Festivals, Carnivals and Events

Get your tickets to taste Scotland’s finest flavours at Spirit of Speyside: Distilled

Spirit of Speyside

A mouth-watering, thirst-quenching taster to one of Scotland’s greatest food and drink producing regions is being served up to audiences for a third year running, with tickets for Spirit of Speyside: Distilled being launched for sale this Friday (June 22).

The one-stop gathering, in the heartland of Scotland’s famed whisky producing region, showcases an amazing array of food and drink all made in Moray-Speyside, showing how the thriving sector is making its mark through innovation, diversity and quality.

Extreme Sailing Series set to speed into Cardiff Bay

Extreme Sailing Cardiff

Extreme Sailing Series is an seven-Act global Stadium Racing circuit which is heading to Cardiff Bay over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

From 24-27 August, an international fleet of hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans will battle it out in the sixth stop on the action-packed global tour, which also visits Oman, Italy, Portugal, Spain, USA and Mexico. 

The world-class line-up includes British squad INEOS Rebels UK, whose crew are mentored by members of Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team.


The Tall Ships Races

With just one week to go until Sunderland hosts the UK’s largest free family festival, The Tall Ships Races, organisers have issued top tips for visitors.

From 10-14 July, more than 50 ships from around the world will form the highlight of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

And, with around 1.5m people expected to visit the city for a five-day festival of music, circus, theatre and entertainment, planning is essential to make the most of the event.

Activities will be spread across four event zones; the Port of Sunderland (Zone A), the Town Moor and East End (Zone B), St Peter’s Riverside (Zone C) and Roker and Seaburn Seafront (Zone 4).

Getting here

Organic and sustainability pioneers join the GO! Organic Festival line-up

Organic and sustainability pioneers join the GO! Organic Festival line-up

Working with nature, promoting better food and supporting sustainability is what the GO! Organic Festival is all about – and what better way to do this than to hear from inspiring experts themselves.  The capital’s major new organic event has secured even more big names in its unmissable Natural Talk Theatres – including BBC presenter Jonathan Dimbleby.

Taking place over the weekend of 8-9 September at Battersea Park in London, The Natural Talks Theatre will feature captivating and informative talks from a range of sustainable and organic thought-leaders, discussing topics ranging from organic farming to horticulture, and plastic pollution to wildlife – all showing that organic conversations really are relevant to everyone.

Step Out of The Ordinary and into The Carlisle Fringe

band playing at the Carlisle Fringe festival

Today one of the UK’s friendliest cities unveiled the third edition of one of the UK’s fastest growing cultural festivals, Carlisle Fringe, which takes place from 24th August to 2nd September.

Placing community and artistic collaboration at its core, Carlisle Fringe is centred around the historic city and its people. The jam-packed programme is a reflection and celebration of the city, showcasing the hugely creative local talent alongside national work, harnessed and embraced by the collaborative spirit and passion for cultural creativity over ten days and nights of cultural class.

The Colour Run - The Happiest 5K On The Planet Returns To Wembley

The Colour Run - The Happiest 5K On The Planet Returns To Wembley

The Colour Run, presented by F45, is returning to London for its sixth year on Sunday 8th July, and this year is set to be the biggest and brightest yet. 

Dubbed ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’, the concept is simple; grab your family, friends or colleagues, dress in white and run 5km, finishing the day head-to-toe in a kaleidoscopic colour - having had endless amounts of fun along the way. 

Whilst last year’s runners enjoyed the magical ‘Dream theme’, this year is set to be ‘Marvel-lous’ as families and friends are invited to celebrate their favourite hero’s – whether that be The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, Mum or Dad. 

Arundel Castle braces for medieval mayhem!

Arundel Castle’s Four Nations Medieval Tournament

Arundel Castle’s Four Nations Medieval Tournament takes place 23-24 June
The clashing of swords will ring out in the grounds of Arundel Castle, West Sussex, on the weekend of 23 – 24 June as the Four Nations Medieval Tournament sees four great kingdoms meet in fearsome foot combat.
Beneath the ancient Castle, this 15th century style contest between England, France, Poland and Denmark promises awe-inspiring feats of skill and immersive activities for all ages.

