It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life. Live music – from big bands to jazz, and boogie-woogie to rock ‘n’ roll – all plays a part in adding to the unique nostalgic atmosphere. Audiences can enjoy theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, children's shows, physical theatre, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. Golden Spurtle, Inverness, Scotland *Quirky*. Lumiere, the UK’s biggest light festival, will return in 2021. Alongside the debates, celebrity author events and workshops that make up the adult programme, there will be a series of educational events designed to entertain and inspire children aged 2 to 18. 18 Mon. The club operates a public ballot (lottery) for advanced sales of Centre, No. 14 Sun. It’s from the people behind the Wow! Know Before You Go: Guidance for travel in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The races are head-to-head knock-out competitions, raced over a course of one mile 550 yards (2,112m) from Temple Island upstream towards Henley Bridge. Every summer, the Roman Baths opens its doors until 10pm every evening, giving visitors the chance to explore the awe-inspiring attraction by torchlight. The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks, which remain some of the darkest places in England, are once again running a joint Dark Skies Festival in February. Locals and visiting walkers can explore trails across the island, taking in chalky cliffs and rolling hills, sand dunes and pebbly beaches, bustling towns and sleepy villages of thatched cottages. From the foothills of the Cairngorms to Moray’s award-winning coastline, participants can enjoy long summer days exploring coastal, hill, forest, river and town walks. Holiday Holiday. Stratford’s largest free family friendly event hosts market stalls, entertainment and events both on and off the river. Enjoy the skills of the pipers and Highland dancers and the stamina of the hill runners as well as the international athletes taking part in the heavy events. Other Celebrations. The Illuminations are usually bookended by a fantastic celebrity-packed Switch-on Festival Weekend with bespoke Illumination performances, and Lightpool Festival, a spectacular walking route linking Blackpool’s most iconic buildings and history through light installation artworks. Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Speyside, Scotland. It’s the largest annual winter music festival of its kind and Britain’s premier celebration of Celtic music, and usually featuring concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, and workshops. An annual one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, usually attracting more than 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world. © Time and Date AS 1995–2020. Cardiff Half Marathon, Cardiff, south Wales. From author events and interactive workshops to lively debates and book signings, the Book Festival allows visitors to meet favourite authors. The Brighton Fringe celebration of all things creative has a reputation to bring together events and performances across a hugely eclectic range of art forms. As one of the sailing calendar’s biggest events, Cowes Week brings together the world’s biggest sailing stars, with more than 1,000 yachts and 8,000 competitors taking part. A series of professional and junior athletics activities for the Great North Run weekend has been developed over the last few years, using NewcastleGateshead Quaysides as a 'virtual arena'. There is no other closed-road event quite like it, combining a fun and accessible free family ride in central London with the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclist’s race. They have to navigate two slippery inflatables, balloons filled with flour, jets of foam and limbo poles. The event’s colourful, fashionista celebration, Ladies’ Day, will take place on 9 April. Discover the world's greatest festivals by month: January | February | March. Great North Run, NewcastleGateshead, north-east England. A rite of passage for British festival-goers, these dual-running festivals will rejig themselves slightly for 2021, with two main stages hosting … The Mountain Film Competition is a main feature of the event, with entries competing to be the grand prize winner. Britain’s largest annual celebration of visual art, Edinburgh Art Festival attracts a diverse and vibrant programme of exhibitions and events at the city’s galleries and museums. The Open Championship, Royal St George’s, England. Bristol Pride, Bristol, south-west England. Previous years have seen headliners such as The Cure, Rudimental and Hot Chip take the stage. Queen’s Birthday / Trooping the Colour, London, England. © 2021 VisitBritain. The world’s biggest Mountain Festival is a celebration of film, outdoor sports, literature, art and legends that hopes to inspire people to explore and enjoy mountains and the wilderness. The Late Shows, NewcastleGateshead, north-east England. This two-day celebration in Liverpool hosts big names in hip-hop, house and pop, while also promoting new talent, musical heritage and cultural diversity. Send. Bath Mozartfest, Bath, south-west England. We offer the best in Music Festivals from Reading Festival, Leeds, V-Festival, Glastonbury, Wireless, Isle of Wight Festival and much, much more. If last year is anything to go by, then 2021 will be the best year ever for live music. Also known as Restoration Day, it is a traditional English celebration of the restoration of the monachy in 1660, following the death of Oliver Cromwell. Grand National meeting, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, north-west England. Teams competing for this quirky title slip and slide about in lukewarm gravy, and win points for pinning the opposition down in the gloop. Expect Regency-style music, dining, drama, singing, talks and guided walks and tours, as well as the famous Regency Ball. Tu B’Shevat is known as the “New Year for Trees”, is one of the four Jewish New Years. Tweet. Competitors come from all over the world and follow the 50 nautical mile course, which starts and finishes in Cowes. Oxfordshire’s largest food festival brings food stalls, strolling jazz musicians,children’s storytellers and some of the biggest names in the foodie world to Blenheim Palace’s magnificent grounds. Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. During the summer, Auckland Castle will host Kynren - the movie-like open-air night spectacular that brings to life 2,000 years of Britain's history, from the Roman period to post-World War II. 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