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 16 Jun 2024

 

Public Holidays 2024

01 Jan 2024 Mon New Year's Day
29 Mar 2024 Good Friday
01 Apr 2024 Easter Monday
06 May 2024 Mon May Bank Holiday
27 May 2024 Mon Spring Bank Holiday
26 Aug 2024 Mon Summer Bank Holiday
25 Dec 2024 Wed Christmas Day
26 Dec 2024 Thu Boxing Day

English Public Holidays 2025

01 Jan 2025 Wed New Year’s Day
18 Apr 2025 Good Friday
21 Apr 2025 Easter Monday
05 May 2025 Mon May Bank Holiday
26 May 2025 Mon Spring Bank Holiday
25 Aug 2025 Mon Summer Bank Holiday
25 Dec 2025 Thu Christmas Day
26 Dec 2025 Fri Boxing Day

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18-22 Jun 2024 Royal Ascot

Tue-Sat. 10:30 Gates open, 14:00 Royal procession, 14:30 first race, 17:35 last race, music and entertainment from 17:35, close 21:00.

Premier annual horse racing & society event. Ascot request both ladies and gentlemen dress in a smart manner in keeping with the occasion. Ladies Day Thursday. Military bands perform on the bandstand and in the Silver Ring on each day of the Royal Meeting.

Free viewing on the heath, in the central area.

Royal Ascot

 

 

 

16 Apr - 24 Sep 2024 Dream Machines, Poole

Tuesdays 18:00-22:00 Poole Quay and Harbour.

Super bikes, custom builds, vintage classics and trikes.

Over 1000 riders from across the UK for 26 weeks of classic ride outs.

The Quay is closed to all traffic from 17:30 and open to bikes only from 18:00.

 

 

 

21 Jun 2024 Summer Solstice, Stonehenge

 

Thu night / Fri morning. Watch the new dawn arrive. English Heritage provide managed, Free access to the monument. Car park, located close to Airman’s Cross A344/A360 junction. You will be given a site map. Please note your row number to locate your vehicle later. Monument and car park open from 19:00. 1km grass walk to Stonehenge - a small torch may be useful. Food and toilets available. Bag search at entrance, with a modest alcohol limit. Attendance 20,000 to 35,000. Sunrise 04:49. Video 2010 Video 2013 Solstice 2013 English Heritage Customer Services Solstice Information Hotline on 0370 333 1181. Walking several miles to the site is quite possible, and pedestrian entrance to the stones is free. Official parking is about £15 per car. There is no parking along the A303.

 

 

 

 

May-Jul 2024 World Naked Bike Rides

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

22 Jun 2024 Chelmsford Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Market Square, High Chelmer, Chelmsford CM1 1XF
29 Jun 2024 Cardiff Sat 12:30 for 14:30 Grassed area behind National Museum.
30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Hastings Sun 12:30 for 13:30 Beach, Carlisle Pub, Pelham St Hastings TN34 1PE.
06 Jul 2024 Edinburgh 13:00 for 14:00 Middle Meadow Walk.
06 Jul 2024 Ipswich Sat 13:00-14:00 New street
07 Jul 2024 Bristol Sun 11:30 for 12:30. Route not published.
13 Jul 2024 Colchester Sat 13:00-14:00 Jumbo Water Tower CO3 3AA.
20 Jul 2024 Portsmouth
20 Jul 2024 Clacton
Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Toby Carvery, Marine Parade.
27 Jul 2024 Folkestone
Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Green at Shearway Rd CT194RH.
Current Ride Status

 

 

29 Jun 2024 Pride London

Sat 12:00 Huge parade - Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly,  Haymarket, Trafalgar Square, to Whitehall Place.
30,000 walkers, dancers and large floats plus one million on the streets.
13:00-20:00 Live music in Trafalgar Square.
Huge free celebrations in Trafalgar Square.
Four stages - Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Golden Square and Dean Street
Video: Parade Trafalgar Square  2016 Trafalgar Square

Pride London

Free event.

 

 

 

 

Dragon Boat Racing

22 Jun 2024 Milton Keynes National Event.
14 Jul 2024 Manvers National Event.
28 Jul 2024 Nottingham National Event.
11 Aug 2024 London LRC  National Event.
21-22 Sep 2024 National Championships, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham.

04 May 2025 [TBC] Stockton national event.
08 Jun 2025 [TBC] Salford Quays Manchester National Event.

Dragon Boat Racing

 

 

Marathon Diary

22 Jun 2024 Malvern Midsummer Marathon, Malvern, Worcestershire.
23 Jun 2024 Wales Marathon, Tenby, Dyfed.
28-30 Jun 2024 Colworth Marathon Challenge, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire.
30 Jun 2024 North Devon Marathon, Woolacombe Bay, Devon.
30 Jun 2024 Solway Coast Marathon, Wigton, Cumbria.
07 Jul 2024 St Magnus Marathon, Kirkwall, Orkney.
14 Jul 2024 Ironbourne Marathon, Eastbourne, East Sussex.
14 Jul 2024 'Ruddy' Rothwell's Cakeathon Marathon, Leeds, Yorkshire.
14 Jul 2024 Snowdonia Trail Marathon, Llanberis, Gwynedd.
21 Jul 2024 BigHeat Marathon, Haslemere, Surrey.
21 Jul 2024 Fairlands Valley Challenge Multi-Terrain Marathon, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

 

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

Southampton Cruise Ship Schedule

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

Ship Arrival Departure Berth Agent
MSC VIRTUOSA 15-Jun-24 05:30 15-Jun-24 18:00 102 DENHOLM PORT SERVICES LTD
VENTURA 15-Jun-24 05:30 15-Jun-24 17:00 106 CARNIVAL UK
CELEBRITY APEX 15-Jun-24 05:45 15-Jun-24 TBA 101 INTERCRUISES
IONA 15-Jun-24 06:00 15-Jun-24 TBA 46 CARNIVAL UK
SKY PRINCESS 15-Jun-24 06:00 15-Jun-24 TBA 38/9 CARNIVAL UK

 

 

Port Of London Events

Sat 15 Jun 2024 Rowing, Barnes and Mortlake Regatta, Kew Railway Bridge to Chiswick Bridge 08:30-18:00.
Sat 15 Jun 2024 Sailing, Dinghy Cruise Summer 1, Greenwich Yacht Club 12:15-16:15.
Sat 15 Jun 2024 Sailing'Downriver (BTS) Series, Ranelagh Sailing Club 15:00-16:00
Sat 15 Jun 2024 Sailing, Duke Of York Challenge Trophy, Greenwich Yacht Club 10:00-15:00
Sat 15 Jun 2024 Sailing, Riverbanking, London Corinthian Sailing Club 14:20-19:20
Sat 15 Jun 2024 Sailing, Shivering Sands, Gravesend Sailing Club 09:00.
Sat 15 Jun 2024 Sailing, Shivering Sands GSC, Thurrock Yacht Club
Sat 15 Jun 2024 Sailing, Thames Sailing Barge Match, Gravesend to Sea Reach and back 09:30-17:00
Sat 15 Jun 2024 Sailing, Thurrock trip, Erith Yacht Club 10:00
Sat 15 Jun 2024 Sailing, Westerly Challenge Trophy Cruiser Spring Series 3 Greenwich Yacht Club to Thurrock Yacht Club 10:00-15:00
Sun 16 Jun 2024 Sailing, JYS + MAST, Erith Yacht Club 13:00-16:00.
Sun 16 Jun 2024 Sailing, Sailing Trip, Greenwich Yacht Club 09:00-15:00.

 

Ceremonial Events London & Windsor

 

JUNE Schedule for Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace and Windsor
Mon 17th Garter Day: Processions and Service inside Windsor Castle.
Tue 18th The Band of The Royal Yeomanry and The Honourable Artillery Company Regimental Band joint concert at Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 7HH at 6.00pm. Free entry.
Mon 24th Flag Raising for Armed Forces Day at Guildhall, London: 3.00pm parade. Flag raised 3.30pm.
Tue 25th State Visit from Japan: Ceremonial Welcome on Horse Guards Parade at 12 noon.
Tue 25th Guards' Chapel Recital Series: in the Royal Military Chapel, The Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ at 1.10pm. Free admission, retiring collection. Duo: Music by Finzi, Elgar, Horovitz and Schumann

 

 

 

May-Aug County & Agricultural Shows - See link for more shows.

20-23 Jun 2024 Royal Highland Show Edinburgh
23 Jun 2024 Derbyshire County Show Shardlow showground.
09-12 Jul 2024 Great Yorkshire Show
 Great Yorkshire Showground. Attendance 125,000. Tue-Fri.
30 Jul - 01 Aug 2024 New Forest & Hampshire Country Show Brockenhurst
31 Jul 2024 Stranraer Show
Playing Fields, Stranraer
18 Aug 2024 Mid-Somerset Show
- Shepton Mallet
07 Sep 2024 Alresford Agricultural Show
- Tichborne Park

05 May 2025 [TBC] North Sommerset Show Showground, Wraxall
28-29 May 2025 [TBC] Suffolk Show Trinity Park, Ipswich
29-31 May 2025 [TBC] Royal Bath & West Show
Shepton Mallet

 

Apr-Sep 2024 Pride Events Please confirm details with organisers before traveling. Some events are held over several days. Some events are ticketed. Some are free.

22 Jun 2024 Exmouth Pride, 11:00 Manor Gardens
22 Jun 2024 Cardiff Pride Sat-Sun. City Hall Lawns, Cardiff
22 Jun 2024 Salford Pink Picnic Sat 13:00-20:00 Peel Park.
22 Jun 2024 Essex Pride Sat 10:00 Central Park, Chelmsford.
29 Jun 2024 London Pride Parade 10:00 Hyde Park Corner to Whitehall Place. Celebrations in Trafalgar Square.
Pictures Video. 2022 Info
29 Jun 2024 Melksham Pride Festival 10:00
29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Tavistock Pride 12:00
29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Ilkley Pride 12:00
29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Bude 12:00
29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Bridlington Pride 12:00
29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Clacton Pride 12:00
30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Batley Pride Wilton Park 10:00
05 Jul 2024 [TBC] Worthing Pride 10:00
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bristol Pride Sat 10:45 Procession, Castle Park to Amphiteatre Millennium Sq. Park event about £7.
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bournemouth Pride Parade 12:00 Meyrick Park to The Triangle. Park event £20.
06 Jul 2024 Portsmouth Pride Sat 11:00 Southsea Bandstand
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Northampton Pride 11:00
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Worksop Pride 12:00-21:00 Market Square.
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Wokingham Pride 11:30
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Sunderland Pride 13:00
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bromsgrove Pride 11:00
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Penzance 12:00
12 Jul 2024 [TBC] Isle Of Wight Pride 12:00 Ryde Beach.
13 Jul 2024 Newbury Pride 13:00
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Macclesfield Pride 12:00 Market Square.
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Brighton Trans Pride 11:30 Marlborough Pub to Brunswick Square. Park Event.
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Sheffield Pride 11:30
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Redruth Pride 11:45
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Suffolk Pride 12:00
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Tamworth Pride 12:00
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Worcestershire Pride 11:00
14 Jul 2024 [TBC] Cinderford Pride
19 Jul 2024 [TBC] Oldham Pride 19:00
20 Jul 2024 [TBC] Northern Pride 11:00 Town Moor, Newcastle. Free.
20 Jul 2024 [TBC] Cornwall Pride Newquay 11:45
20 Jul 2024 [TBC] Congleton Pride 12:00
21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Chesterfield Pride Sun 12:00-19:00.Stand Road Park. Free.
21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Redruth Pride
26 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bolton Pride 12:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Belfast Pride 13:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Waltham Forest Pride 12:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Romford Pride.11:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Pride in Hull 11:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Folkestone Pride 13:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Norwich Pride 10:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Eastbourne Pride Sat 10:00-23:00 Princes Park Registration reqd.
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Liverpool Pride 12:00 Parade, St Georges Plateau
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Norwich Pride Sat 13:00 Parade, City Hall to Chapelfield Gardens.
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Nottingham Pride Sat 11:00-23:00 City Centre Parade
28 Jul 2024 [TBC] Stockport Pride Sun 11:00 Market Place
03 Aug 2024 [TBC] Brighton Pride Sat 11:00 Parade, Hove Lawns to Preston Park. Sat-Sun Festival in Preston Park is ticketed. St. James St Party.
Video: 2012 Parade 2013 Parade 2016 Parade Brighton Pride
03 Aug 2024 [TBC] Belper Pride 12:00
04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Leeds Pride Sun, Lower Briggate. City centre.
04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Tewkesbury Pride 12:00
09 Aug 2024 [TBC] Levenshulme Pride 12:00
10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Colchester Pride Sat 11:00-22:00 Firstsite Building.
10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Keighley Pride 12:00
10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Swindon & Wiltshire 11:00 Old Town Gardens, Quarry Road. Parade, stalls and music. Free.
Swindon & Wiltshire Pride
10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Margate Pride 14:00
10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Doncaster Pride 12:00 Elmfield Park
11 Aug 2024 [TBC] Wakefield Pride Sun 11:00-22:00 Borough Rd
12 Aug 2024 [TBC] Medway Pride 10:30
16 Aug 2024 [TBC] Crawley Pride 12:00
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] King's Lynn & West Norfolk Pride 17:00
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Lincoln Pride 11:30
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] New Forest Pride 11:00
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Calderdale Pride 12:00 Halifax Town Centre
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Chester Pride 12:00 Castle Square. Free.
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Warwickshire Pride 11:00 Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Herts Pride. Cassiobury Park, Watford. 12:00-22:00.
22 Aug 2024 [TBC] Manchester Pride 3 days. Parade Sat.
24 Aug 2024 Southampton Pride 11:00
24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Dover Pride 11:00
24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Cornwall Pride 11:45
24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Southampton Pride Sat 11:00-22:00 Guildhall Square & West Marlands Road
24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Walsal Pride 12:00 Gallery Square Gardens
25 Aug 2024 [TBC] Scunthorpe Pride 12:00
31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Reading Pride Sat 12:00 Parade from Civic Centre. Kings Meadow.
31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Leicester Pride Sat 12:00 City Centre Parade and Victoria Park
31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Torbay Pride 02 Sep 2023 12:00
31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Totnes Pride Devon Sat 10:00 High Street
31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Chase Pride 11:00
07 Sep 2024 [TBC] Eastleigh Pride 12:00 Leigh Road Recreation Ground SO50 9DD
07 Sep 2024 [TBC] Gloucestershire Pride 10:30
07 Sep 2024 [TBC] Derby Pride 10:30 Markeaton Park.
07 Sep 2024 [TBC] Milton Keynes Pride. Campbell Park.
07 Sep 2024 [TBC] Channel Islands Pride 14:00
14 Sep 2024 Derby Pride 12:00 Markeaton Lane
14 Sep 2024 Saltash Sat 11:45
21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Cumbria Pride 12:00
21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Preston Pride Sat 10:30-16:00 Flag Market
21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Pride Cumbria Sat 11:00-18:00 University of Cumbria, Carlisle
29 Sep 2024 Weston Super Mare Pride 12:00 Grove Park
05 Oct 2024 St Austell Pride 11:45

 

May-Sep 2022 Magic Of Thailand Festivals

See link for tickets. About £5.

22-23 Jun 2024 Nottingham Forest Recreation Ground
29-30 Jun 2024 Warwick Racecourse
13-14 Jul 2024 Southsea Common
20-21 Jul 2024 Norwich Earlham Park
03-04 Aug 2024 Cambridge Parker's Piece
10-11 Aug 2024 Manchester Platt Field Park
17-18 Aug 2024 Brighton Preston Park
31 Aug - 01 Sep 2024 London Ealing Common

17-18 May 2025 [TBC] Poole Harbourside Park
07-08 Jun 2025 [TBC] Basingstoke War Memorial Park

 

 

Apr-Sep 2023 British Lawn Mower Racing Racing usually 10:00-19:00.

22-23 Jun 2024 Sprint Championship, West Woods Show, East Dean
13-14 Jul 2024 Sprint Championship, Dauntsey Festival Of Transport
27-28 Jul 2024 Sprint Championship, Reservoir Dip, East St, Billingshurst RH14 9DA More
10-11 Aug 2024 12 Hour Endurance, Troopers Field, Petersfield
07-08 Sep 2024 Sprint Championship, Blacklands Farm, West Hoathly
05-06 Oct 2024 Cross Country / Awards , Troopers Field, Petersfield

19-20 Apr 2025 [TBC] Spring Live Show, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, RH17 6TL More
10-11 May 2025 [TBC] Double 4 Hour, A31, Winchester SO21 1HW More
24-25 May 2025 [TBC] World Championship, Alfold, Surrey
14-15 Jun 2025 [TBC] Motorfest Chelmsford, Kings Farm, Margaretting Road, Chelmsford, CM1 3PJ More

 

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.

Sat 22 Jun 2024 Drovers Walk 09:00.
Sat 03 Aug 2024 Welsh Open Stone Skimming 10:30.
Sat 10 Aug 2024 Summer Cider Cycle 10:00.
Sat 24 Aug 2024 Bogathlon Mini Triathlon 11:00.
Sun 25 Aug 2024 World Bog Snorkelling Championship 10:00.
Wed-Sat 18-21 Sep 2024 Mid Wales 4 Day Walking Festival 09:00.
Sat 05 Oct 2024 Trailhead Get Jerky Devil's Staircase Ultra Trail Race 09:00.
Sun 20 Oct 2024 Ron Skilton Memorial Half Marathon 11:00.
Sat 16 Nov 2024 Real Ale Wobble 10:00.
Sat-Sun 23-24 Nov 2024 Real Ale Ramble 08:00.

24 Aug 2025 World Bog Snorkeling Championship 10:00.

 

22 Jun 2024 Mud Monsters Run East Grinstead. Challenging West Sussex 5k, 10k or 20k run with mud obstacles.

 

Feb - Nov Ultra Running

 

Sat 29th June Pennine 39 North Pennines 36 S
Sat 3rd August Six Dales Yorkshire Dales 32 S
Sat 7th September Bullock Smithy Hike Peak District 56 L
Sat 14th September High Peak 40 Peak District 40 M
Sat 19th October Ultra Tour Yorkshire Dales Yorkshire Dales 30 S
Sat 9th November Warrington Way North West 40 M

 

22 Jun 2024 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 dragon boat events from NewWave

08-23 Jun 2024 Bucks Art Weeks The largest visual arts event in the county. Run by hundreds of artists and makers living and working in Buckinghamshire. Hundreds of studios, exhibitions, events and art trails for the public to visit. Go behind the scenes, talk to artists and see work in progress. Free enttry.

 

Chester Mid Summer Watch & Winter Watch Parades

15-16 Jun 2024 [TBC] Chester Mid Summer Watch Parades Sat-Sun 14:00-15:30 Eastgate Clock, St Werburgh Street, Northgate Street, Bridge Street & Eastgate Street. Cavalcade of medieval characters including giants, beasts, animated tableaux and a kaleidoscope of costumed characters. Samba bands etc. Gallery Video

28 Nov & 05 Dec 2024 [TBC] Chester Winter Watch Parades 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.

 

 

19-21 Jun 2024 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.

 

20 Jun 2024 Medical Cannabis Patient Conference

18:30-22:00 Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD.

Talks by specialist doctors, nurses, industry members and patients.

See link for tickets.

Free event.

 

20-23 Jun 2024 [Cancelled] Leigh Folk Festival Thu-Sun, Leigh On Sea, Essax. One of the largest free folk roots music and dance events in the UK. 100's of performers and thousands of spectators at various locations. Fri evening pub sessions, Sat pm family events in Leigh Library Gardens and Broadway, Sat evening barn dance and music in the Old Town. On Sunday, the Festival completely takes over the Old Town with dancing and stage events happening all along the High Street, on the wharfs and on every piece of open space. In the evening there is the family barn dance and music sessions in local pubs. Sunday 13:00 - procession of Dance Sides from Belton Flyover to Victoria Wharf. Leigh Folk Festival

20-23 Jun 2024 [TBC] The Royal Highland Show Thu-Sun. About £20 per day (accompanied under 16's free). Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston 0131 335 6200. Map

21-23 Jun 2024 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.

21-30 Jun 2024 Golowan Festival Penzance. World music, dance, food and market.

 

Jun-Aug Lets Rock 80s Festivals - See link for tickets

22 Jun 2024 [TBC] Scotland.
29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Exeter.
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Southampton.
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Shrewsbury.
03 Aug 2024 [TBC] Northern Ireland.
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Norwich.

 

 

22-23 Jun 2024 AfricaOye, Liverpool

Sat-Sun 12:30-21:30 Sefton Park.

The largest free African music festival in the UK.

Artists

Free event.

 

 

 

22 Jun 2024 Avon Dasset Soap Box Derby 15:00 Avon Dassett, Warwickshire.

22 Jun 2024 [TBC] World Worm Charming Championships Sat 14:00 Willaston County Primary School, Willaston, Nantwich. Spectator entrance £1.

22 Jun 2024 [TBC] Bournville Village Festival Sat 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.

22 Jun 2024 Dorset Nettle Eating Contest The Cider Farm, Strong Orchard, Pineapple lane, Waytown, Bridport, Dorset DT65HZ. 15:00-18:00 Live music and entertainment.

 

Apr-Dec Living Heritage Events

22-23 Jun 2024 Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Warwickshire Game & Country Fair, Wroxall Park.
10-11 Aug 2024 Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Wiltshire Game & Country Fair. Bowood House, Calne.
25-26 Aug 2024 Sun-Mon 10:00-18:00 Cheshire Game & Country Fair, Cheshire Showground. August Bank Holiday.
07-08 Sep 2024 Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Sandringham Game & Country Fair, Sandringham Estate, Nr Kings Lynn.
15-17 Nov 2024 Fri-Sun 10:00-17:00 Sandringham Christmas Craft Food and Gift Fair, Sandringham Estate, Nr Kings Lynn.

20-21 Apr 2025 [TBC] Sun-Mon 10:00-18:00 Thame Country Fair. Easter.

 

22-30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Didsbury Arts Festival Biennial event. More than 170 arts events, exhibitions, performance and street theatre across 50 venues. Sat 12:00 Music and street theatre. Most events free.

23 Jun 2024 Newbury Radio Rally Sun 09:00-15:30 Newbury Showground. Specialist car boot sale for amateur radio and electronics. Live demonstrations of amateur radio world-wide communications. About £2. Newbury & District Amateur Radio Boot Sale

23 Jun 2024 [TBC] Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade Sun 12:00. Spectacular parade created by local people, helped by fantastic artists. It’s a celebration of creativity, the art of the handmade and is just sheer fun! Up to 1000 people walk or dance in the parade through the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands.

23 Jun 2024 [TBC] Armed Forces Day Saturday. Multiple events & locations.

23 Jun 2024 [TBC] Boishakhi Mela Sun 12:00-19:30 Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. One of London’s premier street celebrations, with an attendance of 150,000. Bangladeshi festival with food, live music, sports activities and traditional arts and crafts workshops. Boishakhi Mela, London Free event.

23 Jun 2024 [TBC] Oxted Pram Race Sun 14:00 Master Park, Church Lane, Oxted  RH8 9NB. Race starts at 15:00 from Master Park to The Bell Pub, High Street.

23-29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Mevagissey Feast Week Sun-Sat 6 days. Mevagissey, Cornwall. Live music, dancing, processions, raft races and more. Provisional details, subject to change: Sunday 15:00 big fish procession, 16:30 air-sea rescue. Friday 20.00 live music on the quay. Saturday 19:30 carnival, 22.45 fireworks. Festival Office, 53 Lavorrick Orchards, Mevagissey, PL26 6TL. Tel: 01726 74014.

26-30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Ports Fest Annual arts festival presenting a diverse programme of events celebrating Portsmouth’s history and heritage.

