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Bay Hotels great locations mean it's easy to experience the best of Britain's events - from sunny Cornwall in the south to the rugged Highlands of Scotland, there's sure to be something happening near your hotel.


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N.B. Dates correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at organisers’ discretion. Please check before booking.
April
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Edinburgh International Science Festival 4th - 19th

Europe’s largest science festival focuses on giving its audiences amazing experiences from its range of shows and workshops for children and families during the day and an entertaining evening of events for adults

Melrose
Inverness Whisky Festival 11th With master classes available with Charles Maclean and tickets including 10 drams of Whisky or Gin and a crystal tasting glass you are set for a night to remember... Strathpeffer
Homecoming Scotland 2015: Melrose Sevens 11th This is the 125th rugby tournament with previous teams coming from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and around Europe. A great spectator event Melrose
Glasgow Kiltwalk 2015 12th

This unique fundraising event is a charity that helps some of the nation’s most loved children's charities and features 3 adventurous treks all done in kilts

Loch Lomond
The East Anglian Game & Country Fair 15th - 16th

Welcoming world class events and attractions to the Norfolk Showground each year this event offers something for the whole family. Events include Clay Shooting,  Fly Fishing, Children's Activities, Archery, Shopping and much more, a great family day out.

Great Yarmouth
Exeter Festival of Food & Drink 24th - 26th The ultimate foodie festival returns to Exeter Castle and surrounding gardens. Featuring national TV celebrities to learn from,  workshops and demonstrations some of which are even hands on
Exmouth
May
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Isle of Bute Jazz Festival 1st - 4th

Now in its 28th year this annual festival has grown each year and has featured  jazz legends such as Acker Bilk, Martin Taylor, Monty Sunshine and Andy Sheppard to name but a few.

Rothesay
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 1st - 3rd

This annual event for the whole family focuses on different walks, exhibits, theatre, comedy, music and hands on science for all ages. This year celebrates the 10th anniversary and explores "mapping the Earth" to join the UK wide celebrations that mark the 200th anniversary of William Smiths geological map - the first in the world!

Weymouth
Magnificent Motors 2nd - 3rd

Being the biggest free motoring festival in the South Coast this event showcases over 300 cars on the Saturday and 400 on Sunday. With over 30,000 visitors expected over the 2 days there will be motoring themed bars and a continental market providing a wide range of stalls to browse through.

Eastbourne
Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza 2nd - 4th

Free admission to a range of exhibits, bands and steam engines. There is also an excellent entertainment program featuring the George Formby Entertainers, Mr Alexander’s travelling show, and the master of lightning - Professor Voltini performing his show as it would have been in Victorian times, this event is a must see.

Llandudno
North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival 2nd - 9th 28 different walks over the course of the festival offering different themes from birdsong around selworthy, old railways, castles and farms and heather clad moors to searching for red deer. If you like getting out in the fresh air and exploring new areas these walks are for you. Lynton
Brixham Pirate Festival 2nd - 4th

A festival for all ages with events from kids puppet shows to historical re-enactments with hundreds of "pirates" in fancy dress and period re enactors with plenty of guns and cannons, there will be plenty of noise. With lots of street music and sea shanties, jugglers and other entertainers there will be plenty of fun too!

Torquay
Badminton Horse Trials 6th - 10th This 4 day event features dressage, show jumping, national displays, cross country and jumping tests and last year won the "best event of the year" award. Berkeley
Devon County Show 21st - 23rd

When visiting the Devon County Show you can expect the best local food and drinks, West Country crafts, plenty of farm animals and lots of entertainment and fun for the whole family.

Exmouth
Blackpool Dance Festival 21st - 29th

Covering Latin American and Ballroom dancing incorporating the British open championships for adult amateur and professional couples as well as formation teams this is one of the largest festivals in Blackpool. Last year saw over 60 countries represented with 2,950 entries in the 12 events and this year looks set to be even bigger and better.

