London will be leading cities around the world in the first ever International Busking Day. 50 cities across the UK and major world cities including New York, Sydney, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Paris and Toronto have all signed up to the most ambitious celebration of street performance ever staged. Some of the most exciting street performance talent from across the globe and the best of British. Across the weekend crowds can expect the unexpected and even take part in a number of 'Give it a Go' workshops. Free event.

22-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Isle Of Fire 21:00-23:00 The promenade, Barry Island, Nr Cardif, Wales.

22-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Maidenhead Festival On Saturday, live music and probable fireworks in Kidwells Park.

22-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Riverside Festival Sat 12:00-22:00, Sun 11:00-20:00 Mill Lane, Charlbury, Oxford. The best local bands, festival fringe with the battle of the buskers, food and drink gifts from the festival traders. Free event.

22-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Crawley Mela Sat-Sun. The Hawth, Crawley. African rhythms, Jazz Fusion and international music, free workshops, community stage, stalls, bazaar and funfair. Traditional Indian and international cultures, dancing, music, food, art, fashion, and crafts, together with a wide range of family-oriented amusements and activities. Attendance 10,000. Relaxed friendly family atmosphere. Free event. www.crawleymela.org

Jul-Sep Isle of Wight Carnivals

22 Jul 2017 [TBC] Newport Main Carnival 19:30 from Matalan Car Park. Video
29 Jul 2017 [TBC] Sandown Main Carnival. Sat 19:00
02 Aug 2017 [TBC] Shanklin Main Carnival. Wed 19:00
03 Aug 2017 [TBC] Cowes Main Carnival. Thu 19:00
05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Shanklin Illuminated Carnival. Sat 21:15
09 Aug 2017 [TBC] Ventnor Main Carnival & Fireworks. Wed 19:00
12 Aug 2017 [TBC] Ventnor Illuminated Carnival Sat 21:00
23 Aug 2017 [TBC] Newport Illuminated. Wed 21:00
26 Aug 2017 [TBC] Cowes Illuminated Carnival. Sat 21:00
28 Aug 2017 [TBC] St Helen's. Mon 18:30
30 Aug 2017 [TBC] Sandown Illuminated Carnival Wed 20:30
31 Aug 2017 [TBC] Ryde Main Carnival. Thu 19:00
02 Sep 2017 [TBC] Ryde Illuminated Carnival Sat 20:30

23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Ilfracombe Birdman Sunday. Flying madness from the pier. Live music, fairground, strongman, stalls and refreshments.

23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Wellesbourne & Shakespeare Raft Race Sun 09:00. Annual event raises over £10,000 pounds for charity. 7.5 mile course down the river Avon from Wellesbourne to Stratford upon Avon recreation ground.

23-28 Jul 2017 Ramsgate Week Hosted by the Royal Temple Yacht Club. A must for all sailing enthusiasts, with plenty of evening entertainment in the town.

23-31 Jul 2016 [TBC] Ramsgate Festival Music, theatre, dance, performance, installations, workshops, talks. Mostly free.

25-27 Jul 2017 [TBC] New Forest Show New Park, Brockenhurst. Motorcycle stunt display, show jumping, livestock, vintage farm machinery, steam, land girls, food fare, crafts, antiques, art, flower show, WI, forestry commission, honey & bees, blacksmiths, vegetables & flowers, climbing wall & ropes, ferret racing, fishing, falconry & gundogs. About £19.

26 Jul 2017 [TBC] Classics On The Common Wed 14:00-20:00 Harpenden Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire. 1200 classic cars and other four-wheelers, plus 250 cycles and scooters. You’ll find a Chevy Bel Air rubbing shoulders with a 1927 Trojan, and a rare 1978 Mantra Bagheera with a ’59 Berliet plus 10,000 admiring spectators. Little wonder Classics on the Common, already Britain’s biggest mid-week classic car meeting, now ranks among the top events of the classics calendar. Free event.

28-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] The Big Cheese, Caerphilly Sat-Sun. In the shadow of Caerphilly Castle. Street entertainers, living history re-enactments, comedy, music, dance, a traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours, craft and market stalls with produce from near and far, and much much more. Attendance 80,000. Free event.

28-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Nottingham Riverside Festival Fri-Sun Victoria Embankment. Fri 18:30-22:30, Sat 12:00-23:30, Sun 12:00-18:30. Join 100,000 at Nottingham's biggest free festival weekend along the beautiful River Trent. Music, arts, river activities, street theatre, street fair, steam engines and crafts. Spectacular fireworks on Saturday night at 22:30. Live Music Children's Zone Street Theatre Dragon Boat Racing

28-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Spraoi Festival, Waterford, Ireland Fri-Sun. Free street party, street theatre and world music. Attendance 100,000 over the Irish Bank Holiday weekend. Parade usually 21:30 Sunday at The Quays - 400 brilliantly costumed performers, floats, lights and special effects, followed fireworks over the River Suir.

28-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Brightlingsea Free Festival Hurst Green, High Street, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0HG. Fri evening pub sessions. Sat 12:00-21:00. Sun 12:00-20:00. 8,000 visitors, 25 acts and 136 musicians.

28 Jul - 04 Aug 2017 [TBC] Sidmouth Folk Week Multiple events around town, on outdoor spaces, and in pubs and clubs.

29 Jul 2017 [TBC] Hastings Free Beach Concert Sat-Sun 14:00-20:00 The Stade. Local bands, licensed bar, food outlets.

29 Jul 2017 [TBC] Nottinghamshire Pride Sat 12:00-18:00 Forest Fields Recreation Ground (Goose Fair site). Attendance about 7000. Sat - main stage, acoustic stage, community stage, dance tent, cabaret tent, comedy tent, burlesque tent etc. £1 entrance over both days. 07875 377145.

29 Jul 2017 [TBC] Linslade Canal Festival Sat 11:00-17:00 Tiddenfoot Waterside Park. Community event with a conservation and heritage theme. Rural crafts, canal art, working narrow boats, folk music, stalls, childrens activities, bids of prey, mobile farm and canal boat trips. Ninety exhibits in three different areas of the park. Free entrance, small charge for car parking. Attendance 9000. No mooring fees for narrow boats, but owners are advised to book. 01525 631915.

29 Jul 2017 [TBC] New Romney Country Fayre Saturday 10:00-17:00 St Martin's Field and the Fairfield Road Recreation Ground, just off the High Street,  New Romney, Kent. 10:15 Procession from Station Road, through the town to the event field. Displays, crafts, stalls, entertainment all day, refreshments. Free entrance.

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Lammas Festival, Eastbourne Sat-Sun Seafront. Live Music from 11:00. Parade of Giants 12:00. Carnival Parade The Giants Drummers

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Worstead Festival 10:00-18:00. The largest village festival in Norfolk. Display ring, exhibitions, heavy horses, classic cars, weavers, road race, auction. About £5.

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Clarence Park Free Music Festival 12:00-20:00 Clarence Park, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield. marci@themusiccollective.co.uk  07779 911914

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Rox Festival, Bognor Sat 13:00-23:00, Sun 13:00-22:30 Bognor Seafront. Live music, food and drink. Attendance 30,000. Video Rox Festival Free event.

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Manchester Mega Mela Sat-Sun. Platt Fields Park. The largest celebration of South Asian Culture in the North of England. Music, dance, food and traditional arts and crafts. Attendance 70,000. Free even

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Prudential RideLondon Sat FreeCycle. 50,000 riders. Eight-mile traffic-free route that features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. London’s greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling. Sun London-Surrey 100. Starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. Finishes on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route.

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Dunstable Downs Kite Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Dunstable Downs LU6 2NB. Run in association with the National Trust, and featuring some of the worlds greatest and most beautiful kites. Free entrance, £2 parking. More Kite Festivals

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic Fri-Sun 09:00 Weymouth Beach. About 72 teams compete in the UK Championships. Festival site includes a magnificent show court surrounded by a specially constructed beach grandstand (free to the public), nine tournament courts, over 100 top class 2 a-side men and women's volleyball teams, live commentary, music intervals and a volleyball trade village.

29 Jul - 05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Swanage Regatta & Carnival A week of amazing events. Sun 13:00 Red Arrows fly past, 15:00 big seafront parade, with floats, Caribbean bands, clowns and costumed walkers. 2.5 miles a long sea front and back to Sandpit Field. Every Saturday in August, there are fireworks and music on Swanage beach. Swanage Carnival

30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Race For Life, Hyde Park Sunday, Hyde Park, London. Women's charity runs. 09:00 10k run, 11:00 5k run. Video Race For Life, London 31 Jul 2016 American Rod & Custom Show Sunday, Worthing Seafront. American vehicles, hot rods, muscle cars, Harleys and Goldwings. Live music, trade stands, fun fair and French market. Run in conjunction with the Worthing Festival. Free entrance. American Rod & Custom Show

30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Race For Life, Hyde Park Sunday, Hyde Park, London. Women's charity runs. 09:00 10k run, 11:00 5k run. Video Race For Life, London

30 Jul 2017 [TBC] American Rod & Custom Show Sunday, Worthing Seafront. American vehicles, hot rods, muscle cars, Harleys and Goldwings. Live music, trade stands, fun fair and French market. Run in conjunction with the Worthing Festival. Free entrance. American Rod & Custom Show
03-06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Stockton International Riverside FestivalThu-Sun. The biggest street arts festival in the UK - still fresh and edgy. Outdoor theatre, street entertainment, circus, music, dance and star-studded Fringe.

03-06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Great Yarmouth Summer Fireworks Wed 20:00 Central Beach - music and entertainment, 22:00 Fabulous firework display. Visit Britannia or Wellington Pier for a good spot. Tourist Information 01493 846346. Free event.

03-27 Aug 2017 [TBC] Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Laughing Horse 6,000 performances, 300 shows, 30 stages and 17 venues. The Free Festival

04-05 Aug 2017 Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta Fri-Sat.

04-11 Aug 2017 [TBC] Broadstairs Folk Week 10:00-22:00 Victoria Gardens, bandstand and town centre. In the parks, pubs, gardens, beaches and promenade; musicians - from the highly professional to the inexperienced amateur - get together in impromptu sessions whilst Morris dancers, Appalachian clog dancers, rapper sword dancers and many others demonstrate their skills on the streets and along the prom. Large craft marquee. Entertainment all day. About 70 events daily, with varying admission charges.

04-12 Aug 2017 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff Anglesey. Pageantry, poetry, dance, theatre, choral singing and rock music attracts more than 160,000 visitors annually.

04-28 Aug 2017 [TBC] Harleston & Waveney Festival Multiple events - many free. Street entertainers, music weekend and holiday Monday family fun day 11:00-17:00 Harleston recreation ground - vintage cars, tractors and military vehicles, dancing, races, kickboxing, stalls, BBQ, bar, boot sale.

05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Brighton Pride Sat 11:00 Parade - Hove Lawns, along King’s Road, then to its traditional route, making its way up West Street, along North Street and London Road before ending in Preston Park. Vibrant, brash and cheeky. The free-to-watch parade is watched by 160,000 revelers. 12:00-22:00  Party in Preston Park - about £20. Video: 2012 Parade 2013 Parade 2016 Parade Pride Brighton

05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Hastings Old Town Carnival Sat 17:00 Procession, Rock-a-Nore Road, and seafront. 21:00 Fireworks at dusk from the castle. Video: Carnival Fireworks Hastings Old Town Carnival

05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Leicester Caribbean Carnival Sat 11:00-20:00 Carnival Village in Victoria Park. Three music stages, main stage, Caribbean, African and Asian food, arts and crafts, and many stalls. 13:00 Vibrant Street Carnival featuring costumed bands and floats from Victoria Park through the city. Join one hundred thousand people on the carnival route for this  hugely popular multicultural event.

05-06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Art in the Park 10:00-18:00 Jephson Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa. Free two day Arts Festival. Over 100 artists, potters, painters, jewellers and crafters.

05-06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Rythms Of The World Festival

05-06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Military and Flying Machines Show Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster, Essex. Essex & London's premier military vehicle show. 300+ vehicles, flying displays, heavy tanks, mock battles, living history, tank & helicopter rides, collectors stalls, arena events and all day music. Entrance about £8.

05-06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Odiham Fire Show Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Lodge Farm, Warnborough. About 100 exhibits, fire engines, drills and displays of fire fighting through the ages. About £5.

05-06 Aug 2017 [TBC] The London Triathlon Sat-Sun ExCeL Centre, London. Super Sprint: 400m swim, 10k bike, 2.5k run. Sprint: 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run. Olympic: 1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run. Spectator Viewing 06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Port Sunlight Fun Dog Show Sun 11:00-16:00 Port Sunlight Village Trust,  23 King George’s Drive,  Port Sunlight, Wirral, CH62 5DX. A variety of exhibitor stalls, competitions, children’s activities , food & drink , plus agility and obedience displays and workshops, make for a great family day out. The event is set in the centre of beautiful Port Sunlight Village on Wirral with its own attractions to explore during your visit. Free Entry with £1 charge for competition entry and activities.

05-11 Aug 2017 [TBC] Creation Fest, Devon Fri-Sun 10:00-22:00 Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7JE. Christian music festival - simply turn up and enjoy a good line up of bands. Includes teaching seminars, workshops, a skate park, sports and family activities. Close to the surf beach. Free entrance.

05-12 Aug 2017 [TBC] Cowes Week Fireworks, Isle of Wight 40 daily races - 1,000 boats and 8,500 competitors. 100,000 spectators. Live music on the water's edge. Fireworks at 21:30 on the last Friday. Video: Music Stage 1 Music Stage 2 Fireworks Cowes Week

Magic Of Thailand Festivals

Thai culture, food, arts and crafts. Watch traditional Thai dances, Thai boxing (Muay Thai), ladyboy shows and more. Usually a nominal entrance fee - £3 adult, £1 child.

05-06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Cambridge Thai Festival Sat-Sun 10:00-19:00 Parkers Piece.

19-20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Brighton Thai Festival Sat-Sun 10:00-19:00 Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6AU.

02-03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Poole Thai Festival  Sat-Sun 10:00-19:00 Baiter Harbourside Park, Labrador Drive, Poole BH15 1UX.

06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Margate Carnival Sun 15:00 Parade, Royal Esplanade, Westbrook, then east through Margate to Cliftonville. One of the biggest carnivals in the Southeast. 80 floats and live music, with the UK's biggest DJ's, Caribbean BBQ, stalls and family fun. Tel 01843 293733. Video More Margate Carnival

06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Bournemouth Thai Summer Fair Sun 10:00-18:00 King’s Park, Boscombe, Dorset. £5.

06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Birmingham Carnival Sun 12:00-20:30 Handsworth Park. 13:00 Procession from Holyhead Road. Steel bands - Soca, Calypso and Reggae, plus Caribbean food.  Held every two years. Tel: 0121 303 3008.

10-11 Aug 2017 [TBC] Jersey Battle of Flowers Thu 14:30-17:00 Flower Parade. Held on the second Thursday in August. Fri 21:00-22:45 Moonlight Parade. Illuminated finale and fireworks.

10-13 Aug 2017 [TBC] Bristol Balloon Fiesta Thu-Sun Ashton Court. Europe's largest annual Hot Air Balloon event - 100+ balloons, 500,000 visitors over four days. Mass Balloon Ascents. 06:00 & 18:00 daily. Night Glow & Fireworks 21:30 Thu & Sat. Arena events. Trade stands. 2013 Video Bristol Balloon Fiesta

10-13 Aug 2017 [TBC] Eastbourne Airbourne Thu-Sun. Daily sea front air show - classic WW2, latest military jets, helicopters, air-sea rescue, wing walkers etc - weather permitting. Ground displays, arena events and trade stands. Evening concerts and fireworks. Popular viewing areas - The Pier, The Wish Tower Slopes, Beachy Head. The biggest free seafront air show in the world. Eastbourne Airbourne

11 Aug 2017 [TBC] Dawlish Carnival Fri 19:00 from John Nash Way. One of Devon's largest parades at about 1 mile long. More.

11-12 Aug 2017 [TBC] World Pipe Band Championships Saturday. The biggest and best event in piping. Bands from across the globe will descend onto Glasgow Green with one goal - to be World Pipe Band Champions. 8,000 pipers, 16 nations and 45,000 spectators. General admission about £12. Highland games, children's area, highland dancing, drum major competition, craft fair and mass march past.

12 Aug 2017 [TBC] Livestock Music Festival Sat, Forty Hall & Estate, Forty Hill, London EN2 9HA. Rock, ska, blues, folk, rap and reggae on 3 stages, in the glorious setting of Forty Hall Farm, a working organic farm that is home to an award-winning local vineyard, orchard and organic market garden. On site bar, street market with stalls, food and drink, plus a circus area for kids.

12-13 Aug 2017 [TBC] Manchester Caribbean Carnival Sat 12:00-20:00 Alexandra Park M16 7JL. 12:00 Parade. Steel bands, floats, DJs, dance troupes, Caribbean food & drink, fairground, crafts and stage featuring calypso, soca and reggae.

12-13 Aug 2017 [TBC] WV1 Fest 11:00-22:00 West Park, Wolverhampton. The UK’s Biggest Free Rock Tribute Festival. All you pay is a nominal booking fee. Some of the biggest tribute acts in Europe on two stages, over two days of crowd-surfing, chorus-chanting, festival fun. Plus bars, food stands, a market, a children’s area, and thrill rides! And it’s all family friendly.

12-13 Aug 2017 [TBC] Red Bull Air Race, Ascot  High speed, low altitude action of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. About £30.

12-13 Aug 2017 [TBC] Ipswich Maritime Festival Sat-Sun. Family activities, maritime market, attractions for the children, visits out on the Sailing Barge Victor, music, food, drink and evening 10k and 5k Road races.

13 Aug 2017 [TBC] Skegness Carnival Sun 13:00-17:00 Parade from Wainfleet Road to Seaview car park. Floats, bands, BBQ, beach games, pet show etc.

