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8 things you should do this August

A round-up of the most fun events happening across the British Isles in July. It’s all about sports, speed and countryside pursuits.


From the International Festival in Edinburgh, to the Regatta in Cowes, to a display of the world’s finest cars in Oxford, here are the key events for your diary this August.

1. Glorious Goodwood

Tuesday 31 July to Saturday 04 August

Qatar Goodwood Festival
Image courtesy of Qatar Goodwood Festival

With five days of thrilling action set against the magnificent backdrop of the rolling Sussex countryside, The Qatar Goodwood Festival – popularly known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ – is one of the highlights of the flat-racing season.


2. BBC Countryfile Live 2018

Thursday 02 and Sunday 05 August

Country File Live 2018 at Blenheim Palace
Country File Live 2018 at Blenheim Palace

Returning to the spectacular grounds of Blenheim Palace, enjoy exciting live arena shows, talks, hands-on activities, Adam Henson’s farm, animal displays, farming in action, Q&A with the Countryfile presenters, off-road experiences, as well as shopping from more than 700 exhibitors including food, craft and luxury producers

3. Wilderness Festival

Thursday 02 to Sunday 05 August

Image courtesy of Wilderness Festival

Wilderness is a 4-day festival combining live music, contemporary arts and an array of theatre, artisanship, late-night parties, outdoor pursuits and culinary experiences at Cornbury Park – a Cotswold country estate near Charlbury in the heart of Oxfordshire.


4. Edinburgh International Festival

Friday 03 to Monday 27 August

Image courtesy of Edinburgh International Festival

The 2018 Edinburgh International Festival is a three-week long world-class cultural event that brings together the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre from around the world.


5. The 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

Friday 03 to Monday 27 August

2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Image courtesy of Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Billed as the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe will see thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste – including theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word events.


6. Cowes Week

Saturday 04 to Saturday 11 August

2018 Lendy Cowes Week
Image courtesy of Lendy Cowes Week

A key part of the British sporting summer calendar since 1826, Cowes Week is one of the UK’s longest running and most successful sporting events. It now stages up to 40 daily races for around 1,000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.


7. Notting Hill Carnival

Saturday 25 to Monday 27 August

Notting Hill Carnival 2018
Notting Hill Carnival 2018

Witness the streets of west London come alive this August bank holiday weekend with a huge Caribbean party and Europe’s biggest street festival. Close to one million people will attend this two-day celebration of Caribbean heritage on the streets of Notting Hill.


8. Salon Prive

Thursday 30 August to Saturday 01 September

Salon Privé 2018 Blenheim Palace
Image courtesy of Salon Privé

Salon Privé is the most luxurious of garden parties set out over three days on the South Lawn of Blenheim Palace alongside the finest collection of supercars, hypercars and classic cars, along with a luxury retail village and exquisite cuisine.


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