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April 2017

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April Fools Day

Historical annual celebration, where April fooling became popular in England and Scotland during the 1600's.



The Blossom Trail

April to Mid May 2017 A 50 mile AA Yellow signposted trail criss-crossing the River Avon, taking you through Evesham, Pershore, Broadway to Worcester. Amongst the top 5 blossom events in the world. There are coach tours, drive yourself car routes, the Bikeaway Charity Ride and walks of between 3 and 6 miles long.

The Blossom Trail

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Ideal Home Show

24th March to 9th April 2017. Olympia, London. The annual event where thousands of ideas for the home and garden can be found.

Ideal Home


Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race

Starts at 3.10pm. The annual university Boat Race takes place on the River Thames in London between the Oxford and Cambridge University boat crews. There are various vantage points along the route between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge. There will be large screens in furnival Gardens and Bishops Park, but to get good photos you need to be at one of the many viewpoints along the footpaths or at the bridges that follow the route. Website gives details of route and best places to be.

The Boat Race


The Fast Show

Santa Pod Raceway, nr Wellingborough, Northants. Modified car show with events including, drag cars, Jet Cars, drifting and stunt displays, traders, fun fair and more.

The Fast Show


Daffodil Sunday

The first Sunday in April is Daffoldil Sunday. In Victorian times families picked daffodils from their gardens and took them to local hospitals to give to the sick.



Grand National Festival

7th to 8th April 2017 Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. One of the biggest Horse Racing events of the year over jumps. Races start around 2pm each day. The main race on Saturday, Grand National Steeple Chase starts at 4.15pm.


Grand National


RHS Flower Show - Cardiff

7th to 9th April 2017 Bute Park, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff. The RHS shows kick off the year with a celebration of Welsh horticulture. All the usual show gardens, floral marquee and more on show.

RHS Cardiff

09/04/2017 BikeFest Prescott Speed Hill Climb, Gotherington, Gloucestershire. Celebrate the best in engineering on 1, 2 and 3 wheels for this charity event raising money for the Blood Bike Charities. BikeFest


St Andrews Golf Week

9th to 15th April 2017 St Andrews Golf Club, St Andrews, Scotland.

Golf Week


Sharrow Lantern Carnival

Mount Pleasant Park, Sheffield. 7.30pm. Procession of hundreds of beautiful lanterns with a spectacular finale.

Sharrow Lanterns


Winter Dressage Championships

12th to 16th April 2017 Hartpury Arena, Hartpury, Gloucestershire. 10am-8pm each day. Free admission for day time performances. 5 days of top class action and entertainment, trade stands and more.

Dressage Championships


Maundy Thursday

The day before Good Friday. In England today the Queen hands out Maundy Money to a group of pensioners.


13/04/2017 Tall Ships Regatta 13th to 16th April 2017. Greenwich, London. The first race leg of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta starts here on Easter Weekend, with Fireworks at around 9:15pm each evening except the last. Tall Ships


Good Friday

Start of the Easter Weekend Celebrations.



British and World Marbles Championship

Greyhound Pub, Tinsley Green, Crawley, West Sussex. Starts at around 10am. Played in the pub car park a 6ft diameter ring dusted with sand is set up and 49 marbles are placed in it. There are 6 players in a team and each member has four marbles, the winner is the first team to knock 25 marbles out of the ring.

Marbles Championship


Sand Sculpture Festival

14th April to 30 September 2017 Weston Super Mare Beach, Somerset. 10am-6pm daily. This has become an annual event and has some spectacular craftmanship on display.

Sand Sculpture


Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race

14th to 17th April 2017 Devizes Wharf, Wiltshire. Starts at 7am a non stop marathon canoe race starting on the Kennet and Avon Canal, Devizes in Wiltshire and finishes 125miles later at Westminster Bridge in London. It can be completed in one continuous effort and elite crews can achieve this in 17 or 18 hours, or can be paddled over the four days. The course has 50 locks, a long tunnel and competitors have to run for a mile at Crofton Locks. At Reading the course goes onto the River Thames.

