United Kingdom Events

United Kingdom 2017 events

Ballymoney Drama Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

March 2017 (Early March.)

The oldest drama festival in Ireland, this annual event first took place in ……

The oldest drama festival in Ireland, this annual event first took place in 1934 and – save a break for WWII – has continued ever since. Local dramatic groups perform a selection of plays over a week of fairly serious theatrical appreciation. If you’re a fan of the stage, it’s a joy.

Venue:

Ballymoney Town Hall

Address:

24 High Street, Ballymoney, United Kingdom

Event cost:

From £7 (£5 concession) nightly.

Website:

www.ballymoneydramafestival.com

Category:

Theatre & Film

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Ways With Words

Date (To be confirmed):

March 2017

This 10-day festival is dedicated to the joy of books and literature and at ……

This 10-day festival is dedicated to the joy of books and literature and attracts a number of leading writers who participate in scheduled talks and discussions. Set in the wonderful surroundings of Darlington Hall in rural Devon, past speakers have included Greg Dyke, Michael Buerk and TV-chef, John Burton-Race. The first festival was held in 1991 as a one-off event. But it was clear from the turnout that this should be a regular event and thus the annual Ways With Words festival was born. It has been so successful that there are now other events at Southwold and Cumbria as well as a series or writing workshops in the beautiful Tuscan hills of Italy.

Venue:

Dartington Hall.

Address:

Droridge Farm, Dartington, Totnes, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Various.

Category:

Culture

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Rat Race The Mighty Deerstalker

Date (To be confirmed):

March 2017

Known as the toughest off-road run in the UK, ‘Rat Race–The Mighty Deersta ……

Known as the toughest off-road run in the UK, ‘Rat Race–The Mighty Deerstalker’ requires participants to plough through mud filled trenches, scramble up scree slopes, and navigate the night – usually dressed in kilts, tweed, or other “appropriate” athletic apparel. After crossing the finish line, runners can stumble over to the legendary Beerstalker party tent and limber up for a bit of crowd surfing.

Venue:

Traquair House

Website:

www.mightydeerstalker.com/

Category:

Sport

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Cheltenham National Hunt Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

March 2017 – July 2017

The Cheltenham National Hunt Festival is regarded by many as the foremost j ……

The Cheltenham National Hunt Festival is regarded by many as the foremost jump meeting in the world. It is an action-filled four-day festival with a Championship race on every day, climaxing with the Gold Cup on the Friday. Hundreds of horses compete, and there are millions of pounds in prize money. The betting is substantial as well. There is a real buzz around Cheltenham during the festival. Outside of the race track there are trade stands, parades, music and entertainment.

Venue:

Cheltenham Racecourse.

Address:

Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Various.

Category:

Entertainment

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Deepdale Outdoor & Wildlife Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

April 2017

The Deepdale Outdoor & Wildlife Festival is an Earthday 2013 Event, part of ……

The Deepdale Outdoor & Wildlife Festival is an Earthday 2013 Event, part of the worldwide series of events around the annual Earthday on 22 April 2013, organised to raise awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment.

The festival will host stalls and the regular shops offering outdoor and wildlife related goodies, entertainment and activities inspired by the outdoors & wildlife of the beautiful north Norfolk coast – Walking, cycling, birding, wildlife watching, and watersports.

Venue:

Dalegate Market.

Event cost:

Free.

Website:

www.deepdaleoutdoorfestival.co.uk

Category:

Nature & Wildlife

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Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Date (To be confirmed):

April 2017

Held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate’s Spring Flower Show is r ……

Held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate’s Spring Flower Show is regarded as one of the best of its kind in the country. The spring show heralds the start of the UK’s gardening show season. It sees the Flower Halls crammed with incredible exhibitions as nurseries from up and down the country compete for the coveted Premier Award and the NEHS Trophy for Best-In-Show. There is also a Floristry and Flower Arranging marquee where visitors can see the exquisite bouquets and pick up tips from the experts at demonstrations and workshops.

Venue:

Great Yorkshire Showground.

Address:

North Yorkshire, HG2 8PW, Harrogate, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Various.

Website:

www.flowershow.org.uk

Category:

Nature & Wildlife

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Newton Stewart WalkFest

Date (To be confirmed):

May 2017

The small, attractive town of Newton Stewart makes an excellent base for wa ……

The small, attractive town of Newton Stewart makes an excellent base for walking in the lesser-known hills of Galloway. To introduce the area, the walking festival offers a range of organised group walks to suit the experienced walking enthusiast as well as the more modest hill stroller. Evenings include local wildlife talks and a sociable supper.

Venue:

Countryside and hills around Newton Stewart.

Address:

6-8 Queen Street, Newton Stewart, United Kingdom

Event cost:

From £5 per walk.

Website:

www.newtonstewartwalkfest.co.uk

Category:

Sport

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

May 2017

Every year the beautiful Cotswold town of Cheltenham hosts the Cheltenham J ……

Every year the beautiful Cotswold town of Cheltenham hosts the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Since its launch in 1996, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival has championed contemporary British and international jazz. For the past five years, it has become widely known for its Jerwood Jazz Generation series which provides a platform for the best young British musicians. Alongside this support for the new, the Festival also features a wide range of established names and additional strands, such as club jazz, concerts by school bands and free fringe events to ensure the Festival explores jazz in all its moods every year.

Venue:

Various venues throughout Cheltenham.

Event cost:

Various.