Introducing the Champions of Champions

International Jousting and Medieval Tournament: Champion of Champions edition

Arundel Castle’s International Jousting and Medieval Tournament takes place on 24-29 July

Some of the world’s finest jousters will die for glory on 24-29 July at Arundel Castle’s International Jousting and Medieval Tournament: Champion of Champions edition.

The unique six-day spectacular promises more tilt-rail drama than ever before as the tournament celebrates its tenth outing.

The competitors will be made up of the highest scoring individual jousters from years gone by - meaning there will be no team competition this year - but with solo glory on the line, visitors can expect the fiercest competition to date!

Battersea power station this summer

London Seafood Festival

London Seafood Festival arrives at Battersea Power Station this summer, offering an array of events including oyster shucking classes, chef collaborations and a selection of different pop-ups suitable for all the family.

The five day-long festival will be taking place on the banks of the River Thames at Circus West Village, the first chapter in the regeneration of Battersea Power Station, which is quickly becoming one of the most exciting new food and drink destinations in London. 

Restaurants will be taking part and offering special menus, chef collaborations, ticketed dinners and seafood masterclasses from some of the leading seafood specialists in London throughout the festival, which takes place from Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th June.  

 Music by the Sea summer festival Aldeburgh Saturday 30th June

Music by the Sea

Enjoy some great music and get your feet tapping at the free Music by the Sea open air charity concert, which returns to Aldeburgh on Saturday, 30th June. With a fantastic line-up of local and national artists performing live in the King’s Field from 4pm until dark, children’s entertainment, a food market and bars there’s something for everyone.

From brass bands to Bollywood - Sunderland welcomes the tall ships

Tall Ships Races

A RAFT of live music – from brass bands to Bollywood - has been unveiled as part of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

Up to 1.5m people are expected to head to Sunderland from 11 to 14 July for the four-day festival, featuring 55 sailing ships from around the world.

And, along with spectacular circus acts – including a high wire crossing of the River Wear – orchestras, bands, choirs and dance companies have also been signed up to take part.

Homegrown band The Lake Poets, Sunderland Symphony Orchestra and the Young Asian Voices choir will be joined by more than 40 schools, 500 children, five brass bands and 12 choirs in a packed programme showcasing local, national and international talent.

BBC History Magazine’s History Weekends return to York and Winchester this autumn

BBC History Magazine’s History Weekends return to York and Winchester this autumn

BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend festivals are back for the sixth year this autumn, with the biggest line-ups yet. Set in two idyllic locations across two weekends in October, the show travels first to the medieval city of Winchester and then historic York. Each packed weekend features a diverse range of engaging talks, interactive Q&As and book signings from the world’s leading historians and authors including Michael Wood, Alison Weir, Bernard Cornwell and Lucy Worsley.

Westfield Kicks-Off Festival Season With a Month Of Outdoor Music Events

Westfield Kicks-Off Festival Season With a Month Of Outdoor Music Events

Westfield is proud celebrate its fourth year of the Westfield Presents Programme with an exciting run of free events to celebrate music, art, sport and tech between June and September. Perfectly timed with the start of festival season across the UK, Westfield is kicking off with a month-long series of music events this June.

Music Month will transform both Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City into a hub of exciting musical events and festivals. Ranging from a Levi Roots Reggae Weekend to DJ training sessions - there’s something for all age groups and musical tastes.

Stars line up for Sunderland’s summer streets festival

Summer Streets festival

One of the North East’s leading music festivals, Summer Streets festival, has unveiled its biggest line up yet as it joins forces with the Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

As start host port for the international sailing event, the city will welcome 55 sailing vessels and their crews along with an estimated 1.5m visitors, for four days of theatre, circus, music and dance, from 11 to 14 July.

And Summer Streets – a free annual festival founded five years ago by The Futureheads guitarist and vocalist Ross Millard – is moving from its usual Southwick home to Seaburn Recreation Park to be part of the event.

On Saturday 14 July, stars such as Little Comets and the world famous Royal Northern Sinfonia will be among a packed line up performing across three stages.