The Ultimate Festival Guide 2019

Discover over 140 festivals taking place across the region this summer. From music to food, cars to cinema, our festival guide has everything you need to know about the UK’s best festivals in 2019

Festivals in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire 

Suffolk Walking Festival, 11 May – 2 June

Put your best foot forward and uncover the delights of Suffolk with a mix of events and unforgettable walks. The festival spans the whole county with something for everyone. There’s long walks, short strolls, nature trails, historic tours, walks with a sheepdog, coastal paths and even walks that include a boat cruise and jeep ride! Take a journey into the dark side of the woods with a ‘Woodland Night Safari’ on 11 May or learn about a time gone by with ‘The Grim and Gory Story of Ipswich’ on 29 May. If you’re feeling up to it why not take on the annual ‘Challenge Walk’ which this year follows the East Suffolk Line Walks, covering 80 miles in five days! The full line up of walks and fringe events can be found at www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

Hanse Day Festival, 12 May

King’s Lynn, Norfolk

Taking place King Staithe Square and King’s Lynn Town Hall, the festival is a celebration of Lynn’s medieval trading and seafaring past. There will be children’s activities, craft markets, vessels on the river, street entertainers and more. Don’t miss the grand finale regatta on the Ouse! www.kingslynnhansefestival.co.uk

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Bury St Edmunds Festival, 16-26 May

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Now in its 34th year, the festival will bring world class culture and entertainment to the vibrant Suffolk town across 11 days. Featuring over 50 events across 13 venues, the festival will take in some great music, song, dance, comedy, film and other art forms with top performances by both international and local artists. The fantastic line-up includes renowned classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, returning after his sell-out concert in 2016; Rick Wakeman and Clare Teal, both also making return visits; Dr John Cooper Clarke, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; Quintet-a-Tete jazz band, the Puppini Sisters and Chineke! The programme also includes guided walks, exhibitions and an array of family events. See the full line-up and book online at www.buryfestival.co.uk. Tickets are also on sale at The Apex and other venues around Bury St Edmunds.

Vintage 1940s, 17-19 May

Lavenham, Suffolk

Step back in time with a celebration of all things 1940s. Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the 487th Bombardment Group, 8th United States Army Air Force moving in to RAF Lavenham (AAF Station 137), the weekend includes a delightful mix of 1940s pastimes such as dance, music, food and vehicles, plus a vintage fair, historic walks and tours and the opportunity to picnic at the Lavenham Airfield. www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk/explore/the-vintage-weekend/

Southend-on-Sea Film Festival, 23-27 May 

This year’s jam-packed programme is a true delight for film fans, with several world premieres, cinema classics and emphasis on putting independent film makers in the spotlight. The Festival’s curtain raising gala night on Thursday 23 May, will see Simon Frith’s ‘Under the Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story’ given its world premiere. The film looks back on Essex-born actor Mike Edmonds’ incredible life and career.

For older cinema goers, Southend on Sea Film Festival’s Director, Paul Cotgrove has scheduled some heart-warming classics, including ‘Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937)’, Peter Sellers’ ‘The Battle of the Sexes (1960)’ and the comedy ‘Castle in the Air’, starring the wonderful Margaret Rutherford. Families are also well catered for with crackpot capers in ‘The Laurel & Hardy Laughter Show: Stan and Ollie – Unplugged’ on Monday 27 May, Huggins (25 May) and the award-winning Japanese movie, ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’. For tickets visit www.southendfilmfestival.com

Framlingham Gala Fest, 25-27 May

Framlingham, Suffolk

One of the best free local festivals in the region, visitors can enjoy three days of vibrancy, colour and music! This year’s theme is ‘Sand, Sea and Surf’ and will see a fun line up of events including plenty of live music, crafts, games, races, a car boot sale, food and more. With Framlingham Castle as the back drop, sit and watch live bands in Castle Meadow, tuck into BBQ food or feel the energy at the bright and bold parade which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday at noon. www.framlinghamgalafest.co.uk

Bedford International Kite Festival, 1-2 June

Russell Park, Bedford

Firmly encouraging us to look up, the annual kite festival is a fabulous family day out. The sky will be filled with kite displays, plus there’s entertainment, attractions and a craft marquee. New for 2019 is the Saturday evening chill out music set, where visitors can enjoy the spectacle of kite night-flying to the sounds of ambient dance music, the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening. This year’s event is combined with the new Bedford Festival of Motoring, which will take place at the same time on the Embankment. www.bedford.gov.uk/kitefestival

St Botolph’s Festival on the Green, 14-16 June

Created by a group of neighbours 13 years ago, the festival is now firmly established and sees over 2,000 visitors enjoy a weekend packed with events. There’s snail racing and entertainment fun for all the family, while the outside arena hosts a dog show, village green games, live music, classic cars, fairground rides and more. It’s classic British village fun at its best! www.botolphgreen.net/             

Wymondham Music Festival, Norfolk, 21-29 June

The Festival returns with a packed programme of open air events, recitals and concerts. A mix of free and paid for performances, there will be music of all genres, plus the popular annual Town Busking Day, Teddy Bear’s Picnic and tea dance. www.wymfest.org.uk

Maldon Festival, 22 June – 6 July

Town Centre, Maldon, Essex

Enjoy a programme of events featuring classical music, jazz, opera, piano duets and the return of some old favourites. www.maldonfestival.org.uk

Ramsden Bellhouse Music Festival, 22 June 

Ramsden Bellhouse Community Hall, Billericay, Essex 

Now in its 5th year, the music festival, better known as ‘the party on the green’ , will once again be a great family day out. The relatively small festival with just 300 tickets on sale, will include artists Keeley Smith performing pop and contemporary classics, Redriffe, a West coast style rock band and Midnight Slot featuring leading saxophonist Andre Denisson. The headliner will be Scott Borley, a Robbie Williams tribute act. Festival-goers are encouraged to enjoy the atmosphere, pack a picnic and relax in the Hall’s park, however food and drink will be available on site. Stop by the Glam Van for festival hair and make-up, and face painting! 

Gates open at 2.30pm with music from 4pm to midnight with DJ and laser show to finish the evening. £15 for adult ticket, £10 for children aged 5-14 and under 5s free. To reserve a ticket call Abby Knight on 07917 003695 or Ann Wellborne on 01268 711675.

The Oundle International Festival, 4-13 July

Oundle, Cambs,

Established for over 30 years, the festival hasan extensive programme for all to enjoy.There will be concerts by world class musicians, rising stars and local performance groups, arts and the return of the popular ‘Music in the Park’ on 6 July, the ‘Big Afternoon Tea’ on 7 July andthe town’s fabulous open-air party, ‘Party at the Wharf’ on 13 July, which is this year headlined by ABBAMANIA. www.oundlefestival.org.uk

Ampthill Festival Weekend, 5-7 July

Ampthill Park,  Bedfordshire

The three-day volunteer-run music festival, will see festival-goers enjoy a weekend of live music and entertainment. The festivities begin with AmpRocks on Friday 5 July, where The Vamps, Squeeze, The Cuban Brothers and Jo Whiley will entertain crowds. The event is hugely popular so be quick to purchase tickets. The weekend continues with AmpProms on the Saturday with performances by Britain’s Got Talent winning musical theatre quartet Collabro, the Ampthill Choir and Ampthill Concert Orchestra. The event is finished with a spectacular firework display. The weekend closes with the AmpGala on Sunday 7 July. A free, no ticket required event, it’s a great family day filled with fun, a lively parade, local bands and stalls. www.ampthillfestival.com.