Blackpool
Wychwood Music Festival 29th - 31st Nominated as the "Best Family Festival" every year in the "UK Festival Awards" this features over 100 bands and workshops as well as a real ale festival, childrens literature festival, great comedy and food. Berkeley
June
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Royal Cornwall Show 4th - 6th The premier annual event of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association features everything from flower shows, motor fairs, Music, Entertainment and Steam fairs with a whole host of animals and competitions. Newquay
All Wales Boat Show 5th - 7th This celebratory show is in its 4th year and is a haven for all water sport enthusiasts offering  windsurfing simulators,art exhibitions, career events and wet jet displays to name but a few. North Wales
Whitby Live 60's Weekend 5th - 7th

Featuring some of the best names of the 60's and some great tribute acts this great festival will be sure to have you dancing the night away. Featuring acts such as Marmalade, Herman and the Hermits, Dave Berry and the cruisers, the Ivy League and many many more.

Whitby
World Downhill Mountain Bike Championships 6th - 7th

The 4th event in this World touring season will be held in Fort William and sees the top 80 men and top 20 women qualifying for a place in the finals.

Fort William
Isle of Wight Festival 11th - 14th A major music festival which this year features a line up boasting The Black Keys, Fleetwood Mac, Paolo Nutini, Pharrell Williams and many more. Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight Cycling Festival 14th

The Pearl Izumi tour series is one of the leading televised races that will be bringing action and excitement to Ryde. With racers from celebrity riders to the very best in British professionals.

Isle of Wight
Edinburgh International Film Festival 17th - 28th This world renowned festival is known for promoting some of the very best in international cinema and for heralding and debating the changes in global filmmaking. Melrose
Gold Coast OceanFest 19th - 21st Good times, great music, keeping fit and looking after the environment is what the GoldCoast Oceanfest is all about. This year there will be over 20 bands playing over 3 days as well as sporting events from surfing and beach volleyball to surf life saving and a beach aquathon. Lynton
Aegon International 20th - 27th

Attracting some of the world’s best tennis players from around the globe this event often sells outs as the champs make their final preparations before the Wimbledon Championships.

Eastbourne
Barry Sheene International Race Festival 20th - 21st

A 2 day race from both modern and classic machines that also features a rally next to the main trade and biker’s area. With sections for Italian and European owners clubs as well as Japanese, classic and vintage machines.

Scarborough
July
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UK Taiko festival 3rd - 5th

The 11th UK Taiko festival is back in Exeter which this year can boast its headline act Ikari Taiko, who comes from Japan and will perform for the first time in Europe. The festival offers workshops as well as Taiko beats, films and of course their headline act.

Exmouth
Europe's Tribute to Elvis Festival 3rd - 5th

Held in the Winter Gardens, this event features the ultimate Elvis tribute acts performing for a place representing Europe at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Finals in Memphis later in the year.

Blackpool
All things Morris 11th - 12th

With a range of things going on around the town you are able to watch traditional Morris dancing or even join one of the workshops and try it yourself. There are also many different craft and art stalls, mass dances, music and entertainment as well as a Morris tour where enthusiasts drive around the town.

Ilfracombe
The Braemar Junior Highland Games 11th

This will be the 10th Highland games and looks to be bigger and better than ever with events like piping competitions, dancing competitions, tug of war teams, a Jacobite camp, dog shows as well as arts and craft stalls plus much more.

Braemar
Royal International Air Tattoo 17th - 19th

The world’s greatest air show is one of the UK’s premier outdoor events with both entertainment in the air and on the ground. During the 7.5 hour display there are opportunities to see historic aircraft, new fast jets, giant transporters, heavy bomber, airliners, acrobatic teams and much more.

Berkeley
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 17th - 26th

Playing host to some of the greatest blues talent from around the world there are many music tastes catered for from samba to bop and boogie woogie to blues. This year there will be over 140 gigs played at 13 venues with plenty of opportunities for listening, jamming and dancing.

Melrose
Eastbourne Extreme 18th - 19th

Dubbed as one of the largest free extreme sports festivals in the UK this adventure filled weekend features a range of land, air and water based pursuits. With music, workshops, zorbing areas, VW cruises, windsurfing tours plus many more.

