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 27 Mar 2015

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27-29 Mar 2015 North Leeds Charity Beer Festival

The Homestead, Old Park Road, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1JX.

In association with the Rotary Club of Roundhay & North Leeds Cricket Club.

Fri 18:00-23:00
Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-18:00

Festival Entry £2 - (Free entry for CAMRA and SPBW members on production of a valid membership card)
Festival Pack £5 - includes commemorative beer glass, programme and 2 tokens.

Interesting and unusual beers from Yorkshire, locally produced cider, food and entertainment.

Free Guided Walks in London

10am and 1pm walks from the orange info kiosk, Holborn Station WC2B.
11am, 2pm and 5.30pm walks, GoToMidtown shop, 56 New Oxford Street.

Wed 25 Mar 2015 Bloomsbury People - 1pm start. We visit the homes of some of Bloomsburyís famous former residents, including personalities from the worlds of science, music, philosophy and religion. Starts by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station. Lasts 45 minutes.

Fri 27 Mar 2015 Museum Mile half day walking tour - 10am start. The walk will start at 10am by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Station and ending at 1pm near Great Russell Street. FREE. Booking required.

Sat 28 Mar 2015 Bram Stokerís The Jewel of Seven Stars - 2pm start. Bram Stoker is famous for his novel Dracula. Todayís walk visits sites in Bloomsbury and Holborn from another of his books Ė The Jewel of Seven Stars. Instead of a vampire this time the horror is provided by an Ancient Egyptian mummy! Donít worry if you havenít read the book because the story will be explained. The walk will last an hour and three quarters, starting at 2pm from the GoToMidtown shop at 56 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1ES, ending near Chancery Lane by 3.45pm.

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Sat 28 Mar 2015 Hole Park Trail Runs, Rolvenden, Kent
Sat 28 Mar 2015 March hare run, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Sat 28 Mar 2015 Port of Dover Race Festival - Marathon Day 1, Dover, Kent
Sat 28 Mar 2015 The Welsh Trail Running Series, Ultra Talgarth, Powys
Sun 29 Mar 2015 Croydon Half Marathon Croydon, Surrey
Sun 29 Mar 2015 Forest of Dean Trails Half, Coleford, Gloucestershire
Sun 29 Mar 2015 Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon, London
Sun 29 Mar 2015 Hogweed Hilly Half, Chipping Sodbury
Sun 29 Mar 2015 Kingston Half Marathon Kingston, London
Sun 29 Mar 2015 Run Northumberland Half Marathon, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sun 29 Mar 2015 White Horse Half-Marathon, Grove, Oxfordshire
Sun 29 Mar 2015 Yeovil Half Marathon Yeovil, Somerset
Fri 03 Apr 2015 Good Friday Marathon, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Sat 04 Apr 2015 Bajana Marathon - The Gambia The Gambia, Leeds
Sat 04 Apr 2015 Easter Quarter Marathon Bournemouth, Dorset
Sat 04 Apr 2015 Easter Reservoir Marathon Triple Day 1, Northampton
Sun 05 Apr 2015 Easter Reservoir Marathon Triple Day 2 Northampton
Sun 05 Apr 2015 Marathon Prep Run, Windsor
Sun 05 Apr 2015 Northampton Run Fest marathon
Sun 05 Apr 2015 Pendine Half Marathon, Carmarthenshire
Mon 06 Apr 2015 Easter Reservoir Triple Marathon Day 3, Northampton

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

Candid Arts Trust

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

27-29 Mar 2015 New Artist Fair 12:00-18:00. Framed exhibition
03-26 Apr 2015 Spring Salon 12:00-18:00. Sale by recently established artists. Admission free.
04-05 Oct 2014 Art Week. Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Printmaking and Illustration.
04-12 Oct 2014 Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair.
11-12 Oct 2014 Design Week. Jewellery, Fashion, Textiles, Accessories, Ceramics, Glass, Furniture.

Life Drawing Drop In Classes throughout the year. £7. Materials available to buy. 11:00-13:00 Tue & Wed.

Life Drawing Drop In Evening Classes throughout the year. £7. Materials available to buy. 19:00-21:00 Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu except bank holidays.

Swing Dance Classes,19:00 Tuesdays. 3 Levels. £8.

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Events at The Forge

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

28 Mar 2015 Lapa in London Sat 10:00am. The music and culture of Rio. An informal day where everyone is welcome to participate in classes, music, dance and workshops (£10). With traditional and delicious Brazilian food. Free entry


Southampton VTS Cruise Ship Schedule

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

24 Mar 2015 Boudicca 16:30
27 Mar 2015 Ventura 16:30
28 Mar 2015 Britannia 17:00
30 Mar 2015 Black Watch 16:30, Aidamar 22:00
31 Mar 2015 Oriana 16:30
03 Apr 2015 Azure 16:30
04 Apr 2015 Saga Pearl II 16:00, Oriana 16:30 Adonia 17:00

Picture: P&O Ventura - 116,017 tons, 950 feet, 14 passenger decks.

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Port Of London - Key Events

28 Mar 2015 Vesta Veterans Head of the River Race Mortlake - Putney.
29 Mar 2015
Head of the River Race Mortlake - Putney
05 Apr 2015
Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon Teddington Lock - Westminster Bridge.
06 Apr 2015
Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon Teddington Lock - Westminster Bridge.
11 Apr 2015
Oxbridge Watermen's Challenge Chiswick Pier Further information
11 Apr 2015 Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race Putney - Mortlake.



29 Mar 2015 Start of British Summer Time - clocks go forward 1 Hour

29 Mar 2015 Head of the River Race, London

Sun 12:00 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.

Head of the River Race, London



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Bulldog Toy & Collector Fairs

Sun 29 Mar 2015 Abbeywood School, New Rd, Stoke Gifford, Bristol. BS34
Sun 19 Apr 2015 Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN
Sun 26 Apr 2015 Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary, Exeter. EX5 1DJ
Sun 07 Jun 2015 Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN
Sun 06 Sep 2015 Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary, Exeter. EX5 1DJ
Sun 20 Sep 2015 Abbeywood School, New Rd, Stoke Gifford, Bristol. BS34 
Sun 11 Oct 2015 Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN
Sun 01 Nov 2015 Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary, Exeter. EX5 1DJ
Sun 15 Nov 2015 Abbeywood School, New Rd, Stoke Gifford, Bristol. BS34 
Sun 13 Dec 2015 Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN
Mon 28 Dec 2015 Thornbury Leisure Centre, Alveston Hill BS35 3JB

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Blue Sky Antiques & Collectors Fairs


Sun 29 Mar 2015 Belper Leisure Centre

Sun 10 May 2015 Matlock Rugby Club, Cromford Meadows.
Sun 14 Jun 2015 Matlock Rugby Club, Cromford Meadows.
Sun 12 Jul 2015 Matlock Rugby Club, Cromford Meadows.
Sun 23 Aug 2015 Matlock Rugby Club, Cromford Meadows.

Cromford Meadows, off Mill Road, Cromford (A6) Matlock Derbyshire DE4 3RQ.

Apr to Sep 2015 Poole Tourism Events Apr to Sep 2014 Dream Machines. Tuesdays, Poole Quay 18:00. Up to 2,000 motor bike enthusiasts. Jul to Aug Quay for my Car. Fridays, Poole Quay 18:00.

01 Apr - 30 Sep 2015 Dream Machines, Poole The largest weekly motorcycle meet in the UK. More than 1000 bikes gather every Tuesday evening from 18:00 on Poole Quay.

03 Apr 2015 Public Holiday - Good Friday.

Berwick 900 Events

Berwick 900 takes place in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, from Easter to the end of October.

MOMENTS IN TIME Fri. 3rd to Mon. 6th April 12.00noon-4.00pm  St. Andrewís Wallace Green Church, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1EB. A colourful Floral Art Festival opening the Berwick 900 Festival programme

BERWICKíS CONTRIBUTION TO THE FIRST WORLD WAR. Sat. 25th & Sun. 26th April, 11.00am-4.00pm Town Hall, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN        Exhibition, talks, demonstrations and interactive performances bringing to life Berwick's contribution to the First World War, at home and abroad.  Part of a Heritage Lottery funded project linked to the Berwick 900 Festival.

BERWICKíS BORDER STORY Fri. 1st May to Mon. 4th May Ramparts, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF. A weekend of events, displays and medieval encampments, crafts and re-enactments focusing on Berwick-upon-Tweed's turbulent history of Border warfare. Begins on Friday 1st May with the cavalcade of the annual Riding of the Bounds, which has been held each year since 1609.

Website: http://www.berwick900.org.uk


03, 04 & 06 Apr 2015 Horsham Piazza Italia

Fri, Sat & Mon Horsham Town Centre. Fabulous cars and bikes, Italian food and street entertainment. Good Friday: A rally of nearly 100 Ferraris and over 150 Ducati-led Italian bikes. Easter Saturday: the Vines Italian Job MINI Run with up to 100 Minis. Easter Monday: Supercars, Alfas, Fiats and Scooters. All display vehicles and drivers park in Horsham Town Centre on each day after midday and leave at 3pm or after.

Video: Ducati Parade Ferrari Parade Supercar Parade events@horsham.gov.uk  

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Horsham Piazza Italia

05 Apr 2015 Marathon Preparation Race Sun 09:45 Dorney Lake, Windsor. 16, 20 & 24miles. Facilities: Mile Markers - Pacers - Marshals - Water Station - Energy Drink Station - Toilets - Baggage Area - Changing/Showers - Race Photography - Goody Bags - Free Parking

05 Apr 2015 Christathon Easter Sun 14:00 The Trinity Pub, 202 Borough High St, London SE1 1JX. Annual charity fancy dress pub crawl, with a Crucifixion theme, visiting biblically named pubs. Raise a little cash for charity, meet new people, and have a fun time. Everyone is invited! Dress as Jesus - costumes can be purchased online, or make your own..

06 Apr 2015 Public Holiday - Easter Monday.

06 Apr 2015 Bolney Pram Race, Sussex

Easter Monday.

12:00 Childrens Race.

13:00 Adult Race - start at The Eight Bells.

13:30 Entertainment.

14:30 Prize giving.


Bolney Pram Race

06 Apr 2015 World Coal Carrying Championship Easter Monday, Gawthorpe, Wakefield. The main event starts at The Royal Oak, Owl Lane, and the course is about 1 mile. The men carry 50kg, and the women less. No event in the Olympic Games could stimulate more enthusiasm than this annual contest of stamina and muscle.

06 Apr 2015 The London Harness Horse Parade Easter Monday, South of England Showground, Ardingly, from 09:00. Family event. Ponies, working shire horses, and everything in between. Entrance about  £6 per person, children free. The children will love this one. Jackie Shearman 01737 646132 www.lhhp.co.uk


British Rally Cross Events 

06 Apr 2015 Lydden Hill - Round 2
10 May 2015 Pembrey - Round 3
27 Jun 2015 Mondello Park - Round 4
28 Jun 2015 Mondello Park - Round 5
19 Jul 2015 Pembrey - Round 6
31 Aug 2015 Lydden Hill - Round 7
10 Oct 2015 Croft - Round 8
11 Oct 2015 Croft - Grand Prix


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

07 Apr 2015 Cafe Scientifique

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

Research Engineer and science broadcaster Rhys Phillips will look at the phenomenon of lightning.


Free event.



Arthur Swallow Antique Fairs - Lincolnshire Showground LN2 2NA.

Antiques, collectables, reproduction and reclamation items for home and garden.
3000 stalls and thousands of buyers.
The show is held six times a year. Mon 09:00-17:00, Tue 07:00-17:00.

The largest in Europe with 2,500 stalls.

Upcoming dates:
06-07 Apr 2015
01-02 Jun 2015
17-18 Aug 2015
05-06 Oct 2015
30 Nov - 01 Dec 2015


Newark Antiques Fair

Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark NG24 2NY.

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

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

Often featured on BBC1's Bargain Hunt.

Thu-Fri 09-10 Apr 2015 
Thu-Fri 04-05 Jun 2015 
Thu-Fri 20-21 Aug 2015 
Thu-Fri 08-09 Oct 2015 
Thu-Fri 03-04 Dec 2015



11 Apr 2015 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Sat 16:50 & 17:50 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.

Sporting history will be made this year when The Boat Race is joined by The Newton Womenís Boat Race. With four very strong squads of athletes, expect to see great Races.

Pubs Along The Route

The Boat Race


11 Apr 2015 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.

Ultra Running

Sat 11 Apr 2015 Calderdale Hike  W Yorkshire Pennines, 37 miles
Sat 25 Apr 2015
The Fellsman Yorkshire Dales, 62 miles
Sun 10 May 2015
Marlborough Downs Challenge N Wiltshire, 33 miles
Sun 24 May 2015
The Ox S Wiltshire, 35 miles
Sat 13 Jun 2015
Three Rings of Shap Cumbria, 62 miles
Sat 27 Jun 2015
Clif Bar 10 Peaks Lakes Lake District, 45 miles
Sat 08 Aug 2015
Long Tour of Bradwell Peak District, 33 miles
Sat 05 Sep 2015
Bullock Smithy Hike Peak District, 56 miles
Sat 19 Sep 2015
Hardmoors 60 N Yorks Coast, 62 miles
Sat 3 Oct 2015
Isle of Man Mountain Ultra Isle of Man, 31 miles
Sat 24 Oct 2015
Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultra Scottish Borders, 38 miles
Sat 13 Mar 2016 [TBC]
Haworth Hobble W Yorkshire Pennines, 32 miles


12 Apr 2015 Brighton Marathon

Sun 09:00 Start at Preston Park.

The route is south to the Seafront, east to Rottingdean, west to Shoreham power station then back to the Pier to finish. Several loops to make up the distance to 26 miles. Live band, DJ's etc at Preston Park, Rosehill Terrace, New Road, The Level, Old Steine, Brighton Band Stand, Hove Lawns, New Church Road and Shoreham Power Station.

Course Map

Video: Warm-up Start

The Brighton Marathon



Vaisakhi is the Sikh New Year, is the holiest day of the calendar for over 20 million Sikhs worldwide.

12 Apr 2015 Bradford. Sun 10:30 procession. More.

19 Apr 2015 Nottingham. Sun 10:00 procession. More.

03 May 2015 London, Trafalgar Square. 12:00-18:00. More. Pictures

10 May 2015 Stoke On Trent. Sun 10:30 procession. More.

A Guide to Vaisakhi Many thanks to John Roath, Council Of Southampton Gurdwara's, for this information. Southampton Pictures

12 Apr 2015 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

15-19 Apr 2015 Winter Dressage Championships

Hartpury Arena, Gloucester GL19 3BE.

Whether youíre 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.

Ceremonial Events

Thu 16 - Sat 18 Apr 2015 Mountbatten Festival of Music. The Massed Bands of Royal Marines at the Royal Albert Hall.
Tue 21 Apr 2015 HM The Queen's Birthday: 12:00 Gun Salute Green Park, 1300 Gun Salute, Gun Wharf, Tower of London. 
Thu 23 Apr 2015 St. George's Day Concert by The Band of The Coldstream Guards at Cadogan Hall at 19:30.
Sun 26 Apr 2015 Scots Guards Regimental Remembrance Sunday 
Tue 28 Apr 2015 Guards Chapel Recital 13:10 in the Guards Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ. Free admission.
Thu 30 Apr 2015 Presentation of new Colours to 1st. Battalion Welsh Guards at Windsor Castle.

17-19 Apr 2015 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.

The UK's leading gardening charity.

Royal Horticultural Society Shows

17-19 Apr 2015 RHS Show, Cardif.

RHS Gardens


18-19 Apr 2015 BMX Supercross

Sat-Sun, National Cycling Centre, Manchester.

The fastest BMX riders from around the globe, racing in time trials.

See link for ticket prices.

19 Apr 2015 West London Radio & Electronics Show Sun, Kempton Park racecourse, Sunbury on Thames. Amateur radio equipment, computing, test equipment, and components etc. Entrance about £4. More

19 Apr 2015 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.

19 Apr 2015 Modern Buddhism

Sun 13:00-14:30 & 16:00-17:30 Camden Centre, Bidborough Street entrance, London WC1H 9AU.

In this Free Public Talk, Gen-la Dekyong will explain how we can take control of our life by transforming lifeís adversities into positive, enriching experiences. She will explain how we can use practical Buddhist wisdom to gain the confidence and strength that frees us from fear.

Gen-la Dekyong is a Kadampa Buddhist nun who is an internationally renowned meditation teacher. She has devoted her life to helping others and has a deep understanding of the problems we face in this modern world.

Free event - donations welcome. Early booking is advised. 


Bupa Great Runs

19 Apr 2015 Great Edinburgh Run, City Centre, 5k & 10k.
17 May 2015 Great Women's 10k, Glasgow.

Nottingham City Events

23 Apr 2015 St Georges Day To mark St George's Day the grand parade, organised by The Royal Society of St. George, will process at noon from the Forest Recreation Ground, down Mansfield Road and arrive in the Old Market Square for 12.30pm.


St Georges Day - Thu 23 April 2015. Event dates can vary.

St Georges Day, Plymouth 12:00-19:00 Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1DY.

St George's Day, London Mon 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. Free. Video St Geoges Day

St Georges Day Festival Wed 15:00-20:00 Dee Miller Pub, Kingsway, Chester CH2 2LH. Stalls, family fun, food - candy floss, hot dogs. Peppa Pig and Minnie Mouse.

St George's Festival, English Heritage Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Wrest Park. Biggest St. Georgeís Day event in the country. Displays on horseback, redcoats, traditional games, fire eating, falconry & craft market. About £15.


25 Apr 2015 Shakespeare Birthday Procession Sat 10:30 Great Garden of New Place, Chapel Lane, Stratford upon Avon. Held on the nearest Saturday to 23 April.

26 Apr 2015 Warrior Adrenaline Race

Sun 09:30 Hartham Common, Hertford SG14 1QR.

10km or 5km run with army like obstacles. Two race waves of about 150. Whether youíre looking for a new challenge, fundraising for charity or just want a fun wet and muddy experience, we guarantee youíll 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.


25-26 Apr 2015 St George's Festival, English Heritage Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Wrest Park. Biggest St. Georgeís Day event in the country. Displays on horseback, redcoats, traditional games, fire eating, falconry & craft market. About £15.


26 Apr 2015 The London Marathon

Sun 09:45 Main Start, Greenwich Park Blackheath - simply electric.

Popular viewing areas include Greenwich,  Tower Bridge, Victoria Embankment and The Mall. 40,000 Runners and One Million Spectators. Video - Red Start


London Marathon


26 Apr 2015 Munch Street Food Festival Sun 11:00-21:00 Potters Field Park, Tower Bridge SE1 2AA. An event to coincide with the London Marathon. Previous food traders have included Mamas Jerk Station, the Wild Food Catering Company, Bhangra Burger plus many more. On the stage at Potters and the Scoop at More London amphitheatre will be DJs and live performances from up and coming bands performing an eclectic array of music. Free event.

26 Apr 2015 Maldon Mud Race, Essex

Sun 14:30 Promenade Parkā Maldon, Essex. 10ā000 spectators watch hundreds of competitors race through the mud of the River Blackwater at low tide. The return crossing can take an hour, and is very heavy going. Best times might be under four minutes. Spectator entry to the park is by personal donation. The event raises tens of thousands of pounds for charity, and usually includes a duck race.

Visit maldon


Maldon Mud Race


Tough Guy

South Perton Farm, Jenny Walkers Lane, Old Perton, Wolverhampton WV6 7HB. Map
hq@toughguy.co.uk Tel: 01902 764422.

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


Sun 26 Apr 2015 Brutal Marathon. Full + Half Marathon, 10km 
Sun 26 Apr 2015 Tough Kids Screwball. 10km
Sun 26 Jul 2015 Tough Fun Warrior. 17km
Sun 25 Oct 2015 Brutal Full + Half Marathon
Sun 25 Oct 2015 Tough Kids Screwball. 10km

26 Apr 2015 [TBC] London to Brighton Jaguar Run Sunday. Kempton Park Race Course to Lower Esplanade, Madeira Drive, Brighton. Annual event with around 300 Jaguars of all ages. Organised by Kelsey Publishing 01959 541444, and supported by The Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club.

May - Oct 2015 British Lawn Mower Racing

02-03 May 2015 Resvervoir Dip, Billingshurst.
23-24 May 2015 National Hot Rod & Custom Show, Peterborough Arena.
06 Jun 2015 Double 4 Hour Venue: Bucks Green, West Sussex.
20-21 Jun 2015 Sharnfold, East Sussex.
04-05 Jul 2015 [TBC].
18-19 Jul 2015 Codicote Show, Hertfordshire.
08-Aug 2015 12 Hour Race, Billingshurst, West Sussex.
30-31 Aug 2015 Axbridge, Somerset.
12-13 Sep 2015 Great Maze, Barintree, Essex
26-27 Sep 2015 World Championships, Coneyhurst West Sussex
10-11 Oct 2015 NWLMRA 6 Hour, Retford - Visit www.nwlmra.org to enter 
24-25 Oct 2015 Reservoir Dip plus fireworks (subject to weather), Reservoir Dip, Billingshurst.


01 May - 11 Oct 2015 Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association

Spectacular Offshore Powerboat Racing at speeds up to 80mph. Video

Date, Event, Club & Venue: 
01-04 May 2015 Estuary Classic AYC Allhallows 
08-10 May 2015 Race Nautique Tour Offshore Passion Marseillan 
22 -25 May 2015 Torbay Classic ORDA Torquay 
05-07 Jun 2015 Nations Cup Round 1 Aqua Adrenaline Tour ZCR Liverpool 
26 -28 Jun 2015 Regatta WMBRC Windermere 
10 -12 Jul 2015 Nations Cup Round 2 Aqua Adrenaline Tour ZCR WestBay 
24 -26 Jul 2015 Nations Cup Round 2 IOPC Malahide 
07 -09 Aug 2015 Super Weekend / Aqua Adrenaline OCRDA Torquay 
21 -24 Aug 2015 Guernsey GPA Guernsey 
18 -20 Sep 2015 Nations Cup Round 4 Aqua Adrenaline Tour OCRDA Cardiff 
Oct 02 -04 Oct 2015 Race Nautique Tour Offshore Passion Solenzara 
09 -11 Oct 2015 Nations Cup Round 5 ZCR Plymouth 

01 May 2015 Padstow May Day "Obby Oss Day" is the biggest day in Padstow's calendar. Up to 30,000 people cram into the little town. The fearsome mask of the Obby Oss proceeds through the streets, swirling and dancing and accompanied by lots of dancers, musicians and drummers.

01-03 May 2015 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Fri-Sun Centerpiece grand marquee on the beach is free and open from 10:00-17:00. Hands-on science activities and arts for the whole family, from our partners including the Natural History Museum, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site team, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, National Trust, Natural England, Dorset AONB, Dorset Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Lyme Regis Museum, National Museum of Wales, D.I.G.S., Dorset Geologistís Association, RockWatch, Dinosaur Isle (Isle of Wight), Bristol Dinosaur Project, Purbeck Clay Festival, Plymouth University and National Oceanography Centre, as well as a big Fossil Fair.

02 May 2015 Downton Cuckoo Fair Sat 10:00-16:30. 20,000 visitors, over 250 stalls, produce market, children's funfair, rural crafts and demonstrations, bands, morris dancing and maypole dancing. Downton Cuckoo Fair Free event.

02 May 2015 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.

02 May 2015 [cancelled] Spalding Flower Parade Sat 14:00-17:00 Parade of themed carnival floats, hand decorated with half a million tulip heads. The 4.5 mile route takes about 3 hours, and the roads are lined with upwards of 80,000 spectators. Plenty of activities over the weekend. Flower Parade There was no parade in 2014 however there was a Festival Event at Springfields including flower displays in the gardens, craft show, marching bands and a Tulip Procession for children. There is currently no Parade planned for 2015 however there will be a Festival Event at Springfields


02 May 2015 Brighton Festival Childrens Parade

Sat 10:30 Kensington Street to the sea front. Crowds of 10,000 line the streets. Samba bands, towering tableaux, and 5000 costumed participants with drums and whistles. The largest annual childrenís event in the UK.

Organised by community arts group Same-Sky.


2014 Video

Free event.


02-03 May 2015 Magnificent Motors, Eastbourne Sat-Sun - Seafront and Western Lawns near the Wish Tower. Seafront cavalcade at 10:00, both days. One of the biggest FREE motoring spectaculars on the south coast. Around 300-400 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, buses, steam traction engines, commercial and military vehicles. Trade stands, French Market, live music stage with local bands and small funfair. Free entrance. Organised by Eastbourne Borough Council, in partnership with Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club, East Sussex Omnibus Society plus a variety of other historic transport groups. Attendance 25,000. Magnificent Motors

01-04 May 2015 Hastings Jack In The Green Festival

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

Hastings Jack In The Green Festival

Free event.


02-04 May 2015 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Kite Festival Sat-Mon 10:00-17:00 Beach and Esplanade. Saturday is an informal day with some of the best single line displays in the country showing off their biggest, best and newest kites whilst in the gaps you may see our finest display teams warming up. Sunday and Monday part of the beach will be sectioned off to give the general public the best view of spectacular organised flying demonstrations whilst kite clubs and teams fill the sky with colour and wonder. More Free event.

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.

02 May 2015 Therapy & Craft Fayre. 11:00-15:00 Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury.
21 Nov 2015 Therapy & Craft Fayre. 11:00-15:00 Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury.

02-24 May 2015 Brighton Festival Three weeks of arts & street theatre on a huge scale, many free. Video Free events

02-04 May 2015 [TBC] Rochester Sweeps Festival Monday 14:45 Procession - Rochester Castle & High Street. Sat-Mon Holiday weekend. Biggest gathering of Morris Dancers in the country. Jack-in-the-Green, a seven  foot high character, is woken at dawn on May Day from his slumber on Bluebell Hill, then travels to Rochester to start the festivities. Thousands of revelers watch performances at various venues & pubs. It is considered lucky to be kissed by a sweep. 2011 Video Sweeps Festival

02-04 May 2015 [TBC] Norbury Canal Festival Sat-Mon. Norbury Junction, Shropshire Union Canal, Staffordshire. Display of working boats, best decorated boat competition, childrens events, live music, hog roast, boat trips, open air service, craft stalls, brass bands, local charity stalls and vehicle displays. More 01952-883568.

02-04 May 2015 [TBC] Urchfont Scarecrow Festival, Wiltshire Sat-Mon Over 50 scarecrows made by families in the village. The Scarecrow Trail commences at the village pond where a programme can be purchased indicating the position of the scarecrows, with the task of identifying and matching the scarecrows to the cryptic clues in the programme is a challenging experience. Childrenís competition identifying pictures of childrenís characters. Plant Sale adjacent to the pond. Free car parking on the playing fields. Refreshments around the pond. Attendance 10,000. Facebook

02-04 May 2015 [TBC] Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice, London Little Venice - 3 minutes walk from Paddington Station. Community and waterways festival over the early May Holiday. Over 150 working and traditional boats, boat rally, trade show, activities, entertainment, music, real ale and food. Sat 10:00-18:00. Sun 10:00-18:00,  plus 20:30 Music & illuminated boat procession. Mon 10:00-17:00. Inland Waterways Association General enquiries 07979 676461. Map Free event.

02-31 May 2015 [TBC] Brighton Festival - Fringe City Saturdays 12:00-16:00 New Road. Everything from comedy to cabaret and puppetry to poetry, sample the best Brighton Fringe has to offer. Video: Part1 Part2 Fringe City events are free, and part of Brighton Festival Fringe

03 May 2015 [TBC] Vaisakhi Festival, Wolverhampton Sun 11:00-17:00 West Park, Wolverhampton. Family entertainment, fun fair, stalls, speeches, Gatka, wrestling, and karate displays, Bhangra, Asian Musicians and Singers. Free Food, a distinctive feature of the Sikh Religion, will be served through out the day.
Everybody, irrespective of age, colour and background is invited. Organised by The Council of Sikh Gurdwaras in Wolverhampton together with the Asian community.
Admission is free.

03 May 2015 [TBC] Abingdon Charity Air & Country Show Sun 10:00-17:00 Abingdon Airfield, Dalton Barracks. A volunteer run event in aid of Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance. Flying & static aircraft, trade & charity stands, farmers market, crafts, historic & classic vehicles, ground & arena displays, childrens amusements, live music, food and free parking. About £15.

03 May 2015 [TBC] Beltane, Thornborough Henge Sun 12:00. A celebration of seasonal change and ancient mystery at one of Britain's most important prehistoric sacred sites. Free entrance & stalls. 07709 681581 info@sacredbrigantia.com No camping this year.

Bolton Steam Museum

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

Volunteers from the Northern Mill Engine Society have rescued and restored 27 old stationary steam engines - some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the North of England. Most will be running in steam on these dates. The collection includes several unique engines - the only ones of this type restored and running in steam anywhere in the world!

03-04 May 2015 May Day Steamings.
24-25 May 2015 Spring Steamings.
30-31 Aug 2015 Summer Steamings.
12-13 Sep 2015 September Steamings.
28-29 Dec 2015 Winter Warm-Up.

