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 01 Dec 2019
English Public Holidays 2019
01 Jan 2019 Tue New Year's Day
English Public Holidays 2020
01 Jan 2020 Wed New Year's Day
|28 Nov - 01 Dec 2019 lluminate
Thu-Sun 17:30-22:00 Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon PL1 3RP.
Marking the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.
Light installations, projections, immersive visual art, music, food and bar.
Free event with optional participatory element with a small charge.
01 Dec 2019 Leamington Spa Lantern Procession Sun 16:15 Bandstand, Royal Pump Room Gardens. Family entertainment then 17:00 Lantern Parade to the Town Hall accompanied by carol singers, music and stilt walkers. It will finish with traditional Christmas carols by the Christmas Tree at the Town Hall. Free event.
01 Dec 2019 Carols in Hotham Park, Bognor Sun 16:30-18:30. Free event.
|05 & 12 Dec 2019 Winter
Watch Parades, Chester
19:00 Eastgate Clock, St Werburgh Street, Northgate Street, Bridge Street & Eastgate Street.
Samba bands, dragons and a spectacular fire breathing finale, with the Chester re-enactment group joining the Chester Watch and a group of giant skeletons.
|06 Dec 2019 Cardigan
Fri 19:00 Cardigan High Street to the Castle.
Giant lantern structures and hundreds of smaller lanterns.
Festive music, merriment, food and drink at the castle
Possible firework display.
|07 Dec 2018 Maidenhead
Sat 17:00 Illuminated Lantern Procession around town, starting from the Town Hall.
17:45-18:15 Maidenhead Concert Band outside the Town Hall.
See "Burning The Clocks" in Brighton on Dec 21st, another event by Same Sky
|08 Dec 2019 Reading
Sun 13:00 John Wood PLC, Reading RG2 9FW, (formerly Shire Hall) near M4 J11 to High Close School, Wiltshire Road, Wokingham RG40 1TT.
Annual motorcycle run in which 2000 Christian Bikers in fancy dress deliver new toys for those in Barnardo's care.
07 Dec 2019 St Ives Lantern Parade, Cornwall Sat 18:00 Barnoon Hill, Lifeboat Hill and along the Wharf.
07 Dec 2019 Mevagissey Christmas Lights Sat 16:30-18:30 The Quay. Probable lantern procession and carol singing. 18:00 Lights switch-on.
Harmony Of The Seas -227,000 tons, 1188 feet, 16 passenger decks.
Cruise Ship Schedule
Southampton Sailings - Mayflower Park is often an ideal viewing point. Information is for recreational use only.
01 Dec 2019
Of London Events
Sun 01 Dec 2019 Rowing Event KHSBC Inter-House
Christmas Regatta, Chiswick Quay Marina to Barnes Bridge 13:45-15:45
Events London & Windsor
Wed 11 Dec 2019 Coldstream Guards' Trumpets at 6.30pm in the Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ. Free admission, retiring collection.
Tue 17 Dec 2019 Guards' Chapel Recital Series at 13:10hrs in the Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ. The Nutcracker Suite - Coldstream Guards Jazz Orchestra. Free admission, retiring collection.
Tue 17 Dec 2019 Household Division Concert Series: The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra presents 'A Very Merry Christmas' in the Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ at 7.00pm. Free admission, retiring collection.
15 Nov 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 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 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 Winter Wonderland 10:00-22:00 Hyde Park, London. Ice Rink, Circus, Giant Wheel & Rides, Santa Land and Christmas Market.
28 Nov - 05 Dec 2019 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.
Nottingham Showground, Newark NG24 2NY.
Thu 09:00-18:00 -
buyers two day ticket about £20.
The largest event
of its kind in Europe, with up to 2,500 stands on a 84 acres site.
Thu-Fri 05-06 Dec 2019
08 Nov 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 Southbank Winter Market, London Wooden chalets filled with festive food, drinks, gifts and treats for all.
07 Dec 2019 [TBC] Santacon London Sat 11:00-17:00 About 1000 naughty Santas roam the streets of London. Free, but registration required.
07-08 Dec 2019 Rochester Dickensian Christmas Sat-Sun 11:00-17:30 High Street & Bolney Hill. Street entertainment, readings, song and dance, stalls, Christmas carols, and familiar characters from Dickens stories. 11:00 Seven Poor Travelers’ Procession Led by The Right Royal Revels from outside The Guildhall Museum, High Street to The Six Poor Travellers’ House. 12:00 Main Parade of costumed characters from High Street to the Boley Hill Stage. 16:45 Candlelit Parade from High Street to Boley Hill, to join the carol concert on the open-air stage.
13:30-17:00 St Marys Church Hall, (Opposite St Marys Church), Church Street, Twickenham TW1 3NJ.
A wide variety of local hand-made crafts, in a
family orientated environment with no stairs or steps. Free
Sat 07 Dec 2019 (Christmas Themed)
Sat 20 Jun 2020 [TBC]
There are also ladies pamper evenings - please see link.
07 Dec 2019 [Limited event this year - see website] Rottingdean Smugglers Night
17:30-21:00 A night of fire, noise, drumming, costume, fireworks and Christmas fayre. Torch procession & fireworks, supported by South Heighton Bonfire Society.
Torches, flares and Chinese crackers at the Black Horse Inn.
12 Dec 2019 Poole Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Falkland Square, Poole, BH15 1AB.Join local school children for a seasonal lantern procession through the High Street followed by carols and mince pies at the historic Guildhall.
12 Dec 2019 [TBC] Lincoln Lantern Procession & Light Show Thu 17:00-20:00 Join in the festive parade carrying paper lanterns through the streets of Lincoln, ending with a light show on City Square. This Christmas, join as hundreds of families parade down from Castle Hill to City Square carrying paper lanterns. The evening will begin at 5pm at Castle Hill with Carols and a Nativity Play. Warm up with a hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts and get your paper lanterns from stalls on Castle Hill before the start of the parade. Then follow the marching band down Steep Hill, through Lincoln High Street to City Square where the evening will conclude with a spectacular light show.
13 Dec 2018 Hungerford Christmas Extravaganza Fri evening High Street. and night. Parade, entertainment, Christmas lights, traditional steam engines, fairground organs, food and charity stalls.
15 Dec 2019 [TBC] Alnwick Grand Light Parade 17:15-18:30 Alnwick Garden and through the town. The Alnwick Garden is off the A1 to the North of Alnwick, and is well signposted. The main Garden car park is off Denwick Lane NE66 1YU.
15 Dec 2019 [TBC] Newbury Lantern Procession Sun 16:00-18:00 Northbrook Street to Market Place. Winter lantern procession live music and a glittering finale. Free event.
16 Dec 2019 [TBC] Mayor
of London Christmas Carol Service Mon
19:00-20:00 Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA. The
Mayor will deliver his Christmas message and the Metropolitan Police Choir and
The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir will be performing traditional carols.
|19 Dec 2019 Candle
Lighting Ceremony & Christmas Gathering
To mark the winter solstice, a meditative time of
quiet reflection to remember our loved ones in this world or the next.
The Hamblin Trust is a spiritual and educational charity whose purpose is to help people experience health, happiness and inner fulfilment. It promotes a holistic approach to living.
19 Dec 2019 [TBC] River of Light, Caerphilly 18:30 Town Centre to the castle. Lantern parade with samba drummers, street bands and dancers. Spectacular firework finale.
19 Dec 2019 [TBC] Christmas Lantern Procession 18:00 followed by carol singing around the Christmas tree in the Market Place. Great Yarmouth Events
21 Dec 2019 [TBC] Burning The Clocks, Brighton 18:30-20:30 New Road to Madeira Drive. The Illuminated Lantern Procession, with 1,500 participants, makes its way through North Street, Ship Street, East Street, onto the seafront and along to Madeira Drive. The fireshow will take place on the beach with viewing from Madeira Drive and the Upper Terrace on Marine Parade. The finale will contain loud music and pyrotechnics. Video Procession Fireworks Burning The Clocks is organized by Same Sky, and has an attendance of 20,000. Free event.
21 Dec 2019 [TBC] Winter Solstice, Stonehenge English Heritage welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. 06:00 Parking opens - £5 per car £2 per motorbike. 07:45 Monument field opens, 10:00 Monument field closes. Access to Stonehenge for Winter Solstice is free. Possible small gatherings at Avebury, Glastonbury Tor etc.
- 25 Dec 2019 [TBC]
11:00 Promenade. Hundreds of madcap swimmers in fancy dress, watched by
crowds of thousands on the beach. 01485 532610
26 Dec 2019 [TBC] Windlesham Pram Race At 10:30 over 100 teams race through the village, raising money for charity. The annual Boxing Day 3.3 mile fun run stops at all the local pubs, and is very popular with competitors and spectators alike. From 09:30 Scrutineering, judging and photographs commence. 10:30 Fastest Pram racers depart. 10:35 First batch of 20 teams start. Scrutineering etc continues. 10:40 Second batch of 20 teams start and so on. 13:30 Race finish and prizes. Video: 2010 2011 2012 2013 The Course: The event starts at Highams Hall/Kamkorp Park (formerly Linde Group/BOC) on the Chertsey Road and finishes at The Windlesham Club & Theatre, Kennel Lane, where the prizes are awarded. On route racers will visit The Brickmakers Arms, The Surrey Cricketers, The Sun, The Half Moon and The Bee pubs. Windlesham Pram Race
26 Dec 2019 [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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bolton Steam Museum, Mornington Road, Chorley Old Rd, Bolton BL1 4EU. Tel 01204 846490.
Our volunteers have rescued and restored 30 old stationary steam engines - some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woolen mills of the North of England. Some of our engines are now unique - the only one of its kind to survive anywhere in the world! Our oldest is now 180 years old and most are well over 100 years old! Most will be running in steam on these 2 days only from 10:00-16:00 and admission is free. There is an activity sheet for the children, and hot & cold drinks and snacks in the Engine View Cafe. Full disabled access and free unlimited parking on Morrison''s Supermarket car park next to the Museum. The Museum is normally closed at other times, apart from the Volunteers working days every Wednesday and Sunday, when casual visitors are welcome, but engines will not be running and the cafe is closed.
Fri-Sat 27-28 Dec 2019 Winter Warm-Up.
28 Nov 2019 - 02 Jan 2020 [TBC] London Bridge City Christmas Market 10:00-20:00 More London Riverside, Hay's Galleria, London bridge City Pier. German-style wooden chalets and over 100 stalls featuring exciting and independent traders, food vendors and festive activities.
31 Dec 2019 [TBC] NewcastleGateshead Quayside Fireworks Midnight, New Year's Eve, NewcastleGateshead Quayside. Fireworks light up the Tyne against the iconic backdrop of the seven bridges. Free event.
31 Dec 2019 [TBC] Weymouth New Years Eve Town Centre and harbour. Free fancy dress party with 20,000 revelers. Tourist Information Centre 01305 785747.31 Dec 2019 [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 2019 [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 2019 [TBC] New Year's Eve Fireworks, London Spectacular Midnight fireworks at the London Eye. Live DJs with music from 22:00 until 00:45. £10 advance tickets, limited to 100,000 people, but free viewing is possible from the surrounding area. Video: Dancing Revelers Fireworks Auld Lang Syne New Year's Eve Fireworks, London
15 Mar 2020 Sun. St Patrick's Day, Trafalgar Square. Free event.
Green Events is a not-for-profit company whose aim is to benefit the local economy of Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, by attracting visitors to the town through unusual events.
31 Dec 2019 New Year's Walk
Dec 2019 Torchlight Procession 19:00
31 Dec 2019 [TBC] Nos Galan Races 16:30-20:30 Mountain Ash, Cynon Valley, South Wales. 5km route around the town. More than 1,000 runners take part, with competitions for boys and girls, a fun run for adults and an elite race. Each year a famous mystery sports personality takes part. 18:45 Fireworks. 19:00 Elite Race, 19:30 Fun Race.
31 Dec 2019 [TBC] Cardiff New Year's Eve Fireworks Midnight Fireworks at Cardiff's Winter Wonderland, Civic Centre. Free event.
31 Dec 2019 [TBC] Manchester New Year's Eve Fireworks. City-centre, best viewed from the Exchange Square.
01 Jan Public Holiday - New Year's Day Holiday
01 Jan 2019 [TBC] New Years Day Parade, London 12:00 Parade from Piccadilly, past Trafalgar Square, to finish at 15:30 on Parliament Street. 10,000 performers, marching bands, classic cars, balloons, cheerleaders, clowns, steel bands and 500,000 spectators. Video New Years Day Parade, London
01 Jan 2019 [TBC] Hyde Park Serpentine Runs 10k race starts at 11:00, 3k fun run starts at 12:00. Course Map
01 Jan 2019 [TBC] Bath Tub Race, Poole Harbour 10:30 Dolphin Haven and along The Quays. Organized by the Blue Boar pub (01202 682247) to raise funds for the RNLI and other charities. Attracts an audience of about 1000. Map01 Jan 2019 [TBC] Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race 12:00. Annual charity race of about 20 teams in fancy dress. Start and finish at School Road Car Park, Sunninghill and the course distance is 1 mile.
03 Jan 2020 [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. email@example.com Video: Waggon & Horses The Orchard The Apple Tree 01252 845152. Dancing and ceremony by Hook Eagle Morris Men. Please bring lanterns and torches.
04 Jan 2020 [TBC] Bolney Wassail Sat 18:00 Old Mill Fruit Farm, Cowfold Road, Bolney, W Sussex, RH17 5SE. Ancient custom in which the evil spirits are driven out and the good spirits are encouraged to produce a good apple crop for the following year's cider. Morris dancing, torch procession and noisy ceremony. A shotgun is fired into the air, and everyone makes as much noise as possible. Bring your own noisy instruments - rattles etc. Free event with lots of character, held in the apple orchard. Bottled apple juice will be on sale in the barn. Video: Procession Orchard Dancing Map Wassail Song Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men. Event subject to weather & ground conditions.
05 Jan 2020 [TBC] Arun Divers Littlehampton Leap Sun 12:00 Red Bridge, Arun View Inn, River Road, Littlehampton BN17 5DD. Intrepid jumpers in fancy dress leap into the River Arun for charity. A fun event for all ages, open to anyone with a minimum sponsorship fee or charity donation of about £10 on the day. Leapers are encouraged to wear fancy dress, wetsuits or drysuits. Boats will be in the water to recover the Leapers and ferry them to the riverside, nobody will be in the water for more than 1 minute. Hot soup will be available in the bar at The Arun View Inn for all brave leapers. There will be a street collection for the charity and people are welcome to come and watch and take photo's. Afterwards in The Arun View Inn, there will also be a Grand Raffle prize draw. Sponsor forms are available for download at www.arundivers.org.uk or alternatively contact Gary Moore 07788 177773 Arun Divers 2019
05 Jan 2020 [TBC] Twelfth Night, London Sun 14:00 Bankside, outside Shakespere's Globe. Twelfth Night is an annual seasonal celebration held on London's South Bank. A mix of ancient customs with contemporary festivity. It is free, accessible to all and happens whatever the weather. See the Holly Man in evergreen foliage, the Mummers dressed in spectacular colours, and all manner of characters. Twelfth Night, London
05 Jan 2020 [TBC] 12th Night, Guildford Sun Twelfth Night - Mummers Play and Wassail. The Pilgrim Mummers will be touring Guildford bringing entertainment and general jollity in the following locations: 19:15 The Star, 20:00 The Three Pigeons, 20:30 The Angel Hotel, 21:30 The Keep, 22:00 The Royal Oak
11 Jan 2020 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade Sat 16:00 North Street. Possible fireworks after.
11 Jan 2020 Bracknell Wassail 17:30-19:00 Lily Hill Park. Small traditional orchard wassail, suitable for all. Bring cider or apple juice. Meet at north car park, Lily Hill Road RG12 2RX Video. Bracknell Wassail.
11-12 Jan 2020 Winter Classic, Newark Showground. Hundreds of classic machines and traders.
01-02 Feb 2020 Bristol Classic Motorcycle show, Royal Bath and West Showground.
15-16 Feb 2020 The Hagon Shocks Classic Dirt Bike Show, Telford International Centre.
12 Jan 2020 [TBC] Royal Pavilion, Brighton Sun 10:00-16:30. The Royal Pavilion, Brighton BN1 1EE. Tel: 03000 290900. Annual open day with an attendance of 3,000. Come along and find out how you can get involved in helping to conserve and care for the Royal Pavilion all year round. More. Free event.
18 Jan 2020 [TBC] Pentacle Wassail Sat 18:00–23:00 The Royal Oak and Castle Pub High St, Pevensey, East Sussex BN24 5LE. Flaming torch procession, drumming, dancing and wassailing. Video: Procession Orchard Dancing Pentacle Drummers Wassail Facebook Free event. 2019
18 Jan 2020 [TBC] Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival Procession 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
18 Jan 2020 [TBC] Chepstow Wassail and Mari Lwyd 14:30 Three Tuns, Bridge Street. Morris Dancing and capers. 15:00 Wassail of the Chepstow Castle Dell Apple Trees. Singing & Dancing. 16:00 Mari Lwyd at The Three Tuns. Several Authentic Horses Heads Dressed in the Traditional Way. Welsh/English Banter, Lots of Singing/Colour/Fun. 17:30 Morris Dancing, Music and Noise, Chepstow Bridge. 18:30 Meeting of the English and the Welsh in the Middle of the OldIron Bridge. “It’s like going to War and then all Peace breaks out!” 19:15 The Mari Lwyd Performed at the Chepstow Museum. All Floodlit, Great for Viewing and Rumours of Hot Mulled Cider! 20:00 Ceilidh Dance at the Drill Hall £6. Licenced Bar.
19 Jan 2020 [TBC] Wokingham Wassail Sun 11:30 OJB Morris at Wokingham Town Square RG40 1AS. Morris dancing, Mummers play, and Wassail ceremony.
26 Jan 2020 [TBC] Chinese New Year, London Sun 10:00 Parade, North of Trafalgar Square, Charring Cross Road, Shaftesbury Avenue. 11:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square - Lion dance, martial arts, food, firecrackers, pyrotechnics and light show. On Wardour Street and Gerrard Street you’ll find craft stalls, Chinese food stands and more traditional dance. Shaftesbury Avenue stage will host local up-and-coming talent. Charing Cross Road will feature musical performances, martial arts displays, crafts and workshops. Expect huge crowds in Trafalgar Square - main stage with music, lion dances and fireworks. Video: Parade Firecrackers Website: visitlondon.com Free event
26 Jan 2020 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Manchester Sun 12:00-18:00 Chinatown and Albert Square. 12:30 Dragon Parade with 175ft dragon, 18:00 Fireworks. Attendance 65,000.
26 Jan 2020 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Birmingham Sun 11:30-16:00 China Town, Ladywell Walk, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4RT. Dragon dances, acrobatics, Kung Fu, firecrackers, market stalls, food, children’s rides and firework finale. Attendance 30,000. Tel: 0121 685 8510. Free event.
26 Jan 2020 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Liverpool Sun 11:30-16.30 Great George Street/Nelson Street. Dragon Parades, firecrackers, music, Martial arts etc.
26 Jan 2020 [TBC] Australia Day - pub events and parties around London.
28 Jan 2020 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
2020 [TBC] Marsden
Imbolc Fire Festival
Sat 19:00-21:30 Biennial event held on the first Saturday in February. 1,500-strong lantern & torch parade, fire jugglers, drummers, and Celtic characters. Through woodland. Starts from Marsden Station HD7 6AX, then up Reddisher Road to Tunnel End, into Waters Road then down the hill to the Watersedge area for a fire circus accompanied by music. Organiser Angie Boycott says "a great atmosphere, a little bit edgy." Fantastic firework finale. Imbolc, pronounced "Imolc", is an ancient festival where fire represents the return of the Sun in the coming months.
For more information, of if you would like to help: firstname.lastname@example.org
01 Feb 2020 [TBC] Waitangi Pub Crawl, London The day New Zealanders let their hair down. Sat 10:00 Pride of Paddington, 1 Craven Road, Paddington W2 3BP. Prince Alfred, 112 Queensway, Westbourne Green, Notting Hill W2 3RR. The Old Swan, 206 Kensington Church Street, Notting Hill W8 4DP. Prince of Wales, 8 Kensington Church Street, Kensington W8 4EP. Duke of Clarence, 148 Old Brompton Road SW5 0BE. The Zetland Arms, 2 Bute Street, Old Brompton Road, Kensington SW7 3EX. The Phoenix, 14 Palace Street, Westminster, Victoria SW1E 5JA. The Old Star, 66 Broadway, St James's Park, Westminster SW1H 0DB. 16:00 Big gathering and Haka at Parliament Square. Waitangi Day Pub Crawl, London The Pubs Haka Video More
02 Feb 2020 [TBC] Canvey Island Radio and Electronics Rally Sun 10:00 Cornelius Vermuyden School, Dinant Avenue, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 9QS. Amateur radio & electronics. 01842 861089.08 Feb 2020 [TBC] Winter Lantern Parade, Tunbridge Wells Sat 17:30 Parade from The Royal Victoria Place, up Camden Road, right into Albion Road, left into Auckland Road, and into the Grosvenor and Hilbert Recreation Ground.
12-23 Feb 2020 [TBC] Imagine Children's Festival Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel 020 7960 4200. The best children’s theatre, literature and music, with plenty of workshops and free events for everyone. Draw, write, read, play, sing, dance and create, with lots to do for ages 0 to 12.
15-23 Feb 2020 [TBC] Brighton Science Festival A selection of great science activities, shows and workshops for young people around Brighton.
