Thursday, 16 August 2012

The What, Where, When: 17 August

Written by Sophie Thrower
WHAT: Summer Sundae Weekender A weekend of music with around 6,000 visitors each day. The event showcases over 70 artists on 4 different stages, and this year includes Katy B and Reverend and the Makers.

WHERE: De Montfort Hall, University of Leicester, Granville Road, Leicester, LE1 7RU, UK, www.summersundae.com

WHEN: 17 - 19 August

 

WHAT: Canary Wharf Jazz Festival Part of a series of concerts held here throughout the summer, this festival showcases the best jazz performers, and is headlined by Courtney Pine.

WHERE: Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AX, UK, www.canarywharf.com

WHEN: 17 - 19 August

 

WHAT: Edinburgh International Book Festival The largest event celebrating literature, featuring around 750 international authors, such as Zadie Smith and Ian McEwan. The festival is home to more than 7,000 events including debates, workshops and readings.

WHERE: Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 4ET, UK, www.edbookfest.co.uk

WHEN: 11 - 27 August

 

WHAT: Chilterns Craft Show This creative exhibition showcases over 200 trade stands, demonstrations and workshops, and includes displays of both traditional and modern crafts.

WHERE: Stonor Park, Henley on Thames, RG9 6HF, Oxfordshire, UK, www.ichf.co.uk

WHEN: 24 - 27 August

 

WHAT: The Foodies Festival A festival specialising in exhibiting the very best in food and drink, with over 150 exhibitors and cooking demonstrations from Michelin star chefs.

WHERE: Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ, UK, www.foodiesfestival.com

WHEN: 17- 19 August

 

WHAT: All About Gardening This major annual horticultural show returns with over 200 exhibitors, and includes a food court and a craft marquee.

WHERE: Garon Park, Southend on Sea, SS2 4FA, UK, www.aztecevents.co.uk

WHEN: 17- 19 August

 

WHAT: Flavour Fest Running as part of the Plymouth Summer Festival, Flavour Fest displays regional food and drink at the biggest farmers' market in Britain.

WHERE: Piazza, Plymouth, PL1 2AA, Devon, UK, www.plymouth.gov.uk

WHEN: 17 - 19 August

 

WHAT: Whitby Regatta and Carnival This traditional regatta features rowing competitions, a funfair and displays by the Royal Air Force and Navy.

WHERE: Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK, www.whitbyregatta.co.uk

WHEN: 18 - 20 August

 

WHAT: Last of the Haussmans Stephen Beresford's new play, starring Julie Walters, Rory Kinnear and Helen McCrory.

WHERE: Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre, London, SE1 9PX, UK, www.lyttelton.official-theatre.co.uk

WHEN: 10 August- 11 October

 

WHAT: Watchet Live Festival The largest outdoor music event in Somerset, featuring workshops, a market and live performances.

WHERE: Watchet Fields, Watchet, Minehead, TA23 0HS, Somerset, UK, www.watchetfestival.co.uk

WHEN: 24 - 26 August

 

WHAT: Galtres Festival A family-orientated event celebrating the best of local food and drink. Also features live performances from artists such as the Buzzcocks and Billy Bragg.

WHERE: Mosswood Grange, Crayke, York, YO61 4QT, York, UK, www.galtresfestival.org.uk

WHEN: 24 - 26 August

 

WHAT: The Melplash Show The premier agricultural exhibition to be held in the South West region, featuring handicrafts, horticulture, home produce and equestrian events.

WHERE: The West Bay Showgrounds, Bridport, Dorset, UK, www.melplashshow.co.uk

WHEN: 23 August

 

WHAT: The International Antiques and Collectors Fair The renowned event arrives in Newark this week, with an amazing showcase of fine furniture, vintage fabrics, jewellery and an array of antiques.

WHERE: Newark Showground, Newark, NG24 2NY, Nottinghamshire, UK, www.iacf.co.uk

WHEN: 23 August

 

WHAT: Mid-Somerset Show (The Shepton Show ) A traditional country show featuring the South West Cheese Awards, which attracts around 15,000 visitors every year.