Canoe River Race


Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday, or Easter Day. Celebrates when Jesus rose from the dead for the Christians, however for the children it's the weekend of games, chocolate and Easter Bunnies!


16/04/2017 Thame Country Show 16th and 17th April 2017 Thame Showground, Kingsey Road, Thame OX9 3JL. 10am-6pm. A country show with horses, dogs, falconry, living history re-enactment, children's entertainment, chainsaw carving, horseboarding and scurry driving as well as food and shopping. Thame Country Show


Easter Monday




World Coal Carrying Championship

Gawthorpe, nr Wakefield, Yorks. The main event starts at The Royal Oak, Owl Lane, and the course is about 1 mile. The men carry 50kg, and the women less. No event in the Olympic Games could stimulate more enthusiasm than this annual contest of stamina and muscle.



London Harness Horse Parade

South of England Centre, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TL. Starts at 10.30am with parade at 1pm. Entrance Fee £5 for Adults, Children Free. An annual event incorporating a parade of Harness horses, ponies and donkeys. See lots of ponies on parade from Shetlands to Shires including Hackneys and Trotters. Trade stands also present. Car Parking Free.

Harness Horse Parade


Bottle Kicking and Hare Pie Scramble

Hallaton, Leicestershire. At 1.30pm at the church gate pieces of the Hare pie (replaced now by a beef pie) are hurled to the good natured mob who then make a procession led by a bronze sculpture of a hare on a pole up the hill to a spot where bottles are blessed, before the start of a rugby-like mass football game between Hallaton and nearby Medbourne. The aim is to get bottles (three small iron-hooped wooden barrels) across the goals - streams a mile apart - there is no limit to the numbers on each side.



Bolney Pram Race

Bolney, West Sussex. 12noon start. It starts and finishes outside The Eight Bells in The Street and travelling a route around the village with multiple stops. Teams of two race each other in self propelled prams.

Pram Race


Primrose Day

Started in the late 19th Century following the death of Prime Minister Disraeli on 19th April 1881. However it was a mix up and misunderstanding as they were sent by Queen Victoria in a wreath at Disraeli's funerals as they were her husband’s favourite flower.



Harrogate Spring Flower Show

20th to 23rd April 2017 Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. 9.30am to 5.30pm each day. Event includes horticultural nurseries, plant society marquees, show gardens, floristry and flower arranging, opportunity to see and buy horticultural sundries like tooks, summer houses, pots etc, arts and crags and lots of food.

Flower Show


Queens Birthday Salute

Hyde Park, London at 12noon, 41 Gun Salute to celebrate the Queen's birthday. Also at the Tower of London, London at 1pm, with a 62 Gun Salute.

Gun Salutes


Spring Steam Gala

21st to 23rd April 2017 Poppy Line, North Norfolk Railway, Sherringham, Norfolk. 10am-4pm. Visiting steam locos will be running alongside their normal rolling stock.

Poppy Line Gala


Northumbria Gathering

21st to 23rd April 2017 Morpeth, Northumbria. 3 day annual festival starting a 9.30am. Concerts, street shows, barn dance, stories, dialect, crafts, exhibition, workshops, children’s events, history, drama, literature, tours, pub sessions, competitions, storyteller’s garden, bell-ringing, talks, orienteering and a Saturday morning pageant.

The Gathering


Warrior Adrenaline Race

Woodhall Estate, Hertford SG14 3NW. A military style obstacle course race. The obstacles are bigger over a varied terrain and include mud pits, cargo nets, zip wires..... A challenging muddy race with a difference.

Warrior Race


International Classic Motorcycle Show

22nd and 23rd April 2017 Staffordshire County Show Ground, Stafford. 9am-5pm. 100's of trade, club, auto-jumble and private displays from enthusiasts around the world. Also a classic auction on the Sunday.

