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27th - 28th November 2020 Harwich

Illuminate Festival

The Illuminate Festival returns to Harwich, bigger and bolder than ever before, as part of a year of worldwide Mayflower 400 celebrations.
27th & 28th August 2020, Clacton seafront

Clacton Airshow

2020 will once again see Clacton’s award-winning seafronts and west greensward be transformed over two days into a fun-filled display/event site and flight viewing area.
3rd May 2020, Promenade Park, Maldon

Maldon Mud Race

Join the thousands who gather to watch contestants brave the mud race! The event features c. 300 entrants, all of whom will be raising money for charities.
Various dates - London

London Fashion Week – Consumer Event

The ultimate fashion industry event, where the world’s top designers showcase their latest collections via catwalk shows, plus curated talks, designer shopping and trend presentations.
14th - 15th August 2019, Plymouth

British Firework Championships

The British Firework Championships will return this August, offering two nights of spectacular pyrotechnics that will illuminate Plymouth Sound. Six top firework companies will battle it out over two nights, each putting on an awe-inspiring ten minute display.
1st January every year - Scotland

Stoats Loony Dook – Consumer Event

Welcome 2018 with a splash! Join the thousands of ‘Dookers’ taking part in this annual dip in the freezing River Forth after their march along the High Street as part of the Dooker Parade.
25th January every year - Scotland

Burns’ Night – Consumer Event

Every January Scotland celebrates the birthday of Robert Burns - the national poet of Scotland - with food, drams, dancing and verse at events across the country.
15th November 2019 – 2nd January 2020, Bournemouth

Christmas Tree Wonderland

A unique festival trail with spectacular Christmas trees from around the world! Experience the magical spectacle of hundreds of glittering trees from around the world. See them shimmer against the night skies along our pine-scented walkways. Expore the Alpine Market and skate under the stars in our enchanting Victorian gardens. Enjoy live music, entertainment and illuminations around the resort.
31st May - 2nd June 2019, Plymouth

Flavour Fest

Returning for its 15th year, Flavour Fest is the South West’s largest free food and drink festival. Nearly 100 stalls showcase the best produce that the South West has to offer and the chef stage features an exciting programme, this year headlined by Masterchef judge and presenter John Torode.
Late January every year - Scotland

Up Helly Aa – Consumer Event

This annual event is Europe’s largest fire festival and involves a torch-lit procession, the burning of a Viking long ship and a ceilidh that lasts late into the night.
29th June 2019, Plymouth

Plymouth Armed Forces Day

The annual celebration of Plymouth’s proud military history will will include special commemorations for the RAF’s 100th anniversary. Over 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the event which includes parades, an arena programme, static displays and a free evening concert.
November - January every year - London

Winter Wonderland – Consumer Event

A true family favourite, Winter Wonderland returns to London's Hyde Park with big top shows, the observation wheel and a huge Christmas market. As well as the stunning ice rink, Winter Wonderland includes gentle rides for younger children.
February Annually - The North of England

Jorvik Viking Festival – Consumer Event

The annual Jorvik Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage organised by the York Archaeological Trust, creators of Jorvik Viking Centre.
February - London

Imagine Festival – Consumer Event

Imagine offers a packed programme of free and ticketed events for all ages, from opera for babies to talks for adults - plus the chance for children to meet some of their favourite authors, who will bring much-loved characters to life.
February - March every year - Wales, England, and Scotland.

