Festivals & Fairs

Live music at the Winter Fair

Winter Fair weekend is set to return in West Sussex

The South of England Agricultural Society has revealed that its Winter Fair weekend will return to the South of England Showground in Ardingly this November.

Nigel Marven

Nigel Marven among guest speakers at the North West Bird Watching Festival

The North West Bird Watching Festival will return to the WWT (The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust) Martin Mere Wetland Centre in November, bringing together a wide range of expert speakers in Lancashire.

Carnival of the Lights at Lightpool Festival

Entertainment programme released for Blackpool’s Light Festival

The Lightpool Festival returns this October half-term, providing two weeks of free entertainment for the whole family. 

Company B-UK

Line-up revealed for The Wight Proms

A stellar line-up for the concert festival which takes place this August on the Isle of Wight has been announced.

Tulips

Bring on spring: Plenty for groups to love this season

Spring has finally arrived, so we take a look at what there is for groups to look out for this season and beyond.

Gordan Castle Walled Garden

New gin festival comes to Scotland

A new gin festival will debut in Scotland this summer in the heart of the country’s malt whisky-producing region.

The Blackpool Tower

New hotels and events announced for Blackpool's 2019 season

VisitBlackpool has revealed details of what’s new for 2019 including exciting attractions, hotels and events. 

Winchester Hat Fair

Winchester reveals jam-packed year of festivals and events

From live music, street theatre and comedy, to literature and fashion, here are the festivals coming to Winchester this year.

Great Yorkshire Show 2019

Details announced for 161st Great Yorkshire Show

New details, including information on the main ring performers, have been revealed for the Great Yorkshire Show.

Fantasy Forest Festival is coming to Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle to host Fantasy Forest Festival

Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds will welcome costumed characters to the site for a weekend of music, fantasy and entertainment.

BBC Countryfile Live

Castle Howard named as new BBC Countryfile Live venue

BBC Countryfile Live has added Yorkshire’s Castle Howard to the list of venues it will visit in 2019, and Shearings Holidays is offering coach tours to the event.

Dark Skies Festival

Dark Skies Festival to include stargazing, night walks and group accommodation

Details of the 2019 Dark Skies Festival, in Yorkshire, have been revealed and group accommodation will also be available.

Norwich and Norfolk Festival

First shows announced for 2019 Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival, taking place in May 2019 has revealed the first eight shows from its programme.

Jorvik Viking Centre

Viking women to take centre stage at Jorvik festival

The Jorvik Viking Festival taking place in York in February 2019 will tell the story of Viking women.

 Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah

Manchester International Festival reveals first artists for 2019

The festival has announced Yoko Ono, Idris Elba and Skepta among the first artists to feature in the 2019 programme.

Longleat's Festival of Light in 2018 - A Fantastic Journey

The Festival of Light will return to Longleat this winter

Returning on 9th November, 2018 The Festival of Light will take visitors on a journey through time and space.

The centrepiece of the new winter attraction will be the Bournemouth Wonderland Tree

New winter attraction coming to Bournemouth

A new attraction, the Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland, will open in the seaside resort this winter.

Jenny Forgie completing the orchid arches for Kew's Orchid Festival 2018. Credit%3A RBG Kew.

Kew Gardens’ first Orchids Festival inspired by Colombia

The attraction’s first Orchids Festival on the theme of Colombia promises dazzling displays inspired by the country’s wildlife and plants.

The Enchanted Forest

Scottish forest light show to become more accessible for visitors

The Enchanted Forest sound and light show in Pitlochry, Scotland, will feature improved accessibility for wheelchair users.

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo to host illuminated animal trail this Christmas

A new Christmas light trail, featuring light up animal sculptures, will be one of the highlights at ZSL London Zoo.

Easton Walled Gardens

Nirvana for visitors at Easton Walled Gardens

It has been a 17-year labour of love, but Ursula Cholmeley’s restoration work on Lincolnshire’s ‘lost’ gardens is finally paying dividends.

Jodi Picoult

Michael Parkinson and Jodi Picoult among Stratford Literary Festival line up

The Stratford Literary Festival will feature some of the UK’s best known authors and journalists.

Rochester Cathedral

Kent cathedral’s wine festival will revive ancient tradition

The halls of Rochester Cathedral will celebrate English wine this autumn, with a festival reviving a 1,000-year-old tradition started by monks.