Website:

cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz

Category:

Entertainment

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Shetland Folk Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

May 2017

Folk, ceilidh, hillbilly, blues, bluegrass, vaudeville rock and jazz find t ……

Folk, ceilidh, hillbilly, blues, bluegrass, vaudeville rock and jazz find their way into a programme as varied as its venues. Lerwick, Shetland’s capital, is the headquarters and offers plenty of possibilities for music lovers and real ale admirers alike. Foy concerts are held on the final Sunday night in the main venues in Lerwick, where each of the visiting artists performs a 15-minute slot before moving on to the next venue.

Venue:

Various venues across Shetland Islands.

Address:

5 Burns Lane, Lerwick, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Various prices up to £30.

Website:

www.shetlandfolkfestival.com

Category:

Music

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Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

May 2017

In celebration of Scotland’s national product, the Spirit of Speyside Whisk ……

In celebration of Scotland’s national product, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival lays on over 250 events over five days. This is malt whisky country but the festival is more diverse, encompassing local food, wildlife watching, pipe band processions and a family fun day, as well as plenty of whisky tastings of course.

Venue:

Various venues in Elgin, Dufftown and Aberlour.

Address:

c/o Elgin Tourist Information Centre, 17 High Street, Elgin, Dufftown and Aberlour, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Various. Some events are free.

Website:

www.spiritofspeyside.com/

Category:

Food & Drink

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City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

May 2017

Now a major fixture on Ireland’s cultural calendar, the City of Derry Jaz ……

Now a major fixture on Ireland’s cultural calendar, the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival is established enough to draw big names to the Walled City. With more than 200 events over five days and 80 venues, it’s quite an occasion.

Venue:

Throughout Derry/Londonderry.

Address:

Derry/Londonderry, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Tickets vary.

Website:

www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com

Category:

Music

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Isle of Bute Jazz Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

May 2017

This much loved and long running festival draws big crowds from the mainlan ……

This much loved and long running festival draws big crowds from the mainland for a programme of traditional and modern jazz. Fun options include a jazz church service, a jazz picnic in the castle grounds, and a jazz parade, which brings the streets of Rothesay to colourful life.

Venue:

Various venues, Isle of Bute.

Address:

Isle of Bute, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Various.

Website:

www.butejazz.com

Category:

Spectacle

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Glorious Goodwood (horseracing)

Date (To be confirmed):

May 2017 (Starts fifth of May. )

Just as much a social event as a sporting highlight, ‘Glorious Goodwood’ wa ……

Just as much a social event as a sporting highlight, ‘Glorious Goodwood’ was famously described by King Edward VII as ‘a garden party with racing tacked on’. Top class racing is on offer, but also style, fashion and fun. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful racecourses, Goodwood is set high on the South Downs and with far reaching views across the Solent. It really is a great place to enjoy socialising -and some top quality horse racing- at its very best.

Venue:

Goodwood Estate.

Category:

Sport

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Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

May 2017 – June 2017

Established in 1979, the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival aims to bring ……

Established in 1979, the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival aims to bring international performers to a region with scattered rural communities that would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience such talent. The range is wide, including art and sculpture exhibitions, live classical, jazz and folk music concerts, dance, theatre, literary events, children’s events and films.

Venue:

Theatre Royal and various venues, Dumfries and Galloway.

Address:

Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Various. Tickets are individually priced.

Website:

www.dgartsfestival.org.uk

Category:

Theatre & Film

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Orkney Folk Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

May 2017 – June 2017

Since it was established in 1982, this traditional music festival has devel ……

Since it was established in 1982, this traditional music festival has developed into an important event and many visitors return year after year. Storytelling, ceilidhs, concerts and musical pub crawls are among the many attractions that take place right across the islands, and there are singing and song-writing workshops that go out into the schools.

Venue:

Various venues throughout Orkney.

Address:

Dept F1, Victoria Street, Stromness, Kirkwall & others, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Free to £20.

Website:

www.orkneyfolkfestival.com

Category:

Music

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Glyndebourne Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

May 2017 – June 2017 (Various dates throughout May and Aug.)

Held at one of the world’s most famous opera houses, the prestigious summer ……

Held at one of the world’s most famous opera houses, the prestigious summer-long Glyndebourne Festival aspires to be one of the biggest and best in the world with a fantastic programme of performances by world-class singers. The event is always a lavish affair that attracts well-heeled crowds where black tie and evening dress are expected. Weather permitting, it is customary for festival goers to enjoy a fine picnic spread including champagne and strawberries in the beautiful Glyndebourne Gardens before the performances.

Venue:

Glyndebourne.

Event cost:

Various.

Website:

ww.glyndebourne.com

Category:

Dance

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Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

May 2017

This is a hugely popular blues festival taking place in the scenic surround ……

This is a hugely popular blues festival taking place in the scenic surrounds of Warrenpoint in County Down. It’s grown over the last 15 years to accommodate some 90 performers over the course of the week.

Venue:

Warrenpoint, County Down

Address:

Warrenpoint , United Kingdom

Event cost:

Ticket prices vary.

Website:

bluesonthebay.co.uk

Category:

Music

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Fishguard Folk Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

May 2017 – June 2017

Created by a group of local folk musicians, the Fishguard Folk Festival con ……

Created by a group of local folk musicians, the Fishguard Folk Festival continues to grow in popularity, filling the bars and squares of this harbour town on the Pembrokeshire coast with a party atmosphere. A variety of singing and instrumental acts go on show, and there are free teaching sessions and dance performances throughout the town. The programme includes concerts, ceilidhs, meet-the-artist events, instrument and voice workshops, busking sessions and a real ale bar. Many events are based in the bar or garden of the Royal Oak Pub, scene of the surrender of the French forces after the failed last-ever invasion of Britain.

Venue:

Various indoor and outdoor venues in Fishguard.

Address:

c/o The Royal Oak, Market Square, Fishguard, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Some events are free.

