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Dates for the Diary August 2014

Out and about in August 2014

We are all so lucky to live in a country full of exciting events and activities for everyone. The main events are well publicised but there are also many fabulous local events taking part. We would love to hear from you about events you have attended, what they were about - and do send in your pictures. Let us know what is going on around this great country of ours so we can share it with fellow Laterlifers.

In the meantime, here are a few ideas for August...

Friday August 1st to Saturday August 23rd
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Is this going to be the last year the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will be held when Scotland is an integral part of the United Kingdom? Either way, this internationally famous event is certainly worth seeing once in a lifetime. This year the theme is “Our Home, Friends and Family” and welcomes a year of homecoming with hundreds of Commonwealth participants playing a part.

Fabulous bands, music, dance and displays include the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, cultural troupes, singers and of course the famous and poignant refrain of the Lone Piper playing against the emotive backdrop of Edinburgh Castle lit up at night.

More information and ticket purchase click here


Saturday August 2nd to Saturday August 9th.
Cowes week
Cowes, Isle of Wight.

You don’t have to be a sailor to enjoy Cowes week. With over 1000 boats taking part and around 40 races a day, it is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world and offers a fabulous sight from various viewpoints on the shore as well of course as from boats.
It is officially now called the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week and will include over 8,500 competitors, from top Olympic sailors to fun weekend participants. It is expected to attract 100,000 spectators and there are lots of social events, live entertainment and catering facilities to ensure everyone has a good time. Entertainment schedule is available here

For something different, there is still an option to get out on the water. Several companies offer short and longer trips out on the water to see the racing close up, for more information on this visit the website.


Monday August 4th to Sunday August 10th
Robin Hood Festival
Sherwood Forest Country Park, Nottinghamshire.

When we were young, more was made of the legend of Robin Hood with regular mentions in cartoons, tv series, books and so forth. But despite vigorous competition, the story of Robin Hood today still has strong appeal and this festival is an annual celebration of all things associated with the hero.

Each year a section of Sherwood Forest is transformed into a medieval feast of entertainment, food and fun to provide a great day out for all ages including interactive story-telling sessions. Jousting tournaments are being held on August 6th, 9th and 10th and there is a falconry display on the same dates.

More information here

Saturday August 16th and Sunday August 17th
1940's Lytham Wartime Festival
Lytham, Lancashire

With many commemorations of both World Wars taking place across the UK this year, Lytham is putting on a full weekend of events to commemorate the 1940s.

It really is packed with events and action, from entertainments and re-enactments to join in activities and education. There are historic vehicles, music and dance, memorabilia, mock battles, demonstrations and even a living history camp. You can learn about war winning gardening and food tips or hire your own 1940s outfit to really join in the fun and atmosphere. A variety of stalls including the RAFA, Help the Heroes, Spitfire Appeal and British Legion, will be there plus a try it assault course and lots of entertainment. There are even activities for the younger audiences including Enid Blyton and Winnie the Pooh stories and activities for the under 7s.

More information here


Monday August 25th
Newlyn Fish Festival
Newlyn, Cornwall

This is a regular summer event for this Cornish fishing town to showcase its heritage and produce. There are fish auctions, a Cornish Fishmonger of the Year competition, cookery demonstrations and lots of fascinating fishy information.

But it is not all fish! There is also a packed programme of supporting events including lifeboats, jet skis, arts and crafts, musical performances and even the Lugger Rowing World Championships. These beautiful boats are rowed across Newlyn Harbour to fight for the coveted Gold Pilchard trophy!

Admission is £5 but free for the under 16s. More information can be found here

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