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 07 Aug 2022

English Public Holidays 2022

03 Jan 2022 Mon New Year's Day
15 Apr 2022 Good Friday
18 Apr 2022 Easter Monday
02 May 2022 Mon May Bank Holiday
02 Jun 2022 Thu Spring Bank Holiday
03 Jun 2022 Fri Jubilee Bank Holiday
29 Aug 2022 Mon Summer Bank Holiday
25 Dec 2022 Sun Christmas Day
26 Dec 2022 Mon Boxing Day
27 Dec 2022 Tue Christmas Holiday

English Public Holidays 2023

01 Jan 2023 Sun New Year's Day
02 Jan 2023 Mon New Year Holiday
07 Apr 2023 Good Friday
10 Apr 2023 Easter Monday
01 May 2023 Mon May Bank Holiday
29 May 2023 Mon Late May Bank Holiday
28 Aug 2023 Mon Summer Bank Holiday
25 Dec 2023 Mon Christmas Day
26 Dec 2023 Tue Boxing Day

Email: barry@free-events.co.uk


11-14 Aug 2022 Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Thu-Sun Ashton Court. Europe's largest annual Hot Air Balloon event - up to 130 balloons, 500,000 visitors over four days. Mass Balloon Ascents. 06:00 & 18:00 daily, subject to weather.

21:00 Night Glow each evening. Fireworks 21:00 on Thu & Sat.

Thu & Sat. Arena events. Trade stands.


Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Free event.


13-14 Aug 2022 Manchester Caribbean Carnival

Sat 12:00-14:30 Parade, Start and finish in Claremont Road. Steel bands, floats, DJs and dance troupes.

Sat-Sun 12:00-20:00 Alexandra Park M16 7JL. 8 Stages, including Jamaican, African and Soca Corner. DJs, Caribbean food & drink, fairground, crafts.



04-28 Aug 2022 Free Edinburgh Festival

400 shows across exciting venues, with the very best free shows.

Massive comedy selection, four music stages, fantastic cabaret, theatre, children's shows, spoken word, a walking tour and busking.



14 Aug 2022 Skegness Carnival Sun 12:00 Parade from Tesco, Richmond Drive to North Parade. Floats, bands, BBQ, beach games, pet show etc.

05-12 Aug 2022 Broadstairs Folk Week 10:00-22:00 Memorial recreation ground, and town centre. In the parks, pubs, gardens, beaches and promenade; musicians - from the highly professional to the inexperienced amateur - get together in impromptu sessions whilst Morris dancers, Appalachian clog dancers, rapper sword dancers and many others demonstrate their skills on the streets and along the prom. Large craft marquee. Entertainment all day. About 70 events daily, with varying admission charges.


Summer Events - Poole  

Music, Fun and Fireworks

21 Jul - 25 Aug 2022 Thursdays 19:00-22:30 Quayside.

Six magical Thursdays of free music, street entertainers, family entertainment and fireworks at 22:00.

Free events.



Jul-Sep Isle of Wight Carnivals

10 Aug 2022 Ventnor Children's Carnival. Wed 12:00 Dudley Road
10 Aug 2022 Ventnor Main Carnival & Fireworks. Wed 19:00 Albert Street
13 Aug 2022 Ventnor Illuminated Carnival Sat 21:00 Albert Street
25 Aug 2022 Newport Illuminated. Thu 21:00 Church Litten
27 Aug 2022 Cowes Illuminated Carnival. Sat 21:00 Crossfield Avenue
27 Aug 2022 [TBC] Ryde Children's Carnival. Sat 15:00 Dover Street
29 Aug 2022 St Helen's. Mon 18:30 The Green
31 Aug 2022 [TBC] Sandown Illuminated Carnival. Wed 20:30 Culver Parade
01 Sep 2022 Ryde Main Carnival. Thu 18:30 The Esplanade
03 Sep 2022
Ryde Illuminated Carnival Sat 20:30 The Esplanade

22 Jul 2023 [TBC] Newport Main Carnival Sat 19:00 Church Litten. Video
26 Jul 2023 [TBC] Cowes Main Carnival. Wed 19:00 Crossfield Avenue
29 Jul 2023 [TBC] Sandown Children's Carnival. Sat 15:00 Sandham Gardens
29 Jul 2023 [TBC] Sandown Main Carnival. Sat 19:00 Culver Parade
02 Aug 2023 [TBC] Shanklin Main Carnival. Wed 19:00 Popham Road
05 Aug 2023 [TBC] Shanklin Illuminated Carnival. Sat 21:15 Popham Road


National Sheepdog Trials

11-13 Aug 2022 Ireland 189 Bay Farm, Bay Road, Carnlough, Ballymena, Co Ulster BT44 0HR
18-20 Aug 2022 Scotland
Dressertland Farm, Closeburn, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 5HG
25-27 Aug 2022 Wales Rhyndaston Fawr, Hayscastle, Haverfordwest, SA62 5PT
09-11 Sep 2022 International Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA

21-23 Jul 2023 [TBC] England Wrangham Farm, Lowick, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 2UN


May-Sep 2022 Magic Of Thailand Festivals

See link for tickets.

13-14 Aug 2022 Bournemouth King's Park
20-21 Aug 2022 Brighton Preston Park
03-04 Sep 2022 London Ealing Common

27-28 May 2023 [TBC] Poole Harbourside Park
10-11 Jun 2023 [TBC] Basingstoke War Memorial Park
24-25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Manchester Platt Field Park
08-09 Jul 2023 [TBC] Warwick Racecourse
15-16 Jul 2023 [TBC] Nottingham Forest Recreation Ground
29-30 Jul 2023 [TBC] Norwich Eaton Park
05-06 Aug 2023 [TBC] Cambridge Parker's Piece



05 Apr - 27 Sep 2022 Dream Machines, Poole

Tuesdays 18:00-22:00 Poole Quay and Harbour.

The latest super bikes, custom builds, vintage classics and trikes.

A superb range of motorbikes where bikers and spectators enjoy a unique relaxed atmosphere.

Organised by Poole Tourism, the friendly meet regularly draws over 1000 riders from across the UK for 26 weeks of classic ride outs.

Good selection of cafes, bars and restaurants to relax and have a bite to eat. The Quay is closed to all traffic from 17:30 and open to bikes only from 18:00.


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

Southampton Cruise Ship Schedule

Southampton Sailings - Mayflower Park is often an ideal viewing point. Information is for recreational use only.

07 Aug 2022 Britannia 18:00
08 Aug 2022 Seven Seas Splendor 08:30
10 Aug 2022 Queen Victoria 16:30
10 Aug 2022 Ventura 17:00
12 Aug 2022 Bolette
12 Aug 2022 Enchanted Princess
12 Aug 2022 Island Princess
12 Aug 2022 Queen Mary 2
13 Aug 2022 Celebrity Silhouette 16:00
13 Aug 2022 Iona
13 Aug 2022 Emerald Princess
13 Aug 2022 Virtuosa
13 Aug 2022 Sky Princess
14 Aug 2022 Anthem Of The Seas
14 Aug 2022 Norwegian star
14 Aug 2022 Queen Victoria
15 Aug 2022 Aidaprima
16 Aug 2022 Enchanted Princess
18 Aug 2022 Arcadia
18 Aug 2022 Mein Schiff 3
19 Aug 2022 Bolette
20 Aug 2022 Iona
20 Aug 2022 Sky Princess
20 Aug 2022 Ventura 17:00
21 Aug 2022 Norwegian Prima 20:00


Port Of London Events


Tue 9 Aug 2022 TBC Rowing Event Port of London Challenge London Bridge 18:40   M
Wed 10 Aug 2022 TBC Sailing Event Twickenham Yacht Club evening race 14 Twickenham Yacht Club Twickenham Yacht Club 19:30 21:00 U
Thu 11 Aug 2022   Sailing Event EYC Open Regatta Weekend Erith Yacht Club Erith Yacht Club TBC   L
Thu 11 Aug 2022   Sailing Event Thursday Series Thurrock Yacht Club 18:00   L
Sat 13 Aug 2022 TBC Sailing Event Bob Walker Cup Info Greenwich Yacht Club to
Greenwich Reach
Greenwich Yacht Club 14:00   M
Sat 13 Aug 2022 TBC Sailing Event LCSC championships - summer 4 London Corinthian Sailing Club London Corinthian Sailing Club 13:20 16:20 U
Sat 13 Aug 2022 TBC Sailing Event Placeholder Race Info Greenwich Yacht Club Greenwich Yacht Club 14:50   M
Sat 13 Aug 2022 TBC Sailing Event Ranelagh Sailing Club summer series Ranelagh Sailing Club Ranelagh Sailing Club 14:45 15:45 U
Sun 14 Aug 2022   Sailing Event Buddy Sail Info Erith Yacht Club Erith Yacht Club 11:00 13:00 L
Sun 14 Aug 2022 TBC Sailing Event LCSC general dinghy sail London Corinthian Sailing Club London Corinthian Sailing Club 14:00 17:00 U
Sun 14 Aug 2022 TBC Sailing Event Ranelagh Sailing Club summer series Ranelagh Sailing Club Ranelagh Sailing Club 15:30 16:30 U
Sun 14 Aug 2022 TBC Sailing Event Strand on the Green SC race Kew Bridge to
Kew Railway Bridge
Strand on the Green Sailing Club 15:40   U
Sun 14 Aug 2022   Sailing Event Supervised Dinghy Bobabout Info Thurrock Yacht Club to
Thurrock Yacht Club
Thurrock Yacht Club 11:30   L



Ceremonial Events London & Windsor

05-27 Aug 2022 The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Fri 26 Aug 2022 The Central Band of The RAF lunchtime Concert at Regent Hall, London, W1C 2DJ at 1.00pm (non-ticketed)

Sat 17 Sep 2022 Central Band of The Royal British Legion, Jubilee Concert at Cadogan Hall, London at 7.30pm

Thu 22 Sep 2022 Band of the Scots Guards wind ensemble: lunchtime concert at Regent Hall, London, W1C 2DJ at 1.00pm (non-ticketed)

Fri 23 Sep 2022 Band of The Irish Guards Concert, Royal Military Chapel, The Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ  at 7.00pm. Free, retiring collection.

Tue 27 Sep 2022 Guards' Chapel Recital Series: in the Royal Military Chapel, The Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ at 1.10pm. Free,  retiring collection.

Sat 15 Oct 2022 Band of the Grenadier Guards Jubilee Concert, Regent Hall, London, W1C 2DJ at 19:30. Non-ticketed.


07-13 Aug 2022 Yarmouth Carnival Week, Isle of Wight Sat 14:00 Procession Culmination of the week's festivities.


Apr-Sep 2022 Pride Events Please confirm details with organizers before traveling. Some events are held over several days. Some events are ticketed. Some are free.

13 Aug 2022 [Cancelled] Swindon & Wiltshire 11:00 Old Town Gardens, Quarry Road. Parade, stalls and music. Free. Swindon & Wiltshire Pride
13 Aug 2022 Colchester Pride Sat 11:00-22:00 Firstsite Building.
13 Aug 2022 Margate Pride Sat 14:00-20:00, Waterfront.
13 Aug 2022 Chester Pride Sat, Castle Square. Free.
14 Aug 2022 Wakefield Pride Sun 11:00-22:00 Borough Rd
20 Aug 2022 Herts Pride. Cassiobury Park, Watford. 12:00-22:00.
20 Aug 2022 Warwickshire Pride Sat, Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa
. Live performances and celebrity guests.
20 Aug 2022 King's Lynn & West Norfolk Pride Sat 11:00 Parade from the Tuesday Market Place. Live entertainment in The Walks
27 Aug 2022 Southampton Pride Sat 11:00-22:00 Guildhall Square & West Marlands Road
27 Aug 2022 Cardiff Pride Sat-Sun. City Hall Lawns, Cardiff
27 Aug 2022 Walsal Pride Sat 11:00-17:00 Gallery Square Gardens
28 Aug 2022 Manchester Pride 3 days. Parade Sat.
03 Sep 2022 Leicester Pride Sat 12:00 City Centre Parade and Victoria Park
03 Sep 2022 Reading Pride Sat 11:30 Parade from Civic Centre. Kings Meadow.
03 Sep 2022 Basildon Pride Gloucester Park. 10:00
03 Sep 2022 Calderdale Pride Halifax Town Centre
03 Sep 2022 Totnes Pride Devon Sat 11:30 High street procession and entertainment.
10 Sep 2022 Milton Keynes Pride Campbell Park.
10 Sep 2022 Derbyshire Pride Sat. Markeaton Park.
24 Sep 2022 Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun Hurst Street.
24 Sep 2022 Preston Pride Sat 10:30-16:00 Flag Market
24 Sep 2022 Pride Cumbria Sat 11:00-18:00 University of Cumbria, Brampton Road, Carlisle


May-Oct Lets Rock 80s Festivals - See link for tickets

Sat 13 Aug 2022 Ireland
Sat 03 Sep 2022 Kent
Sat 10 Sep 2022 Essex


24 Jun - 26 Aug 2022 Quay For My Car, Poole

Fridays 18:00-21:00 Poole Quay.

Owners of classic vehicles line up along Poole Quay.

Part of "Summertime in the South" with Wave 105FM.



Classic Festivals - Country Shows

20-21 Aug 2022 The Framlingham Country Show Sat-Sun Framlingham College, Suffolk, IP13 9EY
28-29 Aug 2022 The Kent Country Show, Quex Park, Park Lane, Birchington, Kent, CT7 0BH
19-20 Nov 2022 The East Anglian Winter Fair, Chelmsford City Racecourse, Essex, CM3 1QP

09-10 Apr 2023 [TBC] Easter Country Show, Henham Park, Suffolk
30 Apr -01 May 2023 [TBC] The Nonsuch Town & Country Show Thu-Fri (Bank Holiday) Nonsuch Park, London Road, Epsom
02-04 Jun 2023 [TBC] The Essex Country Show Sun-Mon (Bank Holiday). Weald Country Park, Brentwood, Essex
17-18 Jun 2023 [TBC] The World in One, Morden Park, London
01-02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Bucks Country Show, Amersham
29-30 Jul 2023 [TBC] British Country Fair & Extreme Show, Brentwood, Essex
05-06 Aug 2023 [TBC] Cambridge Country Show, Stow Cum Quy


The UK's leading gardening charity.

Royal Horticultural Society Shows

19-21 Aug 2022 RHS Rosemoor Flower Show.
06-11 Sep 2022 RHS Wisley Flower Show.
23-25 Sep 2022 Malvern Autumn Show, Three Counties Showground.

04-07 May 2023 [TBC] RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Three Counties Showground.
03-08 Jul 2023 [TBC] RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
19-23 Jul 2023 [TBC] RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.
02-06 Aug 2023 [TBC] RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show.

RHS Gardens Events Diary


Jul-Aug Summer Fireworks in Greater Yarmouth

09 Aug 2022 Tue 22:00 Hemsby Beach Fireworks.
10 Aug 2022 Wed  22:00 Great Yarmouth Sealife Gardens Fireworks plus evening entertainment.
16 Aug 2022 Tue 22:00 Hemsby Beach Fireworks.
17 Aug 2022 Wed  22:00 Great Yarmouth Sealife Gardens Fireworks plus evening entertainment.
23 Aug 2022 Tue 22:00 Hemsby Beach Fireworks.
24 Aug 2022 Wed  22:00 Great Yarmouth Sealife Gardens Fireworks plus evening entertainment.
30 Aug 2022 Tue 22:00 Hemsby Beach Fireworks.
31 Aug 2022 Wed  22:00 Great Yarmouth Sealife Gardens Fireworks plus evening entertainment.

Free events.


04 Aug - 01 Sep 2022 Fireworks At The Needles, Isle Of Wight.Fireworks set to music, every Thursday throughout the Summer holidays. 01983 752401.


Jun-Oct 2021 British Lawn Mower Racing

Racing usually 10:00-19:00.

13-14 Aug 2022 12 Hour, Venue [TBC]
27-28 Aug 2022 Cheddar, Axbridge. BS26 2JB
03-04 Sep 2022 Blacklands Farm, East Grinstead. RH19 4HP
17-18 Sep 2022 Capel. RH5 5HG
08-09 Oct 2022 NWLMRA 6hr Endurance Race


13-14 Aug 2022 Essex Echoes Of History Show Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Whitehouse Farm, The Living Memorial, Retendon, Essex CM3 8DL. Essex & London's premier military vehicle show. 300+ vehicles, flying displays, heavy tanks, mock battles, living history, tank & helicopter rides, collectors stalls, arena events and all day music. Entrance about £13 per day.


Jersey Battle Of Flowers

11 Aug 2022 Battle Of The Flowers. Thu 14:30-17:00. Held on the second Thursday in August.
12 Aug 2022 Moonlight Parade. Fri 21:00-22:45. Illuminated finale and fireworks.
04 Dec 2022 Battle Of The Flowers Christmas Parade
. Sun 16:45-18:00 The Esplanade, St. Helier. Floodlit floats, music and dance.

Jersey Tourism 01534 448877.


Newark Antiques Fair

Nottingham Showground, Newark NG24 2NY.

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

The largest event of its kind in Europe, with up to 2,500 stands on a 84 acres site.
Thousands of dealers and buyers from around the globe every other month. See link for other venues and shows.

Thu-Fri  11-12 Aug 2022
Thu-Fri  06-07 Oct 2022
Thu-Fri  01-02 Dec 2022

Thu-Fri  01-02 Jun 2023 [TBC]


12-13 Aug 2022 World Pipe Band Championships Fri-Sat. The biggest and best event in piping. Bands from across the globe will descend onto Glasgow Green with one goal - to be World Pipe Band Champions. 8,000 pipers, 16 nations and 45,000 spectators. General admission about £12. Highland games, children's area, highland dancing, drum major competition, craft fair and mass march past.


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.

13 Aug 2022 Summer Cider Cycle 10:00. 14 miles to 25 miles
27 Aug 2022 Rude Health Bog Triathlon 11:00
28 Aug 2022 Rude Health World Bog Snorkelling Championship 10:00
23 Oct 2022 [TBC] Ron Skilton Memorial Half Marathon 11:00
19 Nov 2022 [TBC] Real Ale Wobble 10:00
26-27 Nov 2022 [TBC] Real Ale Wobble 08:00

10 Jun 2023 [TBC] Whole Earth Man v Horse 11:00 from Town Square
17 Jun 2023 [TBC] Drovers Walk 09:00



May-Dec Living Heritage Events

13-14 Aug 2022 Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Wiltshire Game & Country Fair. Bowood House, Calne.
28-29 Aug 2022 Sun-Mon 10:00-18:00 Cheshire Game & Country Fair, Cheshire Showground. August Bank Holiday.
10-11 Sep 2022 Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Sandringham Game & Country Fair
24-25 Sep 2022 Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Leicestershire Game & Country Fair, Leicester Showground.
18-20 Nov 2022 Fri-Sun 10:00-17:00 Sandringham Christmas Craft Food and Gift Fair.

09-10 Apr 2023 [TBC] Sun-Mon 10:00-18:00 Thame Country Fair. Easter.
29 Apr - 01 May 2023 [TBC] Sat-Mon 10:00-18:00 Sandringham Food, Craft and Wood Festival. May bank Holiday.
02-04 Jun 2023 [TBC] Fri-Sun 10:00-18:00 Burghley Game & Country Fair. Jubilee Bank Holiday.


13-14 Aug 2022 Art in the Park Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Jephson and Mill Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa. Over 200 artists, theatre and great music.

17 Aug 2022 Cromer Carnival Town centre. Weeks of events, but Wednesday is Carnival Parade Day.


Marathon Diary

13 Aug 2022 Shere 42K, Surrey
20 Aug 2022 Coll Half Marathon, Isle Of Coll, Argyll & Bute
04 Sep 2022 Dunstable, Bedford
04 Sep 2022 Glencoe Marathon, Highland
11 Sep 2022 Great North Run, Gateshead
11 Sep 2022 New Forrest Marathon, New Milton
11 Sep 2022 Richmond Runfest Marathon, Surrey
25 Sep 2022 Windsor Half Marathon
25 Sep 2022 Goodwood Marathon, Chichester


14-20 Aug 2022 Fowey Royal Regatta Wed: Carnival Procession. Sat: Illuminated Dinghy Procession and Fireworks.

13-15 Aug 2022 Aldeburgh Carnival, Suffolk Mon 15:15 Carnival procession, High Street. Swimming races in the sea, children’s sports, life-boat launch.  Evening, Fun Fair, Samba Dancers. 20:45 Military Band lead a Chinese Lantern Procession from the High Street to the beach. 21:15 Spectacular Seafront Fireworks opposite The White Lion Hotel. Map


17-18 Aug 2022 British Firework Championships - Plymouth

Wed-Thu 21:30 Mountbatten Breakwater.

Popular viewing areas are The Hoe and Queen Anne's Battery.
Very spectacular.
6 firework companies battle over two nights for the title of British Fireworks Champion. 3 ten minute displays per evening.
Music stage, morris dancing, fairground rides, food outlets etc.
Attendance 200,000.


British Fireworks Championships, Plymouth

Free event.


18-21 Aug 2022 Eastbourne Airbourne

Thu-Sun. Daily sea front air show - classic WW2, latest military jets, helicopters, air-sea rescue, wing walkers etc - weather permitting.

Ground displays, arena events and trade stands and evening concerts.

Popular viewing areas - The Pier, The Wish Tower Slopes, Beachy Head.

Claimed to be the biggest free seafront air show in the world.

Sunday Finale: 20:20 FireFlies aerobatic display with LED lights and wingtip pyrotechnics, synchronised to music. Sunday 21:00 Firework finale.

Eastbourne Airbourne


19 Aug 2022 Lord Mayor's Show, Birmingham Sun 12:00-18:00 Cannon Hill Park. Free entry. Live music, street theatre, craft stalls, picnic area and children's rides, magic, face painting, donkey rides etc.

19-29 Aug 2022 Arundle Festival One of the biggest arts festivals in the South of England. Multiple events may include castle events, street entertainment, live music, fireworks (21:00 final day) 10k run, duck race, Jubilee Gardens stage, hot air balloons, poetry readings, orchestral concerts and children’s activities. Video 2013 Procession Arundel Festival

20 Aug 2022 Race The Train, Wales Saturday. Annual cross-country run organised by the Rotary Club of Tywyn. 14.75 mile cross country hilly race. The train takes about 1 hour 47 minutes for the return journey. The start is adjacent to the Talyllyn Railway station. Both the runners and the train are started by the train whistle ordered by the timekeeper. The course is run alongside the railway over fields, rough pasture, and farm tracks.

20 Aug 2022 [TBC] Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains Sat. Family festival with live music, crafts, dog show, rural market etc

20 Aug 2022 [TBC] Ilfracombe Birdman Sat 11:00. Flying madness from the pier. Live music, fairground, strongman, stalls and refreshments.


Jun-Aug 2022 World Naked Bike Rides

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

20 Aug 2022 Cambridge Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Park entrance, Victoria Avenue CB5 8DH. Midsummer Common

Current Ride Status


Caribbean Carnivals

Sat 20 Aug 2022 [TBC] Hanwell, London
Sun 21 Aug 2022 [TBC] Nottingham
Sat 17 Sep 2022 [TBC] Longeaton


20-21 Aug 2022 Bridport Carnival, Dorset Sat 19:00 Carnival procession. Sun 21:00 Torch procession, 22:00 Fireworks.

20-21 Aug 2022 [TBC] Beccles Carnival, Norfolk Sat Family fun on the quayside, Sun 13:00 Carnival Parade from Roys of Beccles. 07933 028457.

20-22 Aug 2022 [TBC] Inland Waterways Festival of Water Sat-Mon. Waltham Abbey. A weekend of fun for boaters, campers and all who love spending time by the water.

20-22 Aug 2022 [TBC] Whitby Regatta Four days of entertainment, yacht racing, rowing races and various free forms of entertainment as published in the official programme, finishing with a prize presentation and spectacular firework display.

21 Aug 2022 Nottingham Carnival Sun 14:00 Parade from Victoria Embankment.

21 Aug 2022 [TBC] Grasmere Sports & Show Sun 10:00 The Showfield, Stock Lane Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SL. Cumberland Wrestling, Guides Races, Hound Trails, Mountain Biking, Dog Shows. About £8.


