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

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

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

Updated 07 Dec 2016

 




08 Dec 2016 Poole Festivities & Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Falkland Square, Poole, BH15 1AB.Join local school children for a seasonal lantern procession through the High Street followed by carols and mince pies at the historic Guildhall.

08 & 15 Dec 2016 Winter Watch Parades, Chester 19:00 Eastgate Clock, St Werburgh Street, Northgate Street, Bridge Street & Eastgate Street. Samba bands, dragons and a spectacular fire breathing finale, with the Chester re-enactment group joining the Chester Watch and a group of giant skeletons. Free event.




10 Dec 2016 Maidenhead Lantern Procession Sat 17:00 Procession around town, from the Town Hall. 17:45 - 18:15 Maidenhead Concert Band. Lively parade of glowing lanterns and drummers on a journey through the town. The parade will culminate in a celebratory concert led by Maidenhead Concert Band. See "Burning The Clocks" in Brighton on Dec 21st, another event by Same Sky Video Maidenhead Lantern Parade

11 Dec 2016 Newbury Lantern Procession Sun 16:00-18:00 Northbrook Street to Market Place. Live music, a real community atmosphere and a glittering finale, the winter lantern procession has fast become a Christmas tradition in Newbury. Suitable for all ages. Free event.

01-08 Dec 2016 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.

30 Nov 2016 - 03 Jan 2017 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.

11 Dec 2016 
Jersey Battle Of Flowers Christmas Parade Sun 16:45-18:00 The Esplanade, St. Helier. Floodlit floats, music and dance. Jersey Tourism 01534 448877.

Events at The Forge

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

Fri 09 Dec 2016 6pm-1am The Cuban Jam. Live Cuban music: The Sugar Kings, Guaracha, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero and Mambo. Resident DJ Javier La Rosa. Free before 20:00.
Fri 16 Dec 2016 6pm-1am The Cuban Jam. Live Cuban music: Rene Alvarez & Cuban Combination. Salsa, funk and R&B fusion. Resident DJ Javier La Rosa. Free before 20:00.

Vauxhall Winter Village Mon-Fri 11:30-22:00 until Mid-January 2017. Location: 6a South Lambeth Place, London, SW8 1RT. New seasonal attraction from the team behind Vauxhall Street Food Garden.The free to enter. Designed and presented as a pop-up alpine ski village, Vauxhall Winter Village features après ski-style food, drink and entertainment right in the heart of the capital.The event includes Retro Ski Wear with Cable Car Photo Booth, bookable alpine cabin booths, Winter Sports Bar broadcasting the latest winter sports and ice hockey. There is also a festive bandstand, The Smirnoff pop up bar with its unique Hot Pimm’s Winter Cider, Festive Mulled Wine or Mulled Cider, The Red Bull Winter Lodge serving Red Bull cocktails and showing Red Bull TV, Pop Up Fondue Lodge and street food stalls including Valcie Flavours Jerk Shack, City Burger, Ye Olde Fish & Chips, Win & Lilly’s Oriental Foods, Country Kitchen and Souper Soups and special weekly foodie pop ups on Fridays. The seasonal cocktail menu includes classics like Egg Nog and spiced drinks; beer, wine, spirits, and champagne are also available. Vauxhall Winter Village is undercover, fully lit, heated and protected from the elements to create a cosy, secure, relaxed and stress free après ski environment with dedicated dining areas and comfortable lounge cabins.





Marathons

Sun 11 Dec 2016 Hardmoors Marathon, Guisborough, North Yorkshire
Sun 11 Dec 2016 Bovington Marathon, Dorset
Sun 18 Dec 2016 Dawn to Dusk Sunlight Ultra, Redbridge, Essex
Sun 18 Dec 2016 Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon
Tue 27 Dec 2016 Great Barrow Tripple Challenge, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Wed 28 Dec 2016 Great Barrow Tripple Challenge, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Wed 28 Dec 2016 Thames Path Marathon, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Thu 29 Dec 2016 3.3 miles/Marathon/Ultra Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Fri 30 Dec 2016 3.3 miles/Marathon/Ultra Walton-on-Thames, Surrey


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18 Nov 2016 - 02 Jan 2017 Winter Wonderland 10:00-22:00 Hyde Park, London. Ice Rink, Circus, Giant Wheel & Rides, Santa Land and Christmas Market.

18 Nov 2016 - 02 Jan 2017 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.


Harmony Of The Seas -227,000 tons, 1188 feet, 16 passenger decks.
Southampton Cruise Ship Schedule

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


Ship Name Arrival Time Departure Time Berth Agent
AIDAPRIMA 28-Nov-16 14:15 29-Nov-16 19:00 46 DENHOLMS
SAGA SAPPHIRE 01-Dec-16 08:00 01-Dec-16 16:00 46 DENHOLMS
VENTURA 03-Dec-16 06:30 03-Dec-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK
QUEEN ELIZABETH 04-Dec-16 06:30 04-Dec-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK
VENTURA 05-Dec-16 06:30 05-Dec-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK
AIDAPRIMA 05-Dec-16 08:00 05-Dec-16 22:00 46 DENHOLMS
AURORA 06-Dec-16 06:30 06-Dec-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK
OCEANA 09-Dec-16 06:30 09-Dec-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK
QUEEN VICTORIA 09-Dec-16 06:30 09-Dec-16 16:30 46 CARNIVAL UK
QUEEN VICTORIA 12-Dec-16 06:30 12-Dec-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK
AIDAPRIMA 12-Dec-16 08:00 12-Dec-16 22:00 46 DENHOLMS
BALMORAL 14-Dec-16 07:30 14-Dec-16 17:30 101 DENHOLMS
ORIANA 15-Dec-16 06:00 16-Dec-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK
QUEEN MARY 2 15-Dec-16 06:30 15-Dec-16 16:30 46 CARNIVAL UK
SAGA SAPPHIRE 15-Dec-16 08:00 15-Dec-16 16:00 101 DENHOLMS
AURORA 16-Dec-16 07:00 16-Dec-16 17:00 46 CARNIVAL UK
QUEEN ELIZABETH 17-Dec-16 06:30 17-Dec-16 16:30 46 CARNIVAL UK
VENTURA 17-Dec-16 06:30 17-Dec-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK
ORIANA 18-Dec-16 06:30 18-Dec-16 16:30 106 CARNIVAL UK







Ceremonial Events

Tue 20 Dec 2016 Guards' Chapel Recital Series 13:10 Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ. Coldstream Guards Jazz Orchestra.
Wed 25 Jan 2017 Household Division Concert Series 19:00 Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ. The Band of the Scots Guards. Free admission, retiring collection.
Tue 31 Jan 2017 Guards' Chapel Recital Series 13:10 Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ.
Guards Division Percussionists.






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

2016 Cafe Scientifique

Free events.

11 Nov 2016 - 08 Jan 2017 Southbank Centre Winter Market, London Wooden chalets filled with festive food, drinks, gifts and treats for all. 

Jun-Sep 2016 Cardiff Events

26 Nov - 23 Dec 2016 Christmas in the Castle, Cardiff Castle
10 Nov - 23 Dec 2016 Cardiff Christmas Markets
10 Nov 2016 - 03 Jan 2017
Cardiff Winter Wonderland
01-23  Dec 2016 Christmas at Mansion House, Richmond Rd

Cardiff Festival




  Events In London

Mon 19 Dec 2016 Mayor's Christmas Carol Service 19:00-20:00 Southwark Cathedral, Free, booking essential.




Ultra Running


Sat 10 Dec 2016 Winter Run to the Castle Ultra, 
NW Wales Coastal path. 41 miles.
Sat 17 Dec 2016 Tour de Helvellyn, 
Lake District. 38 miles.


 

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 2016 Ney Year Walk In



Bognor Regis Events



11 Dec 2016 Livability Carol Service 18:15 for 19:00 St Martin In The Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJLivability is a national Christian disability and community engagement charity, delivering disability services, community projects, education and training resources that promote inclusion and wellbeing. Tickets £12.50.

15 Dec 2016 
Lincoln Lantern Procession Thu 18:00-19:30 Cornhill & Steep Hill. Children from Westgate Academy will participate in the lantern procession carrying orange paper lanterns. The procession will arrive in Castle Hill at 18:30 for a nativity and carol service. Shops will open for late night shopping.

The UK's leading gardening charity.

Royal Horticultural Society Shows

17-18 Dec 2016 RHS London Christmas Show at RHS Lawrence Hall, London.

28 Mar 2017 RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza. Spectacular array of exotic orchids and plants heralding spring. RHS Lawrence Hall and RHS Lindley Hall, London

RHS Gardens Events Diary


18 Dec 2016 [TBC] Chase the Pudding Santa Dash Sun 11:00-13:00 Weymouth Beach, Dorset DT4 7AN. Hundreds of Santas chase the lonely Christmas pudding down the beach. Festive charity event supporting the British Heart Foundation. Come along in fancy dress. Purchase suits at www.bustinskin.com Cash prize for the winner.


21 Dec 2016 
Burning The Clocks, Brighton Wed 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 2016 [TBC] Christmas Lantern Procession 18:00 followed by carol singing around the Christmas tree in the Market Place. Great Yarmouth Events

21 Dec 2016 [TBC] Winter Solstice, Stonehenge English Heritage welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Sunrise is just after 8am and visitors will be able to access the monument as soon as it is light enough to do so safely. Possible small gatherings at Avebury, Glastonbury Tor etc.

22 Dec 2016 River of Light, Caerphilly 18:30 Town Centre to the castle. Lantern parade with samba drummers, street bands and dancers. Spectacular firework finale. Free event.


SEASONAL SWIMS - 25 Dec 2016 [TBC]

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

26 Dec 2016 Windlesham Pram Race At 10:30 over 100 teams race through the village, raising money for charity. The annual Boxing Day 3.3 mile fun run stops at all the local pubs, and is very popular with competitors and spectators alike. Video: 2010 2011 2012 2013 Windlesham Pram Race

26 Dec 2016 [TBC] Pagham Pram Race 11:00 Boxing Day, whatever the weather. The oldest continuing pram race in the world, stopping at local pubs, and raising money for charity. 80 competitors expected. 3 mile course via The Bear Inn, Pagham Beach Cafe and finish at The Lamb Inn. info@paghampramrace.com

Bolton Steam Museum

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

Volunteers from the Northern Mill Engine Society have rescued and restored over 30 old stationary steam engines - some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the North of England. Most will be running in steam on these days only. We have a wide range of different types of engine. Our oldest engine is almost 180 years old, and most of the engines are over 100 years old.  Come and see these magnificent monsters restored and in action once again! We have full disabled access, and a cafe which offers drinks and snacks.

28-29 Dec 2016 Wed-Thu. Winter Warm-Up

28-29 May 2017 [TBC] Sun-Mon. Spring Bank Holiday Steamings.

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


31 Dec 2016 New Year's Eve Fireworks, London Spectacular Midnight fireworks at the London Eye. Live DJs with music from 22:00 until 00:45. £10 advance tickets, limited to 100,000 people, but free viewing is possible from the surrounding area. Video: Dancing Revelers Fireworks Auld Lang Syne  New Year's Eve Fireworks, London 

31 Dec 2016 [TBC] Cardiff New Year's Eve Fireworks. Cathays Park Midnight. Live music, mulled wine. christmasincardiff.com

31 Dec 2016 [TBC] Manchester New Year's Eve Fireworks. City-centre, best viewed from the Exchange Square.

31 Dec 2016 [TBC] New Year's Eve, Newcastle 16:00 Music and carnival performance around Greys Monument. 17:15 New Winter Carnival Parade, Greys Monument to Newcastle Quayside. 18:00 Early Fireworks over the river. 24:00 New-Year Fireworks over the river.

31 Dec 2016 [TBC] Weymouth New Years Eve Town Centre and harbour. Free fancy dress party with 20,000 revelers. Tourist Information Centre 01305 785747.

31 Dec 2016 [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 2016 [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 2016 [TBC] Nos Galan Races 16:30-20:30 Mountain Ash, Cynon Valley, South Wales. 5km route around the town. More than 1,000 runners take part, with competitions for boys and girls, a fun run for adults and an elite race. Each year a famous mystery sports personality takes part. 18:45 Fireworks. 19:00 Elite Race, 19:30 Fun Race.

 

Edinburgh New Year

30 Dec 2016 [TBC] Torchlight Procession. Official start of the spectacular Edinburgh Hogmanay events. 19:00 Procession from George IV Bridge to Calton Hill. 35,000 participants and spectators, Vikings, massed pipes & drums and thousands of torch carriers. Fireworks at 20:15. Free event.

31 Dec 2016 [TBC] Hourly firework displays 21:00-24:00, Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill. At midnight, the world’s biggest rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Free event.

31 Dec 2016 [TBC] In addition, ticketed events include a concert, street party and Keilidh.

01 Jan Public Holiday - New Year's Day Holiday

01 Jan 2017 New Years Day Parade, London 12:00 Parade from Piccadilly, past Trafalgar Square, to finish at 15:30 on Parliament Street. 8,500 performers, marching bands, classic cars, balloons, cheerleaders, clowns, steel bands and 500,000 spectators. Video New Years Parade

01 Jan 2017 Hyde Park Serpentine Runs 10k race starts at 11:00,  3k fun run starts at 12:00. Course Map

01 Jan 2017 Bath Tub Race, Poole Harbour 10:30 [tbc] Dolphin Haven and along The Quays. Organized by the Blue Boar pub (01202 682247) to raise funds for the RNLI and other charities. Attracts an audience of about 1000. Map

08 Jan 2017 Twelfth Night, London Sun 14:00 Bankside, outside Shakespere's Globe. Twelfth Night is an annual seasonal celebration held on London's South Bank. A mix of ancient customs with contemporary festivity. It is free, accessible to all and happens whatever the weather. See the Holly Man in evergreen foliage, the Mummers dressed in spectacular colours, and all manner of characters. Twelfth Night, London

06 Jan 2017 [TBC] 12th Night, Guildford Fri 19:30 The Star, then on to The Kings Head, The Angel, The Three Pigeons and The Royal Oak. Wassailing, mummers play, singing and storytelling with The Pilgrim Morris Men. Free entrance.

06 Jan 2017 [TBC] Hartley Wintney Wassail Fri 19:00 Torch Procession from the Waggon & Horses RG27 8NY, east to the Vaughan Millennium Apple Orchard. Complementary cup of cider or apple juice at the orchard. Dancing and ceremony by Hook Eagle Morris Men. Please bring lanterns and torches. events@hartleywintney.org.uk Video: Waggon & Horses The Orchard The Apple Tree 01252 845152.

