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 18 Sep 2016

24 Sep 2016 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: Procession Fireworks Bonfire Burgess Hill Bonfire.

Blackpool World Fireworks Championship

01-30 Sep 2016 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.

21-24 Sep 2016 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.

16-25 Sep 2016 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

17-25 Sep 2016 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.

21-24 Sep 2016 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.

09-25 Sep 2016 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.

24 Sep 2016 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.

Sussex Bonfire Season 2016 Events

The Bonfire Societies


24 Sep 2016 Burgess Hill Burgess Hill
01 Oct 2016 Rotherfield Rotherfield
01 Oct 2016 Eastbourne Eastbourne
08 Oct 2016 Northiam Bonfire
15 Oct 2016 Hastings Hastings
22 Oct 2016 Nevill Nevill
22 Oct 2016 Seaford
22 Oct 2016 Fletching Fletching
22 Oct 2016 Hailsham
22 Oct 2016 Ninfield Bonfire
22 Oct 2016 Seaford Bonfire
23 Oct
2016 Titchfield
29 Oct 2016 Newick Newick
29 Oct 2016 Firle Firle
29 Oct 2016 Ewhurst and Staplecross
29 Oct 2016 Littlehampton
04 Nov 2016 Lewes Badge Night
05 Nov 2016 Lewes
05 Nov 2016 Lindfield
05 Nov 2016 [TBC] Icklesham (Robin Hood)
05 Nov 2016 Battle
05 Nov 2016 Edenbridge Bonfire, Kent
11 Nov 2016 [TBC] Isfield & Little Horstead
12 Nov 2016 East Hoathly
12 Nov
2016 South Heighton
12 Nov 2016 Chailey
12 Nov 2016 Shoreham
12 Nov 2016 Rye
19 Nov 2016 Robertsbridge Robertsbridge
19 Nov 2016 [Cancelled] Barcombe Barcombe 
26 Nov 2016 Hawkhurst
03 Dec 2016 Rottingdean Smugglers Night Rottingdean Smugglers Night, supported by South Heighton Bonfire Society

West Country Illuminated Carnivals

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

24 Sep 2016 Wellington. Wed 19:30. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour

01 Oct 2016 Shaftesbury. Sat 19:15. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
01 Oct 2016 Ilminster. Sat 19:15. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
08 Oct 2016 Gillingham. Sat 19:15. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
08 Oct 2016 Chard. Sat 19:30. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
14 Oct 2016 Wincanton. Fri 19:30 Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours 
15 Oct 2016 Castle Cary. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
15 Oct 2016 Taunton. Sat 19:00. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
22 Oct 2016 Trowbridge. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
29 Oct 2016 Warminster. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours

05 Nov 2016 Bridgwater. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
07 Nov 2016 Highbridge & Burnham. Mon 19:30. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
11 Nov 2016 Weston-super-Mare. Fri 19:15. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
12 Nov 2016 North Petherton. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
14 Nov 2016 Midsomer Norton. Mon 19:30 - 1 hour
16 Nov 2016 Shepton Mallet. Wed 19:30. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
18 Nov 2016 Wells. Fri 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
19 Nov 2016 Glastonbury. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours

Events at The Forge

The Forge 3-7 Delancey Street, London NW1 7NL.

Sunday 18 September 20162:00PM

Join us at The Forge for an all-day Cuban fiesta, with live bands, DJs, dance lessons and authentic Cuban food.


Events in Poole

Apr - Sep 2016 Wave Summertime In The South

Apr-Sep 2016 Dream Machines, Poole

20 Sep 2016 18:00-22:00 Tuesdays, Poole Quay. Until September.

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.


Sat 24 Sep 2016 Abersoch Half Marathon, Gwynedd
Sat 24 Sep 2016 Night Phoenix Ultra, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Isle of Axholme Half Marathon, Scunthorpe
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Barns Green Half-Marathon, Horsham, West Sussex
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Barnstaple Marathon, Devon
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Loch Ness Marathon, Inverness, Highland
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Cheltenham's Half Marathon, Gloucestershire
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Ealing Half Marathon, London
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Great Bristol Half Marathon
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Trail Half Marathon, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Robin Hood Half Marathon, Nottingham
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Milton Keynes Half Marathon & 10k 2016
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Stowe Half Marathon, Buckinghamshire
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Half Marathon, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Rochdale Half Marathon, Lancashire
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Winchester Half Marathon
Sun 25 Sep 2016 Windsor Half Marathon, Berkshire

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Folkestone Events & Festivals

  Events In London

01-30 Sep 2016 Totally Thames Festival
15 Oct 2016 Africa On The Square

16 Oct 2016 Diwali
20 Oct 2016 Speed Networking Event
05 Dec 2016 Volunteering Conference


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

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.



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

Southampton VTS Cruise Ship Schedule

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

Ship Name Arrival Time Departure Time Berth Agent
INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS 19-Sep-16 05:15 19-Sep-16 16:30 101 INTERCRUISES
AIDAPRIMA 19-Sep-16 08:15 19-Sep-16 21:30 38/9 DENHOLM WILHELMSEN LTD
QUEEN MARY 2 20-Sep-16 06:00 20-Sep-16 16:30 46 CARNIVAL UK
NAUTICA 21-Sep-16 05:45 21-Sep-16 18:00 106 INTERCRUISES
MSC SPLENDIDA 21-Sep-16 06:45 21-Sep-16 20:00 101 DENHOLM WILHELMSEN LTD
SAGA SAPPHIRE 23-Sep-16 08:00 23-Sep-16 16:00 46 DENHOLM WILHELMSEN LTD
ORIANA 24-Sep-16 06:30 24-Sep-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK
BRITANNIA 25-Sep-16 06:00 25-Sep-16 18:00 46 CARNIVAL UK
AIDAPRIMA 26-Sep-16 08:00 26-Sep-16 22:00 38/9 DENHOLM WILHELMSEN LTD
BRITANNIA 27-Sep-16 06:00 27-Sep-16 18:00 46 CARNIVAL UK
EMERALD PRINCESS 28-Sep-16 06:45 28-Sep-16 16:30 46 CARNIVAL UK
MSC SPLENDIDA 28-Sep-16 08:00 28-Sep-16 18:00 101 DENHOLM WILHELMSEN LTD
CELEBRITY ECLIPSE 30-Sep-16 05:30 30-Sep-16 16:30 101 INTERCRUISES
QUEEN ELIZABETH 30-Sep-16 06:30 30-Sep-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK
VENTURA 30-Sep-16 06:30 30-Sep-16 16:30 46 CARNIVAL UK
NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS 01-Oct-16 05:30 01-Oct-16 16:30 101 INTERCRUISES
ORIANA 01-Oct-16 07:00 01-Oct-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK
INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS 02-Oct-16 05:30 02-Oct-16 16:30 101 INTERCRUISES
AZURA 02-Oct-16 06:30 02-Oct-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK
CELEBRITY ECLIPSE 03-Oct-16 05:30 03-Oct-16 16:30 101 INTERCRUISES
ORIANA 03-Oct-16 07:00 03-Oct-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK
AIDAPRIMA 03-Oct-16 08:00 03-Oct-16 22:00 38/9 DENHOLM WILHELMSEN LTD
SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER 04-Oct-16 06:00 04-Oct-16 17:00 106 INTERCRUISES

Apr-Sep 2016 Dream Machines, Poole

20 Sep 2016 18:00-22:00 Tuesdays, Poole Quay. Until September.

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.