County & Agricultural Shows

21 Aug 2022 Mid-Somerset Show - Shepton Mallet
03 Sep 2022 Alresford Agricultural Show
- Tichborne Park

01 May 2023 [TBC] North Sommerset Show Showground, Wraxall
30-31 May 2023 [TBC] Suffolk Show Trinity Park, Ipswich
29 May 2023 [TBC] Surrey County Show
Stoke Park, Guildford
01-03 Jun 2023 [TBC] Royal Bath & West Show
Shepton Mallet
22-25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Royal Highland Show
25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Derbyshire County Show Shardlow showground.
11-14 Jul 2023 [TBC] Tue-Fri Great Yorkshire Show
 Great Yorkshire Showground. Attendance 125,000.
25-27 Jul 2023 [TBC] New Forest & Hampshire Country Show Brockenhurst
26 Jul 2023 [TBC] Stranraer Show
Playing Fields, Stranraer


Devizes Festival

Some of the best street performers, contemporary circus acts, dancers, musicians and walkabout shows from across Europe.

21 Aug 2022 [TBC] Picnic in the Park
29 Aug 2022 [TBC] Devizes International Street Festival
29 Aug 2022 [TBC] Devizes Colour Rush
[TBC] Aug 2022 Devizes Confetti Battle 20:00


24-27 Aug 2022 {TBC] Dartmouth Regatta Multiple events - see website.

24-29 Aug 2022 [TBC] Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival Live music, fine art, photography and gaming events. 10 days, 20 venues and 100’s of artists. Free entrance.

25-26 Aug 2022 [TBC] Clacton Airshow Thu-Fri 11:00-17:00 Seafront. Free air display with vintage fly-pasts, modern jet fly-pasts and ground displays. Attendance 90,000.


25-29 Aug 2022 The Great Dorset Steam Fair

Thu-Mon 08:00-24:00 (17:00 Sun) South Down, Tarrant Hinton, Blandford DT11 8HX.

60 showman's engines, 30 steam tractors, 20 steam road locomotives, 20 steam lorries, 25 steam road rollers, 100 vintage & classic vehicles, 100 military vehicles, 140 Vintage motorcycles, 120 vintage tractors, 150 static vintage tractors, 100 horticultural tractors, 120 stationary engines plus rural displays, crafts, food hall & six live music stages. 600 acre site.

See link for ticket prices.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair



26-28 Aug 2022 [TBC] BunkFest, Wallingford Fri-Sun. Multiple locations and events - many free. Concerts, Ceilidhs, fringe, vintage displays, boat trips, beer fest, craft fair etc. Attendance 20,000.

26-28 Aug 2022 [TBC] Chatsworth Country Fair Fri-Sun. Massed pipe and military bands, demonstrations and parades, hot air balloons, parachuting, over 300 trade stands, rural crafts, vintage car parade, terrier racing, clay pigeon shooting, bouncy castle, old time fairground, horse shoeing, ferret racing, archery, sheep dog trials etc etc. About £25.

26-28 Aug 2022 [TBC] Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival Fund raising event for the telescope and domes. Includes lectures, trade stalls, observing (weather permitting) and family workshops. About £10 per session.

26 Aug - 04 Sep 2022 Freedom Festival, Hull An amazing variety of street theatre, free and ticketed.

26 Aug - 10 Sep 2022 [TBC] Greenwich + Docklands International Festival London’s leading festival of free outdoor theatre and performing arts, committed to breaking new ground in outdoor performance, raising the quality and diversity of outdoor work produced in the UK. Featuring free performances by dozens of national and international companies in a range of public spaces in Greenwich, East London and the City of London. Greenwich Festival

27 Aug 2022 [TBC] Sturminster Newton Carnival Sat 19:00 Carnival parade with illuminated floats, dancers, bands and drummers. The first carnival on the Wessex carnival circuit, unique in that it attracts entries from all over the south west plus local groups. A number of the larger illuminated carts from the circuit, plus locals. Lots of masqueraders, both local and from the Wessex and other circuits. Firework finale. 01747 840045. Sturminster Newton Carnival

27 Aug 2022 [TBC] Ryde Illuminated Carnival Sat 20:30 The Esplanade. Biggest of the Isle of Wight Illuminated Carnivals.  Ryde Illuminated Carnival

27-28 Aug 2022 [TBC] Bexhill Festival of the Sea Weekend Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-17:00. A whole weekend of angling competitions along the seafront. Angling coaching and demonstrations by renowned angling professionals. Stalls selling fish dishes, plus plenty of unique shopping and gift ideas. Cooking demonstrations by Billingsgate Seafood Training School. Fun fair, Morris dancing, plus outdoor film and music at the De La Warr Pavilion.

27-28 Aug 2022 [TBC] Faversham Hop Festival Fun weekend in the medieval town square and surrounding streets, celebrating hop picking in Kent. Music to suit eclectic tastes, children's entertainers, professional street theatre, stilt walkers, morris dancing, craft fare, and ceilidh. Stages in Market Place and Preston Street and craft stalls in the surrounding streets. Free event.


27-28 Aug 2022 [TBC] Parklife Weekend Aylesbury

Sat-Sun 12:00-21:30 Vale Park HP20 1DX.

Continuous live music on two outdoor stages plus family entertainment, picnic etc.

Sun 21:30 Fireworks

Full catering facilities.

Free event.



27 Aug 2022 [TBC] Notting Hill Panorama Steel Band Championships

Sat 18:00-22:00 Kensal Road ~ Hornimans Park, London W10 5EH.

Attendance 5,000. More Panonthenet More http://uksocascene.com/

Notting Hill Panorama Steel Band Championships

Video: Real Steel, Metronomes, Ebony, Real Steel, Mangrove, Ebony, Real Steel


27 Aug 2022 [TBC] Manchester Pride Sat 12:00 Parade - Deansgate to Fairfield Street. 100+ floats.

27-28 Aug 2022 {TBC] Bognor Regis Seafront Illuminations Gala Sat-Sun 21:00 Fireworks at the pier.

27 Aug - 04 Sep 2022 Ramsgate Festival Of Sound Music, theatre, dance, performance, installations, workshops, talks. Some free events.

28 Aug 2022 [TBC] Kingston Carnival Sun 12:00-19:00 Kingston on Thames town centre. 12:00 Caribbean style carnival procession from the Guildhall. Live music stages. Attendance 20,000. 020 8547 2332 Free event. Kingston Carnival

28 Aug 2022 {TBC] Great North Bike Ride Sun 09:00 Seahouses to Tynemouth. Charity cycle ride with over 1700 cyclists. 54 miles through the beautiful Northumberland coastline. www.chrislucastrust.c

28 Aug 2022 [TBC] Cowes - Torquay - Cowes Powerboat Race Sun 10:00


Events In London

27-29 Aug 2022 Notting Hill Carnival





28-29 Aug 2022 Notting Hill Carnival

Sun-Mon 09:00-22:00 Parade, Ladbroke Grove. One million revelers, 7500 participants, Mas Bands, Steel Bands and 38 Static Sound Systems.

300 food stalls, 1 ton of chicken curry, 1 ton of Jamaican patties, 15000, deep-fried plantains, 30000 corn on the cob, 1 ton of rice and peas, 12000 mangoes, 16000 coconuts, 5 million hot and cold drinks & 25,000 bottles of rum. If you like carnivals, you will love Notting Hill.
Video: 1  2  3  4  5 Kensal Road

Carnival Map

Carnival Website

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


Bolton Steam Museum

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

Our volunteers have rescued and restored 30 old stationary steam engines - some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the North of England.
Our oldest engine is now 180 years old, and most engines are well over 100 years old.  Some of our engines are now unique - the only one of its kind to survive anywhere in the world!  Most will be running in steam on these days only.

The Museum is normally closed at other times, apart from the volunteers' working days, most Wednesdays, when visitors are welcome, but the engines will not be running in steam. We are no longer opening on Sundays (apart from the Steaming Days).

Sun-Mon 29-30 Aug 2022 Summer Steamings. 10:00-16:00
Sat-Sun 29-30 Oct 2022 Autumn Steamings. 10:00-16:00
Wed-Thu  28-29 Dec 2022 Winter Warm-Up. 10:00-16:00

Sun-Mon 30 Apr -01 May 2023 [TBC] Spring Steamings. 10:00-16:00
Sat-Sun 03-04 Jun 2023 [TBC] Steamings. 10:00-16:00



29 Aug 2022 [TBC] Bourton On The Water Football In The River Monday. Red and White teams from Bourton Rovers FC play a half hour six-a-side football match in the River Windrush. The goals are between two bridges, and thousands of spectators line the river bank. www.soglos.com Gallery Video.

29 Aug 2022 [TBC] Bexhill 100 Classic & Custom Car Show Mon 10:00-17:00 Polegrove Recreation Ground, West Parade, Bexhill on Sea. Classic and custom cars, trade stalls and crafts.

29 Aug 2022 [TBC] Leeds West Indian Carnival Bank Holiday Monday. Early parade 06:00 Leeds West Indian Centre. Maim parade 14:00 Potternewton Park. Main stage with Soca, Calypso & Caribbean music. Lots of stalls, crafts and carnival food. Attendance 120,000. Route More

29 Aug 2022 [TBC] World Gravy Wrestling Championships Held annually on the August holiday Mon 12:00-17:00 Rose n Bowl, Newchurch Road, Stacksteads OL13 0UG. Inflatables, water bombs, fancy dress, semi pro wrestling and big screen action. BBC Radio Lancashire will judge the event. More Video


01-04 Sep 2022 [TBC] Bournemouth Air Festival

Thu-Sun. Seafront.

Typical attractions include: Air & Ground displays. Royal Marine Beach Assaults, Princess of Wales Parachute Display Team, Typhoon, Matadors, Tutor, Tucano, Hawk, SallyB, The Red Arrows, Breitling Wingwalkers, F-16, Typhoon, RAF Tutor, RAF Tucano, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment’s Parachute Display Team – The Tigers, The Matadors, King Air, RAF Hawk, SallyB, Black Cats Helicopter Team.

Night Air - Thu, Fri and Sat - Lower Gardens and seafront: music, film screenings, street entertainers, dusk air display, live music, military bands, forces displays. Saturday attendance 400,000.

Fri-Sat Fireworks 22:00.

Vulcan Video

Bournmouth Air Festival

Free event.


01-04 Sep 2022 [TBC] End Of The Road Festival Fri-Sun Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset. Art, atmosphere, workshops, comedy, cinema, woodland library, games area, enchanted forest, healing field, quality food & drinks and good music.

01-30 Sep 2022 [TBC] Totally Thames Multiple events over a 42 mile stretch of river during September. Street arts, river events, massed choirs, guided walks, tall ships etc. Thames Festival

02-04 Sep 2022 Godiva Festival Fri-Sun War Memorial Park, Coventry. UK's Biggest Free Family Festival. Attendance 85,000. Friday night retro stars, Saturday a rockier edge, Sunday more relaxed. Top class live music, family entertainment, demonstrations, community groups and Funfair. Full Line-up Godiva Festival & Carnival Free event.


Dandelion Festivals

02-04 Sep 2022 Fri-Sun Northern Meeting Park, Inverness.

16-18 Jun 2023 [TBC] Fri-Sun Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow.

Live music from Scotland and beyond across three stages.
Talks by leading scientists, chefs and artists on sustainability, climate and food.
Workshops, discussions and hands-on activities including activities for children.
Locally sourced food and drink from ethically minded producers, plus seed and plant giveaways.

Part of UNBOXED 2022 - A celebration of creativity across the UK, designed to bring people together, supported by the UK governments.

Free events.


03 Sep 2022 [TBC] Wem Carnival, Shropshire Saturday. Two parades, each a mile long, from Bowensfield to Lowe Hill Rd at 13:30 and 19:45. Fancy dress and floats, marching bands, military and classic vehicles. 01939 232547.

03 Sep 2022 [TBC] BBC Proms In The Park Sat 17:00-22:30 Hyde Park, London. Live open-air concert with high-profile artists and presenters, culminating in a BBC Big Screen link-up to the Royal Albert Hall and a firework finale in the park. Bring a picnic and get ready for a fabulous night out. BBC Concert Orchestra with all the last night favourites and a top line-up of performers. Large stage, quality sound system and giant screens. Plenty of food & drink outlets. Great atmosphere with 40,000 revelers. About £45. Last Night Of The Proms

03 Sep 2022 [TBC] Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. Sat 10:00-18:00 South Quay. Tall ships, lifeboat demonstrations, Royal Naval Simulators, guided heritage walks, craft marquees, shanty groups, entertainment, seafood and a beer tent. Many events free.

03 Sep 2022 [TBC] National Speed Trials, Brighton Sat 10:00-18:00 Madeira Drive. Annual speed trials for cars and motorcycles, veteran to current. Quarter mile course, run under RAC Motor Sport Association regulations. Timed Runs 11:30-13:00  & 14:00-18:00. Viewing is free from the upper level, but for entry to the paddock, there is a charge. Video1 Video2 National Speed Trials, Brighton

03 Sep 2022 [TBC] Reading Pride Sat 12:00-19:00 Kings Meadow, by the Thames. Two live music stages and picnic area. 11:15 Procession from Broad Street Mall to Kings Meadow. 7 hours of continuous live music - about 29 acts. Pride Reading Free event.

03 Sep 2022 [TBC] Uckfield Bonfire Start of the famous Sussex Bonfire season. 13:30 Children’s Fancy Dress Procession - with Carnival Prince & Princess, Uckfield Performance Ensemble. Victoria Pleasure Ground. 14:00 Children’s Grand Procession - Southview Drive. 14:20 Children’s Fancy Dress judging - Holy Cross School Field, Civic Centre if wet. 18:30 Adults Fancy Dress judging - Elizabeth Gardens, Grange Road. 18:45 Tableaux Assemble - Bell Lane. 19:30 Uckfield Carnival - Grand Torchlight Procession – Grange Road. 21:00 Final Torchlight Procession - Southview Drive. 21:10 Bonfire Prayers - outside Uckfield Cinque Ports Club. 22:00 Presentations - Uckfield Civic Centre. Free bonfire & fireworks the day before the parade 20:30 at Holy Cross School Field. 01825 762763. Video Uckfield Bonfire


The Nuts Challenge

Event held twice a year over a weekend in March and September at Henfold Lakes, Henfold Lane, Dorking, Surrey RH5 4RW.
Groups and individuals run, raising money for charities of their choice. 7k, 14k, 21k & 28k Mud & Obstacle challenge with 100 challenging obstacles.
Racing is started in waves from about 09:00 onwards.
Spectator viewing is free.
There is a small parking charge. Food is available, and facilities for contestants include changing tents, showers and first aid. Come suitably dressed.
The Nuts Challenge

03-04 Sep 2022 Summer Nuts. Sat-Sun

04 Mar 2023 [TBC] Winter Nuts. Sat


03-04 Sep 2022 [TBC] London Mela Sat-Sun 12:00-21:00 Southall Park. The London Mela outdoor South Asian festival has an attendance of about 50,000. Spectacular line up of live music, dance, visual arts and food from South Asia. About £2 entrance. London Mela

04 Sep 2022 London Rathayatra Sun 12:00 Parade from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square. 14:00-17:00 Festival in Trafalgar Square. Talks, Bhajans, dramas, stalls, books & paraphenalia. Free Vegetarian Prasadam Feast for all. Rathayatra is a chariot festival that originated in India over 2,000 years ago.

04 Sep 2022 [TBC] London 10k Summer Run Start at Trafalgar Square.

04 Sep 2022 [TBC] Monmouth Charity Raft Race Sun 12:00 Monmouth Rowing Club. 6.5 mile course down the River Wye to Tump Farm, Whitebrook, where there is entertainment and refreshments. Organised by the Rotary Club of Monmouth.

04 Sep 2022 [TBC] The London Duathlon Richmond Park. The worlds biggest run, bike, run event. Classic 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run which offers athletes moving up to longer distance racing the chance to test themselves in the safety of a closed-road environment. Provisional start times: 08:45 Ultra, 09:00 Sprint, 10:30-11:30 Classic & Classic Relay, 13:30 Super Sprint. Spectators

04 Sep 2022 [TBC] Angel Canal Festival, London Sun 11:00-17:00 City Road Lock and Basin to Packington Park. Regatta with a wide range of boats, boat racing, and boat trips, stalls, crafts, books, food, music and funfair. Free event.

04 Sep 2022 [TBC] Great North Run Sun 10:40 Newcastle to South Shields. 54,000 runners, 80,000 spectators and an electric atmosphere. The biggest and most iconic half marathon in the world. Evening party on the quayside.

04 Sep 2022 [TBC] Klezmer In The Park Sun 12:15-18:15 Regents Park Band Stand, London. An afternoon of Jewish music and family fun. Klezmer In The Park Free event. 

04 Sep 2022 [TBC] Tour de Furness, Cumbria Sunday. Charity cycle event, organised by The Rotary Club of Furness. Family fun ride of 5 miles, Tour de Furness route of 13 miles, which passes by Furness Abbey, and Furness 50 mile to Coniston and back.

04 Sep 2022 [TBC] Brentford Festival, London Sun 12:00-17:30 Blondin Park, London W5. Music stage with rock, blues, jazz, rap and dance. Community fun day with dog show, arts, crafts, charity stalls, family fair, pony rides, inflatables, climbing wall, bungee and land train. Sports samplers in kayaking, football, basketball, rugby and a tennis club tournament. Bar and food stalls. Attendance 10,000. Free event.

04-11 Sep 2022 [TBC] Tour of Britain Eight stages. Tour of Britain Cycle Race


May-Oct RathaYatra Festivals The Rathyatra festival originated more then 5000 years ago in India. Colourful chariot procession, and other entertainment.

04 Sep 2022 London. Procession Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square. Free water and the free vegetarian food.


04 Sep 2022 [TBC] Ace Cafe London to Brighton Motorcycle Ride

Sun 10:30 Ace Corner, North Circular Road to Madeira Drive, Brighton Seafront.

Route: A406, A40, M25, M23, A23 to Brighton.
Up to 40,000 riders in this annual bike ride.
At Madeira Drive Brighton, there will be displays from bike manufacturers, special invited guests plus live bands.
The event comes to a close at 18:00.


Ace Cafe London Brighton Motorcycle Ride


Sussex Bonfire Season 2022 Events 2022 Dates

The Bonfire Societies

Venture into deepest Sussex on Bonfire Night, or on a dark Saturday evening between September and November, and you could well encounter the magic of Sussex Bonfire ...

03 Sep 2022 Uckfield Uckfield [Fireworks at 21:00. Funfair. No major processions] 
10 Sep 2022 Crowborough
17 Sep 2022 Mayfield 
24 Sep 2022 Burgess Hill
Burgess Hill
01 Oct 2022 Eastbourne 
01 Oct 2022 [TBC] Rotherfield
08 Oct 2022 Northiam
15 Oct 2022 Hastings
Hastings fireworks by Renegade Pyrotechnics
15 Oct 2022 Hailsham
16 Oct 2022 [TBC] Titchfield (Sun)
22 Oct 2022 Ninfield 
22 Oct 2022 Seaford
22 Oct 2022 Nevill
22 Oct 2022 [TBC] Firle
22 Oct 2022 Heathfield
28 Oct 2022 Isfield & Little Horsted (Fri)
29 Oct 2022 Newick
29 Oct 2022 Ewhurst & Staplecross
29 Oct 2022 Littlehampton
29 Oct 2022 Edenbridge
30 Oct 2022 [TBC] Icklesham Robin Hood (Sun)
04 Nov 2022 [TBC] Lewes Badge Night
05 Nov 2022
05 Nov 2022 Lindfield
05 Nov 2022 Battle
05 Nov 2022
East Hoathly & Halland
11 Nov 2022 [TBC] Glynde & Beddingham memorial parade (Fri)
12 Nov 2022 South Heighton

12 Nov 2022 Chailey
12 Nov 2022 Rye
19 Nov 2022 Robertsbridge
19 Nov 2022 Barcombe
26 Nov 2022 [TBC] Hawkhurst

03 Dec 2022 [TBC] Rottingdean Smugglers Night
Rottingdean Smugglers Night supported by South Heighton Bonfire Society


05 Sep 2022 [TBC] Nudefest, Cornwall Thorney Lakes Caravan and Camping Park, Muchelney, Langport, Somerset TA10 0DW. The biggest naturist festival in the Country. Craft sessions, yoga, painting, fishing contest, 5k/10k run, live music, drum workshop, Morris dancing.

05-06 Sep 2022 [TBC] St Giles Fair, Oxford Traditional fun fair rides combined with some exciting up-to-date, white-knuckle rides. One of the most prestigious in the country, dating back to 1625. Video The fair is held annually on the Mon-Tue following the first Sunday after St Giles Day, (01 Sep). St Giles Fair, Oxford

06 Sep 2022 [TBC] Widecombe Fair Tue 09:00 till late. Devon country fare immortalized by the song Uncle Tom Cobley. Held on the 2nd Tuesday in September. Livestock, sheep, dog show, gymkhana, maypole dancing, crafts, vintage vehicles and funfair on the village green.

06-10 Sep 2022 [TBC] The British Science Festival Europe’s longest standing science Festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. Our Festival aims to connect people with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists.

09-11 Sep 2022 [TBC] Newquay Fish Festival Fri-Sun. Live bands, Cooking demonstrations, Sand castle competition, Local fish and produce stalls, live marine and rock pool demonstrations, shark throwing competition, dolphin spotting trips, art exibition and competition, fresh caught fish barbeque and Newquay male voice choir.

09-11 Sep 2022 [TBC] Worcester Music Festival Fri-Sun. Over 30 venues and 130 bands - mostly free. Staged in pubs, clubs, cafes, and historic buildings in and around the city. The festival supports local charities.

09-18 Sep 2022 [TBC] Heritage Open Days Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

09-18 Sep 2022 [TBC] Southampton Boat Show 10:00-19:00 Mayflower Park. Show marina with over 2km of pontoons. 1000 boats and 500 exhibitors. 122,000 visitors. About £22.

09-25 Sep 2022 [TBC] New Mills Festival, Derbyshire Two weeks of diverse events including concerts, poetry, flower festival and alternative health. Usually includes a lantern procession on the last Saturday.

10 Sep 2022 Abingdon Charity Air & Country Show Sat 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, children's amusements, live music, food and free parking. About £15.

10 Sep 2022 [TBC] Romsey Show Saturday, Broadlands Park. Saturday. Excellent country show for families. About £14.

10 Sep 2022 [TBC] The Great River Race, London Sat 10:00 London Docklands to Ham House. Boats leave ‘slowest first, fastest last’. 13:00 Finish, spread over 2 hours at Ham Riverside, Ham House. Race winner crosses the line to a cannon broadside. The biggest race of its type in Europe - 22 miles, over 300 boats & 2000 competitors. Thousands of spectators gather at the finish - street food, bar, music and family fun. Video The Great River Race, London

10 Sep 2022 [TBC] Hidden River Festival, London Sat 12:00-18:00 Beside the East and West Reservoirs at Woodberry Down. Live music, art, theatre, food, creative workshops and events for the whole family.

10 Sep 2022 [TBC] Nottinghamshire Pride Sat 12:00-18:00 Forest Fields Recreation Ground (Goose Fair site). Attendance about 7000. Sat - main stage, acoustic stage, community stage, dance tent, cabaret tent, comedy tent, burlesque tent etc. £1 entrance over both days. 07875 377145.

10 Sep 2022 [TBC] Crowborough Bonfire Held on the second Saturday in September. 13:30 Carnival and afternoon events on Chapel Green. 19:30 Torch Procession from Chapel Green, returning at 22:30 for bonfire. Sussex Bonfire Societies taking part may include Crowborough, Waterloo, Uckfield, Mayfield, Burgess Hill, Littlehampton and East Hoathly. Tel 01892 661675. Crowborough Bonfire

10 Sep 2022 [TBC] Findon Sheep Fayre Sat Nepcote Green, Findon Village. Friday Night funfair on the green and barn dance in the marquee. Saturday is the fair itself, with free entrance. Craft stalls, sheep displays, sheep judging, a funfair and other displays on the green. 01903 264161.