19-26 Feb 2020 [TBC] Jorvik Viking Festival, York Viking arts, music, drama and action, with many free events. The final Saturday is Battle Day 10:00-17:00 Activities all day - St Sampson's Square, Hungate, Museum Gardens - have-a-go archery and bird of prey displays. 13.00 Earl Ealdred leads his troops from Museum Gardens across the city to Coppergate. 17:00 Gates open for Festival Battle Finale and Boat Burning at the racecourse. Dramatic reconstruction of the Battle of Woden’s Field in 910AD. Fire jugglers, warriors, special effects and fireworks. Food and drink available. Pre-booking essential. Details
21-23 Feb 2020 [TBC] Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb Fri-Sun Wakefield Cathedral Precinct. The finest regional produce, the most talented local chefs, a range of tours, walks, demonstrations, real ale and the biggest speciality market in the region. Free event.
Events - Please
confirm details with organizers before traveling.
22 Feb 2020 [TBC] Hampshire
Pride 14:00 Parade from Great Hall. 15:00 Street festival, Ell Court.
23 Feb 2020 [TBC] Brighton Half Marathon Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive/ Seafront. 10,000 runners. Video1 Video2 Brighton Half Marathon
23 Feb - 08 Mar 2020 [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
25 Feb 2020 [TBC] Flipping Marvelous Pancake Race Tue 12:30-13:30 More London, London Bridge City, SE1. Southbank, near Tower Bridge. Free event.
25 Feb 2020 [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.
25 Feb 2020 [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.
25 Feb 2020 [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.
25 Feb 2020 [TBC] Leadenhall
Market Pancake Race Shrove Tuesday 12:30 Outside The Lamb Tavern, 10-12
25-26 Feb 2020 [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
Blues Festival, Dorset
60 gigs, 30 bands and 15 indoor venues, many
free. Acoustic and electric blues-based music, open mic, jam sessions,
workshops, rural and urban blues.
27 Feb - 02 Mar 2020 [TBC]
01-04 Oct 2020 [TBC]
29 Feb 2020 [TBC] Littlehampton Pancake Olympics Sat 11:00-13:00 High Street. Raise funds for a charity of your choice in this fun packed competition. Teams are invited to compete in four Olympic style disciplines but unlike the real thing it involves a lot of pancakes. There will be sprinting, relaying, flipping and even pancake curling!
Mar 2020 Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London A programme of events celebrating the diversity of Russian culture. Video Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London
01 Mar 2020 St Davids Day, Cardiff Sun 12:30 Cardiff City Hall. Parade with floats, flags, bands, dragons and participants in national or historic dress. Route St Davids Day Parade, Cardiff
01-02 Mar 2020 [TBC] The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships Sat-Sun. Huddersfield Town Hall. Some of the finest Bands in Britain such as Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery, YBS and many others all competing in the Championship Section. Few contests are so fiercely competitive. Tickets about £6 to £10 per day.
Event held twice a year over a weekend in March
and September at Henfold Lakes, Henfold Lane, Dorking, Surrey RH5
7k, 14k, 21k & 28k Mud & Obstacle challenge with 100 challenging
7k, 14k, 21k & 28k Mud & Obstacle challenge with 100 challenging obstacles.Racing is started in waves from about 09:00 onwards.
01-02 Mar 2020 [TBC] Winter Nuts
11-14 Mar 2020 [TBC] Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair NEC Birmingham B40 1NT. Wed-Fri 09:30-16:00 School groups. Sat 09:00-16:30 Main family day. The largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. Join us on a voyage of discovery of virtual reality, medicine, marine biology, film and TV, space exploration, explosive chemistry, crime-solving, robots, computer coding, microscopic bugs, giant trucks and more. High-octane theatre shows, 150+ interactive stands and workshops, Inspiring science and engineering projects, Careers information, resources and activities. Free event Registration required.
14 Mar 2020 [TBC] Women’s Eights Head of the River Race Sat 09:45 Mortlake to Putney, 4 miles 374 yards. 3,000 athletes on the classic championship course. The largest women’s rowing race in the world with around 2,880 women racing and 320 crews taking part. It is the only race in the UK where novices can compete in the same race as Olympic champions and as such attracts a wide range of rowers from clubs and universities.
14-20 Mar 2020 [TBC] Sport Relief Fri-Sun. Biennial charity event from Comic Relief. Up to 400,000 runners, raising £millions for charity. 1, 3 & 6 mile options. Sport Relief
15 Mar 2020 [TBC] St Patricks Day, London London St Patrick’s Festival brings three days of Irish-themed events to London from 17-19 March. Come and enjoy music, a food market, art, history trails, children’s activities, music and poetry on the Underground and film screenings. This free event is organised by the Mayor of London. Sun 12:00 Parade, Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square, featuring London Irish sports clubs, dance schools, marching bands, community organisations and pageantry. 12:00-18:00 Irish Day Party, Trafalgar Square. Attendance 125,000. Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 Video 4 Video 5 2014 Parade 2014 Trafalgar Sq St Patricks Day, London
15 Mar 2020 [TBC] Reading Half Marathon Sun 10:00 Green Park, Madejski Stadium. Major event with up to 16,500 competitors. Usually an early sell-out for runners. Video: 2015 2014 2012 2011 Reading Half Marathon
15 Mar 2020 [TBC] St Patricks Day, Birmingham Sun 12:00-18:00. 12:00 Confetti Blast signals the start of the parade - Camp Hill, Digbeth High Street past traditional Irish pubs, ending on Alcester Street. Pipe bands, floats, Irish music, county flag bearers, Irish dancing, tractors and steam engines. Generally held on the Sunday before St Patrick's Day.
15 Mar 2020 [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
21-22 & 28-29 Mar 2020 [TBC] Lambing Weekend, Wiltshire Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Lackham Farm, Wiltshire College Lackham, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2NY. Lackham House, museum of agriculture and rural life, gardens, woodland walk and animal centre. About £8. Please contact the venue before traveling. Lackham Country Park, Wiltshire
22 Mar 2020 [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.
22 Mar 2020 [TBC] Hastings Half Marathon Sun 10:30 Start - Sea Road, St Leonards-on-Sea. 5000 runners, entertainment, music and lots of spectators. Route Organised by The Hastings Lions Club.
22 Mar 2020 [TBC] World Water Day - Water Aid 2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation.
28 Mar 2020 [TBC] Head of the River Race Sat 11:30 Mortlake to Putney. A processional race for eights rowed over the 4.25 mile championship course. Up to 420 crews and 3750 competitors start at 10-second intervals. Video Head of the River Race, London
28 Mar 2020 [TBC] Corby Mardi Gras Sat 13:00-20:00 Outside Corby Cube, NN17 1QG. In partnership with Made in Corby, ArtReach presents a spectacular event that invites the community of Corby to experience a day of street theatre performances, live music, inspirational sound installations and captivating illuminated sculptures. Free event.
29 Mar 2020 Start of British Summer Time - clocks go forward 1 Hour
29 Mar 2020 Tough Guy
Tattenhall Horse Sanctuary, South Perton Farm, Wolverhampton WV6 7HB. Tel: 01902 764422.
Mud & Obstacle Running - physically challenging, mentally demanding and fear inducing. Video
Without Weapons To End All Wars Event.
01-05 Apr 2020 [TBC] Winter Dressage Championships Hartpury Arena, Gloucester GL19 3BE. Whether you’re a fan or know nothing about dressage, you will be amazed at the power and elegance of these horses. Public admission is free, except for the Friday & Saturday Gala Evenings.
03-04 Apr 2020 North Leeds Charity Beer Festival North Leeds Cricket Club, The Homestead, Old Park Road, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1JX. In association with The Rotary Club of Roundhay. Fri 17:00-23:00, Sat 12:00-23:00. 36 Real Ales from 8 breweries, Gin Bar. About £10 entry, inc glass, programme & 3 tokens.
04 Apr 2020 [TBC] Incarnation Brighton Sat 10:00-18:00 Madeira Drive. Hundreds of performance cars on display. Organised by the Ace Cafe. Free event.
04 Apr 2020 [TBC] The Grand National Saturday, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. 30 fences, 4 miles and 4 furlongs. The Steeplechase Enclosure is a great place to experience the atmosphere of the Grand National - adult tickets about £35.
05 Apr 2020 [TBC] The Boat Race Sunday. Putney to Mortlake, London. Women's Race 14:13, Men's Race 15:10. The annual 4 mile race takes about 20 minutes, and attracts up to 250,000 spectators to the Thames riverbank. Giant viewing screens at Bishops Park in Putney near the start, and at Furnival Gardens in Hammersmith, at the 2 mile point. Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race
05 Apr 2020 [TBC] Sharrow Lantern Carnival, Sheffield Sun 19:30 for 20:00 set-off from Mount Pleasant Park. Giant procession along Vincent Road, Sharrow Lane, London Road, Lansdowne Estate and Cemetery Road. Hundreds of beautiful lanterns. 21:00-22:30 Spectacular finale in the General Cemetery. If it rains the carnival will be postponed for a week. Call Lu on 07854 983197 for info. Video: Procession Samba Choir Map Sharrow Lantern Carnival, Sheffield
07 Apr - 29 Sept 2020 [TBC] Dream Machines, Poole Tuesdays 18:00-21:00 Poole Quay and Harbour. The latest super bikes, custom builds, vintage classics and trikes. A superb range of motorbikes where bikers and spectators enjoy a unique relaxed atmosphere. Organised by Poole Tourism, the friendly meet regularly draws over 1000 riders from across the UK for 26 weeks of classic ride outs. Good selection of cafes, bars and restaurants to relax and have a bite to eat. The Quay is closed to all traffic from 17:30 and open to bikes only from 18:00.
12 Apr 2020 [TBC] Brighton Marathon Sun 09:45 Start at Preston Park. The route is south to the Seafront, east towards Rottingdean, west to Shoreham power station then back to the Pier to finish. Several loops to make up the distance to 26 miles. Live band, DJ's etc at Preston Park, Rosehill Terrace, New Road, The Level, Old Steine, Brighton Band Stand, Hove Lawns, New Church Road and Shoreham Power Station. Course Map Video: Warm-up Start Brighton Marathon
12 Apr 2020 [TBC] West London Radio & Electronics Show Sun, Kempton Park racecourse, Sunbury on Thames. Amateur radio equipment, computing, test equipment, and components etc. Entrance about £4. West London Radio & Electronics Show
10 & 13 Apr 2020 Horsham Piazza Italia Fri & Mon Easter Weekend 10:00-16:00 Horsham Town Centre. Fabulous cars and bikes, Italian food and street entertainment. Italian Supercars and Superbikes etc. Video: Ducati Parade Ferrari Parade Supercar Parade Horsham Piazza Italia Horsham Time Well Spent
13 Apr 2020 Bolney Pram Race Easter Monday, Bolney, Sussex 12:00 Childrens Race. 13:00 Adult Race - start at The Eight Bells. 13:30 Entertainment. 14:30 Prize giving. Video Bolney Pram Race, Sussex
13 Apr 2020 [TBC] Easter Bonnet Parade, Lyme Regis Sun 14:00-16:00. Make an Easter Bonnet or just enjoy the spectacle of people in the parade wearing their Easter Bonnets. 15:00 Judging of Easter Bonnets in the Baptist Church. 15:00 Easter Bonnet Parade Baptist Church, Broad Street to the Jubilee Pavilion, sea front. Parade includes Majorettes.
13 Apr 2020 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
13 Apr 2020 World Coal Carrying Championships Easter Monday, Gawthorpe, Wakefield. The main event starts at The Royal Oak, Owl Lane, and the course is about 1 mile. The men carry 50kg, and the women less. No event in the Olympic Games could stimulate more enthusiasm than this annual contest of stamina and muscle.
13 Apr 2020 [TBC] Adventure & Farm Open Day Sun 11:00-16:00 Lambourne End Outdoor Centre, Manor Road, Lambourne End, Essex, RM4 1NB. 0208 500 3047. A day for all the family to meet the baby animals, have a ride on the pony and cart and have a fun day on the farm! Suitable for all ages. Parking £3. Small charges apply for refreshments and rides.
17-19 Apr 2020 [TBC] Oxford Folk Weekend Fri-Sun - Morris Dancing and events throughout the City Centre. Top folk artists, plus the cream of the local folk music scene. Music, dance, and song, and this year we've added in even more events for all the family to enjoy. If you want to make sure you don't miss a thing you can buy a ticket for the whole weekend. Most family activities are free.
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17-19 Apr 2020 RHS Flower Show, Bute Park,
18 Apr 2020 [TBC] St George's Day, London Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. Live music stage and quality sound system. Video St George's Day, London Free event.
18 Apr 2020 [TBC] Shakespeare Birthday Procession Sat 10:30 Great Garden of New Place, Chapel Lane, Stratford upon Avon. Held on the nearest Saturday to 23 April.
18-19 Apr 2020 [TBC] Cumbria Easter Rally Sat-Sun Kirkby Stephen and Brough, Cumbria. Free admission, free bus rides. Family event. Saturday evening road run through the fells, food & drink stalls and vintage funfair. The UK's biggest, free classic commercial vehicle rally, with over 250 vintage buses, lorries and commercial vehicles. Road Run on Sat at 16:30 starting at Kirkby Stephen Railway Station and from Grand Prix in Brough. RALLY SITES: Grand Prix yard in Brough - classic vehicles and stalls. Geoff Atkinson's yard in Brough - The Bedford Enthusiasts Club. Jubilee Park in Brough - vintage pedal bikes. Kirkby Stephen - The Auction Mart - vintage vehicles and stalls. Market Square and Market Street Kirkby Stephen - vintage vehicles displayed and craft/artisan and food stalls as well as stalls for motor enthusiasts. The Mountain Rescue station in Kirkby Stephen - vintage military vehicles. Kirkby Stephen Parish Church - bric-a-brac and cafe. The Stainmore Railway (Kirkby Stephen East) - stalls, cafe and classical trains on display. Winton Craft Fair. 10:00-16:30 Free bus service every 15mins from Kirkby Stephen Railway Station to Brough.
18 Apr 2020 [TBC] Vaisakhi Festival, London Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. One of the most important events in the Sikh calendar. The packed line-up includes: Live performances kirtan (spiritual music), arts, food, community groups, charities, children’s activities and turban tying. All ages welcome. Vaisakhi, London Free event.
23 Apr 2020 [TBC] St George’s Day Parade, Dartford Tuesday. 12:45-13:30 Brass bands, fusion drummers, morris dancers and stilt walkers at One Bell Corner in the High Street. 13.35-14:00 Schools Parade, featuring live entertainment which will start outside the Civic Centre in Home Gardens and will go via the Orchards Shopping Centre into the High Street and then on to Central Park. 14:00-14:30 Vibrant performances at the Bandstand in Central Park. Probably the biggest St Georges day parade in the country with up to 1500 taking part. More A partnership with Cohesion Plus, Same Sky and schools in both Gravesend and Dartford.
25 Apr 2020 [TBC] Rox Festival Sat Hotham Park. Live music, food and drink. Video Rox Festival, Bognor Free event.
Old Town Artisan Markets
10:00-16:00 Bognor Methodist Church, 76 High St Bognor Regis PO21 1ND.
Local artisans offering crafts, food & produce with live music.
Sat 25 Apr 2020 [TBC] Spring Market
Hartham Common, Hertford SG14 1QR. 10km or 5km run with army like obstacles.
Two race waves of about 150. Whether
you’re looking for a new challenge, fundraising for charity or just want
a fun wet and muddy experience, we guarantee you’ll love the Warrior
Adrenaline Race from Regiment Fitness. Prizes for the winners and runners
up in all the main categories. Entry about
£45 including insurance. Spectators are
encouraged - designated viewing areas, live DJ, bar and fun events going
on all day including a team tug of war, bouncy castle & beer tent.
19 Sep 2020 [TBC] Sat 09:30
26 Apr 2020 [TBC] London Marathon Sunday, Start at Greenwich Park Blackheath. 08:55 Elite wheelchair race. 09:00 IPC Athletics Marathon World Cup (ambulatory). 09:15 Elite women. 10:00 Elite men, followed by the masses. Popular viewing areas include Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Victoria Embankment and The Mall. 40,000 Runners and One Million Spectators. Video - Red Start Video The London Marathon
The Rathyatra festival originated more then 5000 years ago in India.
Colourful chariot procession, and other entertainment.
01 May 2020 [TBC] Padstow May Day Obby Oss Day is the biggest day in Padstow's calendar. Up to 30,000 people cram into the little Cornish town. The fearsome mask of the Obby Oss proceeds through the streets, swirling and dancing and accompanied by lots of dancers, musicians and drummers.
01-03 May 2020 [TBC] Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Fri-Sun 10:00-17:00 on the beach. Hands-on science activities. Free event.
01-31 May 2020 [TBC] Brighton Fringe Brighton Fringe - a month of events, many free. Opening Fireworks Thu 21:45 at The Warren, St Peter's Church Grounds, North York Place Brighton BN1 4GU. Look out for Fringe City weekend events on New Road. Fringe City will be taking place in the heart of Brighton every weekend throughout the festival, showcasing the best of Brighton Fringe for free. Includes cabaret and circus, comedy, theatre, live music and food between 12:00-17:00. Pack your basket and head down to the Pavilion Gardens for our Fringe City Family Picnics on Saturday 4, 11, 18 and 25 May from 12:00 - 17:00. Expect family-friendly performances, competitions, face painting, children's workshops and walkabout performers. There will be something suitable for all ages. Video Video What's On Brighton Fringe
02 May 2020 [TBC] Brighton
Festival Childrens Parade
Sat 10:30 Kensington Street to the sea front.
Samba bands, towering tableaux, and 5000 costumed participants with drums and whistles.
Crowds of 10,000 line the streets. The largest annual children’s event in the UK.
Organised by community arts group
02-24 May 2020 [TBC] Brighton Festival Three weeks of arts & street theatre on a huge scale, many free. What's On Video
02 May 2020 [TBC] Downton Cuckoo Fair Sat 10:00-16:30. Family-friendly fair on the village greens in picturesque Downton. About 20,000 visitors, with more than 300 craft, gift, homeware and food and drink stalls on the greens and in marquees along The Borough. The Downton Cuckoo Fair offers fun for all the family including rural craft demonstrations, Punch and Judy, clowns, fairground stall and roundabouts in the Memorial Gardens and a produce market in the car park behind the Co-op. We have a wide range of entertainment during the fair including Maypole, Morris & traditional dancers, street entertainers, Downton Brass Band, and a host of live music being performed at The Bull Hotel, White Horse Inn and in the Memorial Gardens. There is a modest charge of £5.00 per car in the car parks. All money raised from car parking goes to local charities, schools and churches. Downton Cuckoo Fair
02-03 May 2020 [TBC] Magnificent Motors Sat-Sun Seafront and Western Lawns near the Wish Tower. Seafront cavalcade at 10:00, both days. One of the biggest FREE motoring spectaculars on the south coast. Around 300-400 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, buses, steam traction engines, commercial and military vehicles. Trade stands, French Market, live music stage with local bands and small funfair. Free entrance. Organised by Eastbourne Borough Council, in partnership with Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club, East Sussex Omnibus Society plus a variety of other historic transport groups. Attendance 25,000. Magnificent Motors, Eastbourne
02-04 May 2020 [TBC] Canalway
Cavalcade - Inland Waterways Association Sat-Mon
Little Venice, Paddington. Community and waterways
festival over the early May Holiday. Over 150
working and traditional boats, boat rally, trade show, activities,
entertainment, music, real ale and food. Sat
10:00-18:00. Sun 10:00-18:00, plus 20:30 Music & illuminated boat
.Mon 10:00-17:00. General enquiries 07774 890 750. Canalway Cavalcade, London Map
02-04 May 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] Urchfont Scarecrow Festival, Wiltshire Sat-Mon Over 50 scarecrows made by families in the village. The Scarecrow Trail commences at the village pond where a programme can be purchased indicating the position of the scarecrows, with the task of identifying and matching the scarecrows to the cryptic clues in the programme is a challenging experience. Children’s competition identifying pictures of children’s characters. Plant Sale adjacent to the pond. Free car parking on the playing fields. Refreshments around the pond. Attendance 10,000. Facebook
|02 May - 11 Oct 2020 [TBC] British
Lawn Mower Racing
Racing usually 10:00-19:00.
03 May 2020 Maldon Mud Race 15:30 Sun, Promenade Park‚ Maldon, Essex. 300 entrants, 20‚000 spectators and £55,000 raised for charity in 2015. Competitors race through the mud of the River Blackwater at low tide. The return crossing can take an hour, and is very heavy going. Best times might be under four minutes. Spectator entry to the park is by personal donation. Visit maldon Video Maldon Mud Race
03 May 2020 [TBC] Beltane Festival Sun 12:00 Thornborough Henge. A celebration of seasonal change and ancient mystery at one of Britain's most important prehistoric sacred sites. Free event.
03 May 2020 [TBC] MG Regency Run, Brighton Sun. 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.
03 May 2020 [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.
04 May 2020 [TBC] Hastings Jack In The Green Festival Mon. Live music & events - please see the website for more details. Monday - Procession day. 1500 performers and 10,000 revelers. 09:45 Gathering on Rock-a-Nore Road. 10:15 Procession. 11:15 Stop for refreshment and dancing, Swan Terrace, High Street. 12:00 Swan Terrace, Croft Road, along Collier Road and Priory Road. 12:30 Procession arrives West Hill Festival site - Morris dancing, crafts, food and licensed bar with real ales. 15:30 Slaying of Jack. Festival Fri-Mon. Hastings Jack In The Green Festival Free event.