Brentwood Festival, 12-14 July

Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Essex

Rebranded as ‘Evoke’, each year the festival grows in popularity. Crowds gather at the Brentwood Centre, where they are treated to a weekend of live music, food, a festival market and fairground. This year’s headliners include Paul Young, Jessie J, Clean Bandit and more.Camping facilities are available, plus a VIP area, kids zone, street food, market stalls, beer tent and fun fair. Check out the unsigned stage which features some of the best up and coming bands in Essex. www.brentwoodfestival.co.uk

Garden Fair, 20 July

Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City
A quintessential English affair of homemade delicacies, crafting, Prosecco and acoustic music to be enjoyed in the picturesque Garden City.www.wonderfulwgc.co.uk

Linslade Canal Festival, 27 July

Tiddenfoot Waterside Park

A celebration of canal life, the popular event features a stage programme, stalls and food within the Paddock. On the canal visitors can enjoy boat rides and browse the working, historical and trade boat displays. Listen to local bands, folk and English country music. The event is designed to highlight canal life, conservation, the countryside and the traditional rural crafts of yesteryear. www.leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk/town_events/linslade-canal-festival

Hunstanton Kite Festival, 18 August

Town Centre, Hunstanton, Norfolk

Fundraising is at the heart of ‘The Kite’ but the organisers also want you to have a wonderful day of fun and entertainment with family and friends that will create memories to treasure. www.hunstantonkitefestival.co.uk

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival, 7-8 September

South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

The famous Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival is a fantastic free two-day event found on historic South Quay with ships to go aboard, live shanty folk music, fun street theatre exhibitions and demonstrations for visitors to explore. www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/maritime-festival

Music Festivals

Into the Woods ‘A Pirate’s Ball’, 11 May

Thorington, Suffolk

Featuring live music, this fun and quirky festival offers a fabulous mix of live bands, DJs, interactive shows and cabaret. Join in the fun and dress up as a pirate! Alongside fantastic music are mesmerising circus acts. www.mauiwauievents.co.uk

 Slam Dunk, 26 May

Hatfield House, Hatfield Park, Hatfield AL9 5NB

The Slam Dunk all-day festival has grown into a rite of passage for lovers of pop-punk and rock music with eight stages and over 40 bands. This year’s acts include New Found Glory, Silverstein, Bad Religion and many more. www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Leestock Music Festival, 25-26 May

Long Melford, Suffolk

Held in the grounds of Melford Hall, the festival raises money for national charity the Willow Foundation, which supports seriously ill young adults. This year there’s a star-studded line up with headliners such as Pixie Lott and Starsailor, and support acts Rebecca Ferguson, B*Witched, Feeder and more.  www.leestock.org

Red Rooster

Red Rooster, 30 May – 1 June

Euston Hall, Suffolk

If there’s one festival you should attend this summer, it’s Red Rooster! The festival celebrates the very best in Rock’n’Roll, Blues, Soul, Roots and Country music. Located in the beautiful grounds of Euston Hall, it’s a feast for the senses. Visitors can immerse themselves in a truly Deep South weekend experience of music, food and culture.

A family-friendly festival, the weekend is laid back, with a free and easy atmosphere where adults can relax and tuck into great food while children can leap through the corn fields. Dance the day away, by night come together for food around the campfire under Suffolk’s shining stars, or continue the party at the jumpin’ hot dj selection at the Howlin’ Woods venue and bar down by the lake.

Returning this year with a new band for his first UK headliner is Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets. Saturday headliners are The Budos Band and there’s music from Grammy nominated Cedric Burnside, rock n’ rollers Low Cut Connie and many more.

The festival has recently announced its new collaboration with the Americana Music Association UK and New York singer/songwriter Sunny Ozell, who will be curating as well as headlining the female-led acoustic AMA UK stageon Friday 31 May.  It comes with a very important message and action that Red Rooster festival is honoured to support. www.redrooster.org.uk

Aldeburgh Music Festival, 7-23 June

Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Offering so much more than classical music, the festival curated by three Artists in Residence; composer Thomas Larcher, tenor Mark Padmore and performer Barbara Hannigan, features a fantastic line up of music and arts. Expect performances from talented artists and musicians, a week-long series of masterclasses and a visual arts programme of exhibitions. There’s also walks, film, talks and free music every lunchtime at the Bandstand on the Beach. www.snapemaltings.co.uk/season/aldeburgh-festival

Newmarket Nights, 8 June – 9 August

Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk

The line-up for this year’s concerts is one of the best yet, but you’ll need to be quick, tickets are selling out fast. Combining an evening of horse racing and live music the Newmarket Nights are a great summer event. This year the line-up includes Nile Rodgers on 8 June, Madness on 21 June, Kaiser Chiefs on 28 June, Thriller on 19 July, Rudimental on 26 July, Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics on 2 August and Bananarama on 9 August. www.newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket-nights

Homegrown Music Festival, 7-8 June

Barrow, Suffolk

An affordable festival serving up, as the name might suggests, home grown talent. Enjoy a weekend of live music from the best of East Anglia’s signed and unsigned talent. Visitors can enjoy a showcase of the local bands. Unlike other festivals Homegrown is all about keeping it simple with realistically priced food and drink available. www.homegrownfest.co.uk

Forest Live, 21-23 June

Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk

If you haven’t been to a Forest Live gig, make sure it’s on your to do list this summer! Taking place in Thetford Forest, the gigs host some of the biggest names in music and are a great opportunity to make the most of the light evenings and enjoy fantastic live music with the backdrop of the woodlands. This year Paul Weller takes to the stage on 21 June, followed by Jess Glynne on 22 June. Tickets are priced from £44.50, and money raised from ticket sales will help to look after the nation’s forests sustainably, for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive. Tickets are now on sale. www.forestryengland.uk/music

Thaxted Festival, 21 June-14 July

Thaxted Church, Essex

A mix of classical orchestral concerts, piano soloists, choral works, jazz, blues, folk and klezmer, organ works, enjoy the relaxed Family Concert and Latin American fusion, in the superb surroundings of Thaxted’s historic Parish Church, featuring today’s leading performers. www.thaxtedfestival.org.uk

The Wildwood Disco, 22 June

Horseheath Racecourse, Cambs

The Wildwood Disco brings together world renowned DJs and music producers among many other musical talents for a festival full of energy. Lose yourself under the canopy of the trees as you dance the day away. Lasers, entertainers, fire pits, bars and Cambridge’s best street food will mean this is a perfectly formed mini festival with something for everyone. Don’t miss out, tickets are selling fast! www.thewildwooddisco.com

Leigh Folk Festival, 27-30 June

Leigh on Sea, Essex

A fabulous festival that draws visitors from far and wide. The festival brings together over 200 artists in music, poetry and dance across 20 venues. The festival is now in its 28th year. www.leighfolkfestival.com

The Big Weekend, 5-7 July

Parker’s Piece, Cambridge

Immerse yourself in the beautiful parkland of Cambridge and enjoy a fantastic weekend of live music covering all genres. www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

Maverick Music Festival, 5-7 July

Easton Farm Park, Suffolk

Yee-haa! Join in the Americana Maverick Music Festival as it hosts a fantastic line up of American and English music acts all waiting to bring you a taste of the American dream. Visitors can see over 50 artists across six stages, both indoors and out. For a slice of American Pie book your tickets now to avoid disappointment. Acts include Chance McCoy, Rosie Flores and The Crux to name a few! maverickfestival.co.uk/