06-15 Jan 2017 [TBC] London Boat Show 10:00-18:00 (20:00 Thu) ExCeL, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL. Over 500 exhibitors showcase an unrivalled selection of boats, marine products, accessories, services, clothing ranges, chandlery, electronics, engines and more, as well as offer a wide range of activities that will entertain the whole family, there is something to suit every taste and budgets. Tickets

07 Jan 2017 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

07 Jan 2017 [TBC] Hunters Moon Wassail. Stone Cross Nurseries, Dittons Road, Stone Cross, East Sussex BN24 5ET.

Great Runs


07 Jan 2017 Great Edinburgh Winter Run
21 May 2017 Run Through The Heart of Scotland
28 May 2017 Great Manchester Run
10 Jun 2017 Great North Swim Run
15 Oct 2017 Birmingham International Marathon


07-08 Jan 2017 [TBC] Icicle Balloon Meet Sat-Sun. Folly Dog Leg, Hungerford - nr RG17 0PJ. Informal gathering of up to 100 balloons, with morning flights, subject to weather conditions. Free viewing for the public at the launch site. On-site caterers: 01189 730454. Launch times will be decided at the pilot's briefing at 08:00. Organized by Dante Balloon Group.

Classic Bike Shows

07-08 Jan 2017 Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic
Drove Lane, Winthorpe, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 2NY

04-05 feb 2017 Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show
The Royal Bath & West, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN

18-19 Feb 2017 Classic Dirt Bike Show Sponsored by Hagon Shocks
St Quentin Gate, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4JH

22-23 Apr 2017 Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show
Weston Rd, Stafford, Staffordshire ST18 0BD


08 Jan 2017 [TBC] No Trousers Tube Ride, London Quirky annual event with up to 500 participants.

Port Of London - Key Events 2017

09 Jan 2017 [TBC] Barking and Dagenham Canoe Club Race, Barking Creek.
22 Jan 2017 [TBC] Quintin Eights HORR, Chiswick Bridge & Hammersmith Bridge    
23 Jan 2017 [TBC] United Hospitals Winter Regatta, Chiswick & Kew Bridge  
06 Feb 2017 [TBC] Dewar Shield, Chiswick Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge  
13 Feb 2017 [TBC] Greenwich HORR, Wapping Pier to PBDRC clubhouse  
13 Feb 2017 [TBC] Boustead Cup, Mortlake to Putney Bridge
19 Feb 2017 [TBC] Hamersmith HORR, Chiswick Bridge & Hammersmith Bridge


12-15 Jan 2017 [TBC] Lumiere London Produced by Artichoke and supported by the Mayor of London, a host of international artists will illuminate the city. See iconic architecture transformed with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary light works.

13-15 Jan 2017 [TBC] Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival Sat 10:30-15:30 Procession with a decorated plough pulled by a local Morris side, 250 dancers, musicians and street performers. Sunday - Bear burning. Map

14 Jan 2017 [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 Old
Iron Bridge. “It’s like going to War and then all Peace breaks out!” 19:15 The Mari Lwyd Performed at the Chepstow Museum. All Floodlit, Great for Viewing and Rumours of Hot Mulled Cider! 20:00 Ceilidh Dance at the Drill Hall £5. Licenced Bar.

14 Jan 2017 [TBC] Pentacle Wassail Sat 18:30-23:00 Pevensey, East Sussex. Torch procession, Morris dancing, belly dancing, live music, apple bobbing and other games, face painting, bouncy castle and drumming. Supporting East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service. Video: Procession Orchard Dancing Pentacle Drummers Wassail Facebook Free event.

Blue Sky Antiques & Collectors Fairs

Sun 15 Jan 2016 Bakewell Agricultural Centre
Sun 29 Jan 2017 Belper Leisure/Sports Centre
Sun 12 Feb 2017 Bakewell Agricultural Centre
Sun 26 Feb 2017 Belper Leisure/Sports Centre
Sun 12 Mar 2017 Bakewell Agricultural Centre
Sun 26 Mar 2017 Belper Leisure/Sports Centre


15 Jan 2017 [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.

15 Jan 2017 [TBC] Wassail, Charvil, Twyford Sun 11:30 OJB Morris at the Lands End Pub, Charvil, Twyford RG10 0UE. Morris dancing, Mummers play, and Wassail ceremony.

26 Jan 2017 Australia Day Pub events and parties around London.

28 Jan 2017 [TBC] Winter Lantern Parade, Tunbridge Wells 17:30 from Tunbridge Wells Library. Parade down Monson Road and Camden Road, finishing at St Barnabas School for food and entertainment.

28-29 Jan 2017 [TBC] Lambing Weekend Sat-Sun 09:30-15:30 Sparsholt College, Winchester SO21 2NF. See 350 ewes at lambing time and witness the shepherding activities at this annual event. Also, a wide range of animals including goats, donkeys, rabbits, guinea-pigs, chickens and exotic species including red panda, wallabies, reptiles and amphibians. It is vitally important that women who are or may be pregnant do not attend this event. Within lambing flocks there is always a risk of a disease presence which can cause miscarriage in women. About £6.

29 Jan 2017 Chinese New Year, London Sun 10:00 Parade,  North of Trafalgar Square to Shaftesbury Avenue. 11:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square - Lion dance, martial arts, food, firecrackers, pyrotechnics and light show. Video: Parade Firecrackers Website: www.chinatownlondon.org What's On & Timings

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


29 Jan 2017 Tough Guy - The Original.


29 Jan 2017 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Birmingham Sun 11:30-17:30 Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TD. Dragon dances, acrobatics, Kung Fu, firecrackers, market stalls, food, children’s rides and firework finale. Attendance 30,000. Tel: 0121 685 8510. Free event.

29 Jan 2017 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Manchester Sun 11:00-19:00 Chinatown and Albert Square. 18:00 Fireworks. The high pole lion dance performance is set to be the most spectacular in the UK. Attendance 65,000.

31 Jan 2017 Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Shetland The largest fire festival in Europe, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January every year. Torch-light procession of up to a thousand "guizers" through the streets of Lerwick, followed by the burning of a full-size replica Viking long-ship. A night of revelry, dancing and partying until dawn. Video

02 Feb - 05 Mar 2017 [TBC] Magical Lantern Festival 17:00-20:30 Chiswick House Gardens, London W4 2QN. Very spectacular illuminated creations.

 
Newark Antiques Fair

Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark NG24 2NY.

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

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

Often featured on BBC1's Bargain Hunt.

Thu-Fri 02-03 Feb 2017

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05 Feb 2017 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Liverpool Sun 11:00-16.00 The taste of China street market, Great George Street. 11:30-15:30 Dragon, Unicorn  and Lion Street Parades, Nelson Street and Berry Street. 13:00 Fire crackers, Great George Square.

05 Feb 2017 [TBC] South Essex Radio Rally Sun 10:30 The Paddocks, Long Road, Canvey. Amateur radio & electronics. 01842 861089.

06 Feb 2017 [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

08-19 Feb 2017 [TBC] Imagine Children's Festival Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel 020 7960 4200. Top names in children’s literature, dance, theatre and art. Enjoy free activities or just take in the atmosphere as children run the show.

11-18 Feb 2017 [TBC] Showzam, Blackpool Annual festival of circus, magic and new variety. Show all events

13-19 Feb 2017 [TBC] Jorvic Viking Festival, York Viking arts, music, drama and action, with many free events. The final Saturday is Battle Day 10:00-17:00 Activities all day - St Sampson's Square, Hungate, Museum Gardens - have-a-go archery and bird of prey displays. 13.00 Earl Ealdred leads his troops from Museum Gardens across the city to Coppergate. 17:00 Gates open for Festival Battle Finale and Boat Burning at the racecourse. Dramatic reconstruction of the Battle of Woden’s Field in 910AD. Fire jugglers, warriors, special effects and fireworks. Food and drink available. Entrance about £12, pre-booking essential: 01904 615505 www.jorvikbookings.com

17-19 Feb 2017 [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.

01 Feb 2017 Slaithwaite Moonraking 14:00-20:30 Biennial event in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. 14:00-16:00 The Moonraking Mummers Play. 15:00-17:00 Dancing to live music on the Two Valleys Radio stage. 18:30 Moon Raking from the Canal & Giant Lantern Procession. 20:00 Spectacular Finale and fireworks with dancing on the street. Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival Finale Video Music1 Music2 Procession

25 Feb 2017 [TBC] Charity Pancake Olympics, Littlehampton Sat 11:00-13:00 High Street. Raise funds for a charity of your choice in this fun packed competition. Teams are invited to compete in four Olympic style disciplines but unlike the real thing it involves a lot of pancakes. There will be sprinting, relaying, flipping and even pancake curling!

26 Feb 2017 [TBC] Brighton Half Marathon Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive/ Seafront. 10,000 runners. Video1 Video2 Brighton Half

26 Feb 2017 [TBC] Arun Divers Littlehampton Leap Sun 11:45 for 12:30 Footbridge, Arun View Inn, River Road, Littlehampton BN17 5DD. Intrepid jumpers in fancy dress leap into the River Arun for charity. A fun event for all ages, open to anyone with a minimum sponsorship fee or charity donation of £10 on the day. Leapers are encouraged to wear fancy dress, wetsuits or drysuits. Boats will be in the water to recover the Leapers and ferry them to the riverside, nobody will be in the water for more than 1 minute. Hot soup will be available in the bar at The Arun View Inn for all brave leapers. There will be a street collection for the charity and people are welcome to come and watch and take photo's. Afterwards in The Arun View Inn, there will also be a Grand Raffle prize draw. Sponsor forms are available for download at www.arundivers.org.uk or alternatively contact Gary Moore 07788 177773 Arun Divers

28 Feb 2017 [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.

28 Feb 2017 [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.

28 Feb 2017 [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.

28 Feb 2017 [TBC] Leadenhall Market Pancake Race Shrove Tuesday 12:30 Outside The Lamb Tavern, 10-12 Leadenhall Market, London EC3V 1LR. The race sees teams from businesses in Leadenhall Market and businesses from the surrounding area battle it out to win this year’s cup. Free to enter teams & free for spectators. The first 100 spectators will receive a complimentary pancake with lemon & sugar. To enter a team, please email Rachel lambtavern@youngs.co.uk

28 Feb 2017 [TBC] Flipping Marvelous Pancake Race 12:30-14:00 More London, Southbank, near Tower Bridge. Free event.

28-29 Feb 2017 [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

28 Feb - 12 Mar 2017 [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

01 Mar 2017 St Davids Day Parade, Cardiff Wed 12:30 Cardiff City Hall. Parade with floats, flags, bands, dragons and participants in national or historic dress. Route St Davids Day

02-05 Mar 2017 [TBC] Swanage Blues Festival, Dorset 40 Acts, 70 gigs and 18 indoor venues. Acoustic and electric blues-based music, open mic, jam sessions, workshops, rural and urban blues. Organised by Steve Darrington

04 Mar 2017 [TBC] Women’s Eights Head of the River Race Sat 09:30 Mortlake to Putney, 4 miles 374 yards. 3,000 athletes on the classic championship course.

04-05 Mar 2017 [TBC] The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships Sat-Sun. St George's Hall, Bradford BD1 1JT. Some of the finest Bands in Britain such as Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery, YBS and many others all competing in the Championship Section. Few contests are so fiercely competitive. About £6 per day.

06-11 Mar 2017 [TBC] Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London A week-long programme of events celebrating the diversity of Russian culture. No event in Trafalgar Square this year? Video Maslenitsa Russian Festival, London

10 Mar 2017 [TBC] Red Nose Day Friday. Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief every two years. On Red Nose Day everyone is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside, put on a Red Nose and do something a little bit silly to raise money - celebrities included! It culminates in a night of televised comedy and documentary films. 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.

11-12 & 18-19 Mar 2017 [TBC] Lambing Weekend, Wiltshire Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Lackham Farm, Wiltshire College Lackham, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2NY. Lackham House, museum of agriculture and rural life, gardens, woodland walk and animal centre. About £6. Please contact the venue before traveling. Lackham Country Park, Wiltshire

12 Mar 2017 [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.

12 Mar 2017 [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

19 Mar 2017 St Patricks Day, London Sun 12:00 Parade, Green Park to Trafalgar Square. 12:00-18:00 Irish Day Party, Trafalgar Square. Attendance: 125,000. Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 Video 4 Video 5 2014 Parade 2014 Trafalgar Sq St Patrick's Day is on 17 March. The London celebrations are usually held on the nearest Sunday. St Patricks Day, London

15-18 Mar 2017 [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.


Bullfish Charity Fayres

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

18 Mar 2017 Craft & Therapy Fayre 10:30-15:30 Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury.
20 May 2017
Craft & Therapy Fayre 10:30-15:30 Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury.
18 Nov 2017
Christmas Craft & Therapy Fayre 10:30-15:30 Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury.


19 Mar 2017 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

19 Mar 2017 [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.

19 Mar 2017 [TBC] Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club London-Brighton Pioneer Run Sun 08:00-15:00 Tattenham Corner, Epsom to Madeira Drive, Brighton. Over 300 pre 1915 motorcycles. Contact: Ian McGill 01293 771446.

25 Mar 2017 Head of the River Race, London Sat 14:15 Mortlake to Putney. A processional race for eights rowed over the 4.25 mile championship course.  Up to 420 crews and 3750 competitors start at 10-second intervals. Video Head of the River Race

26 Mar 2017 Start of British Summer Time - clocks go forward 1 Hour

31 Mar - 01 Apr 2017 North Leeds Charity Beer Festival The Homestead, Old Park Road, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1JX. Brought to you by the Rotary Club of Roundhay, Leeds. Fri 18:00-23:00, Sat 12:00-23:00. Round Britain Festival of Ale - 40 cask ales & six ciders from around Britain (England, Scotland & Wales), food and entertainment.

02 Apr 2017 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Sun. Putney to Mortlake. The annual 4 mile race takes about 20 minutes, and attracts up to 250,000 spectators to the Thames riverbank. Giant viewing screens at Bishops Park in Putney near the start, and at Furnival Gardens in Hammersmith, at the 2 mile point. Women’s Boat Race: 16:35, Boat Race: 17:35 Pubs Along The Route The Boat Race



Events in Poole

Apr - Sep 2017 [TBC] Wave Summertime In The South.