04-05 Apr 2020 [TBC] UK Coach Rally Blackpool. Saturday morning competitors will complete an 50-mile road rally route, in the afternoon go through the driving tests and in the evening relax at our Gala Dinner Dance. Sunday morning bright and early a proud line up of coach entries will be judged, also the driving test will take place for the finalists followed by the presentation of awards in the afternoon. Over the weekend alongside the Rally Event is an extensive Trade Exhibition area.
04 May 2020 [TBC] Hastings 1066 Bike Festival Mon. Britain's biggest free motorcycle festival. For over 35 years thousands of bikers have visited Hastings every May Day Bank Holiday Monday and now bike1066 is part of that tradition. In 2013 bike1066 Spring Opener became as big as the world famous Isle of Man TT Races. 32,000 bikes, 76,000 people, over 50 exhibitors and live music. Be a part of the biggest motorcycle festival in Britain. Hastings Bike Festival & May Day Run
04 May 2020 [TBC] Rochester Sweeps Festival Mon 14:45 Procession - Star Hill, High Street and Rochester Castle. Sat-Mon Holiday weekend. Biggest gathering of Morris Dancers in the country. Jack-in-the-Green, a seven foot high character, is woken at dawn on May Day from his slumber on Bluebell Hill, then travels to Rochester to start the festivities. Thousands of revelers watch performances at various venues & pubs. It is considered lucky to be kissed by a sweep. 2011 Video Festival Sat-Mon Sweeps Festival Free event. Sweeps Festival info - Medway Council
04 May 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] May Merrie, Kingston Upon Thames Bank holiday Monday. Family entertainment, fun, music, dance, magic and street entertainment. Attendance 10,000. Free event. Contact: 020 8247 9513 / 020 8547 1221. Stalls Information Contact: 020 8247 9513. Video May Merrie
06 May 2020 [TBC] Helston Flora Day, Cornwall Wed 07:00 The Morning Dance, Guildhall. 08:30 The Hal-an-Tow, St John's Bridge. 09:50 The Children's Dance, Wendron Street. 12:00 The Midday Dance, Guildhall. 17:00 The Evening Dance, Guildhall. Usually held on May 8th , unless that date falls on a Sunday or Monday, in which case the previous Saturday.
06-10 May 2020 [TBC] Royal Windsor Horse Show Wed-Sun, Her Majesty The Queen’s private grounds at Windsor Castle. The UK’s greatest outdoor celebration of everything equestrian, with over 3,000 horses and ponies. International competitions in show jumping, dressage, carriage driving and endurance racing. Displays from The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and The Household Cavalry, the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Grand National. Old fashioned funfair and over 230 trade stands, all set in the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle - perfect for a family picnic. Please see website for tickets. The opening day is free for all visitors.
08-10 May 2020 [TBC] Holmfirth Festival of Folk Excellent community based festival which draws in a large audience. The events take place in the local pubs and on the streets. The vast majority of the events are free, although audiences are encouraged to contribute to the collection buckets. Because of the nature of the venues, don’t expect big names, but be assured that you will get quality. The concerts in the Old Bridge function room and the Ceilidh are paid events.
08-10 May 2020 [TBC] St Ives Food & Drink Festival Culminates in a food and drink producers’ market and cooking demonstrations on West Pier. Taste, try, meet, buy, and enjoy the finest flavours and tastes of Cornwall. See some of the best chefs in the county giving cooking demonstrations.
08-24 May 2020 [TBC] Norfolk & Norwich Festival Two weeks of amazing events - circus, music and visual arts, both free and ticketed.
09 May 2020 [TBC] Exeter Pride Sat 12:00 Parade, St Sidwells Centre. Stalls, women's space offering workshops and information, men's networking space, youth space, speed dating, chillout cafe at Exeter Phoenix cafe/bar, live music and DJs.
09-23 May 2020 [TBC] Newbury Spring Festival Clasical concerts, chamber music, jazz and recitals etc.
10 May 2020 [TBC] London May Fayre & Puppet Festival Sun 10:30-17:30 Garden of St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street WC2E 9ED. Annual celebration of the art of puppetry with Punch and Judy Professors from all over the country commemorating the first sighting of Mr Punch in England by Samuel Pepys in 1662. Free event.
10 May 2020 [TBC] Bracknell Half Marathon Sun 09:00 The Lexicon, town centre Video More
10 May 2020 [TBC] Basingstoke Festival of Transport Sun 11:00-16:00 War Memorial Park, Basingstoke RG21 4AH. Often over 900 vehicles on display, including classic vintage commercial vehicles, fire engines, military trucks, cars and motorcycles, plus specialist clubs, trade stalls and catering. A great day out for all the family. Free event. Basingstoke Festival of Transport
10 May - 13 Sep 2020 [TBC] Dragon Boat Racing - Gable Events
The British Dragon Boat Racing Association run a national league calendar together with national championships held annually.
15-24 May 2020 [TBC] Bath International Music Festival Multiple events, both free and ticketed.
16 May 2020 [TBC] Surrey Heath Show Sat 10:00-16:00 Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Green. Classic cars, arts, crafts and community stalls, Surrey Air Ambulance, live music, food stalls, judo displays and the Companion Dog Show. Free event. Small parking charge.
16-17 May 2020 [TBC] Rickmansworth Festival Sat 10:30-22:30, Sun 10:30-17:30 Batchworth Lock. Held on the third weekend in May. Canal boats, boat tug of war, boat trips, guest speakers, environmental fair, live music and an animal farm for the children. Rickmansworth Waterways Trust Inland Waterways Events
in the Park
Dog shows for working, trained and pet dogs. Have a go activities, terrier racing, gun dogs, stunt dogs, agility, police dogs etc.
16-17 May 2020 [TBC] Spring Show. 09:30-17:00 South Of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex.
12-13 Sep 2020 [TBC] Autumn Show. 09:30-17:00 Kent Showground, Detling.
16-24 May 2020 [TBC] Chelsea Fringe The alternative garden festival. Hundreds of events around the capital. The Fringe is all about harnessing and spreading the excitement and energy that fizzes around gardens and gardening. The idea is to give people the freedom and opportunity to express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens, to open up possibilities and to allow full participation. Entirely independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (though acting with its support), the Fringe events encompass everything from grassroots community garden projects to avant-garde art installations. Our open-access principle means that just about anything goes – as long as it’s interesting and legal, and on the subject of gardens, flowers, veg-growing or landscape.
17 May 2020 [TBC] Brighton Heroes Run Sun 10:00 Hove Seafront. Charity fun-run in Brighton. Heroes Run Rise Charity: RISE is a Sussex-based charity that supports people affected by domestic abuse and violence. Events
17 May 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] Dunstable Downs Radio Club Boot Sale Sun 09:00 Stockwood Park, Luton - M1 J10. Annual specialist sale of ham radio, computing and test equipment etc. Food and toilets available. DDRC Boot Sale
17 May 2020 [TBC] London-Brighton Mini Owners Run Sun 08:00-17:00 Crystal Palace to Madeira Drive. Annual Mini-Owners run organised by the London & Surrey Mini Owners Club. About 2100 Minis. Trade stands and auction etc.
18-20 May 2020 [TBC] Pint of Science Festival Mon-Wed. The festival brings top class scientists to pubs across London and the UK to tell the public about their exciting research in an informal setting. Themes in previous years have included: Matters of the Mind, Our Body, Chemistry & Physics plus Planet Earth. Tickets about £2.
21-25 May 2020 [TBC] Manchester Jazz festival 60 gigs, 300 hundred musicians and hours of live music, plus a full array of special events and activities, indoors and out, on stage and on screen.
21-31 May 2020 [TBC] Hay Festival Hay gathers people together to think about the world as it is and to imagine how it might be. It's a big conversation about discovery and intellectual adventure. We share stories and ideas with great international writers and thinkers, film-makers, historians and novelists, philosophers, environmentalists, poets and scientists. And at night we like to party with the greatest comedians and musicians.
22-25 May 2020 [TBC] Fishguard Folk Festival, Pembrokeshire Fri-Mon. Ticketed concerts, plus nearly 40 free events.
22-25 May 2020 [TBC] Exmouth Festival Imperial Recreation Ground, Imperial Road, Exmouth Devon EX8 1DG. Probably the biggest free festival in the South West.
22-25 May 2020 [TBC] Chippenham Folk Festival Fri-Mon. Over 200 events in the town centre. Ceilidh and concert events in the riverside park. Multiple pub sessions, workshops, concerts and dances. Full program of children's events, craft marquee, catering facilities and an open air arena in the park. The High Street and historic Market Square are traffic-free, and feature buskers, street theatre and processions. There is a large street fair on Monday.
22 May - 07 Jun 2020 [TBC] Bath Fringe Festival Multiple events and locations. Attendance 16,000
23 May 2020 [TBC] Twickenham Regatta 10:00-17:00 Between Eel Pie Island and Richmond Bridge. 500 competitors, 130 races. Free enclosure for spectators and competitors at Buccleuch Gardens, overlooking the finish line at Richmond. Live music from 13:30, sandwiches, cakes and real ale bar. Timetable
23 May 2020 [TBC] Eastbourne Carnival Sat 14:00 Procession from the Western Lawns to Princes Park.
23-24 May 2020 [TBC] Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun. Hurst Street area. 10:30 for 12:00 Sat - parade around the city centre and then down to the top of Hurst Street. Birmingham Pride
23-25 May 2020 [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.
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.
23 May 2020 [TBC]
Craft & Therapy Fayre, Town Hall, 57-59 Broad Street, Chipping
Sodbury BS37 6AD.
Shows by Living Heritage
24-25 May 2020 [TBC] Burghley Game & Country
24 May 2020 [TBC] Luton Caribbean Carnival
Organised by The UK Centre for Carnival Arts
Sun 24 May 2020 Great Manchester Run
25 May 2020 [TBC] Reading Carnival Mon 12:00 Procession from Hodsol Road. 12:00-19:00 Lots of entertainment and large music stage in Prospect Park. Reading Carnival25 May 2020 [TBC] Cheese Rolling, Brockworth, Gloucester Mon 12:00 Coopers Hill, Brockworth GL3 4SB. Foolhardy souls cartwheel down a 1 in 1 gradient, chasing a 7lb cheese. There are five downhill & four uphill races. No advanced booking for competitors, and free viewing for the public, but a modest parking charge. This long-standing Gloucester tradition is held on common land. The hill is Very Steep; competitors & spectators must do their own risk assessment. Video Video Map
25 May 2020 [TBC] Wool Sack Races, Tetbury Mon 12:00. Wacky event where dozens of hopefuls race up and down Gumstool Hill in Tetbury town center carrying 60lb sacks of wool (35lb for the ladies). The course runs the 280 yards, between The Royal Oak and The Crown, and is a very steep 1-in-4. Street entertainment, magic and music from 10:00. Races from 12:00. Attendance 10,000. Wool Sack Races Free event.
25 May 2020 [TBC] London 10,000 Road Race Mon 10:00 The Mall, St James's Park. 10k Circular route through Westminster and The City, passing many of London’s famous sights including, Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, Bank of England, Leadenhall Market, The Monument, Millennium Bridge, Tate Gallery, Cleopatra’s Needle, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
25 May 2020 [TBC] Surrey County Show Mon 09:00-18:00 Stoke Park, Guildford. Largest one-day agricultural show in the UK. 40 acres of shopping malls, packed with 350 trade stands selling everything from tractors to garden furniture. Two and a half miles of tents and marquees; 71 judges scrutinizing everything from bulls to hens. The traditional end to the day is the mass launch of hot air balloons.
25 May 2020 [TBC] Soham Carnival & Heavy Horse Show Mon 09:00-17:00. Bank holiday Monday. The Recreation Ground, Fountain Lane. Heavy Horse Show from 9.00am until 1.00pm. The Carnival Parade of Decorated Vehicles will start at Townsend at 13:00. Vintage & Classic Vehicle Show Starts at 15:45. Live Bands Plus DJ’s, Real Ales Beer Tent, Soham Fenlander Majorette Troupe, Stalls from Local Tradesmen, Charities, Children’s Races, BBQ, Punch & Judy etc.
& Agricultural Shows
25 May 2020 [TBC] Surrey
Stoke Park, Guildford
27-30 May 2020 [TBC] The Royal Bath & West Show The country's biggest rural festival with something for everyone. 600+ trade stands.28-31 May 2020 [TBC] Harambee Pasadia Festival Thu-Sun at The Hub, Shaw Bank, Ing Lane, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8TD. Family camping Afro-Fusion Arts Festival, celebrating the cultures, foods, music, artists, and fusions of the African diaspora. Tickets
29 May 2020 [TBC] Cotswold Olimpiks Fri, Dover's Hill, Chipping Campden. Morris Men, Pipe Band, German Shepherd Dogs, Fighting Arts, Tae Kwan Do, Tug of War, Fairground Rides, Birds of Prey, Climbing Wall, Gurning. Hot and cold food. 14:00-18:00 Jacobean Village, Medieval Dance, Falconry, Tug-of-War, 15:30-18:00 Folk Concert, 19:30-21:45 The famous Shin Kicking, Tug of War, 5 mile Race, Morris Men, 21:45 Fireworks & Torch Procession, 21:30-24:00 Live Music in the Square. Video: 1 2 3 4 5 6 About £6 entrance. Cotswold Olimpicks
30 May 2020 [TBC] Epsom Derby Sat 14:00 Epsom Downs Racecourse. Free entrance to the central area. Often 100,000 revelers, music stage with a party atmosphere, lots of market stalls, food, drink and picnics. 2019 races begin at 2pm, with the Derby race at 4.30pm and the final race at 5:50pm. 2009 Party Video 2010 Party Video
30 May 2020 [TBC] Kemptown Carnival Sat 11:00 St Georges Road. Parade of Flowers & Samba Parade with over 200 performers. 5 live stages with over 25 bands, street performers, Capoeira displays, choirs, dance troupes, break dancing, a fashion event, art and book fairs, crafts, community market, a children's area, magicians, creative workshops Video Kemptown Carnival Brighton30 May 2020 [TBC] Strawberry Fair Sat 12:00-23:00 Midsummer Common. 11:00 Parade from Christ's Pieces, through the town to Midsummer Common. Three music stages, including live dance acts & DJs. Attendance: 35,000. Map Strawberry Fair, Cambridge
29-31 May 2020 [TBC] The Big Knock - British Diesel Bike Rally Fri-Sun Bat & Ball Public House, Newpound Lane, Newpound Common, Wisborough Green West Sussex RH14 0EH. Enthusiastic annual gathering of riders with their machines. The event features a group ride-out to a scenic location. www.dieselbike.net
29-31 May 2020 [TBC] Old Gaffers Boat Festival Fri-Sun Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.
30 May 2020 [TBC] World Custard Pie Championship Sat 12:00 Coxheath, Kent. Teams parade, custard pie throwing, family fun and craft stalls. Viewing is probably free, and all are welcome. 22 teams battle to win the coveted trophy, and some 3000 pies will be flung under strict rules of the contest.
30 May 2020 [TBC] Oxford Pride Sat 12:00-18:00. Parade 12:00 from Radcliffe Square.
30-31 May 2020 [TBC] Mersey River Festival Family fun, music and entertainment along the river. Free event.
30-31 May 2020 [TBC] Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth Fri-Sun. Around Hope Square and the Old Harbour in Weymouth. Around 30 acts on two stages. One of the biggest free folk festivals in England.
30-31 May 2020 [TBC] Coventry MotoFest Sat-Sun City Centre. Fun, free motoring based festival for the the whole family. Cars, motorcycles, live music, trucks, buses, films, stock cars, armoured vehicles, taxis, art, stalls, design, education, prototypes, engineering, and even some bicycles take part. Free event.
30-31 May 2020 [TBC] Warwick Thai Festival 11:00-18:00 Warwick Racecourse.
31 May 2020 [TBC] World Pooh Sticks Championships Sun 10:30-17:00 Cogges Manor Farm, at Langel Common on the River Windrush. Organised by The Rotary Club of Sinodun. The event includes family fun and craft demonstrations.
31 May 2020 [TBC] Great Midlands Fun Run
Of Thailand Festivals
Thai culture, food, arts and crafts. Traditional Thai dances, Thai boxing and ladyboy shows. Usually a nominal entrance fee - £3 adult, £1 child.
04-07 Jun 2020 [TBC] The Gate to Southwell 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.
04-07 Jun 2020 [TBC] Wimborne Minster Folk Festival Traditional English and Celtic music and dance, Irish, Scottish and clog dancing displays, market stalls, clothing, jewelry and gifts.
04-10 Jun 2020 [TBC] Appleby Horse Fair, Cumbria Highlight of the year for Gypsies and Travelers and an opportunity to have some fun, see old friends and do some business. Lots of people, lots of horses, lots of hustle and bustle, but no dodgems, no carousels, no big stage. Main days Fri, Sat & Sun.
05-13 Jun 2020 [TBC] Gumball 3000 Rally Over one hundred rich and famous each pay tens of thousands of pounds to drive their super-cars 3000 miles, across continents, in seven days. London Video London pictures
|06 Jun 2020 [TBC] World
Naked Bike Ride, London
Clapham Junction Grant Road, SW11 2NU 14:30 14:45
Naked Bike Rides
Annual world-wide event to celebrate cycling, the human body, and the vulnerability of cyclists on the road.
May 2020 [TBC] Nottingham
Sat 13:00 Colwick Woods,
06 Jun 2020 [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
06 Jun 2020 [TBC] Eid On Trafalgar Square Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate Eid. Highlights include a food festival where you can sample a host of delicious cuisines from across the world. Expect Malaysian, Turkish, South Asian, Egyptian, Lebanese, Indonesian, and Arabic to name a few! You can also enjoy live music and performances, while there’s also a range of fun activities for children to try like face-painting, henna and calligraphy. Eid Festival is a Mayor of London event to mark the end of Ramadan.
06 Jun 2020 Great North Swim-Run.
Brockhole on Windermere.
06 Jun 2020 [TBC] Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival Sat 10:00-18:00 Peterborough Rowing Lake by the River Nene, Thorpe Meadows PE3 6LN. Britain’s largest dragon boat event, with races every 10 minutes throughout the day. Over 50 crews and 10,000 spectators. Ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity. Up to 10 people paddle each 30’ boat with a drummer at the front and a helm at the tail steering. Food drink, music and continuous activities. More from Gable Events
06 Jun 2020 [TBC] The Old Fair of Abinger Sat 14:00 Village green. Procession, maypole dancing, tug-o-war, Punch & Judy, music, archery, medieval stocks, crafts, cakes, produce, toys, books etc. 14:00 Procession. Timetable.
06 Jun 2020 [TBC] Bognor Regis Carnival Sat 13:15 Esplanade to West Park. Music stage, arena displays, trade stalls, crafts and food in the park.
Rock 80s Festivals Tickets £30-£55
06 Jun 2020 [TBC] Sunderland
06 Jun 2020 [TBC] Corscombe Fest 12:00-20:00 Grounds of Corscombe Court, Corscombe, Dorset DT2 0NS. Lovely traditional family event with something for everyone. Great stalls, live music, classic cars, dog show, model aeroplane flying etc, Afternoon entertainment from 13:00, evening entertainment from 16:30. £2 entrance.
06 Jun 2020 [TBC] Northampton Carnival Sat 12:00-19:30 Racecourse Park, Northampton NN1 4LG. Live Entertainment on stage, exciting fun fair, wide range of stalls. Carnival Parade will leave the Racecourse at 14:00 and travel down the Kettering Road in to the town centre and returning to the Park.
06 Jun 2020 [TBC] Carshalton Camera Club Annual Exhibition Sat 10:00-17:00 Carshalton Methodist Church, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 3DE. Trophies will be awarded to pictures in four categories; Best Print, Best Portrait, Best Natural History Print and Best Monochrome Print. Throughout the day there will be a chance to take part in a raffle and buy light refreshments. Members of the club will be present to talk about the pictures on display, the club’s activities and photography in general. Free admission. Visitors and new members welcome - Mondays 19:30 Ruskin Hall, Carshalton Methodist Church SM5 3DE. 020 8641 6210.
06 Jun 2020 [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.
06 Jun 2020 [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.
06 Jun 2020 [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.
06-07 Jun 2020 [TBC] Bristol Festival Of Nature. What's On Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Millenium Square & Queens Square, Bristol, BS1 5DB. Free.
06-07 Jun 2020 [TBC] Brighton & Hove Motor Show Sat-Sun. American Express Community Stadium, Brighton. 13,000 sq mtrs of inside and external space. Multiple themed zones including go-carting and motorcycles. Test drive some of the latest modes on display. Register for your free ticket. Free event.
06-07 Jun 2020 [TBC] World Triathlon - Leeds Sat-Sun Leeds. Starting with an open water swim in Roundhay Park, the bike leg will see participants complete laps in and around Leeds city centre before completing a testing run course and crossing the finish line in the city centre. 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Free to view. Major event. World Triathlon
06-14 Jun 2020 [TBC] Bike Week A national celebration of freedom, Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling as a source of fitness and fun.
06-21 Jun 2020 [TBC] Bucks Open Studios The largest visual arts event in the county. Run by the Visual Images Group, an alliance of over 500 artists and makers living and working in Buckinghamshire. Over 200 different venues across Buckinghamshire open their studios and run exhibitions and events for the public to visit. Go behind the scenes, talk to artists and see work in progress. Demos, workshops and exhibitions, showcasing a wide range of arts and crafts. Free entry.