13-14 Aug 2017 [TBC] Aldeburgh Regatta & Carnival, Suffolk Sun-Mon. Carnival Monday - swimming races in the sea, children’s sports, and the life-boat launch. 15:15 Carnival procession, High Street. In the evening, Fun Fair, Samba Dancers and a  Military Band will lead a Chinese Lantern Procession to the beach as the sun sets. The Carnival is rounded off with a fantastic Firework Display. Map

13-19 Aug 2017 [TBC] Fowey Royal Regatta Wed: Carnival Procession. Sat: Illuminated Dinghy Procession and Fireworks.

15-16 Aug 2017 [TBC] British Fireworks Championships, Plymouth Tue-Wed 21:30. Very spectacular. 6 firework companies battle over two nights for the title of British Fireworks Champion. 3 ten minute displays per evening. Music stage, morris dancing, fairground rides, catering outlets etc. The fireworks will be set off at Mountbatten Breakwater. Popular viewing areas are The Hoe and Queen Anne's Battery. Attendance 200,000. Map British Firework Championships Free event.

16 Aug 2017 [TBC] Weymouth Carnival Wed 10:00-22:00 Events and entertainment all day. Attendance 100,000. Sandcastle Competition, Fun Run, Red Arrow fly-past. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, comprising Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane. All day fairground on the seafront. Provisional times: 10:30 Sand Sculpting, 11:00 Weymouth Carnival Sky Divers, 10:30-17:30 Beach Football, 13:30 Beach Space Hopper Race, 17:00 Waitress Trolley Race, 17:30 Coach Pull Challenge, 17:30 Children's Fun Run, 18:00-20:30 Steel band, King's Statue, 18:30-20:30 Seafront Procession, 19:15 Live music, beach stage, 21:30 Fireworks. Torch procession Tue. See link for events and timings.

16 Aug 2017 [TBC] Cromer Carnival Wed 19:00 Parade through the Town via Runton Road and Beach Road. 07748 221270.

17-20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Bournmouth Air Festival Thu-Sun. Seafront. Air & Ground displays. Royal Marine Beach Assaults, Princess of Wales Parachute Display Team, Typhoon, Matadors, Tutor, Tucano, Hawk, SallyB, Vulcan, The Red Arrows, Breitling Wingwalkers, F-16, Typhoon, RAF Tutor, RAF Tucano, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment’s Parachute Display Team – The Tigers, The Matadors, King Air, RAF Hawk, SallyB, Black Cats Helicopter Team. Night Air - Thu, Fri and Sat - Lower Gardens and seafront: hot air balloons, film screenings, street entertainers, stilt walkers, flame throwers, dusk air display, live music, military bands, forces displays. Saturday attendance 400,000. Sat Fireworks 22:00.Free event. Vulcan Video Bournemouth Air Festival

18 Aug - 03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival Live music, fine art, photography and gaming events. 10 days, 20 venues and 100’s of artists. Free entrance.

18-20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Northampton Balloon Festival Fri-Sun Billing Aquadrome. A Great Day Out for All The Family, with planned Balloon Flights AM & PM, evening glow, endless selection of stands, stalls and attractions. About £5 pedestrians, £10 car of 4. Northampton Balloon Festival

18-20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Birdfair Fri-Sun Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, Rutland LE15 8BT. A major event for wildlife enthusiasts. Bird watching centre, lectures, multiple marquees and stands selling the latest products, plus full catering. Please see link for ticket details.

18-21 Aug 2017 [TBC] Whitby Regatta Four days of entertainment, yacht racing, rowing races and various free forms of entertainment as published in the official programme, finishing with a prize presentation and spectacular firework display.

19 Aug 2017 [TBC] Southend Illuminated Carnival Sat 18:45 from Southchurch Park, then along seafront to finish at Shorefield Road. Illuminated Parade of about 60 floats and samba bands etc. Video Southend Illuminated Carnival 19 Aug 2017 [TBC] Race The Train, Wales Saturday. Annual cross-country run organised by the Rotary Club of Tywyn. 14.75 mile cross country hilly race. The train takes about 1 hour 47 minutes for the return journey. The start is adjacent to the Talyllyn Railway station. Both the runners and the train are started by the train whistle ordered by the timekeeper. The course is run alongside the railway over fields, rough pasture, and farm tracks.

19 Aug 2017 [TBC] Swindon & Wiltshire Pride Sat 12:00-22:00 Old Town Gardens. 11:15 Parade from Springfield Road. Swindon & Wiltshire Pride

19 Aug 2017 [TBC] Dawlish Air Show Saturday. Air display and live music. Free event.

19 Aug 2017 [TBC] Yarmouth Carnival, Isle of Wight Sat 17:30 Procession, Yarmouth Green through the town - culmination of the week's festivities.

19 Aug 2017 [TBC] Sharrow Festival Sat 12:00-20:00 Mount Pleasant Park, Sheffield. Two music stages, global food, crafts, circus skills & street dance. Free.

19-20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Bristol International Kite Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Clifton ~ Durdham Downs, Stoke Rd, Bristol BS9 1FG. Arena with spectacular flying displays, kite fighting battles, mass ascents of artistic kites, breathtaking synchronised routines flown to music and awesome power kites. Striking designs including birds, bugs, bees, giant octopi, manta rays, a flying scuba diver, giant mermaids and Roly the mega killer whale, flying bears, tigers, dogs, cats and vast spinning wheels from France. The Festival is supporting the Great Western Air Ambulance as its nominated charity. Biennial event. Free event. Bristol International Kite Festival

19-20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Nottingham Carnival Weekend Sat 12:00-20:00 Music Festival, Forest Recreation Ground, Gregory Boulevard NG7 6HB. £2. Sun 12:00-18:00 Carnival Parade, Victoria Embankment. Free. Attendance 80,000. 19-20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Swaffham Free Festival Sat-Sun 14:00-20:00 Swaffham, Norfolk. Free, family-friendly event featuring an eclectic mix of musical styles. Two music stages, street entertainers, stalls and refreshments. Tel: 01760 722800. Further details: http://swaffhamfreefestival.wix.com/swaffham
19-20 Aug 2017 [TBC] On The Edge Sat-Sun 13:00-19:00 Richmond upon Thames. The riverside will come alive in a two day global celebration of live music and dance from around the world. Two days of the best bands will form an eclectic line-up for residents and world music enthusiasts alike. Free event. Video On The Edge

19-20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Beccles Carnival, Norfolk Sat Family fun on the quayside, Sun 13:00 Carnival Parade from Roys of Beccles. 07933 028457.

19-20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Bridport Carnival, Dorset Sat 19:30 Carnival. Sun 21:00 Torch procession, 22:00 Fireworks.

19-20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Brighton Thai Festival Sat-Sun 10:00-19:00 Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6AU. £3.

19-28 Aug 2017 [TBC] Arundel Festival One of the biggest arts festivals in the South of England. Multiple events, which may include Castle events, street entertainment, fireworks, 10k run, duck race, Jubilee Gardens stage, hot air balloons, poetry readings, orchestral concerts and children’s activities. Video 2013 Procession Arundel Festival 

19 Aug - 03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Artwave Festival, Sussex Lewes district’s annual Open House Festival. Artists open their homes and studios, showcasing their work and introducing visitors to a wealth of skill and talent, with an opportunity to buy pieces directly from the artists and makers.

20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Leeds West Indian Carnival Sunday. Early parade 06:00 Leeds West Indian Centre. Maim parade 14:00 Potternewton Park. Main stage with Soca, Calypso & Caribbean music. Lots of stalls, crafts and carnival food. Attendance 120,000. Route More

20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Beer & Cider Festival Sun 12:30 White Horse Country Park, Westbury, Wiltshire BA13 4LU. Live music, BBQ & family fun.

20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Aylesbury Showcase Sun 12:00 Market Square and Kingsbury, Aylesbury Town Centre. Free live music event.

20 Aug - 02 Sep 2017 [TBC] Devizes Festival Fortnight & Carnival Some of the best street performers, contemporary circus acts, dancers, musicians and walkabout shows from across Europe.

24-25 Aug 2017 [TBC] Clacton Airshow Thu-Fri 11:00-17:00 Seafront. Free air display with vintage fly-pasts, modern jet fly-pasts and ground displays. Attendance 90,000.

24-26 Aug 2017 [TBC] Dartmouth Regatta Thu-Sat. Regatta, air display, fete, cider night, market, plus free firework displays Thu and Sat.

24-28 Aug 2017 [TBC] The Great Dorset Steam Fair Wed-Sun 08:00-24:00 (17:00 Sun) South Down, Tarrant Hinton, Blandford DT11 8HX. 60 showman's engines, 30 steam tractors, 20 steam road locomotives, 20 steam lorries, 25 steam road rollers, 100 vintage & classic vehicles, 100 military vehicles, 140 Vintage motorcycles, 120 vintage tractors, 150 static vintage tractors, 100 horticultural tractors, 120 stationary engines plus rural displays, crafts, food hall & live music. 600 acre site - about £20. The Great Dorset Steam Fair

25-27 Aug 2017 [TBC] Upton Festival Fri-Sun Fish Meadow, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire. Live music till midnight. Camping available. See link for details and tickets.

25-27 Aug 2017 [TBC] Stroud Fringe Festival Fri-Sun. 150 acts on multiple outdoor stages and local pubs. Mostly free. 13:00 Procession on Saturday from King Street - hobby horses, beasts, Morris dancers and musicians. Music Stages

25-27 Aug 2017 [TBC] NASC Street Rod Nationals Trinity Park, Ipswich. Cruise Sunday, show & shine, live bands. Public day is Sunday.

26 Aug 2017 [TBC] Sturminster Newton Carnival Sat 19:15 Carnival parade with illuminated floats, dancers, bands and drummers. The first carnival on the Wessex carnival circuit, unique in that it attracts entries from all over the south west plus local groups. A number of the larger illuminated carts from the circuit, plus locals. Lots of masqueraders, both local and from the Wessex and other circuits. Firework finale. 01747 840045. www.sturcarnival.co.uk

26 Aug 2017 [TBC] Ellesmere Rocks 16:00 till late, Cremorne Gardens, Ellesmere, Shropshire. Annual free music festival which follows the Ellesmere Carnival. Food and drink available. Free event.

26 Aug 2017 [TBC] Cosmopolitan Carnival 14:00-21:00 Leicester City Centre. Celebrating Leicester as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the UK. Multicultural carnival procession, performance and workshops on the High Street. Main stage in Jubilee Square with live bands and performance area in the city centre, with spoken word, comedy, acoustic performance, street theatre, art gallery, market stalls, large scale film projection, fire, dance and music.

26 Aug 2017 [TBC] Manchester Pride Sat 13:00 Parade - Deansgate to the gay village, Whitworth Street. 100+ floats.

26-27 Aug 2017 [TBC] Party In The Park, Poole Sat-Sun 12:00-19:00 Ashley Cross Green, Poole, Dorset BH14 8UF. Outdoor stage, carnival activities, world cuisine, bar, games, market stalls and a top line up of live bands and international DJs. About £8.

26-27 Aug 2017 [TBC] Parklife WeekendSat 12:00-21:30, Sun 10:30-19:15. Vale Park Aylesbury HP20 1DX. Continuous live music on an outdoor stage. Full catering facilities. Free event.

26-27 Aug 2017 [TBC] Colchester Free Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-19:00 Castle Park. Music and arts festival organised by the community for the community. Attendance 15,000.

26-27 Aug 2017 [TBC] Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains Sat-Sun. Popular family festival. Various venues throughout this beautiful market town. If past years are anything to go by, expect to see a colourful parade, bagpipes, morris men, stilt walkers, a duck race on the river Ennig and craft fair. Live bands and a DJ on George's Green all afternoon. Evening candlelit concert in the mediaeval church of St Ellwye, high up in the Black Mountains on Saturday, and Talgarth's own Male Voice Choir on Sunday. Local pubs have live music 'til late. Grand firework display near the Rugby Club at 21:15 on Sunday. What's On

26-28 Aug 2017 [TBC] Inland Waterways Festival of Water Sat-Mon. Pelsall Common. Major waterways event with an array of attractions on and off the water providing a fun day out for all the family. Up to 200 boats, including leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats, are expected in the marina and along the river front as well as a wealth of smaller craft such as canoes, rowing boats, sailboats, windsurfers and ribs. There will also be opportunities for visitors to get afloat on board trip boats and water taxis.Free event.




27-28 Aug 2017 [TBC] Notting Hill Carnival

10:00-20:30 Parade Ladbroke Grove. One million revelers, 7500 participants, Mas Bands, Steel Bands and 38 Static Sound Systems.

300 food stalls, 1 ton of chicken curry, 1 ton of Jamaican patties, 15000, deep-fried plantains, 30000 corn on the cob, 1 ton of rice and peas, 12000 mangoes, 16000 coconuts, 5 million hot and cold drinks & 25,000 bottles of rum. If you like carnivals, you will love Notting Hill.
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Carnival Website

27 Aug 2017 [TBC] Notting Hill Carnival - J’Ouvert (Jouvay) Sun 06:00-09:00 from junction Kensal Road & Ladbroke Grove. Traditional day break start to carnival, steeped in tradition. Participants cover themselves and others in paint, chocolate, mud, oil and powder. Be aware that you may be hugged by muddy revelers. Video Free event.


26 Aug 2017 [TBC] Notting Hill Panorama Steel Band Championships

Sat 18:00-22:00 Hornimans Park, Kensal Road, London W10 5EH. The UK's top steel bands: Metronomes Steel Orchestra, Mangrove Steel Band, Ebony Steel Band, Croydon Steel Orchestra, Real Steel, Caribbean Steel International. Attendance 5,000. More Panonthenet More http://uksocascene.com/

Video: Notting Hill Panorama 2016 Ebony Real Steel
Video: Real Steel Metronomes Ebony Real Steel Mangrove



West Country Illuminated Carnivals

These world-famous night carnivals are probably the best in the world.

26 Aug 2017 [TBC] Sturminster Newton. Sat 19:45. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours

09 Sep 2017 [TBC] Mere. Sat 19:30. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
09 Sep 2017 [TBC] Blandford [TBC] Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
16 Sep 2017 [TBC] Frome. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
23 Sep 2017 [TBC] Wellington. Wed 19:30. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
30 Sep 2017 [TBC] Shaftesbury. Sat 19:15. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
30 Sep 2017 [TBC] Ilminster. Sat 19:15. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour

07 Oct 2017 [TBC] Gillingham. Sat 19:15. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
07 Oct 2017 [TBC] Chard. Sat 19:30. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
13 Oct 2017 [TBC] Wincanton. Fri 19:30 Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours 
14 Oct 2017 [TBC] Castle Cary. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
14 Oct 2017 [TBC] Taunton. Sat 19:00. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Trowbridge. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
28 Oct 2017 [TBC] Warminster. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Bridgwater. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
06 Nov 2017 [TBC] Highbridge & Burnham. Mon 19:30. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
10 Nov 2017 [TBC] Weston-super-Mare. Fri 19:15. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
11 Nov 2017 [TBC] North Petherton. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
13 Nov 2017 [TBC] Midsomer Norton. Mon 19:30 - 1 hour
15 Nov 2017 [TBC] Shepton Mallet. Wed 19:30. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
17 Nov 2017 [TBC] Wells. Fri 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
18 Nov 2017 [TBC] Glastonbury. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours

27 Aug 2017 Great North Bike Ride Sun 09:00 Seahouse Tourist Information Car Park to Tynemouth Priory. Charity cycle ride with over 1700 cyclists raising funds for the Chris Lucas Cancer Trust. 54 miles through the beautiful Northumberland coastline. www.chrislucastrust.c

27 Aug 2017 Grasmere Sports & Show Sun 10:00 The Showfield, Stock Lane Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SL. Cumberland Wrestling, Guides Races, Hound Trails, Mountain Biking, Dog Shows. About £8.

27 Aug 2017 [TBC] Bognor Illuminations Gala Sun 20:30-22:00 Night spectacle of floats and walking characters, beautiful lights and a procession from West Park to the Esplanade. 22:00 Fireworks at the end of the pier.

27-28 Aug 2017 [TBC] Journeys Festival Sun-Mon 11:00-16:00 Orton Square, Leicester. Live music stage, presenting an inspiring range of music reflecting the talents of Refugee Artists. The Square will also host special kite design and making workshops led by Refugee Artists, with the opportunity for audiences to engage with digital kite design and flying!

28 Aug 2017 Public Holiday - Summer Bank Holiday

28 Aug 2017 [TBC] World Gravy Wrestling Championships Held annually on the August holiday Mon 12:00-17:00 Rose n Bowl, Newchurch Road, Stacksteads OL13 0UG. Inflatables, water bombs, fancy dress, semi pro wrestling and big screen action. BBC Radio Lancashire will judge the event. More Video

28 Aug 2017 [TBC] Bourton On The Water Football In The River Monday. Red and White teams from Bourton Rovers FC play a half hour six-a-side football match in the River Windrush. The goals are between two bridges, and thousands of spectators line the river bank. www.soglos.com Gallery Video.

28 Aug 2017 [TBC] Newlyn Fish Festival Mon 09:00-17:00 Harbour. Seafood, Cooking Demonstrations, Children’s Workshops, Fish Auctions, Open Vessels, Craft, Art and Trade stalls together with a full programme of Music and Harbour Entertainments including Gig Racing, Naval War Ships, Helicopters, The Penlee Lifeboat, and the Camborne Youth Band.

28 Aug 2017 [TBC] Bexhill 100 Classic & Custom Car ShowMonday 10:00-17:00 Polegrove Recreation Ground, West Parade, Bexhill on Sea. Classic and custom cars,  trade stalls and crafts.