02 Apr 2017 [TBC] Marathon Preparation Race Sun 09:45 Dorney Lake, Windsor. 16, 20 & 24miles. Free Parking.

05-09 Apr 2017 [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.

Apr-Sep 2016 Dream Machines, Poole Tuesdays. Organised by Poole Tourism, the friendly meet regularly draws over 1000 riders from across the UK for 26 weeks of classic ride outs.  From the latest superbikes and custom builds to vintage classics and trikes, the Quay and Harbour offer the perfect location to show off a superb range of motorbikes where bikers and spectators enjoy a unique relaxed atmosphere.   And with a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks to enjoy during the event, it is the perfect place to relax and have a bite to eat.

07-09 Apr 2017 [TBC] North Leeds Charity Beer Festival The Homestead, Old Park Road, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1JX. In association with the Rotary Club of Roundhay & North Leeds Cricket Club. Fri 18:00-23:00, Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-18:00. 18 cask ales from Wales & 18 cask ales from Leeds, locally produced cider, food and entertainment. About £2.

08 Apr 2017 [TBC] The Grand National Saturday,  Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. 30 fences, 4 miles and 4 furlongs. The Steeplechase Enclosure is a great place to experience the atmosphere of the Grand National - adult  tickets about £23.

08 Apr 2017 [TBC] Vaisakhi Festival Sat 12:00-17:00 City Hall / The Scoop, London, SE1 2DB . Sikh festival with an afternoon of activities at City Hall. A celebration of Sikh tradition, heritage and culture. Will include shabad kirtan (spiritual music), langar (food), turban tying, folk dance, martial arts, children’s activities, and much more. All ages welcome. Free event.

08-09 Apr 2017 [TBC] Thoresby Country Fair Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Thoresby Park, Nr Ollerton, Nottinghamshire NG22 9EH. Glassblowing, woodturning, blacksmiths, artists, potters, textiles etc - hand crafted items available to purchase. Arena events - falconry, gundogs, horses etc. Food Marquee, trade stands and children's entertainment. About £10 adults, £9 concessions, £4 children.

08-09 Apr 2017 [TBC] BMX Supercross Sat-Sun, National Cycling Centre, Manchester. The fastest BMX riders from around the globe, racing in time trials. See link for ticket prices.

Vaisakhi is the Sikh New Year, is the holiest day of the calendar for over 20 million Sikhs worldwide.
09 Apr 2017 [TBC] Bradford. Sun 10:30 procession. More
16 Apr 2017 [TBC] Nottingham. Sun 10:00 procession. More
30 Apr 2017 [TBC] London, Trafalgar Square. 12:00-18:00. More.
Pictures
07 May 2017 [TBC] Stoke On Trent. Sun 10:30 procession. More
A Guide to Vaisakhi Many thanks to John Roath, Council Of Southampton Gurdwara's, for this information. Southampton Pictures

09 Apr 2017 [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

14-16 Apr 2017 [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.

15 Apr 2017 [TBC] UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships Saturday evening, Green Man Pub, 1 Poultry, The City, London, EC2R 8EJ. Entrants do battle in a knock-out tournament. Spectators welcome.

16 Apr 2017 [TBC] Brighton Marathon Sun 09:15 Start at Preston Park. The route is south to the Seafront, east to Rottingdean, west to Shoreham power station then back to the Pier to finish. Several loops to make up the distance to 26 miles. Live band, DJ's etc at Preston Park, Rosehill Terrace, New Road, The Level, Old Steine, Brighton Band Stand, Hove Lawns, New Church Road and Shoreham Power Station. Course Map Video: Warm-up Start The Brighton Marathon

16 Apr 2017 [TBC] West London Radio & Electronics Show Sun, Kempton Park racecourse, Sunbury on Thames. Amateur radio equipment, computing, test equipment, and components etc. Entrance about £4. More

16 Apr 2017 [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.

14 Apr 2017 UK Public Holiday - Good Friday.

14, 15 & 17 Apr 2017 [TBC] Horsham Piazza Italia Fri, Sat & Mon Horsham Town Centre. Fabulous cars and bikes, Italian food and street entertainment, Easter weekend. Friday: A rally of nearly 100 Ferraris and over 150 Ducati-led Italian bikes. Saturday: the Vines Italian Job MINI Run with up to 100 Minis. Monday: Supercars, Alfas, Fiats and Scooters. All display vehicles and drivers park in Horsham Town Centre on each day after midday and leave at 3pm or after. Video: Ducati Parade Ferrari Parade Supercar Parade events@horsham.gov.uk   01403 215279 Horsham Piazza Italia


British Lawn Mower Racing

Most races 10:00-18:00.


2017 season 15 Apr to 15 Oct.

17 Apr 2017 UK Public Holiday - Easter Monday.

17 Apr 2017 [TBC] Bolney Pram Race, Sussex Easter Monday. 12:00 Childrens Race. 13:00 Adult Race - start at The Eight Bells. 13:30 Entertainment. 14:30 Prize giving. Video Bolney Pram Race

17 Apr 2017 [TBC] World Coal Carrying Championship Easter Monday, Gawthorpe, Wakefield. The main event starts at The Royal Oak, Owl Lane, and the course is about 1 mile. The men carry 50kg, and the women less. No event in the Olympic Games could stimulate more enthusiasm than this annual contest of stamina and muscle.

17 Apr 2017 [TBC] The London Harness Horse Parade Easter Monday, South of England Showground, Ardingly, from 09:00. Family event. Ponies, working shire horses, and everything in between. Entrance about  £6 per person, children free. The children will love this one. Jackie Shearman 01737 646132 www.lhhp.co.uk

22 Apr 2017 [TBC] Incarnation Brighton Sat 10:00-18:00 Madeira Drive. Hundreds of performance cars on display. Organised by the Ace Cafe. Free event.

22 Apr 2017 [TBC] St George's Day, London Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. Live music stage and quality sound system. Video Free event.

22 Apr 2017 [TBC] Shakespeare Birthday Procession Sat 10:30 Great Garden of New Place, Chapel Lane, Stratford upon Avon. Held on the nearest Saturday to 23 April.

23 Apr 2017 [TBC] Warrior Adrenaline Race Sun 09:30 Hartham Common, Hertford SG14 1QR. 10km or 5km run with army like obstacles. Two race waves of about 150. Whether you’re looking for a new challenge, fundraising for charity or just want a fun wet and muddy experience, we guarantee you’ll love the Warrior Adrenaline Race from Regiment Fitness. Prizes for the winners and runners up in all the main categories. Entry about £45 including insurance. Spectators are encouraged - designated viewing areas, live DJ, bar and fun events going on all day including a team tug of war, bouncy castle & beer tent. Free public viewing.

23 Apr 2017 [TBC] London to Brighton Jaguar Run Sun 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00 Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS to Lower Esplanade, Madeira Drive, Brighton. Annual event with around 300 Jaguars of all ages. Organised by Kelsey Publishing 01959 541444, and supported by The Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club.
23 Apr 2017 [TBC] The 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 London Marathon

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 [TBC] Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice, London Sat-Mon Little Venice, Paddington. Community and waterways festival over the early May Holiday. Over 150 working and traditional boats, boat rally, trade show, activities, entertainment, music, real ale and food. Sat 10:00-18:00. Sun 10:00-18:00,  plus 20:30 Music & illuminated boat procession. Mon 10:00-17:00. Inland Waterways Association General enquiries 07979 676461. Map Free event.

23 Apr 2017 [TBC] Munch Street Food Festival Sun 11:00-21:00 Potters Field Park, Tower Bridge SE1 2AA. An event to coincide with the London Marathon. Previous food traders have included Mamas Jerk Station, the Wild Food Catering Company, Bhangra Burger plus many more. On the stage at Potters and the Scoop at More London amphitheatre will be DJs and live performances from up and coming bands performing an eclectic array of music. Free event.

28-29 Apr 2017 [TBC] Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Fri-Sun 10:00-17:00 on the beach. Hands-on science activities. Free.

29 Apr 2017 [TBC] Downton Cuckoo Fair Sat 10:00-16:30. 20,000 visitors, over 250 stalls, produce market, children's funfair, rural crafts and demonstrations, bands, morris dancing and maypole dancing. Downton Cuckoo Fair Free event.

29 Apr 2017 [TBC] Spalding Flower Parade Sat 14:00-17:00 Carnival floats, decorated with half a million tulip heads. The 4.5 mile route takes about 3 hours, and the roads are lined with upwards of 80,000 spectators. Plenty of activities over the weekend. Flower Parade

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 [TBC] Norbury Canal Festival Sat-Mon. Norbury Junction, Shropshire Union Canal, Staffordshire. Display of working boats, best decorated boat competition, childrens events, live music, hog roast, boat trips, open air service, craft stalls, brass bands, local charity stalls and vehicle displays. More 01952-883568.

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 [TBC] Urchfont Scarecrow Festival, Wiltshire Sat-Mon Over 50 scarecrows made by families in the village. The Scarecrow Trail commences at the village pond where a programme can be purchased indicating the position of the scarecrows, with the task of identifying and matching the scarecrows to the cryptic clues in the programme is a challenging experience. Children’s competition identifying pictures of children’s characters. Plant Sale adjacent to the pond. Free car parking on the playing fields. Refreshments around the pond. Attendance 10,000. Facebook

29 Apr 2017 [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.

29-30 Apr 2017 [TBC] Magnificent Motors, Eastbourne Sat-Sun Seafront and Western Lawns near the Wish Tower. Seafront cavalcade at 10:00, both days. One of the biggest FREE motoring spectaculars on the south coast. Around 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

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Kite Festival Sat-Mon 10:00-17:00 Beach and Esplanade. Saturday is an informal day with some of the best single line displays in the country showing off their biggest, best and newest kites. Sun-Mon spectacular organised demonstrations. Free event.

29 Apr 2017 [TBC] Spalding Flower Parade Sat 14:00-17:00 Carnival floats, decorated with half a million tulip heads. The 4.5 mile route takes about 3 hours, and the roads are lined with upwards of 80,000 spectators. Plenty of activities over the weekend. Flower Parade

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 [TBC] Norbury Canal Festival Sat-Mon. Norbury Junction, Shropshire Union Canal, Staffordshire. Display of working boats, best decorated boat competition, childrens events, live music, hog roast, boat trips, open air service, craft stalls, brass bands, local charity stalls and vehicle displays. More 01952-883568.

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 [TBC] Urchfont Scarecrow Festival, Wiltshire Sat-Mon Over 50 scarecrows made by families in the village. The Scarecrow Trail commences at the village pond where a programme can be purchased indicating the position of the scarecrows, with the task of identifying and matching the scarecrows to the cryptic clues in the programme is a challenging experience. Children’s competition identifying pictures of children’s characters. Plant Sale adjacent to the pond. Free car parking on the playing fields. Refreshments around the pond. Attendance 10,000. Facebook

29 Apr 2017 [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.

29 Apr - 01 May 2017 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Kite Festival Sat-Mon 10:00-17:00 Beach and Esplanade. Saturday is an informal day with some of the best single line displays in the country showing off their biggest, best and newest kites. Sun-Mon spectacular organised demonstrations. Free event.

30 Apr 2017 [TBC] Wolverhampton Vaisakhi Festival Sun 09:00 Parade. Festival in West Park - live music, fun fair, stalls, Bhangra displays, wrestling and karate.

30 Apr 2017 [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.

30 Apr 2017 [TBC] Beltane, Thornborough Henge Sun 12:00. A celebration of seasonal change and ancient mystery at one of Britain's most important prehistoric sacred sites. Free entrance & stalls. 07709 681581 info@sacredbrigantia.com No camping this year.

01 May 2017 Public Holiday - Early May Bank Holiday.

01 May 2017 [TBC] Lewes Garland Day Mon from 10:00 Lewes Castle. Children's Garland Competition. 11:00 Procession High Street. Morris Dancing by the Knots of May and Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men.

01 May 2017 [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

01 May 2017 [TBC] Rainham Village Country Fayre Mon 10:00-16:00 Rainham Village, Essex. Eastenders collides with The Archers on Bank Holiday Monday. Celebrating our London Heritage, Pearly Kings and Queens will mix with craft market traders, stilt walkers and Morris Men. All the fun of an old fashioned Country Fayre cum Cockney Street Market with free entry.

01 May 2017 [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.

01 May 2017 [TBC] Maldon Mud Race, Essex 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. Start times [TBC] 12:30 Duck race, 12:00 Warm up, 13:00 Mud race. Visit maldon Video Maldon Mud Race

01 May 2017 [TBC] Hastings Jack In The Green Festival Mon. Live music & events - please see the website for more details. Monday - Procession day. 1500 performers and 10,000 revelers. 09:45 Gathering on Rock-a-Nore Road. 10:15 Procession. 11:15 Stop for refreshment and dancing, Swan Terrace, High Street. 12:00 Swan Terrace, Croft Road, along Collier Road and Priory Road. 12:30 Procession arrives West Hill Festival site - Morris dancing, crafts, food and licensed bar with real ales. 15:30 Slaying of Jack. Festival Fri-Mon. Hastings Jack In The Green Festival Free event.

01 May 2017 [TBC]Hastings Bike Festival & May Day Run Britain's biggest free motorcycle festival. For over 35 years thousands of bikers have visited Hastings every May Day Bank Holiday Monday and now bike1066 is part of that tradition. In 2013 bike1066 Spring Opener became as big as the world famous Isle of Man TT Races. 32,000 bikes, 76,000 people, over 50 exhibitors and live music. Be a part of the biggest motorcycle festival in Britain. Hastings 1066 Bike Festival

01 May 2017 [TBC] Rochester Sweeps Festival Mon 14:45 Procession - Rochester Castle & High Street. Sat-Mon Holiday weekend. Biggest gathering of Morris Dancers in the country. Jack-in-the-Green, a seven  foot high character, is woken at dawn on May Day from his slumber on Bluebell Hill, then travels to Rochester to start the festivities. Thousands of revelers watch performances at various venues & pubs. It is considered lucky to be kissed by a sweep. 2011 Video Festival Sat-Mon Sweeps Festival Free event.


