Festivals, Carnivals and Events

Surf Snowdonia announces new initiative

Surf Snowdonia

Surf Snowdonia has announced that it will dedicate the whole of June 2018 to an initiative aimed at encouraging more women and girls to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle.

Their ‘Girls on Board’ initiative will feature a busy 30-day programme of female-focused events, activities, workshops and discounts, all designed to get more women and girls engaged in a sport or activity they love.

The world-first inland surf hub in the Conwy Valley is working with local teams, clubs and other organisations to introduce women and girls to a wide spectrum of sports and activities, suitable for all ages and ability levels.

Queen’s Park Book Festival 2018

Book Festival

The Queen’s Park Book Festival is delighted to announce a packed weekend of literary celebration and debate in the heart of one of London’s favourite parks on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July.

Back by popular demand, the festival will bring together a mix of local, national and international writers and fresh literary talent led by the new Festival Director Thomas du Plessis. With over 40 events across the weekend there is something for everyone, with the programme covering current affairs, politics, fiction, stage and screen, sport, music, cookery, poetry and more, as well as free children’s events and family-friendly activities. The festival will also put local talent front and centre, shining a light on the extraordinary creativity of North West London.

Steam on the Dock is back at Albert Dock Liverpool!

Steam on the Dock

Next week sees the return of Albert Dock’s popular Steam on the Dock event - one of the UK’s only inner-city steam rallies (not a muddy field in sight!), and a guaranteed weekend of free, family fun!

Powering into the Dock on May 12-13, Steam on the Dock will showcase a whole host of authentic steam engines, both land and water-based, from dinky miniatures to huge, towering lorries. See these shiny, grand machines of the industrial age up close and in full steam, speak to their friendly and devoted owners who’ve spent years restoring and caring for them, find out how they tick, and simply soak in the atmosphere of this lively celebration on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.

Join the big cheeses at the Caerphilly Food Festival!

Caerphilly Food Festival

Caerphilly Food Festival is set to once again delight visitors when it returns to the town on Saturday 12th May.

Thousands are expected to descend on Caerphilly town centre – just a ten-mile hop from the capital city of Cardiff – as it plays host to 100 stall holders who will tempt taste buds with delicious aromas, sizzling sounds and mouth-watering produce. 

The streets will be transformed into a marketplace between 9am and 5pm bursting with culinary delights complemented by craft and activity stalls and the ever popular farmers market. 

The event promises to be a fun day out for the whole family with activities planned throughout the day including face painting, donkey rides, a children’s fun fair and street entertainers.

The Westminster British 10k

British 10k

Lace up and experience the City's most iconic landmarks with a very British 10k. Run by Trafalgar Square, the Embankment, Big Ben and more, and bask in the glory that is summertime in London!

Virgin Sport is adding to the Great British season of celebration and Summer of Sport with a return of the iconic Westminster British 10K.

"Running on closed streets in central London and past all the iconic landmarks makes the British 10k a race like no other. We are excited to be working with Westminster Council and ASICS, our official sportswear presenting partner, to make this a fun summer day out for everyone again in 2018." - Jessica Frey, Virgin Sport, General Manager

The Brewery Quarter Set For Jazz Festival Take Over with Around Town Event

Jazz Festival

The Brewery Quarter is preparing for the return of the prestigious Cheltenham Jazz Festival and its fantastic Around Town events.

Returning to the Quarter for the third year on Sunday 6 May, the Around Town Jazz Festival Event provides a flavour of the main event but without the ticket price, with six amazing free acts taking to the stage throughout the course of the day. 

Starting from 1pm, enjoy live music and dancing until 7pm on the Bank Holiday Sunday. 

1pm – 1.45pm - Gypsy Jazz band, Pixie and the Gypsies will be performing unique covers featuring vocals, violin, double bass and guitar. 

From 2.15 – 3pm Soular Funk will be performing some of the very best funk, soul and disco classics from the 1970s to present day. 

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Colour Run is back with a festival twist

Colour Run

Local children’s hospice, Forget Me Not,  have announced their Colour Run event will be back this and is set to be their biggest event yet.

The Colour Run Festival will not only include the much loved Colour Run around Farnley Estate but the event will become a day out for all the family with a colourful festival taking place throughout the day..

Forget Me Not, which provides care and support to local children with life-shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire, is looking for people to run, jog, walk or dance their way through the 4k rainbow route on Saturday 30th June.

‘Queen’ set to rock Darlington

THIS May will see some of the greatest acts of all time grace Darlington’s Market Square for a night of music, dancing and fun with The Summer Sound Tribute Music Festival.

The Summer Sound Tribute Music Festival will see the biggest and best artists of our generation impersonated by international professionals coming together to play their artist’s all-time classics

Festival goers will get the chance to see performances from ‘Ed Sheeran’, ‘The Beatles’, ‘Queen’, ‘Pink’, ‘Oasis’ and many more.

The party starts on Saturday 5th May from 3pm-10:30pm and will be part of the May Bank Holiday fun at Darlington’s All Square Festival.


Malton Food Lovers Festival

Yorkshire’s Food Capital, Malton, will celebrate the 10th annual Malton Food Lovers Festival on the 26th – 27th May 2018. Attracting tens of thousands of hungry visitors each year, the Festival is well regarded as one of the UK’s most prestigious food events.
The Malton Food Lovers Festival has attracted some of the finest food talent in the country and will this year welcome an all-star line-up with three of Yorkshire’s born and bred Michelin Star guest chefs confirmed to attend.

Royal Three Counties Show celebrating 60 years at Malvern

Three Counties Show

The Royal Three Counties Show returns for its 60th year at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern - and it’s the biggest celebration of the great British countryside yet.

With more than 90,000 visitors expected to join the landmark event in the agricultural calendar, it’s set to be a hearty feast of farming, fine food and family entertainment.

Diana Walton, Head of Shows at the Three Counties, said:

“We’re incredibly proud to mark the 60th year of our namesake show. Our roots stretch back over 220 years but this year we’re celebrating our ‘diamond’ anniversary at the showground with a sparkling line up. We’ve some wonderful new additions including our Gardening Hub, Ask the Groom and the much-loved actors from the Archers.”

The Albany Theatre - Proud of what we do

The Albany Theatre - Proud of what we do

... and those who help us do it 

The Albany is home to a beautiful Art Deco theatre in the heart of Coventry and a brand-new studio space staging in-house and professional touring dance, drama, music and comedy productions.  

From exquisite professional ballet companies to fun-packed tribute acts, local community shows to spectacular Off-Broadway hits, The Albany’s two theatres play host to dance, drama, music and comedy events both large and small. 

Geronimo festival announces awesome 2018 headliners

Geronimo Festival

Geronimo Festival is delighted to announce their exciting 2018 headliners and families are in for an entertainment-packed long weekend from 25th – 28th May at Arley Hall, Cheshire.

The renowned family festival confirms that children’s TV Megastar, Justin Fletcher is returning to Geronimo at Arley Hall and will headline the Main Stage on Saturday 26th May. The ever-popular Cbeebies star will be on-hand to keep young children and their families entertained on stage during his afternoon performance.

Geronimo FestivalYouTube teen stars, Max and Harvey are also joining the all-star line up for 2018, cementing Geronimo’s place as the premier children’s UK festival.