August in the countryside – days out and rural events

Discover an exciting range of countryside events this summer, from a Cornish regatta and gooseberry show to the second Countryfile Live  


Gooseberry Show, North Yorkshire: 1 August


Head to the North York Moors National Park this summer and join the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society for the oldest gooseberry show in the country. For more than 200 years, local gardeners have competed to grow the largest fruits – in 2009, Champion grower Bryan Nellis did just that by producing the heaviest berry ever to be recorded in Britain. Head to the Gooseberry Show this August and witness more world record attempts.

BBC Countryfile Live, Oxfordshire: 3-6 August

Join John Craven, Ellie Harrison and the rest of the BBC Countryfile presenters at the stunning Blenheim Palace for his year’s Countryfile Live. The show aims to bring together everything we cherish about the British countryside, from wildlife and farming, to outdoor pursuits and food. There will be live arena shows, wildlife displays, farm machinery, the best of British food, drink and crafts and a range of outdoor activities. For ticket information and more, visit:

Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival: 3-28 August

Sit back, relax and enjoy a magical outdoor screening of your favourite movie at The Summer Nights Film Festival. Watch Moulin Rouge, Star Wars, Pretty Woman, Dark Knight Rises and many more, all set within a range of beautiful heritage grounds from Nostell in Yorkshire to Blickling Estate in Norfolk. Head over to the Summer Nights Film website for more information.

Longings Global Champions Tour, London: 4-6 August 

Join the top show jumpers in the world – including our very own Olympic Team GB Riders – as they compete in Longings Global Champions Tour (LGCT), the ‘Formula 1’ of equestrian sport. The Tour will be heading to London having already enthralled spectators in Miami Beach, Shanghai, Monaco and Paris. The action-packed event will include a range of technical courses of fences up to 1.60m, and will feature Olympic gold medallist Scott Brash, among others. Find out more here.

Sidmouth Folk Week, Devon: 4-11 August

Attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year since 1955, this seaside celebration is full of delicious local food and drink, emerging and established talent, colourful market stands and lively dance displays. This folk festival is known for its friendly atmosphere, welcoming all to experience the beautiful, energetic coast of East Devon. Find out more about Sidmouth Folk Week.

Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick: 7-13 August

It’s the 10th year of this spectacular coastal festival in Scotland’s south-east corner. Comedy, authors, music and theatre – there’s something for everyone. When your festival legs grow tired, head to the water for a dose of nature and a shoreline stroll. For more information, head to the Fringe by the Sea website.

Fowey Royal Regatta and Carnival Week, Cornwall: 13-19 August

Set in the vibrant town of Fowey, this Cornish regatta is one of the UK’s most loved sailing events. It’s an action-packed week of races, spectacular firework displays, live music, a giant pasty ceremony and a show from the world-famous RAF Red Arrows. Whether you want to get involved in the town Quay crabbing contests or embrace Carnival Day by putting together a weird and wonderful costume to fit the theme, there are plenty of activities for families and holidaymakers alike. For more information, visit

Summer Jousting tournament, Oxfordshire: 18-20 August

Watch the ‘Knights of Arkley’ as they battle with their noble steeds with a mace and quarterstaff in hand. It is a thrilling tournament for all the family with additional activities running throughout the weekend. For more information visit

River Cottage Festival, Devon: 26-27 August

Set beside the beautiful River Cottage farmhouse, this festival offers a top selection of local food, live music, yoga, a mud kitchen and children’s activities, including bushcraft, pottery workshops and circus skills. Relax in the wildflower meadow with the sound of music in your ears, or for those with a little more energy, theres cookery master classes – conjure up a wild cocktail, curry and chapatti and super salads. For ticket information see

Summer Fair, Wolterton Hall, Norfolk: 20 August

Enjoy a glorious day out in the beautiful grounds of Wolterton Hall, where the country estate will be showcasing the best of the Norfolk countryside and local artisan businesses. The day includes a champagne high-tea reception, family activities and traditional Norfolk tunes. Find out more about Wolterton Hall.

Shrewsbury steam Rally, Shropshire: 27-28 August

Like your trains? This August Bank Holiday, join the Shrewsbury Steam Rally in the heart of Shropshire where over 1,000 steam-powered vehicles, classic motorbikes and vintage tractors will be on display. Come nightfall, the fun continues with fairground rides and live entertainment in the bar marquee. For more information on the event, including camping, visit


Images: Wolterton Hall, Shrewsbury Steam Rally, Getty