www.free-events.co.uk by Barry Griffin
A non-commercial listing of hundreds of amazing events - many free.
Updated 26 Jul 2014
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25 Jul - 02 Aug 2014 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.
On 27th July it's Carnival Sunday and the whole of Monnow Street and Blestium Street are full of markets, workshops, stalls, and rides.
27 Jul 2014 Create Festival
Sun 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. Hit Brit band Toploader will open the weekend in our one-off Saturday Night Soundcheck with Right Track Music.
Full 2014 Lineup includes: Adam Dowling / Alex Parker / Ben Russell & the Charmers / Both Sides of the Fence / Caleb Howard-Almond / Casey Dale / Coco & the Butterfields / DJ Driftwood / Edee / Elliot Berger / Flis / High Tide / I Killed Kenny / Latchmere / Minus the Rat / Moorland / Mourning Birds / Nizlopi / Old Town Souls / One Day Elliott / Orfila / Pia Harmony / Praeter / Rythmic Condition / Sirens & Shelter / South At Zero / Star One / Surrender the Thought / Ted Clark’s Brother Bare / The Alex Beharrell Band / The Doctorates / The Intermission Project / The Standard Lamps / The Take Down / Thomas Ashby
Six weeks of live music, street entertainment and fabulous fireworks every Thursday evening until the end of August.
31 Jul 2014
Free family events, Part of Poole’s Wave 105 Summertime in the South, sponsored by Breeze Volkswagen.
22:00 Spectacular Fireworks over
Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing W5.
23-27 Jul 2014 Ealing Jazz Festival. £4-£5
|11 May to 13 Sep 2014 Dragon
Sun 03 Aug 2014 Nottingham Riverside Festival, River Trent NG2 2JY
Summer In The City
08 Jun - 07 Sep 2014 Jazz & Brass In The Parks Selected Sundays. Free, so just turn up, bring a picnic, enjoy the sounds and relax in the cooling summer breeze!
|Jul & Aug 2014 Quay for my Car, Poole
18:00-21:00 Friday evenings on Poole Quay. Themed car events with free entry onto the quayside for specific car owners to park up and show off their vehicles.
01 Aug 2014 Beetles and Combis (guest
appearance from Wessex 4x4 response)
Sun 27 Jul 2014 "Down Tow Up Flow" Half-Marathon, Windsor
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10am and 1pm walks from the orange
info kiosk, Holborn Station WC2B.
Sat 26 Jul 2014 Great War: The Clash of Empires - 11am and 2pm start. The first of two inmidtown walks to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Today’s walk focuses on the first two years of the war. We walk to Bloomsbury and the north part of Holborn to visit sites connected to War Poets, Zeppelin bomb sites and anti-war campaigners. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series because each walk is designed to be experienced either on its own or together with the other. Starts by the GoToMidtown shop at 56 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1ES and ending by Gray’s Inn. Lasts 2 hours.
Sun 27 Jul 2014 Great War: The Death of Empires - 11am and 2pm start. The second of two inmidtown walks to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Today we go to the southern and eastern parts of Holborn and focus on the last two years of the war. Places visited include war memorials, buildings bombed by a German aeroplane, a venue for war-time entertainment and a home of a notable anti-war campaigner. You don’t need to go on both parts of this series because each walk is designed to be experienced either on its own or together with the other. Starts by the GoToMidtown shop at 56 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1ES and ending by Clerkenwell Road. Lasts 2 hours.
Wed 30 Jul 2014 Suffragette City – 1pm start. We visit several sites in Holborn and Bloomsbury linked to the struggle for votes for women. Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn station. Lasts 45 minutes.
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29-31 Jul 2014 New
Forest Show - Brockenhurst
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|29 Jul 2014 Dream Machines,
Event runs from 01 Apr until 30 Sep 2014 Organised by Poole Tourism, the largest weekly motorcycle meet in the UK will see Poole Quay buzzing as more than 1000 bikes gather every Tuesday evening from 18:00.
Attended by novices and
enthusiasts from across the UK and beyond, during the event Poole Quay is
closed off to all traffic, except motorbikes, creating a truly spectacular
display for visitors.
Marshaled event, with a £1 entry charge per night. Picture courtesy of Poole Tourism.
|04 Jun - 26 Sep 2014 More London
Free Festival @ The
06-31 Aug 2014 Free Theatre.
The Scoop @ More
London Riverside, London SE1 2DB.
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Southampton Sailings - Mayflower Park is often an ideal viewing point.
26 Jul 2014 Independence Of The Seas 16:30, Azura 16:30, Oceana 16:30
Picture: P&O Ventura - 116,017 tons, 950 feet, 14 passenger decks.
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Weymouth Events - Over 200 events throughout the year.
26 Jul - 03 Aug 2014 Spirit of Portland, celebration of Portland’s heritage, culture and natural environment.
26 Jul 2014 Portland Gooseberry Fayre, Weston Road, Portland. 11:00-15:00.
26-27 Jul 2014 WWII Re-enactment weekend at The Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.uk
28 Jul - 02 Aug 2014 Weymouth Art Group Exhibition, Weymouth Library, Great George Street. Free event.
30 Jul 2014 Matchstick Fleet at The Nothe Fort. www.nothefort.org.uk
30 Jul 2014 Après Aquathon Series. 19:00-20:30. Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. www.bustinskin.com
31 Jul - 05 Aug 2014 Moscow State Circus, Lodmoor Country Park, Events Area.
01-03 Aug 2014 Beach Volleyball Classic. Fri 14.00 Sat-Sun 09.00. www.weymouthbeachvolleyball.co.uk
02-08 Aug 2014 Optimist Nationals, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk
06 Aug 2014 Après Aquathon Series 2014. 7.00pm-8.30pm. Bowleaze Coveway. www.bustinskin.com
9-15 Aug 2014 Cadet Nationals, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy www.wpnsa.org.uk
13 Aug 2014 Après Aquathon Series 2014. 19:00-20:30 Bowleaze Coveway. www.bustinskin.com
26 Jul 2014 Oldham. Parade 11:45 Town Square.
10 Aug 2014 Wakefield. 12:00 Warren Gate.
16 Aug 2014 Doncaster Sat. Civic Square, Waterdale.
16 Aug 2014 Pride Cymru Coopers Field, Cardiff.
16 Aug 2014 Weston Super Mare
22 Aug 2014 Manchester
23 Aug 2014 Truro Parade 11:00 Lemon Quay.
23 Aug 2014 Walsall. Gallery Square.
30 Aug 2014 Reading Kings Meadow. Parade 11:30 Civic Centre.
30 Aug 2014 Leicester. Victoria Park.
30 Aug 2014 Grimsby. Meridian Park, Cleethorpes.
30 Aug 2014 Watford. Cassiobury Park.
27 Sep 2014 Preston. Flag Market.
27 Sep 2014 Warrington. Queens Gardens.
27 Sep 2014 Wolverhampton, City Centre.
28 Sep 2014 Lincoln. City Square.
28 Sep 2014 Sunderland. 12:00 Procession Civic Centre to Park Lane.
04 Oct 2014 Chester. Parade through the city, party at Grosvenor Park.
Tue 29 Jul 2014 The Guards Chapel Lunchtime Recital at 13.10 Guards Chapel, Birdcage Walk SW1E 6HQ. Free admission.
Candid Arts Trust is a self-funded, registered charity, whose main objective is to promote the arts and arts education with special emphasis placed on helping newly graduated artists and designers in their first years out of college.
Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens St, Islington, London, EC1V 1NQ. Tel 020 7837 4237.
27 Jul 2014 Life Drawing Class. Sun 10:00-17:00. £45.
Life Drawing Drop In Classes throughout the year. £7. Materials available to buy. 11:00-13:00 Tue & Wed.
Life Drawing Drop In Evening Classes throughout the year. £7. Materials available to buy. 19:00-21:00 Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu except bank holidays.
Swing Dance Classes,19:00 Tuesdays. 3 Levels. £8.
Apr to Sep 2014 Dream Machines. Tuesdays, Poole Quay 18:00. Up to 2,000 motor bike enthusiasts.
Jul to Aug 2014 Quay for my Car. Fridays, Poole Quay 18:00.
21 Jul to End Aug 2014 Summer Breeze on the Quay with Fireworks. Every Thursday. Live music, restaurants, pubs and spectacular fireworks.
Greenwich, London SE10 9LW.
01-27 Jul 2014 ORNC
Goes to the Movies (exhibition) (free) Get a behind-the-scenes view of filming at the ORNC in our new display.
Get a behind-the-scenes view of filming at the ORNC in our new display.
02 Aug - 14 Sep 2014 Ceramic and Enamel
Exhibition demonstrating a fascinating range of approaches. Venue: Gallery at the ORNC, Discover Greenwich
18-27 Jul 2014 Birmingham International Jazz Festival More jazz per square metre than New Orleans - multiple venues citywide.
The Bakewell Showground, Derbyshire DE45 1AQ.
Space for 200 outside pitches plus 60 inside stalls in a carpeted marquee in August.
07:00 Gates open for sellers. 08:00-15:00 Buyers admission £2.
The fairs are on the following dates:
Tue 12 Aug 2014 (includes marquee stalls)
The UK's leading gardening charity.
24-27 Jul 2014 RHS
Flower Show, Tatton Park.
Lawn Mower Racing
26-27 Jul 2014 Reservoir Dip, Billingshurst W
Sussex RH14 0EH.09:00-17:00
13 Jul - 21 Sep 2014 Sky Ride
Sky Ride is an annual series of car-free cycle events held across the UK throughout the summer. Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports, and currently about 110,000 take part in these rides. Sky Ride aims to get one million more people onto bikes.
02 Aug 2014 Newcastle
Gateshead Sat 10:00
18-27 Jul 2014 Milton Keynes International Festival Large-scale family events, promenade concerts, theatre, dance, music and visual arts installations in unusual locations such as parks, public squares, disused shops or warehouses. Attendance estimated at 80,000. Programme
23 Aug 2014 Great Scottish Swim, Loch Lomond
of Wight Carnivals
26 Jul 2014 Sandown Main Carnival. Sat 19:00
23 Jul - 27 Aug 2014 Great Yarmouth Norfolk Summer Fireworks Wednesdays 20:00 Central Beach - music and entertainment. 22:00 fabulous firework display. Free event. Visit Britannia or Wellington Pier for a good spot. Tourist Information 01493 846346.
24-26 Jul 2014 Ireland.
24-27 Jul 2014 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.
2014 Tour Dates: In these live talks, Richard D Hall will introduce work he has been involved with in producing a series of films, including new research into the UFO phenomenon. Tickets £12.
Mon 28 Jul 2014 19:30 Mackworth Hotel, Ashbourne Road, Derby DE22 4LY.
25-27 Jul 2014 The Big Cheese, Caerphilly Fri-Sun. In the shadow of Caerphilly Castle. Street entertainers, living history re-enactments, comedy, music, dance, a traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours, craft and market stalls with produce from near and far, and much much more. Attendance 80,000. Free event.
25-27 Jul 2014 [TBC] Reedham Beer Festival & Fete, Norfolk Village Hall & Field. Food fair, crafts, boot sale, live music, Morris dancing, barbeque and family activities. Sat 12:00-22:00, Sun 12:00-17:00. 01493 701818.
25-27 Jul 2014 Tramlines Festival, Sheffield Fri-Sun. Expected attendance 175,000. 4 main stages and over 70 venues in the city to explore, including The Leadmill, O2 Academy Sheffield, Barkers Pool, The University of Sheffield, The Harley, The Bowery, the Peace Gardens, Endcliffe Park and the main stage at Devonshire Green - capacity 8,000. 600 national and local artists - Rock, Indie, Pop, Electronic, Dance and Hip Hop. Entry about £6 per day. Youtube Channel
18-27 Jul 2014 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.
26 Jul 2014 [TBC] Nottinghamshire Pride Sat-Sun 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.
26 Jul 2014 New Romney Country Fayre Saturday 10:00-17:00 St Martin's Field and the Fairfield Road Recreation Ground, just off the High Street, New Romney, Kent. Procession through the town to the event field. Displays, crafts, stalls, entertainment all day, refreshments. Free entrance.
Area Food Festivals
26 Jul 2014 Waterlooville Food festival. Sat.
26 Jul 2014 [TBC] Maidstone River Festival Sat 11:00 Opening, 12:00 First Raft Race Heats, 13:00 Second Raft Race Heats, 14:00 Fun Raft Race, 16:00 Raft Race Final, 16:30 Dingy Pagent, 17:00 Best Dressed Boat Competition, 18:30 Prize Presentation, 21:30 Illuminated Boat Parade, 21:45 Light Elements - Maidstone Bridge & St. Peter's Bridge, 22:30 Firework Finale, What's On,Maidstone River Festival
26 Jul 2014 [TBC] Linslade Canal Festival Sat 11:00-17:00 Tiddenfoot Waterside Park. Community event with a conservation and heritage theme. Rural crafts, canal art, working narrow boats, folk music, stalls, childrens activities, bids of prey, mobile farm and canal boat trips. Ninety exhibits in three different areas of the park. Free entrance, small charge for car parking. Attendance 6000. No mooring fees for narrow boats, but owners are advised to book. 01525 631915.
Jet Ski Events
2014 AquaX Championships
26-27 Jul 2014 Cardiff
26-27 Jul 2014 Newhaven Fort, Sussex A weekend of living history demonstrations covering military life from Napoleonic times to WWII, with a focus on WW1.
26-27 Jul 2014 [TBC] Rox Festival, Bognor Sat 13:00-23:00, Sun 13:00-22:30. Bognor Seafront. live music, food and drink. Free entrance. Video Rox Festival
26-27 Jul 2014 [TBC] Hastings Free Beach Concert Free live music to raise money for the RNLI. Showcase for local bands popular with locals and visitors. Sat 13:00-21:00. Sun 13:00-19:00. Toilets are nearby in the Stade car park, on-site licensed bar, plus food outlets and ice-cream van, free sun cream and a free supervised children's play area. No beach camping. Map
26-27 Jul 2014 [TBC] Worstead Festival 10:00-18:00. The largest village festival in Norfolk. Display ring, exhibitions, heavy horses, classic cars, weavers, road race, auction. About £5.
26-27 Jul 2014 [TBC] Thai Festival, London Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00 Ealing Common. Opening parade, Buddhist ceremony, food and drink, music, dance, martial arts and massage. About £4.
26-27 Jul 2014 [TBC] Clarence Park Free Music Festival 12:00-20:00 Clarence Park, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield. firstname.lastname@example.org 07779 911914
26-27 Jul 2014 [TBC] Country Fair & Kent VW Festival Sat-Sun 10:00 till late Chilli Farm, Coldred, A2 Dover, Kent ,CT15 5AH. Traditional Country Fair with something for everyone - horse and cart rides, steam engines, railway rides, dog show, funfair, craft and trade stalls, birds of prey, custom and classic cars, arena displays and beer tent. Enquiries Luke or Sylvia 01227 700894.
26-27 Jul 2014 [TBC] Sunderland International Airshow Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Seafront, Seaburn. The largest free air show in Europe attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. Likely B-52, RAF premier aerobatic team, Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Typhoon, Harrier, Royal Netherlands Air Force F16s, Royal Navy Black Cats Helicopter Display Team and RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.
26-27 Jul 2014 [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.
26-27 Jul 2014 [TBC] Hastings Model Flying Club Fly-In Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Bulverhythe Recreation Ground, off Bexhill Road, St. Leonards. Some of the greatest pilots of remote controlled aircraft in Europe put on a truly amazing air show. You will see show display teams flying planes with wingspans of up to 20ft, and aircraft ranging from First World War Fighters, to today's modern day Euro Fighter typhoon jets, flying at speeds of over 200mph. Trade stands and attractions for everyone. About £6. Tel.01424 446524. Video
26-27 Jul 2014 [TBC] Wheels Littlehampton Sat-Sun. Free family event on Littlehampton Seafront. Motoring thrills, BMX stunt teams, classic 7 vintage cars, skates, skate boarding, new cars, classic car clubs, motorcyclists, slot car racing, simulators, remote control cars - anything with a wheel from a unicycle upwards. Attendance 20,000.
26-27 Jul 2014 [TBC] Dunstable Downs Kite Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Dunstable Downs LU6 2NB. Run in association with the National Trust, and featuring some of the worlds greatest and most beautiful kites. Free entrance, £2 parking.26-27 Jul 2014 [TBC] Lammas Festival, Eastbourne Sat-Sun Seafront. Live Music from 11:00. Parade of Giants 12:00. Carnival Parade The Giants Drummers
|26 Jul - 02 Aug 2014 Swanage
A week of amazing events. Sun 13:00 Red Arrows fly past, 15:00 big seafront parade, with floats, Caribbean bands, clowns and costumed walkers. 2.5 miles a long sea front and back to Sandpit Field. Every Saturday in August, there are fireworks and music on Swanage beach.
26 Jul - 08 Sep 2014 [TBC] Join In UK Join In Local Sport are encouraging the nation to head down to their local sports club. The aim is for every sports club or community group in the UK to put on special events.
27 Jul 2014 Race For Life, Hyde Park Sunday, Hyde Park, London. Women's charity runs. 09:00 10k run, 11:00 5k run. Video Race For Life, London
27 Jul 2014 [cancelled] Party In The Park, Leeds Sun 13:30-18:00 Temple Newsam Park. Some of the hottest names and chart topping acts brought to the stage by Leeds City Council and 96.3 Radio Aire. Attendance 70,000. About £10.
27 Jul 2014 The Sumo Run Sun 10:00 Bandstand, Battersea Park, London. Fancy Dress Charity 5k fun run in which participants dress in inflatable Sumo Suits.
27 Jul 2014 [TBC] American Rod & Custom Show Sunday, Worthing Seafront. American vehicles, hot rods, muscle cars, Harleys and Goldwings. Live music, trade stands, fun fair and French market. Run in conjunction with the Worthing Festival. Free entrance. American Rod & Custom Show
27 Jul 2014 [TBC] Ilfracombe Birdman Sunday. Flying madness from the pier. Live music, fairground, strongman, stalls and refreshments.
28 Jul - 02 Aug 2014 [TBC] Ramsgate Week Hosted by the Royal Temple Yacht Club. A must for all sailing enthusiasts, with plenty of evening entertainment in the town.
29-31 Jul 2014 New Forest Show New Park, Brockenhurst. Motorcycle stunt display, show jumping, livestock, vintage farm machinery, steam, land girls, food fare, crafts, antiques, art, flower show, WI, forestry commission, honey & bees, blacksmiths, vegetables & flowers, climbing wall & ropes, ferret racing, fishing, falconry & gundogs. About £19.
Tue 29 Jul 2014 - 12 noon Canterbury Cathedral
Tue 29 Jul 2014 - 12 noon Canterbury Cathedral
Tue 29 Jul 2014 - 19:45 St.
Peter's Methodist Church, St Peter's Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2BE
Wed 30 Jul 2014 - 13:10 St
Andrew Holborn Church, 5 St Andrew Street, London EC4A 3AB (nearest tube:
This outstanding American choir from Washington State performs a varied
programme of Schubert, Bach and Mendelssohn along with works by
contemporary American composers. Tacoma Youth Chorus is a mixed choir
comprising singers aged 15-20. Directed by Kyle Haugen, this concert forms
part of their international tour across England, Northern Ireland and
Ireland. As well as regular performances in the USA from Seattle to
Olympia, the choir tours internationally every three years. The
choir has performed in the UK, France, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the
Czech Republic. Acclaimed both nationally and internationally, Tacoma
Youth Chorus is described as “one of the jewels of our city”. The
concert is organised by ACFEA Tour Consultants.
This outstanding American choir from Washington State performs a varied
programme of Schubert, Bach and Mendelssohn along with works by
contemporary American composers. Tacoma Youth Chorus is a mixed choir
comprising singers aged 15-20. Directed by Kyle Haugen, this concert forms
part of their international tour across England, Northern Ireland and
Ireland. As well as regular performances in the USA from Seattle to
Olympia, the choir tours internationally every three years. The
choir has performed in the UK, France, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the
Czech Republic. Acclaimed both nationally and internationally, Tacoma
Youth Chorus is described as “one of the jewels of our city”. The
concert is organised by ACFEA Tour Consultants.
31 Jul 2014 [TBC] Helmsley Yorkshire Day 11:00-16:00 Market Square, Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5BL. Yorkshire-themed fun, games and goodies suitable for the whole family. Celebrate all that is Yorkshire, from flat cap throwing and a Yorkshire Pud-off to WI demos. Free entry.
31 Jul - 03 Aug 2014 [TBC] Stockton International Riverside Festival Thu-Sun. Biggest street arts festival in the UK - still fresh and edgy. Outdoor theatre, street entertainment, circus, music, dance and star-studded Fringe.
01 Aug 2014 [TBC] Yellow Umbrella Day, London Free community festival - Chiswick’s largest annual charity event, raising money for children’s charities. Live music, BBQ, cartoonist, bouncy castle, crazy golf, street entertainers, face painters and more. The Yellow Umbrella Day 10K run and 5K walk has become famous in West London for being a fantastically organised event along the river. Both events kick off at 11:00 and start and finish at Chiswick Park. All participants will receive a warm-up leg massage and a free Yellow Umbrella Day medal and t-shirt. Food, drinks, live music and entertainment will be available after the run and walk at Chiswick Park Yellow Umbrella Day
01-03 Aug 2014 [TBC] Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend Fri-Sun 12:00-23:00 Civic Centre. UKs biggest free outdoor festival and traveling fair. Fireworks each night. Mas Carnival Saturday. Cardiff Festival
01-03 Aug 2014 [TBC] Nottingham Riverside Festival Fri-Sun Victoria Embankment. 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.
01-03 Aug 2014 [TBC] Brightlingsea Free Music Festival Fri-Sun. Friday evening - local musicians in public houses around the town. Saturday from 12:30 - main stage on the Western Promenade. Sunday afternoon acoustic music on Hurst Green. 8,000 visitors, 25 acts and 136 musicians.
01-03 Aug 2014 [TBC] Spraoi Festival, Waterford, Ireland Fri-Sun. Free street party, street theatre and world music. Attendance 100,000 over the Irish Bank Holiday weekend. Parade usually 21:30 Sunday at The Quays - 400 brilliantly costumed performers, floats, lights and special effects, followed fireworks over the River Suir.
01-08 Aug 2014 [TBC] Sidmouth Folk Week Multiple events around town, on outdoor spaces, and in pubs and clubs.
01-09 Aug 2014 [TBC] National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff. The Eisteddfod will be located on the Rhiwlas Estate near Bala, Gwynedd. All the various facilities provided by the Eisteddfod – the caravan site, youth village, MaesB and MaesC will be situated in the surrounding fields. Pageantry, poetry, dance, theatre, choral singing and rock music attracts more than 160,000 visitors annually. Big pavilion, 320 trade stalls, science pavilion, dance stage, visual arts gallery & sport areas. Tickets about £15.
|23 May - 05 Sep 2014 Offshore
Circuit Racing Drivers Association
Offshore Powerboat Racing - what saloon car racing is to motorsport. Spectacular power boat racing at speeds up to 80mph. Video
01-03 Aug 2014 Guernsey.
01-24 Aug 2014 [TBC] Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Laughing Horse 6,000 performances, 300 shows, 30 stages and 17 venues. Program
02 Aug 2014 [TBC] Over and Out, Newcastle Sat 21:30 Newcastle Quayside. The river will be transformed into a magical theatre of pyrotechnics and neon-bright lighting effects. Performers will appear and disappear, carrying out dare-devil acts under cascades of silver rain which have you holding your breath in wonder and amazement, all set to music that reflects the mighty power of the river. Produced by Newcastle Gateshead Initiative in partnership with Walk the Plank. Free entrance.
02 Aug 2014 [TBC] Pride Swindon Sat 12:00-22:00 Old Town Gardens. 11:30 Parade from the Avery in the Old Town Gardens. Swindon Pride
02 Aug 2014 [TBC] Leicester Caribbean Carnival Sat 11:00-20:00 Victoria Park. Sound systems, reggae zone, Caribbean food, fun fair and children's village. 13:00 Parade from Victoria Park through the city centre. More
02 Aug 2014 [TBC] Shanklin Illuminated Carnival, Isle of Wight. Saturday 19:00 Popham Road, Old Village, Chine Avenue. Part of Shanklin Carnival Week.
|02 Aug 2014 Brighton
Sat 11:00 Parade, Madeira Drive to Preston Park - vibrant, brash and cheeky.
13:00-20:00 Party in Preston Park - about £17.50.
Video: 2012 Parade (34 mins)
2013 Parade (35 mins)
|02 Aug 2014 Africa
Centre Summer Festival
Sat 12:00-22:00 East & West Piazzas, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RF.
Inspiring programme, curated by Magie Relph of the African Fabric Shop and advised by Chris Spring, curator of the African Collection at the British Museum, showcasing the rich tapestry of African textiles in all their beauty and diversity.
Learn how to make your own Africa-inspired textiles at our craft workshops or take home a memento from our African craft stalls.
Vibrant dance, acrobatics, face and mask painting, live music, drummers and DJs. Savour the flavour of Africa with authentic cuisine.
The Africa Centre is a charity that looks to promote awareness of African cultural and developmental issues in the UK.
Family friendly, 18-35s
02-03 Aug 2014 Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic
Fri-Sun 09:00 daily. Weymouth Beach. About 72 teams compete in the UK Championships. Festival site includes a magnificent show court surrounded by a specially constructed beach grandstand (free to the public), nine tournament courts, over 100 top class 2 a-side men and women's volleyball teams, live commentary, music intervals and a volleyball trade village.
|02-03 Aug 2014 Northampton
Festival - NNestival
Sat-Sun Midsummer Meadow, Bedford Road, Northampton NN1 5NX.The NNestival festival will focus on local foods, businesses, bands, artists, community groups and charities. Live stage, acoustic tent and DJ zone. Northampton Festival is a not-for-profit organisation set up by Northants locals in order to promote all that's cool about the area.
NNestival Art Competition. Create an A4 picture, in any medium, to represent: "Celebrate Northamptonshire". Three entry groups - Under 7s 7 - 11 over 11s. Closing date is 19th July. Get creative and send your entry to Cedar Road Primary School, Cedar Rd East, Northampton, NN3 2JF. Prizes for the best three entries in each age group. Overall winner will be used for next year's festival poster. A selection will be displayed at the festival. On the back of your entry please put: Child's name and age along with their address, the school they attend, and contact details. We regret that unfortunately entries cannot be returned.
02-03 Aug 2014 Rythms Of The World Festival Sat 12:00-23:00 Sun 12:00-21:00 Multiple stages and probably around 140 acts. Attendance 23,000. About £15. Video.
02-03 Aug 2014 [TBC] Great North Arts And Culture Show Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Wynyard Rooms, Wynyard Park, Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees TS22 5TB. Exhibition of arts and crafts, paintings, ceramics, textiles, farmer’s market, children’s entertainment, armed forces and emergency services etc for a great family weekend out. Free admission, but £3 charity donation requested.