Category:

Music

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Angus Glens Walking Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

May 2017 – June 2017

Join mountain leaders, rangers and ecologists to uncover hidden gems at the ……

Join mountain leaders, rangers and ecologists to uncover hidden gems at the Angus Glens Walking Festival. The festival offers 27 spectacular guided walks over four days in the East Coast of Scotland – experienced walkers can hike at an extremely strenuous level, whilst whole families can enjoy more relaxing walks. This year’s programme includes two opportunities to walk along Jock’s Road, said to be the oldest Right of Way in Scotland.

Venue:

Kirriemuir Town Hall (Event Centre)

Address:

28/30 Reform Street , Kirriemuir, United Kingdom

Event cost:

£5 – £15.

Website:

www.angusglenswalkingfestival.com

Category:

Nature & Wildlife

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Spring Fling

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017

Spring Fling sees around 75 artists and craftmakers open their doors for on ……

Spring Fling sees around 75 artists and craftmakers open their doors for one weekend. Watch artists and makers at work, ask questions, buy a special piece of work directly from the studio or just browse. The Spring Fling bus takes visitors on a magical mystery tour of at least five studios and there’s a handy smartphone app to guide you round.

Venue:

Various locations in and around Dumfries.

Address:

Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Free entry.

Website:

www.spring-fling.co.uk

Category:

Entertainment

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Mendelssohn on Mull Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017 – July 2017

This festival brings the best young professional musicians together with th ……

This festival brings the best young professional musicians together with their more accomplished counterparts in the inspiring surroundings of the Inner Hebrides, where music has to be made and then performed under pressure. The event holds the promise of a unique musical experience in the idyllic and magnificent landscapes that Mendelssohn himself so admired during his famous visit here in 1829.

Venue:

Various venues on and near the Isle of Mull.

Address:

Isle of Mull , United Kingdom

Event cost:

Free; donations welcome.

Website:

www.mendelssohnonmull.com

Category:

Entertainment

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Taste of Grampian Food Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017

Local food and drink companies showcase their finest products for visitors ……

Local food and drink companies showcase their finest products for visitors who can sample and buy a wide range of high-quality Grampian fare. Smoked salmon, mouth-watering shortbread, delicious ice cream, sumptuous prime roast beef, creamy fudge and an assortment of Scottish whiskies are all here. The festival also includes music, children’s entertainment, arts and crafts, cookery competitions and demonstrations by celebrity chefs.

Venue:

Thainstone Centre.

Address:

c/o Prime Promotions, 24 Carden Place, Inverurie, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Most events are free; £5 to £8 for celebrity chef demonstrations.

Website:

www.tasteofgrampian.co.uk

Category:

Spectacle

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Royal Cornwall Show

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017

The showground and Wadebridge bursts into life for three days each year dur ……

The showground and Wadebridge bursts into life for three days each year during the annual Royal Cornwall Show. There are a number of dog, falconry and equine competitions at this popular agricultural event where visitors are free to explore the many trade stands and exhibitions at the showground. One stand that always does well is the traditional Cornish pasty stall in the ever-popular food and farming marquee. During the weekend, over 100,000 people attend the show which includes a fun programme of live music and entertainment ranging from performances by local bands to a spectacular aerial display by the Royal Artillery Parachute Team.

Venue:

The Royal Cornwall Showground.

Address:

Secretary, The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, United Kingdom

Website:

www.royalcornwallshow.org

Category:

Music

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Wimborne Folk Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017

With a strong emphasis on Celtic music, the festival brings together a host ……

With a strong emphasis on Celtic music, the festival brings together a host of traditional musicians and dancers for this week-long event. Held in the shadow of the imposing 12th-century Minister Church of St Cuthburga, this annual folk festival is a popular event that attracts over 30,000 visitors from across the UK. The first festival was held in 1980 and has established itself as one of the best-loved events in Wimborne that includes ceilidhs, concerts and children’s entertainment.

Venue:

Various venues around Wimborne.

Address:

Various, Wimborne, United Kingdom

Event cost:

TBC.

Website:

www.wimbornefolkfestival.co.uk

Category:

Music

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The Summer BBC Good Food Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017

The Summer BBC Good Food Festival is a huge celebration of seasonal food at ……

The Summer BBC Good Food Festival is a huge celebration of seasonal food at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. The programme is wide-ranging and varied and offers visitors plenty to eat as well as plenty of food for thought with expert advice given by professional chefs at a series of masterclasses and live demonstrations. Celebrity chefs are on hand to create mouth-watering summer recipes to be enjoyed indoors or out, and visitors are able to sample a selection of fresh seasonal drinks and delicious summer dishes. There are also plenty of opportunities to go shopping with seasonal produce, speciality foods, kitchen appliances, gadgets and cookbooks on offer at many of the exhibition stands. Introduced in 2007, the festival now also includes evening musical performances in beautiful open-air locations.

Event cost:

Various.

Category:

Food & Drink

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Borders Book Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017

You could say that local man Sir Walter Scott invented the concept of the b ……

You could say that local man Sir Walter Scott invented the concept of the bestseller, so it is fitting that this festival should be in Melrose. The event attracts star speakers who in the past have included Michael Palin, Germaine Greer, Claire Macdonald and Roy Hattersley. Besides a great many books to browse, the festival features workshops, lectures and a programme of discussions.

Venue:

Harmony House and Garden.

Address:

St Mary’s Road, Melrose, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Various. Tickets are individually priced.