Battle of the Proms, 13 July

Hatfield House, Herts

The Battle Proms picnic concert takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field in the leafy parkland at Hatfield House. A summer celebration, the event begins at 4.30pm, and offers an afternoon and evening of entertainment including Napoleonic re-enactors, WWI Cavalry Display, The Red Devils, singing duo The Vignettes and evening gun salute. The Battle Proms Orchestral performance and a traditional sing-along, flag-waving and grand firework display close the event. www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Folk by the Oak, 14 July

Hatfield House, Herts

The intimate and open air festival has a great buzzing atmosphere with a day of award-winning musicians and inspiring new talent. The day also features crafts, workshops and a creative family area. This year’s artists on the main stage are Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls and Seth Lakeman. The smaller acorn stage will host headliners Elephant Sessions. www.folkbytheoak.com

Cambridge Rock Festival, 25-28 July

Barton, Cambs

Celebrating its 15thyear, over 50 bands will be appearing across two fully covered stages set outdoors in the grounds of Haggis Farm Polo Club. The festival includes real-ale, on-site camping with parking by your tent (a rare treat!) and a variety of food stalls. www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk

Latitude Festival, 18-21 July

Henham Park, Suffolk

Set in a beautiful location, Latitude Festival is a favourite among festival-goers. Firmly established as one of the best music and arts festivals in the UK, its  relaxed atmosphere makes it ideal for the whole family. In 2019 the Festival will once again host an impressive and diverse mix of comedy, music, theatre and poetry. There will performances from famous faces such as George Ezra, Lana Del Ray and Snow Patrol on the main stage, alongside other talented artists. Jason Manford and Russell Kane will be bringing the laughs in the comedy tent. There’s also the opportunity to enjoy a swim in the lake and relax the mind, body and soul in the SOLAS area! The activities and sheer scale of this festival is what makes it so popular. www.latitudefestival.com

Standon Calling, 25-28 July

Standon, Herts

Standon Calling is all about music and fun! The festival brings big names in music to this small Hertfordshire village for a weekend of non-stop dancing. Acts include Rag’n’Bone Man, Wolf Alice, Nile Rodgers & Chic and many more. This year’s festival story is ‘Twister Creature’, which will influence activities.  The festival has become a much more family orientated event in recent years with entertainment and daytime activities for babies, kids and teens – there’s even an on-site nanny service! Dogs are invited too, and can take part in the annual dog show. This year there’s a focus on wellbeing with an outdoor spa, yoga, meditation, bushcraft and woodland walks. http://standon-calling.com

Bedford Park Proms, 28 July

Bedfordshire

Enjoy an unforgettable summer’s evening in glorious Bedford Park as 120 performers take to the stage along with a 70-piece choir and the London Gala orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell. The musical celebration will culminate with rousing favourites for flag-waving and singing along, including Rule Britannia and Land of Hope & Glory, as thousands of lasers and fireworks light up the sky. www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk/events/bedford-proms-2019/

Cambridge Folk Festival, 1-4 August

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambs

One of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world, the festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. Its renowned for its mix of music and great line-up of artists. This year Nick Mulvey has come on board as the Guest Curator. He will select five of his favourite artists to perform amazing sets as well as joining the line-up himself. Throughout the four days, visitors can enjoy music from the likes of  Lucinda Williams, Fisherman’s Friends and Ralph McTell to name a few.Camping facilities, children’s entertainment, music workshops and other entrainment will also be available. www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival

 Brightlingsea Free Music Festival, 2-4 August

Various locations, Brightlingsea, Essex

A free festival with live music from talented bands. www.brightlingseafreefest.com

Rock at the Castle, 4 August

Hertford Castle, Hertfordshire

A free music festival within the grounds of Hertford Castle. Live music will be performed across three music stages featuring acoustic, folk, indie, rock and pop music. There will also be a bouncy castle, street food stands and bars at the event. www.hertford.gov.uk/events/rock-at-the-castle-423

Classic Ibiza, 9 August

Blickling Hall, Norfolk

The Urban Soul Orchestra conducted by Stephen Hussey return to perform classic Ibiza anthems under the stars, with a live DJ and vocalists. As dusk falls, the lasers will hit the Blickling skyline, as the Urban Soul Orchestra return to bring some of the best of the White Island’s dance tunes to orchestral life. www.classicibiza.co.uk

FolkEast, 16-18 August

Glenham Hall, Suffolk

The rural and quirky event hosts a great line up of local and international acts. This year’s headliners include Richard Thompson and Cara Dillon and Friends. The programme also features songwriter Karine Polwart, Sharon Shannon Band, English singer-songwriter/guitarist John Smith and Scots-Irish trio Ross Ainslie (Scottish bagpipes, whistles), Jarlath Henderson (uilleann pipes, whistles) and Perthshire’s Ali Hutton among many others. Those looking to enjoy a full weekend of performances can take advantage of the fabulous glamping facilities. www.folkeast.co.uk

Maui Waui Festival, 23-25 August

Peakhill Farm, Theberton,  Suffolk

The Maui Waui Festival gets bigger each year, with a three day programme of international music, performance and vibrant arts. The festival brings together accomplished and undiscovered bands and performers from all around the globe. Check out this year’s ‘Crime Scene’ stage which will host electro swing to underground techno from talented DJs. In addition to music there are full circus shows in a dedicated circus tent, small upbeat bands and acoustic acts, plus cabaret and comedy. Highly regarded as one of the most family friendly festivals in the region, the festival has plenty of activities for children too such as circus acts, musical workshops, storytelling, crafts and a pirate ship disco! www.mauiwauievents.co.uk

Essex Back to the 90s Concert, 23 August

Barleylands Farm, Billericay, Essex

Calling all 90s kids! Relive your youth with a night of 90s hits. Confirmed artists include B*Witched, East 17, Baby D, Living Joy and of course there really is no party like an S Club Party! www.jamesdeanevents.com/festival/essex-back-to-the-90s-concert

Essex Sausage, Cider and Music Festival, 24-25 August

Barleylands Farm, Billericay

A fantastic Bank Holiday family event, the festival has a great line up of tribute bands including Noasis,  Kaiser Thiefs, Kopycat Killers, Guns 2 Roses, Cheatles, So Pink and one of the UK’s leading Michael Jackson impersonators Navi. Glamping facilities are available, and under 6s go free!  www.jamesdeanevents.com/festival/essex-s-and-c-2/

Cool Britannia Festival, 30 August – 1 September

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

Back by popular demand, Cool Britannia will continue to tend to the needs of rock and dance music fans in 2019 with camping, glamping, street food, themed bars, street entertainers, funfairs, kid-zone, fireworks, trade stands, karaoke and much more! TV and radio presenter Jo Whiley will curate the Main Stage on Saturday 31 August. www.coolbritanniafest.com.

