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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. 

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
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
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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