02-03 Aug 2014 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
02-03 Aug 2014 [TBC] Newlyn East Wartime Weekend 10:00-17:00 Sat-Sun St Newlyn East recreational field Cornwall TR8 5NP. WW2 vehicles, displays, re-enactors and entertainment and vintage stalls. Sat 19:30 dance in the Village Hall with DJ and Bar. Sun 11:00 Parade led by St Newlyn East Silver Band. Proceeds to the Village and the Royal British Legion. Come dressed up in the 40’s fashion!
02-03 Aug 2014 [TBC] Military and Flying Machines Show
Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Damyns
Hall Aerodrome, Upminster, Essex.
Essex & London's premier military vehicle show. 300+ vehicles, flying displays, heavy tanks, mock battles, living history, tank & helicopter rides, collectors stalls, arena events and all day music. Entrance about £8.
02-03 Aug 2014 [TBC] Todstock Music Festival Sat-Sun Todmorden Centre Vale Park, Lancashire. Free and friendly community event event hosting a variety of musical styles, showcasing the best in local talent. Holistic therapies, kids activity tents, good wholesome food, rides and stalls. The festival is split equally between dance and live music, with all styles catered for. The park is a beautiful environment and there is a very relaxed atmosphere. Expected attendance: 5000+
02-03 Aug 2014 [TBC] Odiham Fire Show Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Lodge Farm, Warnborough. Up to 200 fire engines and emergency vehicles take part in drills and displays of fire fighting through the ages. About £5.
02-08 Aug 2014 [TBC] Creation Fest, Devon Fri-Sun 10:00-22:00 Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7JE. Christian music festival - simply turn up and enjoy a good line up of bands. Includes teaching seminars, workshops, a skate park, sports and family activities. Close to the surf beach. Free entrance.
02-09 Aug 2014 [TBC] Cowes Week, Isle of Wight 40 daily races - 1,000 boats and 8,500 competitors. 100,000 spectators. Live music on the water's edge. Fireworks at 21:30 on the last Friday. Video: Music Stage 1 Music Stage 2 Fireworks Skandia Cowes Week
03 Aug 2014 [TBC] Margate Carnival Sun 15:00 Parade, Royal Esplanade, Westbrook, then east through Margate to Cliftonville. One of the biggest carnivals in the Southeast. 80 floats and live music, with the UK's biggest DJ's, Caribbean BBQ, stalls and family fun. Tel 01843 293733. Video Margate Carnival
03 Aug 2014 [TBC] UK
Beatbox Championships Sunday O2 Academy
Islington, London. Vocal percussion of drum
beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using mouth, lips, tongue and voice.
03 Aug 2014 [TBC] Bournemouth Carnival Procession A week of events, culminating in the procession on Sunday. 14:30 Procession from East Overcliff Drive to Pier Approach. 19:30 till late - Carnival Gala Night, Carrington House Hotel - free entrance.
03 Aug 2014 [TBC] Birmingham Carnival Sun 12:00-20:30 Handsworth Park. 13:00 Procession from Holyhead Road. Steel bands - Soca, Calypso and Reggae, plus Caribbean food. Held every two years. Tel: 0121 303 3008.
03 Aug 2014 [TBC] British Crabbing Championship. Walberswick, Suffolk. Great fun for children of all ages. 1250 entrants. Over a 90 minute period, armed with line and bait, the person landing the heaviest crab wins. Refreshments available at the RNLI stalls on site.
07-08 Aug 2014 [TBC] Jersey Battle of Flowers Thu 14:30-17:00 Flower Parade. Held on the second Thursday in August. Fri 21:00-22:45 Moonlight Parade. Illuminated finale.
07-09 Aug 2014 Tour Britania Cheshire and North Wales. Primarily designed for historic cars. We have been encouraged to go back to the original and successful 2/3 day format. The key factor will be to use more open driver’s roads. There is an excellent selection of venues in that locality from which we can choose and we will take direction to that effect from our Survey currently taking place.
07-10 Aug 2014 [TBC] Bristol Balloon Fiesta Thu-Sun Ashton Court. Europe's largest annual Hot Air Balloon event - 100+ balloons, 500,000 visitors over four days. Mass Balloon Ascents. 06:00 & 18:00 daily. Night Glow & Fireworks 21:30 Thu & Sat. Arena events. Trade stands. Free event. 2013 Video Bristol Balloon Fiesta
07-28 Aug 2014 [TBC] Poole Fireworks On The Quay Every Thursday in August on Poole Quay from 19:00. Thousands of revelers enjoy live music, street entertainment, family activities, special themed nights and fantastic fireworks at 22:00.
|07 Aug - 06 Sep 2014 The
Night Market at Camden Lock
Thursdays - Camden Lock, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AF.
Our series of late night street food events are back this year starting 7th August. We’ve got Backyard Cinema returning to show an exciting array of outdoor movies, the best selection of our world class street food, cocktail bars, DJs & live music.
08-09 Aug 2014 [TBC] Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta
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 the organisation of unusual events.
08-10 Aug 2014 Red Kite Bash & Cider Cycle
08-11 Aug 2014 [TBC] Whitby Regatta
08-15 Aug 2014 [TBC] Broadstairs Folk Week 10:00-22:00 Victoria Gardens, bandstand and town centre. In the parks, pubs, gardens, beaches and promenade; musicians - from the highly professional to the inexperienced amateur - get together in impromptu sessions whilst Morris dancers, Appalachian clog dancers, rapper sword dancers and many others demonstrate their skills on the streets and along the prom. Large craft marquee. Entertainment all day. About 70 events daily, with varying admission charges.
09 Aug 2014 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.
10 Aug 2014 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.
09 Aug 2014 [TBC] Hastings Old Town Carnival Sat 17:00 Procession, Rock-a-Nore Road, and seafront. 21:00 Fireworks at dusk from the castle. Video: Carnival Fireworks Hastings Old Town Carnival
09 Aug 2014 [TBC] Manchester Caribbean Carnival & Festival Sat 12:00-20:00 Alexandra Park, Moss Side M16 7JL. 12:00 Parade. Steel bands, floats, DJs, dance troupes, Caribbean food & drink, fairground, crafts and stage featuring calypso, soca and reggae.
09 Aug 2014 [TBC] World Pipe Band Championships Saturday. The biggest and best event in piping. Bands from across the globe will descend onto Glasgow Green with one goal - to be World Pipe Band Champions. 8,000 pipers, 16 nations and 45,000 spectators. General admission about £10. Highland games, children's area, highland dancing, drum major competition, craft fair and mass march past.
09 Aug 2014 Cardiff Carnival Sat 11:30-17:30 City Centre Parade and stages in The Hayes and Queen Street. Dance, samba drumming, quirky street theatre, Brazilian martial arts, live music and rollerskaters.
09-16 Aug 2014 [TBC] Yarmouth Carnival, Isle of Wight Sat 17:30 Procession, Yarmouth Green through the town - culmination of the week's festivities.
09-16 Aug 2014 [TBC] Dawlish Carnival One of Devon's largest. Includes free International Airshow, with an attendance of 100,000 on the sea front. Parade Fri 17 Aug at 19:30 from John Nash Way.
|10 Aug 2014 Lewes
to Newhaven Raft Race
Sun 11:30 Start on the riverbank, at Lewes Rowing Club, South Street. Annual fun race, with fantastic rafts. Spectators who throw eggs and flour bombs, risk a soaking by water canon. After an hour and a half or so, the first raft crosses the finish line at Newhaven Bridge (near The Bridge Inn), to the sound of a klaxon. Free public viewing. Organised by Lewes & District Round Table. Please call race co-ordinator Matt Craig on 01273 813093 or e-mail email@example.com
This years theme is "Confectionery".
10 Aug 2014 [TBC] Rye Maritime Festival 12:00-17:00 Strand Quay. Fancy dress competition, RNLI, circus performers, rotary club, fire brigade, belly dancers, pearly king & queen, wild owl show, Hastings diving association, antique diving association, antique diving display, Cinque Port volunteers, environment agency, food, beer tent and live music.
10 Aug 2014 [TBC] UK Backward Run Sunday, Heaton Park, Manchester M25 2SW. Five categories, including male 1 mile backward race, female 1 mile backward race.
10 Aug 2014 [TBC] Brighton and Hove 999 Fun Day Sun 11:00-17:00 Kings Lawns, Hove Promenade BN3 2FR. Action-packed fun day with Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, HM Coastguard and the RNLI. Arena displays throughout the day giving the opportunity for visitors to meet members of the emergency services and get an up-close look at 999 response vehicles.
10 Aug 2014 [TBC] Lowedges Festival, Sheffield Sun 12:00-17:00 Greenhill Park, Gresley Road S8 7HN. Four arenas, bands, singers, dancers, medieval re-enactment and encampment, 200 classic cars, motor bikes, funfair, farmers market, unknown free ride to be announced, car boot and big als funhouse. Over 15,000 visitors in 2012. Stall bookings taken from Jan 2013 (please book early, last year was over-subscribed) firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 01142 374492. Free event.
10 Aug 2014 [TBC] Skegness Carnival Sun 14:30 Procession, playing fields on the industrial estate to the seafront. About 30 floats and six bands. Gala events, baby show, super heroes, BBQ, beach games, tiny tots competition, Miss Seaside, pet show etc.
Swallow Antique Fairs - Lincolnshire
collectables, reproduction and reclamation items for home and garden.
The largest in Europe with 2,500 stalls.
12-13 Aug 2014 British Fireworks Championships, Plymouth Tue-Wed 21:30. Very spectacular. 6 firework companies battle over two nights for the title of British Fireworks Champion. 3 ten minute displays per evening. Attendance 200,000. Music stage, morris dancing, fairground rides, catering outlets etc. The fireworks will be set off at Mountbatten Breakwater. Popular viewing areas are The Hoe and Queen Anne's Battery. Free event. Map British Firework Championships
|14-15 Aug 2014 Newark
Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark NG24 2NY.
Thu 09:00-18:00 - buyers two day ticket £20.
The largest event of
its kind in Europe, with up
to 2,500 stands over 84 acres.
Often featured on BBC1's Bargain Hunt.
14-17 Aug 2014 Eastbourne Airbourne Thu-Sun. Daily sea front air show - classic WW2, latest military jets, helicopters, air-sea rescue, wing walkers etc - weather permitting. Ground displays, arena events and trade stands. Evening concerts and fireworks. Popular viewing areas - The Pier, The Wish Tower Slopes, Beachy Head. The biggest free seafront air show in the world. Eastbourne Airbourne
15-17 Aug 2014 [TBC] Northampton Balloon Festival Fri-Sun Billing Aquadrome. A Great Day Out for All The Family, with planned Balloon Flights AM & PM, evening glow, endless selection of stands, stalls and attractions. About £5 pedestrians, £15 vehicles. Northampton Balloon Festival
British Rally Championship Events
Whilst there is a charge for most of the rally
stages, the ceremonial start and finish is always free access and the
three asphalt surface events are generally free access.
20 Mar 2014 BRC
16 Aug 2014 [TBC] Southend Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:45 from Chalkwell Avenue. Illuminated Parade of about 60 floats and samba bands etc. The parade usually pauses on Marine Parade at about 21:00 for a firework display, then continues on to The Castle public house. Video Southend Illuminated Carnival
16 Aug 2014 [TBC] Nottingham Caribbean Carnival Sat 11:00 Forest Recreation Ground. Caribbean food, funfair and family area. Attendance 80,000.
16 Aug 2014 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.
16 Aug 2014 [TBC] Ryde Main Carnival, Isle of Wight Sat 16:45 assemble esplanade & canoe lake, 17:15 judging, 18:15 procession.
16 Aug 2014 [TBC] Race The Train, Wales Saturday. Annual cross-country run organised by the Rotary Club of Tywyn. 14.75 mile cross country hilly race. The train takes about 1 hour 47 minutes for the return journey. The start is adjacent to the Talyllyn Railway station. Both the runners and the train are started by the train whistle ordered by the timekeeper. The course is run alongside the railway over fields, rough pasture, and farm tracks.
16 Aug 2014 [TBC] Eid in the Square, London Sat 14:30-18:30 Trafalgar Square. Muslim festival marking the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. Main stage with music and theatrical performances.
16 Aug 2014 Pride Cymru (Cardiff Mardi Gras) Saturday, Coopers Field, Cardiff. Gay festival. Attendance 30,000.
|16-17 Aug 2014 1066
Game & Country Fayre
The Normanshurst Estate, Catsfield, E Sussex.
Agricultural and traditional country displays, equine, clay pigeon shooting, dog show, agility, herding, outdoor activities, music, crafts and trade stalls, set in beautiful surroundings. 3000 visitors per day. Gate: price about £8.
|16-17 Aug 2014 Festival
Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Bradborne Vale Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3DH. Tel: 01732 456407.
BBC presenter Kaddy Lee-Preston is joining us at the Festival, and there will be an opportunity to meet her and learn the tricks of the trade. Whether you are interested in our guided walks and bug hunting activities or whether you would like your face painted as your favorite bug, we have something for everyone to enjoy.
Come dressed as a woodland creature, or your
favorite Alice in Wonderland character - prizes for the best dressed!
Free event. Car parking, £2.
16-17 Aug 2014 [TBC] On The Edge Sat-Sun 13:00-20:00 Richmond upon Thames. The riverside will come alive in a two day global celebration of live music and dance from around the world. Two days of the best bands will form an eclectic line-up for residents and world music enthusiasts alike. Free event. Video On The Edge
16-17 Aug 2014 [TBC] Christchurch Carnival, Isle Of Wight Sat 10:00-22:00 Stalls on the Quay, Sun 14:00 Procession.
16-17 Aug 2014 [TBC] Beccles Carnival, Norfolk Sat Family fun on the quayside, Sun 13:00 Carnival Parade. 07527 115697. www.askanthea.com/becclescarnival
16-17 Aug 2014 Hastings Town and Country Show Sat-Sun 10:30-17:30 Alexandra Park. Suffolk Punch horses, birds of prey and falconry displays, medieval re-enactment village including fighting knights, sheep sheering, working and Newfoundland dogs as well as rural demonstrations. Arts, craft and gift marquees as well as lifestyle and food hall stands will give you the chance to sample and buy unique products. Children's entertainer, bouncy castles and fairground. Entrance about £5. Dog Show Full Schedule
16-17 Aug 2014 [TBC] Bridport Carnival, Dorset Sat 19:30 Carnival. Sun 21:00 Torch procession, 22:00 Fireworks.
16-18 Aug 2014 [TBC] Aldeburgh Regatta & Carnival, Suffolk Sat-Mon - 3 days of events for all ages. Carnival Monday - swimming races in the sea, children’s sports, and the life-boat launch. Afternoon carnival procession, fun fair, entertainment in the High Street by The Knots of May, samba dancers, and The Parachute Regiment Band. Chinese Lantern Procession to the beach. Beach Fireworks. Map
16-25 Aug 2014 [TBC] Arundel Festival One of the biggest arts festivals in the South of England. Multiple events including Castle events, street entertainment, fireworks, 10k run, bath tub race, Jubilee Gardens stage, hot air balloons, poetry readings, orchestral concerts and children’s activities. Video 2013 Procession Arundel Festival
Sun 17 Aug 2014 Twickenham Alive Charity Mile - SUP Races
17 Aug 2014 [TBC] Blockorama Sun 14:00- 20:00 Powis Square, London W11. Bands playing: Ebony, Mangrove, Metronomes, CSI, Realsteel. Free event
17 Aug 2014 [TBC] Rugby Music Festival Sun, Caldercott Park. Music and family entertainment. Free event.
|16-17 Aug 2014 Folkestone
Harbour Festival Free music and
entertainment with live bands and DJ.
Based on previous events - Harley Davidson display, Aston Martin display, Kent Fire Brigade safety display, Coast Guard stand, championship power boat racing, raft race, fun fair, licenced bar and food outlets.
17-23 Aug 2014 Fowey Royal Regatta Wed: Carnival Procession. Sat: Illuminated Dinghy Procession and Fireworks.
18-25 Aug 2014 [TBC] Harleston & Waveney Festival Street entertainers, music weekend at the Swan Hotel. Holiday Monday family fun day 11:00-17:00 Harleston recreation ground - vintage cars, tractors and military vehicles, dancing, whacky races, kickboxing, stalls, BBQ, bar, boot sale and bouncy castles. Free entrance.
20 Aug 2014 [TBC] Weymouth Carnival Wed 10:00-22:00 Events and entertainment all day. Attendance 100,000. Sandcastle Competition, Fun Run, Red Arrow fly-past. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, comprising Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane. All day fairground on the seafront. Provisional times: 10:30 Sand Sculpting, 11:00 Weymouth Carnival Sky Divers, 10:30-17:30 Beach Football, 13:30 Beach Space Hopper Race, 17:00 Waitress Trolley Race, 17:30 Coach Pull Challenge, 17:30 Childrens Fun Run, 18:00-20:30 Steel band, King's Statue, 18:30-20:30 Seafront Procession, 19:15 Live music, beach stage, 21:30 Fireworks. Facebook
20 Aug 2014 [TBC] Cromer Carnival Wed 19:00 Parade through the Town via Runton Road and Beach Road. 07748 221270.
21-22 Aug 2014 [TBC] Clacton Airshow Thu-Fri 11:00-17:00 Seafront. Free air display with vintage and jet fly-pasts and ground displays. Attendance 90,000.
22-24 Aug 2014 [TBC] Upton Festival Fri-Sun Fish Meadow, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire. Live music till midnight. Camping available. See link for details and tickets.
22-25 Aug 2014 [TBC] NASC Street Rod Nationals Trinity Park, Ipswich. Cruise Sunday, show & shine, live bands. Public day is Sunday.
22-31 Aug 2014 [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.
|23 Aug 2014 Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan Carnival is moving to Leicester City Centre.
This amazing event celebrates Leicester as being the most culturally diverse city in the UK outside London.
Multicultural carnival procession, performances
and workshops on the High Street.
23 Aug 2014 [TBC] Sturminster Newton Carnival Sat 19:15 Carnival parade with illuminated floats, dancers, bands and drummers. The first carnival on the Wessex carnival circuit, unique in that it attracts entries from all over the south west plus local groups. A number of the larger illuminated carts from the circuit, plus locals. Lots of masqueraders, both local and from the Wessex and other circuits. Firework finale. 01747 840045. www.sturcarnival.co.uk
23 Aug 2014 [TBC] Arundel Bathtub Race Sat 10:30-17:30 River, Mill Rd, Arundel BN18 9PA. 14:00 Race start. About 33 teams race in bathtubs on the River Arun. Entertainment and music into the evening. Hot Air Balloon flights in the evening, weather permitting. The race is free to view, and raises funds for charity. Video1 Video2 Arundel Bathtub Race (Original Site) Arundel Bathtub Race (Current Site - Arundel Festival)
23 Aug 2014 [TBC] Manchester Pride Sat 13:00 Parade - Deansgate to the gay village, Whitworth Street. 100+ floats.
23 Aug 2014 [TBC] Colchester Free Festival Sat 11:00-19:00 Castle Park. Music and arts festival organised by the community for the community. Attendance 15,000.
|23 Aug 2014 Teddy
Sat 13:30-16:30 Bostall Heath, opposite the
Hospice in Abbey Wood
Fun and interactive entertainment by Pyramid
Martial Arts, a selection of super stalls and traditional games plus teddy
bears galore. £3 per child which includes a picnic & entertainment.
Adults 50p. Please contact the hospice to buy
23-24 Aug 2014 [TBC] Bruce Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-16:00 Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline KY12 8QH. One of the best free events in Scotland. Medieval village, main arena historic action, jugglers, dancers, craftsmen, story-tellers, falconry, crafts, produce. Demonstrations, jousting with full armour, medieval encampment, re-enactment groups, piping and drumming music. Free event
23-24 Aug 2014 [TBC] Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains Sat-Sun. Popular family festival. Various venues throughout this beautiful market town. If past years are anything to go by, expect to see a colourful parade, bagpipes, morris men, stilt walkers, a duck race on the river Ennig and craft fair. Live bands and a DJ on George's Green all afternoon. Evening candlelit concert in the mediaeval church of St Ellwye, high up in the Black Mountains on Saturday, and Talgarth's own Male Voice Choir on Sunday. Local pubs have live music 'til late. Grand firework display near the Rugby Club at 21:15 on Sunday. What's On
23-24 Aug 2014 [TBC] Swaffham Free Festival Sat-Sun 14:00-20:00 Swaffham, Norfolk. Free, family-friendly event featuring an eclectic mix of musical styles. Two music stages, street entertainers, stalls and refreshments. Tel: 01760 722800. Further details: http://swaffhamfreefestival.wix.com/swaffham
23 Aug 2014 [TBC] Panorama Steel Band Championships Sat 18:00-22:00 Horniman's Pleasance Park, Kensal Road. Likely competitors include: Croydon Steel Orchestra, Caribbean Steel International, Ebony Steel Band, Mangrove Steel Band, Metronomes Steel Orchestra and Real Steel. Attendance 5,000. More Panonthenet More
24 Aug 2014 [TBC] Notting Hill Carnival - J’Ouvert (Jouvay) Sun 06:00-09:00 from junction Kensal Road & Ladbroke Grove. Traditional day break start to carnival, steeped in tradition. Participants cover themselves and others in paint, chocolate, mud, oil and white powder. Be aware that you may be hugged by muddy revelers. Video Free event.
24-25 Aug 2014 Notting Hill Carnival 09:00-19:00 Parade Ladbroke Grove. One million revelers, 7500 participants, Mas Bands, Steel Bands and 40 Static Sound Systems. Kensal Town to the north is very vibrant, with thousands dancing to big sound systems including Sancho Panza. 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
23-25 Aug 2014 [TBC] Summer Squall, Ramsgate Sat-Mon. Three fabulous festival days to celebrate summer - music, theatre, dance, performance, installations, workshops, talks and much more culminating in a spectacular parade of boats @ 19:15 on Monday. Start at the harbour then explore the many other events around town. Most of the events are free to attend, but a few are ticketed, please see the program found on the website and at a variety of locations in Thanet. Tickets can be bought online from the website or from the Customs House, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate.
23-25 Aug 2014 [TBC] Streets of Summer Festival, Durham The streets of Durham City are home to an international line-up of Street Entertainers, Jugglers, Unicyclists, Strong Women, Acrobats, Clowns, Circus Artists and professional merrymakers. The festival also celebrates the finest musical talent from across the UK, with shows in some of Durham’s most stunning and unique venues.
|23-30 Aug 2014 Fareham
Art Trail is a new art event taking place this August in and around
exciting new event includes numerous exhibitions, sculpture garden,
various art events, free magnetic art and more.
Fareham Art Trail has a contemporary focus but will be celebrating all art, and will take place at selected venues across the borough, bringing art out of the traditional gallery and making it accessible to all.
23 Aug - 07 Sep 2014 [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. The opportunity to buy pieces directly from the artists and makers.
Country Illuminated Carnivals
Wessex GP Circuit - 1 hour
The South Somerset FC Circuit - 2 hours
GFCA Circuit 2-3 hours
23 Aug 2014 [TBC] Sturminster Newton. Sat 19:15. Wessex GP
13 Sep 2014 [TBC] Mere. Sat
19:30. Wessex GP
04 Oct 2014 [TBC] Ilminster. Sat
19:15. South Somerset FC
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Bridgwater. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA
24 Aug 2014 [TBC] Rye Raft Race Sun 12:00 Fete BBQ, beer tent, live music, 50+ stalls and children's rides held on Rye Salts. 14:30 Raft Race on the River Rother. Both events are free, with the Lions collecting for charity. 0845 833 2825 email@example.com
24 Aug 2014 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.
24 Aug 2014 [TBC] Beer & Cider Festival Sun 12:30 White Horse Country Park, Westbury, Wiltshire BA13 4LU. Live music, BBQ & family fun.
24 Aug 2014 [TBC] Great North Bike Ride 09:00 Seahouse Tourist Information Car Park to Tynemouth Priory. Charity cycle ride with over 1700 cyclists raising funds for the Chris Lucas Cancer Trust. 54 miles through the beautiful Northumberland coastline. www.chrislucastrust.com
24 Aug 2014 [TBC] Aylesbury Showcase Sun 12:00 Market Square and Kingsbury, Aylesbury Town Centre. Free live music event.
The Bakewell Showground, Derbyshire DE45 1AQ.
Space for 200 outside stalls.
1000`s of plants on show and for sale, useful and decorative items for the garden & home, garden buildings, tools, garden furniture, food sellers and family attractions.
07:00 Gates open for stallholders. 09:00-16:00 Buyers admission £2.50.
The fairs are on the following dates:
Sun 24 Aug 2014
24 Aug 2014 [TBC] Bognor Illuminations Gala Sun 20:00-22:00 Night spectacle of floats and walking characters, beautiful lights and a procession from West Park to the Esplanade. 22:00 Fireworks at the end of the pier. More
24-25 Aug 2014 [TBC] Liverpool International Music Festival - Sefton Park Four days of Free Events in a beautiful green space. Kicking off with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Sense of Sound.
Bolton Steam Museum, Mornington Rd, Chorley Old Rd, Bolton BL1 4EU. Tel 01204 846490.
Volunteers from the Northern Mill Engine Society have rescued and restored 27 old stationary steam engines - some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the North of England. Most will be running in steam on these dates. The collection includes several unique engines - the only ones of this type restored and running in steam anywhere in the world!
24-25 Aug 2014 Sun-Mon
Steaming Days 10:00-16:00 - admission free, but donations welcome.
25 Aug 2014 Public Holiday - Summer Bank Holiday
25 Aug 2014 [TBC] World Gravy Wrestling Championships 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
25 Aug 2014 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.
25 Aug 2014 [TBC] Newlyn Fish Festival Mon 09:00-17:00 Harbour. Seafood, Cooking Demonstrations, Children’s Workshops, Fish Auctions, Open Vessels, Craft, Art and Trade stalls together with a full programme of Music and Harbour Entertainments including Gig Racing, Naval War Ships, Helicopters, The Penlee Lifeboat, and the Camborne Youth Band.
25 Aug 2014 [TBC] Leeds West Indian Carnival 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
25 Aug 2014 [TBC] Bexhill 100 Classic & Custom Car Show Monday 10:00-17:00 Polegrove Recreation Ground, West Parade, Bexhill on Sea. Classic and custom cars, trade stalls and crafts.
27 Aug 2014 [TBC] Sandown Illuminated Carnival Wed 21:00 Culver Parade through town. Route takes 1 hour. 01983 402334.
27-31 Aug 2014 The Great Dorset Steam Fair Wed-Sun 08:00-24:00 (17:00 Sun) South Down, Tarrant Hinton, Blandford DT11 8HX. 60 showman's engines, 30 steam tractors, 20 steam road locomotives, 20 steam lorries, 25 steam road rollers, 100 vintage & classic vehicles, 100 military vehicles, 140 Vintage motorcycles, 120 vintage tractors, 150 static vintage tractors, 100 horticultural tractors, 120 stationary engines plus rural displays, crafts, food hall & live music. About £18. 600 acre site! The Great Dorset Steam Fair
28-30 Aug 2014 [TBC] Dartmouth Regatta Thu-Sat. Regatta, air display, fete, cider night, market, plus free firework displays Thu and Sat.