Website:

www.bordersbookfestival.org

Category:

Entertainment

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Elemis Polo at the Celtic Manor

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017

Players and ponies from across the UK compete in a day of professional, fas ……

Players and ponies from across the UK compete in a day of professional, fast paced matches on a specially created polo field against the backdrop of the iconic Twenty Ten Ryder Cup course. Attracting over 2,000 spectators each year, Polo at the Manor is the social event of the season. As well as the on-field action and a variety of hospitality packages, guests can also enjoy a visit to the polo village, the delights of the champagne bar, a pampering treat on the Elemis SpaBus and fabulous live entertainment throughout the day. If that is not enough then extend the celebration at the Celtic Manor Resort after party.

Venue:

The Celtic Manor Resort

Address:

The Usk Valley, Newport, United Kingdom

Event cost:

From free admission for young children to £17 – £40+ for adults.

Website:

www.poloatthemanor.co.uk

Category:

Sport

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Glastonbury Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017

First held back in 1970, the Glastonbury Festival is arguably Britain’s big ……

First held back in 1970, the Glastonbury Festival is arguably Britain’s biggest and best-loved music festival. Held almost every year (the festival organisers have taken a year off about every five years or so since 1987), the festival has attracted some of the biggest names in the music business over the years with the likes of Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Van Morrison and Curtis Mayfield having played in the early years and REM, Coldplay, Radiohead and Oasis having taken to the stage in more recent times. But it’s not all about the music; one of the things that has earned the festival such a loyal fan base is its eclectic atmosphere that offers visitors a little bit of everything with attractions ranging from comedy and circus acts to spiritual healings and yoga workshops. Come rain or shine, this is one of the biggest and best-loved parties of the British summer.

Venue:

Vale of Avalon.

Event cost:

Various.

Category:

Spectacle

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Henley Royal Regatta

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017 – July 2017

First held in 1839 and held every year since except during the two World Wa ……

First held in 1839 and held every year since except during the two World Wars, the Henley Regatta is something of a British institution that each year draws thousands of spectators. Prince Albert became the first Royal Patron of the event in 1851 and each succeeding Monarch has taken up the post earning it its regal name. To this day, it is often frequented by members of the British Royal Family. The main focus of the regatta is the rowing competitions which take place along the River Thames.This prestigious regatta has all the pomp and ceremony you would expect of a Royal event with visitors clad in all their fineries; picnic hampers laden with fine food and wine are the order of the day.

Venue:

Henley Park.

Address:

Close to Henley Bridge and Henley Cricket Club, Henley, United Kingdom

Event cost:

£35-80.

Category:

Sport

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Ledbury Poetry Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017 – July 2017

One of the biggest events of its kind in Britain, the Ledbury Summer Poetry ……

One of the biggest events of its kind in Britain, the Ledbury Summer Poetry Festival attracts visitors from all over the country. Lasting for 10 full days, the event features a great range of contemporary poets, actors and media personalities. The festival includes readings, performances, exhibitions, music, guided walks and talks, workshops and a great friendly atmosphere. Nestled in the Malvern Hills, Ledbury is a charming mediaeval market town and a great venue for an event such as this. The festival was established in 1997 and has grown from strength to strength each year.

Venue:

Various venues in Ledbury.

Address:

Various venues in Ledbury, Ledbury, United Kingdom

Website:

www.poetry-festival.com

Category:

Music

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Godiva Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017 – July 2017

With live comedy, exhibitions, displays and musical performances ranging fr ……

With live comedy, exhibitions, displays and musical performances ranging from classical to hip hop, the Godiva Festival is one of the most popular events on the region’s calendar. The festival begins with the Godiva Procession during which brightly-costumed characters and floats parade through the streets of Coventry en route to the festival arena at Memorial Park. The arena itself is abuzz with activities and entertainment for young and old ranging from the environmentally-friendly GreenSpace area to the fun and frolics of the comedy acts. And, like all good festivals, a fireworks display illuminates the night sky bringing an end to this popular weekend festival.

Venue:

Memorial Park.

Event cost:

Free.

Category:

Comedy

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Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017 – July 2017

This neat little riverside town just over the border into Scotland hosts on ……

This neat little riverside town just over the border into Scotland hosts one of the longest-running traditional music festivals in Scotland. Trophies are awarded in around 30 categories including accordion, children’s fiddle and ceilidh band. The action takes place in every corner of the town, with dances and ceilidhs every night.

Venue:

Grapes Hotel and various venues.

Address:

Newcastleton, United Kingdom

Event cost:

TBC.

Website:

www.newcastleton.com

Category:

Music

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Moray Speyfest

Date (To be confirmed):

June 2017 – July 2017

In a tented village at the edge of the small town of Fochabers, the Moray S ……

In a tented village at the edge of the small town of Fochabers, the Moray Speyfest materialises for a few days each summer. Fiddlers and pipers come from far and wide to perform in the concerts or jam in the bars. Highlights include the Survivors’ Ceilidh on Sunday, an all-day affair featuring the best of Speyfest’s musical performers, and the Saturday craft market.

Venue:

The Playing Fields, East Street, Fochabers.

Address:

East Street, Fochabers, Moray, United Kingdom

Event cost:

From £16 for an individual concert to £65 for a weekend ticket. Some events are free.

Website:

www.speyfest.com

Category:

Culture

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Tarbert Seafood Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

The Tarbert Seafood Festival is one of the premier festivals in Argyll in S ……

The Tarbert Seafood Festival is one of the premier festivals in Argyll in Scotland. Tarbert’s beautiful natural harbour is the perfect backdrop for a festival that showcases some of the finest seafood that Scotland has to offer. The arrival of the Seafood Queen and Princesses by fishing boat to be crowned in this picturesque fishing village heralds the start of the festival, which includes live bands, street entertainers, children’s entertainers, mouth watering cookery demonstrations and a traditional boat.

Venue:

Tarbert.

Address:

Harbour Street, Tarbert, Strathclyde, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Free.

