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Manchester Comedy Festival

You don’t want to miss this two week festival if you’re into British humour and in Manchester between 18 – 31 October. With 200 comedy shows at 30 locations across Manchester, the 10th comedy festival will for sure make your funny bone sore for weeks.

This year’s festival features comedians such as Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle and Manchester’s local comedy hero Mick Ferry.
See the full list over comedians performing here.

Among the venues that will be used during the festival include Manchester Appollo, BirdCage and The Comedy Store.

For ticket information, please click here

/Siska

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Quirky Event of the Week – Battle Scarecrow Festival

Ever wondered what a tiny town full of scarecrows would look like? Well, wonder no more. Every year in July, the annual Scarecrow Festival takes place in Battle, East Sussex.

Between 2nd and 25th of July more than 40 larger-than-life scarecrows will be set out all around Battle. Every year there’s an new festival theme, and this year it’s ‘Market Day’. The townspeople of this little historic town on England’s south coast use recycled materials to build their scarecrows with. Visitors to the festival can also vote on their favourite scarecrow.

History of Battle
The little town of Battle got its name from the Battle of Hastings, when William, Duke of Normandy defeated the English King Harold in 1066. To celebrate the victory, he founded an abbey on the site and a town gradually grew around it. The Georgian and medieval cottages in the historic town centre remains to this day and makes it a spectacular place to visit, not only for the scarecrow festival. For example, if you like walking, take the beautiful 1066 Country Walk between Pevensey Castle and Rye, Battle will be the city right in the middle of the 50km long historic walk.

So if you’re in south of England in July, and you like history, beautiful scenery and scarecrows – flap down to Battle, find a comfy lamp post or a roof to land on and watch the scary looking people made of hay from above. Or just take a car, if you’d like.

For further information on South East England, please visit www.visitsoutheastengland.com
Find your way to Battle with our Britain Map.

– Towe

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Paint the town ruby red at London Pride Festival

Tomorrow, Saturday 3rd of July London Pride Festival takes over London West End. This festival is probably the biggest Gay event in the UK, attracting approximately 800,000 people each year from all over Europe.

This year, the theme is “Paint the Town Ruby Red” and the parade starts at 1pm from Baker Street, weaving down Oxford Street and Regent Street to finally end up at Trafalgar Square. Once at the square, you’ll find stalls, speakers, performers and everything else you need for the most vibrant party of the year.

So if you happen to be in London tomorrow, why not join in on this great party to celebrate freedom, equality and the right to wear as many rainbows as possible. And don’t forget your camera and your dancing shoes!

Visit London Pride Festival‘s homepage for further information: http://www.pridelondon.org
Find your way to Trafalgar Square on our Britain Map.

Have a nice sunny weekend!

– Towe

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Quirky Event of the Week: Brixham Pirate and Shanty Festival

Are you going to Britain this weekend and looking for something quirky to fill your calendar with? Look no further, because this weekend the record-breaking Brixham Pirate and Shanty Festival returns for another year of “seafarin’ shenanigans and swashbuckling skulduggery” in Brixham, Devon.

Brixham is an old fishing village with beautiful settings on the south coast of England. It’s fishing port is famous for it’s maritime history, beautiful lighthouse and limestone cliffs.

With English Galleon Golden Hind as a backdrop, the old harbour turns into a crazy Caribbean-themed festival this weekend. There will be activities for pirates of all ages with sword fights, Caribbean food stands, sea battles and “talk-like-a-pirate” workshops. You will also get the chance to meet the Captain Jack Sparrow look-alike Jonty Depp or participate in a torchlit procession and much more. But my personal tip is to go see the “Aarrgh Factor” – a sea shanty and folk music competition with both local and international participants.

The World Record Attempt
Last year the Brixham Buccaneers broke the Guinness World Record with most pirates gathered in one place – 1,469 pirates to be exact. Unfortunately the Americans broke the record again, so now the pirates of Brixham wants revenge. If you want to help break the record, find information about how to enter here.

If you just want a truly fun weekend filled with quirky piraty activities, then put on your eye patch, bring your sword and come to Brixham between the 30th of April and 3rd of May.

Find out more about the festival or read the whole festival programme.

For more information about The English Riviera visit www.englishriviera.co.uk

Enjoy!

– Towe a.k.a. Lady Scallywag

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