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JANUARY - UK Carnivals and Free Outdoor Events
FEBRUARY - UK Carnivals and Free Outdoor Events
February - Chinese New Year in London's Chinatown - One of the biggest festivals of the year for the Chinese communities usually begins with a parade starting in the Strand at 11.00. Traditional Chinese performing artists will be in Trafalgar Square and cultural decorations, stalls and food booths can be found in Chinatown. A Chinese fireworks display rounds off the day in Leicester Square. The event is Free and all are welcome!
MARCH - UK Carnivals and Free Outdoor Events
Come and celebrate the start of British Summertime at the BROGDALE MARKETPLACE SPRING FAYRE !!! Entrance Free - individual charges apply for walks, railway rides & some activities
BROGDALE MARKETPLACE, Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road,
Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ
The home of the National Fruit Collections. www.brogdalecollections.co.uk
For any enquiries Tel: 01795 536250
The Aquasense Event, Westpoint Arena, Exeter - Free admission and Free car parking for over 2000 vehicles. Not for profit and open to the public and trade Aquasense is not just another trade show. The event will be providing a rare platform for those in the commercial aquaculture and fish industry to take a serious look at their current situation along with displaying their products. Honest views are to be expressed, debates expected and thoughts towards the future developed. There will be seminars taking place throughout the event, which anyone can book to apply to host. Covering a wide range of subjects both the public and trade will be further enlightened on matters of the industry. Controversy is to be expected.
To the public it offers the chance to see how this industry spreads far further than providing cod to their local chippy and will educate on not only the variety of environmental issues and businesses affected by the
industry but also the technology out there to help go about preserving what we have so future generations stand a chance of enjoying it.
For traders, if you truly believe in your product and the issues affecting it the event offers the chance to justify your position in the industry, update your knowledge on the latest technologies and meet not only your competitors but also the general public.
APRIL - UK Carnivals and Free Outdoor Events
Apr - Basingstoke & District model engineering society are holding their second Miniature Steam Rally and Exhibition, located at Viables craft centre, Harrow Way, Basingstoke, RG224BJ, on the 13th & 14th Apr 2013. On show will be a large number of model traction engines in steam, two halls with displays of all types of models, along with traders supplying all your model making needs. Train rides, garden railway layout, giant raffle, licensed bar and catering available, also not forgetting the craft units.
Entry is "By Donation" to the show, train rides chargeable. Open from 10.00am till 4.30pm both days.
For more details see website www.basingstoke-dmes.co.uk
Apr - London Marathon - London Marathon spectators are a crowd on the move! Most people like to try and see runners at more than one location on the route. It’s great to soak up the atmosphere, take in some of the landmarks, and perhaps pick up some refreshments on the way too. - With all roads closed, the only way to get around is by public transport. Both London Underground and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) lay on extra services on Marathon Day, and this is by far the best way to get around.
Easter Sat 09:00 - 18:00 – Children’s Entertainment - Touchwood Shopping Centre, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3GJ - Easter weekend will see magical fairytales and carnival stories come to life through Touchwood’s exciting story-telling sessions and mask masking workshops for children. All local children are invited to come along and take part in these fun and interactive workshops Free of charge. Touchwood is located in the heart of Solihull and is easily reached by car. Other
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A Family Funday, Wat Tyler Country Park, 21st April 2013 - Essex St Georges Family Festival - A fun packed day of fun family entertainment to celebrate everything that is wonderful about our English Country!
Real Ale and Cider Festival - Figures from Historic England - 1970's Classic Cars - Food, Drinks and Crafts - Entertainment - Hog Roast, Butchers BBQ - Classic fairground rides!
560 Free parking spaces or park and ride from C2C Station at Pitsea!
Time: 10.00 to 16.00
Venue: Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Basildon, Essex
Sun 22 Apr 2012 - Following on from the huge success of the first CUMBRIA HOME FAIR in 2010, we are delighted to announce the return on CUMBRIA HOME FAIR in 2012. The Fair will bring together the very best Cumbria has to offer for homes. Throughout the day there will be a series cookery deMontrations by local celebrity chef John Crouch, Bijou restaurant's James Hill and up and coming chef Richard Fenn (formerly Black Swan, Culgaith and the Lemon Lounge); flower arranging deMontrations by top local florist John Dalton, DIY and Gardening deMontrations and much more.
10.00 to 16.00
Carlisle Raceourse, Durdar Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 4TS
Spalding Flower Parade, Spalding, Lincolnshire
A spectacular procession of tulip-decorated floats making their way along a 3mile route from Springfields Event Centre, through the town and ending up in the Free to enter Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
See the Flower Queen and her attendants, colourful Maring bands, street entertainers and local community entries.
