England Festivals

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Festivals in England

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Africa Oye

Africa Oye

Liverpool's Africa Oye has become the UK's largest free celebration of African music and culture. What started out in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, has grown in size and stature necessitating a shift in venue to Sefton Park, its home since 2002. Oye attracts artists from length and breadth of Africa as well as South America and the Caribbean for an energy-packed two day programme each June.

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Europe England Liverpool African Music and Dance Festivals Multicultural Festivals World Music Festivals June
Bath Literature Festival

Bath Literature Festival

Lovers of literature convene in the spectacular spa city of Bath for ten days come March for the annual Bath Literature Festival. Thousands of visitors join the journalists, novelists, poets, politicians, actors, comedians, writers and biographers who are on hand to teach, talk, discuss and debate all manner of things literary. The end.

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Europe England Bath Literature Festivals Book Fairs February
BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival (the UK's largest public film event) rolls into the capital's cinemas each October, screening more than 300 features, documentaries and shorts from over 50 countries. The Festival showcases the very best of world cinema from both established and emerging film-makers. For film insiders and aficionados there's also an extensive programme of industry events, public forums, education events, lectures, masterclasses and Q&As with film-makers and actors.

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Europe England London Film Festivals Short Film Festivals Documentary Film Festivals October
Birdfair

Birdfair

Ornithologists flock to Birdfair each August for three days of all things avian. Described as the ornithologist's Glastonbury, Birdfair covers the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry, whilst supporting bird conservation projects worldwide. Indulge in a little watching at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve, which regularly holds in excess of 25,000 waterfowl, before browsing what's on offer from more than 300 industry exhibitors — everything from scopes and sculptures to binoculars and bird food.

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Europe England Egleton Birdwatching Festivals August
Boardmasters

Boardmasters

For five long Cornish summer days in August, Boardmasters brings the very best of coastal entertainment to Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay in Newquay. Try your hand at surfing or kick back in the sand and watch the pros compete in the festival's surf comps. If you prefer your sports land-based, check out the action in the BMX and skateboarding comps. Or simply take in the tunes as a plethora of live summer acts provide the soundtrack to one of the UK's premier coastal events.

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Europe England Newquay Summer Festivals August
Bournemouth 7s Festival

Bournemouth 7s Festival

Balls of all shapes and sizes fly at the annual Bournemouth 7s Festival. Since kicking off in 2008, the Bournemouth 7s has quickly established itself as the largest sport and music festival in the world. Today, the event attracts over 30,000 revellers who descend upon Bournemouth for a long weekend of rugby, netball, hockey and dodgeball and a wonderfully wicked programme of après sport.

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Europe England Bournemouth Sporting Events Rock Festivals May
Bournemouth Air Festival

Bournemouth Air Festival

Award winning and internationally renowned, the Bournemouth Air Festival has been thrilling spectators since 1998. Take in modern and historical aircraft from both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy as they blaze trails across the sky and open their cockpits to the public on the ground. A feature of the festival is the death-defying antics of the world famous, Red Arrows. When the sun goes down the night air celebrations kick in with a live music programme, dusk air displays and fireworks.

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Europe England Bournemouth Air Shows Family Festivals August
Brighton Science Festival

Brighton Science Festival

For three and a half weeks during the darkest days of winter, the Brighton Science Festival does its very best to lift the gloomy mood. A sciencey smorgasbord of events designed to enthrall and enlighten the whole family — especially those pre- and early-teens — takes place at a number of venues across Brighton and the surrounding district. Exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, performances, talks and debates aim to lift the profile of science and show the Sussex masses that it isn't all all lab coats and bunsen burners.

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Europe England Brighton Science and Technology Festivals Family Festivals February
Bristol Cycling Festival

Bristol Cycling Festival

Featuring nearly 50 events over nine days, the Bristol Cycle Festival is celebration of cycling, organised by volunteers and enthusiasts from the local community. The festival features a packed programme of two-wheeled fun including organised rides, talks, games, crafts, and films, ranging from family-friendly play sessions, to challenges for the toughest cyclist.

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Europe England Bristol Cycling Tours and Events Family Festivals June
Bristol Food Connections

Bristol Food Connections

For nine days each May, the city of Bristol comes together to celebrate its diverse food culture and community with a unique, citywide food festival. Visitors of all ages will be taken on a journey through the city to discover and enjoy new foods, eateries, discussions and opportunities. Producer markets, bread trails, debates, good food walks and cookery classes and demos are just some of what awaits the hungry visitor.

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Europe England Bristol Food Festivals May
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

From dawn to dusk, for four nights each August, it's all about the International Balloon Fiesta in Bristol. Early risers can grab a coffee and a bacon sarnie and catch Breakfast and Balloons — a mass dawn ascent where hundreds of hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes take to the early morning sky over the county. If you've been known to be a little heavy handed with the ol' snooze button, the evening ascents provide a second chance but the best vantages are snapped up quickly. Our suggestion, gather some friends, pack a picnic, get there early and settle in. As dusk descends the evening nightglows kick in — a spectacular display where 30 tethered balloons light up to a backdrop of fireworks and music.

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Europe England Bristol Ballooning Festivals Family Festivals August
Burning of the Clocks

Burning of the Clocks

Each year on the 21st December — the shortest day of the year — residents of Brighton and Hove make their way through the city carrying hand made-paper and willow lanterns. The lantern parade ends at Brighton Beach where the lanterns are placed onto a blazing bonfire as a token of the year's end. Then the party begins. A massive fire sculpture is lit, live music plays and fireworks light up the night sky.

