Festivals, Carnivals and Events

Arrive in style at a 2019 festival with Yescapa campervans

Take a Yescapa campervan to a festival in 2019

Every year, an estimated 14million people flock to Britain to attend its world-famous music festivals. While there might be a dormant party animal in all of us, there comes a time when getting your toes stepped on at Creamfields and splashing around in the mud at Glastonbury does not quite make as much sense as it used to. Perhaps for 2019 you are craving a little bit of extra comfort, flexibility and independence or just a smart way to spend more quality time with your family. Say no more! Yescapa has got you covered.

Eat and drink your way through Galloway Country Fair

Galloway Country Fair

Every year Galloway Country Fair delivers exceptional food and drink, and this year the Fair will continue to excite visitors’ taste buds.

With 30 food and drink exhibitors and more than ten caterers, the hardest choice for visitors will be choosing which to have. From selections of fine cheeses to meat pies, burgers and donuts, this year’s food options will showcase the best of what the region has to offer.

For the adults attending, there will be numerous drink exhibitors featuring gins, ciders, beer, whiskey and more.

Anna Fergusson, Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate Manager, said:  Galloway Country Fair,

Commemorate war Heroes at Highclere Castle

Highclere

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. 

Revesby Country Fair returns for 2018 with action-packed day and Poldark’s stunt horses

Revesby Country Fair

Revesby Country Fair will return on Sunday 5th August 2018 with a day packed full of entertainment, equine events and country pursuits.

The one-day show takes place in Revesby Park and will feature a headline appearance from the stunt-performing Atkinson Action Horses: famous for their appearances on BBC One’s Poldark and Peaky Blinders.

There will be a full day of dog and equine events, ‘have-a-go’ outdoor activities for all ages and more than 200 stands featuring food, drink, crafts and produce from many local Lincolnshire businesses. 

Some of the Lincolnshire’s finest vintage tractors and classic cars will be on display, while visitors can try their hand at archery, fishing, clay shooting, climbing and more.

Ryedale Book Festival - Festival ready to be a roaring success!

Ryedale Book Festival - Festival ready to be a roaring success!

From dragons to political diaries, with rom coms, thrillers and a glass of wine along the way, there's something for bookworms of all ages in Malton this autumn.

Ryedale Book Festival is returning this September promising exciting dragon-themed literary activities to fire children's imaginations and a stellar line-up of award-winning writers, including a former Home Secretary, entertaining wine expert and respected historian, for the grown-ups. Their compact programme certainly has quality stamped all over it.

First-Ever National Plum Day

National Plum Day

The UK's first-ever official National Plum Day will take place on Saturday 11th August with the aim of restoring plums to the top of the British fruit charts.

The event has been set up by the Pershore Plum Festival, the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project (tctop.org.uk )and The Vale Landscape Heritage Trust (valetrust.weebly.com).

The Pershore Plum Festival, which takes place throughout August,  celebrates its long association with plums of all varieties and sees this riverside market town become a sea of purple and yellow, reflecting  the colours of its two most famous plums - the Pershore Purple  and the Pershore Yellow Egg Plum.

Get your tickets to taste Scotland’s finest flavours at Spirit of Speyside: Distilled

Spirit of Speyside

A mouth-watering, thirst-quenching taster to one of Scotland’s greatest food and drink producing regions is being served up to audiences for a third year running, with tickets for Spirit of Speyside: Distilled being launched for sale this Friday (June 22).

The one-stop gathering, in the heartland of Scotland’s famed whisky producing region, showcases an amazing array of food and drink all made in Moray-Speyside, showing how the thriving sector is making its mark through innovation, diversity and quality.

Extreme Sailing Series set to speed into Cardiff Bay

Extreme Sailing Cardiff

Extreme Sailing Series is an seven-Act global Stadium Racing circuit which is heading to Cardiff Bay over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

From 24-27 August, an international fleet of hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans will battle it out in the sixth stop on the action-packed global tour, which also visits Oman, Italy, Portugal, Spain, USA and Mexico. 