Thursford Spectacular

Circus star Vanessa Alvarez tops the bill at 41st Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Thursford will explode in a riot of sound and colour when the annual Christmas Spectacular gets under way.

LEAP Dance Festival

Liverpool dance festival to celebrate women’s vote centenary

LEAP Dance Festival has revealed full details for the 2018 event taking place from 2nd to 12th November.

Rookhope Arch

Second Stargazing Festival confirmed for North Pennines

The North Pennines Stargazing Festival will run for a second time this year, complete with events aimed at aspiring astronomers.

The Big Feastival

GLT top picks: 7 festivals groups can look forward to

We take a look at a selection of festivals and events that groups should pop in the diary.

2CELLOS

Full line-up revealed for Kew the Music

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has announced the final headline artist to join the much-loved Kew the Music.

Mass planting of Verbena

Highlights revealed ahead of RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

This July, the RHS's largest flower festival will return to the grounds of Hampton Court Palace with some exciting new content.

Royal Three Counties Shows

Royal Three Counties Show to celebrate British countryside for 60th time

The annual show will return for its 60th year at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern this year.

A performance from Shift in 2017

Norfolk & Norwich Festival to feature music, theatre and dance

World premieres, an art installation and free outdoor events have all been confirmed for the 2018 Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Winchester Cathedral

Group tickets for Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Flower Festival at Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, running from 5th to 9th September.

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Tom Jones to headline Hampton Court Palace Festival

Singer Tom Jones and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are two of the headlining acts announced for this year's Hampton Court Palace Festival.

Carol Klein

Carol Klein to open Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Horticultural expert Carol Klein will officially open the Blenheim Palace Flower Show on 22nd June.

The Tall Ship Races

Groups welcome at major sailing event in Sunderland

The host city of the Tall Ships Races 2018 has outlined its offering for groups and tour operators planning a visit this year.

Great British Food Festival

Three extra venues announced for Great British Food Festival

This year’s Great British Food Festivals will see three new locations added to the venue line-up.

The Wight Proms

Outdoor Proms festival to launch on the Isle of Wight

The Wight Proms, a new annual festival of open-air picnic concerts celebrating the Isle of Wight's music, food, people and red squirrels, will launch this August.

Guatape Colombia

Rainbow Tours launches group itineraries to Latin America

Tour operator Rainbow Tours has introduced two new small group tours to Peru and Colombia this year, offering an alternative style of travel for those keen to explore Latin America.

Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings

Folk stars to headline at Warwick Folk Festival

The Warwick Folk Festival, now in its 39th year, will return with a line-up of folk stars from around the world from 26th to 29th July at Warwick School and the surrounding town.

Chinese New Year

Liverpool celebrates ten years since European City of Culture title

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Liverpool being crowned European City of Culture, and the city is marking the milestone with a programme of exciting events and projects.

Wayfaring

World premieres confirmed for Norfolk & Norwich Festival

The Norfolk & Norwich Festival has announced the first shows of its 2018 schedule – three of which will run for the first time.

Great Yorkshire Show

Great Yorkshire Show to celebrate 160th year

The 160th Great Yorkshire Show will take place in Harrogate in July 2018, celebrating the very best of the countryside.

Dark Skies Festival

Zip wire and food experience confirmed for 2018 Dark Skies Festival

A night time zip wire experience is just one of the new events added to the Dark Skies Festival 2018.

Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Blenheim Palace Flower Show confirms fifth run

The Blenheim Palace Flower Show has announced its dates for 2018, making the event the fifth of its kind.

Sky Safari

Longleat confirms major event dates for next year

Longleat has released details for some of its biggest 2018 events, including Sky Safari and the Festival of Light.

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink

Dates confirmed for Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink 2018

The annual food festival will return on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, from Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May 2018.

GLTS 2016

Are you ready for the Group Leisure & Travel Show 2017?

The Group Leisure & Travel Show 2017 is taking place this Thursday (12th October) and the team are anticipating another successful event.

Victorian Festival of Christmas.

New attractions to lead Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s festivities

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard welcomes back the Victorian Festival of Christmas this year.

Marie Caroline Hominal performing in 2016.

