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

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

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

Updated 18 Dec 2018

English Public Holidays 2018

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

English Public Holidays 2019

01 Jan 2019 Tue New Year's Day
19 Apr 2019 Good Friday
22 Apr 2019 Easter Monday
06 May 2019 Mon May Bank Holiday
27 May 2019 Mon Spring Bank Holiday
26 Aug 2019 Mon Summer Bank Holiday
25 Dec 2019 Wed Christmas Day
26 Dec 2019 Thu Boxing Day

Email: barry@free-events.co.uk

20 Dec 2018 River of Light, Caerphilly 18:30 Town Centre to the castle. Lantern parade with samba drummers, street bands and dancers. Spectacular firework finale.


21 Dec 2018 Burning The Clocks, Brighton

18:30-20:30 New Road to Madeira Drive. The Illuminated Lantern Procession, with 1,500 participants, makes its way through North Street, Ship Street, East Street, onto the seafront and along to Madeira Drive. The fireshow will take place on the beach with viewing from Madeira Drive and the Upper Terrace on Marine Parade. The finale will contain loud music and pyrotechnics.

Video Procession Fireworks

Burning The Clocks is organized by Same Sky, and has an attendance of 20,000.

Free event.



22 Dec 2018 Winter Solstice, Stonehenge English Heritage welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. 06:00 Parking opens - £5 per car £2 per motorbike. 07:45 Monument field opens, 10:00 Monument field closes. Access to Stonehenge for Winter Solstice is free. Possible small gatherings at Avebury, Glastonbury Tor etc.

29 Nov 2018 - 02 Jan 2019 London Bridge City Christmas Market 10:00-20:00 More London Riverside, Hay's Galleria, London bridge City Pier. German-style wooden chalets and over 100 stalls featuring exciting and independent traders, food vendors and festive activities. 



Thu 27 Dec 2018 9:30am Saturn Running Marathon & Ultra 6 Hour Timed, Reading, Berkshire
Fri 28 Dec 2018 9:00am Phoenix Year End Marathon, Thames Path, Walton on Thames to Hampton Court and back, Surrey
Sat 29 Dec 2018 9:30am Frozen Phoenix 1 Marathon & Ultra 6 Hour Timed, Walton on Thames, Surrey
Sun 30 Dec 2018 9:30am Frozen Phoenix 2 Marathon & Ultra 6 Hour Timed, Walton on Thames, Surrey
Sat 05 Jan 2019 9:30am Runthrough VictoriaI Park Half Marathon, London
Sun 06 Jan 2019 9:00am WirralI Way Winter Half Marathon, Old Railway Line to Wirral Country Park, Merseyside
Sat 12 Jan 2019 10:00am Maverick inov-8 Original event, New Forest National Park, Holmsley, Christchurch, Hampshire
Sun 20 Jan 2019 10:15am Gloucester Marathon, Severn Vale Sports Centre
Sun 20 Jan 2019 10:30am Four Villages Half Marathon, Helsby, Cheshire
Sun 20 Jan 2019 10:30am Benfleet 15, Hadleigh, Essex

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23 Nov 2018 - 01 Jan 2019 Magical Lantern Festival 17:00-21:00 Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Very spectacular illuminated creations. About £14.

22 Nov 2018 - 06 Jan 2019 Winter Wonderland 10:00-22:00 Hyde Park, London. Ice Rink, Circus, Giant Wheel & Rides, Santa Land and Christmas Market.


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

Southampton Cruise Ship Schedule

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

17 Dec 2018 Queen Elizabeth 16:30
17 Dec 2018 Oceana 16:30
19 Dec 2018 Saga Sapphire 16:00
19 Dec 2018 Aurora 16:30
21 Dec 2018 Balmoral 16:30
21 Dec 2018 Oriana 16:30
21 Dec 2018 Ventura 17:00
23 Dec 2018 Queen Victoria 16:30
29 Dec 2018 Oceana 16:30
29 Dec 2018 Queen Elizabeth 16:30
29 Dec 2018 Aurora 16:30


16 Nov 2018 - 02 Jan 2019 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.


Eventissima Events Artisan Crafts, Vintage & Gift Fairs

Sat 15 Dec 2018 Faversham, The Alexander Centre, Gatefield Hall 09:30-15:00



Port Of London Events 2018

Sat 15 Dec 2018 Sailing Event Christmas Riverbanking: Toe in Water Barnes Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge London Corinthian Sailing Club 12:30



Ceremonial Events


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



Bognor Regis Events


Newark Antiques Fair

Nottingham Showground, Newark NG24 2NY.

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

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

Often featured on BBC1's Bargain Hunt.

Thu-Fri 06-07 Dec 2018


06-29 Dec 2018 [TBC] Southbank Centre Winter Market, London Wooden chalets filled with festive food, drinks, gifts and treats for all.



Surrey Car Meets

07 Dec 2018 Watch Evening, Fri 18:00, London




Twickenham Craft Fairs

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

A wide variety of local hand-made crafts, in a family orientated environment with no stairs or steps. Free entry.
Fairs run from April till December, approximately every 4 weeks and are always on a Saturday.

Sat 08 Dec 2018

There are also ladies pamper evenings - please see link.



The Crafty Pint Market

11:00-16:00 Sundays. Aldwick Royal British Legion, 20 Hewarts Lane, Bognor Regis PO21 3DS.

Monthly Craft and Gift Market selling handmade crafts and gifts + Charity Tombola.

09 Dec 2018 Christmas Crafty Pint Market


17 Dec 2018 [TBC] Mayor of London Christmas Carol Service Mon 19:00-20:00 Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA. The Mayor will deliver his Christmas message and the Metropolitan Police Choir and The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir will be performing traditional carols. This event is hugely popular and entry is on a first come, first served basis. A ticket does not guarantee you a seat. Please arrive early, with your printed ticket, to avoid disappointment.  Doors open 18:15. Find out more and book your free tickets at: www.london.gov.uk/mayors-christmas-carols

20 Dec 2019 [TBC] Christmas Lantern Procession 18:00 followed by carol singing around the Christmas tree in the Market Place. Great Yarmouth Events

Bullfish Charity Fayres

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

22 Dec 2018 Wicked Aromaz & Friends, Town Hall, 57-59 Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6AD.
25 May 2019 Craft & Therapy Fayre, Town Hall, 57-59 Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6AD.
23 Nov 2019 Christmas Therapy & Craft Fayre, Town Hall, 57-59 Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6AD.



SEASONAL SWIMS - 25 Dec 2018 [TBC]

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

26 Dec 2018 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 From 09:30 Scrutineering, judging and photographs commence. 10:30 Fastest Pram racers depart. 10:35 First batch of 20 teams start. Scrutineering etc continues. 10:40 Second batch of 20 teams start and so on. 13:30 Race finishes and prizes are awarded. (approx) 15:30 Last road closures are removed.? The Course: The event starts at Highams Hall/Kamkorp Park (formerly Linde Group/BOC) on the Chertsey Road and finishes at The Windlesham Club & Theatre, Kennel Lane, where the prizes are awarded. On route racers will visit The Brickmakers Arms, The Surrey Cricketers, The Sun, The Half Moon and The Bee pubs. Windlesham Pram Race

26 Dec 2018 Pagham Pram Race 11:00 Boxing Day, whatever the weather. The oldest continuing pram race in the world, stopping at local pubs, and raising money for charity. 80 competitors expected. 3 mile course via The Bear Inn, Pagham Beach Cafe and finish at The Lamb Inn. info@paghampramrace.com


Bolton Steam Museum

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

Our volunteers have rescued and restored 30 old stationary steam engines - some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woolen mills of the North of England. Some of our engines are now unique - the only one of its kind to survive anywhere in the world! Our oldest is now 180 years old and most are well over 100 years old! Most will be running in steam on these 2 days only from 10:00-16:00 and admission is free. There is an activity sheet for the children, and hot & cold drinks and snacks in the Engine View Cafe.  Full disabled access and free unlimited parking on Morrison''s Supermarket car park next to the Museum.

Fri-Sat 28-29 Dec 2018 Winter Warm-Up

Sun-Mon 05-06 May 2019 [TBC] May Day Steamings.
Sun-Mon 26-27 May 2019 [TBC] Spring Bank Holiday Steamings.
Sun-Mon 25-26 Aug 2019 [TBC] Summer Steamings



Edinburgh New Year

30 Dec 2018 [TBC] Torchlight Procession. Official start of the spectacular Edinburgh Hogmanay events. 19:00 Procession from George IV Bridge to Calton Hill. 35,000 participants and spectators, Vikings, massed pipes & drums and thousands of torch carriers. Fireworks at 20:15. Free event.

31 Dec 2018 [TBC] Hourly firework displays 21:00-24:00, Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill. At midnight, the world’s biggest rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Free event.

31 Dec 2018 [TBC] In addition, ticketed events include a concert, street party and Keilidh.


Events In London

31 Dec 2018 New Years Eve Fireworks. 20:00-0045. £10. Pre-booking required.

17 Mar 2019 St Patricks Day, Trafalgar Square. Free.



31 Dec 2018 New Year's Eve Fireworks, London Spectacular Midnight fireworks at the London Eye. Live DJs with music from 22:00 until 00:45. £10 advance tickets, limited to 100,000 people, but free viewing is possible from the surrounding area. Video: Dancing Revelers Fireworks Auld Lang Syne New Year's Eve Fireworks, London

31 Dec 2018 NewcastleGateshead Quayside Fireworks Midnight,  New Year's Eve, NewcastleGateshead Quayside. Fireworks light up the Tyne against the iconic backdrop of the seven bridges. Free event.

31 Dec 2018 Weymouth New Years Eve Town Centre and harbour. Free fancy dress party with 20,000 revelers. Tourist Information Centre 01305 785747.

31 Dec 2018 Fireball Procession, Stonehaven Midnight, High Street, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Spectacular and unique display involving 60 fireballs. Each fireball is a round cage of wire netting about two feet in circumference packed with paraffin soaked rags and coal and swung around on a wire rope. Video Free event.

31 Dec 2018 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 2018 Reggae Roast New Year's Eve

21:00-05:00 The Refreshment Room, 27 Broadway, London E15 4BQ.

Reggae Roast are excited to present our 2018 NYE Dance with an all star line up to see in the New Year in style!
We're bringing out the Soundsystem for an extra special New Year's Eve bash and we've invited a few of our friends along to help nice it up!
We've got one of the top Soundsystem crews in Europe, O.B.F, alongside venerable Mic controller Charlie P, as well as the Dub master, Prince Fatty and Brixton's very own MC legend Horseman, plus everyone's favourite Junglist, Benny Page!

Add to that the full Reggae Roast family of selectors, Dj's & MC's all powered by the mighty Reggae Roast Soundsystem and you've got the ingredients for a top ranking New Year's Eve session!

Everyone welcome x

Flash sale Tickets from £5.



31 Dec 2018 [TBC] Nos Galan Races 16:30-20:30 Mountain Ash, Cynon Valley, South Wales. 5km route around the town. More than 1,000 runners take part, with competitions for boys and girls, a fun run for adults and an elite race. Each year a famous mystery sports personality takes part. 18:45 Fireworks. 19:00 Elite Race, 19:30 Fun Race.

31 Dec 2018 Cardiff New Year's Eve Fireworks Midnight Fireworks at Cardiff's Winter Wonderland, Civic Centre. Free event.

31 Dec 2018 [TBC] Manchester New Year's Eve Fireworks. City-centre, best viewed from the Exchange Square.

01 Jan Public Holiday - New Year's Day Holiday

01 Jan 2019 New Years Day Parade, London 12:00 Parade from Piccadilly, past Trafalgar Square, to finish at 15:30 on Parliament Street. 10,000 performers, marching bands, classic cars, balloons, cheerleaders, clowns, steel bands and 500,000 spectators. Video New Years Day Parade, London

01 Jan 2019 Hyde Park Serpentine Runs 10k race starts at 11:00,  3k fun run starts at 12:00. Course Map

01 Jan 2019 Bath Tub Race, Poole Harbour 10:30 Dolphin Haven and along The Quays. Organized by the Blue Boar pub (01202 682247) to raise funds for the RNLI and other charities. Attracts an audience of about 1000. Map

01 Jan 2019 Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race 12:00. Annual charity race of about 20 teams in fancy dress. Start and finish at School Road Car Park, Sunninghill and the course distance is 1 mile.


Ultra Running
Tue 01 Jan 2019 Hardmoors 30, N Yorks Coast
Mon 20 May 2019 Dragon's Back Race, Spine of Wales


04 Jan 2019 Hartley Wintney Wassail Fri 19:00 Torch Procession from the Waggon & Horses RG27 8NY, east to the Vaughan Millennium Apple Orchard. Complementary cup of cider or apple juice at the orchard. events@hartleywintney.org.uk Video: Waggon & Horses The Orchard The Apple Tree 01252 845152. Dancing and ceremony by Hook Eagle Morris Men. Please bring lanterns and torches.

05 Jan 2019 Bolney Wassail Sat 18:00 Old Mill Fruit Farm, Cowfold Road, Bolney, W Sussex, RH17 5SE. Ancient custom in which the evil spirits are driven out and the good spirits are encouraged to produce a good apple crop for the following year's cider. Morris dancing, torch procession and noisy ceremony. A shotgun is fired into the air, and everyone makes as much noise as possible.  Bring your own noisy instruments - rattles etc. Free event with lots of character, held in the apple orchard. Bottled apple juice will be on sale in the barn. Video: Procession Orchard Dancing Map Wassail Song Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men. Event subject to weather & ground conditions.

05 Jan 2019 [TBC] 12th Night, Guildford Sat Twelfth Night – Mummers Play and Wassail The Pilgrim Mummers will be touring Guildford bringing entertainment and general jollity in the following locations: The Star from 7:00pm, when the King of Misrule is chosen with Mummers play 7:30pm approx The Keep, Castle Street at 8:00pm, The Angel Hotel at 8:30pm, singing and storytelling in its fine gallery hall, The Three Pigeons, High Street at 9:30pm and finally, The Royal Oak, Sydenham Road at 10:15pm, where we’ll stay until we’re no longer welcome, wassailing the night away. Wassail!

05 Jan 2019 [TBC] Hunters Moon Wassail. Stone Cross Nurseries, Dittons Road, Stone Cross, East Sussex BN24 5ET.


Classic Bike Shows

05-06 Jan 2019 Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide, Winter Classic Drove Lane, Winthorpe, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 2NY.
02-03 Feb 2019 Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show, The Royal Bath & West, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN.
12-13 Oct 2019 [TBC] Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Weston Road, Stafford, Staffordshire ST18 0BD.


06 Jan 2019 Arun Divers Littlehampton Leap Sun 12:00 Red Bridge, Arun View Inn, River Road, Littlehampton BN17 5DD. Intrepid jumpers in fancy dress leap into the River Arun for charity. A fun event for all ages, open to anyone with a minimum sponsorship fee or charity donation of about £10 on the day. Leapers are encouraged to wear fancy dress, wetsuits or drysuits. Boats will be in the water to recover the Leapers and ferry them to the riverside, nobody will be in the water for more than 1 minute. Hot soup will be available in the bar at The Arun View Inn for all brave leapers. There will be a street collection for the charity and people are welcome to come and watch and take photo's. Afterwards in The Arun View Inn, there will also be a Grand Raffle prize draw. Sponsor forms are available for download at www.arundivers.org.uk or alternatively contact Gary Moore 07788 177773 Arun Divers 2019

06 Jan 2019 [TBC] Twelfth Night, London Sun 14:00 Bankside, outside Shakespere's Globe. Twelfth Night is an annual seasonal celebration held on London's South Bank. A mix of ancient customs with contemporary festivity. It is free, accessible to all and happens whatever the weather. See the Holly Man in evergreen foliage, the Mummers dressed in spectacular colours, and all manner of characters. Twelfth Night, London

06 Jan 2019 [TBC] No Trousers Tube Ride, London. Quirky annual event with up to 500 participants.


08 Jan2019 Dyslexia Talk – Child Struggling at School?

Tue 19:30-21:30 Kingswood Hall, Waterhouse Lane, Kingswood, Surrey KT20 6EB.

Free entry and parking. Minutes from Kingswood Station.


09-13 Jan 2019 [TBC] London Boat Show 10:00-18:00 (20:00 Thu) ExCeL, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL. Over 500 exhibitors showcase an unrivalled selection of boats, marine products, accessories, services, clothing ranges, chandlery, electronics, engines and more, as well as offer a wide range of activities that will entertain the whole family, there is something to suit every taste and budgets. Tickets

12 Jan 2019 [TBC] Bracknell Wassail Sat 17:30-19:00. Wassailing is an old English custom to celebrate and protect fruit trees and ensure a good harvest. Come and enjoy a simple revival of this seasonal tradition, by firelight and accompanied by lively music and dancing by the OBJ Morris Dancers. Bring cider or apple juice. Meet at the north car park, off Lily Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 2RX. Booking is required, please call 01344 354441. More. About £3 per person. Video.

13 Jan 2019 [TBC] Royal Pavilion, Brighton Sun 10:00-16:30. The Royal Pavilion, Brighton BN1 1EE. Tel: 03000 290900. Annual open day with an attendance of 3,000. Come along and find out how you can get involved in helping to conserve and care for the Royal Pavilion all year round. More. Free event.


Lumiere Festival

Light, sculpture and giant installations waiting to be discovered.

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

16-19 Jan 2019 [TBC] Lumiere London Light, sculpture and giant installations waiting to be discovered. The event, by Artichoke is the biggest of it's kind in the UK.


18-20 Jan 2019 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

19 Jan 2019 Pentacle Wassail Sat 18:00–23:00 The Royal Oak and Castle Pub High St, Pevensey, East Sussex BN24 5LE. Flaming torch procession, drumming, dancing and wassailing. Video: Procession Orchard Dancing Pentacle Drummers Wassail Facebook Free event. 2019

19 Jan 2019 [TBC] Chepstow Wassail and Mari Lwyd 14:30 Three Tuns, Bridge Street. Morris Dancing and capers. 15:00 Wassail of the Chepstow Castle Dell Apple Trees. Singing & Dancing. 16:00 Mari Lwyd at The Three Tuns. Several Authentic Horses Heads Dressed in the Traditional Way. Welsh/English Banter, Lots of Singing/Colour/Fun. 17:30 Morris Dancing, Music and Noise, Chepstow Bridge. 18:30 Meeting of the English and the Welsh in the Middle of the OldIron Bridge. “It’s like going to War and then all Peace breaks out!” 19:15 The Mari Lwyd Performed at the Chepstow Museum. All Floodlit, Great for Viewing and Rumours of Hot Mulled Cider! 20:00 Ceilidh Dance at the Drill Hall £5. Licenced Bar.

20 Jan 2019 [TBC] Charvil Wassail, Twyford Sun 11:30 OJB Morris at the Lands End Pub, Charvil, Twyford RG10 0UE. Morris dancing, Mummers play, and Wassail ceremony.

25 Jan 2019 [TBC] Australia Day Pub events and parties around London.

26-27 Jan 2018 [TBC] Lambing Weekend Sat-Sun 09:30-15:30 Sparsholt College, Winchester SO21 2NF. See 350 ewes at lambing time and witness the shepherding activities at this annual event. Also, a wide range of animals including goats, donkeys, rabbits, guinea-pigs, chickens and exotic species including red panda, wallabies, reptiles and amphibians. It is vitally important that women who are or may be pregnant do not attend this event. Within lambing flocks there is always a risk of a disease presence which can cause miscarriage in women. About £6.


Tough Guy

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

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

27 Jan 2019 Mt Mouse War Without Weapons To End All Wars Event.
Course Distance : 12K.
Start Time : 11:00.



29 Jan 2019 Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Shetland The largest fire festival in Europe, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January every year. Torch-light procession of up to a thousand "guizers" through the streets of Lerwick, followed by the burning of a full-size replica Viking long-ship. A night of revelry, dancing and partying until dawn. Video

02 Feb 2019 [TBC] Waitangi Pub Crawl, London The day New Zealanders let their hair down. Sat 10:00 Pride of Paddington, 1 Craven Road, Paddington W2 3BP. Prince Alfred, 112 Queensway, Westbourne Green, Notting Hill W2 3RR. The Old Swan, 206 Kensington Church Street, Notting Hill W8 4DP. Prince of Wales, 8 Kensington Church Street, Kensington W8 4EP. Duke of Clarence, 148 Old Brompton Road SW5 0BE. The Zetland Arms, 2 Bute Street, Old Brompton Road, Kensington SW7 3EX. The Phoenix, 14 Palace Street, Westminster, Victoria SW1E 5JA. The Old Star, 66 Broadway, St James's Park, Westminster SW1H 0DB. 16:00 Big gathering and Haka at Parliament Square. Waitangi Day Pub Crawl, London The Pubs Haka Video More

02 Feb 2019 [TBC] Winter Lantern Parade, Tunbridge Wells Sat 17:15 from Tunbridge Wells Library. Parade down Monson Road and Camden Road, finishing at St Barnabas School for food and entertainment.

02-03 Feb 2019 [TBC] TNT Travel Show Sat-Sun Olympia, London. Big travel show, with exclusive deals, top travel companies. About £5.

03 Feb 2019 [TBC] South Essex Radio Rally Sun 10:30 The Paddocks, Long Road, Canvey. Amateur radio & electronics. 01842 861089.

06-17 Feb 2019 [TBC] Imagine Children's Festival Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel 020 7960 4200. Top names in children’s literature, dance, theatre and art. Enjoy free activities or just take in the atmosphere as children run the show. Many free events.

09-12 Feb 2019 [TBC] Showzam, Blackpool Annual festival of circus, magic and new variety. Show all events

09-17 Feb 2019 [TBC] Brighton Science Festival Welcome to the new-look festival. This February focuses on the young, though there are at least 14 events for adults. Half-Term week is packed, kicking off with Bright Sparks, and then running through nine days with a wide range of original workshops for the young, 2-16 year-olds. There’s also some gems that will appeal to grown-ups of all ages, with ghosts, magic, music and monsters.

10 Feb 2019 Chinese New Year, London Sun 10:00 Parade,  North of Trafalgar Square, Charring Cross Road, Shaftesbury Avenue. 11:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square - Lion dance, martial arts, food, firecrackers, pyrotechnics and light show. On Wardour Street and Gerrard Street you’ll find craft stalls, Chinese food stands and more traditional dance. Shaftesbury Avenue stage will host local up-and-coming talent. Charing Cross Road will feature musical performances, martial arts displays, crafts and workshops. Expect huge crowds in Trafalgar Square - main stage with music, lion dances and fireworks. Video: Parade Firecrackers Website: visitlondon.com Free event

11-17 Feb 2019 [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

11-17 Feb 2019 [TBC] Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London A week-long programme of events celebrating the diversity of Russian culture. Video Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London

17 Feb 2019 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Birmingham Sun 11:00-16:00 Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TD. Dragon dances, acrobatics, Kung Fu, firecrackers, market stalls, food, children’s rides and firework finale. Attendance 30,000. Tel: 0121 685 8510. Free event.

17 Feb 2019 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Manchester Sun 12:00-18:00 Chinatown and Albert Square. 12:00 Dragon and music, 13:00 Dragon Parade with 175ft dragon, 18:00 Fireworks. Attendance 65,000.

17 Feb 2019 [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.

22-24 Feb 2019 [TBC] Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb Fri-Sun Wakefield Cathedral Precinct. The finest regional produce, the most talented local chefs, a range of tours, walks, demonstrations, real ale and the biggest speciality market in the region. Free event.

