2022 Events in the National Forest

An electric bike tour in the National Forest is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the many diverse events taking place throughout the year. 

From ancient British traditions, such as the Horn Dance in Abbots Bromley, to sampling the delicious food and drink of the Forest, there is plenty going on to suit all tastes. Enquire now about availability.   

Military History Weekend

14 - 15 April

Moira Furnace

A weekend of military reenactments from the 19th century onwards

Donington Historic Festival

30 April - 1 May

Castle Donington

One of the UK's biggest classic motor racing events, featuring cars from the last 100 years.

Ashby Arts Festival


Ashby de la Zouch

A wide range of events to enjoy around Ashby de la Zouch town centre.

Craft Fair

01 May


Over 50 stalls set in the picturesque surroundings of Moira Furnace

National Forest Walking Festival

14 - 26 May

Throughout the National Forest

Discover more of the National Forest, with a wonderful choice of walks of varying lengths.

Moira Canal Festival

21 - 22 May


Celebrating the heritage of the Ashby Canal. Living history camp, horse drawn boating, flypast, music and Morris Dancers

Ashby Food and Drink Festival

28 - 29 May

Ashby de la Zouch

Pick up some delicious produce for a picnic or graze from the many stalls at the Ashby Food and Drink Festival

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Lichfield Food Festival

28 - 29 May


The streets of Lichfield will be full of stalls, offering delicious food and drink

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Street Party

5 June

Ashby de la Zouch

Ashby will be celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a giant street party in the centre of the town.

Ashby Fake Festival

4 June

Ashby de la Zouch

Enjoy a festival experience in the centre of Ashby, with a great line up of some of the best tribute bands in the country

Woodhouse Eaves Open Gardens

June 4 - 5

Woodhouse Eaves

A chance to explore some of the beautiful private gardens in the pretty little village of Woodhouse Eaves.

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Market Bosworth Festival

11 – 26 June

Market Bosworth

A full programme of special arts, music and theatre events at different venues throughout the town.

Vintage Festival

11 - 12 June

National Brewery Centre, Burton on Trent

Celebrating the lifestyles, fashion, music and classic cars of the post war years. 

Sausage and Cider Festival

23 - 26 June

Catton Hall

Sausages, cider and music in a festival setting. What's not to like?

Ashby Sport Fun Day on 26th June

26 June

Ashby de la Zouch

A fun day of sport. Have a go at archery, martial arts and many more sports.

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Blackfordby Open Gardens

25 - 26 June


Take a break and explore the many lovely gardens open to the public for the weekend.

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Overseal Parade

9 July


A traditional village carnival and procession

Timber Festival

1 - 3 July


Celebrate and explore the woodland at this laid back Festival. Set in glorious woodland, the Festival is full of music, dance, art and woodland activities

Melbourne Carnival

9th July


A traditional village carnival and procession, with a musicals theme

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Ashby Show

10 Jul

Ashby de la Zouch

Experience a typical country show, with show animals, main ring entertainment and lots of stalls. 

Lichfield Arts Festival

7 - 17 July


Expect a packed programme of events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Lichfield Arts Festival

Repton Literary Festival

8 - 10 July


A weekend of literary events set in historic Repton School. More details soon

World Superbikes

15 - 17 July

Donington Park

The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is always a popular feature at Donington Park.

Jim's tractor run

24 Jul

Ashby de la Zouch

Tractor & vintage vehicle display, fairground rides, trade & craft stalls, food & drink plus much more. 

Moira Furnace Folk Festival



Set alongside the Ashby Canal, at Moira Furnace, this friendly Folk Festival features both local and national artists, together with a wide range of workshops.

Bosworth Medieval Festival

August 20 - 21

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Enjoy a weekend of battle re-enactments by the Wars of the Roses Federation, author talks and a medieval craft market.

Real Fest

27 Aug

Ashby de la Zouch

A fun packed afternoon and evening of live bands, local food and entertainment

Proms in the Park

28 August

Ashby de la Zouch

Bring a picnic and sit back to enjoy the music at this live proms event.

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Melbourne Arts Festival



The lovely market town of Melbourne hosts a wide variety of crafts people for the Arts Trail Weekend. Many of the artists are hosted in private houses around the village, meaning that this is also the perfect opportunity to explore the architecture of the town. The trail is complemented by food markets and many live music performances.

Festival of Fireworks

3 Sept

Catton Hall

An amazing display of fireworks, set to music.

National Forest Way Challenge

17 - 19 September

National Forest

Looking for a walking challenge? Take part in the National Forest Way Challenge. Covering 72 miles over 3 days, enjoy the ever changing scenery as you walk.

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Ashby's FABulous

01 Oct

Ashby de la Zouch

The shop windows of Ashby de la Zouch come to life with live models. Expect plenty of laughs as you tour the many independent shops in this lovely market town.

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