Dream Machines kicks off Poole’s Wave 105 Summertime in the South, a massive programme of events in the town from April to November.  During Dream Machines, Poole Quay is closed to traffic except motorbikes.

County & Agricultural Shows 2016

17-18 Sep 2016 Royal Berkshire Show - Newbury Showground
22-23 Oct 2016 
Countryside Live.- Great Yorkshire Showground

Jun-Sep 2016 Cardiff Events

Cardiff Festival


Southampton Events

Ceremonial Events
Thu 15th Household Division Concert Series: Band of the Household Cavalry. Time and venue to be confirmed.
Tue 27th Guards' Chapel Recital Series at 13:10hrs in the Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ. Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra. Free admission, retiring collection.
Thu 20th Household Division Concert Series: Band of the Irish Guards. Time and venue to be confirmed.
Tue 25th Guards' Chapel Recital Series at 13:10hrs in the Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ. Household Division French Horns. Free admission, retiring collection.
Tue 1st - Thu 3rd State Visit from The President of the Republic of Colombia, His Excellency President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón accompanied by Mrs María Clemencia Rodríguez de Santos. The President and Mrs Santos will stay at Buckingham Palace.
Sat 12th Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall
Sun 13th National Act of Remembrance at The Cenotaph
Mon 14th Birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales: 41 Gun Salute by the KTRHA in Green Park at noon and by the HAC (62 guns) at Gun Wharf, Tower of London at 1300 hours.
Fri 25th & Sat 26th Household Division Scarlet and Gold Concert at Cadogan Hall.

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.

19-20 Nov 2016 Real Ale Wobble

26-27 Nov 2016 Real Ale Ramble

31 Dec 2016 Ney Year Walk In

British Lawn Mower Racing

Most races 10:00-18:00.

24-25 Sep 2016 The Hop Farm TN12 6PY

01-30 Sep 2016 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

Port Of London - Key Events 2016

Bognor Regis Events

23-25 Sep 2016 Southdowns Folk Festival, Hotham Park.
26 Nov 2016 Christmas Illuminations.

08 May - 18 Sep 2015 Dragon Boat Racing

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

24 Sep 2016 South Yorkshire Charity Dragon Boat Race, Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield, S26 5PQ

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

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. Usually held on the first Tuesday each month.

2016 Cafe Scientifique

Tue 19:30-21:00 Cafe Boscanova, 650 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4BP.

Free event.


Ultra Running

Sat 15 Oct 2016
Round Rotherham 50 South Yorkshire, 50 miles.
Sat 12 Nov 2016
Warrington Way Ultra Cheshire, 40 miles.

Bognor Old Town Artisan Markets

10:00-16:00 Norfolk Street & High Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1ND.

About 30 local artisans offering crafts, jewellery, food, clothing etc. + music.

Sat 10 Sep 2016

10-11 Sep 2016 [TBC] Bruce Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-17:00 Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline KY12 8QH. One of the best free events in Scotland. Medieval village, main arena historic action, jugglers, dancers, craftsmen, story-tellers, falconry, crafts, produce. Demonstrations, jousting with full armour, medieval encampment, re-enactment groups, piping and drumming music. Free event.

RathaYatra Festivals

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

24 Sep 2016 Plymouth
24 Sep 2016 Glastonbury
16 Jul 2017 [TBC] London
05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Cardiff
06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Leicester

10-24 Sep 2016 St Ives September Festival A two-week celebration of Music & the Arts in St Ives Cornwall.

Great Runs

25 Sep 2016 [TBC] Great Yorkshire Run Sun, Sheffield City Centre
16 Oct 2016
Great Birmingham Run Sun, Birmingham City Centre
23 Oct 2016
Great South Run

21-22 Sep 2016 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.

21-22 Sep - 02 Oct 2016 Talking Peace Festival

Peacebuilding charity International Alert is teaming up with House of Vans London to run a series of film screenings exploring issues of peace and conflict facing communities around the world.

Comprising a mix of feature films, documentaries and shorts, the programme will include some award-winning films that did not receive a wide release in the UK. It includes a special Q&A following a screening of Chocolate of Peace.

House of Vans, Arches, 228-232 Station Approach Rd, London SE1 8SW.

22 Sep 2016 Thu 18:30 Chocolate of Peace + Q&A (Colombia)
24 Sep 2016 Sat 16:00 + 18:00 Bamako + Timbuktu (double bill) (Mali)
25 Sep 2016 Sun 16:00 Where Do We Go Now? (Lebanon)
30 Sep 2016 Fri 18:30 Elephant’s Dream (Democratic Republic of Congo)
01 Oct 2016 Sat 16:00 + 18:00 The Other Bank + Tangerines (double bill) (Georgia-Abkhazia)
02 Oct 2016 Sun 16:00 McCullin

Screenings are free and unticketed, except Chocolate of Peace.

23 Sep 2016 [TBC] Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning Friday. National fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.

23-24 Sep 2016 [TBC] Derby Festé Fri-Sat Live performance, music, dance, film and more. Saturday is street entertainment day.

23-24 Sep 2016 [TBC] Rally Yorkshire Miles of North Yorkshire forest stages. More: www.rallyyorkshire.co.uk

23-26 Sep 2016 Little Big Gig Fri-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

24 Sep 2016 [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.

24 Sep 2016 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

24-25 Sep 2016 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.

The UK's leading gardening charity.

Royal Horticultural Society Shows

24-25 Sep 2016 Malvern Autumn Show
04 Oct 2016 London Harvest Festival Late

RHS Gardens Events Diary

Hastings Model Flying Club

24-25 Sep 2016 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

24-25 Sep 2016 [TBC] Horncastle Walking Festival Range of guided and self guided walks around Horncastle including a treasure hunt and geocache walk. Leaflets available in Horncastle Library. Free events.