10 Sep 2022 [TBC] St Paul's Caribbean Carnival, Bristol Sat 13:00 Portland Square area. Mas bands, static sound systems, carnival food and drink. 0117 944 4176. St Pauls Caribbean Carnival



10-11 Sep 2022 [TBC] Knebworth House Herts. 09:30-17:00.
17-18 Sep 2022 [TBC] Cirencester Park, Gloucestershire.
24-25 Sep 2022 [TBC] Tatton Park, Cheshire.


10-11 Sep 2022 Coventry MotoFest Sat-Sun City Centre. Fun, free motoring based festival for the the whole family. Cars, motorcycles, live music, trucks, buses, films, stock cars, armoured vehicles, taxis, art, stalls, design, education, prototypes, engineering, and even some bicycles take part. Free event.

10-11 Sep 2022 [TBC] Out There Festival Sat-Sun Town Centre and St. Georges Park, Great Yarmouth. The region's largest free street arts festival. Musical Masquerade featuring amazing carnival creations, international street arts and circus entertainment, and a range of wild, wacky events including amazing high wire shows and pyrotechnics. Over 30 acts, 90 performances and 600 performers

10-11 Sep 2022 [TBC] Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-19:00 The Staide. Stalls with a huge variety of dishes including ostrich burgers, oysters, cuttlefish in a tomato sauce, barbecued wild local game and locally smoked fish. Local musicians and bands. Organised by Hastings Borough Council. Attendance 50,000 - possibly the biggest event of its kind in Europe.

10-11 Sep 2022 [TBC] 1940s Weekend 10:00-16:00 Sherringham, Norfolk. Widely felt to be one of the best events of its type in the country. Come in uniform or 1940s civilian dress to add to the atmosphere. Don't forget your gas mask and ration books. Hear the singing of American Tan, air raids, the Sheringham Salvation Army Band, Nostalgia Unlimited and gramophone music. Taste Wartime rations, tea, together with spam sandwiches, from the NAAFI. See Jitterbug dancers, re-enactment groups, a collection of 1940s vehicles and veteran and vintage bicycles. Feel the excitement, fear, hope and bravery of the blitz. Smell the golden age of steam.

10-11 Sep 2022 [TBC] Southport Air Show Sat-Sun 09:00-17:00. The North West's largest Airshow, this fantastic family event attracts up to 150,000 spectators over two days. Red Arrows, Tornado GR4, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and many more military, heritage and civilian air craft plus a village packed full of entertainment, including bmx stunts, flight simulators and much more. About £10.

10-11 Sep 2022 WV1 Fest 11:00-22:00 West Park, Wolverhampton. The UK’s Biggest Free Rock Tribute Festival. All you pay is a nominal booking fee. Some of the biggest tribute acts in Europe on two stages, over two days of crowd-surfing, chorus-chanting, festival fun. Plus bars, food stands, a market, a children’s area, and thrill rides! And it’s all family friendly.

10-18 Sep 2022 [TBC] London Design Festival 300+ events and activities across the city, showing the richness and depth of the design activity that takes place in and beyond the capital. To that we add a series of major events at the world's greatest design museum, the V&A, as well as our own high profile Landmark Projects in some of London's best loved landmarks.

10-24 Sep 2022 [TBC] St Ives September Festival A two-week celebration of Music & the Arts in St Ives Cornwall.

10-25 Sep 2022 [TBC] Artwave Festival, Sussex Lewes district’s annual Open House Festival. Artists open their homes and studios, showcasing their work and introducing visitors to a wealth of skill and talent, with an opportunity to buy pieces directly from the artists and makers.


10 Sep - 22 Oct 2022 [TBC] Blackpool World Fireworks Championship

Sat 10 Sep 2022 [TBC] Russia
Sat 24 Sep 2022 [TBC] Ireland
Sat 08 Oct 2022 [TBC] Germany
Sat 22 Oct 2022 [TBC] Celebratory display and winners announcement from Titanium Fireworks.

20:30 from the beach in front of Blackpool Tower

Some of the world’s best pyrotechnic artists light up the night sky in spectacular fashion.

Free event.


11 Sep 2022 [TBC] MiniFest Sun 10:00-16:00 Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leics, LE17 6DH. The largest gathering of classic & modern Mini’s. Mini specialists, auto-jumble etc. About £10.

11 Sep 2022 [TBC] Hinckley Classic Motorshow Sun 10:00-16:00 Hinckley Town Centre. About 600 Classic vehicle owners show off their beautiful and carefully restored machines to a crowd of some 17,000.

11 Sep 2022 [TBC] Tweed and Vintage Cycle Ride Sunday - Belfairs Woodland Centre, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend SS9 3SH. 14:00 Meet: Belfairs Woodland Centre.
15:30 Finish at Southchurch Park. Free event.


Great Runs

Sun 11 Sep 2022 [TBC] Great North Run Half Marathon, Newcastle
Sun 18 Sep 2022 [TBC] Great Bristol Half Marathon
Sun 25 Sep 2022 [TBC] Great Manchester Run
Sun 02 Oct 2022 [TBC] Great Scottish Run, Glasgow 10K
Sun 09 Oct 2022 [TBC] Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon, City Centre
Sun 16 Oct 2022 [TBC] Great South Run 10 Miles Southsea, Portsmouth


13-17 Sep 2022 British Science Festival

Over 100 Free events, installations, and activities throughout Leicester City Centre and on the De Montfort University campus.

The programme encompasses science in the broadest sense, promising something for everyone.

Highlights include:

The Compass’ an installation driven by British research pioneers. Created by Illuminos.

The world of space and astronomy - a live audience at a recording of the BBC’s programme ‘The Sky at Night’.

Canal-side activities with Paddleboard Yoga.

Tickets are free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential for most events.


14-15 Sep 2022 [TBC] Emergency Services Show National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Hundreds of exhibitors and live demonstrations, plus seminars covering surveillance, social media, mobile communications and PPE. Aimed at people connected with the emergency services. Free event, but ticketed.

16-17 Sep 2022 [TBC] Little Big Gig Fri-Sat, 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

16-18 Sep 2022 [TBC] Goodwood Revival The world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. A celebration of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing around the classic racetrack. Advance tickets only.

16-18 Sep 2022 [TBC] The Little Big Peace Event, Streatham Mini-festival to mark the International Day of Peace. Learn practical skills to achieve peace in your own life, discover how people around the world are working for peace, and meet and connect with new people in your community. Activities for all the family including music and performance arts. Events are free or low cost.

17 Sep 2022 [TBC] Mayfield Bonfire One mile long fiery torch processions and amazing fireworks in the Sussex tradition. 19:15 Procession 1 - Station Road, High Street, Fletching Street to Rose and Crown. 20:20 Procession 2 - Back to Station Road. 21:00 Procession 3 - Station Road to Court Meadow. 21:30 Fireworks. Video: VideoFireworks  Video 2016 Mayfield Bonfire Free event.

17 Sep 2022 Ringwood Carnival Sat 14:00 Children's Procession, 19:15 Torchlight Procession, 21:30 Fireworks.

17 Sep 2022 [TBC] Bermondsey Street Festival Sat 11:00-18:00. Annual traditional village fete with an attendance of 20,000. Live music, dance stage, fashion, competitions, tennis, food, art and crafts. More

17-18 Sep 2022 [TBC] Open House London Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00. It is a simple but powerful concept: in celebration of design excellence, 700 buildings of every conceivable type, shape and size will open their doors to Londoners completely for free. For one weekend in the year, Londoners come together exploring all corners of the Capital.

17-18 Sep 2022 [TBC] The Berkshire Show Sat-Sun Newbury Showground, M4, J13. Great British food and craft; top-flight equestrian showing classes, show jumping; countryside and vintage areas, military and sports zones; amazing floral displays in the horticulture tent; tug of war championships and to end both days, mass balloon ascent. About £18.


West Country Illuminated Carnivals 2022

World-Class Night Carnivals

17 Sep 2022 [TBC] Mere. Sat 19:30. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
24 Sep 2022 [TBC] Frome. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
01 Oct 2022 [TBC] Shaftesbury. Sat 19:15. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
01 Oct 2022 [TBC] Wellington. Sat 19:30. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
08 Oct 2022 [TBC] Gillingham. Sat 19:15. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
08 Oct 2022 [TBC] Ilminster. Sat 19:15. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
14 Oct 2022 [TBC] Wincanton. Fri 19:30 Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours 
15 Oct 2022 [TBC] Castle Cary. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
15 Oct 2022 [TBC] Chard. Sat 19:30. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
21 Oct 2022 [TBC] Salisbury. Fri 19:30.
22 Oct 2022 [TBC] Trowbridge. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
22 Oct 2022 [TBC] Taunton. Sat 19:00. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Warminster. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours

05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Bridgwater. Sat 18:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
07 Nov 2022 [TBC] Highbridge & Burnham. Mon 19:30. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
09 Nov 2022 [TBC] Weston-super-Mare. Fri 19:15. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
10 Nov 2022 [TBC] North Petherton. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
12 Nov 2022 [TBC] Midsomer Norton. Mon 19:30 - duration 1 hour
14 Nov 2022 [TBC] Shepton Mallet. Wed 19:30. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
16 Nov 2022 [TBC] Wells. Fri 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
17 Nov 2022 [TBC] Glastonbury. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours


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

17-18 Sep 2022 [TBC] BDA National Dragon Boat Championships, 09:00 National Watersport Centre, Nottingham.

Dragon Boat Racing



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.

17-18 Sep 2022 [TBC] Paws In The Park, Kent Show

08-09 Oct 2022 [TBC] Sussex Show, South Of England Showground, Ardingly.




Cyclone Festival of Cycling

One of the UK’s biggest cycling events. Rides for all levels from fun to challenging.

18 Sep 2022 Sun National Women's Race - Curlew Cup.
18 Sep 2022 Sun National Men's Race - Beaumont Trophy.

23 Jun 2023 [TBC] Fri Tyne Six bridges.
24 Jun 2023 [TBC] Sat Cyclone Challenge.


18 Sep 2022 [TBC] Tavistock Festival London Sun 12:00-21:30 Covering a portion of Portobello road with a screen and stage. Dance with The Portobello Dance Foundation. Live music. Portobello Film festival hosting short films from local and international film makers. Fun food and frills for the family. Free event.

18 Sep 2022 [TBC] Great Gorilla Run Sun 10:30-12:30 Mincing Lane. 1000 runners in gorilla suits race 8km around the city for charity. Mincing Lane, Lower Thames St, south over Tower Bridge, west past HMS Belfast, north over London Bridge, south over Southwark Bridge, north over Blackfriars Bridge, Queen Victoria St, Cornhill, Mincing Lane. Video Map Great Gorilla Run, London

23 Sep 2022 [TBC] Kendal Torchlight Procession Walking parades, music and theatre performances, fire sculptures, fun activities and a huge celebration for all.

23 Sep 2022 [TBC] Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning Friday. National fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.

23-24 Sep 2022 [TBC] Derby Festé Fri-Sat Live performance, music, dance, film and more. Saturday is street entertainment day.

23-24 Sep 2022 [TBC] Rally Yorkshire Miles of North Yorkshire forest stages. More: www.rallyyorkshire.co.uk

23-25 Sep 2022 [TBC] British Musical Fireworks Championships Victoria Park, Rotten Row, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2BZ. Fri 18:00-21:00,  Sat 18:00-22:00, Sun 18:00-21:00. Gates open 18:00 Bring the Fire Project 19:00 Display one 20:00 Display two 20:30 Display three (Sat only) 21:00 Event closes 21:30. The British Musical Fireworks Championship is a firework competition across three nights and this year is the Champion of Champions. Seven winners since the competition began in 1999 will battle it out to be crowned the ultimate winner. Set in the beautiful Victoria Park, the British Musical Fireworks Championship are firework displays like no other. Over three nights prepare for breathtaking displays, an array of light and a mixture of music which will have you dancing away. The British Musical Fireworks Championship is a pyromusical competition. This means that the fireworks are timed with the music and the entire show is choreographed to give you, the audience, some of the most spectacular fireworks you will ever see. Attendance 40,000. See link for tickets.

24 Sep 2022 Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun. Hurst Street area. 10:30 for 12:00 Sat - parade around the city centre and then down to the top of Hurst Street. Birmingham Pride


24 Sep 2022 [TBC] Burgess Hill Bonfire

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 at Fairfield Road Rec.

Well supported by the Sussex Bonfire Societies and thousands lining the streets.

Programs on sale around the town. 01444 233017.

Video Burgess Hill Bonfire 2016 Procession Fireworks Bonfire

Burgess Hill Bonfire

Free event.


24 Sep 2022 [TBC] Weston Food Festival 10:00-16:00 Sat, High Street and Italian Gardens, Weston-super-Mare. Free entry.

24 Sep 2022 [TBC] Burnham Illuminated Carnival, Essex Sat 19:30 Illuminated procession with bands, floats, floodlit tableux, visiting carnival queens and walkers in fancy dress. Burnham on Crouch Carnival

24 Sep 2022 [TBC] East Allington Whacky Races Sat 10:00-17:00 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.

24 Sep 2022 [TBC] Mouth Cancer Walk Sat 12:00 Bandstand, Hyde Park, London. Free annual Mouth Cancer 10k awareness walk. Participants should arrive at 11:00. The walk, which starts at 12:00 noon, aims to raise the awareness of the symptoms of mouth cancer. Help us make this year's event the biggest yet. Online Registration.

24-25 Sep 2022 [TBC] North West Vintage 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.

25 Sep 2022 [TBC] Chiswick House Gardens Dog Show Sun 11:00-16:15 on the cricket pitch - entrance via Staveley Road. Dog show with 16 fun classes, 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. The largest and best run dog show in London: 16 Fun Classes. My Dog’s Got Talent. Celebrity Judges. Over 40 Stalls. Lots of Food & Drink.

25 Sep 2022 [TBC] Race For Life Sun 12:00 Hyde Park, London. CRUK 5K Charity Race for all. Find other locations and dates

25 Sep 2022 [TBC] Farnham Food Festival Sat 10:00-16:00 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 a hundred 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.

25 Sep 2022 [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.

28 Sep - 02 Oct 2022 [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 to the ground.

01 Oct 2022 [TBC] Eastbourne Bonfire Sat - the seafront. 19:15 Procession 1 - East from the Crown & Anchor, Marine Parade to Treasure Island & return by 20:05, 20:45 Procession 2 - West from the Crown & Anchor towards Grand Parade & the Wish Tower slope. On to the beach. 21:30 Effigy and lighting the bonfire. 21:45 Fireworks. Supporting societies likely to include: Uckfield, Crowborough, Mayfield, Rotherfield, Burgess Hill, Hastings, Hailsham, Isfield & Little Horsted, Littlehampton, Newick, Battle, Robin Hood, Lewes Borough, South Heighton, Rye, Robertsbridge. Programmes available from the Tourist Information Centre in Cornfield Road. Tel 07793 557194. Video Eastbourne Bonfire

01 Oct 2022 [TBC] Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Sat 14:00-16:00 Market stalls and live entertainment in the village. 19:30 Torch procession. 22:00 Lighting the beacon, bonfire and fireworks at the fair ground. 01892 852477. Video: 2013 Fireworks 2012 Procession Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Facebook

08 Oct 2022 [TBC] Ninfield Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch procession from Church Lane. 20:00 Bonfire - Recreation Ground opposite Memorial Hall. 20:30 Fantastic firework display (small charge). Video: Procession Bonfire Fireworks Ninfield Bonfire

01 Oct 2022 [TBC] Illminster Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:15. About twenty highly illuminated carts, dance groups, carnival walkers and music. Up to 25,000 line the streets. Video Ilminster Illuminated Carnival

02 Oct 2022 [Brought Forward from 24 Apr 2022] 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 The London Marathon

02 Oct 2022 [Brought Forward from 20 Mar 2022] Postponed until ] Pioneer Motorcycle Run Sun 08:00-14:00 Tattenham Corner, Epsom to Brighton/Shoreham Airport. Over 300 pre 1915 motorcycles, sidecar combinations and three-wheelers. 2022 date Facebook


Ultra Running

Sat 01 Oct 2022 [TBC] Three Towers Ultra, 43 miles, Lanarkshire
Sat 08 Oct 2022 [TBC] Round Rotherham. 50 miles, South Yorkshire
Sat 22 Oct 2022 [TBC] Yorkshire Trod 100, 24 hour challenge, 63 miles, Yorkshire Dales


Swanage Blues Festival, Dorset

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

06-09 Oct 2022

02-05 Mar 2023 [TBC]



08 Oct 2022 [TBC] 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 2022 [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 Oct 2022 [TBC] Chard Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:15 Tapstone Road, Old Town, Duck Lane, Crowshute Link, High Street, Fore Street, East Street, Victoria Avenue Roundabout.

15 Oct 2022 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Taunton Sat 19:00 (1 hour to pass by)

15 Oct 2022 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Trowbridge. Sat 19:00


29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Bridgwater Carnival

Sat 18:00-22:00 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.

21:45 (+/-) Squibbing In The High Street


Bridgwater Illuminated Carnival

Bridgwater is probably the biggest of it's kind in the world.

Free event.


29 Oct 2022 [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

Video 2015 Video.

Brockham Bonfire

Free event, but parking charges.


29 Sep 2022 [TBC] British Heart Foundation World Heart Day National and local charity fundraising events. If you could organise an event, please contact the BHF.

30 Sep - 02 Oct 2022 [TBC] Arts by the Sea Festival, Bournemouth Intriguing, spectacular and curious arts experiences. Multiple events - a spirited mix of some of the best regional, national and international arts across dance, film, music, visual arts, literature, theatre and comedy. Utilising some of Bournemouth’s best places and spaces from the traditional to the unexpected. Most events free, but ticketed.

30 Sep - 02 Oct 2022 [TBC] Broadstairs Food Festival 10:00 Victoria Gardens and Promenade. Over 100 stalls plus local chefs and a team from Thanet College.

02 Oct 2022 [Brought forward from 20 Mar 2022] Pioneer Motorcycle Run Sun 08:00-14:00 Tattenham Corner, Epsom to Brighton/Shoreham Airport. Over 300 pre 1915 motorcycles, sidecar combinations and three-wheelers. 2022 date Facebook


02 Oct 2022 [TBC] 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 

The London Marathon


05 Oct 2022 [TBC] Edenbridge Bonfire, Kent Sat 18:30 Torch procession from Fircroft Way and includes High Street TN8 5AJ. Marching bands and floats. 20:30 Bonfire with celebrity guy and fireworks at Lingfield Road recreation ground. Attendance 20,000. About £7. Tel 01732 863120. More

05 Oct 2022 [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. About £7.50.

08 Oct 2022 [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 2022 [TBC] Northiam Bonfire Sat 19:30 Procession from the bonfire field north to the Muddy Duck and return. Bar on the bonfire field - entrance £1. 20:30 Bonfire and Fireworks. Bar, food music and amusements.

08-09 Oct 2022 [TBC] British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival Sat-Sun. 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.

09 Oct 2022 [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 2022 [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.

09 Oct 2022 [TBC] Royal Parks Half Marathon 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, London

09 Oct 2022 [TBC] World Conker Championships, Northamtonshire Sun 10:30-15:30 Shuckburgh Arms, Southwick PE8 5BL. Spectator entrance about £4. Plenty to see and do beforehand so arrive in good time. About 350 competitors and 5,000 spectators. Conkers provided.

08-16 Oct 2022 [TBC] Hastings Week 9 days of events including the 1066 Battle, Hastings Bonfire, ghost walks etc.

13-14 Oct 2022 [TBC] Light Night Leeds 18:00-23:00 Leeds City Centre. Spectacular large scale light projections, exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, theatre and street performances. Free event.

13-16 Oct 2022 [TBC] Lancaster Music Festival Biennial event. 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.

14 Oct 2022 [TBC] Dartford Festival of Light Fri 18:00-19:30 High Street to Central Park. Lantern parade, Samba drumming, musicians, stilt walkers, fireworks and lights display.


Journeys Festival

Journeys Festival explores the refugee experience through free art activities including live music, artist-led workshops, theatre, performance, film, discussion, exhibitions, storytelling and pop-up events.

14-23 Oct 2022 [TBC] Leicester, Manchester, Portsmouth.


15 Oct 2022 [TBC] Hastings Bonfire

Sat 19:15 Spectacular Torch Procession from the pier.

21:00 Fireworks & Giant Beach Bonfire.

The backdrop of Hastings Old Town makes this one of the more atmospheric Sussex Bonfires, with an attendance of 30,000.

Full facilities available - catering, toilets etc.

Video: 2012 Procession 2013 Fireworks

Hastings Bonfire Highlight of the amazing Hastings Week

Free event.


15 Oct 2022 [TBC] Hailsham Bonfire Sat 19:30-24:00. Torch procession, bonfire and fireworks. 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. Held on the 3rd Saturday in October.

16 Oct 2022 [TBC] Abingdon Marathon Sun 09:00 Tilsley Park OX14 1PU. One thousand runners, and popular with spectators. Abingdon Marathon

16 Oct 2022 [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

16-18 Oct 2022 [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.

17 Oct 2022 [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

19-20 Oct 2022 The Outdoor Event Services Exhibition Newbury Showground. UK's original and most comprehensive exhibition of products, services and entertainments for the outdoor and special event world.

21-23 Oct 2022 [TBC] Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Fri-Sun 10:00-17:00 on the beach. Hands-on science activities. Free event. Bought forward from early May 2020.


Free UK Firework Displays

21 Oct 2022 [TBC] St Ives Fri 19:00 The Badger Inn, Fore Street, Lelant, Saint Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3JT, www.thebadgerinn.co.uk
28 Oct 2022 [TBC] Marbury Fri 18:00 The Swan, Wrenbury Road, Marbury, Cheshire, SY13 4LS. www.swanatmarbury.co.uk
28 Oct 2022 [TBC] Codnor Fri 19:30 Codnor Recreation Ground, Alfreton Road, Codnor, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 9QY. www.ourcodnor.co.uk
28 Oct 2022 [TBC] Salford Fri 19:30 Prince's Park, Liverpool Road, Irlam, Greater Manchester, M44 6BJ. www.salford.gov.uk
29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Sandhurst Sat 19:30 Memorial Park, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst GU47 9BJ. www.sandhurst.gov.uk
29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Luton Sat 19:00 Popes Meadow, Old Bedford Road, Luton, LU2 7PN. www.luton.gov.uk
29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Saltash Sat 18:00 Gwav, Warfelton Field, Callington Road, Saltash, PL12 6DJ.
29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Carlisle Sat 19:00 Bitts Park, Dacre Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8UZ. www.discovercarlisle.co.uk
29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Clacton Sat Clacton Pier, 1 North Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1QX. www.clactonpier.co.uk
29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Saffron Walden Sat 19:00 Saffron Walden Common, 5 Cates Corner, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1LU. www.swrt.org
29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Tewkesbury Sat 18:30 Vineyards Field (behind Tewkesbury Abbey), Church Street, GL20 5PG. www.tewkesburymedievaltown.uk
29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Aldershot Sat 19:30 Manor Park, 302 High Street, Aldershot, GU12 4LT. www.rushmoor.gov.uk
29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Frome Sat 19:30 The Old Showfield, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2FH. www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk
29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Bath Sat 18:30 Bath City Farm, Kelston View, Whiteway, Bath, Somerset, BA2 1NW. www.bathcityfarm.org.uk
30 Oct 2022 [TBC] Bradley Stoke Sun 18:00 Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, BS32 8HL. www.bradleystokejournal.co.uk
30 Oct 2022 [TBC] Stockton-on-Tees Sun 18:30 Stockton Riverside, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1SF. www.stockton.gov.uk
30 Oct 2022 [TBC] Harlow Sun 18:45 Harlow Town Park, Park Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2QQ. www.harlow.gov.uk
30 Oct 2022 [TBC] Liverpool and Wirral River of Light Festival Sun 18:30 The River Mersey, New Brighton and Liverpool. www.visitliverpool.com
30 Oct 2022 [TBC] Witney Sun 19:00 Witney Rugby Club, Hailey Road, Oxfordshire, OX29 9UH.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Chester 19:00 Elton Parish Field and Play Area, Scout Hut Lane off School Lane, Elton, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 4PJ. www.1stinceandelton.org.uk
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Cambridge 18:00-22:00 Midsummer Common, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5 8DJ. www.cambridgelive.org.uk
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Newquay Harbour 19:00 Towan Beach, South Quay Hill, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1HR. www.visitnewquay.org
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Newquay 19:00 NQY Sports Centre, Tretherras Road, Yeoman Way, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2SL. www.facebook.com/events/
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Plymouth 19:30 Plymouth Hoe, Hoe Park, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2PU. www.plymouth.gov.uk
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Broadstairs 20:00 Viking Bay, Victoria Parade, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1NB.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] St Helens 19:30 Sherdley Park, Saint Helens, Sutton, Merseyside, WA9 5DE. www.sthelens.gov.uk
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Halton 19:30 Mersey Road, Runcorn, Merseyside, WA7 1DF
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Norwich 19:00 Norwich Castle, 24 Castle Meadow, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU. www.norwich.gov.uk
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] 19:30 Askern's Event Field, behind Askern Lake, Askern, Doncaster, DN6 0HZ. www.askerntowncouncil.co.uk
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Hornchurch 20:30 Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch, London Borough of Havering, Greater London, RM11 1JU. www.mumsguideto.co.uk
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Doncaster 19:00 Parklands Sports and Social Club, Parklands, Wheatley Hall Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN2 4LT. www.parklandsclub.co.uk
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Wembley 19:00 Market Square, Wembley Park, Brent, Greater London, HA9 0FA. www.wembleypark.com
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Houghton Regis 19:00 Tithe Farm Recreation Ground, Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5JD. www.houghtonregis.org.uk
12 Nov 2022 [TBC] Eastleigh Sat 18:00 Leigh Road Market Place, Eastleigh Town Centre, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9FF.