WHERE: The Showfield, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4, Somerset, UK, www.midsomersetshow.org.uk

WHEN: 19 August

 

WHAT: Edinburgh International Festival The 66th annual showcase exhibits international theatre, music, dance and opera.

WHERE: Edinburgh, www.eif.co.uk

WHEN: 10 August - 2 September

 

WHAT: Big Fun Run The series of 5km runs spans from July to November, and comes to Coventry and Birmingham this weekend, with around 600 runners taking part to raise money for charity.

WHERE: War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road, Coventry, CV3 6PT, UK, and Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B13 8RD, www.bigfunrun.com

WHEN: 18 - 19 August

 

WHAT: International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival The 125th anniversary of the publication of 'The Woodlanders' is celebrated by enthusiasts and renowned scholars, including poet and broadcaster, Roger McGough.

WHERE: United Church, South Street, Dorchester, DT1 1BY, Dorset, UK, www.hardysociety.org

WHEN: 18 - 26 August

 

WHAT: World Alternative Games The smallest town in Britain is hosting its alternative to the 2012 Olympic games. Sporting events include Barrel Rolling and Chariot Racing.

WHERE: Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, LD5, Walkes, UK, www.worldalternativegames.co.uk

WHEN: 17 August - 2 September

 

WHAT: Hatfield Country Show This traditional agricultural show encompasses a wide range of traditional activities, such as a food fair, steam and vintage exhibitions, a floral marquee, and rural crafts. It also includes an announcement of the winners of the Hertford in Bloom competition.

WHERE: Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ, UK, www.hatfield-house.co.uk

WHEN: 17 - 19 August

 

WHAT: L'Heure espagnole and L'enfant et les sortil√®ges The museum will be screening two short operas by Ravel in its IMAX cinema. The operas will be sung in French, and will have English subtitles.

WHERE: The Science Museum, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD, UK, www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

WHEN: 19 August

 

WHAT: Afterhours Dino Snores An exciting overnight event specifically for grown-ups, including a sophisticated evening of music and science, art and cinema, and a three-course dinner inside the museum followed by a sleepover.

WHERE: The National History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK, www.nhm.ac.uk

WHEN: 19:30 to 09:30, 17 - 18 August

 

WHAT: Old Town Heritage and Arts Festival A celebration of Leicester's heritage with over 60 events, featuring concerts, guided walks and art shows.

WHERE: Castle Gardens, Leicester, UK, www.leicester.gov.uk/castleparkfestival

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WHAT: Gustav Klimt live art event Ten artists will partake in creating works inspired by the Austrian artist, commemorating 150 years since he was born. The works will then be exhibited at Soho's Lazarides Gallery.

WHERE: Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1 0DH, UK, www.lazinc.com

WHEN: 21 August

 

WHAT: The Poetry Prom The 10th annual celebration of poetry returns with performances led by Imtiaz Dharker, Paul Durcan and Marie Howe.

WHERE: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape Bridge, Saxmundham, IP17 1SR, Suffolk, UK, www.thepoetrytrust.org/poetry -prom

WHEN: 23 August

 

WHAT: Bolton Food and Drink Festival This annual food and drink festival includes speciality markets, street entertainment and live demonstrations by celebrity chefs such as Mary Berry and James Martin.

WHERE: Various venues throughout Bolton, Greater Manchester, UK, www.boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com

WHEN: 24 - 27 August

 

WHAT: Watch This Space Festival, Ark-ive A huge vessel will be erected outside the National Theatre, inviting you to bring animal-related drawings, photographs and stories, such as memories of old pets, encounters with wild animals or even a recent dinner choice. There's also music and events at the end of each day.

WHERE: National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX, UK, www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

WHEN: 22 - 27 August

 

WHAT: Cesario A funny and moving play set in 1596, inspired by the twins in Shakespeare's plays. It features the character of Judith, the daughter of William Shakespeare, who insists upon wearing boy's clothes and being referred to as Cesario.

WHERE: National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX, UK, www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

WHEN: 22 - 25 August



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