25 Sep 2016 [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.

25 Sep 2016 [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.

Eventissima Events

25 Sep 2016 Meopham Village Autumn Craft Vintage and Gift Fair. Sun 11:00-15:00 Meopham Village Hall DA13 0AT. Free entry.
26 Nov 2016 Eynsford Village Christmas Craft Vintage and Gift Fair. Sat 11:00-15:00 Eynsford Village Hall DA4 0AA. Free entry.
04 Dec 2016 Meopham Village Christmas Craft Vintage and Gift Fair. Sun 11:00-15:00 Meopham Village Hall DA13 0AT. Free entry.
20 May 2017 Eynsford Village Spring Craft Vintage and Gift Fair. Sat 11:00-15:00 Eynsford Village Hall DA4 0AA. Free entry.

28 Sep - 02 Oct 2016 [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.

30 Sep - 01 Oct 2016 [TBC] Tour Britania RAC Woodcote Park, Surrey.

30 Sep - 02 Oct 2016 [TBC] Swanage Blues & Roots Festival, Dorset 20 indoor venues with 50 free admission gigs. Dig deep when the collections come round - your donations keep this going. Organised by Steve Darrington

30 Sep - 02 Oct 2016 [TBC] Broadstairs Food Festival 10:00 Victoria Gardens and Promenade. 60 stalls plus local chefs and a team from Thanet College.

30 Sep - 02 Oct 2016 [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. Tel: 01704 533333.

01 Oct 2016 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.

01 Oct 2016 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

01 Oct 2016 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

Littlehampton Artisan Market

10:00-16:00 1st Sat of the month, Littlehampton High Street.

Artists, local producers & creators, artisan craft makers, antiques, antiquarian books, busking, street performance and all the colourful characters which make up the local coastline & down lands around us along the South Coast.
We will be very open & keen for buskers and performers to grace our High Street with a kaleidoscope of entertainment.
A chance for locals & visitors alike to gain a fresh understanding of the many community organisations, clubs and goods available.

01 Oct, 05 Nov, 03 Dec (Small Business Saturday), 10 Dec, 17 Dec, 24 Dec.

01-30 Oct 2016 [TBC] The Big Draw Over a thousand drawing events across the UK.

The Crafty Pint Market

Sundays, The Waverley Public House, Marine Dr W, Bognor Regis, W Sussex PO21 2QA.
Monthly Craft and Gift Market selling handmade crafts and gifts + Charity Tombola.

02 Oct 2016, 06 Nov 2016, 27 Nov 2016

06 Oct 2016 [TBC] National Poetry Day 13:00-18:00 The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Join Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society. Featuring poetry, spoken-word performances and poetry film. Free event.

06-10 Oct 2016 [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.

07 Oct 2016 [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.

07-09 Oct 2016 [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.

08 Oct 2016 [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.  

08 Oct 2016 [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] 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

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.

08-09 Oct 2016 [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.

08-09 Oct 2016 [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.

08-16 Oct 2016 [TBC] Hastings Week 9 days of events including the 1066 Battle, Hastings Bonfire, ghost walks etc.

Reggae Roast

09 Oct 2016 Sunday Skank.
Featuring: Manasseh, Jstar, Reggae Roast, Adam Prescott Music, Vibration Lab, Rockers From South.

Hosted by: MC Brother Culture, Donovan Kingjay.

14:00-22:30 The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden, London NW1 7NL. Free entry before 17:00.

09 Oct 2016 [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

09 Oct 2016 [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.

09 Oct 2016 [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.

Newark Antiques Fair

Nottinghamshire 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 13-14 Oct 2016


14 Oct 2016 [TBC] Wrotham Festival of Light 18:00-20:30 240 children in a lantern parade, organized by Same Sky.

14 Oct 2016 [TBC] Bury Light Night Fri 18:00 till late - multiple town centre locations. Music, themed performances and dance, storytelling and poetry in inspired spaces, atmospheric lights and projections bringing buildings alive plus bustling markets.

15 Oct 2016 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

15 Oct 2016 [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.

15 Oct 2016 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Taunton Sat 19:00 (1 hour to pass by)

Classic Bike Shows

15-16 Oct 2016 Carol Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Weston Road, Stafford ST18 0BD

15-16 Oct 2016 [TBC]
British Rowing Championships - Seniors National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham.

16 Oct 2016 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

16 Oct 2016 [TBC] Abingdon Marathon Sun 09:00 Tilsley Park OX14 1PU. One thousand runners, and popular with spectators. Abingdon Marathon

16-17 Oct 2016 [TBC] British Rowing Championships National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham.

19 Oct 2016 [TBC] Dartford Festival of Light 18:30-19:30 Lantern parade High Street. Probable climax with performances by Bloco Fogo Samba. More

19-20 Oct 2016 [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 2016 [TBC] 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

22 Oct 2016 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.

22 Oct 2016 Nevill Bonfire Sat 18:30 First procession, Highdown Road, Lewes. 20:00 Second procession. 21:15 Fireworks - modest charge. Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society

22 Oct 2016 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. More

22 Oct 2016 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

22 Oct 2016 [TBC] Northiam Bonfire 19:30 Procession from the bon?re ?eld to the Muddy Duck and return. Bar on the bon?re ?eld - entrance to field £1. 20:30 Bon?re and Fireworks. Bar, food music and amusements on the Bon?re Field.

22 Oct 2016 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Trowbridge. Sat 19:00

British Rowing Championships

22-23 Oct 2016 Seniors. Nottingham.

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

22-23 Oct 2016 [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.

23 Oct 2016 [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

Tough Guy

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

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


23 Oct 2016 Toughest Obstacle Team Championship. 15k Tough Guy course. Sun 11:00.

23 Oct 2016 [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. Free event.

Yellow Bus Events

23 Oct 2016 Little Monster’s Halloween Party Sun 11:00-17:00 The Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PA.
Halloween themed fun from dances, music and funfair rides to our Caged Mummy, Giant Frankenstein and lots more! Come along and enjoy the spooky fun! Free event

20 Nov 2016 The Moor’s Christmas Party & Christmas Lights . Sun 12:30-16:30 The Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PA. 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! This event is free to attend and has free activities. Free event

23 Oct 2016 [TBC] Titchfield Carnival & Bonfire Sunday. Processions 15:00 & 18:30 titchfieldcarnival@hotmail.co.uk Tel 07547 681585.

24-29 Oct 2016 [TBC] Freak Week 18:00 Till late, The Hop Farm, Maidstone Road, Kent TN12 6PY. Freak Week's attractions lead intrepid visitors through dark, twisting labyrinths teeming with nightmare characters. The intense, theatrical special effects and experiences mean that it is not suitable for young children. About £25. Call: 01622 872068.