22 Oct 2022 [TBC] Seaford Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch Procession from The White Lion Hotel in Claremont Road (A259 jct Belgrave Road) Then Avondale Road, Broad Street and High Street. Free bonfire and firework display at the Martello Field. Video: Seaford Bonfire Seaford Bonfire Free event.

22 Oct 2022 [TBC] Nevill Bonfire Sat 18:30 First torch procession from Highdown Road, through the Nevill area of Lewes. 20:00 Second procession to the fire site on Landport Bottom. 21:15 Bonfire, destruction of the effigies and amazing fireworks. There is a modest charge. Third procession will head back to Highdown Road for Bonfire Prayers. Nevill Bonfire

22 Oct 2022 [TBC] Heathfield Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch procession from Mill Road, through the town to the firesite at the Community Centre on Sheepsetting Lane. 21:30 Fireworks.


22 Oct 2022 [TBC] Liverpool Halloween Light Parade

20:00 Bold Street to Liverpool ONE.

Spectacular night carnival of ghouls, zombies, tribal drumming, puppetry, dazzling lights, music and dance.


22-23 Oct 2022 [TBC] Jack On The Green Worthing 18:00-20:30 Beach House Park, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing BN11 2DB. A lit trail of lights & lanterns. Same Sky will be running free craft workshops on both days between 2pm and 4pm at Palm Court Pavilion. Everything made in the workshop will then form part of the trail, so come along to spot your own creation. Free event.

23 Oct 2022 [TBC] London October Plenty & Apple Day Sun 12:00 Procession from the Imperial War Museum garden to Roots And Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, Lambeth SE11 6DN. Apple Day festivities with performances, music, Morris dancing, etc.


Manchester Firework Displays

25 Oct 2022 [TBC]
Crumpsall Park Tue
26 Oct 2022 [TBC] Debdale Park Wed
27 Oct 2022 [TBC] Etihad Stadium Manchester Thu
30 Oct 2022 [TBC] Cringle Park Sun
31 Oct 2022 [TBC] Brookdale Park Mon
04 Nov 2022 [TBC] Heaton Park Fri
04 Nov 2022 [TBC] Platt Fields Park Fri
04 Nov 2022 [TBC] Wythenshawe Park Fri

28 Oct 2022 [TBC] Meadowhead Fireworks Sheffield Fri 18:00-22:00 Sheffield Transport Sports Club, Greenhill Main Rd, Sheffield S8 7RH. Big bonfire, fireworks, funfair, hot food and drink. Free event.

28 Oct - 06 Nov 2022 [TBC] Brighton Digital Festival A celebration of digital culture, providing a 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.


29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Newick Bonfire

Sat 19:00 Torch Processions
20:30 Giant Bonfire & Superb Fireworks.

Good pubs include The Bull and The Royal Oak, usually with outdoor bonfire bars.
Free, but  please consider donating or helping - 01825 723233
Newick Bonfire is so addictive - go once and you're hooked.
Bonfire Bishop & Fireworks Late Procession
Newick Bonfire


29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Littlehampton Bonfire

17:00-22:30 Town centre and seafront.
Bonfire Societies, steam engines, illuminated floats and walking groups.
17:00 Childrens Procession.
19:30 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.


29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Firle Bonfire Sat 18:30 Torch Processions from The Ram Inn, West Firle. Most spectacular fireworks and set pieces. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in October. Fire site about £8.50. Video Firle Bonfire

29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Ewhurst and Staplecross Bonfire 19:15 Torch Procession from the Cross Inn. 20:30 Giant Bonfire. 21:00 Fireworks. Hot dogs and refreshments. Entrance to the bonfire field about £1. Supporting bonfire societies include: Hailsham, Battle, Hastings, Rye, Cliffe, Vines Cross, Robertsbridge.

29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Blackheath Fireworks, London 20:00. South London’s biggest and best free firework displays. Attendance 100,000.

29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Carlisle Fireshow Sat 18:30-20:00 Bitts Park. Entertainment, fireshow, bonfire, and fireworks. More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the City Council event. Free event.

29 Oct 2022 [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.

29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Slough Fireworks & Bonfire Sat 19:45 Upton Court Park. Gates open 17:30. Refreshments and a large fun fair. About £6.

29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Bexleyheath Fireworks 20:00 Fireworks, Danson Park. 18:00-21:30 Funfair, refreshments, live band and beer tent. About £10.

29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair Children's display 18:30, main display 19:30 at Hook Road Arena About £10.

29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular Part of Light Up Lancaster, a festival of illuminations, art, music and fireworks. Ticketed.

29 Oct 2022 [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 £10.

29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Chiddingfold Bonfire 19:00 Procession, St Mary’s School to village green, 19:15 bonfire, 20:00 fireworks.

29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Guildford Firework Fiesta 19:00 procession from High Street. 20:00 Fireworks at Stoke Park. Entry donation £5.

29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Sticklepath Fireshow, Devon 19:30 Finch Foundry Field. Themed fire show with puppets, costumes, music and fireworks. About £7.

29 Oct 2022 [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.

29 Oct 2022 [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.

29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Cuckfield Bonfire 18:45 Bonfire, 19:30 Fireworks to music with the Bright FM roadshow. Hot food. About £7.

29 Oct 2022 [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.

29 Oct 2022 [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.


Merseyside Firework Displays

Sat 29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Central Park, Liscard Road, Wallasey  18:30-19:00 Free event.
Sat 29 Oct 2022 [TBC] Birkenhead Park, Park Drive, Birkenhead 18:30-19:00 Free event.
Sun 30 Oct 2022 [TBC]  River of Light, The Mersey, Liverpool. Fireworks 18:30 Liverpool and New Brighton. Free event.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Sherdley Park, St Helens. 19:00 Childrens display. 20:00 Main display. Funfair from 18:00.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Halton, Mersey Road, Runcorn. 19:30 Free event.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Mayer Park, Church Road, Bebington 18:30-19:00 Free event.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Lingham Park, Edgehill Road, Moreton 18:30-19:00 Free event.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Woodchurch Leisure Centre, Woodchurch 18:30-19:00 Free event.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Leasowe Adventure Playground, Twickenham Drive, Leasowe 18:30-19:00 Free event.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Mersey Park, Tranmere  Free event.


29-30 Oct 2022 [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.


30 Oct 2022 End of British Summer Time - clocks go back 1 Hour


30 Oct 2022 [TBC] Diwali Festival London 12:00-19:00 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London. Celebrating the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights. Lively music and dance stage. Authentic street food market, craft and community stalls plus dance, yoga, comedy, henna art and more. Attendance 35,000 people. Free event.

30 Oct 2022 [TBC] Emsworth Fireworks 18:00 Sailing Club, 55 Bath Road PO10 7ES. Hot dogs, candy floss, toffee apples, bar snacks.

31 Oct 2021 [TBC] Halloween Events from The National Trust  For kids and big kids.

31 Oct 2022 [TBC] Burnham on Sea 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 Illuminated Carnival


London Firework Displays

03 Nov 2022 [TBC] Chiswick Park Fireworks. Live music, fire performers, food. Chiswick Business Park. Free, but must be booked in advance.
04 Nov 2022 [TBC] Wimbledon Park Fireworks 17:15 & 19:15 Two displays, music and fireworks, fire and light show, rides, food stalls.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Blackheath Fireworks.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Morden Park Fireworks Music, food, funfair.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Alexandra Palace Fireworks 20:00 One of the top Bonfire Night events in London. German beer festival, music, ice disco and light show.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Beckenham Fireworks In The Park 18:00 & 19:45 Croydon Road Recreation Ground. Food, funfair. About £10 on the gate.
05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Barnes Sports Club Fireworks Bonfire, guy competition, food, drink and music from a DJ. About £15.
05-06 Nov 2022 [TBC] Battersea Park Fireworks


04 Nov 2022 - 01 Jan 2023 [TBC] Southbank Winter Market, London Wooden chalets filled with festive food, drinks, gifts and treats for all.


 Lewes Bonfire

05 Nov 2021 Lewes Bonfire

The huge, colourful and noisy parades are free to watch. There is a modest charge for entry to most of the six fire sites afterwards.

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

Best stay at home with a nice cup of cocoa!

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.

Video:Procession Procession 2 Waterloo Fireworks Commercial Square Fireworks

Lewes District Council - Info & Road Closures

Road Closures Map

Rocket FM

Map & Safety Lewes Bonfire Council Rocket FM


05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Battle Bonfire Torch procession, bonfire and fireworks from the famous Sussex bonfire season.

05 Nov 2022 [TBC] South Heighton Bonfire Sat 18:30 Torch procession - The Flying Fish in Denton, Hampden Arms, Bonfire site. 20:00 Bonfire & fireworks on South Heighton recreation ground. About £4. Family friendly event from a Bonfire Society with over a hundred members. Give them your support: Chaiman: Roger Clayton 01273 515045. Secretary: Clare Dickins 01273 516422 bonfire@southheighton.com

05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Big Boom - Norwich Castle Fireworks 19:30 Norwich town centre. Spectacular 12 minute firework display organised by Norwich Council - no ticket required - just turn up. Free event.

05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Weston Super Mare Illuminated Carnival 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

05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Yorkshire's Biggest Firework Spectacular 17:30-22:00 Don Valley Grass Bowl, next to Sheffield Arena S9 2DF. After Dark will be hosting Hallam FM and Big John Live, giant bonfire, a funfair, food stalls. Bonfire l19:30, Fireworks to music 21:00. 20,000 spectators. See website for tickets. About £14.

05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Free Firework Spectacular on Poole Quay The largest free firework event in Dorset. 17:00 Free Party with live music and street entertainers. 20:00 Fireworks.

05 Nov 2022 [TBC] Lindfield Bonfire 18:30 Fancy Dress Competition, 19:30 Torch Procession, 20:15 Bonfire, 20:30 Fireworks. Free event.

05 Nov 2022 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 2022 [TBC] Oldham’s Big Bang! 17:00-20:30 Oldham Edge OL1 1NL. Family friendly Bonfire. Funfair, food stalls. Fireworks 19:00. Free event.

05 Nov 2022 [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

05-06 Nov 2022 [TBC] N22 Open Studios Sat-Sun 12:00-18:00 The Chocolate Factory, Clarendon Rd, Wood Green, London N22 6XJ. 020 8365 7500. Eclectic event with over 100 artists offering an amazing array of contemporary art and design from painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, film-makers and designer-makers. Discover and purchase affordable art and contemporary design, commission a piece or get your portrait painted. Free entrance.

06 Nov 2022 [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 - 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

09 Nov 2022 [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

10 Nov 2022 [TBC] Plymouth Christmas Lights Thu 16:00-20:00 The Piazza, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2AR. Features a top celebrity and family entertainment on a large stage. Confetti canons fired when the lights go on.

11 Nov 2022 [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

11-13 Nov 2022 [TBC] Oxford Christmas Light Festival Multiple events - many free, including a super lantern procession on Friday evening.  Oxford Lantern Procession

11-13 Nov 2022 [TBC] Front Room 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 2022 Lord Mayors Show, London Sat 11:00-18:00. Procession The longest, oldest and most splendid civic procession in the world. Festival Zones Family entertainment all day. They are right next to the route of the Show, at Paternoster Square and Bloomberg Arcade. There is a funfair, street theatre, art installations, live music, dance and food. Map

12 Nov 2022 [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

12 Nov 2022 [TBC] Manchester Christmas Lights & Fireworks Sat 18:45 Albert Square. Free celebrations for the festive season. Live music, entertainment, family fun and spectacular fireworks.

12 Nov 2022 [TBC] Chailey Bonfire Sat 18:00-21:00. 17:00 Gathering at Mill Lane, ,17:30 Judging of Floats, 18:00 Torch Procession - Mill Lane, War Memorial, Five Bells, Bonfire Site. 19:50 Bonfire, 20:00 Fireworks

12 Nov 2022 [TBC] East Hoathly Bonfire Sat 19:00-21:30 Giant Torch-lit Processions. Amazing fireworks & huge themed bonfire. Pubs: The Kings Head in High Street. Please park with care. A small torch is useful here. Video: Procession Fireworks Skull Drummery. Map East Hoathly & Halland Bonfire

12 Nov 2022 [TBC] Rye Bonfire Sat 19:50 Torch procession from Mason Road, Ferry Road, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, through Landgate Arch, East Cliff, High Street, The Mint, Wish Ward, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, left down Landgate, right into Bedford Place and on to the Bonfire site. 20:45 Bonfire. 21:00 Fireworks. Free event.

12 Nov 2022 [TBC] Eastbourne Boho Winter Light Festival 16:00-21:00 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3NX.. children's lantern procession with sculptures, music, stalls, carol singing, entertainment, crafts, festive food,  traditional children's fairground and grotto. Procession organised by SameSky, Brighton.

12 Nov 2022 [TBC] St Austell Torchlight Carnival Sat 18:00 Torchlight procession, from John Keay House. Lanterns, samba bands, jazz bands, cheer leaders, pirates, highwaymen, music, dance and lights. Music and stalls in the town from 10:00. More

12 Nov 2022 [TBC] UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships Sat 18:00-22:00 Crutched Friar Pub, London EC3N 2AE. Entrants do battle in a knock-out tournament. Spectators welcome.

13 Nov 2022 [TBC] The Moor’s Christmas Party & Lights Sun 12.30-16:30 The Moor, Sheffield S1 4PA. Yellow Bus Events bringing festive cheer with real reindeer, live Nativity, snow machines, traditional music, Father Christmas, giant walkabout snowman, funfair rides, giveaways and loads more seasonal delights. Come down and join us when we turn on the lights on the giant Christmas tree. Free event.

15 Nov 2022 - 01 Jan 2023 [TBC] London Christmas By The River 11:00-22:00 Christmas by the River returns to illuminate London Bridge City into the Capital’s most scenic Christmas market.


Lumiere Festival

Light, sculpture and giant installations waiting to be discovered.

The events by Artichoke are the biggest of their kind in the UK.

17-20 Nov 2022 [TBC] Lumiere Durham


18 Nov - 30 Dec 2022 [TBC] Salisbury Christmas Processions, festive fun, Santa Wonderland, markets and entertainment. 01722 342860.

18 Nov 2022 - 02 Jan 2023 [TBC] Winter Wonderland 10:00-22:00 Hyde Park, London. Ice Rink, Circus, Giant Wheel & Rides, Santa Land and Christmas Market.

18 Nov 2022 - 02 Jan 2023 [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 2022 [TBC] Robertsbridge Bonfire Sat 19:00 Torch processions in the High Street. High quality and atmospheric Sussex Bonfire, supported by about 20 Sussex Bonfire Societies. 20:00 Exceptional bonfire and fireworks. Parking available in the A21 lay-by - a small torch is useful here. Video: Procession Fireworks Video 2013: Procession Fireworks Robertsbridge Bonfire Free event.

19 Nov 2022 [TBC] Barcombe Bonfire Saturday. Supported by Lewes and many of the Sussex Bonfire Societies. Processions from the Royal Oak. Bonfire and fireworks - all amazing and all free. Programme available via the website. Video: Procession Bonfire Bishop Firesite  Fireworks Barcombe Bonfire Free event.

19 Nov 2022 [TBC] Slough Christmas Lights Sat 17:00 Town Square, High Street, Slough SL1 1DH. Dancers, entertainment, lights and mini firework display.

19-20 Nov 2022 [TBC] UK Beatbox Championships Sat: The Eliminations - Cafe 1001, Shoreditch, london 12:00-17:00. Sun: The finals - The Garage, Highbury, London - 17:00-24:00. 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.

20 Nov 2022 [TBC] Bracknell Christmas Lights Sunday, The Lexicon, Bracknell. Bracknell Christmas Lights. Free event.

24 Nov 2022 [TBC] Winchester Lantern Procession Thu 18:30-20:00 Lantern procession around the Cathedral grounds, live music, fireworks and Christmas market.

24-27 Nov 2022 [TBC] lluminate Thu-Sun 17:30-22:00 Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon PL1 3RP. Marking the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Light installations, projections, immersive visual art, music, food and bar. Free event with optional participatory element with a small charge.

24 Nov - 01 Dec 2022 [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.

25 Nov 2022 [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

25 Nov 2022 [TBC] Light Up Hassocks Fri 16:00-19:00 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 2022 [TBC] Devizes Lantern Procession and 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 Lantern Procession & Fireworks

26 Nov 2022 [TBC] Hawkhurst Bonfire Hawkhurst Gang Bonfire Society event, held in the traditional style of Sussex bonfire, with over 20 visiting bonfire societies. The evening starts with a gathering of visiting bonfire societies and drummers in the village, then a huge 1/4 mile long flaming and fiery procession makes its way through the streets of Hawkhurst, Kent, culminating in a bonfire and spectacular fireworks display. 18:00 Gates to the site open. 19:00 Procession from Highgate Hill to The Moor where the beacon will be lit. The fire site is at King George V Field. As always traditional Hog Roast will be available. Fire-site Tickets about £4.50. The last Sussex style bonfire in the season.

26 Nov 2022 [TBC] Caln Lantern Parade & Fireworks Sat 12:00-18:00 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. Calne Winter Festival & Lantern Parade

26 Nov 2022 [TBC] Lantern Procession and Fireworks, Crawley Sat 14:30-18:00 Memorial Gardens. Music featuring local acts and a professional headliner, arts and crafts, community stalls and food. Evening lantern procession with samba bands and drummers around the town centre, before returning to the Memorial Gardens for a fireworks display. Organised by Same Sky.

26 Nov 2022 [TBC] Godalming Christmas Festival & Lights Sat 10:00-18:00 Christmas gift and craft stalls in the High Street, Crown Court and Church Street. Street food and drink, pony rides, Santas grotto, and a packed programme of entertainment at The Pepperpot through the day.

South Brent Illuminated Carnival, Devon

Processions on the last Saturday in June and November.

26 Nov 2022 [TBC] at 18:15.

24 Jun 2023 [TBC]


27 Nov 2022 [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 2022 [TBC] Carols in Hotham Park, Bognor Sun 16:30-18:30. Free event.


Chester Mid Summer Watch & Winter Watch Parades

01 & 08 Dec 2022 [TBC] Chester Winter Watch Parades 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.

17-18 Jun 2023 [TBC] Chester Mid Summer Watch Parades Sat-Sun 14:00-15:30 Eastgate Clock, St Werburgh Street, Northgate Street, Bridge Street & Eastgate Street. Cavalcade of medieval characters including giants, beasts, animated tableaux and a kaleidoscope of costumed characters. Samba bands etc. Gallery Video



02 Dec 2022 [TBC] Cardigan Lantern Procession Fri 19:00 Cardigan High Street to the Castle. Giant lantern structures and hundreds of smaller lanterns. Festive music, merriment, food and drink at the castle Possible firework display. Free event.


03 Dec 2022 [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 Dec 2022 [TBC] Maidenhead Lantern Procession Sat 17:00 Illuminated Lantern Procession around town, starting from the Town Hall. 17:45-18:15 Maidenhead Concert Band outside the Town Hall. Video Maidenhead Lantern Procession See "Burning The Clocks" in Brighton on Dec 21st, another event by Same Sky

03 Dec 2022 [TBC] St Ives Lantern Parade, Cornwall Sat 18:00 Barnoon Hill, Lifeboat Hill and along the Wharf.

03 Dec 2022 [TBC] Mevagissey Christmas Lights Sat 16:30-18:30 The Quay. Probable lantern procession and carol singing. 18:00 Lights switch-on.

03 Dec 2022 [TBC] Santacon London Sat 11:00-17:00 About 1000 naughty Santas roam the streets of London. Free, but registration required.

03-04 Dec 2022 [TBC] Rochester Dickensian Christmas Sat-Sun 11:00-17:30 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 2022 [TBC] Leamington Spa Lantern Procession Sun 16:15 Bandstand, Royal Pump Room Gardens. Family entertainment then 17:00 Lantern Parade to the Town Hall accompanied by carol singers, music and stilt walkers. It will finish with traditional Christmas carols by the Christmas Tree at the Town Hall.  Free event.

04 Dec 2022 [TBC] Reading Toy Run Sun 13:00 John Wood PLC, Reading RG2 9FW, (formerly Shire Hall) near M4 J11 to High Close School, Wiltshire Road, Wokingham RG40 1TT. Annual motorcycle run in which 2000 Christian Bikers in fancy dress deliver gifts for those in Barnardo's care. Video Video2 Reading Toy Run

08 Dec 2022 [TBC] Poole Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Falkland Square, Poole, BH15 1AB. Join local school children for a seasonal lantern procession through the High Street followed by carols and mince pies at the historic Guildhall.

09 Dec 2022 [TBC] Hungerford Christmas Extravaganza Fri evening High Street. Night. Parade, entertainment, Christmas lights, traditional steam engines, fairground organs, food and charity stalls.

11 Dec 2022 [TBC] Newbury Lantern Procession Sun 16:00-18:00 Northbrook Street to Market Place. Winter lantern procession, live music and a glittering finale. Free event.

12 Dec 2022 [TBC] Mayor of London Christmas Carol Service Mon 19:00-20:00 Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA. The Mayor will deliver his Christmas message. This event is hugely popular and entry is on a first come, first served basis. A ticket does not guarantee you a seat. Please arrive early, with your printed ticket, to avoid disappointment.  Doors open 18:15. Find out more and book your free tickets at: www.london.gov.uk/mayors-christmas-carols

15 Dec 2022 [TBC] River of Light, Caerphilly Thu 18:30 Lantern procession from the station, through the town to the castle. Samba drummers, street bands, dancers and a spectacular firework finale.

15 Dec 2022 [TBC] Lincoln Lantern Procession & Light Show Thu 18:00 Lantern procession from City Square to Castle Hill, followed by a nativity play. Free parking.

15 Dec 2022 [TBC] Candle Lighting Ceremony, Chichester Thu 11:45-14:00 The Hamblin Centre Bosham House, Main Road, Bosham, Chichester PO18 8PJ. To mark the winter solstice, a meditative time of quiet reflection to remember our loved ones in this world or the next. Quiet music, readings, and an invitation to light a candle and dedicate its light to where it is most needed. The candle lighting ceremony will be followed by a cheerful Christmas gathering with seasonal refreshments and mulled fruit punch. Free entry. The Hamblin Trust is a spiritual and educational charity whose purpose is to help people experience health, happiness and inner fulfilment. It promotes a holistic approach to living.


