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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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September
EVENT DATE DETAILS WHERE TO STAY
Bude Jazz Festival 1st to 4th September 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 September 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 / Morecambe
The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2nd to 6th September 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
Blackpool Illuminations 4th September to 8th November the 10KM stretch of lights are always an amazing spectacle to behold with nearly every type of light from regular light bulbs to neon's, lasers, fibre optics, flood lighting and search lights with over 500 scenic designs Blackpool
Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Festival Weekend 4th to 6th September This year's switch on is a festival set over 3 days with a free switch on concert and celebrity switch on. Saturday sees Sky TVs Vintage TV channel hosting an 80's night with many stars performing their songs from the era and Sunday sees a comedy night at the Blackpool Tower Blackpool
Dorset County Show 5th to 6th September This great county show features a host of activities to keep everyone entertained from farm animals and displays, home craft and horticulture, Horses and ponies to tractors ad machinery, food halls, vintage cars, beer tents and cookery demonstrations with much more to see and do. Bournemouth
Fishstock 5th September This multi award winning event held in the English Riviera features 2 stages with a host of performers and bands playing throughout the day into the night as well as different stalls and cookery demonstrations Torquay
Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival 5th to 6th September As well as the usual line up featuring a riot of colour from a host of supply vessels flying their colours and bunting from the masts, live shanty folk music, demonstrations and exhibitions this year also welcomes the largest wooden tall ship in the world, the Swedish Götheborg and the British tall ship the JST Lord Nelson Great Yarmouth
Isle of Bute Triathlon 5th to 6th September This unique event held on craggy island sees contenders swimming across the sound of the mainland to the island to start the race which is completely off road taking I'm many spectacular views. Rothesay
Llandudno Goldwing Light Parade 5th September This year's Goldwing event sees a static display of bikes and trikes during the day which will be followed by the glowing evening parade and entertainment. Llandudno
Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival 5th to 6th September 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
Occombe Cider Festival 5th September Featuring a wide range of perries and ciders from all around the country including Hunts, Sheppy's and the ever popular Bays there will be something for everyone especially with the great line up of music. Torquay
The Braemar Gathering 5th September 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
Vintage By The Sea 5th to 6th September Featuring the best in vintage here you will see a great WW2 RAF Flypast, static aeroplane display, vintage fairground, street theatre, marketplaces and cinemas, music, car rally and much much more Morecambe
Cowes -Torquay - Cowes Powerboat Race 6th September Being the longest running offshore powerboat race in the world the feel assemble at the Cowes yacht haven before speed racing in convoy between buoys from Cowes to Torquay and back. Torquay
Lobster and Crab Feast 6th September You're in for a great day at this feast with a host of live folk music, prize draws, local food and craft stalls with plenty of fresh cooked crabs and lobsters, beer tasting and cookery demonstrations all in aid of the national lobster hatchery. Lynton
Scottish Borders Walking Festival 6th to 12th September This festival really does have something for everyone with 28 walks on offer, 4 each day, all with varying difficulties and terrain, some of which are even accessible for wheelchair users with all walks starting and finishing at the focus centre in Galashiels Melrose
Bestival 10th to 13th September This award winning 4 day music festival returns with a star studded line up celebrating this year's 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. Isle of Wight
Little Britain Challenge Cup Regatta 10th to 13th September Raising over a million pounds for charity so far this great Challenge Cup brings together thousands of professionals through sailing and has become one of the tp sporting events in the industry calendar. Isle of Wight
Agatha Christie Festival 11th to 20th September Celebrating the 125th anniversary this year of "The queen of crime" this 9 day programme of unique events where you can enjoy film screenings, performances, expert talks and time to enjoy food drink and dancing in the finest venues of the English Riviera. Torquay
Newquay Fish Festival 11th to 13th September 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 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 to 13th September 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
Ilfracombe Bike Show 12th September With over 250 motorcycles competing for different class trophies these bikes and trikes come in all shapes and sizes with many different stalls promoting various aspects of road usage with open air music and being open to the general public this event is a sure fire crowd pleaser. Ilfracombe