28-31 Aug 2014 [TBC] Bournmouth Air Festival Thu-Sun. Seafront. Air & Ground displays. Royal Marine Beach Assaults, Princess of Wales Parachute Display Team, Typhoon, Matadors, Tutor, Tucano, Hawk, SallyB, Vulcan, The Red Arrows, Breitling Wingwalkers, F-16, Typhoon, RAF Tutor, RAF Tucano, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment’s Parachute Display Team – The Tigers, The Matadors, King Air, RAF Hawk, SallyB, Vulcan and Black Cats Helicopter Team. Night Air - Thu, Fri and Sat - Lower Gardens and seafront: hot air balloons, film screenings, street entertainers, stilt walkers, flame throwers, dusk air display, live music, military bands, forces displays. Saturday attendance 400,000. Vulcan Video Bournemouth Air Festival Free event.
28-31 Aug 2014 [TBC] Burnham-On-Sea FolkFest, Somerset. Fri-Sun. Over 70 live acts, markets, workshops, arts and crafts, exhibitions, kids' entertainment, dancing and much more. 2009 bands booked include: Dambuskers, Bag Of Rats, Kent DuChaine, Polly & The Billets, Doux, Steve Turner, Three Sheets T'Wind, The FOS Brothers, Phil King, The Cherry Pickers, Stompin' Dave Allen, Inu. Live music in local pubs on Saturday 12:00-23:00, Clog and Morris Dancing, a Craft Fair in the middle of the Town. Likely to include Sunday Open Air Concert in Manor Gardens 12.00-18:00. Friday opening concert ticketed, everything else free.
29-31 Aug 2014 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. Facebook
29-31 Aug 2014 [TBC] Stroud Fringe Festival Fri-Sun.150 acts on outdoor stages and local pubs. Mostly free. Facebook Get involved
29-31 Aug 2014 BunkFest, Wallingford Sat-Mon. Multiple locations and events - many free. Concerts, Ceilidhs, fringe, vintage displays, boat trips, beer fest, craft fair etc. Attendance 20,000.
29-31 Aug 2014 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 £17.
29-31 Aug 2014
& Big Gig
Fri-Sun, Bicton College, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7BY.
Friendly music festival with two stages,
overlooking the lake.
Line-up includes: Luke Friend, Mad Dog Mcrea, Adam Isaac Band,
Wille & The Bandits, N.U.M.B, The Simmertones, Tourists, Sound of The Sirens,
Hysteria, Vince Freeman, Chris Woods Groove, Jay Tamkin, Richard James, Celine Dos Santos,
Charlotte Ward, Josh Sargeant, Harry Vinnicombe, To The
29-31 Aug 2014 [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.
29 Aug - 01 Sep 2014 [TBC] Cardifest Fri-Sun Daily until late. Main stage, metal stage, acoustic stage, exhibitors, stalls and arena.
A series of fun team swimming relays that take place every September at 11 locations across Britain. Sign up today, and for just £10 each you will receive up to 3 instructor led training sessions at over 100 pools across the country, access to SwimBritain coaching materials and the SwimBritain Training App and entry to the SwimBritain event with the opportunity to swim alongside Britain's best known swimmers.
30 Aug 2014 Stockport,
30 Aug 2014 [TBC] Ryde Illuminated Carnival Sat 20:30 The Esplanade. Biggest of the Isle of Wight Illuminated Carnivals. Ryde Illuminated Carnival
30 Aug 2014 Pride Reading Sat 12:00 till late. Kings Meadow, by the Thames. 2 music stages, dance, cabaret. beer tent, stalls, fun fair and picnic area.11:30 Parade from Broad Street Mall - arrives Kings Meadow 12:00. Free entrance. Traders - call 0844 3570124 www.readingpride.co.uk
30 Aug 2014 Devizes Carnival Sat 18:00 Parade. Streets of Devizes Two weeks of festive activities - one of the biggest, free outdoor celebrations in Wiltshire. Includes the famous international Street Festival, Picnic in the Park, and the Confetti Battle.
30-31 Aug 2014 Crawley Mela Sat-Sun. The Hawth, Crawley. African rhythms, Jazz Fusion and international music, free workshops, community stage, stalls, bazaar and funfair. Traditional Indian and international cultures, dancing, music, food, art, fashion, and crafts, together with a wide range of family-oriented amusements and activities. Attendance 10,000. Relaxed friendly family atmosphere. Free entrance. www.crawleymela.org
30-31 Aug 2014 Faversham Hop Festival, Kent 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.
30-31 Aug 2014 [TBC] Berkshire 4x4 Show Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Mereoak Lane, Grazeley, Reading. Military vehicles, classic cars and bikes, arena displays, crafts and more. About £8.
31 Aug 2014 [TBC] Kingston Carnival Sun 12:00 Clarence Street to the Guildhall. Two music stages until 17:00. Caribbean Soca, Steel Band, Afro-Cuban salsa and African jazz. Attendance 20,000. 020 8547 2332 Kingston Carnival Free event.
31 Aug 2014 [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.
31 Aug 2014 [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.
31 Aug 2014 [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. More
01 Sep 2014 [TBC] Parade of Sail, Liverpool 10:30-13:00 Tall Ships leave Albert Dock. From 13:00 the Tall Ships will muster in formation for the Parade of Sail on the River Mersey. Anywhere along the waterfront will provide a great vantage point to watch the vessels as part of the Parade of Sail.
Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Enjoy listening to a short talk from a guest speaker before engaging in debate and discussion around the topic. Usually held on the first Tuesday each month.
02 Sep 2014 Cafe
Tue 19:30-21:00 Cafe Boscanova, 650 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4BP.
No event in August 2014. September topic to be announced.
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05-06 Sep 2014 Eurojumble. Fri-Sat Netley Marsh,
Cadnam, Hants, SO40 7GY.
Tel 01507 529430.
05-07 Sep 2014 [TBC] Peterborough Arts Festival Finale Riverside Embankment. Street arts, circus acts, street performers, installations, extravagant visual displays and strange goings-on.
05-07 Sep 2014 [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.
05-14 Sep 2014 [TBC] Thames Festival Sat-Sun - Between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge. Street arts, river events, massed choirs etc. Thames Festival
Sussex Bonfire Season 2014 Events
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06 Sep 2014 [TBC] Last Night Of The Proms Sat 17:30-22:45 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. Sir Terry Wogan introduces 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 £35. BBC Proms In The Park
06 Sep 2014 Great North 5k Newcastle Gateshead
06 Sep 2014 [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.
06 Sep 2014 National Speed Trials, Brighton Sat 10:00-18:00 Madeira Drive. Annual speed trials for cars and motorcycles, veteran to current. Quarter mile course, run under RAC Motor Sport Association regulations. Timed Runs 11:30-13:00 & 14:00-18:00. Viewing is free from the upper level, but for entry to the paddock, there is a charge. Video1 Video2 Brighton and Hove Motor Club06 Sep 2014 [TBC] The Great River Race, London Saturday - Docklands to Richmond. 11:40 Start - Millwall Riverside, spread over 75 minutes. 14:40 End - Ham House, Richmond, spread over 2 hours. Biggest race of its type in Europe - 22 miles, 300 boats & 2000 competitors. Thousands of spectators gather at the riverside near Ham House. Timings Video The Great River Race, London
06 Sep 2014 Uckfield Bonfire Sat 19:30 Torch Procession, 21:00 Bonfire Prayers. 21:10 Grand Torch Procession. The first Bonfire Parade in the Sussex Bonfire Season. 13:30 Children's Procession from Victoria Pleasure Ground, followed by children's fancy dress competition in Holy Cross school playing field. 18:30 Adults Fancy Dress Competition, Elizabeth Gardens. Free bonfire & fireworks the day before the parade 20:30 at Holy Cross School Field. 01825 762763. In the summer months we will be making torches and banners for the carnival and help is always welcome. Video Uckfield Bonfire
06 Sep 2014 [TBC] Stockwell Festival Sat 12:00-18:00 Larkhall Park, Courland Grove, SW8 2PX. Main Stage, Children's Village, Nature Garden, Sustainability Zone, Adventure Playground, Marketplace, Go Kart Track. Music, dance, magic and storytelling, circus, drumming, face painting, Dr Bike, Giant Peace Wall and Larkhall Urban Gym + an array of stalls including world food. www.stockwell.org.uk 07973 711173 firstname.lastname@example.org
06 Sep 2014 [TBC] Swan Lifeline Open Day 11:00-16:00 Cuckoo Weir Island, South Meadow Lane, Eton SL4 6SS. Visit the swans and treatment centre. Fun and games, refreshments, fair stalls, raffle, dance performances, delightful river cruise from Windsor Promenade. Free entrance and parking.
|06 Sep 2014 Chislehurst Rocks Music
Saturday. Chislehurst Recreation Ground, Empress Drive, Chislehurst BR7 5BG.
Acts include: Under construction, Stone Blind, Mr Wolfe, Poison the Affair, Melody and the Boytoys, Unsung Lilly, Keval, Missouri Guts, JustGrace, Nix Nugent, Silent Crowd, Suburbanstar, Gemma Mewes, Lazy Talk, The Theme, Ilona, Johnny Boy James, Santino Fabricatore, Daylight Saving, Sam Crowe & Neil, Grace Bishop, Max Runham, Deep South London, Hannah Renton, Frank Statesboro, Roger Mean, Stretch & Geoff Adrenaline.
06-07 Sep 2014 Southend Airshow & Military Festival Sat-Sun. One of Europe's largest free air shows, drawing crowds of 500,000. Hours of flying, and lots of of attractions along the seafront. Good luck to the new organizers. Seeking sponsors - if you feel you could help, please see the website.
06-07 Sep 2014 [TBC] Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 (16:30 Sunday) South Quay. Tall ships, replica 18th Century frigate, lifeboat demonstrations, Royal Naval Simulators and guided heritage walks. Music from shanty groups, craft marquees, street entertainment, Punch & Judy, seafood and a beer tent. Many events free.
06-07 Sep 2014 [TBC] Party in the Park, Poole Ashley Cross Green, Ashley Cross, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 0JD. Bands, stalls, food and drink. Tel: 01202 770160. About £3 for the day, £5 for the weekend, kids free.
06-07 Sep 2014 [TBC] Thai Festival, Poole Sat-Sun 10:00-19:00 Baiter Harbourside Park, Poole Harbour, BH15 1UX. Thai food, arts and crafts, massage, beer garden, funfair rides, Buddhist Monks, traditional dress beauty contest, Muay Thai Boxing Demonstrations and coaching for children throughout the day. £2.50 entry, children £1, under 5 free.
06-07 Sep 2014 [TBC] Acoustic Gathering 12:00-22:30 Peasholm Park, North Bay, Scarborough. Free one-day music festival, with non-stop music from 32 acts, community group stalls and family entertainment. The Parks Cafe will be open with an added bar facility. About £8.
07 Sep 2014 Klezmer In The Park
12:15-18:00 Regents Park Band Stand, London.
An afternoon of Jewish Music and Family Fun.
07 Sep 2014 Westpoint
Arena, Clyst St Mary, Exeter. EX5 1DJ
07 Sep 2014 [TBC] World Black Pudding Throwing Championships Sun 12:00-22:00 Royal Oak, Bridge Street, Ramsbottom BL0 9AD. Hurling Black Puddings at a pile of Yorkshire Puddings on a 30ft plinth. Held on the second Sunday in September.07 Sep 2014 Great North Run Sun 11:00 Newcastle to South Shields. 54,000 runners, 80,000 spectators and an electric atmosphere. 13.1 miles. The biggest and most iconic half marathon in the world. See The Red Arrows at the start and finish. Main start about 10:40. Evening party on the quayside. The junior run is usually the day before, on Saturday.
07 Sep 2014 World Bellyboard Championship Sunday, Chapel Porth Beach, Cornwall. A celebration of all things connected with the art of riding traditional wooden boards. With contributions from the evolving wooden surfboard community. Organised and hosted by the National Trust.
07 Sep 2014 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.
07-14 Sep 2014 Tour of Britain Cycle Race Tour of Britain
08-09 Sep 2014 [TBC] St Giles Fair, Oxford One of the most prestigious in the country, dating back to 1625. Traditional fun fair rides combined with some exciting up-to-date, white-knuckle rides. More Video St Giles Fair, Oxford
09 Sep 2014 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.
11-14 Sep 2014 Heritage Open Days Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.
11-21 Sep 2014 [TBC] The Little Big Peace Event, Streatham Mini-festival to mark the International Day of Peace, with free activities for all the family including music and performance arts by local and international artists. Wed 18:00 Celebration - live music, performance art and poetry at The White Lion, 232 Streatham High Road Thu 20:00 Vibration - candle-lit gathering with surprises at Streatham Green. Drumming with Ancestral Hands. Sat 12:00-18:00 Contemplation - talks, displays and workshops at Gracefield Gardens SW16 2ST. email@example.com twitter: @littlebigpeace
12 Sep 2014 Kendal Torchlight Procession Fri 19:00 Street Art Performers, 19:45 Torchlight Carnival - folk dancers, heavy horses, Steam Engines, Spectacular Floats, Marching, Pipe and Display bands and nationally acclaimed carnival groups.
12-13 Sep 2014 [TBC] Findon Sheep Fayre Fri-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.
12-14 Sep 2014 [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.
12-21 Sep 2014 [TBC] Southampton Boat Show 10:00-19:00 Mayflower Park. Show marina with over 2km of pontoons. 1000 boats and 500 exhibitors. 122,000 visitors. About £20.
12-21 Sep 2014 [TBC] Brighton Japan Festival
12-28 Sep 2014 [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.
13 Sep 2014 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 include Crowborough, Waterloo, Uckfield, Mayfield, Burgess Hill, Littlehampton and East Hoathly. Tel 01892 661675. Video
13 Sep 2014 [TBC] Romsey Show, Broadlands Park. Saturday. Excellent country show for families. About £11.
13 Sep 2014 Windmill Hill Soap Box Derby Windmill Road, Bramham, West Yorkshire, LS23.
Charity Fayres in the Bristol and South Gloucester areas. Branded goods, handmade crafts and children's activities. Therapies may include Reiki, reflexology, massage, nail art and beauty treatments. Entrance by donation.
13 Sep 2014 [TBC] Therapy & Craft Fayre.
10:00-16:00 BAWA, 589
Southmead Road, Filton.
13 Sep 2014 [TBC] Swindon Mela Sat 12:00-18:00 Town Gardens. Three stages with top names from Asian entertainment, featuring Bollywood and Bangra. Attendance 17,000. Free entry, but donation welcome.
13 Sep 2014 [TBC] Will Adams Festival, Rochester Sat 11:00-16:30 Gillingham Park. A mix of Japanese culture and traditions and Tudor life at the time of Will Adams, the English Samurai.
13 Sep 2014 [TBC] Twickenham Riverside Regatta Saturday - stalls, bar & food on the embankment, free live music stage on Champions Wharf, Shetland pony rides, children’s fairground.
13 Sep 2014 [TBC] World Garlic Eating Competition 16:00 The George Inn, Main Steet, Chideock, Dorset DT6 6JD.
13-14 Sep 2014 [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, Vulcan Bomber (Sat only), 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 £9.
13-14 Sep 2014 [TBC] Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival Sat-Sun, 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. Festival Market - Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Winding Street, Hastings Old Town TN34 3AT.
13-21 Sep 2014 [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.
13-27 Sep 2014 St Ives September Festival A two-week celebration of Music & the Arts in St Ives Cornwall.
13-28 Sep 2014 [TBC] Isle of Wight Cycling Festival Over half the island is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are over 200 miles of well maintained, well signposted cycle tracks.
14 Sep 2014 [TBC] Ace
Cafe London Brighton Motorcycle Ride Sun
10:30 From the Ace Cafe,
North Circular Road. Up to 40,000
participate in this annual bike ride.
14 Sep 2014 Run to the Beat 10k, London Sun 09:45. London's music 10k run in Wembley Park. 15,000 runners are expected.
Barge Driving Events
14 Sep 2014 Steve Faldo Memorial Race, between Tower Bridge and Westminster. See how the Thames Watermen handled their barges in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
14 Sep 2014 David Pope Challenge Race, between Waterloo Bridge and Tower Bridge. Modern-day Watermen and Lightermen compete in this race race, with friends, family and apprentices.
14 Sep 2014 [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 times: 08:45 Elite Race, 08:55 Ultra Distance, 09:10-11:45 Challenge Distance, 12:00 10k Run, 14:00 Fun Distance. Spectators
17-21 Sep 2014 Out There Festival Wed-Sun Town Centre and St. Georges Park, Great Yarmouth. The region's largest free street arts festival. Musical Masquerade featuring amazing carnival creations, international street arts and circus entertainment, and a range of wild, wacky events including amazing high wire shows. Over 30 acts, 90 performances and 600 performers. Some charges - see link.
18 & 20 Sep 2014 [TBC] Imperial Wharf Jazz Festival The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf, Townmead Road, London SW6 2QD. The Imperial Wharf Jazz Festival has established itself as London's premier stage for some of Britain's finest musicians. Free event.
18 Sep 2014 Oxford & Thame Show Thu, Thame Showground. One of the greatest one day agricultural shows in the country, with 20,000 visitors. Sheep, cattle, show jumping, a dog show which attracts an entry of 1000 dogs, local produce, crafts, an indoor shopping mall and many trade stands.
19-21 Sep 2014 Alchemy Festival, Lincolnshire Scholey Park, Conningsby, Lincolnshire LN44PD. 100 bands and DJs on 7 stages. Free kids activities. About £80.
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Fri-Sun, Caerthillian Farm, The Lizard, Cornwall TR12 7NX.
The three-day 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 from £15. Camping available.
Tel: 01326 290 596 firstname.lastname@example.org
20 Sep 2014 Mayfield Bonfire Sat 12:30-15:30 Street Market, High Street. 15:00 Children's Fancy Dress Procession, Royal Oak to the Middle House. 19:00 Ceremonial Laying of the Wreath. 19:30 Procession 1 - West Street to Rose and Crown. 20:20 Procession 2 - Rose and Crown, High Street, Stone Cross. 21:15 Procession 3 - Stone Cross to Natwest Bank. 21:30 Procession 4 - Natwest Bank to Memorial Hall. 22:15 Fireworks. 22:30 Prizes & Trophies, Memorial Hall. Video: Video Fireworks Mayfield Bonfire Society
20 Sep 2014 [TBC] Great Gorilla Run, London Sat 10:30-12:30 Mincing Lane. 1000 runners in gorilla suits race 7km 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
20 Sep 2014 [TBC] Egremont Crab Fair & Sports Gurning Championships, Cycling Races, Fancy Dress Pony, Terrier Racing, Stunt Show, Cumberland Wrestling, Wheelbarrow Races, Pet Competition, Egg Throwing Competition, Parade, Morris Dancing etc etc. Entrance to field about £4.
20 Sep 2014 [TBC] Ringwood Carnival Sat 14:00 Children's Afternoon Procession. 19:15 Torchlight Evening Procession. 21:45 Fireworks.
20 Sep 2014 [TBC] Bewl Barrel Race Sat 14:00 The Bull Inn, Three Leg Cross, Ticehurst, East Sussex TN5 7HH. Up to 20 teams compete in a charity cross country half marathon carrying a full 55kg beer barrel. The winners get to keep the barrel and drink the 72 pints of ale. BBQ during the day and live music in the evening. The Bewl Barrel Race
20 Sep 2014 [TBC] Bermondsey Street Festival Saturday. Annual traditional village fete with an attendance of 7000. Live music, fashion, competitions, tennis, food, art and crafts. More
|20 Sep 2014 Mouth
Sat 13:00 Hyde Park, London.
Join over 1000 walkers on a 10K course, raising
funds and awareness to help combat head and neck cancers. Take home a
medal, T shirt and goodie bag. Free
20-21 Sep 2014 [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.
20-21 Sep 2014 [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.
20-21 Sep 2014 [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.
20-21 Sep 2014 [TBC] Port Sunlight Summer Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00 Port Sunlight, King George's Drive, Wirral, CH62 5DX. Major free festival in Wirral with family friendly activities, fairground, fun dog show with 250 dogs, 100 stalls, food and drink, live music stage, plus the Wirral Historic Car Rally, arriving in the afternoon.
20-21 Sep 2014 [TBC] Paws in the Park Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone ME14 3JF. UK's largest outside dog show for working, trained and pet dogs. Have a go activities, terrier racing, gun dogs, stunt dogs, agility, police dogs etc. About £10.
20-21 Sep 2014 [TBC] The Bristol Festival Ashton Court (balloon festival field). Entry by advanced ticket only - about £33 for the weekend.
21 Sep 2014 [TBC]
Classic Motorshow Sun 10:00 Hinckley Town Centre.
beautiful and carefully restored classic vehicles - last year saw cars,
lorries, bikes, scooters and even a working steam engine, double-decker
bus and 1916 tractor.
21-29 Sep 2014 [TBC] Didsbury Arts Festival More than 170 arts events, exhibitions, performance and street theatre across 50 venues. Sat 12:00 Music and street theatre. Most events free. Programme
24-28 Sep 2014 [TBC] Soho Literary Festival Thu-Sun, Soho Theatre, Dean St, London W1D 3NE. A glittering combination of writers and thinkers, chosen for their wit, flair and literary brilliance, selected from the cream of English writing, historians, novelists, journalists and politicians at the cutting edge of contemporary thought. Interviews, one-man shows, panels and debates. John Major talks on Music Hall; Giles Coren on restaurants; Michael Palin on his latest novel; Fay Weldon on hers; Craig Brown will bring a series of parodies and sketches with one or two surprise friends drawn from London’s literary finest.
26 Sep 2014 [TBC] Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning Friday - across the country. The World's Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support's biggest fundraising event. We ask people across the UK - and sometimes further afield - to hold a coffee morning, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year 43,000 people registered to hold a coffee morning, raising over £8 million.
26-27 Sep 2014 [TBC] Derby Festé Fri-Sat Live performance, music, dance, film and more. On Saturday, the streets come alive with free street entertaiment.
26-27 Sep 2014 [TBC] International Rally Of Yorkshire 92 miles of classic North Yorkshire stages. Spectator tickets bought on the day for a single stage will cost £15 per person and includes a free programme. For access to all stages on the Friday and Saturday, tickets can be purchased for £20 per person and will also include a free programme. As usual, children under 16 can gain free access providing they are accompanied by an appropriate adult.
26 Sep - 10 Dec 2014 [TBC] Play Poland Film Festival The largest and longest festival organised by Polish Art Europe, featuring screenings of the best recent Polish short films. Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Oxford, Sunderland.
27-28 Sep 2014 [TBC] North West Vintage Fair Organ & Steam Rally Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Victoria Park, Widnes. The largest free admission gathering of Vintage Fair Organs and Vintage machinery in the UK. Lovingly restored to the highest standards. Something for everyone, including falconry and a sheep show.
27 Sep 2014 [TBC] Burgess Hill Bonfire Held on the last Saturday in September. 19:30 Procession 1 - Cyprus Rd Car Park, Crescent Rd, Mill Rd, Cyprus Rd, Church Rd, Station Rd, Silverdale Rd. 20:30 Procession 2 - Silverdale Rd, Station Rd, Civic Way, Church Rd, Royal George Rd, Fairfield Rd, Western Rd, Recreation Ground. 21:45 Fireworks and Bonfire at Fairfield Recreation Ground. Well supported by the Sussex Bonfire Societies. Thousands will line the streets. Programs on sale around the town. 01444 233017. Video: Procession Fireworks Bonfire Burgess Hill Bonfire.
27 Sep 2014 [TBC] Burnham Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:30 Illuminated procession with bands, floats, floodlit tableux, visiting carnival queens and walkers in fancy dress. Burnham on Crouch Carnival
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Food Festivals - Bristol Area
28 Sep 2014 Love Food Festival 10:00-16:00 Dyrham Park. Free entry.
26 Oct 2014 Love Food Festival 10:30-16:00 Paintworks, Bristol. Fun autumnal activities, fresh produce and fun activities for all the family. Free entry.
28 Sep 2014 [TBC] Chiswick House Gardens Dog Show Sun 10:30-15:45 on the cricket pitch - entrance via Staveley Road. Free dog show with 14 fun classes, new agility course and mini-course. Licensed bar, barbecue, face painting, cream teas and over 40 charity and retail stalls. A great day out for the whole family.
28 Sep 2014 [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.
29 Sep - 04 Oct 2014 [TBC] Canterbury Anifest Annual animation festival for people of all ages. A range of workshops, young people awards and family-friendly events. Anifest also caters for specialists and those in the industry, featuring national and international awards, and guest speakers from some of the biggest names in animation. Tel: 01227 787787.
01-05 Oct 2014 [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.
01 Oct - 02 Nov 2014 [TBC] The Big Draw Annual month-long festival of over one thousand events across the UK. Museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, schools and parks join in, inviting people of all ages to discover how drawing can connect them with their surroundings and the wider community.
03 Oct 2014 [TBC] National Poetry Day 13:00 Foyer spaces, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Join Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society for this celebration of poetry. Free event.
03 Oct 2014 [TBC] Light Night Leeds Friday. 80 free, often quirky, events across 50 venues that are sure to keep you busy all night.
03 Oct 2014 [TBC] Dartford Festival of Light 18:30-19:30 Lantern parade High Street. Probable climax with performances by Bloco Fogo Samba. More
03-05 Oct 2014 [TBC] Swanage Blues & Roots Festival, Dorset 20 indoor venues with 50 free admission gigs. Dig deep when the collections come round - your donations keep this going. Organised by Steve Darrington
03-05 Oct 2014 [TBC] Broadstairs Food Festival 10:00 Victoria Gardens and Promenade. 60 stalls plus local chefs and a team from Thanet College.
03-05 Oct 2014 British Musical Fireworks Championships Fri-Sun 19:00-22:00 Kings Gardens, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1RX. Some of the UK's leading firework display companies competing for the title of British Musical Fireworks Champions. Billed as one of the most spectacular events in the country. Attendance 40,000. Tel: 01704 533333.
04 Oct 2014 Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Sat.14:00-16:00 Market stalls and live entertainment in the village. 19:30 Torch-lit procession. 22:00 Lighting the beacon, bonfire and fireworks at the fair ground. 01892 852477. Video: 2013 Fireworks 2012 Procession Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Society.
04 Oct 2014 [TBC] Eastbourne Bonfire Sat 19:30 Seafront torch procession from Fisherman's Green BN22 7AA. 20:30 Fireworks and beach bonfire. Supporting societies likely to include Mayfield, Rotherfield, Robertsbridge, Section 5, Battle, Rye, Burgess Hill, Uckfield, Hastings, Waterloo, Commercial Square and Pentacle Drummers. Programmes available from the Tourist Information Centre in Cornfield Road. Tel 07793 557194. Video: Fireworks Eastbourne Bonfire
04 Oct 2014 [TBC] Ilminster Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:15-21:30. About twenty highly illuminated carts, dance groups, carnival walkers and music. Up to 25,000 line the streets. Map Video email@example.com Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Ilminster www.ilminstercarnival.co.uk
04 Oct 2014 [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.
04 Oct 2014 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Gillingham. Sat 19:30 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
04 Oct 2014 [TBC] Sponsored Walk Saturday, Bedes Way. Fight poverty step by step by taking part in a Christian Aid sponsored walk. Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the North East on this historic trail. Choose the full day 12-mile route or the all ages four mile walk. Walk in solidarity with over 100,000 poor people from across India as they complete their historic march for justice to claim their land rights.