23 Feb 2019 [TBC] Slaithwaite Moonraking Sat 14:00-20:30 Biennial event in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. 14:00-16:00 The Moonraking Mummers Play. 15:00-17:00 Dancing to live music on the Two Valleys Radio stage. 18:30 Moon Raking from the Canal & Giant Lantern Procession. 20:00 Spectacular Finale and fireworks with dancing on the street. Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival Finale Video: Music1 Music2 Procession


Pride Events

23 Feb 2019 [TBC] Hampshire Pride, School of Art, Winchester
11 May 2019 [TBC] Exeter Pride St Sidwell's Centre Sat 11:30 Parade
18 May 2019 [TBC] Lancaster Pride, Lower Briggate
24 May 2019 [TBC] Burnley Pride, Burnley Library
25 May 2019 Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun Hurst Street.
25 May 2019 [TBC] Grampian Pride, Queens Links
27 May 2019 [TBC] Durham Pride, Millenium Square
01 Jun 2019 Oxford Pride 12:00 Procession, Castle & Paradise Street
07 Jun 2019 [TBC] Canterbury Pride, Dane John Garden
08 Jun 2019 [TBC] Blackpool Pride Winter Gdns.11:00 Procession N Pier.
08 Jun 2019 [TBC] Coventry Pride, University Square, Priory Street
08 Jun 2019 [TBC] York Pride, Knavesmire
08 Jun 2019 [TBC] Flintshire Pride, Theatre Clwyd, Mold.
15 Jun 2019 Edinburgh Pride
15 Jun 2019 [TBC] Essex Pride, Central Park.
15 Jun 2019 Chelmsford Essex Sun. Central Park. 12:00-23:00
29 Jun 2019 [TBC] Exmouth Pride, Manor Gardens
05 Jul 2019 [TBC] Sparkle Transgender Celebration, Sackville Gardens, Manchester
06 Jul 2019 London Pride 12:00 Baker St to Trafalgar Sq.
Pictures Video
06 Jul 2019 [TBC] Worksop Pride, Old Market Square.
12-14 Jul 2019 [TBC] Bournemouth Pride Bandstand ,The Triangle
13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Bristol Pride, Castle Park
13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Pride Glasgow, Kelvingrove Park.
13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Rotherham Pride, Clifton Park
13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Salford Pride. The Pink Picnic, Peel Park.
19 Jul 2019 [TBC] Newcastle Pride Town Moor. Fri-Sun. Town centre stage.
20 Jul 2019 [TBC] Isle Of Wight Pride Ryde Beach.
20 Jul 2019 [TBC] Brighton Trans Pride. Parade 12pm Marlborough Pub to Brunswick Square. Park Event.
20 Jul 2019 Eastbourne Pride Princes Park. Free, registration reqd.
20 Jul 2019 [TBC] Hull Pride Queens Gardens.
21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Chesterfield Pride, Stand Road Park.
27 Jul 2019 [TBC] Liverpool Pride Sat-Sun. St Georges Quarter
27 Jul 2019 [TBC] Nottingham Pride. Sat, City Centre
27 Jul 2019 [TBC] Telford Pride Sat, Hartshill Park, Oakengates
27 Jul 2019 [TBC] Norwich Pride Sat 13:00 Parade, City Hall to Chapelfield Gardens.
27 Jul 2019 [TBC] Weston Super Mare Pride Grove Park
27 Jul 2019 [TBC] Oldham Pride Sat, Parliament Square & George Square
27 Jul 2019 [TBC] Sheffield Pride Sat, Endcliffe Park
27 Jul 2019 [TBC] West Lothian Pride Sat 13:00 West Lothian College, Livingston
28 Jul 2019 [TBC] Stockport Pride Sun 11:00 Market Place
03 Aug 2019 Brighton Pride Sat 11:00 Parade, Hove Lawns to Preston Park. Sat-Sun Festival in Preston Park, about £38.
04 Aug 2019 [TBC] Leeds Pride Sun, Lower Briggate
10 Aug 2019 Swindon & Wiltshire Town Gardens, Quarry Road.
10 Aug 2019 [TBC] Chester Pride Sat, Castle Square
10 Aug 2019 [TBC] Wigan Pride Sat, Market Place, Town Centre
10 Aug 2019 [TBC] Ely Cambridge Pride Sat 10:00 Jubilee Gardens
10 Aug 2019 [TBC] Plymouth Pride Sat 12:00 Parade, North Cross roundabout to Plymouth Hoe 13:00-19:00
10 Aug 2019 [TBC] Margate Pride Sat 14:00, Waterfront.
10 Aug 2019 [TBC] Wakefield Pride Sat 12:00 Lower Warrengate and Sun Lane
17 Aug 2019 [TBC] Colchester Pride Sat 11:00-22:00 Firstsite
17 Aug 2019 [TBC] Warwickshire Pride Sat, Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa
17 Aug 2019 [TBC] Folkestone Pride Sat 12:00 The Stade & Harbour Carpark
17 Aug 2019 [TBC] King's Lynn Norfolk Pride Sat 13:00 Parade from the Tuesday Market Place. Live entertainment in The Walks
17 Aug 2019 [TBC] Doncaster Pride Sat 13:00 Parade from Waterdale
23-25 Aug 2019 [TBC] Manchester Pride
23-25 Aug 2019 [TBC] Cardiff Pride City Hall Lawn, Cardiff
24 Aug 2019 [TBC] Southampton Pride Sat 11:00-22:00 Guildhall Square & West Marlands Road
24 Aug 2019 [TBC] Walsal Pride Sat 11:00-17:00 Gallery Square Gardens
24 Aug 2019 [TBC] Cornwall Pride Sat 12:00 Parade from Beach Road, Newquay. 12:00-19:00 Killacourt.
25 Aug 2019 [TBC] Hastings Pride Sun 10:00-22:00 The Oval, Bohemia Road
25 Aug 2019 [TBC] Dorchester Love Parade Sun 12:00-20:00 Maumbury Rings, Dorset
31 Aug 2019 [TBC] Totnes Pride Devon Sat 11:30 High street procession and entertainment.
31 Aug 2019 [TBC] Leicester Pride Sat 12:00 City Centre Parade and Victoria Park
31 Aug 2019 [TBC] Reading Pride Sat 11:30 Parade from Civic Centre. Kings Meadow.
07 Sep 2019 [TBC] Channel Islands Pride Sat, Candy Gardens & Market Square, St Peter Port, Guernsey.
07 Sep 2019 [TBC] Derby Pride Sat
07 Sep 2019 [TBC] Eastleigh Pride Sat 12:00-17:00
Eastleigh Leigh Road Recreational Ground SO50 9DE
07 Sep 2019 [TBC] Herts Pride Sat 12:00-22:00 Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead. About £10
14 Sep 2019 [TBC] Portsmouth Pride Sat Southsea Bandstand
15 Sep 2019 [TBC] Pride In The Park Picnic Sun 10:00-17:15 Taton Park, Cheshire
21 Sep 2019 [TBC] Bolton Pride Sat
28 Sep 2019 [TBC] Preston Sat 10:30-16:00 Flag Market
28 Sep 2019 [TBC] Pride Cumbria Sat 11:00-18:00 University of Cumbria, Brampton Road, Carlisle
28 Sep 2019 [TBC] Lincoln Pride Sat 11:00 City Square, Brayford Wharf, Lincoln


24 Feb 2019 Brighton Half Marathon Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive/ Seafront. 10,000 runners. Video1 Video2 Brighton Half Marathon

25 Feb - 10 Mar 2019 [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


Swanage Blues Festival, Dorset

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

28 Feb - 03 Mar 2019

03-06 Oct 2019


01 Mar 2019 St Davids Day, Cardiff Fri 12:30 Cardiff City Hall. Parade with floats, flags, bands, dragons and participants in national or historic dress. Route St Davids Day Parade, Cardiff

02-03 Mar 2019 [TBC] The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships Sat-Sun. Huddersfield Town Hall. Some of the finest Bands in Britain such as Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery, YBS and many others all competing in the Championship Section. Few contests are so fiercely competitive. Tickets about £6 to £10 per day.


The Nuts Challenge

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

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

The Nuts Challenge

02-03 Mar 2019 Winter Nuts
31 Aug - 01 Sep 2019 [TBC] Summer Nuts


03 Mar 2019 [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

05 Mar 2019 [TBC] Flipping Marvelous Pancake Race Tue 12:30-13:30 More London, London Bridge City, SE1. Southbank, near Tower Bridge. Free event.

05 Mar 2019 [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.

05 Mar 2019 [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.

05 Mar 2019 [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.

05 Mar 2019 [TBC] Leadenhall Market Pancake Race Shrove Tuesday 12:30 Outside The Lamb Tavern, 10-12 Leadenhall Market, London EC3V 1LR. The race sees teams from businesses in Leadenhall Market and businesses from the surrounding area battle it out to win this year’s cup. Free to enter teams & free for spectators. The first 100 spectators will receive a complimentary pancake with lemon & sugar. To enter a team, please email Rachel lambtavern@youngs.co.uk

05-06 Mar 2019 [TBC] Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football Tue-Wed 14:00-22:00. Everyone takes to the streets to play the largest, most insane football game in the world. Shops are boarded up, and only an unsuspecting visitor would park his or her car in the town. Start at Shawcroft car park. The goals are 3 miles apart, at Clifton & Sturston mills. The ball is kicked, carried or thrown, but generally proceeds in a series of hugs invisible to the spectator, with goals being scored by striking the mill wheel 3 times with the ball. The game can finish well after dark  If a goal is scored before 18:00, then a new game is started. If the goal is after 18:00, then the game ends for that day. Interactive Pitch Map Location Map Video

09 Mar 2019 [TBC] Littlehampton Pancake Olympics Sat 11:00-13:00 High Street. Raise funds for a charity of your choice in this fun packed competition. Teams are invited to compete in four Olympic style disciplines but unlike the real thing it involves a lot of pancakes. There will be sprinting, relaying, flipping and even pancake curling!

09 Mar 2019 [TBC] Women’s Eights Head of the River Race Sat 09:45 Mortlake to Putney, 4 miles 374 yards. 3,000 athletes on the classic championship course. The largest women’s rowing race in the world with around 2,880 women racing and 320 crews taking part. It is the only race in the UK where novices can compete in the same race as Olympic champions and as such attracts a wide range of rowers from clubs and universities.

09-10 & 16-17 Mar 2019 [TBC] Lambing Weekend, Wiltshire Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Lackham Farm, Wiltshire College Lackham, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2NY. Lackham House, museum of agriculture and rural life, gardens, woodland walk and animal centre. About £6. Please contact the venue before traveling. Lackham Country Park, Wiltshire

10 Mar 2019 [TBC] Head of the River Race Sun 10:45 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

10 Mar 2019 [TBC] St Patricks Day, Birmingham Sun 12:00-18:00. 12:00 Confetti Blast signals the start of the parade - Camp Hill, Digbeth High Street past traditional Irish pubs, ending on Alcester Street. Pipe bands, floats, Irish music, county flag bearers, Irish dancing, tractors and steam engines. Generally held on the Sunday before St Patrick's Day.

13-16 Mar 2019 [TBC] Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair NEC Birmingham B40 1NT. Wed-Fri 09:30-16:00 School groups. Sat 09:00-16:30 Main family day. The largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. Join us on a voyage of discovery of virtual reality, medicine, marine biology, film and TV, space exploration, explosive chemistry, crime-solving, robots, computer coding, microscopic bugs, giant trucks and more. High-octane theatre shows, 150+ interactive stands and workshops, Inspiring science and engineering projects, Careers information, resources and activities. Free event Registration required.

17 Mar 2019 [TBC] St Patricks Day, London London St Patrick’s Festival brings three days of Irish-themed events to London from 17-19 March. Come and enjoy music, a food market, art, history trails, children’s activities, music and poetry on the Underground and film screenings. This free event is organised by the Mayor of London. Sun 12:00 Parade, Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square, featuring London Irish sports clubs, dance schools, marching bands, community organisations and pageantry. 12:00-18:00 Irish Day Party, Trafalgar Square. Attendance 125,000. Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 Video 4 Video 5 2014 Parade 2014 Trafalgar Sq St Patricks Day, London

17 Mar 2019 [TBC] Reading Half Marathon Sun 10:00 Green Park, Madejski Stadium. Major event with up to 16,500 competitors. Usually an early sell-out for runners. Video: 2015 2014 2012 2011 Reading Half Marathon

17 Mar 2019 [TBC] Hastings Half Marathon Sun 10:30 Start - Sea Road, St Leonards-on-Sea. 5000 runners, entertainment, music and lots of spectators. Route Organised by The Hastings Lions Club.

17 Mar 2019 [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.

22 Mar 2019 [TBC] Red Nose Day Friday. Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief every two years. On Red Nose Day everyone is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside, put on a Red Nose and do something a little bit silly to raise money - celebrities included! It culminates in a night of televised comedy and documentary films. It’s an event that unites the entire nation in trying to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people, both across Africa and in the UK, facing terrible injustice or living in abject poverty.

22 Mar 2019 World Water Day - Water Aid 2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation.

23 Mar 2019 [TBC] The Boat Race Sat 16:31 & 17:31. 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 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

23 Mar 2019 [TBC] Corby Mardi Gras Sat 15:00-20:00 Outside Corby Cube, NN17 1QG. A celebration of light and music for all the family. Live music stage outside Corby Cube featuring Café Jazz, Alright JACK and local talent Shape Dance. 15:00-18:00 Free workshops for people to create light sculptures to illuminate a special community procession. 18:00 Procession from Corby Cube and journeying through the Woods. Spectacular light sculptures by award-winning artists Same Sky. Live musicians nestled between the trees. Free event.

31 Mar 2019 [TBC] Sharrow Lantern Carnival, Sheffield Sun 19:30 for 20:00 set-off from Mount Pleasant Park. Giant procession along Vincent Road, Sharrow Lane, London Road, Lansdowne Estate and Cemetery Road. Hundreds of beautiful lanterns. 21:00-22:30 Spectacular finale in the General Cemetery. If it rains the carnival will be postponed for a week. Call Lu on 07854 983197 for info. Video: Procession Samba Choir Map Sharrow Lantern Carnival, Sheffield


31 Mar 2019 Start of British Summer Time - clocks go forward 1 Hour

31 Mar - 07 Apr 2019 [TBC] Rainbow Film Festival, London Various venues. Films, both documentary and features, celebrating the diversity of Asian culture, all with English sub-titles.

02 Apr - 24 Sept 2019 [TBC] Dream Machines, Poole Tuesdays 18:00-21:00 , Poole Quay and Harbour. From the latest superbikes, custom builds, vintage classics and trikes. A superb range of motorbikes where bikers and spectators enjoy a unique relaxed atmosphere. Organised by Poole Tourism, the friendly meet regularly draws over 1000 riders from across the UK for 26 weeks of classic ride outs. Good selection of cafes, bars and restaurants to relax and have a bite to eat. The Quay is closed to all traffic from 17:30 and open to bikes only from 18:00.

05-06 Apr 2019 [TBC] North Leeds Charity Beer Festival North Leeds Cricket Club, The Homestead, Old Park Road, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1JX. In association with The Rotary Club of Roundhay. Fri 18:00-23:00, Sat 12:00-23:00. 35 Real Ales from 7 breweries, 7 Ciders, new Gin Bar for 2018 festival £10 entry, inc glass, programme & 3 tokens.


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Royal Horticultural Society Shows

08-10 Apr 2019 London Spring Launch. Lindley and Lawrence Halls.

12-14 Apr 2019 RHS Flower Show, Bute Park, Cardiff.


RHS Gardens Events Diary

10-14 Apr 2019 [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.

13 Apr 2019 [TBC] The Grand National Saturday, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. 30 fences, 4 miles and 4 furlongs. The Steeplechase Enclosure is a great place to experience the atmosphere of the Grand National - adult  tickets about £23.

13 Apr - 13 Oct 2019 [TBC] British Lawn Mower Racing Racing usually 10:00-19:00.

14 Apr 2019 [TBC] Brighton Marathon Sun 09:45 Start at Preston Park. The route is south to the Seafront, east towards Rottingdean, west to Shoreham power station then back to the Pier to finish. Several loops to make up the distance to 26 miles. 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 Brighton Marathon

14 Apr 2019 [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. West London Radio & Electronics Show

19-21 Apr 2019 [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.

19, 20, 22 Apr 2019 [TBC] Horsham Piazza Italia Fri, Sat & Mon 12:00-15:00 Horsham Town Centre. Fabulous cars and bikes, Italian food and street entertainment, Easter weekend. Friday: A rally of nearly 100 Ferraris and over 150 Ducati-led Italian bikes. Saturday: the Vines Italian Job MINI Run with up to 100 Minis. Monday: Supercars, Alfas, Fiats and Scooters. Video: Ducati Parade Ferrari Parade Supercar Parade events@horsham.gov.uk 01403 215279 Horsham Piazza Italia

20 Apr 2019 [TBC] St George's Day, London Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. Live music stage and quality sound system. Video St George's Day, London Free event.

20 Apr 2019 [TBC] Warrior Adrenaline Race Sat 09:30 Hartham Common, Hertford SG14 1QR. 10km or 5km run with army like obstacles. Two race waves of about 150. Whether you’re looking for a new challenge, fundraising for charity or just want a fun wet and muddy experience, we guarantee you’ll love the Warrior Adrenaline Race from Regiment Fitness. Prizes for the winners and runners up in all the main categories. Entry about £45 including insurance. Spectators are encouraged - designated viewing areas, live DJ, bar and fun events going on all day including a team tug of war, bouncy castle & beer tent. Free public viewing.

20 Apr 2019 [TBC] Incarnation Brighton Sat 10:00-18:00 Madeira Drive. Hundreds of performance cars on display. Organised by the Ace Cafe. Free event.

20 Apr 2019 [TBC] Shakespeare Birthday Procession Sat 10:30 Great Garden of New Place, Chapel Lane, Stratford upon Avon. Held on the nearest Saturday to 23 April.

20-21 Apr 2019 [TBC] Cumbria Easter Rally

Sat-Sun Kirkby Stephen and Brough, Cumbria.

The UK's biggest, free classic commercial vehicle rally, with over 250 vintage buses, lorries and commercial vehicles.
Road Run on Sat at 16:30 starting at Kirkby Stephen Railway Station and from Grand Prix in Brough.
Free entry for exhibiting vehicles and to the public.

RALLY SITES: Grand Prix yard in Brough - classic vehicles and stalls. Geoff Atkinson's yard in Brough - The Bedford Enthusiasts Club. Jubilee Park in Brough - vintage pedal bikes.
Kirkby Stephen - The Auction Mart - vintage vehicles and stalls. Market Square and Market Street Kirkby Stephen - vintage vehicles displayed and craft/artisan and food stalls as well as stalls for motor enthusiasts.
The Mountain Rescue station in Kirkby Stephen - vintage military vehicles. Kirkby Stephen Parish Church - bric-a-brac and cafe.
The Stainmore Railway (Kirkby Stephen East) - stalls, cafe and classical trains on display. Winton Craft Fair

10:00-16:30 Free bus service every 15mins from Kirkby Stephen Railway Station to Brough.


21 Apr 2019 [TBC] London Marathon Sunday, Start at Greenwich Park Blackheath. 08:55 Elite wheelchair race. 09:00 IPC Athletics Marathon World Cup (ambulatory). 09:15 Elite women. 10:00 Elite men, followed by the masses. Popular viewing areas include Greenwich,  Tower Bridge, Victoria Embankment and The Mall. 40,000 Runners and One Million Spectators. Video - Red Start Video The London Marathon

21 Apr 2019 [TBC] Easter Bonnet Parade, Lyme Regis Sun 14:00-16:00. Make an Easter Bonnet or just enjoy the spectacle of people in the parade wearing their Easter Bonnets. 15:00 Judging of Easter Bonnets in the Baptist Church. 15:00 Easter Bonnet Parade Baptist Church, Broad Street to the Jubilee Pavilion, sea front. Parade includes Majorettes.

21 Apr 2019 [TBC] Adventure & Farm Open Day Sun 11:00-16:00 Lambourne End Outdoor Centre, Manor Road, Lambourne End, Essex, RM4 1NB. 0208 500 3047. A day for all the family to meet the baby animals, have a ride on the pony and cart and have a fun day on the farm!  Suitable for all ages. Parking £3. Small charges apply for refreshments and rides.

22 Apr 2019 [TBC] Bolney Pram Race 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, Sussex

22 Apr 2019 [TBC] World Coal Carrying Championship Easter Monday, Gawthorpe, Wakefield. The main event starts at The Royal Oak, Owl Lane, and the course is about 1 mile. The men carry 50kg, and the women less. No event in the Olympic Games could stimulate more enthusiasm than this annual contest of stamina and muscle.

22 Apr 2019 [TBC] The London Harness Horse Parade Easter Monday, South of England Showground, Ardingly, from 09:00. Family event. Ponies, working shire horses, and everything in between. Entrance about  £6 per person, children free. The children will love this one. Jackie Shearman 01737 646132 www.lhhp.co.uk

27 Apr 2019 [TBC] Vaisakhi Festival, London Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. One of the most important events in the Sikh calendar. The packed line-up includes: Live performances kirtan (spiritual music), arts, food, community groups, charities, children’s activities and turban tying. All ages welcome. Vaisakhi, London Free event.

27-28 Apr 2019 [TBC] UK Coach Rally Blackpool. Saturday morning competitors will complete an 50-mile road rally route, in the afternoon go through the driving tests and in the evening relax at our Gala Dinner Dance. Sunday morning bright and early a proud line up of coach entries will be judged, also the driving test will take place for the finalists followed by the presentation of awards in the afternoon. Over the weekend alongside the Rally Event is an extensive Trade Exhibition area.

02 May - 02 Jun 2019 [TBC] Brighton Fringe Brighton Fringe - a month of events, many free. Opening Fireworks Thu 21:45 at The Warren, St Peter's Church Grounds, North York Place Brighton BN1 4GU. Look out for Fringe City every weekend on New Road during the Fringe. Video Video The free events Brighton Fringe

04 May 2019 [TBC] Brighton Festival Childrens Parade Sat 10:30 Kensington Street to the sea front. Samba bands, towering tableaux, and 5000 costumed participants with drums and whistles. Crowds of 10,000 line the streets. The largest annual children’s event in the UK. Organized by community arts group Same-Sky. Video Video Free event.

04 May 2019 [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.

04-05 May 2019 [TBC] Magnificent Motors Sat-Sun Seafront and Western Lawns near the Wish Tower. Seafront cavalcade at 10:00, both days. One of the biggest FREE motoring spectaculars on the south coast. Around 300-400 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, buses, steam traction engines, commercial and military vehicles. Trade stands, French Market, live music stage with local bands and small funfair. Free entrance. Organised by Eastbourne Borough Council, in partnership with Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club, East Sussex Omnibus Society plus a variety of other historic transport groups. Attendance 25,000. Magnificent Motors, Eastbourne

04-05 May 2019 [TBC] Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Fri-Sun 10:00-17:00 on the beach. Hands-on science activities. Free event.

04-06 May 2019 [TBC] Canalway Cavalcade, London Sat-Mon Little Venice, Paddington. Community and waterways festival over the early May Holiday. Over 150 working and traditional boats, boat rally, trade show, activities, entertainment, music, real ale and food. Sat 10:00-18:00. Sun 10:00-18:00,  plus 20:30 Music & illuminated boat procession. Mon 10:00-17:00. Inland Waterways Association General enquiries 07979 676461. Map

04-06 May 2019 [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.

04-06 May 2019 [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

04-26 May 2019 [TBC] Brighton Festival Three weeks of arts & street theatre on a huge scale, many free. Video

05 May 2019 [TBC] Beltane Festival Sun 12:00 Thornborough Henge. A celebration of seasonal change and ancient mystery at one of Britain's most important prehistoric sacred sites. Free event.

05 May 2019 [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.

05 May 2019 [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.


06 May 2019 [TBC] Hastings Jack In The Green Festival

Mon. Live music & events - please see the website for more details.
Monday - Procession day. 1500 performers and 10,000 revelers.

09:45 Gathering on Rock-a-Nore Road.
10:15 Procession.
11:15 Stop for refreshment and dancing, Swan Terrace, High Street.
12:00 Swan Terrace, Croft Road, along Collier Road and Priory Road.
12:30 Procession arrives West Hill Festival site - Morris dancing, crafts, food and licensed bar with real ales.
15:30 Slaying of Jack.

Festival Fri-Mon. Hastings Jack In The Green Festival Free event.


06 May 2019 [TBC] Hastings 1066 Bike Festival Mon. 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 Bike Festival & May Day Run

06 May 2019 [TBC] Rochester Sweeps Festival Mon 14:45 Procession - Star Hill,  High Street and Rochester Castle. Sat-Mon Holiday weekend. Biggest gathering of Morris Dancers in the country. Jack-in-the-Green, a seven  foot high character, is woken at dawn on May Day from his slumber on Bluebell Hill, then travels to Rochester to start the festivities. Thousands of revelers watch performances at various venues & pubs. It is considered lucky to be kissed by a sweep. 2011 Video Festival Sat-Mon Sweeps Festival Free event. Sweeps Festival info - Medway Council

06 May 2019 [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.

06 May 2019 [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

06 May 2019 [TBC] Rainham Village Country Fayre Mon 10:00-16:00 Rainham Village, Essex. Eastenders collides with The Archers on Bank Holiday Monday. Celebrating our London Heritage, Pearly Kings and Queens will mix with craft market traders, stilt walkers and Morris Men. All the fun of an old fashioned Country Fayre cum Cockney Street Market with free entry.

06 May 2019 [TBC] Woodhouse May Day Challenge Mon - Start at Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall. Charity 13.5 mile circular event for walkers and runners, around the glorious Charnwood countryside & The National Forest. 08:30 Start time for walkers, 9:30 Start time for runners.

06 May 2019 [TBC] Padstow May Day Mon. "Obby Oss Day" is the biggest day in Padstow's calendar. Up to 30,000 people cram into the little town. The fearsome mask of the Obby Oss proceeds through the streets, swirling and dancing and accompanied by lots of dancers, musicians and drummers.