Classic Bike Show


Speedhill Climb - British and Midland Championship

22nd and 23rd April 2017 Prescott Hill, Gotherington, Cheltenham, Glos. A weekend of fast cars and best drivers. Racing cars ascend a narrow twisting hill road at speeds of up to 110mph. Plus cars on view in the paddock.

Hill Climb

22/04/2017 Shakespeare Birthday Parade Chapel Lane, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. The procession route is down Chapel Lane, past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, along Waterside, and into Bridge Street.  Once everyone is in position, the ceremony of Handing Over The Quill will take place, flags will be unfurled, bugles will play, balloons will be released and everyone will sing Happy Birthday to the Bard. Shakespeare Parade


St Georges Day

St George is the Patron Saint of England, and in some local communities celebrations or all different types take place.



Fritillary Sunday Festival

Ducklington Mead, Back Lane, Ducklington, Oxfordshire. An annual fund raising day in Ducklington when the 10 acre meadow near the Church that grows the Snakeshead Fritillary, is open to the public.

The Fritillary


Lions Brimar Classic Vehicle Run

Wyevale Cadbury Garden Centre, Congresbury, Somerset. 10am-4pm. A display of vintage & classic cars. 12noon the cars set off for a 25 mile drive through Somerset finishing at Clevedon where the cars will be on display until 4pm.

Clevedon Lions


London Marathon

Charity Race through London. Races start at 9am and 10am. Best places to view are at the start, or along Westferry Road on the Isle of Dogs.

The Marathon


The British Asparagus Festival

23rd April to 21st June 2017 Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire. An 8 week festival starting the season off today with the Great English Asparagus Run in Abbey Park, Evesham.

Asparagus Festival


West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala

27th to 30th April 2017  Bishops Lydeard to Minehead, Somerset. Visiting and home fleet engines taking part. Ride on the trains, visit museums, sheds and workshops and take part in activities. Lots of photo ops.

WSR Gala


World Pilot Gig Championships

28th to 30th April 2017 Isles of Scilly. Pilot Gigs are 32x25ft craft rowed by six oarsmen/women with a coxswain in open sea. A very colourful event, best views from the launches which follow the races or the beach.

World Gigs


Jack in the Green

28th April to 1st May 2017 Hastings, Sussex. A traditional May Day weekend celebration in Hastings. On May Day (Monday) at 10am The Jack is released from the Fisherman’s Museum and a procession of Morris Dancers, Giants and Bogies follow through the streets to Hastings Castle, where an afternoon of activities and entertainment takes place. At around 3.30pm the Jack is killed and the spirit of summer is released.

Hastings Jack


Abbey Hill Steam Rally

28th April to 1st May 2017 Yeovil Showground, Dorchester Road, Yeovil, Somerset. On display steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, commercial vehicles and buses, military and emergency vehicles, organs, fair, crafts, stalls and more.

Hill Rally


Downton Cuckoo Fair

Downton, nr Salisbury, Wiltshire. 10am-4.30pm. Annual one day family event, with over 250 stalls, produce market, children’s funfair, rural crafts and demonstrations, bands, Morris dancing and maypole dancing.

Cuckoo Fair


Camborne Trevithick Day

Cambrone, Cornwall. A one day festival celebrating the industrial heritage of the area. Attractions include model exhibitions, vintage vehicles, town bands, male voice choirs, flower festival, steam engines, fair ground rides, market stalls, street entertainers and the steam parade.

Trevithick Day


Magnificent Motors

29th and 30th April 2017 Western Lawns, Eastbourne, Sussex. 10am-5pm each day. More than 600 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, buses, steam traction engines, commercial and military vehicles on display. Also Music and entertainment.

Magnificent Motors


Urchfont Scarecrow Festival

29th April to 1st May 2017 Urchfont, Devizes, Wiltshire. The festival runs from 10.30am to 5pm each day. Around 50 scarecrows can be found at various locations around the village. The Scarecrow Trail starts at the village pond where you can collect a programme to follow around the village and see them all. Free car parking is provided in the local playing fields.