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Europe England Brighton Community Festivals Street Parades December
Cambridge Folk Festival

Cambridge Folk Festival

For five decades the Cambridge Folk Festival has been charming the fine citizens of Cambridgeshire with an eclectic three and half day programme of music loosely defined as folk. The vibe is relaxed, the entertainment often spontaneous. There are music workshops, sessions, tai' chi and healing workshops, plus opportunities to play onstage if you've packed your banjo. Get your tickets early, this one sells out quick!

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Europe England Cambridge Folk and Folk Music Festivals Family Festivals July
Cambridge Science Festival

Cambridge Science Festival

Sucker for science? Join 30,000 inquisitive visitors for the annual Cambridge Science Festival — a two week fact-filled celebration of science at the acclaimed education institution. A packed programme of more then 250 events includes talks, interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, film screenings and debates.

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Europe England Cambridge Science and Technology Festivals March
Canterbury Festival

Canterbury Festival

The Canterbury Festival — Kent's largest and longest running arts festival — has a colourful history that dates all the way back to 1920. For two weeks each October, Canterbury and her district turn on the entertainment with more than 200 events including all sorts of music from pop through classical to folk, cabaret, theatre, comedy and dance. Interesting tidbit; in 1935, T.S. Eliot popped on his playwright hat and produced, Murder in the Cathedral, especially for the festival. Whilst today murder may have been removed from the programme, the Canterbury Cathedral remains the festival's most iconic venue.

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Europe England Canterbury Performing Arts Festivals World Music Festivals October
Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

For five five days each and every May since it first broke ground in 1913, the 11 acre gardens of the Royal Hospital of Chelsea in London have undergone a colourful transformation. The result, the Chelsea Flower Show — the world's most famous flower show. The Chelsea Flower Show is to floral enthusiasts, what Oktoberfest is to beer aficionados. Visitors travel from all corners of the globe to witness this floral extravaganza which features in excess of 20 show gardens (selected by a committee of horticultural experts), along with a number of small gardens and more than 100 floral exhibitors in the Great Pavilion. The event attracts the world's foremost horticulturalists and has long proved to be a barometer for gardening trends. Budding gardeners can shop to the heart's content and if you time your run right you can even pick up some of the floral arrangements themselves, which become available on the last day of the show. And when it all gets too bloomin' much, you can take time out at one of the many rest areas or designated eating areas. Be warned, this is London in May, book early, pack a brolly and expect anything.

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Europe England London Flower Shows Family Festivals May
Chestertons Polo in the Park

Chestertons Polo in the Park

Ever fancied brushing shoulders and sipping champers with the polo set but wondered just how you'd wangle that invitation? Never fear my proletariat friend for there's Polo in the Park, and for three days each June, Hurlingham Park is open to all and sundry. The event kicks off with 'Chukka Friday', featuring three afternoon polo matches. Saturday is Ladies Day with another three fixtures, whilst Sunday is Finals Day. There are bars with direct views of the polo field, a bunch of gourmet food outlets and the Luxury Shopping Village opens its doors (and its tills) for that must have polo field fashion. There's some modified rules in place to add the spectacle and to help newcomers understand the game. So get your affairs in order and make it along to Hurlingham Park for a quintessentially British summer sporting and social occasion. Bravo!

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Europe England London Sporting Events June
Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll

Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll

Cheese rolling's origins are hazy to say the least. A common presumption is that the masochistic frolic began as a pagan festival hundreds of years ago — a celebration of the onset of summer. Other theories have it relating to age-old fertility rights, the hope of a successful harvest and even as a safeguard of the Commoner's rights for the people of Cooper's Hill. Wherever it's origins it's hard to argue that cheese rolling is a sport for the outrageously courageous or at least the dangerously demented. Contestants in the Cooper's Hill event (between Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenham in the Cotswolds) on the last Monday in May, stand precipitously at the top of a 300 yard hill, that maintains a gradient of two in one for the most part whilst a Master of Ceremonies counts them down. What follows can only be described as dairy based carnage. Broken bones are a given and sprains and bruises are numerous, as up to twenty contestants in any given race tumble and roll their way headlong down the slope in pursuit of the elusive chunk of Double Gloucester. Keeping your feet is rarely an option, contestants just seem to go with the flow, tumbling out of control like rag dolls with a death wish. Inevitably the cheese wins.

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Europe England Coopers Hill Bizarre Festivals Community Festivals May
Cowes Week

Cowes Week

When the fickle British weather's on song and the breeze is light but consistent, there ain't no place like Cowes on the Isle of Wight come early August. Each year Cowes plays host to the longest-running sailing regatta in the world, Cowes Week. Held along the stretch of ocean between the English mainland and the Isle of Wight known as the Solent — a stretch of sea often made ticklish for yachtsmen and women by strong double tides. A typical Cowes Week now has over 35 starts a day for classes of cruiser-racers, one designs and keelboats; in which over a thousand boats and 8,500 competitors will take part. No yacht? No matter! Most of the 50,000+ in attendance wouldn't know a Carrick Bend from a Double Granny. It's the party on shore that they're there to see. So if you find yourself in the British Isles come late summer why not head down to Cowes on the Isle of Wight and join the strawberries and Pimms set as they talk tactics and get tanked. Bon Voyage!

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Europe England Isle of Wight Nautical Events Sporting Events August
Creamfields

Creamfields

Looking to shake ya groove thing this August bank holiday long weekend? Gather a gaggle of friends, pack your tent and make your way to Daresbury in Cheshire for four days of heavyweight DJs and dance acts at Creamfields. Originally held as an offshot to the popular Cream Nightclub in Liverpool, Creamfields has been doing its dance thing since 1998. Today's event attracts the cream (pardon the pun) of EDM for a four day blowout, considered by many in the know to be the UK's premier dance event. The festival has spawned myriad offsping over the years with Creamfileds being represented from far afield as Abu Dhabi, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro.