Eastbourne
The Inverness Highland Games 18th

Founded in 1822 the Inverness Highland games are classed as one of the most spectacular highland games that get staged in Scotland. Some of the events worth watching are piping, highland dancing, track and field events, the Scots hammer, tossing the caber to name but a few.

Strathpeffer
World Matchplay Darts 18th - 26th

The world matchplay darts features some of the world’s leading darts players battling it out at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool.

Blackpool
Cock 'O' the North Continental Road Races 18th - 19th

The venue of Oliver's Mount is 500ft above sea level offering 2.4 miles of challenging twisting road race track giving crowds the closest action seen at any venue in the UK!

Scarborough
AEGON Summer County Cup 20th - 24th

The Aegon county cup offers tennis teams the opportunity to represent their county in team competitions in both regional and national stages.

Eastbourne
Inveraray Highland Games and World Caber Championships 21st

The most spectacular event of any highland games, this sees the best in the world competing in the tossing of the caber. The Inveraray highland games and world caber championships are a great day out enjoying highland dancing, piping, light and heavy events and traditional highland games

Oban
Mid Devon Show 25th

The Mid Devon show features a great mix of activities from rural crafts, classic cars and motorbikes, exhibitions, farmer’s markets, flower and garden exhibits and vintage shows plus much more.

Exmouth
Edinburgh Art Festival 30th Jul - 30th Aug

The UKs largest annual festival of visual arts attracting over 250,000 visitors a year! Bringing together the cities leading museums, galleries and artist run spaces along with new public art commissions and a programme of special events.

Melrose
August
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West Highland Yachting Week 1st - 7th

Now in its 68th year, this unique sailing regatta is the west coast’s biggest sailing event. This features both family social events combined with competitive racing with over 1,000 competitors from around the world.

Oban
Great Dorset Chilli Festival 1st - 2nd

A great festival for all chilli enthusiasts and food lovers set in Dorset’s beautiful surroundings. With the assistance of the Earl of Shaftesbury at St Giles Park this “Chilli Fiesta” has everything from stalls selling pepper plants and cayenne condiments to cooking demonstrations, talks, music and competitions.

Bournemouth
Swim the Loch 2nd

At around 5km long with a depth of 44 metres Loch Lubnaig is a small loch near Callander that lies in the former county of Perthshire, part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park. If you are not taking part in the swim, there is a beautiful walk following the Loch where you can watch the action taking place.

Loch Lomond
Relentless Boardmasters 5th - 9th

With a vibrant mix of Art installations, Skating, BMX and Pro Surfing competitions as well as both large scale and intimate music gigs it is easy to see why people keep coming back year after year to this 5 day event.

Newquay
Black Isle Show 5th - 6th

This agricultural show features a host of different attractions to keep everyone entertained from tractor parades and motorcycle display teams to pipe bands, dog and duck displays and of course livestock parades.

Strathpeffer
Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week 17th - 16th

The Falmouth weeks plays host to a whole range of events and activities from carnival parties, sailing regattas, triathlons, Red Arrows, boat races and even swashbuckling workshops plus much more.

Newquay
Dornoch Highland Gathering 7th

With everything you would expect from a highland games event if you are looking for a fun day out visit the Dornoch Gathering. Events range from traditional piping, dancing, light and heavy ball and hammer throws and of course tossing the Caber.

Dornoch
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 7th - 31st

Being the world’s biggest arts festival, Scotland’s capital gets transformed by thousands of performers over hundreds of stages around the city. Performers range from new up and coming artists to big names in the world of entertainment.

Melrose
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 7th - 29th

Now in its 66th year, the theme this year is “East meets West” with performances from 4 continents bringing the world together for this unique event. Set against Edinburgh Castle the performance includes drummers, singers, pipers, dancers as well as one of the world’s best percussion groups – Switzerland’s top secret drum corps.

Melrose
Edinburgh International Festival 7th - 31st

For 3 weeks a year Edinburgh is transformed into a bustling hub of international entertainment with the finest creators and performers from the world of the arts. Featuring a range of dance, film, music, opera, theatre and talks and workshops the Edinburgh International Festival is a must for all culture lovers.

