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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.


N.B. Dates correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at organisers’ discretion. Please check before booking. 

North Wales Bluegrass Music Festival 2nd - 5th This great music festival see a great mix of bands from both the UK and the USA with the likes of this years hosts, Highly Strung being joined by some big names in Bluegrass like Jeni Hankins & Billy Kemp, Ozarks Bluegrass Band, the Britannia Band and Brian Golby plus many more Llandudno
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.

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.

Newquay Carnival Week 4th - 11th With this years theme being "make us laugh" you are in for a good time on the 4th being the main Festival Day starting at 10am and the 5th being Regatta Day there will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Saturday 11th is Newquay's Carnival Parade with the Mascot Race starting at 5.30pm and the main parade at 6pm. Newquay
Llandudno Sea Triathlon 5th A standard and sprint triathlon incorporating the thrill of a sea swim, and a challenging cycle section on mainly closed roads around the Great Orme with its glorious views over the North Wales Coast Llandudno
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.

Pommery Dorset Sea Food Festival 11th - 12th The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival brings together champagne and seafood, family entertainment and a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the superb seafood available to us just off our wonderful shores. Weymouth
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.

Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal 11th July - 25th October The Bowes Museum and the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent are collaborating to create Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, the first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French fashion designer’s work and life. Durham
ButeFest 17th - 19th Come over and be part of the most accessible island Music Festival. A family friendly festival with great music, yummy food, superb drink and best of all, a wonderful setting Rothesay
Gloucester Quays Food Festival 17th - 19th The 3-day Food Festival celebrates food and drink from around the UK, as well as showcasing home-grown Gloucestershire and Cotswolds delicacies. Entrance is FREE and for food lovers there’s the chance to visit the stalls selling and sampling a wide variety of specialist food and drink - some of which you won’t find on the high street Berkeley
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.

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.

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.

Loch Lomond Highland Games 18th Traditional Highland Games with pipe bands and Scottish country dancing alongside stalls and many other activities and events Loch Lomond
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.

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.

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!

Clovelly Maritime Festival 19th Full of fun and cram-packed with a programme of all sorts of activities and entertainment for all ages this maritime festival also features seafood kitchens and arts and crafts. Lynton
Kinlochard Gathering 19th The spectacular loch side venue will host Highland dancing, a medieval re-enactment,  heavy event demos and participation, search and rescue display, duck racing and much, much more Loch Lomond
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.

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

Electric Woods (Tues and Thur) 21st July - 31st August Enjoy family entertainment at the Africa Adventure from late afternoon, evening owl shows in the woodland bowl, live acoustic music at the woodland ponds and their famous fish and chip supper. Catch a fire show and enjoy Robin Hill’s rides and play areas until late into the evening too and of course the beautiful woodland illuminations from dusk Isle of Wight
Llandudno Jazz Festival 24th - 26th

Llandudno Jazz Festival presents a wealth of the best loved British Jazz Stars in a relaxed environment. As well as the main Festival Marquee, presenting high end jazz across three days, you'll also find a few more exclusive and intimate concerts around the pretty Victorian seaside resort.

Gloucester Carnival 25th

The 79th Gloucester Carnival procession will wind its way through the City, finishing at Gloucester Cathedral where there will be performances at Gloucester Park as well as along the route.

The Sutherland Agricultural Show 25th This large family event features a range of displays from Pipe Bands, Sheep Dog demonstrations, Terrier Racing, Vintage vehicle parades and a lot more. Dornoch
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.

Jacobite Day 26th Braemar Castle is famous for its connections to the Jacobite Uprisings, from the notorious Black Colonel to the ringleader of the 1715 Rising, Bobbin' Jock. Meet these historical characters, raise the Jacobite Standard, watch history come alive in the grounds of the Castle. Costumed fete, re-enactments, a living history camp, music, traditional food and games. Something for all the family. Braemar
Veuve Cliquot Polo on the Beach 26th - 28th Polo matches, top-class arena shows, beach entertainment, live music, a Saturday night party and Champagne – this year’s GWR Polo on the Beach has it all. Newquay
Culdrose Air Day 2015 30th Air Day is the only day of the year when the public can step into the world of Culdrose and experience the sights and sounds of a working military Naval Air Station. You will be blown away by awesome flying displays, be able to meet the Aircrew who fly our helicopters around the world, get up close to state-of-the art aircraft and learn all about life in the Royal Navy. Cornwall
Edinburgh Art Festival 30th July - 30th August

The UK's 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.

