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Scotcampus Freshers' Festival

Entertainment and information for new students, with free buses running to and from the event in the SECC. Find out all about work and play with over 140 exhibitors presenting info on fashion, health, lifestyle and employment as well as live DJs, exclusive discounts and freebies.

SECC, Glasgow

Thu 2 Oct

Free / 0141 221 6241

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Fri 3 Oct

Free / 0141 221 6241

  • 10:00 – 16:00

SSW4 The Preston Weekender

House, funk, soul and disco grooves featuring Ann Sexton, Garfield Fleming, Soul Sam, Jelly Roll Soul and many, many others.

Park Hall Hotel, Chorley

Fri 26 Sep

£99 for a weekend ticket in advance; £120 for a weekend ticket on the door; £190 for a weekend ticket + two nights accommodation; £227 for a weekend… / 07540 112220

  • 12:00

Sat 27 Sep

£99 for a weekend ticket in advance; £120 for a weekend ticket on the door; £190 for a weekend ticket + two nights accommodation; £227 for a weekend… / 07540 112220

  • 12:00

Sun 28 Sep

£99 for a weekend ticket in advance; £120 for a weekend ticket on the door; £190 for a weekend ticket + two nights accommodation; £227 for a weekend… / 07540 112220

  • 12:00

Durham Book Festival

Book events for both children and adults at this two-week festival, with over 70 writers appearing in 2014. Highlights include Kate Tempest, Dennis Skinner MP and Stuart Maconie.

Various Venues: Durham

Mon 6 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Tue 7 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Wed 8 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00
…and 10 more dates until 18 Oct

Foodies Festival Edinburgh

Michelin starred and award-winning chefs cook up a storm at this year's festival dedicated to epicureans, as well as offerings from local producers and workshops for food lovers young and old.

Inverleith Park, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug 2015

£12 (£10; under 12s free) / 0844 995 1111

  • 11:00 – 20:00

Sat 8 Aug 2015

£12 (£10; under 12s free) / 0844 995 1111

  • 10:00 – 20:00

Macbeth

The Walking Theatre Company presents a moving production of Shakespeare's classic. Tickets available from reception at Portavadie Marina. Ticket price includes BBQ and a glass of wine or cordial.

Forres, Aberdeen

Wed 24 Sep

£6 (Family £20)

  • 17:00 – 18:30

Thu 25 Sep

£6 (Family £20)

  • 17:00 – 18:30

Fri 26 Sep

£6 (Family £20)

  • 17:00 – 18:30
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Talking Peace Festival

A festival of events taking place around International Peace Day. Featuring talks, comedy, art, food and more, all promoting the importance of dialogue in resolving conflict.

Bernie Spain Gardens By Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1

Tue 23 Sep

Free

  • 08:00

Wed 24 Sep

Free

  • 08:00

Thu 25 Sep

Free

  • 08:00
…and 4 more dates until 29 Sep

Weston Super Food Festival

Markets, demonstrations, cookery workshops, tastings and competitions at this community food festival.

Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare

Sat 27 Sep

Free / 01934 813407

  • 10:00 – 17:30

Sun 28 Sep

Free / 01934 813407

  • 10:00 – 17:30

Creamfields

One of the biggest dance music festivals in the UK organised by Liverpool's legendary superclub Cream. 2014's line-up features a monumental array of DJs and live acts playing house, trance, Hardcore and dubstep. Playing Sat Avicii, Afrojack, deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Showtek, Armin van Buuren, Steve Angello, Hardwell, Annie…

Various venues: Daresbury, Halton

Sat 29 Aug 2015

prices vary

Sun 30 Aug 2015

prices vary

London Festival of Gymnastics

A week of gymnastics fun for competitors and their friends and family.

Brentwood Centre

Sat 18 Oct

£5 / 01277 215151

Sun 19 Oct

£5 / 01277 215151

Observer Festival of Ideas

A one-day festival of almost everything, with talks on art, technology, music, big data, the economy, science and food. Guests taking part include David Simon, Tinie Tempah, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Cedric Villani, Conchita Wurst, Jeremy Deller, Kim Dotcom, Jack Monroe, Rokia Traore, Edwyn Collins, Benjamin Clementine, Chido…

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Sun 12 Oct

£75 / 020 7638 8891

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OxfordOxford

Three days of film, music and community, including performances from Klaxons, Katy B, Gaz Coombes, Tuung and Michael Kiwanuka, screenings of Grease, Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, The Goonies and Alice in Wonderland and a day of sport, food and drink, art stalls and more.

South Park, Oxford

Fri 26 Sep

£6.25–£32.50

  • 12:00 – 23:00

Sat 27 Sep

£6.25–£32.50

  • 12:00 – 23:00

Sun 28 Sep

£6.25–£32.50

  • 12:00 – 23:00

Aces High Festival

Two days of metal, punk and hard rock featuring Emperor Chung, Massive Wagon, Honeycomb Love, Skam, Bad Touch, Hot Money, Death Valley Knights, Black Star Bullet and more.

Doghouse Studios, Nottingham

Sat 4 Oct

£8 per day; £13 weekend ticket

Sun 5 Oct

£8 per day; £13 weekend ticket

Africa on the Square

A festival celebrating African culture, featuring food, fashion and live music.