Farm WV6 7HB. Map
Sun 05 Oct 2014 Tough Guy 10km
05 Oct 2014 [TBC] Royal Parks Half Marathon, London Major half marathon. 12,000 runners & 40,000 spectators. Start and finish in Hyde Park. Taking in Kensington Gardens, Green Park, St James’s Park) and passing Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Marble Arch and the Royal Albert Hall. 09:00 Warm up, 09:30 Start, 10:30-14:00 Finish, 16:00 Close. 08:00-16:00 Food & Fitness Festival Hyde Park. Video Route Royal Parks Half Marathon
05 Oct 2014 [TBC] Rock Your Mind Festival, Middlesbrough 13:30-23:15 Westgarth Social Club, 99 Southfield Road TS1 3EZ. Tel 01642 242164. Free Music Festival promoting mental health awareness.
05 Oct 2014 [TBC] Cardiff Half Marathon Sun 09:00 Civic Centre to Cardiff Castle. Well attended with many runners in fancy dress.
11 Oct 2014 [TBC] Chard Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:15 Tapstone Road, Old Town, Duck Lane, Crowshute Link, High Street, Fore Street, East Street, Victoria Avenue Roundabout.
11 Oct 2014 [TBC] Ninfield Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch procession from Church Lane, 20:00 bonfire, 20:15 fireworks. Video: Procession Bonfire Fireworks Ninfield Bonfire
11 Oct 2014 [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.
11-12 Oct 2014 [TBC] British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival Sat-Sun, Llanwarne, Hereford, HR2 8JH. 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.
11-12 Oct 2014 [TBC] Weston Beach Race. Fri-Sun. Beach Motocross. Attendance 100,000. See website for ticket information.
11-19 Oct 2014 [TBC] Hastings Week 9 days of events including the 1066 Battle, Hastings Bonfire, ghost walks etc. Events
12 Oct 2014 [TBC] Brightona Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1EN. Custom Bike Show, Wall of death, Hot Rods, lots of Trade Stands, Bands on 3 stages and more bands at Concorde 2. £5 admission.
12 Oct 2014 [TBC] World Conker Championships, Northamtonshire Sun 10:30-15:00 Shuckburgh Arms, Southwick. Spectator entrance about £4. Plenty to see and do beforehand so arrive in good time. About 350 competitors and 5,000 spectators. Conkers provided.
12 Oct 2014 [TBC] Pearly Harvest Festival Sun 15:00 St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London. Annual Pearly Kings and Queens Association harvest festival. The produce collected is donated to help the homeless. The public are welcome at the service. Picture kindly donated by Teresa Watts, Pearly Queen of Clapton.
18 Oct 2014 [TBC] Beach of the Dead Zombie Walk, Brighton Sat 15:00-17:00 Brighton West Pier to Madeira Drive. Come dressed to possess for a scary parade. After party at the Concorde2 (£3).
18 Oct 2014 Hastings Bonfire Sat 19:15 Spectacular Torch Procession from Rock a Nore Road. 21:00 Fireworks & Giant Beach Bonfire. Full facilities available - catering, toilets etc. The backdrop of Hastings Old Town makes this one of the more atmospheric Sussex Bonfires, with an attendance of 30,000. Video: 2012 Procession 2013 Fireworks Hastings Bonfire celebrations are just part of the amazing Hastings Week Free event.18 Oct 2014 [TBC] Nevill Bonfire Sat 18:30 Procession 1 Highdown Road, Lewes. 20:00 Procession 2. 21:15 Fireworks - modest charge. Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society
18 Oct 2014 [TBC] Hailsham Bonfire Sat 19:30-24:00. Torch procession, bonfire and fireworks. Held on the 3rd Saturday in October. Good attendance from the public. Procession route: Station Road, Bell Banks Road, Market Street, High Street (firecrackers), then Vicarage Lane, Vicarage Road, George Street and South Road. Grand firework display followed by the explosive destruction of a set piece.
18 Oct 2014 [TBC] Seaford Bonfire Sat 18:30 Procession - Claremont Road, Avondale Road, Broad Street and High Street. Free bonfire and firework display at the Martello Field. The event is being covered by Seahaven FM. The latest bonfire society to be re-established. More
18 Oct 2014 [TBC] Nigerian Carnival, London Sat 10:00-18:00 Kennington Park, London SE11 4BE. The largest and most popular African event in the UK. Music, food, games and children's entertainment. Tel: 01322 837656. firstname.lastname@example.org Free event.
18 Oct 2014 [TBC] Bury Light Night Sat 18:00 till late - multiple town centre locations. A mix of arts, music, performance, workshops, tours and much more. Many free events. Bury Light Night
18 Oct 2014 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Trowbridge. Sat 19:00
18 Oct 2014 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Taunton Sat 19:00 (1 hour to pass by)
18-19 Oct 2014 [TBC] National
Apple Day Sat-Sun The
Barnyard, Gore Farm, Upchurch, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 7EZ. Take a tour of a working fruit farm owned by the
UK's biggest apple grower, AC Goatham & Son. Interesting
activities, fruit tasting, farm walks, fully stocked local farm shop and a
chance to meet the unique Gore Farm animals. The
National Fruit show will display
18-19 Oct 2014 [TBC] British Rowing Championships - Seniors National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham.
19 Oct 2014 [TBC] Abingdon Marathon Sun 09:00 Tilsley Park OX14 1PU. One thousand runners, and popular with spectators. Abingdon Marathon
19 Oct 2014 [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.
19 Oct 2014 [TBC] London October Plenty Sun 12:00 Bankside, Southwark, outside Shakespeare's Globe. Ancient seasonal customs and theatre. See The Berry Man, decked with wild fruits and foliage, join the procession through the streets to the Borough Market to join in the Apple Day festivities with market stalls, conker fights, apple bobbing, music and song. Free event.
22-23 Oct 2014 [TBC] The Showman's Show Newbury Showground. UK's original and most comprehensive exhibition of products, services and entertainments for the outdoor and special event world.
23-30 Oct 2014 [TBC] World of Animation Festival - Loddon, Norfolk. A week of themed activities at locations in Loddon. On the final Saturday @ 18:00 Festival Parade with live music, illuminated costumes and dancers. Tel: 01508 520204. Loddon is a small market town on the river Chet which lies within the bounds of the Broads National Park.
25 Oct 2014 [TBC] Fletching Bonfire
Sat 16:30 Fancy dress competition, village
21:45 Bonfire, Flame Balls.& Fireworks.
Typical line-up: Fletching, Newick, Firle, Littlehampton, Lindfield, Uckfield, Burgess Hill & Band, Ewhurst & Staplecross, Chailey, Newhaven Band, Commercial Square, Eastbourne, Crowborough, South Street, Stix Drummers, East Hoathly, Borough, Maresfield, Five Ashes, Who the Devil are We, Hove Scout Band, Barcombe Scout Band, Rotherfield & Mark Cross, Waterloo, Neville, Hastings, Cliffe, Rye, Whatlington, Battle and Robertsbridge. 01825 760155 ~ 01273 476360. Video: Procession Bagpipes Fireworks Free event.
25 Oct 2014 [TBC] Firle Bonfire 18:30 Torch Processions from The Ram Inn, West Firle. Most spectacular fireworks and set pieces. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in October. Free event - parking about £10. Video Firle Bonfire Society
25 Oct 2014 Ewhurst and Staplecross Bonfire Sat 18:00 Judging of the fancy dress competition. 19:15 Torch Procession from the Cross Inn, 20:30 Giant Bonfire, 21:00 Fireworks Hot dogs and refreshments. Entrance about £1. 01580 765764. Map
25 Oct 2014 [TBC] Littlehampton Bonfire 17:00-22:30 Town centre and seafront. Bonfire Societies, steam engines, illuminated floats and walking groups. 17:00 Childrens Procession. 19:45 Main Procession, Maltravers Road to Sea Road. 21:15 Bonfire, The Green, Sea Road. 21:30 Fireworks. 22:00 Return procession. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in October. Tel 01903 725149.25 Oct 2014 [TBC] Halloween Party In The Park & Firework Display Sat 12:00-19:00 Pontefract Park, Pontefract, Yorkshire WF8 4RD. Fairground rides, games, stilt walkers, fire jugglers, peanut the clown, horny the dragon, princess zeta frozen ice queen, dancers and singers, trade stalls, firework display etc. Free event.
25 Oct 2014 [TBC] Scottish Ploughing Championships Sat 09:30-14:00 Stanstill Farm, Bower, Wick, Caithness, KW1 4TP. Horse ploughing, vintage ploughing, trade area, children's rides, vintage machinery displays.
Oct 2014 [TBC] .
26 Oct 2014 End of British Summer Time - clocks go back 1 Hour
26 Oct 2014 [TBC] Bupa 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
26 Oct 2014 [TBC] Diwali on the Square Sun 14:00-19:00 Trafalgar Square, London. Performances and special guest stars, dancing, stalls, displays and food. Free event. Diwali On The Square
26 Oct 2014 [TBC] Fireworks, Emsworth 19:30 Sailing Club, 55 Bath Road PO10 7ES. Hot dogs, candy floss, toffee apples, bar snacks. £2 entrance.
26 Oct 2014 [TBC] Sheffield Fright Night Sun 15:30-20:30 Sheffield City Centre, Fargate, Tudor Square, Barkers Pool, Peace Gardens, Surrey Street, Leopold Street, Orchard Square, Millennium Square & Winter Gardens. Britain’s biggest Halloween party, attracting up to 40,000 people. Street theatre, ghost tours, fire spinners, food stalls etc. Info 01142 21 1900. Free event.
26 Oct 2014 [TBC] Ottery St Mary Carnival Sun 19:45 Carnival Procession, followed by fireworks on The Land of Canaan. The Flaming Tar Barrels are on Tuesday 05 Nov 2013.
26 Oct 2014 [TBC] Titchfield Carnival & Bonfire Sunday. Processions 15:00 & 18:30 email@example.com Tel 07547 681585.
27 Oct - 01 Nov 2014 Maidenhead Festival of Music & Dance
31 Oct 2014 [TBC] Fire Festival, London Fri 18:30-20:30 Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (Spring Gardens), London SE11 5HY. Firework display and Bonfire Night. Includes dancers, storytellers and fire breathers. Free event.
31 Oct 2014 [TBC] Gunwharf Quays Firework Display, Portsmouth Friday. Evening entertainment and fireworks with musical soundtrack. The stores will be open until 21:00. Video1 Video2 Gunwharf Quays Fireworks
31 Oct 2014 [TBC] Liverpool Halloween Lantern Carnival Fri 17:30-21:00 Sefton Park L17 1AP. 18:30 Fantastic 800 Lantern Parade from Aigburth boating lake. Over 150 weird and wonderful performers and ghosts of all shapes and sizes. Live music and fireworks. Attendance 15,000. Free event.
31 Oct 2014 [TBC] Halloween Events from The National Trust For kids and big kids.
31 Oct 2014 [TBC] Halloween In London
31 Oct 2014 [TBC] Seasonal Events in Salford
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Newick Bonfire Sat 19:30 Torch
20:30 Giant Bonfire
& Superb Fireworks.
Good pubs include The Bull and The
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Bridgwater Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:00-22:00 Illuminated Parade of 140 massive carts - each can be up to 100 ft long, with 30,000 light bulbs. Stand with 150,000 people. Feel the heat of a million light bulbs passing in the night chill and feel the throb of the huge generators. Bridgwater is probably the biggest of it's kind in the world. 22:45 Squibbing In The High Street Map Bridgwater Carnival Free event.
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Battle Bonfire Torch procession, bonfire and fireworks from the famous Sussex bonfire season.
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Cuckfield Bonfire 18:45 Bonfire, 19:30 Fireworks to music with the Bright FM roadshow. Hot food. About £7.
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Brockham Bonfire Twenty-five foot high sculptured bonfire, plus the biggest bonfire night firework display in the UK - 4 tons of fireworks, costing £50,000 pounds. 14:00 Children’s fancy dress, village hall. 18:15 Procession leaves green. 19:45 Bonfire on the green. 20:15 Amazing firework display. 20:45 Pig Auction. Attendance 20,000. Free event, but parking charges. Video Brockham Bonfire01 Nov 2014 [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.
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Chiddingfold Bonfire 19:00 Procession, St Mary’s School to village green, 19:30 bonfire, 20:00 fireworks.
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Carlisle Fireshow Sat 18:30-20:00 Bitts Park. In the top ten bonfire and firework displays in the country, attracting 35,000 people. 40ft themed bonfire with pyrotechnics set onto moving parts. The firework display which follows is spectacular and the whole show is set to music and lasts for approximately an hour. Tel 01228 817358. Free event.
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Winchester Bonfire and Fireworks Sat 18:00 Entertainment on the Broadway outside the Guildhall. 18:00 Torch Procession - Broadway, High Street, Jewry Street, River Park. 19:15 Bonfire at River Park. 19:45 Fireworks. Free event.
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Regent Street Motor Show Sat 10:00-16:00 Regent Street, London. The largest free motor show in the UK - Hosted by the Royal Automobile Club. The main attraction will be a display of iconic vehicles to celebrate the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries of motoring, including 100 pre-1905 vehicles and current low energy use vehicles. There will also be a display of beautiful cars owned by Royal Automobile Club members including Bentleys, Aston Martins and Lotuses. Plenty to interest all the family including passenger rides in veteran cars and 'future' cars.
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Bexleyheath Fireworks 20:00 Fireworks, Danson Park. 18:00-21:30 Funfair, refreshments, live band and beer tent. About £5.
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Fireworks, Norwich Sat 16:00-22:00 Earlham Park. 18:30 children’s fireworks, 21:00 main display. Gates open 16:00. Funfair, food and music. About £7.50.
01 Nov 2014 [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
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Blackheath Fireworks, London 20:00. South London’s biggest and best free firework displays. Attendance 100,000.
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Winchelsea Bonfire
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Slough Fireworks & Bonfire Sat 19:45 Upton Court Park. Gates open 17:30. Refreshments and a large fun fair. About £6.
26 Oct 2014 [TBC] Sun 18:00 & 19:30 Uxbridge, Iver Flowerland, Norwood Lane, SL0 0EW. £7.
31 Oct 2014 [TBC] Fri 19:15 & 20:00 Fulham, Bishops Park SW6 6DX. £7.
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] Sat 20:00 Alexandra Palace £10.
02 Nov 2014 [TBC] Sun 18:30 & 19:30 Barkingside
Recreation Ground, Illford. £5.
05 Nov 2014 [TBC] Wed 20:00 Brockwell Park. Free
08 Nov 2014 Sat 17:00 Lord Mayors Show, Victoria
Embankment Fireworks Free
01 Nov 2014 [TBC] RAC Future Car Challenge A motoring challenge for Electric, Hybrid and Low-Emission ICE vehicles to use the lowest energy on a 60 mile route from Brighton to London. 60+ entries. Free to view. 07:30 Start Madeira Drive Brighton. 08:00-10:30 Break, Central Sussex College, Crawley. 10:15-12:00 Finish, Pall Mall, London. 10:30-16:00 Regent Street Motor Show.
02 Nov 2014 [TBC] London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Annual event held on the first Sunday in November. 531 pre 1905 cars leave Hyde Park in groups of 2, between sunrise, 07:01 and 08:30. The older cars leave first. At the official coffee stop at Crawley, the first car arrives at about 09:10. They arrive at Brighton sea front from 10:40 onwards and closing time is 16:30. See also the Preview, Regent Street, London on the day before 11:00-15:00. LBVCR International Concours - 100 of the best examples of late 19th and early 20th Century motoring history. 500,000 expected to line the route. Video London to Brighton Veteran Car Run03 Nov 2014 [TBC] Burnham on Sea Illuminated Carnival Mon 19:30. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs. This is a Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Burnham on Sea Carnival
04 Nov 2013 Lewes Badge Night. 18:00 The Dorset and Cliffe High Street. Video
Lewes Bonfire - Biggest of the Sussex Bonfires.
05 Nov 2014 Lewes Bonfire
18:00 Barrel run, Cliffe High Street and first Torch Processions.
Crowds, noise & flame - ear & eye protection advised.
05 Nov 2014 [TBC] Merseyside Firework Displays
Sefton Park. Bonfire 18:30, Fireworks 19:30. Tel: 0151 233 2008.
council firework displays are planned to begin at 18:30 on The 5th:
|05 Nov 2014 [TBC] Manchester
Heaton Park Bonfire & Fireworks
05 Nov 2014 After Dark, Sheffield Wednesday - Yorkshire's biggest firework spectacular, held at the Don Valley Grass Bowl, Sheffield S9 3TL. 17:30 Opening, 19:30 Bonfire, 20:45 Fireworks set to music. 20,000 spectators. Giant fun fair, food stalls, live music stage. Adults £10, children £5, under 3’s free. Tickets: 0114 256 5656.
05 Nov 2014 Lindfield Bonfire 18:30 Fancy Dress Competition, 19:30 Torchlight Procession Form up – Pondcroft Road, Black Hill, The Witch, Hickmans Lane, High Street & onto the Common, 20:00 Lighting of the Bonfire & Bonfire Prayer, 20:15 Grand Firework Display.
05 Nov 2014 [TBC] Guildford Firework Fiesta 19:45 procession from High Street. 20:30 Fireworks at Stoke Park. Free event.
05 Nov 2014 [TBC] Ottery St Mary Tar Barrel Rolling 16:00 till Midnight. Thousands gather to watch flaming tar barrels carried through the streets. An enormous barrel is carried at Midnight, and there is a 10mtr bonfire, a funfair and other attractions.
05 Nov 2014 [TBC] Sticklepath Fireshow, Devon 19:30 Finch Foundry Field. Themed fire show with puppets, costumes, music and fireworks. About £7.
05 Nov 2014 [TBC] Birmingham Firework Spectacular 20:00 Pype Hayes Park, Erdington B24 0HG. Free admission. Giant funfair, entertainment and food. Gates open 17:00. Tel 0121 303 3008.
05 Nov 2014 [TBC] Firework
Display, Poole 20:00 Poole Quay BH15 1HJ.
largest free firework event on the south coast. Free
party from 16:30 with live music from Karl Lattimer and BB3 the Uk’s
ultimate party band plus, street entertainers, jugglers and fire
performances throughout the evening including the chance to practice your
skills with Jamie’s circus workshop.
07 Nov 2014 [TBC] Weston Super Mare Illuminated Carnival Fri 19:15. Three hour parade, Locking Road car park, Regent Street, Beach Road, Clarence Road N, Walliscote Road, Station Road & back to start. Up to 140 carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. Each cart can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be 100ft long. www.northsomersetcarnival.co.uk www.somersetcarnivals.co.uk
07 Nov 2014 [TBC] Manchester Christmas Lights & Fireworks Fri 18:45 Albert Square. Free celebrations for the festive season. Live music, entertainment, family fun and spectacular fireworks.
07 Nov 2014 [TBC] Big Boom Firework Display, Norwich Fri 19:30 Norwich Castle. Super 12 minute display, organised by Norwich Council. Free.
07-09 Nov 2014 [TBC] [TBC] Collage-Arts Open Studios 12:00-18:00 The Chocolate Factory, Clarendon Rd, Wood Green N22 6XJ. 020 8365 7500. Eclectic event with over 100 artists offering an amazing array of contemporary art and design from painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, film-makers and designer-makers. Discover and purchase affordable art and contemporary design, commission a piece or get your portrait painted. Free entrance.
08 Nov 2014 [TBC] East Hoathly Bonfire Sat 19:00-21:30 Giant Torch-lit Processions, 21:40 Amazing fireworks & huge themed bonfire. Pubs: The Foresters Arms in South Street & The Kings Head in High Street. Please park with care. A small torch is useful here. Video: Procession Fireworks Skull Drummery. Map Free event.
08 Nov 2014 [TBC] South
Heighton Bonfire Sat 18:30 Torch procession from the Flying Fish in
Denton, 20:00 Bonfire & fireworks on South Heighton playing
fields. Family friendly event from a recently formed
Bonfire Society, which has quickly grown to over a hundred members. Give them
your support: Chaiman: Roger Clayton 01273 515045.
Secretary : Clare Dickins 01273 516422
: Clare Dickins 01273 firstname.lastname@example.org
08 Nov 2014 Rye Bonfire Sat 19:50 Torch procession from Tilling Green. 20:30 Bonfire on Rye Salts. 20:45 Fireworks. Route: Ferry Road, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, Landgate Arch, Hilders Cliff, High Street, The Mint, Wish Ward, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, Landgate, Bedford Place, Rye Salts.
08 Nov 2014 Chailey Bonfire Sat 18:00 Torch procession, Mill Lane to village hall. 19:15 Fireworks, 20:00 Music and refreshments.
08 Nov 2014 [TBC] Shoreham Bonfire 18:15 Torch procession from Beach green, 19:00 beach bonfire and professional firework display.
08 Nov 2014 [TBC] Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair 17:30 for 19:30 at Hook Road Arena
08 Nov 2014 [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
08 Nov 2014 [TBC] Lord Mayor's Show, London Sat 11:00-18:00. 6100 participants, 2000 military personnel, 250 horses, 235 motor vehicles, 65 floats, 20 marching bands, 22 carriages and the glorious State Coach, the procession is three and a quarter miles long but travels a route of only 1.7 miles. Largest parade of its kind in the world. 13:00 Start of the return parade - many people gather on Victoria Embankment. 17:00 London's biggest firework display with 3 tons of fireworks - Victoria Embankment ~ South Bank. Lord Mayors Parade Map
08 Nov 2014 Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular Part of Light Up Lancaster, a festival of illuminations, art, music and fireworks.
08 Nov 2014 [TBC] Oxford Round Table Fireworks & Bonfire Saturday. South Park, Morrell Avenue. Gates open 17:00. Fireworks 18:45. Bonfire, 38ft wicker man, funfair, catering village, Jack FM music stage. About £5.
09 Nov 2014 [TBC] West London Radio & Electronics Show Sun 10:00 Kempton Park racecourse, Sunbury on Thames. Amateur radio, computing, test equipment, components etc. Nominal entrance fee. West London Radio & Electronics Show
12 Nov 2014 [TBC] Shepton Mallet Carnival Wed 19:30. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs..Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Video Shepton Mallet Carnival
13 Nov 2014 [TBC] Midsomer Norton Illuminated Carnival Thu 19:15. Fancy dress and marching bands. From 2014 a full 2.5 mile route with the giant carts is planned. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. Somerset Carnivals
13 Nov 2014 [TBC] Plymouth Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 City Market Car Park on Cornwall Street PL1 1PS. Lantern procession of 300 children led by Santa in a sleigh pulled by three real reindeer. Live music - last year a samba and brass band with a mix of Afro-Brazilian and percussion music.
13-16 Nov 2014 [TBC] Lumiere Festival, Durham Lumiere will weave a nocturnal art trail through Durham city, with light & sculpture. The event, by Artichoke, will be the biggest of it's kind anywhere in the UK.
14 Nov 2014 [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
14-16 Nov 2014 [TBC] Crunch Art & Philosophy Festival Globe theatre, Newport Street, Hay on Wye HR3 5BG. Wide range of talks and debates on diverse subjects, exhibitions from local and national art galleries, as well as live music, comedians, cabaret acts and parties. The festival site is free to enter and while most of the talks and evening music acts are ticketed, the art fair is free to browse and there will be free acoustic music acts throughout the weekend. Over 40 talks from key cultural figures and a programme of live music, banquets and all-night parties.
14-16 Nov 2014 [TBC] Front Room - Totterdown Art Trail, Bristol Fri-Sun. Bristol’s original arts trail - 180 artists, 60 venues and 5,000 visitors. Front Rooms, basements and gardens are transformed into mini galleries where artists and visitors can enjoy, discuss and purchase arts. Totterdown is close to Temple Meads station and offers a good variety of participating pubs and restaurants. Free event.
14 Nov - 23 Dec 2014 [TBC] London Traditional Christmas Market Southbank Centre to the London Eye. German style Christmas Market with 80 wooden chalets.
15 Nov 2014 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 2012: Procession Fireworks Video 2013: Procession Fireworks Robertsbridge Bonfire Society
15 Nov 2014 [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 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
15 Nov 2014 [TBC] St Austell Torchlight Carnival Sat 18:00 Torchlight procession, Tregonissey Road to Penwinnick Road. Lanterns, samba bands, jazz bands, cheer leaders, pirates, highwaymen, music, dance and lights. Music and stalls in the town from 10:00. More
15-16 Nov 2014 [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 14,000. Free event.
16 Nov 2014 [TBC] Carlisle Christmas Lights Switch On Sun 14:00-17:30 Stage entertainment, 17:00 Christmas lights. Free event.
19 Nov 2014 [TBC] World Water Day - Water Aid 2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation.
20 Nov 2014 [TBC] Slough Christmas Lights & Fireworks 18:00 Thursday, Town Square, High Street, Slough SL1 1DH. Dancers, entertainment, lights and fireworks.
20 Nov 2014 [TBC] Salisbury Christmas Lights Thu 18:00 Market Place. BBC Wiltshire, Spire FM, live music. 01722 342860. Possible fireworks.
20 Nov 2014 [TBC] World's Biggest Liar Bridge Inn, Holmrook, Cumbria CA19 1UX.21 Nov 2014 [TBC] Oxford Lantern Procession & Christmas Lights Fri 17:00-22:00 City Centre. Lantern procession at 18:00, plus lights, live music, Christmas market, festive food and children’s rides. Museums, Castle, Town Hall, theatres and galleries open late. Video Oxford Christmas Lights
22 Nov 2014 [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 Website: Barcombe Bonfire
22 Nov 2014 Hawkhurst Bonfire
22 Nov 2014 [TBC] Calne Winter Festival & Lantern Parade Sat 14:00 Events in the 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 Fireworks. The Calne Community go Lantern Crazy, with crowds of 10,000 lining the streets and walking in the parade. Info line: 01249 814000. Map Calne Winter Festival
22 Nov 2014 [TBC] Bangor Christmas Fireworks Sat 17:30 Town Hall. Annual free festive musical fireworks and Christmas Tree lights.
22 Nov 2014 [TBC] UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships Sat. Knights Templar Pub, Chancery Lane, London. Rock Paper Scissors - the classic way to settle a dispute or decision. Hundreds of entrants do battle in a knock-out tournament, Spectators welcome.
23 Nov 2014 [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 Wokingham Winter Carnival
23 Nov 2014 [TBC] Bracknell Christmas Lights Sunday. Princess Square switch on 16:30, Charles Square switch on 17:00. Earlier in the afternoon there will be performances from Glee Club UK, Artemis Performing Arts Studio and the first live performance of the Dani Harmer Performing Arts Academy just before the lights are switched on in Charles Square. Spectactular fireworks display from the national 'Champion of Champions' Star Fireworks. More Fireworks Video Free event.