Melrose
Cowes Week 8th - 15th

Offering a mix of competitive and social activities both on and off shore, Cowes plays host to over 8,500 competitors from weekend sailors to Olympians and world class professionals all taking part in up to 40 races daily. Over 1000 boats make this the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world!. If you are staying shore side there is plenty to keep you entertained from Red Arrow displays, fireworks, ladies day, family day and the blades aerobatic air displays.

Sandown
Strathpeffer Highland Gathering 8th

A traditional Highland games with heavy events, dancing, piping, hill race, side shows, trade stalls, horse jumping and tug o' war, great fun for you and the family.

Strathpeffer
Blackpool Airshow 9th - 10th

With tens of thousands of visitors flocking to watch this awesome air spectacle with the world famous red arrows, wing walkers, both old and new aeroplanes and a range of helicopters and jets on display including the Euro fighter Typhoon it is easy to see why this has grown in popularity since 1909.

Blackpool
Ventnor Fringe 11th - 16th

A unique celebration of the arts from both established and new talent where you can enjoy a midnight ‘lock in‘ at the Library, basement bars, ‘pop up’ cinemas, pianos in the streets, mystery tours, gigs in locals' houses, woodland sing-alongs and intimate church shows in and around the eclectic hillside town of Ventnor.

Sandown
Airbourne - Eastbourne International Airshow 13th - 16th

This international airshow returns once again with its thrilling line up including a display of helicopters, parachutists, wing walkers, military aircraft, O’Brien’s flying circus and of course the Red Arrows.

Eastbourne
The Whitby Regatta 14th - 17th

The Whitby Regatta is four days of entertainment including rowing races, yacht racing and various forms of entertainment finishing with a prize presentation and spectacular firework display.

Whitby
Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 15th - 16th

As ever, it’s not just garlic and garlic products. Island food compares with the world’s best; vegetables, wine, meats, honey, cider and juices. There are market, arts and craft stalls, cooking demonstrations, arena entertainment and talented animals plus live music on the big stage and a beer tent.

Ryde
Edinburgh International Book Festival 15th - 31st

With lively debating and book signing you have the chance to meet some of your favourite authors as well as get to hear about some of their latest projects and works in progress. Offering over 750 events featuring some of the greatest thinkers and writers in the world, from rising stars of fiction to Nobel Prize-winners, it’s a place where audiences and authors gather to share ideas, be enthralled entertained, informed and challenged.

Melrose
Weymouth Carnival 19th

A great carnival for the whole family with lots of entertaining events including aerial displays, processions, fireworks and much more.

Weymouth
Cornwall Folk Festival 22nd - 25th

The 3 day event mixes local talent with acts from further afield to produce a varied line up to cater for all tastes. Bringing fans from all over the UK to experience this unique Cornish and Celtic music heritage and dance culture.

Newquay
Torbay Royal Regatta 22nd - 26th

The Torbay Royal Regatta features championship racing for IRC and unrated cruisers, sports boats and junior classes as well as national championships for dinghy and asymmetric classes combined with a great social programme of shore side entertainment.

Torquay
Bute Highland Games 22nd

A day to remember where you can enjoy the music of pipe bands, highland dancers, the strength of the heavy event athletes and wrestlers and the speed of the track runners not forgetting the road race competition and much more.

Rothesay
Dawlish Air Show 22nd

With over 80,000 visitors arriving to watch an array of aircraft take to the sky at this award winning airshow. As well as thrilling air shows there are also static displays of aircraft in smuggler field as well as numerous activities and attractions for the whole family and an evening of great music.

Exmouth
Wiggle Ex-terminator 22nd

With 3 different routes for riders to take, this sportive caters for all abilities of bike riders. This event includes mechanical support, full route marking, emergency support, event massage and free energy drinks and snacks.

Exmouth
Ilfracombe Carnival 27th

An eclectic range of floats parading by will keep you entertained for the evening in this spectacular event raising money for local charities.