Spring Bank Holiday Sat - between 14.00 and 16.00
MAY - UK Carnivals and Free Outdoor Events
Spring Bank Holiday Sat - Loughborough Canal and Boat Festival SAT and SUN 10.30 - 17.00 both days Free ADMISSION!!
Loughborough Wharf, Canal Bank and Schwabisch Hall Way.
Entrances at Bridge St, Meadow Lane and Belton Rd Close to Loughborough town centre.
A weekend of family fun with music, boat trips, food from around the world, vintage vehicles, exhibitions, stalls, children's entertainment and lots and lots of boats. 3 pubs on site!! A Free Entry event, now in it's thirteenth year on an extensive and wheelchair friendly site close to the town centre.
Details: Jo Swift on 01509 635827 or see website at www.loughboroughfestival.co.uk
May Bank Holiday - Canalway Cavalcade, sponsored by The Inland Waterways Association - Little Venice, London W2. An annual event which has taken place since 1983 - Fun for all the family - Boater's gathering - Trade Shows - Musicians - Kid's Activities - Boat Trips Opening Times - Sat 10.00 to 18.00 - Sun 10.00 to 18.00 and 20.30 to 22.30 - Mon 10.00 to 17.00 Admission Free
JUNE - UK Carnivals and Free Outdoor Events
June - Trooping the Colour - The Queen’s Birthday Parade at 10.30 on Horse Guards Parade, London.
June - The Coventry Mysteries - A return to the City's medieval traditions of Mystery Plays but in a 21st century context. This will an annual festival event in the West Midlands though with a different theme each year. A week long Free festival of music, dance, theatre, film, comedy and inspirational lectures, all taking a different theme each year. At venues throughout Coventry, please check website for dates, full times and details. The Coventry Mysteries Company has been established by Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick, Coventry University and the Alan Edward Higgs Charity. The Board is there to provide strategic guidance, long term support and to ensure the quality and success of the Coventry Mysteries.
World City Music Village festival -
Cosmopolitan London at its creative best
6th – 17th June 2012 - Free ADMISSION
The World City Music Village festival celebrates London’s diversity of cultures and faiths with 12 days of Free music, performing arts and cultural events across the capital, will bring the rich sounds and rhythms, dances and voices of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas to local and international audiences. Two FESTIVAL WEEKENDS:
This year’s opening Festival Weekend – 9 & 10 June – Horniman Museum & Gardens’ 2-day showcase featuring the best of London’s very own world musicians, dancers and storytellers.
For the finale Festival Weekend - 16 & 17 June – Clissold Park in Hackney, hosts the World City Music Village returning after 19 years.
More info : www.culturalco-operation.org - email: email@example.com or call 020 7264 0007.
June - Northampton carnival
'Paws in the Park'
The Friends of the Wick Country Park are holding the event 'Paws in the Park' on Sun 10th June 2012. Attractions include: a fun dog show, Dog Display Team, children’s quiz & craft activities, stalls, tombola, exhibits and more.
From 11.00 - 16.00. Admission is Free and refreshments are available.
The Wick Country Park, Tresco Way, Wickford Essex SS12 9GP
June - Chester Midsummer Watch Parade - Chester's main community parade of the year when the famous Chester Giant Family walk with elephants, devils, unicorns, dragons and many more. Free
June - Chester Dragons Boat Race - Spectators Free - Words can't describe how much fun the Chester Dragon Boating day is! Paddles splashing, drums beating and crowds cheering and screaming from the banks of the River Dee as the dragon boats race to the line ...
June - Town Criers British Championships - Blakemere Craft Centre, Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire - Free Parking and Entry.
Riverside Fun - On and Off the Water! - Leicester Riverside Festival - Sat 5th & Sun 6th June - Bede Park, Mile Straight & Western Boulevard
Family fun on and off the water is promised as the popular Riverside Festival returns to Bede Park.
contact - T: 0116 238 5082
JULY - UK Carnivals and Free Outdoor Events
July - On First Sun AFTERNOON
JULY there is a CHILDREN'S FOLK DANCE AFTERNOON at SUDBURY HALL the NT property in Derbyshire. This is a Free afternoon for all the family. Starting at 13.00 in the Courtyard of the Hall there will be displays of country dancing by teams of children from Staffordshire schools and then dancing for everyone. There will be opportunities to try maypole dancing and to join in with some folk songs. This is the place to come to enjoy English traditions against the background of a lovely stately home and it is all Free! - Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 5HT
For further information contact 01785 661076
Second Saturday from 11.00 and following Sunday to 17.00 in July - Tewkesbury Medieval Festival - FREE ADMISSION (Parking charges etc. apply) - Europe's biggest and best medieval gathering and battle re-enactment (on the original 1471 battle site).