25 Oct 2015 - 15 Jan 2017 [TBC] Winter At Southbank Centre London's Southbank Centre. Riverside market, food, drinks, award-winning entertainment and a roller disco. What's On

Manchester Firework Displays

28 Oct 2016 [TBC] Debdale Park Fri 19:30 Free event
29 Oct 2016 [TBC]
Brookdale Park Sat 19:30 Free event
30 Oct 2016 [TBC]
Etihad Sun 19:30 Free event
31 Oct 2016 [TBC]
Cringle Park Mon 19:30 Free event
01 Nov 2016 [TBC]
Crumpsall Park Tue 19:30 Free event
05 Nov 2016 [TBC]
Heaton Park Sat 19:30 Free event
05 Nov 2016 [TBC]
Platt Fields Park Sat 19:30 Free event
05 Nov 2016 [TBC]
Wythenshawe Park Sat 19:30 Free event


Newick Bonfire

29 Oct 2016 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

29 Oct 2016 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.

29 Oct 2016 [TBC] Carlisle Fireshow Sat 18:30-20:00 Bitts Park. Entertainment will start at 18:30 including a Fireshow performance at 18:45 and the Bitts Park bonfire lit at 19:00. A fairground will be open from 17:30 on Devonshire Walk car park. A performance will be held on the Bitts Park stage as part of the build up to the bonfire being lit. This will include Merlin the Wizard, music, storytelling, a choir of children singing a magic song and a candle lit lantern procession. The 30-foot high bonfire will be centre stage and include a huge animated dragon. The firework display will follow the bonfire at around 19:20 and will include 2,000 spectacular sparkles. More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the City Council event. Free event.

29 Oct 2016 [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 to secure your free tickets.

29 Oct 2016 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

29 Oct 2016 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 2016 [TBC] Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival, London Sat 18:00-20:30 Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (Spring Gardens), London SE11 5HY. Dancers, acrobats, fire jugglers, story tellers, fireworks and a traditional Guy Fawkes bonfire. The festival attracts over 4,000. Free event.

30 Oct 2016 End of British Summer Time - clocks go back 1 Hour

Blue Sky Antiques & Collectors Fairs

Sun 30 Oct 2016 Belper Leisure/Sports Centre
Sun 13 Nov 2016 Bakewell Agricultural Centre
Sun 27 Nov 2016 Belper Leisure/Sports Centre
Sun 15 Jan 2016 Bakewell Agricultural Centre
Sun 29 Jan 2017 Belper Leisure/Sports Centre
Sun 12 Feb 2017 Bakewell Agricultural Centre
Sun 26 Feb 2017 Belper Leisure/Sports Centre
Sun 12 Mar 2017 Bakewell Agricultural Centre
Sun 26 Mar 2017 Belper Leisure/Sports Centre

30 Oct 2016 [TBC] Emsworth Fireworks 18:00 Sailing Club, 55 Bath Road PO10 7ES. Hot dogs, candy floss, toffee apples, bar snacks. £2 entrance.

London Firework Displays All [TBC] More Details

Sun 30 Oct 2016
Guy Fawkes Night at Wanstead Flats Free

Sat 05 Nov 2016
Crystal Palace Fireworks at Crystal Palace Park £
Southwark's Fireworks Night at Southwark Park Free
Wimbledon Fireworks at Wimbledon Park £

Bishop’s Park Fireworks £
Kingston upon Thames Round Table and Rotary Club Fireworks at Kingsmeadow Stadium £
Totteridge Millhillians Cricket Club Fireworks £

Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival £
Battersea Park Fireworks £
Blackheath Fireworks Free
Chislehurst Rotary Fireworks £
Danson Park Fireworks £
Ealing Cricket Club Fireworks £
Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks at the Royal Gunpowder Mills Sat-Sun
Hackney Firework Pyromusical at Clissold Park £
Harrow Fireworks Display at Byron Recreation Ground £
Morden Fireworks at Morden Park £
Ravenscourt Park Fireworks £

Sun 06 Nov 2016
Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks at the Royal Gunpowder Mills Sat-Sun
Richmond Annual Family Fireworks at Richmond Athletic Ground £

31 Oct 2016 [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.

31 Oct 2016 [TBC] Halloween Events from The National Trust  For kids and big kids.

31 Oct 2016 Halloween In London Night Of The Living Dead. Thousands of revelers in fancy dress take to the street as midnight approaches.

31 Oct 2016 [TBC] Seasonal Events in Salford

01 Nov 2016 [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).


Manchester Firework Displays

01 Nov 2016 [TBC] Etihad Tue 19:30 Free event
02 Nov 2016 [TBC]
Cringle Park Wed 19:30 Free event
03 Nov 2016 [TBC]
Crumpsall Park Thu 19:30 Free event
05 Nov 2016 [TBC]
Heaton Park Sat 19:30 Free event
05 Nov 2016 [TBC]
Platt Fields Park Sat 19:30 Free event
05 Nov 2016 [TBC]
Wythenshawe Park Sat 19:30 Free event

04 Nov 2016 [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.

04 Nov 2016 [TBC] Big Boom - Norwich Castle Fireworks Fri 19:30 Norwich town centre. Spectacular 12 minute firework display organised by Norwich Council - no ticket required - just turn up. Free event.

05 Nov 2016 [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.

 Lewes Bonfire - Biggest of the Sussex Bonfires.

04 Nov 2016 Lewes Badge Night. 18:00 The Dorset and Cliffe High Street. Video

05 Nov 2016 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 £?
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.

Crowds, noise & flame - ear & eye protection advised.

Video:Procession Procession 2 Waterloo Fireworks

Lewes District Council - Info & Road Closures

Map & Safety Lewes Bonfire Council Rocket FM

05 Nov 2016 [TBC] Oldham’s Big Bang! 17:00-20:00 Oldham Edge OL1 1NL. Family friendly Bonfire. Funfair, food stalls. Fireworks 19:00. Free event.

05 Nov 2016 [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

05 Nov 2016 [TBC] Slough Fireworks & Bonfire Sat 19:45 Upton Court Park. Gates open 17:30. Refreshments and a large fun fair. About £6.

05 Nov 2016 [TBC] Manchester Christmas Lights & Fireworks Sat 18:45 Albert Square. Free celebrations for the festive season. Live music, entertainment, family fun and spectacular fireworks.

05 Nov 2016 [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.

05 Nov 2016 [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.

05 Nov 2016 [TBC] Blackheath Fireworks, London 20:00. South London’s biggest and best free firework displays. Attendance 100,000.

