Consumer Events Calendar
November 2018 - January 2019 Dates TBC - London
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.
12th - 15th July 2018 - Scotland
Watch some of the world’s leading golfers at their very best at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, being held at Gullane Golf Club.
25th - 28th January - South West England
Held annually at Bristol’s Colston Hall, the Silent Comedy Film Gala celebrates the start of the city’s Slapstick festival of vintage comedy film and TV, including guest appearances by living legends of British comedy.
21st - 22nd July 2018 - The North of England
Celebrating its 6th birthday in 2018, this 2 day celebration hosts big names in hip hop, house and pop, while also promoting new talent, musical heritage and cultural diversity.
22nd June - 9th September 2018 - The North of England
Newcastle and Gateshead will host this major exhibition showcasing art. culture, design and innovation from the north of England.
24th - 26th August 2018 - South East England and The North of England
Britain's premier rock music festival features global acts uniquely performing at both locations over 3 days.
1st - 4th March 2018 - Central England
One of the biggest sporting events of the year, this indoor athletics championship will feature more than 400 competitors from 150 countries at the Arena Birmingham.
3rd February - 17th March 2018 - London, Wales and Scotland
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.
7th - 18th February 2018 - London
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.
15th - 16th September 2018 - Wales
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.
11th - 14th October 2018 - South East England
Leading writers from the fields of politics, history, food and drink, architecture and design, music, literature and society assemble at the annual literary festival at historic Blenheim Palace, famously where Winston Churchill was born.
8th - 12th August 2018 - South West England
Since 1981 Boardmasters has been the biggest international professional surf contest and festival in the UK.
9th - 12th August 2018 - South West England
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 150 hot air balloons from across the globe.
21st July - 30th September 2018 - London
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.
July 2018 dates tbc - Wales
Every year the Welsh capital welcomes this popular festival, which takes over Cardiff Bay, giving way to hundreds of stalls offering delicious food and drink to try and buy from all over the world and Wales.
13th - 22nd July 2018 - Scotland
See jazz stars, established and soon-to-be, at the annual jazz and blues fest in Scotland’s festival city.
30th June - 8th July 2018 - Scotland
Edinburgh International Magic Festival is one of the fastest-growing festivals in Edinburgh and the only event of its kind in Britain, giving an audience the opportunity to enjoy a breath-taking spectacle of the finest acts in magic.
September 2018 dates tbc - The North of England
Gurning consists of contestants putting their heads through a horse collar and contorting their faces into the scariest, most grotesque, silliest expression possible!
6th - 8th July 2018 - Central England
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.
17th - 25th March 2018 - South East England
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.
6th - 8th April 2018 - The North of England
The Sage Gateshead will host the 13th Gateshead International Jazz Festival, with four different performance spaces under one roof, including a free public area offering a mix of local acts and headliners.
8th - 25th March 2018 - Scotland
This comedy festival features a line-up of both big league players and emerging talent performing over two and a half weeks in venues throughout the city.
7th - 9th September 2018 - South East England
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.
24th May - 3rd June 2018
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.
3rd - 8th July 2018
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.
1st March every year - Wales
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.
December 2018 dates TBC - The North of England
The award-winning Enchanted Parks transforms Saltwell Park in Gateshead after dark with innovative and atmospheric creations using visual art installations, light, sound and performance on a large and small scale.
31st December every year - The North of England
The annual New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival sees the Newcastle Ice Queen and her entourage of local community participants parading through the streets of Newcastle, culminating in an early evening fireworks display.
21st April 2018 - Central England
Every year a unique event takes place in Stratford-upon-Avon to mark the birth of the world’s greatest playwright.
November 2018 – January 2019 dates TBC - London
Skate at Somerset House offers a complete festive experience in the capital. During the day, visitors can skate in the beautiful splendour of Somerset House’s neoclassical courtyard and, after dark, the rink hosts some of the best international clubs and festivals at exclusive Club Nights.
3rd - 7th May 2018 - Scotland
Spirited, inspiring, Scottish – this festival puts on hundreds of whisky-inspired events over five days. Discover the passion behind the world’s finest whiskies.
21st - 23rd July 2018 - The North of England
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.
October 2018 dates tbc - Wales
The programme has, in the past, included performances from Welsh National Opera, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra plus a range of arts at venues across the City.