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March: Cheltenham Gold Cup

With race days through the year, Cheltenham is a race-goers favourite location and the Gold Cup is the biggest annual event attracting crowds from around the world. The racecourse has many facilities including a shopping village; check out race days to coincide with your visit. 

May – June: Royal Bath & West Show

Essentially an agricultural show with all the works including horse show-jumping, 125 trade stalls and food from street food to eat on the go to produce to buy to take home. The show also hosts the British Cheese Awards and British Cider Championships.

June: Glastonbury Festival

One hundred and sixty thousand people watched Adele live at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival, now one of the greatest enduring festivals on earth. How it has grown and how those who go love the atmosphere and the event, despite the mud. Book early for 2017.

August: Fowey Regatta & Carnival Week, Cornwall

Annual event deemed one of the UK’s best local regattas with sailing events, races and Troys, a type of boat built only in Fowey.  There’s a carnival procession, Red Arrows air display, firework display over the harbour – oh, and a giant Cornish pasty arrives by boat.

August: The Big Feastival, Oxfordshire

Music meets food in the Cotswolds as Jamie Oliver and a huge line-up of chefs and entertainers appear at Alex James’ farm, near Kingham, Oxfordshire. Watch chefs such as Jamie, Raymond Blanc and Nathan Outlaw demonstrate their cooking skills and enjoy food markets and street food. 

August: Newlyn Fish Festival, Cornwall

Help to raise money for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen at this fish-fest in a premier fishing port with cooking demos, great food, fish auctions and the Great Cornish Fish Off cooking competition. Also a chance to see traditional fishing luggers.

September: Bristol Craft Beer Festival

Celebrating its status as a craft beer capital, Bristol’s BCBF will be held at Motion’s Skate Park, staged by the people who organise the uber-successful London Craft Beer Festival, it will showcase 30 breweries and 200 or more craft beers. 

September: Jane Austen Festival, Bath

All about Austen with talks, readings, a masked ball, Pride and Prejudice, the 20- minute version. Also mask-making for the ball; a ‘Rummaging Through the Reticule’ talk; a ’Beastly Bath’ tour; ‘Prospect of summers by the sea’ day trip to Sidmouth and Lyme Regis.

September: Great Cornish Food Festival, Trur

Celebrating the fabulous food and produce Cornwall has to offer at Truro’s Lemon Quay for three days of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment. More than 100 food experts including brewers, bakers, butchers, cheese makers and chocolatiers will showcase their work and delicious produce.

September: St Ives September Festival, Cornwall

One of Cornwall’s top cultural experiences “delivering a full spectrum of arts from classical to world music, folk and jazz to flamenco, from poetry to theatre, talks and art exhibitions”. Includes Fairport Convention, An Evening With Rick Wakeman (highly recommended), The Whitetop Mountain Band.