06 May 2019 [TBC] Chobham Carnival 11:30 Procession, Burrow Hill to the Recreation Ground. 01276 858170. Video Chobham Carnival

07 May 2019 [TBC] Helston Flora Day Tue 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

08-12 May 2019 [TBC] Royal Windsor Horse Show Wed-Sun, Her Majesty The Queen’s private grounds at Windsor Castle. The UK’s greatest outdoor celebration of everything equestrian, with over 3,000 horses and ponies. International competitions in show jumping, dressage, carriage driving and endurance racing. Displays from The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and The Household Cavalry, the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Grand National. Old fashioned funfair and over 230 trade stands, all set in the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle - perfect for a family picnic. Please see website for tickets. The opening day is free for all visitors.

10-12 May 2019 [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.

10-12 May 2019 [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.

10-26 May 2019 [TBC] Norfolk & Norwich Festival Two weeks of amazing events - circus, music and visual arts, both free and ticketed.

11 May 2019 [TBC] Exeter Pride Sat 12:00 Parade, St Sidwells Centre. Stalls, women's space offering workshops and information, men's networking space, youth space, speed dating, chillout cafe at Exeter Phoenix cafe/bar, live music and DJs.

11-25 May 2019 [TBC] Newbury Spring Festival Clasical concerts, chamber music, jazz and recitals etc.

12 May 2019 [TBC] Brighton Heroes Run A Brighton-based registered charity working tirelessly to build schools and support education in some of the poorest parts of Africa. We achieve this through our fund-raising events in the UK Pass It On Africa Heroes Run

12 May 2019 [TBC] Basingstoke Transport Festival 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. 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.

12 May 2019 [TBC] London to Eastbourne Jaguar Run Sunday. After running the London to Brighton Jaguar Run for 18 years, the run will be moving to it’s new finish home of Eastbourne and this year is set to be the biggest and best run yet! The run will begin at one of London's most famous landmarks, The Old Royal Naval College, which is one of Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpieces. The route will then finish on Eastbourne’s prestigious Western Lawns seafront, which will be closed off exclusively for our use. 

12 May 2019 [TBC] London May Fayre & Puppet Festival Sun 10:30-17:30 Garden of St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street WC2E 9ED. Annual celebration of the art of puppetry with Punch and Judy Professors from all over the country commemorating the first sighting of Mr Punch in England by Samuel Pepys in 1662. Free event.

12 May 2019 [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.

12 May 2019 [TBC] Bracknell Half Marathon Sun 09:00 The Lexicon, town centre Video More

12 May 2019 [TBC] Boishakhi Mela, London Sun 12:00-19:30 Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. One of London’s premier street celebrations, with an attendance of 150,000. Bangladeshi festival with food, live music, sports activities and traditional arts and crafts workshops. Boishakhi Mela Free event.


12 May - 08 Sep 2019 [TBC] Dragon Boat Racing - Gable Events

Charity Dragon Boat Races

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

Dragon Boat Racing


13-15 May 2019 [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.

17-26 May 2019 [TBC] Bath International Music Festival Multiple events, both free and ticketed.

18 May 2019 [TBC] Surrey Heath Show Sat 10:00-16:00 Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Green. Classic cars, arts, crafts and community stalls, Surrey Air Ambulance, live music, food stalls, judo displays and the Companion Dog Show. Free event. Small parking charge.


18-19 May 2019 [TBC] East Coast Beach and Watersports Festival

Sat-Sun Beach next to Skegness Pier.

British Kitesports Championships, featuring the UK’s top kitesurfers.
Spectacular displays by Team Extreme - BMX riders looking to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Instructors from the BKSA will be running powerkiting have-a-go sessions and there will also be an opportunity to try paddle boarding.
Bring a picnic, fly a kite and join in the fun on one of our kite-friendly beaches next to venue.
Spectators wishing to camp are being offered discounts at Skegness Water Leisure Park.
Live music, with international reggae singer Irie White performing on stage at the Pier Beach Bar.
Top London DJ Gordon John headlining at the event party at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Saturday night.


18-19 May 2019 [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


Paws in the Park

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

18-19 May 2019 [TBC] Spring Show. South Of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex.
28-30 Jun 2019 [TBC] Summer Show. Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD.
14-15 Sep 2019 [TBC] Autumn Show. Kent Showground, Detling.


18-26 May 2019 [TBC] Chelsea Fringe The alternative garden festival. Hundreds of events around the capital. The Fringe is all about harnessing and spreading the excitement and energy that fizzes around gardens and gardening. The idea is to give people the freedom and opportunity to express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens, to open up possibilities and to allow full participation. Entirely independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (though acting with its support), the Fringe events encompass everything from grassroots community garden projects to avant-garde art installations. Our open-access principle means that just about anything goes – as long as it’s interesting and legal, and on the subject of gardens, flowers, veg-growing or landscape.

19 May 2019 [TBC] Dunstable Downs Radio Club Boot Sale Sun 09:00 Stockwood Park, Luton - M1 J10. Annual specialist sale of ham radio, computing and test equipment etc. Food and toilets available. DDRC Boot Sale

19 May 2019 [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.

19 May 2019 [TBC] Charity Classic Motor Show, Shropshire Sun 11:00 Eaton Manor Country Estate, Eaton-under-Heywood, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 7DH Admission is free to both vehicle exhibitors and the general public. Advanced registration is required for exhibiting vehicles. BBQ, light lunches, afternoon tea & licensed bar, tombola, craft & gift stalls. Donations to Macmillan Cancer Support are most welcome.

23 May - 02 Jun 2019 [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.

24-27 May 2019 [TBC] Fishguard Folk Festival, Pembrokeshire Fri-Mon. Ticketed concerts, plus nearly 40 free events.

24-27 May 2019 [TBC] Mersey River Festival Family fun, music and entertainment along the river. Free event.

24-27 May 2019 [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.

24 May - 02 Jun 2019 [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.

24 May - 09 Jun 2019 [TBC] Bath Fringe Festival Multiple events and locations. Attendance 16,000


May-Oct RathaYatra Festivals

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


25 May 2019 [TBC] Twickenham Regatta Located between Eel Pie Island and Richmond Bridge. 500 competitors, 130 races. Free enclosure for spectators and competitors at Buccleuch Gardens, overlooking the finish line at Richmond. Live music from 13:30, sandwiches, cakes and real ale bar. The 2015 event was cancelled.

25 May 2019 [TBC] Eastbourne Carnival Sat 14:00 Seafront.

25 May 2019 [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

25-26 May 2019 [TBC] Happy Days Festival, Surrey Sat-Sun 14:00-22:00 Imber Court, East Molesey KT8 0BT. 3 decades of amazing music with other entertainments including themed retro bars, pyrotechnics, games area, family fun activities and an after show party. 40 acre site. World fusion food. See link for more info & tickets. Adult Saturday day tickets about £40.


World Naked Bike Ride

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

25 May 2019 [TBC] Canterbury Sat 14:30 for 15:30 Canturbury Castle, Castle Street, Canterbury CT1 2PR.
31 May 2019 [TBC] Southampton Fri 18:00 for 18:30 Southampton Common, East side, next to Highfield Road.
02 Jun 2019 [TBC] Hastings Sat 12:30 for 13:30 Lower end of Alexandra Park.
02 Jun 2019 [TBC] Bristol Sat 11:00 for 12:00 Full Moon Pub, North Road, Stokes Croft.
07 Jun 2019 [TBC] Manchester Fri 18:00 for 19:00 All Saints Park, Cavendish Street.
08 Jun 2019 [TBC] London, Hyde Park Sat 14:30 for 15:00 North Carriage Drive W1H 7EL.
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08 Jun 2019 [TBC] London, Regents Park 14:30 for 15:00 Cumberland Green NW1 4HA
08 Jun 2019 [TBC] London, Kings Cross 14:30 for 15:00 Granary Square N1C 4AA
08 Jun 2019 [TBC] London, Clapham Junction 14:45 for 15:00 Grant Road SW11 2NU
08 Jun 2019 [TBC] London, West Norwood
12:00 for 14:30 Knights Hill SE27 0JD
08 Jun 2019 [TBC] London, Tower Hill 14:30 for 15:00 Tower Hill EC3N 4DJ
09 Jun 2019 [TBC] Brighton
Sun 12:00 The Level, Union Road, BN2 3FX.
Brighton Pictures Video: Start Old Steine
15 Jun 2019 [TBC] Cambridge Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Park entrance, Regent Street CB2 1AB.
15 Jun 2019 [TBC] Cardiff Sat 13:30 for 15:00 Sophia Gardens.
15 Jun 2019 [TBC] Edinburgh
22 Jun 2019 [TBC] Exeter
Sat 11:00 for 13:00 Trews Weir, South of Exeter Quay SX924914.
22 Jun 2019 [TBC] Chelmsford
23 Jun 2019 [TBC] York
Sun, Millenium Bridge.
23 Jun 2019 [TBC] Scarborough Sun 14:00 Esplanade Gardens.
29 Jun 2019 [TBC] Newcastle Gateshead
Sat 13:15 for 14:00 Northumberland Road NE1 8SF.
29 Jun 2019 [TBC] Folkestone Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Green at Shearway Rd CT194RH.
06 Jul 2019 [TBC] Colchester
07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Portsmouth Sun 13:00 for 14:00 Alexander Park, Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre, Alex Way, PO2 9AD.
13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Clacton Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Toby Carvery, Marine Parade.
13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Newcastle Gateshead

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26-27 May 2019 [TBC] Burghley Game & Country Show





26 May 2019 [TBC] Luton Caribbean Carnival

Sun 12:00-18:00 Wardown Park.
Huge one
day Caribbean carnival, with an attendance of 50,000.
Procession 13:30 from Wardown Park.
Static sound systems, food & entertainers.

Organised by The UK Centre for Carnival Arts


27 May 2019 [TBC] Cheese Rolling, Brockworth, Gloucester Mon 12:00 Coopers Hill, Brockworth GL3 4SB. Foolhardy souls cartwheel down a 1 in 1 gradient, chasing a 7lb cheese. There are five downhill & four uphill races. No advanced booking for competitors, and free viewing for the public, but a modest parking charge. This long-standing Gloucester tradition is held on common land. The hill is Very Steep; competitors & spectators must do their own risk assessment. Video Video Map

27 May 2019 [TBC] Wool Sack Races, Tetbury Mon 10:00. Wacky event where dozens of hopefuls race up and down Gumstool Hill in Tetbury town center carrying 60lb sacks of wool (35lb for the ladies). The course runs the 280 yards, between The Royal Oak and The Crown, and is a very steep 1-in-4. Street entertainment, magic and music from 10:00. Races from 14:00. Attendance 10,000. Wool Sack Races Free event.

27 May 2019 [TBC] Reading Carnival 12:00 Procession from Hodsol Road. 12:00-19:00 Prospect Park.

27 May 2019 [TBC] Environmental Rock, Southampton Mon 12:00-18:00 The Hobbit Pub. 02380 710916. Environmental awareness event with music, information, ideas, tips and activities. Map

27 May 2019 [TBC] London 10,000 Road Race Mon 10:00 The Mall, St James's Park. 10k Circular route through Westminster and The City, passing many of London’s famous sights including, Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, Bank of England, Leadenhall Market, The Monument, Millennium Bridge, Tate Gallery, Cleopatra’s Needle, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

27 May 2019 [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.

27 May 2019 [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.


County & Agricultural Shows

27 May 2019 [TBC] Surrey County Show Stoke Park, Guildford
29-30 May 2019 Suffolk Show Trinity Park, Ipswich
29 May - 01 Jun 2019 [TBC] Royal Bath & West Show Shepton Mallet
06-08 Jun 2019 [TBC] Royal Cornwall Show Royal Cornwall Showground, Whitecross, Wadebridge
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20-23 Jun 2019 [TBC] Royal Highland Show - Edinburgh
23 Jun 2019 [TBC] Derbyshire County Show Shardlow showground.
09-11 Jul 2019 [TBC]
Great Yorkshire Show - Great Yorkshire Showground. Attendance 125,000.
23-25 Jul 2019 [TBC] New Forest Show - Brockenhurst
24 Jul 2019 [TBC] Stranraer Show - Playing Fields, Stranraer
18 Aug 2019 [TBC]
Mid-Somerset Show - Shepton Mallet
31 Aug 2019 [TBC] Alresford Agricultural Show
- Tichborne Park
14-15 Sep 2019 [TBC] Royal Berkshire Show - Newbury Showground
19-20 Oct 2019 [TBC]
Countryside Live Great Yorkshire Showground


27 May 2019 [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.

29 May - 01 Jun 2019 [TBC] The Royal Bath & West Show The country's biggest rural festival with something for everyone. 600+ trade stands.

31 May 2019 [TBC] Cotswold Olimpicks Fri, Dover's Hill, Chipping Campden. Morris Men, Pipe Band, German Shepherd Dogs, Fighting Arts, Tae Kwan Do, Tug of War, Fairground Rides, Birds of Prey, Climbing Wall, Gurning. Hot and cold food. 14:00-18:00 Jacobean Village, Medieval Dance, Falconry, Tug-of-War, 15:30-18:00 Folk Concert, 19:30-21:45 The famous Shin Kicking, Tug of War, 5 mile Race, Morris Men, 21:45-22:3 Fireworks & Torchlit Procession, 21:30-24:00 Live Music in the Square. Video: 1 2 3 4 5 6 About £6 entrance. Cotswold Olimpiks

31 May - 01 Jun 2019 [TBC] The Big Knock - British Diesel Bike Rally Fri-Sun Bat & Ball Public House, Newpound Lane, Newpound Common, Wisborough Green West Sussex RH14 0EH. Enthusiastic gathering of riders with their machines. The event features a group ride-out to a scenic location. www.dieselbike.net

31 May - 02 Jun 2019 Old Gaffers Boat Festival Fri-Sun Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.

01 Jun 2019 [TBC] Epsom Derby Sat. Epsom Downs Racecourse. Free entrance to the central area. 150,000 revelers, music stage with a party atmosphere, lots of market stalls, food, drink and picnics. 2009 Party Video 2010 Party Video

01 Jun 2019 [TBC] Strawberry Fair Sat 12:00-23:00 Midsummer Common. 11:00 Parade from Christ's Pieces, through the town to Midsummer Common. Three music stages, including live dance acts & DJs. Attendance: 35,000. Map Strawberry Fair, Cambridge

01 Jun 2019 [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.

01 Jun 2019 [TBC] Oxford Pride Sat 12:00-18:00. Parade 12:00 from Radcliffe Square.

01 Jun 2019 [TBC] Lets Rock Bristol Sat Fri 11:00-22:30 The Downs, Bristol. Tickets must be pre-booked.

01 Jun 2019 [TBC] Kemptown Carnival 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 Brighton

01-02 Jun 2019 [TBC] Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth Fri-Sun. Around Hope Square and the Old Harbour in Weymouth. Around 30 acts on two stages. Free.

01-02 Jun 2019 [TBC] Coventry MotoFest Sat-Sun City Centre. Fun, free motoring based festival for the the whole family. Cars, motorcycles, live music, trucks, buses, films, stock cars, armoured vehicles, taxis, art, stalls, design, education, prototypes, engineering, and even some bicycles take part. Free event.

01-02 Jun 2019 [TBC] 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.

01-02 Jun 2019 [TBC] Warwick Thai Festival 11:00-18:00 Warwick Racecourse.


Jun-Sep Magic Of Thailand Festivals

Thai culture, food, arts and crafts. Traditional Thai dances, Thai boxing and ladyboy shows. Usually a nominal entrance fee - £3 adult, £1 child.


02 Jun 2019 [TBC] London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Sun 10:00-18:00 London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road E16 2QT. Opposite London City Airport, on the opposite side of the docks and next to Connaught Bridge. Family-friendly, fun day out welcomes 10,000 visitors each year from across the UK and overseas, for Europe's most prestigious dragon boat racing event. London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival provides an excellent opportunity to experience Chinese culture in the British capital. Throughout the day, the spectacular action out on the water will be provided by more than 40 competing club, corporate and amateur teams. Drama unfolds as novices do battle with some of the UK's greatest paddlers, as well as the elements, to take home 6 cups. On land, the event's food festival will represent the culinary tastes of South East Asia, with each country in the region represented, meanwhile entertainment including live music will be provided on the East West Festival stage (showcasing new artists from the East and West), martial arts displays, and traditional Chinese lion dancing. Free event.

02 Jun 2019 [TBC] World Pooh Sticks Championships Sun 10:30-17:00 Cogges Manor Farm, at Langel Common on the River Windrush. Organised by The Rotary Club of Sinodun. The event includes family fun and craft demonstrations.

02 Jun 2019 [TBC] Great Midlands Fun Run

06-09 Jun 2019 [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

06-12 Jun 2019 [TBC] Appleby Horse Fair, Cumbria Highlight of the year for Gypsies and Travelers and an opportunity to have some fun, see old friends and do some business. Lots of people, lots of horses, lots of hustle and bustle, but no dodgems, no carousels, no big stage. Main days Fri, Sat & Sun.

07-09 Jun 2019 [TBC] Wimborne Minster Folk Festival Traditional English and Celtic music and dance, Irish, Scottish and clog dancing displays, market stalls, clothing, jewelry and gifts. 10 Jun 2017 [TBC] Bognor Regis Carnival Sat 13:15 Esplanade to West Park. Music stage, arena displays, trade stalls, crafts and food in the park.


Great Swim Series

07-09 Jun 2019 Great North Swim. Windermere.
08 Jun 2019 Great North Swim Run. Brockhole on Windermere.
22 Jun 2019 [TBC] Great East Swim & Swim Run. Alton Water, Suffolk.
24 Aug 2019 [TBC] Great Scottish Swim & Great Scottish Swim Aquathon. Loch Lomond.


08-09 Jun 2019 [TBC] Bristol Festival Of Nature. What's On River Avon, Bristol.

08 Jun 2019 [TBC] Northampton Carnival Sat 12:00-19:30 Racecourse Park, Northampton NN1 4LG. Live Entertainment on stage, exciting fun fair, wide range of stalls. Carnival Parade will leave the Racecourse at 14:00 and travel down the Kettering Road in to the town centre and returning to the Park.

08 Jun 2019 [TBC] Carshalton Camera Club Annual Exhibition Sat 10:00-17:00 Carshalton Methodist Church, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 3DE. Trophies will be awarded to pictures in four categories; Best Print, Best Portrait, Best Natural History Print and Best Monochrome Print. Throughout the day there will be a chance to take part in a raffle and buy light refreshments. Members of the club will be present to talk about the pictures on display, the club’s activities and photography in general. Free admission. Visitors and new members welcome - Mondays 19:30 Ruskin Hall, Carshalton Methodist Church SM5 3DE. 020 8641 6210.

08 Jun 2019 [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.

08 Jun 2019 [TBC] Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival Sat 10:00-18:00 Peterborough Rowing Lake by the River Nene, Thorpe Meadows PE3 6LN. Britain’s largest dragon boat event, with races every 10 minutes throughout the day. Over 50 crews and 10,000 spectators. Ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity. Up to 10 people paddle each 30’ boat with a drummer at the front and a helm at the tail steering. Food drink, music and continuous activities. More from Gable Events

08 Jun 2019 [TBC] The Old Fair of Abinger Sat 14:00 Village green. Procession, maypole dancing, tug-o-war, Punch & Judy, music, archery, medieval stocks, crafts, cakes, produce, toys, books etc. 14:00 Procession. Timetable.

08 Jun 2019 [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

08 Jun 2019 [TBC] Naked Bike Ride, London World Naked Bike Ride, London Hyde Park, 14:15 assembly, 15:00 departure, North Carriage Drive, nearest post code: W2 2ET. Regents Park, 14:00 assembly, 14:50 departure, Cumberland Green, nearest post code: NW1 4NA. Tower Hill, 14:00 assembly, 14:45 departure, Trinity Square Gardens EC3N 4DJ. West Norwood, 11:00 body painting, 14:00 assembly, 14:30 departure, 242 Norwood Rd, SE27 9AW. This ride includes an optional return ride and BBQ. Clapham Junction, 14:30 assembly, 14:45 departure, Grant Road, SW11 2NU. This group also has an optional feeder ride starting from Kew Bridge at 13:45. Kew Bridge, 13:30 assembly, 13:45 departure, North end of Kew Bridge, W4 3NQ. This is an optional feeder ride which will join the Clapham Junction riders.

09 Jun 2019 [TBC] Naked Bike Ride, Brighton Sun 12:00 The Level, Union Road, BN2 3FX. 12:00 Bike/body decoration, lunch, entertainment. 13:00 Assembly. 13:30 Ride starts. 14:00 Rest stop at Hove Lawns. 15:00 Rest stop at Old Steine fountain. 16:00 Ride ends with sea swim and beach picnic, Black Rock naturist beach. Video: Start Video: Old Steine World Naked Bike Ride, Brighton

08 Jun 2019 [TBC] Corscombe Fest 12:00-20:00 Grounds of Corscombe Court, Corscombe, Dorset DT2 0NS. Lovely traditional family event with something for everyone. Great stalls, classic cars, dog show, hog roast, real ale. kid’s bouncy castle and assault course. Afternoon entertainment from 13:00, evening entertainment from 16:30.

08 Jun 2019 [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.

08 Jun 2019 [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.

08-09 Jun 2019 [TBC] Brighton & Hove Motor Show Sat-Sun. American Express Community Stadium, Brighton. 13,000 sq mtrs of inside and external space. Multiple themed zones including go-carting and motorcycles. Test drive some of the latest modes on display. Register for your free ticket. Free event.

08-09 Jun 2019 [TBC] World Triathlon - Leeds Sat-Sun Leeds. Starting with an open water swim in Roundhay Park, the bike leg will see participants complete laps in and around Leeds city centre before completing a testing run course and crossing the finish line in the city centre. 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Free to view. Major event. World Triathlon

08-16 Jun 2019 [TBC] Bike Week A national celebration of freedom, Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling as a source of fitness and fun. 

08-23 Jun 2019 [TBC] Bucks Open Studios The largest visual arts event in the county. Run by the Visual Images Group, an alliance of over 500 artists and makers living and working in Buckinghamshire. Over 200 different venues across Buckinghamshire open their studios and run exhibitions and events for the public to visit. Go behind the scenes, talk to artists and see work in progress. Demos, workshops and exhibitions, showcasing a wide range of arts and crafts. Free entry.

09 Jun 2019 [TBC] Classic Car Show Sun 11:00 Playing Field, Bisley Old Road. Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1NL Top of Town Community Association and the Cotswold Classic Car Club Classic Car Show. 250 Classic Cars and Bikes expected + trade stands and car boot. Exhibitors free of charge Public free of charge. Stalls - call for prices: 07883 604522. email: jwiddey@aol.com

09 Jun 2019 [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.

09 Jun 2019 [TBC] Maldon Mud Race 15:30 Sun, Promenade Park‚ Maldon, Essex. 300 entrants, 20‚000 spectators and £55,000 raised for charity in 2015. Competitors race through the mud of the River Blackwater at low tide. The return crossing can take an hour, and is very heavy going. Best times might be under four minutes. Spectator entry to the park is by personal donation. Visit maldon Video Maldon Mud Race

09 Jun 2019 [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.

09 Jun 2019 [TBC] Friskney Show Sun 10:00-17:00 Friskney village hall and playing field, Friskney, Lincolnshire PE22 8RD. Stalls, classic cars, vintage tractors, silver band-singers and dancers, flypast by dakota, fun dog show, punch & judy, kids rides and birds of prey. Free event.:

09 Jun 2019 [TBC] Nuneaton Carnival Sun 13:00 Avenue Road - 25 decorated floats, carnival queen, marching bands, majorette troupes, cheerleaders and over 100 walking entries. One of the largest voluntary organised town Carnival's in the country.

09 Jun 2019 [TBC] Lord Mayor's Show, Birmingham Sun 12:00-18:00 Cannon Hill Park. Free entry. Live music, street theatre, craft stalls, picnic area and children's rides, magic, face painting, donkey rides etc.

09-15 Jun 2019 [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.

14 Jun 2019 [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

14-16 Jun 2019 [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.

14-23 Jun 2019 [TBC] Portsmouth Festivities Ten-day annual arts festival presenting a diverse programme of events celebrating Portsmouth’s history and heritage.

14-23 Jun 2019 [TBC] Golowan Festival Penzance. World music, dance, food and market.

15 Jun 2019 [TBC] Crystal Palace Festival Sat 11:00-21:00, Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, London SE20. Fantastic line up of music, spoken word, theatre, visual arts, family and community activities and of course amazing food and drink. About 28,500 revelers. Events are run all week in the surrounding areas, and the vast majority are free. The park event is Free.

15 Jun 2019 [TBC] Portchester Gala Sat 11:30 Portchester Castle. Fun Fair, Parade through White Hart Lane, Donkey Rides, performances from local organisations, Music performances, Tug-of-war, Classic cars, army vehicles, bouncy castles, childrens activities, Trigger the train rides, ice creams, large variety of catering options, raffle, face painting, craft fairs, local produce for sale, marching bands. 11:30 Procession from the Wicor Mill Pub and makes its way down White Hart Lane and Castle Street. Alan Simpson, 29-31 West Street, Portchester, Hants PO16 9XB. 02392 20162. Free event.