Eastbourne Extreme is one of the biggest Free extreme sports festivals in the UK
July - Peterborough Central Park Weekend (part of the Peterborough Festival which has chargeable elements) - Free No Booking Required! A magical mix of entertainment which will appeal to all ages and tastes! Opens with the LORD MAYOR'S PARADE
July - Overground Live Arts Jam Peterborough - An annual Free Entry live art event with a wide variety of new work by talented local and national artists, showing off to an adoring public. With graffiti and street art being a staple of this event, you can also dine on tasty morsels of performance art, illustration, poetry, craft like you've never seen it before, sculpture and a whole load more.
July - Staffordshire - Stone Music Festival
One of the few Free musical festivals in the West Midlands, although a small admission charge is made for indoor events, all concerts on the public stages are Free. MAP
July -Leicester Belgrave Mela - Festival of South Asian Arts & Culture - July - This festival of south Asian arts and culture includes a live entertainment stage, celebrity guests, community performances and a music and dance programme. The event also boasts the Mela Bazaar. Featuring mouth-watering Indian food, clothing, jewellery and Asian arts stands, plus much much more! www.leicester.gov.uk/festivals
Southampton Mela Festival - Sat 16 July 2011 - 12.00 - 21.00 in Hoglands Park, Southampton (opposite Debenhams) SO14 1NH
Free Family Fun For Everyone - One of Southampton’s biggest Free events is back. The Southampton Mela returns of its 9th year of festival fun at Hoglands Park, Southampton. New this year is the Art Asia Stage Bus show –casing the best of traditional Indian music and dance. As well as the new there are all the popular favourites of taster workshops for children and adults. Stalls selling a range of goodies, two other stages show-casing local talent and the food court selling tasty food from around the world.
Free Car Parking and Free Entry SUSSEX - On Sat July 16th 2011 from 10.00– 16.30, Wivelsfield Village Day on the recreation ground at Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green, E Sussex, RH17 7QG. MAP - Run on a voluntary basis, the Village Day hopes to raise funds for local clubs, community groups and some local charities. Almost 30 local clubs will be participating on the day. There will be lots of events for children and families: Harris’ traditional funfair, a climbing wall, bouncy castles and slide, a miniature steam railway, & face painting. In the main arena there will be some displays by clubs & organisations such as a junior football match by Mid-Sussex Blues; dancing by Wivelsfield Primary School, a tug-of-war competition; lots of fun children’s races for all ages; and a pantomime & space-hopper donkey derby races.New this year will be a go-karting circuit. For the adults there will be a beer & Pimms tent, space-hopper racing and a rich variety of trade stands including stalls from many local food producers. After lunch a companion dog show will run with fun classes for all and prizes for everyone. For more information go to www.wivelsfieldvillageday.org.uk or phone Barbara Harty 01444 470024.
July - London Parks Free Festival Weekends - Cultural Co-operation presents Music Village; Europe’s longest running festival of world cultures.The 23 Music Villages since 1983 have provided a public platform to over 3,000 world class artists from 80 countries, and a safe, yet fertile, ‘contact zone’ in which audiences of all races and faiths can learn about and openly celebrate each other’s cherished artistic traditions. Its abiding principle of Free admission to all its events has enabled over 2 million people to attend.
Ideal for a lazy all day picnic with family and friends.
Victoria Park - East London’s ‘people’s park’ hosts the Music Village
Hyde Park - The event returns to Hyde Park, the capital’s most popular green space, for the festival’s finale.
July - London City Airport Fun Day - London City Airport, Royal Docks, E16 2PB - Free Entry
The annual London City Airport Fun Day with a host of activities and entertainment for visitors, Fun Day promises to be more exciting than ever before with major attractions including Zippo's Circus and live stage performances throughout the afternoon. East Enders fans will also have the opportunity to meet Shane Ritchie who will be joining the festivities throughout the afternoon. Britain’s cheerleading champions, the Ascension Eagles, will be the stars of the show with a thrilling performance in front of an expected 20,000 visitors. With a tethered hot air balloon, flight simulator and a jaw-dropping air show, Fun Day is guaranteed to be the best ever. Thanks to the generosity of our many sponsors and with so many fun-filled activities on offer, Fun Day will even stay open an hour later than previous years in order to pack in all the fun. As always, complimentary buses will be made available and further details will made available on this site soon. More information on their website: 2011
July - Godiva Festival - Memorial Park, Coventry. The UK’s biggest and best Free and TICKETLESS family festival. With an array of rock, pop, hip hop and acoustic artists, orchestras, comedy acts, a human circus and sublime entertainment, it is not hard to see why the Godiva Festival attracts more that 70,000 visitors each year. With artists as established as The Human League, The Enemy, Leo Sayer, The Fratellis and Kasabian the festival continues to be one of the highlights of the Coventry calendar.