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

04 May 2015 Public Holiday - Early May Bank Holiday.

04 May 2015 [TBC] Hastings1066Bike Festival & May Day Run Britain's biggest free motorcycle festival. For over 35 years thousands of bikers have visited Hastings every May Day Bank Holiday Monday and now bike1066 is part of that tradition. In 2013 bike1066 Spring Opener became as big as the world famous Isle of Man TT Races. 32,000 bikes, 76,000 people, over 50 exhibitors and live music. Be a part of the biggest motorcycle festival in Britain. Hastings 1066 Bike Festival & May Day Run

04 May 2015 [TBC] Lewes Garland Day Mon from 10:00 Lewes Castle. Children's Garland Competition. 11:00 Procession High Street. Morris Dancing by the Knots of May and Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men.

04 May 2015 [TBC] May Merrie, Kingston Upon Thames Bank holiday Monday. Family entertainment, fun, music, dance, magic and street entertainment. Attendance 10,000. Free event. Contact: 020 8247 9513 / 020 8547 1221. Stalls Information Contact: 020 8247 9513. Video May Merrie

04 May 2015 [TBC] Environmental Rock, Southampton 12:00-18:00 The Hobbit Pub. 02380 710916. Environmental awareness event with music, information, ideas, tips and activities. Map

04 May 2015 [TBC] Rainham Village Country Fayre Mon 10:00-16:00 Rainham Village, Essex. Eastenders collides with The Archers on Bank Holiday 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.

04 May 2015 [TBC] Woodhouse May Day Challenge Mon - Start at Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall. A 13.5 mile circular event for walkers and runners, around the glorious Charnwood countryside & The National Forest. 08:30 Start time for walkers, 9:30 Start time for runners. Monies raised goes to good causes.

04 May 2015 Chobham Carnival 11:30 Procession, Burrow hill to the Recreation Ground. 01276 858170. Video Chobham Carnival

08 May 2015 Helston Flora Day Fri 07:00 The Morning Dance, Guildhall. 08:30 The Hal-an-Tow, St John's Bridge. 09:50 The Children's Dance, Wendron Street. 12:00 The Midday Dance, Guildhall. 17:00 The Evening Dance, Guildhall. Video

08-10 May 2015 [TBC] Holmfirth Festival of Folk Excellent community based festival which draws in a large audience. The events take place in the local pubs and on the streets. The vast majority of the events are free, although audiences are encouraged to contribute to the collection buckets. Because of the nature of the venues, donít expect big names, but be assured that you will get quality. The concerts in the Old Bridge function room and the Ceilidh are paid events.

08-24 May 2015 Norfolk & Norwich Festival Two weeks of amazing events - circus, music and visual arts, both free and ticketed.

Pride 2015


16 May 2015 Exeter Pride Sat 11:30 Parade
23 May 2015
Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun Hurst Street. Pictures
06 Jun 2015 Oxford 12:00 Procession, Ship Street.
13-14 Jun 2015 Blackpool Pride Winter Gdns.11:00 Procession N Pier.
13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Cumbria.
20 Jun 2015 [TBC]
20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Gloucester12:00 Procession Shire Hall. Gloucester Park.
20 Jun 2015 [TBC] York. Town Centre Parade & Knavesmire.
20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Suffolk. Chistchurch Park, Ipswich.
27 Jun 2015
London 13:00 Oxford St to Trafalgar Sq. Pictures Video
27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Swansea Singleton Park.

27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Sheffield 13:00-19:00 Devonshire Green, City Centre.
05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Essex Pride. Central Park Chelmsford.
11 Jul 2015 [TBC]
11 Jul 2015 [TBC] Bristol. Parade & free music festival, Castle Park.
12 Jul 2015
Chelmsford Sun. Central Park.

18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Hull West Park.
18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Glasgow
18 Jul 2015 [TBC]
Plymouth 13:30-19:00 Devonport Park
17-18 Jul 2015 [TBC]
Newcastle Town Moor. Fri-Sun. Town centre stage.
25 Jul 2015 [TBC] Torbay
Party in the park.
25 Jul 2015 [TBC] Oldham. Parade 11:45 Town Square.
25 Jul 2015 [TBC] Nottingham
25 Jul 2015 [TBC]
Norwich 19:30 Chapelfield Gardens
01 Aug 2015
Brighton 11:00 Parade. 10:00-22:00 Party Preston Park.
01 Aug 2015 [TBC]
Belfast The Square.
01 Aug 2015 [TBC]
01 Aug 2015 [TBC] Stoke
02 Aug 2015 [TBC] Leeds
08 Aug 2015 [TBC] Black London
08 Aug 2015 [TBC] Plymouth
08 Aug 2015 [TBC] Swindon Town Gardens, Quarry Road.
09 Aug 2015 [TBC] Wakefield. 12:00 Warren Gate.
15 Aug 2015 [TBC]
Doncaster Sat. Civic Square, Waterdale.
15 Aug 2015 [TBC]
Pride Cymru Coopers Field, Cardiff.
21 Aug 2015 [TBC]
22 Aug 2015 [TBC] Truro Parade 11:00 Lemon Quay.
22 Aug 2015 [TBC] Walsall. Gallery Square.
29 Aug 2015 [TBC]
Reading Kings Meadow. Parade 11:30 Civic Centre.
30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Barnsley
19 Sep 2015 [TBC] Warrington.
26 Sep 2015 [TBC] Preston. Flag Market
27 Sep 2015 [TBC] Sunderland. 12:00 Procession Civic Centre to Park Lane.

09 May 2015 Broadwood Day of Dance, Horsham Town Centre. Celebrating all things English. Morris dancing, music, medieval market and crafts. http://www.broadwoodmorris.info/

09 May 2015 [TBC] Exeter Pride Sat 11:30 Parade, St Sidwells Centre. Stalls, women's space offering workshops and information, men's networking space, youth space, speed dating, chillout cafe at Exeter Phoenix cafe/bar, live music and DJs.

09 May 2015 [TBC] East Allington Whacky Races Sat 11:00 East Allington, South Devon. Annual go kart / soap box racing event with downhill races through the village. There will also be skateboard races, a tug-of-war competition and lots of other activities. The event raises funds for the village school, community groups and charities, as well as being a really great fun day out. East Allingtonís Got Talent in the Village Hall from 19:00.

09-10 May 2015 [TBC] ThunderSprint Sat-Sun. Darley Moor Motor Sport Centre, Derbyshire, DE6 2ET. Some of the best classic riders in the world, and their unique motorcycles, in action on the track. Aerobatic display by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire subject to confirmation, childrenís funfair and inflatables, fine food area. 100 trade stands selling everything from motorcycling gear and bike accessories to childrenís toys. About £5.

09-10 May 2015 [TBC] UK Coach Rally Alton Towers Resort. Saturday morning competitors will complete an 50-mile road rally route, in the afternoon go through the driving tests and in the evening relax at our Gala Dinner Dance. Sunday morning bright and early a proud line up of coach entries will be judged, also the driving test will take place for the finalists followed by the presentation of awards in the afternoon. Over the weekend alongside the Rally Event is an extensive Trade Exhibition area.

Events in Poole

Every Tue Apr-Sep 2015 Dream Machines 18:00 Poole Quay. 2000 Motorcycles.
09-10 May 2015 Poole Harbour Boat Show. Free event with tall ships and family events.
10 May 2015
Rainbow Run, Baiter Park 3k fun run - participants are covered in powdered paint.
16 May 2015
Mini Steam on the Quay Mini traction engines - a great day out.
17 May 2015 Poole Youth Carnival Harbourside Park. Floats and marching bands.
06 Jun 2015
Poole Town Race Orienteering - suitable all ages, walk, run or jog at your own pace.
07 Jun 2015
Festival of Running Poole Park. 5k, 10k and childrenís minithons. Poole Runners 
20 Jun 2015
Paye Day, Poole Quay Pirates, regatta, live music, procession and rowing races.
27-28 Jun 2015
Folk on the Quay. Free family folk festival and fun activities throughout the day.
Every Fri Jul-Aug 2015
Quay For My Car 18:00 Poole Quay. A different Marque every week.
05 Jul 2015 Rotary Club Walk Quayside and Town Centre.
05-06 Jul 2015 Sandbanks Beach Volleyball Festival.
10-11 Jul 2015 British Beach Polo Championships Sandbanks Beach. Top players. Free viewing. 
11-12 Jul 2015 Grooves on the Green, Ashley Cross, Poole.
19 Jul 2015 Poole Vintage Day. 11:00-19:30 Poole Quay. Vintage music, clothes and curiosities.
Every Thu Jul-Aug 2015 Summer Breeze on the Quay 19:00 Music, entertainment & fireworks.
22 Jul - 07 Aug 2015
Brownsea Island Open Air Theatre The Tempest. Mon, Wed, Fri.
01-02 Aug 2015
Poole Town & County Show Upton Country Park. Animals, crafts, food etc.
02 Aug 2015
Poole Carnival Ashley Road.
02 Aug 2015
Poole Cycle Speedway Harbourside Park
29 - 30 Aug 2015 Party in the Park, Ashley Cross, Poole
05-0 6 Sep 2015
Poole Thai Festival  Harbourside Park. Thai cuisine, music and dance.
05 Nov 2015 Poole Quay Fireworks
From 17:00. Free.

10 May 2015 Bracknell Half Marathon Sun 09:00 South Hill Park Arts Centre. Video More

10 May 2015 Basingstoke Festival of Transport Sun 11:00-16:00 War Memorial Park, Basingstoke. Over 900 vehicles on static display, including classic, vintage and commercial vehicles, fire engines, military trucks, and a variety of specialist car clubs, trade stalls and catering outlets. Whether you're a keen motor buff or you just want an interesting and enjoyable Sunday, Basingstoke Festival of Transport is a great day out for all the family. The event has accessible car parking and toilets. Parking £2. Enquiries 01256 844844. Free event.

10 May 2015 [TBC] MG Regency Run, Brighton Sunday. Brooklands Motor Museum, Weybridge to Madeira Drive, Brighton. All sorts of MGs along Madeira Drive - from the 1920s to the present day, from the very classy to the nifty and sporty.

10 May 2015 [TBC] London May Fayre & Puppet Festival Sun 10:30-17:30 Covent Garden. Annual celebration of the art of puppetry with Punch and Judy Professors from all over the country commemorating the first sighting of Mr Punch in England by Samuel Pepys in 1662. St Paul's Church Gardens, Bedford Street WC2. Admission Free.

10 May to 12 Sep 2015 [TBC] Dragon Boat Racing Gable Events charity Dragon Boat Races: info@gable-events.co.uk Sat 13 Sep 2014 Dragon Boat Race, Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield S26 5PQ The British Dragon Boat Racing Association run a national league calendar together with national championships held annually.

15 May 2015 [TBC] Party in the City, Bath Fri 17:00-23:55 Exciting programme of free events. The Bath International Music Festival explodes into life with Party in the City - free live music from hundreds of acts at dozens of venues across the city.

15-17 May 2015 [TBC] Ipswich Waterfront Market Sun 10:00-16:00. Over 40 craft, vintage and gift stalls along the waterfront. A family day out with free entrance. Organised by Ipswich Waterfront Action with support from Ipswich Borough Council.

15-25 May 2015 [TBC] Bath International Music Festival Multiple free events.

16 May 2015 Brighton Festival - Periplum

Sat 21:45 Preston Barracks, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4GL

Periplum are an arts and visual performance company based in Brighton who stage extraordinary theatrical experience in arts centres, parks or on the street. They commission composers and designers and stretch the the limits of expression, placing equal importance on all elements of performance.

Free event.


16-17 May 2015 Rickmansworth Festival Sat 10:30-22:30, Sun 10:30-17:30 Batchworth Lock. Held on the third weekend in May. Canal boats, boat tug of war, boat trips, guest speakers, environmental fair, live music and an animal farm for the children. Rickmansworth Waterways Trust Inland Waterways Events

16-17 May 2015 St Ives Food & Drink Festival Culminates in a food and drink producersí market and cooking demonstrations on West Pier. Taste, try, meet, buy, and enjoy the finest flavours and tastes of Cornwall. See some of the best chefs in the county giving cooking demonstrations. What's On

16 May - 07 Jun 2015 Chelsea Fringe The alternative garden festival. Hundreds of events around the capital.

17 May 2015 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.

17 May 2015 [TBC] Duck Race and Family Fun Day Sun 11:00-16:00 Bramhall Park, Hall Road, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 3NX. The event now includes a bake-off, and raises money for worthy causes. Organised by Bramhall and Woodford Rotary Club.

17 May 2015 Dunstable Downs Radio Club Boot Sale Sun 09:00 Stockwood Park, Luton - M1 J10. Annual specialist sale of ham radio, computing and test equipment etc. Food and toilets available. Free entrance. DDRC Boot Sale

Heroes Run

17 May 2015 Heroes Run, Brighton

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

Heroes Run



Love Food Festivals - Bristol Area

Sun 29 Mar 2015 Paintworks 10:30-16:00 Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH. Lots of local produce and children's craft area. Free event.

Sun 17 May 2015 [TBC] Dyrham Park
Sun 21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Kings Weston House
Sun 19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Dyrham Park
Sat 22 - Mon 24 Aug 2015 [TBC] Westonbirt, Tree Fest
Sun 27 Sep 2015 [TBC] Dyrham Park
Sun 25 Oct 2015 [TBC] Paintworks
Sun 06 Dec 2015 [TBC] Christmas at The Spiegeltent


18-20 May 2015 Pint of Science Festival Mon-Wed. The festival brings top class scientists to pubs across London and the UK to tell the public about their exciting research in an informal setting. Themes in previous years have included: Matters of the Mind, Our Body, Chemistry & Physics plus Planet Earth. Tickets about £2.

21-31 May 2015 Hay Festival Hay gathers people together to think about the world as it is and to imagine how it might be. It's a big conversation about discovery and intellectual adventure. We share stories and ideas with great international writers and thinkers, film-makers, historians and novelists, philosophers, environmentalists, poets and scientists. And at night we like to party with the greatest comedians and musicians

21-31 May 2015 How The Light Gets In, Philosophy Festival, Hay on Wye

The world's largest philosophy and music festival. A host of exhilarating stages, thought-provoking debates and legendary parties.

Typically over 450 events and 35,000 attendees.


22-25 May 2015 Fishguard Folk Festival, Pembrokeshire Fri-Mon. Ticketed concerts, plus nearly 40 free events.

22-25 May 2015 Chippenham Folk Festival. Fri-Mon. Over 200 events in the town centre. Ceilidh and concert events in the riverside park. Multiple pub sessions, workshops, concerts and dances. Full program of children's events, craft marquee, catering facilities and an open air arena in the park. The High Street and historic Market Square are traffic-free, and feature buskers, street theatre and processions. There is a large street fair on Monday.

22-26 May 2015 [TBC] Margam Park Kite Festival Kite festival, Margam Country Park, just  off the M4 near Port Talbot, Wales. Amazing variety of kites and other attractions, in a relaxed environment, close to good beaches. Free entrance.

22-28 May 2015 Exmouth Festival Music, arts and crafts - mostly free. Various venues around town, and about 100 acts playing on the main stage in Manor Gardens.

22 May - 07 Jun 2015 Bath Fringe Festival. Multiple events and locations. Attendance 16,000.

23 May 2015 [TBC] Twickenham Regatta Raced over 1,250m from a stakeboat start, providing an ideal opportunity for crews, both lightweight and heavyweight, to get some high intensity speed work.  Located on London's most beautiful stretch of the Thames between Eel Pie Island and Richmond Bridge, every year Twickenham Regatta welcomes some 500 competitors in more than 130 races. Free enclosure for spectators and competitors at Buccleuch Gardens, overlooking the finish line at Richmond riverside - live music from 13:30, sandwiches and cakes, tea and coffee, Pimms bar, real ale bar, race commentary, picnic area, prize giving. Regatta enclosure: Buccleuch Gardens, Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 6UW. Boating area: River Lane, Richmond upon Thames TW10 7AG.

23 May - 07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Adur Festival Beach Green, Shoreham. Weeks of community entertainment, including the Beach Dreams Big Weekend. Free event. Adur Festival

World Naked Bike Ride

Every year, in cities around the world, people ride to celebrate cycling and the human body. The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and is a protest against car culture.


23 May 2015 Portsmouth Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Marine Court, Esplanade, Eastney.
30 May 2015 Canterbury Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Canturbury Castle.
31 May 2015 Hastings Sun 12:30 for 13:30 Lower end of Alexandra Park.
05 Jun 2015 [TBC] Southampton Fri 18:00 for 18:30 Southampton Common, East side, next to Highfield Road.
05 Jun 2015 [TBC] Manchester Fri 18:00 for 19:00 All Saints Park, Cavendish Street.
13 Jun 2015 London, Hyde Park 14:30 for 15:00 North Carriage Drive W1H 7EL. London Pictures
13 Jun 2015 London, Regents Park 14:30 for 15:00 Cumberland Green NW1 4HA
13 Jun 2015 London, Kings Cross 14:30 for 15:00 Granary Square N1C 4AA
13 Jun 2015 London, Clapham Junction 14:45 for 15:00 Grant Road SW11 2NU
13 Jun 2015 London, West Norwood 12:00 for 14:30 Knights Hill SE27 0JD
13 Jun 2015 London, Tower Hill 14:30 for 15:00 Tower Hill EC3N 4DJ
13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Cambridge Sat. City Centre - details to be confirmed.
13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Cardiff Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Park Place, near National Museum.
14 Jun 2015 Brighton & Hove Sun 12:00 The Level, Union Road, BN2 3FX. Brighton Pictures Video: Start Old Steine
19 Jun 2015 [TBC] York Fri 16:00 for 17:30 South of Millenium Bridge.
27 Jun 2015 Bristol Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Full Moon Pub, North Road, Stokes Croft.
27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Exeter Sat 11:00 for 13:00 Trews Weir, South of Exeter Quay.
04 Jul 2015 Folkestone Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Morehall Grounds, Cherry Garden Av.
18 Jul 2015 Clacton Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Toby Carvery, Marine Parade.

Current Ride Status


23-24 May 2015 Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun. Hurst Street area. 12:00 Sat - parade Victoria Square, New Street, Temple Street, Temple Row, Colmore Row and Bull Street, and into the Gay Village area. Birmingham Pride

24 May 2015 [TBC] Alton Carnival. Sun 15:00 Procession The Butts to Anstey Park. 18:30-22:00 Live music. 22:00 Fireworks.




24 May 2015 Luton Caribbean Carnival Sun 12:00-18:00 Wardown Park and Town Centre. Huge one day Caribbean carnival, with an attendance of 50,000. Procession 13:30 from Wardown Park. Static sound systems, food & entertainers. Organised by The UK Centre for Carnival Arts

23-24 May 2015 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.

23-29 May 2015 Gumball 3000 Rally Over one hundred rich and famous each pay tens of thousands of pounds to drive their super-cars 3000 miles, across continents, in seven days. The 2015 rally is from Stockholm to Las Vegas. London Video London pictures

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

24 May 2015 Welsh Open Stoneskimming Championships

13 Jun 2015 Man vs Horse Marathon


24 May 2015 Fleet Food Festival Sun 11:00-17:00 The Views, Fleet GU51 4AE. Celebrating and showcasing the best of our regionís food producers. Fresh and regional produce, chefs and master classes in our cookery theatre, real ale and fine wines, food and wine talks with the experts, live music, family fun and picnic area. Free event.

24 May 2015 [TBC] BUPA London 10,000 Road Race Sun 10:00 St James's Park. 10k Circular route through Westminster and The City.

24-31 May 2015 [TBC] Rainbow Film Festival, London Various venues. Films, both documentary and features, celebrating the diversity of Asian culture, all with English sub-titles.

County & Agricultural Shows 2015

25 May 2015 Surrey County Show - Stoke Park, Guildford
27-28 May 2015
Suffolk Show - Trinity Park, Ipswich
27-30 May 2015
Royal Bath & West Show - Shepton Mallet
18-21 Jun 2015
Royal Highland Show - Edinburgh
14-16 Jul 2015
Great Yorkshire Show - Great Yorkshire Showground
28-30 Jul 2015
New Forest Show - Brockenhurst
29 Jul 2015 Stranraer Show - Playing Fields, Stranraer
16 Aug 2015
Mid-Somerset Show - Shepton Mallet
05 Sep 2015
Alresford Agricultural Show - Tichborne Park
17 Sep 2015 [TBC]
Oxford & Thame Show - Thame
19-20 Sep 2015
Royal Berkshire Show - Newbury Showground
17-18 Oct 2015
Countryside Live.- Great Yorkshire Showground


25 May 2015 Public Holiday - Spring Bank Holiday

25 May 2015 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 DJís, Real Ales Beer Tent, Soham Fenlander Majorette Troupe, Stalls from Local Tradesmen, Charities, Childrenís Races, BBQ, Punch & Judy etc.

25 May 2015 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.

25 May 2015 Cheese Rolling, Brockworth, Gloucester

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

25 May 2015 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.

25 May 2015 Steyning Country Fair, Sussex Mon 11:00-15:30. Fun day organised and run for the people of Steyning and surrounding areas. Traditional crafts and farmers produce, music and dancing, dog show, livestock, rural crafts, stalls, clowns, jugglers and puppets.

27-30 May 2015 [TBC] The Royal Bath & West Show The country's biggest rural festival with something for everyone. 600+ trade stands.

29 May 2015 Cotswold Olimpicks

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

Cotswold Olimpicks   Procession Map Video: 1 2 3 4 5 6

29 May 2015 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

29-31 May 2015 [TBC] The Big Knock - British Diesel Bike Rally Main days: Fri-Sat. New Location: Bat & Ball Public House, Newpound, Nr Wisborough Green & Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 0EH. Small, but enthusiastic annual gathering of riders with their machines. The event features a group ride-out to a scenic location. www.dieselbike.net

29-31 May 2015 [TBC] Old Gaffers Boat Festival Fri-Sun Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. Yarmouth's picturesque harbour filled with life and colour with more than 100 visiting traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels, including the cream of the Old Gaffers fleet. Race in the Solent on Saturday morning. Street Entertainment, live music, spectacular classic and gaff-rigged boats in the harbour, exciting racing for gaff-rigged boats within sight of the shore, classic vehicles, craft fair, flower festival, lifeboat demonstration.

29-31 May 2015 [TBC] Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth Fri-Sun. Around Hope Square and the Old Harbour in Weymouth. Free and ticketed events. On Saturday there will probably be Morris dancing on the promenade and Brewers Quay and a parade on the promenade at 13:00. Various venues and pub sessions - check web site for details. A rover ticket for all events costs about £20.

30 May 2015 [TBC] Eastbourne Carnival Sat 16:00 Fishermen's Green to the Western Lawns.

30-31 May 2015 World Triathlon, London Sat-Sun Hyde Park. 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Free to view. Major event. Triathlon London

AquaX Jet Ski Events

30-31 May 2015 Scarborough
11-12 Jul 2015 Gosport
08-09 Aug 2015 Hull
30-31 Aug 2015 Cardiff
12-13 Sep 2015 Bournemouth


31 May 2015 [TBC] Great Midlands Fun Run Sun 11:00 Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. 8.5 mile charity fund raiser. Map

04-07 Jun 2015 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

04-10 Jun 2015 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. Attendance 40,000.

03 Jun - 25  Sep 2015 [TBC] More London Free Festival @ The Scoop The Scoop @ More London Riverside, London SE1 2DB. No tickets required, no need to book Ė just turn up and enjoy the show.

05-07 Jun 2015 Lets Rock Bristol Fri-Sun 11:00-22:30 Ashton Court Estate, Bristol. Adult day tickets about £47. Camping available.

05-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] MINT Polo In The Park Hurlingham Park, Fulham, London SW6 3PR. Eat, drink, shop, socialise, and enjoy a day of entertainment at the leading outdoor polo and lifestyle event in Central London.

05-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Broomhill Festival, Sheffield. Multiple events.

06 Jun 2015 Epsom Derby Sat. Epsom Downs Racecourse. Free entrance to the central area. 150,000 revelers, probable music stage with a party atmosphere, lots of market stalls, food, drink and picnics. In 2015 the first race starts at 14:00, and the Derby starts at 16:30. 2009 Party Video 2010 Party Video Epsom Downs Racecourse

06 Jun 2015 Strawberry Fair, Cambridge Sat 12:00-23:00 Midsummer Common. 11:00 Parade from Christ's Pieces, through the town to Midsummer Common. Three music stages, including live dance acts & DJs. Attendance: 35,000. Free entrance. Map Strawberry Fair

06 Jun 2015 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.

06 Jun 2015 [cancelled - back 2016?] Kemptown Carnival Brighton Sat 11:00 St Georges Road. Parade of Flowers & Samba Parade with over 200 performers. 5 live stages with over 25 bands, street performers, Capoeira displays, choirs, dance troupes, break dancing, a fashion event, art and book fairs, crafts, community market, a children's area, magicians, creative workshops Video Kemptown Carnival

06 Jun 2015 [TBC] CARE London to Brighton Cycle Challenge Saturday. Kingston, Hampton Court, Dorking, Leonardís Forest, Devilís Dyke, Brighton.

06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Maindee Festival, Nr Newport Sat 12:00-18:00. Parade 12:00 Corpa Road. Free community arts event and vibrant parade. Live music, traders, stalls and international food and drink.

06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Throckmorton Airshow Saturday, Throckmorton Airfield. The UK's premier Emergency and Armed Services fun day, attracting 15,000 visitors, in aid of Help for Heroes. Static and flying exhibits, emergency and armed service exhibits etc

06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Dorset Nettle Eating Contest The Bottle Inn, Marshwood. Live music and entertainment.

06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Oxford Pride Sat 12:00-18:00 Oxpens Field. Parade 12:00 from Ship Street.

06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Jewellery Charity Event and Family Fun Day, Herts 09:45-17:00 Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design, Fairclough Hall Farm SG4 7DP. Meet the jewellery designers, see goldsmiths at work, childrenís jewellery making workshops, charity raffle. In a nearby field in Fairclough Hall Farm is the annual Classic Car Rally and Picnic organised by the Letchworth Classic Car Club. A large number of vintage and classic cars are on show as well as a bar, jazz band and fun children's activities.

06 Jun 2015 [TBC] St Albans Summer Music A collection of six St Albans-based musical organisations, presenting concerts and dance events over one month in Summer.

06 Jun 2015 [TBC] Proms in the Park, Bognor Sat 19:30-21:30 Hotham Park. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine. Last night of the prom’s classics by the Bognor Regis Concert Band. Free entrance. Bognor Regis Town Council Marketing, Tourism & Events Dept. 01243 825535 Bognor Proms

06-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Weston Beach Kite Festival 11:00-17:00 Weston Super Mare beach. A major new kite festival. Invited guest flyers will join with local kite group Avon Kite Flyers in staging aerial displays on the beach throughout the weekend.  Spectators will be able to enjoy colourful kites of all shapes and sizes with giant 3D creatures, awesome power kites and synchronised team routines flown to music. Festival Office c/o ABC, 5 Lilymead Avenue, Bristol BS4 2BY
Tel: 0117 977 2002 kites@abc-pr.co.uk Free event.

06-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Landy Live - National 4*4 Show Stratford Upon Avon Racecourse. Land Rovers, Japanese and Jeep 4x4's, 6x6 and 8x8 civilian/military trucks, plus off-road competition vehicles of all makes. Entrance about £10.

06-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Barton Mills Scarecrow Festival Sat-Sun. Biennial event. Householders in the village make scarecrows to put on display. Event attracts thousands of visitors who also visit the Open Gardens. Live music at The Bull Inn. More info 01638 713155.

06-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Ritchey Bristol Bikefest Sat-Sun 09:00 upper area, Ashton Court. Fast figure of eight course with bridge and short climbs. 12 hour event on Saturday. Sunday is aimed at newer sport riders, and lasts 6 hours. Saturday night live music and bar. Broad selection of the latest bikes and kit available for testing. Camping available for competitors - booking essential. Food and drink in the event village. Spectators welcome.

06-07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Wandle Jubilee Weekend, London Sat-Sun. Activities for all ages along the river in Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton and Croydon. Events include arts and crafts, heritage and nature discovery activities, archaeology 'digs', historical displays and talks, river clean-ups and music. There are also guided cycle rides, fun runs and other sports activities and a variety of long and short guided walks in parks or along the river. Mostly free.

06-21 Jun 2015 Bucks Open Studios

The largest visual arts event in the county. Run by the Visual Images Group, an alliance of over 600 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.

07 Jun 2015 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.

07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade Sun 12:00. Up to 1000 parade through the streets. Giant puppets, bands and stilt-walkers.

07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Keighley Gala Sunday, Victoria Park.

07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Nuneaton Carnival Sun 13:00 Caldwell Road - 25 decorated floats, carnival queen, marching bands, majorette troupes, cheerleaders and over 100 walking entries. One of the largest voluntary organised town Carnival's in the country.

07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Classic Motor Cycle Meet & Run, Eastbourne 09:45-16:45 Western Lawns. 250 classic motorcycles, fun walk, funfair, dancing, live music, morris dancing, charity stalls and refreshments. Classic Motorcycle Run at 11:00 - 60 miles through scenic East Sussex.