31 Aug - 03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Burnham-On-Sea FolkFest, Somerset Music stages throughout the town, plus poetry, traditional dance stage, kid zone, crafts and street performers - free. Sun - Live music in Manor Gardens with poetry, dance, crafts, kid zone, real ale etc - free.

01-02 Sep 2017 [TBC] Freedom Festival, Hull

01-03 Sep 2017 [TBC] BunkFest, Wallingford Sat-Mon. Multiple locations and events - many free. Concerts, Ceilidhs, fringe, vintage displays, boat trips, beer fest, craft fair etc. Attendance 20,000.

01-03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Chatsworth Country Fair Fri-Sun. Massed pipe and military bands, demonstrations and parades, hot air balloons, parachuting, over 300 trade stands, rural crafts, vintage car parade, terrier racing, clay pigeon shooting, bouncy castle, old time fairground, horse shoeing, ferret racing, archery, sheep dog trials etc etc. About £20.

01-03 Sep 2017 [TBC] End Of The Road Festival  Fri-Sun Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset. Art, atmosphere, workshops, comedy, cinema, woodland library, games area, enchanted forest, healing field, quality food & drinks and good music.

01-03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival Fund raising event for the telescope and domes. Includes lectures, trade stalls, observing (weather permitting) and family workshops.

01-30 Sep 2017 [TBC] Brighton Digital Festival A celebration of digital culture which runs throughout September. The festival provides an exciting platform for a community led programme produced by a network of organizations from the arts and digital communities, alongside individuals who are passionate about digital culture. Many events are free - see website.

01-30 Sep 2017 [TBC] Thames Festival Multiple events over a 42 mile stretch of river during September. Street arts, river events, massed choirs, guided walks, tall ships etc. Totally Thames.

Sussex Bonfire Season 2017 Events

The Bonfire Societies

02 Sep 2017 [TBC] Uckfield Uckfield [fireworks the previous night] 
09 Sep 2017 [TBC] Crowborough Crowborough
16 Sep 2017 [TBC] Mayfield Mayfield
23 Sep 2017 [TBC] Burgess Hill Burgess Hill
30 Sep 2017 [TBC] Rotherfield Rotherfield
30 Sep 2017 [TBC] Eastbourne Eastbourne
07 Oct 2017 [TBC] Northiam Bonfire
14 Oct 2017 [TBC] Hastings Hastings
21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Nevill Nevill
21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Seaford
21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Fletching Fletching
21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Hailsham
21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Ninfield Bonfire
21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Firle Firle
22 Oct 2017 [TBC] Titchfield
28 Oct 2017 [TBC] Newick Newick
28 Oct 2017 [TBC] Ewhurst & Staplecross
21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Littlehampton
04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Lewes Badge Night
05 Nov 2017 Lewes
05 Nov 2017 Lindfield
05 Nov 2017 [TBC] Icklesham (Robin Hood)
05 Nov 2017 Battle
05 Nov 2017 [TBC] Edenbridge
05 Nov 2017 [TBC] Cuckfield About £7.
10 Nov 2017 [TBC] Isfield & Little Horstead
11 Nov 2017 [TBC] East Hoathly
11 Nov 2017 [TBC] South Heighton
11 Nov 2017 [TBC] Chailey
11 Nov 2017 [TBC] Shoreham
11 Nov 2017 [TBC] Rye
18 Nov 2017 [TBC] Robertsbridge Robertsbridge
18 Nov 2017 [TBC] Barcombe Barcombe 
25 Nov 2017 [TBC] Hawkhurst
02 Dec 2017 [TBC] Rottingdean Smugglers Night Rottingdean Smugglers Night, supported by South Heighton Bonfire Society

02 Sep 2017 [TBC] The Great River Race, London Sat 12:25 Start at Millwall Slipway, Docklands. 15:25 Finish, spread over 2 hours at Ham Riverside, Ham House. The biggest race of its type in Europe - 22 miles, 300 boats & 2000 competitors. Thousands of spectators gather at the finish - street food, bar, music and family fun. Video The Great River Race, London

02 Sep 2017 [TBC] National Speed Trials, Brighton Sat 10:00-18:00 Madeira Drive. Annual speed trials for cars and motorcycles, veteran to current. Quarter mile course, run under RAC Motor Sport Association regulations. Timed Runs 11:30-13:00  & 14:00-18:00. Viewing is free from the upper level, but for entry to the paddock, there is a charge. Video1 Video2 Brighton and Hove Motor Club

Nuts Challenge

Event held twice a year over a weekend in March and September at Henfold Lakes, Henfold Lane, Dorking, Surrey RH5 4RW.

Groups and individuals run, raising money for charities of their choice. 7k, 14k, 21k & 28k Mud & Obstacle challenge with 100 challenging obstacles. Racing is started in waves from about 09:00 onwards.
Spectator viewing is free.
There is a small parking charge. Food is available, and facilities for contestants include changing tents, showers and first aid. Come suitably dressed.

The Nuts Challenge

02-03 Sep 2017 [TBC]
02-04 Mar 2018 [TBC]


02 Sep 2017 [TBC] Uckfield Bonfire Sat 19:30 Torch Procession, 21:00 Bonfire Prayers. 21:10 Grand Torch Procession. The first Bonfire Parade in the Sussex Bonfire Season. 13:30 Children's Procession from Victoria Pleasure Ground, followed by children's fancy dress competition in Holy Cross school playing field. 18:30 Adults Fancy Dress Competition, Elizabeth Gardens. Free bonfire & fireworks the day before the parade 20:30 at Holy Cross School Field. 01825 762763. In the summer months we will be making torches and banners for the carnival and help is always welcome. Video Uckfield Bonfire

02 Sep 2017 [TBC] Pride Reading Sat 12:00-19:00 Kings Meadow, by the Thames. Music stage, dance, cabaret. beer tent, stalls, fun fair and picnic area. 11:00 Procession from Reading Station - arrives Kings Meadow 12:00. 7 hours of continuous live music - about 26 acts. Free event. www.readingpride.co.uk

02 Sep 2017 [TBC] Ryde Illuminated Carnival Sat 20:30 The Esplanade. Biggest of the Isle of Wight Illuminated Carnivals. Ryde Illuminated Carnival

02 Sep 2017 [TBC] Wem Carnival, Shropshire Saturday. Two parades, each a mile long, from Bowensfield to Lowe Hill Rd at 13:30 and 19:45. Fancy dress and floats, marching bands, military and classic vehicles. 01939 232547.

02-03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Bognor Birdman Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00. Competitors launch themselves from the pier and beach, attempting man-powered flight. Bognor Birdman

02-03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Bexhill Festival of the Sea Weekend Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-17:00. A whole weekend of angling competitions along the seafront. Angling coaching and demonstrations by renowned angling professionals. Stalls selling fish dishes, plus plenty of unique shopping and gift ideas. Cooking demonstrations by Billingsgate Seafood Training School. Fun fair, Morris dancing, plus outdoor film and music at the De La Warr Pavilion.

02-03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Faversham Hop Festival Fun weekend in the medieval town square and surrounding streets, celebrating hop picking in Kent. Music to suit eclectic tastes, children's entertainers, professional street theatre, stilt walkers, morris dancing, craft fare, and ceilidh. Stages in Market Place and Preston Street and craft stalls in the surrounding streets. Free event.

02-03 Sep 2017 [TBC] WaterFest Weymouth Maritime festival celebrating the town's maritime heritage. Nautically themed activities, boat building displays, lobster pot making, street theatre, marine art and local seafood.

02-24 Sep 2017 [TBC] Isle of Wight Cycling Festival Over half the island is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are over 200 miles of well maintained, well signposted cycle tracks.

03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Ace Cafe London Brighton Motorcycle Ride Sun 10:30 Ace Cafe, Ace Corner, North Circular Road to Brighton Seafront. Up to 40,000 riders in this annual bike ride. At Madeira Drive Brighton, there will be displays from bike manufacturers, special invited guests plus live bands. The event comes to a close at 18:00. Video

03 Sep 2017 [TBC] London Mela Sun 12:00-21:00 Gunnersbury Park, Ealing. The London Mela is Europe’s largest outdoor South Asian festival, with an attendance of 80,000 people. Nine zones - a spectacular line up of live music, dance, visual arts and food from South Asia, and a large funfair. The event concludes with a spectacular fireworks display. London Mela Free event.

03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Kingston Carnival Sun 12:00 Caribbean style carnival procession from the Guildhall. Live music stages. Attendance 20,000. 020 8547 2332 Kingston Carnival Free event.

03 Sep 2017 [TBC] MiniFest Sun 10:00-16:00 Uttoxeter Racecourse. All of the top Mini specialists, auto-jumble and live arena. Entrance £8 per person, under 12's free. Camping available.

03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Brentford Festival, London Sun 12:00-17:30 Blondin Park, London W5. Music stage with rock, blues, jazz, rap and dance. Community fun day with dog show, arts, crafts, charity stalls, family fair, pony rides, inflatables, climbing wall, bungee and land train. Sports samplers in kayaking, football, basketball, rugby and a tennis club tournament. Bar and food stalls. Attendance 10,000. Free event.

03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Angel Canal Festival, London Sun 11:00-17:00 City Road Lock and Basin to Packington Park. Regatta with a wide range of boats, boat racing, and boat trips, stalls, crafts, books, food, music and funfair. Free event.

03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Monmouth Charity Raft Race Sun 12:00? Monmouth Rowing Club. 6.5 mile course down the River Wye to Tump Farm, Whitebrook, where there is entertainment and refreshments. Organised by the Rotary Club of Monmouth.

03 Sep 2017 [TBC] World Bellyboard Championship Sunday, Chapel Porth Beach, Cornwall. A celebration of all things connected with the art of riding traditional wooden boards. With contributions from the evolving wooden surfboard community. Organised and hosted by the National Trust.

03-10 Sep 2017 [TBC] Tour of Britain Cycle Race Tour of Britain Glasgow to London in daily stages

04 Sep 2017 [TBC] Devizes Carnival Sat 18:00 The Green. Vibrant and noisy.

04-05 Sep 2017 [TBC] St Giles Fair, Oxford One of the most prestigious in the country, dating back to 1625. Traditional fun fair rides combined with some exciting up-to-date, white-knuckle rides. Video The fair is held annually on the Mon-Tue following the first Sunday after St Giles Day, (01 Sep). St Giles Fair, Oxford

05-24 Sep 2017 [TBC] Southampton Boat Show 10:00-19:00 Mayflower Park. Show marina with over 2km of pontoons. 1000 boats and 500 exhibitors. 122,000 visitors. About £20

07-10 Sep 2017 [TBC] Heritage Open Days Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

08 Sep 2017 [TBC] Kendal Torchlight Procession Fri 19:00 Street Art Performers, 19:45 Torchlight Carnival - folk dancers, heavy  horses, Steam Engines, Spectacular Floats, Marching, Pipe and Display bands and nationally acclaimed carnival groups.

08-10 Sep 2017 [TBC] Goodwood Revival The world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. A celebration of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing around the classic racetrack. Advance tickets only.

08-24 Sep 2017 [TBC] New Mills Festival, Derbyshire Two weeks of diverse events including concerts, poetry, flower festival and alternative health. Usually includes a lantern procession on the last Saturday.

08-29 Sep 2017 [TBC] Blackpool World Fireworks Championship 4 Fridays in September, some of the world’s best pyrotechnic artists light up the night sky in spectacular fashion. View between the north and central piers. Free event.

09 Sep 2017 [TBC] Crowborough Bonfire Held on the second Saturday in September. 13:30 Carnival and afternoon events on Chapel Green. 19:30 Torch Procession from Chapel Green, returning at 22:30 for bonfire. Sussex Bonfire Societies taking part may include Crowborough, Waterloo, Uckfield, Mayfield, Burgess Hill, Littlehampton and East Hoathly. Crowborough Bonfire & Carnival Society Tel 01892 661675.

09 Sep 2017 [TBC] Last Night Of The Proms Sat 17:00-22:30 Hyde Park, London. Live open-air concert with high-profile artists and presenters, culminating in a BBC Big Screen link-up to the Royal Albert Hall and a firework finale in the park. Bring a picnic and get ready for a fabulous night out. BBC Concert Orchestra with all the last night favourites and a top line-up of performers. Large stage, quality sound system and giant screens. Plenty of food & drink outlets. Great atmosphere with 40,000 revelers. About £39. BBC Proms In The Park

09 Sep 2017 [TBC] Bracknell Festival Of Folk Sat 12:00-21:00 South Hill Park Arts Centre RG12 7PA. Folk, Roots and Acoustic music, real ale, crafts and more. Entertainment within the centre and on the terrace probably free. Ticketed show in the theatre featuring a headline performance

09 Sep 2017 [TBC] Findon Sheep Fayre Sat Nepcote Green, Findon Village. Friday Night funfair on the green and barn dance in the marquee. Saturday is the fair itself, with free entrance. Craft stalls, sheep displays, sheep judging, a funfair and other displays on the green. 01903 264161.

09 Sep 2017 [TBC] Stockwell Festival Sat 12:00-18:00 Larkhall Park, Courland Grove, SW8 2PX. Music stage, sustainability zone, marketplace, etc.

09 Sep 2017 [TBC] Romsey Show Saturday, Broadlands Park. Saturday. Excellent country show for families. About £14.

09 Sep 2017 [TBC] Windmill Hill Soap Box Derby Windmill Road, Bramham, West Yorkshire, LS23.

09 Sep 2017 [TBC] Swindon Mela Sat 12:00-18:00 Town Gardens. Three stages with top names from Asian entertainment,  featuring Bollywood and Bangra. Attendance 17,000. Free entry, but donation welcome.

09 Sep 2017 [TBC] Will Adams Festival, Rochester Sat 11:00-16:30 Gillingham Park. Celebrate Japanese and English relations with a free, fun-filled, family festival about our very own, Gillingham-born Will Adams. Take a walk through time, from Tudor England and Tudor maritime history to Japanese culture in the 17th century and Japanese culture in the 21st century.

09-10 Sep 2017 [TBC] Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 South Quay. Tall ships, lifeboat demonstrations, Royal Naval Simulators, guided heritage walks, craft marquees, shanty groups, entertainment, seafood and a beer tent. Many events free.

09-23 Sep 2017 [TBC] St Ives September Festival A two-week celebration of Music & the Arts in St Ives Cornwall.

10 Sep 2017 [TBC] Klezmer In The Park Sun 12:15-18:00 Regents Park Band Stand, London. An afternoon of Jewish music and family fun. Free event. Klezmer In The Park

10 Sep 2017 [TBC] Great North Run Sun 10:40 Newcastle to South Shields. 54,000 runners, 80,000 spectators and an electric atmosphere. The biggest and most iconic half marathon in the world. Evening party on the quayside.

10 Sep 2017 [TBC] Tour de Furness, Cumbria Sunday. Charity cycle event, organised by The Rotary Club of Furness. Family fun ride of 5 miles, Tour de Furness route of 13 miles, which passes by Furness Abbey, and Furness 50 mile to Coniston and back.

10 Sep 2017 [TBC] Run to the Beat 10k, London Sun 09:45. London's music 10k run in Wembley Park. 15,000 runners are expected. Did not happen in 2016.

10 Sep 2017 [TBC] World Black Pudding Throwing Championships Sun 12:00-22:00 Royal Oak, Bridge Street, Ramsbottom BL0 9AD. Hurling Black Puddings at a pile of Yorkshire Puddings on a 30ft plinth. Held on the second Sunday in September.

12 Sep 2017 [TBC] Widecombe Fair Tue 09:00 till late. Devon country fare immortalized by the song Uncle Tom Cobley. Held on the 2nd Tuesday in September. Livestock, sheep, dog show, gymkhana, maypole dancing, crafts, vintage vehicles and funfair on the village green.

12-15 Sep 2017 [TBC] Social Media Week B1, Victoria House, Southampton Row, London WC1B 4DA. A week of panel discussions and presentations "where humanity and technology come together". Official schedule Tue-Thu, but  many independent (mostly free) events throughout the week. Directions

14 Sep 2017 [TBC] Capstone Festival 11:00-16:00 Capstone Farm Country Park, Capstone Rd, Gillingham, Kent ME7 3JG. A celebration of outdoor pursuits. A host of activities and displays showing aspects of life on a farm and countryside experiences, as well as recreational pursuits including:  Kite displays, Bike displays, Wood carving, Thatching, Weaving, Bush crafts, Laser clay, Dog agility, Wax making, Craft workshops, Blacksmith demonstrations, Sheepdog and geese herding, Live country music, Information stands with gardening tips, camping and outdoor wear advice. Free event.

14 Sep 2017 [TBC] Capstone Festival 11:00-16:00 Capstone Farm Country Park, Capstone Rd, Gillingham, Kent ME7 3JG. A celebration of outdoor pursuits. A host of activities and displays showing aspects of life on a farm and countryside experiences, as well as recreational pursuits including:  Kite displays, Bike displays, Wood carving, Thatching, Weaving, Bush crafts, Laser clay, Dog agility, Wax making, Craft workshops, Blacksmith demonstrations, Sheepdog and geese herding, Live country music, Information stands with gardening tips, camping and outdoor wear advice. Free event.

14-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Stow Festival Thu-Sun Walthamstow, London E17. Annual music event run by volunteers. Various venues including the Town Square, pubs, cafes, shops and museums.

15-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Newquay Fish Festival Fri-Sun. Live bands, Cooking demonstrations, Sand castle competition, Local fish and produce stalls, live marine and rock pool demonstrations, shark throwing competition, dolphin spotting trips, art exibition and competition, fresh caught fish barbeque and Newquay male voice choir.