21 Dec 2021 [TBC] Burning The Clocks, Brighton

18:30-20:30 Illuminated Lantern Procession with 1,500 participants - New Road to Madeira Drive on Brighton sea front.
Spectacular beach finale with music and pyrotechnics.
Video Procession Fireworks
Burning The Clocks is organized by Same Sky, and attracts 20,000 who line the streets to watch.
Free event.


21 Dec 2022 [TBC] Winter Solstice, Stonehenge Sunday. English Heritage welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. 06:00 Parking opens - £5 per car £2 per motorbike. 07:45 Monument field opens, 10:00 Monument field closes. Access to Stonehenge for Winter Solstice is free. Possible small gatherings at Avebury, Glastonbury Tor etc.


SEASONAL SWIMS - 25 Dec 2022 [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.
Lowestoft 10:00 Hatfield Hotel. 200 swimmers, watched by crowds of thousands on the beach.
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
Cornwall See link - various locations including St Agnes, Coverack, Bude, Polzeath, Sennen Cove.

Swimming in cold water is dangerous.


26 Dec 2022 [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.

From 09:30 Scrutineering, judging and photographs commence.
10:30 Fastest Pram racers depart.
10:35 First batch of 20 teams start. Scrutineering etc continues.
10:40 Second batch of 20 teams start and so on.
13:30 Race finish and prizes.
Video: 2010 2011 2012 2013

The Course: The event starts at Highams Hall/Kamkorp Park (formerly Linde Group/BOC) on the Chertsey Road and finishes at The Windlesham Club & Theatre, Kennel Lane, where the prizes are awarded. On route racers will visit The Brickmakers Arms, The Surrey Cricketers, The Sun, The Half Moon and The Bee pubs.

Windlesham Pram Race


26 Dec 2022 [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


Edinburgh New Year

29 Dec 2022 [TBC] Torchlight Procession 19:00
29 Dec 2022 [TBC] Symphonic Ibeza 21:00
31 Dec 2022 [TBC] Street Party 19:30
31 Dec 2022 [TBC] Bairns Afore 17:00
31 Dec 2022 [TBC] Ceildh Under The Castle 20:30
31 Dec 2022 [TBC] Concert In The Gardens 21:00


31 Dec 2022 [TBC] New Year's Eve Fireworks, London Spectacular Midnight fireworks at the London Eye. Live DJs with music from 22:00 until 00:45. £10 advance tickets, limited to 100,000 people. Free viewing is possible from the surrounding area and vantage points such as Primrose Hill. Video: Dancing Revelers Fireworks Auld Lang Syne New Year's Eve Fireworks, London.

31 Dec 2022 [TBC] NewcastleGateshead Quayside Fireworks Midnight,  New Year's Eve, NewcastleGateshead Quayside. Fireworks light up the Tyne against the iconic backdrop of the seven bridges. Free event.

31 Dec 2022 [TBC] Weymouth New Years Eve Town Centre and harbour. Free fancy dress party with 20,000 revelers. Tourist Information Centre 01305 785747.

31 Dec 2022 [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 2022 [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 2022 [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.

31 Dec 2022 [TBC] Cardiff New Year's Eve Fireworks Midnight Fireworks at Cardiff's Winter Wonderland, Civic Centre. Free event.

31 Dec 2022 [TBC] Manchester New Year's Eve Fireworks 23:00 Outside Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street. Amazing fireworks with music. No alcohol. Free event.

01 Jan Public Holiday - New Year's Day Holiday

01 Jan 2023 [TBC] New Years Day Parade, London 12:00 Parade from Piccadilly, past Trafalgar Square, to finish at 15:30 on Parliament Street. 10,000 performers, marching bands, classic cars, balloons, cheerleaders, clowns, steel bands and 500,000 spectators. Video New Years Day Parade, London

01 Jan 2023 [TBC] Hyde Park Serpentine Runs 10k race starts at 11:00,  3k fun run starts at 12:00. Course Map

01 Jan 2023 [TBC] Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race 12:00. Annual charity race of about 20 teams in fancy dress. Start and finish at School Road Car Park, Sunninghill and the course distance is 1 mile.

01 Jan 2023 [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

06 Jan 2023 [TBC] 12th Night, Guildford Twelfth Night - Mummers Play and Wassail. The Pilgrim Mummers will be touring Guildford bringing entertainment and general jollity in the following locations: 19:15 The Star, 20:00 The Three Pigeons, 20:30 The Angel Hotel, 21:30 The Keep, 22:00 The Royal Oak

07 Jan 2023 [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. Event subject to weather & ground conditions.

07 Jan 2023 [TBC] Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade St Francis Church, 279 North Street, Bristol BS3 1JP. Sat 15:00-18:00 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol. Possible fireworks after. More

08 Jan 2023 [TBC] Twelfth Night, London 14:00 Bankside, outside Shakespere's Globe. Twelfth Night is an annual seasonal celebration held on London's South Bank. A mix of ancient customs with contemporary festivity. It is free, accessible to all and happens whatever the weather. See the Holly Man in evergreen foliage, the Mummers dressed in spectacular colours, and all manner of characters. Twelfth Night, London

08 Jan 2023 [TBC] Royal Pavilion, Brighton Sun 10:00-16:30 The Royal Pavilion, Brighton BN1 1EE. To celebrate the purchase of the Royal Pavilion by the town of Brighton in 1850, admission charges are waived one day a year. Attendance 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. Tel: 03000 290900. Free event.

13 Jan 2023 [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. events@hartleywintney.org.uk Video: Waggon & Horses The Orchard The Apple Tree 01252 845152. Dancing and ceremony by Hook Eagle Morris Men. Please bring lanterns and torches.

14 Jan 2023 [TBC] Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival Processions Sat 10:30-15:30 Whittlesea, Peterborough. Processions with local Morris sides, hundreds of dancers, musicians and street performers. Sunday - Bear burning.

14 Jan 2023 [TBC] Chepstow Wassail and Mari Lwyd 14:30 Three Tuns, Bridge Street. Morris Dancing and capers. 15:00 Wassail of the Chepstow Castle Dell Apple Trees. Singing & Dancing. 16:00 Mari Lwyd at The Three Tuns. Several Authentic Horses Heads Dressed in the Traditional Way. Welsh/English Banter, Lots of Singing/Colour/Fun. 17:30 Morris Dancing, Music and Noise, Chepstow Bridge. 18:30 Meeting of the English and the Welsh in the Middle of the OldIron Bridge. “It’s like going to War and then all Peace breaks out!” 19:15 The Mari Lwyd Performed at the Chepstow Museum. All Floodlit, Great for Viewing and Rumours of Hot Mulled Cider! 20:00 Ceilidh Dance at the Drill Hall. Licenced Bar.

15 Jan 2023 [TBC] Wokingham Wassail Sun 13:30 OJB Morris at Wokingham Town Square RG40 1AS. Morris dancing, Mummers play, and Wassail ceremony.

21 Jan 2023 [TBC] Pentacle Wassail Sat 18:00–23:00 The Royal Oak and Castle Pub High St, Pevensey, East Sussex BN24 5LE. Drumming, dancing and wassailing. Video: Procession Orchard Pentacle Wassail Facebook Free event.

21 Jan 2023 [TBC] Bracknell Wassail Sat 15:00-16:30 Lily Hill Park. Small traditional orchard wassail, suitable for all. Bring cider or apple juice. Meet at north car park, Lily Hill Road RG12 2RX Video. Bracknell Wassail.

22 Jan 2023 [TBC] Arun Divers Littlehampton Leap Sun 12:00 Red Bridge, Arun View Inn, River Road, Littlehampton BN17 5DD. Intrepid jumpers in fancy dress leap into the River Arun for charity. A fun event for all ages, open to anyone with a minimum sponsorship fee or charity donation of about £10 on the day. Leapers are encouraged to wear fancy dress, wetsuits or drysuits. Boats will be in the water to recover the Leapers and ferry them to the riverside, nobody will be in the water for more than 1 minute. Hot soup will be available in the bar at The Arun View Inn for all brave leapers. There will be a street collection for the charity and people are welcome to come and watch and take photo's. Afterwards in The Arun View Inn, there will also be a Grand Raffle prize draw. Sponsor forms are available for download at www.arundivers.org.uk or alternatively contact Gary Moore 07788 177773. Aran Divers Facebook

24 Jan 2023 [TBC] 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

26 Jan 2022 Australia Day - pub events and parties around London.

04 Feb 2023 [TBC] Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival Sat 19:00-21:30 Biennial event held on the first Saturday in February. 1,500-strong lantern & torch parade, fire jugglers, drummers, and Celtic characters. Through woodland. Starts from Marsden Station HD7 6AX, then up Reddisher Road to Tunnel End, into Waters Road then down the hill to the Watersedge area for a fire circus accompanied by music. Organiser Angie Boycott  says "a great atmosphere, a little bit edgy." Fantastic firework finale. Imbolc, pronounced "Imolc", is an ancient festival where fire represents the return of the Sun in the coming months. For more information, of if you would like to help: marsden.imbolc@hotmail.co.uk Video Map Facebook Imbolc

04 Feb 2023 [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

04 Feb 2023 [TBC] Winter Lantern Parade, Tunbridge Wells Sat 17:30 Vibrant parade from The Royal Victoria Place, up Camden Road, right into Albion Road, left into Auckland Road, and into the Grosvenor and Hilbert Recreation Ground. Facebook

05 Feb 2023 [TBC] Chinese New Year, London Sun 10:00 Parade, North of Trafalgar Square, Charring Cross Road, Shaftesbury Avenue. 11:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square - Lion dance, martial arts, food, firecrackers, pyrotechnics and light show. On Wardour Street and Gerrard Street you’ll find craft stalls, Chinese food stands and more traditional dance. Shaftesbury Avenue stage will host local up-and-coming talent. Charing Cross Road will feature musical performances, martial arts displays, crafts and workshops. Expect huge crowds in Trafalgar Square - main stage with music, lion dances and fireworks. Video: Parade Firecrackers Website: visitlondon.com

05 Feb 2023 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Manchester Sun 11:00-20:00 Chinatown and Albert Square. 12:30 Dragon Parade with 175ft dragon, 18:00 Possible fireworks. Attendance 65,000.

05 Feb 2023 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Liverpool Sun 11:30-16.30 Great George Street/Nelson Street. Dragon Parades, firecrackers, music, Martial arts etc.

05 Feb 2023 [TBC] Canvey Island Radio and Electronics Rally Sun 10:00 Cornelius Vermuyden School, Dinant Avenue, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 9QS. Amateur radio & electronics. 01842 861089.

05 Feb 2023 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Birmingham Sun 11:30-16:00 China Town, Bullring & Grand Central and in and around the Hippodrome for performances, crafts and family friendly activities. Dragon dances, acrobatics, Kung Fu, firecrackers, market stalls, food, children’s rides and firework finale. Attendance 30,000. Tel: 0121 685 8510. Free event.

08-19 Feb 2023 [TBC] Imagine Children's Festival Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel 020 7960 4200. The best children’s theatre, literature and music, with plenty of workshops and free events for everyone. Draw, write, read, play, sing, dance and create, with lots to do for ages 0 to 12.

11-19 Feb 2023 [TBC] Brighton Science Festival A selection of great science activities, shows and workshops for young people around Brighton.


17-21 Feb 2023 [TBC] Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival

17 Feb 2023 Fri 20:00-03:00 Le Grand Mardi Grass Ball White Rock Theatre

18 Feb 2023 [TBC] Sat Saturday Unplugged Bars and restaurants of Hastings Old Town host a packed afternoon of acoustic music sessions, as 60 emerging and established artists and bands across all genres play 15-minute sets at participating venues.

19 Feb 2023 Sun Umbrella Parade 12:00 The Stade towards White Rock. A riot of sound and colour on the seafront. Video

See links for many more events and tickets - some free.


18 Feb 2023 [TBC] Littlehampton Pancake Olympics Sat 11:00-13:00 High Street. Raise funds for a charity of your choice in this fun packed competition. Teams are invited to compete in four Olympic style disciplines but unlike the real thing it involves a lot of pancakes. There will be sprinting, relaying, flipping and even pancake curling!

18 Feb 2023 [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. Video: Music1 Music2 Procession Slaithwaite Moonraking

20-25 Feb 2023 [TBC] Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London A programme of events celebrating the diversity of Russian culture. Video Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London

21 Feb 2023 [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.

21 Feb 2023 [TBC] Flipping Marvelous Pancake Race Tue 12:30-13:30 More London, London Bridge City, SE1. Southbank, near Tower Bridge. Free event.

21 Feb 2023 [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.


21-22 Feb 2023 [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.

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21 Feb - 06 Mar 2023 [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

24-26 Feb 2023 [TBC] Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb Mon-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.

26 Feb 2023 [TBC] Brighton Half Marathon Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive/ Seafront. 10,000 runners. Video1 Video2 Brighton Half Marathon

26 Mar 2023 [TBC] Tough Guy 11:00 Tattenhall Horse Sanctuary, South Perton Farm, Wolverhampton WV6 7HB. Tel: 01902 764422. 12Km mud & obstacle running course. Physically challenging, mentally demanding and fear inducing. Video

28 Feb - 05 Mar 2023 [TBC] Bristol Light Festival Tue-Sun 17:00-22:00 Bristol City. World premier light art works come to life. St George's Bristol,  Park Street. College Green, Cascade Steps Harbour Side, Queen Square, Left Handed Giant, Temple Gardens, Cheese Lane, Cabot Circus. Free event.

01 Mar 2023 [TBC] St Davids Day, Cardiff 12:30 Cardiff City Hall. Parade with floats, flags, bands, dragons and participants in national or historic dress. Route St Davids Day Parade, Cardiff

01-04 Mar 2023 [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.

04-05 Mar 2023 [TBC] The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships Sat-Sun. Huddersfield Town Hall. Some of the finest Bands in Britain such as Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery, YBS and many others all competing in the Championship Section. Few contests are so fiercely competitive. Tickets (01484 225755) about £7 to £12 per day.

11 Mar 2023 [TBC] Women’s Eights Head of the River Race Sat 11:30 Mortlake to Putney, 4 miles 374 yards. 3,000 athletes on the classic championship course. The largest women’s rowing race in the world with around 2,880 women racing and 320 crews taking part. It is the only race in the UK where novices can compete in the same race as Olympic champions and as such attracts a wide range of rowers from clubs and universities.


12 Mar 2023 [TBC] St Patricks Day, London

Sun 12:00 Huge parade from Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square More

12:00-18:00 Irish Day Party in Trafalgar Square. Music stage, entertainment food and drink. Attendance 125,000.

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Usually held on the nearest Sunday to 17 March. Free event.


12 Mar 2023 [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. No parade in 2022, but a week of events

17 Mar 2023 [TBC] Red Nose Day Friday. Annual event. Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief. 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.

18-19 & 25-26 Mar 2023 [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 £8. Please contact the venue before traveling. Lackham Country Park, Wiltshire

19 Mar 2023 [TBC] Pioneer Motorcycle Run Sun 08:00-14:00 Tattenham Corner, Epsom to Brighton/Shoreham Airport. Over 300 pre 1915 motorcycles, sidecar combinations and three-wheelers. 2022 date Facebook

19 Mar 2023 [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.

22 Mar 2023 [TBC] World Water Day - Water Aid 2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation. World Water Day.

25 Mar 2023 [TBC] Head of the River Race Sat 10:00 Mortlake to Putney. A processional race for eights rowed over the 4.25 mile championship course. Up to 400 crews of eights start at 10-second intervals. Video Head of the River Race, London


26 Mar 2023 Start of British Summer Time - clocks go forward 1 Hour



02 Apr 2023 [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 2023 [TBC] The Boat Race Sun. Putney to Mortlake, London. Women's Race 14:23,  Men's Race 15:23. 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. Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

02 Apr 2023 [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, Sheffield

07-08 Apr 2023 [TBC] North Leeds Charity Beer Festival North Leeds Cricket Club, The Homestead, Old Park Road, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1JX. In association with The Rotary Club of Roundhay. Fri 17:00-23:00, Sat 12:00-23:00. 36 Real Ales from 8 breweries, Gin Bar. About £10 entry, inc glass, programme & 3 tokens.

08-09 Apr 2023 [TBC] Cumbria Easter Rally Sat-Sun Kirkby Stephen and Brough, Cumbria. Free admission, free bus rides. Family event. Saturday evening road run through the fells, food & drink stalls and vintage funfair. The UK's biggest, free classic commercial vehicle rally, with over 250 vintage buses, lorries and commercial vehicles. Road Run on Sat at 16:30 starting at Kirkby Stephen Railway Station and from Grand Prix in Brough. RALLY SITES: Grand Prix yard in Brough - classic vehicles and stalls. Geoff Atkinson's yard in Brough - The Bedford Enthusiasts Club. Jubilee Park in Brough - vintage pedal bikes. Kirkby Stephen - The Auction Mart - vintage vehicles and stalls. Market Square and Market Street Kirkby Stephen - vintage vehicles displayed and craft/artisan and food stalls as well as stalls for motor enthusiasts. The Mountain Rescue station in Kirkby Stephen - vintage military vehicles. Kirkby Stephen Parish Church - bric-a-brac and cafe. The Stainmore Railway (Kirkby Stephen East) - stalls, cafe and classical trains on display. Winton Craft Fair. 10:00-16:30 Free bus service every 15mins from Kirkby Stephen Railway Station to Brough.

08 Apr 2023 [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 £35.

09 Apr 2023 [TBC] Brighton Marathon Sun 09:45 Start at Preston Park. 12,000 runners. The route is south to the Seafront, east towards Rottingdean, west to Shoreham power station then back to the Pier to finish. Several loops to make up the distance to 26 miles. Likely live bands, 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 Brighton Marathon

09 Apr 2023 [TBC] Easter Bonnet Parade, Lyme Regis Sun 14:00-16:00. Make an Easter Bonnet or just enjoy the spectacle of people in the parade wearing their Easter Bonnets. 15:00 Judging of Easter Bonnets in the Baptist Church. 15:00 Easter Bonnet Parade Baptist Church, Broad Street to the Jubilee Pavilion, sea front. Parade includes Majorettes.

10Apr 2023 [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. See link for cost. The children will love this one. Jackie Shearman 01737 646132 www.lhhp.co.uk

10 Apr 2023 [TBC] World Coal Carrying Championships 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.

12-16 Apr 2023 [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.

15 Apr 2023 [TBC] Vaisakhi Festival, London Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. One of the most important events in the Sikh calendar. The packed line-up includes: Live performances kirtan (spiritual music), arts, food, community groups, charities, children’s activities and turban tying. All ages welcome. Vaisakhi, London Free event.

17 Apr 2023 [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.

21 Apr 2023 [TBC] St George’s Day Parade, Dartford Fri 12:45-13:30 Brass bands, fusion drummers, morris dancers and stilt walkers at One Bell Corner in the High Street. 13.35-14:00 Schools Parade, featuring live entertainment which will start outside the Civic Centre in Home Gardens and will go via the Orchards Shopping Centre into the High Street and then on to Central Park. 14:00-14:30 Vibrant performances at the Bandstand in Central Park. Probably the biggest St Georges day parade in the country with up to 1500 taking part. More A partnership with Cohesion Plus, Same Sky and schools in both Gravesend and Dartford.

21-23 Apr 2023 [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.

22 Apr 2023 [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 2023 [TBC] Rox Festival Sat Hotham Park. Live music, food and drink. Video Rox Festival, Bognor Free event.

22 Apr 2023 [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 2023 [TBC] St George's Day, London 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. Live music stage and quality sound system. Video St George's Day, London Free event.

23 Apr 2023 [TBC] Maldon Mud Race Sunday - opens 10am, race at 1pm, Promenade Park‚ Maldon, Essex. 300 entrants, 20‚000 spectators and £ thousands raised for charity. Competitors race through the mud of the River Blackwater at low tide. Best times for the return crossing might be under four minutes, but can take an hour. Wading through the deep mud is very heavy going, and way more tiring that it looks. Spectator entry to the park is by personal donation. Visit maldon Video - warming up Video - the race Maldon Mud Race


Apr-Sep 2023 Pride Events Please confirm details with organizers before traveling. Some events are held over several days. Some events are ticketed. Some are free.

