Great UK days out.
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UNTIL AUGUST 26: Rochdale Canal The Rochdale Canal is a navigable "broad" canal in the North of England, part of the connected system of the Canals of Great Britain. The "Rochdale" in its name refers to the town of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, through which the canal passes. annual festival with free kayaking and fishing, nature trails and boat trips, with a drive-in/float-in cinema on August 22 and 23. More details: www.myrochdalecanal.org.uk
AUGUST 24-27: Soak up Tudor lifestyle at Kentwell House in Suffolk. Mingle with over 150 costumed volunteers recreating life in 1556 in this historic manor house, farm and gardens - with an alehouse serving Tudor fare. Details: www.kentwell.co.uk
AUGUST 25-27: Head down to Westonbirth Arboretum arboretum: see botanical garden.
Place where trees, shrubs, and sometimes herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. An arboretum may be a collection in its own right or a part of a botanical garden. in Gloucestershire for Treefest with wood-carving, live music and cookery demonstrations. Adults pounds 10, children free. Details: www.forestry.gov.uk
SEPTEMBER 2: The World Bellyboard Championship at Chapel Porth beach in North Cornwall goes back to basics with wooden surfboards, striped swimsuits... and cake. Details: www.bellyboarding.co.uk
AUGUST 25: Birnam in Perthshire celebrates its annual Highland Games with track and field events, piping dancing and a funfair. Details: www.birnamhighlandgames.com
AUGUST 23-27: The Aberjazz Fishguard Jazz 'n' Blues Festival in Pembrokeshire features the best of Welsh jazz, including the Jeremy Sassoon 11-piece band, Babelfish, the Zoey Golbey Trio and Sick Note Steve. Details: www.aberjazz.com