Festivals, Carnivals and Events

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.

Accrington Food Festival set to be bigger and better than ever!

Accrington Food Festival

Now in its 21st year, the Accrington Food Festival is set to be the biggest and the best to date! Taking place on Saturday 2nd June from 10am – 4pm, Accrington will come alive in a flurry of fantastic fun for people to enjoy the wonderful worldwide flavours and exciting entertainment on offer.

Keen to reproduce the success of previous years and hoping to top last year’s visitor total of 14,000 people, organisers, Scott Dawson Advertising, will be pulling out all the stops to ensure a delightful day is had by all.

Brand New Acts Announced For CarFest 2018 Lineup

Brand New Acts Announced For CarFest 2018 Lineup

The unmissable family festival is back for its seventh year this summer. Final tickets for CarFest North and South 2018 are now on sale - http://www.carfest.org/ticket-information

An exclusive performance by CarFest’s very own Supergroup headed up by Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman Ricky Wilson including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Gary Kemp and The Feeling

On top of this, an exclusive line up of the country’s best chefs including James Martin, Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) and Raymond Blanc

See Big Stars In Newcastle This Summer At Geordie Moor

See Big Stars In Newcastle This Summer At Geordie Moor

North East music fans have the chance to enjoy a series of concerts with a star studded line-up this summer. Organised by events company, Geordie Moor, the concerts will take place over three consecutive evenings at Nuns Moor Park, Newcastle under a big top tent.

On Thursday 19 July, The Proms will welcome glamorous clubbing brand Miss Moneypenny’s to the stage, with the 60 piece Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra performing a number of house music classics. 

And on Friday, fans can see 90s euro-pop favourite The Vengaboys, known for their hits We Like To Party, Boom Boom Boom Boom and We’re Going to Ibiza, as well as a superstar pop group yet to be announced.

Exciting Line-Up of Summer Food Festivals from Vegan Events UK

Exciting Line-Up of Summer Food Festivals from Vegan Events UK

There’s something for everyone at the forthcoming Vegan Festivals from Vegan Events UK this Summer. These popular events, held at venues up and down the country include a feast of mouth wateringly delicious food, a wide range of fantastic stalls, world food caterers, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children's activities running throughout the day. And there are lots of exciting foods and other products not available in the shops.

Greater Anglia - Best Festivals

Greater Anglia - Best Festivals

With the official start of summer just a few weeks away, festival seasons is nearly upon us. With more than a thousand festivals across the UK each year*, it can be tough to know which ones to choose, and there are often plenty of more unusual events in your local area that offer great entertainment and value for money. With such a range of festivals on offer, Greater Anglia has selected some of the best festivals taking place across the East Anglia region this summer below.