Festivals, Carnivals and Events

Father’s day weekend june 17th - 18th

Ford Model car

Father’s day weekend with beaulieu hot rod & custom drive-in day and simply vw - june 17th - 18th

For a Father’s Day treat Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day is back at Beaulieu on Sunday June 18th with amazing customised cars and bikes, live music and Vintage Village fashions which all of the family will love.

Or make a weekend of it and come to Simply VW on Saturday June 17th and camp with your qualifying vehicle in the grounds of the National Motor Museum for the night, for a two-day celebration.

Artists Open House Festival 2017 - over 1500 artists to exhibit

Artists Open House Festival 2017 - over 1500 artists to exhibit

Artists Open Houses Festival 2017

Four weekends - 6th May to 28th May

The Artists Open Houses festival 2017, the largest event of its kind in the UK, will take place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over four weekends of May, starting Saturday 6th May.

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.

Hugely popular Park Life! is back for 2017 at Compton Verney

Hugely popular Park Life! is back for 2017 at Compton Verney

The much loved Compton Verney family event returns this summer, bringing the best of entertainment for toddlers to grannies, a wealth of top quality British folk music and a very special celebration of the English countryside


For the third year in succession, Park Life! will be staged in the stunning grounds of Warwickshire’s celebrated art gallery and park, Compton Verney.


Taking place on Sunday 25th June 2017 (10.30am – 5pm) Park Life! condenses a smorgasbord of entertainment, fabulous Folk, contemporary crafts and artisan products, including delicious food and drink all into a single day.


British Tourism & Travel Show 2017 previews its exhibitor show highlights

British Tourism and Travel 2017

British Tourism & Travel Show – the leading annual meeting place for the UK and Ireland’s multi-billion-pound domestic tourism industry, has released a preview of what’s new from exhibitors at this year’s show.

Taking place at NEC Birmingham on the 22-23 March, the popular two-day trade event will showcase over 260 leading attractions, venues, destinations, hotels, transport providers, associations and DMOs from across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

12th Annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival 29th April – 7th May 2017

12th Annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival 29th april - 7th May 2017

Now in its 12th year, the annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival, 29th April – 7th May, is offering 57 walks, making it probably the biggest in the West Midlands and one of the best in the country.

The Festival is not just for people with big rucksacks, walking poles and expensive boots but is two events in one; it offers 32 ‘themed’ walks ranging from two to 10 miles, and 25 walks which are longer and for the more experienced walker.  

Surf Snowdonia announces first ever multi discipline race event Waves, Mud & Mountains to take place in Conwy Valley on Sunday 26 March


Surf Snowdonia has announced that it will host its first ever multi discipline event at the end of March 2017. The multi-obstacle challenge will take place at Surf Snowdonia’s adventure parc site and around the village of Dolgarrog in the heart of the Conwy Valley, North Wales.

Waves Mud and Mountains is set to be a challenging circuit which will pit competitors against some of the abundant natural elements of the North Wales landscape, recently named by Lonely Planet as #4 on its global list of Top Regions to explore in 2017.

The distance covered by the course comes in at 5k, but organisers promise that it will test competitors’ stamina, agility and mental strength to the maximum.

‘We Bought a Zoo’ author confirmed for British Tourism & Travel Show

Benhamin Mee - we bought a zoo author confirmed for british tourism travel show

Director of Dartmoor Zoo, Benjamin Mee joins Keynote line-up

Returning to the NEC Birmingham on 22-23 March, British Tourism & Travel Show will feature an exclusive Keynote from Benjamin Mee, author of the bestselling book and inspiration for the Hollywood blockbuster We Bought A Zoo.

Delivering his session at 1pm on 22 March, Benjamin Mee joins the show’s seminar line-up, which already includes TV presenter Julia Bradbury and Travelzoo’s UK MD Joel Brandon-Bravo.

British Tourism & Travel Show announces headline speakers for 2017

TV presenter Julia Bradbury and Travelzoo’s UK MD Joel Brandon-Bravo are now confirmed to host headline Keynotes at British Tourism & Travel Show 2017 – which returns to the NEC Birmingham next year on 22-23 March.

British Tourism & Travel Show – the largest domestic tourism showcase for the UK and Ireland’s travel trade is renowned for attracting a host of big name speakers discussing the key issues, opportunities and hot topics facing the domestic tourism sector today, and this year is no exception.

Have Yourself a Merry Motown Christmas

Motown and Soul Christmas concert, in London

Christmas is a time for peace, love and great, great music. On 8th December, at St Giles in the Fields located in the heart of London's West End, the festive season kicks off with a fabulous Motown and Soul Christmas concert.

Fronted by the talented composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Mo Pleasure, the concert is a fund-raiser for The Haven + London http://thehavenlondon.com, a social enterprise that offers pastoral care, mentoring and practical help to people working in the creative industries when they are at their most vulnerable.

Spotlight on Plymouth's Christmas events and activities

Plymouths Christmas Events and Activities

From meeting Santa in his Grotto to hopping aboard the Christmas Land Train to embarking on the Nutcracker Trail, there is plenty going on in the city of Plymouth this festive season. Christmas shoppers looking for special gifts will be spoilt for choice at the city’s annual Christmas market and Drake’s Circus shopping centre with a range of activities and events taking place across the city to get them into the festive spirit!

Here are some of the highlights of Plymouth’s Christmas events programme for 2016…

Visit Plymouth’s Giant Snow Globe (17th November to 23rd December 2016)

Christmas in London

Christmas in London

It is difficult to find Christmas things for the family to do in London that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Thank goodness for Step Outside Guides, who have published a delightful book which does exactly that.

‘Christmas in London’ captures the excitement and splendour of London during the festive season without calling for any help from your already groaning purse or wallet, since everything in the day is cost-free. But this doesn’t mean you will be short-changed in any way. 

Isle of Man Festival of Steam 2017

Ken Elworthy Fenella at Douglas May 2010

April 14th to April 23rd 2017

Rush Hour – Friday April 14th to Monday April 17th

For the last number of years Isle of Man Railways has welcomed the start of the new operating season by hosting its “Rush Hour” event over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. As the name readily implies, enhanced timetables are operated on each of the Island’s unique transport systems: the Isle of Man Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway, Douglas Horse Tramway and vintage buses as well as the Island’s volunteer operated railways.  Focusing on intensity of service, Rush Hour is a visual celebration of “movement” and of the diverse and unique railway heritage of the Island.

Summer festival experts turn Christmas Market into new winter wonderland festival

The European-style Christmas market in the cathedral quarter of the Hertfordshire city of St Albans is getting a festival makeover this year with summer festival organisers Meraki creating its first free Christmas Mini-Festival, which will provide festival-style entertainment and hospitality throughout the 25-day duration of the Christmas Market.

Visitors to the market will be treated to live music everyday on a stage inside a giant tipi, where they will be able to relax, enjoy a festive drink, food and music from a wide range of performers, including local talent as well as some of the top musicians from the UK, along with street performers, theatre performances and acoustic music.