What is on in the UK during the month of August? Natalie Smith, Publishing Director at Culture Trip, highlights the concerts, festivals and quirky events worth adding to your diary.
Boomtown Fair, Matterley Estate near Winchester, Hampshire, 07-11 Aug
Full of fun, fantasy and whimsy are the order of the day at one of the UK’s most creative festivals, which openly encourages guests to get involved with the creative, theatrical spirit. Taking place on the outskirts of Hampshire, Boomtown Fair is a truly independent festival and at this 66,000 capacity event, expect to hear music that will satisfy the most eclectic of tastes. Stars on the line-up include The Streets, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Prophets of Rage, Chase & Status, Chronixx, Groove Armada, Slaves, UB40
London Dessert Festival, The Old Truman Brewery, London, 17-18 Aug
If you’ve ever fantasized about eating your body weigh in cheesecake, indulging in all the gelato you can find or single handedly demolishing an entire tray of tiramisu, then the London Dessert Factory may be for you.
For one weekend, you’ll be able to experience 60 of the finest sweet treats your teeth can handle, and a cheeky cocktail or two on the side. Candy flavoured heaven.
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Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Various locations, Edinburgh, 02-26 Aug
Arguably one of the most popular arts festivals on the planet, every August, the city of Edinburgh is taken over by everyone from comedians, to musicians, to street artists, dancers and more.
Hot tickets include actual sisters’ Marina and Madeline Bye’s “Siblings: The Siblinginging”, who had a sell out run last year, the cheeky and ferociously funny London Hughes, “To Catch a D*ck” and comedy behemoth Eddie Izzard’s “Expectations of Great Expectations”.
The Big Feastival, Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds, 23-25 Aug
Part food festival, part music festival and part-children’s party, Blur’s Alex James is throwing an event that has enough to keep everyone happy.
For foodies, there are pop-up restaurants, food tastings and talks with GBBO’s Prue Leith. If you’re after music, MTV award-winning Lewis Capaldi will be performing while original hip-hop and electro pioneer Grandmaster Flash will be on the decks. For the kids, there is a circus school, arts and crafts and even a performance from Peppa Pig.
Women’s Tour of Scotland, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, 09-11 Aug
This weekend in Scotland, for the first time ever, the inaugural Women’s Tour of Scotland will be begin. Taking place over three days in five cities, cycling aficionados will be heading down to Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park to watch the finest female cyclists in the business take on a mammoth 35okm route on bike. A landmark event not to be missed.
Lymington Seafood Festival, Lymington, Hampshire, 10-11 Aug
A two day festival for fish fans with over 80 and drink stalls to choose from. Expect to see live kitchen demonstrations from the likes of 2016 Masterchef winner Jane Devonshire, hear the sounds of local musicians and sample some of the finest delights from the sea. Not just for pescitarians, the Lymington Seafood Festival caters to vegetarians, vegans and those who have a bit of a sweet tooth – a great weekend for all.
What to do in August: The UK is packed with great events this month
Pride Cymru, City Hall Lawns, 23-25 Aug
Still here. Still #proud. Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend describes itself as Wales’s biggest celebration of equality and diversity. Thousands of people flock to the Welsh capital over the bank holiday weekend to raise awareness and support the LGBT+ community.
Revellers will be in for three days of festivities across four stages, with street food, fun fair rides, a cabaret, comedy stage, gin bar, community market and a mile-long parade. Come and mingle with the likes of Gok Wan and drag queen Lola Lasagne, while Texas, Rothwell, Shelliann and the Valli Boys provide the musical entertainment.
Notting Hill Carnival, Notting Hill, London, 26-27 Aug
Summer wouldn’t be summer without mentioning one of the world’s largest and most iconic street carnivals – the Notting Hill Carnival. Taking place over the bank holiday weekend, Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of all things Caribbean, full of breathtakingly bright and beautiful parades, intricately crafted costumes and the sweetest music from soca to calypso to dancehall to reggae.
Sunday is Children’s Day and ideal for the family while Monday culminates in the Grand Parade. Get some jerk chicken, rice & peas, and plantain, head to your nearest soundsystem and feel the warmth of the Caribbean without leaving the country.
Skunk Anansie, O2 Academy, Glasgow, 31 Aug
Led by the monomous Skin, British rock legends Skunk Anansie, head to Glasgow’s O2 Academy as part of their new tour. Expect to hear such classics including “Weak”, “Hedonism” and “Twisted”.
Cowes Week, Cowes, Isle of Wight, 10-17 August
It’s time again for the world’s most famous sailing regatta – Cowes Week. Held every August since 1826, it is one of the UK’s most successful and longest running sporting traditions. The event attracts British and foreign royalty, and is a major highlight of the British summer, offering a festival like atmosphere for competitors and visitors alike.
Take a stroll around the marina, wander along the quays and enjoy lots of live music, from Johnny Cash cover band, Folson Prisoners, to folk rock band Lucid, or take part in a family-friendly Treasure Hunt with the 1851 Trust.
Dundee Kiltwalk, Dundee, 18 Aug
Fancy a Wee Wander? How about a Mighty Stride? The Kiltwalk is an annual fundraising and walking event allowing any walker to raise money for the Scottish charity of their choice. Walkers choose from three distances – The Mighty Stride, The Big Stroll or the Wee Wander.
The Kiltwalk event is supported by Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation, ensuring that 140% of all sponsorship money raised goes directly to the chosen charities and local causes. The Dundee chapter takes place on the 18th of August and promises to be a great event for walkers of all ages and experiences.