Classic Ibiza, 31 August

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Classic Ibiza is bringing its heady blend of Balearic beats back to Hatfield House this year, following the resounding success of last summer’s concert. Classic Ibiza starts with a chill-out set where people can enjoy their picnics and a drink, or dance along as the sun fades. Then DJ Goldierocks will turn things up in the interval, getting the crowd into the mood before the Urban Soul Orchestra and vocalists return to the stage to bring a vibrant atmosphere to the summer evening. One classic dance track will follow another, as the delightful grounds of Hatfield House turn into a magical, alfresco celebration, with accompanying lasers. Tickets from £39.50. www.classicibiza.co.uk

HighTide Festival, 10-15 September

Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Returning to the coastal town for another year, the festival brings together political, contemporary and provocative work, created by new and diverse artists. At the centre of the Aldeburgh event will be ‘LIT’; a coproduction between HighTide and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company. It explores the turbulent teenage years of a girl looking for love in all the wrong places. The performance joins ‘Rust’ as the headline productions for HighTide Festivals Aldeburgh and Walthamstow. The full festival programme will be announced in May when tickets go on sale. www.hightide.org.uk

Quirky festivals

Sustainability Festival, 11 May – 1 June

City Centre, St Albans

A packed programme of events for all ages is linked to the environment and sustainability. There are talks, tours, films, food, bike-rides and community crafts. Get out in nature or learn something new. Most events are free. www.sustainablestalbans.org/get-started/sust-festival

 Weird & Wonderful Festival, 18-19 May

Haughley Park, Nr Wetherden, Stowmarket, Suffolk

The festival is dedicated to the beauty and craftsmanship of wood. Over 120 artists and crafts people come from all over the country to show their skills in demonstrations such as carving and sculpture, fine furniture making, musical instrument making, displays by traditional fletchers and bowyers, chain saw carving and more. Workshops, for both adults and children are free and include activities such as archery, den building and tree climbing in nets. www.weirdandwonderfulwood.co.uk

Duxford Air Show 2016: Meet the Fighters

Duxford Air Festival, 25-26 May

IWM Duxford, Cambs

Experience the thrills in the sky above and enjoy the fun on the ground at the Duxford Air Festival. Enjoy dynamic flying over the skies of Duxford’s historic airbase, showcasing the skill and capability of pilots in amazing aircraft, witness hair-raising aerobatics and aerial ingenuity from powerful aircraft. Take part in the live entertainment across the show ground including music, family activities and interviews. There’s also a delicious festival food! www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-duxford/airshows/duxford-air-festival

The Wildwood Rumpus, 8 June

Horseheath Racecourse, Cambs

My Little Festival’s magical one-day family festival returns for a second year in a woodland at Horseheath Racecourse. Designed to attract families from the area, the event focuses on creating a beautiful, eco-friendly, woodland event, with enchanting activities and performances around every corner. Expect art installations, story-tellers, woodland crafts, children’s theatre & authors, plus fantastic food from local street food vendors, bars, and live music from the Brass Funkeys and local bands. Family tickets are now on sale (2 adults and 2 children) from £65. www.thewildwoodrumpus.com

The East Anglian Storytelling Festival, 14-16 June

Elmswell Village, Suffolk

Created by a group of East Anglian Storytellers – known as The East Anglian Fabulation, the festival will feature children’s stories, adult stories, storyrounds, professional development sessions and guest tellers. www.eastanglianstorytellingfestival.co.uk

Life Arts Wellbeing Festival, 15-16 June

Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford, Essex

Put your health first at the largest wellbeing event in the region. Yoga, live music, NHS health checks, pain relief workshops, mindfulness, meditation and more will be on offer at the Life Arts Wellbeing Festival. Visitors will be treated to a wide-range of free-of-charge activities, including cooking demos and talks from leading industry experts, to help boost their wellbeing. This year’s event will have a wellness zone with a yoga studio where festival-goers will be able to enjoy yoga for pain and stress management, restorative yoga, pilates, hatha yoga, chair yoga, gong bath, drum circle, yoga flow and a family rave! There will also be a ‘Buddha Cave’ for meditation guidance classes, plus a relaxing ‘chill-out’ space. The Life Arts Wellbeing Festival will also be raising much-needed funds for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. Tickets cost from £5 for adults, under 16s go free. www.lifearts.co.uk

Slaughter in Southwold Crime Festival, 15-16 June

Southwold Library has launched the programme for the seventh annual ‘Slaughter in Southwold’ crime festival. The established crime writers’ festival will once again feature several renowned crime writers giving talks about their writing. The event takes place at Southwold Arts Centre and is part of Southwold Arts Festival. This year’s packed Slaughter programme features Kate Ellis, Mick Herron, Jill Dawson, Val McDermid, Mark Dawson, Martin Edwards, Nicci French, Felix Francis and Elly Griffiths. There will also be a range of other activities on offer including a Murder Mystery Night based on the bestselling Shetland books by Ann Cleeves, a staged murder mystery musical, a crime-themed quiz night and a chance to have a fish and chips lunch with the visiting authors. www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/slaughterorwww.ticketsource.co.uk/slaughterinsouthwold

Young Children’s Festival, 15 June

Castle Park, Colchester

The festival will be providing arena displays, hands-on activities, sporting and craft workshops, free children’s clothes stall, tombola, tea tent and food stalls. A funfair plus a range of stalls providing information about services and signposting sources of support for parents and carers is set to make this event a great day. www.colchester-events.co.uk/event/young-childrens-festival-2

3foot People Festival, 2 July

Hylands Park, Chelmsford

The hugely popular 3foot People Festival, aimed exclusively at pre-school children will feature a mix of music, theatre, storytelling, arts, crafts, sporting activities and play. Tickets go on sale on 10 April – you’ll need to be quick, they sell out fast!  www.hylandsestate.co.uk/events/3foot-people-festival/2019-07-02/

 

Fling Festival

Fling Festival, 6 July

Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex,

The fun and creative festival for adults returns for a day of live music, cabaret, surreal theatre, circus acts and immersive arts and crafts, plus yummy food. Headliners include Oh My God! it’s the Church, Lee Nelson and Tony Law. This festival is best described as a playground for adults – don’t miss your chance to take part in the space hopper race!   www.flingfestival.com

Smoke & Fire Festival, 17-18 August

Promenade Park, Maldon

The Maldon Smoke and Fire Festival is a celebration of cooking using smoke and fire. You can expect to salivate at the aromas of smoked ribs cooked low and slow as you explore the festival’s other array of attractions. There will be live music, lots of food & drink to choose from, a trade market, extreme eating contests, Kansas City Barbecue Society Masters and much more. www.smokeandfirefestival.com

East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival, 31 August

Teams across East Anglia come together to battle it out on the water in aid of charity. Join the thousands of spectators and cheer on participants or enjoy the embankment activities such as inflatable games, funfair, kid’s activities and food and drink stalls. Www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/

Retro Dub Suffolk VW Festival, 20-22 September

Trinity Park, Ipswich

Enjoy a VW camping festival experience in the beautiful grounds of Trinity Park. The atmosphere is laid back and the music is great. A must for those looking for an easy going weekend festival. On the Saturday, Norfolk and Suffolk Retro Riderz are hosting a bike show and shine with various trophies up for grabs. All old-school rides are welcome, be it chopper, cruiser, BMX or trike. www.retrodub-suffolk.co.uk

Food & Drink Festivals

The Gin & Rum Festival, 12-13 April

Chelmsford Cathedral, Essex

Learn more about your favourite tipple. There’s over 60 different gins and 60 different rums, themed bars and masterclasses. www.ginandrumfestival.com

Spring Beer Festival, 4-5 May

Chelmsford City Racecourse

From 12-8pm, you can sip and taste over 60 different beers and ciders from around the world. Don’t miss live music from FUNK2K on the Saturday and aperformance from The Bavarian Stompers on Sunday.    www.chelmsfordcityracecourse.com

Ely Food & Drink Festival, 5-6 May

Ely, Cambs

Rounding up Ely’s Eel Festival is the ever popular two day Food and Drink Festival. Over 75 artisan and specialist food and drink traders will be showcasing their wares. There’s a great Street Food Scene, plus beer tent and cocktail bar with some easy listening, live music to enjoy.  www.elyeelfestival.co.uk

EAT Cambridge, 11 May

The annual Eat Cambridge Festival returns with a huge food fair, followed by two weeks of foodie events. The festival celebrates Cambridgeshire’s delicious independent food scene. Highlights include pop-ups and supper clubs, food and wine tastings, cookery lessons, chef talks and demos alongside plenty of other things to tickle your taste buds. www.eat-cambridge.co.uk