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Europe England Daresbury Electronic Dance Music Festivals August
Crufts

Crufts

For four days each March Birmingham goes barking mad during Crufts, a UK canine institution and the biggest dog show in the world. Up to 28,000 pooches from Affenpinschers to Great Danes take part in best of breed shows as well competitions in dog agility, obedience, flyball and heelwork to music. There's also an accompanying trade show for all your doggie needs.

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Europe England Birmingham March
Crystal Palace Overground Festival

Crystal Palace Overground Festival

The Crystal Palace Overground Festival is a free, family-friendly, four-day festival taking place in the Upper Norwood Triangle and Westow Park. The festival features wonderful food from all parts of the world, vintage bargains for savvy shoppers, eclectic music, comedy and film, fun family workshops and activities in art, theatre, music and sports as well as the chance to discover the heritage of a world renowned part of London. Events take place in the week leading up to and during the main outdoor event in Westow Park.

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Europe England London Family Festivals June
DMC World DJ Championships

DMC World DJ Championships

Since 1985 the world's freshest DJs have gone head to head, stylus to stylus spinning and scratching their vinyl at the DMC World DJ Championships in London. Mixmasters from the UK, Europe and beyond battle it out in three competitions, the World DJ Championship, the Battle For World Supremacy and the World DJ Team Championship. Dress loose and get ready to jump, jump.

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Europe England London Rap and Hip Hop Festivals October
Download Festival

Download Festival

For serious hard rock and metal fans the name Donington Park is synonymous with Download. Over three days each June, the Leicestershire venue becomes heavy metal HQ during the legendary Download Festival. Since 2003, Download has welcomed Gods of rock the likes of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Motley Crue, ZZ Top and Guns N' Roses. Annually tens of thousands of metal and hard rock fans rightly follow in their wake. With 150 acts across five stages over three days, revellers are spoilt for choice.

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Europe England Castle Donington Heavy Metal Festivals Punk Festivals Rock Festivals June
Eden Sessions

Eden Sessions

Take a phenomenal venue in a stunning setting with acoustics to die for, and hand it over to a bunch of world-class musicians (and the occasional comedian) to do their thing on a balmy summer evening. Welcome to the Eden Sessions, the Eden Project's attempt to encourage concert audiences to think about how they can reduce their impact on the environment. Past performers have included Amy Winehouse, Pet Shop Boys, Snow Patrol, Elbow, Kaiser Chiefs and Eddie Izzard. All profits from the Eden Sessions go towards supporting their educational charity and programmes.

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Europe England Bodelva Rock Festivals Comedy Festivals Varies
Elefest

Elefest

Elefest is a celebration of one of the best known but most misunderstood parts of London — Elephant and Castle. Elefest's programme celebrates the past, present and future of the "Picadilly of the South", mixing home-grown with national and international talent for four days each October. From pop-up cinemas and music events to night markets, photography exhibitions and skating events, Elefest's programme, like the neighbourhood, is constantly evolving year on year.

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Europe England London Community Festivals October
Football in the River Championships

Football in the River Championships

The Windrush River is the water in the English village of Bourton-on-the-Water and for one day a year, it's also the venue for one of football's strangest fixtures. Each and every August bank holiday Monday, the local Bourton Rovers F.C. field two teams that play to a bumper crowd in the annual Football in the River Championships. Forget your nine-a-side, for ninety minutes, on a pretty pitch of green. We're talking six-a-side, for half an hour, knee deep in a bubbling brook. As a spectacle it ain't pretty but it's a great laugh and when the weather's on song, this picture-postcard, Cotswold village is a most agreeable place to be.

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Europe England Bourton-on-the-Water Bizarre Festivals Sporting Events August
Fusion Festival

Fusion Festival

Birmingham's Cofton Park turns up the heat for two nights each August as a plethora of pop purveyors take to the stage top perform their hottest hits. Choreographed dance-moves a plenty and squealing on demand are a given.

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Europe England Birmingham Popular Music Festivals August
Galtres Parklands Festival

Galtres Parklands Festival

On the edge of the spectacular North York Moors National Park, Duncombe Park plays host to the Galtres Parklands Festival over three days each August. Galtres features more than 100 top acts on eight stages, with genres ranging from blues and folk through to pop and rock. As a celebration of Yorkshire's tradition of fine food and drink, there will be more than 100 local beers and ciders from all from Yorkshire on offer, along with a wide variety of fresh, local fare — a lot of it organic. A family friendly affair, Galtres also offers up a packed programme for the little ones.

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Europe England York Beer Festivals Folk and Folk Music Festivals August
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts — or simply Glasto to its friends — is a multi-headed behemoth of an event, a legendary hippie gathering and the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. Today it's headline musicians are plucked from a pouch of the biggest players of the day but it doesn't stop with the live tunes. For four days each and every June 170,000+ festival-goers are treated to over 700 performances of music, dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and a myriad of other arts on the 900 acre grounds — rain, hail or shine, though it's often the former. So if you're taste in music is eclectic, your need for sleep non-existent and there's a touch of hippie stirring somewhere deep inside, then a trip to Glastonbury is a must at least once in this lifetime.

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Europe England Pilton Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals Performing Arts Festivals June
Grand National

Grand National

Arguably the most anticipated horse race in the world, Aintree's Grand National attracts racing fans and merrymakers from near and far. The card on the day features a handful of grade one listed races but it's the fifth race that jumps at 4.15pm that stops a nation. A deafening roar marks the start of the Grand National as anything up to 40 runners tackle the 7,141 metre-four miles, three furlongs and 110 yards-course which contains some 30 fences for horse and jockey to negotiate. For many visitors to Aintree, the day is as much about the glamour and the fashion as it is about the on-course action. If you're planning on making the trip, dress to impress; you can't be too formal. Between races there's plenty of off-track entertainment with a live music program designed to keep the party in full-swing.

