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 Literature in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Hay Festival

The 10-day Hay Festival is Britain's leading festival of literature and the arts – a kind of bookworms' Glastonbury. Like an iconic music festival, it has the gravity to attract the brightest stars in its corner of …
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 Performing Arts in Porthmadog

Festival No 6

Started in 2012, this rock and dance-music festival with arts, culture, comedy and food components has topped many best-festival lists and makes imaginative use of Portmeirion's varied and dream-like environment ove…
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 Carnival in Jersey

Battle of Flowers

Outlandish floats are a major part of the exuberant parades at Jersey's biggest festival. Expect elephants, dragons, castles and more, and don't miss the illuminated Moonlight Parade.
Top Choice Food & Drink in The Channel Islands


Two hundred or so of Jersey's and Guernsey's restaurants offer a complete menu for £10 to £20 for six weeks in autumn, enticing foodies.
Top Choice Art in Bristol


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…