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Events & Festivals Events & Festivals

We've gathered details of the best events in the UK. Many of these fantastic events have FREE ENTRY, so time your holiday to fit around these and you can have lots of extra fun, for no extra cost!

Select a month to see all the events that are on then. Click the name of the event for more information, or click the resort name to start planning your holiday. Enjoy!

May Events:

Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival 31st May

Make the most of a great day out, enjoying the wonderful Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival. This huge parade involves over 1,500 walkers and is always cheered on by more than 25,000 fans and supporters.

South Coast 
Bournemouth Wheels Festival 29th - 31st May

The Bournemouth Wheels Festival is dedicated to showcasing the most spectacular wheeled transport displays, and is ideal for all the family. Taking place along the seafront, this event provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy some fantastic entertainment.

South Coast
Exmouth Kite Festival 30th - 31st May

Cast your eyes to the skies and admire the impressive aerial displays at the Exmouth Kite Festival to observe the many different kites on display, and enjoy the fabulous aerobatic skills!

Devon & Cornwall
Chelsea Flower Show 19th - 23rd May
Discover one of the Royal Horticultural Society’s acclaimed annual London Flower Shows, which attracts visitors and exhibitors from all over the world, with its spectacular sea of floral colour, providing endless inspiration and lasting memories. London 

June Events:

Round the Island Race 27th June

Regularly attracting over 1,700 boats, the Round the Island Race is one of the largest yacht races in the world. Why not head out and find one of the many vantage points around the island to watch the race progress?

South Coast 
Ilfracombe Victorian Festival 11th - 17th June

With two parades, a variety of activities, garden parties and local competitions, the Ilfracombe Victorian Festival entertains locals and visitors alike! Organised entirely by volunteers, why not explore and discover this charming event!

Devon & Cornwall
Green Fingers Festival (at the Eden Project) 1st - 21st June

Enjoy a special insider tour taking us behind the scenes to learn more about how the world-class horticultural exhibits are managed. The horticultural team will also be on hand, sharing their expert knowledge on everything from composting to exotic and ornamental gardening!

Devon & Cornwall
Castle Howard Flower Festival 25th - 28th June
Yorkshire’s finest history house and gardens, this festival fills the house with bursts of colour and fragrance. The Flower Festival takes inspiration from the impressive surroundings of Castle Howard. Yorkshire 

July Events:

Torbay Carnival Week July & August

The English Riviera always comes alive with this superb charity event and hosts a spectacular celebration

Devon & Cornwall  
Hampton Court Flower Show 2nd - 5th July
The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the world's largest annual show in an idyllic setting, showcasing dazzling displays and magnificent gardens, with the beautiful palace as a backdrop. Simply a wonderful day out. London 
999 Emergency Services Display, Eastbourne 11th - 12th July

The 999 Emergency Services Display, held annually on the seafront, is an exciting event that's always interesting and is organised by the local emergency services and RNLI.

South Coast
Sandringham Flower Show 29th July

Sandringham Flower Show is known for being one of the UK’s most prestigious horticultural events of the year, and is always filled with beautiful show-gardens that feature amazing floral displays and landscaping expertise.

Norfolk & The Broads
Flower Show Tatton Park 22nd - 26th July

The annual RHS Flower Show at beautiful Tatton Park is a key event in the Cheshire calendar. Set in the beautiful surroundings of this historic estate, with fantastic floral displays to discover, this is the ideal event for both keen gardeners and novices.

Cheshire & The Peak District

August Events:

Bournemouth Air Festival 20th - 23rd August

The Bournemouth Air Festival is known for being one of the most thrilling air shows in the UK, with amazing displays from the Royal Air Force, the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy, as well as an assortment of other excellent aviation displays.

South Coast  
Dawlish Air Festival 22nd August

The Dawlish Air Festival is one of the most popular free air festivals in the whole of the UK. Over 80,000 people attend the air show to watch as famous aircraft take to the skies, including military jets such as Harrier, Tornado and Typhoon jets.

Devon & Cornwall
Blackpool Air Show 10th - 11th August

The Blackpool Air Show is one of this seaside town’s most amazing events, with both classic and modern planes taking to the skies to wow visitors with pilots’ aerobatic abilities.

Lake District & North West Coast
Paignton’s Big Day Out 8th August

Paignton’s Big Day Out is a free, fun day in the Palace Avenue Gardens with singers, entertainment, refreshments and local food stalls. A great day to be enjoyed in the sunshine of the English Riviera!

Devon & Cornwall
Eastbourne Airbourne 13th - 16th August

With a thrilling line up including military fast jets, helicopters, incredible aerobatic displays and the Red Arrows, Eastbourne Airbourne is one of the best free airshow in the UK!

South Coast
Southport Flower Show 20th - 23rd August

The Southport Flower Show, held every year, features stunning show gardens, fine flower and vegetable displays, specialist food and books for all to enjoy.

Lake District & North West Coast
Whitby Regatta 9th - 11th August

The Whitby Regatta is a fantastic event for fans of yacht racing and rowing, and with over 170 years of history it’s also one of area’s oldest sea regattas!

Whitby Regatta

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