Festivals, Carnivals and Events

Make their day with a trip to the Bay!

Cardiff Harbour Cardiff International White Water

An ideal destination for tourists, groups and families, Cardiff Bay really does provide something for everyone. The waterfront offers an exciting blend of historic landmarks and entertainment venues, nestled alongside vibrant bars and restaurants. Whether you’re looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, enjoy scenic views, or soak up the unique atmosphere of the Bay’s cultural scene, you’ll be spoilt for choice.


Enjoy a stroll along the Barrage which boasts panoramic sea views and free outdoor exhibitions, or get closer to the water and tour the Bay in style by taking a fun-filled boat ride or trip to tranquil Flat Holm Island. 

SEEDS SOWN FOR BUMPER CROP OF FLOWERPOTS

Dinosaur - Settle Flowerpot Festival

A bumper crop of creative characters is expected for this year's Settle Flowerpot Festival.

The third annual Flowerpot Festival in the North Craven market town comes hot in the tyremarks of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race and everyone is getting into the spirit of the event.

Heidi Kettle, marketing manager of Falcon Manor, Settle's luxury country house hotel, said: "We are looking forward to a fantastic display of flowerpots this summer. We can't wait to see Settle going planter potty once again."


Bournemouth's Hottest Summer Celebration

Seventa Events Beach Feast Bournemouth 2016

Beach Feast, a spectacular summer event, is coming to Bournemouth's seafront on Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July 2016.

Seventa Events, the renowned company behind some of Bournemouth's best pop-up events including the Rekorderlig beach bar & restaurant, the extremely popular Christmas Bar at Print Room & co-producers of Koh Lounge 2015 is set to host Bournemouth's hottest summer celebration. Featuring delicious street food, incredible cocktails and excellent entertainment, interest in Beach Feast 2016 has already exceeded all expectations on social media, with over 20,000 people interested in the event on Facebook so far, setting the stage for their most popular event to date.

Chelsea Flower Show: The Winning Formula For A Successful Garden

Chelsea Flower Show 2016

 

It’s that time of the year again - the wonders of the Chelsea Flower Show are upon us. Thousands of horticultural enthusiasts are about to pitch up at the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea for 5 days of green-fingered heaven - whether it’s expert workshops and shows, beautiful flowers from around the world or even the latest garden equipment, it’s a one-stop-shop for everything green and natural.

The Chelsea Flower Show is known for its fantastic presentation gardens - from the wild to the wacky to the just plain beautiful, each year’s show attracts amazing, inspiring designs from the world’s leading garden architects.

Springing into battle at Crathes Castle

Springing into battle at Crathes Castle, Scotland, May 2016

The usually tranquil grounds of the National Trust for Scotland’s Crathes Castle near Banchory are being taken over by rival troops on the weekend of 21 and 22 May. Redcoats and Jacobites are setting up camp on the historic site with its links to Robert the Bruce and there will be risky raids, fearsome attacks and daring duels, showcasing the weaponry and tactics of 18th century warfare.

Re-enactors from Alan Breck’s Regiment will be setting up camp at the castle, and visitors will be able to wander amongst the actors, gaining an insight into life as a soldier during the Jacobite rebellion.


‘The doctor will see you now’ Pump Room museum reveals medical measures from the 1920s

Doctors bag circa 1920

How sickness and injuries were treated nearly 100 years ago will be revealed at the Royal Pump Rooms Museum in Harrogate on Friday 13th May.

From 6pm – 8pm, young visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to find out what medicine and treatments were like back in the 1920s.

Aimed at families and pre-teens, when visitors arrive at the museum they will be given a ‘character card’ containing a description of an illness which is ‘theirs’ for the evening.

Capability Brown Festival 2016 Special exhibitions celebrate 300 years of landscaping genius

Grounds of Berrington Hall Herefordshire National Trust Images John Millar

 

This summer, the Capability Brown Festival 2016 celebrates the life, work and legacy of Royal Gardener and landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown with a range of special art exhibitions across the country.

Like an artist, Brown framed views and used perspective to create beautiful naturalistic landscapes which are still much admired today, three hundred years after his birth.  Inspired by Brown’s stunning landscapes, these exhibitions will encourage people to take a fresh, new look at his work.


