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Free things to do: Dartmouth Regatta in August

Plan your month ahead with our ideas for fantastic free days out and things to do around the UK

Mark your diary with these special events worth visiting: summer festivals and outdoor movies, alternative entertainment in Edinburgh and bog snorkelling!

1. Summer by the River

London Bridge City, until 1 September

The Summer By The River festival in London is located between Tower Bridge and London Bridge, with a month-long schedule of events. Free highlights include a theatre workshop from London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season, and drop-in sessions at Hay’s Galleria on Thursday 21 August with Head Gardener Ian Mould, who will be answering plant-related questions (book a ticket to ensure your place).

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2. Film ‘Sunset Screenings’

Saturdays in August, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea

A series of Sunset Screenings run throughout August at DLWP, including The Greatest Showman on Saturday 24 August, accompanied by the Mad Fish Performing Arts Choir. If that doesn’t appeal, choose from Bumblebee (the story of the VW Beetle in Transformers), and Labyrinth.

3. Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Edinburgh, until 26 August

Many of the events of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival are ticketed but alongside the paid-for shows you can enjoy live performances sponsored by Virgin Money Streets Events programme. You may also catch the Fringe performers offering tasters of their shows. Performances include comedy, music, theatre, cabaret and shows for children.

4. Dartmouth Royal Regatta

Dartmouth, Devon, 24-31 August

The Dartmouth Royal Regatta is held over the last week of August, beginning with a family fun day on Saturday the 24th. Watch dancing from Morris Men and the Dartmouth School of Dance, plus a dog show, circus skills and races on the water. From Sunday to Friday there are more waterborne races plus tennis, a golf competition on Wednesday and a fancy dress competition on Thursday.

On Wednesday 28th from 6pm to 11pm Coronation Park hosts the Sundowner, and Proms in the Park takes place on Friday 30th (tickets for each of these events cost £10, or £2.50 for under-18s). And there are also free fireworks displays on Friday 30th and Sat 31st at 9.30pm.

Free things to do: Dartmouth Regatta in August

5. World Bog Snorkelling Championship

Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, 25 August

The World Bog Snorkelling Championship is a must-see event, so mark your diary to watch competitors from around the world race through the Waen Rhydd bog on the outskirts of Llanwrtyd Wells. You can catch a shuttle bus from the town square to the event site, and there are also food and drink stalls, live music and other entertainment along with the races.

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