Festivals, Carnivals and Events

Jack Griffo & Kira Kosarin get set for Nickelodeon’s Slimefest

Tickets for SLIMEFEST now on sale at Ticketmaster

The Stars of Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans and YouTube sensation Roxxsaurus Join the Line-up for Nickelodeon’s First-Ever UK SLIMEFEST in Blackpool on 3rd September

ack Griffo and Kira Kosarin, stars of Nickelodeon’s hit live-action series The Thundermans, are heading to Blackpool for Nickelodeon’s SLIMEFEST on Saturday, 3rd September, 2016.

SPAM® Can Tour will be flying high at Blackpool Airshow – 7th & 8th August 2016

SPAM Can Tour has already served up more than 15000 fries

Visitors to the Blackpool Airshow will be in for an extra treat this year as the nationwide SPAM® Can Tour rolls into town.

Celebrating 75 years in the UK, the team at SPAM® Brand will be showing what ‘SPAM® Can’ really do, from delicious SPAM® Fajitas to BBQ favourites like SPAM® Kebabs.  The big highlight is a SPAMTASTIC™ vintage airstream, which will be serving the increasingly popular SPAM® Fries to all visitors for FREE!


Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs Credit Graham Lewis

Pleasance Courtyard (One), 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ, Wednesday 3rd – Monday 29th August 2016 (not 16th), 10:30 

Flinn is back! Les Petits Theatre Company (Adventures in Wonderland) return to the high seas after their hugely successful and award-winning Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs rollicked the rigging and spliced the mainbrace! The Magic Cutlass is the hugely anticipated sequel based on the award-winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto.

Summer doesn’t have to end in August!

Calke Abbey Activity

The holidays might be coming to an end, but there’s still plenty going on in The National Forest.

See a true English village garden

Indulge in a bout of nosiness – all totally legitimate – by having a thoroughly English afternoon and wandering around the beautifully kept gardens of Repton Village. On August 28 have a mooch in some stunningly cultivated greenery, and even pick up some tea and homemade cake at 10 Chestnut Way.


Summer Events 2016

Summer Events 2016

11th – 14th August, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol: Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest hot air balloon festival with over 100 balloons gathered in the grounds of the stunning Ashton Court Estate to take off at dawn and dusk each day.

A jam packed four days of fun for the whole family, with breakfast and balloons at dawn to the night glows on Thursday and Saturday after dusk, when the balloons glow to a soundtrack of music. Over half a million people attend each year.


The Teddy Bear’s Picnic Returns to Cholmondeley Castle this August!

Teddys Bear Picnic

The very popular annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic is back at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens on Sunday 14th August. This year the event is being organised by local children’s charity The Wingate Centre, a specialist holiday centre that provides residential breaks and sports and recreation activities for children and young adults with disabilities.

The Wingate Centre, based only four miles from Cholmondeley Castle, was the chosen charity for the 2016 event and this year it promises to be even bigger and better!

Capability Brown Festival 2016 - ‘Capability’ Brown’s birthday month of August

Blenheim Palace

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of 18th century landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, whose birthday (probably) falls this August. His actual date of birth is not known but he was baptised on 30 August 1716 at a time when babies were baptised very soon after birth, so we have declared August as his Birthday Month! The nationwide Capability Brown Festival celebrates the life, work and legacy of England’s most famous gardener, often dubbed the ‘Shakespeare of gardening’ or the ‘grandfather of landscape architecture’.

Folk Festival on the Dock, Albert Dock Liverpool, August 26-29

janice Long heads to Folk Festival on the Liverpool Docks

BBC Radio 2 DJ, Janice Long, has been announced as the host of the main stage at next month’s Folk Festival on the Dock (August 26-29). The Liverpool-born DJ, who is a patron to Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, was the first female presenter of Top of the Pops and is renowned for promoting new talent, giving the likes of Amy Winehouse, The Smiths, Primal Scream, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Adele their first big break.