Eat Dirt on Exmoor; Exciting Bank Holiday Thrills

Mountain Bike ride “Eat Dirt on Exmoor”, organised by Calvert Trust Exmoor

A group of Mountain Bike enthusiasts from across the South West and beyond took to the Exmoor hills for a new May Day bank holiday ride,  “Eat Dirt on Exmoor”, organised by Calvert Trust Exmoor.

195 cyclists took part in the ride, raising over £3,000 between them, with more sponsorship still coming in. Much of the 25 mile main route took riders through areas of Exmoor not normally open to the general public, thanks to the Hollam, New Invention and Broford Estates allowing special access for this event.

The circular route started in Dulverton following the route of the River Barle up to Tarr Steps, then up onto the moor, south east to the river Exe and then back into Dulverton for the finish line.

British Museum brings Renaissance treasures into the 21st century with its new permanent digital interactive exhibit

The British Museum has launched a permanent interactive digital exhibit to bring its Renaissance treasures to life for visitors to itsnewly developed Waddesdon Bequest collection and Enlightenment galleries.

AllofUs created the bespoke interactive digital display and designed it to sympathetically fit with the historical features of the galleries. 

The display allows the visitors to learn more about the wide range of exhibits in the collection through carefully crafted animated stories. Each exhibit’s location is clearly identified as part of the digital experience, encouraging visitors to explore the galleries further. 

Peter Pan Treasures To Be Seen for First Time in Public 12th May – 30th October 2016

 

Original items from the Peter Pan Collection in Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity are about to go on public for the first time in a special exhibition at the Florence Nightingale Museum at St Thomas’ Hospital. Take Me To Neverland: Peter Pan From Play to Book and Beyond opens on 12th May 2016 and examines the true story behind the much-loved classic, Peter Pan.

Chipping Steam Fair

Man eating ice cream at Chillage Village Hall

In 1997 the old Chipping Village Hall was in desperate need of replacement and the village had started fundraising for a new build. A family fun day was organised with lots of different events taking place all around the village including street stalls and a car boot sale. Mary Harrison came up with the idea of gathering together a few classic vehicles owned by some of the locals and congregating on the Talbot Public House car park.

Earth Day highlights need for sustainable future

The Earth Day Network throws spotlight on initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions 22nd April, London/New York – Today marks the 46th Earth Day, a movement which inspires initiatives to reduce the earth’s CO2 emissions and encourage the adoption of renewable resources. To commemorate the day, Earth Day Network begins its Plant the Trees campaign, which aims to encourage people to plant trees in their communities. The campaign's ultimate goal is to reach 7.8 billion trees around the world by 2020.

All aboard Steam on the Dock - the UK’s only inner-city steam rally at Albert Dock Liverpool

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Steam Train

 

Toot those whistles one and all as Steam on the Dock chugs into Albert Dock Liverpool from May 6-8. Step aboard an authentic steam train and steamboat from a bygone age, and be amazed by a symphonic spectacular of live music, steam and sparks - it’s full steam ahead to the UK’s only inner-city steam rally, which takes over the North West’s most-visited free tourist attraction for a free weekend of wonder for families and steam enthusiasts alike.

Launch of a spectacular giant art installation in Snowdonia

High and Low, or ‘uchel ac isel’, is a spectacular outdoor painting installation which is being created by British landscape artist Anthony Garratt in Snowdonia.

The installation will tell a unique and compelling story about the history, geography and industrial heritage of North Wales, encouraging visitors to make a deeper connection with the region’s dramatic landscape and the forces that have shaped it.

High and Low will feature two giant paintings, created in two very different dramatic and inspiring sites: one floating high on the flanks of Snowdon on Llyn Llydaw, and one which will be hung low, deep beneath the mountains in an abandoned slate cavern.


Tewkesbury Medieval festival

An historic battle field will be brought  to vivid life as around 2000 enthusiasts re-enact the last battle of the wars of the Wars of the Roses, which took place just outside the small market town of Tewkesbury in 1471.

The battle is only a small part of a huge and colourful Medieval Festival, which takes place on July 9-10th.

There will also be  a big and bustling market - where you can  watch potters, metal, wood and leather workers, dress makers, and many more all demonstrating their skills, along with a wide range of items of interest to re-enactors and the the modern visitor alike.