RBS Six Nations Rugby – Consumer Event

The 19th Six Nations Championship for England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales will see matches take place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Twickenham Stadium in London, and Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.
25th July - 26 August 2019 - Scotland

Edinburgh Art Festival – Consumer Event

Britain's largest annual celebration of visual art, Edinburgh Art Festival attracts more than 250,000 visitors each year for a diverse and vibrant programme of exhibitions and events.
13th - 16th June 2019 - South East England

Isle of Wight Festival – Consumer Event

This popular music festival, on the famous island situated off the south coast of England, has impressive musical heritage and a popular line up of headliners each year.
29th August - 1st September 2019 Bournemouth

Bournemouth Air Festival

The annual celebration of Plymouth’s proud military history will will include special commemorations for the RAF’s 100th anniversary. Over 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the event which includes parades, an arena programme, static displays and a free evening concert.
1st January every year - London

New Year’s Day Parade – Consumer Event

London’s New Year’s Day Parade has evolved into one of the world’s great street spectaculars, with around 10,000 performers from across the world and a street-side audience approaching 500,000.
21st - 22nd September 2019 - Wales

Abergavenny Food Festival – Consumer Event

The annual festival returns to celebrate the exquisite produce of some 200 food exhibitors as well as featuring master-classes from top-flight chefs, tutored tastings and food talks with food writers and critics.
25th - 28th July 2019 - South West England

Bestival – Consumer Event

This award winning four-day boutique music festival set at the Lulworth Estate, Dorset, is well known for its fancy dress themed days (usually on the Saturday during the festival).
25th - 26th May - Central England

Birmingham Pride – Consumer Event

The second largest city in England hosts its annual gay pride, a technicolour spectacular celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture.
5th November every year - England, Scotland and Wales

Bonfire Night – Consumer Event

Britain's night skies light up with blazing bonfires and sparkling fireworks to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night
4th – 26th May 2019 - South East England

Brighton Festival – Consumer Event

Brighton is known as a place that welcomes diversity, creativity and innovative thinking, and its annual festival celebrates this pioneering spirit and experimental approach.
3rd May – 2nd June 2019 - South East England

Brighton Fringe Festival – Consumer Event

As part of Brighton Festival, this fringe celebration of all things creative consists of hundreds of events and performances across a hugely eclectic range of art forms.
1st - 14th July 2019 - South West England

Bristol Pride – Consumer Event

Bristol Pride is a week-long LGBT festival that culminates in a massive outdoor music and arts festival which takes place in Castle Park.
20th July -  29th September 2019 - London

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening – Consumer Event

Explore the lavishly furnished State Rooms – where the Queen and members of the Royal Family receive and entertain guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions – and witness some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection.
12th - 14th July 2019 - Central England

Formula 1 British Grand Prix – Consumer Event

The jewel in the crown of British Motorsports, Silverstone is a fast circuit with a series of complex high-speed turns, and a short straight to add to the excitement – average cornering speeds are higher than at any other championship racetrack.
27th May 2019 - Central England

Cheese Rolling – Consumer Event

A passion for cheese is a must for this annual event, which involves daredevils hurling themselves down the steep, grassy slopes of Coopers Hill, near Gloucester, in pursuit of Double Gloucester cheeses.
10th – 17th August 2019 - South East England

Cowes Week – Consumer Event

As one of the sailing calendar’s biggest events, Cowes Week brings together the world’s biggest sailing stars and more than 1,000 yachts and 8,000 competitors taking part in top-class sailing.
24th June 2019 - Scotland

Glasgow Mela – Consumer Event

Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival lights up Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park every summer in a kaleidoscope of colours and taste from around the globe with a world of music, dance and performance.
30th March – 7th April 2019 - South East England

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival – Consumer Event

Over 350 writers flock to this famous university city to discuss literary, political, historical, environmental and culinary affairs for this eight-day festival, hosted in Christ Church College among its Tudor hall and cloisters.
13th - 15th September 2019 - South East England

Goodwood Revival – Consumer Event

Each September the famous historic Goodwood Motor Circuit recreates the golden era of its glorious heyday, bringing together the most historically significant, priceless machines, along with legendary drivers from past and present.
8th September 2019 - The North of England

Great North Run – Consumer Event

A series of professional and junior athletics activities on the Saturday of the Great North Run weekend has been developed over the last few years, using NewcastleGateshead Quaysides as a 'virtual arena'.
23rd May – 2nd June 2019

