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Things to do in the UK in August 2014


August is one of the hottest months in the UK. Crops in the fields are starting to become ready to be harvested. It is a good time to travel in the UK or Europe (for information about tourism, transport and accommodation, see: Travel). If the weather is fine, enjoy a walk in the countryside or go to the seaside (if you swim in the sea, note that the water is not very warm and that the currents can be strong). The Edinburgh Festival is a famous event in Scotland, including music, theatre and comedy; if you are going to this festival, try to arrange your accommodation early. There is a public holiday on the last Monday of August: this is also the last day of the Notting Hill Carnival, a colourful celebration on the streets of London involving processions, music and dancing. This is the time of the year when you can decide if you want to join "evening classes" - these adult education courses are taught in a wide range of subjects, usually using school classrooms during weekday evenings from September until June (contact your nearest public library to find out which courses are available).

* For a list of free outdoor concerts in London's parks in August, see: Life/Entertainment/Concerts

Seaside fun (Brighton)

Harvest time (Somerset)

Fri 18 Jul -
Sat 13 Sep 2014
Proms, London
The BBC Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts. A series of classical concerts in London at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall. All of the concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and some are shown on BBC TV. For full details, see:
* Further details: Life/Entertainment/Concerts

Wed 23 July -
Sun 3 Aug 2014
Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (Scotland)
The 20th Commonwealth Games are staged in Glasgow, featuring athletes from Commonwealth countries. The sports included are:
Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting, Wrestling
As well as sport, there are also a range of special cultural events across Scotland.

Fri 1 Aug -
Sun 31 Aug 2014
Kids Week, London
London theatre events and discounts for families with children. See:
* London theatre: Life/Entertainment/Theatre

Fri 1 Aug -
Mon 25 Aug 2014
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh
Entertainers perform shows in hundreds of venues across Edinburgh.
For details, see:
* Edinburgh Festival information: Ideas/Album/Edinburgh-Festival

Fri 1 Aug -
Sat 23 Aug 2014
Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh
A daily show outside the walls of Edinburgh Castle - a mixture of marching bands, dance and spectacle. See:
* Photos/further information about this event: Ideas/Album/Tattoo

Fri 1 Aug -
Sat 9 Aug 2014
National Eisteddfod of Wales, Carmarthenshire
A week-long Welsh festival of singing, music and dance, including competitions between the various categories of Welsh choir. Each year this event takes place in a different part of Wales. For full details, see:
* Guide to Wales: Travel/Tours/Wales

Sat 2 Aug -
Sun 28 Sep 2014
Summer opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, Central London
The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace will be open to visitors (tickets need to be bought in advance). See:
* Further information: Travel/Tours/London/BuckinghamPalace

Summer Opening of Parliament

Sat 2 Aug -
Sat 9 Aug 2014
Cowes Week, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Annual sailing regatta on the Isle of Wight. See:
* Guide to visiting the Isle of Wight: Travel/Tours/England/IsleOfWight

Sat 2 Aug -
Sun 3 Aug 2014
London Triathlon, ExCeL London
Swimming, running and cycling event. See:

Sat 2 Aug 2014 Brighton Pride: Carnival Parade, Brighton
A free event in Brighton organised by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The Carnival Parade starts at Madeira Drive and finishes in Preston Park. Entertainment continues in Preston Park until the early evening. See:
* Photos from the Pride London event: Ideas/Album/Pride
* Guide to visiting Brighton: Travel/Tours/England/Brighton

Mon 4 Aug -
Sun 10 Aug 2014
Robin Hood Festival, near Nottingham
Medieval festival in Sherwood Forest - according to legend, Robin Hood was based here during the reign of King John, robbing from the rich to give to the poor. Entertainment includes displays of archery, falconry and jousting, as well as storytelling, music, juggling and jesting. For details, see:

Mon 4 Aug 2014 Summer Bank Holiday, Scotland
A public holiday in Scotland and Ireland (on the first Monday in August), but not in England or Wales.

Mon 4 Aug 2014 Outbreak of the First World War: Centenary
It is 100 years since Great Britain declared war on Germany at 11pm on August 4th 1914, following its invasion of Belgium (the start of the First World War, known also as the Great War)

Tue 5 Aug 2014 Scottish Higher results, Scotland
Scottish Higher exam results are published in Scotland. Students who have received offers from Scottish universities but whose grades are not high enough can enter a process known as clearing, which tries to match them with available places. See: or

Thu 7 Aug -
Mon 11 Aug 2014
Cricket: 4th Test, England v India, Manchester
The fourth of five test matches between England and India. This game is played at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester
* Cricket: Life/Sport/Cricket

Thu 7 Aug -
Sun 10 Aug 2014
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Bristol
Europe's largest hot air balloon festival, with over 100 balloons taking part. For details, see:

Fri 8 Aug -
Sun 31 Aug 2014
The Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
A major annual festival of classical music, theatre, opera and dance in Edinburgh.
For details, see:
* Edinburgh Festival information: Ideas/Album/Edinburgh-Festival

Sat 9 Aug -
Sun 10 Aug 2014
RideLondon, London & Surrey
An annual two-day festival of cycling. On the Sunday, the ‘Classic’ and ‘100’ events start at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford and go via the City of London, west London, through Surrey and back through west London finishing on The Mall. For details, see:

Tue 12 Aug -
Sat 16 Aug 2014
Great British Beer Festival, West London
Drink, music and other entertainment. This is held at London Olympia (nearest tube station: Kensington (Olympia) on the District line). See: (or
* British pubs and drinks: Britain/Food/Pubs

