Festivals, Carnivals and Events

CircusFest 2018


In the 250th anniversary year of the invention of modern circus, the Roundhouse’s CircusFest 2018 focuses on the future of circus: daring and diverse, punky and poetic, subversive and socially aware. From the spectacular to the intimate, the festival showcases the point where circus collides with theatre, dance, live art, film and even virtual reality.

Shevington village fete promises to be bigger and better than ever!

Shevington Fete Sue Johnston

A village fete which has grown over the past few years promises to offer its biggest and best event in 2018! People in the local community of Shevington, Wigan, were disappointed in 2016 because the annnual Fete could not run due to lack of volunteers. Late last year, the committee saw an influx of willing volunteers and it was decided to hold the event on Saturday 30th June.

The whole community are invited to attend, whether as visitors or stallholders. The stalls don’t just offer locally, handmade crafts, goods and food but also include information stalls with representatives from local and nationwide charities and organisations including Northern Greyhound Rescue, the local branches of Women’s Institute, Butterflies Children’s Charity and The Samaritans of Wigan.

Countdown on to May's Chilterns Walking Festival

Walking Festival

There are just 100 days until the start of the 2018 Chilterns Walking Festival spring event, which takes place from Saturday 19 May to Sunday 03 June 2018.

The programme of over 50 guided walks, events and activities includes opportunities to try short circular walks, take the train for a walk and longer linear walks. What they all have in common is the gorgeous Chilterns landscape - with the mix of rolling farmland, woodlands and spectacular views - and a knowledgeable guide to share stories and point out places of interest.

Looking forward to the Spring Bowhouse Food Weekends


Bowhouse, Scotland’s most innovative food and drink hub will spring into action again this March with a line up of Food Weekends taking place throughout 2018.

Situated just outside St Monans in Fife, on Balcaskie Estate, Bowhouse Food Weekends are unique indoor events, providing an opportunity to see, discuss, taste and buy the best local food and drink in a vibrant atmosphere with live music and food demonstrations from leading experts.  Bowhouse will welcome a changing roster of the best food and drink producers from Fife and beyond to the free-to-attend food weekends.  With a dedicated street food area and a growing reputation for showcasing the best produce, the markets have become one of the biggest new food and drink events in Scotland.

Return of the Night Market at Balgove Larder

With a programme of live music, crafts, street food and of course, the very best food and drink from Scotland’s best loved farm shop, Balgove Larder is delighted to announce a new season of Night Market’s taking place monthly in 2018.

The markets take place from May to September with an additional Christmas Night Market in December in Balgove Larder’s famous Steak Barn. The Steak Barn is a distinctive converted saw mill with walls made from recycled potato crates and a huge wood-fired barbeque at its centre.  Visitors will be able to choose from a menu of dishes straight off the grill or select snacks from the changing roster of the latest street food outlets.

Newcastle Pride

Newcastle Pride

Newcastle Pride, organised by regional LGBT charity, Northern Pride, has confirmed the festival will be returning to the city, with NE1, Newcastle’s Business Improvement District, sponsoring the event for the fourth year running.

More than 73,000 visitors turned out for the main event in 2017, with a further 650,000 listeners from all over the world tuning in to Pride World Radio’s coverage of the weekend.

Looking to replicate the success of the 2017 festival, which generated more than £9m to the local economy, the 2018 programme has a whole host of events planned in the weeks running up to the main Pride weekend. 

Europe’s largest Tall Ship Races are back

Tall Ships Races

In July 2018, a magnificent fleet of ships will arrive at the port of Sunderland, at the North East coast, in preparation for the Tall Ships Races 2018.

The Races is Europe’s largest, free, family festival and, as start host port, Sunderland will hold four days of celebrations between 11 and 14 July.

Around 1.5m people are expected to visit the city, to explore the ships, cheer the crews of young people from across the UK as they parade through the streets and, on the final day, wave farewell to the ships as they depart for Esbjerg, Denmark.


The schedule of events

The world’s largest philosophy and music festival unveil full speaker line-up

The world’s largest philosophy and music festival unveil full speaker line-up

What is the meaning of life? Do we know the secrets of consciousness? Is authority necessary for society to work? HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, has today announced its full speaker line up and  debate programme, its strongest line-up to date.

Set in atmospheric and intimate venues on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye, the series of debates for 2018 include:

Victorious Announces Headliners

Victorious Announces Headliners

Having previously revealed The Libertines and Kaiser Chiefs at the top of the bill for Friday night, Victorious (24-26 August ‘18), the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival is proud to announce its huge Saturday and Sunday headliners, electronic pioneers The Prodigy (Sunday) and rock legend Paul Weller (Saturday).

Topping the bill with a UK festival exclusive is one of the most exhilarating, influential and chaotic electronic bands of the past 20 years – The Prodigy. Following six no.1 albums and jaw-dropping live performances across the world, the original masters of big beat remain one of the most successful electronic acts of all time. This live show at Victorious 2018 will surely prove to be an unparalleled festival finale.

Festival No.6 Announce Headliners

Franz Ferdinand & Friendly Fires Join The The To Headline Festival No.6

Having previously revealed The The as the top of the bill for Saturday night, multi-award winning Festival No.6 (6-9 September ‘18) is proud to announce Franz Ferdinand and Friendly Fires as the remaining headliners for this year’s highly anticipated seventh edition – the highlight of the UK festival season.

Following a brief hiatus, indie rockers Friendly Fires are back with a vengeance and headlining the Friday evening at No.6. Promising to “herald in a new era”, the band will be showcasing brand new tracks and an incendiary live show for which they are rightfully renowned. 

Celebrate The Magic Of Dal Festival

Celebrate The Magic Of Dal Festival

Full details are announced of the first British Dal Festival - a week of events across the city of Bristol between 19th and 25th March. 

The Festival will celebrate the magic of traditional dals of the Indian subcontinent alongside other pulse dishes from around the world, from the refried beans of Mexico and fava dips of Greece to Britain’s pease pudding and mushy peas. 

The Festival will promote the cultural richness, flavour, and affordability of dal as well as its contribution to health, nutrition and environmental sustainability.  Dal is any split pulse (lentil, bean or pea) or pulse stew or soup. In particular the Festival will highlight pulses grown in the UK such as fava beans and split yellow and green peas, all perfect ingredients for dal.

Surf Snowdonia Soundwaves Festival

Surf Snowdonia Soundwaves Festival

Surf Snowdonia pulls in two of Europe’s biggest dance music brands for one-day festival. Soundwaves will showcase headline acts from Kaluki and Café Mambo Ibiza

Event details: All day event, Saturday 14th April. Over 18s only. Strictly limited tickets available at Skiddle, early bird entry £17.50. Limited VIP glamping pods available onsite from £100 per night (based on 4 people sharing).

Surf Snowdonia will host its first festival of 2018 on Saturday 14th April, and the North Wales surf hub is pulling in two of Europe’s biggest dance brands – Kaluki Musik and Café Mambo Ibiza – to kick the whole thing off.

Festival - ‘Play all day. Dance all night!’

Festival ‘Play all day. Dance all night!’

Chilled in a Field Festival is a feel good modern family-friendly festival. Having kids doesn’t mean you have to miss out on amazing live music and DJs until late into the night. Bring them to the party with you! Your friends without kids will love it too. 

Grown from the '90's London party scene, Chilled in a Field is a small, independent festival for grown-up party people and their fabulous kids – people just like you!