26 Nov 2014 [TBC] Great Yarmouth Christmas Wed 18:30 Live music on the Heart Stage, 19:00 Christmas lights switch-on and rooftop fireworks, 19:00-20:00 live music, most shops open until 20:30 and free parking in Borough Council run car parks from 16:00.
27 Nov 2014 [TBC] Winchester Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Great Hall, High Street, Cathedral.
27 Nov 2014 [TBC] Salisbury Lantern Procession Thu 18:00. Hundreds of lanterns cast a festive light through the streets of Salisbury in this annual Lanterns for Salisbury parade on their way to the Salisbury Christmas Market. Tourist Info: 01722 342860 email@example.com
27 Nov - 04 Dec 2014 [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.
28 Nov 2014 [TBC] Devizes Lantern Procession & Fireworks Fri 12:00-20:30 Market Place & Corn Exchange. Craft and Gift Fair in the Corn Exchange, and an open air market in the Market Place. Food and Drink. 17:00 School choirs singing carols in The Brittox. 17:00-20:00 Street performers & fire jugglers. Giant Lantern Procession & Fireworks 2000 participants and 700 lanterns, sets off from High Street at 18:00 and stops off at The Wharf, where Santas’s Grotto is located, and brings him back to the Market Place to switch on the lights at 18:45 from the balcony of The Bear Hotel. Lantern Line: 01380 723099. Tourist Information Centre: 01380 734669. Video Parade Fireworks Fire Jugglers Devizes Christmas Festival
28 Nov 2014 [TBC] Light Up Hassocks Fri 15:30-16:30 Town Centre. Beautiful lantern parade in the heart of Hassocks Town Centre. Windmills Primary School and Hassocks Infants have made their own lanterns and want to share them with the whole town so come and check it out. Organised by Same Sky, Brighton.
28 Nov 2014 [TBC] Manchester Christmas Lantern Parade Fri 18:00 Tatton Park, Knutsford WA16 6QN. Christmas Lantern Parade with Father Christmas and his Reindeers, Prancer and Dancer. Bring along your Christmas wish list to pop into the special posting box. Bring along any no-longer wanted toys to donate to the Manchester Children's Hospital. Free event. The Gift Fair, shops and restaurant will be open until 19:30. Lantern parade line: 01625 374405.
28-31 Nov 2013 Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre St. Nicholas Church, the Priory and Market Place. Free entrance.
29 Nov 2014 [TBC] Northiam Bonfire
29 Nov 2014 [TBC] South Brent Illuminated Carnival, Devon Sat 18:15. Processions on the last Saturday in June and November. 01364 73292.
29 Nov 2014 [TBC] Godalming Christmas Festival & Lights 10:00-18:00 The Pepperpot. Live music all day. 17:00 Lights switch on. 17:15 Carols.
31 Nov 2014 [TBC] Christmas on Poole Quay 16:30. Live music, carols by the Christmas tree, illuminated boat parade, drummers, pirates and sea shanties.
04-07 Dec 2014 [TBC] Padstow Christmas Festival Chef demos, Christmas market, live music, fireworks, lantern parade, hog roast etc. Fri 20:00 Fireworks - North Harbour - view from north or south quay. Multiple free events.
04 & 11 Dec 2014 [TBC] Winter Watch Parades, Chester Usually performed on the first two Thursdays in December. 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.
05 Dec 2014 [TBC] Henley Christmas Festival Fri 17:00-22:00 Town Centre. Children's procession, rides, stalls, food, carol singing and Santa's grotto. Christmas tree lights switched on at 19:00 www.henleytowncouncil.gov.uk
05 Dec 2014 [TBC] Wootton Basset Christmas Lights Fri 18:00-21:00 Town Centre. 18:00 Santa and reindeer arrive in the High Street. 18:15 Christmas lights switched on. Wooton Bassett Brass Band, Santa, Elves and Real Reindeer, Mystic Ruth, Gift & Food Stalls, Fairground, Lights switch on with special guest, Carols by the tree. Supported by Wootton Bassett Chamber of Commerce. Organised by Wootton Bassett Town Council.
05 Dec 2014 [TBC] Telford Christmas Lantern Festival Fri 16:30-19:00. The event will start from Oakengates Theatre at 18:00. Lantern lit procession, carol concert and street theatre.
05 Dec 2014 [TBC] Midhurst Christmas Street
Party Friday, Market Square, Midhurst. Free evening of festive fun for Midhurst residents, particularly younger children. Street performance, Punch & Judy, free children's rides, carol singers, live bands, street vendors selling roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and toffee apples, illuminated Christmas tree, Christmas lights and local radio station Spirit FM.
05-07 Dec 2014 [TBC] Victorian Weekend Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire. Victorian fair, town criers, art exhibition, treasure hunt, open cottages, tombola & auction, magic lantern show, costume competition, Christmas stalls, father Christmas, street entertainment, Christmas lights, museum, guided walks, Victorian food & drink, Dr Busker. Grand finale on Sunday evening with singing in the dock and possible fireworks.
05-07 Dec 2014 [TBC] Huddersfield Festival of Light Fri-Sun. Energetic programme of street theatre and live performances in the town centre from dusk until 22:00 on Friday and Saturday evenings, and from mid afternoon Sunday. Fantastic firework finale Sun 17:00 St George's Square. firstname.lastname@example.org Free event.
05-18 Dec 2014 [TBC] Helmsley Christmas Tree Festival Daily 10:00-16:00 (17:00-19:30 Thursdays) All Saints Church, Church Street, Helmsley, YO62 5BL. 25 individually decorated, 6ft Christmas trees will light up the church. Trees will be unique, decorated by organizations in the town in a theme personal to them. Free, but voluntary contribution towards Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
06 Dec 2014 [TBC] Rottingdean Smugglers Night
A night of fire, noise, drumming, costume, fireworks and Christmas fayre. Torch procession & fireworks, supported by South Heighton Bonfire Society.
17:30 Speeches, lit torches, flares and Chinese crackers, Black Horse Inn.
06 Dec 2014 [TBC] Lancing Christmas Festival & Adur Sea Of Lights Saturday. A day of activities - from lantern and instrument making, to a Christmas market and a fabulous Lantern Parade finale on Monks recreational ground. 13:00-17:00 Santa in the village and Christmas market. 15:45-18:00 Lantern Procession and grand finale - Monks Recreation Ground.06 Dec 2014 [TBC] Cardiff Christmas Lantern Parade & Fireworks Saturday, Roald Dahl Plas, Cardiff Bay. 18:30 Lantern Parade. 19:00 Fireworks. Entertainment Stage.
06 Dec 2014 [TBC] Winter Wonderland Sat 11:00-16:00 The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick MK45 1AH. Santa's grotto, festive storytelling, children's activities, games and raffle. Mini discos at 12:00, 13:00 & 14:00. Pick up last minute stocking fillers from the stalls. Entrance: children £3.50, adults free. Organised by Flitwick Town Council - call 01525 631900 for more details. All profits to Flitwick Christmas Lights.
06 Dec 2014 [TBC] Rainham Village Victorian Xmas Fayre Sat 10:00-16:00 Rainham Village, Essex. Father Christmas, art exhibition, mulled drinks & mince pies, carol singers, Victorian characters and Morris dancing. Free entry.
06 Dec 2014 [TBC] Brighton Santa Dash Fundraiser for Pass It On Africa. Brighton Santa Dash Sat 10:30 Start 500 metres up from the Peace statue opposite Adelaide Crescent. 5km course west along the seafront to Hove Lagoon and back. Hundreds of Santas run for charity. Pass It On Africa is a Brighton-based charity building schools in the poorest parts of Africa.
06-07 Dec 2014 [TBC] Rochester Dickensian Christmas Street entertainment, readings, song and dance, stalls, Christmas carols, and familiar characters from Dickens stories. May well contain: Sat-Sun 11:00 The Seven Poor Travellers Procession - High Street - singing chimney sweeps. Sat-Sun 12:00 Grand Parade - High Street to Boley Hill Stage. Sat-Sun 16:45 Candlelit Procession, High Street to Boley Hill Stage for Christmas Carols. More
07 Dec 2014 [TBC] Reading Toy Run - pictures Sun 08 Dec 2013 Sun 13:00 Foster Wheeler (Formerly Shire Hall) to Wokingham Barnardo's. Annual motorcycle run in which 2000 Christian Bikers deliver new toys for children in Barnardo's care. Video Video2 Reading Toy Run
07 Dec 2014 [TBC] Jersey Christmas Parade Sun 17:00-18:20 The Esplanade, St. Helier. Floodlit floats, music and dance. Jersey Tourism 01534 448877.
10-14 Dec 2014 [TBC] More London Christmas Market 11:00-18:00 More London Riverside, London SE1 2DB. Food, gifts and entertainment by the riverside, in conjunction with Shepherds Markets. Craft & gifts, bamboo and wooden toys, photographs and prints, paintings, fruit, wine, loose tea and accessories, children’s toys and gifts, beauty products, sweets and Christmas cakes. Daily entertainment includes choirs, bands and Santa. Free admission.
11 Dec 2014 [TBC] Leamington Spa Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Royal Pump Rooms Gardens Bandstand. The procession will be accompanied by a local band and finish with Christmas carols around the Tree of Lights at the Town Hall. Free event.
11 Dec 2014 [TBC] Poole Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Falkland Square, High Street to the Guildhall. Procession of lanterns and illuminated works of art, carried by over 200 children, accompanied by Poole Sea Cadets and stilt walkers. The procession, led by the Mayor and Town Crier will process down the High Street to the Guildhall to join the Old Town Conservation Group for Carols and mince pies. Free parking is available for Christmas shoppers in Town Centre Car Parks from 6pm-9pm on Thursday evenings until 19 December and on Sundays 10am-6pm until 22 December.
13 Dec 2014 [TBC] Maidenhead Lantern Procession Saturday, Maidenhead town centre. 10:00-14:00 Young musicians from Berkshire Maestros will perform music inspired by Shakespeare around the Boy And The Boat Statue. 11:00-14:00 Children and parents free lantern making workshops in the Nicholsons Shopping Centre. 16:30 From the Boy And The Boat Statue, a lively procession of carnival drummers, instruments and glowing lanterns, and large Shakespearean inspired centrepieces around the town centre. After the procession, a choir concert and street food market from SL6 Supper Club. See "Burning The Clocks" in Brighton on Dec 21st, another event by Same Sky Video Maidenhead Lantern Parade
13 Dec 2014 [TBC] World Christmas Cracker Throwing Championships Sat 12:00-14:00 Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, Devon. Men, women and children will in turn attempt to fling a Christmas cracker as far as they can along a specially marked out outdoor course, in a pedestrianised street. Just like pulling a cracker the secret to success will be in the technique and not power as any cunning child will tell you.
14 Dec 2014 [TBC] Newbury Lantern Procession Sun 16:00-18:00 Northbrook Street to Market Place. Live music, a real community atmosphere and a glittering finale, the winter lantern procession has fast become a Christmas tradition in Newbury. Suitable for all ages. Free event.
14 Dec 2014 [TBC] Chase the Pudding Santa Dash Sun 11:00-13:00 Weymouth Beach, Dorset DT4 7AN. Hundreds of Santas chase the lonely Christmas pudding down the beach. Festive charity event supporting the British Heart Foundation. Come along in fancy dress. Purchase suits at www.bustinskin.com Cash prize for the winner.
18 Dec 2014 [TBC] River of Light, Caerphilly 18:30 Town Centre to the castle. Lantern parade with samba drummers, street bands and dancers. Spectacular firework finale. Free event.
18 Dec 2014 [TBC] Lincoln Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Cornhill & Steep Hill. Children from Westgate Academy will participate in the lantern procession carrying orange paper lanterns. The procession will arrive in Castle Hill at 18:30 for a nativity and carol service. Shops will open for late night shopping.
21 Dec 2014 [TBC] Burning The Clocks, Brighton Sun 18:30-20:30 Church Street to Madeira Drive. Giant Illuminated Lantern Procession. Beach Bonfire and Pyrotechnics. Video Procession Fireworks Burning The Clocks is organized by Same Sky, and has an attendance of 20,000. Free event.
21 Dec 2014 [TBC] Amesbury Lantern Procession Sun 16:00 From the heel stone. More than 500 expected on the 2 hour walk. £5 includes bus from Amesbury to Stonehenge and a lantern, which can be decorated, with a prize for the best one. Refreshments available after the procession. Information & tickets: Bowman Centre or Amesbury Visitor Centre 01980 622999.
21 Dec 2014 [TBC] Winter Solstice. Possible small gatherings at Stonehenge, Avebury, Glastonbury Tor etc. Sunrise just after 08:00.
21 Nov 2014 - 04 Jan 2015 [TBC] Winter Wonderland 10:00-22:00 Hyde Park, London. Ice Rink, Circus, Giant Wheel & Rides, Santa Land and Christmas Market. Winter Wonderland
21 Nov 2014 - 04 Jan 2015 [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.
- 25 Dec 2014
11:00 Promenade. Hundreds of madcap swimmers in fancy dress, watched by
crowds of thousands on the beach. 01485 532610
26 Dec 2014 [TBC] Windlesham Pram Race At 10:30 over 100 teams race through the village, raising money for charity. The annual Boxing Day 3.3 mile fun run stops at all the local pubs, and is very popular with competitors and spectators alike. Video: 2010 2011 2012 2013 Windlesham Pram Race
26 Dec 2014 [TBC] Pagham Pram Race 11:00 Mill Farm / Downlands Close, Pagham Road, Nyetimber. 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, The Lamb Inn, Pagham Road, Sea Lane, Kings Beach Hotel, Pagham Parade, Harbour View Road, Church Way, Pagham Road and finish at The Lamb Inn. email@example.com
|31 Dec 2014 [TBC] New Year's Eve, London
Midnight fireworks at the London Eye. 350,000 revelers watch the intense 10 minute display. Live DJs with music from 22:00 until 00:45. Extra facilities and first aid on Victoria Embankment and South Bank. Giant screens in Trafalgar Square. Plan to arrive several hours early, due to the popularity of this free event. Alcohol, food and drink will not be on sale at the event. If bringing alcohol, please drink responsibly - no glass bottles please.
31 Dec 2014 [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 2014 [TBC] New Year's Eve, Newcastle 17:15 Carnival procession, Greys Monument to Civic Centre. Fireworks at 18:00 & Midnight.
31 Dec 2014 [TBC] Weymouth New Years Eve Free fancy dress party with 20,000 revelers. Town Centre and harbour. Tourist Information Centre 01305 785747.
31 Dec 2014 [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.
30 Dec 2014 to 01 Jan 2015 [TBC] Edinburgh Festivals
30 Dec 2013 Torchlight
Procession 19:00 Parliament
Square to Calton Hill for firework finale. Free.
31 Dec 2014 [TBC] Fireball Procession, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire At midnight, 60 fireball swingers come down the High Street in a spectacular and unique display to celebrate Hogmanay. 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. Free event. Video
01 Jan 2013 Public Holiday - New Year's Day Holiday
01 Jan 2015 [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 Parade
01 Jan 2015 [TBC] Hyde Park Serpentine Runs 10k race starts at 11:00, 3k fun run starts at 12:00. Course Map
01 Jan 2015 [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
02 Jan 2015 [TBC] Hartley Wintney Wassail Fri 18:30-20:30 Torch Procession from the Waggon & Horses RG27 8NY, east to the Community Orchard. Complementary cup of cider or apple juice at the orchard. Dancing and ceremony by Hook Eagle Morris Men. Please bring lanterns and torches. firstname.lastname@example.org Video: Waggon & Horses The Orchard The Apple Tree 01252 845152.
03 Jan 2015 [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. Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men Video: Procession Orchard Dancing Map Wassail Song
03 Jan 2015 [TBC] Warfield Walk n Wassail Sat 13:30 Wellers Lane, Warfield, Bracknell RG42 6EN. 13:30 Walk. 15:00 Wassail. Morris dancing with OJB Morris dancers, traditional wassail songs, mulled cider and a bonfire. Booking: 01344 457777 or email@example.com Map Free event
03-04 Jan 2015 [TBC] Icicle Balloon Meet Sat-Sun. New flying site, Marlborough Common just north of the town centre – OS Map 173/183699. Informal gathering of up to 100 balloons, with morning flights, subject to weather conditions. Free viewing for the public at the launch site. On-site caterers: 01189 730454. Launch times will be decided at the pilot's briefing at 08:00. Organized by Dante Balloon Group.
04 Jan 2015 [TBC] Twelfth Night, London Sun 14:30 South Bank. Twelfth Night is an annual seasonal celebration held on London's South Bank. A mix of ancient customs with contemporary festivity. It is free, accessible to all and happens whatever the weather. See the Holly Man in evergreen foliage, the Mummers dressed in spectacular colours, and all manner of characters. Twelfth Night, London
04 Jan 2015 [TBC] 12th Night, Guildford Sun 19:30 The Star, then on to The Kings Head, The Angel, The Three Pigeons and The Royal Oak. Wassailing, mummers play, singing and storytelling with The Pilgrim Morris Men. Free entrance.
09-11 Jan 2015 [TBC] London Icesculpting Festival Fri-Sun: Wood Wharf, Jubilee Place Shopping Malls, Canary Wharf E14 5AX. Teams from around the globe captivate you with their artistic talent and competitive spirit. Be amazed by the fast sculpting Single Block competition. World-class ice sculpting teams! 3 days of excitement and fabulous sculptures. Chance for you to be the judge and vote. Masterclasses for the public to sculpt Penguins or Polar Bears. Free event. London Ice Sculpting Festival
09 Jan 2015 [TBC] Bracknell Wassail Fri 19:00-20:30 Lily Hill Park. Small traditional orchard wassail accompanied by music and a little tipple or two to celebrate and protect fruit trees and ensure a good harvest. Suitable for all. Bring cider or apple juice. Meet at the main car park in Lily Hill Road RG12 2RX. Bracknell-Events (10Mb pdf). Video Bracknell Wassail
09-11 Jan 2015 [TBC] Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival Sat 10:30-15:30 Procession with a decorated plough pulled by a local Morris side, 250 dancers, musicians and street performers. Sunday - Bear burning. Map
11 Jan 2015 [TBC] No Trousers Tube Ride, London. Quirky annual event with up to 500 participants, ranging from suited businessmen in boxers, to beauties in bikini briefs.
11 Jan 2015 [TBC] OBJs Charvil Wassail Sun 11:00 OJB Morris at the Lands End Pub, Charvil, Twyford RG10 0UE. 11:30 Morris dancing, 1:30 Mummers play, 13:45 Wassail ceremony.
17 Jan 2015 [TBC] Pentacle Wassail Sat 18:30-23:00 Stone Cross Nurseries, Dittons Road, Stone Cross, East Sussex BN24 5ET. Torch procession, Morris dancing, belly dancing, live music, apple bobbing and other games, face painting, bouncy castle and drumming. Supporting East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service. Video: Procession Orchard Dancing Pentacle Drummers Wassail. Facebook Free event.
17 Jan 2015 [TBC] Kilmersdon Wassail 12:00 Kilmersdon Village Hall, Radstock, Bath BA3 5TD Cam Valley Morrismen. Procession to the Community Orchard where the ceremony will take place and then on to the Old School House for tea and apple cake. Tel 01761 437372. Free event.17 Jan 2015 [TBC] Chepstow Wassail and Mari Lwyd Rowdy antics, combining the traditions of wassailing and the Welsh Mari Lwyd with mumming plays, morris dancing and a unique meeting of the English and Welsh on the Wye bridge.
17 Jan 2015 [TBC] De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Sat 14:30 De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex TN40 1DP. Join one of our experienced and passionate guides for a fascinating tour of this Grade One listed masterpiece of Modernist architecture. Hear about the building's history; from when it opened in 1935 to its current use as a thriving cultural centre for contemporary arts. Booking essential - 01424 229 111. Free event18 Jan 2015 [TBC] Arun Divers Littlehampton Leap Sun 12:00 Footbridge, Arun View Inn, River Road, Littlehampton BN17 5DD. Intrepid jumpers in fancy dress leap into the River Arun for charity. A fun event for all ages, open to anyone with a minimum sponsorship fee or charity donation of £10 on the day. Leapers are encouraged to wear fancy dress, wetsuits or drysuits. Boats will be in the water to recover the Leapers and ferry them to the riverside, nobody will be in the water for more than 1 minute. Hot soup will be available in the bar at The Arun View Inn for all brave leapers. There will be a street collection for the charity and people are welcome to come and watch and take photo's. Afterwards in The Arun View Inn, there will also be a Grand Raffle prize draw. Sponsor forms are available for download at www.arundivers.org.uk or alternatively contact Gary Moore 07788 177773 Arun Divers
18 Jan 2015 [TBC] Royal Pavilion, Brighton Sun 10:00-16:30. The Royal Pavilion, Brighton BN1 1EE. Tel: 03000 290900. Annual open day - free entry. Come along and find out how you can get involved in helping to conserve and care for the Royal Pavilion all year round. Attendance 3,000. More.
24-25 Jan 2015 [TBC] Lambing
09:30-15:30 Sparsholt College, Winchester
SO21 2NF. See
350 ewes at lambing time and witness
the shepherding activities at this annual event. Also, a wide range of animals including goats,
donkeys, rabbits, guinea-pigs, chickens and exotic species including red panda, wallabies , reptiles and amphibians.
and exotic species including red panda, wallabies , reptiles and amphibians.
, reptiles and amphibians.
25 Jan 2015 [TBC] Kings Army Annual Whitehall Parade Sun 11:00-13:00 Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX. The English Civil War Society annual parade in the footsteps of Martyred King Charles I. The army traces the route of the King's last walk from St James' Palace in the Mall to his place of execution at the banqueting House in Whitehall. The army will be drawn up on Horse Guards Parade while a wreath is laid outside the Banqueting House. The wreath-laying is followed by a short service and the presentation of awards and commissions to deserving King's Army members. Members of The Roundhead Association are also in attendance providing support.
26 Jan 2015 [TBC] Australia Day Pub events and parties around London. More
27 Jan 2015 [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
31 Jan 2015 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Leicester Sat 17:45-19:00 Leicester Market Centre LE1 5HQ. Lion dance, Chinese music, calligraphy workshops and origami. Free entrance. 01162 517583.
01 Feb 2015 [TBC] South Essex Radio Rally Sun 10:30 The Paddocks, Long Road, Canvey. Amateur radio & electronics. 01842 861089.
|07 Feb 2015 [TBC] Marsden
Imbolc Fire Festival
Sat 19:00-21:30..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: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.gofundme.com/4lhjbg#
07 Feb 2015 [TBC] Outwood
Wassail Sat 16:00 The Bell Inn, Outwood Lane, Redhill RH1
5PN. 17:00 Torch procession to the Community
Orchard on Outwood Common.
Flaming torches, bonfire and explosions. Rampant
Roosters Morris, traditional choral band
and a local Living History Group. Food, drinks and
music at the Bell Inn. If you want to carry a flaming torch during the
procession, don't forget some gardening gloves. Kindly supported by the Outwood Parish Council, Outwood Show
Committee, The Bell Inn and by people's donations on the
night. 07769 885 991. eleanor.yoxall@nationaltru
07 Feb 2015 [TBC] Waitangi
Pub Crawl, London The day New Zealanders let their
hair down. Waitangi Day is
6th Feb, but London celebrates on
the nearest Saturday. 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 Old Palace Yard off Parliament Square. Waitangi Day Pub Crawl, London The Pubs Haka Video More
13-22 Feb 2015 [TBC] Showzam, Blackpool Annual festival of circus, magic and new variety.
14 Feb 2015 [TBC] Charity Pancake Olympics, Littlehampton Sat 11:00-13:00 High Street. Raise funds for a charity of your choice in this fun packed competition. Teams are invited to compete in four Olympic style disciplines but unlike the real thing it involves a lot of pancakes. There will be sprinting, relaying, flipping and even pancake curling!
|14-15 Feb 2015 [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.
14-22 Feb 2015 [TBC] Jorvic Viking Festival, York Viking arts, music, drama and action, with many free events. The final Saturday is Battle Day 10:00-17:00 Activities all day - St Sampson's Square, Hungate, Museum Gardens - have-a-go archery and bird of prey displays. 13.00 Earl Ealdred leads his troops from Museum Gardens across the city to Coppergate. 17:00 Gates open for Festival Battle Finale and Boat Burning at the racecourse. Dramatic reconstruction of the Battle of Woden’s Field in 910AD. Fire jugglers, warriors, special effects and fireworks. Food and drink available. Entrance about £12, pre-booking essential: 01904 615505 www.jorvikbookings.com
15 Feb 2015 [TBC] Brighton Half Marathon Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive/ Seafront. 10,000 runners. Video1 Video2 Brighton Half
17 Feb 2015 [TBC] World Pancake Racing Championships Shrove Tuesday 12:00-14:00 Princesshay Square, Bedford Street, Exeter. Teams from local businesses compete in the inaugural world championships, raising money for charity in knock-out relay heats. Pancakes & pan provided. Pancake flipping challenge for spectators. The Radio Exe Road Show will ensure a lively atmosphere and plenty of music. Free to watch.
17 Feb 2015 [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.
17 Feb 2015 [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.
17 Feb 2015 [TBC] Leadenhall Market Pancake Race Shrove Tuesday 12:30
Outside The Lamb Tavern, 10-12 Leadenhall Market,
20-22 Feb 2015 [TBC] Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb, Wakefield Fri-Sun Wakefield Cathedral Precinct. The finest regional produce, the most talented local chefs, a range of tours, walks, demonstrations, real ale and the biggest speciality market in the region. Free event.
21 Feb 2015 [TBC] Slaithwaite Moonraking Sat 14:00-20:30 Biennial event in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. 14:00-16:00 The Moonraking Mummers Play. 15:00-17:00 Dancing to live music on the Two Valleys Radio stage. 18:30 Moon Raking from the Canal & Giant Lantern Procession. 20:00 Spectacular Finale and fireworks with dancing on the street. Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival Finale Video Music1 Music2 Procession
22 Feb 2015 [TBC] Asian Wedding & Fashion Exhibition Sat 11:00-19:00 Trafford Centre (Event City), Phoenix Way, Manchester M41 7TB. UK’s largest wedding & fashion exhibition to take place under one roof. Over 200 exhibitors showcasing their products & services from across the globe.
22 Feb 2015 [TBC] Chinese New Year, London Sunday: 10:00 Parade. 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square & Chinatown. Lion dance, martial arts, food and a noisy firecracker finale. Video: Parade Firecrackers Website: www.chinatownlondon.org The year of the goat.
22 Feb 2015 [TBC] Chinese
New Year, Birmingham Sun 11:30-17:30 Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street, Birmingham
B5 4TD. Dragon dances, acrobatics, Kung Fu, firecrackers,
market stalls, food, children’s rides and firework finale. Attendance
30,000. Free admission.
Tel: 0121 685 8510.
22 Feb 2015 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Liverpool Sun 11:00-16.00 The taste of China street market, Great George Street. 11:30-15:30 Dragon, Unicorn and Lion Street Parades, Nelson Street and Berry Street. 13:00 Fire crackers, Great George Square.