05 Nov 2016 [TBC] Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair 17:30 for 19:30 at Hook Road Arena

05 Nov 2016 [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.

Merseyside Firework Displays - All [TBC]

05 Nov 2016 Sefton Park, Liverpool. 19:30 Fireworks set to music. Free event.
05 Nov 2016 Newsham Park, Liverpool. 19:30 Fireworks set to music. Free event.
05 Nov 2016 Sherdley Park, St Helens. 19:00 Childrens display. 20:00 Main display. Funfair from 18:00. 
05 Nov 2016 Lingham Park, Upton. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
05 Nov 2016 Upton Park, Moreton. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
05 Nov 2016 Woodchurch Leisure Centre. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
05 Nov 2016 Birkenhead Park. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event. 
05 Nov 2016 Central Park, Wallasey. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
05 Nov 2016 Mersey Park, Tranmere. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.s
05 Nov 2016 Mayer Park, Bebington. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
05 Nov 2016 Leasowe Adventure Playground.
18:30 Fireworks & Bonfire. Free event.
05 Nov 2016 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.

05 Nov 2016 [TBC] Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular Part of Light Up Lancaster, a festival of illuminations, art, music and fireworks.

05 Nov 2016 [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.

05 Nov 2016 [TBC] Chiddingfold Bonfire 19:00 Procession, St Mary’s School to village green, 19:30 bonfire, 20:00 fireworks.

05-06 Nov 2016 [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.

05 Nov 2016 [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.

05 Nov 2016 [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.

05 Nov 2016 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.

05 Nov 2015 2016 [TBC] Guildford Firework Fiesta 19:45 procession from High Street. 20:30 Fireworks at Stoke Park. Free event.

05 Nov 2016 [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.

05 Nov 2016 [TBC] Sticklepath Fireshow, Devon 19:30 Finch Foundry Field. Themed fire show with puppets, costumes, music and fireworks. About £7.

05 Nov 2016 [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.

05 Nov 2016 [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.

05 Nov 2016 [TBC] Battle Bonfire Torch procession, bonfire and fireworks from the famous Sussex bonfire season.

05 Nov 2016 [TBC] Cuckfield Bonfire 18:45 Bonfire, 19:30 Fireworks to music with the Bright FM roadshow. Hot food. About £7.

05 Nov 2016  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

05 Nov 2016 [TBC] Cuckfield Bonfire About £7.

05 Nov 2016 [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.

05 Nov 2016 [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.

06 Nov 2016 [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

06 Nov 2016 [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

06 Nov 2016 [TBC] John Nike Ski Slope Fireworks Sun 18:00 John Nike Leisuresport Complex, John Nike Way, Bracknell RG12 8TN. Tel: 01344 789000. Free event.

07 Nov 2016 [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

10 Nov 2016 [TBC] Plymouth Christmas Lights 16:00-20:00 The Piazza, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2AR.

10-13 Nov 2016 [TBC] 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.

11 Nov 2016 [TBC] Gunwharf Quays Firework Display, Portsmouth Fri 18:00 Evening entertainment and fireworks with musical soundtrack. The stores will be open until 21:00. Video1 Video2 Gunwharf Quays Fireworks

11 Nov 2016 [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

11-13 Nov 2016 [TBC] Collage-Arts Open Studios 12:00-18:00 The Chocolate Factory, Clarendon Rd, Wood Green 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.

11-13 Nov 2016 [TBC] Front Room - Totterdown Art Trail, Bristol Fri-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.

12 Nov 2016 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.

12 Nov 2016 Chailey Bonfire Sat 18:00 Torch procession, Mill Lane to village hall. 19:15 Fireworks, 20:00 Music and refreshments.

12 Nov 2016 [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

12 Nov 2016 Shoreham Bonfire 18:15 Torch procession from Beach green, 19:00 beach bonfire and professional firework display.

12 Nov 2016 [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

12 Nov 2016 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.

12 Nov 2016 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

12 Nov 2016 [TBC] St Austell Torchlight Carnival Sat 18:00 Torchlight procession, Tregonissey Road to Penwinnick Road. Lanterns, samba bands, jazz bands, cheer leaders, pirates, highwaymen, music, dance and lights. Music and stalls in the town from 10:00. More

12 Nov 2016 [TBC] St Austell Torchlight Carnival Sat 18:00 Torchlight procession, Tregonissey Road to Penwinnick Road. Lanterns, samba bands, jazz bands, cheer leaders, pirates, highwaymen, music, dance and lights. Music and stalls in the town from 10:00. More

13 Nov 2016 [TBC] Carlisle Christmas Lights Switch On Sun 14:00-17:30 Stage entertainment, 17:00 Christmas lights. Free event.

16 Nov 2016 [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 Shepton Mallet Carnival

17 Nov 2016 [TBC] World Water Day - Water Aid 2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation.

17 Nov 2016 [TBC] Salisbury Christmas Lights Thu 18:00-20:00 Guildhall Square. Annual free family event with live music, entertainment, fireworks and Father Christmas. 01722 342860.

17 Nov 2016 [TBC] World's Biggest Liar Bridge Inn, Holmrook, Cumbria CA19 1UX. About £9 including supper.

18 Nov 2016 [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

18 Nov 2016 [TBC] Winchester Lantern Procession Fri 18:00-21:00 Cathedral Outer Close. An evening of free entertainment to celebrate the opening of the Christmas Market and Ice Rink. Live music from the Marwell Zoo Choir and seven-piece funk, jazz and classic dance band Funk Lab, and a pyrotechnic display. 18:30 Lantern procession around the Cathedral grounds.

18 Nov 2016 - 01 Jan 2017 [TBC] Winter Wonderland 10:00-22:00 Hyde Park, London. Ice Rink, Circus, Giant Wheel & Rides, Santa Land and Christmas Market.

18-20 Nov 2016 [TBC] Oxford Christmas Multiple events - many free, including a super lantern parade on Friday evening.

19 Nov 2016 - 01 Jan 2017 [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 2016 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

19 Nov 2016 [Cancelled] 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

19 Nov 2016 [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

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.

19 Nov 2016 Christmas Therapy & Craft Fayre. 10:30-15:30 Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury.

19 Nov 2016 [TBC]
Bangor Christmas Fireworks Sat 17:30 Town Hall. Annual free festive musical fireworks and Christmas Tree lights.

19 Nov 2016 [TBC] Adur Sea Of Lights Sat 13:00-18:00 Lancing and Sompting, Sussex. 15:45 Lantern procession, samba band and other creative people will head off for a colourful circuit of Lancing village, returning to Monks Recreation Ground for an orchestrated Grand Finale. The parade should finish approximately 17:00, but will be followed burning the fire sculptures and possible fireworks on the Monks Recreation ground.

