What’s on in August outside London

The now 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.

Might tempt you outside London (horror!).


Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show2nd Aug
The oldest surviving gooseberry show in the country, established in 1800. Gardeners enter their biggest gooseberries into one of four classes: red gooseberries, yellow ones, greens and white ones.Whitby, Yorkshire

Pickering Traction Rally 20114th-7th Aug
Steam rally and fair with music festival.Malton, Yorkshire

The Festival of British Eventing5th-7th Aug
This horse event takes place at Gatcombe Park, spectacular home of the Princess Royal and her family and incorporates the British Open, Intermediate and Novice Championships.Stroud,

Gloucestershire Steam Extravaganza5th-7th Aug
Steam Engines, Rural Crafts, Aircraft, Trade Stands, Animals & Rare Breeds, The wonderful Traditional Fun Fair and Vintage Transport and Machinery of every size, type and description you can think of.Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Blasts from the Past6th-7th Aug
Hampshire’s biggest living history event. Spectacular battles, skirmishes, fashion shows and demonstrations, including visiting around 40 encampments from different continents and periods.Romsey, Hampshire

Prescott Speed Hill Climb6th-7th Aug
Around 250 Pre-war sports and racing cars will be in action over the weekend at the historic hill climb venue in Gloucestershire.Gotherington, Gloucestershire

The Wiltshire Game & Country Fair6th-7th Aug
Traditional country and farm fair along with Birds of Prey, fishing, wood carving and shooting sports.Calne, Wiltshire

The Steam Fayre and Vintage Rally6th-7th Aug
Gleaming engines, powerful steam engines, tractors and road rollers, vintage cars and motorcycles, fire engines, buses, commercial and military vehicles all on display.Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset

Annual Opening at Frogmore House6th-8th Aug
Frogmore House, set in the private Home Park, is renowned for its beautiful landscaped garden and 18th-century lake.Windsor, Berkshire

Cowes Week6th-13th Aug
Up to 40 daily races for around 1,000 boats at the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.Isle of Wight

Stourhead Horse & Dog show7th Aug
Show jumping, dressage, show horses, children’s ponies and a companion dog show, gun dog demonstration, terrier racing, carriage driving.Mere, Wiltshire

Glasgow International Piping Festival8th-14th Aug
The world’s largest festival for bagpipe musicians.Glasgow, Scotland

Robin Hood Festival10th-14th Aug
A week long celebration of the legend of Robin Hood, it features entertainment for all the family.Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

Lowestoft Seafront Air festival11th-12th Aug
Four hours of aerial displays each day, along with fun fair, static displays and trade stalls.Lowestoft, East Anglia

National Sheepdog Trials11th-13th Aug
English round for the national championship leading to the UK finals later in the year.Dorking, Surrey

33rd Bristol International Balloon Fiesta11th-14th Aug
Annual festival of giant balloons, with their famous Nightglow, where 30 or more balloons will glow in time to music and fireworks on two evenings.Bristol

Eastbourne International Airshow11th-14th Aug
Airbourne is the biggest seafront airshow in the world! Enjoy 4 days of action packed flying on Eastbourne seafront. 2011 will see the iconic Red Arrows leading a packed programme of Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, British Army and civilian aircraft.Eastbourne, Sussex

Shrewsbury Flower Show12th-13th Aug
Stunning floral displays, show jumping, medieval jousting, motorcycle displays, music, fireworks and special guest appearances.Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Retrofestival13th-14th Aug
Hundreds of road vehicles – from steam rollers to modern cars – on display along with aerial displays.Maidenhead, Berkshire

Rougham Air Display and Classic Car Show13th-14th Aug
Classic air display programme, along with classic cars and motorcycles to fun fairs, food and drink, and a variety of exhibitor stand and traders.Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Astle Park Traction Engine Rally13th-14th Aug
Primarily a steam engine rally, with fun fair, other vehicles and firework display.Chelford, Cheshire

International Birdman Festival13th-14th Aug
The Birdman is a flight competition for human powered flying machines held each summer.Worthing
West Sussex