26-30 Jun 2024 Glastonbury Festival

 

Jun-Sep Cyclone Festival of Cycling

One of the UK’s biggest cycling events. Rides for all levels from fun to challenging.

28 Jun 2024 [TBC] Fri Tyne Six bridges.
29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Sat Cyclone Challenge, Newcastle.
15 Sep 2024 [TBC] Sun National Women's Race - Curlew Cup, Stamfordham.
15 Sep 2024 [TBC] Sun National Men's Race - Beaumont Trophy, Stamfordham.

 

28-30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Northampton Town Festival Fri-Sun Until 23:00 Northampton Racecourse, Kettering Road, Northampton NN1 4LG. Two large arenas with Hot Air Balloons, Stalls, Bars, Live Music, Funfair, Fireworks etc. Space for an attendance of up to 65,000. info@northamptontownfestival.com Free event. Parking £5.

28-30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Godiva Festival Fri-Sun War Memorial Park, Coventry. Friday night retro stars, Saturday a rockier edge, Sunday more relaxed. Top class live music, family entertainment, demonstrations, community groups and Funfair. Full Line-up Godiva Festival & Carnival Attendance 85,000. See link for tickets.

29 Jun 2024 [TBC] St Paul's Caribbean Carnival, Bristol Sat 10:00-12:00 Portland Square area. Mas bands, static sound systems, carnival food and drink. 0117 944 4176. St Pauls Caribbean Carnival

29 Jun 2024 [TBC] The Big River Race, Guildford Sat 11:00-15:00 Guildford Millmead Island GU2 4BB to The Riverside Centre, Stoughton. 12:00 Little Duck race. 15:00 Raft Race. Guildford Lions 0345 833 2884 for more details. Video More Spectators free.

29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Maindee Festival, Nr Newport, Wales Sat. Vibrant street parade 12:00 from the Rugby Club grounds on Grafton Road and site events run from 13:00 to 19:00 at Maindee Primary School.  Live music, traders, stalls and international food and drink. Free event.

29 Jun 2024 [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.

29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Sharrow Festival Sat 12:00-20:00 Mount Pleasant Park, Sheffield. Two music stages, global food, crafts, circus skills & street dance. Free?

29-30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Morris Minor National Rally Fri-Sun Chateau Impney, Droitwich WR9 0BN.

29-30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Basingstoke Live Sat 12:30-22:30, Sun 12:30-22:30 War Memorial Park RG21 4AH. Showcasing the best in local artists alongside national and international performers. Multiple stages packed with a mix of music and dance from a huge range of artists. Entry by advanced tickets only - about £15/day. Basingstoke Live

29-30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Stratford Upon Avon River Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-22:00 Recreation ground, river Avon, opposite Royal Shakespeare Theatre CV37 7LS. One of the region’s leading free festivals with 50,000 revelers. Music on the Bandstand and Accoustic stage on Saturday from 12:15pm to 10pm and on Sunday from midday to 7pm. Free event.

29-30 Jun 2024 [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.

29-30 Jun 2024 [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.

29-30 Jun 2024 [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.

30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Paddle Round The Pier, Brighton Sun 12:00-16:00 Hove Lawns, Brighton BN3 2PE. Water sports and fun, raising money for good causes. At 14.00 on Sunday, a mass paddle around the remains of the old West pier. Paddle Round The Pier, Brighton

30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford Sun 11:00-17:00. 12:30 Amazing procession from The Plain. Free Carnival vibes and family fun in Cowley Road and the surrounding streets. The city’s biggest and most inclusive summer party. Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford

30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Cally Festival, London Sun 12:00-18:00 Caledonian Road, London. Music, performance, art, activities, creative workshops, street market of delicious food to eat and brilliant things to buy. The Cally Festival is a free event for the whole community.

30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Berkshire Motor Show Sun 10:15-18:30 Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading, Berkshire. RG30 2ND. Military vehicles, classic cars and bikes, arena displays, crafts and more. Entry by donation.

30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Greenford Carnival. Sat. 12:00-20:00 Ravenor Park.

30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Olney River Fest - Duck and Raft Races Sunday, Emberton Park. 12:00 Duck Race, 12:45 Raft Race, from the weir. At the finishing line by the town steps there are amusements, refreshments and live music. Tel 07743 983686.

30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Epsom Thai Festival Sun 10:00-18:30 Hook Road Arena KT19 8QH. Music & dance, Thai Boxing, Thai carving. About £5.

30 Jun 2024 [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.

30 Jun 2024 [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.

Jul-Aug Summer Fireworks in Greater Yarmouth Tuesdays, Hemsby Beach and Wednesdays Great Yarmouth, Sealife Gardens. Free events.

01-07 Jul 2024 [TBC] Nudefest Thorney Lakes Caravan and Camping Park, Muchelney, Langport, Somerset TA10 0DW. The biggest naturist festival in the Country. Craft sessions, yoga, painting, fishing contest, 5k/10k run, live music, drum workshop, Morris dancing.

01-15 Jul 2024 [TBC] Wenlock Olympian Games Sporting events in and around Much Wenlock in Shropshire. Archery, Athletics, Swimming etc. Usually held over the first two weeks in July.

 

02-07 Jul 2024 Henley Regatta

Tue-Sun, River Thames, Henley On Thames.

Free viewing areas along the river banks.

Dress smart casual, and bring a picnic.

Henley Regatta

 

 

 

05-06 Jul 2024 Bournemouth Pride

Fri 16:30-21:00 Family Fun Night in Meyrick Park (wristband required - free).

Sat 11:00-12:00 Procession, East Cliff Lift to Meyrick Park. Free to watch.

Sat 12:00-22:30 Pride In The Park. (wristband required - see link for cost).

 

 

04-07 Jul 2024 [TBC] Tall Ships, Hartlepool

Thu-Sun between Hartlepool’s Marina and Victoria Harbour.

A fleet of over 30 ships and 1000’s of people celebrate at one of the largest FREE maritime events in the UK.
Four days of at atmospheric celebrations will transform Hartlepool’s Waterfront into a spectacular display of music, art, dance and song and of course there’s the Ships!

Our Friday programme will come to a close with the fantastic Tower of Light which will include a dazzling display of pyrotechnics, performance, and music.

Our Saturday programme will be brought to a close with a bang a spectacular fireworks display.

Four days of live music across a number of stages, with indie rock band and North East legends Maximo Park headlining on Friday and the most Iconic Reggae band on the planet, Grammy-nominees, The Wailers, headlining on Saturday.

What's On.

Map

Free event.

 

04-07 Jul 2024 The Gate to Southwell Festival Thu-Sun 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.

05-06 Jul 2024 [TBC] British Beach Polo Championships Fri-Sat Sandbanks, Dorset. General admission about £25. Evening beach party at additional cost.

05-07 Jul 2024 [TBC] St Ives Carnival & Music Festival Hill Rise Park, Cambridge PE27 6SP.
Fri 18:00-21:00 Outdoor cinema.
Sat 10:00-21:35 Parade, dance, proms in the park, fireworks. Sun 12:00-21:00 Fair, market, live music.

 

05-07 Jul 2024 Winchester Hat Fair

Fri-Sat. A weekend of amazing street entertainment.

Friday procession.

Video

Winchester Hat Fair

Free event.

 

05-07 Jul 2024 [TBC] Lord Mayors Weekend Celebrations Norwich

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

A carnival atmosphere and community spirit will fill the streets of Norwich when Lord Mayor’s Weekend takes place this summer, from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 July. 

We want to show off the best of what Norwich has to offer - the Lord Mayor’s Procession returns with the theme ‘Sights of the City’, with the annual carnival parading through the city centre featuring an array of talent. Expect acrobats, dancers, music and spectacular displays to wow the crowds.

The line up for 2023 include unmisable musical performances, entertainment and food offerings - the whole weekend is set to be a feast for the senses.
The City Hall Stage will play host to Voices of the City, featuring superstar singers, poets, comedy and beatboxers.
Sounds of the City, taking place in Chapelfield Gardens, will showcase local musical talents, interactive family shows, and a funfair.
Tastes of the City will serve up the finest selection of tasty treats, from Bao Buns to Burgers, Seafood to Sundaes, with an array of food to suit all tastes.

Norwich Mayors Celebration

 

05-07 Jul 2024 [TBC] Hatherleigh Festival, Devon Four days of amazing street theatre and performance, with many free events.

06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Romsey Beggars Fair Sat 10:30-18:00 Romsey, Hampshire. Folk, jazz, blues and world music. Big bands on the Cornmarket stage, acoustic music in gardens and pubs - all with great atmosphere. Colourful dance displays. Street entertainment and children’s entertainment. Over 90 acts across town. Free event.

06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Huddersfield Carnival Sat 13:00 Carnival Procession, Town Centre to Greenhead Park.

06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Acton Carnival Parade 10:30 from Crown Street to Acton Park by 12:00. 2 music stages. £5.

06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Crowthorne Carnival Sat 12:00 Procession, Wellington College to the Morgan Recreation Ground. Fete with live music stage. Held every two years. Crowthorne Carnival

06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Uckfield Festival Sat 12:30 Amazing Procession with Giant Carnival Figures, High Street to Luxford Field. Video Uckfield Festival Free event. More

06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Isle Of Wight Mardi Gras Sat 15:00 Parade starts Ryde School, Queens Road for High Street, Union Street, Esplanade, Ryde, Isle Of Wight. The New Carnival Company flagship event. Over 800 children, young people and community members masquerading in spectacular carnival costumes, with music and dancing. Held on last Saturday in June, or the first Saturday in July. Free event. More Info.

06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Hastings Sea Shanty Festival Sat 13:00-17:00 and 19:00-21:00 Stade Open Space. Traditional and more modern sea songs and shanties. There will also be performances at the White Rock Hotel by the pier and the Fisherman's Museum in Rock a Nore Road. Annual event.

06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Kelvedon Community Festival Sat 12:00-19:00 Recreation Ground, Kelvedon, Essex. Two live music stages. Free event.

06-07 Jul 2024 [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.

06-07 Jul 2024 [TBC] Brighton Kite Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00 Stanmer Park. One of the longest running kite festivals in the UK, and still free. Spectacular kite flying and displays from leading kite flyers from around the UK. More Kite Events

07 Jul 2024 [TBC] British 10K London Run Sun 09:30 Hyde Park Corner - Piccadilly to Whitehall. 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

07 Jul 2024 [TBC] Newbury Carnival Sun 14:00 Pound Street to Victoria Park. 12:00-18:00 Carnival Fete in Victoria Park. Arena entertainment, music and dance, children's rides, dog show, crafts and gifts, African drum workshop and international food. Biennial event.

07-14 Jul 2024 [TBC] Durham Brass Festival Combining brass, folk, opera, dance and spectacular outdoor theatre in stunning venues and city streets. Both free & ticketed

11-14 Jul 2024 [TBC] Goodwood Festival Of Speed

11-14 Jul 2024 Mouth Of The Tyne Festival Thu-Sun. Live music and art, with a maritime flavour - north and south of the river.

12-14 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bristol Harbour Festival Fri-Sun 12:00-17:00 Bristol Harbour. One of the most popular free festivals in the West Country, with an attendance of 250,000. Performance stages, fringe stages, historic ships, children’s entertainment, continental market and a fantastic array of food and drink. Free event.

12-14 Jul 2024 [TBC] Readipop Festival, Reading See link for tickets.

12-14 Jul 2024 [TBC] Birdfair Fri-Sun Rutland Showground, Oakham.

12-16 Jul 2024 [TBC] Royal International Air Tattoo RAF Fairford. The biggest annual UK air show. Attendance 167,000.

12- 21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Birmingham Jazz Festival About 351 musicians and 115 venues citywide. Many Free Events.

13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Southampton Mela Sat 12:00-21:00 Hoglands Park, City Centre. Leading Indian Classical, Folk, World Music, Qawwali and Asian fusion. Live music and dance on the main stage, workshops and demonstrations in Music & Dance and Arts & Crafts. Family fun with a range of Arts & Crafts activities, a designated play area and a funfair. Stalls - varying from ethnic clothes and accessories, beauty and henna hand tattooing, arts & crafts. Attendance 20,000. Free event.

13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bromsgrove Carnival, Worcester Sat 12:00 Procession from the Artrix, School Drive B60 1AX. 13:30 Procession arrives at Sanders Park. Live music until 21:00, 10k race, duck race, zumbathon, children's race, it's a knockout, Worcestershire youth jazz orchestra, funfair, charity stalls and trade stalls. Free event.

13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Trans Pride Brighton Sat 13:00-18:00. Parade and park event. The main march is at 12pm from Marlborough Pub to Brunswick Square.

13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bracknell Show 12:00 Wildridings Playing Fields. Arena displays, arts and crafts, music etc. Free event.

13 Jul 2024 [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.

13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Goring & Streatley Regatta Cleeve Meadows.

13 Jul 2024 [TBC] International Busking Day Sat 11:30-20:00 Arena Square, Wembley Park, London. Free programme of live music, festival events and free workshops.

13 Jul 2024 [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. 

13-14 Jul 2024 [TBC] Hastings Pirate Weekend Sat-Sun Beach and Old Town. Huge pirate weekend  with lots of activities around the old town and on the beach. Sunday 12:00 Procession from Robertson Street to the Stade (old town) along the beach. Massed drums and flags, cannon and firearms display, buccaneers pirate ship, live music, shanty singers, market, stunt action and sand sculptures. Numerous events and live music all day. Video: Procession Video: Music Stage Hastings Pirate Weekend

13-14 Jul 2024 [TBC] Eastbourne Beach Life Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-19:00 Princes Park, Royal Parade, Seafront BN22 7LL. One of the biggest FREE extreme sports and music festivals in the UK. Adventure filled weekend featuring a huge line up of air, land and water based outdoor pursuits. Eastbourne Beach Life Festival

14 Jul 2024 [TBC] Derby Caribbean Carnival Sun 13:00 Procession from Market Place to Osmaston Park. Entertainment in the park until 21:00.

14 Jul 2024 [TBC] McMichael Radio Rally Sun 09:30 Reading Rugby Football Club, Sonning Lane RG4 6ST. Annual Sale of amateur radio equipment, test equipment, computers etc. Large Car Boot area, licensed bar, barbecue, demonstrations and displays by special interest groups. Indoor area for Traders. McMichael Radio Rally & Car Boot Sale

14 Jul 2024 [TBC] Albury Music Festival 14:00-20:00 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

14-27 Jul 2024 [TBC] King’s Lynn Festival Main festival runs every day with various performances of classical, jazz & folk music plus talks and films. Ticketed, with a few free taster sessions.

 

Devizes Festival

Some of the best street performers, contemporary circus acts, dancers, musicians and walkabout shows from across Europe.

14 Jul 2024 Sun. Picnic in the Park. Hillworth Park.
10-11 Aug 2024 Sat-Sun. Devizes Street Festival.
31 Aug 2024 Sat. Devizes Carnival.
14 Sep 2024 Sat. Devizes Colour Rush & Confetti Battle.
29 Nov 2024 Fri. Devizes Winter Festival Lantern Parade

15 Feb 2025 [TBC] Devizes Festival Of Winter Ales (about £13)

 

 

Surrey Car Meets

15 Jul 2024 [TBC] Goodwood Motor Circuit track day.

 

15-19 Jul 2024 [TBC] Farnborough Airshow - Public Days Sat-Sun. 1,500 exhibitors & 270,000 visitors. Flying 12:30-17:00 daily. Gate ticket about £45. Biennial event.

 

Late July Ealing Summer Festivals

See link for tickets.

Ealing Summer Festivals

18-19 & 24-26 Jul 2024 [TBC] Comedy Festival, Walpole Park
20-21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Blues Festival, Walpole Park
24 Jul 2024 [TBC] New Gen Festival, Walpole Park. From £2.50
24-26 Jul 2024 [TBC] Comedy Festival, Walpole Park
27-28 Jul 2024 [TBC] Jazz Festival, Walpole Park

 

19-21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Sunderland Airshow Fri-Sun 10:00-18:00 Seafront, Seaburn. The largest free air show in Europe attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators.

19-21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bridport Folk Festival Fri-Sun Bridport, West Dorset.

19-21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Upton Blues Festival Fri-Sun Upton Upon Severn, Worcestershire. Britain’s biggest free blues festival. Thousands of music fans, over 160 performances on 3 stages and multiple pub events. Excellent camping facilities. Free event.

19-21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic Fri-Sun 09:00 Weymouth Beach. About 72 teams compete in the UK Championships. Festival site includes a magnificent show court surrounded by a specially constructed beach grandstand (free to the public), nine tournament courts, over 100 top class 2 a-side men's and women's volleyball teams, live commentary, music intervals and a volleyball trade village.

19-21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Tramlines Festival Fri-Sun. Hillsborough Park, Sheffield. See link for tickets. Youtube Channel

19-21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bug Jam Fri-Sun Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, NN29 7XA. VW festival with Drag Racing, Stunt Displays, Show & Shine, Traders, Autojumble, 5 Music Arenas and Funfair. See link for tickets.

19-26 Jul 2024 [TBC] Monmouth Festival One of the biggest free music festivals. Local and national musicians from rock, classical, pop, folk, jazz, ska and punk. Main Stage, Blestium Street - Rock, Pop, Funk, Country, etc. The last Sunday is carnival day, and the whole of Monnow Street and Blestium Street are full of markets, workshops, stalls, and rides. Multiple venues - see link. Main stage: cattle market.

19-28 Jul 2024 [TBC] Milton Keynes International Festival Held every two years. Family events, promenade concerts, theatre, dance, music and visual arts installations in unusual locations such as parks, public squares, disused shops or warehouses.

20 Jul 2024 [TBC] Broadwater Big Day Out, Worthing Sat 10:00-16:00. A great free day out with shows and activities, plus fire station open day.

20 Jul 2024 [TBC] Livestock Music Festival Sat, Forty Hall & Estate, Forty Hill, London EN2 9HA. Rock, ska, blues, folk, rap and reggae on 3 stages, in the glorious setting of Forty Hall Farm, a working organic farm that is home to an award-winning local vineyard, orchard and organic market garden. On site bar, street market with stalls, food and drink, plus a circus area for kids. About £25.

20-21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bedford River Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-23:00. Free event with Historical Re-Enactments,  Live Music, Funfair, Continental Market. Attendance 350,000. Six stages, heritage and sports villages and a still expanding river events programme showcasing more river activities than we have ever seen on the Great Ouse before! The site has also expanded into St Mary’s Gardens opposite the new Riverside Bedford complex, boasting a giant family fun area, Adventure Village and the new home to the Dragon Boat Racing as well as our river taxi taking you from Sovereigns Quay to the Suspension Bridge. Sat: 14:00 Parade of Cruisers, 16:00 Parade of Boats. 22:30 Amazing fireworks. Sun 11:00 Carnival parade from De Parys Avenue to Riverside Square. Video:Carnival Vikings Boat Parade Illuminated Boat Parade Fireworks Bedford River Festival Biennial event.

20- 21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Maidenhead Festival Sat-Sun Kidwells Park. 10:00am till late. Live music, market and street food. Fireworks on Saturday at 22:15. Free event.

20- 21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Manchester Mega Mela Sat-Sun 12:00-21:00 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 event.

 

Journeys Festival

Journeys Festival explores the refugee experience through free art activities including live music, artist-led workshops, theatre, performance, film, discussion, exhibitions, storytelling and pop-up events.

20-21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Leicester, Manchester, Portsmouth.

 

Jul-Aug Isle of Wight Carnivals

20 Jul 2024 [TBC] Newport Main Carnival Sat 19:00 Church Litten. Video
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Sandown Children's Carnival. Sat 15:00 Sandham Gardens
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Sandown Main Carnival. Sat 19:00 Culver Parade
31 Jul 2024 [TBC] Shanklin Main Carnival. Wed 19:00 Popham Road
03 Aug 2024 [TBC] Shanklin Illuminated Carnival. Sat 21:15 Popham Road
07 Aug 2024 [TBC] Ventnor Children's Carnival. Wed 12:00 Dudley Road
07 Aug 2024 [TBC] Ventnor Main Carnival & Fireworks. Wed 19:00 Albert Street
10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Ventnor Illuminated Carnival Sat 21:00 Albert Street
22 Aug 2024 [TBC] Newport Illuminated. Thu 21:00 Church Litten
24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Cowes Illuminated Carnival. Sat 21:00 Crossfield Avenue
24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Ryde Children's Carnival. Sat 15:00 Dover Street
26 Aug 2024 [TBC] St Helen's. Mon 18:30 The Green
28 Aug 2024 [TBC] Sandown Illuminated Carnival. Wed 20:30 Culver Parade
29 Aug 2024 [TBC] Ryde Main Carnival. Thu 18:30 The Esplanade
31 Aug 2024 [TBC] 2023
Ryde Illuminated Carnival Sat 20:30 The Esplanade

 

21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Race For Life, London Sunday, Hyde Park, London. Women's charity runs. Start: The Bandstand. 09:00 10k run, 11:00 5k run. Video Race For Life, Hyde Park

23-25 Jul 2024 [TBC] New Forest Show New Park, Brockenhurst. Motorcycle stunt display, show jumping, livestock, vintage farm machinery, steam, land girls, food fare, crafts, antiques, art, flower show, WI, forestry commission, honey & bees, blacksmiths, vegetables & flowers, climbing wall & ropes, ferret racing, fishing, falconry & gundogs. About £21.

23-27 Jul 2024 [TBC] The War and Peace Show Tue-Sat 09:00-18:00 Hop Farm Family Park, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6PY. Very large military show with vehicle displays, arena battles and 1940s fashion etc. About £20. War and Peace Show

24 Jul 2024 [TBC] Classics On The Common Wed 14:00-20:00 Harpenden Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire. 1200 classic cars, 250 cycles and scooters, 10,000 spectators. Free event.

25-28 Jul 2024 [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.

 

Summer Events - Poole  

Music, Fun and Fireworks

25 Jul - 29 Aug 2024 [TBC] Thursdays 19:00-22:30 Quayside.

Six magical Thursdays of free music, street entertainers, family entertainment and fireworks at 22:00.

Free events.

 

26-29 Jul 2023 [TBC] Exmouth Festival Fri-Mon. Free family fun across the town.

27 Jul 2024 Manchester Day Sat. A dazzling array of costumes, music and dance. Free event.

27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Nottinghamshire Pride Sat 12:00-18:00 Forest Fields Recreation Ground (Goose Fair site). Attendance about 7000. Sat - main stage, acoustic stage, community stage, dance tent, cabaret tent, comedy tent, burlesque tent etc. £1 entrance over both days. 07875 377145.

27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Oldham Carnival Community Festival Sat, Oldham Town Centre, Big parade, lots of free stuff for the kids, charity stalls, some entertainment for the parents, lots of small rides and our popular dance troupe competition.

27 Jul 2024 [TBC] New Romney Country Fayre Sat 10:00-17:00 St Martin's Field and the Fairfield Road Recreation Ground, just off the High Street,  New Romney, Kent. 10:15 Procession from Station Road, through the town to the event field. Displays, crafts, stalls, entertainment all day, refreshments. Free entrance.

27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Linslade Canal Festival Sat 11:00-20:00 Tiddenfoot Waterside Park. Community event with a conservation and heritage theme. Rural crafts, canal art, working narrow boats, folk music, stalls, childrens activities, bids of prey, mobile farm and canal boat trips. Ninety exhibits in three different areas of the park. Free entrance, small charge for car parking. Attendance 9000. No mooring fees for narrow boats, but owners are advised to book. 01525 631915.

27-28 Jul 2024 [TBC] Lammas Festival, Eastbourne Sat-Sun Seafront. Live Music from 11:00. Sat 12:00 Parade of Giants from the pier. Sun 16:30 Ritual Celebration Carnival Parade

27-28 Jul 2024 [TBC] Worthing Summer Festival Funfair near the Pier, markets and entertainment, fireworks and car shows and American Rod & Custom Show.