07 Jun 2015 [TBC] London-Brighton Classic Car Run Sun 09:00 Brooklands Museum, Weybridge KT13 0QN

07 Jun 2015 [TBC] Peterborough Kite Festival Sun. Organized by the Great Ouse Kite Fliers club, and held at Ferry Meadows. The eleventh annual kite festival. Many displays from small kites to large inflatables - as an example last year included a 3m lizard, a 3m scuba diver, a pair of legs, a giant Manta ray and novel features like teddy bears being parachuted down and dropping sweets for children. Expect to see exciting club flying. Free to enter but there is a car parking charge.  Packed arena program with some excellent kite flying skills on display.  Ferry Meadows offers plenty of room for everyone to fly with a huge field for sports and power kites, a single line arena and a children's workshop and their own arena to fly in.

07 Jun - 06 Sep 2015 [TBC] Cambrige Summer In The City

12-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Fuse Medway Festival Fri-Sun. Street entertainment, music and pyrotechnics in and around Rochester, Kent. Saturday - Street Arts Day. Video: Video Unicyclists www.fusefestival.org.uk

Great Swim Series


12-14 Jun 2015 Great North Swim Fri-Sun Windermere, Lake District
20 Jun 2015
Great East Swim Sat, Alton Water, Suffolk.
04 Jul 2015 Great Manchester Swim Sat, Salford Quays.
29 Aug 2015
Great Scottish Swim Sat, Loch Lomond

[TBC] Great London Swim


12-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Wimborne Minster Folk Festival Traditional English and Celtic music and dance, Irish, Scottish and clog dancing displays, market stalls, clothing, jewelry and gifts.

12-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] International Mersey River Festival A three day celebration of all things maritime and music. Activities stretching from the area outside the Liverpool Echo Arena right up to the end of Princes Parade. Tall Ships, narrow boats, ships from the Royal Navy and inshore sailing vessels, many open to the public. Music on the Waterfront returns with a bang on Friday night, with a very special free concert which will launch the weekendís activities.

13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Peopleís Day, Brighton Sat 11:00-17:00 New Rd, Jubilee St, Jubilee Sq, Corn Exchange, Church St, Studio Theatre, City College (Pelham Street) and Brighthelm Centre. 15,000 visitors, 55 groups and 10 Zones - street festival, food stalls, country fayre, eco technology show, well being zone and stalls sponsored by Brighton Fashion Week.

13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Northampton Carnival 10:45 Delapre Park

13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival Sat 10:00-18:00 River Nene, Town Bridge. 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 and drink, beer tent, live music. Continuous activities on the bank include mini hovercraft, aeroball, paintball and crossbow shooting, the giant slide and dragon bouncer, fun inflatables, fairground rides, games and sidestalls, rodeo bull, donkey rides and childrenís quads. Media sponsor - Hereward FM. More from Gable Events

13 Jun 2015 [TBC] The Old Fair of Abinger Sat 14:00 Village green. Procession, maypole dancing, tug-o-war, Punch & Judy, music, archery, mediaeval stocks, crafts, cakes, produce, toys, books etc. 14:00 Procession - Knights and Maidens, 14:05 Crowning of the May Queen, 14:20 Maypole dancing, 14:50 Terrier racing, 15:20 Children's races, 15:50 Equestrian acrobatics, 16:40 Tug of War, 16:55 Raffle.

13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Dorset Dogs Festival Sat 11:00-16:00 Slades Open Space, Bournemouth BH10 4HF. Celebrate dogs, green spaces and the countryside. Annual fiesta is packed with fun for people and dogs alike, with agility, dog demos and taster sessions, a fun dog show and lots of stalls, pop-up cafť, ice-cream, family activities and face-painting and more. For more info, contact Su Powner at dorsetdogs@dorsetcc.gov.uk or call 0771 815 9350.

13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Hanwell Carnival, Ealing Sat 12:00-19:00 Elthorne Park. 11:00 Procession from Hanwell Community Centre. Music Stage with local bands, dog show, craft fair, fun fair, food stalls including English, Indian and Caribbean. The oldest continuous carnival in London - 15,000 visitors.

13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Trooping The Colour, London Sat 11:00 Horse Guards Parade & The Mall. Official birthday of HM The Queen. The five Household Regiments - Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards take their turn each year. After 12:00 RAF fly-past, watched by members of the Royal Family on the Palace balcony. Trooping The Colour

13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Lord Mayor's Family Show, Birmingham 12:00-18:00 Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square, City Centre. Free entry. Live music, street theatre, craft stalls, picnic area and children's rides, magic, face painting, donkey rides etc.

13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Man v Horse Marathon, Wales Sat 11:00 Llanwrtyd Wells. Start at the Town Square, finish at Victoria Wells, a mile away. Lots of vantage points for spectators. Madcap race where the fittest of the fit race against horses. The 22 mile hilly course, down tracks and over moorland, is crafted to make it just possible for man to win.

13 Jun 2015 [TBC] The Great Knaresborough Bed Race Saturday, Knaresborough Castle, North Yorkshire HG5 8AS. 90 teams in fancy dress, watched by thousands of spectators, compete over a grueling 2.4 mile course and swim through the icy waters of the River Nidd. 10:00 Preparation, 11:00 Fete and Entertainment, 11:30 Best Dressed Bed, 13:00 The Parade, 15:00 The Race, 16:30 Prizes.

13 Jun 2015 [TBC] Avon Dasset Soap Box Berby 15:00 Avon Dassett, Warwickshire.

13-14 Jun 2015 Stoke Bruerne Family Festival

Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire.

A celebration of canal heritage by the friends of the canal museum.

Rampaging vikings, historic and model boats, clog and morris dancing, displays of traditional canal crafts, music, theatre, a bustling market, children's activities and circus workshops.

Free entry, parking £3 per car.

13-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Marlow Town Regatta & Festival Sat-Sun Regatta, rowing and Dragon boats in the scenic riverside town of Marlow, with a garden party atmosphere.

13-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Blackpool Pride Winter Gdns. 11:00 Procession N Pier. Sat 10:30-12:00 Parade, 3 music stages, party near the pier, wrestling, fair, pub events.

13-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Derby Emergency Services Show Sat-Sun Markeaton Park, Derby. Staged by volunteers and operated on a not for profit basis. Over 50 vehicles on Saturday morning and live events throughout both days.

13-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Southampton Kite Festival 10:00-17:30 Lordshill Recreation Ground, Redbridge Lane. Free entry and parking.

Petersfield Area Food Festivals

13-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Petersfield. Sat-Sun. 120 stalls selling food and drink, cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs, live music and entertainment.

13-14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Bristol Festival Of Nature Sat-Sun Harbourside, BristolVoted Bristolís ĎTourism Event of the Yearí, the Festival of Nature unleashes the cityís wild side once again this summer, taking over the Harbourside. The UKís largest free celebration of the natural world, the Bristol Festival of Nature lets loose wildlife enthusiasts of all ages to explore, enjoy, and get close to nature in the heart of the city. Throughout the weekend, the festival site will be packed with exciting free activities from over 150 organizations. What's On

13-20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Furzedown Festival, London Local venues and Furzedown recreation ground. Evenings of music, local history walks, health related activities, films, special activities put on by local churches and events at the local community arts centre.

13-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Polperro Festival Annual community event run by volunteers for the benefit of this historic and beautiful Cornish village and itís surrounding environment. Live music of all genres daytime and evening, inside and out, street theatre and entertainment, parades, morris dancers, arts and crafts, drama, poetry, childrenís entertainment, coastal walks, treasure hunt, new music day & schools day. Marketing & PR, Robert Springett 07813 303445. Please come and support us. For more information pick up a souvenir programme during the week or see website.

13-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Bike Week. A national celebration of freedom, Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling as a source of fitness and fun. Up and down the UK, thousands of free cycling events will provide the opportunity for everyone from total novices to passionate cyclists to get on their bikes.

14 Jun 2015 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

Yellow Bus Events, Sheffield

14 Jun 2015 The Moorís TotFest Sun 11:00-16:00 The Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PA. Some of the best entertainment for younger children. a great family-friendly fun day with free activities, information and shows. Enjoy exciting dance acts, fun storytelling, face painting, giveaways, childrenís rides and much more! Have a go at Gold Panning! Free event.

04-05 Jul 2015 The Moor Beach Sat 10:00-17:15, Sun 12:00-16:00 The Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PA. Traditional sea-side scene with deck chairs, a peep through photo board, Moor rock, entertainment and childrenís rides. Listen out for the sounds of waves and on Sunday have a ride on a real Donkey! Free event.

12-13 Sep 2015 Street Life Festival Sat 11:30-17:15, Sun 12:00-15:15 The Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PA. Some of the UKís finest street entertainers from the Edinburgh Festival. Award winning acts include great family Ďcircle showsí in the Covent Garden tradition. Free event.

05 Nov 2015 After Dark, Yorkshire's biggest firework spectacular! Don Valley Grass Bowl, Sheffield, S9 3TL. 18,000 spectators, giant fun fair, a bonfire, food stalls, a live music stage with Heart and legendary fireworks display set to music. 17:30 Opening, 19:30 Bonfire, 21:00 Fireworks. Adults £10 Children £5.

22 Nov 2015 Christmas Party & Lights Sun 12:30-16:30 The Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PA. Real reindeer, live nativity, snow machines, traditional music, Father Christmas, giant walkabout snowman, funfair rides, giveaways, lights and giant Christmas tree. Free event.


Twickenham Alive

Sat-Sun 13-14 Jun 2015 Twickenham Alive Riverside Festival
Sun 19 Jul 2015 Strawberry Hill Music & Fun Day

14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Twickenham Carnival

Sun 13:00-17:00. Vibrant carnival parade, bursting with spectacular costumes, dancers and drummers, will set off from York House and wind its way along the riverside to the Carnival Village in the grounds of Orleans House Gallery. Join the crowds dancing to traditional steel pans and the carnival sound system playing everything from Samba to Soca. The Carnival village will showcase the best in traditional music and dance from around the world, along with a craft bazaar, performance workshops, arts activities and a vast array of global food and drink for sale. This annual event is free to attend. Attendance 3,000 and growing.

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14 Jun 2015 [TBC] London to Brighton Bike Ride Sunday. 27,000 take part in this annual 54 mile cycle ride for charity. Organised by the British Heart Foundation. Start about 07:00 from Clapham Common. Video BHF Events

14 Jun 2015 [TBC] London Rathayatra Sun 12:00 Procession from South Carriage Drive, Hyde Park. Rathayatra is a chariot festival that originated in India over 2,000 years ago. 14:30-17:00 Festival in Trafalgar Square. Talks, Bhajans, dramas, stalls, books & paraphenalia.
Free Vegetarian Prasadam Feast for all.

14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Newbury & District Amateur Radio Boot Sale Annual boot sale organised by the Newbury & District Amateur Radio Society. Demonstrations, displays, clubs, societies and special interest groups, plus over 100 traders selling amateur radio gear, test equipment, computers etc. Newbury Showground, M4, J13. From 09:00. About £2. Newbury ARS Rally & Boot Sale

14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Heritage Day Sun 10:30-16:30 Royal Military Academy, London Road, Camberley, Surrey. The beautiful academy grounds and some of its historic buildings will be open to the public. This is a very popular event with families and will include various military displays, refreshments, sports matches, picnic areas etc. Admission and car parking are free. Pets are not allowed. Events include polo, cricket, military music and Gurkha Kuhkri dancing. Further details: 01276 412088 ~ 01276 412179.

14 Jun 2015 [TBC] High Street Live, Crawley A relaxing day of great music and food. Over a dozen acts on two stages. Closed to traffic, the historic charm of the High Street takes on a continental feel with alfresco dining provided by some of the town's best restaurants and pubs. Live bands include: Fear no Fish, Run Young Lovers, Jive Aces, Artifacts and FranClassic. Part of Crawley Festival

14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Bognor Regis Carnival Sat 14:30 Parade Regis Centre Car Park - into Clarence Road, Esplanade, West Street, Aldwick Road, Park Road and then right onto Marine Drive West. It will finish at West Park, where the presentation of the Awards will take place. This will be followed by entertainment with Benson's Fun-Fair and fireworks. Bognor Regis Lions Club - 01243 864001. rturner@staffurth.co.uk

14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Weymouth Vintage Bus Running Day 10:00. Free.

14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Windsor Triathlon Sun 06:00 Alexandra Gardens. 1.5km Swim, 42km Bike, 10km Run. Multi-lap run course includes Windsor Castle, Eton Bridge and High Street. 2500 competitors and thousand of spectators.

14 Jun 2015 [TBC] Congleton Food and Drink Festival Sun 10:30-16:30 town centre. Festival food and farmers market, demos and competitions in the town hall, music and street entertainment, wine tasting, a wild food forage and Beartown Brewery tours.

15 Jun 2015 [TBC] Admiral of the Port's Challenge, London Thu 19:00 Palace of Westminster to Westminster Boating Base - 1.33 miles. Race of traditional Thames Waterman's Cutters, each 34 feet long with seats for up to six rowers and room for a cox and passengers.

16-20 Jun 2015 Royal Ascot Tue-Sat 14:30-18:00. Premier annual horse racing & society event. Ascot request both ladies and gentlemen dress in a smart manner in keeping with the occasion. Ladies Day Thursday. Military bands perform on the bandstand and in the Silver Ring on each day of the Royal Meeting. Access to the Heath area for free viewing may be restricted during Royal Ascot

18-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] The Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling One of the UKís biggest cycling events. 11 rides for cyclists of all levels. Choose from fun and family friendly leisure rides such as the Tyne Six Bridges to more challenging competitive and non-competitive rides such as the Beaumont Trophy and Leazes Criteriums, which attract some of the worldís best riders. Staged in some of Northumberlandís most beautiful countryside, the event promises to be an exciting sporting experience for spectators and participants of all ages.

18-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Taste of London Festival Thu-Sun Regents Park. The capitalís biggest food and drink event with an attendance of 50,000. Taste of the World festivals are held in 15 major cities around the world. Tel 020 7471 1092. More

18-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] The Royal Highland Show Thu-Sun. About £20 per day (accompanied under 16's free). Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston 0131 335 6200. Map

19-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Oceanfest, Devon Fri-Sun Croyde Bay. Beach ocean sports and music festival. Friday acoustic. Saturday 12:00-23:00 live bands. Sunday until 21:00. See link for tickets.

19-20 Jun 2015 [TBC] StowFest Fri-Sat Chilton Fields, Stowmarket. Free community music festival in Suffolk.

19-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Whitehaven Maritime Festival, Cumbria Fri-Sun. Bi-annual. Biggest maritime festival in the UK. Activities on the water, in the air and on the harbour side. Tall ships, air displays, street entertainment, music, drama and re-enactments. Amazing fireworks Friday & Saturday about 22:45. Attendance 250,000 over three days. Free and ticketed events. Website

19-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Portsmouth Festivities Ten-day annual arts festival presenting a diverse programme of events celebrating Portsmouthís history and heritage.

20 Jun 2015 Paye Day - Poole Pirates Sat 12:00-17:00 Poole Quay BH15 1HJ. 12:00 Parade of Pirates along Poole Quay. See the cannon, muskets and fencing display followed by belly dancers and batton twirlers or try your luck on the traditional Aunt Sally stall. Thereís plenty for children with rides, teddy bear stall, face painting and story telling with Pirate Pete. Sample the finest grog along the quaysideís traditional, pubs, bars and restaurants and listen to a salty sea shanty or two with live music from local bands. Organised by the Pirates of Poole and supported by Poole Tourism.

20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Portchester Gala Sat 11:30 Portchester Castle. Arena events, brass band, fun fair etc. Free entrance. 11:30 Procession from the Wicor Mill Pub and makes its way down White Hart Lane and Castle Street reaching Portchester Castle at 12:30. Alan Simpson, 29-31 West Street, Portchester, Hants PO16 9XB. 02392 201629.

20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Tottenham Carnival and Festival Sat 11:00 Parade from Eade Road to Bruce Castle Park. 12:00-19:00 Party in the Park with 3 music stages. Free entrance. www.tottenhamcarnival.co.uk

20 Jun 2015 [TBC] World Worm Charming Championships Sat 14:00 Willaston County Primary School, Willaston, Nantwich. Spectator entrance £1.

20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Sharrow Festival Sat 12:00-20:00 Mount Pleasant Park, Sheffield. Two music stages, global food, crafts, circus skills & street dance. Free.

20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Clapham Street Party Sat 14:00-22:00 Kazbar, Edgeley Road.

20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Hungerford Food and Craft Market - in the 10:00-16:00 Town Hall

20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Gastronicks Open Day 10:00-18:00 Collingbourne Ducis 

20 Jun 2015 [TBC]
Heart of the Forest Festival Sat 11:00 Measham, Leicestershire. Street entertainers, parade, marching bands, vintage vehicles, funfair, dog show, donkey rides, tug of war, biplane aerobatics, 100 stalls.

20 Jun 2015 [TBC] Tiptree Carnival, Essex Sat 13:30 Main event at Thurstable School - stalls, food, drink and local bands. 19:00 evening procession. Info: info@tiptreecarnival.org.uk 07800 893435

20-21 Jun 2015 West End Live, Trafalgar Square, London Sat 11:00-18:00 Sun 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. Showcase of West End theatre productions. Free entrance. What's On www.westendlive.co.uk

20-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] AfricaOye, Liverpool Sat-Sun 12:00-21:30 Sefton Park. The largest free African music festival in the UK.

20-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Midsummer Watch Parade, Chester Sat-Sun 14:00-15:30. Cavalcade of medieval characters including giants, beasts, animated tableaux and a kaleidoscope of costumed characters. Town Hall Square, St Werburgh Street, Eastgate Street, Watergate Street, Bridge Street, Northgate Street, Town Hall Square. Gallery Video

20-21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Manchester Mela. Sat-Sun. Platt Fields Park. Walk the Plank will perform 'In the Dhol drum', a spectacular of Bhangra, theatre and pyrotechnics more

20-28 Jun 2015 Didsbury Arts Festival More than 170 arts events, exhibitions, performance and street theatre across 50 venues. Sat 12:00 Music and street theatre. Most events free.

20 Jun - 05 Sep 2015 [TBC] Cardiff Festival Events throughout the summer, including colourful parades, exciting live music and theatre, popular family entertainment and world class sporting events. Many of the events are free. Cardiff Festival

21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Summer Solstice, Stonehenge Watch the new dawn arrive. English Heritage provide managed, Free access and a free, lit, marshaled car park, located close to Airmanís Cross A344/A360 junction. You will be given a site map. Please note your row number to locate your vehicle later. Monument and car park open from 19:00. 1km grass walk to Stonehenge - a small torch may be useful. Sunrise about 05:00. Food and toilets available. Bag search at entrance, with a modest alcohol limit. Attendance 20,000 to 35,000. Video 2010 Video 2013 Solstice 2013

21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Boishakhi Mela, London Sun 12:00-19:30 Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. One of Londonís premier street celebrations, with an attendance 100,000. Bangladeshi festival with food, live music, sports activities and traditional arts and crafts workshops. Boishakhi Mela Free event.

21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Classic & Veteran Car Rally, Kent Sun 10:30 The South of England Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch, Ashford. Auto jumble, Crafts, Stalls etc. About £6. Tel 01233 861 493.

21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Oldham Carnival & Roots Festival Big parade. Alexandra Park will come alive with over sixty acts, on three separate stages, on Carnival weekend. Viking show with battles, ironmongery, woodcraft, stunt comedy escapology act. Parade Programme

21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Wellesbourne & Shakespeare Raft Race Sun 09:00. Annual event raises over £10,000 pounds for charity. 7.5 mile course down the river Avon from Wellesbourne to Stratford upon Avon recreation ground.

21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Thai Festival, Epsom Sun 10:00-18:30 Hook Road Arena KT19 8QH. Music & dance, Thai Boxing, Thai carving. About £3.

21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Derbyshire County Show Shardlow showground. Parade ring. Horses, dogs, vintage vehicles, horticultural and floral tent. 01332 793068

21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Olney Duck and Raft Races Sunday, Emberton Park. 13:00 Duck Race, 14:00 Raft Race, from the weir. At the finishing line by the town steps there are amusements, refreshments and live music. Tel 07743 983686.

21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Meditation in the Park Sunday 12:00-17:00 Russia Dock Woodland Ecological Park, London SE16 (old South London docks). Free community event with an attendance of 2500 - one of Londonís best kept secrets. Relax in an urban woodland sanctuary, win prizes for the best healthy picnics and try out various hands-on workshops. Instruction in yoga and meditation, cheese, yoghurt and pasta making, guided nature walks, fruit smoothies and Make Your Own Muesli stands. Similar to a village fete, with plenty to do. The only requirement is to bring a homemade picnic in order to win one of the many prizes. Organised by local professionals who volunteer their time and skills to give something back to their community.

21 Jun 2015 [TBC] Emerge Festival 11:00-16:30 Shipley Country Park. Bi-annual world music and dance festival. Local young bands, street dancing, craft stalls etc. 01773 719961.

21-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Purley Festival A free festival of events, workshops and music. Finale on the Rotary Fields†(Brighton Road, opposite Christchurch CR8 2BN)†on Sat-Sun with a music stage, beer tent, food, activities, stalls and more for all ages. A community, not-for profit event.

24-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Glastonbury Festival

24 Jun - 05 Jul 2015 [TBC] World City Music Village Multiple free events. Free admission. Cultural Co-operation (CC) is an independent London-based arts & education charity set up in 1987. It promotes intercultural contact and understanding through arts and education activities throughout the year. It is a National Portfolio Organisation funded by Arts Council England. Video World City Music Village Festival, London

24-28 Jun 2015 Crystal Palace Overground Festival Sat 11:00 till late18:00 Westow Park & Crystal Palace Triangle, London SE19 3AN. Something for everyone, including a table tennis competition, markets, spoken word, art trails, light shows, DJs, BBQs, barn dances, cider festival, comedy, sports, music, film, vintage and plenty more. Free event.

25-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Leigh Folk Festival Thu-Sun. One of the largest free folk roots music and dance events in the UK. 100's of performers and thousands of spectators at various locations. Fri evening pub sessions, Sat pm family events in Leigh Library Gardens and Broadway, Sat evening barn dance and music in the Old Town. On Sunday, the Festival completely takes over the Old Town with dancing and stage events happening all along the High Street, on the wharfs and on every piece of open space. In the evening there is the family barn dance and music sessions in local pubs. Sunday 13:00 - procession of Dance Sides from Belton Flyover to Victoria Wharf. Leigh Folk Festival

26 Jun - 04 Jul 2015 Greenwich Festival A week of amazing street theatre. All events Greenwich Festival

26-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Dent Music And Beer Festival A weekend of music and family fun set in a beautiful location on the the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, 16 miles east of Kendal. 25 mainly Acoustic Acts covering Folk, Blues, Country, Bluegrass and Jazz on 2 stages. Free admission.

26 Jun - 04 Jul 2015 [TBC] Swindon Old Town Festival Jazz concert, ghost walk, hog roast, dog show, beer tent, stalls. The final Saturday is family fun day, with a procession at 11:00.

27 Jun 2015 Pride London Sat 13:00 Huge parade from Baker Street to Whitehall, with 150 groups of walkers, dancers and large floats. Live music in Trafalgar Square till 20:00. Free event. Pride In London. Video: 2013 Parade 2013 Trafalgar Square

27 Jun 2015 Round The Island Race, Cowes Saturday, Cowes. Round the Island Race is the largest annual yacht race of its kind in the world. 1830 boats 16,000 keen sailors. Olympic medallists and round-the-world skippers mix with first timers and family cruisers to complete the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Fri-Sat Regatta Village in Cowes Yacht Haven off High Street - free entry. Plenty of activities and evening live entertainment. Map & times. Round the Island Race

27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Burwell Carnival. Sat 12:00-22:45 Burwell, Cambridge CB25 0AP. 12:00 Parade from Margarete Field to Village College. 13:30 Fly Past by Spitfire from RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight 13:30-18:00 Afternoon entertainment on BVC Field & Stage. Fun, food & fair with dodgems, inflatables, mini diggers, archery. Licensed Bar, BBQ & Teas + range of alternative food vendors. Stalls, activities and Grand Raffle Prize Draw. 17:45 till late Evening bands.


27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Isle Of Wight Mardi Gras Sat 15:00 Ryde School, Queens Road, High Street, Union Street and Esplanade, Ryde. Held on last Saturday in June. Flagship event and showcases the very best of children and young peopleís carnival experience through learning, creating and performance.

27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Golowan Festival Penzance. World music, dance, food and market.

27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Kelvedon Community Festival, Essex Sat 12:00-19:30. Two live music stages. Free event.

27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Aldershot Military Show Family Day Sat 10:00-18:00 Family Day, Queens Parade, Queens Avenue, Aldershot. Featuring all the popular attractions of the former Army Show such as military vehicles, a funfair, stands from all the services and food outlets. A rugby sevens tournament will also be held, and there will be displays by the RLC Silver Stars parachute display team and the Sealed Knot Society. The Grenadier Guards will be putting on two ceremonial displays. In addition to all that, 17 different Army sports will be demonstrated at various venues. The public will be able to try out the sports as well as watching the Army Sports Board demos. Free event. Aldershot Military Show Family Day

27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Armed Forces Day Multiple events & locations.

27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Bermondsey Carnival Southwark Park, London SE16. Live bands, food, fun fair. Attendance 30,000. Bermondsey Carnival - Bermondsey Beat Sat 12:00-18:00. Free event.

27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Bournville Village Festival 14:00-22:30 Cadburys Recreation Ground, Linden Road, Bournville B30 1UE. Family day out, with maypole dancing and a full day's arena events. Fireworks at 22:00. Entrance about £2.50.

Ealing Summer Festivals

27 Jun 2015 [TBC] Greenford Carnival
01-04 Jul 2015 [TBC] Beer Festival
04 Jul 2015 [TBC] Acton Carnival
10-11 & 15-17 Jul 2015 [TBC] Ealing Comedy Festival
18-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Blues Festival
22-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Ealing Jazz Festival
30 Aug 2015 [TBC] London Mela, Gunnersbury Park. Free

Ealing Summer Festivals


27-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Lark in the Park 11:00-16:00 Seaside Recreation Ground, Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN22 7NR.

27-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Chesterfield Canal Festival Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Staveley Town Basin S43 3XZ. Canal boats, vintage bus & steam train tours, entertainment marquee, childrenís rides, canoeing, birds of prey, stalls and food & drink including a real ale bar. About £3. Saturday night concert. festival@chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk 01246 477569.

27-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Morris Minor National Rally Sat-Sun Kelmarsh Hall, Northampton.

27-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Fire Engine Rally Sat-Sun 11:00 Preston Hall Museum and Park, Eaglescliffe TS18 3RH. Preserved & new fire engines and vintage vehicles, craft & trade stalls & fun activities for the children. Modest admission charge gives access to the museum and historic street.

27-28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Newbury Food Festival 10:00-16:00

28 Jun 2015 Capital to Coast, London to Hove Charity Bike Ride. Sun 07:30-08:30 start from Kempton Park. 2000 riders expected. 

28 Jun 2015 [TBC] South End Green Festival 10:30-17:00 South End Green, London NW3 2PT. Music, food, drink, crafts, childrenís fair, dog competition etc. Every year around 4,000 people celebrate summer in one of London's friendliest and most beautiful neighbourhoods. Organised by local traders and residents, with profits going to local good causes.

28 Jun 2015 [TBC] Preston Caribbean Carnival 12:00-20:00. The parade begins at Moor Park and parades through the city centre, following a procession route through to Avenham Park where the music continues in to the evening.

28 Jun 2015 [TBC] London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Sun 10:00 London Regatta Centre, Royal Albert Docks (opposite City Airport). 40 teams. Shore entertainment & food. Organised by the London Chinatown Lions Club.

28 Jun - 04 Jul 2015 [TBC] Mevagissey Feast Week Sun-Sat 6 days. Mevagissey, Cornwall. Live music, dancing, processions, raft races and more. Provisional details, subject to change: Sunday 15:00 big fish procession, 16:30 air-sea rescue. Friday 20.00 live music on the quay. Saturday 19:30 carnival, 22.45 fireworks. Festival Office, 53 Lavorrick Orchards, Mevagissey, PL26 6TL. Tel: 01726 74014.

01-05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Henley Royal Regatta About 100 races over five days, on a 1 mile 550 yard course, which takes approximately seven minutes to cover.

02-05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Norwich Mayors Celebration Fri: world market, uphill cycle Races. Sat: World market, 5k Road Race, Carnival Procession, street acts in the county, fireworks, tree illuminations. Sun: river swim, world market, summer fayre, stalls, cafťs, music, performance art, duck race. Norwich Mayors Celebration

03 Jul 2015 [TBC] Waterloo Carnival, London Fri 12:00-21:00. Procession of 300 people at 13:30. Live music stage, outside Cubana, Lower Marsh. Carnival de Cuba @ Waterloo carnival - www.carnival-de-cuba.com

03-05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Winchester Hat Fair Fri-Sun. A weekend of absurd and enchanting street theatre. Saturday evening procession. Sunday 12:00-18:00 Picnic in the Park at Oram's Arbour, with performances, food market, crafts and children's workshops. Video Winchester Hat Fair

03-05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Godiva Festival & Carnival, Coventry UK's Biggest and Best Free Family Festival. War Memorial Park. Attendance 85,000. Friday night retro stars, Saturday a rockier edge, Sunday more relaxed. Top class live music, family entertainment, carnival procession, demonstrations, community groups and Funfair. Free event. www.godivafestival.com


03 Jul - 28 Aug 2015 Quay For My Car, Poole

18:00-21:00 Friday evenings on Poole Quay. Themed car events with free entry onto the quayside for specific car owners to park up and show off their vehicles.