15-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Equinox Festival, Lincolnshire Over 100 bands. Venue to be confirmed. This festival has risen from the ashes of the old Alchemy festival. enquries@equinoxfestival.uk

15-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Out There Festival Fri-Sun Town Centre and St. Georges Park, Great Yarmouth. The region's largest free street arts festival. Musical Masquerade featuring amazing carnival creations, international street arts and circus entertainment, and a range of wild, wacky events including amazing high wire shows. Over 30 acts, 90 performances and 600 performers

15-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Worcester Music Festival Annual music celebration to support and encourage live, local and original music from the county and across the UK. Staged in pubs, clubs, cafes, and historic buildings around or near the city centre. Over 30 venues, with a line-up in the region of 250 bands and musicians. Raises money for local charities by means of collection buckets, donations etc. Free event.

15-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Worcester Music Festival Fri-Sun. Over 30 venues and 130 bands - mostly free. Staged in pubs, clubs, cafes, and historic buildings in and around the city. The festival supports local charities.

15-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Equinox Festival Scholey Park, Conningsby, Lincolnshire LN4 4PD. 100 bands and DJs on 7 stages. Free kids activities. About £80.

15-17 Sep 2017 Southport Air Show Sat-Sun 09:00-17:00. The North West's largest Airshow, this fantastic family event attracts up to 150,000 spectators over two days. Red Arrows, Tornado GR4, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and many more military, heritage and civilian air craft plus a village packed full of entertainment, including bmx stunts, flight simulators and much more. About £10.

16 Sep 2017 [TBC] Mayfield Bonfire Sat 12:30-15:30 Street Market, High Street. 15:00 Children's Fancy Dress Procession, Royal Oak to the Middle House. 19:00 Ceremonial Laying of the Wreath. 19:30 Procession 1 - West Street to Rose and Crown. 20:20 Procession 2 - Rose and Crown, High Street, Stone Cross. 21:15 Procession 3 - Stone Cross to Natwest Bank. 21:30 Procession 4 - Natwest Bank to Memorial Hall. 22:00 Fireworks. 22:30 Prizes & Trophies, Memorial Hall. Video: VideoFireworks  Video 2016 Mayfield Bonfire Society

16 Sep 2017 [TBC] St Paul's Caribbean Carnival, Bristol Sat 13:00 Portland Square area. Mas bands, static sound systems, carnival food and drink. 0117 944 4176. St Pauls Caribbean Carnival

16 Sep 2017 [TBC] Ringwood Carnival Sat 14:00 Children's Procession, 19:15 Torchlight Procession. 21:30 Fireworks.

16 Sep 2017 [TBC] Bermondsey Street Festival Sat 11:00-18:00. Annual traditional village fete with an attendance of 20,000. Live music, dance stage, fashion, competitions, tennis, food, art and crafts. More

16 Sep 2017 [TBC] Mouth Cancer Walk Sat 12:00 Hyde Park, London. Free annual Mouth Cancer 10k awareness walk. Participants should arrive at 11:00. The walk, which starts at 12:00 noon, aims to raise the awareness of the symptoms of mouth cancer. It is the 10th annual walk so help us make this year's event the biggest yet. Online Registration is now open.

16 Sep 2017 [TBC] Great Gorilla Run, London Sat 10:30-12:30 Mincing Lane. 1000 runners in gorilla suits race 8km around the city for charity. Mincing Lane, Lower Thames St, south over Tower Bridge, west past HMS Belfast, north over London Bridge, south over Southwark Bridge, north over Blackfriars Bridge, Queen Victoria St, Cornhill, Mincing Lane. Video Map Great Gorilla Run


Weston Super Food Festival

16-17 Sep 2017
25-26 Nov 2017

Held at the Tropicana on Weston-super-Mare's seafront, this two day event hosts over 150 West Country based food and drink producers.

Cider and real ale bars, a Pimms and Prosecco bar, gourmet street food, a cookery demonstration theatre, Edible Garden, a live music marquee, Taste the World, Food For thought talks, green woodworking demos and so much more.

Children's attractions will include Food Fun kids'area, Tractor Ted, small animal experience, sand sculpture, street theatre and entertainment.

Indoors and outdoors. Free entry.

16-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] The Berkshire Show Sat-Sun Newbury Showground, M4, J13. Great British food and craft; top-flight equestrian showing classes, show jumping; countryside and vintage areas, military and sports zones; amazing floral displays in the horticulture tent; tug of war championships and to end both days, mass balloon ascent. About £18.

16-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Open House London Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00. It is a simple but powerful concept: in celebration of design excellence, 700 buildings of every conceivable type, shape and size will open their doors to Londoners completely for free. For one weekend in the year, Londoners come together exploring all corners of the Capital.

16-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Hastings Seafood & Wine FestivalSat-Sun 11:00-19:00 The Staide. Stalls with a huge variety of dishes including ostrich burgers, oysters, cuttlefish in a tomato sauce, barbecued wild local game and locally smoked fish. Local musicians and bands. Organised by Hastings Borough Council. Attendance 50,000 - possibly the biggest event of its kind in Europe.

16-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] 1940s Weekend 10:00-16:00 Sherringham, Norfolk. Widely felt to be one of the best events of its type in the country. Come in uniform or 1940s civilian dress to add to the atmosphere. Don't forget your gas mask and ration books. Hear the singing of American Tan, air raids, the Sheringham Salvation Army Band, Nostalgia Unlimited and gramophone music. Taste Wartime rations, tea, together with spam sandwiches, from the NAAFI. See Jitterbug dancers, re-enactment groups, a collection of 1940s vehicles and veteran and vintage bicycles. Feel the excitement, fear, hope and bravery of the blitz. Smell the golden age of steam.

16-24 Sep 2017 [TBC] London Design Festival 300+ events and activities across the city, showing the richness and depth of the design activity that takes place in and beyond the capital. To that we add a series of major events at the world's greatest design museum, the V&A, as well as our own high profile Landmark Projects in some of London's best loved landmarks.

17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Hinckley Classic Motorshow Sun 10:00 Hinckley Town Centre. 200 beautiful and carefully restored classic vehicles - last year saw cars, lorries, bikes, scooters and even a working steam engine, double-decker bus and 1916 tractor. Bring your classic car, bike, scooter or other interesting vehicle along. Free to enter & visit. Tel 01455 698494. Organised by the Hinckley Town Centre Partnership BID.

17 Sep 2017 [TBC] The London Duathlon Richmond Park. The worlds biggest run, bike, run event. Classic 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run which offers athletes moving up to longer distance racing the chance to test themselves in the safety of a closed-road environment. Provisional start times: 08:45 Ultra, 09:00 Sprint, 10:30-11:30 Classic & Classic Relay, 13:30 Super Sprint. Spectators

17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Tweed and Vintage Cycle Ride Sunday - Belfairs Woodland Centre, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend SS9 3SH. 14:00 Meet: Belfairs Woodland Centre.
15:30 Finish at Southchurch Park. Free event.

17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Farnborough Battle of Britain Parade Sun 10:00 Royal British Legion Guildford Road Farnborough and march off along Alexander Road to the North Camp Methodist Church in Lynchford Road.

20-21 Sep 2017 [TBC] Emergency Services Show  Halls 17, 18 and outside area, NEC Birmingham. Over 420 exhibitors and live demonstrations, plus seminars covering surveillance, social media, mobile communications and PPE.

20-23 Sep 2017 [TBC] The Little Big Peace Event, Streatham Mini-festival to mark the International Day of Peace. Learn practical skills to achieve peace in your own life, discover how people around the world are working for peace, and meet and connect with new people in your community. Free activities for all the family including music and performance arts.

22-23 Sep 2017 [TBC] Derby Festé Fri-Sat Live performance, music, dance, film and more. Saturday is street entertainment day.

22-25 Sep 2017 [TBC] Little Big GigFri-Mon, Caerthillian Farm, The Lizard, Cornwall TR12 7NX. Family festival celebrating Cornwall’s creative talent, in music, beer making and more. As well as the music on stage, festival goers are invited to share and explore their creative talents at various workshops and jamming sessions - you are welcome to bring your instruments and join in. A variety of workshops and activities including yoga, alternative therapies, dance, drumming, arts, crafts, pottery, thatching, green woodworking and wildlife walks making the event an extraordinary mix of Cornish culture. Workshops are open to all ticket holders. Gates open at 09:00. Day tickets about £20. Camping available. info@littlebiggig.co.uk

23 Sep 2017 [TBC] Burgess Hill Bonfire Held on the last Saturday in September. 19:30 Procession 1 Cyprus Road Car Park to Silverdale Road. 20:30 Procession 2 Silverdale Road, Station Road to Fairfield Road Recreation Ground. 21:45 Fireworks and Bonfire. Well supported by the Sussex Bonfire Societies. Thousands will line the streets. Programs on sale around the town. 01444 233017. Video Burgess Hill Bonfire 2016 Procession Fireworks Bonfire Burgess Hill Bonfire.

23 Sep 2017 [TBC] Malaysian Night Market Sat 12:00-22:00 Trafalgar Square, London. Stage entertainment from 17:00. Bustling Malaysian marketplace, offering ingredients such as sauces, spices and pastes for sale, will give Londoners the opportunity to recreate authentic tasting dishes at home. Sample dishes from top Malaysian restaurants, live cookery demonstrations from well-known chefs and live entertainment from singers, dancers and DJ. Free event.

23 Sep 2017 [TBC] Farnham Food Festival Sat 12:00-16:00 Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey. Castle Street will be transformed into a bustling food and drink market with live music and entertainment. There will be over eighty stalls offering a huge variety of different tempting products for visitors to taste and buy and eight exciting cookery demonstrations from local chefs. Free event.

23 Sep 2017 [TBC] Burnham Illuminated Carnival, Essax Sat 19:30 Illuminated procession with bands, floats, floodlit tableux, visiting carnival queens and walkers in fancy dress. Burnham on Crouch Carnival

23-24 Sep 2017 [TBC] North West Vintage Fair Organ & Steam Rally Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Victoria Park, Widnes. The largest free admission gathering of Vintage Fair Organs and Vintage machinery in the UK. Lovingly restored to the highest standards. Something for everyone, including falconry and a sheep show.

24 Sep 2017 [TBC] Chiswick House Gardens Dog Show Sun 10:30-15:45 on the cricket pitch - entrance via Staveley Road. Free dog show with 14 fun classes, new agility course and mini-course. Licensed bar, barbecue, face painting, cream teas and over 40 charity and retail stalls. A great day out for the whole family.

24 Sep 2017 [TBC] World Stone Skimming Championship Sun 12:00 Quarryside, Easdale Island, Oban, Argyll. Registration at Easdale Island Community Hall from 11:00. Pre-skim Party on the Saturday night before the event, in Easdale Island Community Hall - licensed bar, live music, children welcome.

Hastings Model Flying Club

23-24 Sep 2017 [TBC] Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Middle Bridge Flying Site (A259) between Bexhill and Pevensey. E Sussex. Some of the greatest pilots of remote controlled aircraft in Europe put on a truly amazing air show. You will see show display teams flying planes with wingspans of up to 20ft, and aircraft ranging from First World War Fighters, to today's modern day Euro Fighter typhoon jets, flying at speeds of over 200mph. Trade stands and attractions for everyone. The club own their own dedicated flying site. About £6. Tel.01424 446524. Video

29 Sep 2017 [TBC] Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning Friday. National fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.

29 Sep - 01 Oct 2017 [TBC] British Musical Fireworks Championships Fri-Sun 19:00-22:00 Kings Gardens, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1RX. Some of the UK's leading firework display companies competing for the title of British Musical Fireworks Champions. Billed as one of the most spectacular events in the country. Attendance 40,000. About £9. Tel: 01704 533333.

29 Sep - 01 Oct 2017 [TBC] Broadstairs Food Festival 10:00 Victoria Gardens and Promenade. 60 stalls plus local chefs and a team from Thanet College.

29-30 Sep 2017 [TBC] Rally Yorkshire Miles of North Yorkshire forest stages. More: www.rallyyorkshire.co.uk

30 Sep 2017 [TBC] Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Sat.14:00-16:00 Market stalls and live entertainment in the village. 19:30 Torch procession. 22:00 Lighting the beacon, bonfire and fireworks at the fair ground. 01892 852477. Video: 2013 Fireworks 2012 Procession Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Society

30 Sep 2017 [TBC] Eastbourne Bonfire Sat 19:30 Seafront torch procession from Fisherman's Green BN22 7AA. 20:30 Fireworks and beach bonfire. Supporting societies likely to include Mayfield, Rotherfield, Robertsbridge, Section 5, Battle, Rye, Burgess Hill, Uckfield,  Hastings, Waterloo, Commercial Square and Pentacle Drummers. Programmes available from the Tourist Information Centre in Cornfield Road. Tel 07793 557194. Video Eastbourne Bonfire

30 Sep 2017 [TBC] Ilminster Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:15. About twenty highly illuminated carts, dance groups, carnival walkers and music. Up to 25,000 line the streets. Map Video mitch4629@tiscali.co.uk Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Ilminster www.ilminstercarnival.co.uk

04-08 Oct 2017 [TBC] Nottingham Goose Fair Wed-Sun. Forest Recreation Ground just off Mansfield Road, 2 miles north of Nottingham City Centre. The Biggest traveling fair in Europe with 500 attractions including white knuckle rides, crafts marque, market stalls, and food. Attendance 500,000. Free admission.

05-06 Oct 2017 [TBC] Light Night Leeds Fri 18:00-23:00 Leeds City Centre. Spectacular large scale light projections, exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, theatre and street performances.


Swanage Blues Festival, Dorset

60 gigs, 30 bands and 15 indoor venues, many free. Acoustic and electric blues-based music, open mic, jam sessions, workshops, rural and urban blues.
Held twice a year in March and October. Organised by Steve Darrington

05-08 Oct 2017
01-04 Mar 2018 [TBC]


06-08 Oct 2017 [TBC] Weston Beach Race Fri-Sun. Beach Motocross. Every year Weston’s Beach undergoes a massive transformation. Giant mountains of sand are formed into a track of unbelievable difficulty. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.  See website for ticket information.

07 Oct 2017 [TBC] Chard Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:15 Tapstone Road, Old Town, Duck Lane, Crowshute Link, High Street, Fore Street, East Street, Victoria Avenue Roundabout. 08 Oct 2016 Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Gillingham Sat 19:15. Illuminated Procession (1 hour to pass by). 18:00 Judging at Brickfields Business Park, 18:45 Parade of bands, 19:15 Cavalcade Of Steam. Gillingham Illuminated Carnival

07 Oct 2017 [TBC] Northiam Bonfire 19:30 Procession from the bonfire field to the Muddy Duck and return. Bar on the bonfire field - entrance £1. 20:30 Bonfire and Fireworks. Bar, food music and amusements.

07 Oct 2017 [TBC] World Porridge Making Championship Saturday. A toast to the Porridge and the procession of judges and competitors set of to the village hall led by the Badenoch and Strathspey Pipe Band. Attractions might include the Carrbridge Challenge Fun Run, an aerobic warm up, the Cairngorms Farmers Market, product tastings, Porridge Bar, belly dancing, live music and street entertainment.08 Oct 2016 [TBC] Exmouth Iluminated Carnival Sat 19:30 start from Marine Way, Exeter Road, The Parade, past the Strand Gardens, Town Hall, Manor Gardens to fountain roundabout. There will be great entries, both single entries, small team floats and the huge displays, the quality is always fantastic. Exmouth is proud to have new entries every year.

07-08 Oct 2017 [TBC] British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival Sat-Sun. Marden, Near Tonbridge, Kent TN12 9BU. Extensive trade stands,  steam ploughing engines; vintage machinery, rural crafts, vintage tractors, agricultural engines, plus shire horses at work. Attendance 15,000. Different location every year.

07-15 Oct 2017 [TBC] Hastings Week 9 days of events including the 1066 Battle, Hastings Bonfire, ghost walks etc.

08 Oct 2017 [TBC] Royal Parks Half Marathon, London Sun 08:30 Warm up, 09:00 Race start from Hyde Park. Major half marathon, attracting 16,000 runners & 40,000 spectators. The route includes Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, St James’s Park, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Marble Arch, Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park. Food & Fitness Festival Hyde Park. Video Route Royal Parks Half Marathon

08 Oct 2017 [TBC] World Conker Championships, Northamtonshire Sun 10:30-15:30 Shuckburgh Arms, Southwick PE8 5BL. Spectator entrance about £4. Plenty to see and do beforehand so arrive in good time. About 350 competitors and 5,000 spectators. Conkers provided.

08 Oct 2017 [TBC] Brightona Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1EN. Custom Bike Show, Hot Rods and lots of trade stands. Bands on 3 stages. About £5 admission.

12-16 Oct 2017 [TBC] Lancaster Music Festival 300+ performances and 40+ locations. Local, regional, national and international acts ranging from folk to punk, electronica to blue grass, pop, indie, funk, rock, world, jazz and classical.

13 Oct 2017 [TBC] Wroutham Festival of Fusion and Light From 17:30 - Fusion Performance, lantern lights parade and firework finale.

14 Oct 2017 [TBC] Hastings Bonfire Sat 19:15 Spectacular Torch Procession from the pier. 21:00 Fireworks & Giant Beach Bonfire. Full facilities available - catering, toilets etc. The backdrop of Hastings Old Town makes this one of the more atmospheric Sussex Bonfires, with an attendance of 30,000. Video: 2012 Procession 2013 Fireworks  Hastings Borough Bonfire Society celebrations are just part of the amazing Hastings Week

14 Oct 2017 [TBC] Africa On The Square Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square, London London WC2N 5DN. 20,000 people, live music, DJs, dancing, talent show, African market, food stalls, a fashion show and lots of activities for kids. Organised by the Mayor of London. Free event.

14 Oct 2017 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Taunton Sat 19:00 (1 hour to pass by)

15 Oct 2017 [TBC] Diwali on the Square Sun 12:00 Trafalgar Square, London London WC2N 5DN. Asian music and dance performed by professional Zee TV artists, special guest stars, community groups, a children’s procession, stalls, displays and food. Free event. Diwali On The Square

15 Oct 2017 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Motocross Sun 12:00 Seafront. 250+ top riders on  machines ranging from 125cc to 500cc. Up to 70mph on a one mile course over jumps and hollows. 15,000 spectators watch the six half hour races. Fun fair, trade stalls and family entertainment. Video Free viewing.