County & Agricultural Shows

01 May 2017 North Somerset
10-13 May 2017 Balmoral
13-14 May 2017 Nottinghamshire
14 May 2017 South Suffolk
18-20 May 2017 Devon County
20 May 2017 Hadleigh
20 May 2017 Otley
27-28 May 2017 Hertfordshire
29 May 2017 Sherborne Castle
29 May 2017 Northumberland
29 May 2017 Great Harwood
29 May 2017 Surrey County

01 May 2017 [TBC] Padstow May Day Mon. "Obby Oss Day" is the biggest day in Padstow's calendar. Up to 30,000 people cram into the little town. The fearsome mask of the Obby Oss proceeds through the streets, swirling and dancing and accompanied by lots of dancers, musicians and drummers.

01 May 2017 [TBC] Chobham Carnival 11:30 Procession, Burrow Hill to the Recreation Ground. 01276 858170. Video Chobham Carnival


Pride Events

All [TBC]

06 May 2017 Exeter Pride Sat 11:30 Parade
27 May 2017 Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun Hurst Street. Picture
03 Jun 2017 Oxford 12:00 Procession, Ship Street.
10 Jun 2017 Blackpool Pride Winter Gdns.11:00 Procession N Pier.
10 Jun 2017 Gloucester12:00 Procession Shire Hall. Gloucester Park.
17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Cumbria, Carlisle. 12:00-19:00.
17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Portsmouth, Southsea Common. New.
17 Jun 2017 [TBC] York. York Minster to Racecourse 12:00-18:30.
17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Suffolk. 11:30-18:00 Waterfront, Ipswich.
24 Jun 2017 London 13:00 Baker St to Trafalgar Sq. Pictures Video
24 Jun 2017 [TBC] Coventry. Fargo Village 12:00-18:00
24 Jun 2017 [TBC] Swansea Singleton Park.
25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Black Pride London 12:00 Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.
01 Jul 2017 Edinburgh
01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Sheffield 13:00-19:00 Devonshire Green, City Centre.
01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Warwickshire. Leam' Spa Pump Room Gdns 11:00-19:00
08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Bournemouth Bandstand
08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Bristol. Parade & free music festival, Castle Park.
09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Chelmsford Sun. Central Park. 12:00-23:00
15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Hull West Park.
17 Jul 2017 [TBC] Stoke On Trent Northwood Park, Hanley
14 Jul 2017 [TBC] Newcastle Town Moor. Fri-Sun. Town centre stage.
22 Jul 2017 [TBC] Norwich 19:30 Chapelfield Gardens
05 Aug 2017 Brighton 11:00 Parade. 10:00-22:00 Party Preston Park.
06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Belfast The Square.
05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Liverpool
05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Swindon & Wiltshire Town Gardens, Quarry Road.
05 Aug  2017 [TBC] Plymouth 13:00-19:00 Plymouth Hoe. Parade 12:30.
06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Wakefield. 12:00 Warren Gate.
06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Leeds Sun 14:00 Millenium Square
12 Aug 2017 [TBC] Pride Cymru, Cardiff Coopers Field.
19 Aug 2017 [TBC] Glasgow About £10. Parade Sat.
25 Aug 2017 [TBC] Manchester
26 Aug 2017 [TBC] Walsall. Gallery Square.
26 Aug 2017 [TBC] Truro Parade 11:00 Lemon Quay.
02 Sep 2017 [TBC] Reading Kings Meadow. Parade 11:30 Civic Centre.
03 Sep 2017 [TBC] Barnsley
24 Sep 2017 [TBC] Preston Flag Market
24 Sep 2017 [TBC] Sunderland Galley's Gill



05 May 2017 [TBC]
Helston Flora Day Fri 07:00 The Morning Dance, Guildhall. 08:30 The Hal-an-Tow, St John's Bridge. 09:50 The Children's Dance, Wendron Street. 12:00 The Midday Dance, Guildhall. 17:00 The Evening Dance, Guildhall. Video

05-07 May 2017 [TBC] Holmfirth Festival of Folk Excellent community based festival which draws in a large audience. The events take place in the local pubs and on the streets. The vast majority of the events are free, although audiences are encouraged to contribute to the collection buckets. Because of the nature of the venues, don’t expect big names, but be assured that you will get quality. The concerts in the Old Bridge function room and the Ceilidh are paid events.

05 May - 04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Brighton Festival - Fringe City 13:00-17:00 New Road. It’s the perfect place to check out what Brighton Fringe is all about and sample some of the programme for free. Video: Part1 Part2 Fringe City events are free, and part of Brighton Festival Fringe

05 May- 17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Diversity In Focus - Art & Textile Exhibition Sat-Thu 10:00-16:00 Snape Maltings Quay Gallery, Nr Aldeburgh Suffolk IP17 1SR. A contemporary exhibition of textile artists using art, design, mixed media, print, stitch and weaving. Free entrance

06 May 2017 [TBC] Broadwood Day of Dance. Sat, Horsham Town Centre. Celebrating all things English. Morris dancing, music, medieval market and crafts. http://www.broadwoodmorris.info/

06 May 2017 [TBC] East Allington Whacky Races Sat 11:00 East Allington, South Devon. Annual go kart / soap box racing event with downhill races through the village. There will also be skateboard races, a tug-of-war competition and lots of other activities. The event raises funds for the village school, community groups and charities, as well as being a really great fun day out. East Allington’s Got Talent in the Village Hall from 19:00.


06 May 2017 [TBC] Brighton Festival Childrens Parade
Sat 10:30 Kensington Street to the sea front. Crowds of 10,000 line the streets. Samba bands, towering tableaux, and 5000 costumed participants with drums and whistles. The largest annual children’s event in the UK.

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06 May 2017 [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.

06-07 May 2017 [TBC] UK Coach Rally Alton Towers Resort. Saturday morning competitors will complete an 50-mile road rally route, in the afternoon go through the driving tests and in the evening relax at our Gala Dinner Dance. Sunday morning bright and early a proud line up of coach entries will be judged, also the driving test will take place for the finalists followed by the presentation of awards in the afternoon. Over the weekend alongside the Rally Event is an extensive Trade Exhibition area.

06-28 May 2017 [TBC] Brighton Festival Three weeks of arts & street theatre on a huge scale, many free. Video

07 May 2017 [TBC] MG Regency Run, Brighton Sunday. Brooklands Motor Museum, Weybridge to Madeira Drive, Brighton. All sorts of MGs along Madeira Drive - from the 1920s to the present day, from the very classy to the nifty and sporty.

07 May 2017 [TBC] London May Fayre & Puppet Festival Sun 10:30-17:30 Covent Garden. Annual celebration of the art of puppetry with Punch and Judy Professors from all over the country commemorating the first sighting of Mr Punch in England by SamuelPepys in 1662. St Paul's Church Gardens, Bedford Street WC2. Admission Free.

07 May 2017 [TBC] Basingstoke Festival of Transport Sun 11:00-16:00 War Memorial Park, Basingstoke. Over 900 vehicles on static display, including classic, vintage and commercial vehicles, fire engines, military trucks, and a variety of specialist car clubs, trade stalls and catering outlets. Whether you're a keen motor buff or you just want an interesting and enjoyable Sunday, Basingstoke Festival of Transport is a great day out for all the family. The event has accessible car parking and toilets. Parking £2. Enquiries 01256 844844. Free event.

07 May 2017 [TBC] Bracknell Half Marathon Sun 09:00 South Hill Park Arts Centre. Video

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07 May - 17 Sep 2017 [TBC] Dragon Boat Racing

Gable Events charity Dragon Boat Races: info@gable-events.co.uk


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


10-14 May 2017 [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.13 May 2017 [TBC] Exmouth Carnival Fun Day Sat 09:00-17:00 The Strand. 60 stalls selling plants, handmade gifts, crafts and jewelry, toys, cakes, clothing and ceramics etc.
12-18 May 2017 [TBC] Norfolk & Norwich Festival Two weeks of amazing events - circus, music and visual arts, both free and ticketed.


13 May 2017 [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.

13-14 May 2017 [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.


Paws in the Park

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

13-14 May 2017 South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex.
05-06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Stansted Park, Hampshire.
16-17 Sep 2017 [TBC] The Kent Showground, Detling, Kent.


14 May 2017 [TBC] Duck Race and Family Fun Day Sun 11:00-16:00 Bramhall Park, Hall Road, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 3NX. The event now includes a bake-off, and raises money for worthy causes. Organised by Bramhall and Woodford Rotary Club.

14 May 2017 [TBC] Boishakhi Mela, London Sun 12:00-19:30 Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. One of London’s premier street celebrations, with an attendance 100,000. Bangladeshi festival with food, live music, sports activities and traditional arts and crafts workshops. Boishakhi Mela Free event.

14 May 2017 [TBC] Brighton Heroes Run A Brighton-based registered charity working tirelessly to build schools and support education in some of the poorest parts of Africa. We achieve this through our fund-raising events in the UK Pass It On Africa Heroes Run

19 May 2017 [TBC] Party in the City, Bath Fri 18:00-00:00 Exciting programme of Free events. Hundreds of acts at dozens of venues - expect to hear everything from swing, soul and blues to classical, ska, jazz, rock, pop and more. The free party begins at the Abbey with the annual Bath Festival procession.

19 May 2017 [TBC] Saddleworth & District Brass Band Contests Whit Friday. Described as the greatest free show on Earth. Over a hundred open air performances at 20 venues around the moorland villages and towns. There can be 50 or more bands at the busier venues, and you can expect some world class playing. Each band plays two pieces - one on the march. Competition is fierce, and adjudication can last into the early hours. Venues Video 20-30 May 2016 Bath International Music Festival Multiple events, both free and ticketed.

20-24 Jun 2017 [TBC] Crystal Palace Overground Festival Sat 11:00 till late18:00. New venue - Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, London SE20. DJs, BBQs, barn dances, cider festival, comedy, sports, music, film, vintage and plenty more. Free event.

19-20 Aug 2017 [TBC] Bristol International Kite Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Clifton ~ Durdham Downs, Stoke Rd, Bristol BS9 1FG. Arena with spectacular flying displays, kite fighting battles, mass ascents of artistic kites, breathtaking synchronised routines flown to music and awesome power kites. Striking designs including birds, bugs, bees, giant octopi, manta rays, a flying scuba diver, giant mermaids and Roly the mega killer whale, flying bears, tigers, dogs, cats and vast spinning wheels from France. The Festival is supporting the Great Western Air Ambulance as its nominated charity. Biennial event. Free event. Bristol International Kite Festival

20-21 May 2017 [TBC] Rickmansworth Festival Sat 10:30-22:30, Sun 10:30-17:30 Batchworth Lock. Held on the third weekend in May. Canal boats, boat tug of war, boat trips, guest speakers, environmental fair, live music and an animal farm for the children. Rickmansworth Waterways Trust Inland Waterways Events

20 May - 11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Chelsea Fringe The alternative garden festival. Hundreds of events around the capital.


Eventissima Events

20 May 2017 Eynsford Village Spring Craft Vintage and Gift Fair. Sat 11:00-15:00 Eynsford Village Hall DA4 0AA. Free entry.


21 May 2017 [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.

21 May 2017 [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

21-27 May 2016 [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. The 2015 rally is from Stockholm to Las Vegas. London Video London pictures


World Naked Bike Ride

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

20 May 2017 Portsmouth Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Marine Court, Esplanade, Eastney.
27 May 2017 Canterbury Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Canturbury Castle.
02 Jun 2017 Southampton Fri 18:00 for 18:30 Southampton Common, East side, next to Highfield Road.
03 Jun 2017 Hastings Sat 12:30 for 13:30 Lower end of Alexandra Park.
03 Jun 2017 Bristol Sat 11:00 for 12:00 Full Moon Pub, North Road, Stokes Croft.
04 Jun 2017 Cardiff Sun 13:30 for 15:00 Sophia Gardens.
09 Jun 2017 Manchester Fri 18:00 for 19:00 All Saints Park, Cavendish Street.
10 Jun 2017 London, Hyde Park Sat 14:30 for 15:00 North Carriage Drive W1H 7EL. London Pictures
10 Jun 2017 London, Regents Park 14:30 for 15:00 Cumberland Green NW1 4HA
10 Jun 2017 London, Kings Cross 14:30 for 15:00 Granary Square N1C 4AA
10 Jun 2017 London, Clapham Junction 14:45 for 15:00 Grant Road SW11 2NU
10 Jun 2017
London, West Norwood 12:00 for 14:30 Knights Hill SE27 0JD
10 Jun 2017 London, Tower Hill 14:30 for 15:00 Tower Hill EC3N 4DJ
11 Jun 2017
Brighton Sun 12:00 The Level, Union Road, BN2 3FX. Brighton Pictures Video: Start Old Steine
17 Jun 2017 Cambridge Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Park entrance, Regent Street CB2 1AB.
24 Jun 2017 York Sat 15:00 for 17:00 Millenium Bridge.
25 Jun 2017 Scarborough Sun 14:00 Esplanade Gardens.
01 Jul 2017 Newcastle Gateshead Sat 14:00
01 Jul 2017 Folkestone Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Morehall Grounds, Cherry Garden Av.
08 Jul 2017 Exeter Sat 11:00 for 13:00 Trews Weir, South of Exeter Quay SX924914.
22 Jul 2017
Clacton Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Toby Carvery, Marine Parade.

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22-24 May 2017 [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.


25 May - 04 Jun 2017 [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.

25 May - 04 Jun 2017 [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.

25 May - 04 Jun 2017 [TBC] How The Light Gets In Philosophy Festival, Hay on Wye The world's largest philosophy and music festival. A host of exhilarating stages, thought-provoking debates and legendary parties. Typically over 450 events and 35,000 attendees.

26-29 May 2017 [TBC] The Big Knock - British Diesel Bike Rally Main days: Fri-Sat. Location: The Wisborough (formerly Bat & Ball) Public House, Newpound, Nr Wisborough Green & Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 0EH. Enthusiastic gathering of riders with their machines. The event features a group ride-out to a scenic location. www.dieselbike.net

26-29 May 2017 [TBC] Fishguard Folk Festival, Pembrokeshire Fri-Mon. Ticketed concerts, plus nearly 40 free events.

26-29 May 2017 [TBC]
Chippenham Folk Festival. Fri-Mon. Over 200 events in the town centre. Ceilidh and concert events in the riverside park. Multiple pub sessions, workshops, concerts and dances. Full program of children's events, craft marquee, catering facilities and an open air arena in the park. The High Street and historic Market Square are traffic-free, and feature buskers, street theatre and processions. There is a large street fair on Monday.


26-29 May 2017 [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.