03 Jul 2015 Open tops and convertibles
10 Jul 2015 Minis
17 Jul 2015 Porsches
24 Jul 2015 Italian Stallions
31 Jul 2015 Air cooled VWís
07 Aug 2015 Best of British pre Augustí83
14 Aug 2015 TVRís
21 Aug 2015 Lotus 7ís and Caterhams
28 Aug 2015 American Dreams





04 Jul 2015 [TBC] St Paul's Caribbean Carnival, Bristol Sat 13:00 Portland Square area. Mas bands, about 15 static sound systems, carnival food and drink. If you like carnivals, you will love St Pauls. 0117 944 4176. St Pauls Caribbean Carnival


Thames Barge Driving Events

04 Jul 2015 Thames Historic Barge Rowing Event Unique London fun rowing event. Set up in 1975 by a charity called The Transport On Water Association (TOW) with the backing of Members of Parliament and Members of the House of Lords. About 12 teams of between 4 and 8 members who drive (steer and row) 30 ton barges over a seven mile course for about 90 minutes from Greenwich to Westminster Bridge.

04 Jul 2015 [TBC] Guildford Raft Race Sat 15:00 Guildford Millmead to Stoughton Waterside Centre. Rafters raise funds for charities. Preparation begins at 13:00 and the race starts at 15:00. Spectators attend for free. Call Guildford Lions on 01483 546046 for more details. Video

04 Jul 2015 [TBC] Wellingborough Carnival Sat 13:00 Parade, Broad Green to Croyland Park. Sun 12:00 live music by local bands in Croyland Park. Free. 07979 506120.

04-05 Jul 2015 Heddington & Stockley Steam Rally One of the biggest steam rallies in the area, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the country, who enjoy our friendly and relaxed rally. Vintage traction engines in full steam, miniature steam, stationary engines, tractors, classic cars, motor cycles and bygones. Large display of military and commercial vehicles. Large trade area.

04-05 Jul 2015 [TBC] 999 Weekend, Eastbourne Sat-Sun Western Lawns. The largest public display of the emergency services in the UK. Promotes the 999 services to the community. Arena events, including Police Dog demonstration, extinguishing kitchen fires and mock road crash scenes demonstrating the emergency response. There are sea-borne displays from the RNLI and Coastguard and it is anticipated helicopters from the Police, Coastguard search & rescue, and a fixed wing Coast Guard search plane will fly by. Attendance 30,000.

04-05 Jul 2015 Paddle Round The Pier, Brighton Sat-Sun. Mad cap charity water event attracts 30,000 people. Races throughout the weekend. Typical line-up: Saturday 09:00 Sea Swim Competition, 10:00 Kayak Demo, 11:15 Bike Show, 12:00 Urban Athletics Parkour, 12:30 White Crane Martial Arts, 13:00 British Surf Ski Race, 14:00 Coastguard Helicopter & Lifeboat Demo, 18:00 Wakeboard Demo. Sunday 10:00 Inshore Rescue Boats, 11:00 Surf Life Saving, 11:15 Bike Show, 12:00 Urban Athletics Parkour, 12:30 White Crane Martial Arts, 13:00 Paddle Something Unusual, 14:00 Paddle Round The Pier. Video Paddle Round The Pier

04-05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Stratford Upon Avon River Festival One of the regionís leading free festivals with 50,000 revelers.

04-20 Jul 2015 [TBC] Wenlock Olympian Games A multitude of sporting events.

05 Jul 2015 Berkshire Motor Show Sun 10:15-18:30 Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading, Berkshire. RG30 2ND. Military vehicles, classic cars and bikes, arena displays, crafts and more. About £8.

05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford Sun 14:15 Procession from the East Oxford Community Centre. Free Carnival vibes and family fun in Cowley Road and the surrounding streets until 19:00.  The cityís biggest and most inclusive summer party - a celebration of the diverse communities of East Oxford. Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford

05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Banbury Town Mayors Sunday & Hobby Horse Day 13:00-16:00. Hobby horse procession to Peoples Park, Morris dancing and general horsing about.

05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Hinckley Soap Box Derby Sun 11:00-15:00 Castle Street, Hinckley. Annual fun day for teams, supporters and spectators. Themed soap boxes are encouraged, and viewing is free for spectators. Prospective teams contact: steve@hinckleybid.co.uk 01455 698494

05 Jul 2015 [TBC] Portishead Raft Race Sunday. 30 Rafts. 12:00 Music Starts, 12:30 Edible Boat Regatta, 13:00 First Raft Race, 15:30 Raft Race Final, 16:00 Music headline act.

05-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Nudefest, Cornwall A weekend of events and activities run by British Naturism that takes place a short distance from Newquay at 25-acre, 400-pitch Newperran Holiday Park. Exclusive use of the park, and nudity will be permitted throughout the event, from midday, Thursday to midday, Sunday. Heated pool, sunbathing terraces, pub, shop & cafe. Two live music sessions, disco, pub quiz, sacred dance, body-painting, yoga, life coaching, sports and exhibitors from the naturist world.

07-09 Jul 2015 [TBC] Great Yorkshire Show Great Yorkshire Showground. Attendance 125,000. At the Show

08-15 Jul 2015 [TBC] Mouth Of The Tyne Festival Thu-Sun. Live music and art, with a maritime flavour - north and south of the river.

10 Jul 2015 [TBC] Camden Lock Live Fri 10:00-22:00 Camden Lock, Regents Canal, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AF. Fantastic line up of performances and live entertainment. Our very own, free, one day boutique festival is here to guarantee an amazing day out. Live music, street performers, dance workshops, delicious cocktails, yummy food, artisan shopping and much much moreÖ everything brought to the heart of Camden to offer a full spectacle of festivities for everyone! Free event.

10-11 Jul 2015 [TBC] British Beach Polo Championships Fri-Sat Sandbanks, Dorset. General admission about £25. Evening beach party at additional cost.

10-11 Jul 2015 [TBC] Huddersfield Carnival Fri: 21:00 Warm up at Huddersfield Carnival Arts Centre. Sat: 00:00-03:00 D'Jouvert Night Procession - music, revelry, paint, mud and oil. Sat 13:00 Carnival Procession, Hudawi Cultural Centre, to town centre. 13:00-21:00 Local artists & Caribbean food - St Georgeís Square, St Peterís Gardens & Market Place. Carnival After Party at The Lime, Huddersfield Carnival Centre, Westgate. In 2012 the main event after the procession, attracting 25,000, was relocated from Greenhead Park to the town centre.

10-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Willow Festival, Peterborough Fri 16:00-23:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-23:00 Peterborough Embankment. Quality R&B, funk, soul, ska and jazz on 6 stages. 50,000 attendance. Run by unpaid volunteers, and bands perform at their own cost. Free event. Video Willow Festival

10-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Bromsgrove Carnival, Worcester 12:00 Procession from the Artrix, School Drive 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.

10-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Brass: Durham International Festival Combining brass, folk, opera, dance and spectacular outdoor theatre in stunning venues and city streets.

11 Jul 2015 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.


11 Jul 2015 [TBC] Littlehampton Carnival Sat 10:00-16:00 Town centre, 18:00 Procession of colourful floats, bands and performers. Fun fair.

11 Jul 2015 [TBC] Lewisham Peoples Day Sat 12:00-20:00 Mountsfield Park. An eclectic mix of entertainment including music on 3 themed stages, dance and wonderful street theatre as well as childrenís activities, sports, fashion shows and crafts. Attendance 30,000. Free event. Lewisham Peoples Day

11 Jul 2015 [TBC] Uckfield Festival Big Day Out Sat 13:30 Amazing Procession with Giant Carnival Figures, High Street to Luxfield Field. 10:00-17:00 Big Day with street performers, arena events, dance and music. Bring a picnic. Free event. Video Uckfield Festival

11 Jul 2015 [TBC] Southampton Mela Sat 12:00-21:00 Hoglands Park, City Centre. Leading Indian Classical, Folk, World Music, Qawwali and Asian fusion. Live music and dance on the main stage, workshops and demonstrations in Music & Dance and Arts & Crafts. Family fun with a range of Arts & Crafts activities, a designated play area and a funfair. Stalls - varying from ethnic clothes and accessories, beauty and henna hand tattooing, arts & crafts. Attendance 20,000. Free entrance.

11 Jul 2015 Romsey Beggars Fair

Saturday. Music, dance and street entertainment, Romsey, Hampshire. Folk, jazz, blues and world music, colourful dance displays and childrenís entertainment. From big bands on the Cornmarket stage to acoustic music in gardens and pub sessions - the day has a great atmosphere.

Free event.

11 Jul 2015 [TBC] St Ives Carnival, Cambridgeshire Saturday 11:45 Parade, town centre to Hill Rise Park. Stalls, side shows, fair, refreshments, licenced bar and entertainment on and off the stage. Sunday 12:00-21:00 about 12 local bands and barbeque.

11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Shoreditch Festival, London 12:00 Hoxton Street. Free entrance.

11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Eastbourne Extreme Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Eastern seafront. One of the biggest FREE extreme sports festivals in the UK. Adventure filled weekend featuring a huge line up of air, land and water based outdoor pursuits. Eastbourne Extreme

11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Tewkesbury Medieval Festival Europes biggest free medieval event. Sat 11:00 Festival opens, 12:00 Archery on Windmill Hill, 15:00 Falconry display, 16:00 Battle re-enactment, 18:00 Events move into town. 19:00 Storming the Abbey, 19:30 Trial and be-heading of captured Lancastrians. Sun 11:00 Site opens, 11:30 Guided walk, 12:00 Archery competition, 13:30 Guided walk, 14:00 Falconry display, 15:00 Battle re-enactment, 17:00 Festival ends.

11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Brighton Kite Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Stanmer Park. One of the longest running kite festivals in the UK, and still free. Spectacular kite flying and displays from leading kite flyers from around the UK. More Kite Events

11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Bognor Birdman Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00. Competitors launch themselves from the pier and beach, attempting man-powered flight. Bognor Birdman

11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix & Town Show Sat 10:00-17:00 Classic Cars Show, recreation ground. Sun 11:00-17:00 Pedal Car Grand Prix, Station Road + Town Show, recreation ground. About 40 "formula one" pedal cars race for 2 hours around a 1 kilometer course. 10,000 spectators. New Milton is a vibrant and lively town located between the rolling hills of The New Forest and the Sea west of the Solent.

11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Basingstoke Live Sat 13:00-22:30, Sun 13:00-19:30 War Memorial Park, Basingstoke RG21 4AH. Free festival in the heart of Basingstoke, showcasing the best in local artists alongside national and international performers. Five stages packed with a mix of music and dance from a huge range of artists. Basingstoke Live

11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Worthing Birdman Sat-Sun. Competitors launch themselves from the pier and compete for the furthest flight in home made flying contraptions and winged fancy dress costumes, raising thousands of pounds for charity. Live music, market stalls, local radio etc. Saturday - Flying starts 11:30 - serious flyers. Sunday - Flying starts 12:00 - serious and fun competitors.

11-12 Jul 2015 [TBC] ClogFest Sat-Sun Skipton, North Yorks. Held on the second weekend in July to celebrate English Step Dance.

12 Jul 2015 [TBC] McMichael Radio Rally & Car Boot Sale Sun 09:30 Reading Rugby Football Club, Sonning Lane RG4 6ST. Annual Sale of amateur radio equipment, test equipment, computers etc. Large Car Boot area, licensed bar, barbecue, demonstrations and displays by special interest groups. Indoor area for Traders. McMichael Radio Rally

12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Oxted Pram Race Sun 15:00.

12 Jul 2015 [TBC] British 10K London Run Sun 09:35 Hyde Park Corner on Piccadilly. Olympic athletes and celebrities from stage and screen, as well as tens of thousands of fun runners who raise over a million pounds for charity Map

12 Jul 2015 [TBC] Stafford Festival The first two Sundays in July. Street theatre, live music, and party in the park. Sun 06 Jul 2014 Party In The Park Family fun with face painting, art workshops, entertaining shows, train rides and lots more at Victoria Park. Free event. Sun 13 Jul 2014 Live @ The Castle The best of local live music from 12:00-22:00 at Stafford Castle. Local bands and singers on the main stage & acoustic marquee. £3.

12 Jul - 20 Sep 2015 [TBC] Sky Ride Sky Ride is an annual series of car-free cycle events held across the UK throughout the summer. Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports, and currently about 110,000 take part in these rides. Sky Ride aims to get one million more people onto bikes. Video www.goskyride.com

15-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] War and Peace Show Wed-Sun 09:00-18:00 Folkestone Racecourse, Kent. The World's largest military vehicles and collectors fair. 3500+ military vehicles, arena events, 1940s fashion, 1000+ stalls. About £18.50. War and Peace Show

16-24 Jul 2015 [TBC] Wrexham Science Festival A diverse range of talks, demonstrations and exhibitions. A key feature will be a one day family event called Scientriffic, packed with interactive exhibitions and fun shows.

16 Jul - 27 Aug 2015 [TBC] Summer Breeze on the Quay, Poole Six weeks of live music, street entertainment and fabulous fireworks every Thursday evening from mid July until the end of August. 19:00 Live music, street entertainment and 22:00 fabulous fireworks.

17-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Upton Blues Festival Fri-Sun. Britainís biggest free blues festival with over 90 performances on 3 official stages and 9 pub stages. Excellent camping facilities. Free event.

17-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Bristol Harbour Festival Fri-Sun 12:00-17:00 Bristol Harbour. Attendance 200,000 - one of the most popular free festivals in the West Country. 7 performance stages, 3 fringe stages, historic ships, childrenís entertainment, continental market, a fantastic array of food and drink. Free event. Map

17-19 Jul 2015 Bug Jam

Fri-Sun Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, NN29 7XA.

VW festival with Drag Racing, Stunt Displays, Jet Car, Show & Shine, Traders, Autojumble, 5 Music Arenas and Funfair.

See link for tickets.

17-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Birmingham International Jazz Festival More jazz per square metre than New Orleans - multiple venues citywide.

17-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Milton Keynes International Festival Large-scale family events, promenade concerts, theatre, dance, music and visual arts installations in unusual locations such as parks, public squares, disused shops or warehouses. Attendance estimated at 80,000.

Isle of Wight Carnivals

18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Newport Main Carnival. Sat 19:30
25 Jul 2015 [TBC] Sandown Main Carnival. Sat 19:00
29 Jul 2015 [TBC] Cowes Main Carnival. Wed 19:00
05 Aug 2015 [TBC] Shanklin Main Carnival. Wed 19:00
08 Aug 2015 [TBC] Shanklin Illuminated Carnival. Sat 21:15
12 Aug 2015 [TBC] Ventnor Main Carnival & Fireworks. Wed 19:00
15 Aug 2015 [TBC] Ventnor Illuminated Carnival Sat 21:00
15 Aug 2015 [TBC] Ryde Main Carnival. Sat 18:30
16 Aug 2015 [TBC] Freshwater. Sun 14:00
19 Aug 2015 [TBC] Newport Illuminated. Wed 21:00
21 Aug 2015 [TBC] Pan Carnival. Fri 19:00
22 Aug 2015 [TBC] Cowes Illuminated Carnival Sat 21:00
24 Aug 2015 [TBC] St Helens Carnival Mon 18:30
26 Aug 2015 [TBC] Sandown Illuminated Carnival Wed 20:30
29 Aug 2015 [TBC] Ryde Illuminated Carnival Sat 20:30
07 Nov 2015 [TBC] Sandown November Carnival & Fireworks. Sat
28 Nov 2015 [TBC] Newport Winter Carnival. Sat

18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Urban Food Fest Sat 17:00-24:00 165-173 Shoreditch High Street, London E1. Street food, alcoholic & cold drinks, live music, entertainment, massage, artists, sculpture & furniture. Free entry.

18 Jul 2015 [TBC]
Derby Caribbean Carnival Sat 13:00 Parade Pear Street to city centre.

18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Dorset Charity Horse and Dog Show Saturday. Homelands Farm, Three Legged Cross, Nr. Wimborne, Dorset BH21 6QZ. Run on behalf of the Wimborne & Ferndown Lions Club. All profits will go to Dorset Charities and other worthwhile causes. 350 Horses and 200 dogs,  numerous trade stands, ferret racing, children's rides, show jumping and other entertainment activities in the main ring for the Public to enjoy.

18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Newport Main Carnival IOW Annual event held in July. Start 19:30 from Matalan Car Park. One of a series of daytime and evening illuminated carnivals held across the Island, including Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor, Cowes, Yarmouth, Ryde and St Helens. Isle of Wight Carnivals Video

18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Pier to Pier Race, Brighton Sat 12:00. About 60 take part in the swim, run under ASA laws by the Brighton Swimming Club, which is the oldest swimming club in the country.

18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Taste Of the World, Sussex Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 Fontwell Park Racecourse, Arundel BN18 0SX. A celebration of food and culture from around the world; with cuisines from the Far East to North Africa, the Caribbean to Central Asia, the Mediterranean to Africa, Europe to the Americas and the British isles. Includes live celebrity cooking demonstrations, creative cooking activites for the whole family, cake decorating competition, plus stands from top food specialists from all over the UK Entrance £2, under 16's free.

18 Jul 2015 [TBC] The Ripley Event Free family fun day by the Rotary Club of Ripley & Send, from 13:30, Ripley village green, Surrey. Vintage & classic cars, pony rides, dog show, Elmbridge model club, children's races, children's dancing, live music, stalls and refreshments. Free parking. More info from Malcolm Pritchett 01932 343929.

18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Goring & Streatley Regatta

18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Broadwater Summer Carnival, Worthing Saturday - Procession 13:00 from Worthing High School, St Lawrence Avenue. Events, sideshows, rides, big top, circus performers, arena events and charity stalls.on Broadwater Green 10:00-16:00. Daytime contact 01903 237719. Email

18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Chippenham River Festival Sat 0:00-17:00 Island Park. Festival flotilla, raft race, canoeing, live music. Free entrance to the park.

18 Jul 2015 [TBC] Brazilica Festival, Liverpool Sat 20:00 Williamson Square hosts the main stage and Brazilian market. Magical night-time carnival parade lights up the city streets ending with a spectacular finale at 21:30. The UKís biggest Samba Carnival, with an audience of over 80,000 people. Run in partnership by Orb Events and the Liverpool Carnival Company. Culmination of the Brazilica Festival Week, bringing a taste of Brazilís carnival atmosphere to the streets of Liverpool with live music, dance, art, sport, culture, food and film.

18-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Lambeth Country Show Sat-Sun 11:00-19:00 Brockwell Park, London. Largest event of its type in South East England Attendance 120,000. Traction engines and steam parade, medieval re-enactment, falconry; horticultural competitions; fairground rides; crafts; community stalls; live performance stage and arenas. Free event. Video Lambeth Country Show

18-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Manchester Caribbean Carnival & Festival Sat 12:00-20:00 Alexandra Park, Moss Side M16 7JL. 12:00 Parade. Steel bands, floats, DJs, dance troupes, Caribbean food & drink, fairground, crafts and stage featuring calypso, soca and reggae.

18-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] British Rowing Championships - Juniors National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham.

18-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Royal International Air Tattoo Sat-Sun RAF Fairford. The biggest UK air show - attendance 167,000. See site for tickets.

18-19 Jul 2015 [TBC] TurkishFest, London Potters Fields, South Bank - Sat 11:00-21:00, Sun 11:00-18:00. Exciting programme of entertainment, creative artists and rich river side bazaar. Art Fair - fine collection of painting, photographs and handcrafts etc. Turkish food, drink, spices and art from painting to calligraphy and photographs to handcrafts.

19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Mini's on the Wreck, Shoreham 10:00-16:00 Adur recreation ground, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex. Saturday - an evening cruise around the South Downs. Sunday - the main show with raffle, tombola, auto jumble, trade stands, a sound off, show and shine, and various bouncy things for the children. For the public there is free entry, while for mini cars there is a small charge. Free camping. All proceeds to charity.

19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Strawberry Hill Music & Fun Day, Twickenham Sun 11:30-19:30 Strawberry Hill House, Waldegrave Road. Supporting the restoration of Strawberry Hill House, an important castle in the Gothic revival. Live Music, Fairground Rides, Craft Stalls, Community Stalls, Children's Entertainment, Food Stalls, Beer Tents and more. Entry by donation, suggested £2 - Children 0-14 free. Friends of Strawberry Hill

19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Albury Music Festival 13:00-20:00 Picnics and live music at Albury Cricket Ground. Community event run by the Albury Produce Association & Albury Churches with support from the cricket & football club and parish council.

19 Jul 2015 [TBC] Hastings Pirate Day Sunday - beach and Old Town. The biggest pirate day in the world, with lots of activities around the old town and on the beach. Procession with massed drums and flags, cannon and firearms display, buccaneers pirate ship, live music, shanty singers, sky fall, market, stunt action and sand sculptures. Video: Procession Video: Music Stage Hastings Pirate Day Pirate Day in Hastings

22-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Great Yarmouth Norfolk Summer Fireworks Wednesdays 20:00 Central Beach - music and entertainment. 22:00 fabulous firework display. Free event. Visit Britannia or Wellington Pier for a good spot. Tourist Information 01493 846346.

23-26 Jul 2015 [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.

23-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Hatherleigh Festival, Devon Four days of amazing street theatre and performance, with many free events.

24-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] The Big Cheese, Caerphilly Fri-Sun. In the shadow of Caerphilly Castle. Street entertainers, living history re-enactments, comedy, music, dance, a traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours, craft and market stalls with produce from near and far, and much much more. Attendance 80,000. Free event.

24-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Reedham Beer Festival & Fete, Norfolk Village Hall & Field. Food fair, crafts, boot sale, live music, Morris dancing, barbeque and family activities. Sat 12:00-22:00, Sun 12:00-17:00. 01493 701818.

24-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Tramlines Festival, Sheffield Fri-Sun. Expected attendance 175,000. 4 main stages and over 70 venues in the city to explore, including The Leadmill, O2 Academy Sheffield, Barkers Pool, The University of Sheffield, The Harley, The Bowery, the Peace Gardens, Endcliffe Park and the main stage at Devonshire Green - capacity 8,000. 600 national and local artists - Rock, Indie, Pop, Electronic, Dance and Hip Hop. Entry about £6 per day. Youtube Channel

25 Jul 2015 [TBC] Nottinghamshire Pride Sat-Sun 12:00-18:00 Forest Fields Recreation Ground (Goose Fair site). Attendance about 7000. Sat - main stage, acoustic stage, community stage, dance tent, cabaret tent, comedy tent, burlesque tent etc. £1 entrance over both days. 07875 377145.

25 Jul 2015 [TBC] New Romney Country Fayre Saturday 10:00-17:00 St Martin's Field and the Fairfield Road Recreation Ground, just off the High Street,  New Romney, Kent. Procession through the town to the event field. Displays, crafts, stalls, entertainment all day, refreshments. Free entrance.

25 Jul 2015 [TBC] Maidstone River Festival Sat 11:00 Opening, 12:00 First Raft Race Heats, 13:00 Second Raft Race Heats, 14:00 Fun Raft Race, 16:00 Raft Race Final, 16:30 Dingy Pagent, 17:00 Best Dressed Boat Competition, 18:30 Prize Presentation, 21:30 Illuminated Boat Parade, 21:45 Light Elements - Maidstone Bridge & St. Peter's Bridge, 22:30 Firework Finale, What's On,Maidstone River Festival

25 Jul 2015 [TBC] Linslade Canal Festival Sat 11:00-17:00 Tiddenfoot Waterside Park. Community event with a conservation and heritage theme. Rural crafts, canal art, working narrow boats, folk music, stalls, childrens activities, bids of prey, mobile farm and canal boat trips. Ninety exhibits in three different areas of the park. Free entrance, small charge for car parking. Attendance 6000. No mooring fees for narrow boats, but owners are advised to book. 01525 631915.

25-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Newhaven Fort, Sussex A weekend of living history demonstrations covering military life from Napoleonic times to WWII, with a focus on WW1.

25-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Rox Festival, Bognor Sat 13:00-23:00, Sun 13:00-22:30. Bognor Seafront. live music, food and drink. Free entrance. Video Rox Festival

25-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Hastings Free Beach Concert Free live music to raise money for the RNLI. Showcase for local bands popular with locals and visitors. Sat 13:00-21:00. Sun 13:00-19:00. Toilets are nearby in the Stade car park, on-site licensed bar, plus food outlets and ice-cream van, free sun cream and a free supervised children's play area. No beach camping. Map

25-26 Jul 2015 [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.

25-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Thai Festival, London Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00 Ealing Common. Opening parade, Buddhist ceremony, food and drink, music, dance, martial arts and massage. About £4.

25-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Clarence Park Free Music Festival 12:00-20:00 Clarence Park, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield. marci@themusiccollective.co.uk  07779 911914

25-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Country Fair & Kent VW Festival Sat-Sun 10:00 till late Chilli Farm, Coldred, A2 Dover, Kent ,CT15 5AH. Traditional Country Fair with something for everyone - horse and cart rides, steam engines, railway rides, dog show, funfair, craft and trade stalls, birds of prey, custom and classic cars, arena displays and beer tent. Enquiries Luke or Sylvia 01227 700894.

25-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Sunderland International Airshow Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Seafront, Seaburn. The largest free air show in Europe attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. Likely B-52, RAF premier aerobatic team, Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight,  Typhoon, Harrier, Royal Netherlands Air Force F16s, Royal Navy Black Cats Helicopter Display Team and RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.

25-26 Jul 2015 [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.

25-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Hastings Model Flying Club Fly-In Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Bulverhythe Recreation Ground, off Bexhill Road, St. Leonards. Some of the greatest pilots of remote controlled aircraft in Europe put on a truly amazing air show. You will see show display teams flying planes with wingspans of up to 20ft, and aircraft ranging from First World War Fighters, to today's modern day Euro Fighter typhoon jets, flying at speeds of over 200mph. Trade stands and attractions for everyone. About £6. Tel.01424 446524. Video

25-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Wheels Littlehampton Sat-Sun. Free family event on Littlehampton Seafront. Motoring thrills, BMX stunt teams, classic 7 vintage cars, skates, skate boarding, new cars, classic car clubs,  motorcyclists, slot car racing, simulators, remote control cars - anything with a wheel from a unicycle upwards. Attendance 20,000.

25-26 Jul 2015 [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.

25-26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Lammas Festival, Eastbourne Sat-Sun Seafront. Live Music from 11:00. Parade of Giants 12:00. Carnival Parade The Giants Drummers

24 Jul - 01 Aug 2015 [TBC] Monmouth Festival One of the biggest free music festivals. Local and national musicians from rock, classical, pop, folk, jazz, ska and punk. Main Stage, Blestium Street - Rock, Pop, Funk, Country, Etc. The Three Horse Shoes, Drybridge Street - Folk & Jazz. St Mary's Church, St. Mary's Street - Classical Music. Robin Hood, Blestium Street - Chill Out (Carnival Sunday). Green Dragon, Cinderhill Steet - Folk, Jazz, Pop. On 27th July it's Carnival Sunday and the whole of Monnow Street and Blestium Street are full of markets, workshops, stalls, and rides.

24 Jul - 14 Sep 2014 Sheepdog Trials

25 Jul - 01 Aug 2015 [TBC] Swanage Regatta & Carnival A week of amazing events. Sun 13:00 Red Arrows fly past, 15:00 big seafront parade, with floats, Caribbean bands, clowns and costumed walkers. 2.5 miles a long sea front and back to Sandpit Field. Every Saturday in August, there are fireworks and music on Swanage beach. Swanage Carnival

26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Race For Life, Hyde Park Sunday, Hyde Park, London. Women's charity runs. 09:00 10k run, 11:00 5k run. Video Race For Life, London

26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Party In The Park, Leeds Sun 13:30-18:00 Temple Newsam Park. Some of the hottest names and chart topping acts brought to the stage by Leeds City Council and 96.3 Radio Aire. Attendance 70,000. About £10.

26 Jul 2015 [TBC] The Sumo Run Sun 10:00 Bandstand, Battersea Park, London.  Fancy Dress Charity 5k fun run in which participants dress in inflatable Sumo Suits.

26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Create Festival Sun 11:00-20:00 Victoria Park, Jemmett Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 5HD. Folk, rock, spoken word & outdoor theatre - one of the South Eastís biggest free music festivals. Free Parking.

26 Jul 2015 [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

26 Jul 2015 [TBC] Ilfracombe Birdman Sunday. Flying madness from the pier. Live music, fairground, strongman, stalls and refreshments.

