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Online How to guide to lay laminate flooring and tools list


  • Laminate flooring
  • Underlay
    (dependant on project)
  • Damp-proof membrane
    (dependant on project)
  • Scotia or skirting
  • Threshold strips
  • Wood adhesive
  • Felt pads

  • Flooring spacers
  • Tape measure
  • Fine-toothed saw or Mitre saw
  • Combination square
  • Drill
  • Flat wood bit

  • Dust mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Knee pads

flooring-heading.jpgAvoid breathing in dust when cutting wood by wearing an appropriate dust mask and wear safety glasses when using circular saws, jigsaws or mitre saws. Wear knee pads when kneeling for extended periods. Always use an RCD device when using power tools.1Choose the right
flooring and materials


As well as design and finish, the type of laminate flooring you choose should be influenced by where and how it will be installed. See below and Fig. 1 for a summary to help you decide. The technique to fit flooring with the Twin Clic system differs slightly to flooring with the Rapid Fit system. Rapid Fit is faster and easier to fit on your own, especially when you are covering a large area. Both are straightforward and do not need gluing or nailing (you should never glue or nail down a laminate floor).


Fig. 1 Choosing the right kind of flooring
Laminate 6 & 7mm 10-12 years
Laminate 8mm 15 years ✘*
Laminate 12mm 20 years
*Only tile effect 8mm laminate can be used in kitchens and bathrooms.


Selecting the right underlay and damp-proof membrane (DPM) for the type of flooring and room setting is crucial. Never use carpet underlay under laminate flooring. Carpe and vinyl flooring will need to be lifted before you lay your floor. See “Prepare the subfloor” on the page opposite and Fig. 2 and Fig. 3 for a guide to suitable options. If in doubt seek further advice.


Fig. 2 Choosing the right damp-proof membrane and underlay
Kitchen or bathroom Timber Smooth XPS underlay Bitumen-backed building paper
Uneven XPS underlay Bitumen-backed building paper
Concrete Smooth High performance underlay Already built into high
performance underlay
Uneven XPS underlay 1000 gauge membrane
Other living area Timber Smooth Acoustic foam underlay
(or Natural fibreboard underlay,
but not with 6mm laminate)
Bitumen-backed building paper
(only required if risk of moisture)
Uneven XPS underlay (or Natural fibreboard
underlay, but not with 6mm laminate)
Bitumen-backed building paper
(only required if risk of moisture)
Concrete Smooth High performance underlay Already built into high
performance underlay
Uneven XPS underlay (or Natural fibreboard
underlay, but not with 6mm laminate)
1000 gauge membrane
*Subfloors need to be level and flat. Slight unevenness can be absorbed by thicker underlays.


Fig. 3 Different types of underlay
Acoustic Foam Underlay
Natural Fibreboard Underlay
High Performance Underlay
XPS Underlay


Skirting or scotia

There are two options when it comes to the finish around your floor: skirting or scotia. Using skirting will give the most professional finish, but you will need to lift existing skirting before you install your flooring. You can either reinstall it afterwards or replace it with new skirting (skirting needs to be at least 15mm thick in order to cover expansion gaps). Using scotia is an easier option as it fits directly against existing skirting.

Threshold strips and pipe surrounds

At door openings you should use a matching threshold strip to cover expansion gaps and neatly finish the flooring. In situations where the floor is longer or wider than 8 metres, perhaps where a living room and dining room are open plan, you should leave an intermediate 10mm expansion gap at a suitable location, and cover it with a flat threshold strip. Fit pipe surrounds to neatly cover gaps around radiator pipes.


Multiply the maximum length of the room by the maximum width to get the area in square metres and add 10% to allow for wastage. Always round up the number of packs you purchase. Don’t forget to take into account any chimney breasts when calculating the length of skirting or scotia you will need.

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the subfloor

All Wickes’ laminate flooring can be laid on any sub-floor, timber or concrete. The subfloor needs to be flat, dry and clean.



Check existing screeds and concrete for moisture. This can be carried out using a moisture meter or alternatively sheets of polythene approximately 1m2 can be taped to the screed and a heavy weight placed on top for 24 hours. The screed will discolour or moisture will appear under the polythene if there is any present. If this happens you should stop and seek expert advice.


New concrete floors must be completely dry; do not lay flooring onto recently laid concrete. The thickness of the concrete will determine the drying time, but in all cases a minimum of two months is required for concrete to dry thoroughly. Allow around one day per mm for the first 50mm and then 1½ days for each additional millimetre of thickness thereafter.


The subfloor must be flat. If it has hollows deeper than 2mm over a 1m length, level it first using Wickes Floor Levelling Compound. Small indentations or protrusions of up to 3mm can be covered adequately by Fibreboard or XPS underlay in some cases (see Fig. 2).