15 Jun 2019 [TBC] Harry Paye Day - Poole Pirates Sat 12:00-18:00 Poole Quay BH15 1HJ. 12:00 Parade, plus entertainment on main stage. Organised by the Pirates of Poole and supported by Poole Tourism.

15 Jun 2019 [TBC] Loddon Scarecrow Festival, Norwich. Sat 11:00 Parade from The White Horse, Chedgrave. Festival 12:00-17:00 Loddon Jubilee Field NR14 6NB. Live music, funfair, stalls, food and drink.

15 Jun 2019 [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.

15 Jun 2019 [TBC] Burwell Carnival. Sat 12:00-22:45 Burwell, Cambridge CB25 0AP. 12:00 Parade from Margarete Field to the recreation ground. 13:30-18:00 entertainment & Stage.


15-16 Jun 2019 [TBC] Marlow Town Regatta & Festival Sat-Sun Regatta, rowing and Dragon boats in the scenic riverside town of Marlow, with a garden party atmosphere.


15-16 Jun 2019 [TBC] West End Live Sat 11:00-17:00 Sun 12:00-17:00 Trafalgar Square, London. Showcase of West End theatre productions. Free entrance. West End Live, Trafalgar Square

15-16 Jun 2019 [TBC] AfricaOye, Liverpool Sat-Sun 12:30-21:30 Sefton Park. The largest free African music festival in the UK. Line-up Free event.

16 Jun 2019 [TBC] Northampton Music Festival Fri-Sun, Northampton Market Square. Annual festival celebrating Northampton’s rich music culture. A broad range of local musicians and artists provide a community-focused gathering. 50 acts on 5 stages, attendance 30,000. Free event.

16 Jun 2019 [TBC] Manchester Day Parade Sun 12:00-18:00 Start & finish in Liverpool Road. A dazzling array of costumes, music, dance and incredible structures. The city's biggest summer event, with over 2,400 participants and an audience of more than 50,000. Produced by outdoor events experts Walk the Plank.

16 Jun 2019 [TBC] Cally Festival, London Sun. Caledonian Road, London. Music, performance, art, activities, creative workshops, street market of delicious food to eat and brilliant things to buy. The Cally Festival is a free event for the whole community.

16 Jun 2019 [TBC] Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Heritage Day Sun 10:30-16:30 Royal Military Academy, London Road, Camberley, Surrey. The beautiful academy grounds and some of its historic buildings will be open to the public. Attendance is about 10-15k. Military displays, music, Gurkha Kuhkri dancing, polo, cricket, refreshments, picnic areas etc. Pets are not allowed. Further details: 01276 412088 ~ 01276 412179. Free event & parking.

16 Jun 2019 [TBC] London to Brighton Bike Ride Sun 07:00 start from Clapham Common. An amazing 27,000 take part in the annual 54 mile charity cycle ride, organised by the British Heart Foundation. Video BHF Events London-Brighton Bike Ride

16 Jun 2019 [TBC] Windsor Triathlon Sun 06:00 Windsor Castle / Long Walk. 1.5km Swim, 42km Bike, 10km Run. Multi-lap run course. 2500 competitors and thousands of spectators.

16 Jun 2019 [TBC] London Rathayatra Sun 12:00 Parade from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square. 14:00-17:00 Festival in Trafalgar Square. Talks, Bhajans, dramas, stalls, books & paraphenalia. Free Vegetarian Prasadam Feast for all. Rathayatra is a chariot festival that originated in India over 2,000 years ago.

18-22 Jun 2019 [TBC] Royal Ascot Tue-Sat. 10:30 Gates open, 14:00 Royal procession, 14:30 first race, 17:35 last race, music and entertainment from 17:35, close 21:00. Premier annual horse racing & society event. Ascot request both ladies and gentlemen dress in a smart manner in keeping with the occasion. Ladies Day Thursday. Military bands perform on the bandstand and in the Silver Ring on each day of the Royal Meeting. Royal Ascot

20-23 Jun 2019 [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

20 Jun - 06 Jul 2019 [TBC] Greenwich Festival Transforming communities through free, ambitious and ground-breaking outdoor performing arts which engage and inspire large, diverse audiences. Greenwich Festival

21 Jun 2019 Summer Solstice, Stonehenge Watch the new dawn arrive. English Heritage provide managed, Free access to the monument, but car parking charge applies. Car park, located close to Airman’s Cross A344/A360 junction. You will be given a site map. Please note your row number to locate your vehicle later. Monument and car park open from 19:00. 1km grass walk to Stonehenge - a small torch may be useful. Food and toilets available. Bag search at entrance, with a modest alcohol limit. Attendance 20,000 to 35,000. Sunrise 04:52. Video 2010 Video 2013 Solstice 2013 English Heritage Customer Services Solstice Information Hotline on 0370 333 1181.

22 Jun 2019 [TBC] Eid On Trafalgar Square Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate Eid. Highlights include a food festival where you can sample a host of delicious cuisines from across the world. Expect Malaysian, Turkish, South Asian, Egyptian, Lebanese, Indonesian, and Arabic to name a few! You can also enjoy live music and performances, while there’s also a range of fun activities for children to try like face-painting, henna and calligraphy. Eid Festival is a Mayor of London event to mark the end of Ramadan.

22-30 Jun 2019 Didsbury Arts Festival Biennial event. More than 170 arts events, exhibitions, performance and street theatre across 50 venues. Sat 12:00 Music and street theatre. Most events free.

22 Jun 2019 [TBC] Oldham Carnival & Roots Festival Sat, Oldham Town Centre, Big parade, lots of free stuff for the kids, charity stalls, some entertainment for the parents, lots of small rides and our popular dance troupe competition.

22 Jun 2019 [TBC] Avon Dasset Soap Box Derby 15:00 Avon Dassett, Warwickshire.

22 Jun 2019 [TBC] World Worm Charming Championships Sat 14:00 Willaston County Primary School, Willaston, Nantwich. Spectator entrance £1.

20-23 Jun 2019 [TBC] The Royal Highland Show Thu-Sun. About £20 per day (accompanied under 16's free). Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston 0131 335 6200. Map

22-23 Jun 2019 [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

22-23 Jun 2019 [TBC] StowFiesta Fri-Sat Chilton Fields, Stowmarket. Free community music festival in Suffolk.

22-23 Jun 2019 [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.

22-23 Jun 2019 Morris Minor National Rally Sat-Sun Catton Hall, Walton Upon Trent, Derby DE12 8LN.

23 Jun 2019 [TBC] Newbury ARS Rally & Boot Sale Annual boot sale organised by the Newbury & District Amateur Radio Society. Demonstrations, displays, clubs, societies and special interest groups, plus about 120 traders selling amateur radio equipment, test equipment, computers etc. Newbury Showground, M4, J13. From 09:00 (sellers 08:00). About £2. Newbury & District Amateur Radio Boot Sale

23 Jun 2019 [TBC] Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade Sun 12:00. Spectacular parade created by local people, helped by fantastic artists. It’s a celebration of creativity, the art of the handmade and is just sheer fun! Up to 1000 people walk or dance in the parade through the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands.

23 Jun 2019 [TBC] South End Green Festival 11:00-17:00 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.

23-29 Jun 2019 [TBC] Mevagissey Feast Week Sun-Sat 6 days. Mevagissey, Cornwall. Live music, dancing, processions, raft races and more. Provisional details, subject to change: Sunday 15:00 big fish procession, 16:30 air-sea rescue. Friday 20.00 live music on the quay. Saturday 19:30 carnival, 22.45 fireworks. Festival Office, 53 Lavorrick Orchards, Mevagissey, PL26 6TL. Tel: 01726 74014.

26-30 Jun 2019 Glastonbury Festival

27-30 Jun 2019 [TBC] Cyclone Festival of Cycling One of the UK’s biggest cycling events. Rides for all levels. Choose from fun and family friendly leisure rides such as the Tyne Six Bridges to more challenging competitive and non-competitive rides such as the Beaumont Trophy, attracting some of the world’s best riders. Staged in some of Northumberland’s most beautiful countryside, the event promises to be an exciting sporting experience for spectators and participants of all ages.

27 Jun - 13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Stafford Festival one of the top three Open Air Shakespeare Festivals in the country, performed annually against the dramatic backdrop of Stafford Castle.

28-30 Jun 2019 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.

28-30 Jun 2019 [TBC] Winchester Hat Fair Fri-Sun. A weekend of absurd and enchanting street theatre. Friday procession. Sunday 12:00-18:00 Picnic in the Park at North Walls Recreation Ground, with performances, food market, crafts and children's workshops. Video Winchester Hat Fair Free event.

29 Jun 2019 [TBC] Bermondsey Beat ~ Bermondsey Carnival Sat 12:00-20:00 Southwark Park, off Jamaica Road, London SE16. Free family festival with music, dance, funfair, food village, stalls and activities for all. Attendance 30,000. Bermondsey Carnival Free event.

29 Jun 2019 [TBC] Armed Forces Day - Events Various events and parades around the country.

29 Jun 2019 [TBC] Chislehurst Rocks Music Festival Saturday. Walden Recreation Ground. Free event.

29 Jun 2019 [TBC] Isle Of Wight Mardi Gras Sat 15:00 Parade starts Ryde School, Queens Road for High Street, Union Street, Esplanade, Ryde, Isle Of Wight. The New Carnival Company flagship event. Over 800 children, young people and community members masquerading in spectacular carnival costumes, with music and dancing. Held on last Saturday in June, or the first Saturday in July. Free event. More Info.


South Brent Illuminated Carnival, Devon

Processions on the last Saturday in June and November.

29 Jun 2019

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29 Jun 2019 [TBC] Armed Forces Day Saturday. Multiple events & locations.

29 Jun 2019 [TBC] Bristol Bikefest Sat-Sun Ashton Court. Food and drink in the event village. Spectators welcome.

29 Jun 2019 [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.

29 Jun 2019 [TBC] Pier to Pier Race, Brighton Sat 12:30. About 60 take part in the swim, run under ASA laws by the Brighton Swimming Club, which is the oldest swimming club in the country.

29-30 Jun 2019 [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 £5. Saturday night concert. festival@chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk 01246 477569.

29-30 Jun 2019 [TBC] Stratford Upon Avon River Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-22:00 Recreation ground, river Avon, opposite Royal Shakespeare Theatre CV37 7LS. One of the region’s leading free festivals with 50,000 revelers. Saturday’s headliners, Kinky Farnham, amazing 9 piece funk and soul band. Music will be on both the Bandstand and Accoustic stage on Saturday from 12:15pm to 10pm and on Sunday from midday to 7pm. Free event.

30 Jun 2019 [TBC] Berkshire Motor Show Sun 10:15-18:30 Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading, Berkshire. RG30 2ND. Military vehicles, classic cars and bikes, arena displays, crafts and more. Entry by donation.

30 Jun 2019 [TBC] Crawley Festival - High Street Live Sunday. Music stages and alfresco dining in the High Street, which is closed to traffic.

30 Jun 2019 [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.


30 Jun 2019 [TBC] Ouseday Regatta ~ Lewes Raft Race

Sun 12:00-18:00 River Ouse, Malling Recreation Ground, Mayhew Way, Lewes BN7 2NW.

Fantastic rafts, insane competition, thousands of spectators, flour bombs and water canons. What could possibly go wrong. Ouseday raft race and regatta is established as a major county event, second only to Bonfire Night on the social calendar at Lewes, with 500 racing on madcap rafts and boats and up to 10,000 cheering spectators, many of them throwing eggs and flour bombs from the riverbank.

13:30 Boat Parade, with Wellington Wailer sea shanty singers in lead boat.
14:00 Tenor Allan Clayton will lead young musicians with a pop, rock, jazz and brass performance including Sussex by the Sea.
14:15 Rowing Race: Lewes V Newhaven
14:30 Canoe races, beginners and intermediate contest between bridges, Malling Rec.
15:00 Main Raft Race - rafters traditionally pelted with eggs and flour bombs on the two hour, seven miles down the river to the sea at Newhaven.
All-day Food Fair.
Cliffe Bonfire society will provide a smokey and dramatic spectacle to end the day but sadly other bonfire societies will now not be racing against them this year.

For 2018 organisers have banned fireworks and ask spectators to show restraint and avoid polluting the river with plastic by using paper for flour bombs.

Ouseday is a Free event, Main sponsors are Oakley Property, supported by Lawson Lewis Blakers solicitors.

Video:  https://vimeo.com/228412116

Media contact: Brendon Parsons 01273 479208 ~ 07813 944386


30 Jun 2019 [TBC] Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford Sun 11:00-17:00. 12:30 Amazing procession from The Plain. Free Carnival vibes and family fun in Cowley Road and the surrounding streets. The city’s biggest and most inclusive summer party. Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford

30 Jun 2019 [TBC] Oxted Pram Race Sun 15:00.


03-07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Tall Ships Regatta

Following the success of the previous Tall Ships Regatta, attracting up to 1.1 million visitors, the Royal Borough of Greenwich is proud to welcome back a fleet of Tall Ships to the River Thames.

The ships will be anchored in the Thames alongside two Tall Ships festival villages - the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, and the Royal Arsenal riverside in Woolwich.

Some ships will be open for visitors to get on board to look around and talk to the crew.

Royal Greenwich has the longest riverfront setting of all the London boroughs and the four days of port festivities will take place along this riverfront in the bustling town centres of Woolwich and Greenwich, with an exciting programme of entertainment, music and fireworks.

Fireworks Wed 21:15 Maritime Greenwich, Thu 21:15 Maritime Greenwich, Fri 21:15 Maritime Greenwich, Sat 21:45 Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 6ST.

Free event.


03-07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Henley Regatta River Thames, Henley On Thames. Wed 08:30-19:30 Heats. Thu 09:00-19:30 Heats. Fri 08:30-19:30 Quarter Finals. Sat 10:00-19:30 Semi Finals. Sun 11:30-16:00 Finals.
Free viewing areas along the river banks. Dress smart casual, and bring a picnic.
Henley Regatta

04-07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Mouth Of The Tyne Festival Wed-Sun. Live music and art, with a maritime flavour - north and south of the river.

05 Jul 2019 [TBC] Moving On Parade, Lewes Fri 12:30-13:40 Lewes High Street. Stunning moving tide of sculptures, costumes and music through town – made by over 360 children working with a team of local artists. Sussex. Patina is a registered charity that promotes the arts in Lewes and surrounding areas. Patina’s flagship activity is the Moving On Parade through Lewes each July, which celebrates local children’s transition from primary to secondary school. Workshops in carnival arts take place in schools across the area.

05-07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Norwich Mayors Celebration Main day Saturday. Lost River Stage, Westlegate, 11am to 5pm, Chapelfield Gardens Big Top, 11am to 10pm, Birdstage, St Gregorys Green, Midday to 8pm Com, Chantry car park, Theatre Street, Midday to 10pm, The Forum Stage, Millennium Plain, Midday to 10:20pmm Lord Mayor’s Procession, 5pm to 7:30pm (approx.) From St Stephens Road, Castle Meadow, Tombland to Palace Street. Fireworks, Norwich Castle 10:30pm Fired from Norwich Castle and set to music outside City Hall Norwich Mayors Celebration

05-07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Southport Air Show Sat-Sun 09:00-17:00. The North West's largest Airshow, this fantastic family event attracts up to 150,000 spectators over two days. Red Arrows, Tornado GR4, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and many more military, heritage and civilian air craft plus a village packed full of entertainment, including bmx stunts, flight simulators and much more. About £10.

05 Jul - 23 Aug 2019 [TBC] Quay For My Car, Poole Poole Quay hosts a unique, themed car event every Friday evening from July to August from 18:00-21:00. Owners of the classic vehicles will line up at the water’s edge as Poole Quay becomes the venue for car enthusiasts and spectators to get close to the vehicles of their dreams. Part of "Summertime in the South" with Wave 105FM.

06 Jul 2019 [TBC] Pride London Sat 12:00 Huge parade - Portland Place to Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Piccadilly, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Cockspur, Whitehall. 150 groups of walkers, dancers and large floats. 13:00-20:00 Live music in Trafalgar Square. Video: Parade Trafalgar Square  2016 Trafalgar Square Pride London Free event.

06 Jul 2019 [TBC] Round the Island Race Saturday, Cowes, Isle Of Wight. Round the Island Race is the largest annual yacht race of its kind in the world. 1830 boats 16,000 keen sailors. Olympic medallists and round-the-world skippers mix with first timers and family cruisers to complete the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Fri-Sat Regatta Village in Cowes Yacht Haven off High Street - free entry. Plenty of activities and evening live entertainment. Map & times Round The Island Race, Cowes

06 Jul 2019 [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

06 Jul 2019 [TBC] Uckfield Festival Sat 13:30 Amazing Procession with Giant Carnival Figures, High Street to Luxford Field. 10:00-17:00 Street performers, arena events, dance and music. Bring a picnic. Video Uckfield Festival Free event.

06 Jul 2019 [TBC] Maindee Festival, Nr Newport, Wales Sat. Vibrant street parade 12:00 from the Rugby Club grounds on Grafton Road and site events run from 13:00 to 19:00 at Maindee Primary School.  Live music, traders, stalls and international food and drink. Free event.


Ealing Summer Festivals

06 Jul 2019 [TBC] Greenford Carnival. Sat. 12:00-20:00 Ravenor Park.
18-19 & 24-26 Jul 2019 [TBC] Ealing Comedy Festival, Walpole Park (about £20-£25 per day)
20-21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Ealing Blues Festival, Walpole Park (about £5-£10 per day)
27-28 Jul 2019 [TBC] Ealing Jazz Festival, Walpole Park (about £5-£10 per day)
17-18 Aug 2019 [TBC] London Mela. Southall Park. Free. (Possibly back to Gunnersbury Park)

Ealing Summer Festivals


06 Jul 2019 [TBC] Sharrow Festival Sat 12:00-20:00 Mount Pleasant Park, Sheffield. Two music stages, global food, crafts, circus skills & street dance. Free.

06 Jul 2019 [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 free. Call Guildford Lions on 01483 546046 for more details. Video

06 Jul 2019 [TBC] Stockwell Festival Sat 12:00-18:00 Larkhall Park, Courland Grove, SW8 2PX. Music stage, sustainability zone, marketplace, etc.

06 Jul 2019 [TBC] Wellingborough Carnival Sat 13:00 Parade, Broad Green to Croyland Park. Held annualy on the first Sat in July. 12:00 live music by local bands in Croyland Park. Free event. 07979 506120.

06 Jul 2019 [TBC] Rescue Day Sat 10:30-17:00  7 Lakes Country Park, J2 M180 North Lincolnshire. Witness all the major emergency services in action. Displays, exhibitors, skills and equipment. This special day will raise funds for emergency services related charities. About £5. Free Parking.

06-07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Basingstoke Live Sat 12:30-22:30, Sun 13:00-19:30 War Memorial Park RG21 4AH. 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. About £10/day. Basingstoke Live

06-07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Paddle Round The Pier, Brighton Sat-Sun 12:00-16:00 Hove Lawns, Brighton BN3 2PE. Water sports and fun, raising money for good causes. At 14.00 on Sunday, a mass paddle around the remains of the old West pier. Paddle Round The Pier, Brighton

06-07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Heddington & Stockley Steam Rally One of the biggest steam rallies in the area, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the country, who enjoy our friendly and relaxed rally. Vintage traction engines in full steam, miniature steam, stationary engines, tractors, classic cars, motor cycles and bygones. Large display of military and commercial vehicles. Large trade area.

06-07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Northampton Town Festival Sat-Sun The Racecourse, Northampton. Hot air balloons, giant funfair, fireworks etc. Free event.

06-07 Jul 2019[TBC] New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix & Town Show Sat 10:00-17:00 Classic Cars Show, recreation ground. Sun 11:00-17:00 Pedal Car Grand Prix, Station Road + Town Show, recreation ground. About 40 "formula one" pedal cars race for 2 hours around a 1 kilometer course. 10,000 spectators. New Milton is a vibrant and lively town located between the rolling hills of The New Forest and the Sea west of the Solent. Free event.

06-07 Jul 2019 [TBC] DogFest - South Knebworth House Herts. 09:30-17:00. Join Channel 4 Super-Vet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick.

06-07 Jul 2019 [TBC] 999 Weekend, Eastbourne Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Western Lawns. The largest public display of the emergency services in the UK. Promotes the 999 services to the community. Arena events, including Police Dog demonstration, extinguishing kitchen fires and mock road crash scenes demonstrating the emergency response. There are sea-borne displays from the RNLI and Coastguard and it is anticipated helicopters from the Police, Coastguard search & rescue, and a fixed wing Coast Guard search plane will fly by. Attendance 30,000.

06-07 Jul 2019 [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

07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Mini's on the Wreck, Shoreham Sun 10:00-16:00 Adur recreation ground, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex. Open to classic and modern minis, plus other classic and modified cars and bikes. Raffle, tombola, kids attractions, tug of war, fire engine and police car. Free event.

07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Epsom Thai Festival Sun 10:00-18:30 Hook Road Arena KT19 8QH. Music & dance, Thai Boxing, Thai carving. About £5.

07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Portishead Raft Race Sunday. 30 Rafts. 12:00 Music Starts, 12:30 Edible Boat Regatta, 13:00 First Raft Race, 15:30 Raft Race Final, 16:00 Music headline act.

07 Jul 2019 [TBC] Hinckley Soap Box Derby Sun 11:00-15:00 Castle Street, Hinckley. Annual fun day for teams, supporters and spectators. Themed soap boxes are encouraged, and viewing is free for spectators. Prospective teams contact: steve@hinckleybid.co.uk 01455 698494 Free event.

07-20 Jul 2019 [TBC] Wenlock Olympian Games Sat-Sun. A multitude of sporting events in and around Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Bowls, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Gliding, Golf, Hockey, Junior Biathlon, Kwik Cricket, Long Distance Walk, Marathon & Half Marathon, Netball, Road Race, Touch Tennis, Triathlon and Volleyball. Event generally held the first two weeks in July, but this is the main weekend.

08-15 Jul 2019 [TBC] Nudefest, Cornwall Thorney Lakes Caravan and Camping Park, Muchelney, Langport, Somerset TA10 0DW. The biggest naturist festival in the Country. Craft sessions, yoga, painting, fishing contest, 5k/10k run, live music, drum workshop, Morris dancing.



11-14 Jul 2019 [TBC] Festival Of Speed.

06-08 Sep 2019 [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 Jul 2019 [TBC] Waterloo Carnival, London Fri 11:00-21:00. Procession of 300 people from Tanswell Street at 13:30. Carnival Finale from 14.30, Waterloo Millennium Green. Carnival de Cuba

12-13 Jul 2019 [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.

12-13 Jul 2019 [TBC] British Beach Polo Championships Fri-Sat Sandbanks, Dorset. General admission about £25. Evening beach party at additional cost.

12-14 Jul 2019 [TBC] Readipop Festival Christchurch Meadow, Reading. Great headline acts, arts, workshops and fun for all ages. Readipop is Reading’s music charity - music changing lives. About £15-20/day, £30/weekend.

12-14 Jul 2019 [TBC] Royal International Air Tattoo RAF Fairford. The biggest annual UK air show. Attendance 167,000.

12-14 Jul 2019 [TBC] Beach Dreams Festival Beach Green, Shoreham BN43 5YJ. The Beach Dreams Main Stage and Shoreham Allstars Stage will play host to a line up of some of the best local bands & DJs. Free event.

12-14 Jul 2019 [TBC] Cambridge Big Weekend Fri-Sun Parker’s Piece. Main music stage, cabaret tent, dance marquees, fireworks etc. Free event.

12-21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Brass: Durham International Festival Combining brass, folk, opera, dance and spectacular outdoor theatre in stunning venues and city streets.

13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Dorset Nettle Eating Contest The Bottle Inn, Marshwood. Live music and entertainment.

13 Jul 2019 [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.

13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Bromsgrove Carnival, Worcester Sat 12:00 Procession from the Artrix, School Drive B60 1AX. 13:30 Procession arrives at Sanders Park. Live music until 21:00, 10k race, duck race, zumbathon, children's race, it's a knockout, Worcestershire youth jazz orchestra, funfair, charity stalls and trade stalls. Free event.

13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Brazilica Festival, Liverpool Sat 20:00 Williamson Square hosts the main stage and Brazilian market. Magical night-time carnival parade lights up the city streets ending with a spectacular finale at 21:30. The UK’s biggest Samba Carnival, with an audience of over 80,000 people. Organized by the Liverpool Carnival Company, and part of the Brazilica Festival Fri-Sun, bringing a taste of Brazil’s carnival atmosphere to the streets of Liverpool with live music, dance, art, sport, culture, food and film.