Hay Festival of Literature and Arts – Consumer Event

The renowned Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, held annually in a tented village on the edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, brings together some of the greatest contemporary practitioners and the most exciting new voices in literature and arts.
13th - 22nd September 2019 - Across England

Heritage Open Days – Consumer Event

Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
12th May – 21st September 2019 - Scotland

Highland Games – Consumer Event

Around 100 Highland games and gatherings take place in Scotland each year. Each one has a mix of piping, athletic events and Highland dancing.
31st December every year - Scotland

Hogmanay – Consumer Event

Hogmanay is what the Scots call New Year's Eve and the arrival of the New Year is always celebrated in style across the country.
2nd - 7th July 2019

International Eisteddfod – Consumer Event

Every year more than 4,000 singers from across the globe descend on the small town of Llangollen to compete in 25 different competitions celebrating song, music and dance, closing with the prestigious ‘Choir of the World’ where winning choirs compete for the Pavarotti Trophy.
13th - 22nd September 2019 - South West England

Jane Austen Festival – Consumer Event

Every year hundreds of Jane Austen fans descend on the city of Bath for one of the biggest Regency re-enactments and gatherings of Jane Austen fans in the world.
28th – 31st March 2019

London Coffee Festival – Consumer Event

Arabica aficionados can celebrate London coffee culture at this dedicated festival, which brings together a range of coffee-related activities under one roof, as well as art and food spin-off events.
19th – 21st July 2019 - The North of England

SummerTyne Americana Festival – Consumer Event

SummerTyne Americana Festival is an immensely popular weekend event that attracts visitors from across the world for a sizzling celebration of Americana music in and around the spectacular setting of Sage Gateshead, on the south bank of the river Tyne.
1st March every year - Wales

National St. David’s Day Parade – Consumer Event

The streets of the Welsh capital celebrate St. David and all things Welsh, including “eisteddfods”, traditional celebrations of Welsh culture and music. The day includes a parade through Cardiff city centre, starting at 12.30.
19th July - 14th September 2019 - London

The BBC Proms – Consumer Event

The Proms is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall.
17th - 18th May 2019 - The North of England

The Late Shows – Consumer Event

The Late Shows is an inspiring, late-night culture crawl programme of events and exhibitions centring on the cultural venues in NewcastleGateshead that are usually closed in the evening.
24th – 26th August 2019

Notting Hill Carnival – Consumer Event

London’s famous free Caribbean festival is the largest street party in Europe. The Carnival sets the streets on fire with great music, outrageous floats and fabulous costumes.
18th – 22nd June 2019 - South East England

Royal Ascot – Consumer Event

Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution and a major focus of the British social calendar, as well as being the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.
20th - 23rd June 2019 - Scotland

The Royal Highland Show – Consumer Event

One of Scotland’s most iconic events, the Royal Highland Show is a major highlight of the Scottish country calendar and firmly established as one of Europe’s most impressive celebrations of farming, food and rural life.
30th November every year - Scotland

St. Andrew’s Day – Consumer Event

Events celebrating the patron saint of Scotland, St Andrew, take place throughout the country and, in the past, have included some of Scotland’s historic attractions offering free entry for the day.
22nd – 25th July 2019 - Wales

The Royal Welsh Show – Consumer Event

A major event in the British agricultural calendar, the Royal Welsh Show consists of four days of livestock competitions and a wide range of activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, entertainment, attractions, displays, countryside sports, shopping, and food and drink.
July 2018 dates TBC - Wales

The Welsh Proms – Consumer Event

The Welsh Proms feature the world's top orchestras, soloists and conductors. There’s a strong classical programme but also jazz, soul, rock, dance and world music.
23rd April every year - Across England

St. George’s Day – Consumer Event

St George’s Day celebrates the patron saint of England with activities ranging from festivals, ‘dragon’ hunts and medieval banquets happening across England.