International Gold Cup Road Races 12th to 13th September 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 to 26th September 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
SteamPunk Festival 12th to 13th September This event aims to dazzle and astound its visitors with a host of curiosities and entertainment. There will also be a host of entertainment including an adult's only night, masked ball, burlesque, dancing and music. Eastbourne
World Mountain Running Championships 12th to 20th September The 31st world running championships now include the World Masters Mountain Running Championships and festival of sport. With 3 races to choose from you can even run on 2 world champion courses and even take on the mighty Moel Siabod, the highest peak in the Moelwynion mountain range at 872m tall Llandudno
Bupa Great North Run 13th September 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 its millionth finisher! Whether you are running for charity or cheering on Mo Farah you are sure to enjoy the great atmosphere. Durham
Out There International Festival of Street Arts & Circus 18th to 20th September This mostly free festival is one of the country's leading street arts and circus festivals, featuring some of the world's funniest, mind boggling jaw dropping shows. Great Yarmouth
World Fireworks Championships 18th September 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 Classic Car Show 19th to 20th September 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 Isle of Wight
The BIG North Devon Wedding Show 20th September With the finest in wedding exhibitors attending this show plays host to over 60 suppliers including a pop up hair and beauty parlour, choreography sessions, product demonstrations, catwalks music and more Lynton
60's Weekend 25th to 27th September This 3 day event hosts 5 main shows featureing acts such as Manfreds, Marty Wilde and the wildcats, P.J.Proby, Dave Berry and the cruisers, Mike Berry and the Outlawd and many more Whitby
Loopallu Music Festival, Ullapool 25th to 26th September 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
Scarborough Jazz Festival 25th to 27th September With a mix of well-established performers, and younger bands as well as large band sounds and talented vocalist it is easy to see why this event is so popular with musicians from around the world. Scarborough
The Great Cornish Food Festival 25th to 27th September Now in its 12th year the food festival features a mix of sampling sessions, kids activities and hands on master classes and demonstrations as well as much more from fish filleting to wine tasting and coffee brewing to aga cookery. Newquay
World Fireworks Championships 25th September 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
North Pennines Walking Festival 26th September to 4th October Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Pennine Way this festival of more than 20 walks including 76 miles of routes such as Tan Hill, Alston, Teesdale, South Tyne Valley and the Roman Wall Durham
Sussex Walking Festival 26th September to 4th October This walking festival takes in some great sights in the heart of Sussex including "The Sunshine Coast" of Eastbourne, the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty and the South Down National Park Eastbourne
Wine Festival 26th to 27th September With a wide range of crisp whites and powerful reds as well as dessert and sparkling wines, you are sure to fine something you will love from the selection of wines from around the world as well as a selection from the Isle of Wight. Isle of Wight
Lyn Food Festival 27th September Welcoming as many exhibitors as they can this food festival welcomes local food companies to show off their best produce for you to sample and take away Lynton
The World Stone Skimming Championships 27th September This annual event is open to anyone from around the world, where competitors are allowed 3 skims using slate from the quarry, where the event takes place, and are judged based on the distance of the skims Oban
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
November
EVENT DATE DETAILS WHERE TO STAY
Inverness Film Festival 4th to 8th November Each year this film festival gets more international, last year they screened 34 different films titles from 21 different countries from Colombia to New Zealand and Ethiopia to Mongolia with this year set to be even bigger! Strathpeffer
Denholm Folk Festival 6th to 8th November For all folk fans this is a must see festival with a line up featuring the likes of Jack B Burness, Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra, Archie Fisher and The Sally Barker Trio with a host of concerts, competitions and workshops. Melrose
North Wales Choral Festival 6th to 8th November This competition dates back to 1988 and now sees a mix of Youth, Ladies, Male, Mixed and Barbershop choirs performing guaranteeing a weekend of musical talent and fun. Llandudno
Thursford Christmas Spectacular 11th November to 23rd December The largest Christmas Show in the country surrounds you with mechanical organs and carousels along with a cast of over 130 dancers, singers and musicians, many of which come straight from the west end for a 3 hour performance which attracts up to 50 coaches a day! Great Yarmouth