24 Nov 2016 [TBC] Slough Christmas Lights 18:00 Thursday, Town Square, High Street, Slough SL1 1DH. Dancers, entertainment, lights.

25 Nov 2016 [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

25 Nov 2016 [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.

25 Nov 2016 [TBC] Manchester Christmas Lantern Parade Fri 18:00 Tatton Park, Knutsford WA16 6QN. Christmas Lantern Parade with Father Christmas and his Reindeers, Prancer and Dancer. Bring along your Christmas wish list to pop into the special posting box. Bring along any no-longer wanted toys to donate to the Manchester Children's Hospital. Free event. The Gift Fair, shops and restaurant will be open until 19:30. Lantern parade line: 01625 374405.

26 Nov 2016 [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. Map Calne Winter Festival

26 Nov 2016 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, culminating in our 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 procession will then snake back down the hill and onto the fire site in the Old Circus Field (by the old methodist chapel). As always traditional Hog Roast will be available. Fire-site Tickets about £4.50. http://www.hawkhurst-gang-bonfire-society.org.uk/news/

26 Nov 2016 [TBC] South Brent Illuminated Carnival, Devon Sat 18:15. Processions on the last Saturday in June and November. 01364 73292.

26 Nov 2016 [TBC] Godalming Christmas Festival & Lights 10:00-18:00 The Pepperpot. Live music all day. 17:00 Lights switch on. 17:15 Carols.

27 Nov 2016 [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

27 Nov 2016 [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.

28 Nov 2016 - 01 Jan 2017 [TBC] London Bridge City Christmas Market 10:00-20:00 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.

01 Dec 2016 [TBC] Salisbury Lantern Procession Thu 17:00-20:30. Hundreds of lanterns cast a festive light through the streets of Salisbury in this annual Lanterns for Salisbury parade on their way to the Salisbury Christmas Market. Tourist Info: 01722 342860 visitorinfo@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk

01-08 Dec 2016 [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.

02 Dec 2016 [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

03 Dec 2016 [TBC] Rainham Village Victorian Xmas Fayre Sat 10:00-15:30 Rainham Village, Essex. Father Christmas, art exhibition, mulled drinks & mince pies, carol singers, Victorian characters and Morris dancing. Free entry.

03 Dec 2016 [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

03-04 Dec 2016 [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.

04 Dec 2016 [TBC] Jersey Christmas Parade Sun 18:00-19:20 The Esplanade, St. Helier. Floodlit floats, music and dance. Jersey Tourism 01534 448877.

04 Dec 2016 [TBC] Reading Toy Run Sun 13:00 Foster Wheeler (Formerly Shire Hall) to Wokingham Barnardo's. Annual motorcycle run in which 2000 Christian Bikers deliver new toys for children in Barnardo's care. Video Video2 Reading Toy Run

04 Dec 2016 [TBC] Reading Toy Run Sun 13:00 Foster Wheeler (Formerly Shire Hall) to Wokingham Barnardo's. Annual motorcycle run in which 2000 Christian Bikers deliver new toys for children in Barnardo's care. Video Video2 Reading Toy Run

04 Dec 2016 [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.

08 Dec 2016 [TBC] Poole Festivities & Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Falkland Square, High Street to the Guildhall.

08 & 15 Dec 2016 [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 2016 [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.

10 Dec 2016 [TBC] World Christmas Cracker Throwing Championships Sat 11:00-13:00 Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, Devon. Men, women and children will in turn attempt to fling a Christmas cracker as far as they can along a specially marked out outdoor course, in a pedestrianised street. Just like pulling a cracker the secret to success will be in the technique and not power as any cunning child will tell you.

10 Dec 2016 [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 2016 [TBC] De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Sat 12:00 De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex TN40 1DP. Join one of our experienced and passionate guides for a fascinating tour of this Grade One listed masterpiece of Modernist architecture. Hear about the building's history; from when it opened in 1935 to its current use as a thriving cultural centre for contemporary arts. Booking essential - 01424 229 111. Free event.

11 Dec 2016 [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.

15 Dec 2016 [TBC] River of Light, Caerphilly 18:30 Town Centre to the castle. Lantern parade with samba drummers, street bands and dancers. Spectacular firework finale. Free event.

15 Dec 2016 [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.

18 Dec 2016 [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.

21 Dec 2016 [TBC] Burning The Clocks, Brighton 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 [TBC] 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.

SEASONAL SWIMS - 25 Dec 2016 [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 2016 [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 [TBC] 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

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 over 30 old stationary steam engines - some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the North of England. Most will be running in steam on these days only. 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.

28-29 Dec 2016 Wed-Thu. Winter Warm-Up

28-29 May 2017 [TBC] Sun-Mon. Spring Bank Holiday Steamings.

Steaming Days 10:00-16:00 - admission  free, but donations welcome. Video

31 Dec 2016 [TBC] New Year's Eve Fireworks, London Midnight fireworks at the London Eye. Traditionally, 500,000 revelers have watched the intense free 10 minute display. Live DJs with music from 22:00 until 00:45. Extra facilities and first aid on Victoria Embankment and South Bank. Video: Dancing Revelers Fireworks Auld Lang Syne Now a ticketed event, limited to 100,000 people. Tickets cost £10. New Year's Eve Fireworks, London Free viewing areas include: Tower Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Cannon Street, Parliament Hill and Primrose Hill.

31 Dec 2016 [TBC] Cardiff New Year's Eve Fireworks. Cathays Park Midnight. Live music, mulled wine. christmasincardiff.com

31 Dec 2016 [TBC] Manchester New Year's Eve Fireworks. City-centre, best viewed from the Exchange Square.

31 Dec 2016 [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 2016 [TBC] Weymouth New Years Eve Town Centre and harbour. Free fancy dress party with 20,000 revelers. Tourist Information Centre 01305 785747.

31 Dec 2016 [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 2016 [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 2016 [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.


Edinburgh New Year

30 Dec 2016 [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 2016 [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 2016 [TBC] In addition, ticketed events include a concert, street party and Keilidh.

01 Jan Public Holiday - New Year's Day Holiday

01 Jan 2017 [TBC] 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 2017 [TBC] Hyde Park Serpentine Runs 10k race starts at 11:00,  3k fun run starts at 12:00. Course Map

01 Jan 2017 [TBC] Bath Tub Race, Poole Harbour 11:00 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

03 Jan 2017 [TBC] Twelfth Night, London 14:15 South Bank. 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

06 Jan 2017 [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.

06 Jan 2017 [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.

06-15 Jan 2017 [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

07 Jan 2017 [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

07 Jan 2017 [TBC] Hunters Moon Wassail. Stone Cross Nurseries, Dittons Road, Stone Cross, East Sussex BN24 5ET.

07-08 Jan 2017 [TBC] Icicle Balloon Meet Sat-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.