Website:

www.seafood-festival.co.uk

Category:

Spectacle

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Scottish Open (golf)

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

One of the pre-eminent international tournaments on the European Tour, the ……

One of the pre-eminent international tournaments on the European Tour, the Scottish Open attracts an outstanding field of players from around the world. Despite only opening in 2010, the course, overlooking the Moray Firth in Inverness, is one of Scotland’s most challenging links courses.

Venue:

Castle Stuart Golf Links.

Address:

Castle Stuart Golf Links, Balnaglack Farmhouse , Inverness, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Tickets around £30.

Category:

Sport

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T in the Park

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

T in the Park has become one of Scotland’s most important and critically ac ……

T in the Park has become one of Scotland’s most important and critically acclaimed popular music events since it first took place in 1994. During the weekend over 200 artists perform to 85,000 fans across multiple open-air and tented stages. Previous headline acts have included Lady Gaga, The Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, Ian Brown, Bloc Party, Razorlight, Super Furry Animals, Green Day, Eminem, The Killers, Snoop Dogg and The Streets.

Venue:

Balado Park, Kinross.

Address:

PA1 2ND, Balado by Kinross, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Various.

Website:

www.tinthepark.com

Category:

Music

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Dalriada Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

This festival of music, sport and fine food aims to reflect the shared heri ……

This festival of music, sport and fine food aims to reflect the shared heritage of Ireland and Scotland, with Highland Games, big-name concerts, rowing regattas and celebrity chef demonstrations. The name, Dalriada, comes from an ancient Gaelic overkingdom that stretched from the west of Scotland to Ulster.

Venue:

Glenarm Castle

Address:

Glenarm Castle, Glenarm, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Tickets vary.

Website:

www.dalriadafestival.co.uk

Category:

Culture

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Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the world’s largest horticultural s ……

The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the world’s largest horticultural show. Featuring stunning landscaped show and water gardens bursting with inspirational ideas for garden solutions, as well as a spectacular range of flowers, plants and gardening accessories to browse and buy, this is a show for all flower and gardening enthusiasts. The event includes more than 700 exhibitors every year and illustrates the best in British horticulture during high summer. Around 50 gardens showcase established garden designers and new talent, and visitors can buy plants – new varieties and old favourites – from more than 100 of the UK’s top nurseries and growers.

Venue:

Hampton Court Palace.

Category:

Spectacle

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Cheltenham Music Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

The Cheltenham Music Festival has been bringing the finest classical music ……

The Cheltenham Music Festival has been bringing the finest classical music to Cheltenham since 1945. This annual celebration sees the biggest names in classical music perform at Cheltenham’s Town Hall and the Pittville Pump Room as well as a host of other venues in and around the area. Whether it’s a symphony concert in the majestic grandeur of the Town Hall, delicate chamber music in a Cotswold church, or free entertainment in Imperial Gardens, the Music Festival has it all.

Venue:

Various venues across Cheltenham.

Event cost:

Various.

Category:

Entertainment

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Henley Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

The five-day Henley Festival hosts a series of musical concerts, exhibition ……

The five-day Henley Festival hosts a series of musical concerts, exhibitions and art and craft displays on the beautiful leafy festival site that overlooks the River Thames. Each year the event attracts some of the biggest names from a wide variety of musical genres with past performers ranging from Vanessa Mae to The Jiving Lindy Hoppers and Trinity College Swing Band who performed on the innovative Floating Stage. Other quirky aspects of the event include a mechanised karaoke miniboat that plies its way up and down the river entertaining the crowds. Each night draws to a close with a stunning pyrotechnics display over the river. Attracting a well-dressed crowd, it is customary for festival goers to enjoy a fine picnic spread which usually involves the odd glass of bubbly.

Venue:

Henley Park.

Event cost:

£35-80.

Category:

Music

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North Wales Bluegrass Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

For one weekend each summer, top blue grass performers turn up at this attr ……

For one weekend each summer, top blue grass performers turn up at this attractive walled town with its famous medieval castle. Visitors stay in town or camp at the festival site a few minute’s walk from the centre. Past performers have included Baker’s Fabulous Boys, Bluegrass Brothers, Deep River Band, The Down County Boys, Grass Roots, Harrison Shaw Cajun Band and many more. Performances, concerts, dances and Old Time concerts take place concurrently at several venues. There are workshops on Saturday and a whole darn mess of impromptu ‘picking sessions’ on the side.

Venue:

Festival Marquee and Conwy Civic Hall.

Address:

“Woodstock”, Llanrwst Road, Conwy, United Kingdom

Category:

Music

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International Eisteddfod

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

Prestigious is hardly the word for it as this world class festival is so hi ……

Prestigious is hardly the word for it as this world class festival is so highly regarded it was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. Each year the small town of Llangollen welcomes thousands of competitors and visitors from across the world to participate in and to enjoy a diverse mix of competitions, celebrating the best of world music and dance. There is everything in the competitive day sessions from barbershop choruses to choreographed folk dance to junior children’s choirs. Then, in the evening, the Royal International Pavilion hosts some of the best known names in music.

Venue:

Royal International Pavilion

Address:

Royal International Pavilion, Abbey Road , Llangollen, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Various.

Category:

History

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Great Yorkshire Show

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

Taking place on a 100-hectare (250-acre) site on the edge of the spa town o ……

Taking place on a 100-hectare (250-acre) site on the edge of the spa town of Harrogate, the Great Yorkshire Show is a three-day event that combines fun and entertainment with the opportunity to learn more about country life and farming. Most of the displays take place in the Main Ring and include everything from cattle parades and show jumping competitions to marching bands and motorcycle display teams. Visitors will be amazed by the sheer range of animals on display around the showground, including exotic poultry and impressive Shire Horses. Young and old alike are able to learn more about farming techniques and country life with exhibitions ranging from sheep shearing to fly fishing. And showing that country life is not all about mud and wellies, there is also a fashion show to add a little glamour to proceedings.

