January 2023

  • Straw Bear Festival - Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire - 1st Monday after twelfth night
    An ancient ploughing ritual, where a Straw Bear dances through the streets of Whittlesey, accompanied by musicians and dancers. The bear is finally burned on the Sunday amidst much fanfare.

February 2023

March 2023

April 2023

  • Newark Antiques Fair
  • Ely Eel Festival Weekend - Ely, Cambridgeshire - End of April or Early May.
    A celebration of Ely's traditions, including the World Eel Throwing Competition. Includes a food and drink festival incorporating local produce and cuisine.
  • St George's Fayre - March, Cambridgeshire - Last Sunday in April
    A colourful parade, street market, fun fairs, live music and dance to commemorate the feast of St George.

May 2023

  • Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival - Lincolnshire
    Hundreds of walks around the rich and varied landscape of the Lincolnshire Wolds, from 1 mile strolls to 2 day epic rambles. Most walks are free.
  • Wisbech Brinks Festival - Cambridgeshire
    A wide variety of cultural events, featuring performing arts, theatre, film, poetry and art. Held in various venues about the town of Wisbech.

June 2023

  • Adleburgh Festival - Suffolk
  • Southwold Arts Festival - Southwold
  • Newark Antiques Fair
  • March Summer Festival - West End Park, March, Cambs - Early June
    Enjoy popular music, fairground rides and a host of family based activities.
  • Chatteris Midsummer Festival - Furrowfields, Chatteris, Cambs - Last weekend in June.
    Starts with a jubilant walking parade through the town to Furrowfields Road Recreation Fields. A wide range of events and activities catering for the whole family. Music, craft and food stalls and competitions such as It's a Knockout and tug-o-war.

July 2023

  • Cambridge Folk Festival - Cambridge
    One of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world, where traditional artists rub shoulders with contemporary acts.
  • Jazz at The Pavilion - Orford, Suffolk
  • Latitude Festival - Southwold
    Enjoy live music, comedy, literature, theatre, cabaret, dance and more at this imaginative festival.
  • Wisbech Rose Fair - Wisbech, Cambs - Early July
    Floral displays, fair rides, craft stalls, local produce, art exhibitions and musical entertainment.
  • World Pea Shooting Championships - Witcham, Cambs - second Saturday in July
    Situated in the village of Witcham near Ely. Everyone can take part. Side stalls and other popular entertainment.
  • Ely Folk Festival - Ely Cambs
    A three day event with traditional folk songs and dance.

August 2023

September 2023

  • Stamford Georgian Festival
    A festival of events that celebrate Stamford's Georgian era of aristocracy and elegance (1714 to 1837). With street fayres, arts and crafts, tea dances, costumed performances, horse drawn carriage rides and tours of Stamford's fine Georgian architecture.
  • Burghley Horse Trials - Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire.
    This thrilling equestrian event is a highlight on the social calendar. More than 600 stalls selling crafts and fine food will also feature.
  • Colchester Oyster Festival - Essex
  • The Battle of Britain Air Show - Imperial War Museum
    See vintage aircraft (including Spitfires and Lancasters) take to the skies to commemorate World War II's Battle of Britain.
  • Whittlesey Festival - Whittlesey Cambs - First Sunday in September
    A community parade and classic car display, followed by a wide selection of family entertainment in Church Yard Green and the Market Place, with live singers, musicians and marching bands. Craft fair and art exhibition.

October 2023

November 2023

  • Southwold Literary Festival - Southwold
    The seaside resort welcomes popular authors in a celebration of literature. Subjects range from fiction and biography to poetry and cookery.
  • Christmas Extravaganza - Oundle, Northamptonshire
    Come and enjoy the Christmas Extravaganza held in the Queen Victoria Hall, located in the lovely market town of Oundle. Christmas gifts, arts and crafts stalls and festive refreshments. Free Public Entry.

December 2023

  • Newark Antiques Fair
  • Floodlit Swan Feeds - Welney Wetland Centre, Cambs.
    Watch wild swans being fed by floodlight from the comfort of a heated hide. Learn more about these graceful birds who fly hundreds of miles to overwinter in the UK.

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