July - Coventry Caribbean Festival 2011 - Sat 30th July 2011
- War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road, Coventry, CV3 6PT from 12 noon to 21.00.
The Coventry Caribbean Festival is in its 21st Year, it is the oldest, biggest and brightest stage event in Coventry. This festival celebrates the local Caribbean communities’ diversity, identity and culture. The Festival has a variety of stalls such as food, arts and craft, toys, information, promotional, charity stalls and also boasts an impressive children’s activities marquee.
The event will provide the wonderful taste of Caribbean food, such as rice and peas, curry goat and a fresh selection of fruits will be available for all to savour. It is hoped that a well renowned Celebrity Chef will be providing interactive cookery sessions on the day. Tommy Wilson’s fairground will entertain all and the West Indian Community Centre will be providing a Beer Tent.
This event has been organised since 1990 by a group of directors on a voluntary basis with support from volunteers across the West Midlands. The current Directors are Clyde McIntosh, Charles Kelly and Sonia Tennant. Clyde (one of the founding members of the group) remains as Director after 21 years.
This is still the only event in Coventry for your annual hit of jerk chicken, reggae music and Sunhine with friends. See you there!
We have received support from NP Aerospace, Godiva Wines (Radford) and Coventry City Council.
AUGUST - UK Carnivals and Free Outdoor Events
August - Leicester Caribbean Carnival - Victoria Park, Leicester - August - Enjoy one of the biggest street carnivals and celebrations outside London. contact 0116 221 1785
August - The Whitby Regatta - Whitby, North Yorkshire - probably the oldest sea Regatta in England and has drawn large crowds into Whitby over the years. Three full days of entertainment, embracing yacht racing, rowing races and various forms of Free entertainment as published in the official programme.
August - Notting Hill Carnival - Notting Hill, London - Free - will be held held during the Bank Holiday weekend on Sun and Mon in August.
August - Skegness Carnival - Skegness, Lincolnshire - Free - A great day out at the seaside.
August - Kendal MintFest - After its phenomenal success in 2007, Mintfest returns bringing the very best in outdoor performance from across the world to Kendal for 3 days in August. More than 200 performers from across the world in shows you will never have seen before and may never see again. Mintfest makes the most of a unique location, bringing the parks and streets of Kendal alive with performances in six outdoor venues spread across the town.
SEPTEMBER - UK Carnivals and Free Outdoor Events
Sept - The Great British Duck Race - Sept 'Adopt a duck for Action!' - The Great British Duck Race takes place in Sept on the Thames near Hampton Court and is Free to attend. Enter a duck in the Great British Duck Race and you could win £10,000 - or one of 30 other great prizes on offer. It costs just £2 to enter a duck, and you can choose to add a £3 donation to Action for Blind People. To find out more, please click the link: www.thegreatbritishduckrace.co.uk
2nd Saturday in September (8th Sept 2012) 11.00 to 16.00 Wrekin Wakes Festival - Join Shropshire Wildlife Trust at Ercall Nature Reserve, Opposite Buckatree Hall Hotel, The Wrekin, Telford, Shropshire, TF6 5AL - MAP - FREE ENTRY - Live Music, Handmade Local Crafts, Greenwood demonstrations, Bug hunts. Parking at 'The Forest Glen' Car Park at the bottom of the Wrekin Sumit Trail. For further details
Tel: 01743 284 280
Sept - The Boomerang Pet Personality Awards at London's Regent's Park, The Free public event will see Boomerang characters including Scooby Doo, Garfield, Tweety Pie and The Pink Panther honour kids and their pets in ten categories including awards for the Bravest, Cutest, Most Unusual, Favourite Celebrity Pet, amongst others. www.boomerangtv.co.uk Bringing a slice of quirky British countryside to the heart of London, the Boomerang Pet Personality Awards will centre around a ‘village green’ featuring a dog agility show from Britain’s Got Talent duo Kate & Gin, duck herding, ferret racing and a not-to-be-missed ‘sheeplechase’. Also present will be vintage fairground rides and a designated family picnic area.
