Festivals, Carnivals and Events

Brand new eat & drink festival heads to EventCity to revel in Manchester's thriving food scene

Eat and drink Festival

Brand new for 2017; Eat & Drink Festival will open in the heart of the Northern food revolution at Manchester's EventCity from 8-11 June. Experience a pioneering live spectacle, showcasing the best the country and region has to offer in the world of food & drink alongside the award-winning Ideal Home Show.

When: 8th – 11th June 2017

Where: EventCity, Manchester (co-locating with the Ideal Home Show)

Following the success of its first launch in London, the flavour some festival is sure to wet Northern appetites - celebrating the newest and most exciting trends in modern cuisine, local gastronomy and street food.

Families set to have a splashing time at UK’s Biggest Water Sports Challenge, Aqua Park Rutland

Aqua park

Back for a second year following its highly successful launch in 2016, Aqua Park Rutland is gearing up to welcome families to the waterpark with its dedicated daily family slots. From Saturday 15th July, every 10am slot will be reserved for families with children age 6 – 13, to allow kids to take over the park and run wet and wild.

The UK’s biggest water sports Aqua Park at Rutland Water this summer will more than double in size for 2017.  With huge potential for Dads to epically fail and Mums to totally wipe-out, Aqua Park Rutland will offer one of the most entertaining ways to spend time as a family, whatever the weather.

Say it with Gin!

Say it with Gin! RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington

What: Gin lovers are invited to enjoy this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a botanical-inspired afternoon tea and cocktail pairing at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington for £49per person.

When: Available from 15th – 28th May

What: The Royal Garden Hotel is offering a special afternoon tea which takes inspiration from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show at its Park Terrace restaurant. Available from 15th – 28th May for £49 per person, the seasonal tea will include a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and floral inspired deserts including orange blossom palmiers, elderflower posset and honey cake served with bee pollen created by Executive Head Chef Steve Munkleyand his talented team. 

Heath Week 2017

Heath Week

The 21st annual East Devon Pebblebed Heath Week will take place on 23-29 July 2017; a celebration of the beautiful heathland landscape of East Devon. Whether you enjoy wildlife, history or getting active in the outdoors, there is something here for you!

Join a week of activities, events and walks where you can learn more about the wildlife, history and conservation work that makes these heathlands so unusual, with something for all the family. 

Family Festival Day kicks off the event on 23 July, with a range of activities for all ages, including walks, talks, crafts and quizzes, celebrating all the heaths have to offer. Entry is just £5 per family group.

A night to glow crazy – dazzle your friends & amaze yourself with the best 5km you’ll ever experience!

Glow in the Dark

At Glow in the Park, you and your friends will light up the night as you make your way round 5km – no speed needed! Whether you decide to dance, jog, run or walk around the course, it’s up to you. All you need is a bunch of friends, an urge to get your funky, messy party glow on and have the best night out you could imagine – in a park near you. Glow in the Park has been designed by fitness event experts for people of all ages and fitness levels to enjoy the ultimate workout night- out while you achieve a 5km distance. Everyone has their own reasons for giving it a go – if you are a beginner or a seasoned runner, or have an individual personal goal, it doesn’t matter. It’s also a great way to raise money for your favourite charity. 

Make a date to discover the world of farming

world of farming

LEAF Open Farm Sunday, 11th June 2017

On Sunday 11th June 2017 hundreds of farms across the UK will throw open their gates to welcome the public and showcase the fascinating world of farming. As well as being a fun and informative day out for all the family, LEAF Open Farm Sunday also gives visitors the opportunity to see first-hand all that farmers do and the impact their work has on all our lives.

Shambala Festival returns on 24th – 27th AUGUST 2017 to a secret Northamptonshire location

Shambala Festival

Shambala, the family friendly, proudly independent and socially-conscious festival will be continuing its ‘adventures in utopia’ with another four day celebration of all things music, art, dance, poetry, comedy, workshops and theatre on 24th – 27th August.

The variety and quality of entertainment on offer is staggering for a festival of its size and as ever, participation is the name of the game. This isn’t a festival where you park your bum in front of the main stage all day – it’s a place to get your hands dirty, whether that means building your own adventure playground, honing your fine art skills in a c*ck drawing class, or learning how to build a house through open-source technology.

Surf Snowdonia announces headline acts for Electric Wave Festival

Surf Snowdonia announces headline acts for Electric Wave Festival

Badly Drawn Boy
Anton Powers

 
Surf Snowdonia has announced the headline acts for its first ever music and surf festival, Electric Wave.
 
Mercury Prize-winning artist Badly Drawn Boy and Capital FM DJ Anton Powers will top the bill at the three-day festival which takes place at Surf Snowdonia from 14-16 July.
 
Joining the headliners will be Bez from Happy Mondays, 25 Years of Cream, General Levy, Showhawk Duo and DJ Yoda as well as big local talent like Calfari and the The Spitting Pips. More names are set to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
 

Dr Bronner’s Host Events in Planet Organic Stores to Raise Awareness for World Fair Trade Day

Dr Bronner’s Host Events in Planet Organic Stores to Raise Awareness for World Fair Trade Day

On May 13th, Dr. Bronner’s, family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America, will celebrate World Fair Trade Day in London as well as over 10 of its distributing countries. Dr Bronner’s will be hosting educational events, in-store demonstrations, promotions and giveaways in various Planet Organic stores, a London hotspot for all things green and eco-friendly. Dr Bronner’s will be using these retail spaces to educate and inspire the public on the benefits of fair trade, the importance of how people in the supply chain are treated and how to make informed, ethical choices in our everyday lives.

The Alresford Watercress Festival – celebrating the UK’s favourite Super Salad Leaf

Sunday 21 May 2017 is the time to visit Alresford, Hampshire, ‘the World’s Capital of Watercress’. You’ll be in for a foodie delight as this beautiful Georgian town plays host to the annual Watercress Festival with a variety of fantastic family attractions and a wide range of mouth-watering watercress treats ranging from traditional soup and cakes, to watercress ice cream and watercress beer, even watercress flavoured gin.
 

Arundel Castle Celebrates 950th Anniversary

Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle Packed 2017 Events Calendar

Arundel Castle in West Sussex will celebrate the 950th anniversary of its initial construction this year.  To celebrate, the Castle has arranged a bumper calendar of events from dazzling displays of flowers in its gardens to thrilling historical interpretations including a week-long jousting and medieval tournament. Reopening to visitors on 01 April, the Castle’s calendar boasts two brand new events as well as the return of several visitor favourites.

Kicking off the open season and new for 2017, the Warriors of Arundel Castle (8-9 April 2017 and 17 September 2017) will explore 1,000 years the Castle’s tumultuous history with costume, crafts, weapons and thrilling combat displays.