07 Jun 2020 [TBC] World Naked Bike Ride, Brighton Sun 11:00 Preston Park, Lime Tree Walk, Brighton BN1 6SD. Rest stops at Hove Lawns.& Old Steine fountain. Ride ends with sea swim and beach picnic, Black Rock naturist beach. Video: Start Video: Old Steine Naked Bike Ride, Brighton
07 Jun 2020 [TBC] Strawberry Hill Music & Fun Day Sun 12:00-19:30 Strawberry Hill House & Gardens, Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham TW1 4ST. Live music on the main stage, street food, refreshments, licensed bar, craft stalls, fairground rides, inflatable slides, water zorbs, face painting, treasure hunt etc. Live music - Rock and roll, rhythm and blues and ska: Entry by donation, suggested £4/adult, £1/child. Proceeds going to keep Strawberry Hill House open for the public and to continue its educational work.
07 Jun 2020 [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.
07 Jun 2020 [TBC] Friskney Show Sun 10:00-17:00 Friskney village hall and playing field, Friskney, Lincolnshire PE22 8RD. Stalls, classic cars, vintage tractors, silver band-singers and dancers, flypast by dakota, fun dog show, punch & judy, kids rides and birds of prey. Free event.:
07 Jun 2020 [TBC] Lord Mayor's Show, Birmingham Sun 12:00-18:00 Cannon Hill Park. Free entry. Live music, street theatre, craft stalls, picnic area and children's rides, magic, face painting, donkey rides etc.
07-13 Jun 2020 [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.
12 Jun 2020 [TBC] Saddleworth & District Brass Band Contests Whit Friday. Described as the greatest free show on Earth. Over a hundred open air performances at 20 venues around the moorland villages and towns. There can be 50 or more bands at the busier venues, and you can expect some world class playing. Each band plays two pieces - one on the march. Competition is fierce, and adjudication can last into the early hours. Venues
12-21 Jun 2020 [TBC] Portsmouth Festivities Ten-day annual arts festival presenting a diverse programme of events celebrating Portsmouth’s history and heritage.
13 Jun 2020 [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.
2020 [TBC] Burwell Carnival. Sat
12:00-22:45 Burwell, Cambridge CB25 0AP. 12:00 Parade from Margarete Field to
the recreation ground. 13:30-18:00 entertainment & Stage .
13 Jun 2020 [TBC] Portchester Gala Sat 11:30 Portchester Castle. Fun Fair, Parade through White Hart Lane, Donkey Rides, performances from local organisations, Music performances, Tug-of-war, Classic cars, army vehicles, bouncy castles, childrens activities, Trigger the train rides, ice creams, large variety of catering options, raffle, face painting, craft fairs, local produce for sale, marching bands. 11:00 Procession from the Wicor Mill Pub and makes its way down White Hart Lane and Castle Street. Alan Simpson, 29-31 West Street, Portchester, Hants PO16 9XB. 02392 20162. Free event.13 Jun 2020 [TBC] Harry Paye Day - Poole Pirates Sat 12:00-18:00 Poole Quay BH15 1HJ. 12:00 Parade, plus entertainment on main stage. Organised by the Pirates of Poole and supported by Poole Tourism.
15-16 Jun 2019 Marlow Town Regatta & Festival Sat-Sun Regatta, rowing and Dragon boats in the scenic riverside town of Marlow, with a garden party atmosphere. Smart dress code.
13-21 Jun 2020 [TBC] Crystal Palace Festival Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, London SE20 and Jubilee Gardens. Performances from local artists including musicians, dancers and singers. Free event.
Sat 13 Jun 2020 [TBC] Lakeland Five Passes. 32
miles, Lake District
14 Jun 2020 [TBC] Lewes Raft Race Sun 12:15-17:00 River Ouse, Malling Recreation Ground, Mayhew Way, Lewes BN7 2NW. Fantastic rafts, insane competition, thousands of spectators, flour bombs and water canons. What could possibly go wrong? The main Raft Race, seven miles down the river to the sea at Newhaven, usually takes place during the afternoon, and takes around two hours. Lewes Raft Race Free event
14 Jun 2020 [TBC] Northampton Music Festival Fri-Sun, Northampton Market Square. Annual festival celebrating Northampton’s rich music culture. A broad range of local musicians and artists provide a community-focused gathering. 50 acts on 5 stages, attendance 30,000. Free event.
14 Jun 2020 [TBC] Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Heritage Day Sun 10:30-16:30 Royal Military Academy, London Road, Camberley, Surrey. The beautiful academy grounds and some of its historic buildings will be open to the public. Attendance is about 10-15k. Military displays, music, Gurkha Kuhkri dancing, polo, cricket, refreshments, picnic areas etc. Pets are not allowed. Further details: 01276 412088 ~ 01276 412179. Free event & parking.
14 Jun 2020 [TBC] London-Brighton Bike Ride Sun 07:00 start from Clapham Common. An amazing 27,000 take part in the annual 54 mile charity cycle ride, organised by the British Heart Foundation. Video London to Brighton Bike Ride
14 Jun 2020 [TBC] Windsor Triathlon Sun 06:00 Windsor Castle / Long Walk. 1.5km Swim, 42km Bike, 10km Run. Multi-lap run course. 2500 competitors and thousands of spectators.
14 Jun 2020 [TBC] Nuneaton Carnival Sun 13:00 Avenue Road - 25 decorated floats, carnival queen, marching bands, majorette troupes, cheerleaders and over 100 walking entries. One of the largest voluntary organised town Carnival's in the country.
14 Jun 2020 [TBC] London Rathayatra Sun 12:00 Parade from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square. 14:00-17:00 Festival in Trafalgar Square. Talks, Bhajans, dramas, stalls, books & paraphenalia. Free Vegetarian Prasadam Feast for all. Rathayatra is a chariot festival that originated in India over 2,000 years ago.
18-21 Jun 2020 [TBC] The Royal Highland Show Thu-Sun. About £20 per day (accompanied under 16's free). Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston 0131 335 6200. Map
16-20 Jun 2020 [TBC] Royal Ascot Tue-Sat. 10:30 Gates open, 14:00 Royal procession, 14:30 first race, 17:35 last race, music and entertainment from 17:35, close 21:00. Premier annual horse racing & society event. Ascot request both ladies and gentlemen dress in a smart manner in keeping with the occasion. Ladies Day Thursday. Military bands perform on the bandstand and in the Silver Ring on each day of the Royal Meeting. Royal Ascot
19-21 Jun 2020 [TBC] Beach Dreams Festival Beach Green, Shoreham BN43 5YJ. The Beach Dreams Main Stage and Shoreham Allstars Stage will play host to a line up of some of the best local bands & DJs. Free event. Beach Dreams Festival
19-21 Jun 2020 [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.
19-28 Jun 2020 [TBC] Golowan Festival Penzance. World music, dance, food and market.
|19 Jun - 04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Greenwich
+ Docklands International Festival
London’s leading festival of free outdoor theatre and performing arts, committed to breaking new ground in outdoor performance, raising the quality and diversity of outdoor work produced in the UK.
Often featuring over 100 free performances by dozens of national and international companies in a range of public spaces in Greenwich, East London and the City of London.
Night Fri 21 Jun 18:00-23:00 Woolwich Town centre.
20 Jun 2020 [TBC] Chislehurst Rocks Music Festival Sat 13:00-22:00 Chislehurst Recreation Ground. 2 music stages. Free event.
20 Jun 2020 [TBC] Avon Dasset Soap Box Derby 15:00 Avon Dassett, Warwickshire.
20-21 Jun 2020 [TBC] AfricaOye, Liverpool Sat-Sun 12:30-21:30 Sefton Park. The largest free African music festival in the UK. Line-up Free event.
20-21 Jun 2020 [TBC] Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta Sat-Sun 11:00-22:00 Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road, Cheltenham GL50 4SH. Hot air balloons, night glow, funfair, food & drink, local traders. Fireworks on Saturday. £7 on the gate or online.
20-21 Jun 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] StowFiesta Fri-Sat Chilton Fields, Stowmarket. Free community music festival in Suffolk.
20-21 Jun 2020 [TBC] Fleet Food Festival Sun 11:00-17:00 The Views, Fleet GU51 4AE. Celebrating and showcasing the best of our region’s food producers. Fresh and regional produce, chefs and master classes in our cookery theatre, real ale and fine wines, food and wine talks with the experts, live music, family fun and picnic area. Free event.
20-21 Jun 2020 [TBC] Morris Minor National Rally Sat-Sun Catton Hall, Walton Upon Trent, Derby DE12 8LN.
20-28 Jun 2020 [TBC] Didsbury Arts Festival Biennial event. More than 170 arts events, exhibitions, performance and street theatre across 50 venues. Sat 12:00 Music and street theatre. Most events free.
21 Jun 2020 [TBC] Summer Solstice, Stonehenge Thursday night / Friday morning. Watch the new dawn arrive. English Heritage provide managed, Free access to the monument, but car parking charge applies. Car park, located close to Airman’s Cross A344/A360 junction. You will be given a site map. Please note your row number to locate your vehicle later. Monument and car park open from 19:00. 1km grass walk to Stonehenge - a small torch may be useful. Food and toilets available. Bag search at entrance, with a modest alcohol limit. Attendance 20,000 to 35,000. Sunrise 04:52. Video 2010 Video 2013 Solstice 2013 English Heritage Customer Services Solstice Information Hotline on 0370 333 1181. Walking several miles to the site is quite possible, and pedestrian entrance to the stones is free. There is no parking along the A303 though, and this is strictly enforced. Official parking is about £15 per car.
21 Jun 2020 [TBC] Manchester Day Parade Sun 12:00-18:00 Start & finish in Liverpool Road. A dazzling array of costumes, music, dance and incredible structures. The city's biggest summer event, with over 2,400 participants and an audience of more than 50,000. Produced by outdoor events experts Walk the Plank.
21 Jun 2020 [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.
21 Jun 2020 [TBC] Newbury ARS Rally & Boot Sale Annual boot sale organised by the Newbury & District Amateur Radio Society. Demonstrations, displays, clubs, societies and special interest groups, plus about 120 traders selling amateur radio equipment, test equipment, computers etc. Newbury Showground, M4, J13. From 09:00 (sellers 08:00). About £2. Newbury & District Amateur Radio Boot Sale
21 Jun 2020 [TBC] Cally Festival, London Sun. Caledonian Road, London. Music, performance, art, activities, creative workshops, street market of delicious food to eat and brilliant things to buy. The Cally Festival is a free event for the whole community.
21-27 Jun 2020 [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.
24-28 Jun 2020 [TBC] Glastonbury Festival
25-28 Jun 2020 [TBC] Leigh Folk Festival Thu-Sun. One of the largest free folk roots music and dance events in the UK. 100's of performers and thousands of spectators at various locations. Fri evening pub sessions, Sat pm family events in Leigh Library Gardens and Broadway, Sat evening barn dance and music in the Old Town. On Sunday, the Festival completely takes over the Old Town with dancing and stage events happening all along the High Street, on the wharfs and on every piece of open space. In the evening there is the family barn dance and music sessions in local pubs. Sunday 13:00 - procession of Dance Sides from Belton Flyover to Victoria Wharf. Leigh Folk Festival
25 Jun - 10 Jul 2020 [TBC] Stafford Festival Shakespeare one of the top three Open Air Shakespeare Festivals in the country, performed annually against the dramatic backdrop of Stafford Castle.
26-28 Jun 2020 [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.
27 Jun 2020 [TBC] North End Road Summer Market Battle of the Bands Sat 09:00-17:00 North End Road, Fulham, London SW6. Wide line-up of bands and acts taking part in the Battle of the Bands, plus street entertainment. 150+ stalls, selling gifts, fashion, seasonal goods, and international food.
27 Jun 2020 [TBC] Round the Island Race Saturday, Cowes, Isle Of Wight. Round the Island Race is the largest annual yacht race of its kind in the world. 1830 boats 16,000 keen sailors. Olympic medallists and round-the-world skippers mix with first timers and family cruisers to complete the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Fri-Sat Regatta Village in Cowes Yacht Haven off High Street - free entry. Plenty of activities and evening live entertainment. Map & times Round The Island Race, Cowes
27 Jun 2020 [TBC] Oldham Carnival & Roots Festival Sat, Oldham Town Centre, Big parade, lots of free stuff for the kids, charity stalls, some entertainment for the parents, lots of small rides and our popular dance troupe competition.
27 Jun 2020 [TBC] Isle Of Wight Mardi Gras Sat 15:00 Parade starts Ryde School, Queens Road for High Street, Union Street, Esplanade, Ryde, Isle Of Wight. The New Carnival Company flagship event. Over 800 children, young people and community members masquerading in spectacular carnival costumes, with music and dancing. Held on last Saturday in June, or the first Saturday in July. Free event. More Info.
27 Jun 2020 [TBC] World Worm Charming Championships Sat 14:00 Willaston County Primary School, Willaston, Nantwich. Spectator entrance £1.
27 Jun 2020 [TBC] Armed Forces Day Saturday. Multiple events & locations.
27 Jun 2020 [TBC] Bristol Bikefest Sat-Sun Ashton Court. Food and drink in the event village. Spectators welcome.
27 Jun 2020 [TBC] Bournville Village Festival 14:00-22:30 Cadburys Recreation Ground, Linden Road, Bournville B30 1UE. Family day out, with maypole dancing and a full day's arena events. Fireworks at 22:00. Entrance about £2.50.
27-28 Jun 2020 [TBC] Pier to Pier Race, Brighton Sat 12:30. About 60 take part in the swim, run under ASA laws by the Brighton Swimming Club, which is the oldest swimming club in the country.
27 Jun 2020 [TBC] Rhythms Of The World Festival Saturday. Hitchen, Herts.
Brent Illuminated Carnival, Devon
Processions on the last Saturday in June and November.
27 Jun 2020 [TBC]
28 Jun 2020 [TBC] Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade Sun 12:00. Spectacular parade created by local people, helped by fantastic artists. It’s a celebration of creativity, the art of the handmade and is just sheer fun! Up to 1000 people walk or dance in the parade through the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands.
28 Jun 2020 [TBC] South End Green Festival 11:00-17:00 South End Green, London NW3 2PT. Music, food, drink, crafts, children’s fair, dog competition etc. Every year around 4,000 people celebrate summer in one of London's friendliest and most beautiful neighbourhoods. Organised by local traders and residents, with profits going to local good causes.
28 Jun 2020 [TBC] Crawley Festival - High Street Live Sun 14:00-21:00 Music stages and alfresco dining in the High Street, which is closed to traffic.
28 Jun 2020 [TBC] Boishakhi Mela Sun 12:00-19:30 Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. One of London’s premier street celebrations, with an attendance of 150,000. Bangladeshi festival with food, live music, sports activities and traditional arts and crafts workshops. Boishakhi Mela, London Free event.
28 Jun 2020 [TBC] Oxted Pram Race Sun 15:00.
28 Jun 2020 [TBC] London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Sun 10:00-18:00 London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road E16 2QT (near City Airport). Family-friendly, fun day out welcomes 10,000 visitors each year from across the UK and overseas, for Europe's most prestigious dragon boat racing event. London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival provides an excellent opportunity to experience Chinese culture in the British capital. Throughout the day, the spectacular action out on the water will be provided by more than 40 competing club, corporate and amateur teams. Drama unfolds as novices do battle with some of the UK's greatest paddlers, as well as the elements, to take home 5 cups. On land, the event's food festival will represent the culinary tastes of South East Asia, with each country in the region represented, meanwhile entertainment including live music will be provided on the East West Festival stage (showcasing new artists from the East and West), martial arts displays, and traditional Chinese lion dancing. Free event.
|Jul-Aug 2020 Quay
For My Car, Poole
Poole Quay hosts a unique, themed car event every Friday evening from July to August from 18:00-21:00.
Owners of the classic vehicles will line up at the water’s edge as Poole Quay becomes the venue for car enthusiasts and spectators to get close to the vehicles of their dreams.
Part of "Summertime in the South" with Wave 105FM.
|01-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Tall
Following the success of the previous Tall Ships Regatta, attracting up to 1.1 million visitors, the Royal Borough of Greenwich is proud to welcome back a fleet of Tall Ships to the River Thames.
The ships will be anchored in the Thames alongside two Tall Ships festival villages - the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, and the Royal Arsenal riverside in Woolwich.
Some ships will be open for visitors to get on board to look around and talk to the crew.
Royal Greenwich has the longest riverfront setting of all the London boroughs and the four days of port festivities will take place along this riverfront in the bustling town centres of Woolwich and Greenwich, with an exciting programme of entertainment, music and fireworks.
Fireworks Wed 21:15 Maritime Greenwich, Thu 21:15 Maritime Greenwich, Fri 21:15 Maritime Greenwich, Sat 21:45 Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 6ST.
Free event. The 2019 event was cancelled
01-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Henley Regatta River Thames, Henley On Thames. Wed 08:30-19:30 Heats. Thu 09:00-19:30 Heats. Fri 08:30-19:30 Quarter Finals. Sat 10:00-19:30 Semi Finals. Sun 11:30-16:00 Finals. Free viewing areas along the river banks. Dress smart casual, and bring a picnic. Henley Regatta
03-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Winchester Hat Fair Fri-Sun. A weekend of absurd and enchanting street theatre. Friday procession. Sunday 12:00-18:00 Picnic in the Park at North Walls Recreation Ground, with performances, food market, crafts and children's workshops. Video Winchester Hat Fair Free event.
03-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Godiva Festival Fri-Sun War Memorial Park, Coventry. UK's Biggest Free Family Festival. Attendance 85,000. Friday night retro stars, Saturday a rockier edge, Sunday more relaxed. Top class live music, family entertainment, demonstrations, community groups and Funfair. Full Line-up Godiva Festival & Carnival Free event.
03-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Lord Mayors Celebrations Norwich Main day Saturday. Lost River Stage, Westlegate, 11am to 5pm, Chapelfield Gardens Big Top, 11am to 10pm, Birdstage, St Gregorys Green, Midday to 8pm Com, Chantry car park, Theatre Street, Midday to 10pm, The Forum Stage, Millennium Plain, Midday to 10:20pmm Lord Mayor’s Procession, 5pm to 7:30pm (approx.) From St Stephens Road, Castle Meadow, Tombland to Palace Street. Fireworks, Norwich Castle 10:30pm Fired from Norwich Castle and set to music outside City Hall Norwich Mayors Celebration
03-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Cambridge Big Weekend Fri-Sun Parker’s Piece. Main music stage, cabaret tent, dance marquees, fireworks etc. Free event.
03-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Cyclone Festival of Cycling One of the UK’s biggest cycling events. Rides for all levels. Choose from fun and family friendly leisure rides such as the Tyne Six Bridges to more challenging competitive and non-competitive rides such as the Beaumont Trophy, attracting some of the world’s best riders. Staged in some of Northumberland’s most beautiful countryside, the event promises to be an exciting sporting experience for spectators and participants of all ages.
04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Pride London Sat 12:00 Huge parade - Portland Place to Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Piccadilly, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Cockspur, Whitehall. 150 groups of walkers, dancers and large floats. 13:00-20:00 Live music in Trafalgar Square. Video: Parade Trafalgar Square 2016 Trafalgar Square Pride London Free event.04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Bermondsey Beat & Carnival Sat 12:00-20:00 Southwark Park, off Jamaica Road, London SE16. Free family festival with music, dance, funfair, food village, stalls and activities for all. Attendance 30,000. Bermondsey Carnival Free event.
04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Uckfield Festival Sat 12:30 Amazing Procession with Giant Carnival Figures, High Street to Luxford Field. 10:00-17:00 Street performers, arena events, dance and music. Bring a picnic. Video Uckfield Festival Free event.
04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Maindee Festival, Nr Newport, Wales Sat. Vibrant street parade 12:00 from the Rugby Club grounds on Grafton Road and site events run from 13:00 to 19:00 at Maindee Primary School. Live music, traders, stalls and international food and drink. Free event.
04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Sharrow Festival Sat 12:00-20:00 Mount Pleasant Park, Sheffield. Two music stages, global food, crafts, circus skills & street dance. Free?
04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Guildford Raft Race Sat 15:00 Guildford Millmead to Stoughton Waterside Centre. Rafters raise funds for charities. Preparation begins at 13:00 and the race starts at 15:00. Spectators free. Call Guildford Lions on 01483 546046 for more details. Video
04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Stockwell Festival Sat 12:00-18:00 Larkhall Park, Courland Grove, SW8 2PX. Music stage, sustainability zone, marketplace, etc.
04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Wellingborough Carnival Sat 13:00 Parade, Broad Green to Croyland Park. Held on the first Sat in July. 12:00 live music by local bands in Croyland Park. Free event. 07979 506120.
04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Lewisham Peoples Day Biennial event. Sat 12:00-20:00 Mountsfield Park. An eclectic mix of entertainment including music on 3 themed stages, dance and wonderful street theatre as well as children’s activities, sports, fashion shows and crafts. Attendance 30,000. Free event. Lewisham Peoples Day The 2019 event was cancelled, and will now be held every 2 tears.
04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Woodhouse May Day Challenge Mon - Start at Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall. Charity 13.5 mile circular event for walkers and runners, around the glorious Charnwood countryside & The National Forest. 08:30 Start time for walkers, 9:30 Start time for runners.
04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Chobham Carnival 11:30 Procession, Burrow Hill to the Recreation Ground. 01276 858170. Video Chobham Carnival
04 Jul 2020 [TBC] Crowthorne Carnival Sat 10:00 Parade, Wellington College to the Morgan Recreation Ground. Fete with live music stage. Held every two years. Crowthorne Carnival
04 Jul 2020 [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.
04-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Northampton Town Festival Sat-Sun 10:30-23:00 Northampton Racecourse, Kettering Road, Northampton NN1 4LG. Two large arenas with Hot Air Balloons, Stalls, Bars, Live Music, Funfair, Fireworks etc. Space for an attendance of up to 65,000. email@example.com Free event. Parking £5.
