Festivals, Carnivals and Events

New outdoor Music Festival by the Sea Saturday 2nd July

Thorpeness Country Club from beach

 

Plans are in hand to hold, Thorpefest, an exciting new summer outdoor music festival at the Thorpeness Country Club, near Aldeburgh on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast on Saturday, 2nd July.

Featuring a great line-up with nearly a dozen bands performing live from 12noon until 10pm, the open air charity concert would replace the popular Music by the Sea event, which has been held outside the White Lion Hotel on Aldeburgh’s sea front since 2012, with the support of Aldeburgh Town Council and local residents.

Iomevents

iomevents events

Situated at the heart of the British Isles, the Isle of Man is a nation proudly steeped in rich cultural and natural heritage, at only 32 x 14 miles and with a population of around 80,000 people the Isle of Man is a tranquil haven ready to be explored.

The unique and varied heritage is as evident today as it was many thousands of years ago, the story of Mann trail uncovers the islands fascinating past and will guide you around ancient castles and monuments


Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy celebrated with vibrant mix of pageantry and performance

Shakespears 400 year legacy celebrated with a vibrant mixx of pageantry and performance, photo of parade

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23 April 2016, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has planned an extra special programme of celebrations in honour of William Shakespeare - Stratford’s most famous son and the world’s greatest playwright with a vibrant mix of music, performance and family fun. From Shakespeare-inspired opera and sonnets performed hip-hop style, to an exclusive BBC Radio 3 workshop and creative doodling on a giant Art Cube, there’s plenty to celebrate this special anniversary year.

Blists Hill Victorian Town travels forward to the 1940s

Blitz Hill 1940's evening at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Summer evening on the Home Front, Saturday 18th June

Enjoy a summer evening on the home front as Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, travels forwards to the 1940s with vintage entertainment, activities and characters from the World War II era at ‘Blitz Hill’ on Saturday, 18th June.

The blackout has been lifted for this one night only. Dress up in your finest 1940s civilian costume, pencil-on your stocking seams, grab your ration book and get ready to ‘make do and mend’ at this fantastic fun event.

Put a spring in your step with Arboretum visit

From late March and throughout April, the Arboretum will be celebrating the arrival of Spring, and it is running Easter holiday activities for children, hosting a plant fair and vintage handmade gift market, and serving up delicious homemade meals.

A variety of activities will be available for younger visitors throughout the Easter holidays. They include a free Easter trail, available from the 25 - 28 March, which will encourage children to explore the Arboretum’s extensive grounds to hunt for hidden clues. All participating children will receive a chocolate treat.

Continuing on the spring theme, little green fingers can get busy at the ‘Children’s Potting Shed’, where they can decorate their own pots and plant seeds to take home, from 25 March – 8 April.

Top tips on the best places to visit and what to see over the spring months

Carpet of Wild Daffodils at Sizergh National Trust Images C Val Corbett

 

 

Saturday was officially the first day of spring and the warm weather has brought a surge of flowers to National Trust gardens in the Lake District. Here’s some top tips on the best places to visit and what to see over the spring months. 

Known as being one of the first signs of spring, snowdrops or ‘milk flowers’ have been out in force for a few weeks. The dainty blooms are so pretty, there’s a walk dedicated to them at Sizergh near Kendal where you can see them in all their glory. 


All Aboard The Good Ship Benefit!

The Brow Lounge

Open for five months from 9th April 2016, visitors can be transported from Benefit’s home of San Francisco, to tropical beaches via the secret lair of spy gal. There will be three decks of fun, glamour and pampering, so get ready to sail on Good Ship Benefit this spring.

The Good Ship Benefit at the R.S Hispaniola is located in central London at Victoria Embankment. It will be a place for girls to discover different worlds celebrating some of Benefit’s hero products and services with cocktails, afternoon tea and culinary experiences thrown in for good measure!

Cornbury Music Festival

Cornbury 2016 Music Festival

Bryan Ferry, Jamie Cullum, Seal, All Saints Soul II Soul, Steve Wilko, The Zombies, James Morrison, Gabrielle Aplin, Corinne Bailey Rae and many more

 “Cornbury is quintessentially English – good natured, inclusive and slightly eccentric. Beautifully organised and convivial in atmosphere” Mike Scott, The Waterboys

Stunning 90’s popstars, All Saints are marking their comeback at this year’s Cornbury Music Festival showcasing a hot new album along with the megahits that made them famous – Pure Shores, Never Ever and Under the Bridge.


A YEAR OF INSPIRATIONAL EVENTS AT DARTINGTON HALL

Dartington Hall

Set within a 1200 acre estate, Dartington Hall, a Grade I listed venue in the tranquil Devon countryside, is hosting a spectacular line up of events, inspirational courses and festivals throughout the year.  Utterly unique in the area, Dartington Hall is a social enterprise venue, whereby society not the business profits, and has a long history of using its land and activities to provide learning opportunities and entertainment for all ages and interests.

May Bank Holiday Fun-Filled to the Brim with Beer and Cider by the Sea Festival 2016!

Beer Cider marquees 2014 Credit Visit Eastbourne

Eastbourne’s spring beer festival, Beer and Cider by the Sea makes for the perfect bank-holiday coastal escape from 27-29 May, as it returns to Eastbourne’s Western Lawns, serving up more than 60 scrumptious real ales, a wide variety of mouth-watering ciders and perries and an abundance of delightful cocktails, wine and more.

With tickets already on sale, beer and cider enthusiast are encouraged to head to the coast this May, for a weekend which promises to offer four festival sessions full of live music, plenty of beer and cider tasting and delectable food to help wash down all the ale.


Taking tea on the Thames

Afternoon Tea on the River Thames, London

LONDON visitors keen to escape the city’s hustle and bustle are invited to take tea on the Thames this spring.

Leading Thames river cruise company Bateaux London, at river cruise has announced the return of its afternoon tea cruises on the largest and most sophisticated boat on the river.

From 2 April, on Wednesdays through to Saturdays, Bateaux London’s flagship, Harmony, will weigh anchor to take guests on a 75-minute cruise, taking in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.


Artists Open Houses Festival 2016

Saturday 30th April - Sunday 29th May

The Artists Open Houses festival 2016 will take place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over the five weekends of May, starting Saturday April 30th(Bank Holiday Weekend). The organisers are pleased to announce that over 60 new artists houses and studios will be taking part in the festival this year.

The largest event of its kind in the UK, around 200 houses and studio spaces across the city open their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,500 artists and makers. Last year over 200,000 people visited the festival.