What's Happening in the UK and Ireland in 2011?

Written by Charlotte on 7th April 2011 at 05:05pm

What's Happening in the UK and Ireland in 2011?

There are always a great number of interesting and fascinating events across the UK each year. This is your one stop guide to some of the best.

Regional Events and Festivals in the UK & Ireland

The Brits really know how to have a good time and enjoy the good things in life. Each year there are a plethora of events around the region, from cheese rolling festivals, outdoor theatre events, food and wine fairs, carnivals, sporting events (dare we mention the Olympics), fashion shows and more! If you time your visit right you can catch some of these local festivities and fates or stumble across lesser known markets and fairs as your explore the countryside. This list is by no means conclusive, however, here are a few events happening around Britain this year. If you are lucky, maybe you will catch a glimpse whilst on tour or if you prefer we can plan your own private tour around these events if you have a few friends to travel with.

 

Name of Event April Location Related Tour (event not included)
Virgon London Marathon 17/04/2011 London (various Locations)  
Tulip Festival 27/04/2011 Pashley Manor Gardens, East Sussex Historic Kent and Sussex

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink 2011

29/04/2011

Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle, Devon

King Arthur's West Country
The Royal Wedding 29/04/2011 11am Westminster Abbey Heart of England

Jousting Tournament

30/04/2011

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Heart of England

Dancing round the Maypole

30/04/2011

Hever Castle, Kent

Historic Kent and Sussex
Name of Event May Location Related Tour (event not included)

100th Anniversary of the launch of the Titanic Built

May

Belfast

Northern Ireland

The Real Food Festival

 

05/05/2011

Earls Court, London

Highlights of Britain

Heart Of England

Festival of Living Crafts, Art, Design & Innovation

05/05/2011

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

 

Ludlow Spring Festival

07/05/2011

Ludlow Castle, Shropshire

Red Dragon of Wales

Highlights of Britain

Southport Food and Drink Festival

12/05/2011

Southport, Merseyside

Northern England, Lakes & Dales

The Malvern Spring Gardening Show

12/05/2011

Malvern, Worcestershire

Heart of England
Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland 17/05/2011 - 20/05/2011    

Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival

19/05/2011

Canterbury, Kent

Historic Kent and Sussex

Home and Garden Weekend

21/05/2011

Leeds Castle, Kent

Historic Kent and Sussex

Jousting Tournament

21/05/2011

Leeds Castle, Kent

Historic Kent and Sussex

Spring Air Show

22/05/2011

Imperial War Museum Duxford

 

Cambridge Beer Festival

23/05/2011

Jesus Green, Cambridgeshire

 
President Obama’s visit to Ireland 22/05/2011 - 24/05/2011   Ireland - A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

Chelsea Flower Show

24/05/2011-28/05/2011

Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London

Chelsea Flower Show 7 & 11 Day Tours

Hertfordshire County Show

28/05/2011

St Albans, Hertfordshire

Northern England, Lakes & Dales

Art, Design and a Taste of Summer

28/05/2011

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Heart of England

Merrie England Weekend

28/05/2011

Hever Castle, Kent

Historic Kent and Sussex

Name of Event June Location Related Tour (event not included)
Waterford Tall Ships June Waterford Classic Southern Ireland

Royal Bath & West Show

02/06/2011

Somerset

Heart of England
Gardening Scotland 03/06/2011 - 05/06/2011 Edinburgh's Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston A Scottish Journey

The Mint Festival

04/06/2011

Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, York

Northern England, Lakes & Dales

Taste of London 2011

 

16/06/2011

Regent’s Park London

Highlights of Britain

Red Dragon of Wales

Name of Event July Location Related Tour (event not included)
Hampton Court Flower Show 05/07/2011 - 10/07/2011 Hampton Court Palace, Surrey Hampton Court Flower Show

2011 British Beach Polo Championships

08/07/2011

Sandbanks, Poole

 

Buxton Festival 2011

09/07/2011

Buxton, Derbyshire

Northern England, Lakes & Dales

The English Lavender Festival

 

09/07/2011

Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, York

 

Northern England, Lakes & Dales

Highlights of Britain

Falconry & Owl Day

10/07/2011

Rockingham Castle, Leicestershire

 

Glorious Gloucestershire

13/07/2011

Gloucester Cathedral

Heart of England

Whitstable Oyster Festival

23/07/2011

Whitstable, Kent

Historic Kent and Sussex

The Thyme Festival

23/07/2011

Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, York

Northern England, Lakes & Dales

Highlights of Britain

Name of Event August Location Related Tour (event not included)

Taunton Flower Show

05/08/2011

Vivary Park, Taunton, Somerset

Heart of England

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

 

05/08/2011 - 27/08/2011 Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Tattoo

Scottish Castles, Whisky & Lochs

Whitstable 218th Anniversary Regatta

13/08/2011

Whitstable, Kent

Historic Kent and Sussex

World Pipe Band Championships

 

13/08/2011 Glasgow Green, Greendyke Street, Glasgow, A Scottish Journey

Blair Castle International Horse Trials And Country Fair

18/08/2011

Blair Castle,Blair Atholl, Pitlochry,

Scottish Castles, Whisky & Lochs

Herne Bay Festival

20/08/2011

Kent

Historic Kent and Sussex

Name of Event September Location Related Tour (event not included)

Dundee Flower & Food Festival 2011

02/09/2011

Camperdown Country Park, Dundee

 

Highland Games: Braemar Gathering

 

03/09/2011 The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, City Of Aberdeen A Scottish Journey

ABSOLUT Fringe Festival

10/09/2011

Dublin City Centre

Classic Southern Ireland

Harrogate 2011 Autumn Flower Show

16/09/2011

Harrogate, north Yorkshire

Highlights of Britain

Culture Night

23/09/2011

Temple Bar, Dublin

 

Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 2011

29/09/2011

Various venues

Classic Southern Ireland
Name of Event October Location Related Tour (event not included)

The Children’s Book Festival 2011

01/10/2011

Various venues, Dublin

Classic Southern Ireland

Autumn Air Show

16/10/2011

Imperial War Museum Duxford

 

 

Please note: These events are for your reference only and are not updated regularly. We strongly recommend that you check directly with the event organiser before you plan your attendance. Our tours (other than those which specifically include the event in the tour entrances) do not include these events in their scheduled program, however, you might find that it is possible to attend certain events before, during or after your tour independently. If it is possible to visit a local festival or event on the tour, we will certainly try our best if this is the decision of the group. We hope this is generally helpful information. If you have any comments or would like to add any more events to this page please e-mail us at info@backroadstouring.co.uk