Crab & Lobster Festival, 18-19 May 

Cromer and Sheringham

The festival is dedicated to promoting the areas local seafaring heritage and active fishing community. The fun starts on Friday night with a traditional seaside variety concert at the Famous Pier Pavilion Theatre in Cromer and continues over the weekend on Evington Lawns in Cromer. The festival celebrates local restaurants, chefs, crafts, chutney’s, jams, cakes, charcuterie and so much more. Experience all that the Norfolk Coast has to offer. www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk

46th Cambridge Beer Festival, 20-25 May

Jesus Green, Cambridge

The oldest CAMRA beer festival and one of the largest in the country. Expect plenty of variety and a buzzing atmosphere! www.cambridgebeerfestival.com

Norwich City of Ale, 23 May – 2 June

Norwich

Over 40 welcoming city pubs await you, serving the region’s fine ales that are often matched with seasonal local produce. Follow the ale trail or try a tasting or tour. www.cityofale.org.uk

Bedford Cheese & Chilli Festival, 25-26 May

A must visit for anyone who loves cheese. There’s a huge choice to sample and buy, and an opportunity to learn more from the experts. The chilli festival offers the chance to sample and purchase chilli in all forms such as fresh, plants and sauce! www.cheeseandchillifestival.com

Mersea Food & Drink Festival, 25 May

Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea

A celebration of the food and drink for which the area is rightly proud and has often become famous for producing. Expect plenty of oysters! www.mersea-fdl-festival.com

Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival, 9 June

St Peter’s Church and Market Hill, Sudbury

Enjoy watching some of Suffolk’s best foodie talent in cookery demonstrations, tuck into great Suffolk produce on Market Hill as it is filled with stalls, stands, funky vans and more selling delicious food. Pop into St Peter’s Church to explore over 30 of the finest small-scale artisan producers. https://tasteofsudbury.co.uk/

The Prosecco and Gin Festival, 22 June

OPEN Norwich

The festival comes to Norwich for the first time serving up over 60 gins and a great selection of sparkling wines and prosecco. It’s the perfect summer event to enjoy with friends! www.proseccoandginfestival.co.uk/norwich

Oundle Food Festival Street Market, 22 June

Town Centre, Oundle

The Oundle Food Festival has become a highlight in the local foodies’ diaries. Over 75 stallholders will gather in the town centre and there’s also events, special menus, product launches and offers in the week before the market. Try a range of beers and ales from local producers.   www.oundlefoodfestival.co.uk

Peterborough Italian Festival, 6-7 July

City Centre, Peterborough

There’s no need to pack your suitcase for an Italian escape this summer as a little piece of Italy lands in Peterborough’s city centre. Think of everything the Italians do well…pizza, pasta, wine, coffee, gelato…you’ll find it here! www.visitpeterborough.com

TASTE Bedford, 13 July

Mill Meadows, Bedford

Bedford’s annual food and music festival returns to Mill Meadows with more street food, food demos, local producers, live music and more kids’ activities than ever before. This hugely popular event is a great day out for all the family. It’s free to attend. Just make sure you go hungry!  bedpop.co.uk

Essex Festival of Food & Drink, 13-14 July

Cressing Temple, Braintree, Essex

A must visit for all foodies! Three stages will host chef demonstrations with local and celebrity chefs including Rosemary Shrager, there’s two outdoor food courts, over 150 producers, artisan foods, a children’s cookery school, tastings, live music and much more. www.visitparks.co.uk/events/essex-festival-of-food-and-drink

 The Great British Food Festival, 20-21 July

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

The festival brings togetherartisan producers, scrumptious street food and a selection of bars. Top up your culinary skills in the cookery demos or watch warriors take on the Men v Food challenges. Chill to soothing live music while the children try their hand at a cookery lesson before going off to make giant bubbles or learn circus skills! www.knebworthhouse.com

Sandringham Food & Drink Festival, 3-4 August

Sandringham Estate, Norfolk

National and local producers are brought together to offer the very best in street food and retail accompanied with a craft village bringing you a mix of quality artists, designers and craftsmen demonstrating their skills. www.sandringhamfoodfestival.co.uk

The Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival, 25-26 August

Town Centre, Bury St Edmunds

With an annual line-up of cooking demonstrations from top celebrity chefs, the chance to taste and purchase food and drink from over 100 traders and a popular farmer’s market, this is a foodie’s heaven. www.burystedmundsfestivals.com

Annual Wine Festival, 31 August-1 September

New Hall Vineyards, Chelmsford Road, Purleigh, Essex

The event offers so much more than wine with a programme of events for the whole family to enjoy. There will be live music, open winery, vineyard tours, handmade craft stalls, locally produced snacks and hot food, free kids’ craft barn, bubble show, beer & bubbles bar, dance acts and more. www.newhallwines.com

St Albans Food and Drink Festival, 28 September-7 October

City Centre, St Albans

A celebration of the local food scene with tastings and demos. www.enjoystalbans.com

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, 28-29 September

Snape Maltings, Suffolk

This year’s festival will have over 100 producers taking part in the two-day event, the focal point of a two-week food-related fringe programme. The popular Hill Farm Family Meadow will be at Snape again as will the Adnams’ Drinks Experience and the Wild Suffolk area. Chef appearances will be announced soon! www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk

Arts Festivals

Hertford Arts Festival, 5 April – 5 May

Hertford Town Centre

The festival includes the Hertford Arts Trail, Hertford Castle Craft Market and a variety of cultural events including Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition, Hertford Theatre Week and The Arts Society Exhibition. www.hertford.gov.uk/events/hertford-arts-festival-526

 

The Turbans Wilderness

Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norfolk, 10-26 May

Multiple venues across Norwich & Norfolk

The vast and wide-ranging programme showcases artists from around the world and the region presenting a huge variety of work and events throughout the city and around the county, which spans performance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, circus, outdoor and family events. It includes world and UK premieres, one-off spectaculars, and a host of free events across the Festival. Highlights include Hannah Jane Walker’s highly anticipated new show ‘Highly Sensitive’, using games and poetry to investigate toughness and weakness, British soul artist Beverley Knight and Gravity & Other Mythsmultiple award-winning production ‘A Simple Space’ , which comes to Norwich for first time, to headline The Adnams Spiegeltent. www.nnfestival.org.uk

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, 25 May – 9 June

Multiple venuesacross Norwich & Norfolk

This year the event celebrates its 25thanniversary. Hundreds of artists will be throwing open their studio doors to the public as part of the event, which is firmly established as one of the biggest open studios schemes in the country. Throughout the duration of the scheme many of the artists will be holding additional events, demonstrations and workshops. www.nnopenstudios.org.uk

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival, 6-16 June

Multiple venues, Great Yarmouth

The hugely successful Great Yarmouth Arts Festival returns in 2019 for the 6th year with cultural activities, shows and events in a range of locations around the town for everyone to enjoy. www.greatyarmouthartsfestival.co.uk

Harwich Festival of the Arts, 20-30 June

The festivals brings together artists and musicians for an impressive 10 days of exhibitions and live entertainment. www.harwichfestival.co.uk/

First Light Festival, 22-23 June

Lowestoft, Suffolk

A brand new festival comes to the Suffolk coast this summer. Taking place on Lowestoft’s glorious sandy South Beach, with its backdrop of colourful, traditional beach huts and Victorian gardens, the First Light Festival is a free non-stop 24 hour long, multi-arts festival celebrating Lowestoft’s position as the first place that sun rises in the UK. It will begin at noon on Saturday 22 June and will run continuously through changing tides, light and darkness, sun and stars until noon on Sunday 23 June. The programme will include music, dance, film, art, science, talks, walks, fire, sports and workshops – as well as the best regional food, drinks and produce.  www.firstlightlowestoft.com

