The What, Where, When: 15 August

The Lady pick of the best events over the coming days
WHAT: Poppy Picnics. The British Legion encourage Britons to host "Poppy Picnics" to raise money for Service families. Free fundraising packs, including balloons and stickers, are available.
WHERE: Wherever you choose
WHEN: Whenever works best for you

WHAT: Seven Dials Festival of Culture
. Showcasing music, theatre, dance, comedy, poetry and food and drink. As well as in-store discounts and pop-up salons for hair and make up.
WHERE: Seven Dials, 11-13 Shelton St, London WC2H 9JN
WHEN: 16 August

WHAT: Buskers and Street performers festival. Features over 50 acts at around 28 locations including jazz and blues performers.
WHERE: City Centre, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
WHEN: 15 August – 17 August

WHAT: Sheepdog Championships: English National Trials. One of four major sheepdog trials to be held in the UK and Ireland each summer.
WHERE: Broadfield Farm, Broadfield Farm, Eastington, Cheltenham, GL54 3PX, Gloucestershire
WHEN: August 15 – August 17

WHAT: Just So Festival. Boutique festival of creativity aimed at children, young people and their families.
WHERE: Rode Hall Estate, Rode Hall Estate, Chruch Lane, Scholar Green, ST7 3QP, Cheshire
WHEN: August 15 – August 17

WHAT: Flavour Fest. Showcases regional food and drink products at Britain's biggest farmers' market. Runs as part of the Plymouth Summer Festival.
WHERE: Piazza, Plymouth, PL1 2AA, Devon
WHEN: August 15 – August 17

WHAT: Northampton Balloon Festival. Huge, free-to-enter, family-oriented event featuring hot air balloons, music and stands.
WHERE: Billing Aquadrome, Crow Lane, Great Billing, Northampton, NN3 9DA, Northamptonshire
WHEN: August 15 – August 17

WHAT: Festival of Politics. Politics, media and the arts are represented, with talks and seminars on UK and global contemporary issues at unique event
WHERE: Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
WHEN: August 15 – August 17

WHAT: Ipswich Maritime Festival. Showcases Ipswich's maritime past.
WHERE: Ipswich Waterfront, IP3
WHEN: August 15 – August 17

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WHAT: Liverpool International Music Festival. Europe's largest free city centre music festival. Boy George, Goldie and Shaggy are among performers.
WHERE: various venues, Liverpool,
WHEN: August 15 – August 31

WHAT: FolkEast 2014. Three day festival featuring folk, roots and acoustic music
WHERE: Glemham Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk
WHEN: August 15 – August 17

WHAT: Foodies Festival – Battersea Park. Over 150 exhibitors showcase the best in food and drink. Part of a nationwide series.
WHERE: Battersea Park Events Arena, Battersea Park, London, SW11.
WHEN: August 15 – August 17

WHAT: Arundel Festival. A multi-arts festival featuring a variety of activities which concludes with a series of concerts over the Bank holiday weekend.
WHERE: Arundel Castle & various venues, Sussex
WHEN: August 15 – August 25

WHAT: The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival. Celebrates the Isle of Wight's position as the UK's premier garlic growing region. Also includes music and family entertainment
WHERE: Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown, PO36 0LU, Isle of Wight
WHEN: August 16 – August 17

WHAT: Southend Carnival Procession. Culmination of Southend's Carnival Week includes an illuminated carnival procession and fireworks display
WHERE: Southend-on-Sea, SS2, Essex
WHEN: August 16

WHAT: Nottingham Food and Drink festival. Features food stands, real ales, celebrity chefs and food theatres
WHERE: Wollaton Park, Nottingham, Nottingham
WHEN: August 16 – August 17

WHAT: Bounce Festival. Family festival created to keep children entertained during the summer holiday.
WHERE: Old Deer Park, Richmond upon Thames, TW9 2SF, Surrey
WHEN: 16 August – 17 August

WHAT: The Liverpool Biennial 2014. This year is a Needle Walks into a Haystack; an exhibition about our habits, our habitats, and the objects, images, relationships and activities that constitute our immediate surroundings
WHERE: Various locations across Liverpool
WHEN: July 5 – October 26

WHAT: Ragley Hall Battle Prom. Part of a series of proms which includes performance of Beethoven's 'Battle Symphony' as he intended, with 193 live firing cannon providing a thunderous percussion
WHERE: Ragley Hall, Alcester, B49 5NJ, Warwickshire
WHEN: 16 August

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WHAT: Greenwich Music Time Festival. Inaugural music festival held on the riverside in Greenwich. Jools Holland OBE and Goldfrapp headline.
WHERE: Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9NN
WHEN: August 20 – August 23

WHAT: Nottingham Riviera. Old Market Square is transformed into the UK's biggest city centre beach
WHERE: Old Market Square, Nottingham
WHEN: Until September 2

WHAT: CAMRA Great British Beer Festival. UK's premier beer fest organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Event showcases around 500 beers from British breweries, along with more than 200 international beers. Around 200,000 pints of beer are consumed at the event.
WHERE: Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX
WHEN: August 12 –August 16

WHAT: Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow. The largest seafront airshow in the world
WHERE: Western Seafront, Eastbourne, BN21 3DY, East Sussex
WHEN: August 14 – August 17

WHAT: Edinburgh International Book Festival. Largest event of its kind celebrating the written word
WHERE: Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 4ET
WHEN: August 9 – August 25

WHAT: Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival. Features a Scarecrow Trail encouraging visitors to identify 100 life-size scarecrows.
WHERE: Kettlewell, North Yorkshire
WHEN: August 9 – August 17

WHAT: International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Celebrates masters of Victorian comic opera with 30 full Opera House performances and 70 fringe events
WHERE: Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN, Derbyshire
WHEN: August 2 – August 26