Great British Beer Festival

Thu 14 Aug -
Sun 17 Aug 2014
Airbourne (Eastboune Air Festival), Eastbourne
Free airshow on Eastbourne's seafront. See:

Thu 14 Aug 2014 A Level results, England & Wales
A Level results are published. Students who have received offers from universities but whose grades are not high enough can enter a process known as clearing, which tries to match them with available places. See: and

Fri 15 Aug -
Tue 19 Aug 2014
Cricket: 5th Test, England v India, London
The last of five test matches between England and India. This game is played at the Oval cricket ground in London
* Cricket: Life/Sport/Cricket

Fri 15 Aug -
Sun 17 Aug 2014
Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, London
Free jazz concerts in Canada Square Park (Nearest Tube/DLR: Canary Wharf).
See: or
* Concerts: Life/Entertainment/Concerts

Sat 16 Aug -
Sun 17 Aug 2014
V Festival, Chelmsford and Birmingham
Weekend music festival at Hylands Park near Chelmsford and Weston Park near Birmingham. See:
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Fri 22 Aug -
Sun 24 Aug 2014
Reading Festival / Leeds Festival, Reading & Leeds
Weekend music festival both at Reading and at Leeds. See: and
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Sat 23 Aug 2014 Challenge Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London
Rugby league competition final at Wembley Stadium. See:
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Sat 23 Aug -
Sun 24 Aug 2014
South West Four, London
Music festival on Clapham Common. See:
* UK rock festivals: Life/Entertainment/Festivals

Sun 24 Aug -
Mon 25 Aug 2014
Notting Hill Carnival, West London
A free colourful street festival in London on Sunday and on Monday (a public holiday in the UK). This is one of Europe's largest carnivals, attended by up to a million people each year. Sunday is known as Children's Day. This day is less crowded, so you may be able to get a better view of the procession and find it easier to leave afterwards. The main event is on Monday: note that it can get extremely crowded.

The usual procession route is along Great Western Road, Chepstow Road, Westbourne Grove and Ladbroke Grove.
Bus and Tube services in the area will be disrupted on Sunday and Monday. For details, check the Transport for London website:

Some hints:
- Take a map of the area, so that you can go there and get back easily (note that many of the bus and Tube services in the area will not stop in the carnival area). Check the maps on the carnival websites for the route of the march and for the location of toilets (these will be quite basic; take your own toilet paper).
- Use sunscreen (you may be in the sun a long time)
- Consider protecting your ears, as the music can be loud
- Be very careful with your belongings, as there will be pickpockets there. If possible, just carry a small amount of cash and your travel tickets.
- The less you carry, the less tired you will feel at the end of the day.
- When it is crowded, the police may need to direct you in a certain direction.
- Allow plenty of time to leave the area. It may be slow moving through the crowds, some exit routes may be closed, and you may need to walk quite a long way to get to a Tube or bus station which is open.

For more information about the event, see:

* Photographs from the Notting Hill Carnival: Ideas/Album/NottingHillCarnival

Notting Hill Carnival: steel drums

Notting Hill Carnival: street parade

Mon 25 Aug 2014 Summer Bank Holiday
A public holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (but not in Scotland). Transport services often run to a timetable similar to those on Sundays.
* To check timetables use the links in: Travel/Transport

Thu 28 Aug -
Sun 31 Aug 2014
Bournemouth Air Festival, Bournemouth
The UK's biggest free aviation festival. See:

Fri 29 Aug -
Sat 31 Aug 2014
Blackpool Illuminations: Switch On Weekend, Blackpool
The seaside town of Blackpool is decorated with lights along 6 miles of the sea front. There are special concerts on the switch-on weekend. See:
* Photos of Blackpool: Travel/Tours/England/Blackpool

Events for which dates have not been confirmed (or which may not be taking place this year) - check the links for the latest details:

- On The Edge, Richmond
Free festival of world music, with live performances taking place on Richmond Riverside. See:

Selected tours this month:

Anderson Tours International Friends
Fri 1st Aug Paris by Eurostar - 3 day tour £249.00
Sat 2nd Aug Isle of Wight Weekend £119.00
Sat 2nd Aug Brugge £52.00
Sun 3rd Aug A Day in Wales £52.00
Fri 8th Aug Stonehenge Private Viewing £83.00
Fri 8th Aug Paris by Eurostar - 3 day tour £249.00
Fri 8th Aug Holland & Belgium - 3 day tour £199.00
Sat 9th Aug York by rail £49.00
Sat 9th Aug Windsor & Hampton Court £52.00
Sun 10th Aug Isle of Wight £52.00
Mon 11th Aug Stonehenge Private Viewing £83.00
Fri 15th Aug Edinburgh Festival & Tattoo £299.00
Fri 15th Aug Paris by Eurostar - 3 day tour £249.00
Sat 16th Aug Glastonbury & Cheddar £49.00
Sat 16th Aug Wales Overnight £119.00
Sun 17th Aug Cadbury World & Cotswolds £52.00
Fri 22nd Aug Stonehenge Private Viewing £83.00
Sat 23rd Aug Paris by Eurostar £249.00
Sat 23rd Aug Holland & Belgium - 3 day tour £199.00
Sat 23rd Aug Cambridge £39.00
Sun 24th Aug Isle of Wight £52.00
Sun 24th Aug Cotswolds Villages £40.00
Mon 25th Aug Brighton £39.00
Mon 25th Aug Stonehenge Private Viewing £83.00
Sat 30th Aug Bicester Village £35.00
Sun 31st Aug A Day in Wales £52.00

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