August

August is the most popular month for agricultural shows, with the corn harvest at least partly gathered in. Sports , carnivals and a wide variety of events are scheduled.The month endsĀ  with the last Bank Holiday before winter, which is a good opportunity for festival organisers everywhere.


Some events take place on exactly the same date every year, regardless of which day of the week they fall upon. The following table shows events which are fixed in this way:

DayEventArticle
1LammasArticle
1Yorkshire DayArticle
12Mary Gibson's Mausoleum InspectionArticle
24Sandwich Bartlemas Bun RaceArticle

Some event dates differ from year to year in order for them to fall on a weekend or during a particular week of the year, for example the 3rd week in January. The following table shows events where dates may vary in this manner:

DateEventArticle
Variable Date depending on TidesBrambles Bank Cricket MatchArticle
Variable Date - a Sunday in the MonthWalking the Plank CompetitionArticle
Before 12thLeigh Parish Lands Candle AuctionArticle
Sunday in June, July or AugustCroyde National Sandcastle CompetitionArticle
A Saturday in July or AugustSussex BLMRA 12 Hour Lawnmowing RaceArticle
Weekend in July or August Worthing Birdman CompetitionArticle
Most of MonthEdinburgh Military TattooArticle
1st weekend in Month & week leading up to itGatehouse of Fleet Gala WeekArticle
Saturday late July/ earlyAugustOld Woodstock Mock MayorArticle
Saturday nearest 1stEastbourne Lammas FestivalArticle
Saturday before 1st Monday in the MonthRipon St Wilfrids Feast & ProcessionArticle
Weekend near 4thEvesham Battle Commemoration WeekendArticle
1st SundayLudham St Benet's BlessingArticle
1st WeekNational Eisteddfod of WalesArticle
1st WeekendWoodmen of Arden Grand WardmoteArticle
1st TuesdayEgton Bridge Gooseberry ShowArticle
1st FridayInverkeithing Hat & Ribbon RaceArticle
1st SaturdayBonsall Hen RaceArticle
1st SaturdayLauder Common RidingArticle
1st SaturdayLowestoft Thumb Wrestling ChampionshipsArticle
1st Sunday in MonthNottingham Pagan Pride FestivalArticle
Thursday of 1st Full WeekColdsteam Common Riding to Flodden BattlefieldArticle
Saturday early to mid MonthYork Assize of AleArticle
Sunday early to mid MonthMoffat Sheep RacesArticle
2nd FridayQueensferry Burry ManArticle
2nd SaturdayKettlewell Scarecrow FestivalArticle
Sunday nearest 12thLymm RushbearingArticle
1st Sunday after 12thMacclesfield Forest RushbearingArticle
Monday after 12thMarhamchurch Revel & Cornish FeastArticle
Mid AugustSherwood Forest Robin Hood FestivalArticle
Mid MonthIrvine Marymass FestivalArticle
A Friday mid-MonthStaithes Nightgown ParadeArticle
Tuesday & Wednesday mid-MonthPlymouth British Fireworks ChampionshipsArticle
Mid-late in MonthTotnes Orange RacesArticle
2nd Weekend after 12thSaddleworth RushcartArticle
Saturday nearest 18thSanquhar Common RidingArticle
3rd WeekFowey Royal Regatta & Cornish Pasty RaceArticle
3rd SaturdayOrkney Boys Ploughing Match & Festival of the HorseArticle
Saturday after 19thCilgerran Coracle RacesArticle
Wednesday late in MonthSouthampton Knighthood of the Old Green TournamentArticle
Wednesday late in Month every 7 yearsRichmond Septennial Boundary RidingArticle
Friday late in MonthDartmouth Waiters & Waitresses RacesArticle
Sunday near 22ndBattle of Bosworth CommemorationArticle
Saturday nearest 23rdElderslie Wallace DayArticle
Saturday nearest 24th West Witton Burning BartleArticle
Last SaturdayBirnam World Championship Haggis Eating CompetitionArticle
Last SundayEyam Plague Sunday ServiceArticle
August Bank Holiday WeekendDymchurch Day of SynArticle
August Bank Holiday SundayLlanwrtyd Wells Bog SnorkellingArticle
August Bank Holiday SundayGrasmere SportsArticle
August Bank Holiday SundaySemerwater Lakeside ServiceArticle
August Bank Holiday Sunday & MondayLondon Notting Hill CarnivalArticle
August Bank Holiday Sunday & MondayUffington Scouring the White Horse & White Horse ShowArticle
August Bank Holiday MondayBourton Football in the WaterArticle
August Bank Holiday MondayPershore Plum FestivalArticle
August Bank Holiday MondayStacksteads World Gravy Wrestling ChampionshipsArticle
August Bank Holiday MondayTyburn Martyrs WalkArticle
Saturday in late August/ early SeptemberPalnackie World Flounder Tramping ChampionshipsArticle