Combined Ops 201113th-14th Aug
Over 300 military vehicles from just before WW2 to modern wars, along with aircraft, including aerial displays.Maidstone, Kent

Whitby Regatta13th-15th Aug
Yacht racing, rowing races and various free forms of entertainment, finishing with a prize presentation and firework display.Whitby North Yorkshire

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival13th-21st Aug
Around 100 scarecrows appearing in gardens, open spaces, hidden corners and even on rooftops dotted around the village.Kettlewell, North Yorkshire

UK Backward Running Championships14th Aug
One mile countryside course for people running backwards.Heaton Park, Manchester

Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race14th Aug
Amateur built rafts – typically a dozen – in a rowing race, often aided by the teams attacking each other with water cannons and water bombs.Lewes, Sussex

British Fireworks Championships16th-17th Aug
Two evenings of entertainment culminating in spectacular fireworks displays from six companies seeking the title of British Firework Champions.Plymouth, Devon

Birdfair19th-21st Aug
Described as the birdwatcher’s Glastonbury, Birdfair encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation.Rutland Water, Rutland

Race the Train20th Aug
Sporting event where runners try to beat a preservation train running along the rails by racing it along local roads and footpaths.Tywyn, Wales

The Saddleworth Rushcart20th-21st Aug
Procession around the local area with a two-wheeled cart filled with rushes, in a slightly conical shape thirteen feet high weighing about two tons to the local Church. Some 150 men pull on the "stangs" fixed to strong rope which, in turn, is fixed to the cart.Saddleworth, Yorkshire

International Lighthouse Weekend20th-21st Aug
Many lighthouses and places of associated interest will be open to the public, and there will be special events at lighthouses and lightvessels both at home and abroad.Various locations

St Bartholomew’s Bun Race24th Aug
Children run around the church of St. Bart’s and are given a bun especially baked for the occasion. The biscuit bears the date 1190 but it is more probable that the founding of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital was in 1217 to commemorate the defeat of the French in that year.Sandwich, Kent

Gloucester Tall Ships Festival26th-28th Aug
A range of on and and off water activities including live music, street entertainment, comedy, boat trips and family entertainment.Gloucester Gloucestershire

Treefest26th-29th Aug
Medieval archery and displays, , wood carving, woodcraft demonstrations and sales all part of the International Year of the Tree.Westonbirt, Gloucestershire

The Burning of Old Bartle27th Aug
The ancient ritual of Burning Bartle takes place every year, when a larger than life figure is paraded down the village main street accompanied by repeated chants of the Bartle doggerel. When Bartle reaches ‘his end’ in Grassgill, he is set alight, accompanied by songs and cheers from the assembled masses.Leyburn, North Yorkshire

Military Odyssey27th-29th Aug
Said to be the largest collection of military re-enactors from ancient greek to modern times in mock battles and displaysDetling, Kent

Cheshire Game & Country Fair27th-29th Aug
Two arenas have a full programme of events, with everything from scurry racing and fun sheepdog and ducks to majestic falconry and co-ordinated Gundog displays.Knutsford, Cheshire

Portsmouth International Kite Festival27th-29th Aug
Annual festival with everything from classic kites to modern inflatables.Portsmouth, Hampshire

The Uffington White Horse Show28th-29th Aug
40th anniversary of this country fair, with stunt horsemen, falconry and a flypast by the Red Arrows.Uffington, Oxfordshire

Shrewsbury Steam Engine & Vintage Vehicle Rally28th-29th Aug
Over 1,000 exhibits will be appearing within the popular Rally area, covering 45 acres of parkland. In additon, olde-style fair and trade stalls.Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Bourton Football in the River29th Aug
A football match between six-a-side teams played in the middle of the shallow river, playing in usually knee-high waters. The event is over 100 years old.Bourton, Gloucestershire

Gravy Wrestling Championship29th Aug
A wild and whacky wrestling competition in a pool full of Lancashire Gravy. Contestants must wrestle in the Gravy for 2 minutes whilst being scored for audience applause, and various different moves.Rossendale, Lancashire


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