Felixstowe Book Festival, 27-30 June

Felixstowe, Suffolk

The festival has become one of the highlights of the East Anglian arts calendar. From politics to sport, crime fiction to romance, there’s something to capture everyone’s imagination! There’s a whole programme of pop up events too! www.felixstowebookfestival.co.uk

Cambridge Open Studios, 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 & 27-28 July

Multiple venues throughout Cambridgeshire

Artists will open their doors to the public over four weekends in July for the annual Cambridge Open Studios art event. 356 participants will be exhibiting at 222 locations in Cambridge, Ely, Saffron Walden and many surrounding villages. Among the huge range of specialisms will be fine art, photography, pottery, photography, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery, furniture making, and more besides. The weekends are 6/7, 13/14, 20/21 and 27/28 July. Visit www.camopenstudios.co.uk to find out more or download the Cambridge Open Studios app. Free Guide Book available from June. Twitter @CamOpenStudios 

Holt Festival, 21-27 July

Holt, Norfolk

Year after year this vibrant cultural festival serves up the very best arts and performances from across the region. The town comes alive with a mix of comedy, poetry, dance, music and more with something for everyone to enjoy. Early announcements include punk princess Toyah (26 July) and popular household name Georgie Fame (27 July). Both are appearing in the outdoor Theatre in the Woods venue. Additional musicians taking to the stage include MOBO Award winners Kairos4Tet on 27 July and Britten Oboe Quartet on 25 July. www.holtfestival.org

Art in Clay, 16-18 August

Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire

Discover a huge selection of ceramics and pottery from makers in the UK and Europe. There will be over 200 exhibitors and a programme of talks and demonstrations, plus a Clay Creation Zone to stimulate your imagination. From pots used in the home and garden to beautiful sculptures, the show provides a fascinating insight into the world of clay. www.artinclay.co.uk

Crafts in Focus, 23-26 August

RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex

Held within marquees in the beautiful gardens, the event features 140 exhibitors of UK contemporary craft makers and artists. Visitors can browse and shop artwork, textiles, furniture, jewellery, ceramics and more while enjoying the gorgeous grounds of RHS Hyde Hall. Also included is a food village with exhibitors selling delicious food products and a varied selection of live music throughout the event making this an enjoyable day for the whole family. www.craftinfocus.com

ART EAT, 21-22 September

Ipswich Waterfront, Suffolk

ART EAT will bring together Suffolk’s inspiring artistic talent in an inclusive, vibrant and delicious exploration of creativity, culture and flavours for all the family. Events including street entertainment, live music and DJs and visual arts, will take place at Quay Place, UOS, Dance East and St. Peter’s by the Waterfront. There will also be collaborations with local businesses, cafés and restaurants. The festival includes the production of three large urban art murals as well as a largescaleurban textile installation, which are being produced by nationally renowned artists in conjunction with local charities, businesses and community groups. www.arteatfestival.com

Out There Festival, 14-16 September

Crown Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

The Out There Festival of International Street Arts & Circus Entertainment is one action-packed weekend, bursting with circus and street entertainment. It’s got everything from daring acrobatics and daft comedy to dancing, juggling, theatre, circus, storytelling, music and more! It’s mostly free and is a fun and different way to experience Great Yarmouth with your family and friends. www.seachangearts.org.uk/out-there

Cambridge Art Fair, 26-29 September

Quy Mill Hotel, Cambridge

A wonderful selection of galleries and dealers from all around the UK and beyond, have participated in the Cambridge Art Fair over the years and many of them are returning for 2019. The fair aims to be vibrant and fresh for visitors, so there will always be new galleries and dealers exhibiting. ​www.cambridgeartfair.com

Country Shows

Festival of Dogs

Framlingham College 13-14 April, Weald Country Park5-6 May & 28-29 September, Eaton Park Norwich 18-19 May, Thetford 1-2 June, Foxhall Park 19-20 October

Calling all dog lovers! Bring your furry friend along for a fun family day out as the Festival of Dogs pops up across the region this summer. There’s plenty of have-a-go agility courses, the scurry, Dogs Have Talent contest and fun dog shows including waggist tail, most handsome dog and dog who looks most like their owner to name a few! www.festivalsofdogs.co.uk

East Anglian Game and Country Fair, 27-28 April

Euston Hall, Euston, Thetford

A family friendly event with country pursuits, food and drink, crafts, demos, dog show and more. www.ukgamefair.co.uk

Alde Valley Spring Festival, 27-29 April

White House Farm, Great Glemham

A celebration of food, culture, landscape and farming. www.aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk

The Weald Park Country Show & Festival of Dogs, 5-6 May

Brentwood, Essex

This show gest bigger and better every year! Expect lively and talented displays such as Motorbike Stunts, Heavy Horses, Falconry and Rural Crafters. There’s also celebrity chefs, a food festival with over 40 small producers and children’s activities.The show is combined with The Festival of Dogs. Great fun for owners and their pets, it features over22 classes a day, agility, Dogs Have Got Talent, displays and more. www.visitparks.co.uk

DogFest, 11-12 May

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

This amazing weekend once again promises a packed schedule of celebrity appearances and expert talks, jaw-dropping dog displays, educational sessions and fun activities where the public – and their dogs – can join in. Everything is geared towards celebrating the amazing bond between dogs and people and promoting animal welfare. www.dog-fest.co.uk

The Norfolk Country Show, 18-19 May

Eaton Park, Norwich

A traditional country show with plenty to see and do! There’s crafts, livestock, displays, food and drink, gardening and ring events. There are some newly added zones for 2019! www.ukcountyshows.co.uk

Hertfordshire County Show, 25-26 May

The Showground, Dunstable Road, Redbourn, Herts

Hertfordshire County Show is one of the biggest family days out in the county, offering free attractions, local food and drink, a ‘not on the high street’ shopping experience. www.hertsshow.com

The Suffolk Show, 29-30 May

Trinity Park, Ipswich

The event showcases the best of Suffolk’s food, farming and agricultural heritage. www.trinityparkevents.co.uk

St Albans Steam and Country Show, 1-2 June

Oaklands College (Smallford Campus), Hatfield Road, St Albans

A full day’s entertainment will be available for everyone. In addition to the old engines and farm equipment there will be stalls, a fairground and refreshments including a licensed bar. Demonstrations will be set up to show how the old equipment was used in days gone by. www.hertssteam.co.uk

Cambridgeshire County Show, 2 June

Wimpole Home Farm, SG8 0BW

From farm animals to fairground rides, the best of local food, drink and crafts, vintage tractors, trade stands and an exciting schedule of Main Ring events including stunt-bike entertainment! This year, celebrating its 20th anniversary, show visitors will be able to see large eagles flying, cheeky terriers racing, American quarter horses prancing, sheep dogs ‘coming-bye’ and Young Farmers Clubs’ competing plus much more. Dogs welcome. Free car parking. www.cambscountyshow.co.uk

Cambridge Town & Country Fair, 8-9 June

Parker’s Piece, Cambridge

All day entertainment will include historical re-enactment, birds of prey flying displays, terrier racing, children’s entertainer, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens and much more. www.oakleighfairs.co.uk

 The Game Fair, 26-28 July

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Celebrating British field sports and country life, The Game Fair is a fun-filled family day out, featuring gundog handling, clay shooting, archery, fishing, falconry and ferreting. Visitors can also enjoy a host of food, drink and shopping stalls, as well as outdoor activities including off-road driving. There is something for everyone! www.thegamefair.org.