The world-class line-up includes British squad INEOS Rebels UK, whose crew are mentored by members of Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team.

ONE WEEK TO GO - TOP TIPS FOR TALL SHIPS VISITORS

The Tall Ships Races

With just one week to go until Sunderland hosts the UK’s largest free family festival, The Tall Ships Races, organisers have issued top tips for visitors.

From 10-14 July, more than 50 ships from around the world will form the highlight of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

And, with around 1.5m people expected to visit the city for a five-day festival of music, circus, theatre and entertainment, planning is essential to make the most of the event.

Activities will be spread across four event zones; the Port of Sunderland (Zone A), the Town Moor and East End (Zone B), St Peter’s Riverside (Zone C) and Roker and Seaburn Seafront (Zone 4).

Getting here

Organic and sustainability pioneers join the GO! Organic Festival line-up

Organic and sustainability pioneers join the GO! Organic Festival line-up

Working with nature, promoting better food and supporting sustainability is what the GO! Organic Festival is all about – and what better way to do this than to hear from inspiring experts themselves.  The capital’s major new organic event has secured even more big names in its unmissable Natural Talk Theatres – including BBC presenter Jonathan Dimbleby.

Taking place over the weekend of 8-9 September at Battersea Park in London, The Natural Talks Theatre will feature captivating and informative talks from a range of sustainable and organic thought-leaders, discussing topics ranging from organic farming to horticulture, and plastic pollution to wildlife – all showing that organic conversations really are relevant to everyone.

Step Out of The Ordinary and into The Carlisle Fringe

band playing at the Carlisle Fringe festival

Today one of the UK’s friendliest cities unveiled the third edition of one of the UK’s fastest growing cultural festivals, Carlisle Fringe, which takes place from 24th August to 2nd September.

Placing community and artistic collaboration at its core, Carlisle Fringe is centred around the historic city and its people. The jam-packed programme is a reflection and celebration of the city, showcasing the hugely creative local talent alongside national work, harnessed and embraced by the collaborative spirit and passion for cultural creativity over ten days and nights of cultural class.

The Colour Run - The Happiest 5K On The Planet Returns To Wembley

The Colour Run - The Happiest 5K On The Planet Returns To Wembley

The Colour Run, presented by F45, is returning to London for its sixth year on Sunday 8th July, and this year is set to be the biggest and brightest yet. 

Dubbed ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’, the concept is simple; grab your family, friends or colleagues, dress in white and run 5km, finishing the day head-to-toe in a kaleidoscopic colour - having had endless amounts of fun along the way. 

Whilst last year’s runners enjoyed the magical ‘Dream theme’, this year is set to be ‘Marvel-lous’ as families and friends are invited to celebrate their favourite hero’s – whether that be The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, Mum or Dad. 

Arundel Castle braces for medieval mayhem!

Arundel Castle’s Four Nations Medieval Tournament

Arundel Castle’s Four Nations Medieval Tournament takes place 23-24 June
 
The clashing of swords will ring out in the grounds of Arundel Castle, West Sussex, on the weekend of 23 – 24 June as the Four Nations Medieval Tournament sees four great kingdoms meet in fearsome foot combat.
 
Beneath the ancient Castle, this 15th century style contest between England, France, Poland and Denmark promises awe-inspiring feats of skill and immersive activities for all ages.
 

Introducing the Champions of Champions

International Jousting and Medieval Tournament: Champion of Champions edition

Arundel Castle’s International Jousting and Medieval Tournament takes place on 24-29 July

Some of the world’s finest jousters will die for glory on 24-29 July at Arundel Castle’s International Jousting and Medieval Tournament: Champion of Champions edition.

The unique six-day spectacular promises more tilt-rail drama than ever before as the tournament celebrates its tenth outing.

The competitors will be made up of the highest scoring individual jousters from years gone by - meaning there will be no team competition this year - but with solo glory on the line, visitors can expect the fiercest competition to date!