Bournemouth Christmas Market 12th to 3rd January This popular Christmas market which is inspired by the "Weihnachtsmarkt", traditional German Markets, returns to offer a festive shopping experience from around the world Bournemouth
Wales GB Rally 12th to 15th November This stage rally motor sport event is just 1 section of the World Rally Championship that takes place over a number of special stages. A great spectator sport, there are many areas where you can catch long views of the cars in 3 different locations. Llandudno
Exeter Christmas Market 19th November to 19th December For a month the city centre will be brought to life with festive market stalls all offering their own unique, unusual or handmade gifts and decorations. With over 50 local and international traders as well as some amazing food stall you will leave full of festive cheer. Exmouth
Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market 19th to 22nd November This hugely popular Christmas Market brings to life the hustle and bustle of a Dickensian Feast and features over 150 stalls selling the best in local food and drink as well as jewellery, wooden toys, clothing and accessories plus much more. Berkeley
Kendal Mountain Festival 19th to 22nd November The 4 days feature a jam packed line up showcasing the very best of films in adventure filmmaking, mountain culture and environment and exploration, The Boardman Tasker international prize for mountain literature, KMF Trail Run, photo competitions and much more Morecambe
Llandudno Christmas Fayre 19th to 22nd November Due to its popularity this event has to double in size this year and features the best Food and Drink Wales has to offer befitting the time of year. This year will include 3 large marquees and 40 log cabins with 150 stalls all with their own unique festive cheer. Llandudno
Oban Winter Festival 20th to 29th November This 10 day celebration of Oban's culture and community features international and local acts, street parades, fire art, lantern parades pipers and family fun with the theme this year being "The Salmon, the Stag, the Wool and the Waiter Oban
Winterwonderland Illuminations 21st November to 3rd January Starting at 3.30 this brilliant display incorporates an animal themed light show all synchronised to music. There are other events to keep young one entertained as well from the "Hug a Husky", meeting Santa's reindeer and Santas Christmas Cottage plus much more. Eastbourne
Christmas Lights 25th November This year looks set to be the biggest and best lighting ceremony to date with a host of events planned. This year there will be Fireworks, food stalls, cheerleaders, marching bands and a parade with the switch-on Lynton
Ilfracombe Christmas Lights 25th November This year looks set to be the biggest and best lighting ceremony to date with a host of events planned. This year there will be Fireworks, food stalls, cheerleaders, marching bands and a parade with the switch-on Ilfracombe
Fore Street Christmas Market 29th November If you want to get immersed in Christmas spirit this market is the place to be. With Santa Clause in his grotto and local stalls from both businesses and craftsmen as well as Carols, a Victorian market, magic, music and live entertainment plus much more you are bound to leave full of festive cheer Ilfracombe
December
EVENT DATE DETAILS WHERE TO STAY
Durham Christmas Market 4th to 6th December With more than 300 stalls expected this year there is sure to be something for everyone at this year's market. Featuring a range of entertainment to add to the festive spirit there will also be carolling, fire eating, seasonal storytelling, brass bands and a children's lantern procession. Durham
Medieval Christmas Event 5th December Buzzing with old time Christmas cheer this medieval Christmas celebration see a great mix of all things bygone from Story Tellers, Musicians, Jesters, Elf Schools, Birds of Prey and of course the 80 strong torch lit procession Llandudno
Gloucester Quays Festive Fayre 2015 11th to 13th December With a host of stalls selling locally produced drinks and food as well as their own unique yuletide gifts, you can stock up on presents for loved ones or load the Christmas dinner table. There will be a range of bands, choirs, street performers as well as reindeer! Berkeley
Mousehole Christmas Lights 12th December to 2nd January This year's "switch on" will feature an open air Carolaire service as well as floating displays of lights in the harbour and a great display of fishing boats, sea serpents and whales colourfully lighting up one of Cornwall's most scenic harbours. St.Ives
Newquay Zoo's Festive Weekend 12th to 13th December A weekends worth of festive fun with Santa's Grotto and Elves workshops with much more. Newquay
Abergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Fair 13th to 14th December Being one of the largest food festivals in Wales this Christmas food and drink fair is a melting pot of diverse food cultures featuring a range of chef demonstrations, meat markets, craft brewery festivals and night markets. Berkeley
Montol Festival 16th to 21st December This 6 day arts events sees a week of mask making and lantern workshops, carol services, strolling bands, arts and crafts, late night shopping and storytelling and much much more. Newquay


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