04-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Basingstoke Live Sat 12:30-22:30, Sun 12:30-22:30 War Memorial Park RG21 4AH. Showcasing the best in local artists alongside national and international performers. Multiple stages packed with a mix of music and dance from a huge range of artists. Entry by advanced tickets only - about £15/day. Basingstoke Live 2019 includes headliners Toploader (Sunday)
04-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Stratford Upon Avon River Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-22:00 Recreation ground, river Avon, opposite Royal Shakespeare Theatre CV37 7LS. One of the region’s leading free festivals with 50,000 revelers. Music on the Bandstand and Accoustic stage on Saturday from 12:15pm to 10pm and on Sunday from midday to 7pm. Free event.
04-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Paddle Round The Pier, Brighton Sat-Sun 12:00-16:00 Hove Lawns, Brighton BN3 2PE. Water sports and fun, raising money for good causes. At 14.00 on Sunday, a mass paddle around the remains of the old West pier. Paddle Round The Pier, Brighton
04-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Heddington & Stockley Steam Rally One of the biggest steam rallies in the area, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the country, who enjoy our friendly and relaxed rally. Vintage traction engines in full steam, miniature steam, stationary engines, tractors, classic cars, motor cycles and bygones. Large display of military and commercial vehicles. Large trade area.
04-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Northampton Town Festival Sat-Sun The Racecourse, Northampton. Hot air balloons, giant funfair, fireworks etc. Free event.
04-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix & Town Show Sat 10:00-17:00 Classic Cars Show, recreation ground. Sun 11:00-17:00 Pedal Car Grand Prix, Station Road + Town Show, recreation ground. About 40 "formula one" pedal cars race for 2 hours around a 1 kilometer course. 10,000 spectators. New Milton is a vibrant and lively town located between the rolling hills of The New Forest and the Sea west of the Solent. Free event.
04-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] DogFest - South Knebworth House Herts. 09:30-17:00. Join Channel 4 Super-Vet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick.
04-05 Jul 2020 [TBC] 999 Weekend, Eastbourne Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Western Lawns. The largest public display of the emergency services in the UK. Promotes the 999 services to the community. Arena events, including Police Dog demonstration, extinguishing kitchen fires and mock road crash scenes demonstrating the emergency response. There are sea-borne displays from the RNLI and Coastguard and it is anticipated helicopters from the Police, Coastguard search & rescue, and a fixed wing Coast Guard search plane will fly by. Attendance 30,000.
04-05 Jul 2020 [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
05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Greenford Carnival. Sat.
12:00-20:00 Ravenor Park.
05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford Sun 11:00-17:00. 12:30 Amazing procession from The Plain. Free Carnival vibes and family fun in Cowley Road and the surrounding streets. The city’s biggest and most inclusive summer party. Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford
05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Berkshire Motor Show Sun 10:15-18:30 Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading, Berkshire. RG30 2ND. Military vehicles, classic cars and bikes, arena displays, crafts and more. Entry by donation.
05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Olney River Fest - Duck and Raft Races Sunday, Emberton Park. 12:00 Duck Race, 12:45 Raft Race, from the weir. At the finishing line by the town steps there are amusements, refreshments and live music. Tel 07743 983686.
05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Mini's on the Wreck, Shoreham Sun 10:00-16:00 Adur recreation ground, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex. Open to classic and modern minis, plus other classic and modified cars and bikes. Raffle, tombola, kids attractions, tug of war, fire engine and police car. Free event.
05 Jul 2020 [TBC] Epsom Thai Festival Sun 10:00-18:30 Hook Road Arena KT19 8QH. Music & dance, Thai Boxing, Thai carving. About £5.
05 Jul 2020 [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 Jul 2020 [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: firstname.lastname@example.org 01455 698494 Free event.
06-13 Jul 2020 [TBC] Nudefest, Cornwall Thorney Lakes Caravan and Camping Park, Muchelney, Langport, Somerset TA10 0DW. The biggest naturist festival in the Country. Craft sessions, yoga, painting, fishing contest, 5k/10k run, live music, drum workshop, Morris dancing.
09-12 Jul 2020 [TBC] Mouth Of The Tyne Festival Thu-Sun. Live music and art, with a maritime flavour - north and south of the river.
09-12 Jul 2020 [TBC] Festival Of Speed.
06-08 Sep 2019 [TBC] Goodwood Revival The world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. A celebration of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing around the classic racetrack. Advance tickets only.
10 Jul 2020 [TBC] Waterloo Carnival, London Fri 11:00-21:00. Procession of 300 people from Tanswell Street at 13:30. Carnival Finale from 14.30, Waterloo Millennium Green. Carnival de Cuba
10-11 Jul 2020 Huddersfield Carnival Fri: 21:00 Warm up at Huddersfield Carnival Arts Centre. Sat: 00:00-03:00 D'Jouvert Night Procession - music, revelry, paint, mud and oil. Sat 13:00 Carnival Procession, Hudawi Cultural Centre, to town centre. 13:00-21:00 Local artists & Caribbean food - St George’s Square, St Peter’s Gardens & Market Place. Carnival After Party at The Lime, Huddersfield Carnival Centre, Westgate. In 2012 the main event after the procession, attracting 25,000, was relocated from Greenhead Park to the town centre.
10-11 Jul 2020 [TBC] British Beach Polo Championships Fri-Sat Sandbanks, Dorset. General admission about £25. Evening beach party at additional cost.
10-12 Jul 2020 [TBC] Readipop Festival Christchurch Meadow, Reading. Great headline acts, arts, workshops and fun for all ages. Readipop is Reading’s music charity - music changing lives. About £15-20/day, £30/weekend.
10-12 Jul 2020 [TBC] Wenlock Olympian Games Sat-Sun. A multitude of sporting events in and around Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Bowls, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Gliding, Golf, Hockey, Junior Biathlon, Kwik Cricket, Long Distance Walk, Marathon & Half Marathon, Netball, Road Race, Touch Tennis, Triathlon and Volleyball. Event generally held the first two weeks in July, but this is the main weekend.
10-19 Jul 2020 [TBC] Brass:
Durham Internation al Festival
al FestivalCombining brass, folk, opera, dance and spectacular outdoor theatre in stunning venues and city streets.
11 Jul 2020 [TBC] Romsey Beggars Fair Saturday. Music, dance and street entertainment, Romsey, Hampshire. Folk, jazz, blues and world music, colourful dance displays and children’s entertainment. From big bands on the Cornmarket stage to acoustic music in gardens and pub sessions - the day has a great atmosphere. Over 90 acts across town. Free event.
11 Jul 2020 [TBC] Devizes Carnival Sat 18:00 The Green. Vibrant and noisy.
11 Jul 2020 [TBC] Rescue Day Sat 09:30-17:00 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 £10. Free Parking.
11-12 Jul 2020 [TBC] Bedford River Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-23:00. Held every two years. Free event with Historical Re-Enactments, Live Music, Funfair, Continental Market. Attendance 350,000. Six stages, heritage and sports villages and a still expanding river events programme showcasing more river activities than we have ever seen on the Great Ouse before! The site has also expanded into St Mary’s Gardens opposite the new Riverside Bedford complex, boasting a giant family fun area, Adventure Village and the new home to the Dragon Boat Racing as well as our river taxi taking you from Sovereigns Quay to the Suspension Bridge. Sat: 14:00 Parade of Cruisers, 16:00 Parade of Boats. 22:30 Amazing fireworks. Sun 11:00 Carnival parade from De Parys Avenue to Riverside Square. Video:Carnival Vikings Boat Parade Illuminated Boat Parade Fireworks Bedford River Festival
11-12 Jul 2020 [TBC] Eastbourne Beach Life Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Eastern seafront. One of the biggest FREE extreme sports festivals in the UK. Adventure filled weekend featuring a huge line up of air, land and water based outdoor pursuits. Eastbourne Beach Life Festival
12 Jul 2020 [TBC] Hastings Pirate Day
Sun 11:00-17:30 Beach and Old Town.
The biggest pirate day in the world, with lots of activities around the old town and on the beach.
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.
10:00-16:00 Kids Treasure Hunt,
11 Jul 2020 [TBC] Bromsgrove Carnival, Worcester Sat 12:00 Procession from the Artrix, School Drive B60 1AX. 13:30 Procession arrives at Sanders Park. Live music until 21:00, 10k race, duck race, zumbathon, children's race, it's a knockout, Worcestershire youth jazz orchestra, funfair, charity stalls and trade stalls. Free event.
11 Jul 2020 [TBC] Brazilica Festival, Liverpool Sat 20:00 Williamson Square hosts the main stage and Brazilian market. Magical night-time carnival parade lights up the city streets ending with a spectacular finale at 21:30. The UK’s biggest Samba Carnival, with an audience of over 80,000 people. Organized by the Liverpool Carnival Company, and part of the Brazilica Festival Fri-Sun, bringing a taste of Brazil’s carnival atmosphere to the streets of Liverpool with live music, dance, art, sport, culture, food and film.
11 Jul 2020 [TBC] St Ives Carnival, Cambridgeshire Sat11:45 Parade, town centre to Hill Rise Park. Music until 21:00, stalls, side shows, fair, refreshments, licenced bar and entertainment on and off the stage. Sunday 12:00-21:00 about 12 local bands and barbeque.
11 Jul 2020 [TBC] Hastings Sea Shanty Festival Sat 13:00-17:00 and 19:00-21:00 Stade Open Space. Traditional and more modern sea songs and shanties. There will also be performances at the White Rock Hotel by the pier and the Fisherman's Museum in Rock a Nore Road. Annual event.
11 Jul 2020 [TBC] Kelvedon Community Festival Sat 12:00-19:00 Recreation Ground, Kelvedon, Essex. Two live music stages. Free event.
11 Jul 2020 [TBC] Southampton Mela Sat 12:00-21:00 Hoglands Park, City Centre. Leading Indian Classical, Folk, World Music, Qawwali and Asian fusion. Live music and dance on the main stage, workshops and demonstrations in Music & Dance and Arts & Crafts. Family fun with a range of Arts & Crafts activities, a designated play area and a funfair. Stalls - varying from ethnic clothes and accessories, beauty and henna hand tattooing, arts & crafts. Attendance 20,000. Free event.
11 Jul 2020 [TBC] Bournemouth Pride 11:00-12:00 Parade - East Cliff BH1 3AF to The Triangle. 13:00-23:00 The Triangle - entertainment & big screen. Family fun and entertainment at the Bandstand.
12 Jul 2020 [TBC] McMichael Radio Rally Sun 09:30 Reading Rugby Football Club, Sonning Lane RG4 6ST. Annual Sale of amateur radio equipment, test equipment, computers etc. Large Car Boot area, licensed bar, barbecue, demonstrations and displays by special interest groups. Indoor area for Traders. McMichael Radio Rally & Car Boot Sale
12 Jul 2020 Sun [TBC] 19:00 Supercar, Sloane Street, London.
12-25 Jul 2020 [TBC] King’s Lynn Festival Main festival runs every day with various performances of classical, jazz & folk music plus talks and films. Ticketed, with a few free taster sessions.
13-14 Jul 2019 [TBC] Tewkesbury Medieval Festival Europes biggest free medieval event. Sat 11:00 Festival opens, 12:00 Archery on Windmill Hill, 15:00 Falconry display, 16:00 Battle re-enactment, 18:00 Events move into town. 19:00 Storming the Abbey, 19:30 Trial and be-heading of captured Lancastrians. Sun 11:00 Site opens, 11:30 Guided walk, 12:00 Archery competition, 13:30 Guided walk, 14:00 Falconry display, 15:00 Battle re-enactment, 17:00 Festival ends.
14 Jul 2019 [TBC] Derby Caribbean Carnival Sun 13:00 Procession from Market Place to Osmaston Park. Entertainment in the park until 21:00.
14 Jul 2019 [TBC] British 10K London Run Sun 09:30 Hyde Park Corner on Piccadilly. Olympic athletes and celebrities from stage and screen, as well as tens of thousands of fun runners who raise over a million pounds for charity Map
15-24 Jul 2021 [TBC] Milton Keynes International Festival Held every two years. Family events, promenade concerts, theatre, dance, music and visual arts installations in unusual locations such as parks, public squares, disused shops or warehouses.
16-19 Jul 2020 [TBC] Hatherleigh Festival, Devon Four days of amazing street theatre and performance, with many free events.
17-19 Jul 2020 [TBC] Bristol Harbour Festival Fri-Sun 12:00-17:00 Bristol Harbour. One of the most popular free festivals in the West Country, with an attendance of 250,000. Performance stages, fringe stages, historic ships, children’s entertainment, continental market and a fantastic array of food and drink. Free event.
17-19 Jul 2020 [TBC] Royal International Air Tattoo RAF Fairford. The biggest annual UK air show. Attendance 167,000.
17-19 Jul 2020 [TBC] Upton Blues Festival Fri-Sun Upton Upon Severn, Worcestershire. Britain’s biggest free blues festival with over 90 performances on 3 official stages and 9 pub stages. Excellent camping facilities. Free event.
17-19 Jul 2020 [TBC] Tramlines Festival Fri-Sun. Hillsborough Park, Sheffield. See link for tickets. Youtube Channel
17-26 Jul 2020 [TBC] Birmingham Jazz Festival About 351 musicians and 115 venues citywide.
18-19 Jul 2020 [TBC] Farnborough Airshow - Public Days Sat-Sun. 1,500 exhibitors & 270,000 visitors. Flying 12:30-17:00 daily. Gate ticket about £45. Biennial event.
18 Jul 2020 [TBC] Create Festival Sat 11:00-20:00 Victoria Park, Jemmett Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 5HD. Folk, rock, spoken word & outdoor theatre - one of the South East’s biggest free music festivals. Free Parking.
18 Jul 2020 [TBC] Broadwater Carnival & Fire Station Open Day, Worthing Sat 10:00-16:00. Broadwater Carnival Society, Worthing Fire Station and More Radio present Broadwater's Big Day Out! A great free day out with shows and activities for everyone. Free parking at Worthing College
18 Jul 2020 [TBC] Trans Pride Brighton Sat 13:00-18:00. Parade and park event. The main march is at 12pm from Marlborough Pub to Brunswick Square.
18 Jul 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] Bracknell Show 12:00 Wildridings Playing Fields. Arena displays, arts and crafts, music etc. Free event.
18 Jul 2020 [TBC] Goring & Streatley Regatta Cleeve Meadows.
18 Jul 2020 [TBC] International Busking Day Sat 11:30-20:00 Arena Square, Wembley Park, London. Free programme of live music, festival events and free workshops.
18-19 Jul 2020 [TBC] Lambeth Country Show Sat-Sun 12:00-20:00 Brockwell Park, London. The largest event of its type in South East England. Attendance 120,000. Traction engines and steam parade, medieval re-enactment, falconry; horticultural competitions; fairground rides; crafts; community stalls; live performance stage and arenas. Video Lambeth Country Show Free event.18-19 Jul 2020 [TBC] Maidenhead Festival Sat-Sun Kidwells Park. Live music, market and street food. Fireworks on Saturday at 22:30. Free event.
18-19 Jul 2020 [TBC] Liverpool International Music Festival - Sefton Park Free Events in a beautiful green space.
18-19 Jul 2020 [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.
18-19 Jul 2020 [TBC] Manchester Mega Mela Sat-Sun. Platt Fields Park. The largest celebration of South Asian Culture in the North of England. Music, dance, food and traditional arts and crafts. Attendance 70,000. Free.
18-26 Jul 2020 [TBC] Ramsgate Festival Music, theatre, dance, performance, installations, workshops, talks. Some free events.
19 Jul 2020 [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
19-24 Jul 2020 [TBC] Ramsgate Week Hosted by the Royal Temple Yacht Club. A must for all sailing enthusiasts, with plenty of evening entertainment in the town.
19-26 Jul 2020 [TBC] Rainbow Film Festival, London Various venues. Films, both documentary and features, celebrating the diversity of Asian culture, all with English sub-titles.
21-25 Jul 2020 [TBC] The War and Peace Revival Tue-Sat 09:00-18:00 Hop Farm Family Park, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6PY. Very large military show with vehicle displays, arena battles and 1940s fashion etc. About £20. War and Peace Revival
Fireworks in Greater Yarmouth
21 Jul 2020 Tue [TBC] Hemsby
22 Jul 2020 [TBC] Classics On The Common Wed 14:00-20:00 Harpenden Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire. 1200 classic cars, 250 cycles and scooters, 10,000 spectators. Free event.
23-26 Jul 2020 [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.
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23 Jul - 27 Aug 2020 [TBC] Thursdays 19:00-22:00 Six magical Thursdays of free music, street entertainers, family entertainment and fireworks at 22:00. Free events.
Jul-Sep Isle of Wight Carnivals 2019
23 Jul 2020 [TBC] Newport
Main Carnival Thu 19:00 Matalan Car Park,
St George's Way. Video
24-26 Jul 2020 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic Fri-Sun 09:00 Weymouth Beach. About 72 teams compete in the UK Championships. Festival site includes a magnificent show court surrounded by a specially constructed beach grandstand (free to the public), nine tournament courts, over 100 top class 2 a-side men's and women's volleyball teams, live commentary, music intervals and a volleyball trade village.
24-26 Jul 2020 [TBC] Bug Jam Fri-Sun Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, NN29 7XA. VW festival with Drag Racing, Stunt Displays, Show & Shine, Traders, Autojumble, 5 Music Arenas and Funfair. See link for tickets.
24-26 Jul 2020 [TBC] Sunderland Airshow Fri-Sun 10:00-18:00 Seafront, Seaburn. The largest free air show in Europe attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators.
24-26 Jul 2020 [TBC] Bridport Folk Festival Fri-Sun Bridport, West Dorset. New street festival with lots going on across several stages around the town. 50+ acts, plus ceilidhs and morris dancers. There will be evening venues and dance workshops (from £3), and an evening concert at The Electric Palace, which is reasonably priced. Free event.
24-31 Jul 2020 [TBC] Monmouth Festival One of the biggest free music festivals. Local and national musicians from rock, classical, pop, folk, jazz, ska and punk. Main Stage, Blestium Street - Rock, Pop, Funk, Country, etc. The last Sunday is carnival day, and the whole of Monnow Street and Blestium Street are full of markets, workshops, stalls, and rides. Multiple venues - see link. Main stage: cattle market.
25 Jul 2020 [TBC] The Big Cheese, Caerphilly Sat. In the shadow of Caerphilly Castle. Street entertainers, living history re-enactments, comedy, music, dance, a traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours, craft and market stalls with produce from near and far, and much much more. Attendance 80,000. Free event.
25 Jul 2020 [TBC] Livestock Music Festival Sat, Forty Hall & Estate, Forty Hill, London EN2 9HA. Rock, ska, blues, folk, rap and reggae on 3 stages, in the glorious setting of Forty Hall Farm, a working organic farm that is home to an award-winning local vineyard, orchard and organic market garden. On site bar, street market with stalls, food and drink, plus a circus area for kids. About £25.
25 Jul 2020 [TBC] Dorset Nettle Eating Contest The Bottle Inn, Marshwood. 17:30 Live music and entertainment.
25 Jul 2020 [TBC] Nottinghamshire Pride Sat 12:00-18:00 Forest Fields Recreation Ground (Goose Fair site). Attendance about 7000. Sat - main stage, acoustic stage, community stage, dance tent, cabaret tent, comedy tent, burlesque tent etc. £1 entrance over both days. 07875 377145.
25 Jul 2020 [TBC] Linslade Canal Festival Sat 11:00-20:00 Tiddenfoot Waterside Park. Community event with a conservation and heritage theme. Rural crafts, canal art, working narrow boats, folk music, stalls, childrens activities, bids of prey, mobile farm and canal boat trips. Ninety exhibits in three different areas of the park. Free entrance, small charge for car parking. Attendance 9000. No mooring fees for narrow boats, but owners are advised to book. 01525 631915.
25 Jul 2020 [TBC] New Romney Country Fayre Sat 10:00-17:00 St Martin's Field and the Fairfield Road Recreation Ground, just off the High Street, New Romney, Kent. 10:15 Procession from Station Road, through the town to the event field. Displays, crafts, stalls, entertainment all day, refreshments. Free entrance.
25-26 Jul 2020 [TBC] Worstead Festival Sat-Sun 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 2020 [TBC] Clarence Park Free Music Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-20:00 Clarence Park, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield. email@example.com 07779 911914
25-26 Jul 2020 [TBC] Worthing Summer Festival & Fireworks Sat-Sun. Classic Cars & Scooters in Steyne Gardens, Funfair, Market, Stalls on the sea front and Sat Fireworks at 22:00 on the Pier.
25-26 Jul 2020 [TBC] Lammas Festival, Eastbourne Sat-Sun Seafront. Live Music from 11:00. Sat 12:00 Parade of Giants from the pier. Sun 16:30 Ritual Celebration Carnival Parade
25-26 Jul 2020 [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
25 Jul - 01 Aug 2020 [TBC] Swanage Carnival A week of amazing events. Sunday 15:00 big seafront parade, with floats, Caribbean bands, clowns and costumed walkers. 2.5 miles along the seafront and back to Sandpit Field. Every Saturday in August, there are fireworks and music on Swanage beach. Swanage Regatta & Carnival
26 Jul 2020 [TBC] Race For Life, London Sunday, Hyde Park, London. Women's charity runs. Start: The Bandstand. 09:00 10k run, 11:00 5k run. Video Race For Life, Hyde Park
26 Jul 2020 [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
28-30 Jul 2020 [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 £21.