08 Jan 2017 [TBC] No Trousers Tube Ride, London Quirky annual event with up to 500 participants.

12-15 Jan 2017 [TBC] Lumiere London Produced by Artichoke and supported by the Mayor of London, a host of international artists will illuminate the city. See iconic architecture transformed with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary light works.

13-15 Jan 2017 [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

14 Jan 2017 [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 Old
Iron 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.

14 Jan 2017 [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.

15 Jan 2017 [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.

15 Jan 2017 [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.

26 Jan 2017 Australia Day Pub events and parties around London.

28 Jan 2017 [TBC] Winter Lantern Parade, Tunbridge Wells 17:30 from Tunbridge Wells Library. Parade down Monson Road and Camden Road, finishing at St Barnabas School for food and entertainment.

28-29 Jan 2017 [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.

29 Jan 2017 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Birmingham Sun 11:30-17:30 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.

29 Jan 2017 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Manchester Sun 11:00-19:00 Chinatown and Albert Square. 18:00 Fireworks. The high pole lion dance performance is set to be the most spectacular in the UK. Attendance 65,000.

31 Jan 2017 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

02 Feb - 05 Mar 2017 [TBC] Magical Lantern Festival 17:00-20:30 Chiswick House Gardens, London W4 2QN. Very spectacular illuminated creations.

05 Feb 2017 [TBC] Chinese New Year, London Sun 10:00 Parade,  North of Trafalgar Square to Shaftesbury Avenue. 11:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square - Lion dance, martial arts, food, firecrackers, pyrotechnics and light show. Video: Parade Firecrackers Website: www.chinatownlondon.org What's On & Timings

05 Feb 2017 [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.

05 Feb 2017 [TBC] South Essex Radio Rally Sun 10:30 The Paddocks, Long Road, Canvey. Amateur radio & electronics. 01842 861089.

06 Feb 2017 [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

08-19 Feb 2017 [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.

11-18 Feb 2017 [TBC] Showzam, Blackpool Annual festival of circus, magic and new variety. Show all events

13-19 Feb 2017 [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

17-19 Feb 2017 [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 Feb 2017 [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

25 Feb 2017 [TBC] Charity Pancake Olympics, Littlehampton 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!

26 Feb 2017 [TBC] Brighton Half Marathon Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive/ Seafront. 10,000 runners. Video1 Video2 Brighton Half

26 Feb 2017 [TBC] Arun Divers Littlehampton Leap Sun 11:45 for 12:30 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 £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

28 Feb 2017 [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.

28 Feb 2017 [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.

28 Feb 2017 [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.

28 Feb 2017 [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

28 Feb 2017 [TBC] Flipping Marvelous Pancake Race 12:30-14:00 More London, Southbank, near Tower Bridge. Free event.

28-29 Feb 2017 [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

28 Feb - 12 Mar 2017 [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 2017 St Davids Day Parade, Cardiff Wed 12:30 Cardiff City Hall. Parade with floats, flags, bands, dragons and participants in national or historic dress. Route St Davids Day

02-05 Mar 2017 [TBC] Swanage Blues Festival, Dorset 40 Acts, 70 gigs and 18 indoor venues. Acoustic and electric blues-based music, open mic, jam sessions, workshops, rural and urban blues. Organised by Steve Darrington

04 Mar 2017 [TBC] Women’s Eights Head of the River Race Sat 09:30 Mortlake to Putney, 4 miles 374 yards. 3,000 athletes on the classic championship course.

04-05 Mar 2017 [TBC] The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships Sat-Sun. St George's Hall, Bradford BD1 1JT. 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. About £6 per day.

06-11 Mar 2017 [TBC] Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London A week-long programme of events celebrating the diversity of Russian culture. No event in Trafalgar Square this year? Video Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London

10 Mar 2017 [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.

11-12 & 18-19 Mar 2017 [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

12 Mar 2017 [TBC] St Patricks Day, London Sun 12:00 Parade, Green Park to Trafalgar Square. 12:00-18:00 Irish Day Party, Trafalgar Square. Attendance: 125,000. Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 Video 4 Video 5 2014 Parade 2014 Trafalgar Sq St Patrick's Day is on 17 March. The London celebrations are usually held on the nearest Sunday. St Patricks Day, London

12 Mar 2017 [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.

12 Mar 2017 [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

15-18 Mar 2017 [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 2017 [TBC] Head of the River Race, London Sat 13:30 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

19 Mar 2017 [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.

19 Mar 2017 [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.


26 Mar 2017 Start of British Summer Time - clocks go forward 1 Hour

31 Mar - 01 Apr 2017 North Leeds Charity Beer Festival The Homestead, Old Park Road, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1JX. Brought to you by the Rotary Club of Roundhay, Leeds. Fri 18:00-23:00, Sat 12:00-23:00. Round Britain Festival of Ale - 40 cask ales & six ciders from around Britain (England, Scotland & Wales), food and entertainment.

02 Apr 2017 [TBC] Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Sun 15:10 & 16:10 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. Women’s Boat Race: 15:10, Boat Race: 16:10 Pubs Along The Route The Boat Race

02 Apr 2017 [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. Video: 2015 2014 2012 2011 Reading Half Marathon

02 Apr 2017 [TBC] Marathon Preparation Race Sun 09:45 Dorney Lake, Windsor. 16, 20 & 24miles. Free Parking.

05-09 Apr 2017 [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.

07-09 Apr 2017 [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.

08 Apr 2017 [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 2017 [TBC] Vaisakhi Festival Sat 12:00-17:00 City Hall / The Scoop, London, SE1 2DB . Sikh festival with an afternoon of activities at City Hall. A celebration of Sikh tradition, heritage and culture. Will include shabad kirtan (spiritual music), langar (food), turban tying, folk dance, martial arts, children’s activities, and much more. All ages welcome. Free event.

08-09 Apr 2017 [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.

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.
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

09 Apr 2017 [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

14-16 Apr 2017 [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.

15 Apr 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.

16 Apr 2017 [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

16 Apr 2017 [TBC] 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

16 Apr 2017 [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.

14 Apr 2017 UK Public Holiday - Good Friday.

14, 15 & 17 Apr 2017 [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

17 Apr 2017 UK Public Holiday - Easter Monday.

17 Apr 2017 [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

17 Apr 2017 [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.

17 Apr 2017 [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

22 Apr 2017 [TBC] Incarnation Brighton Sat 10:00-18:00 Madeira Drive. Hundreds of performance cars on display. Organised by the Ace Cafe. Free event.