27-28 Jul 2024 [TBC] World Triathlon Sat-Sun Roker Beach, Sunderland. 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Free to view. Major event. World Triathlon

27-28 Jul 2024 [TBC] Worstead Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-21:00. The largest village festival in Norfolk. Display ring, exhibitions, heavy horses, classic cars, weavers, road race, auction. About £5.

27-28 Jul 2024 [TBC] Riverside Festival Sat 12:00-22:00, Sun 11:00-20:00 Mill Lane, Charlbury, Oxford. The best local bands, festival fringe with the battle of the buskers, food and drink gifts from the festival traders. Free event.

27-28 Jul 2024 [TBC] Prudential Ride London Sat FreeCycle. 50,000 riders. Eight-mile traffic-free route that features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. London’s greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling. Sun London-Surrey 100. Starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. Finishes on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route.

27-28 Jul 2024 [TBC] Clarence Park Free Music Festival Sat-Sun 12:00-20:00 Clarence Park, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield. marci@themusiccollective.co.uk  07779 911914

27 Jul - 02 Aug 2024 [TBC] Cowes Week & Fireworks 40 daily races - 1,000 boats and 8,500 competitors. 100,000 spectators. On the last Friday, air display, live music, then free fireworks at 21:30. Video: Music Stage 1 Music Stage 2 Cowes Week Fireworks, Isle of Wight

27 Jul - 03 Aug 2024 [TBC] Swanage Carnival A week of amazing events. Sunday 15:00 big seafront parade, with floats, Caribbean bands, clowns and costumed walkers. 2.5 miles along the seafront and back to Sandpit Field. Every Saturday in August, there are fireworks and music on Swanage beach. Swanage Regatta & Carnival

28 Jul 2024 [TBC] London Rathayatra Sun 12:00 Parade from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square. 14:00-17:00 Festival in Trafalgar Square. Talks, Bhajans, dramas, stalls, books & paraphenalia. Free Vegetarian Prasadam Feast for all. Rathayatra is a chariot festival that originated in India over 2,000 years ago.

 

 

01-29 Aug 2024 [TBC] Fireworks At The Needles, Isle Of Wight.

Fireworks set to music, every Thursday throughout the Summer holidays.

01983 752401.

 

 

01-04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Stockton International Riverside Festival Thu-Sun Stockton town and riverside. The biggest street arts festival in the UK. Outdoor theatre, street entertainment, circus, music, dance and star-studded Fringe. Saturday 12pm The Parade will begin on Church Road before turning left onto Stockton High Street. It will travel along the high street passing the Town Hall and Shambles before turning into Tower Street and looping back along Riverside Road. 12.30pm-3.30pm The Parade will arrive on Stockton Riverside for an afternoon of performances, including live music, family entertainment and workshops.

01-04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Creation Fest, Devon 10:00-22:00 Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7JE. Christian music festival - simply turn up and enjoy a good line up of bands. Includes teaching seminars, workshops, a skate park, sports and family activities. Close to the surf beach. Line-up. Free event.

01-25 Aug 2024 [TBC] Free Edinburgh Festival 400 shows across exciting venues, with the very best free shows. Massive comedy selection, four music stages, fantastic cabaret, theatre, children's shows, spoken word, a walking tour and busking.

 

National Sheepdog Trials

01-03 Aug 2024 [TBC] Scotland Deuchrie, Dunbar, East Lothian EH42 1TG.
08-10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Wales Llysfasi College, Ruthin Road, LL15 2LB.
15-18 Aug 2024 [TBC] England Flash House Farm, Lee Lane, Millhouse Green, Sheffield S36 9NN.
22-24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Ireland
Newhouse, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.
06-08 Sep 2024 [TBC] International Three Castles Farm, Blessington, Co. Wicklow W91 YT7S.

 

02-03 Aug 2024 [TBC] Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta Fri-Sat.

02-04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Spraoi Festival, Waterford, Ireland Free street party, street theatre and world music. Attendance 100,000, parade usually 21:30 Sunday at The Quays - 400 brilliantly costumed performers, floats, lights and special effects, followed fireworks over the River Suir.

02-04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Nottingham Riverside Festival Fri-Sun Victoria Embankment. Fri 18:30-22:30, Sat 12:00-23:30, Sun 12:00-18:30. Join 100,000 at Nottingham's biggest free festival weekend along the beautiful River Trent. Music, arts, river activities, street theatre, street fair, steam engines and crafts. Spectacular fireworks on Saturday night at 22:30. Live Music Children's Zone Street Theatre Dragon Boat Racing

02-04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Weston Super Mare Sea Shanty and Folk Festival Fri-Sun. 60 bands performing in several venues over three days Main stage in the Italian Gardens.
Full Programme & Venues
There will be pirate crews invading Weston-Super-Mare. Dress as a  pirate and join in the fun. Free event.

02-04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Liverpool International Music Festival Events across the city, featuring international and national acts. Usually held over a weekend in early August.

02-09 Aug 2024 [TBC] Sidmouth Folk Week Multiple events around town, on outdoor spaces, and in pubs and clubs.

02-23 Aug 2024 [TBC] Quay For My Car, Poole Fridays 18:00-21:00 Poole Quay. Owners of classic vehicles line up along Poole Quay. Part of "Summertime in the South" with Wave 105FM.

03 Aug 2024 [TBC] Pride Brighton Sat 11:00 Parade - Hove Lawns, Kings Road, West Street, North Street and London Road to Preston Park. Vibrant, brash and cheeky. The free-to-watch parade is watched by up to 300,000 revelers. 12:00-23:00  Party in Preston Park Sat-Sun, ticketed. Video: 2012 Parade 2013 Parade 2016 Parade Brighton Pride

03 Aug 2024 [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.

03 Aug 2024 [TBC] Leicester Caribbean Carnival Sat 14:00-19:30 Victoria Park. Three music stages, main stage, Caribbean, African and Asian food, arts and crafts, and many stalls. 13:00 Vibrant Street Carnival featuring costumed bands and floats from Victoria Park through the city. Join one hundred thousand people on the carnival route for this  hugely popular multicultural event.

03-04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Morris Minor National Rally Sat-Sun  Thoresby Park NG22 9EP.

03-04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Art in the Park Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Jephson and Mill Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa. Over 200 artists, theatre and great music.

03-04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Battle Of Evesham Medieval Festival Sat-Sun Crown and Corporation Meadows, Evesham, plus other locations around the town. Mediaeval festival and camp with life-demonstrations of cookery, weapons and medicine and 13th Century battle re-enactment. 100+ re-enactors fighting on both days. Battle of Evesham Grand Parade, with mounted knights in full armor will wind its way through the town on Saturday. Medieval musicians and dancing at the camp, along with craftsmen demonstrations and medieval cookery. Free event.

03-04 Aug 2024 [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.

03-10 Aug 2024 [TBC] National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff Anglesey. Pageantry, poetry, dance, theatre, choral singing and rock music attracts more than 160,000 visitors annually.

03-10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Yarmouth Carnival Week, Isle of Wight Sat 16:00 Procession from The Main Green. Culmination of the week's festivities.

04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Margate Carnival Sun 14:30 Parade, Royal Esplanade, Westbrook, then east through Margate to Cliftonville. One of the biggest carnivals in the Southeast. 80 floats and live music, with the UK's biggest DJ's, Caribbean BBQ, stalls and family fun. Tel 01843 293733 Video More Margate Carnival

04 Aug 2024 [TBC] The London Triathlon Sat-Sun ExCeL Centre, London. Super Sprint: 400m swim, 10k bike, 2.5k run. Sprint: 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run. Olympic: 1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run. Spectator Viewing

04-09 Aug 2024 [TBC] Ramsgate Week Hosted by the Royal Temple Yacht Club. A must for all sailing enthusiasts, with plenty of evening entertainment in the town.

05 Aug 2023 Hastings Old Town Carnival Sat 17:00 Procession, Rock-a-Nore Road, and seafront. 20:30 Fireworks from the castle - view from the seafront at Pelham beach. Video: Carnival Fireworks Hastings Old Town Carnival Free event.

 

Newark Antiques Fair

Nottingham Showground, Newark NG24 2NY.

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

Europe's largest antiques fair. Up to 2,500 stands on an 84 acres site. Thousands of dealers and buyers.

08-09 Aug 2024
10-11 Oct 2024
05-06 Dec 2024
03-04 Oct 2024
05-06 Dec 2024

30-31 Jan 2025 [TBC]
05-06 Jun 2025 [TBC]

 

 

08-11 Aug 2024 [TBC] Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Thu-Sun Ashton Court.

Europe's largest annual Hot Air Balloon event - up to 130 balloons, 500,000 visitors over four days.
Mass Balloon Ascents. 06:00 & 18:00 daily, subject to weather.

21:00 Night Glow each evening.
Fireworks 21:00 on Thu & Sat.
Arena events. Trade stands.

Video

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Free event.

 

Jersey Battle Of Flowers

09 Aug 2024 [TBC] Fri 17:00 Victoria Avenue, St Hellier - Grand Day Parade.
10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Sat 21:00 Victoria Avenue, St Hellier - Moonlight Parade. Illuminated finale and fireworks.
01 Dec 2024 [TBC] Battle Of The Flowers Christmas Parade
. Sun 16:45-18:00 The Esplanade, St. Helier. Floodlit floats, music and dance.

Massive floats, up to 45 feet long, covered in flowers, and accompanied by musicians, dancers and bands.
Jersey Tourism 01534 448877.

 

09-11 Aug 2024 [TBC] Weymouth Carnival Fri-Sun 10:00-22:00. Attendance 100,000.

09-16 Aug 2024 [TBC] Broadstairs Folk Week 10:00-22:00 Memorial recreation ground, and town centre. In the parks, pubs, gardens, beaches and promenade; musicians - from the highly professional to the inexperienced amateur - get together in impromptu sessions whilst Morris dancers, Appalachian clog dancers, rapper sword dancers and many others demonstrate their skills on the streets and along the prom. Large craft marquee. Entertainment all day. About 70 events daily, with varying admission charges.

10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Swindon & Wiltshire Pride Sat 12:00-22:00 Old Town Gardens. 11:30 Parade from The Parade SN1 1BA. Swindon & Wiltshire Pride

10-11 Aug 2024 WV1 Fest Sun 11:00-22:00 West Park, Wolverhampton. Rock Tribute Festival with two stages, bars, food stands, market, children’s area, and thrill rides. See link for tickets.

10-11 Aug 2024 [TBC] Manchester Caribbean Carnival Sat 12:00-14:30 Parade, Start and finish in Claremont Road. Steel bands, floats, DJs and dance troupes. Sat-Sun 12:00-20:00 Alexandra Park M16 7JL. 8 Stages, including Jamaican, African and Soca Corner. DJs, Caribbean food & drink, fairground, crafts.

10-11 Aug 2024 [TBC] Essex Echoes Of History Show Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Whitehouse Farm, The Living Memorial, Retendon, Essex CM3 8DL. Essex & London's premier military vehicle show. 300+ vehicles, flying displays, heavy tanks, mock battles, living history, tank & helicopter rides, collectors stalls, arena events and all day music. Entrance about £13 per day.

10-12 Aug 2024 [TBC] Whitby Regatta Sat-Mon. Three days of entertainment, yacht racing, rowing races and various free forms of entertainment as published in the official programme, finishing with a prize presentation and spectacular fireworks.

 

Classic Festivals - Country Shows

10-11 Aug 2024 Cambridge Country Show, Stow Cum Quy Estate, Cambridge.
17-18 Aug 2024 The Framlingham Country Show Sat-Sun Framlingham College, Suffolk, IP13 9EY
25-26 Aug 2024 The Kent Country Show. Sun-Mon. Quex Mansion and Park, Birchington.
28 Nov - 22 Dec [TBC] London Illuminated Light Trail

04-05 May 2025 [TBC] Nonsuch Town & Country Show Sun-Mon May Holiday. Nonsuch Park, London Road, Epsom KT17 2DL.
04-05 May 2025 [TBC] Bucks Country Show. Sun-Mon May Holiday. Penn St, Horsemoor Ln, Beaconsfield, Amersham HP7 0PS.
25-26 May 2025 [TBC] The British Country Show, Kent. Sun-Mon May Holiday. Wings of the Morning Field, Sevenoaks, Kent.
14-15 Jun 2025 [TBC] Summerfest and Eats and Beats, Nonsuch Park and Mansion, London Road, Epsom KT17 2DL.

 

11 Aug 2024 London 10k Summer Run The Broad Walk, Regents Park.

11 & 14 Aug 2024 [TBC] Skegness Carnival Sun 12:00 Parade from Tesco, Richmond Drive to North Parade. Floats, bands, BBQ, beach games, pet show etc.

11-17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Fowey Royal Regatta Wed: Carnival Procession. Sat: Illuminated Dinghy Procession and Fireworks.

14 Aug 2024 [TBC] Cromer Carnival Town centre. Weeks of events, but Wednesday is Carnival Parade Day.

14-15 Aug 2024 [TBC] British Firework Championships - Plymouth Wed-Thu 21:30 Mountbatten Breakwater. Popular viewing areas are The Hoe and Queen Anne's Battery. Very spectacular. 6 firework companies battle over two nights for the title of British Fireworks Champion. 3 ten minute displays per evening. Music stage, morris dancing, fairground rides, food outlets etc. Attendance 200,000. Map British Fireworks Championships, Plymouth Free event.

15-18 Aug 2024 [TBC] Eastbourne Airbourne Thu-Sun. Daily sea front air show - classic WW2, latest military jets, helicopters, air-sea rescue, wing walkers etc - weather permitting. Ground displays, arena events and trade stands and evening concerts. Popular viewing areas - The Pier, The Wish Tower Slopes, Beachy Head. Claimed to be the biggest free seafront air show in the world. Sunday Finale: 20:20 FireFlies aerobatic display with LED lights and wingtip pyrotechnics, synchronised to music. Sunday 21:00 Fireworks. Eastbourne Airbourne Provisional Times

16 Aug 2024 [TBC] Lord Mayor's Show, Birmingham Sun 12:00-18:00 Cannon Hill Park. Free entry. Live music, street theatre, craft stalls, picnic area and children's rides, magic, face painting, donkey rides etc.

16-17 Aug 2024 [TBC] World Pipe Band Championships Fri-Sat. The biggest and best event in piping. Bands from across the globe will descend onto Glasgow Green with one goal - to be World Pipe Band Champions. 8,000 pipers, 16 nations and 45,000 spectators. General admission about £12. Highland games, children's area, highland dancing, drum major competition, craft fair and mass march past.

16-18 Aug 2024 [TBC] Northampton Balloon Festival Fri-Sun Northampton Racecourse. A Great Day Out for all the family, with planned Balloon Flights AM & PM, evening glow, stalls and attractions. About £5. Northampton Balloon Festival

 

The UK's leading gardening charity.

Royal Horticultural Society Shows

16-18 Aug 2024 RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show.
03-08 Sep 2024 [TBC] RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show.

08-11 May 2025 [TBC] RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Three Counties Showground.
20-24 May 2025 [TBC] RHS Chelse Flower Show

 

RHS Gardens Events Diary

 

16-26 Aug 2024 [TBC] Arundle Festival One of the biggest arts festivals in the South of England. Multiple events may include castle events, street entertainment, live music, fireworks (21:00 final day) 10k run, duck race, Jubilee Gardens stage, hot air balloons, poetry readings, orchestral concerts and children’s activities. Video 2013 Procession Arundel Festival

17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Race The Train, Wales Saturday. Annual cross-country run organised by the Rotary Club of Tywyn. 14.75 mile cross country hilly race. The train takes about 1 hour 47 minutes for the return journey. The start is adjacent to the Talyllyn Railway station. Both the runners and the train are started by the train whistle ordered by the timekeeper. The course is run alongside the railway over fields, rough pasture, and farm tracks.

17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains Sat. Family festival with live music, crafts, dog show, rural market etc

17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Chislehurst Rocks Music Festival Sat 13:00-22:00 Chislehurst Recreation Ground. 2 music stages. Free event.

17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Ilfracombe Birdman Sat 11:00. Flying madness from the pier. Live music, fairground, strongman, stalls and refreshments.

17-18 Aug 2024 [TBC] Beccles Carnival, Norfolk Sat Family fun on the quayside, Sun 13:00 Carnival Parade from Roys of Beccles. 07933 028457.

17-18 Aug 2024 [TBC] Bridport Carnival, Dorset Sat 19:00 Carnival procession. Sun 21:00 Torch procession, 22:00 Fireworks.

17-19 Aug 2024 [TBC] Aldeburgh Carnival, Suffolk Mon 15:15 Carnival procession, High Street. Swimming races in the sea, children’s sports, life-boat launch.  Evening, Fun Fair, Samba Dancers. 20:45 Military Band lead a Chinese Lantern Procession from the High Street to the beach. 21:15 Spectacular Seafront Fireworks opposite The White Lion Hotel. Map

17-19 Aug 2024 [TBC] Inland Waterways Festival of Water Sat-Mon. Waltham Abbey. A weekend of fun for boaters, campers and all who love spending time by the water.

18 Aug 2024 [TBC] Nottingham Carnival Sunday. 14:00 Parade, Victoria Embankment.

18 Aug 2024 [TBC] Lewes Raft Race Sun 15:00, but arrive early, plenty going on. River Ouse, Malling Recreation Ground, Mayhew Way, Lewes BN7 2NW. Fantastic rafts, insane competition, thousands of spectators, flour bombs and water canons. What could possibly go wrong? The main Raft Race, seven miles down the river to the sea at Newhaven, usually takes place during the afternoon, and takes around two hours. Lewes Raft Race Free event

18 Aug 2024 [TBC] Nottingham Carnival Sun 14:00 Parade from Victoria Embankment.

21-24 Aug 2024 {TBC] Dartmouth Regatta Multiple events - see website.

21-26 Aug 2024 [TBC] Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival Live music, fine art, photography and gaming events. 10 days, 20 venues and 100’s of artists. Free entrance.

21-26 Aug 2024 [TBC] Ramsgate Festival Of Sound Music, theatre, dance, performance, installations, workshops, talks. Some free events.

22-23 Aug 2024 [TBC] Clacton Airshow Thu-Fri 11:00-17:00 Seafront. Free air display with vintage fly-pasts, modern jet fly-pasts and ground displays. Attendance 90,000.

24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Sturminster Newton Carnival Sat 19:00 Carnival parade with illuminated floats, dancers, bands and drummers. The first carnival on the Wessex carnival circuit, unique in that it attracts entries from all over the south west plus local groups. A number of the larger illuminated carts from the circuit, plus locals. Lots of masqueraders, both local and from the Wessex and other circuits. Firework finale. 01747 840045. Sturminster Newton Carnival

24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Manchester Pride Sat 12:00 Parade - Deansgate to Fairfield Street. 100+ floats.

24-25 Aug 2024 {TBC] Bognor Regis Seafront Illuminations Gala Sat-Sun 21:00 Fireworks at the pier.

24-25 Aug 2024 [TBC] Bexhill Festival of the Sea Weekend Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-17:00. A whole weekend of angling competitions along the seafront. Angling coaching and demonstrations by renowned angling professionals. Stalls selling fish dishes, plus plenty of unique shopping and gift ideas. Cooking demonstrations by Billingsgate Seafood Training School. Fun fair, Morris dancing, plus outdoor film and music at the De La Warr Pavilion.

 

22-26 Aug 2024 [TBC] The Great Dorset Steam Fair

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

60 showman's engines, 30 steam tractors, 20 steam road locomotives, 20 steam lorries, 25 steam road rollers, 100 vintage & classic vehicles, 100 military vehicles, 140 Vintage motorcycles, 120 vintage tractors, 150 static vintage tractors, 100 horticultural tractors, 120 stationary engines plus rural displays, crafts, food hall & six live music stages. 600 acre site.

See link for ticket prices.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair

 

24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Notting Hill Panorama Steel Band Championships

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

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

Notting Hill Panorama Steel Band Championships

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

 

NOTTING

HILL

CARNIVAL

25-26 Aug 2024 [TBC] Notting Hill Carnival

Sun-Mon 09:00-22:00 Parade, Ladbroke Grove. One million revelers, 7500 participants, Mas Bands, Steel Bands and 38 Static Sound Systems.

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

Carnival Map

Carnival Website

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

 

 

Bolton Steam Museum

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

Our volunteers have rescued and restored 30 old stationary steam engines - some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the North of England.
Our oldest engine is now 180 years old, and most engines are well over 100 years old.  Some of our engines are now unique - the only one of its kind to survive anywhere in the world!  Most will be running in steam on these days. Free entry.

The Museum is normally closed at other times, apart from the volunteers' working days, Wednesdays & Sundays 11:00-15:00, when visitors are welcome, but the engines will not be running in steam.

Sun-Mon 25-26 Aug 2024 Summer Steamings. 10:00-16:00
Sat-Sun 26-27 Oct 2024 Autumn Steamings. 10:00-16:00
Thu-Fri  28-29 Dec 2024 Winter Warm-Up. 10:00-16:00

03-05 May 2025 [TBC] Sun-Mon Spring Steamings. 10:00-16:00
25-26 May 2025 [TBC] Sun-Mon. Steamings. 10:00-16:00

Video

 

 

24-25 Aug 2024 [TBC] Parklife Weekend Aylesbury

Sat-Sun 12:00-21:30 Vale Park HP20 1DX.
Continuous live music on two outdoor stages plus family entertainment, picnic etc.
Full catering facilities.
Sun 21:30 Fireworks
Free event.

 

25 Aug 2024 [TBC] Grasmere Lakeland Sports & Show Sun 10:00 The Showfield, Stock Lane Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SL. Cumberland Wrestling, Guides Races, Hound Trails, Mountain Biking, Dog Shows. About £8.

25 Aug 2024 {TBC] Great North Bike Ride Sun 09:00 Seahouses to Tynemouth. Charity cycle ride with over 1700 cyclists. 54 miles through the beautiful Northumberland coastline. www.chrislucastrust.c

25 Aug 2024 [TBC] Cowes - Torquay - Cowes Powerboat Race Sun 10:00

25 Aug - 10 Sep 2023 Greenwich + Docklands International Festival London’s leading festival of free outdoor theatre and performing arts, committed to breaking new ground in outdoor performance, raising the quality and diversity of outdoor work produced in the UK. Featuring free performances by dozens of national and international companies in a range of public spaces in Greenwich, East London and the City of London. Greenwich Festival

26 Aug 2024 [TBC] Bourton On The Water Football In The River Monday. Red and White teams from Bourton Rovers FC play a half hour six-a-side football match in the River Windrush. The goals are between two bridges, and thousands of spectators line the river bank. www.soglos.com Gallery Video.

26 Aug 2024 [TBC] Bexhill 100 Classic & Custom Car Show Mon 10:00-17:00 Polegrove Recreation Ground, West Parade, Bexhill on Sea. Classic and custom cars, trade stalls and crafts.

26 Aug 2024 [TBC] Leeds West Indian Carnival Bank Holiday Monday. Early parade 06:00 Leeds West Indian Centre. Maim parade 14:00 Potternewton Park. Main stage with Soca, Calypso & Caribbean music. Lots of stalls, crafts and carnival food. Attendance 120,000. Route More

26 Aug 2024 [TBC] World Gravy Wrestling Championships Held annually on the August holiday Mon 12:00-17:00 Rose n Bowl, Newchurch Road, Stacksteads OL13 0UG. Inflatables, water bombs, fancy dress, semi pro wrestling and big screen action. BBC Radio Lancashire will judge the event. More Video

28 Aug - 01 Sep 2024 [TBC] Freedom Festival, Hull An amazing variety of street theatre, free and ticketed.

29 Aug - 01 Sep 2024 [TBC] Bournemouth Air Festival Thu-Sun. Seafront. Typical attractions include: Air & Ground displays. Royal Marine Beach Assaults, Princess of Wales Parachute Display Team, Typhoon, Matadors, Tutor, Tucano, Hawk, SallyB, The Red Arrows, Breitling Wingwalkers, F-16, Typhoon, RAF Tutor, RAF Tucano, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment’s Parachute Display Team – The Tigers, The Matadors, King Air, RAF Hawk, SallyB, Black Cats Helicopter Team. Night Air - Thu, Fri and Sat - Lower Gardens and seafront: music, film screenings, street entertainers, dusk air display, live music, military bands, forces displays. Saturday attendance 400,000. Fri-Sat Fireworks 22:00. Vulcan Video Bournmouth Air Festival Free event.