30 Jul - 02 Aug 2020 [TBC] Stockton International Riverside Festival Thu-Sun Stockton town and riverside. The biggest street arts festival in the UK. Outdoor theatre, street entertainment, circus, music, dance and star-studded Fringe. Saturday 12pm The Parade will begin on Church Road before turning left onto Stockton High Street. It will travel along the high street passing the Town Hall and Shambles before turning into Tower Street and looping back along Riverside Road. 12.30pm-3.30pm The Parade will arrive on Stockton Riverside for an afternoon of performances, including live music, family entertainment and workshops.
31 Jul - 02 Aug 2020 [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 - 02 Aug 2020 [TBC] Brightlingsea
Free Festival Hurst Green, High Street, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0HG. Fri
evening pub sessions. Sat 12:00-21:00. Sun 12:00-20:00.
8,000 visitors, 25 acts and 136 musicians.
8,000 visitors, 25 acts and 136 musicians.
31 Jul - 02 Aug 2020 [TBC] Nottingham Riverside Festival Fri-Sun Victoria Embankment. Fri 18:30-22:30, Sat 12:00-23:30, Sun 12:00-18:30. Join 100,000 at Nottingham's biggest free festival weekend along the beautiful River Trent. Music, arts, river activities, street theatre, street fair, steam engines and crafts. Spectacular fireworks on Saturday night at 22:30. Live Music Children's Zone Street Theatre Dragon Boat Racing
31 Jul - 07 Aug 2020 [TBC] Sidmouth Folk Week Multiple events around town, on outdoor spaces, and in pubs and clubs.
Jul-Sep Isle of Wight Carnivals 2019
01 Aug 2020 [TBC] Freshwater Carnival. Sat 14:00
Moa Place Car Park
|Aug-Sep 2019 National
01 Aug 2020 [TBC] Pride Brighton Sat 11:00 Parade - Hove Lawns, Kings Road, West Street, North Street and London Road to Preston Park. Vibrant, brash and cheeky. The free-to-watch parade is watched by up to 300,000 revelers. 12:00-22:00 Party in Preston Park Sat-Sun, ticketed. Video: 2012 Parade 2013 Parade 2016 Parade Brighton Pride
01 Aug 2020 [TBC] Leicester Caribbean Carnival Sat 14:00-19:30 Victoria Park. Three music stages, main stage, Caribbean, African and Asian food, arts and crafts, and many stalls. 13:00 Vibrant Street Carnival featuring costumed bands and floats from Victoria Park through the city. Join one hundred thousand people on the carnival route for this hugely popular multicultural event.
01 Aug 2020 [TBC] Ilfracombe Birdman Sat 11:00. Flying madness from the pier. Live music, fairground, strongman, stalls and refreshments.
01-02 Aug 2020 [TBC] Prudential Ride London Sat FreeCycle. 50,000 riders. Eight-mile traffic-free route that features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. London’s greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling. Sun London-Surrey 100. Starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. Finishes on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route.
01-02 Aug 2020 [TBC] Battle Of Evesham Medieval Festival Sat-Sun Crown and Corporation Meadows, Evesham, plus other locations around the town. Mediaeval festival and camp with life-demonstrations of cookery, weapons and medicine and 13th Century battle re-enactment. 100+ re-enactors fighting on both days. Battle of Evesham Grand Parade, with mounted knights in full armor will wind its way through the town on Saturday. Medieval musicians and dancing at the camp, along with craftsmen demonstrations and medieval cookery. Free event.
01-02 Aug 2020 [TBC] Art in the Park Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Jephson Park Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa. Over 160 artists, designers and makers will be creating, demonstrating, and selling their art work. Circus inspired activities and installations. Take part in felt elephant or juggling balls workshops, be entertained by Motionhouse Youth and Leamington & Warwickshire Academy of Dance. Performances by 26 regional musicians, catch some early morning yoga, Indian drummers, choirs, harpist, jazz music and local food.
01-07 Aug 2020 [TBC] Creation Fest, Devon 10:00-22:00 Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7JE. Christian music festival - simply turn up and enjoy a good line up of bands. Includes teaching seminars, workshops, a skate park, sports and family activities. Close to the surf beach. Line-up. Free event.
01-08 Aug 2020 [TBC] National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff Anglesey. Pageantry, poetry, dance, theatre, choral singing and rock music attracts more than 160,000 visitors annually.
01-08 Aug 2020 [TBC] Cowes Week & Fireworks 40 daily races - 1,000 boats and 8,500 competitors. 100,000 spectators. On the last Friday, air display, live music, then free fireworks at 21:30. Video: Music Stage 1 Music Stage 2 Cowes Week Fireworks, Isle of Wight
01-25 Aug 2020 [TBC] Free Edinburgh Festival 400 shows across exciting venues, including the return of the Counting House, with the very best free shows. Massive comedy selection, four music stages, fantastic cabaret, theatre, children's shows, spoken word, a walking tour and busking.
02 Aug 2020 [TBC] Margate Carnival Sun 14:30 Parade, Royal Esplanade, Westbrook, then east through Margate to Cliftonville. One of the biggest carnivals in the Southeast. 80 floats and live music, with the UK's biggest DJ's, Caribbean BBQ, stalls and family fun. Tel 01843 293733 Video More Margate Carnival
06-09 Aug 2020 [TBC] Bristol Balloon Fiesta Thu-Sun Ashton Court. Europe's largest annual Hot Air Balloon event - up to 130 balloons, 500,000 visitors over four days. Mass Balloon Ascents. 06:00 & 18:00 daily, subject to weather. Night Glow & Fireworks 21:00 Thu & Sat. Arena events. Trade stands. 2013 Video Bristol Balloon Fiesta Free event.
07-08 Aug 2020 [TBC] Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta Fri-Sat.
07-14 Aug 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] Hastings Old Town Carnival Sat 17:00 Procession, Rock-a-Nore Road, and seafront. 21:00 Fireworks at dusk from the castle. Video: Carnival Fireworks Hastings Old Town Carnival Free event.
08 Aug 2020 [TBC] Swindon & Wiltshire Pride Sat 12:00-22:00 Old Town Gardens. 11:15 Parade from Springfield Road. Swindon & Wiltshire Pride
08-09 Aug 2020 [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 £12.
08-09 Aug 2020 [TBC] Manchester Caribbean Carnival Sat 12:00-20:00 Alexandra Park M16 7JL. 12:00 Parade. Steel bands, floats, DJs, dance troupes, Caribbean food & drink, fairground, crafts and stage featuring calypso, soca and reggae.08-09 Aug 2020 [TBC] The Hull Show Sat-Sun 11:00-20:00 East Park, Holderness Rd, Kingston Upon Hull. Giant funfair, music, entertainment, birds of prey, motorcycle stunt show, food and drink etc.
08-10 Aug 2020 [TBC] Whitby Regatta Four days of entertainment, yacht racing, rowing races and various free forms of entertainment as published in the official programme, finishing with a prize presentation and spectacular firework display.
Sat 08 Aug 2020 [TBC] Manchester
09 Aug 2020 [TBC] Skegness Carnival Sun 12:00 Parade from Tesco, Richmond Drive to North Parade. Floats, bands, BBQ, beach games, pet show etc.
12-13 Aug 2020 [TBC] British Firework Championships - Plymouth Wed-Thu 21:30. Very spectacular. 6 firework companies battle over two nights for the title of British Fireworks Champion. 3 ten minute displays per evening. Music stage, morris dancing, fairground rides, catering outlets etc. The fireworks will be set off at Mountbatten Breakwater. Popular viewing areas are The Hoe and Queen Anne's Battery. Attendance 200,000. Map British Fireworks Championships, Plymouth Free event.
Battle Of Flowers
13 Aug 2020 Battle Of The Flowers. Thu
14:30-17:00. Held on the second Thursday in August.
Jersey Tourism 01534 448877.
13-16 Aug 2020 [TBC] Eastbourne Airbourne Thu-Sun. Daily sea front air show - classic WW2, latest military jets, helicopters, air-sea rescue, wing walkers etc - weather permitting. Ground displays, arena events and trade stands. Evening concerts and fireworks. Popular viewing areas - The Pier, The Wish Tower Slopes, Beachy Head. Claimed to be the biggest free seafront air show in the world. Sunday Finale: 20:20 FireFlies aerobatic display with LED lights and wingtip pyrotechnics, synchronised to music. 21:30 Firework finale. Eastbourne Airbourne
Journeys Festival explores the refugee experience through free art activities including live music, artist-led workshops, theatre, performance, film, discussion, exhibitions, storytelling and pop-up events.
14-15 Aug 2020 [TBC] World Pipe Band Championships Fri-Sat. The biggest and best event in piping. Bands from across the globe will descend onto Glasgow Green with one goal - to be World Pipe Band Champions. 8,000 pipers, 16 nations and 45,000 spectators. General admission about £12. Highland games, children's area, highland dancing, drum major competition, craft fair and mass march past.
14-16 Aug 2020 [TBC] Birdfair Fri-Sun Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, Rutland LE15 8BT. A major event for wildlife enthusiasts. Bird watching centre, lectures, multiple marquees and stands selling the latest products, plus full catering. Please see link for ticket details.
14-16 Aug 2020 [TBC] Northampton Balloon Festival Fri-Sun Billing Aquadrome. A Great Day Out for All The Family, with planned Balloon Flights AM & PM, evening glow, endless selection of stands, stalls and attractions. About £5. Northampton Balloon Festival
15 Aug 2020 [TBC] Southend Illuminated Carnival Sat 18:45 from Southchurch Park, then along seafront to finish at Shorefield Road. Illuminated Parade of about 60 floats and samba bands etc. Video Southend Illuminated Carnival
15 Aug 2020 [TBC] Cromer Carnival Town centre. Weeks of events, but Saturday is Carnival Parade Day.
15 Aug 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] Yarmouth Carnival, Isle of Wight Sat 14:00 Procession (Yarmouth Green through the town?). Culmination of the week's festivities.
15 Aug 2020 [TBC] Dorset Dogs Festival Sat 11:00-16:00 Upton Park. Agility, dog demos and taster sessions, a fun dog show and lots of stalls, pop-up café, ice-cream, family activities and face-painting and more.
15-16 Aug 2020 [TBC] Beccles Carnival, Norfolk Sat Family fun on the quayside, Sun 13:00 Carnival Parade from Roys of Beccles. 07933 028457.
15-16 Aug 2020 [TBC] Bridport Carnival, Dorset Sat 19:30 Carnival. Sun 21:00 Torch procession, 22:00 Fireworks.
15-30 Aug 2020 [TBC] Artwave Festival, Sussex Lewes district’s annual Open House Festival. Artists open their homes and studios, showcasing their work and introducing visitors to a wealth of skill and talent, with an opportunity to buy pieces directly from the artists and makers.
16 Aug 2020 [TBC] Nottingham Carnival Sun 12:00-20:00 Music Festival, Forest Recreation Ground, Gregory Boulevard NG7 6HB. £2. Sun 12:00-18:00 Carnival Parade, Victoria Embankment. Free. Attendance 80,000.
16-22 Aug 2020 [TBC] Fowey Royal Regatta Wed: Carnival Procession. Sat: Illuminated Dinghy Procession and Fireworks.
Some of the best street performers, contemporary
circus acts, dancers, musicians and walkabout shows from across Europe.
17 Aug 2020 [TBC] Aldeburgh Carnival, Suffolk Mon 15:15 Carnival procession, High Street. Swimming races in the sea, children’s sports, life-boat launch. Evening, Fun Fair, Samba Dancers. 20:45 Military Band lead a Chinese Lantern Procession from the High Street to the beach. 21:15 Spectacular Seafront Fireworks opposite The White Lion Hotel. Map
19 Aug 2020 [TBC - 2019 was cancelled] Weymouth Carnival Wed 10:00-22:00. Attendance 100,000.
20-21 Aug 2020 [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.
21-31 Aug 2020 [TBC] Arundle Festival One of the biggest arts festivals in the South of England. Multiple events may include castle events, street entertainment, live music, fireworks (21:00 final day) 10k run, duck race, Jubilee Gardens stage, hot air balloons, poetry readings, orchestral concerts and children’s activities. Video 2013 Procession Arundel Festival
22 Aug 2020 [TBC] Manchester Pride Sat 12:00 Parade - Deansgate to Fairfield Street. 100+ floats.
22 Aug 2020 [TBC] Bognor Regis Seafront Illuminations Gala Sat 20:30-22:00 Night spectacle of floats and walking characters, beautiful lights and a procession from West Park to the Esplanade. 22:00 Fireworks at the pier.
22 Aug 2020 [TBC] Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains Sat. Family festival with live music, crafts, dog show, rural market etc
22-23 Aug 2020 [TBC] WV1 Fest 11:00-22:00 West Park, Wolverhampton. The UK’s Biggest Free Rock Tribute Festival. All you pay is a nominal booking fee. Some of the biggest tribute acts in Europe on two stages, over two days of crowd-surfing, chorus-chanting, festival fun. Plus bars, food stands, a market, a children’s area, and thrill rides! And it’s all family friendly.
22-23 Aug 2020 [TBC] Parklife Weekend Aylesbury Sat-Sun 12:00-21:30 Vale Park HP20 1DX. Continuous live music on two outdoor stages plus family entertainment, picnic etc. Full catering facilities. Free event.
22-24 Aug 2020 [TBC] Inland Waterways Festival of Water Sat-Mon. Waltham Abbey. A weekend of fun for boaters, campers and all who love spending time by the water.
22-29 Aug 2020 [TBC] Dartmouth Regatta Multiple events - see website.
23 Aug 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] Great North Bike Ride Sun 09:00 Seahouses to Tynemouth. Charity cycle ride with over 1700 cyclists. 54 miles through the beautiful Northumberland coastline. www.chrislucastrust.c
26-30 Aug 2020 [TBC] Freedom Festival, Hull An amazing variety of street theatre, free and ticketed.
26-31 Aug 2020 [TBC] Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival Live music, fine art, photography and gaming events. 10 days, 20 venues and 100’s of artists. Free entrance.
27-30 Aug 2020 [TBC] Bournemouth Air Festival Thu-Sun. Seafront. Typical attractions include: Air & Ground displays. Royal Marine Beach Assaults, Princess of Wales Parachute Display Team, Typhoon, Matadors, Tutor, Tucano, Hawk, SallyB, The Red Arrows, Breitling Wingwalkers, F-16, Typhoon, RAF Tutor, RAF Tucano, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment’s Parachute Display Team – The Tigers, The Matadors, King Air, RAF Hawk, SallyB, Black Cats Helicopter Team. Night Air - Thu, Fri and Sat - Lower Gardens and seafront: hot air balloons, film screenings, street entertainers, stilt walkers, flame throwers, dusk air display, live music, military bands, forces displays. Saturday attendance 400,000. Fri-Sat Fireworks 22:00. Vulcan Video Bournmouth Air Festival Free event.
27-30 Aug 2020 [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.
|27-31 Aug 2020 [TBC] The
Great Dorset Steam Fair
Thu-Mon 08:00-24:00 (17:00 Sun) South Down, Tarrant Hinton, Blandford DT11 8HX.
60 showman's engines, 30 steam tractors, 20 steam road locomotives, 20 steam lorries, 25 steam road rollers, 100 vintage & classic vehicles, 100 military vehicles, 140 Vintage motorcycles, 120 vintage tractors, 150 static vintage tractors, 100 horticultural tractors, 120 stationary engines plus rural displays, crafts, food hall & six live music stages.
600 acre site - about £22. The Great Dorset Steam Fair
28-30 Aug 2020 [TBC] BunkFest, Wallingford Fri-Sun. Multiple locations and events - many free. Concerts, Ceilidhs, fringe, vintage displays, boat trips, beer fest, craft fair etc. Attendance 20,000.
28-30 Aug 2020 [TBC] Chatsworth Country Fair Fri-Sun. Massed pipe and military bands, demonstrations and parades, hot air balloons, parachuting, over 300 trade stands, rural crafts, vintage car parade, terrier racing, clay pigeon shooting, bouncy castle, old time fairground, horse shoeing, ferret racing, archery, sheep dog trials etc etc. About £25.
28-30 Aug 2020 [TBC] Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival Fund raising event for the telescope and domes. Includes lectures, trade stalls, observing (weather permitting) and family workshops. About £10 per session.
29 Aug 2020 [TBC] Newlyn Fish Festival Mon 09:00-17:00 Harbour. Seafood, Cooking Demonstrations, Children’s Workshops, Fish Auctions, Open Vessels, Craft, Art and Trade stalls together with a full programme of Music and Harbour Entertainments including Gig Racing, Naval War Ships, Helicopters, The Penlee Lifeboat, and the Camborne Youth Band.
29-31 Aug 2020 [TBC] Cambridge District Art Circle Art Exhibition Sat-Mon 10:00-17:30 Grantchester Village Hall, High Street, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9NF. The Exhibition will have both framed and unframed work, as well as cards. Refreshments and delicious home-made cakes available. An ideal opportunity to buy original art from local professional and amateur artists, in a variety of subjects and media including oils, acrylics, water colours, mixed media and pastels.
|29 Aug 2020 [TBC] Notting
Hill Panorama Steel Band Championships
Sat 18:00-22:00 Hornimans Park, Kensal Road, London W10 5EH.
Park entrance about £10, but the warm-up performances along Kensal Road is free to view.
29 Aug 2020 [TBC] Sturminster Newton Carnival Sat 19:00 Carnival parade with illuminated floats, dancers, bands and drummers. The first carnival on the Wessex carnival circuit, unique in that it attracts entries from all over the south west plus local groups. A number of the larger illuminated carts from the circuit, plus locals. Lots of masqueraders, both local and from the Wessex and other circuits. Firework finale. 01747 840045. Sturminster Newton Carnival
29 Aug 2020 [TBC] Ryde Illuminated Carnival Sat 20:30 The Esplanade. Biggest of the Isle of Wight Illuminated Carnivals. Ryde Illuminated Carnival
29 Aug 2020 [TBC] Reading Pride Sat 12:00-19:00 Kings Meadow, by the Thames. Two live music stages and picnic area. 11:15 Procession from Broad Street Mall to Kings Meadow. 7 hours of continuous live music - about 29 acts. Pride Reading Free event.
29-30 Aug 2020 [TBC] London Mela Sat-Sun 12:00-21:00 Southall Park. The London Mela outdoor South Asian festival has an attendance of about 50,000. Spectacular line up of live music, dance, visual arts and food from South Asia. £2 entrance. London Mela
29-30 Aug 2020 [TBC] Bexhill Festival of the Sea Weekend Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-17:00. A whole weekend of angling competitions along the seafront. Angling coaching and demonstrations by renowned angling professionals. Stalls selling fish dishes, plus plenty of unique shopping and gift ideas. Cooking demonstrations by Billingsgate Seafood Training School. Fun fair, Morris dancing, plus outdoor film and music at the De La Warr Pavilion.
29-30 Aug 2020 [TBC] Faversham Hop Festival Fun weekend in the medieval town square and surrounding streets, celebrating hop picking in Kent. Music to suit eclectic tastes, children's entertainers, professional street theatre, stilt walkers, morris dancing, craft fare, and ceilidh. Stages in Market Place and Preston Street and craft stalls in the surrounding streets. Free event.
30 Aug 2020 [TBC] Kingston Carnival Sun 12:00-19:00 Kingston on Thames town centre. 12:00 Caribbean style carnival procession from the Guildhall. Live music stages. Attendance 20,000. 020 8547 2332 Free event. Kingston Carnival
30 Aug 2020 [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.
30 Aug 2020 [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.
30 Aug 2020 [TBC] Monmouth Charity Raft Race Sun 12:00 Monmouth Rowing Club. 6.5 mile course down the River Wye to Tump Farm, Whitebrook, where there is entertainment and refreshments. Organised by the Rotary Club of Monmouth.
31 Aug 2020 [TBC] Leeds West Indian Carnival Bank Holiday Monday. Early parade 06:00 Leeds West Indian Centre. Maim parade 14:00 Potternewton Park. Main stage with Soca, Calypso & Caribbean music. Lots of stalls, crafts and carnival food. Attendance 120,000. Route More
31 Aug 2020 [TBC] World Gravy Wrestling Championships Held annually on the August holiday Mon 12:00-17:00 Rose n Bowl, Newchurch Road, Stacksteads OL13 0UG. Inflatables, water bombs, fancy dress, semi pro wrestling and big screen action. BBC Radio Lancashire will judge the event. More Video
31 Aug 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] Bexhill 100 Classic & Custom Car Show Mon 10:00-17:00 Polegrove Recreation Ground, West Parade, Bexhill on Sea. Classic and custom cars, trade stalls and crafts.
30-31 Aug 2020 [TBC] Notting Hill Carnival
09:00-22:00 Parade, Ladbroke Grove. One million revelers, 7500 participants, Mas Bands, Steel Bands and 38 Static Sound Systems.
300 food stalls, 1
ton of chicken curry, 1 ton of Jamaican patties, 15000, deep-fried
plantains, 30000 corn on the cob, 1 ton of rice and peas, 12000 mangoes,
16000 coconuts, 5 million hot and cold drinks & 25,000 bottles of rum.
If you like carnivals, you will love
J’Ouvert (Jouvay) Sun 06:00-09:00 from junction Kensal Road & Ladbroke Grove. Traditional day break start to carnival, steeped in tradition. Participants cover themselves and others in paint, chocolate, mud, oil and powder. Be aware that you may be hugged by muddy revelers. Video Free event.