22 Feb 2015 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Manchester Sun 11:00-19:00 Chinatown and Albert Square. 18:00 Fireworks. The high pole lion dance performance is set to be the most spectacular in the UK. Attendance 65,000.
23 Feb - 08 Mar 2015 [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
28 Feb 2015 [TBC] St Davids Day Parade, Cardiff Sat 12:30 City Hall - Parade with floats, flags, bands, dragons and participants in national or historic dress. Route St Davids Day
28 Feb - 01 Mar 2015 [TBC] The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships Sat-Sun. St George's Hall, Bradford BD1 1JT. Some of the finest Bands in Britain such as Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery, YBS and many others all competing in the Championship Section. Few contests are so fiercely competitive. About £6 per day.
28 Feb - 01 Mar 2015 [TBC] Thoresby Country Fair Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Thoresby Park, Nr Ollerton, Nottinghamshire NG22 9EH. Glassblowing, woodturning, blacksmiths, artists, potters, textiles etc - hand crafted items available to purchase. Arena events - falconry, gundogs, horses etc. Food Marquee, trade stands and children's entertainment. About £7.50 adults, £6.50 oap's, £2.00 children.
01 Mar 2015 [TBC] Reading Half Marathon Sunday. The race starts in Green Park, 250m from the race site at Madejski Stadium - M4-J11. Major event with up to 16,500 competitors. Start times: 10:00 Wheelchair Half Marathon. 10:15 Half Marathon. Usually an early sell-out for runners. Coverage live on Jack FM. Video Reading Half Marathon
01 Mar 2015 [TBC] Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London Sun 13:30-19:00 Trafalgar Square, with the official part starting at 15:00. Traditional and contemporary music, food, family entertainment and crafts etc. The festival will feature up to 12 bands and artists. Free entrance. Video Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London01 Mar 2015 [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
06-08 Mar 2015 [TBC] Swanage Blues Festival, Dorset 40 gigs of acoustic and electric blues-based music in 15 indoor venues. Open mic, jam sessions, workshops, acoustic, electric, rural and urban blues. Organised by Steve Darrington
07-08 & 14-15 Mar 2015 [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. Lackham Country Park, Wiltshire Contact venue before travelling.
13 Mar 2015 Red Nose Day Friday. Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief every two years. On Red Nose Day everyone is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside, put on a Red Nose and do something a little bit silly to raise money - celebrities included! It culminates in a night of extraordinary comedy and moving documentary films on BBC One. 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.
14 Mar 2015 [TBC] Women’s Eights Head of the River Race Sat 15:30 Mortlake to Putney, 4 miles 374 yards. 3,000 athletes on the classic championship course.
|15 Mar 2015 [TBC] St Patricks Day, London|
15 Mar 2015 [TBC] St Patricks Day, Birmingham Sun 12:00-18:00. 12:00 Parade - Camp Hill, with hundreds of balloons being released for a charity balloon race. The parade will then follow 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. More: www.stpatricksbirmingham.co
22 Mar 2015 [TBC] Hastings Half Marathon Sun 10:30 Seafront. 5000 runners, entertainment, music and lots of spectators. Route. Organised by The Hastings Lions Club.
22 Mar 2015 [TBC] Marathon Preparation Race Sun 09:30 Hyde Park, London W2 2UH. A mainly flat, chip timed, 4 lap marathon preparation race for 1000 runners. 16, 20 & 24miles (sub 3-hour runners) Facilities: mile markers, marshals, pace runners, drinks station, toilets, baggage area, massage tent.
28 Mar 2015 [TBC] Head of the River Race, London Sat 14:15 Mortlake to Putney. A processional race for eights rowed over the 4.25 mile championship course. Up to 420 crews and 3750 competitors start at 10-second intervals. Video Head of the River Race, London
29 Mar 2015 Start of British Summer Time - clocks go forward 1 Hour
29 Mar 2015 [TBC] World Pooh Sticks Championships Sun 11:30 Days lock, Oxon. Organised by The Rotary Club of Sinodun. Other games and entertainment may include a bouncy castle, hook a duck and splat the rat games, face painting, balloon modeler and possibly even a human fruit machine. We will even have Nordic Walking taster sessions!
04 Apr 2015 [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 £21.
03 Apr 2015 Public Holiday - Good Friday.
03, 04 & 06 Apr 2015 [TBC] Horsham Piazza Italia Fri, Sat & Mon Horsham Town Centre. Fabulous cars and bikes, tasty Italian foods, lively street entertainment. Good Friday: A rally of nearly 100 Ferraris and over 150 Ducati-led Italian bikes. Easter Saturday: the Vines Italian Job MINI Run with up to 100 Minis. Easter Monday: Supercars, Alfas, Fiats and Scooters. All display vehicles and drivers park in Horsham Town Centre on each day after midday and leave at 3pm or after. Video: Ducati Parade Ferrari Parade Supercar Parade email@example.com 01403 215279 Horsham Piazza Italia
05 Apr 2015 [TBC] Christathon Easter Sun 14:00 The Trinity Pub, 202 Borough High St, London SE1 1JX. Annual charity fancy dress pub crawl, with a Crucifixion themed. Join us as we dress up as Jesus and take a little stroll around London, visiting some biblically named pubs along the way. Raise a little cash for charity, meet new people, and have a fun time. Everyone is invited! Dress as Jesus - costumes can be purchased online, or make your own. The charity this year is The British Heart Foundation.
05 Apr 2015 [TBC] Brighton Marathon Sun 09:00 Start at Preston Park. The route is south to the Seafront, east to Rottingdean, west to Shoreham power station then back to the Pier to finish. Several loops to make up the distance to 26 miles. Live band, DJ's etc at Preston Park, Rosehill Terrace, New Road, The Level, Old Steine, Brighton Band Stand, Hove Lawns, New Church Road and Shoreham Power Station. Course Map Video: Warm-up Start The Brighton Marathon
05 Apr 2015 [TBC] Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Sun 17:55 Putney to Mortlake. The annual 4 mile race takes about 20 minutes, and attracts up to 250,000 spectators to the Thames riverbank. Giant viewing screens at Bishops Park in Putney near the start, and at Furnival Gardens in Hammersmith, at the 2 mile point. Pubs Along The Route The Boat Race
05 Apr 2015 [TBC] Farm Open Day, Essex 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.
06 Apr 2015 Public Holiday - Easter Monday.
06 Apr 2015 Bolney Pram Race, Sussex Easter Monday. 12:00 Childrens Race. 13:00 Adult Race - start at The Eight Bells. 13:30 Entertainment. 14:30 Prize giving. Video Bolney Pram Race
06 Apr 2015 World Coal Carrying Championship Easter Monday, Gawthorpe, Wakefield. The main event starts at The Royal Oak, Owl Lane, and the course is about 1 mile. The men carry 50kg, and the women less. No event in the Olympic Games could stimulate more enthusiasm than this annual contest of stamina and muscle.06 Apr 2015 The London Harness Horse Parade Easter Monday, South of England Showground, Ardingly, from 09:00. Family event. Ponies, working shire horses, and everything in between. Entrance about £6 per person, children free. The children will love this one. Jackie Shearman 01737 646132 www.lhhp.co.uk
08-12 Apr 2015 [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.
11 Apr 2015 [TBC] Dance for the Philippines Sat 13:00-17:00 The Scoop at More London. A fun charity event to help raise donations to assist the Philippines from the Typhoon Haiyan disaster. A great afternoon packed with live dance performances and lessons! 13:00 Music starts and warm-up for all performers, 14:00 Live dance performances begin, 15:00 Street dance lessons open to all to join, 15:30 Dance and join in with the instructors and performers, 16:00 Open dance session Free event.
12 Apr 2015 [TBC] Vaisakhi, Southampton Sun 13:00 Procession, Gurdwara Nanaksar, Peterborough Road SO14 6HY. Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year, is the holiest day of the calendar for over 20 million Sikhs worldwide. The celebrations in Southampton, are planned by the Council of Southampton Gurdwara’s in partnership with the Sikh community. A Guide to Vaisakhi Many thanks to John Roath, Council Of Southampton Gurdwara's, for this information. More: Vaisakhi, Southampton
12 Apr 2015 [TBC] The London Marathon Sun 09:45 Main Start, Greenwich Park Blackheath - simply electric. Popular viewing areas include Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Victoria Embankment and The Mall. 40,000 Runners and One Million Spectators. Video - Red Start Video London Marathon
12 Apr 2015 [TBC] Munch Street Food Festival Sun 11:00-21:00 Potters Field Park, Tower Bridge SE1 2AA. An event to coincide with the London Marathon. Traders include Mamas Jerk Station, the Wild Food Catering Company, Bhangra Burger plus many more. On the stage at Potters and the Scoop at More London amphitheatre will be DJs and live performances from up and coming bands performing an eclectic array of music. Free event.
12 Apr 2015 [TBC] Sharrow Lantern Carnival, Sheffield Sun 19:00-21:30 Mount Pleasant Park, Vincent Road, Sharrow Lane, London Road, Lansdowne Estate and Cemetery Road. Hundreds of beautiful lanterns with a spectacular finale. 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
12 Apr 2015 [TBC] Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club London-Brighton Pioneer Run Sun 08:00-15:00 Tattenham Corner, Epsom to Madeira Drive, Brighton. Over 300 pre 1915 motorcycles. Contact: Ian McGill 01293 771446.
12 Apr 2015 [TBC] West London Radio & Electronics Show Sun, Kempton Park racecourse, Sunbury on Thames. Amateur radio equipment, computing, test equipment, and components etc. Entrance about £4. More
17-18 Apr 2015 [TBC] UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Fri-Sat, National Cycling Centre, Manchester - first round of the adrenalin fuelled event. The fastest riders from around the globe, racing in time trials and Supercross motos (the standard racing heats format) for a place in the coveted finals. Hotly tipped British riders include reigning World Champion and Olympian Liam Phillips, and rising star 20 year old Abbie Taylor. The event is part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series, which aims to bring 70 world class sporting events to the UK by 2019. It is backed by British Cycling and Manchester City Council. Please see link for ticket prices.
St Georges Day - Thu 23 April 2015. Event dates can vary.
St Georges Day, Plymouth 12:00-19:00 Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1DY.
St Georges Day Festival Wed 15:00-20:00 Dee Miller Pub, Kingsway, Chester CH2 2LH. Stalls, family fun, food - candy floss, hot dogs. Peppa Pig and Minnie Mouse.
St George's Festival, English Heritage Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Wrest Park. Biggest St. George’s Day event in the country. Displays on horseback, redcoats, traditional games, fire eating, falconry & craft market. About £15.
24-26 Apr 2015 [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.
25 Apr 2015 [TBC] Shakespeare Birthday Procession Sat 10:30 Great Garden of New Place, Chapel Lane, Stratford upon Avon.
25 Apr 2015 [TBC] Warrior Adrenaline Race Sat 11:00 Dunstable Downs. 10km or 5km run with army like obstacles. Whether you’re looking for a new challenge, fundraising for charity or just want a fun wet and muddy experience, we guarantee you’ll love the Warrior Adrenaline Race from Regiment Fitness. Prizes for the winners and runners up in all the main categories. Entry about £38. We encourage spectators to join us for the fun. There will be designated viewing areas, a live DJ and bar and fun events going on all day including a team Tug of War challenge, bouncy castle & a beer tent. Spectators may view the race for free but they are at their own risk.
25-26 Apr 2015 [TBC] St George's Festival, English Heritage Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Wrest Park. Biggest St. George’s Day event in the country. Displays on horseback, redcoats, traditional games, fire eating, falconry & craft market. About £15.
26 Apr 2015 [TBC] London to Brighton Jaguar Run Sunday. Kempton Park Race Course to Lower Esplanade, Madeira Drive, Brighton. Annual event with around 300 Jaguars of all ages. Organised by Kelsey Publishing 01959 541444, and supported by The Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club.
26 Apr 2015 [TBC] Bracknell Half Marathon Sun 09:00 South Hill Park Arts Centre. Video More
01-03 May 2015 [TBC] Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Fri-Sun Centerpiece grand marquee on the beach is free and open from 10:00-17:00. Hands-on science activities and arts for the whole family, from our partners including the Natural History Museum, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site team, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, National Trust, Natural England, Dorset AONB, Dorset Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Lyme Regis Museum, National Museum of Wales, D.I.G.S., Dorset Geologist’s Association, RockWatch, Dinosaur Isle (Isle of Wight), Bristol Dinosaur Project, Purbeck Clay Festival, Plymouth University and National Oceanography Centre, as well as a big Fossil Fair.
02 May 2015 [TBC] Downton Cuckoo Fair Sat 10:00-16:30. 20,000 visitors, over 250 stalls, produce market, children's funfair, rural crafts and demonstrations, bands, morris dancing and maypole dancing. Downton Cuckoo Fair Free event.
02 May 2015 [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.02 May 2015 [TBC] Spalding Flower Parade Sat 14:00-17:00 Parade of themed carnival floats, hand decorated with half a million tulip heads. The 4.5 mile route takes about 3 hours, and the roads are lined with upwards of 80,000 spectators. Plenty of activities over the weekend. Flower Parade There was no parade in 2014 however there was a Festival Event at Springfields including flower displays in the gardens, craft show, marching bands and a Tulip Procession for children.
02 May 2015 [TBC] Brighton Festival Childrens Parade Sat 10:30 Kensington Street to the sea front. Crowds of 10,000 line the streets. Samba bands, towering tableaux, and 5000 costumed participants with drums and whistles. The largest annual children’s event in the UK. Organised by community arts group Same-Sky. Video 2014 Video Free event.
02-03 May 2015 [TBC] Magnificent Motors, Eastbourne Sat-Sun - Seafront and Western Lawns near the Wish Tower. Seafront cavalcade at 10:00, both days. One of the biggest FREE motoring spectaculars on the south coast. Around 600 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 Motors03 May 2015 [TBC] Vaisakhi, London Trafalgar Square 12:00-17:30. Vaisakhi festivities mark the Sikh New Year. Video A Guide to Vaisakhi By John Roath More
01-04 May 2015 [TBC] Hastings Jack In The Green Festival Fri-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. Free event. Hastings Jack In The Green Festival02-04 May 2015 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Kite Festival Sat-Mon 10:00-17:00 Beach and Esplanade. Saturday is an informal day with some of the best single line displays in the country showing off their biggest, best and newest kites whilst in the gaps you may see our finest display teams warming up. Sunday and Monday part of the beach will be sectioned off to give the general public the best view of spectacular organised flying demonstrations whilst kite clubs and teams fill the sky with colour and wonder. More Free event.
02-24 May 2015 [TBC] Brighton Festival Three weeks of arts & street theatre on a huge scale, many free. Video
02-04 May 2015 [TBC] Rochester Sweeps Festival Monday 14:45 Procession - Rochester Castle & High Street. Sat-Mon Holiday weekend. Biggest gathering of Morris Dancers in the country. Jack-in-the-Green, a seven foot high character, is woken at dawn on May Day from his slumber on Bluebell Hill, then travels to Rochester to start the festivities. Thousands of revelers watch performances at various venues & pubs. It is considered lucky to be kissed by a sweep. 2011 Video Sweeps Festival
02-04 May 2015 [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.
02-04 May 2015 [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
02-04 May 2015 [TBC] Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice,
London Little Venice - 3 minutes
walk from Paddington Station. 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.
Sun 10:00-18:00, plus 20:30 Music & illuminated boat procession .
. Mon 10:00-17:00.Inland Waterways Association General enquiries 07979 676461. Map Free event.
02-31 May 2015 [TBC] Brighton Festival - Fringe City Saturdays 12:00-16:00 New Road. Everything from comedy to cabaret and puppetry to poetry, sample the best Brighton Fringe has to offer. Video: Part1 Part2 Fringe City events are free, and part of Brighton Festival Fringe
03 May 2015 [TBC] Vaisakhi Festival, Wolverhampton
Sun 11:00-17:00 West Park, Wolverhampton. Family entertainment, fun fair, stalls, speeches,
Gatka, wrestling, and karate displays, Bhangra, Asian Musicians and Singers.
Free Food, a distinctive feature of the Sikh Religion, will be served through out the day.
Everybody, irrespective of age, colour and background is invited. Organised by The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Wolverhampton together with the Asian community. Admission is free.
03 May 2015 [TBC] Abingdon Charity Air & Country Show Sun 10:00-17:00 Abingdon Airfield, Dalton Barracks. A volunteer run event in aid of Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance. Flying & static aircraft, trade & charity stands, farmers market, crafts, historic & classic vehicles, ground & arena displays, childrens amusements, live music, food and free parking. About £15.
03 May 2015 [TBC] Beltane, Thornborough Henge Sun 12:00. A celebration of seasonal change and ancient mystery at one of Britain's most important prehistoric sacred sites. Free entrance & stalls. 07709 681581 firstname.lastname@example.org No camping this year.
04 May 2015 Public Holiday - Early May Bank Holiday.
04 May 2015 [TBC] Hastings1066Bike Festival & May Day Run Britain's biggest free motorcycle festival. For over 35 years thousands of bikers have visited Hastings every May Day Bank Holiday Monday and now bike1066 is part of that tradition. In 2013 bike1066 Spring Opener became as big as the world famous Isle of Man TT Races. 32,000 bikes, 76,000 people, over 50 exhibitors and live music. Be a part of the biggest motorcycle festival in Britain. Hastings 1066 Bike Festival & May Day Run
04 May 2015 [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.
04 May 2015 [TBC] May Merrie, Kingston Upon Thames Bank holiday Monday. Family entertainment, fun, music, dance, magic and street entertainment. Attendance 10,000. Free event. Contact: 020 8247 9513 / 020 8547 1221. Stalls Information Contact: 020 8247 9513. Video May Merrie
04 May 2015 [TBC] Poole Festival of Street Arts Mon 11:00-17:00 Poole Quay. Poole Tourism 0845 234 5560. Annual May Bank holiday Street Arts Festival with a host of innovative acts designed to surprise, challenge and entertain. The day will include traditional Morris and Maypole Dancing, stilt walking dragons, conjuring and an arts and craft market.
04 May 2015 [TBC] Environmental Rock, Southampton 12:00-18:00 The Hobbit Pub. 02380 710916. Environmental awareness event with music, information, ideas, tips and activities. Map
04 May 2015 [TBC] Rainham
Village Country Fayre Mon 10:00-16:00 Rainham Village, Essex.
Eastenders collides with The Archers on Bank Holiday
04 May 2015 [TBC] Woodhouse May Day Challenge Mon - Start at Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall. A 13.5 mile circular event for walkers and runners, around the glorious Charnwood countryside & The National Forest. 08:30 Start time for walkers, 9:30 Start time for runners. Monies raised goes to good causes.
04 May 2015 [TBC] Chobham Carnival 11:30 Procession, Burrow hill to the Recreation Ground. 01276 858170. Video Chobham Carnival
07 May 2015 [TBC] Helston Flora Day 07:00 The Morning Dance, Guildhall. 08:30 The Hal-an-Tow, St John's Bridge. 09:50 The Children's Dance, Wendron Street. 12:00 The Midday Dance, Guildhall. 17:00 The Evening Dance, Guildhall. Video
08-09 May 2015 [TBC] Mini Britania UK's Mini Tour. Royal Automobile Club, Woodcote Park. Friday briefing and optional dinner in the one of the Club’s dining rooms. Saturday - the day in our cars. Notable venues we will visit during the day will be Dunsfold Park, the home of BBC Top Gear, Brooklands Museum and the Mercedes-Benz test track. Also in keeping with our Tour Britannia tradition of finding venues new to motorsport we will have an exciting stage within the grounds of Woodcote Park. We return to Woodcote Park for our finish and prize giving in the evening.
08-10 May 2015 [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.
08-24 May 2015 [TBC] Norfolk & Norwich Festival Two weeks of amazing events - circus, music and visual arts, both free and ticketed.
09 May 2015 [TBC] Exeter
Pride Sat 11:30 Parade
|18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Hull
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Glasgow
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Plymouth 13:30-19:00 Devonport Park
17-18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Newcastle Town Moor. Fri-Sun. Town centre stage.
25 Jul 2015 [TBC] Torbay Party in the park.
25 Jul 2015 [TBC] Oldham. Parade 11:45 Town Square.
25 Jul 2015 [TBC] Nottingham
25 Jul 2015 [TBC] Norwich 19:30 Chapelfield Gardens
01 Aug 2015 [TBC] Brighton 11:00 Parade. 10:00-22:00 Party Preston Park.
01 Aug 2015 [TBC] Belfast The Square.
01 Aug 2015 [TBC] Liverpool
01 Aug 2015 [TBC] Stoke
02 Aug 2015 [TBC] Leeds
08 Aug 2015 [TBC] Black London
08 Aug 2015 [TBC] Plymouth
08 Aug 2015 [TBC] Swindon Town Gardens, Quarry Road.
09 Aug 2015 [TBC] Wakefield. 12:00 Warren Gate.
15 Aug 2015 [TBC] Doncaster Sat. Civic Square, Waterdale.
15 Aug 2015 [TBC] Pride Cymru Coopers Field, Cardiff.
21 Aug 2015 [TBC] Manchester
22 Aug 2015 [TBC] Truro Parade 11:00 Lemon Quay.
22 Aug 2015 [TBC] Walsall. Gallery Square.
29 Aug 2015 [TBC] Reading Kings Meadow. Parade 11:30 Civic Centre.
30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Barnsley
19 Sep 2015 [TBC] Warrington.
26 Sep 2015 [TBC] Preston. Flag Market
27 Sep 2015 [TBC] Sunderland. 12:00 Procession Civic Centre to Park Lane.
09 May 2015 [TBC] Exeter Pride Sat 11:30 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.
09 May 2015 [TBC] East Allington Whacky Races Sat 11:00 East Allington, South Devon. Annual go kart / soap box racing event with downhill races through the village. There will also be skateboard races, a tug-of-war competition and lots of other activities. The event raises funds for the village school, community groups and charities, as well as being a really great fun day out. East Allington’s Got Talent in the Village Hall from 19:00.
09-10 May 2015 [TBC] ThunderSprint Sat-Sun. Darley Moor Motor Sport Centre, Derbyshire, DE6 2ET. Some of the best classic riders in the world, and their unique motorcycles, in action on the track. Aerobatic display by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire subject to confirmation, children’s funfair and inflatables, fine food area. 100 trade stands selling everything from motorcycling gear and bike accessories to children’s toys. About £5.
09-10 May 2015 [TBC] UK Coach Rally Alton Towers Resort. Saturday morning competitors will complete an 50-mile road rally route, in the afternoon go through the driving tests and in the evening relax at our Gala Dinner Dance. Sunday morning bright and early a proud line up of coach entries will be judged, also the driving test will take place for the finalists followed by the presentation of awards in the afternoon. Over the weekend alongside the Rally Event is an extensive Trade Exhibition area.
10 May 2015 [TBC] Basingstoke Festival of Transport Sun 11:00-16:00 War Memorial Park, Basingstoke. Over 900 vehicles on static display, including classic, vintage and commercial vehicles, fire engines, military trucks, and a variety of specialist car clubs, trade stalls and catering outlets. Whether you're a keen motor buff or you just want an interesting and enjoyable Sunday, Basingstoke Festival of Transport is a great day out for all the family. The event has accessible car parking and toilets. Parking £2. Enquiries 01256 844844. Free event.
10 May 2015 [TBC] MG Regency Run, Brighton Sunday. Brooklands Motor Museum, Weybridge to Madeira Drive, Brighton. All sorts of MGs along Madeira Drive - from the 1920s to the present day, from the very classy to the nifty and sporty.
10 May 2015 [TBC] London May Fayre & Puppet Festival Sun 10:30-17:30 Covent Garden. Annual celebration of the art of puppetry with Punch and Judy Professors from all over the country commemorating the first sighting of Mr Punch in England by Samuel Pepys in 1662. St Paul's Church Gardens, Bedford Street WC2. Admission Free.
15 May 2015 [TBC] Party in the City, Bath Fri 17:00-23:55 Exciting programme of free events. The Bath International Music Festival explodes into life with Party in the City - free live music from hundreds of acts at dozens of venues across the city.
15-17 May 2015 [TBC] Ipswich Waterfront Market Sun 10:00-16:00. Over 40 craft, vintage and gift stalls along the waterfront. A family day out with free entrance. Organised by Ipswich Waterfront Action with support from Ipswich Borough Council.
15-25 May 2015 [TBC] Bath International Music Festival Multiple free events.
May 2015 [TBC] Battle of Lewes
Sat 14:00 Costumed
procession from Landport, featuring street skirmishes. 13:45 The Gallops open space.
Charge of Prince Edward & marking of the White Cross.
14:00 De Montfort’s & The King’s Men gather outside the Black Horse Inn.
14:15 The second Vignette is played out.
down High Street and
Storming of the Town Gates.
14:50 The army of the Barons and the King’s army
at the Bowling Green.
15:00 Attack on the Castle while much of the town burns. 15:15 Armies make their way the Priory, beside the Helmet Monument to the Battle of Lewes in the grounds of the Priory. 16:00 Surrender of the King to Simon De Montfort. 16:20 Both armies to the Dripping Pan for more re-enactments, food & music.
16:30 Thirty minute mystery play for the public in the Priory. Battle of Lewes Video: Castle Mystery-Play Song
16-17 May 2015 [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
16-17 May 2015 [TBC] London-Brighton Mini Owners Run Sun 08:00-17:00 Crystal Palace to Madeira Drive. Annual Mini-Owners run organised by the London & Surrey Mini Owners Club. About 2100 Minis. Trade stands and auction etc.
16-17 May 2015 [TBC] St Ives Food & Drink Festival Culminates in a food and drink producers’ market and cooking demonstrations on West Pier. Taste, try, meet, buy, and enjoy the finest flavours and tastes of Cornwall. See some of the best chefs in the county giving cooking demonstrations. What's On
16 May - 07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Chelsea Fringe The alternative garden festival. Hundreds of events around the capital.
17 May 2015 [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.
17 May 2015 [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. Free entrance. DDRC Boot Sale
17 May 2015 Heroes Run, Brighton
Pass It On Africa A Brighton-based registered charity working tirelessly to build schools and support education in some of the poorest parts of Africa. We achieve this through our fund-raising events in the UK
18-20 May 2015 [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.
21-31 May 2015 [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
21-31 May 2015 [TBC] How The Light Gets In, Philosophy Festival, Hay on Wye Philosophical talks, live music and workshops. Some events free, others tickets available on the website.
22-25 May 2015 [TBC] Fishguard Folk Festival, Pembrokeshire Fri-Mon. Concerts, dance, busking, real ale and guided smugglers walk.
22-25 May 2015 [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.
22-26 May 2015 [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.
22-30 May 2015 [TBC] Exmouth Festival Music, arts and crafts - mostly free. Various venues around town, and about 100 acts playing on the main stage in Manor Gardens.
22 May - 07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Bath Fringe Festival. Multiple events and locations. Attendance 16,000.