26 May - 04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Exmouth Festival Music, arts and crafts - mostly free. Various venues around town, and about 100 acts playing on the main stage in Manor Gardens.

26 May - 11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Bath Fringe Festival Multiple events and locations. Attendance 16,000

27 May 2017 [TBC] Taste Moor Sat 11:00-16:00 The Moor, Sheffield. Celebrating Sheffield’s cultures and communities through dance, crafts and food, Taste Moor will be a vibrant and fun day filled with free activities, workshops and demonstrations.

27 May 2017 [TBC] Twickenham Regatta Located between Eel Pie Island and Richmond Bridge. 500 competitors, 130 races. Free enclosure for spectators and competitors at Buccleuch Gardens, overlooking the finish line at Richmond. Live music from 13:30, sandwiches, cakes and real ale bar. The 2015 event was cancelled.

27 May 2017 [TBC] Eastbourne Carnival Sat 16:00 Fishermen's Green to the Western Lawns.

27 May 2017 [TBC] Maindee Festival, Nr Newport Sat 12:00-18:00. Parade 12:00 Corpa Road. Free community arts event and vibrant parade. Live music, traders, stalls and international food and drink.

27-28 May 2017 [TBC] Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun. Hurst Street area. 12:00 Sat - parade Victoria Square, New Street, Temple Street, Temple Row, Colmore Row and Bull Street, and into the Gay Village area. Birmingham Pride

27-28 May 2017 [TBC] Chesterfield Canal Festival Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Staveley Town Basin S43 3XZ. Canal boats, vintage bus & steam train tours, entertainment marquee, children’s rides, canoeing, birds of prey, stalls and food & drink including a real ale bar. About £3. Saturday night concert. festival@chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk 01246 477569.

27-28 May 2017 [TBC] Happy Days Festival, Surrey Sat-Sun 14:00-22:00 Imber Court, East Molesey KT8 0BT. 3 decades of amazing music with other entertainments including themed retro bars, pyrotechnics, games area, family fun activities and an after show party. 40 acre site. World fusion food. See link for more info & tickets. Adult Saturday day tickets about £40.

27-28 May 2017 [TBC] ThunderSprint Sat-Sun. Anglesea Race Circuit. Some of the best classic riders in the world, and their unique motorcycles, in action on the track. Aerobatic display by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire subject to confirmation, children’s funfair and inflatables, fine food area. 100 trade stands selling everything from motorcycling gear and bike accessories to children’s toys. About £10.

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28 May 2017 [TBC] Luton Caribbean Carnival
Sun 12:00-18:00 Wardown P
25 May - 04 Jun 2017 [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.

ark. Huge one day Caribbean carnival, with an attendance of 50,000. Procession 13:30 from Wardown Park. Static sound systems, food & entertainers. Organised by The UK Centre for Carnival Arts

28 May 2017 [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.

28 May - 04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Rainbow Film Festival, London Various venues. Films, both documentary and features, celebrating the diversity of Asian culture, all with English sub-titles. 


29 May 2017 [TBC]
Cheese Rolling, Brockworth, Gloucester Mon 12:00 Coopers Hill, Brockworth. Foolhardy souls cartwheel down a 1 in 1 gradient, chasing a 7lb cheese. There are five downhill & four uphill races. No advanced booking for competitors, and free viewing for the public, but a modest parking charge. This long-standing Gloucester tradition is held on common land. The hill is Very Steep; competitors & spectators must do their own risk assessment. Video Video Map


29 May 2017 [TBC]
Wool Sack Races, Tetbury Mon 10:00. Wacky event where dozens of hopefuls race up and down Gumstool Hill in Tetbury town center carrying 60lb sacks of wool (35lb for the ladies). The course runs the 280 yards, between The Royal Oak and The Crown, and is a very steep 1-in-4. Street entertainment, magic and music from 10:00. Races from 14:00. Attendance 10,000. Wool Sack Races Free event.



County Shows

29 May 2017 [TBC] Surrey County Show - Stoke Park, Guildford
31 May - 01 Jun 2017 [TBC] Suffolk Show - Trinity Park, Ipswich
31 May - 03 Jun 2017 [TBC] Royal Bath & West Show - Shepton Mallet
22-25 Jun 2017 [TBC]
Royal Highland Show - Edinburgh
25 Jun 2017 [TBC]
Derbyshire County Show Shardlow showground.
11-13 Jul 2017 [TBC] Great Yorkshire Show - Great Yorkshire Showground
25-27 Jul 2017 [TBC]
New Forest Show - Brockenhurst
26 Jul 2017 [TBC]
Stranraer Show - Playing Fields, Stranraer
20 Aug 2017 [TBC]
Mid-Somerset Show - Shepton Mallet
02 Sep 2017 [TBC]
Alresford Agricultural Show - Tichborne Park
14 Sep 2017 [TBC]
Oxford & Thame Show - Thame
16-17 Sep 2017 [TBC]
Royal Berkshire Show - Newbury Showground
21-22 Oct 2017 [TBC]
Countryside Live.- Great Yorkshire Showground


29 May 2017 [TBC] 
Surrey County Show Mon 09:00-18:00 Stoke Park, Guildford. Largest one-day agricultural show in the UK. 40 acres of shopping malls, packed with 350 trade stands selling everything from tractors to garden furniture. Two and a half miles of tents and marquees; 71 judges scrutinizing everything from bulls to hens. The traditional end to the day is the mass launch of hot air balloons.

29 May 2017 [TBC] BUPA London 10,000 Road Race Mon 10:00 The Mall, St James's Park. 10k Circular route through Westminster and The City, passing many of London’s famous sights including, Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, Bank of England, Leadenhall Market, The Monument, Millennium Bridge, Tate Gallery, Cleopatra’s Needle, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

29 May 2017 [TBC] Environmental Rock, Southampton Mon 12:00-18:00 The Hobbit Pub. 02380 710916. Environmental awareness event with music, information, ideas, tips and activities. Map

29 May 2017 [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.

31 May - 03 Jun 2017 [TBC] The Royal Bath & West Show The country's biggest rural festival with something for everyone. 600+ trade stands.

Jun 2017 [TBC] Whitehaven Maritime Festival, Cumbria Fri-Sun. Bi-annual. Biggest maritime festival in the UK. Activities on the water, in the air and on the harbour side. Tall ships, air displays, street entertainment, music, drama and re-enactments. Amazing fireworks Friday & Saturday about 22:45. Attendance 250,000 over three days.

01-07 Jun 2017 [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.  02 Jun 2017 [TBC] Cotswold Olimpicks Fri, Dover's Hill, Chipping Campden. Morris Men, Pipe Band, German Shepherd Dogs, Fighting Arts, Tae Kwan Do, Tug of War, Fairground Rides, Birds of Prey, Climbing Wall, Gurning. Hot and cold food. About £6 entrance. 14:00-18:00 Jacobean Village, Medieval Dance, Falconry, Tug-of-War, 15:30-18:00 Folk Concert, 19:30-21:45 The famous Shin Kicking, Tug of War, 5 mile Race, Morris Men, 21:45-22:3 Fireworks & Torchlit Procession, 21:30-24:00 Live Music in the Square. Video: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Cotswold Olimpiks


02-04 Jun 2017 
Old Gaffers Boat Festival Fri-Sun Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.

02-04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Baskfest Fri 18:00-22:00, Sat 12:00-02:00 (am), Sun 12:00-19:00. The Hive 260-264 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DG. London Basque Diaspora presents a festival that celebrates Basque culture. Unconventional, provocative and fun visual art and performances, film, music, dance, photography and gastronomy. Free event.

02-04 Jun 2017 [TBC] International Mersey River Festival The International Mersey River Festival is a celebration of our glorious waterfront in a FREE three day extravaganza of family fun, amazing music and entertainment along our iconic river.  At this year’s event, we’re really making waves with an incredible musical line up gracing three stages along the ‘front, a host of creative workshops and entertainment for the whole family. Discover Liverpool’s glorious history, incredible present and dazzling future with an interactive treasure hunt around the UNESCO heritage site, take part in our activities or simply relax with a stroll along the river and take it all in.

02-04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Lets Rock Bristol Fri-Sun 11:00-22:30 Ashton Court Estate, Bristol. Adult day tickets about £47. Camping available.

02-04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Chestertons Polo In The Park Hurlingham Park, Fulham, London SW6 3PR. Eat, drink, shop, socialise, and enjoy a day of entertainment at the leading outdoor polo and lifestyle event in Central London. See link for tickets.

02-04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth Fri-Sun. Around Hope Square and the Old Harbour in Weymouth. Free and ticketed events. On Saturday there will probably be Morris dancing on the promenade and Brewers Quay and a parade on the promenade at 13:00. Various venues and pub sessions - check web site for details. A rover ticket for all events costs about £20.

03 Jun 2017 [TBC] Epsom Derby Sat. Epsom Downs Racecourse. Free entrance to the central area. 150,000 revelers, music stage with a party atmosphere, lots of market stalls, food, drink and picnics. 2009 Party Video 2010 Party Video Epsom Downs Racecourse

03 Jun 2017 [TBC] Strawberry Fair, Cambridge Sat 12:00-23:00 Midsummer Common. 11:00 Parade from Christ's Pieces, through the town to Midsummer Common. Three music stages, including live dance acts & DJs. Attendance: 35,000. Map Strawberry Fair 

03 Jun 2017 [TBC] Kemptown Carnival Brighton Sat 11:00 St Georges Road. Parade of Flowers & Samba Parade with over 200 performers. 5 live stages with over 25 bands, street performers, Capoeira displays, choirs, dance troupes, break dancing, a fashion event, art and book fairs, crafts, community market, a children's area, magicians, creative workshops Video Kemptown Carnival

03 Jun 2017 [TBC] World Custard Pie Championship Sat 14:00 Coxheath, Kent. Teams parade, custard pie throwing, family fun and craft stalls. Viewing is probably free, and all are welcome. 22 teams battle to win the coveted trophy, and some 3000 pies will be flung under strict rules of the contest.

03 Jun 2017 [TBC] Throckmorton Airshow Saturday, Throckmorton Airfield. The UK's premier Emergency and Armed Services fun day, attracting 15,000 visitors, in aid of Help for Heroes. Static and flying exhibits, emergency and armed service exhibits. The 2016 airshow was cancelled.

03 Jun 2017 [TBC] Oxford Pride Sat 12:00-18:00. Parade 12:00 from Radcliffe Square.

03-04 Jun 2017 [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.

03-04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Hastings Town and Country Show Sat-Sun 10:30-17:30 Alexandra Park. Suffolk Punch horses, birds of prey and falconry displays, medieval re-enactment village including fighting knights, sheep sheering, working and Newfoundland dogs as well as rural demonstrations. Arts, craft and gift marquees as well as lifestyle and food hall stands will give you the chance to sample and buy unique products. Children's entertainer, bouncy castles and fairground. Entrance about £5.

03-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Adur Festival Beach Green, Shoreham. Weeks of community entertainment, including the Beach Dreams Big Weekend. Free event. Adur Festival

04 Jun 2017 [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.

04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Keighley Gala Sunday, Victoria Park. Parade, music, stalls etc. Fireworks Sat 21:00.

04 Jun 2017 [TBC] Great Midlands Fun Run

07-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Broomhill Festival, Sheffield Multiple events.

08-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] The Gate to Southwell Folk Festival Fri-Mon Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0PT. Roots and folk, dancing on two marquee stages, children's festival, events around town and in local pubs. Real ale, cider, quality food and craft stalls. Camping in adjacent fields and good toilets. Lineup

08-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] The Gate to Southwell Folk Festival Fri-Mon Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0PT. Roots and folk, dancing on two marquee stages, children's festival, events around town and in local pubs. Real ale, cider, quality food and craft stalls. Camping in adjacent fields and good toilets.

09 Jun 2017 [TBC] Northampton Carnival Parade 14:00 Racecourse. Live entertainment on stage, funfair and a wide variety of stalls.

09-11 Jun 2017 [TBC]
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival Traditional English and Celtic music and dance, Irish, Scottish and clog dancing displays, market stalls, clothing, jewelry and gifts.
10 Jun 2017 [TBC] Bognor Regis Carnival Sat 13:15 Esplanade to West Park. Music stage, arena displays, trade stalls, crafts and food in the park.11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Friskney Show Sun 10:00-17:00 Friskney village hall and playing field, Friskney, Lincolnshire PE22 8RD. Stalls, classic cars, vintage tractors, silver band-singers and dancers, flypast by dakota, fun dog show, punch & judy, kids rides and birds of prey. Free event.:

09-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Fuse Medway Festival Fri-Sun. Street entertainment, music and pyrotechnics in and around Rochester, Kent. Saturday is Street Arts Day. Video Video www.fusefestival.org.uk



Great Swim Series

09-11 Jun 2017 Great North Swim

2017 Great East Swim

2017 Great East Swim Run

2017 Great Manchester Swim

2017 Great Newham London Swim

2017 Great Scotish Swim

2017 Great Scotish Swim Run



10 Jun 2017 [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

10 Jun 2017 [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

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] The Old Fair of Abinger Sat 14:00 Village green. Procession, maypole dancing, tug-o-war, Punch & Judy, music, archery, medieval stocks, crafts, cakes, produce, toys, books etc. 14:00 Procession. Timetable.

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] Dorset Dogs Festival Sat 11:00-16:00 Slades Open Space, Bournemouth BH10 4HF. Celebrate dogs, green spaces and the countryside. Annual fiesta is packed with fun for people and dogs alike, with agility, dog demos and taster sessions, a fun dog show and lots of stalls, pop-up café, ice-cream, family activities and face-painting and more. For more info, contact Su Powner at dorsetdogs@dorsetcc.gov.uk or call 0771 815 9350.

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] Lord Mayor's Family Show, Birmingham 12:00-18:00 Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square, City Centre. Free entry. Live music, street theatre, craft stalls, picnic area and children's rides, magic, face painting, donkey rides etc.

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] Man v Horse Marathon, Wales Sat 11:00 Llanwrtyd Wells. Start at the Town Square, finish at Victoria Wells, a mile away. Lots of vantage points for spectators. Madcap race where the fittest of the fit race against horses. The 22 mile hilly course, down tracks and over moorland, is crafted to make it just possible for man to win.

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] The Great Knaresborough Bed Race Saturday, Knaresborough Castle, North Yorkshire HG5 8AS. 90 teams in fancy dress, watched by thousands of spectators, compete over a grueling 2.4 mile course and swim through the icy waters of the River Nidd. 10:00 Preparation, 11:00 Fete and Entertainment, 11:30 Best Dressed Bed, 13:00 The Parade, 15:00 The Race, 16:30 Prizes.