18 Oct 2017 [TBC] Dartford Festival of Light 18:30-19:30 Lantern parade High Street. Probable climax with performances by Bloco Fogo Samba. More

18-19 Oct 2017 [TBC] The Showman's Show Newbury Showground. UK's original and most comprehensive exhibition of products, services and entertainments for the outdoor and special event world.

21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Fletching Bonfire Sat 16:30 Fancy dress competition, village hall. (19:00 Processions,) 21:45 Bonfire, Flame Balls.& Fireworks. Typical line-up: Fletching, Newick, Firle, Littlehampton, Lindfield, Uckfield, Burgess Hill & Band, Ewhurst & Staplecross, Chailey, Newhaven Band, Commercial Square, Eastbourne, Crowborough, South Street, Stix Drummers, East Hoathly, Borough, Maresfield, Five Ashes, Who the Devil are We, Hove Scout Band, Barcombe Scout Band, Rotherfield & Mark Cross, Waterloo, Neville, Hastings, Cliffe, Rye, Whatlington, Battle and Robertsbridge. 01825 760155 ~ 01273 476360. Video: Procession Bagpipes Fireworks Free event.

21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Nevill Bonfire Sat 18:30 First procession, Highdown Road, Lewes. 20:00 Second procession. 21:15 Fireworks - modest charge. Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society

21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Seaford Bonfire Sat 18:30 Procession - Claremont Road, Avondale Road, Broad Street and High Street. Free bonfire and firework display at the Martello Field. The event is being covered by Seahaven FM. The latest bonfire society to be re-established. Video: Seaford Bonfire 2016 More

21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Ninfield Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch procession from Coombe Lane, 20:00 Bonfire - field opposite Memorial Hall, 20:30 Fantastic Free firework display. Video: Procession Bonfire Fireworks Ninfield Bonfire Society

21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Hailsham Bonfire Sat 19:30-24:00. Torch procession, bonfire and fireworks. Held on the 3rd Saturday in October. Good attendance from the public. Procession route: Station Road, Bell Banks Road, Market Street, High Street (firecrackers), then Vicarage Lane, Vicarage Road, George Street and South Road. Grand firework display followed by the explosive destruction of a set piece.

21 Oct 2017 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Trowbridge. Sat 19:00

21 Oct 2017 [TBC] TNT Travel Show Sat 09:30-17:30 The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper street, Islington, London N1 0QH. The UK's biggest free travel show, with exclusive travel deals, top travel companies & inspirational travel seminars. Register

21 Oct 2017 National Apple Day Apple Day symbolizes living better with nature - the apple and the orchard are symbols of hope. They demonstrate how we can have our trees, bees, bats, butterflies, birds and badgers whilst growing good fruit to eat and drink. Find an event near you

21-22 Oct 2017 [TBC] Scottish Ploughing Championships Sat-Sun 09:30-14:00 Wester Greens, Lossiemouth, IV31 6RX. Horse ploughing, vintage ploughing, trade area, children's rides, vintage machinery displays. About £8.

21-22 Oct 2017 [TBC] British Rowing Championships National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham.

22 Oct 2017 [TBC] Abingdon Marathon Sun 09:00 Tilsley Park OX14 1PU. One thousand runners, and popular with spectators. Abingdon Marath

22 Oct 2017 [TBC] Great South Run Sun 10:30 Southsea Common. Flat 10 mile & 5km, voted the second most popular road race in the UK with 16,000 runners.  Very popular with spectators - catering facilities and free parking on Southsea Common. Junior runs take place the day before. Bupa Great Runs

22 Oct 2017 [TBC] London October Plenty Sun 12:00 Bankside, Southwark, outside Shakespeare's Globe. Ancient seasonal customs and theatre. See The Berry Man, decked with wild fruits and foliage, join the procession through the streets to the Borough Market to join in the Apple Day festivities with market stalls, conker fights, apple bobbing, music and song.

22 Oct 2017 [TBC] Titchfield Carnival & Bonfire Sunday. Processions 15:00 & 18:30 titchfieldcarnival@hotmail.co.uk Tel 07547 681585.

Newick Bonfire

28 Oct 2017 [TBC] Newick Bonfire Sat 19:30 Torch Processions, 20:30 Giant Bonfire & Superb Fireworks. Good pubs include The Bull and The Royal Oak. Free, but  please consider donating or helping - 01825 723233.

Newick Bonfire is so addictive - go once and you're hooked.

Video: Bonfire Bishop & Fireworks Late Procession

Newick Bonfire Society

28 Oct 2017 [TBC] Firle Bonfire 18:30 Torch Processions from The Ram Inn, West Firle. Most spectacular fireworks and set pieces. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in October. Video Firle Bonfire Society Free event - parking about £10.

28 Oct 2017 [TBC] Ewhurst and Staplecross Bonfire Sat 18:00 Judging of the fancy dress competition. 19:15 Torch Procession from the Cross Inn. 20:30 Giant Bonfire. 21:00 Fireworks. Hot dogs and refreshments. Entrance about £1. 01580 765764. Map

28 Oct 2017 [TBC] Littlehampton Bonfire 17:00-22:30 Town centre and seafront. Bonfire Societies, steam engines, illuminated floats and walking groups. 17:00 Childrens Procession. 19:45 Main Procession, Maltravers Road to Sea Road. 21:15 Bonfire, The Green, Sea Road. 21:30 Fireworks. 22:00 Return procession. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in October. Tel 01903 725149.

29 Oct 2017 End of British Summer Time - clocks go back 1 Hour



29 Oct 2017 The Moor’s Little Monster’s Halloween Party

Sun 11:00-17:00 The Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PA.

Celebrate Halloween in spooktacular style by joining us for our family-friendly fun day. Halloween themed fun from dances, music, funfair rides, Caged Mummy, Giant Frankenstein and lots more. It’s also a perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping.

Free event.


29 Oct 2017 [TBC] Emsworth Fireworks 18:00 Sailing Club, 55 Bath Road PO10 7ES. Hot dogs, candy floss, toffee apples, bar snacks.t

30 Oct 2017 [TBC] Liverpool Halloween Lantern Carnival 17:30-21:00 Sefton Park L17 1AP. 18:30 Fantastic 800 Lantern Parade from Aigburth boating lake. Over 150 weird and wonderful performers and ghosts of all shapes and sizes. Live music and fireworks. Attendance 15,000. Free event.

30 Oct 2017 [TBC] Halloween Events from The National Trust  For kids and big kids.

30 Oct 2017 [TBC] Halloween In London Night Of The Living Dead. Thousands of revelers in fancy dress take to the street as midnight approaches.

30 Oct 2017 [TBC] Seasonal Events in Salford

31 Oct 2017 [TBC] Bracknell Wassail 19:00-20:30 Lily Hill Park. Small traditional orchard wassail accompanied by music and a little tipple or two to celebrate and protect fruit trees and ensure a good harvest. Suitable for all. Bring cider or apple juice. Meet at the main car park in Lily Hill Road RG12 2RX. Video Bracknell Events (pdf file).

 Lewes Bonfire, Sussex.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Lewes Badge Night. 18:00 The Dorset and Cliffe High Street. Video

05 Nov 2017 [TBC] Lewes Bonfire

18:00 Barrel run, Cliffe High Street and first Torch Processions.
19:30 Torch Processions, High Street, over 30 Sussex Bonfire Societies.
21:00 Bonfires by the Lewes Societies ...
Cliffe Bonfire Society About £5 in advance. 
Commercial Square Bonfire Society Free.
Lewes Borough Bonfire Society. About £5.
Southover Bonfire Society About £5 in advance from The King’s Head.
South Street Bonfire Society About £5.
Waterloo Bonfire Society About £3.

NB - Lewes Bonfire is an uncompromising event. There will be large crowds packed into confined spaces, very noisy street pyrotechnics, and processions with open flame.

Video:Procession Procession 2 Waterloo Fireworks Commercial Square Fireworks

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London Firework Displays - All [TBC]

More Details

Thu 02 Nov 2017
Wimbledon Fireworks at Wimbledon Park £

Fri 03 Nov 2017
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival £ (04-05 Nov)
Bishop’s Park Fireworks £
East Village Fireworks at Victory Park
High Elms Golf Course Fireworks
Kingston upon Thames Round Table and Rotary Club Fireworks at Kingsmeadow Stadium £
Totteridge Millhillians Cricket Club Fireworks £
Waltham Forest Fireworks

Sat 04 Nov 2017
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival £ (04-05 Nov)
Morden Fireworks at Morden Park £
Barnes Bonfire Night at Barnes Sports Club
Battersea Park Fireworks £
Beckenham Fireworks at Croydon Road Recreation Ground
Blackheath Fireworks Free
Chislehurst Rotary Fireworks £
Crystal Palace Fireworks at Crystal Palace Park £
Ealing Cricket Club Fireworks £
Guy Fawkes Night at Wanstead Flats Free
Hackney Firework Pyromusical at Clissold Park £
Harrow Fireworks Display at Byron Recreation Ground £
Kempton Fireworks at Kempton Park Racecourse
Southwark's Fireworks Night at Southwark Park Free
Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks at the Royal Gunpowder Mills (05-06 Nov)

Sun 05 Nov 2017
Allianz Park Fireworks
Brent Fireworks Night at Wembley Park
Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks at the Royal Gunpowder Mills (05-06 Nov)
Richmond Annual Family Fireworks at Richmond Athletic Ground £

Danson Park Fireworks £
Ravenscourt Park Fireworks £

Manchester Firework Displays 2017

28 Oct 2017 [TBC] Debdale Park Sat 19:30 Free event
29 Oct 2017 [TBC] Brookdale Park Sun19:30 Free event
30 Oct 2017 [TBC] Etihad Stadium Manchester Mon 19:30 Free event
31 Oct 2017 [TBC] Cringle Park Tue 19:30 Free event
01 Nov 2017 [TBC] Crumpsall Wed 19:30 Free event
04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Heaton Park Sat 19:30 Free event
04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Platt Fields Park Sat 19:30 Free event
04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Wythenshawe Park Sat 19:30 Free event

Merseyside Firework Displays - All [TBC]

04 Nov 2017 Sefton Park, Liverpool. 19:30 Fireworks set to music. Free event.
04 Nov 2017 Newsham Park, Liverpool. 19:30 Fireworks set to music. Free event.
04 Nov 2017 Sherdley Park, St Helens. 19:00 Childrens display. 20:00 Main display. Funfair from 18:00. 
04 Nov 2017 Lingham Park, Upton. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
04 Nov 2017 Upton Park, Moreton. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
04 Nov 2017 Woodchurch Leisure Centre. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
04 Nov 2017 Birkenhead Park. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event. 
04 Nov 2017 Central Park, Wallasey. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
04 Nov 2017 Mersey Park, Tranmere. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.s
04 Nov 2017 Mayer Park, Bebington. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
04 Nov 2017 Leasowe Adventure Playground. 18:30 Fireworks & Bonfire. Free event.
04 Nov 2017 Halton 19:30. Fireworks. Attendance 60,000. Free event.

Free council firework displays are planned to begin at 18:30 on The 5th: For more information, call 0151-666 3188.


03 Nov 2017 Yorkshire's Biggest Firework Spectacular

Fri 17:30-22:00 Don Valley Grass Bowl, next to Sheffield Arena S9 2DF.

After Dark will be hosting Hallam FM and Big John Live, giant bonfire, a funfair, food stalls. Bonfire l19:30, Fireworks to music 21:00. 20,000 spectators.

See website for tickets.

03 Nov 2017 [TBC] Meadowhead Mega Bonfire Fri 18:00-22:00 Sheffield Transport Sports Club, Greenhill Main Rd, Sheffield S8 7RH. Big fenced bonfire, fireworks, funfair, hot food and drink, beer, disco and children's face-painting, Punch and Judy etc. Tel 0114 237 4492. Free event.

03 Nov 2017 [TBC] Big Boom - Norwich Castle FireworksFri 19:30 Norwich town centre. Spectacular 12 minute firework display organised by Norwich Council - no ticket required - just turn up. Free event.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Regent Street Motor Show Sat 10:30-16:00 Regent Street, London. A showcase of 125 years of motoring including veteran, vintage, classic, and modern-day cars. Something for everyone with lots of things to see and do including interactive displays and entertainment throughout the day. A family friendly environment with the Street pedestrianised from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus. Free event.

?? Nov 2017 [TBC] UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships Saturday evening, Green Man Pub, 1 Poultry, The City, London, EC2R 8EJ. Entrants do battle in a knock-out tournament. Spectators welcome.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Carlisle Fireshow Sat 18:30-20:00 Bitts Park. Entertainment, fireshow, bonfire, and fireworks. More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the City Council event. Free event.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Oldham’s Big Bang! 17:00-20:00 Oldham Edge OL1 1NL. Family friendly Bonfire. Funfair, food stalls. Fireworks 19:00. Free event.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Brockham Bonfire The biggest bonfire night firework display in the UK - 4 tons of fireworks, costing £50,000 pounds. Attendance 20,000. 14:00 Children's fancy dress, Brockham Village Hall, 16:30 Car parks open, 17:30 Brockham Lane closed to all traffic, 18:15 Procession leaves the Green and heads north and then south, 19:45 Twenty-five foot high sculptured bonfire, 20:15 Fireworks, 21:15 Raffle Draw, 22:45 Pig Auction, 23:00 Re-opens to traffic Free event, but parking charges. Video Brockham Bonfire  2015 Video

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Slough Fireworks & Bonfire Sat 19:45 Upton Court Park. Gates open 17:30. Refreshments and a large fun fair. About £6.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Manchester Christmas Lights & Fireworks Sat 18:45 Albert Square. Free celebrations for the festive season. Live music, entertainment, family fun and spectacular fireworks.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Winchester Bonfire and Fireworks Sat 18:00 Entertainment on the Broadway outside the Guildhall. 18:00 Torch Procession - Broadway, High Street, Jewry Street, River Park. 19:15 Bonfire at River Park. 19:45 Fireworks. Free event.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Bexleyheath Fireworks 20:00 Fireworks, Danson Park. 18:00-21:30 Funfair, refreshments, live band and beer tent. About £10 on the gate, £6 in advance.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Blackheath Fireworks, London 20:00. South London’s biggest and best free firework displays. Attendance 100,000.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair 17:30 for 19:30 at Hook Road Arena

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Bridgwater Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:00-22:00 Illuminated Parade of 140 massive carts - each can be up to 100 ft long, with 30,000 light bulbs. Stand with 150,000 people. Feel the heat of a million light bulbs passing in the night chill and feel the throb of the huge generators. Bridgwater is probably the biggest of it's kind in the world. 22:45 Squibbing In The High Street Map Bridgwater Carnival Free event.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular Part of Light Up Lancaster, a festival of illuminations, art, music and fireworks.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Oxford Round Table Fireworks & Bonfire Saturday. South Park, Morrell Avenue. Gates open 16:30. Fireworks 18:45, followed by a huge bonfire. Catering village, Jack FM music stage. About £6.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Chiddingfold Bonfire 19:00 Procession, St Mary’s School to village green, 19:30 bonfire, 20:00 fireworks.

04-05 Nov 2017 [TBC] Skegness Beach Race Sat-Sun. Motorcycle & Quad racing. Circuit includes impressive mounds, jumps, waves, hoops, chicanes and fast natural sandy straights. Saturday: Kids, quads and sidecars. Sunday: Adult solo class. Attendence 20,000. Free event.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] UK Beatbox Championships Saturday. Clapham Grand,  21 St John's Hill Clapham Junction London SW11 1TT. Vocal percussion of drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using mouth, lips, tongue and voice. Performers throughout the UK keen to show off their vocal skills.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Free Firework Spectacular on Poole Quay Poole Quay BH15 1HJ. The largest free firework event in Dorset. 17:00 Free Party with live music and street entertainers. 20:00 Fireworks over Poole Harbour.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Lindfield Bonfire 18:30 Fancy Dress Competition, 19:30 Torchlight Procession Form up – Pondcroft Road, Black Hill, The Witch, Hickmans Lane, High Street & onto the Common, 20:00 Lighting of the Bonfire & Bonfire Prayer, 20:15 Grand Firework Display.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Guildford Firework Fiesta 19:45 procession from High Street. 20:30 Fireworks at Stoke Park. Free event.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Ottery St Mary Tar Barrel Rolling 16:00 till Midnight.  Thousands gather to watch flaming tar barrels carried through the streets. An enormous barrel is carried at Midnight, and there is a 10mtr bonfire, a funfair and other attractions.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Sticklepath Fireshow, Devon 19:30 Finch Foundry Field. Themed fire show with puppets, costumes, music and fireworks. About £7.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Birmingham Firework Spectacular 20:00 Pype Hayes Park, Erdington B24 0HG. Free admission. Giant funfair, entertainment and food. Gates open 17:00. Tel 0121 303 3008.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] After Dark, Sheffield Yorkshire's biggest firework spectacular, held at the Don Valley Grass Bowl, Sheffield S9 3TL. 17:30 Opening, 19:30 Bonfire, 21:00 Fireworks set off to music. 20,000 spectators. Giant fun fair, food stalls, Heart’s live music stage. Adults £10, children £5, under 3’s free. Tickets: 0114 256 5656.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Battle Bonfire Torch procession, bonfire and fireworks from the famous Sussex bonfire season.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Cuckfield Bonfire 18:45 Bonfire, 19:30 Fireworks to music with the Bright FM roadshow. Hot food. About £7.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC]  Edenbridge Bonfire, Kent Sat 18:30 Torch procession from Fircroft Way and includes High Street TN8 5AJ. Marching bands and floats. 20:30 Bonfire with celebrity guy and fireworks at Lingfield Road recreation ground. Attendance 20,000. About £7. Tel 01732 863120. More

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Runga Rung Sat 18:00 Stoke On Trent. Starting from the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Parade Route: Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Piccadilly, Fountain Square, Upper Market Square, Tontine Street, Hanley Town Hall. Dynamic street parade with its own unique soundtracks on mobile stages, amazing pyrotechnic performers, Bollywood dancers on a mobile movie screen, a mechanical elephant and incredible Human Catherine Wheel. Rousing finale with evocative lighting and breath taking pyrotechnic effects.