29 Aug - 01 Sep 2024 [TBC] End Of The Road Festival Fri-Sun Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset. Art, atmosphere, workshops, comedy, cinema, woodland library, games area, enchanted forest, healing field, quality food & drinks and good music.

30 Aug - 01 Sep 2024 [TBC] BunkFest, Wallingford Fri-Sun. Multiple locations and events - many free. Concerts, Ceilidhs, fringe, vintage displays, boat trips, beer fest, craft fair etc. Attendance 20,000.

30 Aug - 01 Sep 2024 Chatsworth Country Fair Fri-Sun. Massed pipe and military bands, demonstrations and parades, hot air balloons, parachuting, over 300 trade stands, rural crafts, vintage car parade, terrier racing, clay pigeon shooting, bouncy castle, old time fairground, horse shoeing, ferret racing, archery, sheep dog trials etc etc. About £25.

30 Aug - 01 Sep 2024 [TBC] Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival Fund raising event for the telescope and domes. Includes lectures, trade stalls, observing (weather permitting) and family workshops. About £10 per session.

30 Aug - 01 Sep 2024 [TBC] Faversham Hop Festival Fun weekend in the medieval town square and surrounding streets, celebrating hop picking in Kent. Music to suit eclectic tastes, children's entertainers, professional street theatre, stilt walkers, morris dancing, craft fare, and ceilidh. Stages in Market Place and Preston Street and craft stalls in the surrounding streets. Free event.

31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Devizes Carnival Sat 17:30 Parade from The Green. Vibrant and noisy, with walking groups, floats, bands and thousands lining the streets along the 2km route.

31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Ryde Illuminated Carnival Sat 20:30 The Esplanade. Biggest of the Isle of Wight Illuminated Carnivals. Ryde Illuminated Carnival

31 Aug - 01 Sep 2024 [TBC] The Big Cheese, Caerphilly Sat. In the shadow of Caerphilly Castle. Street entertainers, living history re-enactments, comedy, music, dance, a traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours, craft and market stalls with produce from near and far, and much much more. Attendance 80,000. Free event.

31 Aug 2024 [TBC] National Speed Trials, Brighton Sat 10:00-18:00 Madeira Drive. Annual speed trials for cars and motorcycles, veteran to current. Quarter mile course, run under RAC Motor Sport Association regulations. Timed Runs 11:30-13:00  & 14:00-18:00. Viewing is free from the upper level, but for entry to the paddock, there is a charge. Video1 Video2 National Speed Trials, Brighton

31 Aug - 01 Sep 2024 [TBC] London Mela Sat-Sun 12:00-21:00 Southall Park. The London Mela outdoor South Asian festival has an attendance of about 50,000. Spectacular line up of live music, dance, visual arts and food from South Asia. About £2 entrance. London Mela

 

DogFest

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

31 Aug - 01 Sep 2024 DogFest, Ashton Court, Bristol.
07-08 Sep 2024 DogFest, Harewood House, Yorkshire.
21-22 Sep 2024 DogFest, Knebworh House, Hertfordshire

07-08 Jun 2025 [TBC] DogFest, Burley House, Lincolnshire.
14-15 Jun 2025 [TBC] DogFest, Tatton Park, Cheshire.

 

 

Sussex Bonfire Season 2024

The Bonfire Societies

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

07 Sep 2024 Uckfield Uckfield [Fireworks at 21:00 on the Friday]. 
14 Sep 2024 Crowborough
Crowborough Crowborough Facebook
21 Sep 2024 Mayfield 
Mayfield
28 Sep 2024 Burgess Hill
Burgess Hill
05 Oct 2024 Eastbourne 
Eastbourne
05 Oct 2024 Rotherfield
Rotherfield
05 Oct 2024 Northiam
12 Oct 2024 Hastings
Hastings fireworks by Renegade Pyrotechnics
12 Oct 2024 Heathfield
12 Oct 2024 Seaford

19 Oct 2024 Hailsham
19 Oct 2024 Ninfield 
Ninfield
19 Oct 2024 Nevill
Nevill
25 Oct 2024 Isfield & Little Horsted (Fri)
26 Oct 2024 [TBC] Firle
Firle
26 Oct 2024 Ewhurst & Staplecross
26 Oct 2024 Littlehampton
26 Oct 2024 [TBC] Icklesham Robin Hood (Sun)
02 Nov 2024 Newick
Newick
02 Nov 2024 Battle
02 Nov 2024 Edenbridge

05 Nov 2024
Lewes
05 Nov 2024 Lindfield
09 Nov 2024 East Hoathly & Halland
East Hoathly & Halland
09 Nov 2024 South Heighton
09 Nov 2024 Chailey
09 Nov 2024 Rye
15 Nov 2024 Glynde & Beddingham memorial parade (Fri)
16 Nov 2024 Robertsbridge
Robertsbridge
16 Nov 2024 Barcombe
Barcombe
23 Nov 2024 Chiddingly
23 Nov 2024 Hawkhurst

30 Nov 2024 [TBC] Rottingdean Smugglers Night
Rottingdean Smugglers Night supported by South Heighton Bonfire Society

 

31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Reading Pride Sat 12:00-19:00 Kings Meadow, by the Thames. Two live music stages and picnic area. 11:15 Procession from Broad Street Mall to Kings Meadow. 7 hours of continuous live music - about 29 acts. Pride Reading Free event.

31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Wem Carnival, Shropshire Saturday. Two parades, each a mile long, from/to Wem sports and social car park at 13:30 and 19:45. Fancy dress and floats, marching bands, military and classic vehicles. Entertainment on Gala Field.

31 Aug - 15 Sep 2024 [TBC] Artwave Festival, Sussex Lewes district’s annual Open House Festival. Artists open their homes and studios, showcasing their work and introducing visitors to a wealth of skill and talent, with an opportunity to buy pieces directly from the artists and makers.

01 Sep 2024 [TBC] Ace Cafe London to Brighton Motorcycle Ride Sun 10:30 Ace Corner, North Circular Road to Madeira Drive, Brighton Seafront. Route: A406, A40, M25, M23, A23 to Brighton. Up to 40,000 riders. At Madeira Drive Brighton, there will be displays from bike manufacturers, special invited guests plus live bands. Video Ace Cafe London Brighton Motorcycle Ride

01 Sep 2024 [TBC] Kingston Carnival Sun 12:00-19:00 Kingston on Thames town centre. 12:00 Caribbean style carnival procession from the Guildhall. Live music stages. Attendance 20,000. 020 8547 2332 Kingston Carnival Free event.

01 Sep 2024 [TBC] Monmouth Charity Raft Race Sun 12:00 Monmouth Rowing Club. 6.5 mile course down the River Wye to Tump Farm, Whitebrook, where there is entertainment and refreshments. Organised by the Rotary Club of Monmouth.

01 Sep 2024 [TBC] The London Duathlon Richmond Park. The worlds biggest run, bike, run event. Classic 10k run, 40k bike, 5k run which offers athletes moving up to longer distance racing the chance to test themselves in the safety of a closed-road environment. Provisional start times: 08:45 Ultra, 09:00 Sprint, 10:30-11:30 Classic & Classic Relay, 13:30 Super Sprint. Spectators

01 Sep 2024 [TBC] Angel Canal Festival, London Sun 11:00-17:00 City Road Lock and Basin to Packington Park. Regatta with a wide range of boats, boat racing, and boat trips, stalls, crafts, books, food, music and funfair. Free event.

01 Sep 2024 [TBC] Tour de Furness, Cumbria Sunday. Charity cycle event, organised by The Rotary Club of Furness. Family fun ride of 5 miles, Tour de Furness route of 13 miles, which passes by Furness Abbey, and Furness 50 mile to Coniston and back.

01 Sep 2024 [TBC] Brentford Festival, London Sun 12:00-18:00 Blondin Park, London W5. Music stage with rock, blues, jazz, rap and dance. Community fun day with dog show, arts, crafts, charity stalls, family fair, pony rides, inflatables, climbing wall, bungee and land train. Sports samplers in kayaking, football, basketball, rugby and a tennis club tournament. Bar and food stalls. Attendance 10,000. Free event.

 

01-08 Sep 2024 [TBC] Tour of Britain Cycle Race

Eight stages.

Tour of Britain Cycle Race

 

01 Sep - 01 Oct 2024 [TBC] Totally Thames Multiple events over a 42 mile stretch of river during September. Street arts, river events, massed choirs, guided walks, tall ships etc. Thames Festival

 

02-03 Sep 2024 [TBC] St Giles Fair, Oxford

Traditional fun fair rides combined with some exciting up-to-date, white-knuckle rides.

One of the most prestigious in the country, dating back to 1625.

Video

The fair is held annually on the Mon-Tue following the first Sunday after St Giles Day, (01 Sep).

St Giles Fair, Oxford

 

04-15 Sep 2024 [TBC] Open House London Hundreds of buildings open their doors to the public.

05, 07, 08 Sep 2024 [TBC] Sri Krishna Janmashtami Thu 10:00-13:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-21:00 Bhaktivedanta Manor, Hilfield Lane, Watford. Hindu festival. Large entertainment stage with drama and music. Food tent to purchase snacks, children’s area with fun activities, plus free meals through the day. Attendance 50,000. See link for free tickets.

05-08 Sep 2024 [TBC] British Science Festival Thu-Sun University Of Exeter, Streatham Campus EX4 4PY plus venues across the city, including Exeter Cathedral, Exeter Phoenix, and the Guildhall Shopping Centre. Over 70 free events. Aimed at visitors aged 16+ and there’s no need for any knowledge of science to join in the celebrations. All events are free. Ticket booking link: www.britishsciencefestival.org.uk/events

06-08 Sep 2024 Goodwood Revival The world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. A celebration of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing around the classic racetrack. Advance tickets only.

06-15 Sep 2024 [TBC] Heritage Open Days Free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Architectural treasures and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

06-28 Sep 2024 [TBC] New Mills Festival, Derbyshire Two weeks of diverse events including concerts, poetry, flower festival and alternative health. Usually includes a lantern procession on the last Saturday.

 

The Nuts Challenge

Event held twice a year over a weekend in March and September at Henfold Lakes, Henfold Lane, Dorking, Surrey RH5 4RW.
Groups and individuals run, raising money for charities of their choice. 7k, 14k, 21k & 28k Mud & Obstacle challenge with 100 challenging obstacles.
Racing is started in waves from about 09:00 onwards.
Spectator viewing is free.
There is a small parking charge. Food is available, and facilities for contestants include changing tents, showers and first aid. Come suitably dressed.

The Nuts Challenge

07 Sep 2024 Summer Nuts. Sat.
01 Mar 2025 [TBC] Winter Nuts. Sat

Probably the UK's best Mud & Obstacle Race.

 

07 Sep 2024 Uckfield Bonfire

First event in the annual Sussex Bonfire season.
Saturday.

13:30 Children’s Fancy Dress Procession.
14:00 Children’s Procession - Southview Drive.
19:30 Torchlight Procession – Grange Road.
21:00 Final Torchlight Procession - Southview Drive.

Free bonfire & fireworks the day before the parade 20:30 at Holy Cross School Field. 01825 762763.

Video

Uckfield Bonfire

 

07 Sep 2024 [TBC] Crowborough Bonfire Held on the second Saturday in September. 13:30 Carnival and afternoon events on Chapel Green. 19:30 Torch Procession from Chapel Green, returning at 22:30 for bonfire. Sussex Bonfire Societies taking part may include Crowborough, Waterloo, Uckfield, Mayfield, Burgess Hill, Littlehampton and East Hoathly. Crowborough Bonfire

07-08 Sep 2024 [TBC] Southport Air Show Sat-Sun 09:00-17:00. The North West's largest Airshow, this fantastic family event attracts up to 150,000 spectators over two days. Red Arrows, Tornado GR4, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and many more military, heritage and civilian air craft plus a village packed full of entertainment, including bmx stunts, flight simulators and much more. About £10.

07-21 Sep 2024 [TBC] St Ives September Festival A two-week celebration of Music & the Arts in St Ives Cornwall.

08 Sep 2024 [TBC] London to Brighton Cycle Ride Sun 06:00 staggered start from Clapham Common to Madeira Drive, Brighton. An amazing 27,000 take part in the annual 54 mile charity cycle ride. Video London to Brighton Bike Ride

 

May-Oct Great Runs

08 Sep 2024 Great North Run, Newcastle. Sun.
06 Oct 2024 Great Scottish Run Half Marathon. Glasgow. Sun.
20 Oct 2024 Great South Run, Southsea. Sun.

04 May 2025 Great Birmingham Run. Sun.
11 May 2025 Great Bristol Run. Sun.
18 May 2025 Great Manchester Run. Sun.

 

08 Sep 2024 Great North Run Sun 10:40 Newcastle to South Shields. 54,000 runners, 80,000 spectators and an electric atmosphere. The biggest and most iconic half marathon in the world. Evening party on the quayside.

08 Sep 2024 [TBC] Hackney Carnival, London Sunday. Biennial event. 2024, 2026, 2028.

08 Sep 2024 [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. 64 acts on 8 stages, attendance 21,000. Free event.

08 Sep 2024 [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.

08 Sep 2024 [TBC] MiniFest Sun 10:00-16:00 Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leics, LE17 6DH. The largest gathering of classic & modern Mini’s. Mini specialists, auto-jumble etc. About £10.

09-22 Sep 2024 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

10 Sep 2024 [TBC] Widecombe Fair Tue 09:00 till late. Devon country fare immortalized by the song Uncle Tom Cobley. Held on the 2nd Tuesday in September. Livestock, sheep, dog show, gymkhana, maypole dancing, crafts, vintage vehicles and funfair on the village green.

12 Sep 2024 [TBC] Romsey Show Saturday, Broadlands Park. Saturday. Excellent country show for families. About £14.

13-15 Sep 2024 [TBC] Worcester Music Festival Fri-Sun. Over 30 venues and 130 bands - mostly free. Staged in pubs, clubs, cafes, and historic buildings in and around the city. The festival supports local charities.

13-22 Sep 2024 [TBC] Southampton Boat Show 10:00-19:00 Mayflower Park. Show marina with over 2km of pontoons. 1000 boats and 500 exhibitors. 122,000 visitors. About £22.

14 Sep 2024 [TBC] Newquay Harbour Festival Saturday.

14 Sep 2024 [TBC] Ringwood Carnival Sat 14:00 Children's Procession, 19:15 Torchlight Procession, 21:30 Fireworks.

14 Sep 2024 [TBC] Bermondsey Street Festival Sat 11:00-18:00. Annual traditional village fete with an attendance of 20,000. Live music, dance stage, fashion, competitions, tennis, food, art and crafts. More

 

14-22 Sep 2024 Gumball 3000 Rally Over one hundred rich and famous each pay tens of thousands of pounds to drive their super-cars 3000 miles, across continents, in seven days. London Video London pictures

The rally takes place annually in different countries. 2024 - Saigon to Singapore.

 

West Country Illuminated Carnivals 2023

World-Class Night Carnivals

07 Sep 2024 [TBC] South Petherton. Sat 19:30.
14 Sep 2024 [TBC] Mere. Sat 19:30. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Frome. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
28 Sep 2024 [TBC] Wellington. Sat 19:30. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
28 Sep 2024 [TBC] Shaftesbury. Sat 19:15. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
05 Oct 2024 [TBC] Ilminster. Sat 19:15. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
05 Oct 2024 [TBC] Gillingham. Sat 19:15. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
12 Oct 2024 [TBC] Chard. Sat 19:30. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
12 Oct 2024 [TBC] Castle Cary. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
19 Oct 2024 [TBC] Taunton. Sat 19:00. South Somerset FC - duration: 1 hour
19 Oct 2024 [TBC] Trowbridge. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours
26 Oct 2024 [TBC] Warminster. Sat 19:00. Wessex GP - duration: 1+ hours

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Bridgwater. Sat 18:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
04 Nov 2024 [TBC] Highbridge & Burnham. Mon 19:30. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
08 Nov 2024 [TBC] Weston-super-Mare. Fri 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
09 Nov 2024 [TBC] North Petherton. Sat 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
11 Nov 2024 [TBC] Midsomer Norton. Mon 19:15 - duration 1 hour
13 Nov 2024 [TBC] Shepton Mallet. Wed 19:30. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
15 Nov 2024 [TBC] Wells. Fri 19:00. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours
16 Nov 2024 [TBC] Glastonbury. Sat 18:45. Somerset County GFCA - duration: 2-3 hours

 

14 Sep 2024 [TBC] The Great River Race, London

Sat 10:00 London Docklands to Ham House. Boats leave ‘slowest first, fastest last’.
13:00 Finish, spread over 2 hours at Ham Riverside, Ham House.
Race winner crosses the line to a cannon broadside.
The biggest race of its type in Europe - 22 miles, over 300 boats & 2000 competitors.
Thousands of spectators gather at the finish - street food, bar, music and family fun.

Video

The Great River Race, London

 

14 Sep 2024 [TBC] Findon Sheep Fayre Sat 10:30 Nepcote Green, Findon Village. Friday Night funfair on the green and barn dance in the marquee. Saturday is the fair itself, with free entrance. Craft stalls, sheep displays, sheep judging, a funfair and other displays on the green. 01903 264161.

14-15 Sep 2024 [TBC] Out There Festival Sat-Sun Town Centre locations, Great Yarmouth. The region's largest free street arts festival. Musical Masquerade featuring amazing carnival creations, international street arts and circus entertainment, and a range of wild, wacky events including amazing high wire shows and pyrotechnics. Over 30 acts, 90 performances and 600 performers

14-15 Sep 2024 [TBC] Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00 The Staide. About £4. Stalls with a huge variety of dishes. Local musicians and bands.
Organised by Hastings Borough Council. Attendance 50,000 - possibly the biggest event of its kind in Europe.

14-15 Sep 2024 [TBC] 1940s Weekend 10:00-16:00 Sherringham, Norfolk. Widely felt to be one of the best events of its type in the country. Come in uniform or 1940s civilian dress to add to the atmosphere. Don't forget your gas mask and ration books. Hear the singing of American Tan, air raids, the Sheringham Salvation Army Band, Nostalgia Unlimited and gramophone music. Taste Wartime rations, tea, together with spam sandwiches, from the NAAFI. See Jitterbug dancers, re-enactment groups, a collection of 1940s vehicles and veteran and vintage bicycles. Feel the excitement, fear, hope and bravery of the blitz. Smell the golden age of steam.

14-22 Sep 2024 [TBC] London Design Festival 300+ events and activities across the city, showing the richness and depth of the design activity that takes place in and beyond the capital. To that we add a series of major events at the world's greatest design museum, the V&A, as well as our own high profile Landmark Projects in some of London's best loved landmarks.

15 Sep 2024 [TBC] Hinckley Classic Motorshow Sun 10:30-16:00 Hinckley Town Centre. About 600 Classic vehicle owners show off their beautiful and carefully restored machines to a crowd of some 17,000.

15 Sep 2024 [TBC] Great Gorilla Run Sun 10:30-12:30 Mincing Lane. 1000 runners in gorilla suits race 8km around the city for charity. Mincing Lane, Lower Thames St, south over Tower Bridge, west past HMS Belfast, north over London Bridge, south over Southwark Bridge, north over Blackfriars Bridge, Queen Victoria St, Cornhill, Mincing Lane. Video Map Great Gorilla Run, London

15 Sep 2024 [TBC] Tavistock Festival London Sun 12:00-21:30 Covering a portion of Portobello road with a screen and stage. Dance with The Portobello Dance Foundation. Live music. Portobello Film festival hosting short films from local and international film makers. Fun food and frills for the family. Free event.

17-18 Sep 2024 [TBC] Emergency Services Show National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Hundreds of exhibitors and live demonstrations, plus seminars covering surveillance, social media, mobile communications and PPE. Aimed at people connected with the emergency services. Free event, but ticketed.

19-21 Sep 2024 [TBC] The Little Big Peace Event, Streatham Mini-festival to mark the International Day of Peace. Learn practical skills to achieve peace in your own life, discover how people around the world are working for peace, and meet and connect with new people in your community. Activities for all the family including music and performance arts. Events are free or low cost.

20-21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Derby Festé Fri-Sat Live performance, music, dance, film and more. Saturday is street entertainment day.

20-21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Rally Yorkshire Miles of North Yorkshire forest stages. More: www.rallyyorkshire.co.uk

20-21 Sep 2024 [TBC] British Musical Fireworks Championships Victoria Park, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2BZ. Fri 18:00-21:00,  Sat 18:00-22:00. Gates open 18:00. Attendance 40,000. See link for tickets.

 

21 Sep 2024 Mayfield Bonfire

One mile long fiery torch processions and amazing fireworks in the Sussex tradition.

19:15 Procession 1 - Station Road, High Street, Fletching Street to Rose and Crown.
20:20 Procession 2 - Back to Station Road.
21:00 Procession 3 - Station Road to Court Meadow.
21:30 Bonfire and Fireworks.

Video Fireworks  Video 2016

Mayfield Bonfire

Free event.

 

21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Kendal Torchlight Procession Walking parades, music and theatre performances, fire sculptures, fun activities and a huge celebration for all.

21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun. Hurst Street area. 10:30 for 12:00 Sat - parade around the city centre and then down to the top of Hurst Street. Birmingham Pride

21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Weston Food Festival 10:00-16:00 Sat, High Street and Italian Gardens, Weston-super-Mare. Free entry.

21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Hidden River Festival, London Sat 12:00-18:00 Beside the East and West Reservoirs at Woodberry Down. Live music, art, theatre, food, creative workshops and events for the whole family.

21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Mouth Cancer Walk Sat 12:00 Bandstand, Hyde Park, London. Free annual Mouth Cancer 10k awareness walk. Participants should arrive at 11:00. The walk, which starts at 12:00 noon, aims to raise the awareness of the symptoms of mouth cancer. Help us make this year's event the biggest yet. Online Registration.

21-22 Sep 2024 [TBC] North West Vintage Rally Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00 Victoria Park, Widnes. The largest free admission gathering of Vintage Fair Organs and Vintage machinery in the UK. Lovingly restored to the highest standards. Something for everyone, including falconry and a sheep show.

22 Sep 2024 [TBC] London 10,000 Road Race Sun 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.

22 Sep 2024 [TBC] Chiswick House Gardens Dog Show Sun 11:00-16:15 on the cricket pitch - entrance via Staveley Road. Dog show with 16 fun classes, agility course and mini-course. Licensed bar, barbecue, face painting, cream teas and over 40 charity and retail stalls. A great day out for the whole family. The largest and best run dog show in London: 16 Fun Classes. My Dog’s Got Talent. Celebrity Judges. Over 40 Stalls. Lots of Food & Drink.

22 Sep 2024 [TBC] Farnham Food Festival Sat 10:00-16:00 Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey. Castle Street will be transformed into a bustling food and drink market with live music and entertainment. There will be over a hundred stalls offering a huge variety of different tempting products for visitors to taste and buy and eight exciting cookery demonstrations from local chefs. Free event.