Steam, Crafts & Country Life Fair, 10-11 August

Knebworth House, Herts

This fair isn’t just for motoring enthusiasts, there’s something for the whole family. Steam & other Vintage Vehicles will feature alongside entertaining displays, historical re-enactments, a medieval village, children’s entertainers, food and drink marquees and plenty of farmyard animals. Don’t miss your chance to bottle feed the lambs! On the Sunday the event will host the Companion Dog Show – bring along your canine friend and have a go! www.knebworthhouse.com

Fenland Country Fair, 25-26 August

Stow cum Quy Park, Cambridge

A celebration of Britain’s countryside, the jam-packed programme of events includes demonstrations, displays, rural crafts, sporting pursuits, vintage cars and tractors, gundog competition and more. There’s also the chance to browse and shop national retailers of country clothing, equipment and crafts, alongside locally grown produce. This is one outdoor event not to be missed! www.fenlandfairs.com

Outdoor Cinema 

Luna Cinema, various locations, May to August

Anglesey Abbey, Wrest Park, Holkham Hall, Knebworth House, Audley End House, Hylands House and Hatfield House

Enjoy your favourite films under the stars as The Luna Cinema returns with its open air screenings from May to September. From big blockbusters to cult classics, this year’s programme has something for everyone. Sing-along to ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’, and get lost in iconic films such as ‘A Star Is Born’ and the multi-award winning ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Drama fans can have a royal time watching ‘The Favourite’ at the actual location for the film at Hatfield House. There’s classics too such as ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Moulin Rouge’.To book tickets and for the full programme visit www.thelunacinema.com

Holkham House – Greatest Showman

Essex Outdoor Cinema, 1 June – 28 September

Chelmsford, Upminster & Hainault

Get cosy under the night’s sky and watch star-studded films from Essex Outdoor Cinema at a number of Essex locations. Films such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia, Grease and the Greatest Showman to name a few will be popping up at RHS Garden Hyde Hall,Hainault Forest Country Park, Upminster Junior School and Coopers’ Company and Coborn School. www.essexoutdoorcinema.com

Sundown Cinema, 8 June – 8 September 

Suffolk, Cambs, Herts & Beds

This year Luton Hoo, Shuttleworth House, Mill Meadow Island Bedford, Putteridge Bury,  IWM Duxford, Hitchin Lavender, Hitchin Priory, Melford Hall, The Jockey Club and Ickworth House all welcome Sundown Cinema. Enjoy an evening in the great outdoors while watching recent blockbusters such as The Greatest Showman and A Star is Born, as well as classic films like Dirty Dancing and Top Gun. www.sundowncinema.co.uk

Enchanted Cinema, 16 May – 19 September

Gonville Hotel, Cambridge

The popular pop up cinema returns for another summer of movies under Cambridgeshire skies. Watch well-loved films such as Dirty Dancing, TopGun, Kill Bill and Romeo & Juliet, as well as recent hits like A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsodyat the pretty inner city hidden garden at The Gonville Hotel. Make it the ultimate movie night and pre-order popcorn and prosecco or a gin & tonic!  www.enchantedcinema.co.uk 

Summer Nights, 24 May, 26 July & 30 August

Market Square, Cambridge

Cambridge BID has announced a programme of free films to delight audiences of all ages, with double screenings at 6.30pm and 8.30pm, and a night market selling artisan food, beverages, crafts and gifts. The season will begin at 6.30pm on Friday 24 May with Coco. At 8.30pm, grown-ups will be transported to a Greek Island for the all-singing, all-dancing romantic comedy, Mamma Mia! On Friday 21 June Peter Rabbit will captivate a younger audience before box-office-topper Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again! brings sunshine back to the big screen.

The Parr family will endeavour to restore public trust in superheroes on Friday 26 July with Incredibles 2, ahead of the hilarious School of Rock. The season finale on Friday 30 August will see Early Man. Major box office success Bohemian Rhapsody will follow – don’t miss an earlier-than-usual start at 8pm – with a musical celebration of Queen and their extraordinary lead singer, Freddie Mercury. Approximately 100 seats will be available on a first-come-first-served basis for each screening, though families and film buffs are welcome to bring their own chairs and rugs. www.cambridgebid.co.uk.

Alfresco Cinema: Mamma Mia, 29 June

Promenade Park, Maldon

An unforgettable star filled movie experience within the pretty setting of the Promenade Park, Maldon. www.essexalfrescocinema.com

Open Air Cinema, 24-26 August

Hertford Castle, Hertford

Spectators can bring along picnic chairs, snacks and sit back to relax and enjoy movies underneath the stars. www.hertford.gov.uk/events

Garden shows

Quiet Garden Open Days 2019, 12 May, 16 June, 21 July, 18 August & 22 September  

Quaker Meeting House, Peterborough

Enjoy some peace and quiet in the pretty gardens at Quaker Meeting House, which will be open from 2pm-4pm on selected days throughout the summer. The afternoon is finished with tea and cake. It’s free entry to the gardens. www.peterboroughquakers.org.uk

The Hertfordshire Garden Show, 4-6 May

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

If you want to improve your garden in time for summer, stop by this bank holiday event for inspiration, tips and more. There’s over 100 exhibitors, including 30 nurseries, hot tubs, outdoor furniture and more. Experts will be on hand to share tips, while exhibitors sell quality plants, flowers and furnishings. Make sure you stop by the craft pavilion! Entry is included with Park & Gardens admission, £10 per person. Open 9.30 am to 5pm. www.knebworthhouse.com

The National Flower, 17-19 May

Hylands House, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex

Returning for its fifth year, the three day event will be officially opened by TV Gardener Carol Klein and will celebrate the very best of gardening, home and lifestyle. Hyland House and its gardens will be filled with colourful inspiration, flowers and plants, to help you create the perfect outdoor space. www.nationalflowershow.co.uk

Writtle Gardens Open Day, 9 June

Writtle, Essex

The village of Writtle will once again welcome visitors to enjoy an afternoon of all things horticultural. Explore 18 village gardens, floral displays, art, food and more during this quintessentially British afternoon. There’s activities for little ones too!

2018 Woburn Abbey Garden Show

Woburn Abbey Garden Show, 22-23 June

Woburn, Bedfordshire

Set in the glorious gardens of Woburn Abbey, this hugely popular garden show returns to celebrate its 10thanniversary. The two day event offers rare access to the Private Gardens of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, which is not normally open to the public. Adam Frost and Pippa Greenwood, will be joined by Woburn’s Estates Gardens Manager Martin Towsey at the Demonstration and Talks Theatre and new for 2019 is ‘The Good Life Connection’ area. A brand new theme this year is ways to make life richer, healthier more mindful, more meaningful and more sustainable. By adopting ‘The Good Life’ approach and the Show’s mantra that ‘everything comes back to the plant’, visitors and exhibitors will be brought together through sharing, learning and building confidences to become successful, independent and happy growers. There will also be ‘Garden Shed Talks’, beekeeping demos, edible flower demos, Q&As, have-a-go pop ups, plenty for advice and free garden tours with RHS qualified gardeners. Tickets priced£16.25 for adults, £15.25 for seniors and free of charge for children under 15 years of age. www.woburnabbey.co.uk/gardenshow 

Norfolk Garden Party, 30 June

Swannington, near Reepham

Beautiful gardens both formal and natural, classic cars and home-made cakes – the tiny village of Swannington, near Reepham, is gearing up to host what could be Norfolk’s biggest garden party this summer. For this eighth edition of the biannual fundraiser, 10 private gardens spread across a total area of 234acres (that’s more than four times the size of the gardens at nearby Blickling Hall) will be open to explore, alongside classic car displays at Swannington Common and Upgate Common – including a number of Triumph Stags – and a selection of Morgans at Swannington Manor.

