School holiday special: Week 1 » 24 - 31 July
Friday to Sunday 14 August
Sunday 24 July 2005
Rhythm Sticks 2005, London
Last day of the South Bank Centre's annual percussion festival.
South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London (0870-3800 400).
Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show
Final day of steam engine and vintage vehicle rally with fair, market, craft and model show. Children's entertainment daily.
Meadow Farm, Ringwood Road, Netley Marsh, Southampton (02380 867882).
Stoney Middleton Well-Dressing
Final of two days of dressing of Traditional Derbyshire well-dressing. Band concerts in afternoons and maypole dancing by village children.
The Nook, Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire (01433 631590).
BARC Championship Races, Hampshire
Single-seaters, saloon and sports cars. Under-15s free if accompanied by adult.
Thruxton Motor Racing Circuit, Andover, Hampshire (01264 882200).
Brampton Live, Cumbria
North of England's biggest folk/roots music festival. Two main stages featuring top artists from across the world, plus a club stage. Workshops, activities for children, craft fair and free on-site camping.
William Howard Centre, Brampton, Cumbria (01228 534664).
Great Escapes Exhibition, London
Focuses on the extraordinary escape attempts made by Allied servicemen from German prisoner-of-war camps in the Second World War, including the stories of The Great Escape and Colditz.
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London (020-7416 5320).
Liverpool International Street Festival
Performers from around the world bring the streets to life with dance, drama, music and street theatre.
Citywide until 7 August (0151-709 3334).
Monday to Thursday
Tall Ships Races 2005, Newcastle upon Tyne
Race fleet arrives and, on 28 July, leaves for Fredrikstad, Norway.
Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne (0191-277 8002).
Chesterfield Medieval Market
A charity market with a medieval theme. Entertainment throughout the day with funfair in marketplace.
Various venues, Chesterfield, Derbyshire (01246 345777).
Tuesday to Thursday
Royal Lancashire Show
An agricultural show with livestock, events and trade stands. Light horses and showjumping.
Salesbury Hall Farm, Ribchester, Preston, Lancashire (01254 813769).
Tuesday to Saturday
Chulmleigh Old Fair
West Country fair held annually since 1253. Opens Tuesday evening with a money scramble. Wednesday is main fair day, with country craft market, a sheep show and a flower show.
Various venues, Chulmleigh, Devon (01769 580276).
Nantwich and South Cheshire Show
Largest one-day agricultural show in the country includes biggest cheese show in Europe.
Dorfold Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire (01270 780306).
Wednesday to Sunday
The Longines Royal International Horse Show, East Sussex
Showjumping event with showing championships, horse-drawn carriages, period-costume side-saddle riding, pony and trap racing, shopping village, country crafts fair and children's funfair.
All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, Haywards Heath, East Sussex (01273 834315).
Thursday to Saturday
West Wiltshire Show 2005
Leisure and entertainment in Wiltshire's county town. Music and firework spectacular on first night, with another free concert on Friday.
Civic Hall and Town Park, Trowbridge, Wiltshire (01225 770387).
Ambleside Traditional Lakeland Sports
Only remaining full traditional Lakeland sports meeting with Cumberland and Westmoreland wrestling, hound trails, guide and fell races, grass-track cycling, children's races, fairground, trade and craft stands and displays.
Rydal Park, Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria (015394 34087).
Langholm Common Riding
Ceremonial processions across the town with brass, pipe and flute bands, plus horse-racing, athletics, Cumberland wrestling and Highland dancing.
High Street and Castleholm, Langholm, Cumbria (01387 380428).
Friday and Saturday
York Stamp and Coin Fair
More than 150 dealers buying and selling at one of the largest fairs outside London. This is the place for first-day covers, new issues, classics, postal history, thematics, stamps and coins from across the world, collectors' literature, banknotes and tokens.
York Racecourse, York (01793 513431).Friday to Sunday
St Helens Show
Children's play, action and performance zones, classic car show, equestrian show, craft fair, traders, exhibitors, and funfair.
Sherdley Park, Marshalls Cross Road, St Helens, Lancashire (01774 456864).
Potfest in the Park
International potters' market showing 100 potters from UK and Europe.
Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, Cumbria (01768 483820).
Friday to Tuesday 2 August
Class 1 Powerboats World Championships, Plymouth
Watch the speeding boats in hot competition from the water's edge.
Plymouth Sound, Plymouth, Devon (01752 304849).
Friday to Saturday 6 August
Skandia Cowes Week 2005
Yacht-racing regatta for handicap and one design classes. Grand fireworks display on the Friday at 9.30pm.
The Solent, Cowes, Isle of Wight (01983 293303). Until 6 August.
Lake District Summer Music International Festival and School
Concerts will be held throughout the Lake District and Cumbria. Artists performing include the Chilingirian and Skampa string quartets.
Various venues, Cumbria (0845-644 2144).Friday to Monday
Sixth Bristol Children's Festival
More then 20 performances each day will be given by children's theatre companies, puppeteers, clowns, storytellers, jugglers and magicians. Plus arts and crafts workshops.
Durdham Downs, between Saville Road and Stoke Road, Bristol (01458 832925).
Northern Proms, Co Durham
Musicians include opera stars Graeme Danby, Valerie Reid and Bethany Halliday. Bring flags, picnic rugs, tables and chairs for a patriotic fun outdoor party. Durham County Cricket Club, County Ground, Riverside, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham (0191-387 5151).
Britannia Leek and District Show
Show with cattle, horses, goats, show jumping, sheep, horticulture, floral art, Women's institute stalls and trade stands.
Birchall Playing Fields, Leek, Staffordshire (01538 372006).
Saturday and Sunday
138th Heckington Show
Large village show featuring livestock classes, horticultural marquees, a rural craft tent, food hall, 250 trade stands, antiques fair, a concert marquee and tug-of-war. There are athletics and cycle races on Saturday, and showjumping on Sunday.
Showground, off Eastgage, Heckington, Sleaford, Lincolnshire (01529 461823).
Cumbria Steam Gathering
Traction engine and vintage vehicle exhibition with agricultural equipment, tractors, displays, arena events, craft exhibitions, fairgrounds and live entertainment.
Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria (01524 271584).
Sunderland International Air Show
Military and civilian aircraft, parachute teams, stunt-flying, entertainment, trade stands and displays.
Show/Display Promenade, Sunderland (0191-510 9317).
Kirkleatham Vehicle and Engine Rally
Attractions include 120 vintage and classic cars and 50 motor bikes plus tractors, steam-traction and miniature traction engines, rides and children's activities.
Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, Yorkshire (01642 479500).
Have-A-Go Weekend, Kent
Try your hand at sailing, canoeing or windsurfing under expert tuition. Take towel, change of clothes and soft shoes.
Bewl Water, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent (01892 890661).
Sunday 31 July
Sutton-on-Sea and Trusthorpe Carnival
One of the biggest carnivals on the East coast.
Sutton and Trusthorpe, Sutton-on-Sea, Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire (01507 442457).
Bognor Regis Carnival
Procession of floats inspired by children's books and nursery rhymes.
West Park to town centre (01243 861125).
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