13 Jul 2019 [TBC] St Ives Carnival, Cambridgeshire Sat11:45 Parade, town centre to Hill Rise Park. Music until 21:00, stalls, side shows, fair, refreshments, licenced bar and entertainment on and off the stage. Sunday 12:00-21:00 about 12 local bands and barbeque.

13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Hastings Sea Shanty Festival Sat 13:00-17:00 and 19:00-21:00 Stade Open Space. Traditional and more modern sea songs and shanties. There will also be performances at the White Rock Hotel by the pier and the Fisherman's Museum in Rock a Nore Road. Annual event.

13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Kelvedon Community Festival Sat 12:00-19:00 Recreation Ground, Kelvedon, Essex. Two live music stages. Free event.

13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Goring & Streatley Regatta Cleeve Meadows.

13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Southampton Mela Sat 12:00-21:00 Hoglands Park, City Centre. Leading Indian Classical, Folk, World Music, Qawwali and Asian fusion. Live music and dance on the main stage, workshops and demonstrations in Music & Dance and Arts & Crafts. Family fun with a range of Arts & Crafts activities, a designated play area and a funfair. Stalls - varying from ethnic clothes and accessories, beauty and henna hand tattooing, arts & crafts. Attendance 20,000. Free event.

13 Jul 2019 [TBC] Bournemouth Pride 11:00-12:00 Parade - East Cliff BH1 3AF to The Triangle. 13:00-23:00 The Triangle - entertainment & big screen. Family fun and entertainment at the Bandstand.

13-14 Jul 2019 [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.

13-14 Jul 2019 [TBC] Eastbourne Beach Life Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Eastern seafront. One of the biggest FREE extreme sports festivals in the UK. Adventure filled weekend featuring a huge line up of air, land and water based outdoor pursuits. Eastbourne Beach Life Festival

14 Jul 2019 [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

14 Jul 2019 [TBC] Derby Caribbean Carnival Sun 13:00 Procession from Market Place to Osmaston Park. Entertainment in the park until 21:00.

14 Jul 2019 [TBC] British 10K London Run Sun 09:30 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

14 Jul 2019 Newbury Carnival Sun 14:00 Pound Street to Victoria Park. 12:00-18:00 Carnival Fete in Victoria Park. Arena entertainment, music and dance, children's rides, dog show, crafts and gifts, African drum workshop and international food. Biennial event.

14-27 Jul 2019 [TBC] King’s Lynn Festival Main festival runs every day with various performances of classical, jazz & folk music plus talks and films. Ticketed, with a few free taster sessions.

18-21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Hatherleigh Festival, Devon Four days of amazing street theatre and performance, with many free events.

19-21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Bristol Harbour Festival Fri-Sun 12:00-17:00 Bristol Harbour. One of the most popular free festivals in the West Country, with an attendance of 250,000. Performance stages, fringe stages, historic ships, children’s entertainment, continental market and a fantastic array of food and drink. Free event.

19-21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Upton Blues Festival Fri-Sun Upton Upon Severn, Worcestershire. Britain’s biggest free blues festival with over 90 performances on 3 official stages and 9 pub stages. Excellent camping facilities. Free event.

19-21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Bug Jam Fri-Sun Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, NN29 7XA. VW festival with Drag Racing, Stunt Displays, Show & Shine, Traders, Autojumble, 5 Music Arenas and Funfair. See link for tickets.

19-21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Tramlines Festival, Sheffield Fri-Sun. Expected attendance 175,000. 4 main stages and over 70 venues in the city to explore, including The Leadmill, O2 Academy Sheffield, Barkers Pool, The University of Sheffield, The Harley, The Bowery, the Peace Gardens, Endcliffe Park and the main stage at Devonshire Green - capacity 8,000. 600 national and local artists - Rock, Indie, Pop, Electronic, Dance and Hip Hop. See link for tickets. Youtube Channel


British Rowing Championships

National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham.

19-21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Juniors.
19-20 Oct 2019 [TBC] Seniors.


19-27 Jul 2019 [TBC] Manchester Jazz festival 60 gigs, 300 hundred musicians and hours of live music, plus a full array of special events and activities, indoors and out, on stage and on screen.

19-28 Jul 2019 [TBC] Birmingham Jazz Festival About 351 musicians and 115 venues citywide.

20 Jul 2019 [TBC] International Busking Day Sat. 11:30-20:00 Arena Square, Wembley Park, London. Free programme of live music, festival events and free workshops.

20 Jul 2019 [TBC] Trans Pride Brighton Sat 13:00-18:00. Parade and park event. The main march is at 12pm from Marlborough Pub to Brunswick Square.

20 Jul 2019 [TBC] Livestock Music Festival Sat, Forty Hall & Estate, Forty Hill, London EN2 9HA. Rock, ska, blues, folk, rap and reggae on 3 stages, in the glorious setting of Forty Hall Farm, a working organic farm that is home to an award-winning local vineyard, orchard and organic market garden. On site bar, street market with stalls, food and drink, plus a circus area for kids. About £20.

20 Jul 2019 [TBC] Broadwater Carnival & Fire Station Open Day, Worthing Sat 10:00-16:00. Broadwater Carnival Society, Worthing Fire Station and More Radio present Broadwater's Big Day Out! A great free day out with shows and activities for everyone. Free parking at Worthing College

20 Jul 2019 [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.

20 Jul 2019 [TBC] Bracknell Show 12:00 Wildridings Playing Fields. Arena displays, arts and crafts, music etc. Free event.

20 Jul 2019 [TBC] Create Festival Sat 11:00-20:00 Victoria Park, Jemmett Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 5HD. Folk, rock, spoken word & outdoor theatre - one of the South East’s biggest free music festivals. Free Parking. 

20-21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Lambeth Country Show Sat-Sun 12:00-20:00 Brockwell Park, London. The largest event of its type in South East England. Attendance 120,000. Traction engines and steam parade, medieval re-enactment, falconry; horticultural competitions; fairground rides; crafts; community stalls; live performance stage and arenas. Video Lambeth Country Show Free event.

20-21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Maidenhead Festival On Saturday, live music, market, street food and fireworks in Kidwells Park. Free event.

20-21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Liverpool International Music Festival - Sefton Park Free Events in a beautiful green space.

20-21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Manchester Mega Mela Sat-Sun. Platt Fields Park. The largest celebration of South Asian Culture in the North of England. Music, dance, food and traditional arts and crafts. Attendance 70,000. Free even

20-29 Jul 2019 [TBC] Ramsgate Festival Music, theatre, dance, performance, installations, workshops, talks. Mostly free.

21 Jul 2019 [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.

21 Jul 2019 [TBC] McMichael Radio Rally Sun 09:30 Reading Rugby Football Club, Sonning Lane RG4 6ST. Annual Sale of amateur radio equipment, test equipment, computers etc. Large Car Boot area, licensed bar, barbecue, demonstrations and displays by special interest groups. Indoor area for Traders. McMichael Radio Rally & Car Boot Sale

21 Jul 2019 [TBC] Dorset Dogs Festival Sat 11:00-16:00 Upton Park. 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.

21-26 Jul 2019 [TBC] Ramsgate Week Hosted by the Royal Temple Yacht Club. A must for all sailing enthusiasts, with plenty of evening entertainment in the town.

23-25 Jul 2019 [TBC] New Forest Show New Park, Brockenhurst. Motorcycle stunt display, show jumping, livestock, vintage farm machinery, steam, land girls, food fare, crafts, antiques, art, flower show, WI, forestry commission, honey & bees, blacksmiths, vegetables & flowers, climbing wall & ropes, ferret racing, fishing, falconry & gundogs. About £19.

23-27 Jul 2019 [TBC] The War and Peace Revival Tue-Sat 09:00-18:00 Hop Farm Family Park, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6PY. Very large military show with vehicle displays, arena battles and 1940s fashion etc. About £20. War and Peace Revival


Summer Fireworks in Greater Yarmouth

Hemsby Fireworks - Tuesdays - 23 July 2019 for six weeks. 22:00.

Great Yarmouth Fireworks - Wednesdays - 24 July 2019 for seven weeks with live entertainment on Sealife Centre Gardens from 20:00, fireworks 22:00.

Free events.


24 Jul 2019 [TBC] Classics On The Common Wed 14:00-20:00 Harpenden Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire. 1200 classic cars, 250 cycles and scooters, 10,000 spectators. Free event.

25-28 Jul 2019 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic Fri-Sun 09:00 Weymouth Beach. About 72 teams compete in the UK Championships. Festival site includes a magnificent show court surrounded by a specially constructed beach grandstand (free to the public), nine tournament courts, over 100 top class 2 a-side men and women's volleyball teams, live commentary, music intervals and a volleyball trade village.

25-28 Jul 2019 [TBC] Warwick Folk Festival Warwick Folk Festival and its friendly Fringe offer something for everyone with a pulsating programme of more than 130 events . Traditional English folk music and dance with blues, country and rock. Dance displays, procession and open air concerts during the weekend. See website for further details and tickets.


Poole’s Sensational Summer Breeze  

Music, Fun and Fireworks

25 Jul - 29 Aug 2019

Six magical Thursdays of free music, family entertainment and fireworks will be taking place on Poole Quay from 26 July overlooking the harbour as Dorset’s longest running major summer firework display returns.  

As the sun sets, get ready to party on Poole Quay with fantastic bands every week ranging from talented up and coming artists to the best local performers.  From rock, pop and soul to 40’s & 50’s swing.  

The free family event is part of Poole’s Wave 105 Summertime in the South and brings six weeks of the best party action, bands and street entertainers to Poole Quay before ending with a dazzling firework display over the harbour at 10pm every Thursday evening until the end of August.  

As well as fantastic bands every week there will be street entertainers along the quay performing all sorts of tricks and skills to keep both adults & kids amused.  

Poole Quay will be closed to vehicles for the event from 6pm.


Jul-Sep Isle of Wight Carnivals 2019

25 Jul 2019 [TBC] Newport Main Carnival Thu 19:00 Matalan Car Park, St George's Way. Video
26 Jul 2019 [TBC] Sandown Children's Carnival. Fri 15:00 Sandham Gardens
27 Jul 2019 [TBC] Sandown Main Carnival. Sat 19:00 Culver Parade
28 Jul 2019 [TBC] West Wight Carnival. Sun 14:00 Moa Place Car Park, Freshwater
30 Jul 2019 [TBC] Shanklin Children's Carnival. Tue 14:00 Palmerston Road
31 Jul 2019 [TBC] Shanklin Main Carnival. Wed 19:00 Popham Road
03 Aug 2019 [TBC] Shanklin Illuminated Carnival. Sat 21:15 Popham Road
07 Aug 2019 [TBC] Ventnor Children's Carnival. Wed 12:00 Dudley Road
07 Aug 2019 [TBC] Ventnor Main Carnival & Fireworks. Wed 19:00 Albert Street
10 Aug 2019 [TBC] Ventnor Illuminated Carnival Sat 21:00 Albert Street
14 Aug 2019 [TBC] Cowes Main Carnival. Wed 19:00 Crossfield Avenue
17 Aug 2019 [TBC] Newport Illuminated. Sat 21:00 Matalan Car Park, St George's Way
24 Aug 2019 [TBC] Cowes Illuminated Carnival. Sat 21:00 Crossfield Avenue
26 Aug 2019 [TBC] St Helen's. Mon 18:30 The Green
28 Aug 2019 [TBC] Ryde Children's Carnival. Wed 15:00 Dover Street
28 Aug 2019 [TBC] Sandown Illuminated Carnival. Wed 20:30 Culver Parade
29 Aug 2019 [TBC] Ryde Main Carnival. Thu 18:30 The Esplanade
31 Aug 2019 [TBC]
Ryde Illuminated Carnival Sat 20:30 The Esplanade


25 Jul - 07 Sep 2018 National Sheepdog Trials

25-28 Jul 2019 [TBC] ENGLAND Jervaulx Abbey, North Yorks
01-03 Aug 2019 [TBC] SCOTLAND Portencross, West Kilbride
08-10 Aug 2019 [TBC] WALES Penbedw Estate, Flintshire
05-07 Sep 2019 [TBC] International Sheepdog Trials, Gill Hall, Co Down.


26-28 Jul 2019 [TBC] Sunderland Airshow Fri-Sun 10:00-18:00 Seafront, Seaburn. The largest free air show in Europe attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators.

26-28 Jul 2019 [TBC] Prudential Ride London Sat FreeCycle. 50,000 riders. Eight-mile traffic-free route that features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. London’s greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling. Sun London-Surrey 100. Starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. Finishes on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route.

26-28 Jul 2019 [TBC] Bridport Folk Festival Fri-Sun Bridport, West Dorset. New street festival with lots going on across several stages around the town. 50+ acts, plus ceilidhs and morris dancers. There will be evening venues and dance workshops (from £3), and an evening concert at The Electric Palace, which is reasonably priced. Free event.

26 Jul - 03 Aug 2019 [TBC] Monmouth Festival One of the biggest free music festivals. Local and national musicians from rock, classical, pop, folk, jazz, ska and punk. Main Stage, Blestium Street - Rock, Pop, Funk, Country, etc. The last Sunday is carnival day, and the whole of Monnow Street and Blestium Street are full of markets, workshops, stalls, and rides. Multiple venues - see link. Main stage: cattle market.

27 Jul 2019 [TBC] Swindon & Wiltshire Pride Sat 12:00-22:00 Old Town Gardens. 11:15 Parade from Springfield Road. Swindon & Wiltshire Pride

27 Jul 2019 [TBC] Nottinghamshire Pride Sat 12:00-18:00 Forest Fields Recreation Ground (Goose Fair site). Attendance about 7000. Sat - main stage, acoustic stage, community stage, dance tent, cabaret tent, comedy tent, burlesque tent etc. £1 entrance over both days. 07875 377145.

27 Jul 2019 [TBC] Linslade Canal Festival Sat 11:00-17:00 Tiddenfoot Waterside Park. Community event with a conservation and heritage theme. Rural crafts, canal art, working narrow boats, folk music, stalls, childrens activities, bids of prey, mobile farm and canal boat trips. Ninety exhibits in three different areas of the park. Free entrance, small charge for car parking. Attendance 9000. No mooring fees for narrow boats, but owners are advised to book. 01525 631915.

27 Jul 2019 [TBC] New Romney Country Fayre Sat 10:00-17:00 St Martin's Field and the Fairfield Road Recreation Ground, just off the High Street,  New Romney, Kent. 10:15 Procession from Station Road, through the town to the event field. Displays, crafts, stalls, entertainment all day, refreshments. Free entrance.

27 Jul 2019 [TBC] Nottinghamshire Pride Sat 12:00-18:00 Forest Fields Recreation Ground (Goose Fair site). Attendance about 7000. Sat - main stage, acoustic stage, community stage, dance tent, cabaret tent, comedy tent, burlesque tent etc. £1 entrance over both days. 07875 377145.

27 Jul 2019 [TBC] The Big Cheese, Caerphilly Sat. In the shadow of Caerphilly Castle. Street entertainers, living history re-enactments, comedy, music, dance, a traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours, craft and market stalls with produce from near and far, and much much more. Attendance 80,000. Free event.

27-28 Jul 2019 [TBC] Rox Festival Sat-Sun Hotham Park. Live music, food and drink. Video Rox Festival, Bognor Free event.

27-28 Jul 2019 [TBC] Lammas Festival, Eastbourne Sat-Sun Seafront. Live Music from 11:00. Sat 12:00 Parade of Giants from the pier. Sun 16:30 Ritual Celebration Carnival Parade

27-28 Jul 2019 [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.

27-28 Jul 2019 [TBC] Clarence Park Free Music Festival 12:00-20:00 Clarence Park, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield. marci@themusiccollective.co.uk  07779 911914

27-28 Jul 2019 [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.

27-28 Jul 2019 [TBC] Worthing Summer Festival & Firworks Sat-Sun. Classic Cars & Scooters in Steyne Gardens, Funfair, Market, Stalls on the sea front and Sat Fireworks at 22:00 on the Pier.

27-28 Jul 2019 [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.

27 Jul - 03 Aug 2019 [TBC] Swanage Carnival A week of amazing events. 29 Jul 2018 Sun 13:00 Red Arrows fly past, 15:00 big seafront parade, with floats, Caribbean bands, clowns and costumed walkers. 2.5 miles along the seafront and back to Sandpit Field. Every Saturday in August, there are fireworks and music on Swanage beach. Swanage Regatta & Carnival

27 Jul - 25 Aug 2019 [TBC] Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival 400 shows across exciting venues, including the return of the Counting House, with the very best free shows. Massive comedy selection, four music stages, fantastic cabaret, theatre, children's shows, spoken word, a walking tour and busking.

28 Jul 2019 [TBC] Race For Life, London Sunday, Hyde Park, London. Women's charity runs. Start: The Bandstand. 09:00 10k run, 11:00 5k run. Video Race For Life, Hyde Park

28 Jul 2019 [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

01-04 Aug 2019 [TBC] Stockton International Riverside Festival Thu-Sun. The biggest street arts festival in the UK - still fresh and edgy. Outdoor theatre, street entertainment, circus, music, dance and star-studded Fringe.

02-04 Aug 2019 [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.

02-04 Aug 2019 [TBC] Brightlingsea Free Festival Hurst Green, High Street, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0HG. Fri evening pub sessions. Sat 12:00-21:00. Sun 12:00-20:00. 8,000 visitors, 25 acts and 136 musicians.

02-04 Aug 2019 [TBC] Nottingham Riverside Festival Fri-Sun Victoria Embankment. Fri 18:30-22:30, Sat 12:00-23:30, Sun 12:00-18:30. Join 100,000 at Nottingham's biggest free festival weekend along the beautiful River Trent. Music, arts, river activities, street theatre, street fair, steam engines and crafts. Spectacular fireworks on Saturday night at 22:30. Live Music Children's Zone Street Theatre Dragon Boat Racing

02-09 Aug 2019 [TBC] Sidmouth Folk Week Multiple events around town, on outdoor spaces, and in pubs and clubs.

02-10 Aug 2019 [TBC] National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff Anglesey. Pageantry, poetry, dance, theatre, choral singing and rock music attracts more than 160,000 visitors annually.

03 Aug 2019 [TBC] Pride Brighton Sat 11:00 Parade - Hove Lawns, along King’s Road, then to its traditional route, making its way up West Street, along North Street and London Road before ending in Preston Park. Vibrant, brash and cheeky. The free-to-watch parade is watched by up to 300,000 revelers. 12:00-22:00  Party in Preston Park - ticketed. Video: 2012 Parade 2013 Parade 2016 Parade Brighton Pride

03 Aug 2019 [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

03 Aug 2019 [TBC] Leicester Caribbean Carnival Sat 11:00-20:00 Carnival Village in Victoria Park. Three music stages, main stage, Caribbean, African and Asian food, arts and crafts, and many stalls. 13:00 Vibrant Street Carnival featuring costumed bands and floats from Victoria Park through the city. Join one hundred thousand people on the carnival route for this  hugely popular multicultural event.

03-04 Aug 2019 [TBC] Rhythms Of The World Festival Hitchen, Herts.

03-04 Aug 2019 [TBC] The London Triathlon Sat-Sun ExCeL Centre, London. Super Sprint: 400m swim, 10k bike, 2.5k run. Sprint: 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run. Olympic: 1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run. Spectator Viewing

03-04 Aug 2019 [TBC] Battle Of Evesham Medieval Festival Sat-Sun Crown and Corporation Meadows, Evesham, plus other locations around the town. Mediaeval festival and camp with life-demonstrations of cookery, weapons and medicine and 13th Century battle re-enactment. 100+ re-enactors fighting on both days. Battle of Evesham Grand Parade, with mounted knights in full armor will wind its way through the town on Saturday. Medieval musicians and dancing at the camp, along with craftsmen demonstrations and medieval cookery. Free event.

03-04 Aug 2019 [TBC] Art in the Park Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Jephson Park Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa. Over 160 artists, designers and makers will be creating, demonstrating, and selling their art work. Circus inspired activities and installations. Take part in felt elephant or juggling balls workshops, be entertained by Motionhouse Youth and Leamington & Warwickshire Academy of Dance. Performances by 26 regional musicians, catch some early morning yoga, Indian drummers, choirs, harpist, jazz music and local food.

03-09 Aug 2019 [TBC] Creation Fest, Devon 10:00-22:00 Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7JE. Christian music festival - simply turn up and enjoy a good line up of bands. Includes teaching seminars, workshops, a skate park, sports and family activities. Close to the surf beach. Line-up. Free event.

03-10 Aug 2018 Cowes Week & Fireworks 40 daily races - 1,000 boats and 8,500 competitors. 100,000 spectators. On the last Friday, The Red Arrows, live music, then free fireworks at 21:30. Video: Music Stage 1 Music Stage 2 Cowes Week Fireworks, Isle of Wight

03-11 Aug 2019 [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

04 Aug 2019 [TBC] Margate Carnival Sun 14:30 Parade, Royal Esplanade, Westbrook, then east through Margate to Cliftonville. One of the biggest carnivals in the Southeast. 80 floats and live music, with the UK's biggest DJ's, Caribbean BBQ, stalls and family fun. Tel 01843 293733 Video More Margate Carnival

07-08 Aug 2019 [TBC] British Firework Championships Wed-Thu 21:30. Very spectacular. 6 firework companies battle over two nights for the title of British Fireworks Champion. 3 ten minute displays per evening. Music stage, morris dancing, fairground rides, catering outlets etc. The fireworks will be set off at Mountbatten Breakwater. Popular viewing areas are The Hoe and Queen Anne's Battery. Attendance 200,000. Map  Free event.  British Fireworks Championships, Plymouth

08-09 Aug 2019 [TBC] Jersey Battle of Flowers


Jersey Battle Of Flowers

08 Aug 2019 Battle Of The Flowers. Thu 14:30-17:00. Held on the second Thursday in August.
09 Aug 2019
Moonlight Parade. Fri 21:00-22:45. Illuminated finale and fireworks.

08 Dec 2019 [TBC] Battle Of The Flowers Christmas Parade. Sun 16:45-18:00 The Esplanade, St. Helier. Floodlit floats, music and dance.

Jersey Tourism 01534 448877.


08-11 Aug 2019 [TBC] Bristol Balloon Fiesta Thu-Sun Ashton Court. Europe's largest annual Hot Air Balloon event - up to 130 balloons, 500,000 visitors over four days. Mass Balloon Ascents. 06:00 & 18:00 daily, subject to weather. Night Glow & Fireworks 21:00 Thu & Sat. Arena events. Trade stands. 2013 Video Bristol Balloon Fiesta Free event.

09-10 Aug 2019 [TBC] Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta Fri-Sat.

09-12 Aug 2019 [TBC] Whitby Regatta Four days of entertainment, yacht racing, rowing races and various free forms of entertainment as published in the official programme, finishing with a prize presentation and spectacular firework display.

09-16 Aug 2019 [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.

10 Aug 2019 [TBC] Ilfracombe Birdman Sat 11:00. Flying madness from the pier. Live music, fairground, strongman, stalls and refreshments.

10 Aug 2019 [TBC] Bognor Birdman 10:00-17:00. Competitors launch themselves from the pier and beach, attempting man-powered flight. Bognor Birdman

10 Aug 2019 [TBC] Yarmouth Carnival, Isle of Wight Sat 14:00 Procession (Yarmouth Green through the town?). Culmination of the week's festivities.

10-11 Aug 2019 [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.

10-11 Aug 2019 [TBC] Manchester Caribbean Carnival Sat 12:00-20:00 Alexandra Park M16 7JL. 12:00 Parade. Steel bands, floats, DJs, dance troupes, Caribbean food & drink, fairground, crafts and stage featuring calypso, soca and reggae.

10-11 Aug 2019 [TBC] WV1 Fest 11:00-22:00 West Park, Wolverhampton. The UK’s Biggest Free Rock Tribute Festival. All you pay is a nominal booking fee. Some of the biggest tribute acts in Europe on two stages, over two days of crowd-surfing, chorus-chanting, festival fun. Plus bars, food stands, a market, a children’s area, and thrill rides! And it’s all family friendly.

11 Aug 2019 [TBC] Nottingham Carnival Sun 12:00-20:00 Music Festival, Forest Recreation Ground, Gregory Boulevard NG7 6HB. £2. Sun 12:00-18:00 Carnival Parade, Victoria Embankment. Free. Attendance 80,000.

11 Aug 2019 [TBC] Skegness Carnival Sun 12:00 Parade from Tesco, Richmond Drive to North Parade. Floats, bands, BBQ, beach games, pet show etc.

14 Aug 2019 [TBC] Weymouth Carnival Wed 10:00-22:00 Events and entertainment all day. Attendance 100,000. Sandcastle Competition, Fun Run, Red Arrow fly-past. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, comprising Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane. All day fairground on the seafront. Provisional times: 10:30 Sand Sculpting, 11:00 Weymouth Carnival Sky Divers, 10:30-17:30 Beach Football, 13:30 Beach Space Hopper Race, 17:00 Waitress Trolley Race, 17:30 Coach Pull Challenge, 17:30 Children's Fun Run, 18:00-20:30 Steel band, King's Statue, 18:30-20:30 Seafront Procession, 19:15 Live music, beach stage, 21:30 Fireworks. Torch procession Tue. See link for events and timings.

