Carnival in Leicester

Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Colourful floats and costumes fill Leicester on the first Saturday in August during the biggest Caribbean celebration in the country after London's Notting Hill Carnival. Along with live music, there's a fun fair, a…
Cultural in Castleton

Garland Festival

Castleton celebrates Oak Apple Day on 29 May (28 May if the 29th is a Sunday) as it has for centuries, with the Garland King (buried under an enormous floral headdress) and Queen parading through the village on hors…
Comedy in Leicester

Leicester Comedy Festival

England's longest-running comedy festival – and Europe's largest – draws big names as well as fresh talent for 19 days in February, when some 800 shows take place in more than 60 different venues.
Cultural in Coventry

Godiva Festival

With its roots in the legend of Coventry's Lady Godiva, this three-day festival at War Memorial Park features headlining and emerging musicians and a 'battle of the bands' competition. There are history and conserva…
Sports in Northamptonshire

Formula One British Grand Prix

Motoring fans won't want to miss the Formula One British Grand Prix, which roars around Silverstone Circuit, near Towcester, for three days in early July.
Arts in Buxton

Buxton Festival

One of the largest cultural festivals in the country, the 17-day Buxton Festival attracts top names in literature, music and opera at venues including the opera house.
Literature in Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford Literary Festival

A highlight of Stratford's cultural calendar is the week-long annual Stratford Literary Festival, which has attracted literary big-hitters of the calibre of Robert Harris, PD James and Simon Armitage.
Cultural in Nottingham

Nottingham Riverside Festival

Held over a weekend in early August on the banks of the River Trent, this all-ages festival incorporates a funfair, live music and a kids' zone. Fireworks light up the sky on the Saturday night.
Cultural in Ludlow

Ludlow Spring Festival

The two-day Ludlow Spring Festival uses the castle as its dramatic backdrop for beer, cider and food stalls, a vintage car show and live concerts.
Food & Drink in Ludlow

Ludlow Food Festival

At Ludlow Castle, the Ludlow Food Festival spans three days in early September, with over 180 exhibitors from the town and the Welsh Marches.