Great north snowdogs

Snowdog Sculptures

VISITORS to the North East this autumn will be led on the largest public art trail of its kind ever to be held in the region – by a pack of Great North Snowdogs.

For 10 weeks, from September to November, streets, parks and open spaces across Sunderland, Gateshead and Tyneside, will become home to 60 giant Snowdog sculptures and over 100 little Snowdogs.

Snowdogs is inspired by the story The Snowman™ and The Snowdog, by Raymond Briggs and at 1.5m high, the large Snowdogs sculptures, will each have been individually decorated by professional artists.


Tourism boost expected from leading LGBT festival

Newcastle Pride and Mercure Newcastle County Hotel mark Nichols and Anna Wadcock

A popular event, which annually attracts up to 70,000 people, is expected to boost the North East’s tourism trade when it returns next month. Newcastle Pride, one of the largest free LGBT festivals in the UK, generated around 8000 bed nights in 2015, with up to 14 per cent of visitors opting to stay overnight.

This year, accommodation providers across the city are gearing up for an even bigger influx of guests, with many focussing their efforts on the event’s main music weekend beginning Friday July 15.


Vintage on the Dock Lindy hops into Albert Dock Liverpool

Vintage on the Dock Credit Culture Liverpool

Vintage on the Dock returns to Albert Dock Liverpool on July 9 and 10, bringing a free, family weekend celebration of 20th Century vintage cool to the North West’s most visited tourist attraction.

Visitors looking for some seriously stylish eye candy can browse the vintage marketplace, with the best traders hand-selected by keen-eyed curators, Dotty’s Vintage. From vintage clothes and accessories, to mid-century modern homewares, records and music memorabilia from the 1920s through to the 1990s, the vintage marketplace is a treat to behold.

Make Stone Food & Drink Festival 2016 a date in your ‘foodie diary’…

over 15000 visitors attended the main festival at Westbridge Park in 2015

Drawing food lovers from far and wide with its mix of artisan food stalls, talks, live cookery demonstrations, interactive cookery classes and family fun it is fast becoming a red letter day in the ‘foodie calendar’. Staffordshire’s biggest gastronomic gathering will mark its 12th year on the weekend of Friday 30th September, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October this year.

With over 15,000 visitors flocking to the main Festival site at Westbridge Park, on the edge of the North Staffordshire market town of Stone, in 2015 this year’s event is expected to be even bigger.


Festival of Nature kicks off with exclusive screenings of David Attenborough films

Elizabeth White who will present Planet Earth 2

 

Step inside At-Bristol's Planetarium next Sunday (June 12) and experience the first general public screening of Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur in 360° virtual reality, as the UK's biggest free celebration of the natural world hits Bristol Harbourside on June 11 and 12.

This groundbreaking, four-minute virtual reality film brings you up close and personal with Sir David Attenborough and the biggest animal to ever walk the planet. Charlotte Scott, a multi-award winning producer/director who produced the TV programme Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur, and BAFTA award-winning digital producer Sam Hume, producer of the VR 360 film, will be on hand to talk you through the latest developments in natural history film-making.

Exmoor Calvert Horseshoe – “A Fantastic Day”

exmoor calvert horseshoe a fantastic-day

Calvert Trust Exmoor ran its first ever open country horse riding event, the Exmoor Calvert Horseshoe, on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May 2016.

‘The Exmoor Calvert Horseshoe’ offered two alternative rides through beautiful Exmoor countryside, a 15 kilometre leisure ride and a 25 kilometre endurance ride. Both rides started and ended at Comer’s Gate, near Withypool, taking in beautiful Exmoor scenery including the Barle River valley, Dunkery Gate,  Dunkery Hill, Cloutsham Ball and Horner Woods.

Local Rider Julie Lyons described her experience of the event; “I had a fantastic day, made some new friends, and enjoyed some beautiful scenery and lovely weather at this well organised event.  See you again next year!

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.