Highcross set to host Christmas carnival and parade

High cross Snow Globe

It’s set to be a white Christmas at Highcross in Leicester this year, as the shopping centre hosts a festive celebration like no other with the arrival of its enchanting White Christmas festival on Thursday 22nd November.  

The walk about activity will take place around St Peter’s Square and the malls. Complete with dancing snowflakes, Russian princesses, giant swans and even a winter dragon – there will be something for everyone to enjoy as this magical event takes place at Highcross, including real life snow fall…

Raise A Glass To The Greatest Showman Who Has Ever Lived

The Greatest Showman

A new festival -The Greatest Festival - inspired by the the award-winning movie – The Greatest Showman, will be heading to Winchester this October and Bristol and Liverpool this November.

The Greatest Festival, set to tour the UK, will feature lives singers from The Greatest Showman and other movie mega tunes. Audience participation is fully encouraged, turning the festival into a huge sing-a-long that would put a huge smile on the face of Barnum himself.

Annual Harvest Festival returns to Bowhill

Annual Harvest Festival returns to Bowhill

Taking on a farming and forestry theme for 2018, The Harvest Festival at Bowhill will take place on Sunday 30 September between 11am-4pm – celebrating the last day of its visitor season.

Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy a fun-packed schedule including woodturning with the onsite specialist and learn about horse logging through demonstrations.

There will also be a Bowhill Bake Off competition split into two age categories, over 12 years and 12 years and under. Budding bakers can bring along their Bowhill themed creations on the day alongside an entry form which can be found on the Bowhill website.

Commemorate war Heroes at Highclere Castle


Highclere Castle will host a weekend dedicated to the commemoration of the First World War and to fundraise for those who have served and serve today, following the discovery of wreckages in the grounds.

On 8th and 9th September Highclere Castle will welcome several thousand visitors to engage and raise money for UK and other countries’ veterans and charities including Combat Stress, RBL,  MSF, The Royal British Legion and homeless charities including Launchpad. 

Brand New Acts Announced For CarFest 2018 Lineup

Brand New Acts Announced For CarFest 2018 Lineup

The unmissable family festival is back for its seventh year this summer. Final tickets for CarFest North and South 2018 are now on sale - http://www.carfest.org/ticket-information

An exclusive performance by CarFest’s very own Supergroup headed up by Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman Ricky Wilson including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Gary Kemp and The Feeling

On top of this, an exclusive line up of the country’s best chefs including James Martin, Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) and Raymond Blanc

Continue the thrill of Goodwood’s Festival of Speed at The Grand Folly Hotel

Goodwood’s Festival of Speed

Experience the Festival of Speed differently this year. Stay at the nearby luxury Grand Folly Hotel for a truly unique adventure under the stars.

Goodwood’s Festival of Speed, the world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture, will be upon us on 12-15 July 2018. And this year it’s a special one, as it’s the event’s Silver Jubilee. The Festival’s 25 years will be celebrated in style, featuring some major landmarks in its history. As well as this, you can expect to immerse yourself in the thrill of the much-loved Hillclimb, feast your eyes over super cars and Edwardian leviathans alike in the paddocks, and enjoy the aesthetics of the Style et Luxe contest entries.

Victorious Announces Headliners

Victorious Announces Headliners

Having previously revealed The Libertines and Kaiser Chiefs at the top of the bill for Friday night, Victorious (24-26 August ‘18), the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival is proud to announce its huge Saturday and Sunday headliners, electronic pioneers The Prodigy (Sunday) and rock legend Paul Weller (Saturday).

Topping the bill with a UK festival exclusive is one of the most exhilarating, influential and chaotic electronic bands of the past 20 years – The Prodigy. Following six no.1 albums and jaw-dropping live performances across the world, the original masters of big beat remain one of the most successful electronic acts of all time. This live show at Victorious 2018 will surely prove to be an unparalleled festival finale.

Eat & Drink Festival - Tickets On Sale Now!

Eat & Drink Festival

The Eat & Drink Festival 2018 is back for its second year at Olympia London from 17 March to 2 April. Advance ticket prices start from as little as £14 for weekday adult tickets and children aged 15 and under go free.

Celebrating the best of food and drink, the Eat & Drink Festival 2018 brings together street food vendors, artisan food producers, top food brands as well as experts in cuisines from around the world and mixologists. From late night dining to shopping for fresh produce, there’s something to everyone’s taste.

Renowned chefs, food experts and TV chefs from some of the countries’ best restaurants will cook up a storm on The Foodie Stage with live demonstrations, sharing creative tips and culinary secrets.

Staycation Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Staycation Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Why not give 2017 a send off to remember by going on a staycation to celebrate New Year’s Eve?


There are plenty of options up and down the country to suit all budgets and tastes, from celebrations steeped in tradition, to family-friendly activities and parties that pull out all the stops. Take a look at The Money Shop’s top tips for the perfect New Year’s Eve getaway, this December.




Few places in the world celebrate the New Year quite like Edinburgh.


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.  

The Althorp Food and Drink Festival on the 24th-25th September

The Althorp Food and Drink Festival

Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire (home to the Spencer family for over 500 years) are playing host to an exciting Food Festival on the 24th-25th September – a perfect weekend away for the whole family!

The festival focuses on championing young and local talent and will showcase live cooking demonstrations and mouth-watering masterclasses from well-known chefs and other experts. It will be a family friendly event with a variety of children’s entertainment.

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.

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.


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."

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.

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.

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.

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.