28-30 Jul 2015 [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.

30 Jul - 02 Aug 2015 [TBC] Stockton International Riverside Festival Thu-Sun. Biggest street arts festival in the UK - still fresh and edgy. Outdoor theatre, street entertainment, circus, music, dance and star-studded Fringe.

30 Jul - 24 Aug 2015 [TBC] Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Laughing Horse 6,000 performances, 300 shows, 30 stages and 17 venues. Program

31 Jul - 02 Aug 2015 [TBC] Nottingham Riverside Festival Fri-Sun Victoria Embankment. Join 100,000 at Nottingham's biggest free festival weekend along the beautiful River Trent. Music, arts, river activities, street theatre, street fair, steam engines and crafts. Spectacular fireworks on Saturday night at 22:30.

31 Jul - 02 Aug 2015 [TBC] Brightlingsea Free Music Festival Fri-Sun. Friday evening - local musicians in public houses around the town. Saturday from 12:30 - main stage on the Western Promenade. Sunday afternoon acoustic music on Hurst Green. 8,000 visitors, 25 acts and 136 musicians.

31 Jul - 02 Aug 2015 [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.

31 Jul - 07 Aug 2015 [TBC] Sidmouth Folk Week Multiple events around town, on outdoor spaces, and in pubs and clubs.

31 Jul - 08 Aug 2015 [TBC] National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff Festival Fields, Millennium Coastal Park. Llanelli. Pageantry, poetry, dance, theatre, choral singing and rock music attracts more than 160,000 visitors annually. Big pavilion, 320 trade stalls, science pavilion, dance stage, visual arts gallery & sport areas. About £15.

31 Jul - 09 Aug 2015 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.

01 Aug 2015 Brighton Pride Sat 11:00 Parade, Madeira Drive to Preston Park - vibrant, brash and cheeky. The free-to-watch parade is watched by 160, 000 revelers. 12:00-22:00  Party in Preston Park - about £20. Video: 2012 Parade (34 mins) 2013 Parade (35 mins) Pride Brighton

01 Aug 2015 [TBC] Leicester Caribbean Carnival Sat 11:00-20:00 Victoria Park. Sound systems, reggae zone, Caribbean food, fun fair and children's village. 13:00 Parade from Victoria Park through the city centre.

01 Aug 2015 [TBC] Eid in the Square, London Sat 14:30-18:30 Trafalgar Square. Muslim festival marking the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. Main stage with music and theatrical performances.

01 Aug 2015 [TBC] Ryde Main Carnival, Isle of Wight Sat 16:45 assemble esplanade & canoe lake, 17:15 judging, 18:15 procession.

01 -02 Aug 2015 [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.

01 -02 Aug 2015 [TBC] Northampton Festival - NNestival Sat-Sun Midsummer Meadow, Bedford Road, Northampton NN1 5NX. The NNestival festival will focus on local foods, businesses, bands, artists, community groups and charities. Live stage, acoustic tent and DJ zone. Northampton Festival is a not-for-profit organisation set up by Northants locals in order to promote all that's cool about the area. Free event.

01 -02 Aug 2015 [TBC] Rythms Of The World Festival Sat 12:00-23:00 Sun 12:00-21:00 Multiple stages and probably around 140 acts. Attendance 23,000. About £15. Video.

01 -02 Aug 2015 [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

01 -02 Aug 2015 [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.

01 -02 Aug 2015 [TBC] Odiham Fire Show Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Lodge Farm, Warnborough. Up to 200 fire engines and emergency vehicles take part in drills and displays of fire fighting through the ages. About £5.

01-07 Aug 2015 [TBC] Creation Fest, Devon Fri-Sun 10:00-22:00 Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7JE. Christian music festival - simply turn up and enjoy a good line up of bands. Includes teaching seminars, workshops, a skate park, sports and family activities. Close to the surf beach. Free entrance.

02 Aug 2015 [TBC] Margate Carnival Sun 15:00 Parade, Royal Esplanade, Westbrook, then east through Margate to Cliftonville. One of the biggest carnivals in the Southeast. 80 floats and live music, with the UK's biggest DJ's, Caribbean BBQ, stalls and family fun. Tel 01843 293733. Video Margate Carnival

02 Aug 2015 [TBC] Birmingham Carnival Sun 12:00-20:30 Handsworth Park. 13:00 Procession from Holyhead Road. Steel bands - Soca, Calypso and Reggae, plus Caribbean food.  Held every two years. Tel: 0121 303 3008.

06-08 Aug 2015 [TBC] Tour Britania Cheshire and North Wales. Primarily designed for historic cars. We have been encouraged to go back to the original and successful 2/3 day format. The key factor will be to use more open driverís roads. There is an excellent selection of venues in that locality from which we can choose and we will take direction to that effect from our Survey currently taking place.

06-09 Aug 2015 Bristol Balloon Fiesta Thu-Sun Ashton Court. Europe's largest annual Hot Air Balloon event - 100+ balloons, 500,000 visitors over four days. Mass Balloon Ascents. 06:00 & 18:00 daily. Night Glow & Fireworks 21:30 Thu & Sat. Arena events. Trade stands. 2013 Video Bristol Balloon Fiesta

06 Aug - 03 Sep 2015 [TBC] The Night Market at Camden Lock Thursdays - Camden Lock, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AF. Series of late night street food events. Weíve got Backyard Cinema returning to show an exciting array of outdoor movies, the best selection of our world class street food, cocktail bars, DJs & live music.

07-08 Aug 2015 [TBC] Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta Fri-Sat.

07-14 Aug 2015 [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.

08 Aug 2015 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

08 Aug 2015 [TBC] Swindon & Wiltshire Pride Sat 12:00-22:00 Old Town Gardens. 11:30 Parade from the Avery in the Old Town Gardens. Swindon & Wiltshire Pride

08 Aug 2015 [TBC] Shanklin Illuminated Carnival, Isle of Wight. Saturday 19:00 Popham Road, Old Village, Chine Avenue. Part of Shanklin Carnival Week.

08 Aug 2015 [TBC] Cardiff Carnival Sat 11:30-17:30 City Centre Parade and stages in The Hayes and Queen Street. Dance, samba drumming, quirky street theatre, Brazilian martial arts, live music and rollerskaters.

08 Aug 2015 [TBC] Rugby Music Festival Sat, Caldercott Park. Music and family entertainment. Free event.

08-09 Aug 2015 [TBC] Prudential RideLondon Sat FreeCycle. 50,000 riders. Eight-mile traffic-free route that features many of the capitalís world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paulís. Londonís 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 Surreyís 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.

08-10 Aug 2015 [TBC] Whitby Regatta

08-15 Aug 2015 Cowes Week, Isle of Wight 40 daily races - 1,000 boats and 8,500 competitors. 100,000 spectators. Live music on the water's edge. Fireworks at 21:30 on the last Friday. Video: Music Stage 1 Music Stage 2 Fireworks Skandia Cowes Week

08-15 Aug 2015 [TBC] Yarmouth Carnival, Isle of Wight Sat 17:30 Procession, Yarmouth Green through the town - culmination of the week's festivities.

09 Aug 2015 [TBC] Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race Sun 11:30 Start on the riverbank, at Lewes Rowing Club, South Street. Annual fun race, with fantastic rafts. Spectators who throw eggs and flour bombs, risk a soaking by water canon. After an hour and a half or so, the first raft crosses the finish line at Newhaven Bridge (near The Bridge Inn), to the sound of a klaxon. Free public viewing. Organised by Lewes & District Round Table. Please call race co-ordinator Matt Craig on 01273 813093 or e-mail lewesraftrace@gmail.com Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race

09 Aug 2015 [TBC] UK Backward Run Sunday, Heaton Park, Manchester M25 2SW. Five categories, including male 1 mile backward race, female 1 mile backward race.

09 Aug 2015 [TBC] Brighton and Hove 999 Fun Day Sun 11:00-17:00 Kings Lawns, Hove Promenade BN3 2FR. Action-packed fun day with Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, HM Coastguard and the RNLI. Arena displays throughout the day giving the opportunity for visitors to meet members of the emergency services and get an up-close look at 999 response vehicles.

09 Aug 2015 [TBC] Lowedges Festival, Sheffield Sun 12:00-17:00 Greenhill Park, Gresley Road S8 7HN. Four arenas, bands, singers, dancers, medieval re-enactment and encampment, 200 classic cars, motor bikes, funfair, farmers market, unknown free ride to be announced, car boot and big als funhouse. Over 15,000 visitors in 2012. Stall bookings taken from Jan 2013 (please book early, last year was over-subscribed) stephen.rich@hotmail.co.uk Tel 01142 374492. Free event.

09 Aug 2015 [TBC] Skegness Carnival Sun 13:00-17:00 Parade from Wainfleet Road to Seaview car park. Floats, bands, BBQ, beach games, pet show etc.

11-12 Aug 2015 [TBC] British Fireworks Championships, Plymouth Tue-Wed 21:30. Very spectacular. 6 firework companies battle over two nights for the title of British Fireworks Champion. 3 ten minute displays per evening. Attendance 200,000. Music stage, morris dancing, fairground rides, catering outlets etc. The fireworks will be set off at Mountbatten Breakwater. Popular viewing areas are The Hoe and Queen Anne's Battery. Free event. Map British Firework Championships

13-14 Aug 2015 [TBC] Jersey Battle of Flowers Thu 14:30-17:00 Flower Parade. Held on the second Thursday in August. Fri 21:00-22:45 Moonlight Parade. Illuminated finale.

13-16 Aug 2015 [TBC] Eastbourne Airbourne Thu-Sun. Daily sea front air show - classic WW2, latest military jets, helicopters, air-sea rescue, wing walkers etc - weather permitting. Ground displays, arena events and trade stands. Evening concerts and fireworks. Popular viewing areas - The Pier, The Wish Tower Slopes, Beachy Head. The biggest free seafront air show in the world. Eastbourne Airbourne

14 Aug 2015 [TBC] Dawlish Carnival One of Devon's largest. Parade likely to be 19:30 from John Nash Way.

14-15 Aug 2015 [TBC] World Pipe Band Championships Saturday. The biggest and best event in piping. Bands from across the globe will descend onto Glasgow Green with one goal - to be World Pipe Band Champions. 8,000 pipers, 16 nations and 45,000 spectators. General admission about £10. Highland games, children's area, highland dancing, drum major competition, craft fair and mass march past.

14-16 Aug 2015 [TBC] Northampton Balloon Festival Fri-Sun Billing Aquadrome. A Great Day Out for All The Family, with planned Balloon Flights AM & PM, evening glow, endless selection of stands, stalls and attractions. About £5 pedestrians, £15 vehicles. Northampton Balloon Festival

15 Aug 2015 [TBC] Southend Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:45 from Southchurch Park, goes along Southend seafront past the Pier at 20:30 and reaches Shorefield Road in Westcliff at 21:30. The best viewing point is City Beach. Illuminated Parade of about 60 floats and samba bands etc. Video Southend Illuminated Carnival

15 Aug 2015 [TBC] World Tin Bath Championships, Isle of Man. Saturday Castletown Harbour. A hundred competitors and thousands of spectators. There are also snake races, short entertainment displays, and even a rope drop. A fun afternoon for the whole family, as wacky races hit the Isle of Man.

15 Aug 2015 [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.

15 Aug 2015 [TBC] Pride Cymru (Cardiff Mardi Gras) Saturday, Coopers Field, Cardiff. Gay festival. Attendance 30,000.

15-16 Aug 2015 [TBC] 1066 Game & Country Fayre The Normanshurst Estate, Catsfield, E Sussex. Agricultural and traditional country displays, equine, clay pigeon shooting, dog show, agility, herding, outdoor activities, music, crafts and trade stalls, set in beautiful surroundings. 3000 visitors per day. Gate: price about £8.

15-16 Aug 2015 [TBC] Festival of Wildlife Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Bradborne Vale Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3DH. Tel: 01732 456407. Whether you are interested in our guided walks and bug hunting activities or whether you would like your face painted as your favorite bug, we have something for everyone to enjoy. Come dressed as a woodland creature, or your favorite Alice in Wonderland character - prizes for the best dressed! Enjoy an Alice inspired afternoon tea with Mrs Tea in our very own pop up vintage style tea room. Come with an open mind and leave knowing a little bit more about the natural environment and the wildlife of Kent. Free event. Car parking, £2.

15-16 Aug 2015 [TBC] Christchurch Carnival, Isle Of Wight Sat 10:00-22:00 Fun and fireworks on the Quay, Sun 14:00 Procession.

15-16 Aug 2015 [TBC] Beccles Carnival, Norfolk Sat Family fun on the quayside, Sun 13:00 Carnival Parade. 07527 115697. www.askanthea.com/becclescarnival

15-16 Aug 2015 [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. Dog Show Full Schedule

15-16 Aug 2015 [TBC] Bridport Carnival, Dorset Sat 19:30 Carnival. Sun 21:00 Torch procession, 22:00 Fireworks.

15-16 Aug 2015 [TBC] Folkestone Harbour Festival Free music and entertainment with live bands and DJ.
Based on previous events - Harley Davidson display, Aston Martin display,
Kent Fire Brigade safety display, Coast Guard stand, championship power boat racing, raft race, fun fair, licenced bar and food outlets.

15-16 Aug 2015 [TBC] On The Edge Sat-Sun 13:00-20:00 Richmond upon Thames. The riverside will come alive in a two day global celebration of live music and dance from around the world. Two days of the best bands will form an eclectic line-up for residents and world music enthusiasts alike. Free event. Video On The Edge

15-17 Aug 2015 [TBC] Aldeburgh Regatta & Carnival, Suffolk Sat-Mon - 3 days of events for all ages. Carnival Monday - swimming races in the sea, childrenís sports, and the life-boat launch. 15:15 Carnival procession, High Street. Fun fair, entertainment in the High Street by The Knots of May, samba dancers, and The Parachute Regiment Band. Chinese Lantern Procession to the beach. Beach Fireworks. Map

15-16, 22-23 & 29-31 Aug 2015 [TBC] Summer Squall, Ramsgate Three festival weekends to celebrate summer - music, theatre, dance, performance, installations, workshops, talks and much more culminating in a spectacular parade of boats @ 19:15 on Monday. Start at the harbour then explore the many other events around town. Most of the events are free to attend, but a few are ticketed, please see the program found on the website and at a variety of locations in Thanet. Tickets can be bought online from the website or from the Customs House, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate.

16 Aug 2015 [TBC] Blockorama Sun 14:00-21:00 Hornimans Pleasure Park, Kensal Road, London W10. Steel bands likely to include: Ebony Steel Band, Real Steel Orchestra, Pantonics The New Generation Steel Orchestra, Endurance Steel Orchestra, Pan Nation Steel Orchestra, Sir John Cass Steel Orchestra. Free event.

16 Aug 2015 [TBC] Nottingham Caribbean Carnival Sun Procession 14:00 arriving Forest Recreation Ground at 16:00. Entertainment till 22:00. Caribbean food, funfair and family area. Attendance 80,000.

16-21 Aug 2015 [TBC] Ramsgate Week Hosted by the Royal Temple Yacht Club. A must for all sailing enthusiasts, with plenty of evening entertainment in the town.

16-22 Aug 2015 [TBC] Fowey Royal Regatta Wed: Carnival Procession. Sat: Illuminated Dinghy Procession and Fireworks.

19 Aug 2015 [TBC] Weymouth Carnival Wed 10:00-22:00 Events and entertainment all day. Attendance 100,000. Sandcastle Competition, Fun Run, Red Arrow fly-past. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, comprising Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane. All day fairground on the seafront. Provisional times: 10:30 Sand Sculpting, 11:00 Weymouth Carnival Sky Divers, 10:30-17:30 Beach Football, 13:30 Beach Space Hopper Race, 17:00 Waitress Trolley Race, 17:30 Coach Pull Challenge, 17:30 Childrens Fun Run, 18:00-20:30 Steel band, King's Statue, 18:30-20:30 Seafront Procession, 19:15 Live music, beach stage, 21:30 Fireworks. Facebook

19 Aug 2015 [TBC] Cromer Carnival Wed 19:00 Parade through the Town via Runton Road and Beach Road. 07748 221270.

20-21 Aug 2015 [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.

20-23 Aug 2015 Bournmouth Air Festival Thu-Sun. Seafront. Air & Ground displays. Royal Marine Beach Assaults, Princess of Wales Parachute Display Team, Typhoon, Matadors, Tutor, Tucano, Hawk, SallyB, Vulcan, The Red Arrows, Breitling Wingwalkers, F-16, Typhoon, RAF Tutor, RAF Tucano, The Princess of Walesís Royal Regimentís Parachute Display Team Ė The Tigers, The Matadors, King Air, RAF Hawk, SallyB, Vulcan and Black Cats Helicopter Team. Night Air - Thu, Fri and Sat - Lower Gardens and seafront: hot air balloons, film screenings, street entertainers, stilt walkers, flame throwers, dusk air display, live music, military bands, forces displays. Saturday attendance 400,000. Vulcan Video Bournemouth Air Festival Free event.

21-23 Aug 2015 [TBC] Upton Festival Fri-Sun Fish Meadow, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire. Live music till midnight. Camping available. See link for details and tickets.

21-24 Aug 2015 [TBC] NASC Street Rod Nationals Trinity Park, Ipswich. Cruise Sunday, show & shine, live bands. Public day is Sunday.

21-30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival Live music, fine art, photography and gaming events. 10 days, 20 venues and 100ís of artists. Free entrance.

22 Aug 2015 [TBC] Dawlish Air Show Saturday. Air display and live music. Free event.

22 Aug 2015 [TBC] Manchester Pride Sat 13:00 Parade - Deansgate to the gay village, Whitworth Street. 100+ floats.

22 Aug 2015 [TBC] Cosmopolitan Carnival Leicester City Centre. This amazing event celebrates Leicester as being the most culturally diverse city in the UK outside London. Multicultural carnival procession, performances and workshops on the High Street. Main stage in Jubilee Square with live bands and performance area in the city centre, with spoken word, comedy, acoustic performances and much more. Street theatre, art gallery, market stalls, large scale film projection, fire, dance and music.

22 Aug 2015 [TBC] Sturminster Newton Carnival Sat 19:15 Carnival parade with illuminated floats, dancers, bands and drummers. The first carnival on the Wessex carnival circuit, unique in that it attracts entries from all over the south west plus local groups. A number of the larger illuminated carts from the circuit, plus locals. Lots of masqueraders, both local and from the Wessex and other circuits. Firework finale. 01747 840045. www.sturcarnival.co.uk

22-23 Aug 2015 [TBC] Bruce Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-16:00 Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline KY12 8QH. One of the best free events in Scotland. Medieval village, main arena historic action, jugglers, dancers, craftsmen, story-tellers, falconry, crafts, produce. Demonstrations, jousting with full armour, medieval encampment, re-enactment groups, piping and drumming music. Free event

22-23 Aug 2015 [TBC] Swaffham Free Festival Sat-Sun 14:00-20:00 Swaffham, Norfolk. Free, family-friendly event featuring an eclectic mix of musical styles. Two music stages, street entertainers, stalls and refreshments. Tel: 01760 722800. Further details: http://swaffhamfreefestival.wix.com/swaffham

22-23 Aug 2015 [TBC] Party In The Park, Poole Sat-Sun 12:00-19:00 Ashley Cross Green, Poole, Dorset BH14 8UF. Outdoor stage, carnival activities, world cuisine, bar, games, market stalls and a top line up of live bands and international DJs. 2014 Headliners - Sat: Norman Jay and his Good Times, Sun: Jazzie B of Soul II Soul fame.

22-23 Aug 2015 [TBC] Colchester Free Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-19:00 Castle Park. Music and arts festival organised by the community for the community. Attendance 15,000.

22-29 Aug 2015 [TBC] Fareham Art Trail Includes exhibitions, sculpture garden, art events, free magnetic art. On Bank Holiday Monday why not come down and exchange something at our Big Southern Art Swap: visual art, poetry, photography and applied arts are all welcome to be swapped! Entry is free and there is a free catalogue and map available from mid August around the borough.

22-31 Aug 2015 Arundel Festival One of the biggest arts festivals in the South of England. Multiple events, which may include Castle events, street entertainment, fireworks, 10k run, duck race, Jubilee Gardens stage, hot air balloons, poetry readings, orchestral concerts and childrenís activities. Video 2013 Procession Arundel Festival

22 Aug - 06 Sep 2015 [TBC] Artwave Festival, Sussex Lewes districtís annual Open House Festival. Artists open their homes and studios, showcasing their work and introducing visitors to a wealth of skill and talent. The opportunity to buy pieces directly from the artists and makers.

Wessex GP Circuit - last 1 hour
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West Country Illuminated Carnivals

22 Aug 2015 Sturminster Newton. Sat 19:15. Wessex GP

12 Sep 2015 Mere. Sat 19:30. Wessex GP
19 Sep 2015 Frome. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP
26 Sep 2015 Wellington. Wed 19:30. South Somerset FC

03 Oct 2015 Shaftesbury. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP
03 Oct 2015 Ilminster. Sat 19:15. South Somerset FC
10 Oct 2015 Gillingham. Sat 19:15. Wessex GP
10 Oct 2015 Chard. Sat 19:15. South Somerset FC
17 Oct 2015 Castle Cary. Sat 19:30. Wessex GP
17 Oct 2015 Taunton. Sat 19:00. South Somerset FC
24 Oct 2015 Trowbridge. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP
31 Oct 2015 Warminster. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP

07 Nov 2015 Bridgwater. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA
09 Nov 2015 Highbridge & Burnham. Mon 19:30. Somerset County GFCA
13 Nov 2015 Weston-super-Mare. Fri 19:15. Somerset County GFCA
14 Nov 2015 North Petherton. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA
16 Nov 2015 Midsomer Norton. Mon 19:30 - 1 hour
18 Nov 2015 Shepton Mallet. Wed 19:30. Somerset County GFCA
20 Nov 2015 Wells. Fri 19:00. Somerset County GFCA
21 Nov 2015 Glastonbury. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA

23 Aug 2015 [TBC] Bognor Illuminations Gala Sun 20:00-22:00 Night spectacle of floats and walking characters, beautiful lights and a procession from West Park to the Esplanade. 22:00 Fireworks at the end of the pier. More

23-24 Aug 2015 [TBC] Liverpool International Music Festival - Sefton Park Free Events in a beautiful green space. Kicking off with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Sense of Sound.

23 Aug 2015 [TBC] Rye Raft Race Sun 12:00 Fete BBQ, beer tent, live music, 50+ stalls and children's rides held on Rye Salts. 14:30 Raft Race on the River Rother. Both events are free, with the Lions collecting for charity. 0845 833 2825 robert.harvey25@btopenworld.com

23 Aug 2015 [TBC] Grasmere Sports & Show Sun 10:00 The Showfield, Stock Lane Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SL. Cumberland Wrestling, Guides Races, Hound Trails, Mountain Biking, Dog Shows. About £8.

23 Aug 2015 [TBC] Beer & Cider Festival Sun 12:30 White Horse Country Park, Westbury, Wiltshire BA13 4LU. Live music, BBQ & family fun.

23 Aug 2015 [TBC] Great North Bike Ride 09:00 Seahouse Tourist Information Car Park to Tynemouth Priory. Charity cycle ride with over 1700 cyclists raising funds for the Chris Lucas Cancer Trust. 54 miles through the beautiful Northumberland coastline. www.chrislucastrust.com

23 Aug 2015 [TBC] Aylesbury Showcase Sun 12:00 Market Square and Kingsbury, Aylesbury Town Centre. Free live music event.

24-31 Aug 2015 [TBC] Harleston & Waveney Festival Street entertainers, music weekend at the Swan Hotel. Holiday Monday family fun day 11:00-17:00 Harleston recreation ground - vintage cars, tractors and military vehicles, dancing, whacky races, kickboxing, stalls, BBQ, bar, boot sale and bouncy castles. Free entrance.

26 Aug 2015 [TBC] Sandown Illuminated Carnival Wed 21:00 Culver Parade through town. Route takes 1 hour. 01983 402334.

27-29 Aug 2015 [TBC] Dartmouth Regatta Thu-Sat. Regatta, air display, fete, cider night, market, plus free firework displays Thu and Sat.

27-30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Burnham-On-Sea FolkFest, Somerset. Fri-Sun. Over 70 live acts, markets, workshops, arts and crafts, exhibitions, kids' entertainment, dancing and much more. 2009 bands booked include: Dambuskers, Bag Of Rats, Kent DuChaine, Polly & The Billets, Doux, Steve Turner, Three Sheets T'Wind, The FOS Brothers, Phil King, The Cherry Pickers, Stompin' Dave Allen, Inu. Live music in local pubs on Saturday 12:00-23:00, Clog and Morris Dancing, a Craft Fair in the middle of the Town. Likely to include Sunday Open Air Concert in Manor Gardens 12.00-18:00. Friday opening concert ticketed, everything else free.

28-30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Bicton Festival & Big Gig Fri-Sun, Bicton College, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7BY. Friendly music festival with two stages, overlooking the lake. Picnics, local food, beers and ciders, engulfed by amazing music. Please see website for tickets.

28-30 Aug 2015 [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. Facebook

28-30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Stroud Fringe Festival Fri-Sun.150 acts on outdoor stages and local pubs. Mostly free. Facebook Get involved

28-30 Aug 2015 [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.

28-30 Aug 2015 [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 £17.

28-30 Aug 2015 [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.

28-31 Aug 2015 [TBC] Cardifest Fri-Sun Daily until late. Main stage, metal stage, acoustic stage, exhibitors, stalls and arena.

29 Aug 2015 [TBC] Devizes Carnival Sat 18:00 Parade. Streets of Devizes Two weeks of festive activities - one of the biggest, free outdoor celebrations in Wiltshire. Includes the famous international Street Festival, Picnic in the Park, and the Confetti Battle.

29 Aug 2015 [TBC] Ryde Illuminated Carnival Sat 20:30 The Esplanade. Biggest of the Isle of Wight Illuminated Carnivals. Ryde Illuminated Carnival

29-30 Aug 2015 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


29-31 Aug 2015 Northampton Festival of Water

Sat-Mon. Major waterways event on the River Nene Waterfront at Becketís Park. An array of attractions on and off the water providing a fun day out for all the family. Up to 200 boats, including leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats, are expected in the marina and along the river front as well as a wealth of smaller craft such as canoes, rowing boats, sailboats, windsurfers and ribs. There will also be opportunities for visitors to get afloat on board trip boats and water taxis.

Free event.

29-31 Aug 2015 [TBC] Durham Streets Summer Festival The streets of Durham City are home to an international line-up of Street Entertainers, Jugglers, Unicyclists, Strong Women, Acrobats, Clowns, Circus Artists and professional merrymakers. The festival also celebrates the finest musical talent from across the UK, with shows in some of Durhamís most stunning and unique venues.




29 Aug 2015 Panorama Steel Band Championships

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

The UK's top steel bands:

Metronomes Steel Orchestra.
Mangrove Steel Band.
Ebony Steel Band.
Croydon Steel Orchestra.
Real Steel (reigning champions).
Caribbean Steel International.

Attendance 5,000.

More Panonthenet More http://uksocascene.com/

Free event.


30-31 Aug 2015 Notting Hill Carnival

10:00-20:30 Parade Ladbroke Grove. One million revelers, 7500 participants, Mas Bands, Steel Bands and 40 Static Sound Systems. Kensal Town to the north is very vibrant, with thousands dancing to big sound systems including Sancho Panza. 300 food stalls, 1 ton of chicken curry, 1 ton of Jamaican patties, 15000, deep-fried plantains, 30000 corn on the cob, 1 ton of rice and peas, 12000 mangoes, 16000 coconuts, 5 million hot and cold drinks & 25,000 bottles of rum. If you like carnivals, you will love Notting Hill.
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Video: Real Steel Metronomes Ebony Real Steel Mangrove

30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Notting Hill Carnival - JíOuvert (Jouvay) Sun 06:00-09:00 from junction Kensal Road & Ladbroke Grove. Traditional day break start to carnival, steeped in tradition. Participants cover themselves and others in paint, chocolate, mud, oil and white powder. Be aware that you may be hugged by muddy revelers. Video Free event.

29-30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Crawley Mela Sat-Sun. The Hawth, Crawley. African rhythms, Jazz Fusion and international music, free workshops, community stage, stalls, bazaar and funfair. Traditional Indian and international cultures, dancing, music, food, art, fashion, and crafts, together with a wide range of family-oriented amusements and activities. Attendance 10,000. Relaxed friendly family atmosphere. Free entrance. www.crawleymela.org

29-30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Bristol International Kite Festival Now a biennial event. Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Ashton Court. Spectacular themed kites, giant octopi, bears, tigers, dogs and catsl. Synchronised flying to music. Man-lifting kites, kite-propelled buggies and land boards. Aerial combat with traditional Japanese fighting kites. Spectacular ground-based air creations and air sculptures. Free children s kite-making workshops. Fantastic play structures and childrenís attractions, specialist kite traders, a licensed bar, food and drink. Bristol International Kite Festival Free event.