22 Sep 2024 [TBC] World Stone Skimming Championship Sun 12:00 Quarryside, Easdale Island, Oban, Argyll. Registration at Easdale Island Community Hall from 11:00. Pre-skim Party on the Saturday night before the event, in Easdale Island Community Hall - licensed bar, live music, children welcome.

26-28 Sep 2024 [TBC] Roy’s Art Fair Fri-Sun 11:00 until evening - Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH. Connect with artists and invest in artwork. Includes a schedule of free talks by experts in their field - exploring art and environmental issues etc. Free entrance - see link for tickets.

27-29 Sep 2024 [TBC] Arts by the Sea Festival, Bournemouth Intriguing, spectacular and curious arts experiences. Multiple events - a spirited mix of some of the best regional, national and international arts across dance, film, music, visual arts, literature, theatre and comedy. Utilising some of Bournemouth’s best places and spaces from the traditional to the unexpected. Most events free, but ticketed.

27-29 Sep 2024 [TBC] Broadstairs Food Festival 10:00 Victoria Gardens and Promenade. Over 100 stalls plus local chefs and a team from Thanet College.

27 Sep 2024 [TBC] Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning Friday. National fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.

27 Sep 2024 [TBC] British Heart Foundation World Heart Day National and local charity fundraising events. If you could organise an event, please contact the BHF.

27 Sep - 06 Oct 2024 [TBC] Nottingham Goose Fair Forest Recreation Ground just off Mansfield Road, 2 miles north of Nottingham City Centre. The Biggest traveling fair in Europe with 500 attractions including white knuckle rides, crafts marque, market stalls, and food. Attendance 500,000. Free admission to the ground.

 

28 Sep 2024 Burgess Hill Bonfire

19:30 Procession 1 Cyprus Road Car Park to Silverdale Road.
20:30 Procession 2 Silverdale Road, Station Road to Fairfield Road Recreation Ground.
21:45 Fireworks and Bonfire at Fairfield Road Rec.

Well supported by the Sussex Bonfire Societies and thousands lining the streets.
Programs on sale around the town. 01444 233017.

Video Burgess Hill Bonfire 2016 Procession Fireworks Bonfire

Burgess Hill Bonfire

Free event.

 

28 Sep 2024 [TBC] Burnham Illuminated Carnival, Essex Sat 19:30 Illuminated procession with bands, floats, floodlit tableux, visiting carnival queens and walkers in fancy dress. Held on the last Saturday in September. Burnham Illuminated Carnival, Essex

 

28 Sep - 25 Oct 2024 [TBC] Blackpool World Fireworks Championship 20:30 from the beach in front of Blackpool Tower. Some of the world’s best pyrotechnic artists light up the night sky in spectacular fashion.

Sat 30 Sep 2023 Fireworks Factory from Finland.
Sat 14 Oct 2023 Caribe Fire FX from Barbados.
Thu 26 Oct 2023 Celtic Fireworks from Wales.
Fri 27 Oct 2023 Celebratory display with Titanium Fireworks.

Free event.

 

29 Sep 2024 [TBC] Pioneer Motorcycle Run Sun 08:00-14:00 Tattenham Corner, Epsom to Brighton/Shoreham Airport. Over 300 pre 1915 motorcycles, sidecar combinations and three-wheelers. Facebook

 

Swanage Blues Festival, Dorset

60 gigs, 35 great acts  bands and 18 indoor venues, many free. Acoustic and electric blues-based music, open mic, jam sessions, workshops, rural and urban blues.
Held twice a year in March and October.
Organised by Steve Darrington

03-06 Oct 2024

27 Feb - 02 Mar 2025 [TBC]

 

 

05 Oct 2024 [TBC] Eastbourne Bonfire

Sat - the seafront.

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

Supporting societies likely to include: Uckfield, Crowborough, Mayfield, Rotherfield, Burgess Hill, Hastings, Hailsham, Isfield & Little Horsted, Littlehampton, Newick, Battle, Robin Hood, Lewes Borough, South Heighton, Rye, Robertsbridge. Programmes available from the Tourist Information Centre in Cornfield Road. Tel 07793 557194.

Video

Eastbourne Bonfire

 

05 Oct 2024 [TBC] Illminster Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:15. About twenty highly illuminated carts, dance groups, carnival walkers and music. Up to 25,000 line the streets. Video Ilminster Illuminated Carnival

05 Oct 2024 [TBC] Northiam Bonfire Sat 19:30 Procession from the bonfire field north to the Muddy Duck and return. Bar on the bonfire field - entrance £1. 20:30 Bonfire and Fireworks. Bar, food music and amusements.

05 Oct 2024 [TBC] Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Sat 14:00-16:00 Market stalls and live entertainment in the village. 19:30 Torch procession. 22:00 Lighting the beacon, bonfire and fireworks at the fair ground. 01892 852477. Video: 2013 Fireworks 2012 Procession Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Facebook

05 Oct 2024 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Gillingham Sat 19:15. Illuminated Procession (1 hour to pass by). 18:00 Judging at Brickfields Business Park, 18:45 Parade of bands, 19:15 Cavalcade Of Steam. Gillingham Illuminated Carnival

05 Oct 2024 World Porridge Making Championship Sat 09:45-16:30 Village Hall, Carrbridge PH23 3BB. A toast to the Porridge and the procession of judges and competitors set of to the village hall led by the Badenoch and Strathspey Pipe Band. Attractions might include the Carrbridge Challenge Fun Run, an aerobic warm up, the Cairngorms Farmers Market, product tastings, Porridge Bar, belly dancing, live music and street entertainment.

05-13 Oct 2024 [TBC] Hastings Week 9 days of events including the 1066 Battle, Hastings Bonfire, ghost walks etc.

06 Oct 2024 [TBC] Brightona Sun 09:00 Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1EN. Custom Bike Show, Hot Rods and lots of trade stands. Bands on 3 stages. About £5 admission.

06 Oct 2024 [TBC] Royal Parks Half Marathon Sun 08:30 Warm up, 09:00 Race start from Hyde Park. Major half marathon, attracting 16,000 runners & 40,000 spectators. The route includes Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, St James’s Park, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Marble Arch, Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park. Food & Fitness Festival Hyde Park. Video Route Royal Parks Half Marathon, London

06 Oct 2024 [TBC] World Conker Championships, Northamtonshire Sun 10:30-15:30 Shuckburgh Arms, Southwick PE8 5BL. Spectator entrance about £4. Plenty to see and do beforehand so arrive in good time. About 350 competitors and 5,000 spectators. Conkers provided.

10-11 Oct 2024 [TBC] Light Night Leeds 18:00-23:00 Leeds City Centre. Spectacular large scale light projections, exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, theatre and street performances. Free event.

10-13 Oct 2024 [TBC] Lancaster Music Festival Biennial event. 300+ performances and 40+ locations. Local, regional, national and international acts ranging from folk to punk, electronica to blue grass, pop, indie, funk, rock, world, jazz and classical.

 

12 Oct 2024 Hastings Bonfire

Sat 19:15 Spectacular Torch Procession from the pier.
21:00 Giant Beach Bonfire & Fireworks.

The backdrop of Hastings Old Town makes this one of the more atmospheric Sussex Bonfires, with an attendance of 30,000.
Full facilities available - catering, toilets etc.

Video: 2012 Procession 2013 Fireworks

Hastings Bonfire

Highlight of the amazing Hastings Week

Free event.

 

12 Oct 2024 [TBC] Chard Illuminated Carnival, Somerset Sat 19:30 Parade from Millfield. Route.

12 Oct 2024 [TBC] Heathfield Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch procession from Mill Road, through the town to the firesite at the Community Centre on Sheepsetting Lane. 21:30 Fireworks.

 

12-13 Oct 2024 [TBC] British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival

Sat-Sun. Extensive trade stands,  steam ploughing engines; vintage machinery, rural crafts, vintage tractors, agricultural engines, plus shire horses at work. Attendance 15,000. Different location every year.

 

13 Oct 2024 [TBC] Weymouth Beach Motocross Sun 11:00-17:00 Seafront. 250+ top riders on  machines ranging from 125cc to 500cc. Up to 70mph on a one mile course over jumps and hollows. 15,000 spectators watch the six half hour races. Fun fair, trade stalls and family entertainment. Video Free viewing.

13 Oct 2024 [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

16-17 Oct 2024 [TBC] The Outdoor Event Services Exhibition Newbury Showground. UK's original and most comprehensive exhibition of products, services and entertainments for the outdoor and special event world.

19 Oct 2024 [TBC] Ninfield Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch procession from Church Lane. 20:00 Bonfire - Recreation Ground opposite Memorial Hall. 20:30 Fantastic firework display (small charge).Video: Procession Bonfire Fireworks Ninfield Bonfire

19 Oct 2024 [TBC] Seaford Bonfire Sat 19:15 Torch Procession from The White Lion Hotel in Claremont Road (A259 jct Belgrave Road) Then Avondale Road, Broad Street and High Street. Free bonfire and firework display at the Martello Field. Video: Seaford Bonfire Seaford Bonfire Event Infornation, Map etc Free event.

19 Oct 2024 [TBC] Nevill Bonfire Saturday evening, at Lewes, the spiritual home on Bonfire. 18:30 Procession 1 from Highdown Road, through the Nevill area of Lewes. 20:00 Procession 2 to the fire site on Landport Bottom. 21:15 Bonfire, destruction of the effigies and amazing fireworks. There is a modest charge. Procession 3 back to Highdown Road for Bonfire Prayers. Nevill Bonfire

19 Oct 2024 [TBC] Hailsham Bonfire Sat 19:30-22:00. Torch procession, bonfire and fireworks. Good attendance from the public. Procession route: Station Road, Bell Banks Road, Market Street, High Street (firecrackers), then Vicarage Lane, Vicarage Road, George Street and South Road. Grand firework display followed by the explosive destruction of a set piece. Held on the 3rd Saturday in October.

19 Oct 2024 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Taunton Sat 19:00. 1 hour long parade.

19 Oct 2024 [TBC] Somerset Illuminated Carnivals - Trowbridge Sat 19:00

19-20 Oct 2024 [TBC] Jack On The Green Worthing 18:00-21:00 Beach House Park, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing BN11 2DB. A lit trail of lights & lanterns. Same Sky will be running free craft workshops on both days between 2pm and 4pm at Palm Court Pavilion. Everything made in the workshop will then form part of the trail, so come along to spot your own creation. Free event.

20 Oct 2024 Great South Run Sun 10:30 Southsea Common. Flat 10 mile & 5km, voted the second most popular road race in the UK with 16,000 runners.  Very popular with spectators - catering facilities and free parking on Southsea Common. Junior runs take place the day before. Bupa Great Runs

20 Oct 2024 [TBC] London October Plenty & Apple Day Sun 12:00 Procession from the Imperial War Museum garden to Roots And Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, Lambeth SE11 6DN. Apple Day festivities with performances, music, Morris dancing, etc.

21 Oct 2024 National Apple Day Traditionally falls on October 21. Apple Day symbolizes living better with nature - the apple and the orchard are symbols of hope. They demonstrate how we can have our trees, bees, bats, butterflies, birds and badgers whilst growing good fruit to eat and drink. Find an event near you

20-22 Oct 2024 [TBC] Weston Beach Race Fri-Sun. Beach Motocross. Every year Weston Super Mare’s Beach undergoes a massive transformation. Giant mountains of sand are formed into a track of unbelievable difficulty. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. See website for ticket information.

 

Manchester Firework Displays

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22 Oct 2024 [TBC] Crumpsall Park Tue
23 Oct 2024 [TBC] Debdale Park Wed
24 Oct 2024 [TBC] Etihad Stadium Manchester Thu
27 Oct 2024 [TBC] Cringle Park Sun
28 Oct 2024 [TBC] Brookdale Park Mon
01 Nov 2024 [TBC] Heaton Park Fri
01 Nov 2024 [TBC] Platt Fields Park Fri
01 Nov 2024 [TBC] Wythenshawe Park Fri

UK Firework Displays Many free

25 Oct 2024 [TBC] St Ives Fri 19:00 The Badger Inn, Fore Street, Lelant, Saint Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3JT, www.thebadgerinn.co.uk
26 Oct 2024 [TBC] Sandhurst Sat 19:30 Memorial Park, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst GU47 9BJ. www.sandhurst.gov.uk
01 Nov 2024 [TBC] Marbury Fri 18:15 The Swan, Wrenbury Road, Marbury, Cheshire, SY13 4LS. www.swanatmarbury.co.uk More - Swan fireworks
01 Nov 2024 [TBC] Codnor Fri 19:30 Codnor Recreation Ground, Alfreton Road, Codnor, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 9QY. www.ourcodnor.co.uk
01 Nov 2023 [TBC] 19:30 Askern Boating Lake, Doncaster, DN6 0HZ. More
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Cambridge 18:00-22:00 Midsummer Common, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5 8DJ.
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02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Luton Sat 19:00 Popes Meadow, Old Bedford Road, Luton, LU2 7PN. www.luton.gov.uk
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Carlisle Sat 19:00 Bitts Park, Dacre Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8UZ. www.discovercarlisle.co.uk More
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Plymouth 19:30 Plymouth Hoe, Hoe Park, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2PU. More
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Clacton Sat Clacton Pier, 1 North Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1QX. www.clactonpier.co.uk More
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Newquay 19:00 NQY Sports Centre, Tretherras Road, Yeoman Way, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2SL. More
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Halton 19:30 Silver Jubillee Bridge, Runcorn, Merseyside, WA7 1DF More
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Broadstairs 20:00 Viking Bay, Victoria Parade, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1NB. More
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] St Helens 19:15 Totally Wicked Stadium. About £5. More
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Doncaster 19:00 Parklands Sports and Social Club, Parklands, Wheatley Hall Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN2 4LT. www.parklandsclub.co.uk
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Saffron Walden Sat 19:00 Saffron Walden Common, 5 Cates Corner, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1LU. www.swrt.org
05 Nov 2024 [TBC] Salford Tue 19:30 Prince's Park, Liverpool Road, Irlam, Greater Manchester, M44 6BJ. www.salford.gov.uk
05 Nov 2024 [TBC] Bradley Stoke Tue 18:00 Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, BS32 8HL. https://www.bradleystoke.gov.uk/events/upcoming-events-and-meetings.php?event_id=1443
05 Nov 2024 [TBC] Harlow Tue 18:45 Harlow Town Park, Park Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2QQ. More

 

26 Oct 2024 [TBC] Newick Bonfire Sat 19:00 Torch Processions. 20:30 Giant Bonfire & Superb Fireworks. Good pubs include The Bull and The Royal Oak, usually with outdoor bonfire bars. Free, but  please consider donating or helping - 01825 723233. Newick Bonfire is so addictive - go once and you're hooked. Video: Bonfire Bishop & Fireworks Late Procession Newick Bonfire Free event

26 Oct 2024 [TBC] Firle Bonfire Sat 18:30 Torch Processions from The Ram Inn, West Firle. Most spectacular fireworks and set pieces. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in October. Fire site about £8.50. Video Firle Bonfire Firle

26 Oct 2024 [TBC] Liverpool Katumba Halloween Light Parade 19:30 Bold Street to Liverpool ONE. Spectacular night carnival of ghouls, zombies, tribal drumming, puppetry, dazzling lights, music and dance.

26 Oct 2024 [TBC] Littlehampton Bonfire 17:00-22:30 Town centre and seafront. Bonfire Societies, steam engines, illuminated floats and walking groups. 17:00 Childrens Procession. 19:30 Main Procession, Maltravers Road to Sea Road. 21:15 Bonfire, The Green, Sea Road. 21:30 Fireworks. 22:00 Return procession. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in October.

26 Oct 2024 [TBC] Ewhurst and Staplecross Bonfire 19:15 Torch Procession from the Cross Inn. 20:30 Giant Bonfire. 21:00 Fireworks. Hot dogs and refreshments. Entrance to the bonfire field about £1. Supporting bonfire societies include: Hailsham, Battle, Hastings, Rye, Cliffe, Vines Cross, Robertsbridge.

26 Oct 2024 [TBC] Blackheath Fireworks, London 20:00. South London’s biggest and best free firework displays. Attendance 100,000.

26 Oct 2024 [TBC] Sticklepath Fireshow, Devon 19:30 Finch Foundry Field. Themed fire show with puppets, costumes, music and fireworks. About £7.

26 Oct 2024 [TBC] Birmingham Firework Spectacular 20:00 Pype Hayes Park, Erdington B24 0HG. Free admission. Giant funfair, entertainment and food. Gates open 17:00. Tel 0121 303 3008.

26 Oct 2024 [TBC] Abingdon Marathon Sat 09:00 Tilsley Park OX14 1PU. One thousand runners, and popular with spectators. Abingdon Marathon

26-27 Oct 2024 [TBC] Skegness Beach Race Sat-Sun. Motorcycle & Quad racing. Circuit includes impressive mounds, jumps, waves, hoops, chicanes and fast natural sandy straights. Saturday: Kids, quads and sidecars. Sunday: Adult solo class. Attendence 20,000. Free event.

26 Oct 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 [TBC] Southbank Centre Winter Festival, London Wooden chalets filled with festive food, drinks, gifts and treats for all.

 

27 Oct 2024 End of British Summer Time - clocks go back 1 Hour

 

27 Oct 2024 [TBC] Emsworth Fireworks 18:00 Sailing Club, 55 Bath Road PO10 7ES. Hot dogs, candy floss, toffee apples, bar snacks.

27 Oct 2024 [TBC] Diwali Festival London 14:00-20:00 Trafalgar Square. Celebrating the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights. Lively music and dance stage. Authentic street food market, craft and community stalls plus dance, yoga, comedy, henna art and more. Attendance 35,000 people. Diwali London Free event.

27 Oct - 05 Nov 2024 [TBC] Brighton Digital Festival A celebration of digital culture, providing a platform for a community led programme produced by a network of organizations from the arts and digital communities, alongside individuals who are passionate about digital culture. Many events are free - see website. Biennial.

 

27 Oct - 05 Nov 2024 [TBC] Liverpool River Of Light

Spectacular illuminated art installations switched on from 17:00-21:00 daily at Liverpool ONE.

 

 

31 Oct 2024 [TBC] Halloween Events from The National Trust  For kids and big kids.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Oldham’s Big Bang! 17:00-20:30 Oldham Edge OL1 1NL. Family friendly Bonfire. Funfair, food stalls. Fireworks 19:00. Free event.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Preston Park Fireworks, Brighton 16:00-22:00. Gates open 16:00. 20 minute firework display at 20:15. Funfair and food.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Fireworks In London

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Slough Fireworks & Bonfire Sat 19:45 Upton Court Park. Gates open 17:30. Refreshments and a large fun fair. About £6.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Bexleyheath Fireworks 20:00 Fireworks, Danson Park. 18:00-21:30 Funfair, refreshments, live band and beer tent. About £10.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular Part of Light Up Lancaster, a festival of illuminations, art, music and fireworks. Ticketed.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Oxford Round Table Fireworks & Bonfire Saturday. South Park, Morrell Avenue. Gates open 16:30. Fireworks 18:45, followed by a huge bonfire. Catering village, Jack FM music stage. About £10.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Chiddingfold Bonfire 19:00 Procession, St Mary’s School to village green, 19:15 bonfire, 20:00 fireworks.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Guildford Firework Fiesta 19:00 procession from High Street. 20:00 Fireworks at Stoke Park. Entry donation £5.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Autumn Lights, Sheffield Yorkshire's biggest firework spectacular, held at the Don Valley Grass Bowl, Sheffield S9 3TL. 17:30 Opening, 19:30 Bonfire, 21:00 Fireworks set off to music. 20,000 spectators. Giant fun fair, food stalls, Heart’s live music stage. Adults about £17. Tickets: 0114 256 5656.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Cuckfield Bonfire 18:45 Bonfire, 19:30 Fireworks to music with the Bright FM roadshow. Hot food. About £7.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Battle Bonfire Torch procession, bonfire and fireworks from the famous Sussex bonfire season.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Edenbridge Bonfire, Kent Sat 18:30 Torch procession from Fircroft Way and includes High Street TN8 5AJ. Marching bands and floats. 20:30 Bonfire with celebrity guy and fireworks at Lingfield Road recreation ground. Attendance 20,000. About £7. Tel 01732 863120. More

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair Children's display 18:30, main display 19:30 at Hook Road Arena About £10.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Carlisle Fireshow Sat 18:30-20:00 Bitts Park. Entertainment, fireshow, bonfire, and fireworks. More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the City Council event. Free event. More

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Winchester Bonfire and Fireworks Sat 18:00 Entertainment on the Broadway outside the Guildhall. 18:00 Torch Procession - Broadway, High Street, Jewry Street, River Park. 19:15 Bonfire at River Park. 19:45 Fireworks. About £7.50.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Big Boom - Norwich Castle Fireworks 19:30 Norwich town centre. Spectacular 12 minute firework display organised by Norwich Council - no ticket required - just turn up. Free event.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Autumn Lights, Yorkshire's Biggest Firework Spectacular 17:30-22:00 Don Valley Grass Bowl. Giant bonfire, funfair, food stalls. Bonfire 19:30, Fireworks to music 21:00. 20,000 spectators. See website for tickets. About £17.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Poole Quay Fireworks The largest free firework event in Dorset. 17:00 Free Party with live music and street entertainers. 20:00 Fireworks.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Lindfield Bonfire 18:30 Fancy Dress Competition, 19:30 Torch Procession, 20:15 Bonfire, 20:30 Fireworks. Free event.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Ottery St Mary Tar Barrel Rolling 16:00 till Midnight.  Thousands gather to watch flaming tar barrels carried through the streets. An enormous barrel is carried at Midnight, and there is a 10mtr bonfire, a funfair and other attractions.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Regent Street Motor Show Sat 10:30-16:00 Regent Street, London. A showcase of 125 years of motoring including veteran, vintage, classic, and modern-day cars. Something for everyone with lots of things to see and do including interactive displays and entertainment throughout the day. A family friendly environment with the Street pedestrianised from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus. Free event.

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Annual event held on the first Sunday in November. 531 pre 1905 cars leave Hyde Park in groups of 2, between sunrise, 07:01 and 08:30. The older cars leave first. At the official coffee stop at Crawley, the first car arrives at about 09:10. They arrive at Brighton sea front from 10:40 onwards and closing time is 16:30. See also the Preview, Regent Street, London on the day before 11:00-15:00 - 100 of the best examples of late 19th and early 20th Century motoring history. 500,000 expected to line the route. Video London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

 

London Firework Displays

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Chiswick Park Fireworks. Live music, fire performers, food. Chiswick Business Park. Free, but must be booked in advance.
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Wimbledon Park Fireworks 17:15 & 19:15 Two displays, music and fireworks, fire and light show, rides, food stalls.
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Blackheath Fireworks.
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Morden Park Fireworks Music, food, funfair.
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Alexandra Palace Fireworks 20:00 One of the top Bonfire Night events in London. German beer festival, music, ice disco and light show.
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Beckenham Fireworks In The Park 18:00 & 19:45 Croydon Road Recreation Ground. Food, funfair. About £10 on the gate.
02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Barnes Sports Club Fireworks Bonfire, guy competition, food, drink and music from a DJ. About £15.
02-03 Nov 2024 [TBC] Battersea Park Fireworks

 

02 Nov 2024 [TBC] Bridgwater Carnival

Sat 18:00-22:00 Illuminated Parade of 140 massive carts - each can be up to 100 ft long, with 30,000 light bulbs.

Stand with 150,000 people. Feel the heat of a million light bulbs passing in the night chill and feel the throb of the huge generators.

21:45 (+/-) Squibbing In The High Street

Map

Bridgwater Illuminated Carnival

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

Free event.

 

04 Nov 2024 [TBC] Burnham on Sea Carnival Mon 19:30. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs. This is a Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Burnham on Sea Illuminated Carnival

 

 Lewes Bonfire

05 Nov 2024 Lewes Bonfire

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

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

Best stay at home with a nice cup of cocoa!