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Europe England Liverpool Horse Racing Events Sporting Events April
Great British Beer Festival

Great British Beer Festival

Styled as the biggest pub in the world, the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) will once again welcome more than 55,000 beer lovers through her doors at London's magnificent Olympia Exhibition Centre for five days this August. With around 450 beers from British breweries, as well as another 200 foreign offerings from countries including Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic and the US on offer, there's little wonder it's the UKs biggest beer festival. On top of the suds, the GBBF also offers entertainment ranging from live music to traditional pub games, as well as a variety of food stands for when you need a little non-liquid sustenance.

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Europe England London Beer Festivals August
Great Christmas Pudding Race

Great Christmas Pudding Race

Take a chilly London December day, 120 contestants donned in fancy dress, give them a pudding and send them through an obstacle course and what have you got? The Great Christmas Pudding Race in London, silly. This fun family event takes place in London's iconic Covent Garden Market early each December and is organised by CRAC on behalf of Cancer Research UK.

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Europe England London Christmas Charity Events December
Great Cornish Food Festival

Great Cornish Food Festival

Now firmly established as one of the UK's favourite gastronomic events, the Great Cornish Food Festival is a celebration of the region's buzzing food and drink scene. Join 40,000 foodies as they descend upon Truro for a three day programme of pop-up kitchens and restaurants, live cooking demos, foodie talks, the Funky Food Zone for kids and lots of scrumptious samples from the dozens of exhibitors showcasing their fare — all locally sourced of course.

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Europe England Truro Food Festivals Community Festivals September
Great Gorilla Run

Great Gorilla Run

London's gone ape! Join a bunch of banana-munching, furry fun-runners as they lope their way through Ol' London Town in the annual Great Gorilla Run. Since the first Great Gorilla Run in 2003, thousands of people have donned their gorilla suits and joined the eight kilometre fun run route starting at Mincing Court in the City and passing some of London's most iconic landmarks, including the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral. In the process you'll be helping The Gorilla Organization raise money to save the remaining 800 Mountain Gorillas living in the wild.

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Europe England London Charity Events Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs September
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Join nigh on 100,000 visitors at the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, the capital's leading festival of free outdoor performing arts, an annual nine-day celebration of extraordinary outdoor theatre, dance, and street art in London's leafy maritime borough. The Festival has a particular focus on the commissioning and development of outdoor work led by deaf and disabled artists and artists from diverse backgrounds. Why not download a programme from the GDIF website and make a day of it.

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Europe England London Performing Arts Festivals Dance Festivals June
Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night

The Brits love a liberal lashing of irony, and it's with that in mind that every 5th of November they go to great lengths to burn things to the ground and blast things into the stratosphere. Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night has been celebrated in the UK since that near fateful day in 1605 when a number of sneaky Roman Catholic conspirators (including Guy Fawkes) attempted to blow to smithereens the Houses of Parliament in London, England in a scenario now known as the Gunpowder plot. As history spells it out, the plot was foiled, Parliament was saved and to the present day Brits spend the anniversary of the event burning effigies (otherwise known as guys in reference to our Mr. Fawkes) and setting off fireworks in a celebration of the fact that nothing was burnt or blown up all those years ago. Strange!

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Europe England London Historical Festivals Traditional Festivals November
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Despite whether you've been bad or good, from late November through early January, Santa and his pint-sized helpers serve up lashings of Christmas fun at London's very own version of the North Pole. During Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland there's a little Christmas something for the whole family. For the youngsters there's thrilling rides, the Magical Ice Kingdom and trips to Santa Land where you may just get the opportunity to meet the jolly bearded fellow in the flesh. Grown-ups can browse the Christmas markets, enjoy the festive fare or take to the sky on the Giant Observation Wheel for a spectacular panoramic view over Winter Wonderland and beyond. Winter Wonderland is free to enter.

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Europe England London Christmas Christmas Markets December
Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight Festival

The Isle of Wight Festival has a distant history as infamous and colourful as any music festival still doing the rounds. Originally held for the first time in 1968, the festival ran for three years before being banned in 1971 when Parliament passed the Isle of Wight Act — legislation forbidding more than 5,000 people to gather on the Isle without procuring a special license. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival attracted in excess of 600,000 people to the island for an legendary lineup that included Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Moody Blues, The Who, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Jethro Tull and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. I mean...wow! After a three decade hiatus, it wasn't until 2002 the festival was revived. Whilst today's event may lack a little of the Woodstock era's counter-culture vibe that it had back in the day, it certainly still has no problems in drawing a crowd and some of indie, rock and pop's heavyweights. Some come June, round up some mates, pack light and head to the Isle of Wight.

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Europe England Isle of Wight Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals June
Jesterval

Jesterval

The laughs start in early June and they don't stop for nine days at the north east's premier comedy festival, Jesterval. With a line-up designed with the comedy connoisseur in mind, Jesterval features some of the finest comedians working in the UK today, from household names to hotly-tipped acts alongside some of the best local Geordie talent. Be sure to check out the schedule for family friendly acts, where you can bring along the little jokers in your pack.

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Europe England Newcastle Upon Tyne Comedy Festivals June
Leeds Festival

Leeds Festival

Featuring the biggest names in rock, year in and year out, the Leeds Festival — part of the Reading and Leeds Festivals that share a common bill and take place simultaneously — can rightly lay claim to being one of the World's largest rock festivals. Over the August bank holiday weekend, tens of thousands of revellers converge on Bramham Park for headliners, that over the years have featured, Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Green Day, Eminem, The White Stripes and Metallica.