01-30 Sep 2020 [TBC] Totally Thames Multiple events over a 42 mile stretch of river during September. Street arts, river events, massed choirs, guided walks, tall ships etc. Thames Festival
04-06 Sep 2020 [TBC] Southport Air Show Sat-Sun 09:00-17:00. The North West's largest Airshow, this fantastic family event attracts up to 150,000 spectators over two days. Red Arrows, Tornado GR4, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and many more military, heritage and civilian air craft plus a village packed full of entertainment, including bmx stunts, flight simulators and much more. About £10.
04-25 Sep 2020 [TBC] Blackpool World Fireworks Championship 20:30 Between The Piers. 4 Fridays in September, some of the world’s best pyrotechnic artists light up the night sky in spectacular fashion. Free event.
05 Sep 2020 [TBC] National Sped Trials, Brighton Sat 10:00-18:00 Madeira Drive. Annual speed trials for cars and motorcycles, veteran to current. Quarter mile course, run under RAC Motor Sport Association regulations. Timed Runs 11:30-13:00 & 14:00-18:00. Viewing is free from the upper level, but for entry to the paddock, there is a charge. Video1 Video2 National Speed Trials, Brighton
Sussex Bonfire Season 2020 Events
Venture into deepest Sussex on Bonfire Night, or on a dark Saturday evening between September and November, and you could well encounter the magic of Sussex Bonfire ...
05 Sep 2020 [TBC] Uckfield Uckfield
[fireworks the previous night]
05 Sep 2020 [TBC] Uckfield Bonfire Start of the famous Sussex Bonfire season. 13:30 Children’s Fancy Dress Procession - with Carnival Prince & Princess, Uckfield Performance Ensemble. Victoria Pleasure Ground. 14:00 Children’s Grand Procession - Southview Drive. 14:20 Children’s Fancy Dress judging - Holy Cross School Field, Civic Centre if wet. 18:30 Adults Fancy Dress judging - Elizabeth Gardens, Grange Road. 18:45 Tableaux Assemble - Bell Lane. 19:30 Uckfield Carnival - Grand Torchlight Procession – Grange Road. 21:00 Final Torchlight Procession - Southview Drive. 21:10 Bonfire Prayers - outside Uckfield Cinque Ports Club. 22:00 Presentations - Uckfield Civic Centre. Free bonfire & fireworks the day before the parade 20:30 at Holy Cross School Field. 01825 762763. Video Uckfield Bonfire
05 Sep 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. Sat 10:00-18:00 South Quay. Tall ships, lifeboat demonstrations, Royal Naval Simulators, guided heritage walks, craft marquees, shanty groups, entertainment, seafood and a beer tent. Many events free.
05 Sep 2020 [TBC] BBC Proms In The Park Sat 17:00-22:30 Hyde Park, London. Live open-air concert with high-profile artists and presenters, culminating in a BBC Big Screen link-up to the Royal Albert Hall and a firework finale in the park. Bring a picnic and get ready for a fabulous night out. BBC Concert Orchestra with all the last night favourites and a top line-up of performers. Large stage, quality sound system and giant screens. Plenty of food & drink outlets. Great atmosphere with 40,000 revelers. About £45. Last Night Of The Proms
05 Sep 2020 [TBC] Romsey Show Saturday, Broadlands Park. Saturday. Excellent country show for families. About £14.
05-12 Sep 2020 [TBC] Tour of Britain Eight stages. Tour of Britain Cycle Race
06 Sep 2020 [TBC] Ace Cafe London to Brighton Motorcycle Ride Sun 10:30 Ace Corner, North Circular Road to Madeira Drive, Brighton Seafront. Route: A406, A40, M25, M23, A23 to Brighton. Up to 40,000 riders in this annual bike ride. At Madeira Drive Brighton, there will be displays from bike manufacturers, special invited guests plus live bands. The event comes to a close at 18:00. Video Ace Cafe London Brighton Motorcycle Ride
06 Sep 2020 [TBC] Great North Run Sun 10:40 Newcastle to South Shields. 54,000 runners, 80,000 spectators and an electric atmosphere. The biggest and most iconic half marathon in the world. Evening party on the quayside.
06 Sep 2020 [TBC] Klezmer In The Park Sun 12:15-18:15 Regents Park Band Stand, London. An afternoon of Jewish music and family fun. Klezmer In The Park Free event.
06 Sep 2020 [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 Sep 2020 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
07-08 Sep 2020 St Giles Fair, Oxford Traditional fun fair rides combined with some exciting up-to-date, white-knuckle rides. One of the most prestigious in the country, dating back to 1625. Video The fair is held annually on the Mon-Tue following the first Sunday after St Giles Day, (01 Sep). St Giles Fair, Oxford
08 Sep 2020 Widecombe Fair Tue 09:00 till late. Devon country fare immortalized by the song Uncle Tom Cobley. Held on the 2nd Tuesday in September. Livestock, sheep, dog show, gymkhana, maypole dancing, crafts, vintage vehicles and funfair on the village green.
11-13 Sep 2020 [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.
11-13 Sep 2020 [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.
11-20 Sep 2020 [TBC] Heritage Open Days Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.
11-20 Sep 2020 [TBC] Southampton Boat Show 10:00-19:00 Mayflower Park. Show marina with over 2km of pontoons. 1000 boats and 500 exhibitors. 122,000 visitors. About £22
11-27 Sep 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] The Great River Race, London Sat 10:00 London Docklands to Ham House. Boats leave ‘slowest first, fastest last’. 13:00 Finish, spread over 2 hours at Ham Riverside, Ham House. Race winner crosses the line to a cannon broadside. The biggest race of its type in Europe - 22 miles, over 300 boats & 2000 competitors. Thousands of spectators gather at the finish - street food, bar, music and family fun. Video The Great River Race, London
12 Sep 2020 [TBC] Crowborough Bonfire Held on the second Saturday in September. 13:30 Carnival and afternoon events on Chapel Green. 19:30 Torch Procession from Chapel Green, returning at 22:30 for bonfire. Sussex Bonfire Societies taking part may include Crowborough, Waterloo, Uckfield, Mayfield, Burgess Hill, Littlehampton and East Hoathly. Tel 01892 661675. Crowborough Bonfire
12 Sep 2020 [TBC] St
Paul's Caribbean Carnival, Bristol Sat 13:00 Portland Square area. Mas
bands, static sound systems, carnival food and drink. 0117 944 4176. St
Pauls Caribbean Carnival
12 Sep 2020 [TBC] Findon Sheep Fayre Sat Nepcote Green, Findon Village. Friday Night funfair on the green and barn dance in the marquee. Saturday is the fair itself, with free entrance. Craft stalls, sheep displays, sheep judging, a funfair and other displays on the green. 01903 264161.
12 Sep 2020 [TBC] Bermondsey Street Festival Sat 11:00-18:00. Annual traditional village fete with an attendance of 20,000. Live music, dance stage, fashion, competitions, tennis, food, art and crafts. More
12 Sep 2020 [TBC] Hidden River Festival, London Sat 12:00-18:00 Beside the East and West Reservoirs at Woodberry Down. Live music, art, theatre, food, creative workshops and events for the whole family.12-13 Sep 2020 [TBC] Out There Festival Sat-Sun Town Centre and St. Georges Park, Great Yarmouth. The region's largest free street arts festival. Musical Masquerade featuring amazing carnival creations, international street arts and circus entertainment, and a range of wild, wacky events including amazing high wire shows and pyrotechnics. Over 30 acts, 90 performances and 600 performers
12-13 Sep 2020 [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.
12-13 Sep 2020 [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.
12-20 Sep 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] St Ives September Festival A two-week celebration of Music & the Arts in St Ives Cornwall.
World-Class Night Carnivals
12 Sep 2020 [TBC] Mere. Sat
19:30. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Bridgwater.
Sat 18:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
13 Sep 2020 [TBC] MiniFest Sun 10:00-16:00 Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leics, LE17 6DH. The largest gathering of classic & modern Mini’s. Mini specialists, auto-jumble etc. About £10.
13 Sep 2020 [TBC] Hinckley Classic Motorshow Sun 10:00-16:00 Hinckley Town Centre. About 600 Classic vehicle owners show off their beautiful and carefully restored machines to a crowd of some 17,000.
13 Sep 2020 [TBC] Tweed
and Vintage Cycle Ride Sunday - Belfairs Woodland Centre, Leigh-on-Sea,
Southend SS9 3SH. 14:00 Meet: Belfairs Woodland Centre.
15:30 Finish at Southchurch Park. Free event.
16-17 Sep 2020 [TBC] Emergency Services Show National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Hundreds of exhibitors and live demonstrations, plus seminars covering surveillance, social media, mobile communications and PPE. Aimed at people connected with the emergency services. Free event, but ticketed.
18-19 Sep 2020 [TBC] Little Big Gig Fri-Sat, Caerthillian Farm, The Lizard, Cornwall TR12 7NX. Family festival celebrating Cornwall’s creative talent, in music, beer making and more. As well as the music on stage, festival goers are invited to share and explore their creative talents at various workshops and jamming sessions - you are welcome to bring your instruments and join in. A variety of workshops and activities including yoga, alternative therapies, dance, drumming, arts, crafts, pottery, thatching, green woodworking and wildlife walks making the event an extraordinary mix of Cornish culture. Workshops are open to all ticket holders. Gates open at 09:00. Day tickets about £20. Camping available. firstname.lastname@example.org
18-20 Sep 2020 [TBC] The Little Big Peace Event, Streatham Mini-festival to mark the International Day of Peace. Learn practical skills to achieve peace in your own life, discover how people around the world are working for peace, and meet and connect with new people in your community. Activities for all the family including music and performance arts. Events are free or low cost.
19 Sep 2020 [TBC] Mayfield Bonfire Large torch processions and fireworks in the Sussex tradition. Sat 12:30-15:30 Street Market, High Street, 15:00 Children's Fancy Dress Procession, Royal Oak to the Middle House, 19:00 Ceremonial Laying of the Wreath, 19:30 Procession 1 - West Street to Rose and Crown, 20:20 Procession 2 - Rose and Crown, High Street, Stone Cross, 21:15 Procession 3 - Stone Cross to Natwest Bank, 21:30 Procession 4 - Natwest Bank to Memorial Hall, 22:00 Fireworks, 22:30 Prizes & Trophies, Memorial Hall. Video: VideoFireworks Video 2016 Mayfield Bonfire Free event.
19 Sep 2020 [TBC] Ringwood Carnival Sat 14:00 Children's Procession, 19:15 Torchlight Procession, 21:30 Fireworks.
19-20 Sep 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] Open House London Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00. It is a simple but powerful concept: in celebration of design excellence, 700 buildings of every conceivable type, shape and size will open their doors to Londoners completely for free. For one weekend in the year, Londoners come together exploring all corners of the Capital.
20 Sep 2020 [TBC] Great Gorilla Run Sun 10:30-12:30 Mincing Lane. 1000 runners in gorilla suits race 8km around the city for charity. Mincing Lane, Lower Thames St, south over Tower Bridge, west past HMS Belfast, north over London Bridge, south over Southwark Bridge, north over Blackfriars Bridge, Queen Victoria St, Cornhill, Mincing Lane. Video Map Great Gorilla Run, London
20 Sep 2020 [TBC] Chiswick House Gardens Dog Show Sun 10:30-15:45 on the cricket pitch - entrance via Staveley Road. Free dog show with 14 fun classes, new agility course and mini-course. Licensed bar, barbecue, face painting, cream teas and over 40 charity and retail stalls. A great day out for the whole family.
25 Sep 2020 [TBC] Kendal Torchlight Procession Fri 19:00 Street Art Performers, 19:45 Torchlight Carnival - folk dancers, heavy horses, Steam Engines, Spectacular Floats, Marching, Pipe and Display bands and nationally acclaimed carnival groups. Friday: Carnival Procession. Saturday: Street Arts Day.
25 Sep 2020 [TBC] Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning Friday. National fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.
25-26 Sep 2020 [TBC] Derby Festé Fri-Sat Live performance, music, dance, film and more. Saturday is street entertainment day.
25-26 Sep 2020 [TBC] Rally Yorkshire Miles of North Yorkshire forest stages. More: www.rallyyorkshire.co.uk
25-27 Sep 2020 [TBC] Arts by the Sea Festival, Bournemouth Intriguing, spectacular and curious arts experiences. Over 60 events - a spirited mix of some of the best regional, national and international arts across dance, film, music, visual arts, literature, theatre and comedy. Utilising some of Bournemouth’s best places and spaces from the traditional to the unexpected.
25-27 Sep 2020 [TBC] British Musical Fireworks Championships Victoria Park, Rotten Row, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2BZ. Fri 18:00-21:00, Sat 18:00-22:00, Sun 18:00-21:00. Gates open 18:00 Bring the Fire Project 19:00 Display one 20:00 Display two 20:30 Display three (Sat only) 21:00 Event closes 21:30. The British Musical Fireworks Championship is a firework competition across three nights and this year is the Champion of Champions. Seven winners since the competition began in 1999 will battle it out to be crowned the ultimate winner. Set in the beautiful Victoria Park, the British Musical Fireworks Championship are firework displays like no other. Over three nights prepare for breathtaking displays, an array of light and a mixture of music which will have you dancing away. The British Musical Fireworks Championship is a pyromusical competition. This means that the fireworks are timed with the music and the entire show is choreographed to give you, the audience, some of the most spectacular fireworks you will ever see. Attendance 40,000. See link for tickets.
26 Sep 2020 [TBC] Burgess Hill Bonfire 19:30 Procession 1 Cyprus Road Car Park to Silverdale Road. 20:30 Procession 2 Silverdale Road, Station Road to Fairfield Road Recreation Ground. 21:45 Fireworks and Bonfire at Fairfield Road Rec. Well supported by the Sussex Bonfire Societies and thousands lining the streets. Programs on sale around the town. 01444 233017. Video Burgess Hill Bonfire 2016 Procession Fireworks Bonfire Burgess Hill Bonfire Free event.
26 Sep 2020 [TBC] Weston Food Festival 09:00-17:00 Sat, High St, Weston-super-Mare. Free entry.
26 Sep 2020 [TBC] Mouth Cancer Walk Sat 12:00 Bandstand, Hyde Park, London. Free annual Mouth Cancer 10k awareness walk. Participants should arrive at 11:00. The walk, which starts at 12:00 noon, aims to raise the awareness of the symptoms of mouth cancer. Help us make this year's event the biggest yet. Online Registration.
26 Sep 2020 [TBC] Burnham Illuminated Carnival, Essex Sat 19:30 Illuminated procession with bands, floats, floodlit tableux, visiting carnival queens and walkers in fancy dress. Burnham on Crouch Carnival
26 Sep 2020 [TBC] East Allington Whacky Races Sat 10:00-17:00 East Allington, South Devon. Annual go kart / soap box racing event with downhill races through the village. There will also be skateboard races, a tug-of-war competition and lots of other activities. The event raises funds for the village school, community groups and charities, as well as being a really great fun day out. East Allington’s Got Talent in the Village Hall from 19:00.
26-27 Sep 2020 [TBC] North West Vintage Rally Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Victoria Park, Widnes. The largest free admission gathering of Vintage Fair Organs and Vintage machinery in the UK. Lovingly restored to the highest standards. Something for everyone, including falconry and a sheep show.
27 Sep 2020 [TBC] Farnham Food Festival Sat 10:00-16:00 Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey. Castle Street will be transformed into a bustling food and drink market with live music and entertainment. There will be over a hundred stalls offering a huge variety of different tempting products for visitors to taste and buy and eight exciting cookery demonstrations from local chefs. Free event.
27 Sep 2020 [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.
27 Sep 2020 [TBC] British Heart Foundation World Heart Day National and local charity fundraising events. If you could organise an event, please contact the BHF.
30 Sep - 04 Oct 2020 [TBC] Nottingham Goose Fair Wed-Sun. Forest Recreation Ground just off Mansfield Road, 2 miles north of Nottingham City Centre. The Biggest traveling fair in Europe with 500 attractions including white knuckle rides, crafts marque, market stalls, and food. Attendance 500,000. Free admission to the ground.
02 Oct 2020 [TBC] Wrotham Festival Light Fri from 17:30 - Fusion Performance, lantern lights parade and firework finale.
02-04 Oct 2020 [TBC] Broadstairs Food Festival 10:00 Victoria Gardens and Promenade. Over 100 stalls plus local chefs and a team from Thanet College.
03 Oct 2020 [TBC] Eastbourne Bonfire Sat - the seafront. 19:15 Procession 1 - East from the Crown & Anchor, Marine Parade to Treasure Island & return by 20:05, 20:45 Procession 2 - West from the Crown & Anchor towards Grand Parade & the Wish Tower slope. On to the beach. 21:30 Effigy and lighting the bonfire. 21:45 Fireworks. Supporting societies likely to include: Uckfield, Crowborough, Mayfield, Rotherfield, Burgess Hill, Hastings, Hailsham, Isfield & Little Horsted, Littlehampton, Newick, Battle, Robin Hood, Lewes Borough, South Heighton, Rye, Robertsbridge. Programmes available from the Tourist Information Centre in Cornfield Road. Tel 07793 557194. Video Eastbourne Bonfire
03 Oct 2020 [TBC] Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Sat 14:00-16:00 Market stalls and live entertainment in the village. 19:30 Torch procession. 22:00 Lighting the beacon, bonfire and fireworks at the fair ground. 01892 852477. Video: 2013 Fireworks 2012 Procession Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Facebook
03 Oct 2020 [TBC] Northiam Bonfire 19:30 Procession from the bonfire field north to the Muddy Duck and return. Bar on the bonfire field - entrance £1. 20:30 Bonfire and Fireworks. Bar, food music and amusements.03 Oct 2020 [TBC] Illminster Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:15. About twenty highly illuminated carts, dance groups, carnival walkers and music. Up to 25,000 line the streets. Video Ilminster Illuminated Carnival
03 Oct 2020 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Gillingham Sat 19:15. Illuminated Procession (1 hour to pass by). 18:00 Judging at Brickfields Business Park, 18:45 Parade of bands, 19:15 Cavalcade Of Steam. Gillingham Illuminated Carnival
08-09 Oct 2020 [TBC] Light Night Leeds Fri 18:00-23:00 Leeds City Centre. Spectacular large scale light projections, exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, theatre and street performances.
08-12 Oct 2020 [TBC] Lancaster Music Festival Biennial event. 300+ performances and 40+ locations. Local, regional, national and international acts ranging from folk to punk, electronica to blue grass, pop, indie, funk, rock, world, jazz and classical.
09-23 Oct 2020 [TBC] Brighton Digital Festival A celebration of digital culture, providing a platform for a community led programme produced by a network of organizations from the arts and digital communities, alongside individuals who are passionate about digital culture. Many events are free - see website.
10 Oct 2020 [TBC] Ninfield Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch procession from Church Lane. 20:00 Bonfire - Recreation Ground opposite Memorial Hall. 20:30 Fantastic firework display (small charge). Video: Procession Bonfire Fireworks Ninfield Bonfire
10 Oct 2020 [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 Oct 2020 [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 2020 [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.
10-11 Oct 2020 [TBC] British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival Sat-Sun. Extensive trade stands, steam ploughing engines; vintage machinery, rural crafts, vintage tractors, agricultural engines, plus shire horses at work. Attendance 15,000. Different location every year.
10-18 Oct 2020 [TBC] Hastings Week 9 days of events including the 1066 Battle, Hastings Bonfire, ghost walks etc.
10 Oct 2020 Hastings Bonfire Sat 19:15 Spectacular Torch Procession from the pier. 21:00 Fireworks & Giant Beach Bonfire. The backdrop of Hastings Old Town makes this one of the more atmospheric Sussex Bonfires, with an attendance of 30,000. Full facilities available - catering, toilets etc. Video: 2012 Procession 2013 Fireworks Hastings Bonfire Highlight of the amazing Hastings Week
11 Oct 2020 [TBC] Royal Parks Half Marathon Sun 08:30 Warm up, 09:00 Race start from Hyde Park. Major half marathon, attracting 16,000 runners & 40,000 spectators. The route includes Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, St James’s Park, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Marble Arch, Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park. Food & Fitness Festival Hyde Park. Video Route Royal Parks Half Marathon, London
11 Oct 2020 [TBC] Brightona Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1EN. Custom Bike Show, Hot Rods and lots of trade stands. Bands on 3 stages. About £5 admission.
11 Oct 2020 [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.
11 Oct 2020 [TBC] World Conker Championships, Northamtonshire Sun 10:30-15:30 Shuckburgh Arms, Southwick PE8 5BL. Spectator entrance about £4. Plenty to see and do beforehand so arrive in good time. About 350 competitors and 5,000 spectators. Conkers provided.
14-15 Oct 2020 [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.
16 Oct 2020 [TBC] Dartford Festival of Light Fri 18:00-19:30 High Street to Central Park. Lantern parade, Samba drumming, musicians, stilt walkers, fireworks and lights display.
17 Oct 2020 [cancelled at the moment] Fletching Bonfire Sat 16:30 Fancy dress competition, village hall. 19:00 Processions. 21:45 Bonfire, Flame Balls.& Fireworks. Typical line-up: Fletching, Newick, Firle, Littlehampton, Lindfield, Uckfield, Burgess Hill & Band, Ewhurst & Staplecross, Chailey, Newhaven Band, Commercial Square, Eastbourne, Crowborough, South Street, Stix Drummers, East Hoathly, Borough, Maresfield, Five Ashes, Who the Devil are We, Hove Scout Band, Barcombe Scout Band, Rotherfield & Mark Cross, Waterloo, Neville, Hastings, Cliffe, Rye, Whatlington, Battle and Robertsbridge. Video: Procession Bagpipes Fireworks
17 Oct 2020 [TBC] Seaford Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch Procession from The White Lion Hotel in Claremont Road (A259 jct Belgrave Road) - Avondale Road, Broad Street and High Street. Free bonfire and firework display at the Martello Field. Video: Seaford Bonfire Seaford Bonfire Free event.