23 May 2015 [TBC] Twickenham Regatta Raced over 1,250m from a stakeboat start, providing an ideal opportunity for crews, both lightweight and heavyweight, to get some high intensity speed work. Located on London's most beautiful stretch of the Thames between Eel Pie Island and Richmond Bridge, every year Twickenham Regatta welcomes some 500 competitors in more than 130 races. Free enclosure for spectators and competitors at Buccleuch Gardens, overlooking the finish line at Richmond riverside - live music from 13:30, sandwiches and cakes, tea and coffee, Pimms bar, real ale bar, race commentary, picnic area, prize giving. Regatta enclosure: Buccleuch Gardens, Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 6UW. Boating area: River Lane, Richmond upon Thames TW10 7AG.
23 May - 07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Adur Festival Beach Green, Shoreham. Weeks of community entertainment, including the Beach Dreams Big Weekend. Free event. Adur Festival
Naked Bike Ride
Every year, in cities around the world, people
ride to celebrate cycling and the human body. The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of
cyclists on the road and is a protest against car culture.
23 May 2015 [TBC] Portsmouth
Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Marine Court ~ Esplanade, Eastney.
23-24 May 2015 [TBC] Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun. Hurst Street area. 12:00 Sat - parade Victoria Square, New Street, Temple Street, Temple Row, Colmore Row and Bull Street, and into the Gay Village area. Birmingham Pride
24 May 2015 [TBC] Alton Carnival. Sun 15:00 Procession The Butts to Anstey Park. 18:30-22:00 Live music. 22:00 Fireworks.
24 May 2015 [TBC] Luton Caribbean Carnival Sun 12:00-18:00 Wardown Park and Town Centre. Huge one day Caribbean carnival, with an attendance of 50,000. Procession 13:30 from Wardown Park. Static sound systems, food & entertainers. Organised by The UK Centre for Carnival Arts
23-24 May 2015 [TBC] Happy Days Festival, Surrey Sat-Sun 14:00-22:00 Imber Court, East Molesey KT8 0BT. 3 decades of amazing music with other entertainments including themed retro bars, pyrotechnics, games area, family fun activities and an after show party. 40 acre site. World fusion food. See link for more info & tickets. Adult Saturday day tickets about £35.
23 May - 18 Jul 2015 [TBC] World Naked Bike Ride Every year, in cities around the world, people ride to celebrate cycling and the human body. The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and is a protest against car culture. London Pictures Brighton Pictures Video: Start Old Steine
24 May 2015 [TBC] Maldon Mud Race, Essex Sun 15:00 Promenade Park‚ Maldon, Essex. 10‚000 spectators watch hundreds of competitors race through the mud of the River Blackwater at low tide. The return crossing can take an hour, and is very heavy going. Best times might be under four minutes. Spectator entry to the park is by personal donation. The event raises tens of thousands of pounds for charity, and usually includes a duck race. Visit maldon Video Maldon Mud Race
24-25 May 2015 [TBC] Bedford Kite Festival & Motor Show Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Russell Park. Giant parafoils, stunt flights, street theatre, crafts, dragon boat racing, flower and gourmet markets along the promenade, music stage in Russell Park and a motor show on Mill Meadows. Arena for the public to fly their own kites. 50,000 spectators. Battle of the Bands on Monday. Free entrance. 01234 221955 email@example.com
24 May 2015 [TBC] Fleet Food Festival Sun 11:00-17:00 The Views, Fleet GU51 4AE. Celebrating and showcasing the best of our region’s food producers. Fresh and regional produce, chefs and master classes in our cookery theatre, real ale and fine wines, food and wine talks with the experts, live music, family fun and picnic area. Free event.
24 May 2015 [TBC] BUPA London 10,000 Road Race Sun 10:00 St James's Park. 10k Circular route through Westminster and The City.
24-31 May 2015 [TBC] Rainbow Film Festival, London Various venues. Films, both documentary and features, celebrating the diversity of Asian culture, all with English sub-titles.
|County & Agricultural Shows 2015
25 May 2015 [TBC] Surrey
County Show - Stoke Park, Guildford
25 May 2015 Public Holiday - Spring Bank Holiday
25 May 2015 [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.
25 May 2015 [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.
May 2015 [TBC] Cheese
Rolling, Brockworth, Gloucester
Mon 12:00 Coopers Hill, Brockworth. Foolhardy souls cartwheel down a 1 in 1 gradient, chasing a 7lb cheese. There are five downhill & four uphill races. No advanced booking for competitors, and free viewing for the public, but a modest parking charge. This long-standing Gloucester tradition is held on common land. The hill is very steep - competitors & spectators must do their own risk assessment. Video Video Map Cheese Rolling
25 May 2015 [TBC] Wool Sack Races, Tetbury Mon 14:00. Wacky event where dozens of hopefuls race up and down Gumstool Hill in Tetbury town center carrying 60lb sacks of wool (35lb for the ladies). The course runs the 280 yards, between The Royal Oak and The Crown, and is a very steep 1-in-4. Street entertainment, magic and music from 10:00. Races from 14:00. Attendance 10,000. Wool Sack Races Free event.
25 May 2015 Steyning Country Fair, Sussex Mon 11:00-15:30. Fun day organised and run for the people of Steyning and surrounding areas. Traditional crafts and farmers produce, music and dancing, dog show, livestock, rural crafts, stalls, clowns, jugglers and puppets.
27-30 May 2015 [TBC] The Royal Bath & West Show The country's biggest rural festival with something for everyone. 600+ trade stands.
May 2015 [TBC] Cotswold
Friday, Dover's Hill, Chipping Campden. Morris Men, Pipe Band, German Shepherd Dogs, Fighting Arts, Tae Kwan Do, Tug of War, Fairground Rides, Birds of Prey, Climbing Wall, Gurning. Hot and cold food. About £6 entrance. 14:00-18:00 Jacobean Village, Medieval Dance, Falconry, Tug-of-War, 15:30-18:00 Folk Concert, 19:30-21:45 The famous Shin Kicking, Tug of War, 5 mile Race, Morris Men, 21:45-22:3 Fireworks & Torchlit Procession, 21:30-24:00 Live Music in the Square.
28-31 May 2015 [TBC] The Big Knock - British Diesel Bike Rally Main days: Fri-Sat. New Location: Bat & Ball Public House, Newpound, Nr Wisborough Green & Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 0EH. Small, but enthusiastic annual gathering of riders with their machines. The event features a group ride-out to a scenic location. www.dieselbike.net
29-31 May 2015 [TBC] Old Gaffers Boat Festival Fri-Sun Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. Yarmouth's picturesque harbour filled with life and colour with more than 100 visiting traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels, including the cream of the Old Gaffers fleet. Race in the Solent on Saturday morning. Street Entertainment, live music, spectacular classic and gaff-rigged boats in the harbour, exciting racing for gaff-rigged boats within sight of the shore, classic vehicles, craft fair, flower festival, lifeboat demonstration.
29-31 May 2015 [TBC] Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth Fri-Sun. Around Hope Square and the Old Harbour in Weymouth. Free and ticketed events. On Saturday there will probably be Morris dancing on the promenade and Brewers Quay and a parade on the promenade at 13:00. Various venues and pub sessions - check web site for details. A rover ticket for all events costs about £20.
30 May 2015 [TBC] Eastbourne Carnival Sat 16:00 Fishermen's Green to the Western Lawns.
30 May 2015 [TBC] World Custard Pie Championship Sat 14:00 Coxheath, Kent. Teams parade, custard pie throwing, family fun and craft stalls. Viewing is probably free, and all are welcome. 22 teams battle to win the coveted trophy, and some 3000 pies will be flung under strict rules of the contest.
30-31 May 2015 [TBC] World Triathlon, London Sat-Sun Hyde Park. 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Free to view. Major event. Triathlon London
31 May 2015 [TBC] Great Midlands Fun Run Sun 11:00 Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. 8.5 mile charity fund raiser. Map
04-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] The Gate to Southwell Folk Festival Fri-Mon Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0PT. Roots and folk, dancing on two marquee stages, children's festival, events around town and in local pubs. Real ale, cider, quality food and craft stalls. Camping in adjacent fields and good toilets. Lineup includes Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra (Friday), plus many others including: Dougie MacLean, Le Vent du Nord, Brass Monkey, Breabach, Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, Beoga, Martyn Joseph, Karine Polwart Trio, Morris On, Calan.04-10 Jun 2015 [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. Attendance 40,000.
05-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Lets Rock Bristol Fri-Sun Ashton Court Estate, Bristol. Adult day tickets about £42. Camping available.
05-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] MINT Polo In The Park Hurlingham Park, Fulham, London SW6 3PR. Eat, drink, shop, socialise, and enjoy a day of entertainment at the leading outdoor polo and lifestyle event in Central London.
05-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Broomhill Festival, Sheffield. Multiple events.
06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Epsom Derby Sat. Epsom Downs Racecourse. Free entrance to the central area. 150,000 revelers, probable music stage with a party atmosphere, lots of market stalls, food, drink and picnics. The 2014 main race starts at 15:45. 2009 Party Video 2010 Party Video Epsom Downs Racecourse06 Jun 2015 [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. Free entrance. Map Strawberry Fair
06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Kemptown Carnival Brighton Sat 11:00 St Georges Road. Parade of Flowers & Samba Parade with over 200 performers. 5 live stages with over 25 bands, street performers, Capoeira displays, choirs, dance troupes, break dancing, a fashion event, art and book fairs, crafts, community market, a children's area, magicians, creative workshops Video Kemptown Carnival
06 Jun 2015 [TBC] CARE London to Brighton Cycle Challenge Saturday. Kingston, Hampton Court, Dorking, Leonard’s Forest, Devil’s Dyke, Brighton.
06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Maindee Festival, Nr Newport Sat 12:00-18:00. Parade 12:00 Corpa Road. Free community arts event and vibrant parade. Live music, traders, stalls and international food and drink.
06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Throckmorton Airshow Saturday, Throckmorton Airfield. The UK's premier Emergency and Armed Services fun day, attracting 15,000 visitors, in aid of Help for Heroes. Static and flying exhibits, emergency and armed service exhibits etc
06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Dorset Nettle Eating Contest The Bottle Inn, Marshwood. Live music and entertainment.
06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Oxford Pride Sat 12:00-18:00 Oxpens Field. Parade 12:00 from Ship Street.
06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Jewellery Charity Event and Family Fun Day, Herts 09:45-17:00 Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design, Fairclough Hall Farm SG4 7DP. Meet the jewellery designers, see goldsmiths at work, children’s jewellery making workshops, charity raffle. In a nearby field in Fairclough Hall Farm is the annual Classic Car Rally and Picnic organised by the Letchworth Classic Car Club. A large number of vintage and classic cars are on show as well as a bar, jazz band and fun children's activities.
06 Jun 2015 [TBC] St Albans Summer Music A collection of six St Albans-based musical organisations, presenting concerts and dance events over one month in Summer.
06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Proms in the Park, Bognor Sat 19:30-21:30 Hotham Park. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine. Last night of the proms classics by the Bognor Regis Concert Band. Free entrance. Bognor Regis Town Council Marketing, Tourism & Events Dept. 01243 825535 Bognor Proms
06-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Weston
Beach Kite Festival 11:00-17:00 Weston Super Mare beach. A major new kite
festival. Invited guest flyers will join with local kite
group Avon Kite Flyers in staging aerial displays on the beach throughout
the weekend. Spectators will be able to enjoy colourful kites of all
shapes and sizes with giant 3D creatures, awesome power kites and
synchronised team routines flown to music. Festival Office c/o ABC, 5 Lilymead Avenue,
Bristol BS4 2BY
Tel: 0117 977 2002 firstname.lastname@example.org Free event.
06-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Landy Live - National 4*4 Show Stratford Upon Avon Racecourse. Land Rovers, Japanese and Jeep 4x4's, 6x6 and 8x8 civilian/military trucks, plus off-road competition vehicles of all makes. Entrance about £10.
06-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Barton Mills Scarecrow Festival Sat-Sun. Biennial event. Householders in the village make scarecrows to put on display. Event attracts thousands of visitors who also visit the Open Gardens. Live music at The Bull Inn. More info 01638 713155.
06-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Ritchey Bristol Bikefest Sat-Sun 09:00 upper area, Ashton Court. Fast figure of eight course with bridge and short climbs. 12 hour event on Saturday. Sunday is aimed at newer sport riders, and lasts 6 hours. Saturday night live music and bar. Broad selection of the latest bikes and kit available for testing. Camping available for competitors - booking essential. Food and drink in the event village. Spectators welcome.
06-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Wandle Jubilee Weekend, London Sat-Sun. Activities for all ages along the river in Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton and Croydon. Events include arts and crafts, heritage and nature discovery activities, archaeology 'digs', historical displays and talks, river clean-ups and music. There are also guided cycle rides, fun runs and other sports activities and a variety of long and short guided walks in parks or along the river. Mostly free.
06-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Bucks Open Studios The largest visual arts event in the county, where 400 artists in 150 venues across Bucks open their studios and run exhibitions and events for the public to visit. Go behind the scenes, talk to artists and see work in progress. Demos, workshops and exhibitions, showcasing a wide range of arts and crafts.
07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade Sun 12:00. Up to 1000 parade through the streets. Giant puppets, bands and stilt-walkers.
07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Keighley Gala Sunday, Victoria Park.
07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Nuneaton Carnival Sun 13:00 Caldwell Road - 25 decorated floats, carnival queen, marching bands, majorette troupes, cheerleaders and over 100 walking entries. One of the largest voluntary organised town Carnival's in the country.
07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Classic Motor Cycle Meet & Run, Eastbourne 09:45-16:45 Western Lawns. 250 classic motorcycles, fun walk, funfair, dancing, live music, morris dancing, charity stalls and refreshments. Classic Motorcycle Run at 11:00 - 60 miles through scenic East Sussex.
07 Jun 2015 [TBC] London-Brighton Classic Car Run Sun 09:00 Brooklands Museum, Weybridge KT13 0QN07 Jun 2015 [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
07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Peterborough Kite Festival Sun. Organized by the Great Ouse Kite Fliers club, and held at Ferry Meadows. The eleventh annual kite festival. Many displays from small kites to large inflatables - as an example last year included a 3m lizard, a 3m scuba diver, a pair of legs, a giant Manta ray and novel features like teddy bears being parachuted down and dropping sweets for children. Expect to see exciting club flying. Free to enter but there is a car parking charge. Packed arena program with some excellent kite flying skills on display. Ferry Meadows offers plenty of room for everyone to fly with a huge field for sports and power kites, a single line arena and a children's workshop and their own arena to fly in.
12 Jun 2015 [TBC] Saddleworth & District Brass Band Contests Whit Friday. Described as the greatest free show on Earth. Over a hundred open air performances at 20 venues around the moorland villages and towns. There can be 50 or more bands at the busier venues, and you can expect some world class playing. Each band plays two pieces - one on the march. Competition is fierce, and adjudication can last into the early hours. Venues Video
12-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Fuse Medway Festival Fri-Sun. Street entertainment, music and pyrotechnics in and around Rochester, Kent. Saturday - Street Arts Day. Video: Video Unicyclists www.fusefestival.org.uk
12-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Wimborne Minster Folk Festival Traditional English and Celtic music and dance, Irish, Scottish and clog dancing displays, market stalls, clothing, jewelry and gifts.
12-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] International Mersey River Festival A three day celebration of all things maritime and music. Activities stretching from the area outside the Liverpool Echo Arena right up to the end of Princes Parade. Tall Ships, narrow boats, ships from the Royal Navy and inshore sailing vessels, many open to the public. Music on the Waterfront returns with a bang on Friday night, with a very special free concert which will launch the weekend’s activities.
13 Jun 2015 [TBC] People’s Day, Brighton Sat 11:00-17:00 New Rd, Jubilee St, Jubilee Sq, Corn Exchange, Church St, Studio Theatre, City College (Pelham Street) and Brighthelm Centre. 15,000 visitors, 55 groups and 10 Zones - street festival, food stalls, country fayre, eco technology show, well being zone and stalls sponsored by Brighton Fashion Week.
13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Northampton Carnival 10:45 Delapre Park
13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival Sat 10:00-18:00 River Nene, Town Bridge. Britains 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 and drink, beer tent, live music. Continuous activities on the bank include mini hovercraft, aeroball, paintball and crossbow shooting, the giant slide and dragon bouncer, fun inflatables, fairground rides, games and sidestalls, rodeo bull, donkey rides and children’s quads. Media sponsor - Hereward FM. More from Gable Events
13 Jun 2015 [TBC] The Old Fair of Abinger Sat 14:00 Village green. Procession, maypole dancing, tug-o-war, Punch & Judy, music, archery, mediaeval stocks, crafts, cakes, produce, toys, books etc. 14:00 Procession - Knights and Maidens, 14:05 Crowning of the May Queen, 14:20 Maypole dancing, 14:50 Terrier racing, 15:20 Children's races, 15:50 Equestrian acrobatics, 16:40 Tug of War, 16:55 Raffle.
13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Dorset Dogs Festival Sat 11:00-16:00 Slades Open Space, Bournemouth BH10 4HF. Celebrate dogs, green spaces and the countryside. Annual fiesta is packed with fun for people and dogs alike, with agility, dog demos and taster sessions, a fun dog show and lots of stalls, pop-up café, ice-cream, family activities and face-painting and more. For more info, contact Su Powner at email@example.com or call 0771 815 9350.
13 Jun 2015 [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.
13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Trooping The Colour, London Sat 11:00 Horse Guards Parade & The Mall. Official birthday of HM The Queen. The five Household Regiments - Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards take their turn each year. After 12:00 RAF fly-past, watched by members of the Royal Family on the Palace balcony. Trooping The Colour
13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Lord Mayor's Family Show, Birmingham 12:00-18:00 Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square, City Centre. Free entry. Live music, street theatre, craft stalls, picnic area and children's rides, magic, face painting, donkey rides etc.
13 Jun 2015 [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.
13 Jun 2015 [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.
13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Avon Dasset Soap Box Berby 15:00 Avon Dassett, Warwickshire.
13-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Marlow Town Regatta & Festival Sat-Sun Regatta, rowing and Dragon boats in the scenic riverside town of Marlow, with a garden party atmosphere.
13-14 Jun 2015 [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.
13-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Derby Emergency Services Show Sat-Sun Markeaton Park, Derby. Staged by volunteers and operated on a not for profit basis. Over 50 vehicles on Saturday morning and live events throughout both days.
13-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Southampton Kite Festival 10:00-17:30 Lordshill Recreation Ground, Redbridge Lane. Free entry and parking.
13-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Bristol Festival Of Nature Sat-Sun Harbourside, BristolVoted Bristol’s ‘Tourism Event of the Year’, the Festival of Nature unleashes the city’s wild side once again this summer, taking over the Harbourside. The UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world, the Bristol Festival of Nature lets loose wildlife enthusiasts of all ages to explore, enjoy, and get close to nature in the heart of the city. Throughout the weekend, the festival site will be packed with exciting free activities from over 150 organizations. What's On
13-20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Furzedown Festival, London Local venues and Furzedown recreation ground. Evenings of music, local history walks, health related activities, films, special activities put on by local churches and events at the local community arts centre.
2015 [TBC] Polperro
community event run by volunteers for the benefit of this historic and
beautiful Cornish village and it’s surrounding environment. L ive
music of all genres daytime and evening, inside and out, street theatre and
entertainment , parades , morris
dancers , arts
and crafts , drama,
poetry, children’s entertainment , coastal
walks , treasure
hunt, new music
day & schools
day . Marketing
& PR, Robert Springett 07813 303445. Please come and support us. For more information pick up a souvenir programme during
the week or see website.
music of all genres daytime and evening, inside and out, street theatre and
entertainment , parades , morris
dancers , arts
and crafts , drama,
poetry, children’s entertainment , coastal
walks , treasure
hunt, new music
day & schools
day . Marketing
& PR, Robert Springett 07813 303445. Please come and support us. For more information pick up a souvenir programme during
the week or see website.
, parades , morris
dancers , arts
and crafts , drama,
poetry, children’s entertainment , coastal
walks , treasure
hunt, new music
day & schools
day . Marketing
& PR, Robert Springett 07813 303445. Please come and support us. For more information pick up a souvenir programme during
the week or see website.
13-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Bike Week. A national celebration of freedom, Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling as a source of fitness and fun. Up and down the UK, thousands of free cycling events will provide the opportunity for everyone from total novices to passionate cyclists to get on their bikes.
Jun 2015 [TBC] Twickenham
Sun 13:00-17:00. Vibrant carnival parade, bursting with spectacular costumes, dancers and drummers, will set off from York House and wind its way along the riverside to the Carnival Village in the grounds of Orleans House Gallery. Join the crowds dancing to traditional steel pans and the carnival sound system playing everything from Samba to Soca. The Carnival village will showcase the best in traditional music and dance from around the world, along with a craft bazaar, performance workshops, arts activities and a vast array of global food and drink for sale. This annual event is free to attend. Attendance 3,000 and growing.
14 Jun 2015 [TBC] London to Brighton Bike Ride Sunday. 27,000 take part in this annual 54 mile cycle ride for charity. Organised by the British Heart Foundation. Start about 07:00 from Clapham Common. Video BHF Events
Jun 2015 [TBC] London
Rathayatra Sun 12:00 Procession from South Carriage Drive,
Hyde Park. Rathayatra is a chariot festival that originated
in India over 2,000 years ago. 14:30-17:00 Festival in Trafalgar Square. Talks,
Bhajans, dramas, stalls, books & paraphenalia.
Free Vegetarian Prasadam Feast for all.
14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Newbury & District Amateur Radio Boot Sale Annual boot sale organised by the Newbury & District Amateur Radio Society. Demonstrations, displays, clubs, societies and special interest groups, plus over 100 traders selling amateur radio gear, test equipment, computers etc. Newbury Showground, M4, J13. From 09:00. About £2. Newbury ARS Rally & Boot Sale
14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Heritage Day Sun 10:30-16:30 Royal Military Academy, London Road, Camberley, Surrey. The beautiful academy grounds and some of its historic buildings will be open to the public. This is a very popular event with families and will include various military displays, refreshments, sports matches, picnic areas etc. Admission and car parking are free. Pets are not allowed. Events include polo, cricket, military music and Gurkha Kuhkri dancing. Further details: 01276 412088 ~ 01276 412179.
14 Jun 2015 [TBC] High Street Live, Crawley A relaxing day of great music and food. Over a dozen acts on two stages. Closed to traffic, the historic charm of the High Street takes on a continental feel with alfresco dining provided by some of the town's best restaurants and pubs. Live bands include: Fear no Fish, Run Young Lovers, Jive Aces, Artifacts and FranClassic. Part of Crawley Festival
14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Bognor Regis Carnival Sat 14:30 Parade Regis Centre Car Park - into Clarence Road, Esplanade, West Street, Aldwick Road, Park Road and then right onto Marine Drive West. It will finish at West Park, where the presentation of the Awards will take place. This will be followed by entertainment with Benson's Fun-Fair and fireworks. Bognor Regis Lions Club - 01243 864001. firstname.lastname@example.org
14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Weymouth Vintage Bus Running Day 10:00. Free.
14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Windsor Triathlon Sun 06:00 Alexandra Gardens. 1.5km Swim, 42km Bike, 10km Run. Multi-lap run course includes Windsor Castle, Eton Bridge and High Street. 2500 competitors and thousand of spectators.
14 Jun 2015 [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.
15 Jun 2015 [TBC] Admiral of the Port's Challenge, London Thu 19:00 Palace of Westminster to Westminster Boating Base - 1.33 miles. Race of traditional Thames Waterman's Cutters, each 34 feet long with seats for up to six rowers and room for a cox and passengers.
16-20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Royal Ascot Tue-Sat 14:30-18:00. 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. Locals often watch the racing from the central Heath area. Royal Ascot
18-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] The Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling One of the UK’s biggest cycling events. 11 rides for cyclists of all levels. Choose from fun and family friendly leisure rides such as the Tyne Six Bridges to more challenging competitive and non-competitive rides such as the Beaumont Trophy and Leazes Criteriums, which attract some of the world’s best riders. Staged in some of Northumberland’s most beautiful countryside, the event promises to be an exciting sporting experience for spectators and participants of all ages.
18-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Taste of London Festival Thu-Sun Regents Park. The capital’s biggest food and drink event with an attendance of 50,000. Taste of the World festivals are held in 15 major cities around the world. Tel 020 7471 1092. More
18-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] The Royal Highland Show Thu-Sun. About £20 per day (accompanied under 16's free). Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston 0131 335 6200. Map
19-21 Jun 2015 [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.
19-20 Jun 2015 [TBC] StowFest Fri-Sat Chilton Fields, Stowmarket. Free community music festival in Suffolk.
19-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Whitehaven Maritime Festival, Cumbria Fri-Sun. Bi-annual. Biggest maritime festival in the UK. Activities on the water, in the air and on the harbour side. Tall ships, air displays, street entertainment, music, drama and re-enactments. Amazing fireworks Friday & Saturday about 22:45. Attendance 250,000 over three days. Free and ticketed events. Website
19-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Portsmouth Festivities Ten-day annual arts festival presenting a diverse programme of events celebrating Portsmouth’s history and heritage.
20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Round The Island Race, Cowes Saturday, Cowes. Round the Island Race is the largest annual yacht race of its kind in the world. 1830 boats 16,000 keen sailors. Olympic medallists and round-the-world skippers mix with first timers and family cruisers to complete the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Fri-Sat Regatta Village in Cowes Yacht Haven off High Street - free entry. Plenty of activities and evening live entertainment. Map & times. Round the Island Race20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Paye Day - Poole Pirates Sat 12:00-17:00 Poole Quay BH15 1HJ. 12:00 Parade of Pirates along Poole Quay. See the cannon, muskets and fencing display followed by belly dancers and batton twirlers or try your luck on the traditional Aunt Sally stall. There’s plenty for children with rides, teddy bear stall, face painting and story telling with Pirate Pete. Sample the finest grog along the quayside’s traditional, pubs, bars and restaurants and listen to a salty sea shanty or two with live music from local bands.
Organised by the Pirates of Poole and supported by Poole Tourism.
20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Portchester Gala Sat 11:30 Portchester Castle. Arena events, brass band, fun fair etc. Free entrance. 11:30 Procession from the Wicor Mill Pub and makes its way down White Hart Lane and Castle Street reaching Portchester Castle at 12:30. Alan Simpson, 29-31 West Street, Portchester, Hants PO16 9XB. 02392 201629.
20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Tottenham Carnival and Festival Sat 11:00 Parade from Eade Road to Bruce Castle Park. 12:00-19:00 Party in the Park with 3 music stages. Free entrance. www.tottenhamcarnival.co.uk
20 Jun 2015 [TBC] World Worm Charming Championships Sat 14:00 Willaston County Primary School, Willaston, Nantwich. Spectator entrance £1.
20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Sharrow Festival Sat 12:00-20:00 Mount Pleasant Park, Sheffield. Two music stages, global food, crafts, circus skills & street dance. Free.
20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Clapham Street Party Sat 14:00-22:00 Kazbar, Edgeley Road.