29-30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Faversham Hop Festival, Kent Fun weekend in the medieval town square and surrounding streets, celebrating hop picking in Kent. Music to suit eclectic tastes, children's entertainers, professional street theatre, stilt walkers, Morris dancing, craft fare, and ceilidh. Stages in Market Place and Preston Street and craft stalls in the surrounding streets. Free event.

30 Aug 2015 [TBC] London Mela Sun 12:00-21:00 Gunnersbury Park, Ealing. The London Mela is Europeís largest outdoor South Asian festival, with an attendance of 80,000 people. Nine zones - a spectacular line up of live music, dance, visual arts and food from South Asia, and a large funfair. The event concludes with a spectacular fireworks display. London Mela Free event.

30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Arun Bathtub Race Sun 11:30 RNLI slipway, Littlehampton. Teams of two or more race a mile up the River Arun in home made boats built from bathtubs.

30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Kingston Carnival Sun 12:00 Clarence Street to the Guildhall. Two music stages until 17:00. Caribbean Soca, Steel Band, Afro-Cuban salsa and African jazz. Attendance 20,000. 020 8547 2332 Kingston Carnival Free event.

30 Aug 2015 [TBC] Rye Maritime Festival Sun 12:00-17:00 Strand Quay. Fancy dress competition, RNLI, circus performers, rotary club, fire brigade, belly dancers, pearly king & queen, wild owl show, Hastings diving association, antique diving association, antique diving display, Cinque Port volunteers, environment agency, food, beer tent and live music.

31 Aug 2015 Public Holiday - Summer Bank Holiday

31 Aug 2015 [TBC] World Gravy Wrestling Championships Mon 12:00-17:00 Rose n Bowl, Newchurch Road, Stacksteads OL13 0UG. Inflatables, water bombs, fancy dress, semi pro wrestling and big screen action. BBC Radio Lancashire will judge the event. More Video

31 Aug 2015 [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.

31 Aug 2015 [TBC] Newlyn Fish Festival Mon 09:00-17:00 Harbour. Seafood, Cooking Demonstrations, Childrenís 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.

31 Aug 2015 [TBC] Leeds West Indian Carnival Monday. Early parade 06:00 Leeds West Indian Centre. Maim parade 14:00 Potternewton Park. Main stage with Soca, Calypso & Caribbean music. Lots of stalls, crafts and carnival food. Attendance 120,000. Route More

31 Aug 2015 [TBC] Bexhill 100 Classic & Custom Car Show Monday 10:00-17:00 Polegrove Recreation Ground, West Parade, Bexhill on Sea. Classic and custom cars,  trade stalls and crafts.

31 Aug 2015 [TBC] Arun Bathtub Race RNLI slipway next to the Look & Sea visitor centre in Littlehampton. Teams race in bathtubs on the River Arun, raising funds for charity. Video1 Video2 Arun Bathtub Race

01-30 Sep 2015 Thames Festival 100 events over a 42 mile stretch of river during September. Street arts, river events, massed choirs, guided walks, tall ships, fireworks etc. Totally Thames

01-30 Sep 2015 [TBC] Brighton Digital Festival A celebration of digital culture which runs throughout September. The festival provides an exciting platform for a community led programme produced by a network of organisations from the arts and digital communities, alongside individuals who are passionate about digital culture. Many events are free - see website.

02-06 Sep 2015 The Great Dorset Steam Fair Wed-Sun 08:00-24:00 (17:00 Sun) South Down, Tarrant Hinton, Blandford DT11 8HX. 60 showman's engines, 30 steam tractors, 20 steam road locomotives, 20 steam lorries, 25 steam road rollers, 100 vintage & classic vehicles, 100 military vehicles, 140 Vintage motorcycles, 120 vintage tractors, 150 static vintage tractors, 100 horticultural tractors, 120 stationary engines plus rural displays, crafts, food hall & live music. 600 acre site - about £20. The Great Dorset Steam Fair

04-08 Sep 2015 [TBC] Tall Ships Festival The Tall Ships Festival will take place over four sites: Royal Arsenal Woolwich: Some the largest selection of Class A and Class B Tall Ships, and one of our two Tall Ships Festival Villages with live music and entertainment. Maritime Greenwich: Lebara Tall Ships Village. Tall Ships, craft market, a maritime restoration zone, live music and entertainment. Greenwich Peninsula: See some of our largest Tall Ships, live music and entertainment. West India Dock: Up to 24 of our smaller ships. Free event.

Sussex Bonfire Season 2015 Events

The Bonfire Societies

05 Sep 2015 Uckfield Uckfield [fireworks 04 Sep 2015] 
12 Sep 2015 Crowborough
19 Sep 2015 Mayfield Mayfield
26 Sep 2015 Burgess Hill Burgess Hill
03 Oct
2015 Rotherfield Rotherfield
03 Oct
2015 Eastbourne Eastbourne
10 Oct
2015 Ninfield Bonfire
17 Oct 2015 Hastings Hastings
17 Oct
2015 Hailsham
17 Oct
2015 Nevill Nevill
17 Oct 2015 Seaford
24 Oct 2015 Fletching Fletching
24 Oct
2015 Northiam Bonfire
24 Oct 2015 [TBC] Firle Firle
25 Oct
2015 [TBC] Titchfield
31 Oct 2015 Newick Newick
31 Oct 2015 Ewhurst & Staplecross
31 Oct 2015 Littlehampton
31 Oct
2015 [TBC] Winchelsea
31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Cuckfield
04 Nov 2015 Lewes Badge Night
05 Nov
2015 Lewes
05 Nov 2015 Lindfield
05 Nov 2015 Icklesham (Robin Hood)
07 Nov 2015 Battle
07 Nov 2015 Chailey
07 Nov 2015 South Heighton
07 Nov 2015 East Hoathly
07 Nov 2015 Shoreham
07 Nov
2015 Edenbridge
13 Nov 2015 Isfield & Little Horstead
14 Nov 2015 Rye
21 Nov 2015 Robertsbridge Robertsbridge
21 Nov 2015 [TBC] Barcombe Barcombe
28 Nov 2015 Hawkhurst
28 Nov 2015 [TBC] Mayfield Blacksmiths Last Sat in November - not confirmed.
05 Dec 2015 [TBC] Rottingdean Smugglers Night Rottingdean Smugglers Night, supported by South Heighton Bonfire Society

05 Sep 2015 Uckfield Bonfire Sat 19:30 Torch Procession, 21:00 Bonfire Prayers. 21:10 Grand Torch Procession. The first Bonfire Parade in the Sussex Bonfire Season. 13:30 Children's Procession from Victoria Pleasure Ground, followed by children's fancy dress competition in Holy Cross school playing field. 18:30 Adults Fancy Dress Competition, Elizabeth Gardens. Free bonfire & fireworks the day before the parade 20:30 at Holy Cross School Field. 01825 762763. In the summer months we will be making torches and banners for the carnival and help is always welcome. Video Uckfield Bonfire

05 Sep 2015 Pride Reading Sat 12:00 till late. Kings Meadow, by the Thames. 2 music stages, dance, cabaret. beer tent, stalls, fun fair and picnic area.11:30 Parade from Broad Street Mall - arrives Kings Meadow 12:00. Free entrance. Traders - call 0844 3570124 www.readingpride.co.uk

05 Sep 2015 National Speed Trials, Brighton Sat 10:00-18:00 Madeira Drive. Annual speed trials for cars and motorcycles, veteran to current. Quarter mile course, run under RAC Motor Sport Association regulations. Timed Runs 11:30-13:00  & 14:00-18:00. Viewing is free from the upper level, but for entry to the paddock, there is a charge. Video1 Video2 Brighton and Hove Motor Club

05 Sep 2015 [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.

05 Sep 2015 [TBC] Chislehurst Rocks Music Festival Saturday. Chislehurst Recreation Ground, Empress Drive, Chislehurst BR7 5BG. www.chislehurstrocks.co.uk Free event.


Nuts Challenge

Event held twice a year over a weekend in March and September at Swires Farm, Henfold Lane, Beare Green, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 4RP.

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. There is a small parking charge. Food is available, and facilities for contestants include changing tents, showers and first aid. Come suitably dressed. Frequently Asked Questions

Video Spectator viewing is free.

The Nuts Challenge

05-06 Sep 2015 Summer Nuts

Spectators free.

05-06 Sep 2015 [TBC] Southend Airshow & Military Festival Sat-Sun. One of Europe's largest free air shows, drawing crowds of 500,000. Hours of flying, and lots of of attractions along the seafront. Good luck to the new organizers. Seeking sponsors - if you feel you could help, please see the website.

05-06 Sep 2015 [TBC] Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 (16:30 Sunday) South Quay. Tall ships, replica 18th Century frigate, lifeboat demonstrations, Royal Naval Simulators and guided heritage walks. Music from shanty groups, craft marquees,  street entertainment, Punch & Judy, seafood and a beer tent. Many events free.

05-06 Sep 2015 [TBC] Thai Festival, Poole Sat-Sun 10:00-19:00 Baiter Harbourside Park, Poole Harbour, BH15 1UX. Thai food, arts and crafts, massage, beer garden, funfair rides, Buddhist Monks, traditional dress beauty contest, Muay Thai Boxing Demonstrations and coaching for children throughout the day. £2.50 entry, children £1, under 5 free.

05-06 Sep 2015 [TBC] WaterFest Weymouth Maritime festival celebrating the town's maritime heritage. Nautically themed activities, boat building displays, lobster pot making, street theatre, marine art and local seafood. Acqua Jet Packs from Pool will be in the harbour demonstrating their Flyboard Experience.

06 Sep 2015 MiniFest Sun 10:00-16:00 Uttoxeter Racecourse. All of the top Mini specialists, auto-jumble and live arena. Entrance £8 per person, under 12's free. Camping available.

06 Sep 2015 [TBC] Klezmer In The Park 12:15-18:00 Regents Park Band Stand, London. An afternoon of Jewish music and family fun. Free event.

06 Sep 2015 [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.

06 Sep 2015 [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.

06 Sep 2015 [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.

06 Sep 2015 [TBC] Great North Run Sun 11:00 Newcastle to South Shields. 54,000 runners, 80,000 spectators and an electric atmosphere. 13.1 miles. The biggest and most iconic half marathon in the world. See The Red Arrows at the start and finish. Main start about 10:40. Evening party on the quayside. The junior run is usually the day before, on Saturday.

06 Sep 2015 [TBC] World Bellyboard Championship Sunday, Chapel Porth Beach, Cornwall. A celebration of all things connected with the art of riding traditional wooden boards. With contributions from the evolving wooden surfboard community. Organised and hosted by the National Trust.

06 Sep 2015 [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.

06-13 Sep 2015 [TBC] Tour of Britain Cycle Race Tour of Britain

07-08 Sep 2015 [TBC] St Giles Fair, Oxford One of the most prestigious in the country, dating back to 1625. Traditional fun fair rides combined with some exciting up-to-date, white-knuckle rides. More Video St Giles Fair, Oxford

08 Sep 2015 [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.

10-13 Sep 2015 [TBC] Heritage Open Days Heritage Open Days celebrates Englandís fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

11 Sep 2015 [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.

11-12 Sep 2015 [TBC] Imperial Wharf Jazz Festival The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf, Townmead Road, London SW6 2QD. The Imperial Wharf Jazz Festival has established itself as London's premier stage for some of Britain's finest musicians. Free event.

11-12 Sep 2015 [TBC] Findon Sheep Fayre Fri-Sat Nepcote Green, Findon Village. Friday Night funfair on the green and barn dance in the marquee. Saturday is the fair itself, with free entrance. Craft stalls, sheep displays, sheep judging, a funfair and other displays on the green. 01903 264161.

11-13 Sep 2015 [TBC] Goodwood Revival The worldís 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.

11-13 Sep 2015 [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.

11-20 Sep 2015 [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.

11-27 Sep 2015 [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.

12 Sep 2015 Crowborough Bonfire Held on the second Saturday in September. 13:30 Carnival and afternoon events on Chapel Green. 19:30 Torch Procession from Chapel Green, returning at 22:30 for bonfire. Sussex Bonfire Societies taking part include Crowborough, Waterloo, Uckfield, Mayfield, Burgess Hill, Littlehampton and East Hoathly. Tel 01892 661675. Video

12 Sep 2015 [TBC] Last Night Of The Proms Sat 17:30-22:45 Hyde Park, London. Live open-air concert with high-profile artists and presenters, culminating in a BBC Big Screen link-up to the Royal Albert Hall and a firework finale in the park. Bring a picnic and get ready for a fabulous night out. BBC Concert Orchestra with all the last night favourites. Sir Terry Wogan introduces a top line-up of performers. Large stage, quality sound system and giant screens. Plenty of food & drink outlets. Great atmosphere with 40,000 revelers. About £38. BBC Proms In The Park

12 Sep 2015 [TBC] Romsey Show Saturday, Broadlands Park. Saturday. Excellent country show for families. About £14.

12 Sep 2015 [TBC] Windmill Hill Soap Box Derby Windmill Road, Bramham, West Yorkshire, LS23.

12 Sep 2015 [TBC] Swindon Mela Sat 12:00-18:00 Town Gardens. Three stages with top names from Asian entertainment,  featuring Bollywood and Bangra. Attendance 17,000. Free entry, but donation welcome.

12 Sep 2015 [TBC] Will Adams Festival, Rochester Sat 11:00-16:30 Gillingham Park. Celebrate Japanese and English relations with a free, fun-filled, family festival about our very own, Gillingham-born Will Adams. Take a walk through time, from Tudor England and Tudor maritime history to Japanese culture in the 17th century and Japanese culture in the 21st century.

12 Sep 2015 [TBC] World Garlic Eating Competition 15:00 The George Inn, Main Steet, Chideock, Dorset DT6 6JD.

12 Sep 2015 [TBC] Stockwell Festival Sat 12:00-18:00 Larkhall Park, Courland Grove, SW8 2PX. Main Stage, Children's Village, Nature Garden, Sustainability Zone, Adventure Playground, Marketplace, Go Kart Track. Music, dance, magic and storytelling, circus, drumming, face painting, Dr Bike, Giant Peace Wall and Larkhall Urban Gym + an array of stalls including world food. Now features a dog show - free micro-chipping.

12-13 Sep 2015 Village At War Weekend

Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire

40s re-enactment, with wartime exhibitions, musical entertainment, vintage market, firepower and Battle of Britain flying displays, vintage vehicles & tanks, swing dancing, tea dances, historic canal boats, rationed food and more.

£6 Adults, under 16s Free. Free Car Parking at official event car parks.
Organisers: Friends of the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne

12-20 Sep 2015 [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.

12-26 Sep 2015 [TBC] St Ives September Festival A two-week celebration of Music & the Arts in St Ives Cornwall.

12-27 Sep 2015 [TBC] Isle of Wight Cycling Festival Over half the island is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are over 200 miles of well maintained, well signposted cycle tracks.

13 Sep 2015 [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

13 Sep 2015 Ace Cafe London Brighton Motorcycle Ride Sun 10:30 From the Ace Cafe, Ace Corner, North Circular Road. Up to 40,000 participate 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

13 Sep 2015 [TBC] West Kent Radio and Electronics Fair Sun 10:00-16:00 Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, St Johnís Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9XB. A radio and electronics fair appealing to anyone with an interest in radio, computers and electronics. Organised by West Kent Amateur Radio Society. Wide range of trade stalls, Radio Society of Great Britain bookstall, bring & buy stall, plus amateur radio talk-in demonstration station. Catering available throughout the day. On-site car parking. Admission £2.50, accompanied children under 14 and students of the school free.

13 Sep 2015 [TBC] Run to the Beat 10k, London Sun 09:45. London's music 10k run in Wembley Park. 15,000 runners are expected.

13 Sep 2015 [TBC] World Black Pudding Throwing Championships Sun 12:00-22:00 Royal Oak, Bridge Street, Ramsbottom BL0 9AD. Hurling Black Puddings at a pile of Yorkshire Puddings on a 30ft plinth. Held on the second Sunday in September.

16-20 Sep 2015 [TBC] Out There Festival Wed-Sun Town Centre and St. Georges Park, Great Yarmouth. The region's largest free street arts festival. Musical Masquerade featuring amazing carnival creations, international street arts and circus entertainment, and a range of wild, wacky events including amazing high wire shows. Over 30 acts, 90 performances and 600 performers. Some charges - see link.

17 Sep 2015 [TBC] Oxford & Thame Show Thu, Thame Showground. One of the greatest one day agricultural shows in the country, with 20,000 visitors. Sheep, cattle, show jumping, a dog show which attracts an entry of 1000 dogs, local produce, crafts, an indoor shopping mall and many trade stands.

18-20 Sep 2015 [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.

18-20 Sep 2015 Alchemy Festival, Lincolnshire Scholey Park, Conningsby, Lincolnshire LN44PD. 100 bands and DJs on 7 stages. Free kids activities. About £80.

18-20 Sep 2015 [TBC] Little Big Gig Fri-Sun, Caerthillian Farm, The Lizard, Cornwall TR12 7NX. The three-day family festival celebrating Cornwallís creative talent, in music, beer making and more. As well as the music on stage, festival goers are invited to share and explore their creative talents at various workshops and jamming sessions - you are welcome to bring your instruments and join in. A variety of workshops and activities including yoga, alternative therapies, dance, drumming, arts, crafts, pottery, thatching, green woodworking and wildlife walks making the event an extraordinary mix of Cornish culture. Workshops are open to all ticket holders. Gates open at 09:00. Day tickets from £15. Camping available. Tel: 01326 290 596 info@littlebiggig.co.uk

19 Sep 2015 Mayfield Bonfire Sat 12:30-15:30 Street Market, High Street. 15:00 Children's Fancy Dress Procession, Royal Oak to the Middle House. 19:00 Ceremonial Laying of the Wreath. 19:30 Procession 1 - West Street to Rose and Crown. 20:20 Procession 2 - Rose and Crown, High Street, Stone Cross. 21:15 Procession 3 - Stone Cross to Natwest Bank. 21:30 Procession 4 - Natwest Bank to Memorial Hall. 22:15 Fireworks. 22:30 Prizes & Trophies, Memorial Hall. Video: Video Fireworks Mayfield Bonfire Society

19 Sep 2015 [TBC] Great Gorilla Run, London Sat 10:30-12:30 Mincing Lane. 1000 runners in gorilla suits race 7km around the city for charity. Mincing Lane, Lower Thames St, south over Tower Bridge, west past HMS Belfast, north over London Bridge, south over Southwark Bridge, north over Blackfriars Bridge, Queen Victoria St, Cornhill, Mincing Lane. Video Map Great Gorilla Run

19 Sep 2015 [TBC] Ringwood Carnival Sat 14:00 Children's Afternoon Procession. 19:15 Torchlight Evening Procession. 21:45 Fireworks.

19 Sep 2015 [TBC] Egremont Crab Fair & Sports Gurning Championships, Cycling Races, Fancy Dress Pony, Terrier Racing, Stunt Show, Cumberland Wrestling, Wheelbarrow Races, Pet Competition, Egg Throwing Competition, Parade, Morris Dancing etc etc. Entrance to field about £4.

19 Sep 2015 [TBC] Bermondsey Street Festival Saturday. Annual traditional village fete with an attendance of 20,000. Live music, dance stage, fashion, competitions, tennis, food, art and crafts. More

19 Sep 2015 [TBC] Mouth Cancer Walk Sat 13:00 Hyde Park, London. Join over 1000 walkers on a 10K course, raising funds and awareness to help combat head and neck cancers. Take home a medal, T shirt and goodie bag. Free entrance.  

19-20 Sep 2015 [TBC] Southport Air Show Sat-Sun 09:00-17:00. The North West's largest Airshow, this fantastic family event attracts up to 150,000 spectators over two days. Red Arrows, Vulcan Bomber (Sat only), Tornado GR4, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and many more military, heritage and civilian air craft plus a village packed full of entertainment, including bmx stunts, flight simulators and much more. About £9.

19-20 Sep 2015 [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. 

19-20 Sep 2015 [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.

19-20 Sep 2015 [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.

19-20 Sep 2015 [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.

19-20 Sep 2015 [TBC] Paws in the Park Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone ME14 3JF. UK's largest outside dog show for working, trained and pet dogs. Have a go activities, terrier racing, gun dogs, stunt dogs, agility, police dogs etc. About £10.

19-20 Sep 2015 [TBC] The Bristol Festival Ashton Court (balloon festival field). Entry by advanced ticket only - about £33 for the weekend.

20 Sep 2015 [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.

20 Sep 2015 [TBC] Hinckley Classic Motorshow Sun 10:00 Hinckley Town Centre. 200 beautiful and carefully restored classic vehicles - last year saw cars, lorries, bikes, scooters and even a working steam engine, double-decker bus and 1916 tractor. Bring your classic car, bike, scooter or other interesting vehicle along. Free to enter & visit. Tel 01455 698494. Organised by the Hinckley Town Centre Partnership BID.

23-24 Sep 2015 Emergency Services Show  Halls 17, 18 and outside area, NEC Birmingham. Over 420 exhibitors and live demonstrations, plus seminars covering surveillance, social media, mobile communications and PPE.

23-27 Sep 2015 [TBC] Soho Literary Festival Thu-Sun, Soho Theatre, Dean St, London W1D 3NE. A glittering combination of writers and thinkers, chosen for their wit, flair and literary brilliance, selected from the cream of English writing, historians, novelists, journalists and politicians at the cutting edge of contemporary thought. Interviews, one-man shows, panels and debates.

25 Sep 2015 [TBC] Malaysia Night Fri 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 entry.

25 Sep 2015 [TBC] Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning Friday. National fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.

25-26 Sep 2015 [TBC] Derby Festť Fri-Sat Live performance, music, dance, film and more. Saturday is street entertainment day.

25-26 Sep 2015 [TBC] International Rally Of Yorkshire 92 miles of classic North Yorkshire stages. Spectator tickets bought on the day for a single stage will cost £15 per person and includes a free programme. For access to all stages on the Friday and Saturday, tickets can be purchased for £20 per person and will also include a free programme. As usual, children under 16 can gain free access providing they are accompanied by an appropriate adult.

26 Sep 2015 Burgess Hill Bonfire Held on the last Saturday in September. 19:30 Procession 1 - Cyprus Rd Car Park, Crescent Rd, Mill Rd, Cyprus Rd, Church Rd, Station Rd, Silverdale Rd. 20:30 Procession 2 - Silverdale Rd, Station Rd, Civic Way, Church Rd, Royal George Rd, Fairfield Rd, Western Rd, Recreation Ground. 21:45 Fireworks and Bonfire at Fairfield Recreation Ground. Well supported by the Sussex Bonfire Societies. Thousands will line the streets. Programs on sale around the town. 01444 233017. Video: Procession Fireworks Bonfire Burgess Hill Bonfire.

26 Sep 2015 [TBC] The Great River Race, London Saturday - Docklands to Richmond. 11:40 Start - Millwall Riverside, spread over 75 minutes. 14:40 End - Ham House, Richmond, spread over 2 hours. Biggest race of its type in Europe - 22 miles, 300 boats & 2000 competitors. Thousands of spectators gather at the riverside near Ham House. Timings Video The Great River Race, London

26 Sep 2015 [TBC] Burnham Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:30 Illuminated procession with bands, floats, floodlit tableux, visiting carnival queens and walkers in fancy dress. Burnham on Crouch Carnival

26 Sep 2015 [TBC] UK Beatbox Championships Saturday afternoon, Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, London SW9 6LH. 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.

26-27 Sep 2015 [TBC] North West Vintage Fair Organ & Steam Rally Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Victoria Park, Widnes. The largest free admission gathering of Vintage Fair Organs and Vintage machinery in the UK. Lovingly restored to the highest standards. Something for everyone, including falconry and a sheep show.

27 Sep 2015 [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.

27 Sep 2015 [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.

30 Sep - 04 Oct 2015 [TBC] Nottingham Goose Fair Wed-Sun. Forest Recreation Ground just off Mansfield Road, 2 miles north of Nottingham City Centre. The Biggest traveling fair in Europe with 500 attractions including white knuckle rides, crafts marque, market stalls, and food. Attendance 500,000. Free admission.

01 Oct 2015 [TBC] National Poetry Day Thu 13:00-18:00 The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Join Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society. Featuring poetry, spoken-word performances and poetry film. Free event.

01 Oct - 01 Nov 2015 [TBC] The Big Draw Annual month-long festival of over one thousand events across the UK. Museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, schools and parks join in, inviting people of all ages to discover how drawing can connect them with their surroundings and the wider community.

02 Oct 2015 [TBC] Light Night Leeds Fri 17:00-22:00 Leeds City Centre. Spectacular large scale light projections, exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, theatre and street performances. Many arts organisations and public buildings will be opening their doors late into the night as artists transform spaces into temporary showcases of their work. Bring your friends and family along to experience a fantastic festival atmosphere, navigate your way around over 50 different events across the city centre, and sample some delicious street food.

02 Oct 2015 [TBC] Dartford Festival of Light 18:30-19:30 Lantern parade High Street. Probable climax with performances by Bloco Fogo Samba. More

02-03 Oct 2015 Tour Britania Woodcote Park.

02-04 Oct 2015 [TBC] Swanage Blues & Roots Festival, Dorset 20 indoor venues with 50 free admission gigs. Dig deep when the collections come round - your donations keep this going. Organised by Steve Darrington

02-04 Oct 2015 [TBC] Broadstairs Food Festival 10:00 Victoria Gardens and Promenade. 60 stalls plus local chefs and a team from Thanet College.

02-04 Oct 2015 [TBC] British Musical Fireworks Championships Fri-Sun 19:00-22:00 Kings Gardens, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1RX. Some of the UK's leading firework display companies competing for the title of British Musical Fireworks Champions. Billed as one of the most spectacular events in the country. Attendance 40,000. Tel: 01704 533333.

03 Oct 2015 Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Sat.14:00-16:00 Market stalls and live entertainment in the village. 19:30 Torch-lit procession. 22:00 Lighting the beacon, bonfire and fireworks at the fair ground. 01892 852477. Video: 2013 Fireworks 2012 Procession Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Society.

03 Oct 2015 [TBC] Ilminster Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:15-21:30. About twenty highly illuminated carts, dance groups, carnival walkers and music. Up to 25,000 line the streets. Map Video mitch4629@tiscali.co.uk Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Ilminster www.ilminstercarnival.co.uk

03 Oct 2015 [TBC] UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships Sat 18:00 Green Man Pub, 1 Poultry, The City, London, EC2R 8EJ. (Bank Station exit 9). Rock Paper Scissors - the classic way to settle a dispute or decision. 128 entrants do battle in a knock-out tournament. Spectators are welcome, and can even play the Rock Paper Scissors Challenge for fun.

03 Oct 2015 Eastbourne Bonfire Sat 19:30 Seafront torch procession from Fisherman's Green BN22 7AA. 20:30 Fireworks and beach bonfire. Supporting societies likely to include Mayfield, Rotherfield, Robertsbridge, Section 5, Battle, Rye, Burgess Hill, Uckfield,  Hastings, Waterloo, Commercial Square and Pentacle Drummers. Programmes available from the Tourist Information Centre in Cornfield Road. Tel 07793 557194. Video: Fireworks Eastbourne Bonfire

03 Oct 2015 [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.

03 Oct 2015 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Gillingham. Sat 19:30 Illuminated Procession (1 hour to pass by). 18:00 Judging at Brickfields Business Park, 18:45 Parade of bands, 19:15 Cavalcade Of Steam. Gillingham Illuminated Carnival

03 Oct 2015 [TBC] Sponsored Walk Saturday, Bedes Way. Fight poverty step by step by taking part in a Christian Aid sponsored walk. Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the North East on this historic trail. Choose the full day 12-mile route or the all ages four mile walk. Walk in solidarity with over 100,000 poor people from across India as they complete their historic march for justice to claim their land rights.

04 Oct 2015 [TBC] Rock Your Mind Festival, Middlesbrough 13:30-23:15 Westgarth Social Club, 99 Southfield Road TS1 3EZ. Tel 01642 242164. Free Music Festival promoting mental health awareness.

04 Oct 2015 [TBC] Cardiff Half Marathon Sun 09:00 Civic Centre to Cardiff Castle. Well attended with many runners in fancy dress.

08-10 Oct 2015 Weston Beach Race Fri-Sun. Beach Motocross. Every year Westonís Beach undergoes a massive transformation. Giant mountains of sand are formed into a track of unbelievable difficulty. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.  See website for ticket information.

08 Oct - 27 Nov 2015 [TBC] Play Poland Film Festival The largest and longest festival organised by Polish Art Europe, featuring screenings of the best recent Polish short films. Aberfeldy, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Sunderland

09 Oct 2015 [TBC] Bury Light Night Fri 18:00 till late - multiple town centre locations. Music, themed performances and dance, storytelling and poetry in inspired spaces, atmospheric lights and projections bringing buildings alive plus bustling markets.

10 Oct 2015 [TBC] Ninfield Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch procession from Church Lane. 20:00 Bonfire. 20:30 Fireworks. Parking is limited in the village. Video: Procession Bonfire Fireworks Ninfield Bonfire Society  

10 Oct 2015 [TBC] Chard Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:15 Tapstone Road, Old Town, Duck Lane, Crowshute Link, High Street, Fore Street, East Street, Victoria Avenue Roundabout.

