Summer holiday special: Week 2 » 1 - 7 August
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Sunday 24 July 2005
Robin Hood Festival, Nottinghamshire
Archery displays, medieval minstrels and jesters, market, open-air theatre and costumed characters plus falconry displays and jousting tournaments.
Sherwood Forest Country Park and Visitor Centre, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire (01623 823202).
Monday 1 August
Engine Room Day, Sunderland
See the inner workings of a lighthouse, hear the power of the foghorn and explore the living quarters of the keeper.
Souter Lighthouse and the Leas, Whitburn, Sunderland (0191-529 3161). Tuesday 2 August
Go Wild Club, Essex
Huge variety of arts and crafts, all with a wildlife twist. Make feeders, nest boxes and bird tables and play environmentally orientated games.
RSPB Rainham Marshes, Purfleet (01708 892900). 3-7 August
Romano-British Craft Week, Gloucestershire
Displays of skills and weaponry that would have been used by people living in late Roman Britain. Takes place at Chedworth Roman Villa, one of the largest in the country with several fine mosaics, a water shrine and latrine.
Yanworth, Gloucestershire (01242 890256). 4 August
Legends of the Rocks, Yorkshire
Free guided tour of the Brimham Rocks. Hear some of the local legends, and learn about the rock formation.
Brimham Rocks, Harrogate (01423 780688).
Flutters, Bugs and Dragonflies Day, Worcestershire
Learn about wildlife at Capability Brown-designed Croome Park. Paint a plate and take it home.
Croome Park, Worcs (01905 371006).
Lake District Sheepdog Trials
Sheepdog trials, hound show, hound and puppy trails, exhibition of shepherds' sticks.
Hill Farm, Ings, Kendal, Cumbria (015242 71584).
New Trafalgar Dispatch, Cornwall
News of Nelson's death arrives in Falmouth, part of the commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.
Cornish Coast and National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth, Cornwall (01637 853428). 4-7 August
Pickering Traction Engine Rally, North Yorkshire
More than 120 steam engines, 600 vintage cars and commercials, 200 motorcycles, 300 vintage tractors, model and craft marquees. Saturday night firework display, funfair, hot air balloons.
Pickering Showground, North Yorkshire (01751 473780). 5-7 August
Portsmouth and Southsea Show
Dog show, showjumping, countryside arena, bandstand, circus, homes exhibition, craft marquee, food hall and floral marquee.
Southsea Common, Portsmouth, Hampshire (023-9282 4355). 5-8 August
24th Glastonbury Children's Festival, Somerset
More than 20 performances each day from theatre companies, puppeteers, clowns, story-tellers, jugglers etc. Plus art and crafts workshops.
Abbey Park Playground, Glastonbur, Somerset (01458 832925). 5-27 August
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Featuring massed bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines and the Massed Pipes & Drums from Scotland and the Commonwealth.
Castle Esplanade, Castle Hill, Edinburgh (0870 755 5118). 6 August
Circus Skills Workshop, Suffolk
Plate-spinning, stilt-walking, juggling, diabolo and balance beams. Learn the tricks of the circus and explore the Anglo-Saxon burial site.
Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge (01394 389700).
World Hen Racing Championships, Derbyshire
Around 25 chickens race along a 20m track. Bet on your favourite - though pecking can lead to disqualification.
Matlock (01629 583388).
Aboyne Highland Games, Grampian
Traditional heavy events (caber, hammer, weights, shot) and light (flat races, high, long and triple jumps). Plus tug of war, hill race, piping competitions, Highland dancing competitions, funfair.
The Green, Aboyne, Grampian (01333 981209).
Summer Magic Proms, East Sussex
Frank Renton conducts the British Concert Orchestra. Spitfire display and firework finale.
Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, East Sussex (01444 417263). 6-7 August
Chilli Fiesta, West Sussex
Vast collection of chillies grown in restored Victorian glasshouses and displayed in every size and variety, ranging from serene green to red hot.
West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex
Sea Britain 2005, Grimsby
Street entertainment, educational activities, displays, seafood festival.
National Fishing Heritage Centre, Alexandra Dock, Lincolnshire (01472 323111).
Elite athletes and charity fundraisers swim, cycle and run from Royal Victoria Dock to Westminster and back.
ExCel Exhibition Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, London (020-7559 2929).
Woodvale International Rally, Lancashire
Model aircraft competitions, vintage and classic cars, military transport, radio-controlled model car and motorcycle racing, cycle racing, model engineering exhibition, model railways, model boats.
Woodvale International Rally, Woodvale, Southport (01704 876283). 7 August
Blackpool Carnival Spectacular, Lancashire
Carnival parade along promenade. Band competition in the afternoon.
Promenade, Blackpool (01257 462893).
Margate Carnival Parade, Kent
A traditional parade through Margate.
Seafront, Margate, Kent (01843 293733).
Napoleonic Muster, Co Durham
Re-enactment by the 68th Regiment of the Light Infantry in full battledress.
The North of England Open Air Museum Beamish, Co Durham (0191-370 4000). 7-29 August
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Three weeks of theatre, dance, music and comedy, in more than 200 venues.
Various venues, Edinburgh (0131-226 0026).
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