14 Aug 2019 [TBC] Cromer Carnival Wed 19:00 Parade through the Town via Runton Road and Beach Road. 07748 221270. Weeks of events, but Wednesday is Carnival Parade Day.

15-18 Aug 2019 [TBC] Eastbourne Airbourne Thu-Sun. Daily sea front air show - classic WW2, latest military jets, helicopters, air-sea rescue, wing walkers etc - weather permitting. Ground displays, arena events and trade stands. Evening concerts and fireworks. Popular viewing areas - The Pier, The Wish Tower Slopes, Beachy Head. Claimed to be the biggest free seafront air show in the world. Eastbourne Airbourne

16-18 Aug 2019 [TBC] Northampton Balloon Festival Fri-Sun Billing Aquadrome. A Great Day Out for All The Family, with planned Balloon Flights AM & PM, evening glow, endless selection of stands, stalls and attractions. About £5. Northampton Balloon Festival

16-18 Aug 2019 [TBC] Birdfair Fri-Sun Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, Rutland LE15 8BT. A major event for wildlife enthusiasts. Bird watching centre, lectures, multiple marquees and stands selling the latest products, plus full catering. Please see link for ticket details.

16-26 Aug 2019 [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.


Journeys Festival

16-25 Aug 2019 [TBC] Leicester
03-13 Oct 2019 [TBC] Manchester
18-27 Oct 2019 [TBC] Portsmouth


17 Aug 2019 [TBC] Southend Illuminated Carnival Sat 18:45 from Southchurch Park, then along seafront to finish at Shorefield Road. Illuminated Parade of about 60 floats and samba bands etc. Video Southend Illuminated Carnival

17 Aug 2019 [TBC] World Pipe Band Championships Saturday. The biggest and best event in piping. Bands from across the globe will descend onto Glasgow Green with one goal - to be World Pipe Band Champions. 8,000 pipers, 16 nations and 45,000 spectators. General admission about £12. Highland games, children's area, highland dancing, drum major competition, craft fair and mass march past.

17 Aug 2019 [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.

17-18 Aug 2019 [TBC] Beccles Carnival, Norfolk Sat Family fun on the quayside, Sun 13:00 Carnival Parade from Roys of Beccles. 07933 028457.

17-18 Aug 2019 [TBC] Bridport Carnival, Dorset Sat 19:30 Carnival. Sun 21:00 Torch procession, 22:00 Fireworks.

17-26 Aug 2019 [TBC] Arundle Festival One of the biggest arts festivals in the South of England. Multiple events may include castle events, street entertainment, fireworks, 10k run, duck race, Jubilee Gardens stage, hot air balloons, poetry readings, orchestral concerts and children’s activities. Video 2013 Procession Arundel Festival

17 Aug - 01 Sep 2019 [TBC] Artwave Festival, Sussex Lewes district’s annual Open House Festival. Artists open their homes and studios, showcasing their work and introducing visitors to a wealth of skill and talent, with an opportunity to buy pieces directly from the artists and makers.

18 Aug 2019 [TBC] London Mela Sun 12:00-21:00 Southall Park. The London Mela is Europe’s largest outdoor South Asian festival, with an attendance of 80,000 people. Nine zones - a spectacular line up of live music, dance, visual arts and food from South Asia, and a large funfair. The event often concludes with a spectacular fireworks display. London Mela Free event.

18-24 Aug 2019 [TBC] Fowey Royal Regatta Wed: Carnival Procession. Sat: Illuminated Dinghy Procession and Fireworks.

18-31 Aug 2019 [TBC] Devizes Festival Fortnight & Carnival Some of the best street performers, contemporary circus acts, dancers, musicians and walkabout shows from across Europe.

19 Aug 2019 [TBC] Aldeburgh Carnival, Suffolk Mon 15:15 Carnival procession, High Street. Swimming races in the sea, children’s sports, life-boat launch.  Evening, Fun Fair, Samba Dancers. 20:45 Military Band lead a Chinese Lantern Procession from the High Street to the beach. 21:15 Spectacular Seafront Fireworks opposite The White Lion Hotel. Map

22-23 Aug 2019 [TBC] Clacton Airshow Thu-Fri 11:00-17:00 Seafront. Free air display with vintage fly-pasts, modern jet fly-pasts and ground displays. Attendance 90,000.


22-26 Aug 2019 [TBC] The Great Dorset Steam Fair

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

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

600 acre site - about £22.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair


23-25 Aug 2019 [TBC] Sunshine Festival Fri-Sun Fish Meadow, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire. Live music till midnight. Camping available. See link for details and tickets.

23-25 Aug 2019 [TBC] Stroud Fringe Festival Fri-Sun. 150 acts on multiple outdoor stages and local pubs. Mostly free. 13:00 Procession on Saturday from King Street - hobby horses, beasts, Morris dancers and musicians. Music Stages. 2018 was cancelled, likely to return in 2019.

24 Aug 2019 [TBC] Ellesmere Rocks - Carnival & Music Festival Sat 12:00 Carnival Parade. 16:00 till late, music festival at Cremorne Gardens, Ellesmere, Shropshire. Food and drink available. Free event.

24 Aug 2019 [TBC] Manchester Pride Sat 13:00 Parade - Deansgate to the gay village, Whitworth Street. 100+ floats.

24 Aug 2019 [TBC] Aylesbury Showcase - Park Life Sat 12:00-21:30 Vale Park, Aylesbury. Local and Cover Bands on two stages. Market stalls and catering. Free event.

24-25 Aug 2019 [TBC] Parklife Weekend Sat 12:00-21:30, Sun 10:30-19:15. Vale Park Aylesbury HP20 1DX. Continuous live music on an outdoor stage. Full catering facilities. Free event.

24-25 Aug 2019 [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

24-26 Aug 2019 [TBC] Inland Waterways Festival of Water Sat-Mon. St Neots, Cambridgeshire. A weekend of fun for boaters, campers and all who love spending time by the water.


24 Aug 2019 [TBC] Notting Hill Panorama Steel Band Championships

Sat 18:00-23:00 Hornimans Park, Kensal Road, London W10 5EH.

Park entrance about £5, but the warm-up performances along Kensal Road are free to view .

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

Video: Notting Hill Panorama

2018 Bands were:
Croydon Steel Orchestra
Ebony Steelband
Mangrove Steelband
Metronomes Steel Orchestra
Phase One Steelband
Raspo Steelband (Reading)

Notting Hill Panorama Steel Band Championships

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





25-26 Aug 2019 [TBC] Notting Hill Carnival

09:00-20:30 Parade Ladbroke Grove. One million revelers, 7500 participants, Mas Bands, Steel Bands and 38 Static Sound Systems.

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

Carnival Map

Carnival Website

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



Great Runs

Sun 25 Aug 2019 [TBC] Great Aberdeen Run Half Marathon & 10K, Aberdeen
Sun 08 Sep 2019 [TBC] Great North Run Half Marathon, Newcastle
Sun 15 Sep 2019 [TBC] Great East Run Half Marathon, Ipswich
Sun 13 Oct 2019 [TBC] Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon, Birmingham City Centre
Sun 20 Oct 2019 [TBC] Great South Run 10 Miles Southsea, Portsmouth


25 Aug 2019 [TBC] World Paper Aeroplane Championships Sunday, High St, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset TA8. Competitors of all ages make a paper plane from a single sheet of paper then launch their design down the high street. Furthest distance wins.

25 Aug 2019 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.

25 Aug 2019 [TBC] Great North Bike Ride Sun 09:00 Seahouses to Tynemouth. Charity cycle ride with over 1700 cyclists. 54 miles through the beautiful Northumberland coastline. www.chrislucastrust.c

25 Aug 2019 [TBC] Bognor Illuminations Gala Sun 20:30-22:00 Night spectacle of floats and walking characters, beautiful lights and a procession from West Park to the Esplanade. 22:00 Fireworks at the end of the pier.

26 Aug 2019 [TBC] Leeds West Indian Carnival Bank Holiday Monday. Early parade 06:00 Leeds West Indian Centre. Maim parade 14:00 Potternewton Park. Main stage with Soca, Calypso & Caribbean music. Lots of stalls, crafts and carnival food. Attendance 120,000. Route More

26 Aug 2019 [TBC] World Gravy Wrestling Championships Held annually on the August holiday Mon 12:00-17:00 Rose n Bowl, Newchurch Road, Stacksteads OL13 0UG. Inflatables, water bombs, fancy dress, semi pro wrestling and big screen action. BBC Radio Lancashire will judge the event. More Video

26 Aug 2019 [TBC] Bourton On The Water Football In The River Monday. Red and White teams from Bourton Rovers FC play a half hour six-a-side football match in the River Windrush. The goals are between two bridges, and thousands of spectators line the river bank. www.soglos.com Gallery Video.

26 Aug 2019 [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.

26 Aug 2019 [TBC] Bexhill 100 Classic & Custom Car Show Mon 10:00-17:00 Polegrove Recreation Ground, West Parade, Bexhill on Sea. Classic and custom cars, trade stalls and crafts.

29-31 Aug 2019 [TBC] Dartmouth Regatta Thu-Sat. Regatta, air display, fete, cider night, market, plus free firework displays Thu and Sat.

29Aug - 01 Sep 2019 [TBC] Bournemouth Air Festival Thu-Sun. Seafront. Air & Ground displays. Royal Marine Beach Assaults, Princess of Wales Parachute Display Team, Typhoon, Matadors, Tutor, Tucano, Hawk, SallyB, The Red Arrows, Breitling Wingwalkers, F-16, Typhoon, RAF Tutor, RAF Tucano, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment’s Parachute Display Team – The Tigers, The Matadors, King Air, RAF Hawk, SallyB, Black Cats Helicopter Team. Night Air - Thu, Fri and Sat - Lower Gardens and seafront: hot air balloons, film screenings, street entertainers, stilt walkers, flame throwers, dusk air display, live music, military bands, forces displays. Saturday attendance 400,000. Fri-Sat Fireworks 22:00. Vulcan Video Bournmouth Air Festival Free event.

29 Aug - 01 Sep 2019 [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.

30 Aug - 01 Sep 2019 [TBC] Godiva Festival Fri-Sun War Memorial Park, Coventry. UK's Biggest Free Family Festival. Attendance 85,000. Friday night retro stars, Saturday a rockier edge, Sunday more relaxed. Top class live music, family entertainment, demonstrations, community groups and Funfair. Full Line-up Godiva Festival & Carnival Free event.

30 Aug - 01 Sep 2019 [TBC] Freedom Festival, Hull

30 Aug - 01 Sep 2019 [TBC] BunkFest, Wallingford Sat-Mon. Multiple locations and events - many free. Concerts, Ceilidhs, fringe, vintage displays, boat trips, beer fest, craft fair etc. Attendance 20,000.

30 Aug - 01 Sep 2019 [TBC] Chatsworth Country Fair Fri-Sun. Massed pipe and military bands, demonstrations and parades, hot air balloons, parachuting, over 300 trade stands, rural crafts, vintage car parade, terrier racing, clay pigeon shooting, bouncy castle, old time fairground, horse shoeing, ferret racing, archery, sheep dog trials etc etc. About £20.

30 Aug - 01 Sep 2019 [TBC] Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival Fund raising event for the telescope and domes. Includes lectures, trade stalls, observing (weather permitting) and family workshops. About £10 per session.

31 Aug 2019 [TBC] Uckfield Bonfire 13:30 Children’s Fancy Dress Procession - with Carnival Prince & Princess, Uckfield Performance Ensemble. Victoria Pleasure Ground. 14:00 Children’s Grand Procession - Southview Drive. 14:20 Children’s Fancy Dress judging - Holy Cross School Field, Civic Centre if wet. 18:30 Adults Fancy Dress judging - Elizabeth Gardens, Grange Road. 18:45 Tableaux Assemble - Bell Lane. 19:30 Uckfield Carnival - Grand Torchlight Procession – Grange Road. 21:00 Final Torchlight Procession - Southview Drive. 21:10 Bonfire Prayers - outside Uckfield Cinque Ports Club. 22:00 Presentations - Uckfield Civic Centre. Free bonfire & fireworks the day before the parade 20:30 at Holy Cross School Field. 01825 762763. Video Uckfield Bonfire

31 Aug 2019 [TBC] National Sped Trials, Brighton - Brighton and Hove Motor Club Sat 10:00-18:00 Madeira Drive. Annual speed trials for cars and motorcycles, veteran to current. Quarter mile course, run under RAC Motor Sport Association regulations. Timed Runs 11:30-13:00  & 14:00-18:00. Viewing is free from the upper level, but for entry to the paddock, there is a charge. Video1 Video2 National Speed Trials, Brighton

31 Aug 2019 [TBC] Reading Pride Sat 12:00-19:00 Kings Meadow, by the Thames. Music stage, dance, cabaret. beer tent, stalls, fun fair and picnic area. 11:00 Procession from Reading Station - arrives Kings Meadow 12:00. 7 hours of continuous live music - about 26 acts. Pride Reading Free event.

31 Aug 2019 [TBC] Sturminster Newton Carnival Sat 19:00 Carnival parade with illuminated floats, dancers, bands and drummers. The first carnival on the Wessex carnival circuit, unique in that it attracts entries from all over the south west plus local groups. A number of the larger illuminated carts from the circuit, plus locals. Lots of masqueraders, both local and from the Wessex and other circuits. Firework finale. 01747 840045. Sturminster Newton Carnival

31 Aug 2019 [TBC] World Tin Bath Championships, Isle of Man Saturday Castletown Harbour. A hundred competitors and thousands of spectators. There are also snake races, short entertainment displays, and even a rope drop. A fun afternoon for the whole family, as wacky races hit the Isle of Man.

31 Aug 2019 [TBC] Devizes Carnival Sat 18:00 The Green. Vibrant and noisy.

31 Aug 2019 [TBC] Ryde Illuminated Carnival Sat 20:30 The Esplanade. Biggest of the Isle of Wight Illuminated Carnivals. Ryde Illuminated Carnival

31 Aug 2019 [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.

31 Aug - 01 Sep 2019 [TBC] Bexhill Festival of the Sea Weekend Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-17:00. A whole weekend of angling competitions along the seafront. Angling coaching and demonstrations by renowned angling professionals. Stalls selling fish dishes, plus plenty of unique shopping and gift ideas. Cooking demonstrations by Billingsgate Seafood Training School. Fun fair, Morris dancing, plus outdoor film and music at the De La Warr Pavilion.

31 Aug - 01 Sep 2019 [TBC] Faversham Hop Festival Fun weekend in the medieval town square and surrounding streets, celebrating hop picking in Kent. Music to suit eclectic tastes, children's entertainers, professional street theatre, stilt walkers, morris dancing, craft fare, and ceilidh. Stages in Market Place and Preston Street and craft stalls in the surrounding streets. Free event.

31 Aug - 27 Oct 2019 [TBC] Brighton Digital Festival A celebration of digital culture, providing a platform for a community led programme produced by a network of organizations from the arts and digital communities, alongside individuals who are passionate about digital culture. Many events are free - see website.


Sussex Bonfire Season 2019 Events

The Bonfire Societies

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

31 Aug 2019 [TBC] Uckfield Uckfield [fireworks the previous night] 
07 Sep 2019 [TBC] Crowborough 
14 Sep 2019 [TBC] Mayfield
21 Sep 2019 [TBC] Rotherfield
28 Sep 2019 [TBC] Burgess Hill
Burgess Hill
05 Oct 2019 [TBC] Eastbourne
19 Oct 2019 Hastings
Hastings fireworks by Renegade Pyrotechnics
19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Seaford
19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Hailsham
19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Nevill
19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Northiam Bonfire
19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Ninfield Bonfire
19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Fletching
19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Firle
20 Oct 2019 [TBC] Titchfield
26 Oct 2019 [TBC] Ewhurst & Staplecross
26 Oct 2019 [TBC] Littlehampton
02 Nov 2019 Newick
02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Battle
02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Edenbridge
03 Nov 2019 [TBC] Icklesham Robin Hood (Sun)
03 Nov 2019 [TBC] Robin Hood Bonfire
03 Nov
2019 [TBC] Lewes Badge Night
05 Nov 2019
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Lindfield
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Cuckfield About £7.
08 Nov 2019 [TBC] Isfield & Little Horstead
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Glynde & Beddingham memorial parade
09 Nov
2019 [TBC]
East Hoathly
09 Nov 2019 [TBC] South Heighton
09 Nov 2019 [TBC] Chailey
09 Nov 2019 [TBC] Shoreham
09 Nov 2019 [TBC] Rye
09 Nov 2019 [TBC] Isfield Bonfire
16 Nov
2019 [TBC] Robertsbridge
16 Nov 2019 [TBC] Barcombe
23 Nov 2019 [TBC] Hawkhurst
31 Nov 2019 [TBC] Rottingdean Smugglers Night
Rottingdean Smugglers Night supported by South Heighton Bonfire Society

01 Sep 2019 [TBC] Kingston Carnival Sun 12:00-19:00 Kingston on Thames town centre. 12:00 Caribbean style carnival procession from the Guildhall. Live music stages. Attendance 20,000. 020 8547 2332 Free event. Kingston Carnival

01 Sep 2019 [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.

01 Sep 2019 [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.

01 Sep 2019 [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.

01 Sep 2019 [TBC] Klezmer In The Park Sun 12:15-18:15 Regents Park Band Stand, London. An afternoon of Jewish music and family fun. Klezmer In The Park Free event. 

01-08 Sep 2019 [TBC] Tour of Britain Pembrey Country Park to Regent Street London in eight stages. Tour of Britain Cycle Race

01-30 Sep 2019 [TBC] Totally Thames Multiple events over a 42 mile stretch of river during September. Street arts, river events, massed choirs, guided walks, tall ships etc. Thames Festival

05-08 & 12-15 Sep 2019 [TBC] Heritage Open Days Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

06-08 Sep 2019 [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.

06-27 Sep 2019 [TBC] Blackpool World Fireworks Championship 20:30 Between The Piers. 4 Fridays in September, some of the world’s best pyrotechnic artists light up the night sky in spectacular fashion. Free event.

07 Sep 2019 [TBC] The Great River Race, London Sat 09:50 Start at London Docklands. Boats leave ‘slowest first, fastest last’. 13:00 Finish, spread over 2 hours at Ham Riverside, Ham House. Race winner crosses the line to a cannon broadside. The biggest race of its type in Europe - 22 miles, 300 boats & 2000 competitors. Thousands of spectators gather at the finish - street food, bar, music and family fun. Video The Great River Race, London

07 Sep 2019 [TBC] Crowborough Bonfire Held on the second Saturday in September. 13:30 Carnival and afternoon events on Chapel Green. 19:30 Torch Procession from Chapel Green, returning at 22:30 for bonfire. Sussex Bonfire Societies taking part may include Crowborough, Waterloo, Uckfield, Mayfield, Burgess Hill, Littlehampton and East Hoathly. Tel 01892 661675. Crowborough Bonfire

07 Sep 2019 [TBC] BBC Proms In The Park Sat 17:00-22:30 Hyde Park, London. Live open-air concert with high-profile artists and presenters, culminating in a BBC Big Screen link-up to the Royal Albert Hall and a firework finale in the park. Bring a picnic and get ready for a fabulous night out. BBC Concert Orchestra with all the last night favourites and a top line-up of performers. Large stage, quality sound system and giant screens. Plenty of food & drink outlets. Great atmosphere with 40,000 revelers. About £45. Last Night Of The Proms

07 Sep 2019 [TBC] Findon Sheep Fayre Sat Nepcote Green, Findon Village. Friday Night funfair on the green and barn dance in the marquee. Saturday is the fair itself, with free entrance. Craft stalls, sheep displays, sheep judging, a funfair and other displays on the green. 01903 264161.

07 Sep 2019 [TBC] Romsey Show Saturday, Broadlands Park. Saturday. Excellent country show for families. About £14.

07-21 Sep 2019 [TBC] St Ives September Festival A two-week celebration of Music & the Arts in St Ives Cornwall.

08 Sep 2019 [TBC] Ace Cafe London to Brighton Motorcycle Ride Sun 10:30 Ace Corner, North Circular Road to Madeira Drive, Brighton Seafront. Route: A406, A40, M25, M23, A23 to Brighton. Up to 40,000 riders in this annual bike ride. At Madeira Drive Brighton, there will be displays from bike manufacturers, special invited guests plus live bands. The event comes to a close at 18:00. Video Ace Cafe London Brighton Motorcycle Ride

09-10 Sep 2019 [TBC] St Giles Fair, Oxford Traditional fun fair rides combined with some exciting up-to-date, white-knuckle rides. One of the most prestigious in the country, dating back to 1625. Video The fair is held annually on the Mon-Tue following the first Sunday after St Giles Day, (01 Sep). St Giles Fair, Oxford

07-08 Sep 2019 [TBC] Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 South Quay. Tall ships, lifeboat demonstrations, Royal Naval Simulators, guided heritage walks, craft marquees, shanty groups, entertainment, seafood and a beer tent. Many events free.

08 Sep 2019 [TBC] Great North Run Sun 10:40 Newcastle to South Shields. 54,000 runners, 80,000 spectators and an electric atmosphere. The biggest and most iconic half marathon in the world. Evening party on the quayside.

08 Sep 2019 [TBC] Tour de Furness, Cumbria Sunday. Charity cycle event, organised by The Rotary Club of Furness. Family fun ride of 5 miles, Tour de Furness route of 13 miles, which passes by Furness Abbey, and Furness 50 mile to Coniston and back.

10 Sep 2019 [TBC] Widecombe Fair Tue 09:00 till late. Devon country fare immortalized by the song Uncle Tom Cobley. Held on the 2nd Tuesday in September. Livestock, sheep, dog show, gymkhana, maypole dancing, crafts, vintage vehicles and funfair on the village green.

12-15 Sep 2019 [TBC] Stow Festival Thu-Sun Walthamstow, London E17. Annual music event run by volunteers. Various venues including the Town Square, pubs, cafes, shops and museums.

12-22 Sep 2019 [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

13 Sep 2019 [TBC] Kendal Torchlight Procession Fri 19:00 Street Art Performers, 19:45 Torchlight Carnival - folk dancers, heavy  horses, Steam Engines, Spectacular Floats, Marching, Pipe and Display bands and nationally acclaimed carnival groups. Friday: Carnival Procession. Saturday: Street Arts Day.

13-15 Sep 2019 [TBC] Out There Festival Fri-Sun Town Centre and St. Georges Park, Great Yarmouth. The region's largest free street arts festival. Musical Masquerade featuring amazing carnival creations, international street arts and circus entertainment, and a range of wild, wacky events including amazing high wire shows. Over 30 acts, 90 performances and 600 performers

13-15 Sep 2019 [TBC] Worcester Music Festival Fri-Sun. Over 30 venues and 130 bands - mostly free. Staged in pubs, clubs, cafes, and historic buildings in and around the city. The festival supports local charities.

13-29 Sep 2019 [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.

14 Sep 2019 [TBC] Mayfield Bonfire Large torch processions and fireworks in the Sussex tradition. Free event. Sat 12:30-15:30 Street Market, High Street. 15:00 Children's Fancy Dress Procession, Royal Oak to the Middle House. 19:00 Ceremonial Laying of the Wreath. 19:30 Procession 1 - West Street to Rose and Crown. 20:20 Procession 2 - Rose and Crown, High Street, Stone Cross. 21:15 Procession 3 - Stone Cross to Natwest Bank. 21:30 Procession 4 - Natwest Bank to Memorial Hall. 22:00 Fireworks. 22:30 Prizes & Trophies, Memorial Hall. Video: VideoFireworks  Video 2016 Mayfield Bonfire

14 Sep 2019 [TBC] St Paul's Caribbean Carnival, Bristol Sat 13:00 Portland Square area. Mas bands, static sound systems, carnival food and drink. 0117 944 4176. St Pauls Caribbean Carnival

14 Sep 2018 [TBC] Ringwood Carnival Sat 14:00 Children's Procession, 19:15 Torchlight Procession. 21:30 Fireworks.

14 Sep 2018 [TBC] Bermondsey Street Festival Sat 11:00-18:00. Annual traditional village fete with an attendance of 20,000. Live music, dance stage, fashion, competitions, tennis, food, art and crafts. More

14 Sep 2018 [TBC] Hidden River Festival, London Sat 12:00-18:00 Beside the East and West Reservoirs at Woodberry Down. Live music, art, theatre, food, creative workshops and events for the whole family.

14-15 Sep 2019 [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.