The Chale Show 1st - 2nd This traditional country village show has so much to see and do with the Islands largest Horticultural Marquee with over 1500 exhibits, live events and acts, Steam, Vintage and Military areas, live music and much more. Isle of Wight
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.

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.

WW1 Memorial Concert 2nd "It's 1915 and the laird of Braemar Castle is holding a concert to raise funds for the brave men fighting at the Front and to mark the first year of the War." so come and join in the celebration Braemar
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Paignton Regatta 9th - 16th Paignton Regatta is a good old-fashioned week of traditional seaside fun, mainly taking place on and around Paignton Green.
To mark the 168th year of Paignton Regatta there is a whole host of events happening on Paignton Sea Front
Paignton / Torquay
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.

Bute Agricultural Show 12th Agricultural show featuring all classes, from cattle, sheep, dogs to poultry and pigeons. Horse show classes, children's entertainment, trade stands and pets competition Rothesay
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.

Cornwall Design Fair 14th - 16th This year, the beautiful formal gardens of the early 18th century Trereife House will be transformed into a design paradise, with specialist food stalls, local musicians and huge marquees housing the best young and established designer-makers and their wares St Ives
Cornish Steam and Country Fair 14th - 16th The show is very much a family event. As well as Steam Engines, Fun Fair, Vintage Vehicles, Model and Craft displays, there is much more to entertain everyone around the show. From bouncy castles to vintage wood sawing, trade stands to heavy horse working demonstrations there is something for all the family. St Ives
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.

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.

Conwy River Festival 15th - 22nd This river festival has a good mix of both Social functions and Events with blind veterans UK race, pursuit races, Old gaffers and classic races as well as prize giving ceremonies and party nights Llandudno
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.

Children's Week 2015 17th - 22nd Five day fun for all the family returns to Paignton Green. There'll be fun and entertainment for all the family as Torbay Children's Week returns to Paignton Green where there will be a packed programme of performances, workshops and events throughout the week. Paignton / Torquay
Weymouth Carnival 19th

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

Bournemouth Air Festival 20th - 23rd

Returning for its 8th year this August with a staggering amount of support from the Armed Forces and three exciting new night Air music evenings, Bournemouth will be
hosting 4 - days of Red Arrows displays, alongside the mighty Typhoon and Hawk role Demo along with many displays both in the air but also on land

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.

Torbay Royal Regatta 22nd - 26th

The Torbay Royal Regatta features championship racing for IRC and un rated 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.

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.

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.

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.

Schiaparelli Pink Day 23rd Pink was the favourite colour of Frances Farquharson, first wife of the 16th laird of Invercauld. Mrs Farquharson was fashion editor for Vogue magazine and worked closely with Salvador Dali, her great rival Coco Chanel called her 'that artist who makes clothes'. Schiaparelli created the colour 'shocking pink' which can be seen all over the castle, from bathrooms, to curtains and ceilings. Braemar
Oban Games 27th As one of Scotland’s premier Highland Games, world class challengers from across the globe flock to Oban to do battle; heavyweights with the caber, stone or hammer, lighter athletes on the track, field and hill Oban
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.

Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally 28th - 31st The world's biggest gathering of vintage and modern scooters at the Isle of Wight International Scooter rally is a must see with a multitude of venues all on one site. Sun, sea and scooters and a lot more with parts fairs, music and custom shows, this Scooter rally is a must see even if you are not a seasoned rider. Isle of Wight
Great Scottish Swim 29th Returning for its third year in the majestic surroundings of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, 40 minutes' drive from Glasgow city centre - swimmers can choose from 1/2 mile, 1 mile and 2 mile swims, participants set off in waves of approximately 300 every half an hour. Loch Lomond
Largs Viking Festival 29th August - 6th September

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.

Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls 30th August - 25th September The Festival of Bowls is the biggest outdoor open bowling event in the country, with more than 1800 participants competing for a range of titles over four weeks of play. Great Yarmouth
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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

World Fireworks Championships 11th September - 2nd October

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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