18:00 Barrel run, Cliffe High Street and first Torch Processions.
19:30 Torch Processions, High Street, over 30 Sussex Bonfire Societies.
21:00 Bonfires by the Lewes Societies ...
Cliffe Bonfire Society
Commercial Square Bonfire Society Free
Lewes Borough Bonfire Society
. About £10.
Southover Bonfire Society About £10 in advance from The King’s Head.
South Street Bonfire Society £10.
Waterloo Bonfire Society About £10.

Video:Procession Procession 2 Waterloo Fireworks Commercial Square Fireworks

Lewes District Council - Info & Road Closures

Road Closures Map

Rocket FM

Map & Safety Lewes Bonfire Council Rocket FM

 

05 Nov 2024 [TBC] Brockham Bonfire

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

Video 2015 Video.

Brockham Bonfire

Free event, but parking charges.

 

08 Nov 2024 [TBC] Weston Super Mare Illuminated Carnival Fri 19:15. Three hour parade, Locking Road car park, Regent Street, Beach Road, Clarence Road N, Walliscote Road, Station Road & back to start. Up to 140 carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. Each cart can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be 100ft long. www.northsomersetcarnival.co.uk www.somersetcarnivals.co.uk

09 Nov 2024 [TBC] East Hoathly Bonfire Sat 19:00-21:30 Giant Torch-lit Processions. Amazing fireworks & huge themed bonfire. Pubs: The Kings Head in High Street. Please park with care. A small torch is useful here. Video: Procession Fireworks Skull Drummery. Map East Hoathly & Halland Bonfire

09 Nov 2024 [TBC] Rye Bonfire Sat 19:50 Torch procession from Mason Road, Ferry Road, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, through Landgate Arch, East Cliff, High Street, The Mint, Wish Ward, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, left down Landgate, right into Bedford Place and on to the Bonfire site. 20:45 Bonfire. 21:00 Fireworks. Free event.

09 Nov 2024 [TBC] South Heighton Bonfire Sat 18:30 Torch procession - The Flying Fish in Denton, Hampden Arms, Bonfire site. 20:00 Bonfire & fireworks on South Heighton recreation ground. About £4. Family friendly event from a Bonfire Society with over a hundred members. Give them your support: Chaiman: Roger Clayton 01273 515045. Secretary: Clare Dickins 01273 516422 bonfire@southheighton.com

09 Nov 2024 [TBC] Chailey Bonfire Sat 18:00-21:00. 17:00 Gathering at Mill Lane. 17:30 Judging of Floats, 18:00 Torch Procession - Mill Lane, War Memorial, Five Bells, Bonfire Site. 19:50 Bonfire, 20:00 Fireworks

09 Nov 2024 [TBC] Manchester Christmas Lights & Fireworks Sat 18:45 Albert Square. Free celebrations for the festive season. Live music, entertainment, family fun and spectacular fireworks.

09 Nov 2024 [TBC] Lord Mayors Show, London Sat 11:00-18:00. Procession The longest, oldest and most splendid civic procession in the world. Festival Zones Family entertainment all day. They are right next to the route of the Show, at Paternoster Square and Bloomberg Arcade. There is a funfair, street theatre, art installations, live music, dance and food. Map

09 Nov 2024 [TBC] North-Petherton Illuminated Carnival 19:00, A38 Beggers Brook, into town and out towards Bridgwater. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Route Somerset & Wessex Illuminated Carnivals

09-10 Nov 2024 [TBC] N22 Open Studios Sat-Sun 12:00-18:00 The Chocolate Factory, Clarendon Rd, Wood Green, London N22 6XJ. 020 8365 7500. Eclectic event with over 100 artists offering an amazing array of contemporary art and design from painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, film-makers and designer-makers. Discover and purchase affordable art and contemporary design, commission a piece or get your portrait painted. Free entrance.

 

Manchester Festive Sundays

Six Sundays of roaming puppets, illuminated bands and street entertainers.

13:00-19:00 Various locations around the Manchester Arndale, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Street, St Ann's Square, King Street and Deangate.

10 & 17 Nov 2024 [TBC]
24 Nov & 01 Dec 2024 [TBC]
08 & 15 Dec 2024 [TBC]

 

13 Nov 2024 [TBC] Shepton Mallet Carnival Wed 19:30. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs. Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare and Yeovil. Video

14 Nov 2024 [TBC] Plymouth Christmas Lights Thu 16:00-20:00 The Piazza, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2AR. Features a top celebrity and family entertainment on a large stage. Confetti canons fired when the lights go on.

16 Nov 2024 [TBC] Robertsbridge Bonfire Sat 19:00 Torch processions in the High Street. High quality and atmospheric Sussex Bonfire, supported by about 20 Sussex Bonfire Societies. 20:00 Exceptional bonfire and fireworks. Parking available in the A21 lay-by - a small torch is useful here. Video: Procession Fireworks Video 2013: Procession Fireworks Robertsbridge Bonfire Free event.

15 Nov 2024 [TBC] Wells  Illuminated Carnival Fri 19:30. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs. Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Somerset Carnivals

15-17 Nov 2024 [TBC] Oxford Christmas Light Festival Multiple events - many free, including a super lantern procession on Friday evening.  Oxford Lantern Procession

15 Nov - 27 Dec 2024 [TBC] Salisbury Christmas Processions, festive fun, Santa Wonderland, markets and entertainment. 01722 342860.

15 Nov 2024 - 01 Jan 2025 [TBC] Winter Wonderland 10:00-22:00 Hyde Park, London. Ice Rink, Circus, Giant Wheel & Rides, Santa Land and Christmas Market.

15 Nov 2024 - 02 Jan 2025 [TBC] Royal Tunbridge Wells at Christmas Christmas outdoor ice skating rink, Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge. Visit Father Christmas in his traditional Christmas log cabin overlooking the ice rink. See link for skating prices and hire of skating boots. Tickets office 01892 554645.

16 Nov 2024 [TBC] Barcombe Bonfire Saturday. Supported by Lewes and many of the Sussex Bonfire Societies. Processions from the Royal Oak. Bonfire and fireworks - all amazing and all free. Programme available via the website. Video: Procession Bonfire Bishop Firesite  Fireworks Barcombe Bonfire Free event.

16 Nov 2024 [TBC] Glastonbury Illuminated Carnival Sat 19:00. Part of the Somerset Carnival Ring. Many floats are 100 ft long, each illuminated by up to 25,000 light bulbs. Major event - takes 3 hours to pass by. One of the three biggest illuminated Guy Fawkes carnivals in the world. Described as the "Mardi Gras" of the Mendips.  Carts, plus walkers in fancy dress and marching bands. The carts can each have up to 25,000 light bulbs and can be up to 100ft long. The Somerset Illuminated Carnivals are probably the largest in the world - Bridgwater, Burnham, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil. Glastonbury Carnival

16 Nov 2024 [TBC] Slough Christmas Lights Sat 17:00 Town Square, High Street, Slough SL1 1DH. Dancers, entertainment, lights and mini firework display.

16 Nov 2024 [TBC] St Austell Torchlight Carnival Sat 18:00 Torchlight procession, from John Keay House. Lanterns, samba bands, jazz bands, cheer leaders, pirates, highwaymen, music, dance and lights. Music and stalls in the town from 10:00.

16-17 Nov 2024 [TBC] Front Room Art Trail, Bristol Sat-Sun. Bristol’s original arts trail - 180 artists, 60 venues and 5,000 visitors. Front Rooms, basements and gardens are transformed into mini galleries where artists and visitors can enjoy, discuss and purchase arts. Totterdown is close to Temple Meads station and offers a good variety of participating pubs and restaurants. Free event.

17 Nov 2024 [TBC] Bracknell Christmas Lights Sunday, The Lexicon, Bracknell. Bracknell Christmas Lights. Free event.

21 Nov 2024 [TBC] Winchester Lantern Procession Thu 18:30-20:00 Lantern procession around the Cathedral grounds, live music, fireworks and Christmas market.

21-23 Nov 2024 [TBC] lluminate Thu-Sun 17:30-22:00 Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon PL1 3RP. Marking the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Light installations, projections, immersive visual art, music, food and bar. Free event with optional participatory element with a small charge.

22 Nov 2024 [TBC] Dartford Festival of Light Fri 18:00-19:30 High Street to Central Park. Lantern parade, Samba drumming, musicians, stilt walkers, fireworks and lights display.

22 Nov 2024 [TBC] Henley Christmas Festival Fri 17:00-21:00 Town Centre. Annual Christmas Festival in Henley Town Centre with a lantern procession, market, fairground rides, carol singing, Father Christmas in his grotto and the switching-on of the lights on the large Christmas tree. The event is organised by Henley Town Council. Henley Christmas Festival

 

22 Nov 2024 [TBC] Devizes Lantern Procession and Fireworks

Fri 12:00-20:00 Market Place & Corn Exchange.

Craft and Gift Fair in the Corn Exchange, and an open air market in the Market Place. Food and Drink.

17:00 School choirs singing carols in The Brittox.
17:00-20:00 Street performers & fire jugglers.
18:30 Lantern Procession from High Street. 2000 participants and 700 lanterns.
18:45 Christmas lights, Market Place.

19:00 Fireworks.

Video: Parade Fireworks Fire Jugglers

Lantern Line: 01380 723099. Tourist Information Centre: 01380 734669.

Devizes Lantern Procession & Fireworks

 

23 Nov 2024 [TBC] Chiddingly Bonfire

23 Nov 2024 [TBC] Hawkhurst Bonfire Hawkhurst Gang Bonfire Society event, held in the traditional style of Sussex bonfire, with over 20 visiting bonfire societies. The evening starts with a gathering of visiting bonfire societies and drummers in the village, then a huge 1/4 mile long flaming and fiery procession makes its way through the streets of Hawkhurst, Kent, culminating in a bonfire and spectacular fireworks display. 18:00 Gates to the site open. 19:00 Procession from Highgate Hill to The Moor where the beacon will be lit. The fire site is at King George V Field. As always traditional Hog Roast will be available. Fire-site Tickets about £5. The last Sussex style bonfire in the season.

23 Nov 2024 [TBC] Lantern Procession and Fireworks, Crawley Sat 14:30-18:00 Memorial Gardens. Music featuring local acts and a professional headliner, arts and crafts, community stalls and food. Evening lantern procession with samba bands and drummers around the town centre, before returning to the Memorial Gardens for a fireworks display. Organised by Same Sky.

23 Nov 2024 [TBC] Godalming Christmas Festival & Lights Sat 10:00-18:00 Christmas gift and craft stalls in the High Street, Crown Court and Church Street. Street food and drink, pony rides, Santas grotto, and a packed programme of entertainment at The Pepperpot through the day.

 

23 Nov 2024 [TBC] Caln Lantern Parade & Fireworks

Saturday.

16:30 Lantern Parade from Bremhill.
18:00 Fireworks.

Crowds of 10,000 line the streets. Christmas lights, fun fair, live music.
01249 814000.

Calne Winter Festival & Lantern Parade

 

24 Nov 2024 [TBC] Carols in Hotham Park, Bognor Sun 16:30-18:30. Free event.

 

24 Nov 2024 [TBC] Wokingham Winter Carnival

Sun 11:00-17:30. 90 food, craft and charity stalls, children's rides, free entertainment including a magic show, comedy jugglers, clowns, Punch & Judy, Santa's Grotto and live music on the Market Place stage.

16:00 Carnival Procession from Shute End car park - decorated floats, bands, costumed walkers and lanterns.

Video: Bagpipes Procession Morris Dancing

Wokingham Winter Carnival

 

28 Nov - 05 Dec 2024 [TBC] Norfolk Christmas Tree Festival Fakenham Parish Church NR21 9DY. 85 decorated trees in a Grade 1 listed Church. Refreshments, Christmas market, lunches and teas. 01328 862268. Free Entrance. Attendance 25,000 over the week, raising money for charity.

29 Nov 2024 [TBC] Light Up Hassocks Fri 16:00-19:00 Town Centre. Beautiful lantern parade in the heart of Hassocks Town Centre. Windmills Primary School and Hassocks Infants have made their own lanterns and want to share them with the whole town so come and check it out. Organised by Same Sky, Brighton.

 

30 Nov 2024 [TBC] Rottingdean Smugglers Night

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

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

Free event.

Sussex Bonfire Rottingdean Smugglers Video: Procession Fireworks The Smugglers Song

 

30 Nov 2024 [TBC] Mevagissey Christmas Lights Sat 16:30-18:30 The Quay. Probable lantern procession and carol singing. 18:00 Lights switch-on.

30 Nov 2024 [TBC] Santacon London Sat 11:00-17:00 About 1000 naughty Santas roam the streets of London. Free, but registration required.

30 Nov 2024 [TBC] St Ives Lantern Parade, Cornwall Sat 18:00 Barnoon Hill, Lifeboat Hill and along the Wharf.

30 Nov 2024 [TBC] River of Light, Caerphilly Sat 17:30 Lantern procession from the station, through the town to the castle. Samba drummers, street bands, dancers and a spectacular firework finale.

30 Nov - 01 Dec 2024 [TBC] Rochester Dickensian Christmas Sat-Sun 11:00-17:30 High Street & Bolney Hill. Street entertainment, readings, song and dance, stalls, Christmas carols, and familiar characters from Dickens stories. 11:00 Seven Poor Travelers’ Procession Led by The Right Royal Revels from outside The Guildhall Museum, High Street to The Six Poor Travellers’ House. 12:00 Main Parade of costumed characters from High Street to the Boley Hill Stage. 16:45 Candlelit Parade from High Street to Boley Hill, to join the carol concert on the open-air stage.

01 Dec 2024 [TBC] Reading Toy Run Sun 13:00 John Wood PLC, Reading RG2 9FW, (formerly Shire Hall) near M4 J11 to High Close School, Wiltshire Road, Wokingham RG40 1TT. Annual motorcycle run in which 2000 Christian Bikers in fancy dress deliver gifts for those in Barnardo's care. Video Video2 Reading Toy Run Free event.

01 Dec 2024 [TBC] Leamington Spa Lantern Procession Sun 16:15 Bandstand, Royal Pump Room Gardens. Family entertainment then 17:00 Lantern Parade to the Town Hall accompanied by carol singers, music and stilt walkers. It will finish with traditional Christmas carols by the Christmas Tree at the Town Hall.  Free event.

05 Dec 2024 [TBC] Poole Lantern Procession Thu 18:00 Falkland Square, Poole, BH15 1AB. Join local school children for a seasonal lantern procession through the High Street followed by carols and mince pies at the historic Guildhall.

06 Dec 2024 [TBC] Hungerford Christmas Extravaganza Fri evening High Street. Night. Parade, entertainment, Christmas lights, traditional steam engines, fairground organs, food and charity stalls.

06 Dec 2024 [TBC] Cardigan Lantern Procession Fri 19:00 Cardigan High Street to the Castle. Giant lantern structures and hundreds of smaller lanterns. Festive music, merriment, food and drink at the castle. Possible firework display. Free event.

07 Dec 2024 [TBC] Maidenhead Lantern Procession Sat 17:00 Illuminated Lantern Procession around town. Babel Brass Band Dhol Collective Video Maidenhead Lantern Procession See "Burning The Clocks" in Brighton on Dec 21st, another event by Same Sky Free event.

08 Dec 2024 [TBC] Newbury Lantern Procession Sun 16:00-18:00 Clock tower, Northbrook Street to Market Place. Winter lantern procession, live music and a glittering finale. Free event.

11 Dec 2024 [TBC] Mayor of London Christmas Carol Service Wed 19:00-20:00 Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA. The Mayor will deliver his Christmas message. This event is hugely popular and entry is on a first come, first served basis. A ticket does not guarantee you a seat. Please arrive early, with your printed ticket, to avoid disappointment.  Doors open 18:15.

12 Dec 2024 [TBC] Lincoln Lantern Procession & Light Show Thu 18:00 Lantern procession from City Square to Castle Hill, followed by a nativity play. Free parking.

21 Dec 2024 [TBC] Burning The Clocks, Brighton 18:30-20:30 Illuminated Lantern Procession with 1,500 participants - New Road to Madeira Drive on Brighton sea front. Spectacular beach finale with music and pyrotechnics. Video Procession Fireworks Burning The Clocks is organized by Same Sky, and attracts 20,000 who line the streets to watch. Free event.

22 Dec 2023 Winter Solstice, Stonehenge English Heritage provides free Managed Open Access for Winter Solstice and ask that if you are planning to join us for this peaceful and special occasion that you read the Conditions of Entry and the information provided Admission is free of charge.

 

Seasonal Swims - 25 Dec 2024 [TBC]

Hunstanton 10:00 Promenade. Hundreds of madcap swimmers in fancy dress, watched by crowds of thousands on the beach. 01485 532610
Porthcawl 10:30 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.
Lowestoft 10:00 Hatfield Hotel. 200 swimmers, watched by crowds of thousands on the beach.
Weymouth 11:00 Brewers Quay. 250 swimmers. Popular Lions Club fundraising event.
Exmouth 10:45 Near the Clock Tower. Thousands of swimmers, many in fancy dress.
Southwold 10:30 Gun Hill Beach, Suffolk
Cornwall See link - various locations including St Agnes, Coverack, Bude, Polzeath, Sennen Cove.

Swimming in cold water is dangerous.

 

26 Dec 2024 [TBC] Windlesham Pram Race

10:00 Pram teams race through the village, raising money for charity.

Annual Boxing Day fun run stops at local pubs, and is very popular with competitors and spectators alike.

Video: 2010 2011 2012 2013

Traditionally, the course has been: Start at Highams Hall/Kamkorp Park (formerly Linde Group/BOC) on the Chertsey Road and finishes at The Windlesham Club & Theatre, Kennel Lane, where the prizes are awarded. On route racers visit The Brickmakers Arms, The Surrey Cricketers, The Sun and The Half Moon pubs.

Windlesham Pram Race

 

26 Dec 2024 [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

 

Edinburgh New Year

29 Dec 2024 [TBC] Torchlight Procession 19:00
29 Dec 2024 [TBC] Symphonic Ibeza 21:00
31 Dec 2024 [TBC] Street Party 19:30
31 Dec 2024 [TBC] Bairns Afore 17:00
31 Dec 2024 [TBC] Ceildh Under The Castle 20:30
31 Dec 2024 [TBC] Concert In The Gardens 21:00

 

31 Dec 2024 [TBC] New Year's Eve Fireworks, London

Spectacular Midnight fireworks at the London Eye.
Live DJs with music from 22:00 until 00:45.
£20 advance tickets, limited to 100,000 people.
Free viewing is possible from the surrounding area and vantage points such as Primrose Hill.
Video: Dancing Revelers Fireworks Auld Lang Syne
New Year's Eve Fireworks, London.

 

31 Dec 2024 [TBC] NewcastleGateshead Quayside Fireworks Midnight,  New Year's Eve, NewcastleGateshead Quayside. Fireworks light up the Tyne against the iconic backdrop of the seven bridges. Free event.

31 Dec 2024 [TBC] Weymouth New Years Eve Town Centre and harbour. Free fancy dress party with 20,000 revelers. Tourist Information Centre 01305 785747.

31 Dec 2024 [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 2024 [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 2024 [TBC] Nos Galan Races 16:30-20:30 Mountain Ash, Cynon Valley, South Wales. 5km route around the town. More than 1,000 runners take part, with competitions for boys and girls, a fun run for adults and an elite race. Each year a famous mystery sports personality takes part. 18:45 Fireworks. 19:00 Elite Race, 19:30 Fun Race.

31 Dec 2024 [TBC] Cardiff New Year's Eve Fireworks Midnight Fireworks at Cardiff's Winter Wonderland, Civic Centre. Free event.

31 Dec 2024 [TBC] Manchester New Year's Eve Fireworks 23:00 Outside Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street. Amazing fireworks with music. No alcohol. Free event.

01 Jan Public Holiday - New Year's Day Holiday

31 Dec 2024 [TBC] New Year's Eve celebrations on Brighton seafront, near the pier. Caution required at any unofficial fireworks.

31 Dec 2024 [TBC] New Year’s Eve fireworks, Torbay Sun 20:00 Holy Trinity Lane. Free.

01 Jan 2025 [TBC] New Years Day Parade, London 12:00 Parade from Piccadilly, past Trafalgar Square, to finish at 15:30 on Parliament Street. 10,000 performers, marching bands, classic cars, balloons, cheerleaders, clowns, steel bands and 500,000 spectators. Video New Years Day Parade, London

01 Jan 2025 [TBC] Hyde Park Serpentine Runs 10k race starts at 11:00,  3k fun run starts at 12:00. Course Map

01 Jan 2025 [TBC] Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race 12:00. Annual charity race of about 20 teams in fancy dress. Start and finish at School Road Car Park, Sunninghill and the course distance is 1 mile.

01 Jan 2025 [TBC] Bath Tub Race, Poole Harbour 11:00 Dolphin Haven and along The Quays. Organized by the Blue Boar pub (01202 682247) to raise funds for the RNLI and other charities. Attracts an audience of about 1000. Map

04 Jan 2025 [TBC] Bolney Wassail Sat 15:00 Old Mill Fruit Farm, Cowfold Road, Bolney, W Sussex, RH17 5SE. Family-friendly event, held on the first Saturday in January. 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 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. Battery lanterns have now replaced open flame torches. Video: Procession Orchard Dancing Map Wassail Song Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men.

04 Jan 2025 [TBC] Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade St Francis Church, 279 North Street, Bristol BS3 1JP. Sat 15:00-18:00 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol. Possible fireworks after. More

04 Jan 2025 [TBC] Pentacle Wassail Sat 18:00–23:00 The Royal Oak and Castle Pub High St, Pevensey, East Sussex BN24 5LE. Drumming, dancing and wassailing. Video: Procession Orchard Pentacle Wassail Facebook Free event.

06 Jan 2025 [TBC] Twelfth Night, London 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 2025 [TBC] 12th Night, Guildford Twelfth Night - Mummers Play and Wassail. The Pilgrim Mummers will be touring Guildford bringing entertainment and general jollity in the following locations: 19:15 The Star, 20:00 The Three Pigeons, 20:30 The Angel Hotel, 21:30 The Keep, 22:00 The Royal Oak

10 Jan 2025 [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. events@hartleywintney.org.uk Video: Waggon & Horses The Orchard The Apple Tree 01252 845152. Dancing and ceremony by Hook Eagle Morris Men. Please bring lanterns and torches.

11 Jan 2025 [TBC] Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival Processions Sat 10:30-15:30 Whittlesea, Peterborough. Processions with local Morris sides, hundreds of dancers, musicians and street performers. Sunday - Bear burning.

19 Jan 2025 [TBC] Arun Divers Littlehampton Leap Sun 12:00 Red Bridge, Arun View Inn, River Road, Littlehampton BN17 5DD. Intrepid jumpers in fancy dress leap into the River Arun for charity. A fun event for all ages, open to anyone with a minimum sponsorship fee or charity donation of about £10 on the day. Leapers are encouraged to wear fancy dress, wetsuits or drysuits. Boats will be in the water to recover the Leapers and ferry them to the riverside, nobody will be in the water for more than 1 minute. Hot soup will be available in the bar at The Arun View Inn for all brave leapers. There will be a street collection for the charity and people are welcome to come and watch and take photo's. Afterwards in The Arun View Inn, there will also be a Grand Raffle prize draw. Sponsor forms are available for download at www.arundivers.org.uk or alternatively contact Gary Moore 07788 177773. Aran Divers Facebook

24 Jan 2025 [TBC] Australia Day - pub events and parties around London.

25 Jan 2025 [TBC] Bracknell Wassail Sat 17:30 Lily Hill Park. Small traditional orchard wassail, suitable for all. Bring cider or apple juice. Meet at north car park, Lily Hill Road RG12 2RX Ticketsd Video Bracknell Wassail.