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Europe England Leeds Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals August
Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival is an annual celebration of the city's plethora of fantastic restaurants, bars, and cafes, as well as some of her finest regional food producers. Held over a weekend each April, the event transforms Sefton Park into a foodies heaven, bringing together more than 160 talented local chefs and producers to serve up a giant feast for the public. Join in for a weekend of great food, cooking demonstrations and masterclasses. Enjoy the themed dining areas, the beer festival, champagne bar and music stages. There's plenty on offer for families too with an interactive children's zone and Junior Chef's Academy.

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Europe England Liverpool Food Festivals Family Festivals April
London Art Fair

London Art Fair

Modern art aficionados rejoice! For five days in January, the London Art Fair presents over 100 rigorously selected galleries featuring works by the great names of 20th Century British art alongside exceptional contemporary work from leading international figures and emerging talent. You'll also find solo shows and curated group displays in the Art Projects section, with galleries drawn from across the world. Photo50 provides a showcase for contemporary photography, featuring 50 works selected by a distinguished panel. London Art Fair is the UK’s largest Modern British and contemporary art fair and a must-visit event for any serious collector.

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Europe England London Art Festivals January
London Coffee Festival

London Coffee Festival

Crazy for caffeine? Have we got the fest for you. Run in conjunction with London Coffee Week, the London Coffee Festival celebrates London's bustling and vibrant coffee scene. The festival features over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs and art exhibitions.

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Europe England London Coffee Festivals April
London Craft Beer Festival

London Craft Beer Festival

The annual London Craft Beer Festival prides itself on being all about the diversity in flavour of beer. Connoisseurs can expect big IPAs, rich stouts, bold reds and zesty sours from more than a dozen world class craft brewers at the three day Bethnel Green based event. Great beer demands excellent street food, another staple of the London Craft Beer Festival. Throw in some fine tunes from live bands and a bunch of DJs and if the London summer's on song, I dare you to find a better way to spend a day in the capital.

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Europe England London Craft Beer Festivals Beer Festivals August
London Design Festival

London Design Festival

Designophiles from the UK and beyond descend upon the capital for eight days in September for the annual London Design Festival. Conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans and building on London's existing design activity, their concept was to create an annual event that would promote the city's creativity, drawing in the country's greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to a deliver an unmissable celebration of design. The festival programme is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world.

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Europe England London Design Festivals Art Festivals September
London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival

London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival

Can't decide between beer and cider? It doesn't matter at the annual London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival. Held over three days each March in the Camden Centre (not far from King's Cross, St. Pancras tube station) the Campaign For Real Ale's (CAMRA) London gig has been attracting a wide cross-section of the capital's beer and cider loving community for over three decades. With over 150 real ales, ciders, perries and imported beers on offer and some good ol' fashioned home-cooked dishes to boot, it's not hard to see why.

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Europe England London Beer Festivals March
London Festival of Architecture

London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture is a month-long city-wide celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking, learning and practice featuring debates, exhibitions, film screenings, walks, cycle rides, open studios and family events which focus on the importance of architecture and design in London today. There's an active programme of architectural installations and interventions designed to provoke questions about the future life of the city and to promote positive change to the city's public realm. The festival also has a global focus with the International Architectural Showcase, organised by the British Council, highlighting innovative work from architecture practices around the world.

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Europe England London Design Festivals June
London Jazz Festival

London Jazz Festival

London's annual celebration of jazz continues to grow and grow, enabled by a strong network of relationships with artists, venues, producers and sponsors. The London Jazz Festival programme features international and home-grown stars from across the generations and a number of themes can be found running through the Festival. Premieres, commissions, collaborations and family-friendly work are in abundance and around a quarter of the 250-plus events are free. There is much to explore and looking beyond the concert halls and clubs you will find a series of talks, masterclasses and workshops offering an open door into the music and its history.

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Europe England London Jazz Festivals November
London Marathon

London Marathon

As one of the six World Marathon Majors, the London Marathon has been attracting a world-class field of distance athletes for over three decades. On a spring day each April, up to 30,000 amateurs and pros push off from three points in and around Greenwich and pound out the largely flat course around the River Thames and past many of the city's landmarks before finishing in The Mall alongside St. James's Palace. If the weather's on song, London celebrates its Marathon like few other cities. Thousands of fancy dressed competitors add to the on-course entertainment. The participants are a generous bunch too, their fundraising efforts for the 2009 event raised over £47.2 million for charity and in the process landed the London Marathon in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest annual fund raising event in the world.

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Europe England London Marathons, Triathlons and Fun Runs April
Lovebox Festival

Lovebox Festival

The Lovebox Festival is the brainchild of London-based electronic music duo, Groove Armada. The event kicked off in 2003 to celebrate the anniversary of the Lovebox club nights that were then being hosted at Brick Lane's, 93 Feet East. More than a decade on and the Lovebox Festival has carved out a comfortable niche amongst festival-goers as a wonderfully creative urban fest with a real rural feel. Despite its strong and ongoing ties with electronica, Lovebox has expanded its musical parameters to include a variety of genres from indie, rock, and pop through to world music. The two-day festival also includes circus performers, cabaret and fringe acts.

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Europe England London Electronic Dance Music Festivals Indie Rock Festivals July
Maldon Mud Race

Maldon Mud Race

Since 2001 the folk of Maldon in Essex have kept a dirty little secret. Come April each year they dress to the nines, gather in large numbers in the local Promenade Park and then make a crazed charge across the River Blackwater and back. The Maldon Mud Race is a frightfully dirty affair, as the name suggests but what better way to get yourself in shape for summer, than a mad mud dash through a freezing river! The whole bash is to raise money for local charity and there's tons of prizes up for grabs. So if you don't mind getting down and dirty, why not make a day of it.

