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Created on 05 March 2012

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  • 1 Marsden Cuckoo Day Apr 2012 (annual) in Marsden Marsden Cuckoo Day Weird & Wonderful

    This annual celebration welcomes the return of the cuckoo to Marsden with artistic workshops, an all-day craft fair, banner-making, a village procession, maypole and Morris dancing for two days. Friday night culminates in a folk evening at the Riverhead.

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  • 2 Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival 19 - 21 Apr 2012 (annual) in Tuckers Maltings Tuckers Maltings, Newton Abbot. Courtesy of Tuckers Maltings Lifestyle

    Newton Abbot's Tuckers Maltings hosts one of the few beer festivals that is actually set in a brewery or, to be precise, a Victorian malthouse. Take the opportunity to sample from the scores of West Country ales available.

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  • 3 Maldon Mud Race 29 Apr 2012 (annual) in Maldon Maldon's glorious mud. Courtesy of Maldon Lions Weird & Wonderful

    Work off all those extra sweets by plunging up to your neck in glorious mud, all in aid of charity. Join the Maldon Mud Race to sprint, plod or even crawl across the River Blackwater's estuary in Essex.

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  • 4 Rochester Sweeps Festival 5 - 7 May 2012 (annual) in Rochester Rochester Sweeps Festival, Kent. Photo © Medway Council Festivals & Heritage

    Traditional Morris dancers and musicians converge on Rochester for the colourful and enjoyable Rochester Sweeps. This typically English festival was originally celebrated by chimney sweeps, who welcomed the good weather and hung up their brushes for a sunny day off.

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  • 5 Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green Morris Dancing Festival 4 - 7 May 2012 (annual) in Hastings and Battle Weird & Wonderful

    This traditional and quirky Morris-dancing festival in Hastings attracts people from all over the country. Taking place over one wild weekend, it culminates in a procession and a ceremony called Slaying of the Jack on the last day.

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  • 6 Easter Egg Rolling 9 Apr 2012 (annual) in Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling, Preston. Courtesy of Visit Preston Lifestyle

    The Egg Rolling held in Avenham Park is an Easter Monday tradition in Preston. Pace eggs - made of chocolate or hard-boiled and decorated with various colours - are rolled down the hill amidst great excitement.

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  • 7 Southport Jazz Festival 10 - 13 May 2012 (annual) in Southport Saxophone. Photo by Bree Hogg, © Whatsonwhen Music & Nightlife

    Southport's Jazz Festival is one of the biggest and best in the North West, boasting musicians from around the globe. Performances take place at venues ranging from theatres, bars and restaurants to bandstands and shopping arcades.

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  • 8 Stilton Cheese Rolling 7 May 2012 (annual) in Stilton Weird & Wonderful

    The Stilton Cheese Rolling Festival is one of the year's highlights in the small Cambridgeshire town of Stilton. Participants compete in rolling large rounded blocks of wood along the high street for a prize of cheese and bottles of port.

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  • 9 Bury St Edmunds Festival May 2012 (annual) in Bury St. Edmunds Bury St Edmunds Festival Arts

    Taking place in venues throughout the town, the annual Bury St Edmunds festival attracts international performers from classical to world music. It includes book readings, comedy and a continental market, as well as guided tours.

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  • 10 Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations 21 - 22 Apr 2012 (annual) in Stratford-upon-Avon Festivals & Heritage

    Tradition holds that the 23 April is William Shakespeare's birthday, three days prior to the date recorded in the church records for his baptism. Every year in Stratford-upon-Avon, thousands of people celebrate the occasion with a whole host of events.

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  • 11 Ceilidh Culture 2012 13/01/2012 - 14/04/2012 in Edinburgh Ceilidh Culture 2012 Weird & Wonderful

    Ceilidh Culture is a celebration of all that is wonderful about the traditional arts in Scotland. With more than 30 contributing organisations, Ceilidh Culture proudly showcases local talent alongside international acts and whether you're familiar with the traditional arts or not there is something for everyone to enjoy. From family friendly workshops and concerts to late-night, award-winning folk clubs. As well as the annual traditional street fair on Castle Street during Easter weekend.

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  • 12 International Street Market Jul 2012 (various dates) in Union Terrace Aberdeen's regular International Street Market, Union Terrace. Courtesy of Aberdeen City Counceil Lifestyle

    Aberdeen's Union Terrace hosts regular International Street Markets, attracting 120,000 visitors to the city centre. Around 70 stalls offer food, crafts and gardening supplies alongside fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, spices and plants.

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  • 13 The RHS Spring Flower Show Cardiff 20 - 22 Apr 2012 (annual) in Bute Park Spring Flower Show. Courtesy of RHS, photo by Betina Skovbro Lifestyle

    The RHS Spring Flower Show returns to Cardiff's Bute Park. Visitors can view inspirational show gardens, spring flower displays, floral marquees and the entries for the coveted RHS medals. Gardening experts give demonstrations and plants and flowers are on sale.

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  • 14 The Romans Return Daily in Cardiff The Romans Return Weird & Wonderful

    See first hand how the Romans invaded and conquered Cardiff with dramatic military displays and drills by soldiers in full, authentic costume. Everyday life is on display too with a living history encampment. A family weekend with dressing-up for children, drills and games.

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  • 15 Exeter Summer Festival Jun - Jul 2012 (annual) in Exeter Music & Nightlife

    Exeter's Summer Festival kicks off with a grand opening parade. Two weeks of contemporary and classical music, theatre, dance, comedy, visual arts and the popular two-day Craft Festival follow. Venues include Exeter's iconic cathedral and the Cathedral Green.

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  • 16 Winchester Hat Fair Jul 2012 (annual) in Winchester Winchester Hat Fair Festivals & Heritage

    Britain's longest-running festival of street theatre, held in Winchester city centre, is outlandish, entertaining and innovative. Spectators are asked to delve into their pockets to fill the eponymous hats that are passed around by the performers at Winchester Hat Fair.

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  • 17 West End Live Jun 2012 (annual) in Leicester Square Into The Hoods make the crowd go wild at West End Live 2008, London. Courtesy of Westminster City Council Lifestyle

    West End Live transforms Leicester Square into an extravaganza of theatre, dance and music. While the stage offers free fun and family-friendly entertainment for all, the whole area is out to impress with shopping and eating to boot.

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  • 18 Brighton Carnival Jul 2012 (annual) in Brighton Brighton Carnival Kids & Family

    A flurry of exotic costumes, soca sounds and samba moves take over Brighton this July for the one-day carnival that sees approximately 15,000 people take to the streets to party. The parade goes from Middle Street to Madeira Drive.

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