25-26 Jan 2025 [TBC] Royal Pavilion, Brighton Sat-Sun 11:00-16:30 The Royal Pavilion, Brighton BN1 1EE. To celebrate the purchase of the Royal Pavilion by the town of Brighton in 1850, admission charges are waived once a year. Attendance 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. Tel: 03000 290900. Free event. More

28 Jan 2025 Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Shetland The largest fire festival in Europe, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January every year. Torch-light procession of up to a thousand "guizers" through the streets of Lerwick, followed by the burning of a full-size replica Viking long-ship. A night of revelry, dancing and partying until dawn. Video

 

31 Jan - 09 Feb 2025 [TBC] Bristol Light Festival

Fri-Sun 17:00-22:00 Bristol City.

World premier light art works come to life across the city. See link for locations and times. Free event.

 

01 Feb 2025 [TBC] Waitangi Day 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. The Pubs Haka Video More Waitangi Pub Crawl, London

 

01-11 Feb 2025 [TBC] Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival

Fri 20:00-03:00 Le Grand Mardi Grass Ball White Rock Theatre

Sat Unplugged Bars and restaurants of Hastings Old Town host a packed afternoon of acoustic music sessions, as 60 emerging and established artists and bands across all genres play 15-minute sets at participating venues.

Sun Umbrella Parade 12:00 Bottom of London Road, towards White Rock. A riot of sound and colour on the seafront. Video

Tue. A raucous celebration of all things Mardi Gras, the Fat Tuesday Tour is the main event – a whirlwind of music, merry-making and more music.
Twelve venues host the Fat Tuesday Tour, where 24 established acts play 20-minute sets in 3 venues each. Brace yourselves! Free.

See links for many more events and tickets - many free.

 

02 Feb 2025 [TBC] Chinese New Year, London [Year Of The Snake]

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

Video: Parade Firecrackers
Website: visitlondon.com

Free event

 

02 Feb 2025 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Manchester Sun 11:00-20:00 Chinatown and Albert Square. 12:30 Dragon Parade with 175ft dragon, 18:00 Possible fireworks. Attendance 65,000.

02 Feb 2025 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Liverpool Sun 11:30-16.30 Great George Street/Nelson Street. Dragon Parades, firecrackers, music, Martial arts etc.

02 Feb 2025 [TBC] Chinese New Year, Birmingham Sun 11:30-16:00 China Town, Bullring & Grand Central and in and around the Hippodrome for performances, crafts and family friendly activities. Dragon dances, acrobatics, Kung Fu, firecrackers, market stalls, food, children’s rides and firework finale. Attendance 30,000. Tel: 0121 685 8510. Free event.

02 Feb 2025 [TBC] Canvey Island Radio and Electronics Rally Sun 10:00 Cornelius Vermuyden School, Dinant Avenue, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 9QS. Amateur radio & electronics. 01842 861089.

05-15 Feb 2025 [TBC] Imagine Children's Festival Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tel 020 7960 4200. The best children’s theatre, literature and music, with plenty of workshops and free events for everyone. Draw, write, read, play, sing, dance and create, with lots to do for ages 0 to 12.

08 Feb 2025 [TBC] Winter Lantern Parade, Tunbridge Wells Sat 17:30 Vibrant parade from The Royal Victoria Place, up Camden Road, right into Albion Road, left into Auckland Road, and into the Grosvenor and Hilbert Recreation Ground. Tunbridge Wells Lantern Procession Facebook

08-16 Feb 2025 [TBC] Brighton Science Festival A selection of great science activities, shows and workshops for young people around Brighton.

14-16 Feb 2025 [TBC] Wakefield Rhubarb Festival Fri-Sun 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.

 

15 Feb 2025 [TBC] Slaithwaite Moonraking

Sat 14:00-20:30 Biennial event in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. 

14:00-16:00 The Moonraking Mummers Play.

15:00-17:00 Dancing to live music on the Two Valleys Radio stage.

18:30 Moon Raking from the Canal & Giant Lantern Procession.

20:00 Spectacular Finale and fireworks with dancing on the street.

Video: Music1 Music2 Procession

Slaithwaite Moonraking

 

23 Feb 2025 [TBC] Brighton Half Marathon Sun 09:30 Madeira Drive/ Seafront. 10,000 runners. Video1 Video2 Brighton Half Marathon

01 Mar 2025 [TBC] St Davids Day Parade 12:30 Cardiff City Hall. Parade with floats, flags, bands, dragons and participants in national or historic dress. Route St Davids Day Parade, Cardiff

01-02 Mar 2025 [TBC] The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships Sat-Sun. Huddersfield Town Hall. Some of the finest Bands in Britain such as Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery, YBS and many others all competing in the Championship Section. Few contests are so fiercely competitive. Tickets (01484 225755) about £7 to £12 per day.

04 Mar 2025 [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.

04 Mar 2025 [TBC] Flipping Marvelous Pancake Race Tue 12:30-13:30 More London, London Bridge City, SE1. Southbank, near Tower Bridge. Free event.

04 Mar 2025 [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.

04-05 Mar 2025 [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

08 Mar 2025 [TBC] Littlehampton Pancake Olympics Sat 11:00-13:00 High Street. Raise funds for a charity of your choice in this fun packed competition. Teams are invited to compete in four Olympic style disciplines but unlike the real thing it involves a lot of pancakes. There will be sprinting, relaying, flipping and even pancake curling!

08 Mar 2025 [TBC] Women’s Eights Head of the River Race Sat 15:30 Mortlake to Putney, 4 miles 374 yards. 3,000 athletes on the classic championship course. The largest women’s rowing race in the world with around 2,880 women racing and 320 crews taking part. It is the only race in the UK where novices can compete in the same race as Olympic champions and as such attracts a wide range of rowers from clubs and universities.

15-16 & 22-23 Mar 2025 [TBC] Lambing Weekend, Wiltshire Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 Lackham Farm, Wiltshire College Lackham, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2NY. Lackham House, museum of agriculture and rural life, gardens, woodland walk and animal centre. Please contact the venue before traveling. Lackham Country Park, Wiltshire

16 Mar 2025 [TBC] Sharrow Lantern Carnival, Sheffield Sun 18:00-19:30 Mount Pleasant Park to Lowfield Park. Giant procession with hundreds of beautiful lanterns, drummers and fire dancing. Video: Procession Samba Choir Map Sharrow Lantern Carnival, Sheffield

17 Mar 2025 Red Nose Day Annual event. Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief. On Red Nose Day everyone is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside, put on a Red Nose and do something a little bit silly to raise money - celebrities included! It culminates in a night of televised comedy and documentary films. It’s an event that unites the entire nation in trying to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people, both across Africa and in the UK, facing terrible injustice or living in abject poverty.

22 Mar 2025 World Water Day 2.5 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation. 22nd March Annually

22 Mar 2025 [TBC] Head of the River Race Sat 13:00 Mortlake to Putney. A processional race for eights rowed over the 4.25 mile championship course. Up to 400 crews of eights start at 10-second intervals.100's of boats, and very exciting. Video Head of the River Race, London

23 Mar 2025 [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.

 

23 Mar 2025 [TBC] St Patricks Day, London

Sun 12:00 Huge parade from Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square More
12:00-18:00 Irish Day Party in Trafalgar Square. Music stage, entertainment food and drink.
Attendance 125,000.

Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 Video 4 Video 5 2014 Parade 2014 Trafalgar Sq St Patricks Day, London

Usually held on the nearest Sunday to 17 March. Free event.

 

23 Mar 2025 [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. No parade in 2022, but a week of events

29 Mar 2025 [TBC] The Boat Race Sat. Putney to Mortlake, London. Women's Race 14:46, Men's Race 15:46. The annual 4 mile race takes about 20 minutes, and attracts up to 250,000 spectators to the Thames riverbank. Giant viewing screens at Bishops Park in Putney near the start, and at Furnival Gardens in Hammersmith, at the 2 mile point. Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

 

30 Mar 2025 Start of British Summer Time - clocks go forward 1 Hour

 

06 Apr 2025 [TBC] Brighton Marathon Sun 09:45 Start at Preston Park. 20,000 runners. The route is south to the Seafront, east towards Rottingdean, west to Shoreham power station then back to Hove Lawns to finish. Several loops to make up the distance to 26 miles. Likely live bands, 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. The third biggest marathon in the country. Course Map Video: Warm-up Start Brighton Marathon

09-13 Apr 2025 [TBC] Winter Dressage Championships Addington Equestrian, Buckinghamshire MK18 2JR. 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.

11-12 Apr 2025 [TBC] North Leeds Charity Beer Festival North Leeds Cricket Club, The Homestead, Old Park Road, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1JX. In association with The Rotary Club of Roundhay. Fri 17:00-23:00, Sat 12:00-23:00. 36 Real Ales from 8 breweries, Gin Bar. About £10 entry, inc glass, programme & 3 tokens.

11-13 Apr 2025 [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.

12 Apr 2025 [TBC] The Grand National Saturday, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. 30 fences, 4 miles and 4 furlongs. The Steeplechase Enclosure is a great place to experience the atmosphere of the Grand National - adult  tickets about £35.

12-13 Apr 2025 [TBC] UK Coach Rally Blackpool. Saturday morning competitors will complete an 50-mile road rally route, in the afternoon go through the driving tests and in the evening relax at our Gala Dinner Dance. Sunday morning bright and early a proud line up of coach entries will be judged, also the driving test will take place for the finalists followed by the presentation of awards in the afternoon. Over the weekend alongside the Rally Event is an extensive Trade Exhibition area.

13 Apr 2025 [TBC] Reading Half Marathon Sun 10:00 Green Park, Madejski Stadium. Major event with up to 16,500 competitors. Usually an early sell-out for runners. Video: 2015 2014 2012 2011 Reading Half Marathon

19 Apr 2025 [TBC] Eid Festival Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square, London. Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadam. Main stage showcasing the best of Muslim art, music, culture, history and fashion. Food stalls from around the world.

19 Apr 2025 [TBC] Incarnation Brighton Sat 10:00-18:00 Madeira Drive. Hundreds of performance cars on display. Organised by the Ace Cafe. Free event.

19 Apr 2025 [TBC] Vaisakhi Festival, London Sat 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. One of the most important events in the Sikh calendar. The packed line-up includes: Live performances kirtan (spiritual music), arts, food, community groups, charities, children’s activities and turban tying. All ages welcome. Vaisakhi, London Free event.

19 Apr 2025 [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.

19-20 Apr 2025 [TBC] Cumbria Easter Rally Sat-Sun Kirkby Stephen and Brough, Cumbria. Free admission, free bus rides. Family event. Saturday evening road run through the fells, food & drink stalls and vintage funfair. The UK's biggest, free classic commercial vehicle rally, with over 250 vintage buses, lorries and commercial vehicles. Road Run on Sat at 16:30 starting at Kirkby Stephen Railway Station and from Grand Prix in Brough. RALLY SITES: Grand Prix yard in Brough - classic vehicles and stalls. Geoff Atkinson's yard in Brough - The Bedford Enthusiasts Club. Jubilee Park in Brough - vintage pedal bikes. Kirkby Stephen - The Auction Mart - vintage vehicles and stalls. Market Square and Market Street Kirkby Stephen - vintage vehicles displayed and craft/artisan and food stalls as well as stalls for motor enthusiasts. The Mountain Rescue station in Kirkby Stephen - vintage military vehicles. Kirkby Stephen Parish Church - bric-a-brac and cafe. The Stainmore Railway (Kirkby Stephen East) - stalls, cafe and classical trains on display. Winton Craft Fair. 10:00-16:30 Free bus service every 15mins from Kirkby Stephen Railway Station to Brough.

20 Apr 2025 Easter Bonnet Parade, Lyme Regis Sun 14:00-16:00. Make an Easter Bonnet or just enjoy the spectacle of people in the parade wearing their Easter Bonnets. 14:00 Judging of Easter Bonnets in the Baptist Church. 15:00 Easter Bonnet Parade Baptist Church, Broad Street to the Jubilee Pavilion, sea front. Parade includes Majorettes.

 

 

20 Apr 2025 [TBC] London Marathon

Sunday, Start at Greenwich Park Blackheath. 

08:55 Elite wheelchair race.
09:00 IPC Athletics Marathon World Cup (ambulatory).
09:15 Elite women.
10:00 Elite men, followed by the masses.

Popular viewing areas include Greenwich,  Tower Bridge, Victoria Embankment and The Mall.

50,000 Runners and One Million Spectators.

Video - Red Start Video 

The London Marathon

 

20 Apr 2025 [TBC] St George's Day, London Sun 12:00-18:00 Trafalgar Square. Live music stage and quality sound system. Video St George's Day, London Free event.

21Apr 2025 [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. See link for cost. The children will love this one. Jackie Shearman 01737 646132 www.lhhp.co.uk

21Apr 2025 [TBC] World Coal Carrying Championships Easter Monday, Gawthorpe, Wakefield. The main event starts at The Royal Oak, Owl Lane, and the course is about 1 mile. The men carry 50kg, and the women less. No event in the Olympic Games could stimulate more enthusiasm than this annual contest of stamina and muscle.

23 Apr 2024 [TBC] St George’s Day Parade, Dartford Wed 12:45-13:30 Brass bands, fusion drummers, morris dancers and stilt walkers at One Bell Corner in the High Street. 13.35-14:00 Schools Parade, featuring live entertainment which will start outside the Civic Centre in Home Gardens and will go via the Orchards Shopping Centre into the High Street and then on to Central Park. 14:00-14:30 Vibrant performances at the Bandstand in Central Park. Probably the biggest St Georges day parade in the country with up to 1500 taking part. More A partnership with Cohesion Plus, Same Sky and schools in both Gravesend and Dartford.

 

Apr-Sep 2024 Pride Events Please confirm details with organisers before traveling. Some events are held over several days. Some events are ticketed. Some are free.

27 Apr 2024 Falmouth Pride 11:45
11 May 2024 Camborne 12:00
18 May 2024 Cheltenham Pride In The Park 12:00-17:00 Pitville Park
25 May 2024 Furness Pride 11:00
25 May 2024 Chichester 12:00
25 May 2024 Birmingham Pride Sat-Sun 11:00 Hurst Street.
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25 May 2024 Durham Pride, 12:00 Sands Field. Parade Sun.
01 Jun 2024 Bury Pride Procession 12:00. Sat-Sun
01 Jun 2024 York Pride 11:00 Knavesmire
01 Jun 2024 St Ives, Cornwall 11:45
02 Jun 2024 Ellesmere Port Pride 12:00
08 Jun 2024 Oxford Pride Sat 12:00 Castle & Paradise Street.
08 Jun 2024 Canterbury Pride 11:30
08 Jun 2024 Blackpool Pride Winter Gdns.10:30 Procession N Pier. Main stage on beach.
08 Jun 2024 Cirencester Pride 12:00
13 Jun 2024 Dorset Youth Pride 12:00
15 Jun 2024 Chippenham Pride 09:00
15 Jun 2024 Cambridge Pride 12:00
15 Jun 2024 Bodmin Pride 12:00
15 Jun 2024 Stoke on Trent Pride. 13:00 Northwood Park, Hanley.
22 Jun 2024 Exmouth Pride, 11:00 Manor Gardens
22 Jun 2024 Cardiff Pride Sat-Sun. City Hall Lawns, Cardiff
22 Jun 2024 Salford Pink Picnic Sat 13:00-20:00 Peel Park.
22 Jun 2024 Essex Pride Sat 10:00 Central Park, Chelmsford.
29 Jun 2024 London Pride Parade 10:00 Hyde Park Corner to Whitehall Place. Celebrations in Trafalgar Square.
Pictures Video. 2022 Info
29 Jun 2024 Melksham Pride Festival 10:00
29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Tavistock Pride 12:00
29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Ilkley Pride 12:00
29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Bude 12:00
29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Bridlington Pride 12:00
29 Jun 2024 [TBC] Clacton Pride 12:00
30 Jun 2024 [TBC] Batley Pride Wilton Park 10:00
05 Jul 2024 [TBC] Worthing Pride 10:00
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bristol Pride Sat 10:45 Procession, Castle Park to Amphiteatre Millennium Sq. Park event about £7.
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bournemouth Pride Parade 12:00 Meyrick Park to The Triangle. Park event £20.
06 Jul 2024 Portsmouth Pride Sat 11:00 Southsea Bandstand
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Northampton Pride 11:00
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Worksop Pride 12:00-21:00 Market Square.
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Wokingham Pride 11:30
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Sunderland Pride 13:00
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bromsgrove Pride 11:00
06 Jul 2024 [TBC] Penzance 12:00
12 Jul 2024 [TBC] Isle Of Wight Pride 12:00 Ryde Beach.
13 Jul 2024 Newbury Pride 13:00
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Macclesfield Pride 12:00 Market Square.
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Brighton Trans Pride 11:30 Marlborough Pub to Brunswick Square. Park Event.
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Sheffield Pride 11:30
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Redruth Pride 11:45
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Suffolk Pride 12:00
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Tamworth Pride 12:00
13 Jul 2024 [TBC] Worcestershire Pride 11:00
14 Jul 2024 [TBC] Cinderford Pride
19 Jul 2024 [TBC] Oldham Pride 19:00
20 Jul 2024 [TBC] Northern Pride 11:00 Town Moor, Newcastle. Free.
20 Jul 2024 [TBC] Cornwall Pride Newquay 11:45
20 Jul 2024 [TBC] Congleton Pride 12:00
21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Chesterfield Pride Sun 12:00-19:00.Stand Road Park. Free.
21 Jul 2024 [TBC] Redruth Pride
26 Jul 2024 [TBC] Bolton Pride 12:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Belfast Pride 13:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Waltham Forest Pride 12:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Romford Pride.11:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Pride in Hull 11:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Folkestone Pride 13:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Norwich Pride 10:00
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Eastbourne Pride Sat 10:00-23:00 Princes Park Registration reqd.
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Liverpool Pride 12:00 Parade, St Georges Plateau
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Norwich Pride Sat 13:00 Parade, City Hall to Chapelfield Gardens.
27 Jul 2024 [TBC] Nottingham Pride Sat 11:00-23:00 City Centre Parade
28 Jul 2024 [TBC] Stockport Pride Sun 11:00 Market Place
03 Aug 2024 [TBC] Brighton Pride Sat 11:00 Parade, Hove Lawns to Preston Park. Sat-Sun Festival in Preston Park is ticketed. St. James St Party.
Video: 2012 Parade 2013 Parade 2016 Parade Brighton Pride
03 Aug 2024 [TBC] Belper Pride 12:00
04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Leeds Pride Sun, Lower Briggate. City centre.
04 Aug 2024 [TBC] Tewkesbury Pride 12:00
09 Aug 2024 [TBC] Levenshulme Pride 12:00
10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Colchester Pride Sat 11:00-22:00 Firstsite Building.
10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Keighley Pride 12:00
10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Swindon & Wiltshire 11:00 Old Town Gardens, Quarry Road. Parade, stalls and music. Free.
Swindon & Wiltshire Pride
10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Margate Pride 14:00
10 Aug 2024 [TBC] Doncaster Pride 12:00 Elmfield Park
11 Aug 2024 [TBC] Wakefield Pride Sun 11:00-22:00 Borough Rd
12 Aug 2024 [TBC] Medway Pride 10:30
16 Aug 2024 [TBC] Crawley Pride 12:00
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] King's Lynn & West Norfolk Pride 17:00
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Lincoln Pride 11:30
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] New Forest Pride 11:00
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Calderdale Pride 12:00 Halifax Town Centre
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Chester Pride 12:00 Castle Square. Free.
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Warwickshire Pride 11:00 Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa
17 Aug 2024 [TBC] Herts Pride. Cassiobury Park, Watford. 12:00-22:00.
22 Aug 2024 [TBC] Manchester Pride 3 days. Parade Sat.
24 Aug 2024 Southampton Pride 11:00
24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Dover Pride 11:00
24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Cornwall Pride 11:45
24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Southampton Pride Sat 11:00-22:00 Guildhall Square & West Marlands Road
24 Aug 2024 [TBC] Walsal Pride 12:00 Gallery Square Gardens
25 Aug 2024 [TBC] Scunthorpe Pride 12:00
31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Reading Pride Sat 12:00 Parade from Civic Centre. Kings Meadow.
31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Leicester Pride Sat 12:00 City Centre Parade and Victoria Park
31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Torbay Pride 02 Sep 2023 12:00
31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Totnes Pride Devon Sat 10:00 High Street
31 Aug 2024 [TBC] Chase Pride 11:00
07 Sep 2024 [TBC] Eastleigh Pride 12:00 Leigh Road Recreation Ground SO50 9DD
07 Sep 2024 [TBC] Gloucestershire Pride 10:30
07 Sep 2024 [TBC] Derby Pride 10:30 Markeaton Park.
07 Sep 2024 [TBC] Milton Keynes Pride. Campbell Park.
07 Sep 2024 [TBC] Channel Islands Pride 14:00
14 Sep 2024 Derby Pride 12:00 Markeaton Lane
14 Sep 2024 Saltash Sat 11:45
21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Cumbria Pride 12:00
21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Preston Pride Sat 10:30-16:00 Flag Market
21 Sep 2024 [TBC] Pride Cumbria Sat 11:00-18:00 University of Cumbria, Carlisle
29 Sep 2024 Weston Super Mare Pride 12:00 Grove Park
05 Oct 2024 St Austell Pride 11:45

 

02 May - 01 Jun 2025 [TBC] Brighton Fringe Brighton Fringe - a month of hundreds of fantastic events. Includes both ticketed and free events. Cabaret, comedy, circus, music and mime etc. Location: North of St Peter's Church. Free events. What's On Video Video Brighton Fringe

 

03 May 2025 [TBC] Brighton Festival Childrens Parade

Sat 10:30 Jubilee Street to the sea front.

Samba bands, towering tableaux, and 5000 costumed participants with drums and whistles.
Crowds of 20,000 line the streets.
The largest annual children’s event in the UK.
Organised by community arts group Same-Sky.
Don't miss this one.

Video Video

Free event.

 

03 May 2025 [TBC] Downton Cuckoo Fair Sat. Family-friendly fair on the village green.

03 May 2025 [TBC] Padstow May Day Obby Oss Day is the biggest day in Padstow's calendar. Up to 30,000 people cram into the little Cornish town. The fearsome mask of the Obby Oss proceeds through the streets, swirling and dancing and accompanied by lots of dancers, musicians and drummers'

03 May 2025 [TBC] Canalway Cavalcade - Inland Waterways Association Sat-Mon Little Venice, Paddington. Community and waterways festival over the early May Holiday. Over 150 working and traditional boats, boat rally, trade show, activities, entertainment, music, real ale and food. Sat 10:00-18:00. Sun 10:00-18:00,  plus 20:30 Music & illuminated boat procession. Mon 10:00-17:00. General enquiries 07774 890 750. Canalway Cavalcade, London  Map

03-04 May 2025 [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, Eastbourne

03-05 May 2025 [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

03-05 May 2025 [TBC] Norbury Canal Festival Sat-Mon 10:00-16:00. 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.

 

03-05 May 2025 [TBC] Rochester Sweeps Festival

Mon 14:45 Procession - Star Hill,  High Street and Rochester Castle.

Sat-Mon Holiday weekend. Biggest gathering of Morris Dancers in the country. Jack-in-the-Green, a seven  foot high character, is woken at dawn on May Day from his slumber on Bluebell Hill, then travels to Rochester to start the festivities.

Thousands of revelers watch performances at various venues & pubs. It is considered lucky to be kissed by a sweep.

 2011 Video Festival Sat-Mon Sweeps Festival Free event. Sweeps Festival info - Medway Council

 

 

03-25 May 2025 [TBC] Brighton Festival Three weeks of arts & street theatre on a huge scale, both free and chargeable. What's On Free Events Video

04 May 2025 [TBC] Beltane Festival Sun 12:00 Thornborough Henge. A celebration of seasonal change and ancient mystery at one of Britain's most important prehistoric sacred sites. Free event.