17 Oct 2020 [TBC] Hailsham Bonfire Sat 19:30-24:00. Torch procession, bonfire and fireworks. Good attendance from the public. Procession route: Station Road, Bell Banks Road, Market Street, High Street (firecrackers), then Vicarage Lane, Vicarage Road, George Street and South Road. Grand firework display followed by the explosive destruction of a set piece. Held on the 3rd Saturday in October.
17 Oct 2020 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Taunton Sat 19:00 (1 hour to pass by)
17 Oct 2020 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Trowbridge. Sat 19:00
17-18 Oct 2020 [TBC] Countryside Live Great Yorkshire Showground
18 Oct 2020 [TBC] Abingdon Marathon Sun 09:00 Tilsley Park OX14 1PU. One thousand runners, and popular with spectators. Abingdon Marathon
18 Oct 2020 [TBC] Mud Monsters Run East Grinstead. The Mud Monsters Run is a 5k, 10k or 20k (double lap) challenging run in through the West Sussex countryside. Many muddy obstacles on the way.
18 Oct 2020 [TBC] Great South Run Sun 10:30 Southsea Common. Flat 10 mile & 5km, voted the second most popular road race in the UK with 16,000 runners. Very popular with spectators - catering facilities and free parking on Southsea Common. Junior runs take place the day before. Bupa Great Runs
18 Oct 2020 [TBC] London October Plenty & Apple Day Sun 12:00 Procession from the Imperial War Museum garden to Roots And Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, Lambeth SE11 6DN. Apple Day festivities with performances, music, Morris dancing, etc.
18 Oct 2020 [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
18-20 Oct 2019 Weston Beach Race Fri-Sun. Beach Motocross. Every year Weston’s Beach undergoes a massive transformation. Giant mountains of sand are formed into a track of unbelievable difficulty. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. See website for ticket information.
UK Firework Displays
23 Oct 2020 [TBC] St Ives Fri 19:00 The Badger
Inn, Fore Street, Lelant, Saint Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3JT, Website:
24 Oct 2020 [TBC] Firle Bonfire Sat 18:30 Torch Processions from The Ram Inn, West Firle. Most spectacular fireworks and set pieces. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in October. Fire site about £5. Video Firle Bonfire
24 Oct 2020 [TBC] Ewhurst and Staplecross Bonfire Sat 18:00 Judging of the fancy dress competition. 19:15 Torch Procession from the Cross Inn. 20:30 Giant Bonfire. 21:00 Fireworks. Hot dogs and refreshments. 01580 765764. Entrance to the bonfire field about £1. Supporting bonfire societies include: Hailsham, Battle, Hastings, Rye, Cliffe, Vines Cross, Robertsbridge.
24 Oct 2020 [TBC] Heathfield Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch procession from Mill Road, through the town to the firesite at the Community Centre on Sheepsetting Lane. 21:30 Fireworks.
24 Oct 2020 [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.
|24 Oct 2020 [TBC] Liverpool
Halloween Light Parade
20:00 Bold Street to Liverpool ONE.
Spectacular night carnival of ghouls, zombies, tribal drumming, puppetry, dazzling lights, music and dance.
24-25 Oct 2020 [TBC] Jack On The Green Worthing 18:00-20:30 Beach House Park, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing BN11 2DB. A lit trail of lights & lanterns. Same Sky will be running free craft workshops on both days between 2pm and 4pm at Palm Court Pavilion. Everything made in the workshop will then form part of the trail, so come along to spot your own creation. Free event.
25 Oct 2020 End of British Summer Time - clocks go back 1 Hour
27 Oct 2020 [TBC] Crumpsall Park Tue
28 Oct 2020 [TBC] Debdale Park Wed
29 Oct 2020 [TBC] Etihad Stadium Manchester Thu
01 Nov 2020 [TBC] Cringle Park Sun
02 Nov 2020 [TBC] Brookdale Park Mon
05 Nov 2020 [TBC] Heaton Park Thu
05 Nov 2020 [TBC] Platt Fields Park Thu
05 Nov 2020 [TBC] Wythenshawe Park Thu
30 Oct 2020 [TBC] Meadowhead Fireworks Sheffield Fri 18:00-22:00 Sheffield Transport Sports Club, Greenhill Main Rd, Sheffield S8 7RH. Big bonfire, fireworks, funfair, hot food and drink. Free event.
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|31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Newick
Sat 19:00 Torch Processions
20:30 Giant Bonfire & Superb Fireworks.
Good pubs include The Bull and The Royal Oak, usually with outdoor bonfire bars.
Free, but please consider donating or helping - 01825 723233
Newick Bonfire is so addictive - go once and you're hooked.
|31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Bridgwater
Sat 18:00-22:00 Illuminated Parade of 140 massive carts - each can be up to 100 ft long, with 30,000 light bulbs.
Stand with 150,000 people. Feel the heat of a million light bulbs passing in the night chill and feel the throb of the huge generators.
21:45 (+/-) Squibbing In The High Street
Bridgwater is probably the biggest of it's kind in the world.
|31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Brockham
The biggest bonfire night firework display in the
UK - 4 tons of fireworks, costing £50,000 pounds.
Free event, but parking charges.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Carlisle Fireshow Sat 18:30-20:00 Bitts Park. Entertainment, fireshow, bonfire, and fireworks. More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the City Council event. Free event.
31 Oct 2020 Halloween Events from The National Trust For kids and big kids.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Regent Street Motor Show Sat 10:30-16:00 Regent Street, London. A showcase of 125 years of motoring including veteran, vintage, classic, and modern-day cars. Something for everyone with lots of things to see and do including interactive displays and entertainment throughout the day. A family friendly environment with the Street pedestrianised from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus. Free event.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Slough Fireworks & Bonfire Sat 19:45 Upton Court Park. Gates open 17:30. Refreshments and a large fun fair. About £6.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Bexleyheath Fireworks 20:00 Fireworks, Danson Park. 18:00-21:30 Funfair, refreshments, live band and beer tent. About £10.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Blackheath Fireworks, London 20:00. South London’s biggest and best free firework displays. Attendance 100,000.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair Children's display 18:30, main display 19:30 at Hook Road Arena About £10.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular Part of Light Up Lancaster, a festival of illuminations, art, music and fireworks. Ticketed.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Oxford Round Table Fireworks & Bonfire Saturday. South Park, Morrell Avenue. Gates open 16:30. Fireworks 18:45, followed by a huge bonfire. Catering village, Jack FM music stage. About £10.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Chiddingfold Bonfire 19:00 Procession, St Mary’s School to village green, 19:15 bonfire, 20:00 fireworks.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Guildford Firework Fiesta 19:00 procession from High Street. 20:00 Fireworks at Stoke Park. Entry donation £5.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Sticklepath Fireshow, Devon 19:30 Finch Foundry Field. Themed fire show with puppets, costumes, music and fireworks. About £7.
31 Oct 2020 [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.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] After Dark, Sheffield Yorkshire's biggest firework spectacular, held at the Don Valley Grass Bowl, Sheffield S9 3TL. 17:30 Opening, 19:30 Bonfire, 21:00 Fireworks set off to music. 20,000 spectators. Giant fun fair, food stalls, Heart’s live music stage. Adults £10, children £5, under 3’s free. Tickets: 0114 256 5656.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Battle Bonfire Torch procession, bonfire and fireworks from the famous Sussex bonfire season.31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Cuckfield Bonfire 18:45 Bonfire, 19:30 Fireworks to music with the Bright FM roadshow. Hot food. About £7.
31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Runga Rung Sat 18:00 Stoke On Trent. Starting from the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Parade Route: Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Piccadilly, Fountain Square, Upper Market Square, Tontine Street, Hanley Town Hall. Dynamic street parade with its own unique soundtracks on mobile stages, amazing pyrotechnic performers, Bollywood dancers on a mobile movie screen, a mechanical elephant and incredible Human Catherine Wheel. Rousing finale with evocative lighting and breath taking pyrotechnic effects.
31 Oct 2020 [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 - 01 Nov 2020 [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.
Sat 31 Oct 2020 [TBC] Central
Park, Liscard Road, Wallasey 18:30-19:00 Free event.
01 Nov 2020 [TBC] Diwali Festival London 12:00-19:00 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London. Celebrating the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights. Lively music and dance stage. Authentic street food market, craft and community stalls plus dance, yoga, comedy, henna art and more. Attendance 35,000 people. Free event.
01 Nov 2020 [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
01 Nov 2020 [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
01 Nov 2020 [TBC] Emsworth Fireworks 18:00 Sailing Club, 55 Bath Road PO10 7ES. Hot dogs, candy floss, toffee apples, bar snacks.
02 Nov 2020 [TBC] Burnham on Sea Carnival Mon 19:30. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs. This is a Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Burnham on Sea Illuminated Carnival
03 Nov 2019 John Nike Ski Slope Fireworks Sun 19:30 John Nike Leisuresport Complex, John Nike Way, Bracknell RG12 8TN. Tel: 01344 789000. Free event.
05 Nov 2020 [TBC] Yorkshire's Biggest Firework Spectacular 17:30-22:00 Don Valley Grass Bowl, next to Sheffield Arena S9 2DF. After Dark will be hosting Hallam FM and Big John Live, giant bonfire, a funfair, food stalls. Bonfire l19:30, Fireworks to music 21:00. 20,000 spectators. See website for tickets. About £14.
05 Nov 2020 [TBC] Free Firework Spectacular on Poole Quay The largest free firework event in Dorset. 17:00 Free Party with live music and street entertainers. 20:00 Fireworks.
05 Nov 2020 [TBC] Lindfield Bonfire 18:30 Fancy Dress Competition, 19:30 Torch Procession, 20:15 Bonfire, 20:30 Fireworks. Free event.
05 Nov 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] Oldham’s
Big Bang! 17:00-20:30 Oldham Edge OL1 1NL.
17:00-20:30 Oldham Edge OL1 1NL.Family friendly Bonfire. Funfair, food stalls. Fireworks 19:00. Free event.
05 Nov 2020 Lewes Bonfire
NB - Lewes Bonfire is an uncompromising event. There will be large crowds packed into confined spaces, very noisy street pyrotechnics, and processions with open flame.
Best stay at home with a nice cup of cocoa!
18:00 Barrel run, Cliffe High Street and first
06 Nov 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] Big Boom - Norwich Castle Fireworks Fri 19:30 Norwich town centre. Spectacular 12 minute firework display organised by Norwich Council - no ticket required - just turn up. Free event.
07 Nov 2020 [TBC] East Hoathly Bonfire Sat 19:00-21:30 Giant Torch-lit Processions. 21:40 Amazing fireworks & huge themed bonfire. Pubs: The Foresters Arms in South Street & The Kings Head in High Street. Please park with care. A small torch is useful here. Video: Procession Fireworks Skull Drummery. Map Free event.
07 Nov 2020 Chailey Bonfire Sat 18:00-21:00. 17:00 Gathering at Mill Lane, ,17:30 Judging of Floats, 18:00 Torch Procession - Mill Lane, War Memorial, Five Bells, Bonfire Site. 19:50 Bonfire, 20:00 Fireworks
07 Nov 2020 [TBC] South
Heighton Bonfire Sat 18:30 Torch procession -
The Flying Fish in Denton, Hampden Arms, Bonfire site. 20:00
Bonfire & fireworks on South Heighton recreation ground. About £4. Family
friendly event from a Bonfire Society with over a hundred members. Give
them your support: Chaiman: Roger Clayton 01273 515045. Secretary : Clare
Dickins 01273 516422
: Clare Dickins 01273 email@example.com
07 Oct 2020 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
07 Nov 2020 [TBC] Lord Mayors Show, London Sat 11:00-18:00. Procession The longest, oldest and most splendid civic procession in the world. Festival Zones Family entertainment all day. They are right next to the route of the Show, at Paternoster Square and Bloomberg Arcade. There is a funfair, street theatre, art installations, live music, dance and food. Map
07 Nov 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] Winchester Bonfire and Fireworks Sat 18:00 Entertainment on the Broadway outside the Guildhall. 18:00 Torch Procession - Broadway, High Street, Jewry Street, River Park. 19:15 Bonfire at River Park. 19:45 Fireworks. About £7.50.
07-08 Nov 2020 [TBC] N22 Open Studios Sat-Sun 12:00-18:00 The Chocolate Factory, Clarendon Rd, Wood Green, London N22 6XJ. 020 8365 7500. Eclectic event with over 100 artists offering an amazing array of contemporary art and design from painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, film-makers and designer-makers. Discover and purchase affordable art and contemporary design, commission a piece or get your portrait painted. Free entrance.
11 Nov 2020 [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
12 Nov 2020 [TBC] Plymouth Christmas Lights Thu 16:00-20:00 The Piazza, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2AR. Features a top celebrity and family entertainment on a large stage. Confetti canons fired when the lights go on.
12 Nov 2020 [TBC] Manchester Christmas Lights & Fireworks Sat 18:45 Albert Square. Free celebrations for the festive season. Live music, entertainment, family fun and spectacular fireworks.
Light, sculpture and giant installations waiting to be discovered.
The events by Artichoke are the biggest of their kind in the UK.
12-15 Nov 2020 [TBC] Lumiere Durham
13 Nov 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] Oxford Christmas Light Festival Multiple events - many free, including a super lantern procession on Friday evening. Oxford Lantern Procession
13-15 Nov 2020 [TBC] Front Room Art Trail, Bristol Fri-Sun. Bristol’s original arts trail - 180 artists, 60 venues and 5,000 visitors. Front Rooms, basements and gardens are transformed into mini galleries where artists and visitors can enjoy, discuss and purchase arts. Totterdown is close to Temple Meads station and offers a good variety of participating pubs and restaurants. Free event.
14 Nov 2020 Rye Bonfire Sat 19:50 Torch procession from Mason Road, Ferry Road, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, through Landgate Arch, East Cliff, High Street, The Mint, Wish Ward, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, left down Landgate, right into Bedford Place and on to the Bonfire site. 20:45 Bonfire. 21:00 Fireworks. Free event.
14 Nov 2020 [TBC] Robertsbridge Bonfire Sat 19:00 Torch processions in the High Street. High quality and atmospheric Sussex Bonfire, supported by about 20 Sussex Bonfire Societies. 20:00 Exceptional bonfire and fireworks. Parking available in the A21 lay-by - a small torch is useful here. Video: Procession Fireworks Video 2013: Procession Fireworks Robertsbridge Bonfire Free event.
14 Nov 2020 [TBC] Barcombe Bonfire Saturday. Supported by Lewes and many of the Sussex Bonfire Societies. Processions from the Royal Oak. Bonfire and fireworks - all amazing and all free. Programme available via the website. Video: Procession Bonfire Bishop Firesite Fireworks Barcombe Bonfire Free event.
14 Nov 2020 [TBC] Nevill Bonfire Sat 18:30 First torch procession from Highdown Road, through the Nevill area of Lewes. 20:00 Second procession to the fire site on Landport Bottom. 21:15 Bonfire, destruction of the effigies and amazing fireworks. There is a modest charge. Third procession will head back to Highdown Road for Bonfire Prayers. Nevill Bonfire
14 Nov 2020 [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.
14 Nov 2020 [TBC] Eastbourne Boho Winter Light Festival 16:00-21:00 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3NX.. children's lantern procession with sculptures, music, stalls, carol singing, entertainment, crafts, festive food, traditional children's fairground and grotto. Procession organised by SameSky, Brighton.
14 Nov 2020 [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 2020 [TBC] St Austell Torchlight Carnival Sat 18:00 Torchlight procession, from John Keay House. Lanterns, samba bands, jazz bands, cheer leaders, pirates, highwaymen, music, dance and lights. Music and stalls in the town from 10:00. More
14 Nov 2020 [TBC] UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships Sat 18:00-22:00 Crutched Friar Pub, London EC3N 2AE. Entrants do battle in a knock-out tournament. Spectators welcome.
15 Nov 2020 [TBC] The Moor’s Christmas Party & Lights Sun 12.30-16:30 The Moor, Sheffield S1 4PA. Yellow Bus Events bringing festive cheer with real reindeer, live Nativity, snow machines, traditional music, Father Christmas, giant walkabout snowman, funfair rides, giveaways and loads more seasonal delights. Come down and join us when we turn on the lights on the giant Christmas tree. Free event.21 Nov 2020 [TBC] Hawkhurst Bonfire Hawkhurst Gang Bonfire Society event, held in the traditional style of Sussex bonfire, with over 20 visiting bonfire societies. The evening starts with a gathering of visiting bonfire societies and drummers in the village, then a huge 1/4 mile long flaming and fiery procession makes its way through the streets of Hawkhurst, Kent, culminating in a bonfire and spectacular fireworks display. 18:00 Gates to the site open. 19:00 Procession from Highgate Hill to The Moor where the beacon will be lit. The fire site is at King George V Field. As always traditional Hog Roast will be available. Fire-site Tickets about £4.50. The last Sussex Bonfire in the season.
21 Nov 2020 [TBC] Slough Christmas Lights Sat 17:00 Town Square, High Street, Slough SL1 1DH. Dancers, entertainment, lights and mini firework display.
Nov 2020 [TBC] UK Beatbox
Championships Sat: The Eliminations - Cafe 1001, Shoreditch, london
12:00-17:00. Sun: The finals - The Garage, Highbury, London - 17:00-24:00.
Vocal percussion of drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds
using mouth, lips, tongue and voice.
22 Nov 2020 [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
22 Nov 2020 [TBC] Bracknell Christmas Lights Sunday, The Lexicon, Bracknell. Bracknell Christmas Lights. Free event.
26 Nov 2020 [TBC] Winchester Lantern Procession Thu 18:30-20:00 Lantern procession around the Cathedral grounds, live music, fireworks and Christmas market.27 Nov 2020 [TBC] Devizes Lantern Procession and Fireworks Fri 12:00-20:30 Market Place & Corn Exchange. Craft and Gift Fair in the Corn Exchange, and an open air market in the Market Place. Food and Drink. 17:00 School choirs singing carols in The Brittox. 17:00-20:00 Street performers & fire jugglers. Giant Lantern Procession & Fireworks 2000 participants and 700 lanterns, sets off from High Street at 18:00 and stops off at The Wharf, where Santas’s Grotto is located, and brings him back to the Market Place to switch on the lights at 18:45 from the balcony of The Bear Hotel. Video: Parade Fireworks Fire Jugglers Lantern Line: 01380 723099. Tourist Information Centre: 01380 734669. Devizes Lantern Procession & Fireworks
27 Nov 2020 [TBC] Henley Christmas Festival Fri 17:00-21:00 Town Centre. Annual Christmas Festival in Henley Town Centre with a lantern procession, market, fairground rides, carol singing, Father Christmas in his grotto and the switching-on of the lights on the large Christmas tree. The event is organised by Henley Town Council. Henley Christmas Festival
27 Nov 2020 [TBC] Light Up Hassocks Fri 16:00-19:00 Town Centre. Beautiful lantern parade in the heart of Hassocks Town Centre. Windmills Primary School and Hassocks Infants have made their own lanterns and want to share them with the whole town so come and check it out. Organised by Same Sky, Brighton.
28 Nov 2020 [TBC] Caln Lantern Parade & Fireworks Sat 12:00-18:00 Town centre. 16:30 Lantern Parade from Bremhill View social club to town centre. Christmas lights switch on, fun fair, food and drink, street stalls, live music and entertainment on the main stage, children's fun and games, interactive theatrical experience in the grounds of Marden House. 18:00 Poss fireworks. The Calne Community go Lantern Crazy, with crowds of 10,000 lining the streets and walking in the parade. Info line: 01249 814000. Calne Winter Festival & Lantern Parade
28 Nov 2020 [TBC] Lantern Procession and Fireworks, Crawley Sat 14:30-18:00 Memorial Gardens. Music featuring local acts and a professional headliner, arts and crafts, community stalls and food. Evening lantern procession with samba bands and drummers around the town centre, before returning to the Memorial Gardens for a fireworks display. Organised by Same Sky.
28 Nov 2020 [TBC] Godalming Christmas Festival & Lights Sat 10:00-18:00 Christmas gift and craft stalls in the High Street, Crown Court and Church Street. Street food and drink, pony rides, Santas grotto, and a packed programme of entertainment at The Pepperpot through the day.
20 Feb 2021 Slaithwaite Moonraking Sat 14:00-20:30 Biennial event in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. 14:00-16:00 The Moonraking Mummers Play. 15:00-17:00 Dancing to live music on the Two Valleys Radio stage. 18:30 Moon Raking from the Canal & Giant Lantern Procession. 20:00 Spectacular Finale and fireworks with dancing on the street. Video: Music1 Music2 Procession Slaithwaite Moonraking
12 Mar 2021 [TBC] Red Nose Day Friday. Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief. On Red Nose Day everyone is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside, put on a Red Nose and do something a little bit silly to raise money - celebrities included! It culminates in a night of televised comedy and documentary films. It’s an event that unites the entire nation in trying to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people, both across Africa and in the UK, facing terrible injustice or living in abject poverty. Biennial event.
11 Jul 2021 [TBC] Newbury Carnival Sun 14:00 Pound Street to Victoria Park. 12:00-18:00 Carnival Fete in Victoria Park. Arena entertainment, music and dance, children's rides, dog show, crafts and gifts, African drum workshop and international food. Biennial event.
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