22 Apr 2017 [TBC] St George's Day, London Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. Live music stage and quality sound system. Video Free event.

22 Apr 2017 [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.

23 Apr 2017 [TBC] Warrior Adrenaline Race Sun 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.

23 Apr 2017 [TBC] London to Brighton Jaguar Run Sun 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00 Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS to Lower Esplanade, Madeira Drive, Brighton. Annual event with around 300 Jaguars of all ages. Organised by Kelsey Publishing 01959 541444, and supported by The Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club.
23 Apr 2017 [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

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 [TBC] 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.

23 Apr 2017 [TBC] Munch Street Food Festival Sun 11:00-21:00 Potters Field Park, Tower Bridge SE1 2AA. An event to coincide with the London Marathon. Previous food traders have included Mamas Jerk Station, the Wild Food Catering Company, Bhangra Burger plus many more. On the stage at Potters and the Scoop at More London amphitheatre will be DJs and live performances from up and coming bands performing an eclectic array of music. Free event.

28-29 Apr 2017 [TBC] Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Fri-Sun 10:00-17:00 on the beach. Hands-on science activities. Free.

29 Apr 2017 [TBC] 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.

29 Apr 2017 [TBC] Spalding Flower Parade Sat 14:00-17:00 Carnival floats, decorated with half a million tulip heads. The 4.5 mile route takes about 3 hours, and the roads are lined with upwards of 80,000 spectators. Plenty of activities over the weekend. Flower Parade

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 [TBC] 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 2017 [TBC] 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.

29-30 Apr 2017 [TBC] 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

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 2017 [TBC] Spalding Flower Parade Sat 14:00-17:00 Carnival floats, decorated with half a million tulip heads. The 4.5 mile route takes about 3 hours, and the roads are lined with upwards of 80,000 spectators. Plenty of activities over the weekend. Flower Parade

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 [TBC] 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 2017 [TBC] 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.

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.

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] 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.

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.

01 May 2017 [TBC] 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

01 May 2017 [TBC] 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. Hastings Jack In The Green Festival Free event.

01 May 2017 [TBC]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 [TBC] 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.

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

All [TBC]

06 May 2017 Exeter Pride Sat 11:30 Parade
27 May 2017 Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun Hurst Street. Picture
03 Jun 2017 Oxford 12:00 Procession, Ship Street.
10 Jun 2017 Blackpool Pride Winter Gdns.11:00 Procession N Pier.
10 Jun 2017 Gloucester12:00 Procession Shire Hall. Gloucester Park.
17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Cumbria, Carlisle. 12:00-19:00.
17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Portsmouth, Southsea Common. New.
17 Jun 2017 [TBC] York. York Minster to Racecourse 12:00-18:30.
17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Suffolk. 11:30-18:00 Waterfront, Ipswich.
24 Jun 2017 London 13:00 Baker St to Trafalgar Sq. Pictures Video
24 Jun 2017 [TBC] Coventry. Fargo Village 12:00-18:00
24 Jun 2017 [TBC] Swansea Singleton Park.
25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Black Pride London 12:00 Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.
01 Jul 2017 Edinburgh
01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Sheffield 13:00-19:00 Devonshire Green, City Centre.
01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Warwickshire. Leam' Spa Pump Room Gdns 11:00-19:00
08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Bournemouth Bandstand
08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Bristol. Parade & free music festival, Castle Park.
09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Chelmsford Sun. Central Park. 12:00-23:00
15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Hull West Park.
17 Jul 2017 [TBC] Stoke On Trent Northwood Park, Hanley
14 Jul 2017 [TBC] Newcastle Town Moor. Fri-Sun. Town centre stage.
22 Jul 2017 [TBC] Norwich 19:30 Chapelfield Gardens
05 Aug 2017 Brighton 11:00 Parade. 10:00-22:00 Party Preston Park.
06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Belfast The Square.
05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Liverpool
05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Swindon & Wiltshire Town Gardens, Quarry Road.
05 Aug  2017 [TBC] Plymouth 13:00-19:00 Plymouth Hoe. Parade 12:30.
06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Wakefield. 12:00 Warren Gate.
06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Leeds Sun 14:00 Millenium Square
12 Aug 2017 [TBC] Pride Cymru, Cardiff Coopers Field.
19 Aug 2017 [TBC] Glasgow About £10. Parade Sat.
25 Aug 2017 [TBC] Manchester
26 Aug 2017 [TBC] Walsall. Gallery Square.
26 Aug 2017 [TBC] Truro Parade 11:00 Lemon Quay.
02 Sep 2017 [TBC] Reading Kings Meadow. Parade 11:30 Civic Centre.
03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Barnsley
24 Sep 2017 [TBC] Preston Flag Market
24 Sep 2017 [TBC] Sunderland Galley's Gill

05 May 2017 [TBC]
Helston Flora Day Fri 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 [TBC] 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.

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 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.

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

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] London May Fayre & Puppet Festival Sun 10:30-17:30 Covent Garden. 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 SamuelPepys in 1662. St Paul's Church Gardens, Bedford Street WC2. Admission Free.

07 May 2017 [TBC] 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.

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


10-14 May 2017 [TBC] 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.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 [TBC] Norfolk & Norwich Festival Two weeks of amazing events - circus, music and visual arts, both free and ticketed.

13 May 2017 [TBC] 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.

13-14 May 2017 [TBC] 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.

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 [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 100,000. Bangladeshi festival with food, live music, sports activities and traditional arts and crafts workshops. Boishakhi Mela Free event.

14 May 2017 [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

19 May 2017 [TBC] Party in the City, Bath Fri 18:00-00:00 Exciting programme of Free events. Hundreds of acts at dozens of venues - expect to hear everything from swing, soul and blues to classical, ska, jazz, rock, pop and more. The free party begins at the Abbey with the annual Bath Festival procession.

19 May 2017 [TBC] 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 20-30 May 2016 Bath International Music Festival Multiple events, both free and ticketed.

20-24 Jun 2017 [TBC] Crystal Palace Overground Festival Sat 11:00 till late18:00. New venue - Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, London SE20. DJs, BBQs, barn dances, cider festival, comedy, sports, music, film, vintage and plenty more. Free event.

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

20-21 May 2017 [TBC] 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 - 11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Chelsea Fringe The alternative garden festival. Hundreds of events around the capital.

21 May 2017 [TBC] 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 [TBC] 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

21-27 May 2016 [TBC] 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 2015 rally is from Stockholm to Las Vegas. London Video London pictures

World Naked Bike Ride

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

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

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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 [TBC] 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] 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] ThunderSprint Sat-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.