Venue:

Great Yorkshire Showground.

Website:

www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk

Category:

Home & Fashion

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Carlisle International Summer Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

Comprising a week of evening concerts and daytime recitals, the Carlisle In ……

Comprising a week of evening concerts and daytime recitals, the Carlisle International Summer Festival puts on a programme of musical events which are all held in the beautiful 12th-century Carlisle Cathedral. Including church, classical and jazz performances, the festival promotes a wide variety of musical styles and also provides a platform for young, up and coming musicians to perform. Visitors can also watch the popular Composition Competition Final. Held each July, the event is organised by the Music in the Cathedral Society which was set up in 1964 to bring high quality music to Carlisle.

Venue:

Carlisle Cathedral.

Address:

7 The Abbey, Carlisle, Carlisle, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Various.

Website:

www.carlislefestival.org.uk/

Category:

Music

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Vintage Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

Vintage Festival captures British pride – celebrating the Best of British m ……

Vintage Festival captures British pride – celebrating the Best of British music, food, fashion, film, art and design between the 1920s-1980s. It will have Britain’s largest hair and beauty parlour, a massive vintage fashion market and dancing all night.

Venue:

Boughton House, Northamptonshire

Address:

Boughton House, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Prices start from £57 (adult) and £30 (children).

Website:

www.vintagefestival.co.uk

Category:

Home & Fashion

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Hebridean Celtic Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

This Celtic music festival attracts artists and visitors from around the wo ……

This Celtic music festival attracts artists and visitors from around the world, with thousands of visitors attending to catch some of the class acts. Performances take place across the island, including many children’s events and a cultural agenda that includes Gaelic lessons. The programme features major artists from the Celtic music genre and promotes the traditional language and culture of the islands.

Venue:

Lews Castle, Stornoway and various island venues.

Address:

Lews Castle, Stornoway, United Kingdom

Event cost:

£5 to £70.

Website:

www.hebceltfest.com

Category:

History

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Whitstable Oyster Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

Whitstable has been associated with oysters for hundreds of years. Indeed, ……

Whitstable has been associated with oysters for hundreds of years. Indeed, the roots of this festival go back to Norman times, when the town was an established fishing port, and it was the custom for fishers and dredgers to celebrate with an annual ceremony of thanksgiving. Today’s oyster festival evolved with the revival of the local industry, and is now an event to promote both the oyster industry and the town itself. Held over nine days, starting in the weekend nearest to St James’ Day, the festival kicks off with the opening parade, which follows the progress of the oysters in a horse-drawn dray through the town, stopping to deliver the catch to various restaurants, cafes and public houses. There are marching bands, people in period costumes, and various entertaining troupes. The parade is followed by a week of entertainment for both adults and children, with local art on display around the town, and plenty of places to sample local fish dishes.

Venue:

In and around Whitstable town.

Address:

WOFA, 73 St Johns Road, Whitstable, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Free to spectate.

Category:

Art & Literature

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Royal Welsh Show

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

This major shindig is nothing short of the biggest agricultural show in Eur ……

This major shindig is nothing short of the biggest agricultural show in Europe. The sleepy market town on the banks of the River Wye is bursting with visitors during show week. Livestock competitions are the big attraction and there are many categories including hunters, shires and agricultural heavy horses, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, sheep shearing and a whole host of other farming activities. There are also ample opportunities for shopping at the numerous trade stands, and plenty of family-friendly entertainment.

Venue:

Royal Welsh Show Ground.

Address:

Llanelwedd, immediately north of Builth Wells town centre, off A470, Builth Wells, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Adults from £21.

Website:

www.rwas.co.uk/royal-welsh-show

Category:

Nature & Wildlife

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Nantwich and South Cheshire Show

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

One of the premier agricultural shows in the UK, the annual Nantwich and So ……

One of the premier agricultural shows in the UK, the annual Nantwich and South Cheshire Show attracts approximately 30,000 visitors each year. The show features over 12 hours of continuous ring displays including show jumping, heavy horses, cattle, sheep, dogs, falconry and gun dog displays. There is also live music including a jazz performance and the ever-popular marching military band. Over 400 trade stands exhibit at the show covering everything from home gardening to floral art. But one of the most popular aspects of the event is the famous Nantwich International Cheese Show, at which visitors can revel in the many different varieties on sale.

Venue:

Nantwich Showground.

Address:

Show Secretariat, The Woodlands, Nantwich, United Kingdom

Website:

www.nantwichshow.co.uk

Category:

Nature & Wildlife

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Wickerman Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

This music concert is built around the cult 1973 movie The Wicker Man in wh ……

This music concert is built around the cult 1973 movie The Wicker Man in which Edward Woodward is incinerated as a fertility offering to the gods inside a huge wickerman. This notably peaceful weekend event takes place in a remote corner of southwest Scotland, attracting tens of thousands of revellers. As well as performances from big-name bands and local acts, there are numerous bars, food and other stalls.

Venue:

East Kirkcarswell, near Dundrennan.

Address:

East Kirkcarswell,, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Tickets cost £90 (weekend entry); £60 (day entry).

Website:

www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk

Category:

Music

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Lomond Folk Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

Held at the southern end of spectacular Loch Lomond, this festival has been ……

Held at the southern end of spectacular Loch Lomond, this festival has been going since 2000. Since then it has become an annual fixture, with several local hostelries opening their doors to festival goers for free open music sessions. The event brings a wide variety of talent from near and far and also lays on an open-stage event, demonstrations, stalls and kids’ entertainment.