Award-winning farm butchery Swannington Farm to Fork will be serving up a barbecue on the village common, with light lunches available in St Margaret’s Church, Pimms on the Terrace at Swannington Manor, cream teas at The Old Rectory and several other gardens serving homemade teas. 

Open 10am-5pm. Tickets cost £5 per person, available on the gate at the main car park. www.swanningtoninbloom.org.

Norfolk Garden Party, The Old Rectory. (c) Jeremy Smith

Burnhams Flower Show & Carnival, 13 July

Burnham Market, Norfolk

Traditional show for all the family. Cookery, handicrafts, flower arranging, children’s competitions and more.

Sandringham Flower Show, 24 July

Sandringham Park, Norfolk

Enjoy the 138th flower show full of displays and demonstrations. There’s plenty of inspiration to help you create your dream garden.  www.sandringhamestate.co.uk

Car Shows

Truckfest, 5-6 May

East of England Arena, Peterborough

A must for all trucking enthusiasts! There’s displays, awards, monster truck car crashing action, high adrenaline stunts, music, vloggers and more. Make the most of the event with a weekend camping experience. Don’t miss a celebrity appearance from Harry Redknapp! www.truckfest.co.uk

Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre, 5 May  

Earsham Hall, Bungay

A great family day out, there will be a huge line up of automobiles including classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and military vehicles. Stop for a bite to eat at the food stalls, browse trade stands and get in on the fun with workshops, entertainers and children’s games.

Duxford Spring Car Show, 5 May

IWM Duxford, Cambs

Enjoy a spectacular display of contemporary and classic cars. A must of all automotive enthusiasts. www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford

Corton Classic Car Show, 19 May

Corton, near Lowestoft, Suffolk

Enjoy a family day out with classic cars, crafts and more. The event supports a good cause with all proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Concour’s d’Elegance, 22-23 June

Heveningham Hall, Suffolk

Taking place alongside a country fair, the event will see an exhibit of 50 of the world’s most iconic motor cars, plus a simultaneous aviation concours featuring some of the world’s rarest aeroplanes. There will be a Horsepower Hill, a ‘drag race’ for owners and guests along the main estate road and The Heveningham Tour; a 50-mile drive through the Suffolk countryside with a stop for lunch for owners. www.heveninghamconcours.com

Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival, 6-7 July

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

An  array of bikes and classic and contemporary cars will be lining up to star in a seafront wheels festival. www.gywheelsfestival.co.uk

Classic & Vintage Car Show, 18 August

Hedingham Castle, Hedingham, Essex

A great day out in the company of some interesting, beautiful and strange vehicles and their owners! www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Saffron Walden Motor Show, 18 August

The Common, Saffron Walden, Essex

Enjoy a great local community atmosphere and a static display of classic and vintage motors, cars & bikes. www.saffronwaldenmotorshow.co.uk

Classic Motor Show, 25-26 August

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

Enjoy music and memories from a bygone age with live entertainment all day in the grounds of Knebworth Park. There will be up to 1,000 classic cars each day and the live arena will include the now famous ‘Decibel Duel’, where owners compete to find the loudest car of the show. The arena will also host a series of parades, displays and interviews. Entry £10 per person (entry to park and gardens included). www.knebworthhouse.com/events

Redbourn Classics Motor Show and Village Fete, 7 September

Redbourn Common, Hertfordshire

A classic vehicle show and village fete with 300 classic cars, trucks, tractors and motorbikes on Redbourn Common in the heart of the village. www.redbournclassics.co.uk

Beer Festivals

46th Cambridge Beer Festival, 20-25 May

Jesus Green, Cambridge

First held in 1974, the festival has a long legacy. Now in its 46th year, the festival features a wide range of local and national beers of all styles, as well as cider, Perry, mead, wine and bottled & draught beers from around the world. The festival is also famous for its CAMRA Cheese Counter. www.cambridgebeerfestival.com

Colchester Real Ale & Cider Festival, 28 May – 1 June

Colchester Arts Centre, Essex

Enjoy a selection offer 100  ales, ciders and Perry, alongside live music. www.colchestercamra.org.uk

Chelmsford Summer Beer and Ale Festival, 2-6 July

Admiral’s ParkEssex

Taste a great selection of beers and ales, dine on foods from around the world,  learn more with Podge’s Belgian beer tour and enjoy live entertainment. www.cbcf.info

North Norfolk Railway Beer Festival, 19-21 July

Sheringham Station, Norfolk

This annual Beer Festival gets bigger each year. It will feature beer, food, drink and entertainment over the three days. The Beer Festival is established in the calendars of beer (and rail) enthusiasts’ alike. www.nnrailway.co.uk/beer-festival

Peterborough Beer Festival, 20-24 August

The Embankment, Peterborough

This year the festival celebrates it 42thanniversary. An annual knees-up, visitors will enjoy a lively atmosphere and over 400 real ales, ciders, Perries and wines. www.peterborough-camra.org.uk

Carnivals

Harpenden Carnival, 8 June

Harpenden Common, Hertfordshire

This year’s theme is ‘Get Active’. 2019 Carnival will include the Savills sponsored Dog Show, craft stalls, bouncy inflatables, children’s activities along with food and drink. www.harpendencarnival.com

Wells Carnival, 26 July – 3 August

Town Centre, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

A week of family fun and events including a Carnival Day procession around the town featuring floats, fancy-dress, pull-and push-along vehicles and much more. Traditional seaside activities include a sand-castle competition, town crier competition, gillying on the quay and the crowning of the carnival royals. It’s great British traditional fun! www.wellscarnival.co.uk

Felixstowe Carnival, 26-28 July

Felixstowe, Suffolk

A traditional, colourful and lively coastal carnival. www.felixstowecarnival.org

Maldon Carnival, 3 August

High Street, Maldon, Essex

Expect to see carnival queens, colourful floats, majorettes and marching bands proceed along the High Street at the Maldon Carnival. www.maldoncarnival.uk

Sheringham Carnival, 3-11 August

Town Centre, Sheringham, Norfolk

With a packed programme featuring fun for all the family, Sheringham Carnival promises to be an event to remember.

Cromer Carnival celebrates its 50h anniversary

Cromer Festival, 17-23 August

Town Centre, Cromer, Norfolk

The carnival celebrates its 50th anniversary with a week of colorful events. The parade takes place on 21st full of floats, fancy dress and fun. Don’t miss the illuminated procession on 22nd from Meadow Road. www.cromercarnival.co.uk

Aldeburgh Carnival, 17-19 August

Aldeburgh Town Centre, Suffolk

A fun and colourful seaside event, which was crowned ‘Norfolk & Suffolk Tourism Family Event of the Year’ in 2018. www.aldeburghcarnival.com

Burnham Week, 24-31 August

The Quay, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex

As one of the East Coast’s premier regattas, Burnham Week is in its 127th year. There will be yachting events held on the River Crouch throughout the week, as well as activities ashore including cocktail parties, dinners, BBQs & entertainment. www.burnhamweek.com

SpectaculArts Carnival, 7 September

Bedford Park, Bedfordshire

Bedford is known for its wonderfully diverse population and the SpectaculArts Carnival will bring the town’s communities together for a town-wide carnival celebration. The parade throughout the town centre will be a moving show, featuring actors, musicians, storytellers, audience participation, street performers and spoken word, culminating in a festival in Bedford Park. Absolutely unmissable! @SpectaculArts

 

 

 

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