04 Nov 2017 [TBC] Sparks In The Park, Cardiff Sat 16:30-20:00 Coopers Field. The largest regular annual fireworks event in Wales and one of the largest in the UK. Amazing display of pyrotechnics, a beast of a bonfire, funfair, Capital FM, food stalls, beer tent and jumbo screen. Gates open 16:30, Childrens Fireworks Display 17:45, Bonfire 18:15, Fireworks 19:00 (display lasts approx 30 minutes). About £7.50.

05 Nov 2017 [TBC] West London Radio & Electronics Show Sun 10:00 Kempton Park racecourse, Sunbury on Thames. Amateur radio, computing, test equipment, components etc. Nominal entrance fee. West London Radio & Electronics Show

05 Nov 2017 [TBC] London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Annual event held on the first Sunday in November. 531 pre 1905 cars leave Hyde Park in groups of 2, between sunrise, 07:01 and 08:30. The older cars leave first. At the official coffee stop at Crawley, the first car arrives at about 09:10. They arrive at Brighton sea front from 10:40 onwards and closing time is 16:30. See also the Preview, Regent Street, London on the day before 11:00-15:00. LBVCR International Concours - 100 of the best examples of late 19th and early 20th Century motoring history. 500,000 expected to line the route. Video London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

05 Nov 2017 [TBC] John Nike Ski Slope Fireworks Sun 19:30 John Nike Leisuresport Complex, John Nike Way, Bracknell RG12 8TN. Tel: 01344 789000. Free event.

06 Nov 2017 [TBC] Burnham on Sea Illuminated Carnival Mon 19:30. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs. This is a Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Burnham on Sea Carnival

09 Nov 2017 [TBC] Gunwharf Quays Firework Display, Portsmouth Thu 18:00 Evening entertainment and fireworks with musical soundtrack. The stores will be open until 21:00. Video1 Video2 Gunwharf Quays Fireworks

10 Nov 2017 [TBC] Weston Super Mare Illuminated Carnival Fri 19:15. Three hour parade, Locking Road car park, Regent Street, Beach Road, Clarence Road N, Walliscote Road, Station Road & back to start. Up to 140 carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. Each cart can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be 100ft long. www.northsomersetcarnival.co.uk www.somersetcarnivals.co.uk

11 Nov 2017 [TBC] East Hoathly Bonfire Sat 19:00-21:30 Giant Torch-lit Processions, 21:40 Amazing fireworks & huge themed bonfire. Pubs: The Foresters Arms in South Street & The Kings Head in High Street. Please park with care. A small torch is useful here. Video: Procession Fireworks Skull Drummery. Map Free event.

11 Nov 2017 [TBC] Chailey Bonfire Sat 18:00 Torch procession, Mill Lane to village hall. 19:15 Fireworks, 20:00 Music and refreshments.

11 Nov 2017 [TBC] Shoreham Bonfire 18:15 Torch procession from Beach green, 19:00 beach bonfire and professional firework display.

11 Nov 2017 [TBC] Rye Bonfire Sat 19:50 Torch procession from Tilling Green. 20:30 Bonfire on Rye Salts. 20:45 Fireworks. Route: Ferry Road, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, Landgate Arch, Hilders Cliff, High Street, The Mint, Wish Ward, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, Landgate, Bedford Place, Rye Salts.

11 Nov 2017 [TBC] South Heighton Bonfire Sat 18:30 Torch procession from the Flying Fish in Denton, 20:00 Bonfire & fireworks on South Heighton playing fields. Family friendly event from a recently formed Bonfire Society, which has quickly grown to over a hundred members. Give them your support: Chaiman: Roger Clayton 01273 515045. Secretary: Clare Dickins 01273 516422 bonfire@southheighton.com

11 Nov 2017 [TBC] North-Petherton Illuminated Carnival 19:00, A38 Beggers Brook, into town and out towards Bridgwater. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Route Somerset & Wessex Illuminated Carnivals

10 Nov 2017 - 07 Jan 2018 [TBC] Southbank Centre Winter Market, London Wooden chalets filled with festive food, drinks, gifts and treats for all. 

11 Nov 2017 [TBC] Lord Mayor's Show, London Sat 11:00-18:00. The show starts early with the River Pageant, then the magnificent Lord Mayor's Procession with 6100 participants, 2000 military personnel, 250 horses, 235 motor vehicles, 65 floats, 20 marching bands, 22 carriages and the glorious State Coach sets off from Mansion House at 11:00. Huge Firework Display on the river at 17:15 from the river between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. Lord Mayors Show

11-12 Nov 2017 [TBC] N22 Open Studios Sat-Sun 12:00-18:00 The Chocolate Factory, Clarendon Rd, Wood Green, London N22 6XJ. 020 8365 7500. Eclectic event with over 100 artists offering an amazing array of contemporary art and design from painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, film-makers and designer-makers. Discover and purchase affordable art and contemporary design, commission a piece or get your portrait painted. Free entrance.

15 Nov 2017 [TBC] Shepton Mallet Carnival Wed 19:30. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs..Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Video

16 Nov 2017 [TBC] Plymouth Christmas Lights Thu 16:00-20:00 The Piazza, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2AR. Features a top celebrity and family entertainment on a large stage. Confetti cannons fired when the lights go on. 17 Nov 2016 Salisbury Christmas Lights Thu 18:00-20:00 Guildhall Square. Annual free family event with live music, entertainment, fireworks and Father Christmas. 01722 342860.

16-19 Nov 2017 Lumiere Durham Light, sculpture and giant installations waiting to be discovered. The event, by Artichoke is the biggest of it's kind in the UK.

17 Nov 2017 [TBC] Wells  Illuminated Carnival Fri 19:30. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs. Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Somerset Carnivals

17 Nov 2017 [TBC] Eastbourne Boho Winter Light Festival 16:00-21:00 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3NX.. children's lantern procession with sculptures, music, stalls, carol singing, entertainment, crafts, festive food,  traditional children's fairground and grotto. Procession organised by SameSky, Brighton.

18 Nov 2017 [TBC] Robertsbridge Bonfire Sat 19:00 Torch processions in the High Street. High quality and atmospheric Sussex Bonfire, supported by about 20 Sussex Bonfire Societies. 20:00 Exceptional bonfire and fireworks. Parking available in the A21 lay-by - a small torch is useful here. Video: Procession Fireworks Video 2013: Procession Fireworks Robertsbridge Bonfire Society

18 Nov 2017 [TBC] Glastonbury Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:00. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs. Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. One of the three biggest illuminated Guy Fawkes carnivals in the world. Described as the "Mardi Gras" of the Mendips.  Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can each have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Glastonbury Carnival

18 Nov 2017 [TBC] Barcombe Bonfire Saturday. Supported by Lewes and many of the Sussex Bonfire Societies. Processions from the Royal Oak. Bonfire and fireworks - all amazing and all free. Programme available via the website. Video: Procession Bonfire Bishop Firesite  Fireworks Barcombe Bonfire

18 Nov 2017 [TBC] St Austell Torchlight Carnival Sat 18:00 Torchlight procession, from John Keay House. Lanterns, samba bands, jazz bands, cheer leaders, pirates, highwaymen, music, dance and lights. Music and stalls in the town from 10:00. More18-19 Nov 2017 [TBC] Front Room - Totterdown Art Trail, Bristol Sat-Sun. Bristol’s original arts trail - 180 artists, 60 venues and 5,000 visitors. Front Rooms, basements and gardens are transformed into mini galleries where artists and visitors can enjoy, discuss and purchase arts. Totterdown is close to Temple Meads station and offers a good variety of participating pubs and restaurants. Free event.

18-19 Nov 2017 [TBC] The Streets, London  An artistic programme of music and performance around London, using the communal space of the high street as its stage.

Bullfish Charity Fayres

Charity Fayres in the Bristol and South Gloucester areas. Branded goods, handmade crafts and children's activities. Therapies may include Reiki, reflexology, massage, nail art and beauty treatments. Entrance by donation.

18 Nov 2017 Christmas Craft & Therapy Fayre 10:30-15:30 Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury.


17 Nov 2017 - 01 Jan 2018 [TBC] Winter Wonderland 10:00-22:00 Hyde Park, London. Ice Rink, Circus, Giant Wheel & Rides, Santa Land and Christmas Market.

17 Nov 2017 - 01 Jan 2018 [TBC] Royal Tunbridge Wells at Christmas Christmas outdoor ice skating rink, Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge. Visit Father Christmas in his traditional Christmas log cabin overlooking the ice rink. See link for skating prices and hire of skating boots. Tickets office 01892 554645.


19 Nov 2017 The Moor’s Christmas Party & Lights

Sun 12.30-16:30 The Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PA.

Yellow Bus Events bringing festive cheer with real reindeer, live Nativity, snow machines, traditional music, Father Christmas, giant walkabout snowman, funfair rides, giveaways and loads more seasonal delights.
Come down and join us when we turn on the lights on the giant Christmas tree.

Free event.

19 Nov 2017 [TBC] World Water Day - Water Aid 2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation.

24 Nov 2017 [TBC] Devizes Lantern Procession & Fireworks Fri 12:00-20:30 Market Place & Corn Exchange. Craft and Gift Fair in the Corn Exchange, and an open air market in the Market Place. Food and Drink. 17:00 School choirs singing carols in The Brittox. 17:00-20:00 Street performers & fire jugglers. Giant Lantern Procession & Fireworks 2000 participants and 700 lanterns, sets off from High Street at 18:00 and stops off at The Wharf, where Santas’s Grotto is located, and brings him back to the Market Place to switch on the lights at 18:45 from the balcony of The Bear Hotel. Video: Parade Fireworks Fire Jugglers Lantern Line: 01380 723099. Tourist Information Centre: 01380 734669. Devizes Christmas Festival

24 Nov 2017 [TBC] Light Up Hassocks Fri 15:30-16:30 Town Centre. Beautiful lantern parade in the heart of Hassocks Town Centre. Windmills Primary School and Hassocks Infants have made their own lanterns and want to share them with the whole town so come and check it out. Organised by Same Sky, Brighton.

24-26 Nov 2017 [TBC] Oxford Christmas Light Festival Multiple events - many free, including a super lantern procession on Friday evening.  Oxford Lantern Procession

25 Nov 2017 [TBC] Hawkhurst Bonfire Hawkhurst Gang Bonfire Society event, held in the traditional style of Sussex bonfire, with over 20 visiting bonfire societies. The evening starts with a gathering of visiting bonfire societies and drummers in the village, then a huge 1/4 mile long flaming and fiery procession makes its way through the streets of Hawkhurst, Kent, culminating in a bonfire and spectacular fireworks display. 18:00 Gates to the site open. 19:00 Procession from Highgate Hill to The Moor where the beacon will be lit. The fire site is at King George V Field. As always traditional Hog Roast will be available. Fire-site Tickets about £4.50.

25 Nov 2017 [TBC] South Brent Illuminated Carnival, Devon Sat 18:15. Processions on the last Saturday in June and November.

25 Nov 2017 [TBC] Slough Christmas Lights 18:00 Thursday, Town Square, High Street, Slough SL1 1DH. Dancers, entertainment, lights.

25 Nov 2017 [TBC] Calne Winter Festival & Lantern Parade Sat 14:00 Town centre. 16:30 Lantern Parade from Bremhill View social club to town centre. Christmas lights switch on, fun fair, food and drink, street stalls, live music and entertainment on the main stage, children's fun and games, interactive theatrical experience in the grounds of Marden House. 18:00 Poss fireworks. The Calne Community go Lantern Crazy, with crowds of 10,000 lining the streets and walking in the parade. Info line: 01249 814000. Caln Winter Festival & Lantern Parade

25 Nov 2017 [TBC] Godalming Christmas Festival & Lights 10:00-18:00 The Pepperpot. Live music all day. 17:00 Lights switch on. 17:15 Carols.

26 Nov 2017 [TBC] Wokingham Winter Carnival Sun 11:00-17:30. 90 food, craft and charity stalls, children's rides, free entertainment including a magic show, comedy jugglers, clowns, Punch & Judy, Santa's Grotto and live music on the Market Place stage. 16:00 Carnival Procession from Shute End car park - decorated floats, bands, costumed walkers and lanterns. Video: Bagpipes Procession Morris Dancing Wokingham Winter Carnival

26 Nov 2017 [TBC] Bracknell Christmas Lights Sunday afternoon live entertainment in Charles Square. 16:30 Christmas lights switch-on in Princess Square. More Fireworks Video Free event.

29 Nov 2017 - 02 Jan 2018 [TBC] London Bridge City Christmas Market10:00-20:00 More London Riverside, Hay's Galleria, London bridge City Pier. German-style wooden chalets and over 100 stalls featuring exciting and independent traders, food vendors and festive activities. 

30 Nov 2017 [TBC] Winchester Lantern Procession Fri 18:00-20:00 Lantern procession around the Cathedral grounds, live music, fireworks and Christmas market.

30 Nov - 07 Dec 2017 [TBC] Norfolk Christmas Tree Festival Fakenham Parish Church NR21 9DY. 85 decorated trees in a Grade 1 listed Church. Refreshments, Christmas market, lunches and teas. 01328 862268. Free Entrance. Attendance 25,000 over the week, raising money for charity.

01 Dec 2017 [TBC] Henley Christmas Festival Fri 17:00-21:00 Town Centre. Annual Christmas Festival in Henley Town Centre with a lantern procession, market, fairground rides, carol singing, Father Christmas in his grotto and the switching-on of the lights on the large Christmas tree. The event is organised by Henley Town Council. Henley Christmas Festival

01 Dec 2017 [TBC] Midhurst Christmas Street Party Fri 18:00-22:00 Market Square, Midhurst. Free evening of festive fun for Midhurst residents, particularly younger children. Street performance, Punch & Judy, free children's rides, carol singers, live bands, street vendors selling roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and toffee apples, illuminated Christmas tree, Christmas lights and local radio station Spirit FM.

02 Dec 2017 [TBC] Rottingdean Smugglers Night

17:30-21:00 A night of fire, noise, drumming, costume, fireworks and Christmas fayre. Torch procession & fireworks, supported by South Heighton Bonfire Society.

17:30 Torches, flares and Chinese crackers at the Black Horse Inn.
18:00 Fire Spinning, Street Fireworks and Drumming at the village green.
19:00 Fire torch procession to the War Memorial.
19:30 Drum salute and street fireworks at the War Memorial.
19:40 Drumming, fire torches, bands & smugglers at The Plough Inn.
20:30 Beach Fireworks.

Free event.

Sussex Bonfire Rottingdean Smugglers Video: Procession Fireworks The Smugglers Song

02 Dec 2017 [TBC] Mevagissey Christmas Lights Sat 17:00 Lantern Procession from Willow car park. Lanterns available to carry in the procession. Judging of the best hat competition. Carol singing in St George's Square. 18:00 Lights switch-on at the Quay. Mulled wine & mince pies. Music by The Blue Angels and the St. Austell band.

02-03 Dec 2017 [TBC] Rochester Dickensian Christmas Sat-Sun High Street & Bolney Hill. Street entertainment, readings, song and dance, stalls, Christmas carols, and familiar characters from Dickens stories. 11:00 Seven Poor Travelers’ Procession Led by The Right Royal Revels from outside The Guildhall Museum, High Street to The Six Poor Travellers’ House. 12:00 Main Parade of costumed characters from High Street to the Boley Hill Stage. 16:45 Candlelit Parade from High Street to Boley Hill, to join the carol concert on the open-air stage.
03 Dec 2017 [TBC] Reading Toy Run Sun 13:00 Foster Wheeler (Formerly Shire Hall) to Wokingham Barnardo's. Annual motorcycle run in which 2000 Christian Bikers in fancy dress deliver new toys for children in Barnardo's care. Video Video2 Reading Toy Run

03 Dec 2017 [TBC] Leamington Spa Lantern Procession 18:00 Royal Pump Rooms Gardens Bandstand. The procession will be accompanied by a local band and finish with Christmas carols around the Tree of Lights at the Town Hall. Free event.

07 Dec 2017 [TBC] Poole Festivities & Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Falkland Square, Poole, BH15 1AB.Join local school children for a seasonal lantern procession through the High Street followed by carols and mince pies at the historic Guildhall.

07 & 14 Dec 2017 [TBC] Winter Watch Parades, Chester 19:00 Eastgate Clock, St Werburgh Street, Northgate Street, Bridge Street & Eastgate Street. Samba bands, dragons and a spectacular fire breathing finale, with the Chester re-enactment group joining the Chester Watch and a group of giant skeletons. Free event.

09 Dec 2017 [TBC] Maidenhead Lantern Procession Sat 17:00 Procession around town, from the Town Hall. 17:45 - 18:15 Maidenhead Concert Band. Lively parade of glowing lanterns and drummers on a journey through the town. The parade will culminate in a celebratory concert led by Maidenhead Concert Band. See "Burning The Clocks" in Brighton on Dec 21st, another event by Same Sky Video Maidenhead Lantern Parade

10 Dec 2017 [TBC] Jersey Battle Of Flowers Christmas Parade Sun 16:45-18:00 The Esplanade, St. Helier. Floodlit floats, music and dance. Jersey Tourism 01534 448877.