29 Apr 2023 [TBC] Bury Pride Procession 13:00 Town Hall. Sat-Sun
29 Apr 2023 [TBC] Swansea Pride. Waterfront Museum
06 May 2023 [TBC] Falmouth Pride
13 May 2023 [TBC] Newquay
13 May 2023 [TBC] Exeter Pride Sat 11:00 St Sidwell's St to Northerhnay Gardens.
13 May 2023 [TBC] Cornwall Pride Newquay
07 May Falmouth, 21 May Penzance, 28 May Saltash, 11 Jun St Ives, 18 Jun Truro, 25 Jun Bude, 02 Jul Camborne, 09 Jul St Austell, 16 Jul Bodmin, 23 Jul Redruth
14 May 2023 [TBC] Cheltenham Pride In The Park 12:00-17:00 Pitville Park
20 May 2023 [TBC] Trafford Pride. Sale town centre.
27 May 2023 [TBC] Grampian Pride, Queens Links Aberdeen
27 May 2023 [TBC] Worcestershire Pride
28 May 2023 [TBC] Durham Pride, Sands Field. Parade Sun.
03 Jun 2023 [TBC] Oxford Pride Sat 10:00 Castle & Paradise Street  [Procession 12:00?]
03 Jun 2023 [TBC] Hebridean Pride
03 Jun 2023 [TBC] Arran Pride
10 Jun 2023 [TBC] Blackpool Pride Winter Gdns.10:30 Procession N Pier. Main stage on beach.
10 Jun 2023 [TBC] Portsmouth Pride Sat Southsea Bandstand
10 Jun 2023 [TBC] Peoples Pride Southampton
17 Jun 2023 [TBC] York Pride, Knavesmire
17 Jun 2023 [TBC] Stoke on Trent Pride. Northwood Park, Hanley.
17 Jun 2023 [TBC] Exmouth Pride, Manor Gardens
. Live bands and performers.
24 Jun 2023 [TBC] Bude Pride
24 Jun 2023 [TBC] Essex Pride Sat. Central Park, Chelmsford. 12:00-23:00
24 Jun 2023 [TBC] Salford Pink Picnic Sat 13:00-20:00 Peel Park.. Live entertainment on the main stage.
25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Lancaster Pride Dalton Square. Sun 11:00
01 Jul 2023 [TBC] London Pride Parade 12:00 Hyde Park Corner to Whitehall Place. Celebrations in Trafalgar Square.
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01 Jul 2023 [TBC] Salisbury Pride 12:00-22:00 Queen Elizabeth Gardens.
01-02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Weston Super Mare Pride Grove Park
08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Worthing Pride Parade along the Prom. Ticketed park event.
08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Macclesfield Pride Market Square.
08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Worksop Pride 12:00-21:00 Market Square.
08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Bristol Pride Sat 10:45 Procession, Castle Park to Amphiteatre Millennium Sq. Park event about £7.
08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Bournemouth Pride Parade 12:00 Meyrick Park to The Triangle. Park event £20.
08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Cambridge Pride. 11:00 Jesus Green
15 Jul 2023 [TBC] Isle Of Wight Pride 11:00 Ryde Beach.
15 Jul 2023 [TBC] Croydon Pride 11:00-22:00 Wandle Park. Parade through town Centre. Free.
15 Jul 2023 [TBC] Brighton Trans Pride. Parade 12pm Marlborough Pub to Brunswick Square. Park Event.
15 Jul 2023 [TBC] Tameside Pride 12:00-18:00 Cheethams Park, Stalybridge
21 Jul 2023 [TBC] Belfast Pride
21-24 Jul 2023 [TBC] Northern Pride, Town Moor, Newcastle. Free.
22 Jul 2023 [TBC] Eastbourne Pride Princes Park. 12:00. Free, registration reqd.
22 Jul 2023 [TBC] Eastbourne Pride Sat 10:00-23:00 Princes Park.
22 Jul 2023 [TBC] Oldham Pride Sat 12:00-23:59 Parliament Square.
22 Jul 2023 [TBC] Folkestone Pride Sat 14:00-04:00 The Leas, Lower Sandgate Rd
23 Jul 2023 [TBC] Chesterfield Pride Sun12:00-19:00.Stand Road Park. Free.
29 Jul 2023 [TBC] Liverpool Pride 12:00 Parade, St Georges Plateau
29 Jul 2023 [TBC] Norwich Pride Sat 13:00 Large Parade, City Hall to Chapelfield Gardens.
29 Jul 2023 [TBC] Nottingham Pride Sat 11:00-23:00 City Centre Parade
29 Jul 2023 [TBC] Hull Pride West Park
29 Jul 2023 [TBC] Romford Pride.12:00 Parade, South Street to Chandlers Way. Full day of events.
30 Jul 2023 [TBC] Stockport Pride Sun 11:00 Market Place
05 Aug 2023 [TBC] Brighton Pride Sat 11:00 Parade, Hove Lawns to Preston Park. Sat-Sun Festival in Preston Park is ticketed. St. James St Party.
Video: 2012 Parade 2013 Parade 2016 Parade Brighton Pride
05 Aug 2023 [TBC] Doncaster Pride Sat. Elmfield Park
06 Aug 2023 [TBC] Leeds Pride Sun, Lower Briggate. City centre. Free. New route for 2022
12 Aug 2023 [TBC] Swindon & Wiltshire 11:00 Old Town Gardens, Quarry Road. Parade, stalls and music. Free.
Swindon & Wiltshire Pride
12 Aug 2023 [TBC] Colchester Pride Sat 11:00-22:00 Firstsite Building.
12 Aug 2023 [TBC] Margate Pride Sat 14:00-20:00, Waterfront.
12 Aug 2023 [TBC] Chester Pride Sat, Castle Square. Free.
12 Aug 2023 [TBC] Chester Castle Square
13 Aug 2023 [TBC] Wakefield Pride Sun 11:00-22:00 Borough Rd
19 Aug 2023 [TBC] Herts Pride. Cassiobury Park, Watford. 12:00-22:00.
19 Aug 2023 [TBC] Warwickshire Pride Sat, Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa
. Live performances and celebrity guests.
19 Aug 2023 [TBC] King's Lynn & West Norfolk Pride Sat 11:00 Parade from the Tuesday Market Place. Live entertainment in The Walks
26 Aug 2023 [TBC] Southampton Pride Sat 11:00-22:00 Guildhall Square & West Marlands Road
26 Aug 2023 [TBC] Cardiff Pride Sat-Sun. City Hall Lawns, Cardiff
26 Aug 2023 [TBC] Walsal Pride Sat 11:00-17:00 Gallery Square Gardens
27 Aug 2023 [TBC] Manchester Pride 3 days. Parade Sat.
02 Sep 2023 [TBC] Leicester Pride Sat 12:00 City Centre Parade and Victoria Park
02 Sep 2023 [TBC] Reading Pride Sat 11:30 Parade from Civic Centre. Kings Meadow.
02 Sep 2023 [TBC] Basildon Pride Gloucester Park. 10:00
02 Sep 2023 [TBC] Calderdale Pride Halifax Town Centre
02 Sep 2023 [TBC] Totnes Pride Devon Sat 11:30 High street procession and entertainment.
09 Sep 2023 [TBC] Milton Keynes Pride Campbell Park.
09 Sep 2023 [TBC] Derbyshire Pride Sat. Markeaton Park.
23 Sep 2023 [TBC] Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun Hurst Street.
23 Sep 2023 [TBC] Preston Pride Sat 10:30-16:00 Flag Market
23 Sep 2023 [TBC] Pride Cumbria Sat 11:00-18:00 University of Cumbria, Brampton Road, Carlisle


29 Apr - 01 May 2023 [TBC] Rochester Sweeps Festival Mon 14:45 Procession - Star Hill,  High Street and Rochester Castle. 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. Sweeps Festival info - Medway Council

29 Apr - 01 May 2023 [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 2023 [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 - 01 May 2023 [TBC] Canalway Cavalcade - Inland Waterways Association 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. General enquiries 07774 890 750. Canalway Cavalcade, London  Map

30 Apr 2023 [TBC] Beltane Festival Sun 12:00 Thornborough Henge. A celebration of seasonal change and ancient mystery at one of Britain's most important prehistoric sacred sites. Free event.


01 May 2023 [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 2023 [TBC] Hastings 1066 Bike Festival Mon 08:00 Locksbottom, Orpington to Hastings. Britain's biggest free motorcycle festival. 40,000 bikes, 76,000 people, over 50 exhibitors and live music. Be a part of the biggest motorcycle festival in Britain. This is a free ride with no start time - just turn up in Locksbottom from about 8am with the thousands of other bikers and ride when you feel like it to Hastings. Hastings Bike Festival & Run

01 May 2023 [TBC] Chobham Carnival Sun 11:30 Procession, Burrow Hill to the Recreation Ground. 01276 858170. Video Chobham Carnival

01 May 2023 [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.

01-02 May 2023 [TBC] UK Coach Rally Blackpool. 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.

03 May 2022 [TBC] Helston Flora Day, Cornwall Wed 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. Usually held on May 8th , unless that date falls on a Sunday or Monday, in which case the previous Saturday.

04-07 May 2023 [TBC] Stockton International Riverside Festival Thu-Sun Stockton town and riverside. The biggest street arts festival in the UK. Outdoor theatre, street entertainment, circus, music, dance and star-studded Fringe. Saturday 12pm The Parade will begin on Church Road before turning left onto Stockton High Street. It will travel along the high street passing the Town Hall and Shambles before turning into Tower Street and looping back along Riverside Road. 12.30pm-3.30pm The Parade will arrive on Stockton Riverside for an afternoon of performances, including live music, family entertainment and workshops.

05-07 May 2023 [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 - 05 Jun 2023 [TBC] Brighton Fringe

Brighton Fringe - a month of 700 fantastic events. Free Opening Fireworks Friday, St Peters Church.

Fringe City Free Street Theatre 12:00-17:00 Saturdays, New Road, throughout the festival. Cabaret, circus, comedy and live music. Family Picnics on Pavilion Gardens.

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06 May 2023 [TBC] Brighton Festival Childrens Parade

Sat 10:30 Kensington Street to the sea front.

Samba bands, towering tableaux, and 5000 costumed participants with drums and whistles.

Crowds of 10,000 line the streets.

The largest annual children’s event in the UK. Organised by community arts group Same-Sky.

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06 May 2023 [TBC] Eid Festival Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square, London. Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadam. Main stage showcasing the best of Muslim art, music, culture, history and fashion. Food stalls from around the world.

06 May 2023 [TBC] Downton Cuckoo Fair Sat 10:00-16:30. Family-friendly fair on the village greens in picturesque Downton. About 20,000 visitors, with more than 300 craft, gift, homeware and food and drink stalls on the greens and in marquees along The Borough. The Downton Cuckoo Fair offers fun for all the family including rural craft demonstrations, Punch and Judy, clowns, fairground stall and roundabouts in the Memorial Gardens and a produce market in the car park behind the Co-op. We have a wide range of entertainment during the fair including Maypole, Morris & traditional dancers, street entertainers, Downton Brass Band, and a host of live music being performed at The Bull Hotel, White Horse Inn and in the Memorial Gardens. There is a modest charge of £5.00 per car in the car parks. All money raised from car parking goes to local charities, schools and churches. Downton Cuckoo Fair

06 May 2023 [TBC] Padstow May Day Obby Oss Day is the biggest day in Padstow's calendar. Up to 30,000 people cram into the little Cornish town. The fearsome mask of the Obby Oss proceeds through the streets, swirling and dancing and accompanied by lots of dancers, musicians and drummers.

06-07 May 2023 [TBC] Magnificent Motors 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, Eastbourne

06-20 May 2023 [TBC] Newbury Spring Festival Clasical concerts, chamber music, jazz and recitals etc.


06-28 May 2023 [TBC] Brighton Festival

Three weeks of arts & street theatre on a huge scale, many free. #

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07 May 2023 [TBC] London May Fayre & Puppet Festival Sun 10:30-17:30 Garden of St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street WC2E 9ED. Annual celebration of the art of puppetry with Punch and Judy Professors from all over the country commemorating the first sighting of Mr Punch in England by Samuel Pepys in 1662. Free event.

07 May 2023 [TBC] Basingstoke Festival of Transport Sun 11:00-16:00 War Memorial Park, Basingstoke RG21 4AH. Often over 750 vehicles on display, including classic vintage commercial vehicles, fire engines, military trucks, cars and motorcycles, plus specialist clubs, trade stalls and catering. A great day out for all the family. Basingstoke Festival of Transport Free event. More

08-10 May 2023 [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.

11-14 May 2023 [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.

12-14 May 2023 [TBC] St Ives Food & Drink Festival A packed music line up alongside daytime artisan tents, food and drinks, live music and food demos. Some events free.

12-20 May 2023 [TBC] Bath International Music Festival Multiple events, both free and ticketed. A celebration of music and books.

12-28 May 2023 [TBC] Norfolk & Norwich Festival Two weeks of amazing events - circus, music and visual arts, both free and ticketed.

13 May 2023 [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.

13 May 2023 [TBC] Mini Steam On The Quay Sat 10:00-17:00 Poole Quay. Some of the most beautiful and detailed mini steam and traction engines, all lovingly built and maintained by their owners. Steam engine rides. Free event.

13 May 2023 [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.

14 May 2023 [TBC] Bracknell Half Marathon Sun 08:45 The Lexicon, town centre Bracknell Half Marathon Video More

14 May 2023 [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 2023 [TBC] London-Brighton Mini Owners Run Sun 08:00-17:00 Cheam recreation ground to Madeira Drive. Annual Mini-Owners run organised by the London & Surrey Mini Owners Club. About 2100 Minis. Trade stands and auction etc.

19-28 May 2023 [TBC] Manchester Jazz festival 60 gigs, 300 hundred musicians and hours of live music, plus a full array of special events and activities, indoors and out, on stage and on screen.

20 May 2023 [TBC] Twickenham Regatta 10:00-17:00 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. Timetable

21 May 2023 [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

20-21 May 2023 [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

20-21 May 2023 [TBC] Brighton Heroes Run Sun 10:00 Hove Seafront. Charity fun-run in Brighton. Heroes Run Rise Charity: RISE is a Sussex-based charity that supports people affected by domestic abuse and violence. Events

20-28 May 2023 [TBC] Chelsea Fringe The alternative garden festival. Hundreds of events around the capital. The Fringe is all about harnessing and spreading the excitement and energy that fizzes around gardens and gardening. The idea is to give people the freedom and opportunity to express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens, to open up possibilities and to allow full participation. Entirely independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (though acting with its support), the Fringe events encompass everything from grassroots community garden projects to avant-garde art installations. Our open-access principle means that just about anything goes – as long as it’s interesting and legal, and on the subject of gardens, flowers, veg-growing or landscape.

25-28 May 2023 [TBC] Roy’s Art Fair Fri-Sun 11:00 until evening - Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH. Connect with artists and invest in artwork. Includes a schedule of free talks by experts in their field - exploring art and environmental issues etc. Free entrance - see link for tickets.

25-28 May 2023 [TBC] Harambee Pasadia Festival Thu-Sun at The Hub, Shaw Bank, Ing Lane, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8TD. Family camping Afro-Fusion Arts Festival, celebrating the cultures, foods, music, artists, and fusions of the African diaspora. Tickets

25-28 May 2023 [TBC] The Big Knock - British Diesel Bike Rally Thu-Sun. The Blue Ship, The Haven, Billingshurst, RH14 9BS. Enthusiastic annual gathering of riders with their machines. The event features a group ride-out to a scenic location. www.dieselbike.net

25 May - 04 Jun 2023 [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.

26-28 May 2023 [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.

26-28 May 2023 [TBC] Fishguard Folk Festival Fishguard Folk Festival takes place every year over the late May Bank Holiday. It is an almost entirely free event, with concerts, sessions, workshops and walks. A small number of headline concerts are ticketed. For everything else, just turn up.

26-28 May 2023 [TBC] Old Gaffers Boat Festival Fri-Sun Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.


26 May - 02 Jun 2023 [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. London Video London pictures

The rally takes place annually in different countries.


26 May 2023 [TBC] Saddleworth & District Brass Band Contests Whit Friday. 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

26 May - 12 Jun 2023 [TBC] Bath Fringe Festival Multiple events and locations. Attendance 16,000.

27-28 May 2023 [TBC] Mersey River Festival Family fun, music and entertainment along the river. Free event.


27-28 May 2023 [TBC] The Ironbridge Gorge WW2 Weekend

Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 Dale End Park, Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7EG.

Step back in time and experience some of the country’s top Living History Groups bringing history to life.

Set in the stunning backdrop of the Ironbridge Gorge, experience life during WW2 on both the home front and in occupied Europe.

Homefront scenarios, re-enactments, fire power displays and a ‘battle’ each day, costume pageant, military vehicle parades, 1940’s sports day for children, a trader village, a variety of food outlets and 1940’s entertainers all day in the marquee.

Non-profit charity fundraising event, raising funds for Combat Stress.

Saturday Night Dance to the big band sounds (ticketed).

Camping available.

Attendance 14,000 over the weekend.


27-31 May 2023 [TBC] Jorvik 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. Pre-booking essential. Details

28 May 2023 [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

28 May 2023 [TBC] World Pooh Sticks Championships Sun 10:30-17:00 Cogges Manor Farm, at Langel Common on the River Windrush. Organised by The Rotary Club of Sinodun. The event includes family fun and craft demonstrations.

28 May 2023 [TBC] Great Midlands Fun Run

28 May - 04 Jun 2023 [TBC] Rainbow Film Festival, London Various venues. Films, both documentary and features, celebrating the diversity of Asian culture, all with English sub-titles.






29 May 2023 [TBC] Luton Caribbean Carnival

Sat 12:00-18:00.

Huge one day Caribbean carnival, with an attendance of 50,000.

13:00-16:30 Procession from Manor Park, finishing on Guildford Street.
The route goes via Park Street, Flowers Way, Market Hill, George Street, Manchester Road, Alma Street, Upper George Street and Bridge Street.

Fun fair and playground in Manor Park. Entertainment in St George's Square until 18:00.
Food and craft stalls along George Street and next to Town Hall on Gordon Street.

Organised by The UK Centre for Carnival Arts


29 May 2023 [TBC] London 10,000 Road Race Mon 10:00 The Mall, St James's Park. 10k Circular route through Westminster and The City, passing many of London’s famous sights including, Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, Bank of England, Leadenhall Market, The Monument, Millennium Bridge, Tate Gallery, Cleopatra’s Needle, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

29 May 2023 [TBC] Surrey County Show Mon 09:00-18:00 Stoke Park, Guildford. Largest one-day agricultural show in the UK. 40 acres of shopping malls, packed with 350 trade stands selling everything from tractors to garden furniture. Two and a half miles of tents and marquees; 71 judges scrutinizing everything from bulls to hens. The traditional end to the day is the mass launch of hot air balloons.

29 May 2023 [TBC] Soham Carnival & Heavy Horse Show Mon 09:00-17:00. Bank holiday Monday. The Recreation Ground, Fountain Lane. Heavy Horse Show from 9.00am until 1.00pm. The Carnival Parade of Decorated Vehicles will start at Townsend at 13:00. Vintage & Classic Vehicle Show Starts at 15:45. Live Bands Plus DJ’s, Real Ales Beer Tent, Soham Fenlander Majorette Troupe, Stalls from Local Tradesmen, Charities, Children’s Races, BBQ, Punch & Judy etc.

29 May 2023 [TBC] Reading Carnival Mon 12:00 Procession from Hodsol Road. 12:00-19:00 Lots of entertainment and large music stage in Prospect Park. Reading Carnival. Hope to return in 2023.

29 May 2023 [TBC] Wool Sack Races, Tetbury Mon 12:00. Wacky event where dozens of hopefuls race up and down Gumstool Hill in Tetbury town center carrying 60lb sacks of wool (35lb for the ladies). The course runs the 280 yards, between The Royal Oak and The Crown, and is a very steep 1-in-4.  Street entertainment, magic and music from 10:00. Races from 12:00. Attendance 10,000. Wool Sack Races Free event.

01-02 Jun 2023 [TBC] StowFiesta Fri-Sat Chilton Fields, Stowmarket. Free community music festival in Suffolk.

01-03 Jun 2023 [TBC] Midlands Air Festival Thu-Sat. Set in the beautiful grounds of Ragley Hall, Alcester B49 5NJ. Jets, helicopters, vintage aircraft, aerobatics, close formation teams, parachute displays and hot air balloons. Music, trade stalls, entertainment catering options to suits all tastes. Advance ticket required - see website.

01-03 Jun 2023 [TBC] The Royal Bath & West Show The country's biggest rural festival with something for everyone. 600+ trade stands.

01-04 Jun 2023 [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 - pre booking may be required.

01-04 Jun 2023 [TBC] Exmouth Festival Thu-Sun Imperial Recreation Ground, Imperial Road, Exmouth Devon EX8 1DG. Probably the biggest free festival in the South West. A free festival of live music, theatre, circus, art and food.

02 Jun 2023 [TBC] Cotswold Olimpiks Fri, Dover's Hill, Chipping Campden. Morris Men, Pipe Band, German Shepherd Dog14:00-s, Fighting Arts, Tae Kwan Do, Tug of War, Fairground Rides, Birds of Prey, Climbing Wall, Gurning. Hot and cold food. 14:00-18:00 Jacobean Village, Medieval Dance, Falconry, Tug-of-War, 15:30-18:00 Folk Concert, 19:30-21:45 The famous Shin Kicking, Tug of War, 5 mile Race, Morris Men, 21:45 Fireworks & Torch Procession, 21:30-24:00 Live Music in the Square. Video: 1 2 3 4 5 6 About £6 entrance. Cotswold Olimpicks

02-04 Jun 2023 [TBC] Festival Of Food & Music Fri-Sun. South Hill Park, Bracknell. Live music stages, and international food, beside South Lake. Annual free event.


02-08 Jun 2023 [TBC] Appleby Horse Fair, Cumbria Highlight of the year for Gypsies and Travelers and an opportunity to have some fun, see old friends and do some business. Lots of people, lots of horses, lots of hustle and bustle, but no dodgems, no carousels, no big stage. Main days Fri, Sat & Sun. Horse Fair Video

03 Jun 2023 [TBC] Trooping The Colour Sat 11:00 Horse Guards Parade & The Mall. Official birthday of HM The Queen. The five Household Regiments - Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards take their turn each year. After 12:00 RAF fly-past, watched by members of the Royal Family on the Palace balcony. Trooping The Colour, London


03 Jun 2023 [TBC] Epsom Derby

Sat 14:00 Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Free entrance to The Hill central area.

Often 100,000 revelers, music stage with a party atmosphere, lots of market stalls, food, drink and picnics.

Racing starts at 14:00.
The Derby starts at 16:30.

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03 Jun 2023 [TBC] Eastbourne Carnival Sat 14:00 Procession from the Western Lawns to Princes Park.

03 Jun 2023 [TBC] Oxford Pride Sat 12:00-18:00. Parade 12:00 from Radcliffe Square.

03 Jun 2023 [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.

03 Jun 2023 [TBC] Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival Sat 10:00-18:00 Peterborough Rowing Lake by the River Nene, Thorpe Meadows PE3 6LN. Britain’s largest dragon boat event, with races every 10 minutes throughout the day. Over 50 crews and 10,000 spectators. Ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity. Up to 10 people paddle each 30’ boat with a drummer at the front and a helm at the tail steering. Food drink, music and continuous activities. More from Gable Events

03 Jun 2023 [TBC] Bognor Regis Carnival Sat 13:15 Esplanade to West Park. Music stage, arena displays, trade stalls, crafts and food in the park.

03 Jun 2023 [TBC] Blackpool Pride Winter Gdns. 11:00 Procession N Pier. Sat 10:30-12:00 Parade, 3 music stages, party near the pier, wrestling, fair, pub events.

03-04 Jun 2023 [TBC] Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth Fri-Sun. Around Hope Square and the Old Harbour in Weymouth. Around 30 acts on two stages. One of the biggest free folk festivals in England.

03-04 Jun 2023 [TBC] Bristol Festival Of Nature. What's On Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Millennium Square & Queens Square, Bristol, BS1 5DB. Free.

03-04 Jun 2023 [TBC] Brighton & Hove Motor Show Sat-Sun. American Express Community Stadium, Brighton. 13,000 sq mtrs of inside and external space. Multiple themed zones including go-carting and motorcycles. Test drive some of the latest modes on display. Register for your free ticket. Free event.

03-04 Jun 2023 [TBC] World Triathlon - Leeds Sat-Sun Leeds. Starting with an open water swim in Roundhay Park, the bike leg will see participants complete laps in and around Leeds city centre before completing a testing run course and crossing the finish line in the city centre. 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Free to view. Major event. World Triathlon

04 Jun 2023 [TBC] Mud Monsters Run East Grinstead. The Mud Monsters Run is a 5k, 10k or 20k (double lap) challenging run in through the West Sussex countryside. Many muddy obstacles on the way.


04 Jun 2023 [TBC] Cheese Rolling, Brockworth, Gloucester

Sun 12:00 Coopers Hill, Brockworth GL3 4SB.

Foolhardy souls cartwheel down a 1 in 1 gradient, chasing a 7lb cheese.

There are five downhill & four uphill races. No advanced booking for competitors, and free viewing for the public, but a modest parking charge.

This long-standing Gloucester tradition is held on common land. The hill is Very Steep; competitors & spectators must do their own risk assessment.







Jun-Aug 2023 [TBC] World Naked Bike Rides

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

04 Jun 2023 [TBC] Hastings Sun 12:30-13:30 Beach, Carlisle Pub, Pelham St Hastings TN34 1PE.
10 Jun 2023 [TBC] London, Clapham Junction Sat 14:30 for 14:45 Grant Road SW11 2NU.
10 Jun 2023 [TBC] London, Croydon. Sat 11:00 for 13:00 233 Shirley Church Road, CR0 5AB
10 Jun 2023 [TBC] London, Deptford Sat 12:00 for 14:00 Matchstick Piehouse SE8 5HD.
10 Jun 2023 [TBC] London, Hyde Park Sat 13:45 for 15:00 North Carriage Drive near Marble Arch. 
London Pictures.
10 Jun 2023 [TBC] London, Kew Bridge Sat 13:15 for 13:30 North end of Kew Bridge near W4 3NQ.
10 Jun 2023 [TBC] London, Regents Park Sat 14:35 for 14:50 Outer Circle near NW1 4NA.
10 Jun 2023 [TBC] London, Tower Hill Sat 13:45 for 14:45 Trinity Square Gardens EC3N 4DJ.
10 Jun 2023 [TBC] London, Victoria Park. Sat 11:00 for 13:30 Near Bonner Gate E2 9JW.
11 Jun 2023 [TBC] Brighton
Sun 11:00 for 13:30 Lime Tree Walk, Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6SD. 
Brighton Pictures Video 1 Video 2
17 Jun 2023 [TBC] Edinburgh 14:00 Little Meadow Walk.
18 Jun 2023 [TBC] Bristol Sun 12:30-16:30 Full Moon Pub, North Road, Stokes Croft.
24 Jun 2023 [TBC] Chelmsford Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Market Square, High Chelmer, Chelmsford CM1 1XF
08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Ipswich Sat 13:00-14:00 New street
15 Jul 2023 [TBC] Cardiff
Sat 12:30 for 14:30 Grassed area behind National Museum.
15 Jul 2023 [TBC] Colchester Sat 13:00-14:00 Jumbo Water Tower CO3 3AA.
22 Jul 2023 [TBC] Clacton
Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Toby Carvery, Marine Parade.
29 Jul 2023 [TBC] Folkestone
Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Green at Shearway Rd CT194RH.
19 Aug 2023 [TBC] Cambridge Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Park entrance, Victoria Avenue CB5 8DH. Midsummer Common

Current Ride Status


05-11 Jun 2023 [TBC] Bike Week A national celebration of freedom, Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling as a source of fitness and fun. 