10 Jun 2017 [TBC] Ritchey Bristol Bikefest Sat, Upper area, Ashton Court. Food and drink in the event village. Spectators welcome.

10-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] World Triathlon 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 - Leeds

10-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Stoke Bruerne Family Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire. A celebration of canal heritage by the friends of the canal museum. Rampaging vikings, historic and model boats, clog and morris dancing, displays of traditional canal crafts, music, theatre, a bustling market, children's activities and circus workshops. Free entry, parking £3 per car.

10-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Marlow Town Regatta & Festival Sat-Sun Regatta, rowing and Dragon boats in the scenic riverside town of Marlow, with a garden party atmosphere.

10-11 Jun 2017 [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.

10-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Derby Emergency Services Show Sat-Sun Markeaton Park, Derby. Staged by volunteers and operated on a not for profit basis. Over 50 vehicles on Saturday morning and live events throughout both days.

10-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Southampton Kite Festival 10:00-17:30 Lordshill Recreation Ground, Redbridge Lane. Free entry and parking.

10-11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Bristol Festival Of Nature Sat-Sun Harbourside, BristolVoted Bristol’s ‘Tourism Event of the Year’, the Festival of Nature unleashes the city’s wild side once again this summer, taking over the Harbourside. The UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world, the Bristol Festival of Nature lets loose wildlife enthusiasts of all ages to explore, enjoy, and get close to nature in the heart of the city. Throughout the weekend, the festival site will be packed with exciting free activities from over 150 organizations. What's On

10-17 Jun 2017 [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.

10-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Bike Week. A national celebration of freedom, Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling as a source of fitness and fun. 

10-25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Bucks Open Studios The largest visual arts event in the county. Run by the Visual Images Group, an alliance of over 600 artists and makers living and working in Buckinghamshire. Over 200 different venues across Buckinghamshire open their studios and run exhibitions and events for the public to visit. Go behind the scenes, talk to artists and see work in progress. Demos, workshops and exhibitions, showcasing a wide range of arts and crafts. Free entry.

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] World Naked Bike Ride, Brighton Sun 12:00 The Level, Union Road, BN2 3FX. 12:00 Bike/body decoration, lunch, entertainment, 13:00 Assembly, 13:30 Ride starts, 15:30-16:00 Ride finishes with sea swim and beach picnic, Black Rock naturist beach. Video: Start Old Steine Brighton Pictures

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] London Rathayatra Sun 12:00 Procession from South Carriage Drive, Hyde Park. Rathayatra is a chariot festival that originated in India over 2,000 years ago. 14:30-17:00 Festival in Trafalgar Square. Talks, Bhajans, dramas, stalls, books & paraphenalia.Free Vegetarian Prasadam Feast for all.

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Heritage Day Sun 10:30-16:30 Royal Military Academy, London Road, Camberley, Surrey. The beautiful academy grounds and some of its historic buildings will be open to the public. This is a very popular event with families and will include various military displays, refreshments, sports matches, picnic areas etc. Admission and car parking are free. Pets are not allowed. Events include polo, cricket, military music and Gurkha Kuhkri dancing. Further details: 01276 412088 ~ 01276 412179.

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] High Street Live, Crawley A relaxing day of great music and food. Over a dozen acts on two stages. Closed to traffic, the historic charm of the High Street takes on a continental feel with alfresco dining provided by some of the town's best restaurants and pubs. Live bands include: Fear no Fish, Run Young Lovers, Jive Aces, Artifacts and FranClassic. Part of Crawley Festival

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Weymouth Vintage Bus Running Day 10:00. Free.

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Windsor Triathlon Sun 06:00 Alexandra Gardens. 1.5km Swim, 42km Bike, 10km Run. Multi-lap run course includes Windsor Castle, Eton Bridge and High Street. 2500 competitors and thousands of spectators.

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Congleton Food and Drink Festival Sun 10:30-16:30 town centre. Festival food and farmers market, demos and competitions in the town hall, music and street entertainment, wine tasting, a wild food forage and Beartown Brewery tours.

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Oldham Carnival & Roots Festival Big parade. Alexandra Park will come alive with over sixty acts, on three separate stages, on Carnival weekend. Viking show with battles, ironmongery, woodcraft, stunt comedy escapology act. Parade Programme

11 Jun 2017 [TBC] Thai Festival, Epsom Sun 10:00-18:30 Hook Road Arena KT19 8QH. Music & dance, Thai Boxing, Thai carving. About £3.

11 Jun 2017 [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.

13-17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Royal Ascot Tue-Sat. 10:30 Gates open, 14:00 Royal procession, 14:30 first race, 17:35 last race. 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

14-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Taste of London Festival Wed-Sun Regents Park. The capital’s biggest food and drink event with an attendance of 50,000. Taste of the World festivals are held in 15 major cities around the world. Tel 020 7471 1092. More

15-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] The Royal Highland Show Thu-Sun. About £20 per day (accompanied under 16's free). Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston 0131 335 6200. Map

16-17 Jun 2017 [TBC] StowFiesta Fri-Sat Chilton Fields, Stowmarket. Free community music festival in Suffolk.

16-18 Jun 2017 [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. Free event.

16-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Oceanfest, Devon Fri-Sun Croyde Bay. Beach ocean sports and music festival. Friday acoustic. Saturday 12:00-23:00 live bands. Sunday until 21:00. See link for tickets.

16-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] The Virgin Money 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.

16-25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Portsmouth Festivities Ten-day annual arts festival presenting a diverse programme of events celebrating Portsmouth’s history and heritage.

16-25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Golowan Festival Penzance. World music, dance, food and market.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery. Sat 09:45-17:00 North Barn, Fairclough Hall Farm, Halls Green, Hertfordshire SG47DP. Watch our talented goldsmiths at work, while children can learn from our jewellery designers in fun Jewellery Making Workshops. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and browse our latest collections. Free parking. Free event.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Corscombe Festival 13:00-17:00 Corscombe Court, Corscombe, Dorset DT2 0NS. Free event. 18:00-23:00 Evening Concert (modest charge).

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Heart of the Forest Festival Sat 10:00-17:00 Measham, Leicestershire. Street entertainers, parade, marching bands, vintage vehicles, funfair, dog show, donkey rides, tug of war, biplane aerobatics, 100 stalls.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Hanwell Carnival, Ealing Sat 12:00-19:00 Elthorne Park. 11:00 Procession from Hanwell Community Centre. Music Stage with local bands, dog show, craft fair, fun fair, food stalls including English, Indian and Caribbean. The oldest continuous carnival in London - 15,000 visitors.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Chislehurst Rocks Music Festival Saturday. Chislehurst Recreation Ground, Empress Drive, Chislehurst BR7 5BG. www.chislehurstrocks.co.uk Free event.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Corscombe Fest Sat 13:00-17:00 Corscombe Court, Corscombe, Dorset DT2 0NS. Corscombe is a beautiful unspoilt West Dorset village, just 4 miles from Beaminster, 9 Miles from Yeovil, and 7 miles from Crewkerne.
Tickets are available on the gate at £2 and there is free parking.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Dorset Nettle Eating Contest The Bottle Inn, Marshwood. Live music and entertainment. More

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] AfricaOye, Liverpool Sat-Sun 12:00-21:30 Sefton Park. The largest free African music festival in the UK. 

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Harry Paye Day - Poole Pirates Sat 12:00-18:00 Poole Quay BH15 1HJ. 12:00 Parade of Pirates along Poole Quay. Live music, cannon, musket and fencing displays, belly dancing, children's rides, face painting etc. Sample the finest grog along the quayside’s traditional, pubs, bars and restaurants and listen to a salty sea shanty or two. Organised by the Pirates of Poole and supported by Poole Tourism.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Heart of the Forest Festival, Measham Sat 11:30 Street Parade from Leicester Road. The parade of floats marching groups, military vehicles and classic cars makes it's way down High Street to the Leisure Grounds DE12 7HR. Live bands, 100 stalls, side-shows, fairground, food & refreshments and a planned Spitfire Flypast. Attendance 5000. Free event.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Avon Dasset Soap Box Derby 15:00 Avon Dassett, Warwickshire.

17 Jun 2017 [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.

17 Jun 2017 [TBC] Portchester Gala Sat 11:30 Portchester Castle. Arena events, brass band, fun fair etc. Free entrance. 11:30 Procession from the Wicor Mill Pub and makes its way down White Hart Lane and Castle Street. Alan Simpson, 29-31 West Street, Portchester, Hants PO16 9XB. 02392 20162

17-18 Jun 2017 [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

17-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Lark in the Park, Eastbourne 11:00-16:00 Seaside Recreation Ground, Seaside Road  BN22 7NR. Charity event with family fun and entertainment, supporting local youngsters with special needs and disabilities.

17-18 Jun 2017 [TBC] West End Live, Trafalgar Square, London Sat 11:00-18:00 Sun 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. Showcase of West End theatre productions. Free entrance. What's On www.westendlive.co.uk 18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Twickenham Carnival Sun 12:00 Procession leaves St Mary’s Church. 12:30-17:00 Carnival Village in the grounds of Orleans House Gallery. Vibrant carnival parade, bursting with spectacular costumes, dancers and drummers from York House. Traditional steel pans and carnival sound system playing everything from Samba to Soca. Craft bazaar, performance workshops, arts activities and global food and drink. Attendance 3,000 and growing. Video1 Video2 Map Twickenham Carnival Free event.

17-25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Polperro Festival Annual community event run by volunteers for the benefit of this historic and beautiful Cornish village and it’s surrounding environment. Live music of all genres daytime and evening, inside and out, street theatre and entertainment, parades, morris dancers, arts and crafts, drama, poetry, children’s entertainment, coastal walks, treasure hunt, new music day & schools day. Marketing & PR, Robert Springett 07813 303445. Please come and support us. For more information pick up a souvenir programme during the week or see website.

18 Jun 2017 [TBC] DogFest Loseley Park, Surrey. 09:30-17:00.Join Channel 4 Super-Vet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick.

18 Jun 2017 [TBC] London to Brighton Bike Ride Sun 07:00 start from Clapham Common. An amazing 27,000 take part in the annual 54 mile charity cycle ride, organised by the British Heart Foundation. Video BHF Events

18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Manchester Day Parade Sun 12:00-18:00. Start & finish in Liverpool Road. A dazzling array of costumes, music, dance and incredible structures. The city's biggest summer event, with over 2,400 participants and an audience of more than 50,000. Produced by outdoor events experts Walk the Plank.

18 Jun 2017 [TBC] World Paper Aeroplane Championships Sunday, High St, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset TA8. Competitors of all ages make a paper plane from a single sheet of paper then launch their design down the high street. Furthest distance wins.

18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Newbury & District Amateur Radio Boot Sale Annual boot sale organised by the Newbury & District Amateur Radio Society. Demonstrations, displays, clubs, societies and special interest groups, plus about 120 traders selling amateur radio equipment, test equipment, computers etc. Newbury Showground, M4, J13. From 09:00. About £2. Newbury ARS Rally & Boot Sale

18 Jun 2017 [TBC] Classic & Veteran Car Rally, Kent Sun 10:30 The South of England Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch, Ashford. Auto jumble, Crafts, Stalls etc. About £6. Tel 01233 861 493.

18 Jun 2017 [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 2017 Summer Solstice, Stonehenge Watch the new dawn arrive. English Heritage provide managed, Free access to the monument, but car parking charge applies. Car park, located close to Airman’s Cross A344/A360 junction. You will be given a site map. Please note your row number to locate your vehicle later. Monument and car park open from 19:00. 1km grass walk to Stonehenge - a small torch may be useful. Sunrise about 05:00. 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

21-25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Glastonbury Festival

22-25 Jun 2017 [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

23-25 Jun 2017 [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.

23 Jun - 01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Didsbury Arts Festival More than 170 arts events, exhibitions, performance and street theatre across 50 venues. Sat 12:00 Music and street theatre. Most events free.

23 Jun - 02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Greenwich Festival A week of amazing street theatre. All events Greenwich Festival

24 Jun 2017 [TBC] Isle Of Wight Mardi Gras Sat 15:00 Ryde School, Queens Road, High Street, Union Street and Esplanade, Ryde. Held on last Saturday in June. Flagship event and showcases the very best of children and young people’s carnival experience through learning, creating and performance.
24 Jun 2017 [TBC] World Worm Charming Championships Sat 14:00 Willaston County Primary School, Willaston, Nantwich. Spectator entrance £1.

24 Jun 2017 [TBC] Armed Forces Day Multiple events & locations.

24 Jun 2017 [TBC] Bournville Village Festival 14:00-22:30 Cadburys Recreation Ground, Linden Road, Bournville B30 1UE. Family day out, with maypole dancing and a full day's arena events. Fireworks at 22:00. Entrance about £2.50.

24 Jun - 23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Newbury Festival A month of exciting events, many free.

25 Jun 2017 [TBC] London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Sun 10:00-18:00 London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road E16 2QT. Europe’s most prestigious dragon boat event, organised by London Chinatown Lions Club with support from The Hong Kong Executives Club, The London Chinatown Chinese Community Centre and the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office. The free, family-friendly event is now a significant date in London’s cultural calendar, attracting visitors from across the UK and overseas. Features a food festival offering the tastes of South East Asia, live music on the East West Festival stage showcasing new artists from the East and West, martial arts displays and traditional Chinese lion dancing. Free event.

25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Pride in the Park Sun 13:00-22:00 Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, London. Community style event with entertainment, sports events, dog show, music, performances, food and drink, all in a relaxed atmosphere. Free event. (Photograph: Taurus Attraction/UK Black Pride)

25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade Sun 12:00. Spectacular parade created by local people, helped by fantastic artists. It’s a celebration of creativity, the art of the handmade and is just sheer fun! Up to 1000 people walk or dance in the parade through the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands.

25 Jun 2017 [TBC] Capital to Coast, London to Hove Charity Bike Ride. Sun 07:30-08:30 start from Kempton Park. 2000 riders expected. 

25 Jun 2017 [TBC] South End Green Festival 10:30-17:00 South End Green, London NW3 2PT. Music, food, drink, crafts, children’s fair, dog competition etc. Every year around 4,000 people celebrate summer in one of London's friendliest and most beautiful neighbourhoods. Organised by local traders and residents, with profits going to local good causes.