10 Dec 2017 [TBC] Newbury Lantern Procession Sun 16:00-18:00 Northbrook Street to Market Place. Live music, a real community atmosphere and a glittering finale, the winter lantern procession has fast become a Christmas tradition in Newbury. Suitable for all ages. Free event.

14 Dec 2017 [TBC] Lincoln Lantern Procession Thu 18:00-19:30 Cornhill & Steep Hill. Children from Westgate Academy will participate in the lantern procession carrying orange paper lanterns. The procession will arrive in Castle Hill at 18:30 for a nativity and carol service. Shops will open for late night shopping.

16 Dec 2017 [TBC] St Ives Lantern Parade, Cornwall Sat 18:00 Barnoon Hill, Lifeboat Hill and along the Wharf.

17 Dec 2017 [TBC] Chase the Pudding Santa Dash Sun 11:00-13:00 Weymouth Beach, Dorset DT4 7AN. Hundreds of Santas chase the lonely Christmas pudding down the beach. Festive charity event supporting the British Heart Foundation. Come along in fancy dress. Purchase suits at www.bustinskin.com Cash prize for the winner.

17 Dec 2017 [TBC] Alnwick Lantern Parade 17:15-18:30 Alnwick Garden and through the town.
21 Dec 2017 [TBC] Burning The Clocks, Brighton Wed 18:30-20:30 New Road to Madeira Drive. The Illuminated Lantern Procession, with 1,500 participants, makes its way through North Street, Ship Street, East Street, onto the seafront and along to Madeira Drive. The fireshow will take place on the beach with viewing from Madeira Drive and the Upper Terrace on Marine Parade. The finale will contain loud music and pyrotechnics. Video Procession Fireworks Burning The Clocks is organized by Same Sky, and has an attendance of 20,000. Free event.

21 Dec 2016 [TBC] Christmas Lantern Procession 18:00 followed by carol singing around the Christmas tree in the Market Place. Great Yarmouth Events

21 Dec 2016 Winter Solstice, Stonehenge English Heritage welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Sunrise is just after 8am and visitors will be able to access the monument as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. Possible small gatherings at Avebury, Glastonbury Tor etc.

21 Dec 2017 [TBC] River of Light, Caerphilly 18:30 Town Centre to the castle. Lantern parade with samba drummers, street bands and dancers. Spectacular firework finale.

SEASONAL SWIMS - 25 Dec 2017 [TBC]

Hunstanton 11:00 Promenade. Hundreds of madcap swimmers in fancy dress, watched by crowds of thousands on the beach. 01485 532610
Porthcawl 11:45 Hi-Tide Inn. 900 swimmers, watched by crowds on the beach. Porthcawl Coastguards fire a maroon to signal the start.
Hyde Park London 09:00 Near the Lido. Traditional 100 yard swim by the Serpentine Swimming Club. Members only, but spectators welcome.
Lowestoft 10:00 Hatfield Hotel.,200 swimmers, watched by crowds of thousands on the beach.
Brighton [TBC] 11:00. About 30 intrepid swimmers, and 3,000 spectators.
Weymouth 11:00 Brewers Quay. 250 swimmers. Popular Lions Club fundraising event.
Exmouth 11:00 Near the Clock Tower. Thousands of swimmers, many in fancy dress.
Southwold 10:30 Gun Hill Beach, Suffolk
Sennen Cove, Cornwall 11:00. Several hundred swimmers.

26 Dec 2017 [TBC] Windlesham Pram Race At 10:30 over 100 teams race through the village, raising money for charity. The annual Boxing Day 3.3 mile fun run stops at all the local pubs, and is very popular with competitors and spectators alike. Video: 2010 2011 2012 2013 Windlesham Pram Race 26 Dec 2016 Pagham Pram Race 11:00 Boxing Day, whatever the weather. The oldest continuing pram race in the world, stopping at local pubs, and raising money for charity. 80 competitors expected. 3 mile course via The Bear Inn, Pagham Beach Cafe and finish at The Lamb Inn. info@paghampramrace.com

Edinburgh New Year

30 Dec 2017 [TBC] Torchlight Procession. Official start of the spectacular Edinburgh Hogmanay events. 19:00 Procession from George IV Bridge to Calton Hill. 35,000 participants and spectators, Vikings, massed pipes & drums and thousands of torch carriers. Fireworks at 20:15. Free event.

31 Dec 2017 [TBC] Hourly firework displays 21:00-24:00, Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill. At midnight, the world’s biggest rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Free event.

31 Dec 2017 [TBC] In addition, ticketed events include a concert, street party and Keilidh.

31 Dec 2017 New Year's Eve Fireworks, London Spectacular Midnight fireworks at the London Eye. Live DJs with music from 22:00 until 00:45. £10 advance tickets, limited to 100,000 people, but free viewing is possible from the surrounding area. Video: Dancing Revelers Fireworks Auld Lang Syne  New Year's Eve Fireworks, London 

31 Dec 2017 [TBC] Cardiff New Year's Eve Fireworks. Cathays Park Midnight. Live music, mulled wine. christmasincardiff.com

31 Dec 2017 [TBC] Manchester New Year's Eve Fireworks. City-centre, best viewed from the Exchange Square.

31 Dec 2017 [TBC] New Year's Eve, Newcastle 16:00 Music and carnival performance around Greys Monument. 17:15 New Winter Carnival Parade, Greys Monument to Newcastle Quayside. 18:00 Early Fireworks over the river. 24:00 New-Year Fireworks over the river.

31 Dec 2017 [TBC] Weymouth New Years Eve Town Centre and harbour. Free fancy dress party with 20,000 revelers. Tourist Information Centre 01305 785747.

31 Dec 2017 [TBC] Fireball Procession, Stonehaven Midnight, High Street, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Spectacular and unique display involving 60 fireballs. Each fireball is a round cage of wire netting about two feet in circumference packed with paraffin soaked rags and coal and swung around on a wire rope. Video Free event.

31 Dec 2017 [TBC] St Ives New Year's Eve Fireworks, Cornwall Harbour area - revelers in fancy dress. At midnight everyone overspills onto the beach for the fireworks. The streets of St. Ives are closed for traffic at the bottom of Tregenna Hill.

31 Dec 2017 [TBC] Nos Galan Races 16:30-20:30 Mountain Ash, Cynon Valley, South Wales. 5km route around the town. More than 1,000 runners take part, with competitions for boys and girls, a fun run for adults and an elite race. Each year a famous mystery sports personality takes part. 18:45 Fireworks. 19:00 Elite Race, 19:30 Fun Race.

01 Jan Public Holiday - New Year's Day Holiday

01 Jan 2018 New Years Day Parade, London 12:00 Parade from Piccadilly, past Trafalgar Square, to finish at 15:30 on Parliament Street. 8,500 performers, marching bands, classic cars, balloons, cheerleaders, clowns, steel bands and 500,000 spectators. Video New Years Parade

01 Jan 2018 Hyde Park Serpentine Runs 10k race starts at 11:00,  3k fun run starts at 12:00. Course Map

01 Jan 2018 Bath Tub Race, Poole Harbour10:30 [tbc] Dolphin Haven and along The Quays. Organized by the Blue Boar pub (01202 682247) to raise funds for the RNLI and other charities. Attracts an audience of about 1000. Map

01 Jan 2018 Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race Annual charity race of about 20 teams in fancy dress.

05 Jan 2018 [TBC] 12th Night, Guildford Fri 19:30 The Star, then on to The Kings Head, The Angel, The Three Pigeons and The Royal Oak. Wassailing, mummers play, singing and storytelling with The Pilgrim Morris Men. Free entrance.

05 Jan 2018 [TBC] Hartley Wintney Wassail Fri 19:00 Torch Procession from the Waggon & Horses RG27 8NY, east to the Vaughan Millennium Apple Orchard. Complementary cup of cider or apple juice at the orchard. Dancing and ceremony by Hook Eagle Morris Men. Please bring lanterns and torches. events@hartleywintney.org.uk Video: Waggon & Horses The Orchard The Apple Tree 01252 845152.

06 Jan 2018 [TBC] Bolney Wassail Sat 18:00 Old Mill Fruit Farm, Cowfold Road, Bolney, W Sussex, RH17 5SE. Ancient custom in which the evil spirits are driven out and the good spirits are encouraged to produce a good apple crop for the following year's cider. Morris dancing, torch procession and noisy ceremony. A shotgun is fired into the air, and everyone makes as much noise as possible.  Bring your own noisy instruments - rattles etc. Free event with lots of character, held in the apple orchard. Bottled apple juice will be on sale in the barn. Video: Procession Orchard Dancing Map Wassail Song Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men

05-14 Jan 2018 [TBC] London Boat Show 10:00-18:00 (20:00 Thu) ExCeL, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL. Over 500 exhibitors showcase an unrivalled selection of boats, marine products, accessories, services, clothing ranges, chandlery, electronics, engines and more, as well as offer a wide range of activities that will entertain the whole family, there is something to suit every taste and budgets. Tickets

06 Jan 2018 [TBC] Hunters Moon Wassail. Stone Cross Nurseries, Dittons Road, Stone Cross, East Sussex BN24 5ET.

06-07 Jan 2018 [TBC] Icicle Balloon MeetSat-Sun. Folly Dog Leg, Hungerford - nr RG17 0PJ. Informal gathering of up to 100 balloons, with morning flights, subject to weather conditions. Free viewing for the public at the launch site. On-site caterers: 01189 730454. Launch times will be decided at the pilot's briefing at 08:00. Organized by Dante Balloon Group.

07 Jan 2018 [TBC] Twelfth Night, London Sun 14:00 Bankside, outside Shakespere's Globe. Twelfth Night is an annual seasonal celebration held on London's South Bank. A mix of ancient customs with contemporary festivity. It is free, accessible to all and happens whatever the weather. See the Holly Man in evergreen foliage, the Mummers dressed in spectacular colours, and all manner of characters. Twelfth Night, London

07 Jan 2018 [TBC] No Trousers Tube Ride, London. Quirky annual event with up to 500 participants.

12-14 Jan 2018 [TBC] Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival Sat 10:30-15:30 Procession with a decorated plough pulled by a local Morris side, 250 dancers, musicians and street performers. Sunday - Bear burning. Map

13 Jan 2018 [TBC] Pentacle Wassail Sat 18:30-23:00 Pevensey, East Sussex. Torch procession, Morris dancing, belly dancing, live music, apple bobbing and other games, face painting, bouncy castle and drumming. Supporting East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service. Video: Procession Orchard Dancing Pentacle Drummers Wassail Facebook Free event.

13 Jan 2018 [TBC] Bracknell Wassail Sat 18:45 OBJ Morris at Lily Hill Park. Video.

14 Jan 2018 [TBC] Royal Pavilion, Brighton Sun 10:00-16:30. The Royal Pavilion, Brighton BN1 1EE. Tel: 03000 290900. Annual open day with an attendance of 3,000. Come along and find out how you can get involved in helping to conserve and care for the Royal Pavilion all year round. More. Free event.

20 Jan 2018 [TBC] Chepstow Wassail and Mari Lwyd 14:30 Three Tuns, Bridge Street. Morris Dancing and capers. 15:00 Wassail of the Chepstow Castle Dell Apple Trees. Singing & Dancing. 16:00 Mari Lwyd at The Three Tuns. Several Authentic Horses Heads Dressed in the Traditional Way. Welsh/English Banter, Lots of Singing/Colour/Fun. 17:30 Morris Dancing, Music and Noise, Chepstow Bridge. 18:30 Meeting of the English and the Welsh in the Middle of the OldIron Bridge. “It’s like going to War and then all Peace breaks out!” 19:15 The Mari Lwyd Performed at the Chepstow Museum. All Floodlit, Great for Viewing and Rumours of Hot Mulled Cider! 20:00 Ceilidh Dance at the Drill Hall £5. Licenced Bar.

20 Jan 2018 [TBC] Bedminster Lantern Parade (new date)

21 Jan 2018 [TBC] Wassail, Charvil, Twyford Sun 11:30 OJB Morris at the Lands End Pub, Charvil, Twyford RG10 0UE. Morris dancing, Mummers play, and Wassail ceremony.

25 Jan 2018 [TBC] Australia Day Pub events and parties around London.

27-28 Jan 2018 [TBC] Lambing Weekend Sat-Sun 09:30-15:30 Sparsholt College, Winchester SO21 2NF. See 350 ewes at lambing time and witness the shepherding activities at this annual event. Also, a wide range of animals including goats, donkeys, rabbits, guinea-pigs, chickens and exotic species including red panda, wallabies, reptiles and amphibians. It is vitally important that women who are or may be pregnant do not attend this event. Within lambing flocks there is always a risk of a disease presence which can cause miscarriage in women. About £6.

28 Jan 2018 [TBC] Chinese New Year, London Sun 10:00 Parade,  North of Trafalgar Square, Charring Cross Road, Shaftesbury Avenue. 11:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square - Lion dance, martial arts, food, firecrackers, pyrotechnics and light show. On Wardour Street and Gerrard Street you’ll find craft stalls, Chinese food stands and more traditional dance. Shaftesbury Avenue stage will host local up-and-coming talent. Charing Cross Road will feature musical performances, martial arts displays, crafts and workshops. Expect huge crowds in Trafalgar Square - main stage with music, lion dances and fireworks. Video: Parade Firecrackers Website: visitlondon.com Free event

28 Jan 2018 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Birmingham Sun 11:00-16:00 Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TD. Dragon dances, acrobatics, Kung Fu, firecrackers, market stalls, food, children’s rides and firework finale. Attendance 30,000. Tel: 0121 685 8510. Free event.

28 Jan 2018 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Manchester Sun 11:00-19:00 Chinatown and Albert Square. 12:00 Dragon and music, 13:00 Dragon Parade with 175ft dragon, 18:00 Fireworks. Attendance 65,000.

28 Jan 2018 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Liverpool Sun 11:00-16.00 The taste of China street market, Great George Street. 11:30-15:30 Dragon, Unicorn  and Lion Street Parades, Nelson Street and Berry Street. 13:00 Fire crackers, Great George Square.

30 Jan 2018 Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Shetland The largest fire festival in Europe, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January every year. Torch-light procession of up to a thousand "guizers" through the streets of Lerwick, followed by the burning of a full-size replica Viking long-ship. A night of revelry, dancing and partying until dawn. Video

03 Feb 2018 [TBC] Waitangi Pub Crawl, London The day New Zealanders let their hair down. Sat 10:00 Pride of Paddington, 1 Craven Road, Paddington W2 3BP. Prince Alfred, 112 Queensway, Westbourne Green, Notting Hill W2 3RR. The Old Swan, 206 Kensington Church Street, Notting Hill W8 4DP. Prince of Wales, 8 Kensington Church Street, Kensington W8 4EP. Duke of Clarence, 148 Old Brompton Road SW5 0BE. The Zetland Arms, 2 Bute Street, Old Brompton Road, Kensington SW7 3EX. The Phoenix, 14 Palace Street, Westminster, Victoria SW1E 5JA. The Old Star, 66 Broadway, St James's Park, Westminster SW1H 0DB. 16:00 Big gathering and Haka at Parliament Square. Waitangi Day Pub Crawl, London The Pubs Haka Video More

03 Feb 2018 [TBC] Winter Lantern Parade, Tunbridge Wells Sat 17:15 from Tunbridge Wells Library. Parade down Monson Road and Camden Road, finishing at St Barnabas School for food and entertainment.


03 Feb 2018 [TBC] Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival

Sat 19:00-21:30 Biennial event. 1,500-strong lantern & torch parade, fire jugglers, drummers, and Celtic characters. Through woodland. Starts  from Marsden Station HD7 6AX, then up Reddisher Road to Tunnel End, into Waters Road then down the hill to the Watersedge area for a fire circus accompanied by music. Organiser Angie Boycott  says "a great atmosphere, a little bit edgy." Fantastic firework finale. Imbolc, pronounced "Imolc", is an ancient festival where fire represents the return of the Sun in the coming months.

For more information, of if you would like to help: marsden.imbolc@hotmail.co.uk


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03 Feb 2018 [TBC] South Essex Radio Rally Sun 10:30 The Paddocks, Long Road, Canvey. Amateur radio & electronics. 01842 861089.

08-18 Feb 2018 [TBC] Imagine Children's Festival Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel 020 7960 4200. Top names in children’s literature, dance, theatre and art. Enjoy free activities or just take in the atmosphere as children run the show. Many free events.

10-13 Feb 2018 [TBC] Showzam, Blackpool Annual festival of circus, magic and new variety. Show all events

16-18 Feb 2018 [TBC] Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb Fri-Sun Wakefield Cathedral Precinct. The finest regional produce, the most talented local chefs, a range of tours, walks, demonstrations, real ale and the biggest speciality market in the region. Free event.

18 Jan - 25 Feb 2018 [TBC] Magical Lantern Festival 17:00-21:00 Chiswick House Gardens, London W4 2QN. Very spectacular illuminated creations. About £20.

10-24 Feb 2018 [TBC] Brighton Science Festival Welcome to the new-look festival. This February focuses on the young, though there are at least 14 events for adults. Half-Term week is packed, kicking off with Bright Sparks, and then running through nine days with a wide range of original workshops for the young, 2-16 year-olds. There’s also some gems that will appeal to grown-ups of all ages, with ghosts, magic, music and monsters.

19-25 Feb 2018 [TBC] Jorvic Viking Festival, York Viking arts, music, drama and action, with many free events. The final Saturday is Battle Day 10:00-17:00 Activities all day - St Sampson's Square, Hungate, Museum Gardens - have-a-go archery and bird of prey displays. 13.00 Earl Ealdred leads his troops from Museum Gardens across the city to Coppergate. 17:00 Gates open for Festival Battle Finale and Boat Burning at the racecourse. Dramatic reconstruction of the Battle of Woden’s Field in 910AD. Fire jugglers, warriors, special effects and fireworks. Food and drink available. Entrance about £12, pre-booking essential: 01904 615505 www.jorvikbookings.com

24 Feb 2018 [TBC] Littlehampton Pancake Olympics Sat 11:00-13:00 High Street. Raise funds for a charity of your choice in this fun packed competition. Teams are invited to compete in four Olympic style disciplines but unlike the real thing it involves a lot of pancakes. There will be sprinting, relaying, flipping and even pancake curling!