09-11 Jun 2023 [TBC] Wimborne Minster Folk Festival Traditional English and Celtic music and dance, Irish, Scottish and clog dancing displays, market stalls, clothing, jewelry and gifts.


Great Swim Series

Fri-Sun 09-11 Jun 2023 [TBC] Great North Swim, Windermere, Lake District
Sat 10 Jun 2023 [TBC] Great North Swim-Run. Brockhole on Windermere, Lake District
Sat 17 Jun 2023 [TBC] Great East Swim and Swim-Run , Ipswich



10 Jun 2023 [TBC] Strawberry Fair, Cambridge Sat 12:00-23:00 Midsummer Common. 11:00 Parade from Christ's Pieces, through the town to Midsummer Common. Three music stages, including live dance acts & DJs. Attendance: 35,000. Map Strawberry Fair, Cambridge

10 Jun 2023 [TBC] Brighton Kemptown Carnival Sat Madeira Drive. Probable start about 11:00. Hundreds of performers. Live stages with bands and street performers. Video Kemptown Carnival Brighton More

10 Jun 2023 [TBC] The Old Fair of Abinger Sat 14:00 Village green. Procession, maypole dancing, tug-o-war, Punch & Judy, music, archery, medieval stocks, crafts, cakes, produce, toys, books etc. 14:00 Procession. Timetable.


10 Jun 2023 [TBC] World Naked Bike Rides, London

Clapham Junction Sat 14:30 for 14:45 Grant Road SW11 2NU.
Croydon. Sat 11:00 for 13:00 233 Shirley Church Road, CR0 5AB
Deptford Sat 12:00 for 14:00 Matchstick Piehouse SE8 5HD.
Hyde Park Sat 13:45 for 15:00 North Carriage Drive near Marble Arch.
No Hyde Park start in 2022
Kew Bridge Sat 13:15 for 13:30 North end of Kew Bridge near W4 3NQ.
Regents Park Sat 14:35 for 14:50 Outer Circle near NW1 4NA.
Tower Hill Sat 13:45 for 14:45 Trinity Square Gardens EC3N 4DJ.
Victoria Park. Sat 11:00 for 13:30 Near Bonner Gate E2 9JW.

London Naked Bike Ride.


10 Jun 2023 [TBC] Man v Horse Marathon, Wales Sat 11:00 Llanwrtyd Wells. Start at the Town Square, finish at Victoria Wells, a mile away. Lots of vantage points for spectators. Madcap race where the fittest of the fit race against horses. The 22 mile hilly course, down tracks and over moorland, is crafted to make it just possible for man to win.

10 Jun 2023 [TBC] Corscombe Fest 12:00-20:00 Grounds of Corscombe Court, Corscombe, Dorset DT2 0NS. Lovely traditional family event with something for everyone. Great stalls, live music, classic cars, dog show, model aeroplane flying etc, Afternoon entertainment from 13:00, evening entertainment from 16:30. £2 entrance.

10 Jun 2023 [TBC] Northampton Carnival Sat 12:00-19:30 Racecourse Park, Northampton NN1 4LG. Live Entertainment on stage, exciting fun fair, wide range of stalls. Carnival Parade will leave the Racecourse at 14:00 and travel down the Kettering Road in to the town centre and returning to the Park.

10 Jun 2023 [TBC] The Great Knaresborough Bed Race Saturday, Knaresborough Castle, North Yorkshire HG5 8AS. 90 teams in fancy dress, watched by thousands of spectators, compete over a grueling 2.4 mile course and swim through the icy waters of the River Nidd. 10:00 Preparation, 11:00 Fete and Entertainment, 11:30 Best Dressed Bed, 13:00 The Parade, 15:00 The Race, 16:30 Prizes.

10-11 Jun 2023 [TBC] Marlow Town Regatta & Festival Sat-Sun Regatta, rowing and Dragon boats in the scenic riverside town of Marlow, with a garden party atmosphere. Smart dress code.

10-25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Bucks Arts Weeks The largest visual arts event in the county. Run by hundreds of artists and makers living and working in Buckinghamshire. Hundreds of studios, exhibitions, events and art trails for the public to visit. Go behind the scenes, talk to artists and see work in progress. Free enttry.


11 Jun 2023 [TBC] World Naked Bike Ride, Brighton

Sun 12:00 Preston Park, Lime Tree Walk, Brighton BN1 6SD.

09:00-11:00 Organisers setting up - any help appreciated.
12:00 Bike / body decoration, lunch, entertainment.
13:30 assembly.
14:00 Ride starts.
14:30-15:00 Rest stop at Hove Lawns. May be a further rest stop at the Old Steine Fountain.
16:00-16:30 Ride ends with sea swim and beach hangout at Black Rock naturist beach.

Video: Start Video: Old Steine

Naked Bike Ride, Brighton


11 Jun 2023 [TBC] Congleton Food and Drink Festival Sun 10:30-16:30 town centre. Festival food and farmers market, demos and competitions in the town hall, music and street entertainment, wine tasting, a wild food forage and Beartown Brewery tours.

11 Jun 2023 [TBC] Windsor Triathlon Sun 06:00 Windsor Castle / Long Walk. 1.5km Swim, 42km Bike, 10km Run. Multi-lap run course. 2500 competitors and thousands of spectators.

11 Jun 2023 [TBC] Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Heritage Day Sun 10:30-16:30 Royal Military Academy, London Road, Camberley, Surrey. The beautiful academy grounds and some of its historic buildings will be open to the public. Attendance is about 10-15k. Military displays, music, Gurkha Kuhkri dancing, polo, cricket, refreshments, picnic areas etc. Pets are not allowed. Further details: 01276 412088 ~ 01276 412179. Free event & parking. Usually held on the 2nd or 3rd Sunday in June.

11 Jun 2023 [TBC] Friskney Show Sun 10:00-17:00 Friskney village hall and playing field, Friskney, Lincolnshire PE22 8RD. Stalls, classic cars, vintage tractors, silver band-singers and dancers, flypast by dakota, fun dog show, punch & judy, kids rides and birds of prey. Free event.:

14-17 Jun 2023 [TBC] Royal Ascot Wed-Sat. 10:30 Gates open, 14:00 Royal procession, 14:30 first race, 17:35 last race, music and entertainment from 17:35, close 21:00. Premier annual horse racing & society event. Ascot request both ladies and gentlemen dress in a smart manner in keeping with the occasion. Ladies Day Thursday. Military bands perform on the bandstand and in the Silver Ring on each day of the Royal Meeting. Free viewing on the heath, in the central area. Royal Ascot

14 Jun - 02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Portsmouth Festivities Annual arts festival presenting a diverse programme of events celebrating Portsmouth’s history and heritage.

16-17 Jun 2023 [TBC] Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta Fri-Sat Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road, Cheltenham GL50 4SH. Hot air balloons, night glow, funfair, food & drink, local traders. Fireworks on Friday. See link for tickets.


Swindon Old Town Festival


18 Jun 2023 [TBC] Sun 10:00-18:30 The Lawns, Old Town. Family Fun Day.
Live music from local groups, Circus with Fandangos, Zorbing arena, Dog show, Vintage vehicles, Food court.

24 Jun 2023 [TBC] Sat 11:00-22:00 The Bowl, Old Town Gardens.
Live music from local groups, Food and Alcohol available.


16-18 Jun 2023 [TBC] Beach Dreams Festival Beach Green, Shoreham BN43 5YJ. The Beach Dreams Main Stage and Shoreham Allstars Stage will play host to a line up of some of the best local bands & DJs. Free event. Beach Dreams Festival

16-18 Jun 2023 [TBC] Oceanfest, Devon Fri-Sun Croyde Bay. Beach ocean sports and music festival. Friday acoustic. Saturday 12:00-23:00 live bands. Sunday until 21:00. See link for tickets.

16-25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Golowan Festival Penzance. World music, dance, food and market.

17 Jun 2023 [TBC] Harry Paye Day - Poole Pirates Sat 12:00-18:00 Poole Quay BH15 1HJ. 12:00 Parade, plus entertainment on main stage. Organised by the Pirates of Poole and supported by Poole Tourism.

17 Jun 2023 [TBC] Portchester Gala Sat 11:00-16:00 Portchester Castle, Hants. Procession, fun fair, stalls, classic cars and arena events. Free event.

17 Jun 2023 [TBC] World Custard Pie Championship Sat 12:00 Coxheath, Kent. Teams parade, custard pie throwing, family fun and craft stalls. Viewing is probably free, and all are welcome. 22 teams battle to win the coveted trophy, and some 3000 pies will be flung under strict rules of the contest.

17 Jun 2023 [TBC] Hanwell Carnival, Ealing Sat 12:00-19:00 Elthorne Park. 11:00 Procession from Hanwell Community Centre. Music Stage with local bands, dog show, craft fair, fun fair, food stalls including English, Indian and Caribbean. The oldest continuous carnival in London - 15,000 visitors.

17 Jun 2023 [TBC] Chislehurst Rocks Music Festival Sat 13:00-22:00 Chislehurst Recreation Ground. 2 music stages. Free event.

17-18 Jun 2023 [TBC] AfricaOye, Liverpool Sat-Sun 12:30-21:30 Sefton Park. The largest free African music festival in the UK. Artists Free event.

17-25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Didsbury Arts Festival Biennial event. More than 170 arts events, exhibitions, performance and street theatre across 50 venues. Sat 12:00 Music and street theatre. Most events free.

18 Jun 2023 [TBC] Manchester Day Parade Sun 12:00-18:00 Start & finish in Liverpool Road. A dazzling array of costumes, music, dance and incredible structures. The city's biggest summer event, with over 2,400 participants and an audience of more than 50,000. Produced by outdoor events experts Walk the Plank.

18 Jun 2023 [TBC] London-Brighton Bike Ride Sun 07:00 start from Clapham Common to Madeira Drive, Brighton. An amazing 27,000 take part in the annual 54 mile charity cycle ride, organised by the British Heart Foundation. Video London to Brighton Bike Ride

18 Jun 2023 [TBC] Aylesbry Soap Box Derby 11:00-16:00 White Hill Park. Home-made karts race down the track three times to get the quickest time to win. Food and drink plus a live DJ. Free to watch

18 Jun 2023 [TBC] Northampton Music Festival Fri-Sun, Northampton Market Square. Annual festival celebrating Northampton’s rich music culture. A broad range of local musicians and artists provide a community-focused gathering. 50 acts on 5 stages, attendance 30,000. Free event.

18 Jun 2023 [TBC] Preston Caribbean Carnival Sun 12:00 Procession from Moor Park towards the city and back. Music until 20:00. Free, but donations requested at the park.


21 Jun 2023 [TBC] Summer Solstice, Stonehenge

Tuesday night / Wednesday morning.

Watch the new dawn arrive. English Heritage provide managed, Free access to the monument. Car park, located close to Airman’s Cross A344/A360 junction. You will be given a site map. Please note your row number to locate your vehicle later. Monument and car park open from 19:00. 1km grass walk to Stonehenge - a small torch may be useful. Food and toilets available. Bag search at entrance, with a modest alcohol limit. Attendance 20,000 to 35,000. Sunrise 04:49. Video 2010 Video 2013 Solstice 2013 English Heritage Customer Services Solstice Information Hotline on 0370 333 1181. Walking several miles to the site is quite possible, and pedestrian entrance to the stones is free.

Official parking is about £15 per car. There is no parking along the A303 though, and this is strictly enforced.


21-25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Glastonbury Festival

22-25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Leigh Folk Festival Thu-Sun, Leigh On Sea, Essax. One of the largest free folk roots music and dance events in the UK. 100's of performers and thousands of spectators at various locations. Fri evening pub sessions, Sat pm family events in Leigh Library Gardens and Broadway, Sat evening barn dance and music in the Old Town. On Sunday, the Festival completely takes over the Old Town with dancing and stage events happening all along the High Street, on the wharfs and on every piece of open space. In the evening there is the family barn dance and music sessions in local pubs. Sunday 13:00 - procession of Dance Sides from Belton Flyover to Victoria Wharf. Leigh Folk Festival

22-25 Jun 2023 [TBC] The Royal Highland Show Thu-Sun. About £20 per day (accompanied under 16's free). Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston 0131 335 6200. Map

22-25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Goodwood Festival Of Speed

23-25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Morris Minor National Rally Fri-Sun Kelmarsh Hall, Northampton NN6 9LY.

24 Jun 2023 [TBC] Rhythms Of The World Festival Saturday. Hitchen, Herts.

24 Jun 2023 [TBC] Burwell Carnival. Sat 12:00-22:45 Burwell, Cambridge CB25 0AP. 12:00 Parade from Margarete Field to the recreation ground. 13:30-18:00 entertainment & Stage.

24 Jun 2023 [TBC] Avon Dasset Soap Box Derby 15:00 Avon Dassett, Warwickshire.

24 Jun 2023 [TBC] World Worm Charming Championships Sat 14:00 Willaston County Primary School, Willaston, Nantwich. Spectator entrance £1.

24 Jun 2023 [TBC] Bournville Village Festival 14:00-22:30 Cadburys Recreation Ground, Linden Road, Bournville B30 1UE. Family day out, with maypole dancing and a full day's arena events. Fireworks at 22:00. Entrance about £2.50.

24 Jun 2023 [TBC] Round the Island Race Saturday, Cowes, Isle Of Wight. Round the Island Race is the largest annual yacht race of its kind in the world. 1830 boats 16,000 keen sailors. Olympic medallists and round-the-world skippers mix with first timers and family cruisers to complete the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Fri-Sat Regatta Village in Cowes Yacht Haven off High Street - free entry. Plenty of activities and evening live entertainment. Map & times Round The Island Race, Cowes

24 Jun 2023 [TBC] Dorset Nettle Eating Contest The Cider Farm, Strong Orchard, Pineapple lane, Waytown, Bridport, Dorset DT65HZ. 15:00-18:00 Live music and entertainment.

25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Crawley Festival - High Street Live Sun 14:00-21:00 Music stages and alfresco dining in the High Street, which is closed to traffic.

25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade Sun 12:00. Spectacular parade created by local people, helped by fantastic artists. It’s a celebration of creativity, the art of the handmade and is just sheer fun! Up to 1000 people walk or dance in the parade through the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands.

25 Jun 2023 [TBC] London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Sun 10:00-18:00 London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road E16 2QT (near City Airport). Family-friendly, fun day out welcomes 10,000 visitors each year from across the UK and overseas, for Europe's most prestigious dragon boat racing event. London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival provides an excellent opportunity to experience Chinese culture in the British capital. Throughout the day, the spectacular action out on the water will be provided by more than 40 competing club, corporate and amateur teams. Drama unfolds as novices do battle with some of the UK's greatest paddlers, as well as the elements, to take home 5 cups. On land, the event's food festival will represent the culinary tastes of South East Asia, with each country in the region represented, meanwhile entertainment including live music will be provided on the East West Festival stage (showcasing new artists from the East and West), martial arts displays, and traditional Chinese lion dancing. Free event.

25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Armed Forces Day Saturday. Multiple events & locations.

25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Newbury Radio Rally Sun 09:00-15:30 Newbury Showground. Specialist car boot sale for amateur radio and electronics. Live demonstrations of amateur radio world-wide communications. About £2. Newbury & District Amateur Radio Boot Sale

25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Boishakhi Mela Sun 12:00-19:30 Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. One of London’s premier street celebrations, with an attendance of 150,000. Bangladeshi festival with food, live music, sports activities and traditional arts and crafts workshops. Boishakhi Mela, London Free event.

25 Jun 2023 [TBC] Oxted Pram Race Sun 14:00 Master Park, Church Lane, Oxted  RH8 9NB. Race starts at 15:00 from Master Park to The Bell Pub, High Street.

25 Jun - 01 Jul 2023 [TBC] Mevagissey Feast Week Sun-Sat 6 days. Mevagissey, Cornwall. Live music, dancing, processions, raft races and more. Provisional details, subject to change: Sunday 15:00 big fish procession, 16:30 air-sea rescue. Friday 20.00 live music on the quay. Saturday 19:30 carnival, 22.45 fireworks. Festival Office, 53 Lavorrick Orchards, Mevagissey, PL26 6TL. Tel: 01726 74014.

27 Jun - 01 Jul 2023 [TBC] Henley Regatta River Thames, Henley On Thames. Wed 08:30-19:30 Heats. Thu 09:00-19:30 Heats. Fri 08:30-19:30 Quarter Finals. Sat 10:00-19:30 Semi Finals. Sun 11:30-16:00 Finals. Free viewing areas along the river banks. Dress smart casual, and bring a picnic. Henley Regatta

30 Jun - 02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Winchester Hat Fair Fri-Sun. A weekend of absurd and enchanting street theatre. Friday procession. Sunday 12:00-18:00 Picnic in the Park at North Walls Recreation Ground, with performances, food market, crafts and children's workshops. Video Winchester Hat Fair Free event.

30 Jun - 02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Lord Mayors Celebrations Norwich Main day Saturday. Lost River Stage, Westlegate, 11am to 5pm, Chapelfield Gardens Big Top, 11am to 10pm, Birdstage, St Gregorys Green, Midday to 8pm Com, Chantry car park, Theatre Street, Midday to 10pm, The Forum Stage, Millennium Plain, Midday to 10:20pm. Lord Mayor’s Procession, 3pm to 5:30pm (approx.) From St Stephens Road, Castle Meadow, Tombland to Palace Street. Fireworks, Norwich Castle 10:30pm Fired from Norwich Castle and set to music outside City Hall Norwich Mayors Celebration

30 Jun - 02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Cambridge Big Weekend Fri-Sun Parker’s Piece. Main music stage, cabaret tent, dance marquees, fireworks etc. Free event.

30 Jun - 02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Northampton Town Festival Fri-Sat-Sun Until 23:00 Northampton Racecourse, Kettering Road, Northampton NN1 4LG. Two large arenas with Hot Air Balloons, Stalls, Bars, Live Music, Funfair, Fireworks etc. Space for an attendance of up to 65,000. info@northamptontownfestival.com Free event. Parking £5.

01 Jul 2023 [TBC] The Big River Race, Guildford Sat 11:00-15:00 Guildford Millmead Island GU2 4BB to The Riverside Centre, Stoughton. 12:00 Little Duck race. 15:00 Raft Race. Guildford Lions 0345 833 2884 for more details. Video More Spectators free.

01 Jul 2023 [TBC] Maindee Festival, Nr Newport, Wales Sat. Vibrant street parade 12:00 from the Rugby Club grounds on Grafton Road and site events run from 13:00 to 19:00 at Maindee Primary School.  Live music, traders, stalls and international food and drink. Free event.

01 Jul 2023 [TBC] Crowthorne Carnival Sat 12:00 Procession, Wellington College to the Morgan Recreation Ground. Fete with live music stage. Held every two years. Crowthorne Carnival


01 Jul 2023 [TBC] Pride London

Sat 12:00 Huge parade - Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly,  Haymarket, Trafalgar Square, to Whitehall Place.
30,000 walkers, dancers and large floats plus one million on the streets.
13:00-20:00 Live music in Trafalgar Square.
Huge free celebrations in Trafalgar Square.
Four stages - Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Golden Square and Dean Street

Video: Parade Trafalgar Square  2016 Trafalgar Square

Pride London

Free event.


01-02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Basingstoke Live Sat 12:30-22:30, Sun 12:30-22:30 War Memorial Park RG21 4AH. Showcasing the best in local artists alongside national and international performers. Multiple stages packed with a mix of music and dance from a huge range of artists. Entry by advanced tickets only - about £15/day. Basingstoke Live

01-02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Stratford Upon Avon River Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-22:00 Recreation ground, river Avon, opposite Royal Shakespeare Theatre CV37 7LS. One of the region’s leading free festivals with 50,000 revelers. Music on the Bandstand and Accoustic stage on Saturday from 12:15pm to 10pm and on Sunday from midday to 7pm. Free event.

01-02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Heddington & Stockley Steam Rally One of the biggest steam rallies in the area, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the country, who enjoy our friendly and relaxed rally. Vintage traction engines in full steam, miniature steam, stationary engines, tractors, classic cars, motor cycles and bygones. Large display of military and commercial vehicles. Large trade area.

01-02 Jul 2023 [TBC] New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix & Town Show Sat 10:00-17:00 Classic Cars Show, recreation ground. Sun 11:00-17:00 Pedal Car Grand Prix, Station Road + Town Show, recreation ground. About 40 "formula one" pedal cars race for 2 hours around a 1 kilometer course. 10,000 spectators. New Milton is a vibrant and lively town located between the rolling hills of The New Forest and the Sea west of the Solent. Free event.

01-02 Jul 2023 [TBC] 999 Weekend, Eastbourne Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Western Lawns. The largest public display of the emergency services in the UK. Promotes the 999 services to the community. Arena events, including Police Dog demonstration, extinguishing kitchen fires and mock road crash scenes demonstrating the emergency response. There are sea-borne displays from the RNLI and Coastguard and it is anticipated helicopters from the Police, Coastguard search & rescue, and a fixed wing Coast Guard search plane will fly by. Attendance 30,000.

02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Paddle Round The Pier, Brighton Sun 12:00-16:00 Hove Lawns, Brighton BN3 2PE. Water sports and fun, raising money for good causes. At 14.00 on Sunday, a mass paddle around the remains of the old West pier. Paddle Round The Pier, Brighton

02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford Sun 11:00-17:00. 12:30 Amazing procession from The Plain. Free Carnival vibes and family fun in Cowley Road and the surrounding streets. The city’s biggest and most inclusive summer party. Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford

02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Cally Festival, London Sun 12:00-18:00 Caledonian Road, London. Music, performance, art, activities, creative workshops, street market of delicious food to eat and brilliant things to buy. The Cally Festival is a free event for the whole community.

02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Berkshire Motor Show Sun 10:15-18:30 Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading, Berkshire. RG30 2ND. Military vehicles, classic cars and bikes, arena displays, crafts and more. Entry by donation.

02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Greenford Carnival. Sat. 12:00-20:00 Ravenor Park.

02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Olney River Fest - Duck and Raft Races Sunday, Emberton Park. 12:00 Duck Race, 12:45 Raft Race, from the weir. At the finishing line by the town steps there are amusements, refreshments and live music. Tel 07743 983686.

02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Epsom Thai Festival Sun 10:00-18:30 Hook Road Arena KT19 8QH. Music & dance, Thai Boxing, Thai carving. About £5.

02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Portishead Raft Race Sunday. 30 Rafts. 12:00 Music Starts, 12:30 Edible Boat Regatta, 13:00 First Raft Race, 15:30 Raft Race Final, 16:00 Music headline act.

02 Jul 2023 [TBC] Hinckley Soap Box Derby Sun 11:00-15:00 Castle Street, Hinckley. Annual fun day for teams, supporters and spectators. Themed soap boxes are encouraged, and viewing is free for spectators. Prospective teams contact: steve@hinckleybid.co.uk 01455 698494 Free event.

02-16 Jul 2023 [TBC] Wenlock Olympian Games Sporting events in and around Much Wenlock in Shropshire. Archery, Athletics, Swimming etc. Usually held over the first two weeks in July.

06-09 Jul 2023 [TBC] Mouth Of The Tyne Festival Thu-Sun. Live music and art, with a maritime flavour - north and south of the river.

07-08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Huddersfield Carnival Fri: 21:00 Warm up at Huddersfield Carnival Arts Centre. Sat: 00:00-03:00 D'Jouvert Night Procession - music, revelry, paint, mud and oil. Sat 13:00 Carnival Procession, Hudawi Cultural Centre, to town centre. 13:00-21:00 Local artists & Caribbean food - St George’s Square, St Peter’s Gardens & Market Place. Carnival After Party at The Lime, Huddersfield Carnival Centre, Westgate. In 2012 the main event after the procession, attracting 25,000, was relocated from Greenhead Park to the town centre.

07-08 Jul 2023 [TBC] British Beach Polo Championships Fri-Sat Sandbanks, Dorset. General admission about £25. Evening beach party at additional cost.