Ilfracombe
Largs Viking Festival 29th Aug - 6th Sept

Giving you a glimpse into how Vikings lived in an authentic 13th century village you can talk to the Vikings about everything from their clothes and weapons to their ships, homeland and beliefs. A food and craft fayre is open every day for a shopping experience with a difference.

Rothesay
September
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Bude Jazz Festival 1st - 4th

With a host of performers flocking to the Bude Jazz Festival, this 4 day event plays host to a range of solo artists and bands alike, a must see for all jazz enthusiasts.

Newquay
Ride the Lights 1st

This fun free event gives an exciting preview of the Blackpool Illuminations. Hop on your bike and ride along the closed road to take in some of this years fantastic illuminations.

Blackpool
The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2nd - 6th

This fair is classed as “THE” National Heritage Show and is regarded as the leading show of its type in the world. Covering 600 acres at one of Europe’s largest outdoor event locations, you and the other 200,000 visitors will be amazed with the exhibitions on offer. From WW1 displays, steam exhibitions with over 20 heavy haulage road locomotives this year, vintage and classic vehicles, entertainment, music and stunt displays plus much more.

Bournemouth
Craggy Island Triathlon 5th - 6th

This unique event has its competitors swimming 550m from the mainland to the island to start their race; a 14km of off road mountain biking followed by a 8km off road run...not for the faint of heart!

Rothesay
The Braemar Gathering 5th

2015 sees the celebration of the events bicentenary with the March of the Atholl and Lonach Highlanders. International athletes compete in heavy and track events, pipers and dancers perform as well as teams from H.M. Forces competing in the services tug of war championship and many more traditional events taking place. It is clear to see why this event pulls large crowds each year to acclaim their Monarch as Chieftain of the Braemar Gathering.

Braemar
Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival 5th - 6th

Bringing 20,000 people together to enjoy some great food, drink and entertainment, this event is a must see for food lovers featuring some great cookery demos, ale fests and even a haggis eating competition!

Loch Lomond
Bestival 10th - 13th

This award winning 4 day music festival returns with a star studded line up  celebrating this years theme which is “The summer of love”. With artists like The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, Level 42 and DJ sets from the likes of Annie Mac, Lily Allen presents Funlord and Redlight with many more you are set for a great few days.

Sandown
Newquay Fish Festival 11th - 13th

In its 13th year this is one of Cornwall’s most established food and craft shows that bring the harbour to life during this 3 day event. There are practical cookery demonstrations held by local and celebrity chefs, pop up stalls and stands, live entertainment and much more.

Newquay
World Fireworks Championships 11th Sep - 2nd Oct

Every Friday the world's firework elite gather together in Blackpool, this promises a series of events showcasing the best fireworks displays the world has to offer.

Blackpool
International Gold Cup Road Races 12th - 13th

This international race sees competitors taking part in a series of races on both Superbikes and F2 Sidecars. A great spectator sport and action packed days await.

Scarborough
St Ives September Festival 12th - 26th

This festival features a jam packed program of over 300 events with concerts, exhibitions, walks, theatre, comedy, films as well as a variety of artists and performers on the guest list. Previous guests include the likes of Seth Lakeman, Barbara Dickson, Elkie Brooks and George Melly.

St.Ives
Bupa Great North Run 13th

Being the world’s leading half marathon, this run has spread from 12,000 runners in 1981 to 57,000 last year. It even has a place in history as it is the first "International Association of Athletics Federation" event in the world to welcome it's millionth finisher! Whether you are running for charity or cheering on Mo Farah you are sure to enjoy the great atmosphere.

Durham
International Classic Car Show 19th - 20th

Now in the 14th year this unique 2 day event sees vehicles arriving from all over the UK and mainland Europe and promises to be the biggest and best yet.

Sandown
Loopallu Music Festival, Ullapool 25th - 26th

This event set in a remote village in Scotland seems like a strange place for a music festival yet it still manages to draw in the crowds and some big name acts. Bands that have previously played here include Mumford and Sons, Paolo Nutini, Twin Atlantic and Franz Ferdinand.

Rothesay


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