 

 

05 May 2025 [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.

 

05 May 2025 [TBC] Hastings 1066 Bike Festival Mon 08:00 Locksbottom, Orpington to Hastings. Britain's biggest free motorcycle festival. 40,000 bikes, 76,000 people, over 50 exhibitors and live music. Be a part of the biggest motorcycle festival in Britain. This is a free ride with no start time - just turn up in Locksbottom from about 8am with the thousands of other bikers and ride when you feel like it to Hastings. Hastings Bike Festival & Run

05 May 2025 [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.

05 May 2025 [TBC] Chobham Carnival 11:30 Procession, Burrow Hill to the Recreation Ground. 01276 858170. Video Chobham Carnival

05 May 2025 [TBC] Lewes Garland Day Mon from 10:00 Lewes Castle. Children's Garland Competition. 11:00 Procession High Street. Morris Dancing by the Knots of May and Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men.

06 May 2025 [TBC] Mini Steam On The Quay Sat 10:00-17:00 Poole Quay. Some of the most beautiful and detailed mini steam and traction engines, all lovingly built and maintained by their owners. Steam engine rides. Free event.

07 May 2025 [TBC] Helston Flora Day, Cornwall 07:00 The Morning Dance, Guildhall. 08:30 The Hal-an-Tow, St John's Bridge. 09:50 The Children's Dance, Wendron Street. 12:00 The Midday Dance, Guildhall. 17:00 The Evening Dance, Guildhall. Usually held on 08 May, unless that date falls on a Sunday or Monday, in which case the previous Saturday.

08-11 May 2025 [TBC] Royal Windsor Horse Show Wed-Sun, His Majesty The King’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.

09-11 May 2025 [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.

09-11 May 2025 [TBC] St Ives Food & Drink Festival Porthminster beach. A packed music line up alongside daytime artisan tents, food and drinks, live music and food demos. Some events free.

09-18 May 2025 [TBC] Bath International Music Festival Multiple events, both free and ticketed. A celebration of music and books.

09-25 May 2025 [TBC] Norfolk & Norwich Festival Two weeks of amazing events - circus, music and visual arts, both free and ticketed.

10 May 2025 [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.

10 May 2025 [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.

10- 24 May 2025 [TBC] Newbury Spring Festival Clasical concerts, chamber music, jazz and recitals etc.

11 May 2025 [TBC] Bracknell Half Marathon Sun 08:45 The Lexicon, town centre Video Course Map Bracknell Half Marathon

11 May 2025 [TBC] Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival Sun 11:00-17:30 St Paul’s Church Garden, Bedford Street WC2E 9ED. Punch and Judy, procession, folk music, maypole dancing and stalls. Free event.

16 May 2025 [TBC] LDN London Dragon Boat Race 11:00-15:00 Surrey Docks, Watersports Centre, Rotherhithe. Dragon Boat Racing is one of the world’s oldest sports, originating in China over 2,500 years ago. Teams of 11 race against each other in a series of qualifying timed races, culminating in a Grand Final race and the presentation of trophies and Champagne.

16-25 May 2025 [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.

17 May 2025 [TBC] Brighton Heroes Run Sat 10:00 Hove Seafront. Charity fun-run in Brighton. Heroes Run Rise Charity: RISE is a Sussex-based charity that supports people affected by domestic abuse and violence. Events

17 May 2025 [TBC] Abingdon Charity Air & Country Show Sat 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, children's amusements, live music, food and free parking. About £15.

17-18 May 2025 [TBC] Rickmansworth Canal Festival - Waterways Trust 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 Canal Festival Rickmansworth Festival  

17-25 May 2025 [TBC] Chelsea Fringe The alternative garden festival. Hundreds of events around the capital. The Fringe is all about harnessing and spreading the excitement and energy that fizzes around gardens and gardening. The idea is to give people the freedom and opportunity to express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens, to open up possibilities and to allow full participation. Entirely independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (though acting with its support), the Fringe events encompass everything from grassroots community garden projects to avant-garde art installations. Our open-access principle means that just about anything goes – as long as it’s interesting and legal, and on the subject of gardens, flowers, veg-growing or landscape.

18 May 2025 [TBC] Basingstoke Festival of Transport Sun 11:00-16:00 War Memorial Park, Basingstoke RG21 4AH. Often over 750 vehicles on display, including classic vintage commercial vehicles, fire engines, military trucks, cars and motorcycles, plus specialist clubs, trade stalls and catering. A great day out for all the family. Basingstoke Festival of Transport More Free event.

18 May 2025 [TBC] Dunstable Downs Radio Club Car 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. Dunstable Downs Boot Sale

18 May 2025 [TBC] London-Brighton Mini Owners Run Sun 08:00-17:00 Cheam recreation ground to Madeira Drive. Annual Mini-Owners run organised by the London & Surrey Mini Owners Club. About 2100 Minis. Trade stands and auction etc.

18 May 2025 [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. Organized by Bramhall and Woodford Rotary Club.

19-21 May 2025 [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.

22-25 May 2025 [TBC] Harambee Pasadia Festival Thu-Sun at The Hub, Shaw Bank, Ing Lane, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8TD. Family camping Afro-Fusion Arts Festival, celebrating the cultures, foods, music, artists, and fusions of the African diaspora. Tickets

22-26 May 2025 [TBC] Yarmouth Gaffers Regatta Thu-Mon Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. Racing, food, fun, music and elegant yachts.

22 May - 01 Jun 2025 [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.

23 May 2025 [TBC] Saddleworth & District Brass Band Contests Whit Friday. 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

23-25 May 2025 [TBC] Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival South Quay. Tall ships, lifeboat demonstrations, Royal Naval Simulators, guided heritage walks, craft marquees, shanty groups, entertainment, seafood and a beer tent. Many events free.

23-26 May 2025 [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.

23-26 May 2025 [TBC] Fishguard Folk Festival Fishguard Folk Festival takes place every year over the late May Bank Holiday. It is an almost entirely free event, with concerts, sessions, workshops and walks. A small number of headline concerts are ticketed. For everything else, just turn up.

23 May - 08 Jun 2025 [TBC] Bath Fringe Festival Multiple events and locations. Attendance 16,000.

24 May 2025 [TBC] Crawley Festival - High Street Live 14:00-21:00 Music stages and alfresco dining in the High Street, which is closed to traffic.

24-28 May 2025 [TBC] Jorvik Viking Festival, York Viking arts, music, drama and action, with many free events. The final Saturday is Battle Day 10:00-17:00 Activities all day - St Sampson's Square, Hungate, Museum Gardens - have-a-go archery and bird of prey displays. 13.00 Earl Ealdred leads his troops from Museum Gardens across the city to Coppergate. 17:00 Gates open for Festival Battle Finale and Boat Burning at the racecourse. Dramatic reconstruction of the Battle of Woden’s Field in 910AD. Fire jugglers, warriors, special effects and fireworks. Food and drink available. Pre-booking essential. Details

24 May 2025 [TBC] Eastbourne Carnival Sat 14:00 Procession from the Fishermen's Green to the Wish Tower slopes. A street party will then take place at Victoria Place (top end of Terminus Road) from approx. 16:30.

24 May 2025 [TBC] Bognor Regis Carnival Sat 13:15 Esplanade to West Park. Music stage, arena displays, trade stalls, crafts and food in the park. Fireworks at 21:30 from the pier.

24 May 2025 [TBC] Twickenham Regatta 10:00-17:00 Between Eel Pie Island and Richmond Bridge. 500 competitors, 130 races. Free enclosure for spectators and competitors at Buccleuch Gardens, overlooking the finish line at Richmond. Live music from 13:30, sandwiches, cakes and real ale bar. Timetable

24-25 May 2025 [TBC] Mersey River Festival Family fun, music and entertainment along the river. Free event.

24-25 May 2025 [TBC] StowFiesta Fri-Sat Chilton Fields, Stowmarket. Free community music festival in Suffolk.

 

24-25 May 2025 [TBC] The Ironbridge Gorge WW2 Weekend

Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00 Dale End Park, Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7EG.

Step back in time and experience some of the country’s top Living History Groups bringing history to life.
Set in the stunning backdrop of the Ironbridge Gorge, experience life during WW2 on both the home front and in occupied Europe.
Homefront scenarios, re-enactments, fire power displays and a ‘battle’ each day, costume pageant, military vehicle parades, 1940’s sports day for children, a trader village, a variety of food outlets and 1940’s entertainers.
Non-profit charity fundraising event, raising funds for Combat Stress.
Saturday Night Dance to the big band sounds (ticketed).
Camping available.
Attendance 14,000 over the weekend.

 

24-26 May 2025 [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 - pre booking may be required.

25  May 2025 [TBC] Preston Caribbean Carnival Sun 12:00 Procession from Moor Park towards the city and back. Music until 20:00. Free, but donations requested at the park.

 

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26 May 2025 [TBC] Luton Caribbean Carnival

Mon 12:00-18:00.

Huge one day Caribbean carnival, with crowds of 50,000.

The Parade sets off at 13:00 from the University of Bedfordshire STEM Building on Park Street. It then makes its way through the town centre stopping at St George’s Square performance area where the parade groups will showcase their costumes and performances before making their way down Guildford Street for a second showcase performance at the Hat District performance area.

Route Map

Fun fair and playground in Manor Park. Entertainment in St George's Square until 18:00.
Food and craft stalls along George Street and next to Town Hall on Gordon Street.

Organised by The UK Centre for Carnival Arts

 

 

 

26 May 2025 [TBC] Cheese Rolling, Brockworth, Gloucester

Mon 11:00-15:00 Coopers Hill, Brockworth GL3 4SB.

Foolhardy souls cartwheel down a 1 in 2 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. Competitors & spectators should assess the risk before attending.

Video Highlights

Map

 

26 May 2025 [TBC] Reading Carnival Mon 12:00 Procession from Hodsol Road. 12:00-19:00 Lots of entertainment and large music stage in Prospect Park. Reading Carnival.

26 May 2025 [TBC] Woolsack Races - Facebook Mon 12:00. Wacky event where dozens of hopefuls race up and down Gumstool Hill in Tetbury town center carrying 60lb sacks of wool (35lb for the ladies). The course runs the 280 yards, between The Royal Oak and The Crown, and is a very steep 1-in-4. Street entertainment, magic and music from 10:00. Races from 12:00. Attendance 10,000. Wool Sack Races Wool Sack Races, Tetbury Free event.

29-31 May 2025 The Royal Bath & West Show The country's biggest rural festival with something for everyone. 600+ trade stands.

30 May 2025 [TBC] Cotswold Olimpiks Fri, Dover's Hill, Chipping Campden. Morris Men, Pipe Band, German Shepherd Dog14:00-s, Fighting Arts, Tae Kwan Do, Tug of War, Fairground Rides, Birds of Prey, Climbing Wall, Gurning. Hot and cold food. 14:00-18:00 Jacobean Village, Medieval Dance, Falconry, Tug-of-War, 15:30-18:00 Folk Concert, 19:30-21:45 The famous Shin Kicking, Tug of War, 5 mile Race, Morris Men, 21:45 Fireworks & Torch Procession, 21:30-24:00 Live Music in the Square. Video: 1 2 3 4 5 6 About £8 entrance. Cotswold Olimpicks

30 May - 01 Jun 2025 [TBC] Midlands Air Festival Thu-Sat. Set in the beautiful grounds of Ragley Hall, Alcester B49 5NJ. Jets, helicopters, vintage aircraft, aerobatics, close formation teams, parachute displays and hot air balloons. Music, trade stalls, entertainment catering options to suits all tastes. Advance ticket required - see website.

31 May 2025 [TBC] Epsom Derby Sat. Epsom Downs Racecourse. Gates open 10:30. Free entrance to The Hill central area. Often 100,000 revelers, music stage with a party atmosphere, lots of market stalls, food, drink and picnics. 2009 Party Video 2010 Party Video

31 May 2025 [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: 40,000. Lineup Map Video Strawberry Fair, Cambridge Free event.

31 May 2025 [TBC] Carshalton Camera Club Annual Exhibition Sat 10:00-16:00 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.

31 May - 01 Jun 2025 [TBC] www.dieselbike.net Sat-Sun Springbok Est. Enthusiastic annual gathering of riders with their machines. The event features a group ride-out to a scenic location. The Big Knock - British Diesel Bike Rally

31 May - 01 Jun 2025 Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth Fri-Sun. Around Hope Square and the Old Harbour in Weymouth. Around 30 acts on two stages. One of the biggest free folk festivals in England.

31 May - 01 Jun 2025 [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.

31 May - 08 Jun 2025 [TBC] Bristol Festival Of Nature. What's On Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00 Millennium Square & Queens Square, Bristol, BS1 5DB. Free.

01 Jun 2025 [TBC] Maldon Mud Race Sun. Event starts at 10:00. Race at 15:00, Promenade Park‚ Maldon, Essex. 300 entrants, 20‚000 spectators and £ thousands raised for charity. Competitors race through the mud of the River Blackwater at low tide. Best times for the return crossing might be under four minutes, but can take an hour. Wading through the deep mud is very heavy going, and way more tiring that it looks. Spectator entry to the park is by personal donation. Visit maldon Video - warming up Video - the race Maldon Mud Race

01-08 Jun 2025 [TBC] Rainbow Film Festival, London Various venues. Films, both documentary and features, celebrating the diversity of Asian culture, all with English sub-titles.

05-11 Jun 2025 [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. Horse Fair Video

06-08 Jun 2025 Wimborne Minster Folk Festival Traditional English and Celtic music and dance, Irish, Scottish and clog dancing displays, market stalls, clothing, jewelry and gifts.

07 Jun 2025 Oxford Pride Sat 12:00-18:00. Parade 12:00 from Radcliffe Square.

08Jun 2025 [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.

 

May-Jul 2024 World Naked Bike Rides All dates/times provisional.

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

06 Jun 2025 [TBC] Manchester
07 Jun 2025 [TBC] London, Clapham Junction Sat 14:30 for 14:45 Grant Road SW11 2NU.
07 Jun 2025 [TBC] London, Croydon. Sat 11:00 for 13:00 233 Shirley Church Road, CR0 5AB
07 Jun 2025 [TBC] London, Hyde Park Sat 13:45 for 15:00 Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner W1J 7JZ
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07 Jun 2025 [TBC] London, Hackney Wick Sat 11:00 for 13:45 Thingy Cafe, 1 Trowbridge Road E9 5LD.
07 Jun 2025 [TBC] London, Kew Bridge Sat 13:15 for 13:30 North end of Kew Bridge near W4 3NQ.
07 Jun 2025 [TBC] London, Regents Park Sat 14:35 for 14:50 Outer Circle near NW1 4NA.
07 Jun 2025 [TBC] London, Tower Hill Sat 13:45 for 14:45 Trinity Square Gardens EC3N 4DJ.
08 Jun 2025 [TBC] Brighton
Sun 12:00 for 14:00 Lime Tree Walk, Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6SD. 
Brighton Pictures Video 1 Video 2
14 Jun 2025 [TBC] Cambridge Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Park entrance, Victoria Avenue CB5 8DH. Midsummer Common
21 Jun 2025 [TBC] Chelmsford Sat 14:00 for 15:00 Market Square, High Chelmer, Chelmsford CM1 1XF
28 Jun 2025 [TBC] Cardiff
Sat 12:30 for 14:30 Grassed area behind National Museum.
29 Jun 2025 [TBC] Hastings Sun 12:30 for 13:30 Beach, Carlisle Pub, Pelham St Hastings TN34 1PE.
05 Jul 2025 [TBC] Edinburgh 13:00 for 14:00 Middle Meadow Walk.
05 Jul 2025 [TBC] Ipswich Sat 13:00-14:00 New street
06 Jul 2025 [TBC] Bristol Sun 11:30 for 12:30. Route not published.
12 Jul 2025 [TBC] Colchester Sat 13:00-14:00 Jumbo Water Tower CO3 3AA.
19 Jul 2025 [TBC] Portsmouth
19 Jul 2025 [TBC] Clacton
Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Toby Carvery, Marine Parade.
26 Jul 2025 [TBC] Folkestone
Sat 13:00 for 14:00 Green at Shearway Rd CT194RH.
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07 Jun 2025 [TBC] Trooping The Colour Sat 11:00 Horse Guards Parade & The Mall. 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, London

07-08 Jun 2025 [TBC] Festival Of Food & Music Sat-Sun. South Hill Park, Bracknell. Live music stages, and international food, beside South Lake. Annual free event.

 

07 Jun 2025 [TBC] Hexham Regatta Sat 08.00-18:00 Hexham Rowing Club, River Tyne, Hexham. Enjoy the speed, excitement of competitive rowing races of some of the UK's best rowing clubs. Free viewing.

07 Jun 2025 [TBC] Pride Blackpool Parade 10:30 South Pier to North Pier, then Winter Gardens. Music stages.

07 Jun 2025 [TBC] World Custard Pie Championship Sat 12:00 Coxheath, Kent. Teams parade, custard pie throwing, family fun and craft stalls. Viewing is probably free, and all are welcome. 22 teams battle to win the coveted trophy, and some 3000 pies will be flung under strict rules of the contest.

07 Jun 2025 [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.

07 Jun 2025 [TBC] Brighton Kemptown Carnival Sat 11:00 Madeira Drive. Hundreds of performers. Live stages with bands and street performers. Video Kemptown Carnival Brighton More

07 Jun 2025 [TBC] Northampton Carnival Sat 12:00-19:30 Racecourse Park, Northampton NN1 4LG. Live Entertainment on stage, exciting fun fair, wide range of stalls. Carnival Parade will leave the Racecourse at 14:00 and travel down the Kettering Road in to the town centre and returning to the Park.

07 Jun 2025 [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.

07-08 Jun 2025 [TBC] Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Fri-Sun 10:00-17:00 on the beach. Hands-on science activities. Free event.

07-08 Jun 2025 [TBC] Lambeth Country Show Sat-Sun 12:00-20:00 Brockwell Park, London. The largest event of its type in South East England. Attendance 120,000. Traction engines and steam parade, medieval re-enactment, falconry; horticultural competitions; fairground rides; crafts; community stalls; live performance stage and arenas. Video Lambeth Country Show Free event.

 

07 Jun 2025 [TBC] World Naked Bike Rides, London

Clapham Junction Sat 14:30 for 14:45 Grant Road SW11 2NU.
Croydon. Sat 11:00 for 13:00 233 Shirley Church Road, CR0 5AB
Deptford Sat 12:00 for 14:00 Matchstick Piehouse SE8 5HD.
Kew Bridge Sat 13:15 for 13:30 North end of Kew Bridge near W4 3NQ.
Regents Park Sat 14:35 for 14:50 Outer Circle near NW1 4NA.
Tower Hill Sat 13:45 for 14:45 Trinity Square Gardens EC3N 4DJ.
Victoria Park. Sat 11:00 for 13:15 Near Bonner Gate E2 9JW.
Wellington Arch Sat 14:15 for 14:45 Hyde Park Corner W1J 7JZ.

London Naked Bike Ride.

 

 

08 Jun 2025 [TBC] World Naked Bike Ride, Brighton

Sun 12:00 Preston Park, Lime Tree Walk, Brighton BN1 6SD.

09:00-11:00 Organisers setting up - any help appreciated.
12:00 Bike / body decoration, lunch, entertainment.
13:30 assembly.
14:00 Ride starts.
14:30-15:00 Rest stop at Hove Lawns. May be a further rest stop at the Old Steine Fountain.
16:00-16:30 Ride ends with sea swim and beach hangout at Black Rock naturist beach.

Video: Start Video: Old Steine

Naked Bike Ride, Brighton

 

08 Jun 2025 [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.

08 Jun 2025 [TBC] Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Heritage Day Sun 10:30-16:30 Royal Military Academy, London Road, Camberley, Surrey. The beautiful academy grounds and some of its historic buildings will be open to the public. Attendance is about 10-15k. Military displays, music, Gurkha Kuhkri dancing, polo, cricket, refreshments, picnic areas etc. Pets are not allowed. Further details: 01276 412088 ~ 01276 412179. Free event & parking. Usually held on the 2nd or 3rd Sunday in June.

09-15 Jun 2025 [TBC] Bike Week A national celebration of freedom, Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling as a source of fitness and fun.

 

Great Swim Series

Fri-Sun 13-15 Jun 2025 Great North Swim, Windermere, Lake District
Sun 15 Jun 2025 Great North Swim-Run. Brockhole on Windermere, Lake District

 

14 Jun 2025 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.

14 Jun 2025 [TBC] Round the Island Race Saturday, Cowes, Isle Of Wight. Round the Island Race is the largest annual yacht race of its kind in the world. 1830 boats 16,000 keen sailors. Olympic medallists and round-the-world skippers mix with first timers and family cruisers to complete the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Fri-Sat Regatta Village in Cowes Yacht Haven off High Street - free entry. Plenty of activities and evening live entertainment. Map & times Round The Island Race, Cowes

14 Jun 2025 [TBC] Harry Paye Day - Poole Pirates Sat 12:00-18:00 Poole Quay BH15 1HJ. 12:00 Parade, plus entertainment on main stage. Organised by the Pirates of Poole and supported by Poole Tourism.

14 Jun 2025 [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.

14 Jun 2025 [TBC] Portchester Gala Sat 11:00-16:00 Portchester Castle, Hants. Procession, fun fair, stalls, classic cars and arena events. Free event.

14-15 Jun 2025 [TBC] Beach Dreams Festival Beach Green, Shoreham BN43 5YJ. The Beach Dreams Main Stage and Shoreham Allstars Stage will play host to a line up of some of the best local bands & DJs. Free event. Beach Dreams Festival

14-15 Jun 2025 [TBC] Marlow Town Regatta & Festival Sat-Sun Regatta, rowing and Dragon boats in the scenic riverside town of Marlow, with a garden party atmosphere. Smart dress code.

15 Jun 2025 [TBC] Brighton & Hove Classic Car Show Sun, Hove Park. 09:30 -10.45 Arrival and Signing On. 11.30 Judging begins of all classes. 15.30-16.00 Prize giving. Free viewing.

15 Jun 2024 Windsor Triathlon Sun 06:00 Windsor Castle / Long Walk. 1.5km Swim, 42km Bike, 10km Run. Multi-lap run course. 2500 competitors and thousands of spectators.

15 Jun 2025 [TBC] Aylesbry Soap Box Derby Sun 11:00-16:00 White Hill Park. Near HP20 2JW. Home-made karts race down the track three times to get the quickest time to win. Food and drink plus a live DJ. Free to watch.

13 Jul 2025 [TBC] Lewisham Peoples Day Biennial event. Sat 12:00-21:00 Mountsfield Park. Live music, dance, street theatre, children’s activities, sports, fashion and crafts. Attendance 30,000. Lewisham Peoples Day. Free event.

 

Lumiere Festival

Light, sculpture and giant installations waiting to be discovered.

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

Held every two years.

13-16 Nov 2025 [TBC] Lumiere Durham

 

31 Jan 2026 [TBC] Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival Sat 19:00-21:30 Biennial event held on the first Saturday in February. 1,500-strong lantern & torch parade, fire jugglers, drummers, and Celtic characters. Through woodland. Starts from Marsden Station HD7 6AX, then up Reddisher Road to Tunnel End, into Waters Road then down the hill to the Watersedge area for a fire circus accompanied by music. Organiser Angie Boycott  says "a great atmosphere, a little bit edgy." Fantastic firework finale. Imbolc, pronounced "Imolc", is an ancient festival where fire represents the return of the Sun in the coming months. For more information, of if you would like to help: marsden.imbolc@hotmail.co.uk Video Map Facebook Imbolc

 


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