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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. 

August
EVENT DATE DETAILS WHERE TO STAY
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.

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
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.

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
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.

Sandown
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.

Eastbourne
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.

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
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.

Melrose
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.

Weymouth
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

Bournemouth
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 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.

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
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.

Ilfracombe
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.

Rothesay
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
September
EVENT DATE DETAILS WHERE TO STAY
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 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.

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
October
EVENT DATE DETAILS WHERE TO STAY
Swanage Blues Festival 1st to 4th October Featuring a great line up of over 100 musicians performing at 60 events in 15 indoor venues, this weekend of open mics nights, jams and headline performances look set to be a sell out weekend. Weymouth
Cowalfest 2nd to 11th October Cowalfest features a range of walks for all ages and abilities so whether you are a family group or a hardy hill walker there will be something for you. Alternatively the festival also features many artist galleries and studios with horse riding, orienteering, theatres and concerts. Loch Lomond
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2nd to 11th October A must for all book lovers this autumn, the Cheltenham Literature Festival features some of the world's greatest writers and thinkers who you can join with to explore the theme of defining moments from the past, present and future. Berkeley
Ullapool Guitar Festival 2nd to 4th October Now in its 15th year, this great festival is special due to its mix of music from new and old styles, acoustic and electric, steel and nylon with seasoned performers and new students. Gairloch
World Fireworks Championships 2nd October Gathering the world's top firework elite to light up the skies of Blackpool with a series of shows and jaw dropping entertainment for the whole family. Blackpool
Weymouth Speed Week 3rd to 9th October Being the oldest and longest running speed sailing event in the world this challenges sailors to a range of speed events in wind powered craft to sail as fast as they can over 500m Weymouth
Eastbourne Beer Festival 8th to 10th October The largest beer festival in East Sussex is held in Eastbourne's Winter Gardens where you can try a range of over 160 cask ales many of which are award winning. If you prefer other drinks then the wine and cider bar features drinks from around the world. Eastbourne
Lancaster Music Festival 8th to 12th October With more than 50,000 festival goers expected this year, this is billed as one of the best free festivals in the world! With 50 venues featuring a line up of 200 performances and acts there is sure to be something for everyone. Morecambe
Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival 9th to 18th October Featuring a great mix of dance, music and visual arts across a host of different venues and spaces across the town and with a range of art and activities for all ages on the opening weekend there will be something for the whole family. Bournemouth
Mountain and Sea Festival 9th to 19th October This festival offers a chance to take up kayak sessions, walks, loch tours mountain walks, scrambling workshops, Rock Climbing, Isle tours, Tai Chi and much more Gairloch
Mull Rally 9th to 11th October This event offers 18 special stages over 160 miles offering many ideal spectator locations at different stages. The Mull rally is the toughest national B permit rally in the UK Oban
BSUPA National Championships 10th to 11th October The British Stand Up Paddle Association national Championships are back for the 7th time and is being held at the home of kite surfing in Watergate Bay. Newquay
Isle of Wight Literary Festival 15th to 18th October This literary festival see a range of speakers this year from a variety of genres from fiction, local, children's, poetry, non-fiction and an assortment of workshops as well as special guest appearances from Mary Berry in conversation with Alan Titchmarsh and Michael Morpurgo Isle of Wight
Two Moors Festival 15th to 25th October Held as the leading chamber music festival in the UK, this event attracts artists from far across the globe as well as visitors from Europe, Canada and America. The Festival also gets covered by BBC Radio 3 who broadcast live concerts on many occasions. Lynton
Musicport Festival 16th to 18th October A festival now in its 15th year that keeps going from strength to strength now features a host of multinational bands and artists coming from the likes of Sweden, Ethiopia, Spain, Finland, India, USA, and many more Whitby
Cambrian Rally 17th October Celebrating their 60th year the Diamond Jubilee Cambrian Rally is the last round in the REIS - BTRDA Series set in the welsh forests and welcome a range of top WRC drivers Llandudno
Bram Stoker International Film Festival 22nd to 25th October For the best International entertainment in Whitby this Halloween weekend look no further than the Bram Stoker International Film Festival. See top Goth bands and acts as well as international horror and suspense movies that you won't catch at your local cinema! Whitby
Brighton Early Music Festival 23rd October to 8th November With a growing fan base of over 6000 this is the second largest early music festival in the UK and is now covered by BBC 3. The festival is known for its lively program exploring different art forms and performances. Eastbourne
Beachy Head Marathon 24th October As one of the biggest UK off road marathons this 10k run is very popular due to its challenging route and spectacular scenery. Eastbourne
Gwledd Conwy Feast 24th to 25th October With a large indoor food hall open until late and outdoor trading stands, this is the largest food festival in North Wales offering Farmers Markets, great food stalls, castle feasts and vicarage gardens in the past. Llandudno
Vintage Fair 25th October Advintageous is an amazing fair where you will find a host of "vintage entertainers" and exciting acts, vintage stalls, vehicles and lots more. Scarborough


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