25 Jun - 01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Mevagissey Feast Week Sun-Sat 6 days. Mevagissey, Cornwall. Live music, dancing, processions, raft races and more. Provisional details, subject to change: Sunday 15:00 big fish procession, 16:30 air-sea rescue. Friday 20.00 live music on the quay. Saturday 19:30 carnival, 22.45 fireworks. Festival Office, 53 Lavorrick Orchards, Mevagissey, PL26 6TL. Tel: 01726 74014.

26 Jun - 02 Jul 2017 Purley Festival Finale A festival of events, workshops and music. Finale on the Rotary Fields (Brighton Road, opposite Christchurch CR8 2BN) on Sat-Sun with a music stage, beer tent, food, activities, stalls and more for all ages. A community, not-for profit event. Free, but donations welcome.

28 Jun - 02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Henley Regatta 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.

30 Jun - 02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Winchester Hat Fair Fri-Sun. A weekend of absurd and enchanting street theatre. Saturday evening procession. Sunday 12:00-18:00 Picnic in the Park at Oram's Arbour, with performances, food market, crafts and children's workshops. Video Winchester Hat Fair

30 Jun - 02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Godiva Festival & Carnival, Coventry UK's Biggest and Best Free Family Festival. War Memorial Park. Attendance 85,000. Friday night retro stars, Saturday a rockier edge, Sunday more relaxed. Top class live music, family entertainment, carnival procession, demonstrations, community groups and Funfair. Free event. www.godivafestival.com

30 Jun - 02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Norwich Mayors Celebration Four days of celebrations including a street procession at 17:00 on Saturday, plus entertainers, fireworks, outdoor stages with music, dance and theatre, a funfair, craft and food markets, street fayre, duck races and lots more. The city's biggest community celebration. At A Glance Street Theatre On The Streets Forum Stage Norwich Mayors Celebration

01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Round The Island Race, Cowes Saturday, Cowes. Round the Island Race is the largest annual yacht race of its kind in the world. 1830 boats 16,000 keen sailors. Olympic medallists and round-the-world skippers mix with first timers and family cruisers to complete the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Fri-Sat Regatta Village in Cowes Yacht Haven off High Street - free entry. Plenty of activities and evening live entertainment. Map & times Round the Island Race

01 Jul 2017 [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.

01 Jul 2017 Wellingborough Carnival Sat 13:00 Parade, Broad Green to Croyland Park. Held annualy on the first Sat in July. 12:00 live music by local bands in Croyland Park. Free. 07979 506120.

01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Bermondsey Carnival Sat 12:00-20:00 Southwark Park, off Jamaica Road, London SE16. Free family festival with music, dance, funfair, food village, stalls and activities for all. Attendance 30,000. Bermondsey Carnival Free event.

01 Jul 2017 [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

01-02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Heddington & Stockley Steam Rally One of the biggest steam rallies in the area, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the country, who enjoy our friendly and relaxed rally. Vintage traction engines in full steam, miniature steam, stationary engines, tractors, classic cars, motor cycles and bygones. Large display of military and commercial vehicles. Large trade area.

01-02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Morris Minor National Rally Sat-Sun Catton Hall, Walton Upon Trent, Derby DE12 8LN.

01-02 Jul 2017 [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.

01-02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Stratford Upon Avon River Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-22:00 Recreation ground, river Avon, opposite Royal Shakespeare Theatre CV37 7LS. One of the region’s leading free festivals with 50,000 revelers. Saturday’s headliners, Kinky Farnham, amazing 9 piece funk and soul band. Music will be on both the Bandstand and Accoustic stage on Saturday from 12:15pm to 10pm and on Sunday from midday to 7pm. Free event.

01-15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Wenlock Olympian Games 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.

Ealing Summer Festivals

01 Jul 2017 [TBC] Greenford Carnival. Sat.
05-08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Beer Festival
08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Acton Carnival. Sat.
13-14 & 19-21 Jul 2017 [TBC] Comedy Festival
15-16 Jul 2017 [TBC] Blues Festival
22-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Jazz Festival (about £5 per day)

03 Sep 2017 [TBC] London Mela. Gunnersbury Park. Free.

Ealing Summer Festivals


02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Lewes Raft Race & Regatta Sun 10:45-14:00 Malling Recreation Ground, Mayhew Way, Lewes BN7 2NW. Annual fun race, with fantastic rafts. Spectators who throw eggs and flour bombs, risk a soaking by water canon. After an hour and a half or so, the first raft crosses the finish line at Newhaven Bridge (near The Bridge Inn), to the sound of a klaxon. Free public viewing. Organised by Lewes & District Round Table. Please call race co-ordinator Matt Craig on 01273 813093. A riot of racing boats, battling bonfire societies and an armada of crazy rafts racing down to the sea. Central event will be the Lewes-Newhaven Round Table Raft Race. 5,000 cheering spectators pack the riverbanks all the way to Newhaven. Up to 25 raft teams will paddle like crazy for two to three hours to be first down to Newhaven, pelted all the way with flour bombs and raw eggs. Other regatta highlights will include a noisy procession of boats, canoe races, sea-shanty singing, Skulldrummery marching band, and a spectacular finale as the famous bonfire societies race through Lewes on dragon boats ablaze with flames and fireworks. There will be picnics and BBQs, all based at Malling Recreation Ground.

07 Jul 2017 [TBC]
Waterloo Carnival, London Fri 12:00-21:00. Procession of 300 people at 13:30. Live music stage, outside Cubana, Lower Marsh. Carnival de Cuba

02 Jul 2017 [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. About £8

02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Olney Duck and Raft Races Sunday, Emberton Park. 13:00 Duck Race, 14:00 Raft Race, from the weir. At the finishing line by the town steps there are amusements, refreshments and live music. Tel 07743 983686.

02 Jul 2017 [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. 

02 Jul 2017 [TBC] Hinckley Soap Box Derby Sun 11:00-15:00 Castle Street, Hinckley. Annual fun day for teams, supporters and spectators. Themed soap boxes are encouraged, and viewing is free for spectators. Prospective teams contact: steve@hinckleybid.co.uk 01455 698494 Free event.

03-06 Jul 2017 [TBC] Open House, Hyde Park FREE open-air movie nights and Wimbledon screenings, Street Food stalls, daytime DJs, live music and entertainment, free badminton sessions, ping pong and much more. Not to mention the Barclaycard Betterview platform offering amazing views of Hyde Park and London's skyline from 100ft above the ground - for free!

04-10 Jul 2017 [TBC] Nudefest, Cornwall A weekend of events and activities run by British Naturism that takes place a short distance from Newquay at 25-acre, 400-pitch Newperran Holiday Park. Exclusive use of the park, and nudity will be permitted throughout the event, from midday, Thursday to midday, Sunday. Heated pool, sunbathing terraces, pub, shop & cafe. Two live music sessions, disco, pub quiz, sacred dance, body-painting, yoga, life coaching, sports and exhibitors from the naturist world.

05-06 Jul 2017 [TBC] Northampton Festival - NNestival Sat-Sun Midsummer Meadow, Bedford Road, Northampton NN1 5NX. The NNestival festival will focus on local foods, businesses, bands, artists, community groups and charities. Live stage, acoustic tent and DJ zone. Northampton Festival is a not-for-profit organisation set up by Northants locals in order to promote all that's cool about the area. Free event.

07-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Cambridge Big Weekend

06-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Mouth Of The Tyne Festival Wed-Sun. Live music and art, with a maritime flavour - north and south of the river.

07 Jul 2017 [TBC] Camden Lock Live Fri 10:00-22:00 Camden Lock, Regents Canal, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AF. Live music, street performers, dance workshops, artisan shopping, food & drink. Free event.

07-08 Jul 2017 [TBC] British Beach Polo Championships Fri-Sat Sandbanks, Dorset. General admission about £25. Evening beach party at additional cost.

07-08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Huddersfield Carnival Fri: 21:00 Warm up at Huddersfield Carnival Arts Centre. Sat: 00:00-03:00 D'Jouvert Night Procession - music, revelry, paint, mud and oil. Sat 13:00 Carnival Procession, Hudawi Cultural Centre, to town centre. 13:00-21:00 Local artists & Caribbean food - St George’s Square, St Peter’s Gardens & Market Place. Carnival After Party at The Lime, Huddersfield Carnival Centre, Westgate. In 2012 the main event after the procession, attracting 25,000, was relocated from Greenhead Park to the town centre.

07-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Royal International Air Tattoo RAF Fairford. The biggest annual UK air show. Attendance 167,000.

07-09 Jul 2017 [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.

07-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Willow Festival, Peterborough Fri 16:00-23:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-23:00 Peterborough Embankment. Quality R&B, funk, soul, ska and jazz on 6 stages. 50,000 attendance. About £10. Video Willow Festival

07 Jul - 25 Aug 2017 [TBC] Quay For My Car, Poole Every Fri Jul-Aug 18:00-21:00 Poole Quay hosts a unique, themed car event. A different Marque every week. The event offers free entry onto the quayside for the car owners who fit the theme for that particular evening. With a stunning backdrop of the Quay and Poole Harbour it is the perfect location for owners to show off their vehicles.

08 Jul 2017 Pride London Sat 13:00 Huge parade from Baker Street to Whitehall, with 150 groups of walkers, dancers and large floats. 13:00-20:00 Live music in Trafalgar Square. Free event. Video: Parade Trafalgar Square  Pri
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08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Rescue Day Sat 10:30-17:00  7 Lakes Country Park, J2 M180 North Lincolnshire. Witness all the major emergency services in action. Displays, exhibitors, skills and equipment. This special day will raise funds for emergency services related charities. About £5. Free Parking.

08 Jul 2017 [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.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Uckfield Festival Big Day Out Sat 13:30 Amazing Procession with Giant Carnival Figures, High Street to Luxford Field. 10:00-17:00 Big Day with street performers, arena events, dance and music. Bring a picnic. Free event. Video Uckfield Festival

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Lewisham Peoples Day Sat 12:00-20:00 Mountsfield Park. An eclectic mix of entertainment including music on 3 themed stages, dance and wonderful street theatre as well as children’s activities, sports, fashion shows and crafts. Attendance 30,000. Free event. Lewisham Peoples Day

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Littlehampton Carnival Sat 10:00-16:00 Town centre, 18:00 Procession of colourful floats, bands and performers. Fun fair.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Southampton Mela Sat 12:00-21:00 Hoglands Park, City Centre. Leading Indian Classical, Folk, World Music, Qawwali and Asian fusion. Live music and dance on the main stage, workshops and demonstrations in Music & Dance and Arts & Crafts. Family fun with a range of Arts & Crafts activities, a designated play area and a funfair. Stalls - varying from ethnic clothes and accessories, beauty and henna hand tattooing, arts & crafts. Attendance 20,000. Free entrance.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] Romsey Beggars Fair Saturday. Music, dance and street entertainment, Romsey, Hampshire. Folk, jazz, blues and world music, colourful dance displays and children’s entertainment. From big bands on the Cornmarket stage to acoustic music in gardens and pub sessions - the day has a great atmosphere. Free event.

08 Jul 2017 [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.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] St Ives Carnival, Cambridgeshire Sat11:45 Parade, town centre to Hill Rise Park. Music until 21:00, stalls, side shows, fair, refreshments, licenced bar and entertainment on and off the stage. Sunday 12:00-21:00 about 12 local bands and barbeque.

08 Jul 2017 [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.

08 Jul 2017 [TBC] St Ives Carnival, Cambridgeshire Sat11:45 Parade, town centre to Hill Rise Park. Music until 21:00, stalls, side shows, fair, refreshments, licenced bar and entertainment on and off the stage. Sunday 12:00-21:00 about 12 local bands and barbeque.

08 Jul 2017 [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.

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Basingstoke Live Sat 13:00-22:30, Sun 13:00-19:30 War Memorial Park RG21 4AH. Free festival showcasing the best in local artists alongside national and international performers. Five stages packed with a mix of music and dance from a huge range of artists. Basingstoke Live 15-24 Jul 2016 Birmingham International Jazz Festival More jazz per square metre than New Orleans - multiple venues citywide.

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Tewkesbury Medieval Festival Europes biggest free medieval event. Sat 11:00 Festival opens, 12:00 Archery on Windmill Hill, 15:00 Falconry display, 16:00 Battle re-enactment, 18:00 Events move into town. 19:00 Storming the Abbey, 19:30 Trial and be-heading of captured Lancastrians. Sun 11:00 Site opens, 11:30 Guided walk, 12:00 Archery competition, 13:30 Guided walk, 14:00 Falconry display, 15:00 Battle re-enactment, 17:00 Festival ends.

08-09 Jul 2017 [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.

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Worthing Birdman Sat-Sun. Competitors launch themselves from the pier and compete for the furthest flight in home made flying contraptions and winged fancy dress costumes, raising thousands of pounds for charity. Live music, market stalls, local radio etc. Saturday - Flying starts 11:30 - serious flyers. Sunday - Flying starts 12:00 - serious and fun competitors.

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] ClogFest Sat-Sun Skipton, North Yorks. Held on the second weekend in July to celebrate English Step Dance.

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Brighton Kite Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Stanmer Park. One of the longest running kite festivals in the UK, and still free. Spectacular kite flying and displays from leading kite flyers from around the UK. More Kite Events

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Caversham Festival Sat-Sun on the banks of the Thames at Reading. Local musicians, performers and artists. Family friendly. Small voluntary donation.

08-09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Petersfield Food Festival Stalls

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford Sun 14:15 Procession from the East Oxford Community Centre. Free Carnival vibes and family fun in Cowley Road and the surrounding streets until 19:00. The city’s biggest and most inclusive summer party. Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Oxted Pram Race Sun 15:00.

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] British 10K London Run Sun 09:35 Hyde Park Corner on Piccadilly. Olympic athletes and celebrities from stage and screen, as well as tens of thousands of fun runners who raise over a million pounds for charity Map

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Stafford Festival The first two Sundays in July. Street theatre, live music, and party in the park. Sun 06 Jul 2014 Party In The Park Family fun with face painting, art workshops, entertaining shows, train rides and lots more at Victoria Park. Free event. Sun 13 Jul 2014 Live @ The Castle The best of local live music from 12:00-22:00 at Stafford Castle. Local bands and singers on the main stage & acoustic marquee. £3.

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Red Bull Soapbox Rally, London 12:00 Alexandra Palace. About £10.