10 Oct 2015 [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.

10-11 Oct 2015 [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.

10-11 Oct 2015 [TBC] British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival Sat-Sun. Wootton St Lawrence, near Basingstoke, Hampshire. 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.

10-18 Oct 2015 [TBC] Hastings Week 9 days of events including the 1066 Battle, Hastings Bonfire, ghost walks etc. Events

11 Oct 2015 [TBC] Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1EN. Custom Bike Show, Hot Rods, Wall of death and lots of trade stands. Bands on 3 stages and more bands at Concorde 2. About £5 admission.

11 Oct 2015 [TBC] Royal Parks Half Marathon, London Major half marathon. 16,000 runners & 40,000 spectators. Start and finish in Hyde Park. Taking in Kensington Gardens, Green Park, St Jamesís Park, and passing Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Marble Arch and the Royal Albert Hall. 09:00 Warm up, 09:30 Start, 10:30-14:00 Finish, 16:00 Close. 08:00-16:00 Food & Fitness Festival Hyde Park. Video Route Royal Parks Half Marathon

11 Oct 2015 [TBC] Diwali on the Square Sun 14:00-19:00 Trafalgar Square, London. Performances and special guest stars, dancing, stalls, displays and food. Free event. Diwali On The Square Upcoming Diwali dates: 11 Nov 2015, 30 Oct 2016. These are not the Trafalgar Square dates.

11 Oct 2015 [TBC] World Conker Championships, Northamtonshire Sun 10:30-15:00 Shuckburgh Arms, Southwick. Spectator entrance about £4. Plenty to see and do beforehand so arrive in good time. About 350 competitors and 5,000 spectators. Conkers provided.

11 Oct 2015 [TBC] Pearly Harvest Festival Sun 15:00 St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London. Annual Pearly Kings and Queens Association harvest festival. The produce collected is donated to help the homeless. The public are welcome at the service. Picture kindly donated by Teresa Watts, Pearly Queen of Clapton.

16-18 Oct 2015 [TBC] Weston Beach Race Fri-Sun. Beach Motocross. Every year Weston Super Mare's beach undergoes a massive transformation. Giant mountains of sand are formed into a track of unbelievable difficulty. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. See website for ticket information.

17 Oct 2015 [TBC] Hastings Bonfire Sat 19:15 Spectacular Torch Procession from Rock a Nore Road. 21:00 Fireworks & Giant Beach Bonfire. Full facilities available - catering, toilets etc. The backdrop of Hastings Old Town makes this one of the more atmospheric Sussex Bonfires, with an attendance of 30,000. Video: 2012 Procession 2013 Fireworks Hastings Bonfire celebrations are just part of the amazing Hastings Week Free event.

17 Oct 2015 [TBC] Nevill Bonfire Sat 18:30 First procession, Highdown Road, Lewes. 20:00 Second procession. 21:15 Fireworks - modest charge. Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society

17 Oct 2015 [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.

17 Oct 2015 [TBC] Seaford Bonfire Sat 18:30 Procession - Claremont Road, Avondale Road, Broad Street and High Street. Free bonfire and firework display at the Martello Field. The event is being covered by Seahaven FM. The latest bonfire society to be re-established. More

17 Oct 2015 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Trowbridge. Sat 19:00

17 Oct 2015 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Taunton Sat 19:00 (1 hour to pass by)

17 Oct 2015 [TBC] Beach of the Dead Zombie Walk, Brighton Sat 15:00-17:00 Brighton West Pier to Madeira Drive. Come dressed to possess for a scary parade. After party at the Concorde2 (£3).

17-18 Oct 2015 [TBC] Bristol Classic Bike Show Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show. Sat-Sun Stafford County Show Ground, Staffordshire, ST18 0BD. Tel 01507 529430.

17-18 Oct 2015 [TBC] British Rowing Championships - Seniors National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham.

18 Oct 2015 [TBC] Abingdon Marathon Sun 09:00 Tilsley Park OX14 1PU. One thousand runners, and popular with spectators. Abingdon Marathon

21 Oct 2015 [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

21-22 Oct 2015 [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.

22-31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Freak Week 18:00 Till late, The Hop Farm, Maidstone Road, Kent TN12 6PY. Freak Week's attractions lead intrepid visitors through dark, twisting labyrinths teeming with nightmare characters. The intense, theatrical special effects and experiences mean that it is not suitable for young children. About £25. Call: 01622 872068.

24 Oct 2015 Fletching Bonfire Sat 16:30 Fancy dress competition, village hall. 19:00 Processions, 21:45 Bonfire, Flame Balls.& Fireworks.
Typical line-up: Fletching, Newick, Firle, Littlehampton, Lindfield, Uckfield, Burgess Hill & Band, Ewhurst & Staplecross, Chailey, Newhaven Band, Commercial Square, Eastbourne, Crowborough, South Street, Stix Drummers, East Hoathly, Borough, Maresfield, Five Ashes, Who the Devil are We, Hove Scout Band, Barcombe Scout Band, Rotherfield & Mark Cross, Waterloo, Neville, Hastings, Cliffe, Rye, Whatlington, Battle and Robertsbridge.
01825 760155 ~ 01273 476360. Video: Procession Bagpipes Fireworks Free event.

24 Oct 2015 [TBC] Firle Bonfire 18:30 Torch Processions from The Ram Inn, West Firle. Most spectacular fireworks and set pieces. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in October. Video Firle Bonfire Society Free event - parking about £10.

24 Oct 2015 Northiam Bonfire 19:30 Procession from the bonfire field to the Muddy Duck and return. Bar on the bonfire field - entrance to field £1. 20:30 Bonfire and Fireworks. Bar, food music and amusements on the Bonfire Field.

24 Oct 2015 [TBC] Littlehampton Bonfire 17:00-22:30 Town centre and seafront. Bonfire Societies, steam engines, illuminated floats and walking groups. 17:00 Childrens Procession. 19:45 Main Procession, Maltravers Road to Sea Road. 21:15 Bonfire, The Green, Sea Road. 21:30 Fireworks. 22:00 Return procession. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in October. Tel 01903 725149.

24-25 Oct 2015 [TBC] Scottish Ploughing Championships Sat-Sun 09:30-14:00 Newlands Farm and Pittendreich Farm Ė Wester Balgedie, Kinross, KY13 9SL. Horse ploughing, vintage ploughing, trade area, children's rides, vintage machinery displays.

25 Oct 2015 [TBC] Bupa Great South Run Sun 10:30 Southsea Common. Flat 10 mile & 5km, voted the second most popular road race in the UK with 16,000 runners.  Very popular with spectators - catering facilities and free parking on Southsea Common. Junior runs take place the day before. Bupa Great Runs

25 Oct 2015 [TBC] London October Plenty Sun 12:00 Bankside, Southwark, outside Shakespeare's Globe. Ancient seasonal customs and theatre. See The Berry Man, decked with wild fruits and foliage, join the procession through the streets to the Borough Market to join in the Apple Day festivities with market stalls, conker fights, apple bobbing, music and song. Free event.

25 Oct 2015 [TBC] Fireworks, Emsworth 19:30 Sailing Club, 55 Bath Road PO10 7ES. Hot dogs, candy floss, toffee apples, bar snacks. £2 entrance.

25 Oct 2015 [TBC] Sheffield Fright Night Sun 15:30-20:30 Sheffield City Centre, Fargate, Tudor Square, Barkers Pool, Peace Gardens, Surrey Street, Leopold Street, Orchard Square, Millennium Square & Winter Gardens. Britainís biggest Halloween party, attracting up to 40,000 people. Street theatre, ghost tours, fire spinners, food stalls etc. Info 01142 21 1900. Free event.

25 Oct 2015 [TBC] Ottery St Mary Carnival Sun 19:45 Carnival Procession, followed by fireworks on The Land of Canaan. The Flaming Tar Barrels are on Tuesday 05 Nov 2013.

25 Oct 2015 [TBC] Titchfield Carnival & Bonfire Sunday. Processions 15:00 & 18:30 titchfieldcarnival@hotmail.co.uk Tel 07547 681585.

Manchester Firework Displays - All [TBC]

Manchester Firework Displays

Sun 25 Oct 2014
Debdale Park Free

Thu 29 Oct 2014
Cringle Park Free
Crumpsall Park Free

Sat 31 Oct 2015
Philips Park/Sports City Free

Sun 01 Nov 2015
Brookdale Park Free

Thu 05 Nov 2015
Heaton Park Free
Platt Fields Park Free
Wythenshawe Park Free


25 Oct 2015 End of British Summer Time - clocks go back 1 Hour

26 Oct - 01 Nov 2015 [TBC] Canterbury Anifest Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NB. Canterbury Anifest is the South Eastís only annual animation festival. Itís a great community event that invites people of all ages to come and experience the magic of animation; allowing them to get involved with something out of the ordinary. With its range of workshops, master-classes, talks and films, it has something for everyone. Anifest also caters for specialists and those in the industry, featuring national and international awards, and guest speakers from some of the biggest names in animation.


Newick Bonfire

31 Oct 2015 [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.
Bonfire Bishop & Fireworks Late Procession

Newick Bonfire Society

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Bridgwater Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:00-22:00 Illuminated Parade of 140 massive carts - each can be up to 100 ft long, with 30,000 light bulbs. Stand with 150,000 people. Feel the heat of a million light bulbs passing in the night chill and feel the throb of the huge generators. Bridgwater is probably the biggest of it's kind in the world. 22:45 Squibbing In The High Street Map Bridgwater Carnival Free event.

31 Oct 2015 Ewhurst and Staplecross Bonfire Sat 18:00 Judging of the fancy dress competition. 19:15 Torch Procession from the Cross Inn. 20:30 Giant Bonfire. 21:00 Fireworks. Hot dogs and refreshments. Entrance about £1. 01580 765764. Map

26-31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Maidenhead Festival of Music & Dance

30 Oct 2015 [TBC] Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival, London Fri 18:00-20:30 Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (Spring Gardens), London SE11 5HY. Dancers, acrobats, fire jugglers, story tellers, fireworks and a traditional Guy Fawkes bonfire. The festival attracts over 4,000. Free event.

30 Oct 2015 [TBC] Gunwharf Quays Firework Display, Portsmouth Friday. Evening entertainment and fireworks with musical soundtrack. The stores will be open until 21:00. Video1 Video2 Gunwharf Quays Fireworks

London Firework Displays - All TBC More Details

Fri 30 Oct 2015
Vauxhall Fireworks Display Free

Sat 31 Oct 2015
Blackheath Fireworks Display Free
Chislehurst Fireworks Display
Danson Park Fireworks Display
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Display
Beckenham Fireworks Display
Barnes Fireworks Display
Newham Fireworks Display Free
Norman Park Fireworks Display
Enfield Fireworks Display
Morden Fireworks Display

Sun 01 Nov 2015
Richmond Fireworks Display
Weavers Fields Fireworks Display Free

Thu 05 Nov 2015
Roundwood Park Fireworks Display Free
Crystal Palace Fireworks Display
Brockwell Park Fireworks Display
Walthamstow Fireworks Display Free
Southwark Fireworks Display Free
Barkingside Fireworks Display

Fri 06 Nov 2015
Kingston Fireworks Display
Bishops Park Fireworks Display
Corams Fields Fireworks Display Free
Totteridge Fireworks Display

Sat 07 Nov 2015
Ealing Fireworks Display
Southgate Fireworks Display
Harrow Fireworks Display
Ravenscourt Park Fireworks Display
Battersea Park Fireworks Display
Lord Mayors Show Fireworks Display Free
Carshalton Fireworks Display
Epsom Fireworks Display
Kempton Park Fireworks Display
Royal Gunpowder Mills Fireworks Display Sat & Sun

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Liverpool Halloween Lantern Carnival 17:30-21:00 Sefton Park L17 1AP. 18:30 Fantastic 800 Lantern Parade from Aigburth boating lake. Over 150 weird and wonderful performers and ghosts of all shapes and sizes. Live music and fireworks. Attendance 15,000. Free event.

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Halloween Events from The National Trust  For kids and big kids.

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Halloween In London

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Seasonal Events in Salford

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Battle Bonfire Torch procession, bonfire and fireworks from the famous Sussex bonfire season.

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Cuckfield Bonfire 18:45 Bonfire, 19:30 Fireworks to music with the Bright FM roadshow. Hot food. About £7.

31 Oct 2015 [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.

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Chiddingfold Bonfire 19:00 Procession, St Maryís School to village green, 19:30 bonfire, 20:00 fireworks.

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Carlisle Fireshow Sat 18:30-20:00 Bitts Park. In the top ten bonfire and firework displays in the country, attracting 35,000 people. 40ft themed bonfire with pyrotechnics set onto moving parts. The firework display which follows is spectacular and the whole show is set to music and lasts for approximately an hour. Tel 01228 817358. Free event.

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Regent Street Motor Show Sat 10:00-16:00 Regent Street, London. The largest free motor show in the UK - Hosted by the Royal Automobile Club. The main attraction will be a display of iconic vehicles to celebrate the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries of motoring, including 100 pre-1905 vehicles and current low energy use vehicles. There will also be a display of beautiful cars owned by Royal Automobile Club members including Bentleys, Aston Martins and Lotuses. Plenty to interest all the family including passenger rides in veteran cars and 'future' cars.

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Bexleyheath Fireworks 20:00 Fireworks, Danson Park. 18:00-21:30 Funfair, refreshments, live band and beer tent. About £5.

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Fireworks, Norwich Sat 16:00-22:00 Earlham Park. 18:30 childrenís fireworks, 21:00 main display. Gates open 16:00. Funfair, food and music. About £7.50.

31 Oct 2015 [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

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Blackheath Fireworks, London 20:00. South Londonís biggest and best free firework displays. Attendance 100,000.

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Winchelsea Bonfire

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] Slough Fireworks & Bonfire Sat 19:45 Upton Court Park. Gates open 17:30. Refreshments and a large fun fair. About £6.

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] TNT Travel Show Sat 09:30-17:30 The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper street, Islington, London N1 0QH. The UK's biggest free travel show, with exclusive travel deals, top travel companies & inspirational travel seminars.  Register to secure your free tickets.

31 Oct 2015 [TBC] RAC Future Car Challenge A motoring challenge for Electric, Hybrid and Low-Emission ICE vehicles to use the lowest energy on a 60 mile route from Brighton to London. 60+ entries. Free to view. 07:30 Start Madeira Drive Brighton. 08:00-10:30 Break, Central Sussex College, Crawley. 10:15-12:00 Finish, Pall Mall, London. 10:30-16:00 Regent Street Motor Show.

01 Nov 2015 [TBC] London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Annual event held on the first Sunday in November. 531 pre 1905 cars leave Hyde Park in groups of 2, between sunrise, 07:01 and 08:30. The older cars leave first. At the official coffee stop at Crawley, the first car arrives at about 09:10. They arrive at Brighton sea front from 10:40 onwards and closing time is 16:30. See also the Preview, Regent Street, London on the day before 11:00-15:00. LBVCR International Concours - 100 of the best examples of late 19th and early 20th Century motoring history. 500,000 expected to line the route. Video London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

05 Nov 2014 [TBC] Merseyside Firework Displays

Liverpool, Sefton Park. Bonfire 18:30, Fireworks 19:30. Tel: 0151 233 2008.
Liverpool, Newsham Park. 19:30. Tel: 0151 233 2008.
Halton, Victoria Promenade, Widnes 19:30. Attendance 60,000. Free. Tel: 0151 511 8915.
St Helens, Sherdley Park. Tue 20:00

Free council firework displays are planned to begin at 18:30 on The 5th:
Central Park, Wallasey; Leasowe Adventure Playground; Birkenhead Park; Mayer Park, Bebington; Upton Park, Moreton; Lingham Park, Moreton; Mersey Park, Birkenhead; and Woodchurch Community Centre. For more information, call 0151-666 3188.

04 Nov 2015 [TBC] Lewes Badge Night. 18:00 The Dorset and Cliffe High Street. Video

 Lewes Bonfire - Biggest of the Sussex Bonfires.

05 Nov 2015 Lewes Bonfire

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

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

Video:Procession Procession 2 Waterloo Fireworks

Lewes District Council - Info & Road Closures

Map & Safety Lewes Bonfire Council Rocket FM

02 Nov 2015 [TBC] Burnham on Sea Illuminated Carnival Mon 19:30. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs. This is a Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Burnham on Sea Carnival

04 Nov 2015 until 10 Jan 2016 [TBC] Winter Festival & Market, London Transforming Southbank Centre for the festive season. Christmas Market with festive food, handmade craft gifts and warming drinks.

05 Nov 2015 [TBC] Free Firework Spectacular on Poole Quay Poole Quay BH15 1HJ. The largest free firework event in Dorset. 17:00 Free Party with live music and street entertainers. 20:00 Fireworks over Poole Harbour.

05 Nov 2015 [TBC] Lindfield Bonfire 18:30 Fancy Dress Competition, 19:30 Torchlight Procession Form up Ė Pondcroft Road, Black Hill, The Witch, Hickmans Lane, High Street & onto the Common, 20:00 Lighting of the Bonfire & Bonfire Prayer, 20:15 Grand Firework Display.

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

05 Nov 2015 [TBC] Ottery St Mary Tar Barrel Rolling 16:00 till Midnight.  Thousands gather to watch flaming tar barrels carried through the streets. An enormous barrel is carried at Midnight, and there is a 10mtr bonfire, a funfair and other attractions.

05 Nov 2015 [TBC] Sticklepath Fireshow, Devon 19:30 Finch Foundry Field. Themed fire show with puppets, costumes, music and fireworks. About £7.

05 Nov 2015 [TBC] Birmingham Firework Spectacular 20:00 Pype Hayes Park, Erdington B24 0HG. Free admission. Giant funfair, entertainment and food. Gates open 17:00. Tel 0121 303 3008.

05 Nov 2015 [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, Heartís live music stage. Adults £10, children £5, under 3ís free. Tickets: 0114 256 5656.

06 Nov 2015 [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

06 Nov 2015 [TBC] Manchester Christmas Lights & Fireworks Fri 18:45 Albert Square. Free celebrations for the festive season. Live music, entertainment, family fun and spectacular fireworks.

06 Nov 2015 [TBC] Big Boom Firework Display, Norwich Fri 19:30 Norwich Castle. Super 12 minute display, organised by Norwich Council. Free.

07 Nov 2015 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.

07 Nov 2015 Brockham Bonfire Twenty-five foot high sculptured bonfire, plus the biggest bonfire night firework display in the UK - 4 tons of fireworks, costing £50,000 pounds. 14:00 Childrenís fancy dress, village hall. 18:15 Procession leaves green. 19:45 Bonfire on the green. 20:15 Amazing firework display. 20:45 Pig Auction. Attendance 20,000. Free event, but parking charges. Video Brockham Bonfire

07 Nov 2015 [TBC] Lord Mayor's Show, London Sat 11:00-18:00. The show starts early with the River Pageant, then the magnificent Lord Mayor's Procession with 6100 participants, 2000 military personnel, 250 horses, 235 motor vehicles, 65 floats, 20 marching bands, 22 carriages and the glorious State Coach sets off from Mansion House at 11:00. Huge Firework Display on the river at 17:15 from the river between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. Lord Mayors Show

07 Nov 2015 South Heighton Bonfire Sat 18:30 Torch procession from the Flying Fish in Denton, 20:00 Bonfire & fireworks on South Heighton playing fields. Family friendly event from a recently formed Bonfire Society, which has quickly grown to over a hundred members. Give them your support: Chaiman: Roger Clayton 01273 515045. Secretary: Clare Dickins 01273 516422 bonfire@southheighton.com

07 Nov 2015 Chailey Bonfire Sat 18:00 Torch procession, Mill Lane to village hall. 19:15 Fireworks, 20:00 Music and refreshments.

07 Nov 2015 [TBC] Shoreham Bonfire 18:15 Torch procession from Beach green, 19:00 beach bonfire and professional firework display.

07 Nov 2015 [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.

07 Nov 2015 [TBC] Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair 17:30 for 19:30 at Hook Road Arena

07 Nov 2015 [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

07 Nov 2015 [TBC] Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular Part of Light Up Lancaster, a festival of illuminations, art, music and fireworks.

07 Nov 2015 [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.

07-08 Nov 2015 [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.

08 Nov 2015 [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

11 Nov 2015 [TBC] Shepton Mallet Carnival Wed 19:30. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs..Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Video Shepton Mallet Carnival

12 Nov 2015 [TBC] Plymouth Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 City Market Car Park on Cornwall Street PL1 1PS. Lantern procession of 300 children led by Santa in a sleigh pulled by three real reindeer. Live music - last year a samba and brass band with a mix of Afro-Brazilian and percussion music.

12-15 Nov 2015 [TBC] Lumiere Festival, Durham Lumiere will weave a nocturnal art trail through Durham city, with light & sculpture. The event, by Artichoke, will be the biggest of it's kind anywhere in the UK.

13 Nov 2015 [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

13-15 Nov 2015 [TBC] Collage-Arts Open Studios 12:00-18:00 The Chocolate Factory, Clarendon Rd, Wood Green N22 6XJ. 020 8365 7500. Eclectic event with over 100 artists offering an amazing array of contemporary art and design from painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, film-makers and designer-makers. Discover and purchase affordable art and contemporary design, commission a piece or get your portrait painted. Free entrance.

13-15 Nov 2015 [TBC] Front Room - Totterdown Art Trail, Bristol Fri-Sun. Bristolís original arts trail - 180 artists, 60 venues and 5,000 visitors. Front Rooms, basements and gardens are transformed into mini galleries where artists and visitors can enjoy, discuss and purchase arts. Totterdown is close to Temple Meads station and offers a good variety of participating pubs and restaurants. Free event.

14 Nov 2015 [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

14 Nov 2015 Rye Bonfire Sat 19:50 Torch procession from Tilling Green. 20:30 Bonfire on Rye Salts. 20:45 Fireworks. Route: Ferry Road, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, Landgate Arch, Hilders Cliff, High Street, The Mint, Wish Ward, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, Landgate, Bedford Place, Rye Salts.

14 Nov 2015 [TBC] St Austell Torchlight Carnival Sat 18:00 Torchlight procession, Tregonissey Road to Penwinnick Road. Lanterns, samba bands, jazz bands, cheer leaders, pirates, highwaymen, music, dance and lights. Music and stalls in the town from 10:00. More

14 Nov 2015 [TBC] St Austell Torchlight Carnival Sat 18:00 Torchlight procession, Tregonissey Road to Penwinnick Road. Lanterns, samba bands, jazz bands, cheer leaders, pirates, highwaymen, music, dance and lights. Music and stalls in the town from 10:00. More

15 Nov 2015 [TBC] Carlisle Christmas Lights Switch On Sun 14:00-17:30 Stage entertainment, 17:00 Christmas lights. Free event.

19 Nov 2015 World Water Day - Water Aid 2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation.

19 Nov 2015 [TBC] Slough Christmas Lights & Fireworks 18:00 Thursday, Town Square, High Street, Slough SL1 1DH. Dancers, entertainment, lights and fireworks.

19 Nov 2015 [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.

19 Nov 2015 [TBC] World's Biggest Liar Bridge Inn, Holmrook, Cumbria CA19 1UX. About £9 including supper.

20 Nov 2015 [TBC] Winchester Lantern Procession Fri 18:00-21:00 Cathedral Outer Close. An evening of free entertainment to celebrate the opening of the Christmas Market and Ice Rink. Live music from the Marwell Zoo Choir and seven-piece funk, jazz and classic dance band Funk Lab, and a pyrotechnic display. 18:30 Lantern procession around the Cathedral grounds ( not down the High Street this year).

20-22 Nov 2015 [TBC] Oxford Christmas Various events, but no lantern parade in 2014.

20-22 Nov 2015 [TBC] Christmas Craft and Food Fair Billing Aquadrome, Crow Lane, Northampton NN3 9DA. Avoid the hustle and bustle of the towns and come along to the Billing Christmas Craft and Food Fair. Crafts stalls, food & drink, Christmas gifts, children's entertainment and Santa's Grotto. Free event, parking £5 per vehicle all day.


20 Nov 2014 - 03 Jan 2016 [TBC] Winter Wonderland 10:00-22:00 Hyde Park, London. Ice Rink, Circus, Giant Wheel & Rides, Santa Land and Christmas Market.

20 Nov 2014 - 03 Jan 2016 [TBC] Royal Tunbridge Wells at Christmas Christmas outdoor ice skating rink, Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge. Visit Father Christmas in his traditional Christmas log cabin overlooking the ice rink. See link for skating prices and hire of skating boots. Tickets office 01892 554645.

21 Nov 2015 Robertsbridge Bonfire Sat 19:00 Torch processions in the High Street. High quality and atmospheric Sussex Bonfire, supported by about 20 Sussex Bonfire Societies. 20:00 Exceptional bonfire and fireworks. Parking available in the A21 lay-by - a small torch is useful here. Video 2012: Procession Fireworks Video 2013: Procession Fireworks Robertsbridge Bonfire Society

21 Nov 2015 [TBC] Barcombe Bonfire Saturday. Supported by Lewes and many of the Sussex Bonfire Societies. Processions from the Royal Oak. Bonfire and fireworks - all amazing and all free. Programme available via the website. Video: Procession Bonfire Bishop Firesite  Fireworks Website: Barcombe Bonfire

21 Nov 2015 [TBC] Bangor Christmas Fireworks Sat 17:30 Town Hall. Annual free festive musical fireworks and Christmas Tree lights.

22 Nov 2015 [TBC] The Moor's Christmas Party, Sheffield Sun 12:00-17:00 The Moor Ė Sheffield City Centre. 15:00 Lighting of the tree. Based on last year, appearances by Peppa Pig, real reindeer, snow machines, traditional music, Father Christmas and his helpful elf, giant walkabout snowman, food stalls, face painting, street entertainment, funfair rides & giveaways. Free event.

25 Nov 2015 [TBC] Great Yarmouth Christmas Wed 18:30 Live music on the Heart Stage, 19:00 Christmas lights switch-on and rooftop fireworks, 19:00-20:00 live music, most shops open until 20:30 and free parking in Borough Council run car parks from 16:00.

25-27 Nov 2015 [TBC] Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre St. Nicholas Church, the Priory and Market Place. Free entrance.

26 Nov 2015 [TBC] Salisbury Lantern Procession Thu 17:00-20:30. Hundreds of lanterns cast a festive light through the streets of Salisbury in this annual Lanterns for Salisbury parade on their way to the Salisbury Christmas Market. Tourist Info: 01722 342860 visitorinfo@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk

26 Nov - 03 Dec 2015 [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.

27 Nov 2015 [TBC] Devizes Lantern Procession & Fireworks Fri 12:00-20:30 Market Place & Corn Exchange. Craft and Gift Fair in the Corn Exchange, and an open air market in the Market Place. Food and Drink. 17:00 School choirs singing carols in The Brittox. 17:00-20:00 Street performers & fire jugglers. Giant Lantern Procession & Fireworks 2000 participants and 700 lanterns, sets off from High Street at 18:00 and stops off at The Wharf, where Santasís Grotto is located, and brings him back to the Market Place to switch on the lights at 18:45 from the balcony of The Bear Hotel. Lantern Line: 01380 723099. Tourist Information Centre: 01380 734669. Video: Parade Fireworks Fire Jugglers Devizes Christmas Festival

27 Nov 2015 [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.

27 Nov 2015 [TBC] Manchester Christmas Lantern Parade Fri 18:00 Tatton Park, Knutsford WA16 6QN. Christmas Lantern Parade with Father Christmas and his Reindeers, Prancer and Dancer. Bring along your Christmas wish list to pop into the special posting box. Bring along any no-longer wanted toys to donate to the Manchester Children's Hospital. Free event. The Gift Fair, shops and restaurant will be open until 19:30. Lantern parade line: 01625 374405.

28 Nov 2015 Hawkhurst Bonfire

28 Nov 2015 [TBC] Calne Winter Festival & Lantern Parade Sat 14:00 Town centre. 16:30 Lantern Parade from Bremhill View social club to town centre. Christmas lights switch on, fun fair, food and drink, street stalls, live music and entertainment on the main stage, children's fun and games, interactive theatrical experience in the grounds of Marden House. 18:00 Poss fireworks. The Calne Community go Lantern Crazy, with crowds of 10,000 lining the streets and walking in the parade. Info line: 01249 814000. Map Calne Winter Festival

28 Nov 2015 [TBC] Newport Winter Carnival Sat 17:45 Newport, Isle of Wight. Route: Lower Furrlongs into South Street, Upper St James Street, Upper Pyle Street, High Street, Quay Street and disperse on Newport Quay.

28 Nov 2015 [TBC] Huddersfield Festival of Light Sat. Energetic programme of  light-based art, wacky street theatre and live performances in the town centre. Later in the evening, celebrations close as music and cinema collide in St George's Square. events@kirklees.gov.uk Free event.

28 Nov 2015 [TBC] South Brent Illuminated Carnival, Devon Sat 18:15. Processions on the last Saturday in June and November. 01364 73292.

