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Events & Festivals

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Events & Festivals

Throughout the summer, you can find a whole host of events taking place all over the UK. From traditional summer carnivals and glorious sporting occasions, to impressive classic car shows and popular Victorian celebrations - there’s sure to be something to suit you!

Our Calendar of Events provides just a small selection of some of the fantastic, poignant and quirky events that you can discover while on holiday with us. Why not choose a break that coincides with one of these wonderful festivals to get even more out of your break?

Find out more about the many events you could enjoy with our handy calendar now.

 

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  • The Grand National, Aintree
  • Experience the most-anticipated race meet in the UK, with 40 runners and riders competing at Aintree Racecourse. Book your break to the Grand National now.

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  • 7th - 9th April
  • Colwyn Bay’s Forties Festival
  • Featuring live ‘40s-style music, displays and themed entertainment, Colwyn Bay’s Forties Festival offers up everything from vintage vehicles to demonstrations, and much more.

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  • 16th - 17th April
  • Harrogate Flower Show
  • One of the UK’s largest and most prestigious gardening events, this flower show boasts everything from show gardens and floral art marquees, to cookery theatres and craft stalls.

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  • 21st - 24th April
  • Eastbourne Magnificent Motors
  • Eastbourne’s Magnificent Motors is one of the South Coast’s largest free motoring events, with hundreds of vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and buses on display.

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  • 30th April - 1st May
  • Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza
  • First started in 1986, the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza brings the best of Victorian splendour to this charming town, with maypole dancing, street theatre and a window dressing competition.

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  • 30th April - 1st May
  • Weymouth Beach Kite Festival
  • Kites of all shapes and sizes take to the skies over this excellent weekend - expect to see everything from enormous flying teddy bear kites to giant penguin kites!

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  • 30th April - 1st May
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  • Norfolk & Norwich Festival
  • The innovative and inspirational Norfolk & Norwich Festival is one of the UK’s most significant arts festivals, bringing a wide range of theatre productions together to suit a variety of audiences.

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  • 13th - 29th May
  • Bath Fringe Festival
  • Visit cultural Bath to enjoy the annual Fringe Festival, hosting all manner of events - experience theatre, art exhibitions, stand-up comedy and everything in-between during this excellent event.

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  • 27th May - 12th June
  • Llandudno Air Festival
  • This superb air show features an action-packed programme, complete with amazing aerobatics to astound, all of which is in aid of Blind Veterans UK and Services charities.

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  • 28th May
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  • The Royal Bath & West Show
  • England’s biggest and best celebration of rural life, the Royal Bath & West Show takes place over four days and includes cider championships, a food and drink festival, and livestock exhibitions.

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  • 1st - 4th June
  • Great North Swim, Windermere
  • Europe’s largest open water swimming event sees over 10,000 participants swim over varying distances in Windermere, as well as hosting energising elite races with famous swimming athletes.

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  • 12th June
  • Eastbourne Triathlon
  • Cheer on those taking part in this amazing event, as participants swim 600m, cycle 25km and complete a 5km run up and down St Bede’s hill - it’s sure to be amazing!

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  • 12th June
  • Harrogate 1940s Day
  • Step back in time with this excellent day out, as attendees don 40s-style dress. Admire the many 40s stalls and classic 40s vehicles, and enjoy traditional entertainment from the era.

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  • 19th June
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  • Round the Island Race, Isle of Wight
  • 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?

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  • 2nd July
  • Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival
  • Stratford’s riverside will be alive with free events, activities and exciting entertainment during this great festival, which showcases the town’s best exhibitors and live acts.

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  • 2nd - 3rd July
  • 999 Emergency Display, Eastbourne
  • 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.

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  • 2nd - 3rd July
  • The Great Yorkshire Show
  • Bringing the best of British farming to the forefront, the Great Yorkshire Show showcases agriculture and rural life through a variety of demonstrations, exhibitions and competitions.

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  • 12th - 14th July
  • Great Yarmouth Summer Fireworks
  • Watch as Great Yarmouth’s sky lights up with a shower of beautiful fireworks. With so many great places from which to admire these fireworks; admire the displays taking place along the esplanade and pier.

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  • 13th July - 31st August
  • Loch Lomond Highland Games
  • Now one of the top highland games events held in Scotland, the Loch Lomond games feature traditional competitions, including piping, wrestling, cycling and heavyweight events.

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  • 16th July
  • Eastbourne Extreme
  • Eastbourne Extreme is known for its thrilling outdoor pursuits, and, with everything from Roller Derby to zorbing, there’s sure to be something for everyone here!

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  • 16th - 17th July
  • Sandown Carnival
  • One of the Isle of Wight’s best carnivals, enjoy themed parades, illuminations, treasure hunts and excellent celebrations throughout this fantastic event!

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  • 30th July
  • West Highland Yachting Week, Oban
  • Now the West Coast’s largest sailing event, this historic sailing regatta brings over 1,000 competitors from all over the world and combines competitive racing with family-friendly events.

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  • 30th July - 5th August
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  • Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, Harrogate
  • Fans of Gilbert and Sullivan will adore this festival, which sees some of the theatrical duo’s best performances re-enacted, along with various other entertaining fringe events in historical Harrogate.

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  • 3rd - 21st August
  • Dornoch Highland Gathering
  • Dating from 1887, the Dornoch Highland Gathering is a focal point of the summer season in this historical town, featuring athletics, racing, Highland dancing, piping and more.

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  • 5th August
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Set against the inspiring backdrop of the Scottish capital’s ancient Castle, this internationally acclaimed event features almost 1,000 musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers.

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  • 5th - 27th August
  • Bournemouth Air Festival
  • Known for being one of the most thrilling air shows in the UK, this amazing festival features displays from the Royal Air Force, the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy, as well as other excellent aviation displays.

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  • 18th - 21th August
  • Whitby Regatta
  • 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!

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  • 19th - 22nd August
  • Bute Highland Games
  • Discover Scotland’s amazing traditions at the Bute Highland Games, with pipe bands, Highland dancing, and many competitive events to enjoy such as wrestling and running.

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  • 20th August
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  • Blackpool Illuminations
  • Enjoy a front-row ticket to see the amazing Blackpool Illuminations - the greatest free show on earth! Blackpool Illuminations have been part of British life since 1879 and continue to be an electrifying experience for visitors.

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  • 2nd September - 6th November
  • Braemar Gathering
  • The Braemar Gathering dates from the days of King Malcolm Canmore and various gatherings have been held here for over 900 years. A fantastic experience; with the Queen herself attending to enjoy the games!

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  • 3rd September
  • WaterFest Weymouth
  • Celebrate Weymouth’s excellent maritime heritage with this great free festival, complete with sailing, diving, craft fairs and stalls serving delicious seafood - there’s something for everyone!

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  • 3rd - 4th September
  • Grand Prix of the Sea, Bournemouth
  • Be wowed by amazing powerboat and jet-ski racing throughout this excellent free event. As well as water-sports, the event will also host a fantastic range of on-shore activities and live musical entertainment.

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  • 10th - 11th September
  • St Ives September Festival
  • The St Ives September Festival celebrates music and the arts, with everything from workshops, films, stand-up comedy, theatre and poetry on offer, and all set against the beautiful backdrop of this coastal town.

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  • 10th - 24th September
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