Rushden Cavalcade of Transport & Country Show

29th April to 1st May 2017 Bedford Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 0SN. 10am-5pm. Over 1,200 exhibits from traction engines, vintage vehicles, vintage fun fair rides, kids entertainment, and trade stands.

Rushden Cavalcade


IWA Canalway Cavalcade

29th April to 1st May 2017 Little Venice, London W2. Sat & Sun 10am-6pm, Mon 10am-5pm. A unique waterways and community festival arranged at Little Venice since 1983. Highlights include boaters’ gathering, a pageant of boats, trade shows and stalls, bands, kids’ activities, Morris Dancers, a real ale bar, a wide variety of snacks and food. Sunday Music at 8pm followed by a procession of illuminated boats at 9pm.



Spring Jousting Tournament

29th April to 1st May 2017 Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. 11am onwards. With knights showing off their skills, compete in hand to hand combat with medieval weapons on the ground, and then on horseback with 3 metre lances. There will also be falconry displays and have-a-go archery and more.



Sweeps Festival

29th April to 1st May 2017 Rochester, Kent. Festivities include Morris Dancing in the streets, storytelling in the Charles Dickens Centre and a funfair in the castle grounds. There is also a procession through the streets, including people dressed as chimney sweeps.

Sweeps Fest


Llandudno Transport Festival

29th April to 1st May 2017 Bodafon Fields (on the sea front), Llandudno, North Wales. 9am. Held in conjunction with the Victorian Extravaganza, where costume, vintage fairground and a host of attractions combine in an annual celebration of transport and entertainment heritage.

Transport Festival



29th April to 14th May 2017 Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight Walking Festival returns under a new name. Walkers get up close with the best of the islands stunning scenery and includes over 200 walks from 1 mile to 72 miles, plus a cross-island walk. There are various themed walks and loads more.

IOW Walks


World Pinhole Photography Day

Pinhole photographers are invited to take a picture with a pinhole camera during the 24 hours on that day. See our Pinhole Photography Section for techniques, tips etc



The Sarsen Trail, Neolithic Marathon and Bike Trail

Avebury, Wiltshire. A unique walk, multi-terrain running, and mountain biking between Avebury and Bulford, going through the Vale of Pewsey and across Salisbury Plain.

Sarsen Trail

30/04/2017 Mr Mouse Mudathon Tettenhall Horse Sanctuary, South Perton Farm, nr Wolverhampton WV6 7HB. 11am start. A 350 obstacle course, with lots of mud for competitors to enjoy and work their way through, whilst raising money for charity. Mr Mouse


Beltane Fire Festival

Calton Hill, Edinburgh. Gates open at 8pm. Celebrates the arrival of summer, the Beltane Fire Festival is a mix of fire, costume, drums and pagan ritual taking place during the night of 30th April each year.



Causeway Coast Challenge Walk

Village Hall, Portballintrae, Ireland, BT57 8RS. A guided walk for 30km passing Innisfree Farm, Dunseverick Castle and harbour, Port Braddon and Ballintoy Harbour.

Coastal Walk


Beltane at Thornborough Henge

Thornborough Henge, nr Ripon, Yorkshire. 12noon start. The festival is associated with fire, courtship and the renewal of nature following spring. Beltane was traditionally celebrated throughout the north of England and beyond as a season of 'hilarity, merry-making and good humour'.



Truckfest Peterborough

30th April and 1st May 2017 East of England Showground, Peterborough. Loads of trucks on display as well as trade exhibitions and in the main arena action with Monster Trucks somersaulting, monster truck displays from USA and a jet-propelled truck.


30/04/2017 Hampshire Country Fair 30th April and 1st May 2017. Netley Marsh Showground, SO40 7GH. Living history and Country Fair event including events for dogs, horses, field sports, falconry, chainsaw carving, steam and vintage machines, traditional working crafts, food and shopping. Country Fair

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