20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Hungerford Food and Craft Market - in the 10:00-16:00 Town Hall
20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Gastronicks
Open Day 10:00-18:00 Collingbourne Ducis
20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Heart of the Forest Festival Sat 11:00 Measham, Leicestershire. Street entertainers, parade, marching bands, vintage vehicles, funfair, dog show, donkey rides, tug of war, biplane aerobatics, 100 stalls.
20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Tiptree Carnival, Essex Sat 13:30 Main event at Thurstable School - stalls, food, drink and local bands. 19:00 evening procession. Info: email@example.com 07800 893435
20-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] West End Live, Trafalgar Square, London Sat 11:00-18:00 Sun 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. Showcase of West End theatre productions. Free entrance. What's On www.westendlive.co.uk
20-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] AfricaOye, Liverpool Sat-Sun 12:00-21:30 Sefton Park. The largest free African music festival in the UK.
20-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Midsummer Watch Parade, Chester Sat-Sun 14:00-15:30. Cavalcade of medieval characters including giants, beasts, animated tableaux and a kaleidoscope of costumed characters. Town Hall Square, St Werburgh Street, Eastgate Street, Watergate Street, Bridge Street, Northgate Street, Town Hall Square. Gallery Video
20-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Manchester Mela. Sat-Sun. Platt Fields Park. Walk the Plank will perform 'In the Dhol drum', a spectacular of Bhangra, theatre and pyrotechnics more
21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Summer Solstice, Stonehenge Watch the new dawn arrive. English Heritage provide managed, Free access and a free, lit, marshaled car park, located close to Airman’s Cross A344/A360 junction. You will be given a site map. Please note your row number to locate your vehicle later. Monument and car park open from 19:00. 1km grass walk to Stonehenge - a small torch may be useful. Sunrise about 05:00. Food and toilets available. Bag search at entrance, with a modest alcohol limit. Attendance 20,000 to 35,000. Video 2010 Video 2013 Solstice 2013
21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Boishakhi Mela, London Sun 12:00-19:30 Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. One of London’s premier street celebrations, with an attendance 100,000. Bangladeshi festival with food, live music, sports activities and traditional arts and crafts workshops. Boishakhi Mela Free event.
21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Manchester Day Parade Sun 14:00-16:00. 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
21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Classic
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21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Oldham Carnival & Roots Festival Big parade. Alexandra Park will come alive with over sixty acts, on three separate stages, on Carnival weekend. Viking show with battles, ironmongery, woodcraft, stunt comedy escapology act. Parade Programme
21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Wellesbourne & Shakespeare Raft Race Sun 09:00. Annual event raises over £10,000 pounds for charity. 7.5 mile course down the river Avon from Wellesbourne to Stratford upon Avon recreation ground.
21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Thai Festival, Epsom Sun 10:00-18:30 Hook Road Arena KT19 8QH. Music & dance, Thai Boxing, Thai carving. About £3.
21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Derbyshire County Show Shardlow showground. Parade ring. Horses, dogs, vintage vehicles, horticultural and floral tent. 01332 793068
21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Olney Duck and Raft Races Sunday, Emberton Park. 13:00 Duck Race, 14:00 Raft Race, from the weir. At the finishing line by the town steps there are amusements, refreshments and live music. Tel 07743 983686.
21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Meditation in the Park Sunday 12:00-17:00 Russia Dock Woodland Ecological Park, London SE16 (old South London docks). Free community event with an attendance of 2500 - one of London’s best kept secrets. Relax in an urban woodland sanctuary, win prizes for the best healthy picnics and try out various hands-on workshops. Instruction in yoga and meditation, cheese, yoghurt and pasta making, guided nature walks, fruit smoothies and Make Your Own Muesli stands. Similar to a village fete, with plenty to do. The only requirement is to bring a homemade picnic in order to win one of the many prizes. Organised by local professionals who volunteer their time and skills to give something back to their community.
21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Emerge Festival 11:00-16:30 Shipley Country Park. Bi-annual world music and dance festival. Local young bands, street dancing, craft stalls etc. 01773 719961.
21-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Purley Festival A free festival of events, workshops and music. Finale on the Rotary Fields (Brighton Road, opposite Christchurch CR8 2BN) on Sat-Sun with a music stage, beer tent, food, activities, stalls and more for all ages. A community, not-for profit event.
24-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Glastonbury Festival
24 Jun - 05 Jul 2015 [TBC] World City Music Village Multiple free events. Free admission. Cultural Co-operation (CC) is an independent London-based arts & education charity set up in 1987. It promotes intercultural contact and understanding through arts and education activities throughout the year. It is a National Portfolio Organisation funded by Arts Council England. Video World City Music Village Festival, London
25-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Leigh Folk Festival Thu-Sun. One of the largest free folk roots music and dance events in the UK. 100's of performers and thousands of spectators at various locations. Fri evening pub sessions, Sat pm family events in Leigh Library Gardens and Broadway, Sat evening barn dance and music in the Old Town. On Sunday, the Festival completely takes over the Old Town with dancing and stage events happening all along the High Street, on the wharfs and on every piece of open space. In the evening there is the family barn dance and music sessions in local pubs. Sunday 13:00 - procession of Dance Sides from Belton Flyover to Victoria Wharf. Leigh Folk Festival
25-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Crystal Palace Overground Festival Sat 11:00 till late18:00 Westow Park & Crystal Palace Triangle, London SE19 3AN. Something for everyone, including a table tennis competition, markets, spoken word, art trails, light shows, DJs, BBQs, barn dances, cider festival, comedy, sports, music, film, vintage and plenty more. Free event.
26 Jun - 04 Jul 2015 Greenwich Festival A week of amazing street theatre. All events Greenwich Festival
26-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Dent Music And Beer Festival A weekend of music and family fun set in a beautiful location on the the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, 16 miles east of Kendal. 25 mainly Acoustic Acts covering Folk, Blues, Country, Bluegrass and Jazz on 2 stages. Free admission.
26 Jun - 04 Jul 2015 [TBC] Swindon Old Town Festival Jazz concert, ghost walk, hog roast, dog show, beer tent, stalls. The final Saturday is family fun day, with a procession at 11:00.
27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Pride London Sat 13:00 Huge parade from Baker Street to Whitehall, with 150 groups of walkers, dancers and large floats. Live music in Trafalgar Square till 20:00. Free event. Pride In London. Video: 2013 Parade 2013 Trafalgar Square
2015 [TBC] Burwell Carnival. Sat
12:00-22:45 Burwell, Cambridge CB25 0AP. 12:00
Parade from Margarete Field to Village College. 13:30
Fly Past by Spitfire from RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight . Fun,
food & fair with dodgems, inflatables, mini diggers, archery. . 17:45 till late Evening bands.
. Fun, food & fair with dodgems, inflatables, mini diggers, archery.Licensed Bar, BBQ & Teas + range of alternative food vendors. Stalls, activities
. 17:45 till late Evening bands.
27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Isle Of Wight Mardi Gras Sat 15:00 Ryde School, Queens Road, High Street, Union Street and Esplanade, Ryde. Held on last Saturday in June. Flagship event and showcases the very best of children and young people’s carnival experience through learning, creating and performance.
27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Golowan Festival Penzance. World music, dance, food and market.
27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Kelvedon Community Festival, Essex Sat 12:00-19:30. Two live music stages. Free event.
27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Aldershot Military Show Family Day Sat 10:00-18:00 Family Day, Queens Parade, Queens Avenue, Aldershot. Featuring all the popular attractions of the former Army Show such as military vehicles, a funfair, stands from all the services and food outlets. A rugby sevens tournament will also be held, and there will be displays by the RLC Silver Stars parachute display team and the Sealed Knot Society. The Grenadier Guards will be putting on two ceremonial displays. In addition to all that, 17 different Army sports will be demonstrated at various venues. The public will be able to try out the sports as well as watching the Army Sports Board demos. Free event. Aldershot Military Show Family Day
27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Armed Forces Day Multiple events & locations.
27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Bermondsey Carnival Southwark Park, London SE16. Live bands, food, fun fair. Attendance 30,000. Bermondsey Carnival - Bermondsey Beat Sat 12:00-18:00. Free event.
27 Jun 2015 [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.
27-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Lark in the Park 11:00-16:00 Seaside Recreation Ground, Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN22 7NR.
27-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Chesterfield Canal Festival Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Staveley Town Basin S43 3XZ. Canal boats, vintage bus & steam train tours, entertainment marquee, children’s rides, canoeing, birds of prey, stalls and food & drink including a real ale bar. About £3. Saturday night concert. firstname.lastname@example.org 01246 477569.
27-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Morris Minor National Rally Sat-Sun Kelmarsh Hall, Northampton.
27-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Fire Engine Rally Sat-Sun 11:00 Preston Hall Museum and Park, Eaglescliffe TS18 3RH. Preserved & new fire engines and vintage vehicles, craft & trade stalls & fun activities for the children. Modest admission charge gives access to the museum and historic street.
27-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Newbury Food Festival 10:00-16:00
28 Jun 2015 Capital to Coast, London to Hove Charity Bike Ride. Sun 07:30-08:30 start from Kempton Park. 2000 riders expected.
28 Jun 2015 [TBC] South End Green Festival 10:30-17:00 South End Green, London NW3 2PT. Music, food, drink, crafts, children’s fair, dog competition etc. Every year around 4,000 people celebrate summer in one of London's friendliest and most beautiful neighbourhoods. Organised by local traders and residents, with profits going to local good causes.
28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Preston Caribbean Carnival 12:00-20:00. The parade begins at Moor Park and parades through the city centre, following a procession route through to Avenham Park where the music continues in to the evening.
28 Jun 2015 [TBC] London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Sun 10:00 London Regatta Centre, Royal Albert Docks (opposite City Airport). 40 teams. Shore entertainment & food. Organised by the London Chinatown Lions Club.
28 Jun - 04 Jul 2015 [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.
01-05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Henley Royal Regatta About 100 races over five days, on a 1 mile 550 yard course, which takes approximately seven minutes to cover.
02-05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Norwich Mayors Celebration Fri: world market, uphill cycle Races. Sat: World market, 5k Road Race, Carnival Procession, street acts in the county, fireworks, tree illuminations. Sun: river swim, world market, summer fayre, stalls, cafés, music, performance art, duck race. Norwich Mayors Celebration
03 Jul 2015 [TBC] Waterloo Carnival, London Fri 12:00-21:00. Procession of 300 people at 13:30. Live music stage, outside Cubana, Lower Marsh. Carnival de Cuba @ Waterloo carnival - www.carnival-de-cuba.com
03-05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Winchester Hat Fair Fri-Sun. A weekend of absurd and enchanting street theatre. Saturday evening procession. Sunday 12:00-18:00 Picnic in the Park at Oram's Arbour, with performances, food market, crafts and children's workshops. Video Winchester Hat Fair03-05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Godiva Festival & Carnival, Coventry UK's Biggest and Best Free Family Festival. War Memorial Park. Attendance 85,000. Friday night retro stars, Saturday a rockier edge, Sunday more relaxed. Top class live music, family entertainment, carnival procession, demonstrations, community groups and Funfair. Free event. www.godivafestival.com
04 Jul 2015 [TBC] St Paul's Caribbean Carnival, Bristol Sat 13:00 Portland Square area. Mas bands, about 15 static sound systems, carnival food and drink. If you like carnivals, you will love St Pauls. 0117 944 4176. St Pauls Caribbean Carnival
04 Jul 2015 [TBC] Guildford Raft Race Sat 15:00 Guildford Millmead to Stoughton Waterside Centre. Rafters raise funds for charities. Preparation begins at 13:00 and the race starts at 15:00. Spectators attend for free. Call Guildford Lions on 01483 546046 for more details. Video
04 Jul 2015 [TBC] Wellingborough Carnival Sat 13:00 Parade, Broad Green to Croyland Park. Sun 12:00 live music by local bands in Croyland Park. Free. 07979 506120.
04-05 Jul 2015 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.
04-05 Jul 2015 [TBC] 999 Weekend, Eastbourne Sat-Sun 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.
04-05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Paddle Round The Pier, Brighton Sat-Sun. Mad cap charity water event attracts 30,000 people. Races throughout the weekend. Typical line-up: Saturday 09:00 Sea Swim Competition, 10:00 Kayak Demo, 11:15 Bike Show, 12:00 Urban Athletics Parkour, 12:30 White Crane Martial Arts, 13:00 British Surf Ski Race, 14:00 Coastguard Helicopter & Lifeboat Demo, 18:00 Wakeboard Demo. Sunday 10:00 Inshore Rescue Boats, 11:00 Surf Life Saving, 11:15 Bike Show, 12:00 Urban Athletics Parkour, 12:30 White Crane Martial Arts, 13:00 Paddle Something Unusual, 14:00 Paddle Round The Pier. Video Paddle Round The Pier
04-05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Stratford Upon Avon River Festival One of the region’s leading free festivals with 50,000 revelers.
04-20 Jul 2015 [TBC] Wenlock Olympian Games A multitude of sporting events.
05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford Sun 14:15 Procession from the East Oxford Community Centre. Free Carnival vibes and family fun in Cowley Road and the surrounding streets until 19:00. The city’s biggest and most inclusive summer party - a celebration of the diverse communities of East Oxford. Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford
05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Banbury Town Mayors Sunday & Hobby Horse Day 13:00-16:00. Hobby horse procession to Peoples Park, Morris dancing and general horsing about.
05 Jul 2015 [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: email@example.com 01455 698494
05 Jul 2015 [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.
05-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Nudefest, Cornwall A weekend of events and activities run by British Naturism that takes place a short distance from Newquay at 25-acre, 400-pitch Newperran Holiday Park. Exclusive use of the park, and nudity will be permitted throughout the event, from midday, Thursday to midday, Sunday. Heated pool, sunbathing terraces, pub, shop & cafe. Two live music sessions, disco, pub quiz, sacred dance, body-painting, yoga, life coaching, sports and exhibitors from the naturist world.
07-09 Jul 2015 [TBC] Great Yorkshire Show Great Yorkshire Showground. Attendance 125,000. At the Show
08-15 Jul 2015 [TBC] Mouth Of The Tyne Festival Thu-Sun. Live music and art, with a maritime flavour - north and south of the river.
10 Jul 2015 [TBC] Camden Lock Live Fri 10:00-22:00 Camden Lock, Regents Canal, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AF. Fantastic line up of performances and live entertainment. Our very own, free, one day boutique festival is here to guarantee an amazing day out. Live music, street performers, dance workshops, delicious cocktails, yummy food, artisan shopping and much much more… everything brought to the heart of Camden to offer a full spectacle of festivities for everyone! Free event.
10-11 Jul 2015 [TBC] British Beach Polo Championships Fri-Sat Sandbanks, Dorset. General admission about £25. Evening beach party at additional cost.
10-11 Jul 2015 [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.
10-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Willow Festival, Peterborough Fri 16:00-23:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-23:00 Peterborough Embankment. Quality R&B, funk, soul, ska and jazz on 6 stages. 50,000 attendance. Run by unpaid volunteers, and bands perform at their own cost. Free event. Video Willow Festival
10-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Bromsgrove
Carnival, Worcester 12:00 Procession from the
Artrix, School Drive
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.
10-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Brass:
Durham Internation al Festival
al FestivalCombining brass, folk, opera, dance and spectacular outdoor theatre in stunning venues and city streets.
11 Jul 2015 [TBC] Littlehampton Carnival Sat 10:00-16:00 Town centre, 18:00 Procession of colourful floats, bands and performers. Fun fair.
11 Jul 2015 [TBC] Lewisham Peoples Day Sat 12:00-20:00 Mountsfield Park. An eclectic mix of entertainment including music on 3 themed stages, dance and wonderful street theatre as well as children’s activities, sports, fashion shows and crafts. Attendance 30,000. Free event. Lewisham Peoples Day
11 Jul 2015 [TBC] Uckfield Festival Big Day Out Sat 13:30 Amazing Procession with Giant Carnival Figures, High Street to Luxfield Field. 10:00-17:00 Big Day with street performers, arena events, dance and music. Bring a picnic. Free event. Video Uckfield Festival
11 Jul 2015 [TBC] Southampton Mela Sat 12:00-21:00 Hoglands Park, City Centre. Leading Indian Classical, Folk, World Music, Qawwali and Asian fusion. Live music and dance on the main stage, workshops and demonstrations in Music & Dance and Arts & Crafts. Family fun with a range of Arts & Crafts activities, a designated play area and a funfair. Stalls - varying from ethnic clothes and accessories, beauty and henna hand tattooing, arts & crafts. Attendance 20,000. Free entrance.
11 Jul 2015 [TBC] Romsey Beggars Fair Saturday. Music, dance and street entertainment, Romsey, Hampshire. Folk, jazz, blues and world music, colourful dance displays and children’s entertainment. From big bands on the Cornmarket stage to acoustic music in gardens and pub sessions - the day has a great atmosphere. Free event.
11 Jul 2015 [TBC] St Ives Carnival, Cambridgeshire Saturday 11:45 Parade, town centre to Hill Rise Park. 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.
11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Shoreditch Festival, London 12:00 Hoxton Street. Free entrance.
11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Eastbourne Extreme Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Eastern seafront. One of the biggest FREE extreme sports festivals in the UK. Adventure filled weekend featuring a huge line up of air, land and water based outdoor pursuits. Eastbourne Extreme
11-12 Jul 2015 [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.
11-12 Jul 2015 [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
11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Bognor Birdman Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00. Competitors launch themselves from the pier and beach, attempting man-powered flight. Bognor Birdman
11-12 Jul 2015 [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.
11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Basingstoke Live Sat 13:00-22:30, Sun 13:00-19:30 War Memorial Park, Basingstoke RG21 4AH. Free festival in the heart of Basingstoke, showcasing the best in local artists alongside national and international performers. Five stages packed with a mix of music and dance from a huge range of artists. Basingstoke Live
11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Worthing Birdman Sat-Sun. Competitors launch themselves from the pier and compete for the furthest flight in home made flying contraptions and winged fancy dress costumes, raising thousands of pounds for charity. Live music, market stalls, local radio etc. Saturday - Flying starts 11:30 - serious flyers. Sunday - Flying starts 12:00 - serious and fun competitors.
11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] ClogFest Sat-Sun Skipton, North Yorks. Held on the second weekend in July to celebrate English Step Dance.
12 Jul 2015 [TBC] McMichael Radio Rally & Car Boot Sale Sun 09:30 Reading Rugby Football Club, Sonning Lane RG4 6ST. Annual Sale of amateur radio equipment, test equipment, computers etc. Large Car Boot area, licensed bar, barbecue, demonstrations and displays by special interest groups. Indoor area for Traders. McMichael Radio Rally
12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Oxted Pram Race Sun 15:00.
12 Jul 2015 [TBC] British 10K London Run Sun 09:35 Hyde Park Corner on Piccadilly. Olympic athletes and celebrities from stage and screen, as well as tens of thousands of fun runners who raise over a million pounds for charity Map
12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Stafford Festival The first two Sundays in July. Street theatre, live music, and party in the park. Sun 06 Jul 2014 Party In The Park Family fun with face painting, art workshops, entertaining shows, train rides and lots more at Victoria Park. Free event. Sun 13 Jul 2014 Live @ The Castle The best of local live music from 12:00-22:00 at Stafford Castle. Local bands and singers on the main stage & acoustic marquee. £3.
15-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] War and Peace Show Wed-Sun 09:00-18:00 Folkestone Racecourse, Kent. The World's largest military vehicles and collectors fair. 3500+ military vehicles, arena events, 1940s fashion, 1000+ stalls. About £18.50. War and Peace Show
16-24 Jul 2015 [TBC] Wrexham Science Festival A diverse range of talks, demonstrations and exhibitions. A key feature will be a one day family event called Scientriffic, packed with interactive exhibitions and fun shows.
17-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Upton Blues Festival Fri-Sun. Britain’s biggest free blues festival with over 90 performances on 3 official stages and 9 pub stages. Excellent camping facilities. Free event.
17-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Bristol Harbour Festival Fri-Sun 12:00-17:00 Bristol Harbour. Attendance 200,000 - one of the most popular free festivals in the West Country. 7 performance stages, 3 fringe stages, historic ships, children’s entertainment, continental market, a fantastic array of food and drink. Free event. Map
of Wight Carnivals
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Newport Main Carnival. Sat 19:30
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Urban Food Fest Sat 17:00-24:00 165-173 Shoreditch High Street, London E1. Street food, alcoholic & cold drinks, live music,
entertainment, massage, artists, sculpture & furniture. Free entry.
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Derby Caribbean Carnival Sat 13:00 Parade Pear Street to city centre.
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Dorset Charity Horse and Dog Show Saturday. Homelands Farm, Three Legged Cross, Nr. Wimborne, Dorset BH21 6QZ. Run on behalf of the Wimborne & Ferndown Lions Club. All profits will go to Dorset Charities and other worthwhile causes. 350 Horses and 200 dogs, numerous trade stands, ferret racing, children's rides, show jumping and other entertainment activities in the main ring for the Public to enjoy.
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Newport Main Carnival IOW Annual event held in July. Start 19:30 from Matalan Car Park. One of a series of daytime and evening illuminated carnivals held across the Island, including Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor, Cowes, Yarmouth, Ryde and St Helens. Isle of Wight Carnivals Video
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Pier to Pier Race, Brighton Sat 12:00. About 60 take part in the swim, run under ASA laws by the Brighton Swimming Club, which is the oldest swimming club in the country.
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Taste Of the World, Sussex Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 Fontwell Park Racecourse, Arundel BN18 0SX. A celebration of food and culture from around the world; with cuisines from the Far East to North Africa, the Caribbean to Central Asia, the Mediterranean to Africa, Europe to the Americas and the British isles. Includes live celebrity cooking demonstrations, creative cooking activites for the whole family, cake decorating competition, plus stands from top food specialists from all over the UK Entrance £2, under 16's free.
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] The Ripley Event Free family fun day by the Rotary Club of Ripley & Send, from 13:30, Ripley village green, Surrey. Vintage & classic cars, pony rides, dog show, Elmbridge model club, children's races, children's dancing, live music, stalls and refreshments. Free parking. More info from Malcolm Pritchett 01932 343929.
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Goring & Streatley Regatta
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Broadwater Summer Carnival, Worthing Saturday - Procession 13:00 from Worthing High School, St Lawrence Avenue. Events, sideshows, rides, big top, circus performers, arena events and charity stalls.on Broadwater Green 10:00-16:00. Daytime contact 01903 237719. Email
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Chippenham River Festival Sat 0:00-17:00 Island Park. Festival flotilla, raft race, canoeing, live music. Free entrance to the park.
18 Jul 2015 [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. Run in partnership by Orb Events and the Liverpool Carnival Company. Culmination of the Brazilica Festival Week, bringing a taste of Brazil’s carnival atmosphere to the streets of Liverpool with live music, dance, art, sport, culture, food and film.
18-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Lambeth Country Show Sat-Sun 11:00-19:00 Brockwell Park, London. Largest event of its type in South East England Attendance 120,000. Traction engines and steam parade, medieval re-enactment, falconry; horticultural competitions; fairground rides; crafts; community stalls; live performance stage and arenas. Free event. Video Lambeth Country Show
18-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] British Rowing Championships - Juniors National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham.
18-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Royal International Air Tattoo Sat-Sun RAF Fairford. The biggest UK air show - attendance 167,000. See site for tickets.
18-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] TurkishFest, London Potters Fields, South Bank - Sat 11:00-21:00, Sun 11:00-18:00. Exciting programme of entertainment, creative artists and rich river side bazaar. Art Fair - fine collection of painting, photographs and handcrafts etc. Turkish food, drink, spices and art from painting to calligraphy and photographs to handcrafts.
19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Mini's on the Wreck, Shoreham 10:00-16:00 Adur recreation ground, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex. Saturday - an evening cruise around the South Downs. Sunday - the main show with raffle, tombola, auto jumble, trade stands, a sound off, show and shine, and various bouncy things for the children. For the public there is free entry, while for mini cars there is a small charge. Free camping. All proceeds to charity.
19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Strawberry Hill Music & Fun Day, Twickenham Sun 11:30-19:30 Strawberry Hill House, Waldegrave Road. Supporting the restoration of Strawberry Hill House, an important castle in the Gothic revival. Live Music, Fairground Rides, Craft Stalls, Community Stalls, Children's Entertainment, Food Stalls, Beer Tents and more. Entry by donation, suggested £2 - Children 0-14 free. Friends of Strawberry Hill
19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Albury Music Festival 13:00-20:00 Picnics and live music at Albury Cricket Ground. Community event run by the Albury Produce Association & Albury Churches with support from the cricket & football club and parish council.
19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Hastings Pirate Day Sunday - beach and Old Town. The biggest pirate day in the world, with lots of activities around the old town and on the beach. Procession with massed drums and flags, cannon and firearms display, buccaneers pirate ship, live music, shanty singers, sky fall, market, stunt action and sand sculptures. Video: Procession Video: Music Stage Hastings Pirate Day Pirate Day in Hastings
23-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Hatherleigh Festival, Devon Four days of amazing street theatre and performance, with many free events.
29-30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Bristol International Kite
Festival Now a biennial event. Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Ashton Court.
sea-themed kites, giant octopi and squids, a flying
scuba diver, giant mermaid and Roly the killer whale.
Special animal shapes including flying bears, tigers, dogs and cats
designed and made in New Zealand by festival.
Synchronised flying to music and Scratch the current World Sport Kite Team
The official Guinness World Record holder for the largest kite a colossal
3D Kuwaiti flag.
Vast spinning wheels from Italy in support of the Great Western Air
The brute power of man-lifting kite surf wings and the thrills and spills
of kite-propelled buggies and land boards.
Aerial combat with traditional Japanese fighting kites each vying to be
the last one in the sky.
Spectacular ground-based air creations, air sculptures and forests of
Free children s kite-making workshops. Fantastic
play structures and children’s attractions, specialist kite traders, a
licensed bar, food and drink.
18-20 Mar 2016 [TBC] Sport Relief Fri-Sun. Biennial charity event from Comic Relief. Up to 400,000 runners, raising £millions for charity. 1, 3 & 6 mile options. Sport Relief
03 Jul 2016 [TBC] Crowthorne Carnival Sat 12:00 Parade, Wellington Business Park to the Morgan Recreation Ground. Fete with live music stage. Held every two years. Crowthorne Carnival.
17-18 Jul 2016 [TBC] Bedford River Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-23:00. Historical Re-Enactments, Live Music, Funfair, Continental Market. Attendance 350,000. Held every two years. Free. Saturday Events: Carnival 12:00 noon from De Parys Avenue to Riverside Square. On The River: 14:00 Parade of Cruisers, 16:00 Parade of Boats. 19:00 Dragon Boat final, 21:30 Illuminated Boat Parade. Heritage Village 15:00 Main Battle, Marine Landing & Ground Attack. Main Stage , Acoustic Stage, Community Stage, Sports Village. Amazing fireworks at 22:30 Saturday evening. Video:Carnival Vikings Boat Parade Illuminated Boat Parade Fireworks Bedford River Festival
17-18 Jul 2016 [TBC] Farnborough Airshow - Public Days Sat-Sun. 1,500 exhibitors & 270,000 visitors. Flying 12:30-17:00 daily. Gate ticket about £45. Held every two years.
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