Venue:

Moss O’ Balloch Park

Address:

Moss O’ Balloch Park, Loch Lomond, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Free to £50.

Website:

www.lomondfolkfestival.com

Category:

Kids’ Stuff

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WOMAD Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017

WOMAD stands for World of Music, Art and Dance and each year the popular WO ……

WOMAD stands for World of Music, Art and Dance and each year the popular WOMAD Festival welcomes an eclectic range of artists and performers from all over the world. Peter Gabriel’s enthusiasm for world music led to the staging of the first WOMAD festival in 1982. The festival has grown in size and stature each year and is now one of the largest events of its kind in the UK. It boasts a great atmosphere and has an attractive range of acts, stalls and entertainment aimed at visitors with families.

Venue:

Charlton Park.

Address:

Millside, Mill Lane, Malmesbury, United Kingdom

Event cost:

£100–125 (many concession tickets are also available).

Category:

Music

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Chilli Fiesta

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2017 – August 2017

The Chilli Fiesta at West Dean gardens in West Sussex is an event for those ……

The Chilli Fiesta at West Dean gardens in West Sussex is an event for those who like it hot. There are more than 250 varieties of chillies on display, more than 80 stallholders, fiery food tastings, Latin rhythms and dancing. This is a red hot celebration of chilli in all sizes and shapes, and it takes place in the magnificently restored Victorian glasshouses in the West Dean gardens. There are guided tours of the walled gardens as well as chilli growing demonstrations throughout the day. An excellent range of plants, seeds, gifts, sauces and other chilli paraphernalia are available from stallholders.

Venue:

West Dean Gardens.

Address:

West Dean Gardens are 10km (6 miles) north of Chichester and 11km (7 miles) south of Midhurst on the A286, Chichester, United Kingdom

Event cost:

TBC.

Website:

www.westdean.org.uk

Category:

Entertainment

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Tennent’s Vital

Date (To be confirmed):

August 2017

The biggest rock music in Northern Ireland, Tennent’s Vital has over the ……

The biggest rock music in Northern Ireland, Tennent’s Vital has over the years drawn bands like Foo Fighters, The Stone Roses and Manic Street Preachers to the country. Following a hiatus between 2007 and 2011, the two-day festival is now held in Ward Park, Bangor.

Venue:

Ward Park, Bangor

Address:

Ward Park, Bangor, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Tickets from approx £50 a day.

Website:

www.tennentsvital.com

Category:

Music

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Wickham Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

August 2017

This popular weekend festival hosts a great range of music and entertainmen ……

This popular weekend festival hosts a great range of music and entertainment with past performers including Rolf Harris, The Proclaimers, Kosheen and the Saw Doctors. There is plenty on offer for younger visitors too at the Kids’ Marquee with activities ranging from ‘Make ‘n Take’ craft workshops to fun face-painting sessions. And it is not just young children that are catered for; teenagers can explore their musical talents at the ‘Shooting Roots’ workshop, join the ‘Funky World Band’ or take part in performances at the ‘World of Street Theatre’.

Venue:

Various venues and locations in Wickham.

Address:

The Wickham Festival will be based on fields near the Wickham Community Centre with dance displays in The Square and other activities around the village, Wickham, United Kingdom

Website:

www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

Category:

Music

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10th Torteval Scarecrow Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

August 2017 (03/08/2013 – 04/08/2013.)

The weekend festival celebrates scarecrows of all shapes and sizes with nea ……

The weekend festival celebrates scarecrows of all shapes and sizes with nearly 100 scarecrows scattered through the Torteval parish of Guernsey. Visitors can stroll through the rural lanes of the parish looking at the bizarre scarecrows along the way and enjoy a traditional Morris dance and tractor demonstration afterwards.

Venue:

Parish Church of Torteval.

Address:

Torteval, Guernsey, United Kingdom

Category:

Unusual

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Wilderness Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

August 2017

Wilderness festival is a unique festival experience. A celebration of the a ……

Wilderness festival is a unique festival experience. A celebration of the arts and outdoors, the festival offers a whole host of fantastic activities, from an amazing lakeside spa onsite complete with champagne bar, saunas and wooden hot-tubs. In addition, the line up is headlined by Mexican duo Rodrigo & Gabriela, with performances from Spiritualized, Lianne La Havas and the London Folk Guild. Intellectual stimulation comes in the form of talks and debates run by the likes of Intelligence Squared and the School of Life, whilst Fergus Henderson and Yottam Ottolenghi will be responsible for food. A must for the summer calendar.

Venue:

Cornbury Estate

Address:

Cornbury Park Estate, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Weekend Tickets available from £129

Website:

www.wildernessfestival.com

Category:

Dance

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Cowes Week (Regatta)

Date (To be confirmed):

August 2017

With around 1,000 boats taking part, Cowes Week is the longest-running and ……

With around 1,000 boats taking part, Cowes Week is the longest-running and largest annual sailing regatta in the world. The regatta first took place in 1826 and has been held each summer every year since then (the only exception being during World War I and II). Over the years, the event has been visited by royalty and many a celebrity. About 8,000 sailors race over eight days in the Central, Eastern and Western Solent and 35 different classes of boats are represented. Thousands of spectators come to Cowes to enjoy the week-long event.

Venue:

Cowes and the Solent.

Address:

Regatta House, 18 Bath Road, Cowes, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Free to spectate.

Website:

www.cowesweek.co.uk

Category:

Sport

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Southport International Jazz Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

August 2017

The Southport International Jazz Festival just keeps going from strength to ……

The Southport International Jazz Festival just keeps going from strength to strength. It provides a fantastic opportunity to sample some of the finest jazz, blues and soul (most available free) in the North West. Artists from around the world flock to the town during the long weekend to offer a huge array of styles and sounds that can be heard drifting out of venues all around the resort.