14-15 Sep 2019 [TBC] Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-19:00 The Staide. Stalls with a huge variety of dishes including ostrich burgers, oysters, cuttlefish in a tomato sauce, barbecued wild local game and locally smoked fish. Local musicians and bands. Organised by Hastings Borough Council. Attendance 50,000 - possibly the biggest event of its kind in Europe.

14-15 Sep 2019 [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.

14-22 Sep 2019 [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.

15 Sep 2019 [TBC] MiniFest Sun 10:00-16:00 Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leics, LE17 6DH. The largest gathering of classic & modern Mini’s. Mini specialists, auto-jumble etc. About £10.

15 Sep 2019 [TBC] Hinckley Classic Motorshow Sun 10:00-16:00 Hinckley Town Centre. About 600 Classic vehicle owners show off their beautiful and carefully restored machines to a crowd of some 17,000.

15 Sep 2019 [TBC] E S S - Emergency Services Show Sun 10:00-16:00 Cotswold Airport, Keble, Cirencester GL7 6BQ. The biggest outdoor show of its kind in the South West, showcasing local emergency services and partner agencies. The Show provides a safe environment to learn about your local emergency services, view displays and demonstrations, take part in activities, listen to safety talks and meet your local emergency service teams. The ESS provides a brilliant opportunity to take part and learn about the vital services that our emergency services provide for your and your family across the South West. Admission about £6.

15 Sep 2019 [TBC] The London Duathlon Richmond Park. The worlds biggest run, bike, run event. Classic 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run which offers athletes moving up to longer distance racing the chance to test themselves in the safety of a closed-road environment. Provisional start times: 08:45 Ultra, 09:00 Sprint, 10:30-11:30 Classic & Classic Relay, 13:30 Super Sprint. Spectators

15 Sep 2019 [TBC] Tweed and Vintage Cycle Ride Sunday - Belfairs Woodland Centre, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend SS9 3SH. 14:00 Meet: Belfairs Woodland Centre.
15:30 Finish at Southchurch Park. Free event.

15 Sep 2019 [TBC] Farnborough Battle of Britain Parade Sun 10:00 Royal British Legion Guildford Road Farnborough and march off along Alexander Road to the North Camp Methodist Church in Lynchford Road.


West Country Illuminated Carnivals

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

14 Sep 2019 [TBC] Mere. Sat 19:30. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
21 Sep 2019 [TBC] Frome. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
28 Sep 2019 [TBC] Shaftesbury. Sat 19:15. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
28 Sep 2019 [TBC] Wellington. Sat 19:30. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
05 Oct 2019 [TBC] Gillingham. Sat 19:15. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
05 Oct 2019 [TBC] Ilminster. Sat 19:15. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
11 Oct 2019 [TBC] Wincanton. Fri 19:30 Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours 
12 Oct 2019 [TBC] Castle Cary. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
12 Oct 2019 [TBC] Chard. Sat 19:30. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
18 Oct 2019 [TBC] Salisbury. Fri 19:30.
19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Trowbridge. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Taunton. Sat 19:00. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
26 Oct 2019 [TBC] Warminster. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Bridgwater. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
04 Nov 2019 [TBC] Highbridge & Burnham. Mon 19:30. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
08 Nov 2019 [TBC] Weston-super-Mare. Fri 19:15. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
09 Nov 2019 [TBC] North Petherton. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
11 Nov 2019 [TBC] Midsomer Norton. Mon 19:30 - 1 hour
13 Nov 2019 [TBC] Shepton Mallet. Wed 19:30. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
15 Nov 2019 [TBC] Wells. Fri 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
16 Nov 2019 [TBC] Glastonbury. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours


18-19 Sep 2019 [TBC] Emergency Services Show Sat-Sun National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Hundreds of exhibitors and live demonstrations, plus seminars covering surveillance, social media, mobile communications and PPE. Free event.

20-22 Sep 2019 [TBC] The Little Big Peace Event, Streatham Mini-festival to mark the International Day of Peace. Learn practical skills to achieve peace in your own life, discover how people around the world are working for peace, and meet and connect with new people in your community. Free activities for all the family including music and performance arts.

20-22 Sep 2019 [TBC] Little Big Gig Fri-Mon, Caerthillian Farm, The Lizard, Cornwall TR12 7NX. Family festival celebrating Cornwall’s creative talent, in music, beer making and more. As well as the music on stage, festival goers are invited to share and explore their creative talents at various workshops and jamming sessions - you are welcome to bring your instruments and join in. A variety of workshops and activities including yoga, alternative therapies, dance, drumming, arts, crafts, pottery, thatching, green woodworking and wildlife walks making the event an extraordinary mix of Cornish culture. Workshops are open to all ticket holders. Gates open at 09:00. Day tickets about £20. Camping available. info@littlebiggig.co.uk

20-23 Sep 2019 [TBC] Equinox Festival, Lincolnshire Chalk Farm, Salters Lane, Wyham, Lincs DN36 5RS. 100 bands and DJs on 7 stages representing all musical tastes, a multitude of workshops and stalls, kids circus skills area and an amazing, climatic fire show. Adult weekend ticket about £89.

21 Sep 2019 [TBC] Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Sat 14:00-16:00 Market stalls and live entertainment in the village. 19:30 Torch procession. 22:00 Lighting the beacon, bonfire and fireworks at the fair ground. 01892 852477. Video: 2013 Fireworks 2012 Procession Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Facebook

21 Sep 2019 [TBC] Weston Food Festival Sat, High St, Weston-super-Mare. Free entry.

21 Sep 2019 [TBC] Malaysian Night Market Sat 12:00-22:00 Trafalgar Square, London. Stage entertainment from 17:00. Bustling Malaysian marketplace, offering ingredients such as sauces, spices and pastes for sale, will give Londoners the opportunity to recreate authentic tasting dishes at home. Sample dishes from top Malaysian restaurants, live cookery demonstrations from well-known chefs and live entertainment from singers, dancers and DJ. Free event.

21-22 Sep 2019 [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.

21-22 Sep 2019 [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.

21-22 Sep 2019 [TBC] Wimbledon Town and Country Show Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00 Wimbledon Park, SW19 7HR. Country Show with horses, falconry, motorbike displays, cookery demonstrations, rural crafts, gardening and main ring entertainment. About £7.50.

21-22 Sep 2019 [TBC] Hastings Model Flying Club Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Middle Bridge Flying Site (A259) between Bexhill and Pevensey. E Sussex. Some of the greatest pilots of remote controlled aircraft in Europe put on a truly amazing air show. You will see show display teams flying planes with wingspans of up to 20ft, and aircraft ranging from First World War Fighters, to today's modern day Euro Fighter typhoon jets, flying at speeds of over 200mph. Trade stands and attractions for everyone. The club own their own dedicated flying site. About £6. Tel.01424 446524. Video

22 Sep 2019 [TBC] Great Gorilla Run Sun 10:30-12:30 Mincing Lane. 1000 runners in gorilla suits race 8km around the city for charity. Mincing Lane, Lower Thames St, south over Tower Bridge, west past HMS Belfast, north over London Bridge, south over Southwark Bridge, north over Blackfriars Bridge, Queen Victoria St, Cornhill, Mincing Lane. Video Map Great Gorilla Run, London

22 Sep 2019 [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.

22 Sep 2019 [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.

22 Sep 2019 [TBC] Capstone Festival Sun 11:00-16:00 Capstone Farm Country Park, Capstone Rd, Gillingham, Kent ME7 3JG. A celebration of outdoor pursuits. A host of activities and displays showing aspects of life on a farm and countryside experiences, as well as recreational pursuits including:  Kite displays, Bike displays, Wood carving, Thatching, Weaving, Bush crafts, Laser clay, Dog agility, Wax making, Craft workshops, Blacksmith demonstrations, Sheepdog and geese herding, Live country music, Information stands with gardening tips, camping and outdoor wear advice. Free event.

27 Sep 2019 [TBC] Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning Friday. National fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.

27-28 Sep 2019 [TBC] Derby Festé Fri-Sat Live performance, music, dance, film and more. Saturday is street entertainment day.

27-28 Sep 2019 [TBC] Rally Yorkshire Miles of North Yorkshire forest stages. More: www.rallyyorkshire.co.uk

27-29 Sep 2019 [TBC] British Musical Fireworks Championships Victoria Park, Rotten Row, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2BZ. Fri 18:00-21:00,  Sat 18:00-22:00, Sun 18:00-21:00. Gates open 18:00 Bring the Fire Project 19:00 Display one 20:00 Display two 20:30 Display three (Sat only) 21:00 Event closes 21:30. The British Musical Fireworks Championship is a firework competition across three nights and this year is the Champion of Champions. Seven winners since the competition began in 1999 will battle it out to be crowned the ultimate winner. Set in the beautiful Victoria Park, the British Musical Fireworks Championship are firework displays like no other. Over three nights prepare for breathtaking displays, an array of light and a mixture of music which will have you dancing away. The British Musical Fireworks Championship is a pyromusical competition. This means that the fireworks are timed with the music and the entire show is choreographed to give you, the audience, some of the most spectacular fireworks you will ever see. Attendance 40,000. About £9. Tel: 01704 533333.

27-29 Sep 2019 [TBC] N22 Open Studios Sat-Sun 12:00-18:00 The Chocolate Factory, Clarendon Rd, Wood Green, London N22 6XJ. 020 8365 7500. Eclectic event with over 100 artists offering an amazing array of contemporary art and design from painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, film-makers and designer-makers. Discover and purchase affordable art and contemporary design, commission a piece or get your portrait painted. Free entrance.

27-29 Sep 2019 [TBC] Broadstairs Food Festival 10:00 Victoria Gardens and Promenade. Over 100 stalls plus local chefs and a team from Thanet College.

28 Sep 2019 [TBC] Burgess Hill Bonfire 19:30 Procession 1 Cyprus Road Car Park to Silverdale Road. 20:30 Procession 2 Silverdale Road, Station Road to Fairfield Road Recreation Ground. 21:45 Fireworks and Bonfire at Fairfield Road Rec. Well supported by the Sussex Bonfire Societies and thousands lining the streets. Programs on sale around the town. 01444 233017. Video Burgess Hill Bonfire 2016 Procession Fireworks Bonfire Burgess Hill Bonfire Free event.

28 Sep 2019 [TBC] British Heart Foundation World Heart Day National and local charity fundraising events. For example Smart Cover Insurance is organising a fundraising activity in Watford, and their team will be on the roads on Friday between 4-6 pm. If you could organise an event, please contact the BHF.

28 Sep 2019 [TBC] Burnham Illuminated Carnival, Essex Sat 19:30 Illuminated procession with bands, floats, floodlit tableux, visiting carnival queens and walkers in fancy dress. Burnham on Crouch Carnival

28 Sep 2019 [TBC] East Allington Whacky Races Sat 10:00-17:00 East Allington, South Devon. Annual go kart / soap box racing event with downhill races through the village. There will also be skateboard races, a tug-of-war competition and lots of other activities. The event raises funds for the village school, community groups and charities, as well as being a really great fun day out. East Allington’s Got Talent in the Village Hall from 19:00.

28 Sep - 05 Oct 2019 [TBC] Arts by the Sea Festival, Bournemouth Intriguing, spectacular and curious arts experiences. With over 60 events – a spirited mix of some of the best regional, national and international arts across dance, film, music, visual art, literature, theatre, comedy and more. Utilising some of Bournemouth’s best places and spaces from the traditional to the unexpected.

29 Sep 2019 [TBC] Farnham Food Festival Sat 10:00-16:00 Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey. Castle Street will be transformed into a bustling food and drink market with live music and entertainment. There will be over a hundred stalls offering a huge variety of different tempting products for visitors to taste and buy and eight exciting cookery demonstrations from local chefs. Free event.

29 Sep 2019 [TBC] Mouth Cancer Walk Sun 12:00 Bandstand, Hyde Park, London. Free annual Mouth Cancer 10k awareness walk. Participants should arrive at 11:00. The walk, which starts at 12:00 noon, aims to raise the awareness of the symptoms of mouth cancer. Online Registration.

02-06 Oct 2019 [TBC] Nottingham Goose Fair Wed-Sun. Forest Recreation Ground just off Mansfield Road, 2 miles north of Nottingham City Centre. The Biggest traveling fair in Europe with 500 attractions including white knuckle rides, crafts marque, market stalls, and food. Attendance 500,000. Free admission to the ground.

03-04 Oct 2019 [TBC] Light Night Leeds Fri 18:00-23:00 Leeds City Centre. Spectacular large scale light projections, exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, theatre and street performances.

04 Oct 2019 [TBC] Wrotham Festival of Fusion and Light Fri from 17:30 - Fusion Performance, lantern lights parade and firework finale.


05 Oct 2019 [TBC] Eastbourne Bonfire

Sat - the seafront.

19:15 Procession 1 - East from the Crown & Anchor, Marine Parade to Treasure Island & return by 20:05.
20:45 Procession 2 - West from the Crown & Anchor towards Grand Parade & the Wish Tower slope. On to the beach.
21:30 Effigy and lighting the bonfire.
21:45 Fireworks.

Supporting societies likely to include: Uckfield, Crowborough, Mayfield, Rotherfield, Burgess Hill, Hastings, Hailsham, Isfield & Little Horsted, Littlehampton, Newick, Battle, Robin Hood, Lewes Borough, South Heighton, Rye, Robertsbridge.

Programmes available from the Tourist Information Centre in Cornfield Road. Tel 07793 557194.


Eastbourne Bonfire


05 Oct 2019 [TBC] Illminster Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:15. About twenty highly illuminated carts, dance groups, carnival walkers and music. Up to 25,000 line the streets. Video Ilminster Illuminated Carnival

05 Oct 2019 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Gillingham Sat 19:15. Illuminated Procession (1 hour to pass by). 18:00 Judging at Brickfields Business Park, 18:45 Parade of bands, 19:15 Cavalcade Of Steam. Gillingham Illuminated Carnival

05 Oct 2019 [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.

05-13 Oct 2019 [TBC] Hastings Week 9 days of events including the 1066 Battle, Hastings Bonfire, ghost walks etc.

10-14 Oct 2019 Lancaster Music Festival Biennial event. 300+ performances and 40+ locations. Local, regional, national and international acts ranging from folk to punk, electronica to blue grass, pop, indie, funk, rock, world, jazz and classical.

12 Oct 2019 [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.

12 Oct 2019 [TBC] Chard Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:15 Tapstone Road, Old Town, Duck Lane, Crowshute Link, High Street, Fore Street, East Street, Victoria Avenue Roundabout.

12-13 Oct 2019 [TBC] British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival Sat-Sun. Extensive trade stands,  steam ploughing engines; vintage machinery, rural crafts, vintage tractors, agricultural engines, plus shire horses at work. Attendance 15,000. Different location every year. 2018 was at Austrey, near Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3ED.

13 Oct 2019 [TBC] Royal Parks Half Marathon Sun 08:30 Warm up, 09:00 Race start from Hyde Park. Major half marathon, attracting 16,000 runners & 40,000 spectators. The route includes Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, St James’s Park, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Marble Arch, Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park. Food & Fitness Festival Hyde Park. Video Route Royal Parks Half Marathon, London

13 Oct 2019 [TBC] Mud Monsters Run East Grinstead. The Mud Monsters Run is a 5k, 10k or 20k (double lap) challenging run in through the West Sussex countryside. Many muddy obstacles on the way.

13 Oct 2019 [TBC] Brightona Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1EN. Custom Bike Show, Hot Rods and lots of trade stands. Bands on 3 stages. About £5 admission.

13 Oct 2019 [TBC] World Conker Championships, Northamtonshire Sun 10:30-15:30 Shuckburgh Arms, Southwick PE8 5BL. Spectator entrance about £4. Plenty to see and do beforehand so arrive in good time. About 350 competitors and 5,000 spectators. Conkers provided.

16-17 Oct 2019 [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.

17-20 Oct 2019 [TBC] Weston Beach Race Fri-Sun. Beach Motocross. Every year Weston’s Beach undergoes a massive transformation. Giant mountains of sand are formed into a track of unbelievable difficulty. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.  See website for ticket information.

18 Oct 2019 [TBC] Dartford Festival of Light Fri 18:00-19:30 High Street to Central Park. Lantern parade, Samba drumming, musicians, stilt walkers, fireworks and lights display.

19 Oct 2019 Hastings Bonfire Sat 19:15 Spectacular Torch Procession from the pier. 21:00 Fireworks & Giant Beach Bonfire. Full facilities available - catering, toilets etc. The backdrop of Hastings Old Town makes this one of the more atmospheric Sussex Bonfires, with an attendance of 30,000. Video: 2012 Procession 2013 Fireworks Hastings Bonfire Highlight of the amazing Hastings Week

19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Fletching Bonfire Sat 16:30 Fancy dress competition, village hall. 19:00 Processions. 21:45 Bonfire, Flame Balls.& Fireworks. Typical line-up: Fletching, Newick, Firle, Littlehampton, Lindfield, Uckfield, Burgess Hill & Band, Ewhurst & Staplecross, Chailey, Newhaven Band, Commercial Square, Eastbourne, Crowborough, South Street, Stix Drummers, East Hoathly, Borough, Maresfield, Five Ashes, Who the Devil are We, Hove Scout Band, Barcombe Scout Band, Rotherfield & Mark Cross, Waterloo, Neville, Hastings, Cliffe, Rye, Whatlington, Battle and Robertsbridge. Video: Procession Bagpipes Fireworks

19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Seaford Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch Procession from The White Lion Hotel in Claremont Road (A259 jct Belgrave Road) - Avondale Road, Broad Street and High Street. Free bonfire and firework display at the Martello Field. Video: Seaford Bonfire Seaford Bonfire Free event.

19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Ninfield Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch procession from Church Lane. 20:00 Bonfire - Recreation Ground opposite Memorial Hall. 20:30 Fantastic Free firework display. Video: Procession Bonfire Fireworks Ninfield Bonfire Free event.

19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Nevill Bonfire Sat 18:30 First torch procession from Highdown Road, through the Nevill area of Lewes. 20:00 Second procession to the fire site on Landport Bottom. 21:15 Bonfire, destruction of the effigies and amazing fireworks. There is a modest charge. Third procession will head back to Highdown Road for Bonfire Prayers. Nevill Bonfire

19 Oct 2019 [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.

19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Northiam Bonfire 19:30 Procession from the bonfire field north to the Muddy Duck and return. Bar on the bonfire field - entrance £1. 20:30 Bonfire and Fireworks. Bar, food music and amusements.

19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Taunton Sat 19:00 (1 hour to pass by)

19 Oct 2019 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Trowbridge. Sat 19:00

19-20 Oct 2019 [TBC] Jack On The Green Worthing 18:00-20:30 Beach House Park, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing BN11 2DB. A lit trail of lights & lanterns. Same Sky will be running free craft workshops on both days between 2pm and 4pm at Palm Court Pavilion. Everything made in the workshop will then form part of the trail, so come along to spot your own creation. Free event.

19-20 Oct 2019 [TBC] Countryside Live Great Yorkshire Showground

20 Oct 2019 [TBC] Abingdon Marathon Sun 09:00 Tilsley Park OX14 1PU. One thousand runners, and popular with spectators. Abingdon Marathon

20 Oct 2019 [TBC] Great South Run Sun 10:30 Southsea Common. Flat 10 mile & 5km, voted the second most popular road race in the UK with 16,000 runners.  Very popular with spectators - catering facilities and free parking on Southsea Common. Junior runs take place the day before. Bupa Great Runs

20 Oct 2019 [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.

20 Oct 2019 [TBC] National Apple Day Apple Day symbolizes living better with nature - the apple and the orchard are symbols of hope. They demonstrate how we can have our trees, bees, bats, butterflies, birds and badgers whilst growing good fruit to eat and drink. Find an event near you

26 Oct 2019 [TBC] Ewhurst and Staplecross Bonfire Sat 18:00 Judging of the fancy dress competition. 19:15 Torch Procession from the Cross Inn. 20:30 Giant Bonfire. 21:00 Fireworks. Hot dogs and refreshments. 01580 765764. Entrance to the bonfire field about £1. Supporting bonfire societies include: Hailsham, Battle, Hastings, Rye, Cliffe, Vines Cross, Robertsbridge.

26 Oct 2019 [TBC] Firle Bonfire 18:30 Torch Processions from The Ram Inn, West Firle. Most spectacular fireworks and set pieces. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in October. Video Firle Bonfire Fire site about £5.

26 Oct 2019 [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.

26 Oct 2019 [TBC] Africa On The Square Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square, London. Celebrating African arts and culture, with a fantastic line-up of entertainment including live music, dancing and a talent show. African market, food stalls, fashion show and lots of fun stuff for kids. Attendance 25,000 people. Organised by the Mayor of London. Free event.

26-27 Oct 2019 [TBC] Scottish Ploughing Championships Sat-Sun 09:30-14:00 Bettyfield Farm, Kelso, TD5 7PF. Horse ploughing, vintage ploughing, trade area, children's rides etc.

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27 Oct 2019 End of British Summer Time - clocks go back 1 Hour


27 Oct 2019 [TBC] Diwali Festival London 13:00-19:00 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London. Celebrating the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights. Lively music and dance stage. Authentic street food market, craft and community stalls plus dance, yoga, comedy, henna art and more. Attendance 35,000 people. Free event.

27 Oct 2019 [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.

27 Oct 2019 [TBC] Liverpool Halloween Lantern Carnival 17:30-21:00 Sefton Park L17 1AP. 18:30 Fantastic 800 Lantern Parade from Aigburth boating lake. Over 150 weird and wonderful performers and ghosts of all shapes and sizes. Live music and fireworks. Attendance 15,000. Free event.

28 Oct 2019 [TBC] Halloween Events from The National Trust  For kids and big kids.

28 Oct 2019 [TBC] The Moor’s Little Monster’s Halloween Party Sun 11:00-17:00 The Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PA. Celebrate Halloween in spooktacular style by joining us for our family-friendly fun day. Halloween themed fun from dances, music, funfair rides, Caged Mummy, Giant Frankenstein and lots more. It’s also a perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping. Free event.

29 Oct 2019 [TBC] Seasonal Events in Salford

30 Oct 2019 [TBC] Bracknell Wassail 19:00-20:30 Lily Hill Park. Small traditional orchard wassail accompanied by music and a little tipple or two to celebrate and protect fruit trees and ensure a good harvest. Suitable for all. Bring cider or apple juice. Meet at the main car park in Lily Hill Road RG12 2RX. Video Bracknell Events (pdf file).

01 Nov 2019 [TBC] Meadowhead Fireworks Sheffield Fri 18:00-22:00 Sheffield Transport Sports Club, Greenhill Main Rd, Sheffield S8 7RH. Big fenced bonfire, fireworks, funfair, hot food and drink, beer, disco and children's face-painting, Punch and Judy etc. Tel 0114 237 4492. Free event.

01 Nov 2019 [TBC] Big Boom - Norwich Castle Fireworks Fri 19:30 Norwich town centre. Spectacular 12 minute firework display organised by Norwich Council - no ticket required - just turn up. Free event.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Newick Bonfire Sat 19:30 Torch Processions, 20:30 Giant Bonfire & Superb Fireworks. Good pubs include The Bull and The Royal Oak. Free, but  please consider donating or helping - 01825 723233. Newick Bonfire is so addictive - go once and you're hooked. Video: Bonfire Bishop & Fireworks Late Procession Newick Bonfire

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Regent Street Motor Show Sat 10:30-16:00 Regent Street, London. A showcase of 125 years of motoring including veteran, vintage, classic, and modern-day cars. Something for everyone with lots of things to see and do including interactive displays and entertainment throughout the day. A family friendly environment with the Street pedestrianised from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus. Free event.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Carlisle Fireshow Sat 18:30-20:00 Bitts Park. Entertainment, fireshow, bonfire, and fireworks. More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the City Council event. Free event.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Brockham Bonfire The biggest bonfire night firework display in the UK - 4 tons of fireworks, costing £50,000 pounds. Attendance 20,000. 14:00 Children's fancy dress, Brockham Village Hall, 16:30 Car parks open, 17:30 Brockham Lane closed to all traffic, 18:15 Procession leaves the Green and heads north and then south, 19:45 Twenty-five foot high sculptured bonfire, 20:15 Fireworks, 21:15 Raffle Draw, 22:45 Pig Auction, 23:00 Re-opens to traffic Free event, but parking charges. Video 2015 Video. Brockham Bonfire


London Firework Displays

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Fri 01 Nov 2019
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival £12. 17:00-23:00. (Fri-Sat).
Bishop’s Park Fireworks, Fulham Children’s fireworks at 19:15, main display 20:00. £8.
Kingston upon Thames Fireworks at Kingsmeadow Stadium 20:00. £5.
Totteridge Millhillians Cricket Club Fireworks 18:30 Bonfire

Sat 02 Nov 2019
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival 16:00-23:00. (Fri-Sat). £12.
Battersea Park Fireworks £11. Advance tickets only.
Blackheath Fireworks 20:00. Free event.
Chislehurst Rotary Fireworks  19:00. £10.
Ealing Cricket Club Fireworks 19:45. £8
Brent & Wembley Fireworks at Byron Recreation Ground 19:45. (Free before 16:00).
Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks at the Royal Gunpowder Mills
 £10.50. (Sat-Sun)
Danson Park Fireworks £
Ravenscourt Park Fireworks 19:15. £8.
Lambeth Fireworks at Brockwell Park
Newham Fireworks at Silvertown Quays
Royal Docks, E16 2BU (off North Woolwich Road) 19:30. Jean Michel Jarre Soundtrack. Free event.
Morden Park Fireworks 20:15.
Hackney Fireworks at Clissold Park

Sun 03 Nov 2019
Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks at the Royal Gunpowder Mills £10.50. (Sat-Sun)
Fireworks Night at Victoria Park 19:00. Grove Road, Bow. Free event.
Wembley Park Fireworks Light Parade 16:00, Fireworks 19:00. Free event.