25 Feb 2018 [TBC] Brighton Half Marathon Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive/ Seafront. 10,000 runners. Video1 Video2 Brighton Half

25 Feb 2018 [TBC] Arun Divers Littlehampton Leap Sun 11:30 Footbridge, Arun View Inn, River Road, Littlehampton BN17 5DD. Intrepid jumpers in fancy dress leap into the River Arun for charity. A fun event for all ages, open to anyone with a minimum sponsorship fee or charity donation of about £10 on the day. Leapers are encouraged to wear fancy dress, wetsuits or drysuits. Boats will be in the water to recover the Leapers and ferry them to the riverside, nobody will be in the water for more than 1 minute. Hot soup will be available in the bar at The Arun View Inn for all brave leapers. There will be a street collection for the charity and people are welcome to come and watch and take photo's. Afterwards in The Arun View Inn, there will also be a Grand Raffle prize draw. Sponsor forms are available for download at www.arundivers.org.uk or alternatively contact Gary Moore 07788 177773 Arun Divers

16-18 Mar 2018 [TBC] Sport Relief Fri-Sun. Biennial charity event from Comic Relief. Up to 400,000 runners, raising £millions for charity. 1, 3 & 6 mile options. Sport Relief

19-26 Feb 2018 [TBC] Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London A week-long programme of events celebrating the diversity of Russian culture.  Video Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London

27 Feb 2018 [TBC] World Pancake Racing Championships Shrove Tuesday 12:00-14:00 Princesshay Square, Bedford Street, Exeter. Teams from local businesses compete in the inaugural world championships, raising money for charity in knock-out relay heats. Pancakes & pan provided. Pancake flipping challenge for spectators. The Radio Exe Road Show will ensure a lively atmosphere and plenty of music. Free to watch.

27 Feb 2018 [TBC] Great Spitalfields Pancake Race Shrove Tuesday 12:30. Get together a sponsored team of four people to enter in the relay race. Bring your own frying pan - pancakes provided. Race run along Dray Walk at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. Live music. Small prizes. 020 7375 0441.

27 Feb 2018 [TBC] Olney Pancake Race Shrove Tuesday. The original and unique Olney Pancake Race which is now world famous. Traffic stops while the competitors make their 415 yard dash from Market Place to Church Lane. Start at 11:55 - warning bells are rung from the Church steeple and the race is started by the Churchwarden.

27 Feb 2018 [TBC] Leadenhall Market Pancake Race Shrove Tuesday 12:30 Outside The Lamb Tavern, 10-12 Leadenhall Market, London EC3V 1LR. The race sees teams from businesses in Leadenhall Market and businesses from the surrounding area battle it out to win this year’s cup. Free to enter teams & free for spectators. The first 100 spectators will receive a complimentary pancake with lemon & sugar. To enter a team, please email Rachel lambtavern@youngs.co.uk

27 Feb 2018 [TBC] Flipping Marvelous Pancake Race 12:30-14:00 More London, Southbank, near Tower Bridge. Free event.

27-28 Feb 2018 [TBC] Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football Tue-Wed 14:00-22:00. Everyone takes to the streets to play the largest, most insane football game in the world. Shops are boarded up, and only an unsuspecting visitor would park his or her car in the town. Start at Shawcroft car park. The goals are 3 miles apart, at Clifton & Sturston mills. The ball is kicked, carried or thrown, but generally proceeds in a series of hugs invisible to the spectator, with goals being scored by striking the mill wheel 3 times with the ball. The game can finish well after dark  If a goal is scored before 18:00, then a new game is started. If the goal is after 18:00, then the game ends for that day. Interactive Pitch Map Location Map Video

27 Feb - 11 Mar 2018 [TBC] Fairtrade Fortnight Highlights global inequalities in trade and promotes Fairtrade products. Hundreds of Fairtrade Towns, Churches and Schools around the UK will promote Fairtrade at a regional level. Last year an estimated 12,000 separate activities and events took place during Fairtrade Fortnight - everything from parades, concerts and debates to coffee mornings, fashion shows and family days. The Fairtrade Foundation expects to scale up this activity and reach an even greater number of people. Fairtrade Fortnight Action Guide

01 Mar 2018 [TBC] St Davids Day Parade, Cardiff 12:30 Cardiff City Hall. Parade with floats, flags, bands, dragons and participants in national or historic dress. Route St Davids Day

03-04 Mar 2018 [TBC] The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships Sat-Sun. Huddersfield Town Hall. Some of the finest Bands in Britain such as Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery, YBS and many others all competing in the Championship Section. Few contests are so fiercely competitive. Tickets about £6 to £10 per day.

09 Mar 2018 [TBC] Women’s Eights Head of the River Race Sat 15:30 Mortlake to Putney, 4 miles 374 yards. 3,000 athletes on the classic championship course.

10-11 Mar 2018 [TBC] Thoresby Country Fair Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Thoresby Park, Nr Ollerton, Nottinghamshire NG22 9EH. Glassblowing, woodturning, blacksmiths, artists, potters, textiles etc - hand crafted items available to purchase. Arena events - falconry, gundogs, horses etc. Food Marquee, trade stands and children's entertainment. About £10 adults, £9 concessions, £4 children.

10-11 & 17-18 Mar 2018 [TBC] Lambing Weekend, Wiltshire Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Lackham Farm, Wiltshire College Lackham, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2NY. Lackham House, museum of agriculture and rural life, gardens, woodland walk and animal centre. About £6. Please contact the venue before traveling. Lackham Country Park, Wiltshire

11 Mar 2018 [TBC] Bath Half Marathon Sun 11:00 Great Pulteney Street. One of the longest established and most popular city road events in the UK, raising over £1.2 million for charity. The Runners Village is at the Bath Recreation Ground, open to both runners and spectators. Heart FM Roadshow, food and drink, first aid and toilets. Video Bath Half Marathon

11 Mar 2018 [TBC] St Patricks Day, Birmingham Sun 12:00-18:00. 12:00 Confetti Blast signals the start of the parade - Camp Hill, Digbeth High Street past traditional Irish pubs, ending on Alcester Street. Pipe bands, floats, Irish music, county flag bearers, Irish dancing, tractors and steam engines. Generally held on the Sunday before St Patrick's Day.

13 May 2018 [TBC] Brighton Heroes Run A Brighton-based registered charity working tirelessly to build schools and support education in some of the poorest parts of Africa. We achieve this through our fund-raising events in the UK Pass It On Africa Heroes Run

14-17 Mar 2018 [TBC] Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair NEC Birmingham B40 1NT. Wed-Fri 09:30-16:00 School groups. Sat 09:00-16:30 Main family day. The largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK.
Join us on a voyage of discovery of virtual reality, medicine, marine biology, film and TV, space exploration, explosive chemistry, crime-solving, robots, computer coding, microscopic bugs, giant trucks and more. High-octane theatre shows, 150+ interactive stands and workshops, Inspiring science and engineering projects, Careers information, resources and activities. Free event Registration required.

18 Mar 2018 [TBC] St Patricks Day, London

London St Patrick’s Festival brings three days of Irish-themed events to London from 17-19 March. Come and enjoy music, a food market, art, history trails, children’s activities, music and poetry on the Underground and film screenings. This free event is organised by the Mayor of London.

Sun 12:00 Parade, Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square, featuring London Irish sports clubs, dance schools, marching bands, community organisations and pageantry.

12:00-18:00 Irish Day Party, Trafalgar Square. Attendance 125,000.

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St Patricks Day, London


18 Mar 2018 [TBC] Reading Half Marathon

Sun 10:00 Green Park, Madejski Stadium.

Major event with up to 16,500 competitors.

Usually an early sell-out for runners.

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Reading Half Marathon

18 Mar 2018 [TBC] Hastings Half Marathon Sun 10:30 Start - Sea Road, St Leonards-on-Sea. 5000 runners, entertainment, music and lots of spectators. Route Organised by The Hastings Lions Club.

18 Mar 2018 [TBC] Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club London-Brighton Pioneer Run Sun 08:00-15:00 Tattenham Corner, Epsom to Madeira Drive, Brighton. Over 300 pre 1915 motorcycles. Contact: Ian McGill 01293 771446.

24 Mar 2018 [TBC] Head of the River Race, London Sat 14:15 Mortlake to Putney. A processional race for eights rowed over the 4.25 mile championship course. Up to 420 crews and 3750 competitors start at 10-second intervals. Video Head of the River Race

25 Mar 2018 Start of British Summer Time - clocks go forward 1 Hour

30-31 Mar 2018 [TBC] North Leeds Charity Beer Festival The Homestead, Old Park Road, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1JX. In association with the Rotary Club of Roundhay & North Leeds Cricket Club. Fri 18:00-23:00, Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-18:00. 18 cask ales from Wales & 18 cask ales from Leeds, locally produced cider, food and entertainment. About £2.

30, 31 Mar, 02 Apr 2018 [TBC] Horsham Piazza Italia Fri, Sat & Mon Horsham Town Centre. Fabulous cars and bikes, Italian food and street entertainment, Easter weekend. Friday: A rally of nearly 100 Ferraris and over 150 Ducati-led Italian bikes. Saturday: the Vines Italian Job MINI Run with up to 100 Minis. Monday: Supercars, Alfas, Fiats and Scooters. All display vehicles and drivers park in Horsham Town Centre on each day after midday and leave at 3pm or after. Video: Ducati Parade Ferrari Parade Supercar Parade events@horsham.gov.uk   01403 215279 Horsham Piazza Italia

01 Apr 2018 [TBC] Marathon Preparation Race Sun 09:45 Dorney Lake, Windsor. 16, 20 & 24miles. Free Parking.

01 Apr 2018 [TBC] Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Sun. Putney to Mortlake. The annual 4 mile race takes about 20 minutes, and attracts up to 250,000 spectators to the Thames riverbank. Giant viewing screens at Bishops Park in Putney near the start, and at Furnival Gardens in Hammersmith, at the 2 mile point. Pubs Along The Route The Boat Race

02 Apr 2018 [TBC] Bolney Pram Race, Sussex Easter Monday. 12:00 Childrens Race. 13:00 Adult Race - start at The Eight Bells. 13:30 Entertainment. 14:30 Prize giving. Video Bolney Pram Race

02 Apr 2018 [TBC] World Coal Carrying Championship Easter Monday, Gawthorpe, Wakefield. The main event starts at The Royal Oak, Owl Lane, and the course is about 1 mile. The men carry 50kg, and the women less. No event in the Olympic Games could stimulate more enthusiasm than this annual contest of stamina and muscle.

02 Apr 2018 [TBC] The London Harness Horse Parade Easter Monday, South of England Showground, Ardingly, from 09:00. Family event. Ponies, working shire horses, and everything in between. Entrance about  £6 per person, children free. The children will love this one. Jackie Shearman 01737 646132 www.lhhp.co.uk

07 Apr 2018 [TBC] The Grand National Saturday, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. 30 fences, 4 miles and 4 furlongs. The Steeplechase Enclosure is a great place to experience the atmosphere of the Grand National - adult  tickets about £23.

08 Apr 2018 [TBC] Brighton Marathon Sun 09:15 Start at Preston Park. The route is south to the Seafront, east to Rottingdean, west to Shoreham power station then back to the Pier to finish. Several loops to make up the distance to 26 miles. Live band, DJ's etc at Preston Park, Rosehill Terrace, New Road, The Level, Old Steine, Brighton Band Stand, Hove Lawns, New Church Road and Shoreham Power Station. Course Map Video: Warm-up Start The Brighton Marathon

08 Apr 2018 [TBC] Sharrow Lantern Carnival, Sheffield Sun 19:30 for 20:00 set-off from Mount Pleasant Park. Giant procession along Vincent Road, Sharrow Lane, London Road, Lansdowne Estate and Cemetery Road. Hundreds of beautiful lanterns. 21:00-22:30 Spectacular finale in the General Cemetery. If it rains the carnival will be postponed for a week. Call Lu on 07854 983197 for info. Video: Procession Samba Choir Map Sharrow Lantern Carnival

11-15 Apr 2018 [TBC] Winter Dressage Championships Hartpury Arena, Gloucester GL19 3BE. Whether you’re a fan or know nothing about dressage, you will be amazed at the power and elegance of these horses. Public admission is free, except for the Friday & Saturday Gala Evenings.


12-15 Apr 2018 [TBC] Tall Ships Regatta

Following the success of the 2014 Tall Ships Regatta, which attracted 1.1 million visitors, the Royal Borough of Greenwich is proud to welcome back a fleet of Tall Ships to the River Thames.

The ships will be anchored in the Thames alongside two Tall Ships festival villages - the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, and the Royal Arsenal riverside in Woolwich.

Some ships will be open for visitors to get on board to look around and talk to the crew.

Royal Greenwich has the longest riverfront setting of all the London boroughs and the four days of port festivities will take place along this riverfront in the bustling town centres of Woolwich and Greenwich, with an exciting programme of entertainment, music and fireworks.

Fireworks Wed 21:15 Maritime Greenwich, Thu 21:15 Maritime Greenwich, Fri 21:15 Maritime Greenwich, Sat 21:45 Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 6ST.

Free event.


15 Apr 2018 [TBC] Southampton Vaisakhi Festival Vaisakhi The Sikh New Year, is the holiest day of the calendar for over 20 million Sikhs worldwide. 13:00 Procession from Peterborough Road. A Guide to Vaisakhi Many thanks to John Roath, Council Of Southampton Gurdwara's, for this information. Southampton Pictures

20-22 Apr 2018 [TBC] Oxford Folk Weekend Fri-Sun - Morris Dancing and events throughout the City Centre. Top folk artists, plus the cream of the local folk music scene. Music, dance, and song, and this year we've added in even more events for all the family to enjoy. If you want to make sure you don't miss a thing you can buy a ticket for the whole weekend. Most family activities are free.

21 Apr 2018 [TBC] St George's Day, London Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. Live music stage and quality sound system. Video Free event. St George's Day

21 Apr 2018 [TBC] Incarnation Brighton Sat 10:00-18:00 Madeira Drive. Hundreds of performance cars on display. Organised by the Ace Cafe. Free event.

21 Apr 2018 [TBC] Shakespeare Birthday Procession Sat 10:30 Great Garden of New Place, Chapel Lane, Stratford upon Avon. Held on the nearest Saturday to 23 April.

21 Apr 2018 [TBC] Warrior Adrenaline Race Sat 09:30 Hartham Common, Hertford SG14 1QR. 10km or 5km run with army like obstacles. Two race waves of about 150. Whether you’re looking for a new challenge, fundraising for charity or just want a fun wet and muddy experience, we guarantee you’ll love the Warrior Adrenaline Race from Regiment Fitness. Prizes for the winners and runners up in all the main categories. Entry about £45 including insurance. Spectators are encouraged - designated viewing areas, live DJ, bar and fun events going on all day including a team tug of war, bouncy castle & beer tent. Free public viewing.

22 Apr 2018 [TBC] The London Marathon Sunday, Start at Greenwich Park Blackheath. 08:55 Elite wheelchair race. 09:00 IPC Athletics Marathon World Cup (ambulatory). 09:15 Elite women. 10:00 Elite men, followed by the masses. Popular viewing areas include Greenwich,  Tower Bridge, Victoria Embankment and The Mall. 40,000 Runners and One Million Spectators. Video - Red Start Video London Marathon

22 Apr 2018 [TBC] Adventure & Farm Open Day Sun 11:00-16:00 Lambourne End Outdoor Centre, Manor Road, Lambourne End, Essex, RM4 1NB. 0208 500 3047. A day for all the family to meet the baby animals, have a ride on the pony and cart and have a fun day on the farm!  Suitable for all ages. Parking £3. Small charges apply for refreshments and rides.

09-15 Jul 2018 [TBC] Farnborough Airshow - Public Days Sat-Sun. 1,500 exhibitors & 270,000 visitors. Flying 12:30-17:00 daily. Gate ticket about £45. Biennial event.

14-15 Jul 2018 [TBC] Bedford River Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-23:00. Historical Re-Enactments,  Live Music, Funfair, Continental Market. Attendance 350,000. Held every two years. Free. Saturday Events: Carnival 12:00 noon from De Parys Avenue to Riverside Square. On The River: 14:00 Parade of Cruisers, 16:00 Parade of Boats. 19:00 Dragon Boat final, 21:30 Illuminated Boat Parade. Heritage Village 15:00 Main Battle, Marine Landing & Ground Attack. Main Stage , Acoustic Stage, Community Stage, Sports Village. Amazing fireworks at 22:30 Saturday evening. Video:Carnival Vikings Boat Parade Illuminated Boat Parade Fireworks Bedford River Festival

23 Feb 2019 [TBC] Slaithwaite Moonraking Sat 14:00-20:30 Biennial event in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. 14:00-16:00 The Moonraking Mummers Play. 15:00-17:00 Dancing to live music on the Two Valleys Radio stage. 18:30 Moon Raking from the Canal & Giant Lantern Procession. 20:00 Spectacular Finale and fireworks with dancing on the street. Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival Finale Video: Music1 Music2 Procession

22 Mar 2019 [TBC] Red Nose Day Friday. Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief every two years. On Red Nose Day everyone is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside, put on a Red Nose and do something a little bit silly to raise money - celebrities included! It culminates in a night of televised comedy and documentary films. It’s an event that unites the entire nation in trying to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people, both across Africa and in the UK, facing terrible injustice or living in abject poverty.


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