07-09 Jul 2023 [TBC] Readipop Festival, Reading See link for tickets.

08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Uckfield Festival Sat 12:30 Amazing Procession with Giant Carnival Figures, High Street to Luxford Field. Video Uckfield Festival Free event. More

08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Romsey Beggars Fair Saturday, Romsey, Hampshire. Folk, jazz, blues and world music. Big bands on the Cornmarket stage, acoustic music in gardens and pubs - all with great atmosphere. Colourful dance displays. Street entertainment and children’s entertainment. Over 90 acts across town. Free event.

08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Devizes Carnival Sat 17:30 Parade from The Green. Vibrant and noisy, with walking groups, floats, bands and thousands lining the streets along the 2km route.

08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Sharrow Festival Sat 12:00-20:00 Mount Pleasant Park, Sheffield. Two music stages, global food, crafts, circus skills & street dance. Free?

08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Isle Of Wight Mardi Gras Sat 15:00 Parade starts Ryde School, Queens Road for High Street, Union Street, Esplanade, Ryde, Isle Of Wight. The New Carnival Company flagship event. Over 800 children, young people and community members masquerading in spectacular carnival costumes, with music and dancing. Held on last Saturday in June, or the first Saturday in July. Free event. More Info.

08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Acton Carnival (about £2)

08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Bromsgrove Carnival, Worcester Sat 12:00 Procession from the Artrix, School Drive B60 1AX. 13:30 Procession arrives at Sanders Park. Live music until 21:00, 10k race, duck race, zumbathon, children's race, it's a knockout, Worcestershire youth jazz orchestra, funfair, charity stalls and trade stalls. Free event.

08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Brazilica Festival, Liverpool Sat 20:00 Williamson Square hosts the main stage and Brazilian market. Magical night-time carnival parade lights up the city streets ending with a spectacular finale at 21:30. The UK’s biggest Samba Carnival, with an audience of over 80,000 people. Organized by the Liverpool Carnival Company, and part of the Brazilica Festival Fri-Sun, bringing a taste of Brazil’s carnival atmosphere to the streets of Liverpool with live music, dance, art, sport, culture, food and film.

08 Jul 2023 [TBC] St Ives Carnival, Cambridgeshire Sat11:45 Parade, town centre to Hill Rise Park. Music until 21:00, stalls, side shows, fair, refreshments, licenced bar and entertainment on and off the stage. Sunday 12:00-21:00 about 12 local bands and barbeque.

08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Hastings Sea Shanty Festival Sat 13:00-17:00 and 19:00-21:00 Stade Open Space. Traditional and more modern sea songs and shanties. There will also be performances at the White Rock Hotel by the pier and the Fisherman's Museum in Rock a Nore Road. Annual event.

08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Bournemouth Pride 12:00-13:00 Procession, Meyrick Park to The Triangle. 13:00-23:00 The Triangle - entertainment & big screen. Family fun and entertainment at the Bandstand.

08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Kelvedon Community Festival Sat 12:00-19:00 Recreation Ground, Kelvedon, Essex. Two live music stages. Free event.

08 Jul 2023 [TBC] Southampton Mela Sat 12:00-21:00 Hoglands Park, City Centre. Leading Indian Classical, Folk, World Music, Qawwali and Asian fusion. Live music and dance on the main stage, workshops and demonstrations in Music & Dance and Arts & Crafts. Family fun with a range of Arts & Crafts activities, a designated play area and a funfair. Stalls - varying from ethnic clothes and accessories, beauty and henna hand tattooing, arts & crafts. Attendance 20,000. Free event.

08-09 Jul 2023 [TBC] Tewkesbury Medieval Festival Europes biggest free medieval event. Sat 11:00 Festival opens, 12:00 Archery on Windmill Hill, 15:00 Falconry display, 16:00 Battle re-enactment, 18:00 Events move into town. 19:00 Storming the Abbey, 19:30 Trial and be-heading of captured Lancastrians. Sun 11:00 Site opens, 11:30 Guided walk, 12:00 Archery competition, 13:30 Guided walk, 14:00 Falconry display, 15:00 Battle re-enactment, 17:00 Festival ends.

08-09 Jul 2023 [TBC] Brighton Kite Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Stanmer Park. One of the longest running kite festivals in the UK, and still free. Spectacular kite flying and displays from leading kite flyers from around the UK. More Kite Events

08-28 Jul 2023 [TBC] Milton Keynes International Festival Held every two years. Family events, promenade concerts, theatre, dance, music and visual arts installations in unusual locations such as parks, public squares, disused shops or warehouses.

09 Jul 2023 [TBC] British 10K London Run Sun 09:30 Hyde Park Corner - Piccadilly to Whitehall. Olympic athletes and celebrities from stage and screen, as well as tens of thousands of fun runners who raise over a million pounds for charity Map

09 Jul 2023 [TBC] Newbury Carnival Sun 14:00 Pound Street to Victoria Park. 12:00-18:00 Carnival Fete in Victoria Park. Arena entertainment, music and dance, children's rides, dog show, crafts and gifts, African drum workshop and international food. Biennial event.

09 Jul 2023 [TBC] McMichael Radio Rally Sun 09:30 Reading Rugby Football Club, Sonning Lane RG4 6ST. Annual Sale of amateur radio equipment, test equipment, computers etc. Large Car Boot area, licensed bar, barbecue, demonstrations and displays by special interest groups. Indoor area for Traders. McMichael Radio Rally & Car Boot Sale

09 Jul 2023 [TBC] Derby Caribbean Carnival Sun 13:00 Procession from Market Place to Osmaston Park. Entertainment in the park until 21:00.

09-16 Jul 2023 [TBC] Durham Brass Festival Combining brass, folk, opera, dance and spectacular outdoor theatre in stunning venues and city streets. Both free & ticketed

13-16 Jul 2023 [TBC] The Gate to Southwell Festival Thu-Sun Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0PT. Roots and folk, dancing on two marquee stages, children's festival, events around town and in local pubs. Real ale, cider, quality food and craft stalls. Camping in adjacent fields and good toilets.

14-16 Jul 2023 [TBC] Bristol Harbour Festival Fri-Sun 12:00-17:00 Bristol Harbour. One of the most popular free festivals in the West Country, with an attendance of 250,000. Performance stages, fringe stages, historic ships, children’s entertainment, continental market and a fantastic array of food and drink. Free event.

15-16 Jul 2023 [TBC] Lambeth Country Show Sat-Sun 12:00-20:00 Brockwell Park, London. The largest event of its type in South East England. Attendance 120,000. Traction engines and steam parade, medieval re-enactment, falconry; horticultural competitions; fairground rides; crafts; community stalls; live performance stage and arenas. Video Lambeth Country Show Free event.

14-16 Jul 2023 [TBC] Birdfair Fri-Sun Rutland Showground, Oakham.

14-16 Jul 2023 [TBC] Upton Blues Festival Fri-Sun Upton Upon Severn, Worcestershire. Britain’s biggest free blues festival. Thousands of music fans, over 160 performances on 3 stages and multiple pub events. Excellent camping facilities. Free event.

14-16 Jul 2023 [TBC] Royal International Air Tattoo RAF Fairford. The biggest annual UK air show. Attendance 167,000.

14-16 Jul 2023 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic Fri-Sun 09:00 Weymouth Beach. About 72 teams compete in the UK Championships. Festival site includes a magnificent show court surrounded by a specially constructed beach grandstand (free to the public), nine tournament courts, over 100 top class 2 a-side men's and women's volleyball teams, live commentary, music intervals and a volleyball trade village.

14- 23 Jul 2023 [TBC] Birmingham Jazz Festival About 351 musicians and 115 venues citywide.

15 Jul 2023 [TBC] Trans Pride Brighton Sat 13:00-18:00. Parade and park event. The main march is at 12pm from Marlborough Pub to Brunswick Square.

15 Jul 2023 [TBC] Bracknell Show 12:00 Wildridings Playing Fields. Arena displays, arts and crafts, music etc. Free event.

15 Jul 2023 [TBC] World Tin Bath Championships, Isle of Man Saturday Castletown Harbour. A hundred competitors and thousands of spectators. There are also snake races, short entertainment displays, and even a rope drop. A fun afternoon for the whole family, as wacky races hit the Isle of Man.

15 Jul 2023 [TBC] Goring & Streatley Regatta Cleeve Meadows.

15 Jul 2023 [TBC] International Busking Day Sat 11:30-20:00 Arena Square, Wembley Park, London. Free programme of live music, festival events and free workshops.

15 Jul 2023 [TBC] Create Festival Sat 11:00-20:00 Victoria Park, Jemmett Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 5HD. Folk, rock, spoken word & outdoor theatre - one of the South East’s biggest free music festivals. Free Parking. 

15-16 Jul 2023 [TBC] Hastings Pirate Day Sat-Sun 11:00-17:30 Beach and Old Town. The biggest pirate day in the world, with lots of activities around the old town and on the beach. Sunday 15:00 Two processions along the beach with massed drums and flags, cannon and firearms display, buccaneers pirate ship, live music, shanty singers, market, stunt action and sand sculptures. Numerous events and live music all day. Video: Procession Video: Music Stage Hastings Pirate Day


15-16 Jul 2023 [TBC] Eastbourne Beach Life Festival

Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Eastern seafront.

One of the biggest FREE extreme sports festivals in the UK.

Adventure filled weekend featuring a huge line up of air, land and water based outdoor pursuits.

Eastbourne Beach Life Festival


16 Jul 2023 [TBC] Albury Music Festival 14:00-20:00 Picnics and live music at Albury Cricket Ground. Community event run by the Albury Produce Association & Albury Churches with support from the cricket & football club and parish council

16- 21 Jul 2023 [TBC] Ramsgate Week Hosted by the Royal Temple Yacht Club. A must for all sailing enthusiasts, with plenty of evening entertainment in the town.

16-29 Jul 2023 [TBC] King’s Lynn Festival Main festival runs every day with various performances of classical, jazz & folk music plus talks and films. Ticketed, with a few free taster sessions.


Surrey Car Meets

17 Jul 2023 [TBC] Goodwood Motor Circuit track day.


20-23 Jul 2023 [TBC] Warwick Folk Festival Warwick Folk Festival and its friendly Fringe offer something for everyone with a pulsating programme of more than 130 events . Traditional English folk music and dance with blues, country and rock. Dance displays, procession and open air concerts during the weekend. See website for further details and tickets.

20-23 Jul 2023 [TBC] Hatherleigh Festival, Devon Four days of amazing street theatre and performance, with many free events.


Late July Ealing Summer Festivals

20-21 & 26-28 Jul 2023 [TBC] Comedy Festival, Walpole Park
22-23 Jul 2023 [TBC] Blues Festival, Walpole Park
29-30 Jul 2023 [TBC] Jazz Festival, Walpole Park

Ealing Summer Festivals

See link for tickets.


21-23 Jul 2023 [TBC] Sunderland Airshow Fri-Sun 10:00-18:00 Seafront, Seaburn. The largest free air show in Europe attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators.

21-23 Jul 2023 [TBC] Tramlines Festival Fri-Sun. Hillsborough Park, Sheffield. See link for tickets. Youtube Channel

21-23 Jul 2023 [TBC] Bridport Folk Festival Fri-Sun Bridport, West Dorset.

21-23 Jul 2023 [TBC] Bug Jam Fri-Sun Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, NN29 7XA. VW festival with Drag Racing, Stunt Displays, Show & Shine, Traders, Autojumble, 5 Music Arenas and Funfair. See link for tickets.

21-28 Jul 2023 [TBC] Monmouth Festival One of the biggest free music festivals. Local and national musicians from rock, classical, pop, folk, jazz, ska and punk. Main Stage, Blestium Street - Rock, Pop, Funk, Country, etc. The last Sunday is carnival day, and the whole of Monnow Street and Blestium Street are full of markets, workshops, stalls, and rides. Multiple venues - see link. Main stage: cattle market.

22 Jul 2023 [TBC] Broadwater Carnival & Fire Station Open Day, Worthing Sat 10:00-16:00. Broadwater Carnival Society, Worthing Fire Station and More Radio present Broadwater's Big Day Out! A great free day out with shows and activities for everyone. Free parking at Worthing College

22 Jul 2023 [TBC] Livestock Music Festival Sat, Forty Hall & Estate, Forty Hill, London EN2 9HA. Rock, ska, blues, folk, rap and reggae on 3 stages, in the glorious setting of Forty Hall Farm, a working organic farm that is home to an award-winning local vineyard, orchard and organic market garden. On site bar, street market with stalls, food and drink, plus a circus area for kids. About £25.

22- 23 Jul 2023 [TBC] Maidenhead Festival Sat-Sun Kidwells Park. Live music, market and street food. Fireworks on Saturday at 22:15. Free event.

22- 23 Jul 2023 [TBC] Manchester Mega Mela Sat-Sun 12:00-21:00 Platt Fields Park. The largest celebration of South Asian Culture in the North of England. Music, dance, food and traditional arts and crafts. Attendance 70,000. Free event.

22-23 Jul 2023 [TBC] Lammas Festival, Eastbourne Sat-Sun Seafront. Live Music from 11:00. Sat 12:00 Parade of Giants from the pier. Sun 16:30 Ritual Celebration Carnival Parade

22-30 Jul 2023 [TBC] Worthing Summer Festival Funfair near the Pier, markets and entertainment, fireworks and car shows and American Rod & Custom Show.

23 Jul 2023 [TBC] Race For Life, London Sunday, Hyde Park, London. Women's charity runs. Start: The Bandstand. 09:00 10k run, 11:00 5k run. Video Race For Life, Hyde Park

25-27 Jul 2023 New Forest Show New Park, Brockenhurst. Motorcycle stunt display, show jumping, livestock, vintage farm machinery, steam, land girls, food fare, crafts, antiques, art, flower show, WI, forestry commission, honey & bees, blacksmiths, vegetables & flowers, climbing wall & ropes, ferret racing, fishing, falconry & gundogs. About £21.

25-29 Jul 2023 [TBC] The War and Peace Show Tue-Sat 09:00-18:00 Hop Farm Family Park, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6PY. Very large military show with vehicle displays, arena battles and 1940s fashion etc. About £20. War and Peace Show

26 Jul 2023 [TBC] Classics On The Common Wed 14:00-20:00 Harpenden Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire. 1200 classic cars, 250 cycles and scooters, 10,000 spectators. Free event.

28-30 Jul 2023 [TBC] Liverpool International Music Festival - Sefton Park Events in a beautiful green space. See link for tickets.

28-30 Jul 2023 [TBC] The Big Cheese, Caerphilly Sat. In the shadow of Caerphilly Castle. Street entertainers, living history re-enactments, comedy, music, dance, a traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours, craft and market stalls with produce from near and far, and much much more. Attendance 80,000. Free event.

28-30 Jul 2023 [TBC] Spraoi Festival, Waterford, Ireland Free street party, street theatre and world music. Attendance 100,000, parade usually 21:30 Sunday at The Quays - 400 brilliantly costumed performers, floats, lights and special effects, followed fireworks over the River Suir.

28-31 Jul 2023 [TBC] Creation Fest, Devon 10:00-22:00 Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7JE. Christian music festival - simply turn up and enjoy a good line up of bands. Includes teaching seminars, workshops, a skate park, sports and family activities. Close to the surf beach. Line-up. Free event.

28 Jul - 04 Aug 2023 [TBC] Sidmouth Folk Week Multiple events around town, on outdoor spaces, and in pubs and clubs.

29 Jul 2023 [TBC] Rio Carnival Comes To Brighton Sat 12:00-22:00.

29 Jul 2023 Oldham Carnival Community Festival Sat, Oldham Town Centre, Big parade, lots of free stuff for the kids, charity stalls, some entertainment for the parents, lots of small rides and our popular dance troupe competition.

29 Jul 2023 [TBC] New Romney Country Fayre Sat 10:00-17:00 St Martin's Field and the Fairfield Road Recreation Ground, just off the High Street,  New Romney, Kent. 10:15 Procession from Station Road, through the town to the event field. Displays, crafts, stalls, entertainment all day, refreshments. Free entrance.

29 Jul 2023 [TBC] Linslade Canal Festival Sat 11:00-20:00 Tiddenfoot Waterside Park. Community event with a conservation and heritage theme. Rural crafts, canal art, working narrow boats, folk music, stalls, childrens activities, bids of prey, mobile farm and canal boat trips. Ninety exhibits in three different areas of the park. Free entrance, small charge for car parking. Attendance 9000. No mooring fees for narrow boats, but owners are advised to book. 01525 631915.

29-30 Jul 2023 [TBC] Worstead Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-21:00. The largest village festival in Norfolk. Display ring, exhibitions, heavy horses, classic cars, weavers, road race, auction. About £5.

29-30 Jul 2023 [TBC] Riverside Festival Sat 12:00-22:00, Sun 11:00-20:00 Mill Lane, Charlbury, Oxford. The best local bands, festival fringe with the battle of the buskers, food and drink gifts from the festival traders. Free event.

29-30 Jul 2023 [TBC] Prudential Ride London Sat FreeCycle. 50,000 riders. Eight-mile traffic-free route that features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. London’s greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling. Sun London-Surrey 100. Starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. Finishes on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route.

29-30 Jul 2023 [TBC] Clarence Park Free Music Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-20:00 Clarence Park, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield. marci@themusiccollective.co.uk  07779 911914

29 Jul - 05 Aug 2023 [TBC] Swanage Carnival A week of amazing events. Sunday 15:00 big seafront parade, with floats, Caribbean bands, clowns and costumed walkers. 2.5 miles along the seafront and back to Sandpit Field. Every Saturday in August, there are fireworks and music on Swanage beach. Swanage Regatta & Carnival

29 Jul - 05 Aug 2023 [TBC] Cowes Week & Fireworks 40 daily races - 1,000 boats and 8,500 competitors. 100,000 spectators. On the last Friday, air display, live music, then free fireworks at 21:30. Video: Music Stage 1 Music Stage 2 Cowes Week Fireworks, Isle of Wight

30 Jul 2023 [TBC] Lewes Raft Race Sun 14:45, but arrive early, plenty going on. River Ouse, Malling Recreation Ground, Mayhew Way, Lewes BN7 2NW. Fantastic rafts, insane competition, thousands of spectators, flour bombs and water canons. What could possibly go wrong? The main Raft Race, seven miles down the river to the sea at Newhaven, usually takes place during the afternoon, and takes around two hours. Lewes Raft Race Free event

04-05 Aug 2023 [TBC] Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta Fri-Sat.

04-06 Aug 2023 [TBC] Nottingham Riverside Festival Fri-Sun Victoria Embankment. Fri 18:30-22:30, Sat 12:00-23:30, Sun 12:00-18:30. Join 100,000 at Nottingham's biggest free festival weekend along the beautiful River Trent. Music, arts, river activities, street theatre, street fair, steam engines and crafts. Spectacular fireworks on Saturday night at 22:30. Live Music Children's Zone Street Theatre Dragon Boat Racing

04-06 Aug 2023 [TBC] Weston Super Mare Sea Shanty and Folk Festival Fri-Sun. 60 bands performing in several venues over three days Main stage in the Italian Gardens.
Full Programme & Venues
There will be pirate crews invading Weston-Super-Mare. Dress as a  pirate and join in the fun. Free event.


04-06 Aug 2023 [TBC] Northampton Town Festival

Sat-Sun 10:30-23:00 Northampton Racecourse, Kettering Road, Northampton NN1 4LG.

Two large arenas with Hot Air Balloons, Stalls, Bars, Live Music, Funfair, Fireworks etc.

Space for an attendance of up to 65,000.


Low entrance cost, parking £5.


05 Aug 2023 [TBC] Pride Brighton

Sat 11:00 Parade - Hove Lawns, Kings Road, West Street, North Street and London Road to Preston Park.

Vibrant, brash and cheeky.

The free-to-watch parade is watched by up to 300,000 revelers.

12:00-22:00  Party in Preston Park Sat-Sun, ticketed.

Video: 2012 Parade 2013 Parade 2016 Parade

Brighton Pride


05 Aug 2023 [TBC] Hastings Old Town Carnival Sat 17:00 Procession, Rock-a-Nore Road, and seafront. 20:30 Fireworks from the castle. View from the seafront at Pelham beach. Video: Carnival Fireworks Hastings Old Town Carnival Free event.

05 Aug 2023 [TBC] Leicester Caribbean Carnival Sat 14:00-19:30 Victoria Park. Three music stages, main stage, Caribbean, African and Asian food, arts and crafts, and many stalls. 13:00 Vibrant Street Carnival featuring costumed bands and floats from Victoria Park through the city. Join one hundred thousand people on the carnival route for this  hugely popular multicultural event.

05-06 Aug 2023 [TBC] Morris Minor National Rally Sat-Sun  Thoresby Park NG22 9EP.

05-06 Aug 2023 [TBC] Battle Of Evesham Medieval Festival Sat-Sun Crown and Corporation Meadows, Evesham, plus other locations around the town. Mediaeval festival and camp with life-demonstrations of cookery, weapons and medicine and 13th Century battle re-enactment. 100+ re-enactors fighting on both days. Battle of Evesham Grand Parade, with mounted knights in full armor will wind its way through the town on Saturday. Medieval musicians and dancing at the camp, along with craftsmen demonstrations and medieval cookery. Free event.

05-06 Aug 2023 [TBC] Brightlingsea Free Festival Hurst Green, High Street, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0HG. Fri evening pub sessions. Sat 12:00-21:00. Sun 12:00-20:00. 8,000 visitors, 25 acts and 136 musicians.

05-12 Aug 2023 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff Anglesey. Pageantry, poetry, dance, theatre, choral singing and rock music attracts more than 160,000 visitors annually.

06 Aug 2023 [TBC] Margate Carnival Sun 14:30 Parade, Royal Esplanade, Westbrook, then east through Margate to Cliftonville. One of the biggest carnivals in the Southeast. 80 floats and live music, with the UK's biggest DJ's, Caribbean BBQ, stalls and family fun. Tel 01843 293733 Video More Margate Carnival

06 Aug 2023 [TBC] The London Triathlon Sat-Sun ExCeL Centre, London. Super Sprint: 400m swim, 10k bike, 2.5k run. Sprint: 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run. Olympic: 1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run. Spectator Viewing

11-13 Aug 2023 [TBC] Northampton Balloon Festival Fri-Sun Billing Aquadrome. A Great Day Out for All The Family, with planned Balloon Flights AM & PM, evening glow, endless selection of stands, stalls and attractions. About £5. Northampton Balloon Festival

11-13 Aug 2022 [Cancelled?] Weymouth Carnival Fri-Sun 10:00-22:00. Attendance 100,000.

12 Aug 2023 [TBC] Swindon & Wiltshire Pride Sat 12:00-22:00 Old Town Gardens. 11:30 Parade from The Parade SN1 1BA. Swindon & Wiltshire Pride


14 Jul 2024 [TBC] Lewisham Peoples Day Biennial event. Sat 12:00-21:00 Mountsfield Park. Live music, dance, street theatre, children’s activities, sports, fashion and crafts. Attendance 30,000. Lewisham Peoples Day. Free event.

15-19 Jul 2024 [TBC] Farnborough Airshow - Public Days Sat-Sun. 1,500 exhibitors & 270,000 visitors. Flying 12:30-17:00 daily. Gate ticket about £45. Biennial event.

20-21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bedford River Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-23:00. Free event with Historical Re-Enactments,  Live Music, Funfair, Continental Market. Attendance 350,000. Six stages, heritage and sports villages and a still expanding river events programme showcasing more river activities than we have ever seen on the Great Ouse before! The site has also expanded into St Mary’s Gardens opposite the new Riverside Bedford complex, boasting a giant family fun area, Adventure Village and the new home to the Dragon Boat Racing as well as our river taxi taking you from Sovereigns Quay to the Suspension Bridge. Sat: 14:00 Parade of Cruisers, 16:00 Parade of Boats. 22:30 Amazing fireworks. Sun 11:00 Carnival parade from De Parys Avenue to Riverside Square. Video:Carnival Vikings Boat Parade Illuminated Boat Parade Fireworks Bedford River Festival Biennial event.


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