28 Nov 2015 [TBC] Godalming Christmas Festival & Lights 10:00-18:00 The Pepperpot. Live music all day. 17:00 Lights switch on. 17:15 Carols.

29 Nov 2015 [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

29 Nov 2015 [TBC] Bracknell Christmas Lights Sunday. Princess Square switch on 16:30, Charles Square switch on 17:00. Earlier in the afternoon there will be performances from Glee Club UK, Artemis Performing Arts Studio and the first live performance of the Dani Harmer Performing Arts Academy just before the lights are switched on in Charles Square. Spectactular fireworks display from the national 'Champion of Champions' Star Fireworks. More Fireworks Video Free event.

03 & 10 Dec 2015 [TBC] Winter Watch Parades, Chester Usually performed on the first two Thursdays in December. 19:00 Eastgate Clock, St Werburgh Street, Northgate Street, Bridge Street & Eastgate Street. Samba bands, dragons and a spectacular fire breathing finale, with the Chester Re-enactment group joining the Chester Watch and a group of giant skeletons.

04 Dec 2015 [TBC] Henley Christmas Festival Fri 17:00-21:00 Town Centre. This annual Christmas Festival in Henley Town Centre is a magical event with a Christmas Market, Fairground rides, Carol singing around the tree, 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

04 Dec 2015 [TBC] Midhurst Christmas Street Party Friday, Market Square, Midhurst. Free evening of festive fun for Midhurst residents, particularly younger children. Street performance, Punch & Judy, free children's rides, carol singers, live bands, street vendors selling roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and toffee apples, illuminated Christmas tree, Christmas lights and local radio station Spirit FM.

05 Dec 2015 [TBC] Cardiff Bay Christmas Saturday, Roald Dahl Plas, Cardiff Bay. 18:30 Lantern Parade. 19:00 Fireworks. Entertainment Stage. The 2014 event was cancelled.

06 Dec 2014 Rottingdean Smugglers Night

A night of fire, noise, drumming, costume, fireworks and Christmas fayre. Torch procession & fireworks, supported by South Heighton Bonfire Society.

17:30 Speeches, lit torches, flares and Chinese crackers, Black Horse Inn.
18:00 Fire Spinning Troupe, Street Fireworks and Drumming by Section 5, Skulldrummery and Maracatu Cruzeiro, at the village green.
19:00 Buccaneer March to War Memorial. South Heighton Bonfire Society, 300 torches, smugglers, bands and fire carts.
19:30 Speeches, prayers, minute silence, drum salute and street fireworks at the war memorial.
19:40 Drum band outside The Plough Inn, 200 torches, 100 crosses, bands, smugglers, tab and fire carts.
20:00 French Raiders March back to the coast. Commemoration of the dead from the Battle of Rottingdean. Destruction of Tab and Beach Ground fireworks.
20:30 Fireworks by Nevill Bonfire Society. Drum off on High Street.

Afternoon activities may include: lantern making workshops, WI refreshments, Santaís grotto, smugglers stall, Salvation Army band, fairground organ & sideshow, one man band, sea shanties, BBQ.  Free event.
Sussex Bonfire   Rottingdean Smugglers Video: Procession Fireworks The Smugglers Song

05 Dec 2015 [TBC] Adur Sea Of Lights Sat 13:00-18:00 Lancing and Sompting, Sussex. 15:45 Lantern procession, samba band and other creative people will head off for a colourful circuit of Lancing village, returning to Monks Recreation Ground for an orchestrated Grand Finale. The parade should finish approximately 17:00, but will be followed burning the fire sculptures and possible fireworks on the Monks Recreation ground.

05 Dec 2015 [TBC] Shropshire Christmas Light Events

05 Dec 2015 [TBC] Christmas On The Canal Canal-side next to the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester NN12 7SE. Christmas market, live music, illuminated Boats, Children's lantern procession, Carol Singing.

05 Dec 2015 [TBC] Rainham Village Victorian Xmas Fayre Sat 10:00-15:30 Rainham Village, Essex. Father Christmas, art exhibition, mulled drinks & mince pies, carol singers, Victorian characters and Morris dancing. Free entry.

05-06 Dec 2015 [TBC] Rochester Dickensian Christmas Street entertainment, readings, song and dance, stalls, Christmas carols, and familiar characters from Dickens stories. May well contain: Sat-Sun 11:00 The Seven Poor Travellers Procession - High Street - singing chimney sweeps. Sat-Sun 12:00 Grand Parade - High Street to Boley Hill Stage. Sat-Sun 16:45 Candlelit Procession, High Street to Boley Hill Stage for Christmas Carols. More More

06 Dec 2015 [TBC] Reading Toy Run Sun 13:00 Foster Wheeler (Formerly Shire Hall) to Wokingham Barnardo's. Annual motorcycle run in which 2000 Christian Bikers deliver new toys for children in Barnardo's care. Video Video2 Reading Toy Run

06 Dec 2015 [TBC] Jersey Christmas Parade Sun 18:00-19:20 The Esplanade, St. Helier. Floodlit floats, music and dance. Jersey Tourism 01534 448877.

07-20 Dec 2015 [TBC] More London Christmas Market 11:00-19:00 More London Riverside, London SE1 2DB. In conjunction with Tudor Markets. Chalet-style stalls selling a fabulous selection of gifts and stocking fillers, plus entertainment including choirs and the Salvation Army band. Free admission.

10 Dec 2015 [TBC] Poole Festivities & Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Falkland Square, High Street to the Guildhall. Procession of lanterns and illuminated works of art led by the Mayor and Town Crier, and carried by over 200 children, accompanied by Poole Sea Cadets and stilt walkers. High Street to the Guildhall to join the Old Town Conservation Group for Carols and mince pies.

10 Dec 2015 [TBC] Leamington Spa Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Royal Pump Rooms Gardens Bandstand. The procession will be accompanied by a local band and finish with Christmas carols around the Tree of Lights at the Town Hall. Free event.

12 Dec 2015 [TBC] Chase the Pudding Santa Dash Sat 11:00-13:00 Weymouth Beach, Dorset DT4 7AN. Hundreds of Santas chase the lonely Christmas pudding down the beach. Festive charity event supporting the British Heart Foundation. Come along in fancy dress. Purchase suits at www.bustinskin.com Cash prize for the winner.

12 Dec 2015 [TBC] World Christmas Cracker Throwing Championships Sat 12:00-14:00 Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, Devon. Men, women and children will in turn attempt to fling a Christmas cracker as far as they can along a specially marked out outdoor course, in a pedestrianised street. Just like pulling a cracker the secret to success will be in the technique and not power as any cunning child will tell you.

12 Dec 2015 [TBC] Maidenhead Lantern Procession Sat 17:00 Procession around town, from the Town Hall. 17:45 - 18:15 Maidenhead Concert Band. Lively parade of glowing lanterns and drummers on a journey through the town. The parade will culminate in a celebratory concert led by Maidenhead Concert Band. See "Burning The Clocks" in Brighton on Dec 21st, another event by Same Sky Video Maidenhead Lantern Parade

12 Dec 2015 [TBC] Brighton Santa Dash Sat 10:30 Hove Lawns opposite Adelaide Crescent near the Peace Statue. Hundreds of Santas run for Pass It On Africa, a Brighton-based charity building schools in the poorest parts of Africa. 5km course west along the seafront to Hove Lagoon and back.

12 Dec 2015 [TBC] De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Sat 14:30 De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex TN40 1DP. Join one of our experienced and passionate guides for a fascinating tour of this Grade One listed masterpiece of Modernist architecture. Hear about the building's history; from when it opened in 1935 to its current use as a thriving cultural centre for contemporary arts. Booking essential - 01424 229 111. Free event

13 Dec 2015 [TBC] Newbury Lantern Procession Sun 16:00-18:00 Northbrook Street to Market Place. Live music, a real community atmosphere and a glittering finale, the winter lantern procession has fast become a Christmas tradition in Newbury. Suitable for all ages. Free event.

17 Dec 2015 [TBC] River of Light, Caerphilly 18:30 Town Centre to the castle. Lantern parade with samba drummers, street bands and dancers. Spectacular firework finale. Free event.

17 Dec 2015 [TBC] Lincoln Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Cornhill & Steep Hill. Children from Westgate Academy will participate in the lantern procession carrying orange paper lanterns. The procession will arrive in Castle Hill at 18:30 for a nativity and carol service. Shops will open for late night shopping.

21 Dec 2015 [TBC] Burning The Clocks, Brighton Sun 18:30-20:30 Church Street to Madeira Drive. Giant Illuminated Lantern Procession. Beach Bonfire and Pyrotechnics. Video Procession Fireworks Burning The Clocks is organized by Same Sky, and has an attendance of 20,000. Free event.

21 Dec 2015 [TBC] Winter Solstice. Possible small gatherings at Stonehenge, Avebury, Glastonbury Tor etc. Sunrise just after 08:00.

SEASONAL SWIMS - 25 Dec 2015 [TBC]

Hunstanton 11:00 Promenade. Hundreds of madcap swimmers in fancy dress, watched by crowds of thousands on the beach. 01485 532610
Lowestoft 10:00 Hatfield Hotel.,200 swimmers, watched by crowds of thousands on the beach. (back on again)
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.
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 2015 [TBC] Windlesham Pram Race At 10:30 over 100 teams race through the village, raising money for charity. The annual Boxing Day 3.3 mile fun run stops at all the local pubs, and is very popular with competitors and spectators alike. Video: 2010 2011 2012 2013 Windlesham Pram Race

26 Dec 2015 [TBC] Pagham Pram Race 11:00 Boxing Day, whatever the weather. The oldest continuing pram race in the world, stopping at local pubs, and raising money for charity. 80 competitors expected. 3 mile course via The Bear Inn, Pagham Beach Cafe and finish at The Lamb Inn. info@paghampramrace.com

31 Dec 2015 [TBC] New Year's Eve Fireworks, London Midnight fireworks at the London Eye. Traditionally, 500,000 revelers have watched the intense free 10 minute display. Live DJs with music from 22:00 until 00:45. Extra facilities and first aid on Victoria Embankment and South Bank. Video: Dancing Revelers Fireworks Auld Lang Syne Now a ticketed event, limited to 100,000 people. Tickets cost £10. New Year's Eve Fireworks, London Free viewing areas include: Tower Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Cannon Street, Parliament Hill and Primrose Hill.

31 Dec 2015 [TBC] Cardiff New Year's Eve Fireworks. Cathays Park Midnight. Live music, mulled wine. christmasincardiff.com

31 Dec 2015 [TBC] Manchester New Year's Eve Fireworks. City-centre, best viewed from the Exchange Square.

31 Dec 2015 [TBC] New Year's Eve, Newcastle 16:00 Music and carnival performance around Greys Monument. 17:15 New Winter Carnival Parade, Greys Monument to Newcastle Quayside. 18:00 Early Fireworks over the river. 24:00 New-Year Fireworks over the river.

31 Dec 2015 [TBC] Weymouth New Years Eve Town Centre and harbour. Free fancy dress party with 20,000 revelers. Tourist Information Centre 01305 785747.

31 Dec 2015 [TBC] Fireball Procession, Stonehaven Midnight, High Street, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Spectacular and unique display involving 60 fireballs. Each fireball is a round cage of wire netting about two feet in circumference packed with paraffin soaked rags and coal and swung around on a wire rope. Video Free event.

31 Dec 2015 [TBC] St Ives New Year's Eve Fireworks, Cornwall Harbour area - revelers in fancy dress. At midnight everyone overspills onto the beach for the fireworks. The streets of St. Ives are closed for traffic at the bottom of Tregenna Hill.

31 Dec 2015 [TBC] Nos Galan Races 16:30-20:30 Mountain Ash, Cynon Valley, South Wales. 5km route around the town. More than 1,000 runners take part, with competitions for boys and girls, a fun run for adults and an elite race. Each year a famous mystery sports personality takes part. 18:45 Fireworks. 19:00 Elite Race, 19:30 Fun Race.

Edinburgh New Year

30 Dec 2015 [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 2015 [TBC] Hourly firework displays 21:00-24:00, Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill. At midnight, the worldís biggest rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Free event.

31 Dec 2015 [TBC] In addition, ticketed events include a concert, street party and Keilidh.

01 Jan 2013 Public Holiday - New Year's Day Holiday

01 Jan 2015 New Years Day Parade, London 12:00 Parade from Piccadilly, past Trafalgar Square, to finish at 15:30 on Parliament Street. 8,500 performers, marching bands, classic cars, balloons, cheerleaders, clowns, steel bands and 500,000 spectators. Video New Years Parade

01 Jan 2015 [TBC] Hyde Park Serpentine Runs 10k race starts at 11:00,  3k fun run starts at 12:00. Course Map

01 Jan 2015 [TBC] Bath Tub Race, Poole Harbour 11:00 Dolphin Haven and along The Quays. Organized by the Blue Boar pub (01202 682247) to raise funds for the RNLI and other charities. Attracts an audience of about 1000. Map

02-03 Jan 2016 [TBC] Icicle Balloon Meet Sat-Sun. Folly Dog Leg, Hungerford - nr RG17 0PJ. Informal gathering of up to 100 balloons, with morning flights, subject to weather conditions. Free viewing for the public at the launch site. On-site caterers: 01189 730454. Launch times will be decided at the pilot's briefing at 08:00. Organized by Dante Balloon Group.

03 Jan 2016 [TBC] Hartley Wintney Wassail Fri 19:00 Torch Procession from the Waggon & Horses RG27 8NY, east to the Vaughan Millennium Apple Orchard. Complementary cup of cider or apple juice at the orchard. Dancing and ceremony by Hook Eagle Morris Men. Please bring lanterns and torches. events@hartleywintney.org.uk Video: Waggon & Horses The Orchard The Apple Tree 01252 845152.

04 Jan 2016 [TBC] Twelfth Night, London Sun 14:15 South Bank. Twelfth Night is an annual seasonal celebration held on London's South Bank. A mix of ancient customs with contemporary festivity. It is free, accessible to all and happens whatever the weather. See the Holly Man in evergreen foliage, the Mummers dressed in spectacular colours, and all manner of characters. Twelfth Night, London

04 Jan 2016 [TBC] Bolney Wassail Sat 18:00 Old Mill Fruit Farm, Cowfold Road, Bolney, W Sussex, RH17 5SE. Ancient custom in which the evil spirits are driven out and the good spirits are encouraged to produce a good apple crop for the following year's cider. Morris dancing, torch procession and noisy ceremony. A shotgun is fired into the air, and everyone makes as much noise as possible.  Bring your own noisy instruments - rattles etc. Free event with lots of character, held in the apple orchard. Bottled apple juice will be on sale in the barn. Video: Procession Orchard Dancing Map Wassail Song Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men

06 Jan 2016 [TBC] 12th Night, Guildford Tue 19:30 The Star, then on to The Kings Head, The Angel, The Three Pigeons and The Royal Oak. Wassailing, mummers play, singing and storytelling with The Pilgrim Morris Men. Free entrance.

08-10 Jan 2016 [TBC] London International Ice Festival Fri-Sun: Wood Wharf, Jubilee Place Shopping Malls, Canary Wharf E14 5AX. Teams from around the globe captivate you with their artistic talent and competitive spirit. Be amazed by the fast sculpting Single Block competition. World-class ice sculpting teams! 3 days of excitement and fabulous sculptures. Chance for you to be the judge and vote. Masterclasses for the public to sculpt Penguins or Polar Bears. Free event. London International Ice Festival

08-10 Jan 2016 [TBC] Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival Sat 10:30-15:30 Procession with a decorated plough pulled by a local Morris side, 250 dancers, musicians and street performers. Sunday - Bear burning. Map

08-17 Jan 2016 [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 budget. Tickets

10 Jan 2016 [TBC] No Trousers Tube Ride, London Quirky annual event with up to 500 participants.

16 Jan 2016 [TBC] Pentacle Wassail Sat 18:30-23:00 Location - probably Stone Cross Nurseries, Dittons Road, Stone Cross, East Sussex BN24 5ET. Torch procession, Morris dancing, belly dancing, live music, apple bobbing and other games, face painting, bouncy castle and drumming. Supporting East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service. Video: Procession Orchard Dancing Pentacle Drummers Wassail. Facebook Free event.

16 Jan 2016 [TBC] Kilmersdon Wassail 12:00 Kilmersdon Village Hall, Radstock, Bath BA3 5TD. Procession to the Community Orchard where the ceremony will take place and then on to the Old School House for tea and apple cake. Tel 01761 437372. Free event.

16 Jan 2016 [TBC] Chepstow Wassail and Mari Lwyd Rowdy antics, combining the traditions of wassailing and the Welsh Mari Lwyd with mumming plays, morris dancing and a unique meeting of the English and Welsh on the Wye bridge.

16 Jan 2016 [TBC] Bracknell Wassail Sat 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).

17 Jan 2016 [TBC] Twyford Wassail Sun 11:30 OJB Morris at the Lands End Pub, Charvil, Twyford RG10 0UE. Morris dancing, Mummers play, and Wassail ceremony.

17 Jan 2016 [TBC] Royal Pavilion, Brighton Sun 10:00-16:30. The Royal Pavilion, Brighton BN1 1EE. Tel: 03000 290900. Annual open day - free entry. Come along and find out how you can get involved in helping to conserve and care for the Royal Pavilion all year round. Attendance 3,000. More.

23-24 Jan 2016 [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.

26 Jan 2016 [TBC] Australia Day Pub events and parties around London. More

26 Jan 2016 [TBC] Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Shetland The largest fire festival in Europe, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January every year. Torch-light procession of up to a thousand "guizers" through the streets of Lerwick, followed by the burning of a full-size replica Viking long-ship. A night of revelry, dancing and partying until dawn. Video

30 Jan 2016 [TBC] Warfield Walk n Wassail Saturday. Jealott's Hill Community Landshare, Wellers Lane, Warfield, Bracknell RG42 6EN. 13:30 Local informative walk led by an ex-ranger. Booking advised - call David Putt on 07867 695931. 15:00 Traditional Orchard Wassail. Ellington Morris Dancers, wassail songs, mulled cider, refreshments, tombola, gardening bric-a-brac stall and bonfire. Facebook Free event with free parking.

31 Jan 2016 [TBC] South Essex Radio Rally Sun 10:30 The Paddocks, Long Road, Canvey. Amateur radio & electronics. 01842 861089.

06 Feb 2016 [TBC] Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival

Sat 19:00-21:30 Biennial event. 1,500-strong lantern & torch parade, fire jugglers, drummers, and Celtic characters. Through woodland. Starts  from Marsden Station HD7 6AX, then up Reddisher Road to Tunnel End, into Waters Road then down the hill to the Watersedge area for a fire circus accompanied by music. Organiser Angie Boycott  says "a great atmosphere, a little bit edgy." Fantastic firework finale. Imbolc, pronounced "Imolc", is an ancient festival where fire represents the return of the Sun in the coming months. For more information, of if you would like to help: marsden.imbolc@hotmail.co.uk http://www.gofundme.com/4lhjbg#

Imbolc Facebook Video Map

06 Feb 2016 [TBC] Waitangi Pub Crawl, London The day New Zealanders let their hair down. Waitangi Day is 6th Feb, but London celebrates on the nearest Saturday. Sat 10:00 Pride of Paddington, 1 Craven Road, Paddington W2 3BP. Prince Alfred, 112 Queensway, Westbourne Green, Notting Hill W2 3RR.
The Old Swan, 206 Kensington Church Street, Notting Hill W8 4DP. Prince of Wales, 8 Kensington Church Street, Kensington W8 4EP. Duke of Clarence, 148 Old Brompton Road SW5 0BE. The Zetland Arms,
2 Bute Street, Old Brompton Road, Kensington SW7 3EX. The Phoenix, 14 Palace Street, Westminster, Victoria SW1E 5JA. The Old Star, 66 Broadway, St James's Park, Westminster SW1H 0DB. 16:00 Big gathering and Haka at Old Palace Yard off Parliament Square. Waitangi Day Pub Crawl, London The Pubs Haka Video More

06 Feb 2016 [TBC] Winter Lantern Parade, Tunbridge Wells 17:30 from Tunbridge Wells Library. Parade down Monson Road and Camden Road, finishing at St Barnabas School for food and entertainment.

07 Feb 2016 [TBC] Arun Divers Littlehampton Leap Sun 11:45 for 12:30 Footbridge, Arun View Inn, River Road, Littlehampton BN17 5DD. Intrepid jumpers in fancy dress leap into the River Arun for charity. A fun event for all ages, open to anyone with a minimum sponsorship fee or charity donation of £10 on the day. Leapers are encouraged to wear fancy dress, wetsuits or drysuits. Boats will be in the water to recover the Leapers and ferry them to the riverside, nobody will be in the water for more than 1 minute. Hot soup will be available in the bar at The Arun View Inn for all brave leapers. There will be a street collection for the charity and people are welcome to come and watch and take photo's. Afterwards in The Arun View Inn, there will also be a Grand Raffle prize draw. Sponsor forms are available for download at www.arundivers.org.uk or alternatively contact Gary Moore 07788 177773 Arun Divers

08-21 Feb 2016 [TBC] Imagine Children's Festival Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel 020 7960 4200. Top names in childrenís literature, dance, theatre and art. Enjoy free activities or just take in the atmosphere as children run the show.

09 Feb 2016 [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.

09 Feb 2016 [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.

09 Feb 2016 [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.

09 Feb 2016 [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 yearís 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

09-10 Feb 2016 [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

10 Feb 2016 [TBC] Glow In The Park Wed, Southampton Common. 18:00 Registration opens, 18:30 5km Race start, 19:15 10km Race Start.

13 Feb 2016 [TBC] Charity Pancake Olympics, Littlehampton Sat 11:00-13:00 High Street. Raise funds for a charity of your choice in this fun packed competition. Teams are invited to compete in four Olympic style disciplines but unlike the real thing it involves a lot of pancakes. There will be sprinting, relaying, flipping and even pancake curling!

13-17 Feb 2016 [TBC] Showzam, Blackpool Annual festival of circus, magic and new variety.

13-14 Feb 2016 [TBC] Chinese New Year Enjoy a special Chinese New Year celebration at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Highfields Park, plus others in Gedling, Broxtowe and Rushcliffe.

13-21 Feb 2016 [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 Wodenís 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

14 Feb 2016 [TBC] Chinese New Year, London - The year of the goat. 10:15 Grand Parade,  Duncannon Street. Commencing North of Trafalgar Square, ending on Shaftesbury Avenue (top of Rupert Street) in Chinatown, the Grand Parade will feature three traditional hand crafted floats given to London Chinatown by the People's Republic of China. 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square & Chinatown. Lion dance, martial arts, food and very noisy firecrackers. Video: Parade Firecrackers Website: www.chinatownlondon.org What's On

14 Feb 2016 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Birmingham Sun 11:30-17:30 Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TD. Dragon dances, acrobatics, Kung Fu, firecrackers, market stalls, food, childrenís rides and firework finale. Attendance 30,000. Free admission.
Tel: 0121 685 8510.

14 Feb 2016 [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.

14 Feb 2016 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Manchester Sun 11:00-19:00 Chinatown and Albert Square. 18:00 Fireworks. The high pole lion dance performance is set to be the most spectacular in the UK. Attendance 65,000.

14 Feb 2016 [TBC] Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London Sun 13:30-19:00 Trafalgar Square, with the official part starting at 15:00. Traditional and contemporary music, food, family entertainment and crafts etc. The festival will feature up to 12 bands and artists. Video Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London Free entrance.

18-20 Mar 2016 [TBC] Sport Relief Fri-Sun. Biennial charity event from Comic Relief. Up to 400,000 runners, raising £millions for charity. 1, 3 & 6 mile options. Sport Relief

19-21 Feb 2016 [TBC] Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb, Wakefield Fri-Sun Wakefield Cathedral Precinct. The finest regional produce, the most talented local chefs, a range of tours, walks, demonstrations, real ale and the biggest speciality market in the region. Free event.

21 Feb 2016 [TBC] Brighton Half Marathon Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive/ Seafront. 10,000 runners. Video1 Video2 Brighton Half

22 Feb - 07 Mar 2016 [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

27-28 Feb 2016 [TBC] Thoresby Country Fair Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Thoresby Park, Nr Ollerton, Nottinghamshire NG22 9EH. Glassblowing, woodturning, blacksmiths, artists, potters, textiles etc - hand crafted items available to purchase. Arena events - falconry, gundogs, horses etc. Food Marquee, trade stands and children's entertainment. About £10 adults, £9 concessions, £4 children.

28 Feb 2016 [TBC] Bath Half Marathon Sun 11:00 Great Pulteney Street. One of the longest established and most popular city road events in the UK, raising over £1.2 million for charity. The Runners Village is at the Bath Recreation Ground, open to both runners and spectators. Heart FM Roadshow, food and drink, first aid and toilets. Video Bath Half Marathon

28 Feb 2016 [TBC] St Davids Day Parade, Cardiff Sun 12:30 City Hall - Parade with floats, flags, bands, dragons and participants in national or historic dress. Route St Davids Day

04-07 Mar 2016 [TBC] Swanage Blues Festival, Dorset 36 Acts, 75 gigs and 18 indoor venues. Acoustic and electric blues-based music, open mic, jam sessions, workshops, rural and urban blues. Organised by Steve Darrington

06-07 Mar 2016 [TBC] The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships Sat-Sun. St George's Hall, Bradford BD1 1JT. Some of the finest Bands in Britain such as Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery, YBS and many others all competing in the Championship Section. Few contests are so fiercely competitive. About £6 per day.

13 Mar 2016 [TBC] Womenís Eights Head of the River Race Sat 09:30 Mortlake to Putney, 4 miles 374 yards. 3,000 athletes on the classic championship course.

13-14 & 20-21 Mar 2016 [TBC] Lambing Weekend, Wiltshire Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Lackham Farm, Wiltshire College Lackham, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2NY. Lackham House, museum of agriculture and rural life, gardens, woodland walk and animal centre. Lackham Country Park, Wiltshire Contact venue before traveling.

20 Mar 2016 [TBC] St Patricks Day, London Sun 12:00 Parade, Green Park to Trafalgar Square. 12:00-18:00 Irish Day Party, Trafalgar Square. Attendance: 125,000. Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 Video 4 Video 5 2014 Parade 2014 Trafalgar Sq

St Patrick's Day is on 17 March. The London celebrations are usually held on the nearest Sunday.

St Patricks Day, London

20 Mar 2016 [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.

20-21 Mar 2016 [TBC] Lambing Weekend, Wiltshire Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Lackham Farm, Wiltshire College Lackham, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2NY. Lackham House, museum of agriculture and rural life, gardens, woodland walk and animal centre. Lackham Country Park, Wiltshire Contact venue before traveling.

21 Mar 2016 [TBC] Reading Half Marathon Sun 10:15 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

21 Mar 2016 [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.

21 Mar 2016 [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.

03 Jul 2016 [TBC] Crowthorne Carnival Sat 12:00 Parade, Wellington Business Park to the Morgan Recreation Ground. Fete with live music stage. Held every two years. Crowthorne Carnival.

17-18 Jul 2016 [TBC] Bedford River Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-23:00. Historical Re-Enactments,  Live Music, Funfair, Continental Market. Attendance 350,000. Held every two years. Free. Saturday Events: Carnival 12:00 noon from De Parys Avenue to Riverside Square. On The River: 14:00 Parade of Cruisers, 16:00 Parade of Boats. 19:00 Dragon Boat final, 21:30 Illuminated Boat Parade. Heritage Village 15:00 Main Battle, Marine Landing & Ground Attack. Main Stage , Acoustic Stage, Community Stage, Sports Village. Amazing fireworks at 22:30 Saturday evening. Video:Carnival Vikings Boat Parade Illuminated Boat Parade Fireworks Bedford River Festival

17-18 Jul 2016 [TBC] Farnborough Airshow - Public Days Sat-Sun. 1,500 exhibitors & 270,000 visitors. Flying 12:30-17:00 daily. Gate ticket about £45. Biennial event.

18 Feb 2017 [TBC] Slaithwaite Moonraking Sat 14:00-20:30 Biennial event in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. 14:00-16:00 The Moonraking Mummers Play. 15:00-17:00 Dancing to live music on the Two Valleys Radio stage. 18:30 Moon Raking from the Canal & Giant Lantern Procession. 20:00 Spectacular Finale and fireworks with dancing on the street. Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival Finale Video Music1 Music2 Procession

10 Mar 2017 [TBC] Red Nose Day Friday. Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief every two years. On Red Nose Day everyone is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside, put on a Red Nose and do something a little bit silly to raise money - celebrities included! It culminates in a night of televised comedy and documentary films. Itís 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.

The Free-Events website lists hundreds of events in the UK. Many make ideal family days out and holiday ideas, whilst others are more adventurous, colourful, exciting, and even eccentric or quirky. We include carnivals and parades, firework displays, music festivals, county agricultural shows, pet shows, village fÍtes, sporting events, air shows, boat shows and many charity events. You will find event descriptions, dates, times and locations, and links to further information - blue for external information, red for internal pages with event descriptions and photographs. The main page lists brief descriptions of events in date order for the year ahead. If you would like your event considered for inclusion, please see the contacts page.


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