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Europe England Maldon Bizarre Festivals Charity Events April
Manchester Day Parade

Manchester Day Parade

Conceived with the ambition of celebrating the creativity and diversity synonymous with Manchester, today the Manchester Day Parade attracts more than 50,000 proud Mancunians to the streets of the city to witness a wonderful array of costumes, music, dance and incredible structures.

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Europe England Manchester Street Parades Community Festivals June
Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival

Renowned for it's cutting edge content and originality, every second year the Manchester International Festival puts on a performing arts extravaganza, bringing world-class art, dance, theatre and music to the city and it's communities. If you're in Manchester when it's on, get along, and then if you get the chance, get along again.

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Europe England Manchester Art Festivals Performing Arts Festivals July
Manchester Science Festival

Manchester Science Festival

Play, create and experiment with your scientific side at the annual Manchester Science Festival. The ten day event brings together a unique blend of art, make-it workshops, performances and big experiences for all ages across the Greater Manchester area. The Festival's playful and imaginative programme invites visitors to immerse themselves in science, ideas and innovation. Events take place in cultural and unusual venues around the city, in Salford, Bolton and across Greater Manchester.

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Europe England Manchester Science and Technology Festivals October
Moira Canal Festival

Moira Canal Festival

Bone up on your local Derbyshire history and help out a wonderful cause whilst you enjoy a programme packed with family friendly events, at the annual Moira Canal Festival. Held on the restored section of the Ashby Canal at the historic Moira Furnace Museum over a weekend each May, the Moira Canal Festival features a range of catering, trade, charity and heritage related stalls, boats of all shapes and sizes and a vintage car display.

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Europe England Moira Community Festivals Family Festivals May
National Winter Ales Festival

National Winter Ales Festival

As well as hosting the Champion Winter Beer of Britain Competition, the National Winter Ales Festival offers beer lovers from across the UK the chance to taste over 400 real ales spanning mild, bitters, best bitters, strong bitters, golden ales and speciality beers along with a selection of meads, ciders and perries and international bottled beers. Hosted at Derby's historic Roundhouse, the four-day festival will feature four brewery bars and a range of food ad snacks designed to be paired with your drink of choice.

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Europe England Derby Beer Festivals February
Newcastle Upon Tyne Vegan Festival

Newcastle Upon Tyne Vegan Festival

Join the growing numbers of Brits who insist their food comes free from animal products, at the annual Newcastle upon Tyne Vegan Festival. The festival will feature around 150 companies exhibiting everything from vegan food and drink to ethical clothing, gifts and cosmetics, with plenty exhibitors offering up a free sample or two. There will be presentations from a selection of high-profile vegans, documentaries espousing the vegan lifestyle and information from animal sanctuaries and animal rights campaigners.

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Europe England Newcastle Upon Tyne Food Festivals July
Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Norfolk and Norwich Festival

With roots dating back to 1772, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival is one of the oldest city festivals in England. For the great majority of those years, the festival devoted itself to classical musical with performances by many big-name musicians, composers and conductors. Whilst maintaining its classical lean, today's programme mixes things up a little with contemporary music, international theatre and dance, circus performances, visual arts and a celebrated children's programme added to the NNF mix.

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Europe England Norwich Classical Music and Opera Festivals Performing Arts Festivals May
Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

For a little over 360 days a year the trendy West London suburb of Notting Hill is a tranquil leafy locale ruled by the latte and boutique beer set. But all that changes on the August bank holiday weekend as the Notting Hill Carnival — one of Europe's largest street parties — swings and sways its way into W11. The sharp blast from ten thousand whistles and the heavy thud of hardcore bass can be heard from as far away as Hyde Park. As well as a couple of larger stages — featuring international headline acts — and a plethora of smaller ones, impromptu performers roam the streets while many locals clear the floorboards at home and pump up the volume to cater for friends or those from the outside masses who like what they hear. Even the food sellers join in the aural assault, and there's certainly enough of them. Blackened corn on the cob is the festival staple with jerk chicken a delicious, close run second. It's usually the spectacle, energy and colour of Monday's festival parade that most visitors to Notting Hill Carnival are there to see. Dozens of floats ranging in size from the modest to the mobile party make there way along Ladbroke and Westbourne Groves. Calypso tunes blast out from speakers the size of small sedans. Colourful costumed dancers strut their stuff in time to their own floats beat. Swaying onlookers crowd ten and fifteen deep, whistles blowing and dancing in the streets.

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Europe England London Carnival and Mardi Gras Street Parades Street Parties August
Raw Power

Raw Power

If your taste in music falls a pole apart from the poppy mainstream, perhaps you're looking for some Raw Power? Some of the very best in psych heaviness, space rock, synth craziness and left field electronica as they tear up the Dome and the Boston Arms in Tufnell Park over three days in August.

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Europe England London Heavy Metal Festivals August
Rebellion Festival

Rebellion Festival

Punk is alive and well — kicking and screaming in fact — at Blackpool's annual, Rebellion Festival. For four days on six stages, with over 200 bands covering all genres of punk and alternative music, Rebellion is one of the world's largest punk festivals and a must for UK lovers of the stuff.

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Europe England Blackpool Punk Festivals Indie Rock Festivals August
Rewind South

Rewind South

Calling all children of the eighties. It's time to slip into that spandex, pop in those shoulder pads and tease up that hair (higher...no...higher). That's right, it's time to rewind. Grab some friends and take a trip down memory lane this summer at one of three UK Rewind Festivals. For three days and three nights you can catch some of your favourite acts from the decade that fashion neglected. Past performers read like the back of an eighties compilation album with acts like Rick Astley, Bananarama, Billy Ocean and the Village People playing to the thousands of fans. Our tip: pack neon and prepare to party like it's 1999.