Full line up announced for Birmingham Fierce Festival

The international festival of performance, Fierce, has announced its full programme of live art and theatre.

Enchanted Forest show

Exciting changes promised for the annual Pitlochry light show

This year's Enchanted Forest show in Scotland has confirmed changes for its displays this autumn.

The National Gallery

Attractions prepare for Museums at Night to mark Halloween

Museums at Night is gearing up for its October event, which will coincide with Halloween.

Warwickshire Food %26 Drink Trade Show

Details of Warwickshire Food & Drink Trade Show revealed

The Warwickshire Food & Drink Trade Show will take place this November, and will offer an array of exhibitors from across the West Midlands region.

St Peter Port

Events and packages revealed for the Guernsey Food Festival

Details for the Guernsey Food Festival, which combines special foodie themed events, have been announced.

Fireworks

Ten spectacular light displays across the globe

Some of the best light displays from across the world, from Singapore and Canada to here in the UK.

Millenium Bridge

Countdown on to The Great Exhibition of the North

The 2018 event will celebrate all things Newcastle, Gateshead and further afield.

Bees

Woburn Abbey announces Honey Festival

Woburn Abbey and Gardens in Bedfordshire will celebrate all things honey-related this September with a new Honey Festival.

Dance Umbrella 2017

Details of London’s Dance Umbrella festival announced

Dance Umbrella 2017 will take place across London from 11th to 28th October and will feature numerous dance acts and performances.

Pershore Plum Festival

Pershore Plum Festival celebrates 21st anniversary

The Pershore Plum Festival, in Worcestershire, will take place between the 26th and 28th August.

Manchester's Winter Wonderland

Details confirmed for Manchester Winter Wonderland

It’s been announced that Manchester’s biggest indoor Christmas attraction, Winter Wonderland, will return again this year.

 Luke Jerram%E2%80%99s Museum of the Moon installation

Lakes Alive festival to return to Kendal

Lakes Alive will take place in Kendal for the second time when it returns to the town this September.

Feast%2C Waddesdon

Group rates unveiled for Waddesdon Feast Festival

Admission prices for groups visiting Feast at Waddesdon Manor this June have been revealed.

A line-up of upcoming events taking place in Shrewsbury over the spring has been revealed to include a regatta and a rock concert.

Shrewsbury’s spring events line-up announced

A line-up of events taking place in Shrewsbury this spring has been revealed to include a regatta and a rock concert.

Blackpool Fireworks

Details confirmed for upcoming season in Blackpool

VisitBlackpool has announced that fireworks, air shows and military events will make up its summer and autumn season, which starts in June.

Slightly Fat Features

Great Yorkshire Fringe Festival: details unveiled

The Great Yorkshire Fringe Festival will return for a third time this year, promising entertainment, music, cabaret, magic and theatre.

Night glow at Longleat's Sky Safari event

Sky Safari to return to Longleat for second time

Longleat will be once again play host to hot air balloon festival, Sky Safari, this September.

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

Dates announced for The Bishop’s Palace annual Garden Festival

The third annual Garden Festival at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells, Somerset, will take place between 9th and 11th June.

Wakefield Food%2C Drinks and Rhubarb Festival

Dates announced for Wakefield’s 2018 rhubarb festival

The dates for the 2018 Wakefield Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival, in Yorkshire, have been announced as 23rd to 25th February.

New Brighton Seaside Festival

Merseyside announces first ever Seaside Festival

New Brighton in Merseyside has revealed details for a brand new event for 2017 called the New Brighton Seaside Festival.

Durham Cathedral

Lumiere light festival to return to Durham

The dates for Durham’s annual light festival, Lumiere, have been revealed as the 16th to 19th November.

Opening Parade 2016 credit Tim Stubbings

Canterbury Festival dates announced

It has been revealed that the Canterbury Festival will take place between 14th October and 4th November this year.

Pontefract Liquorice Festival

Pontefract Liquorice Festival details revealed

The Pontefract Liquorice Festival, which celebrates the popular sweet, will take place on 9th July in Pontefract, Yorkshire.

Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh to open Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh will officially open the Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2017, taking place this June.

Eastbourne

Eastbourne confirms first ever hot air balloon festival

The dates for the first Eastbourne International Hot Air Balloon Festival have been announced.