Venue:

Various venues in Southport.

Event cost:

Various. Some events are free.

Website:

www.visitsouthport.com

Category:

Culture

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Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

August 2017

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival takes place in August every year at the s ……

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival takes place in August every year at the showground in the tiny village of Newchurch on the Isle of Wight. The first festival was organised in 1983, and the event has since grown to become one of the largest events on the island each year, second only to Cowes Week. No fewer than 25,000 people attend each year. The festival is a tasty and fun event offering a combination of late 1960s pop festival ambience, country fair and great garlic cuisine.

Venue:

Newchurch Showground.

Address:

United Kingdom

Category:

Music

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Creamfields Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

August 2017

The Creamfields Festival has firmly established itself as one of the best d ……

The Creamfields Festival has firmly established itself as one of the best dance music festivals in the UK. Each year this is a sell-out event that attracts about 40,000 music fans who come to dance through the night until sunrise the next morning. It is regarded as the finale to the summer, and it has a diverse line-up that showcases established artists as well as new breaktrough talent.

Venue:

Daresbury Estate.

Address:

Nation, Wolstenholme Square, Halton, United Kingdom

Website:

www.creamfields.com

Category:

Music

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ISPS Handa Wales Open

Date (To be confirmed):

August 2017 – September 2017

The ISPS Handa Wales Open offers a great chance to see many of The European ……

The ISPS Handa Wales Open offers a great chance to see many of The European Tour’s brightest stars return to The Celtic Manor Resort to compete for a trophy won in previous years by Ryder Cup players including Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Paul McGinley. Offering a prize fund of £1.8m, the ISPS Handa Wales Open is an established first class golf event in Europe.

Venue:

The Celtic Manor Resort

Address:

Coldra Woods, Newport, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Ticket prices vary.

Website:

www.ispshandawalesopen.com

Category:

Sport

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Orkney International Science Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

September 2017

Science is not all white coats, test tubes and bubbling retort vessels, as ……

Science is not all white coats, test tubes and bubbling retort vessels, as the Orkney Science Festival demonstrates. Themes linking ancient history, health, hygiene and religion come into it, as do ice caps, wind farms, the plants of the world and the ocean’s tides and currents. In short, the festival covers many of the things that integrate the world of science with the lives of ordinary people. The organisers, in conjunction with the University of the Highlands and Islands, each year put together a sparkling package of profoundly intellectual and family-friendly topics for a week of science that is accessible for the schools and communities as well as the science boffins.

Venue:

Various locations in Kirkwall.

Address:

Kirkwall, United Kingdom

Website:

www.oisf.org

Category:

Nature & Wildlife

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Scotland Coast to Coast

Date (To be confirmed):

September 2017

Imagine a route that traverses one of the most famous mountain landscapes i ……

Imagine a route that traverses one of the most famous mountain landscapes in the world by bike, foot and boat; a journey that covers just over 100 miles, including a marathon-worth on foot; a journey that takes in some of the most iconic locations and amazing views in the Scottish Highlands: Loch Ness, the Great Glen, Ben Nevis and Glen Coe.

This is a challenge open to all adventurers. Some will come to win; some purely to finish; many just to take part. All will leave having enjoyed being active with friends in this spectacular setting. Scotland Coast to Coast is a truly defining journey through the mystery and lore of this ancient landscape.

Venue:

Nairn to Ballachulish

Address:

Nairn, United Kingdom

Event cost:

£220 (before 1 June); £250 (bookings after 1 June).

Website:

www.scotlandcoasttocoast.com

Category:

Sport

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Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

October 2017

Described as the ‘Connoisseur’s Jazz Festival’, this popular event returns ……

Described as the ‘Connoisseur’s Jazz Festival’, this popular event returns with another stellar line up of bands and performers from around the world. Covering everything from traditional jazz through to the weird and wonderful sounds of modern jazz, the festival crosses many genres offering something for music lovers of all ages. All bar just a handful of performances take place in the luxurious setting of the Menzies Silverlink Park Hotel.

Venue:

Menzies Silverlink Park Hotel.

Address:

Silverlink Coast Road, NE28 9HP, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Various.

Website:

www.whitleybayjazzfest.org

Category:

Music

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Foyle Film Festival

Date (To be confirmed):

November 2017

Combining feature films, workshops, special events and competition screenin ……

Combining feature films, workshops, special events and competition screenings, the Foyle Film Festival has been attracting high-profile names – and no shortage of eager punters – to Derry/Londonderry for 25 years. Since 1999 it has been an official Oscar-affiliated festival.

Venue:

Throughout Derry/Londonderry.

Address:

Derry/Londonderry, United Kingdom

Event cost:

Ticket prices vary.

Website:

www.foylefilmfestival.org

Category:

Theatre & Film

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United Kingdom 2018 events

Farnborough International Airshow

Date (To be confirmed):

July 2018

The Farnborough International Airshow is one of the biggest international s ……

The Farnborough International Airshow is one of the biggest international showcases of aerospace equipment and technology in the world. There is a trade event (closed to the general public) which takes place during the week, and a family event over the weekend. The show attracts over 150,000 visitors on the two public days in what is one of the world’s largest temporary exhibition areas. Expect to see aircrafts galore on the ground, including all the latest models, and fantastic aerial displays in the skies.

Venue:

Farnborough Aerodrome.

Address:

ShowCentre, ETPS Road, Farnborough, United Kingdom

Website:

www.farnborough.com/

Category:

Kids’ Stuff

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