Things to do outside London during August

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.

If you like these monthly suggestions, then you might also like the latest book from fellow London blogger, Tom.

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Pickering Traction Rally1st-4th Aug
Steam rally and fair with music festival.Malton, Yorkshire

Gloucestershire Steam Extravaganza2nd-4th 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

World Thumb Wrestling Championships3rd Aug
Jovial sporting event at a local pub with a huge following where contestants "arm-wrestle", but by only using their thumbs.Lowestoft, Suffolk

Prescott Speed Hill Climb3rd 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

World Hen Racing Championship3rd Aug
Held for 20 years, this is an annual sporting event where the hens have to race along a 20 metre race track.Bonsall, Derbyshire

The Steam Fayre & Vintage Vehicle Rally3rd-4th 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

Cowes Week3rd-10th 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

Brigg Horse Fair5th Aug
It’s a traditional but unofficial forum for travellers to parade and trade their steeds in the time-honoured fashion, with hundreds of people going along to watch.Brigg, North Lincs.

Robin Hood Festival5th-11th Aug
A week long celebration of the legend of Robin Hood, it features entertainment for all the family.Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show6th 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

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta8th-11th 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

Shrewsbury Flower Show9th-10th Aug
Stunning floral displays, show jumping, medieval jousting, motorcycle displays, music, fireworks and special guest appearances.Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Whitby Regatta9th-12th Aug
Yacht racing, rowing races and various free forms of entertainment, finishing with a prize presentation and firework display.Whitby North Yorkshire

12-Hour Lawnmower Racing10th-11th Aug
As the name implies, a whole night of endurance racing on powered lawnmowers.Billingshurst, West Sussex

International Birdman Festival10th-11th Aug
The Birdman is a flight competition for human powered flying machines held each summer.Worthing, West Sussex

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival10th-18th Aug
Around 100 scarecrows appearing in gardens, open spaces, hidden corners and even on rooftops dotted around the village.Kettlewell, North Yorkshire

UK National Sandcastle Competition11th Aug
Annual event where teams compete to build the best and largest sandcastles.Croyde Beach, North Devon

Glasgow International Piping Festival11th-18th Aug
The world’s largest festival for bagpipe musicians.Glasgow, Scotland

British Fireworks Championships13-14th Aug
Two evenings of entertainment culminating in spectacular fireworks displays from six companies seeking the title of British Firework Champions.Plymouth, Devon

Eastbourne International Airshow15th-18th Aug
Three days of flying on Eastbourne seafront. The Red Arrows leading a packed programme of Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, British Army and civilian aircraft.Eastbourne, Sussex

Birdfair16th-18th 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 Train17th 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

Combined Ops17th-18th Aug
Over 300 military vehicles from just before WW2 to modern wars, along with aircraft, including aerial displays.Maidstone, Kent

International Lighthouse Weekend17th-18th 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

Bosworth Commemoration18th Aug
The Society visits Bosworth for its annual commemoration of the Battle. A service is held in Sutton Cheney church to honour the fallen in the battle and is attended by Society members from around the world.Bosworth, Leicestershire

Orange Rolling in Totnes20th Aug
The odd spectacle of watching people race and chase oranges down a steep high street in Totnes, South Devon. The tradition reputedly dates back to the day Sir Francis Drake bumped into a delivery boy, causing him to spill his fast-moving fruit down the hill.Totnes, Devon

Brambles Cricket Match22nd Aug
An annual cricket match that is played on a low lying sand bank in Southampton Water that is only above water once a year.Southampton

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

The Burning of Old Bartle24th 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

The Saddleworth Rushcart24th-26th 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

Treefest24th-26th Aug
Tree-discovering family activities, expert carvers, local music, food and over 100 exhibitors make up Westonbirt Arboretum’s summer event.Westonbirt, Gloucestershire

Military Odyssey24th-26th Aug
Said to be the largest collection of military re-enactors from ancient greek to modern times in mock battles and displaysMaidstone, Kent

Cheshire Game & Country Fair24th-26th Aug
Two arenas have a full programme of events, with everything from scurry racing and fun sheepdog and ducks to majestic falconry and coordinated Gundog displays.Knutsford, Cheshire

Portsmouth International Kite Festival24th-26th Aug
Annual festival with everything from classic kites to modern inflatables.Portsmouth, Hampshire

World Bogsnorkelling Championships25th Aug
Annual "sport" which involves trying to swim through the marshy bog with just a snorkel for air supply.Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales

The Uffington White Horse Show25th-26th Aug
Annual country fair, with stunt horsemen, falconry in the shadow of the famous bronze-age chalk cut horse.Uffington, Oxfordshire

Shrewsbury Steam Rally25th-26th 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 River26th 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

World Gravy Wrestling26th 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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