Tue 05 Nov 2019
Wimbledon Park Bonfire & Fireworks Children's display 18:45, main display 20:30. £10.
Crystal Palace Park Fireworks
£9.50 online tickets only.
Southwark Park Fireworks £10. Free to residents.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Slough Fireworks & Bonfire Sat 19:45 Upton Court Park. Gates open 17:30. Refreshments and a large fun fair. About £6.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Manchester Christmas Lights & Fireworks Sat 18:45 Albert Square. Free celebrations for the festive season. Live music, entertainment, family fun and spectacular fireworks.

02 Nov 2019 [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.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Bexleyheath Fireworks 20:00 Fireworks, Danson Park. 18:00-21:30 Funfair, refreshments, live band and beer tent. About £10 on the gate, £6 in advance.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Blackheath Fireworks, London 20:00. South London’s biggest and best free firework displays. Attendance 100,000.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair 17:30 for 19:30 at Hook Road Arena

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular Part of Light Up Lancaster, a festival of illuminations, art, music and fireworks.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Oxford Round Table Fireworks & Bonfire Saturday. South Park, Morrell Avenue. Gates open 16:30. Fireworks 18:45, followed by a huge bonfire. Catering village, Jack FM music stage. About £6.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Chiddingfold Bonfire 19:00 Procession, St Mary’s School to village green, 19:30 bonfire, 20:00 fireworks.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] UK Beatbox Championships Saturday. Clapham Grand,  21 St John's Hill Clapham Junction London SW11 1TT. Vocal percussion of drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using mouth, lips, tongue and voice. Performers throughout the UK keen to show off their vocal skills.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Free Firework Spectacular on Poole Quay Poole Quay BH15 1HJ. The largest free firework event in Dorset. 17:00 Free Party with live music and street entertainers. 20:00 Fireworks over Poole Harbour.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Lindfield Bonfire 18:30 Fancy Dress Competition, 19:30 Torchlight Procession Form up – Pondcroft Road, Black Hill, The Witch, Hickmans Lane, High Street & onto the Common, 20:00 Lighting of the Bonfire & Bonfire Prayer, 20:15 Grand Firework Display.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Guildford Firework Fiesta 19:45 procession from High Street. 20:30 Fireworks at Stoke Park. Free event.

02 Nov 2019 [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.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Sticklepath Fireshow, Devon 19:30 Finch Foundry Field. Themed fire show with puppets, costumes, music and fireworks. About £7.

02 Nov 2019 [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.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] After Dark, Sheffield Yorkshire's biggest firework spectacular, held at the Don Valley Grass Bowl, Sheffield S9 3TL. 17:30 Opening, 19:30 Bonfire, 21:00 Fireworks set off to music. 20,000 spectators. Giant fun fair, food stalls, Heart’s live music stage. Adults £10, children £5, under 3’s free. Tickets: 0114 256 5656.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Battle Bonfire Torch procession, bonfire and fireworks from the famous Sussex bonfire season.

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Cuckfield Bonfire 18:45 Bonfire, 19:30 Fireworks to music with the Bright FM roadshow. Hot food. About £7.

02 Nov 2019 [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

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Runga Rung Sat 18:00 Stoke On Trent. Starting from the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Parade Route: Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Piccadilly, Fountain Square, Upper Market Square, Tontine Street, Hanley Town Hall. Dynamic street parade with its own unique soundtracks on mobile stages, amazing pyrotechnic performers, Bollywood dancers on a mobile movie screen, a mechanical elephant and incredible Human Catherine Wheel. Rousing finale with evocative lighting and breath taking pyrotechnic effects.

02 Nov 2019 [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.

02-03 Nov 2019 [TBC] Skegness Beach Race Sat-Sun. Motorcycle & Quad racing. Circuit includes impressive mounds, jumps, waves, hoops, chicanes and fast natural sandy straights. Saturday: Kids, quads and sidecars. Sunday: Adult solo class. Attendence 20,000. Free event.


Manchester Firework Displays 2019 - All [TBC]

26 Oct 2019 [TBC] Debdale Park Sat 19:30 Free event.
28 Oct 2019 [TBC] Brookdale Park Mon19:30 Free event.
29 Oct 2019 [TBC] Cringle Park Tue 19:30 Free event.
30 Oct 2019 [TBC] Etihad Stadium Manchester Wed 19:30 Free event.
31 Oct 2019 [TBC] Crumpsall Thu 19:30 Free event.
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Heaton Park Mon 19:30 Free event.
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Platt Fields Park Mon 19:30 Free event.
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Wythenshawe Park Mon 19:30 Free event.

Merseyside Firework Displays

02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Birkenhead Park. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event. 
02 Nov 2019 [TBC] Central Park, Wallasey. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
03 Nov 2019 [TBC] at 18:30, the River of Light, New Brighton, near Fort Perch Rock.
03 Nov 2019 [TBC] River of Light, Both sides Of The Mersey, Liverpool
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Sherdley Park, St Helens. 19:00 Childrens display. 20:00 Main display. Funfair from 18:00. 
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Lingham Park, Upton. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Mayer Park, Bebington. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Leasowe Adventure Playground. 18:30 Fireworks & Bonfire. Free event.
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Lingham Park, Moreton. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.



02 Nov 2018 [TBC] Bridgwater 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.

22:45 Squibbing In The High Street Map

Bridgwater Illuminated Carnival

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

Free event.


03 Nov 2019 [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

03 Nov 2019 [TBC] London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Annual event held on the first Sunday in November. 531 pre 1905 cars leave Hyde Park in groups of 2, between sunrise, 07:01 and 08:30. The older cars leave first. At the official coffee stop at Crawley, the first car arrives at about 09:10. They arrive at Brighton sea front from 10:40 onwards and closing time is 16:30. See also the Preview, Regent Street, London on the day before 11:00-15:00. LBVCR International Concours - 100 of the best examples of late 19th and early 20th Century motoring history. 500,000 expected to line the route. Video London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

03Nov 2019 [TBC] John Nike Ski Slope Fireworks Sun 19:00 John Nike Leisuresport Complex, John Nike Way, Bracknell RG12 8TN. Tel: 01344 789000. Free event.

03 Nov 2019 [TBC] Emsworth Fireworks 18:00 Sailing Club, 55 Bath Road PO10 7ES. Hot dogs, candy floss, toffee apples, bar snacks.

04 Nov 2019 [TBC] Burnham on Sea Carnival Mon 19:30. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs. This is a Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Burnham on Sea Illuminated Carnival

05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Free Fireworks Display on Poole Quay with live music and street entertainment from 17:00. Poole Events

05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Yorkshire's Biggest Firework Spectacular 17:30-22:00 Don Valley Grass Bowl, next to Sheffield Arena S9 2DF. After Dark will be hosting Hallam FM and Big John Live, giant bonfire, a funfair, food stalls. Bonfire l19:30, Fireworks to music 21:00. 20,000 spectators. See website for tickets. About £14.


Merseyside Firework Displays

03 Nov 2019 [TBC] at 18:30, the River of Light, New Brighton, near Fort Perch Rock.
03 Nov 2019 [TBC] River of Light, Both sides Of The Mersey, Liverpool
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Sherdley Park, St Helens. 19:00 Childrens display. 20:00 Main display. Funfair from 18:00. 
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Lingham Park, Upton. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Mayer Park, Bebington. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Leasowe Adventure Playground. 18:30 Fireworks & Bonfire. Free event.
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Lingham Park, Moreton. 18:30 Fireworks. Free event.



Manchester Firework Displays

05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Heaton Park Mon 19:30 Free event.
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Platt Fields Park Mon 19:30 Free event.
05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Wythenshawe Park Mon 19:30 Free event.

 Lewes Bonfire

05 Nov 2018 Lewes Bonfire

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

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

Best stay at home with a nice cup of cocoa!

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

Video:Procession Procession 2 Waterloo Fireworks Commercial Square Fireworks

Lewes District Council - Info & Road Closures

Road Closures Map

Map & Safety Lewes Bonfire Council Rocket FM


05 Nov 2019 [TBC] Oldham’s Big Bang! 17:00-20:30 Oldham Edge OL1 1NL. Family friendly Bonfire. Funfair, food stalls. Fireworks 19:00. Free event.


07 Nov 2019 [TBC] Gunwharf Quays Fireworks

18:00-21:00 Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth PO1 3TT.

Music, entertainment and fireworks. Wave 105 stage.

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Gunwharf Quays Fireworks


08 Nov 2019 [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

09 Nov 2019 [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

09 Nov 2019 [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.

09 Nov 2019 [TBC] Rye Bonfire Sat 19:50 Torch procession from Mason Road, Ferry Road, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, through Landgate Arch, East Cliff, High Street, The Mint, Wish Ward, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, left down Landgate, right into Bedford Place and on to the Bonfire site. 20:45 Bonfire. 21:00 Fireworks. Free event.

09 Nov 2019 [TBC] Chailey Bonfire Sat 18:00-21:00. 17:00 Gathering at Mill Lane, 17:30 Judging of Floats, 18:00 Torch Procession - Mill Lane, War Memorial, Five Bells, Bonfire Site. 19:50 Bonfire, 20:00 Fireworks

09 Nov 2019 [TBC] South Heighton Bonfire Sat 18:30 Torch procession - The Flying Fish in Denton, Hampden Arms, Bonfire site. 20:00 Bonfire & fireworks on South Heighton recreation ground. About £4. Family friendly event from a Bonfire Society with over a hundred members. Give them your support: Chaiman: Roger Clayton 01273 515045. Secretary: Clare Dickins 01273 516422 bonfire@southheighton.com

09 Nov 2019 [TBC] Lord Mayors Show, London Sat 11:00-18:00. Procession The longest, oldest and most splendid civic procession in the world. Festival Zones Family entertainment all day. They are right next to the route of the Show, at Paternoster Square and Bloomberg Arcade. There is a funfair, street theatre, art installations, live music, dance and food. Map

09 Nov 2019 [TBC] Shoreham Bonfire 18:15 Torch procession from Beach green, 19:00 beach bonfire and professional firework display.

13 Nov 2019 [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

14 Nov 2019 [TBC] Plymouth Christmas Lights Thu 16:00-20:00 The Piazza, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2AR. Features a top celebrity and family entertainment on a large stage. Confetti cannons fired when the lights go on.

15 Nov 2019 [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

15-17 Nov 2019 [TBC] Oxford Christmas Light Festival Multiple events - many free, including a super lantern procession on Friday evening.  Oxford Lantern Procession

16 Nov 2019 [TBC] Robertsbridge Bonfire Sat 19:00 Torch processions in the High Street. High quality and atmospheric Sussex Bonfire, supported by about 20 Sussex Bonfire Societies. 20:00 Exceptional bonfire and fireworks. Parking available in the A21 lay-by - a small torch is useful here. Video: Procession Fireworks Video 2013: Procession Fireworks Robertsbridge Bonfire Free event.

16 Nov 2019 [TBC] Barcombe Bonfire Saturday. Supported by Lewes and many of the Sussex Bonfire Societies. Processions from the Royal Oak. Bonfire and fireworks - all amazing and all free. Programme available via the website. Video: Procession Bonfire Bishop Firesite  Fireworks Barcombe Bonfire Free event.

16 Nov 2019 [TBC] Salisbury Christmas Lights Thu 18:00-20:00 Guildhall Square. Annual free family event with live music, entertainment, fireworks and Father Christmas. 01722 342860.

16 Nov 2019 [TBC] Eastbourne Boho Winter Light Festival 16:00-21:00 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3NX.. children's lantern procession with sculptures, music, stalls, carol singing, entertainment, crafts, festive food,  traditional children's fairground and grotto. Procession organised by SameSky, Brighton.

16 Nov 2019 [TBC] Glastonbury Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:00. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs. Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. One of the three biggest illuminated Guy Fawkes carnivals in the world. Described as the "Mardi Gras" of the Mendips.  Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can each have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Glastonbury Carnival

16 Nov 2019 [TBC] Slough Christmas Lights 18:00 Thursday, Town Square, High Street, Slough SL1 1DH. Dancers, entertainment, lights.

16 Nov 2019 [TBC] St Austell Torchlight Carnival Sat 18:00 Torchlight procession, from John Keay House. Lanterns, samba bands, jazz bands, cheer leaders, pirates, highwaymen, music, dance and lights. Music and stalls in the town from 10:00. More

16 Nov 2019 [TBC] UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships Sat 18:00-22:00 Crutched Friar Pub, London EC3N 2AE. Entrants do battle in a knock-out tournament. Spectators welcome.

17 Nov 2019 [TBC] The Moor’s Christmas Party & Lights Sun 12.30-16:30 The Moor, Sheffield S1 4PA. Yellow Bus Events bringing festive cheer with real reindeer, live Nativity, snow machines, traditional music, Father Christmas, giant walkabout snowman, funfair rides, giveaways and loads more seasonal delights. Come down and join us when we turn on the lights on the giant Christmas tree. Free event.

21-24 Nov 2019 [TBC] Illuminate Fri-Sun 18:30-22:00 Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon PL1 3RP. Light installations, immersive visual art and light projections. Illuminate, an event marking the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. The main event will be on Friday with showings at: 6.15pm, 7.15pm and 8.15pm. Crowds will have the chance to walk around and see some fantastic light installations and projections around the yard as well being entertained by music and a local DJ. Food stalls and a bar will also be open all evening. The projections and music will end at 10pm (9pm Sun). Free Event however there will be an optional participatory element with a charge of £2 per person.

22-24 Nov 2019 [TBC] Front Room Art Trail, Bristol Fri-Sun. Bristol’s original arts trail - 180 artists, 60 venues and 5,000 visitors. Front Rooms, basements and gardens are transformed into mini galleries where artists and visitors can enjoy, discuss and purchase arts. Totterdown is close to Temple Meads station and offers a good variety of participating pubs and restaurants. Free event.

23 Nov 2019 [TBC] Hawkhurst Bonfire Hawkhurst Gang Bonfire Society event, held in the traditional style of Sussex bonfire, with over 20 visiting bonfire societies. The evening starts with a gathering of visiting bonfire societies and drummers in the village, then a huge 1/4 mile long flaming and fiery procession makes its way through the streets of Hawkhurst, Kent, culminating in a bonfire and spectacular fireworks display. 18:00 Gates to the site open. 19:00 Procession from Highgate Hill to The Moor where the beacon will be lit. The fire site is at King George V Field. As always traditional Hog Roast will be available. Fire-site Tickets about £4.50.

23 Nov 2019 [TBC] Godalming Christmas Festival & Lights 10:00-18:00 The Pepperpot. Live music all day. 17:00 Lights switch on. 17:15 Carols.

24 Nov 2019 [TBC] Wokingham Winter Carnival Sun 11:00-17:30. 90 food, craft and charity stalls, children's rides, free entertainment including a magic show, comedy jugglers, clowns, Punch & Judy, Santa's Grotto and live music on the Market Place stage. 16:00 Carnival Procession from Shute End car park - decorated floats, bands, costumed walkers and lanterns. Video: Bagpipes Procession Morris Dancing Wokingham Winter Carnival

24 Nov 2019 [TBC] Bracknell Christmas Lights Sunday, The Lexicon, Bracknell. Bracknell Christmas Lights. Free event.

28 Nov - 05 Dec 2019 [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 - 05 Dec 2019 [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 2019 [TBC] Winchester Lantern Procession Thu 18:00-20:00 Lantern procession around the Cathedral grounds, live music, fireworks and Christmas market.

29 Nov 2019 [TBC] Devizes Lantern Parade and Fireworks Fri 12:00-20:30 Market Place & Corn Exchange. Craft and Gift Fair in the Corn Exchange, and an open air market in the Market Place. Food and Drink. 17:00 School choirs singing carols in The Brittox. 17:00-20:00 Street performers & fire jugglers. Giant Lantern Procession & Fireworks 2000 participants and 700 lanterns, sets off from High Street at 18:00 and stops off at The Wharf, where Santas’s Grotto is located, and brings him back to the Market Place to switch on the lights at 18:45 from the balcony of The Bear Hotel. Video: Parade Fireworks Fire Jugglers Lantern Line: 01380 723099. Tourist Information Centre: 01380 734669. Devizes Lantern Procession & Fireworks

29 Nov 2019 [TBC] Henley Christmas Festival Fri 17:00-21:00 Town Centre. Annual Christmas Festival in Henley Town Centre with a lantern procession, market, fairground rides, carol singing, Father Christmas in his grotto and the switching-on of the lights on the large Christmas tree. The event is organised by Henley Town Council. Henley Christmas Festival

29 Nov 2019 [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.

30 Nov 2019 [TBC] Caln Winter Festival & Lantern Parade Sat 12:00-18:00 Town centre. 16:30 Lantern Parade from Bremhill View social club to town centre. Christmas lights switch on, fun fair, food and drink, street stalls, live music and entertainment on the main stage, children's fun and games, interactive theatrical experience in the grounds of Marden House. 18:00 Poss fireworks. The Calne Community go Lantern Crazy, with crowds of 10,000 lining the streets and walking in the parade. Info line: 01249 814000. Calne Winter Festival & Lantern Parade

30 Nov 2019 [TBC] St Ives Lantern Parade, Cornwall Sat 18:00 Barnoon Hill, Lifeboat Hill and along the Wharf.

30 Nov 2019 [TBC] Mevagissey Christmas Lights Sat 17:00 Lantern Procession from Willow car park. Lanterns available to carry in the procession. Judging of the best hat competition. Carol singing in St George's Square. 18:00 Lights switch-on at the Quay. Mulled wine & mince pies. Music by The Blue Angels and the St. Austell band.

30 Nov 2019 [TBC] Rainham Village Christmas Fayre Sat 10:00-16:00. Live non-stop entertainment with over thirty acts including dancers, singers, musicians and tribute acts on the street and on two stages. Free event.

30 Nov - 01 Dec 2019 [TBC] Rochester Dickensian Christmas Sat-Sun High Street & Bolney Hill. Street entertainment, readings, song and dance, stalls, Christmas carols, and familiar characters from Dickens stories. 11:00 Seven Poor Travelers’ Procession Led by The Right Royal Revels from outside The Guildhall Museum, High Street to The Six Poor Travellers’ House. 12:00 Main Parade of costumed characters from High Street to the Boley Hill Stage. 16:45 Candlelit Parade from High Street to Boley Hill, to join the carol concert on the open-air stage.

01 Dec 2019 [TBC] Leamington Spa Lantern Procession Join us from 16:15 at The Clock Tower in Jephson Gardens for some family entertainment before the Lantern Parade sets off at approximately 17:00. The parade will meander around the Gardens before setting off on a short route to the Town Hall accompanied by carol singers, music and stilt walkers. It will finish with traditional Christmas carols by the Christmas Tree at the Town Hall.

01 Dec 2019 [TBC] Christmas Carols in Hotham Park 16:30-18:30. Carols will be sung accompanied by Chichester City Band. Join in and enjoy a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate with mince pies. Carol sheets will be available (suggested donation £1 to enable Trust members to deliver more events in the Park) so please bring a torch and dress in warm waterproof clothing.and footwear when you join this free event.

05 Dec 2019 [TBC] Poole Festivities & Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Falkland Square, Poole, BH15 1AB.Join local school children for a seasonal lantern procession through the High Street followed by carols and mince pies at the historic Guildhall.

05 & 12 Dec 2019 [TBC] Winter Watch Parades, Chester 19:00 Eastgate Clock, St Werburgh Street, Northgate Street, Bridge Street & Eastgate Street. Samba bands, dragons and a spectacular fire breathing finale, with the Chester re-enactment group joining the Chester Watch and a group of giant skeletons. Free event.

06 Dec 2019 [TBC] Cardigan Lantern Procession 19:00 Giant lantern structures and hundreds of smaller lanterns. Cardigan High Street to the Castle. Small World Theatre’s sea monster Cragen is making a special illuminated appearance on the River Teifi at Prince Charles Quay. Firework display across the Teifi. Free event.

07 Dec 2018 [TBC] Maidenhead Lantern Parade Sat 17:00 Procession around town, from the Town Hall. 17:45 - 18:15 Maidenhead Concert Band. Lively parade of glowing lanterns and drummers on a journey through the town. The parade will culminate in a celebratory concert led by Maidenhead Concert Band. See "Burning The Clocks" in Brighton on Dec 21st, another event by Same Sky Video Maidenhead Lantern Procession

Sat 07 Dec 2019 [TBC] Santacon London Sat 11:00-17:00 About 1000 naughty Santas roam the streets of London. Free, but registration required.

Sat 07 Dec 2019 [TBC] Bedminster Lantern Parade 16:00 North Street. Fireworks after.

08 Dec 2019 [TBC] Reading Toy Run Sun 13:00 John Wood PLC, Reading RG2 9FW, (formerly Shire Hall) near M4 J11 to High Close School, Wiltshire Road, Wokingham RG40 1TT. Annual motorcycle run in which 2000 Christian Bikers in fancy dress deliver new toys for those in Barnardo's care. Video Video2 Reading Toy Run


07 Dec 2019 [TBC] Rottingdean Smugglers Night

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

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

Free event.

Sussex Bonfire Rottingdean Smugglers Video: Procession Fireworks The Smugglers Song


12 Dec 2019 [TBC] Lincoln Lantern Procession & Light Show Thu 17:00-20:00 Join in the festive parade carrying paper lanterns through the streets of Lincoln, ending with a light show on City Square. This Christmas, join as hundreds of families parade down from Castle Hill to City Square carrying paper lanterns. The evening will begin at 5pm at Castle Hill with Carols and a Nativity Play. Warm up with a hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts and get your paper lanterns from stalls on Castle Hill before the start of the parade. Then follow the marching band down Steep Hill, through Lincoln High Street to City Square where the evening will conclude with a spectacular light show.

14 Dec 2018 Hungerford Christmas Extravaganza Fri evening and night, Hungerford, Berkshire. This popular annual event attracts thousands to it's bustling street stalls, parade, fairground, entertainment and Christmas lights.

15 Dec 2019 [TBC] Alnwick Grand Light Parade 17:15-18:30 Alnwick Garden and through the town. The Alnwick Garden is off the A1 to the North of Alnwick, and is well signposted. The main Garden car park is off Denwick Lane NE66 1YU. 

15 Dec 2019 [TBC] Newbury Lantern Procession Sun 16:00-18:00 Northbrook Street to Market Place. Winter lantern procession  live music and a glittering finale. Free event.


01 Feb 2020 [TBC] Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival

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

For more information, of if you would like to help: marsden.imbolc@hotmail.co.uk


Imbolc Facebook Video Map


14-20 Mar 2020 [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

04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Crowthorne Carnival Sat 10:00 Parade, Wellington College to the Morgan Recreation Ground. Fete with live music stage. Held every two years. Crowthorne Carnival

11-12 Jul 2020 [TBC] Bedford River Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-23:00. Held every two years. Free event with Historical Re-Enactments,  Live Music, Funfair, Continental Market. Attendance 350,000. Six stages, heritage and sports villages and a still expanding river events programme showcasing more river activities than we have ever seen on the Great Ouse before! The site has also expanded into St Mary’s Gardens opposite the new Riverside Bedford complex, boasting a giant family fun area, Adventure Village and the new home to the Dragon Boat Racing as well as our river taxi taking you from Sovereigns Quay to the Suspension Bridge. Sat: 14:00 Parade of Cruisers, 16:00 Parade of Boats. 22:30 Amazing fireworks. Sun 11:00 Carnival parade from De Parys Avenue to Riverside Square. Video:Carnival Vikings Boat Parade Illuminated Boat Parade Fireworks Bedford River Festival

17-26 Jul 2020 [TBC] Milton Keynes International Festival Held every two years. Family events, promenade concerts, theatre, dance, music and visual arts installations in unusual locations such as parks, public squares, disused shops or warehouses.

18-19 Jul 2020 [TBC] Farnborough Airshow - Public Days Sat-Sun. 1,500 exhibitors & 270,000 visitors. Flying 12:30-17:00 daily. Gate ticket about £45. Biennial event.


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