Things to do outside London during July

My regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway.

Whalton Bale Fire 4th July
Whalton is the only village since 1903 to have maintained the ceremony which is a relic of the round of seasonal fires with which the ancients greeted the progress of the sun through the year. Whalton,
Northumberland

Norwich Lord Mayor’s Celebrations 4th-7th July
Several days of celebrations culminating in a float parade and festival on the Saturday. Norwich, Norfolk

Hat Fair 5th-7th July
Named after an ancient fair, it is now a street arts festival lasting several days. Winchester,
Hampshire

Bradwell Pilgrimage 6th July
Annual procession by the local congregation to the remote and ancient church of St Thomas. Bradwell on Sea,
Essex

Ambleside Rushbearing 6th July
This is a festival celebration associated with the ancient custom of annually replacing the rushes on the earth floors of churches Ambleside, Cumbria

Bodmin Riding and Heritage Day 6th-7th July
Ancient tradition where young men hunt "the beast" through the town, followed by a mummers play and procession. Bodmin, Cornwall

Wenlock Olympian Games 6th-21st July
The 127th Olympic games preserving the ideals of Dr William Penny Brookes – the inspiration for the modern Olympic Movement. Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Oxenhope Straw Race 7th July
Teams race two-and-a-half miles through the town carrying bales of straw, but also have to stop at five points along the route to drink a pint of beer. Oxenhope, Yorks

Hinckley Soap Box Derby 7th July
The fourth year for this event attracts entries from a multitude of both wacky and smart machines. Hinckley, Leics

Oxenhope Straw Race 7th July
The Oxenhope Straw Race takes place every summer in the Pennine village of Oxenhope, near Keighley. It was started by two men who made a bet about racing from one pub to the next carrying a bale of straw. Oxenhope, West Yorkshire

Black Cherry Fair 11th-12th July
Around 100 stalls, parades and fairground funfair. Chertsey, Surrey

ClogFest 12th-14th July
Clog dancers from all over England gather in Skipton, North Yorkshire, on the second weekend in July to celebrate the glorious tradition of English step dance. Skipton, Yorkshire

John Clare Cushion Ceremony 12th-14th July
Local school children lay "cushions" of flowers at the grave of the local famous poet, John Clare – other festivals take place over the weekend. Helpston, Northamptonshire

Kent County Show 12th-14th July
The three day event brings together the very best of Kent with animals and food, fun and excitement and a sense of what ’The Garden of England’ has to offer. Maidstone, Kent

World Pea Shooting Championships 13th July
The 43rd annual festival that takes place on the village green along with local village fete. Ely, Cambs

World Tin Bath Championships 13th July
Paddle boat racing around the harbour with the contestants rowing in old tin baths. Castletown,
Isle of Man

Brighton Kite Festival 13th-14th July
34tg annual free kite festival carried out on the outskirts of the town. Brighton, East Sussex

Vintage Steam Rally 13th-14th July
Country fair with music, stalls etc – and steam road engines. A local road rally also takes place. Stourport-on-Severn, Worcester

Farnborough International Airshow 14th-15th July
A weekend of air displays and static stalls to finish off a trade show that precedes the weekend. Farnborough,
Hampshire

The War and Peace Show 17th-21st July
Military vehicle show with an average of 3,000 vehicles on display, costume reenactments and stalls. Paddock Wood, Kent

Tweedmouth Feast 18th-21st July
The event celebrates the salmon fishing that was once a common sight on the River Tweed. Its origins date back to the 12th century festival of St Boisil. Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival 19th-21st July
Debates and discussions from a Trade Unionist perspective at the festival named after the famous "martyrs" to the labour movement. Tolpuddle, Dorset

The CLA Game Fair 19th-21st July
Te best that the British countryside has to offer including a host of features, new competitions, and plenty to get involved in from shooting to shopping, fishing to real food, dogs, horses, gardens and more Alcester,
Warwickshire

The Royal International Air Tattoo 20th-21st July
The worlds largest air show – trade and for the public. Fairford,
Gloucestershire

Thames Traditional Boat Rally 20th-21st July
Two days of displays of around 200 traditional and restored vintage boats on the Thames Henley on Thames,
Oxon

Ebernoe Horn Fair 25h July
Historic fair with its own special traditions, including the annual cricket match and the singing of the Horn Fair Song. Takes place on St James’s Day each year – it’s traditional. Ebernoe, Sussex

Marldon Apple Pie Fair 27th July
The Marldon Apple Pie Fair has been going since 1888 in memory of local farmer, George Hill, who would use his windfall apples to bake an enormous apple pie for the village. Nowadays, locals and visitors alike join in the celebrations. Marldon, Devon

Eastbourne Lammas Festival 27th-29th July
Along with the variety of music from the bands on the main stage and Morris dance displays, the highlights of the weekend are the seafront procession, the drumming, the open air ceilidh and the ritual celebration of Lammas. Eastbourne, Sussex

Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival 27th July – 3rd Aug
Crowning of a fete Queen to mark the 68th annual "fishermans picnic" that is now a town-wide event. Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

Maidstone River Festival 30th July
A series of raft races of various handmade boats more notable for their comic design than seaworthiness. Maidstone, Kent

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2 Comments

  1. Josh

    …and of course, the Manchester International Festival :)

  2. Dave

    Farnborough International Airshow 14th-15th July

    Are you sure..? FIA is usually held in alternate years with Paris – I think the next Farnborough is in 2014

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