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Europe England Henley-on-Thames Popular Music Festivals August
Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot

Grab some friends, dress to the nines and head for Ascot Racecourse for the premier event on the British flat-racing calendar, Royal Ascot. Over a quarter of million people make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascot week, making it Europe's best-attended race meeting. All up there are sixteen group races on offer over the five days of Ascot Race Week. Today, the event is as much about the fashion and the who's who of the Royal Enclosure as it is about dashing thoroughbreds and flying turf, especially during Thursday's Gold Cup Day when the ladies and their gravity-defying headwear steal the limelight. The Royal Enclosure, Ascot's Fort Knox, may be the place to hobnob with high-society but there's much more fun to be had on the outer. Celebrations ratchet up as the day gathers pace, irrespective of the temperamental British weather.

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Europe England Ascot Horse Racing Events Sporting Events June
Royal International Air Tattoo

Royal International Air Tattoo

That are few events that can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the Air Tattoo. For three days each July this aviation extravaganza provides a packed programme of thrilling action in the air — from supersonic jets to giant transporters and historic aircraft — as well as non-stop entertainment on the ground. With in excess of 140,000 visitors and support from the Royal Air Force and some of the world's leading aerospace companies, the Air Tattoo is acknowledged as not only the world's largest military airshow but also one of the UK's premier outdoor events for the whole family.

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Europe England Fairford Air Shows Family Festivals July
Sheffield DocFest

Sheffield DocFest

Since its inception in 1994 — when it was no more than a handful of screenings, two masterclasses, and a party — Sheffield Doc/Fest has grown into one of the largest and most important documentary film festivals in the world. Today's programme spans six days and features exciting new documentaries sourced from all over the world. Doc/Fest is also a significant event for the global film industry where buyers, film distributors and producers come to meet documentary film-makers in an attempt to uncover the next big thing.

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Europe England Sheffield Film Festivals June
South West Four

South West Four

Join dozens of the world's premier DJs, live acts, la crème de la crème of the underground and tens of thousands of dance devotees as they descend en masse on Clapham Common for the South West Four Weekender. For lovers of house, electro, techno and trance, SW4s programme is hard to fault, especially when the weather's on song and the tunes are pumping. So dress light and head south west my dancing friend.

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Europe England London Electronic Dance Music Festivals August
Splendour Festival

Splendour Festival

The picturesque grounds of Wollaton Hall play host to Nottingham's Splendour Festival — a one day family friendly extravaganza of pop and rock spread over four stages. Past programmes have included the likes of the Pet Shop Boys, Scissor Sisters, Madness, The Pogues and Blondie.

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Europe England Nottingham Popular Music Festivals Rock Festivals July
St. Patrick's Day (London)

St. Patrick's Day (London)

Everyone's Irish for a day at London's celebration of Saint Patrick's Day. Don your emerald green and head to London central to join the craic for Ireland's big national day. Begin at Picadilly and take in the start of the St. Patrick's Day Parade with it's spectacular floats and colourful marching bands. Then make your way to a packed Trafalgar Square for an Irish-inspired programme of song, dance and comedy. When formal festivities die down, head for one of the myriad Irish pubs that dot Covent Garden and London's West End for a pint of the good stuff.

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Europe England London National Festivals Street Parades March
Takedown Festival

Takedown Festival

Lovers of post-hardcore unite! Get ready for volume and make your way to Southampton Uni for the annual Takedown Festival. More than a dozen bands on four stages for one night only. Over 18 and looking to kick on after Takedown? Check out the after-show details.

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Europe England Southampton Heavy Metal Festivals Indie Rock Festivals March
Taste of London

Taste of London

For five days each June, London's Regent Park transforms into a gourmet's Eden. Taste of London is the ultimate alfresco feast with incredible restaurants, delicious dishes, exquisite wines and a stellar line-up of live entertainment to make it the social event of the summer. Pick up a taste ticket which lasts for a four hour session of sampling tapas size dishes from 40 of London's hottest restaurants in the one stunning location. Skip brekky and be sure to don those comfy trousers.

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Europe England London Food Festivals June
The Championships Wimbledon

The Championships Wimbledon

For two weeks each June and July, the sporting world turns its attention to the leafy London 'burb of Wimbledon for the Championships — the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. Our advice? Get along to the opening week and mix your time between the show courts and the outside courts where you can get much closer to the action, and if you're lucky, catch some big names ripping up the grass while you're at it. No visit to the action in SW19 would be complete without a little strawberries and cream and a splash of Pimms, both Wimbledon institutions.

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Europe England London Sporting Events June
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

With its signature blend of award winning writers, world-renowned thinkers and international star names, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is a hotbed of debate and discussion with a unique regency style. With more than 500 writers and over 500 events, the Cheltenham Literature Festival again promises to be an exhilarating ten day celebration of the written word for literature lovers of all ages.

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Europe England Cheltenham Literature Festivals Book Fairs October
Totally Thames

Totally Thames

The annual Mayor's Thames Festival is London's only river-focused multi-arts festival and the largest of its kind in the world. Spanning the month of September, the Thames Festival promotes activities that reach up to the source of the Thames and down to its mouth. Since its launch in 1997 with a spectacular wire walk across the Thames, it has been key to attracting millions of people to the central London stretch of the river between Westminster and Tower Bridges with its eclectic mix of art, music and river-focused events and activities. Today the festival extends its reach to include the 42-mile London stretch of the river and the 17 boroughs it runs through, making it the biggest season of river-focused events in the world. The programme includes a range of inspiring art commissions, bespoke environmental activities, river races and rallies, cruises, walks, talks and live performances.

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Europe England London Nautical Events Family Festivals September
Truck Festival

Truck Festival

Well into its second decade, Oxfordshire's Truck is one of the most respected events on the UK festival circuit. Having welcomed some of the biggest names in music to the stage — often before they were huge — along with a load of local talent, it also carries a reputation as the country's most warped village fete. Spanking toilets and that fact revellers can bring along their own food and drink, certainly help mount a compelling case for a two-day trip to Oxfordshire this July.

