Events

Top Choice Horse Racing in Liverpool

Grand National

The world's most famous steeplechase – and one of England's most cherished events – takes place on the first Saturday in April and is run across 4.5 miles and over the most difficult fences in world racing. Its prot…
Top Choice LGBT in Manchester

Manchester Pride Festival

One of England's biggest celebrations of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender life, held over three days of the August bank holiday weekend at the end of the month. There's music and dance (the Big Weekend); debat…
Top Choice Parade in The West End

Trooping the Colour

Celebrating the Queen's official birthday, this ceremonial procession of troops, marching along the Mall for their sovereign's inspection, is a pageantry overload, featuring 1400 officers and personnel on parade, 20…
Top Choice Fireworks in Plymouth

British Fireworks Championships

Over two nights in mid-August, six professional companies battle it out for the title, with three firms each staging 10-minute displays nightly. It's hugely popular, drawing tens of thousands of people to Plymouth's…
Top Choice Sailing in Dartmouth & the Dart Estuary

Royal Regatta

Dartmouth's big annual party falls on August Bank Holiday weekend. Expect plenty of contests, ranging from sailing and rowing to swimming, comedy races and tennis, plus plenty of late-night revelry. It packs out the…
Top Choice Fireworks in Lewes

Lewes Bonfire Celebrations

Lewes holds what it claims is the biggest Bonfire Night bash in the world with tens of thousands of people descending on the town to watch a carnival, fireworks display and effigies of villains of the day going up i…
Top Choice Art in Bristol

Upfest

Where better for a street art and graffiti festival than the city that brought us Banksy? Europe's largest event of its type sees 300 artists descending on the city to paint live, in front of audiences, at 40 venues…
Top Choice Food & Drink in Porthleven & the Loe

Porthleven Food Festival

This annual three-day food fair attracts big-name chefs to town for cooking demonstrations and talks, along with some 30,000 peckish punters. Many of the county's top producers also display their wares along the qua…
Carnival in West London

Notting Hill Carnival

Every year, for three days that include the last weekend of August, Notting Hill echoes to the calypso, ska, reggae and soca sounds of the Notting Hill Carnival. Launched in 1964 by the local Afro-Caribbean communit…
Parade in Helston

Flora Day

The biggest day of the year in Helston, this peculiar street parade is believed to derive from a pagan celebration marking the coming of spring. It's a mix of street dance, musical parade and floral pageant: the tow…