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Those Magnificent Men…

For eccentricity of the purest kind, it’s hard to beat the Bognor Birdman festival (September 9-10).

August Bank Holiday Events

Over a million people congregate each August Bank Holiday in the streets made famous by that Hugh Grant film for the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival.

London Arts Scene

The four shortlisted entries of the controversial Turner Prize will be on display at London’s Tate Britain gallery from October 3.

Son Et Lumiere In Perthshire

Described as a light-and-sound extravaganza, The Enchanted Forest, scheduled to coincide with the forthcoming Pitlochry Festival in Scotland, is a multimedia show featuring startling special effects and contemporary music.

Isle of Man Golf Tournament

In September 2006, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Autumn Golf Classic makes its debut appearance on the island’s already well-endowed golfing scene.

Needlework Exhibitions

The Royal School of Needlework provides another reason to visit Hampton Court Palace from August 26 to September 10 this year, where some outstanding work from the School’s textile collections and archives, as well as recent work by apprentices and students, will be on display.

Pottery Festivals

Stoke-on-Trenthosts its annual Ceramics Festival from October 13–15, a show already arousing international interest although only in its second year.

Belfast Festival’s International Flavour

This year’s 44th Belfast Festival at Queen’s (October 19 – November 4) is expected to be the largest of its kind in Ireland, combining the best of Irish, UK and international culture.

Goldsmiths’ Fair

The 24th Goldsmiths’ Fair (October 2-8) is the only event in Europe specifically devoted to precious metalwork.

Great River Race

The annual race along the River Thames from Richmond to Greenwich on September 16 is a spectacular affair, now in its 18th year and a highlight of the Mayor’s Thames Festival.

Southampton Boat Show

Europe’s most spectacular boat show takes place September 15-24 in 2006. Over 900 craft will be on view at Southampton’s Mayflower Park on the Western Esplanade, over 350 of them afloat.

Beaulieu International Autojumble

Now in its 40th year, the International Autojumble at Beaulieu in Hampshire, home of the National Motor Museum, is a major draw for fans of the internal combustion engine.

Manchester International Festival 2007

Manchester is gearing itself up for a banquet of original artistic work next summer. This ambitious international festival is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

Liverpool Celebrates

As 2008’s prospective European City of Culture with an 800th birthday next year, Liverpool will be partying hard for the foreseeable future. In fact, it plans to be the world’s party capital in 2007.

The Annual Zulu Reed Festival

Once a year, in the heart of South Africa’s Kingdom of the Zulu, thousands of people make the long journey to one of His Majesty, the King of the Zulu Nation’s, King Goodwill Zwelethini’s royal residence at KwaNyokeni Palace.

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