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Europe England Oxford Indie Rock Festivals Rock Festivals July
V Festival

V Festival

A staple of the UK summer music festival calendar, the V Festival has been held across two comely stately parks for one epic cross-country weekend of live music since 1996. Reputedly it was Pulp's front man, Jarvis Cocker's idea to play an outdoor venue in the north and another in the south over the same weekend and V was born. Today, the V Festival takes place simultaneously at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire, with world-class indie, rock, pop, r 'n' b and hip-hop acts taking to the stage at one venue on the Saturday and the other on the Sunday.

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Europe England Chelmsford Indie Rock Festivals Rock Festivals August
V-Dub Island

V-Dub Island

The iconic vee-dub takes centre stage for five days each August at the Isle of Wight's, V-Dub Island. Volkswagen aficionados travel from all over the UK and as far afield as continental Europe for a long weekend of family friendly, VW themed entertainment (including an auto jumble and a show and shine competition) and plenty of live music. Polish that bonnet in preparation for Saturday morning's drive-out through the Isle of Wight's postcard-pretty countryside. So if you love your dub, pack your tent and camp up with thousands of like minded Volkswagen lovers this August.

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Europe England Isle of Wight Motor Shows Collectors Festivals August
Wilderness Festival

Wilderness Festival

Oxfordshire's Wilderness Festival is fast gaining a reputation as one of the finest boutique fests in the UK. Set in the postcard-perfect Cornbury Park — with its 800-year old deer park ringed to the south by a band of ornamental lakes — Wilderness ticks all the setting boxes for a start. Add a top shelf lineup of international acts (despite its size) and a plethora of posh nosh, featuring lots of organic and ethically sourced produce and you're three from three. There's an open-air spa with hot tubs, a sauna and a lake for those who fancy and a dip and even the loos are step up from the usual.

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Europe England Oxford Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals August
Wireless Festival

Wireless Festival

Wireless is the premier multi-day festival set in North London's Finsbury Park. Over three stages, Wireless delivers the biggest and best of today's dance, pop, r 'n' b and rock acts mixed with some hip, young newcomers. The now legendary dance day has seen some incredible performances in the past from Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Underworld, Deadmau5, Dizzee Rascal, Klaxons, 2manydjs and LCD Soundsystem. Past years have included headliners of world-renown such as Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake P!nk, Depeche Mode, Kasabian, Morrissey, Kanye West, Massive Attack, White Stripes and The Strokes. Coupled with the amazing music, Wireless hosts an array of festival activity — a massive beer garden, food stalls, chill out areas and interactive games.

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Europe England London Popular Music Festivals Electronic Dance Music Festivals July
World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

Black Pudding throwing has been around for...well, I'm not entirely sure to be honest. What I do know: Contestants assemble at at the Royal Oak pub to fling black puddings at a stack of Yorkshire puddings piled atop a plinth 20 feet off the ground. The rules: You can throw three competition standard six ounce puddings, underarm only. Whoever fells the most Yorkshire puddings is the winner. Why? Again, we've hit a bit of a grey area. My advice, get along and draw your own conclusions.

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Europe England Ramsbottom Bizarre Festivals September
World Championship of Hen Racing

World Championship of Hen Racing

When you think of the fastest card-carrying members of the animal kingdom, the cheetah, the greyhound, the thoroughbred steed, even the ostrich may spring to mind; but the chicken? Well, for one day each August at the Barley Mow Inn in the picturesque Derbyshire village of Bonsall, the humble hen takes centre stage — and the starting blocks — at the annual World Championships of Hen Racing. Whilst the speeds attained are far from breakneck, there's no arguing that for pure entertainment value alone, it's hard to go past chicken racing.

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Europe England Bonsall Bizarre Festivals August
World Conker Championships

World Conker Championships

Bonkers for conkers? Why not try your hand at the World Conker Championships held at Shuckburgh Arms in Southwick. For the uninitiated, conkers is a British schoolyard pastime in which the hard shelled fruit of the horse chestnut tree (conkers) are threaded onto a length of string. Two contestants then stand off and take it in turns swinging their conker in attempt to knock their contestants conker free. Personally I'd rather bake 'em for 40 minutes and serve them with butter and salt, but that's just me.

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Europe England Peterborough Bizarre Festivals October
World Egg Throwing Championships

World Egg Throwing Championships

The Lincolnshire hamlet of Swaton is home to one of Britain's more eggcentric competitive gatherings; the annual World Egg Throwing Championships. Contestants scramble over distances of up to thirty metres in pursuit of an airborne ovum. One thing's assured; a cracking time is had by all but the winner. No yolk!

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Europe England Swaton Bizarre Festivals Family Festivals June
World Nettle Eating Championships

World Nettle Eating Championships

Those wacky Brits are at it again and this one's really hard to swallow. With nothing more than a little of the amber nectar for lubrication, competitors in the annual World Nettle Eating Championships — held each June at the Bottle Inn in Marshwood — have an hour to shovel into their necks, as many stinging nettle leaves as they can stomach. Food for thought that!

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Europe England Lyme Regis Bizarre Festivals June
World's Biggest Liar Competition

World's Biggest Liar Competition

If we're honest, we've all bent the truth at least once or twice. Just some of us do it with a little more panache than others. But only a very select group of men and women have ever been crowned, The World's Biggest Liar. Each year the Bridge Inn in the Cumbrian town of Wasdale plays host to a competition to find that very person. If you think you've got the goods to mix it with the best liars in the world, why not make your way to the Santon Bridge Inn in Cumbria.

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Europe England Holmrook Bizarre Festivals November

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