Trafalgar Square, London WC2

Sat 11 Oct

Free / 020 7983 4100

  • 12:00 – 18:00

The Arts and Book Festival

The Wordsworth Trust is proud to announce the return of the Arts & Book Festival in 2015. The Festival comprises a vibrant programme of talks, workshops, readings and discussions illuminating aspects of literature and the visual arts, taking place over a weekend in January.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

Fri 23 Jan 2015

Free / 01539 435544

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sat 24 Jan 2015

Free / 01539 435544

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 25 Jan 2015

Free / 01539 435544

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Blackburn Blues, Rhythm And Rock Festival 4!

While this years festival still retains a blues foundation and international flavour and has been expanded to encompass a greater diversity of music and with the awesome Chantel McGregor headlining, and five other top class acts.

King George's Hall, Blackburn

Sun 5 Oct

£19 / 01254 582579

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Breakout Festival

Brighton's first outdoor rock and metal festival. Featuring Skindred, Funeral for Friend, The Blackout, Betraying the Martyr, Silent Screams, Glamour of the Kill, InMe, The Qemists and more.

Brighton Racecourse

Sat 27 Sep

£34.50 / 01952 242019

Bristol Folk Festival

Two days of folk music featuring Seth Lakeman, The Full English, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar and Heg & The Wolf Chorus. Plus workshops, ceilidhs, market and Bristol's much loved Morris dancing.

St George's Bristol

Sat 2 May 2015

£60–£70 / 0845 40 24 001

  • 11:00 – 22:30

Sun 3 May 2015

£60–£70 / 0845 40 24 001

  • 11:00 – 22:30

Cake, Bake and Food Festival

Hundreds of stalls offering cakes and cakes and other delights to make your tastebuds mighty happy.

Walpole Park, Gosport

Fri 22 May 2015

£10–£15 (5-12 years £5; Under 5 free) / 02393 787613

  • 10:00 – 21:00

£12–£30 (Under 13s £5; under 5s free; Seniors £12; Family £29) / 02393 787613

  • 10:00 – 20:00

Sat 23 May 2015

£12–£30 (Under 13s £5; under 5s free; Seniors £12; Family £29) / 02393 787613

  • 10:00 – 20:00

Sun 24 May 2015

£12–£30 (Under 13s £5; under 5s free; Seniors £12; Family £29) / 02393 787613

  • 10:00 – 20:00

CASA Latin American Theatre Festival

Theatre work from the other side of the world – plus productions from Latin theatre-makers based in the UK – offering staunch social and political commentary, stunning visuals and poetic, personal storytelling. Held at the Barbican, Rich Mix and Institute for Latin American Studies.

Rich Mix, Bethnal Green

Fri 10 Oct

£6–£40 / 020 3302 0660

  • 10:00 – 21:30

Sat 11 Oct

£6–£40 / 020 3302 0660

  • 10:00 – 21:30

Sun 12 Oct

£6–£40 / 020 3302 0660

  • 10:00 – 21:30
…and 7 more dates until 19 Oct

Chester Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival

With an awesome line up and some of the hottest names in the business stepping on stage, this is one music festival not to miss. Featuring headliner Steve Cropper alongside Animals and Friends, Billy Walton Band, The Hitman Blues Band and the New York City Horns, Mākuini and Lucy Zirins

The Live Rooms, Chester

Sat 18 Oct

£27

  • 14:00 – 22:00
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East Coast Tattoo Expo

The 11th year of the East Coast Expo – expect a fun and – importantly – friendly day out with artist just dying to get their hands on you, as well as trade booths and entertainment.

HIghfields Holiday Park, Clacton-on-Sea

Sat 15 Nov

£12–£20 / 01206 766606

  • 11:00

Sun 16 Nov

£12–£20 / 01206 766606

  • 11:00

Festival Of Thrift

A festival celebrating all things thrifty curated by designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway. There's a whole host of eco friendly activities including a Fix It Café where broken goods can be repaired, Nu-urban Gardeners making miniature allotments, a Thiftea party with self-made crockery and cake stands, Jamalot making…

Lingfield Point, Darlington

Sat 27 Sep

Free / 01325 486486

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 28 Sep

Free / 01325 486486

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Great British Bioscience Festival

Over 20 displays help bring biology to life, with this event showcasing British bioscience.

Museum Gardens, London E2

Fri 14 Nov

Free

  • 10:00

Sat 15 Nov

Free

  • 10:00

Sun 16 Nov

Free

  • 10:00

Ilfracombe Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival

Set in beautiful and picturesque Devon featuring Geno Washington & the Yo Yo Band, Larry Miller, Giles Robson & The Dirty Aces, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, The Brew, Aynsley Lister, Climax Blues Band, Stevie Nimmo Trio and more over three nights of live music.

Ilfracombe Holiday Park

Fri 14 Nov

£119 weekend ticket (inc accommodation)

  • 14:00 – 23:30

Sat 15 Nov

£119 weekend ticket (inc accommodation)

  • 14:00 – 23:30

Sun 16 Nov

£119 weekend ticket (inc accommodation)

  • 14:00 – 23:30

Lancaster Music Festival

Over 150 acts play across Lancaster and most events are free. Music appreciation is a thirsty business but luckily Thwaites Brewery have created a festival ale and Atkinsons Coffee Roasters a festival coffee blend. Visit the website for details on how to apply to perform.

Various Venues, Lancaster

Thu 9 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 00:00

Fri 10 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 00:00

Sat 11 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 00:00

Sun 12 Oct

Free

  • 12:00 – 00:00
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