Sept - Wickford Carnival and Town Show - Sat 15th Sept 2012 - Wickford Town Centre, Essex - This is a Free event and we welcome all visitors to Wickford to help us celebrate a day of fun and entertainment. All money raised will go to local charities and groups. The Town Show starts at 12.00 midday until 17.00 with a full arena display, inflatables, fun fair, etc., and many side stalls. The Carnival procession starts at 12.00 midday from Runwell and takes a couple of hours to arrive at the Town Show. Don't miss out, arrive early.
For further information please contact Wickford Carnival on 07593278797 / email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept - Canal Festival - Dudley Canal Trust, The Pump House, Blowers Green, Pear Tree Lane, Dudley. MAP
Sept - Kendal Torchlight Carnival - Free to watch and enjoy!
18.45 A number of Kendal Town Centre roads will close to traffic but open to, and welcome, people. Roads will not re-open until after the full procession has returned. All Evening - Gooseholme Fairground on the banks of the River Kent. 19.00 - Street Art Performers around the town. 19.45 - Start of the Annual Kendal Torchlight Carnival.
Sept or Oct - BUPA Great North Run - 13.1 miles - Newcastle on a Sun.
OCTOBER - UK Carnivals and Free Outdoor Events
Oct or Sept - BUPA Great North Run - 13.1 miles - Newcastle on a Sun.
NOVEMBER - UK Carnivals and Free Outdoor Events
Nov - Lord Mayor’s Show. Procession through the City of London.
Nov - Bridgwater (Guy Fawkes) Carnival - Bridgwater, Somerset - A spectacular illuminated winter carnival. The world's largest illuminated winter carnival.
Nov - North Petherton (Guy Fawkes) Carnival - North Petherton, Somerset - A spectacular illuminated winter carnival.
Nov - Highbridge and Burnham-on-sea (Guy Fawkes) Carnival - Highbridge and Burnham-on-sea, Somerset - A spectacular illuminated winter carnival.
Nov - Shepton Mallet (Guy Fawkes) Carnival (No web link yet) - Somerset - A spectacular illuminated winter carnival.
Nov - Weston-super- Mare (Guy Fawkes) Carnival (No web link yet)- Somerset - A spectacular illuminated winter carnival.
Nov - Wells (Guy Fawkes) Carnival - Wells, Somerset - A spectacular illuminated winter carnival.
Nov - Glastonbury (Guy Fawkes) Carnival - Glastonbury, Somerset - A spectacular illuminated winter carnival.
Nov - Last Sun in Nov - The Co-operative Society announces a huge fun-filled festive fundraising effort for it's 2009 Charity of the Year, RNID (The Royal National Institute for Deaf People). The 5km Santa Dash, taking place at Sportcity, Manchester on the last Sun in Nov, bringing together hundreds of people from The Co-operative staff, their families and friends plus members of the public in the traditional red-and-white of Father Christmas.
DECEMBER - UK Carnivals and Free Outdoor Events
December - Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Trafalgar Square, London - Every year since 1947, as a token of gratitude for Britain's support of Norway during the Second World War. The city of Oslo has donated a large spruce tree to the people of Britain in London. The tree is always prominently displayed in Trafalgar Square. MAP
December - Chalice Well Gardens, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8DD - Wheel of the Year – Winter Solstice 21st December, Free Entry between 10-12 noon - The space between the ending and the beginning, the still point, where life considers the regeneration and conception of itself. 12pm Meditation at the Well head followed by Conversation Café round the fire. 2 – 16.00 Ceremony, song and live music with Silver Twiglets. Refreshments on sale. Companions Free, Normal entrance £3.50/£1.70, For further info. Tel: 01458 831154, Email: email@example.com, Web: www.chalicewell.org.uk.
December - 21st -22nd December - Winter Solstice ~ The longest night or shortest day of the year. The pagan celebration marking the day (also known as Yule) is the world's oldest winter fest.
December - End of December - Festival of Winter Walks - Walks led by experienced members of the Ramblers Association - See www. Ramblers.org.uk - Join us on a winter walk between Boxing Day and 3 Jan. Walks include: • Walks in every nook and cranny of England, Scotland and Wales • At least 300 walks under 5 miles • Themed ‘cake walks’, tipsy toddles, and fancy dress strolls • 100+ walks for people in their 20s and 30s • Delicious Free Nature Valley snack bars at many walks
This light-hearted event is open to everyone who wants some festive fun whilst donning a Father Christmas outfit to run, jog or walk the 5K route. The Co-operative 5K Santa Dash aims to bring some early Christmas cheer to the streets of Manchester.
December - 31st December - Hogmanay in Edinburgh ~ The celebrations include the famous torchlight procession plus a host of street events including music and dance.
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