Festivals, Carnivals and Events

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. 

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.