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Warwick Thai Festival Sun 11:00-18:00 Market Place, Warwick CV34 4SA. Free event.

09 Jul 2017 [TBC] Mini's on the Wreck, Shoreham 10:00-16:00 Adur recreation ground, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex. Saturday - an evening cruise around the South Downs. Sunday - the main show with raffle, tombola, auto jumble, trade stands, a sound off, show and shine, and various bouncy things for the children. For the public there is free entry, while for mini cars there is a small charge. Free camping. All proceeds to charity.

09 Jul 2017 [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.

11-13 Jul 2017 [TBC] Great Yorkshire Show Great Yorkshire Showground. Attendance 125,000.
13-16 Jul 2017 [TBC]
Brass: Durham International Festival Combining brass, folk, opera, dance and spectacular outdoor theatre in stunning venues and city streets.

14-16 Jul 2017 [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 200,000. 7 performance stages, 3 fringe stages, historic ships, children’s entertainment, continental market and a fantastic array of food and drink. Free event.

14-16 Jul 2017 [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. 

British Rowing Championships

14-16 Jul 2017 [TBC] Juniors. Nottingham.

21-22 Oct 2017 [TBC] Seniors. Nottingham.


14-23 Jul 2017 [TBC]
Milton Keynes International Festival Large-scale family events, promenade concerts, theatre, dance, music and visual arts installations in unusual locations such as parks, public squares, disused shops or warehouses.

15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Proms in the Park, Bognor Sat 19:30-21:30 Hotham Park. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine. Last night of the prom’s classics by the Bognor Regis Concert Band. Free entrance. Bognor Regis Town Council Marketing, Tourism & Events Dept. 01243 825535 Bognor Proms

15 Jul 2017 [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, followed by the Premiere Screening of the video of the restored lifeboat Priscilla MacBean being towed to her new resting place. 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.

15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Kelvedon Community Festival Sat 12:00-19:00 Recreation Ground, Kelvedon, Essex. Two live music stages. Free event.

15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Broadwater Carnival, Worthing Saturday.

15 Jul 2017 [TBC]Goring & Streatley Regatta Cleeve Meadows.

15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Derby Caribbean Carnival Market Place and Osmaston Park. Sat 13:00 Procession, then stage show.

15-16 Jul 2017 [TBC] Eastbourne Beach Life (Extreme) Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Eastern seafront. One of the biggest FREE extreme sports festivals in the UK. Adventure filled weekend featuring a huge line up of air, land and water based outdoor pursuits.Eastbourne Extreme

15-16 Jul 2017 [TBC] Lambeth Country Show Sat-Sun 12:00-20:00 Brockwell Park, London. Largest event of its type in South East England Attendance 120,000. Traction engines and steam parade, medieval re-enactment, falconry; horticultural competitions; fairground rides; crafts; community stalls; live performance stage and arenas. Free event. Video Lambeth Country Show

15-29 Jul 2017 [TBC] King’s Lynn Festival Main festival runs every day with various performances of classical, jazz & folk music plus talks and films.

16 Jul 2017 [TBC] Hastings Pirate Day Sunday - beach and Old Town. The biggest pirate day in the world, with lots of activities around the old town and on the beach. Procession with massed drums and flags, cannon and firearms display, buccaneers pirate ship, live music, shanty singers, sky fall, market, stunt action and sand sculptures. Video: Procession Video: Music Stage Hastings Pirate Day Pirate Day in Hastings

15 Jul 2017 [TBC] Dorset Charity Horse Show Hurn Bridge Equestrian Centre BH23 6AD.

16 Jul 2017 [TBC] McMichael Radio Rally & Car Boot Sale Sun 09:30 Reading Rugby Football Club, Sonning Lane RG4 6ST. Annual Sale of amateur radio equipment, test equipment, computers etc. Large Car Boot area, licensed bar, barbecue, demonstrations and displays by special interest groups. Indoor area for Traders. McMichael Radio Rally

16 Jul 2017 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.


RathaYatra Festivals

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


16 Jul 2017 [TBC] London
05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Cardiff
06 Aug 2017 [TBC] Leicester

16-18 Jul 2017 [TBC] Embankment Summer Market  Victoria Embankment Gardens on London’s Northbank adjacent to Embankment tube station. Handpicked selection of 190 stalls over the weekend including artisans, artists, and fashion and jewellery designers with high quality street food, a produce market, and bars. There will also be lawn games including giant jenga and croquet plus 3 days of live music and entertainment in the City Showcase stage, creating a great day out.

18-22 Jul 2017 [TBC] The War and Peace Revival Wed-Sun 09:00-18:00 Folkestone Racecourse, Kent. The World's largest military vehicles and collectors fair. 3500+ military vehicles, arena events, 1940s fashion, 1000+ stalls. About £20. The War and Peace Revival

20-23 Jul 2017 Hatherleigh Festival, Devon Four days of amazing street theatre and performance, with many free events.

20-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Warwick Folk Festival Warwick Folk Festival and its friendly Fringe offer something for everyone with a pulsating programme of more than 130 events . Traditional English folk music and dance with blues, country and rock. Dance displays, procession and open air concerts during the weekend. See website for further details and tickets.

20-23 Jul 2017 Liverpool International Music Festival - Sefton Park Free Events in a beautiful green space. Kicking off with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Sense of Sound.

21-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Bug Jam Fri-Sun Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, NN29 7XA. VW festival with Drag Racing, Stunt Displays, Jet Car, Show & Shine, Traders, Autojumble, 5 Music Arenas and Funfair. See link for tickets.

21-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Tramlines Festival, Sheffield Fri-Sun. Expected attendance 175,000. 4 main stages and over 70 venues in the city to explore, including The Leadmill, O2 Academy Sheffield, Barkers Pool, The University of Sheffield, The Harley, The Bowery, the Peace Gardens, Endcliffe Park and the main stage at Devonshire Green - capacity 8,000. 600 national and local artists - Rock, Indie, Pop, Electronic, Dance and Hip Hop. Entry about £25 per day. Youtube Channel

21-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Sunderland International Airshow Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Seafront, Seaburn. The largest free air show in Europe attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators.

21-23 Jul 2017 Upton Blues Festival Fri-Sun. Britain’s biggest free blues festival with over 90 performances on 3 official stages and 9 pub stages. Excellent camping facilities. Free event.

21-29 Jul 2017 [TBC] Monmouth Festival One of the biggest free music festivals. Local and national musicians from rock, classical, pop, folk, jazz, ska and punk. Main Stage, Blestium Street - Rock, Pop, Funk, Country, Etc. The Three Horse Shoes, Drybridge Street - Folk & Jazz. St Mary's Church, St. Mary's Street - Classical Music. Robin Hood, Blestium Street - Chill Out (Carnival Sunday). Green Dragon, Cinderhill Steet - Folk, Jazz, Pop. The last Sunday is carnival day, and the whole of Monnow Street and Blestium Street are full of markets, workshops, stalls, and rides.

21-30 Jul 2017 [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. 22 Jul 201t [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.

21 Jul - 11 Sep 2017 [TBC] Sheepdog Trials


 22 Jul 201t [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.

22 Jul 201t [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. 

22-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] London Busking Festival 12:00-20:00 Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN. London will be leading cities around the world in the first ever International Busking Day. 50 cities across the UK and major world cities including New York, Sydney, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Paris and Toronto have all signed up to the most ambitious celebration of street performance ever staged. Some of the most exciting street performance talent from across the globe and the best of British. Across the weekend crowds can expect the unexpected and even take part in a number of 'Give it a Go' workshops. Free event.

22-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Isle Of Fire 21:00-23:00 The promenade, Barry Island, Nr Cardif, Wales.

22-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Maidenhead Festival On Saturday, live music and probable fireworks in Kidwells Park.

22-23 Jul 2017 [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.

22-23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Crawley Mela Sat-Sun. The Hawth, Crawley. African rhythms, Jazz Fusion and international music, free workshops, community stage, stalls, bazaar and funfair. Traditional Indian and international cultures, dancing, music, food, art, fashion, and crafts, together with a wide range of family-oriented amusements and activities. Attendance 10,000. Relaxed friendly family atmosphere. Free event. www.crawleymela.org


Jul-Sep Isle of Wight Carnivals

22 Jul 2017 [TBC] Newport Main Carnival 19:30 from Matalan Car Park. Video
29 Jul 2017 [TBC] Sandown Main Carnival. Sat 19:00
02 Aug 2017 [TBC] Shanklin Main Carnival. Wed 19:00
03 Aug 2017 [TBC] Cowes Main Carnival. Thu 19:00
05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Shanklin Illuminated Carnival. Sat 21:15
09 Aug 2017 [TBC] Ventnor Main Carnival & Fireworks. Wed 19:00
12 Aug 2017 [TBC] Ventnor Illuminated Carnival Sat 21:00
23 Aug 2017 [TBC] Newport Illuminated. Wed 21:00
26 Aug 2017 [TBC] Cowes Illuminated Carnival. Sat 21:00
28 Aug 2017 [TBC] St Helen's. Mon 18:30
30 Aug 2017 [TBC] Sandown Illuminated Carnival Wed 20:30
31 Aug 2017 [TBC] Ryde Main Carnival. Thu 19:00
02 Sep 2017 [TBC] Ryde Illuminated Carnival Sat 20:30


23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Ilfracombe Birdman Sunday. Flying madness from the pier. Live music, fairground, strongman, stalls and refreshments.

23 Jul 2017 [TBC] Wellesbourne & Shakespeare Raft Race Sun 09:00. Annual event raises over £10,000 pounds for charity. 7.5 mile course down the river Avon from Wellesbourne to Stratford upon Avon recreation ground.

23-28 Jul 2017 Ramsgate Week Hosted by the Royal Temple Yacht Club. A must for all sailing enthusiasts, with plenty of evening entertainment in the town.

23-31 Jul 2016 [TBC] Ramsgate Festival Music, theatre, dance, performance, installations, workshops, talks. Mostly free.

25-27 Jul 2017 [TBC] New Forest Show New Park, Brockenhurst. Motorcycle stunt display, show jumping, livestock, vintage farm machinery, steam, land girls, food fare, crafts, antiques, art, flower show, WI, forestry commission, honey & bees, blacksmiths, vegetables & flowers, climbing wall & ropes, ferret racing, fishing, falconry & gundogs. About £19.

26 Jul 2017 [TBC] Classics On The Common Wed 14:00-20:00 Harpenden Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire. 1200 classic cars and other four-wheelers, plus 250 cycles and scooters. You’ll find a Chevy Bel Air rubbing shoulders with a 1927 Trojan, and a rare 1978 Mantra Bagheera with a ’59 Berliet plus 10,000 admiring spectators. Little wonder Classics on the Common, already Britain’s biggest mid-week classic car meeting, now ranks among the top events of the classics calendar. Free event.

28-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] The Big Cheese, Caerphilly Sat-Sun. In the shadow of Caerphilly Castle. Street entertainers, living history re-enactments, comedy, music, dance, a traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours, craft and market stalls with produce from near and far, and much much more. Attendance 80,000. Free event.

28-30 Jul 2017 [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

28-30 Jul 2017 [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.

28-30 Jul 2017 [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.

28 Jul - 04 Aug 2017 [TBC] Sidmouth Folk Week Multiple events around town, on outdoor spaces, and in pubs and clubs.

29 Jul 2017 [TBC] Hastings Free Beach Concert Sat-Sun 14:00-20:00 The Stade. Local bands, licensed bar, food outlets.

29 Jul 2017 [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.

29 Jul 2017 [TBC] Linslade Canal Festival Sat 11:00-17:00 Tiddenfoot Waterside Park. Community event with a conservation and heritage theme. Rural crafts, canal art, working narrow boats, folk music, stalls, childrens activities, bids of prey, mobile farm and canal boat trips. Ninety exhibits in three different areas of the park. Free entrance, small charge for car parking. Attendance 9000. No mooring fees for narrow boats, but owners are advised to book. 01525 631915.

29 Jul 2017 [TBC] New Romney Country Fayre Saturday 10:00-17:00 St Martin's Field and the Fairfield Road Recreation Ground, just off the High Street,  New Romney, Kent. 10:15 Procession from Station Road, through the town to the event field. Displays, crafts, stalls, entertainment all day, refreshments. Free entrance.

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Lammas Festival, Eastbourne Sat-Sun Seafront. Live Music from 11:00. Parade of Giants 12:00. Carnival Parade The Giants Drummers

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Worstead Festival 10:00-18:00. The largest village festival in Norfolk. Display ring, exhibitions, heavy horses, classic cars, weavers, road race, auction. About £5.

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Clarence Park Free Music Festival 12:00-20:00 Clarence Park, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield. marci@themusiccollective.co.uk  07779 911914

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Rox Festival, Bognor Sat 13:00-23:00, Sun 13:00-22:30 Bognor Seafront. Live music, food and drink. Attendance 30,000. Video Rox Festival Free event.

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Manchester Mega Mela Sat-Sun. Platt Fields Park. The largest celebration of South Asian Culture in the North of England. Music, dance, food and traditional arts and crafts. Attendance 70,000. Free even

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Prudential RideLondon Sat FreeCycle. 50,000 riders. Eight-mile traffic-free route that features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. London’s greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling. Sun London-Surrey 100. Starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. Finishes on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route.

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Dunstable Downs Kite Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Dunstable Downs LU6 2NB. Run in association with the National Trust, and featuring some of the worlds greatest and most beautiful kites. Free entrance, £2 parking. More Kite Festivals

29-30 Jul 2017 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic Fri-Sun 09:00 Weymouth Beach. About 72 teams compete in the UK Championships. Festival site includes a magnificent show court surrounded by a specially constructed beach grandstand (free to the public), nine tournament courts, over 100 top class 2 a-side men and women's volleyball teams, live commentary, music intervals and a volleyball trade village.

29 Jul - 05 Aug 2017 [TBC] Swanage Regatta & Carnival A week of amazing events. Sun 13:00 Red Arrows fly past, 15:00 big seafront parade, with floats, Caribbean bands, clowns and costumed walkers. 2.5 miles a long sea front and back to Sandpit Field. Every Saturday in August, there are fireworks and music on Swanage beach. Swanage Carnival

30 Jul 2017 [TBC]
 Race For Life, Hyde Park Sunday, Hyde Park, London. Women's charity runs. 09:00 10k run, 11:00 5k run. Video Race For Life, London