Finally, lay a damp proof membrane (DPM) sheet (see Fig. 2 for a guide as to which one). Lay the membrane with taped 200mm overlaps and run it up the perimeter wall behind any skirting.


Ensure the subfloor is flat – no more thana 2mm difference over a 1m length. All floorboards should be firmly screwed down and all nails punched below the surface. Small indentations or protrusions of up to 3mm can be covered adequately by Fibreboard or XPS underlay in some cases (see Fig. 2)


The subfloor should also be dry. The presence of moisture on a timber subfloor should be obvious to the naked eye. Replace any damp boards or timbers. Don’t use a plastic damp-proof membrane over a timber subfloor. If a moisture barrier is required – for example at ground floor level – use bitumen-backed building paper and then an appropriate underlay (see Fig. 2). Failure to protect the flooring from moisture penetration from below may lead to board expansion and distortion.

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3Lay your


Leave the unopened packs of flooring lying horizontally on the floor in the room where they are to be laid for at least 48 hours so it can acclimatise to the room’s temperature. Do not stack near radiators or in direct sunlight. If you want to remove the skirting then do so before you begin laying your floor. The following steps are a good guide, but are not a substitute for following manufacturer’s instructions – please read these thoroughly before you start.


Fig. 2 and 3 show the options available. Fitting is dependant on the type you choose so follow manufacturer’s instructions.

The difference between Rapidfit and TwinClic flooring systems from on Vimeo.


1. Start to lay the planks

The last row of flooring you install must be at least 100mm wide, so if you need to adjust the first row to compensate then calculate that and trim the planks accordingly before you begin.

Planks should be laid lengthways, parallel to the longest side of the room and towards the main incoming source of light if possible. Use spacers to create a 10mm to 12mm expansion gap between the floor and the wall or skirting. Start the row by placing the plank with tongue facing the wall. Continue with the first row, using the tongue and groove to interlock planks, making sure the row is straight and parallel with the wall. If you are laying laminate flooring in a kitchen or bathroom you will need to apply wood adhesive to all end and side tongue and groove joints.

2. Finish the end of the row and start the next

You will probably need to cut the final plank in the row to fit. Turn it face down and lay it next to the previous plank, tongue to tongue, using spacers to maintain the expansion gap with the wall. Use a square to mark a line across it in line with the end of the previous plank (see Fig. 4). Cut and position it to complete the first row. You can use the off-cut to start the next row as long as it is at least 300mm long. If the off-cut is too short then start the next row with a plank cut in half. Continue to lay planks a row at a time, making sure that joints between planks in adjacent rows are staggered by a minimum of 300mm.

figure 4

3. Cut holes for radiator pipes

If you have radiator pipes in the room, cut a hole using a flat wood bit and then cut away the flooring to leave a keyhole shape (see Fig. 5). Fit the plank and then carefully use wood adhesive to glue the off-cut wedge back in place behind the pipe. Before drilling, check that your pipe surrounds are big enough to conceal the edges of the hole – a 32mm diameter will often work, but might be too large for some pipe surrounds, especially if the pipe does not end up central in the hole.

figure 5

4. Adjust door frames

Cut underneath the door frame with a handsaw, using an off-cut plank as a guide (see Fig. 6). Slide the flooring planks underneath. If with one end of a plank under the door frame you are unable to lift it to engage the tongue and groove, remove the tongue with a chisel (see Fig. 7), apply wood adhesive and slide into place. Make sure you maintain the expansion gap at the door threshold.

figure 6 figure 7

5. Lay the last row

To cut planks for the last row, lay a plank directly over the previous row. Place a third plank on top with the tongue against the spacer that meets the wall and use the edge of the plank to mark a line on the plank beneath (see Fig. 8). Cut the plank along the line, insert the plank and use a hammer and pull bar to make sure it is tightly in place.

figure 8


When all the flooring is laid, remove the spacers. Do not infill the expansion gaps with cork or any other material unless specified by the product instructions. Fit matching threshold strips in doorways and scotia or skirting around the perimeter of the floor to cover the expansion gaps. Fix scotia using panel pins or wood adhesive, fixed horizontally to the skirting boards, not vertically to the flooring. The flooring must be free to slide under the scotia or skirting to accommodate expansion and contraction.


To avoid splitting the scotia, snip the head off one of the pins using pincers or pliers, insert the pin into the chuck of a power drill, and use it to pre-drill pilot holes.


To allow doors to be opened once the flooring is installed, you’ll generally need to remove them and shave them down. You should also fit felt pads to the bottom of furniture to protect your new floor from scratches.

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How to tile walls & floors and tools list

Tool List

  • Tile cutter
  • Tile saw
  • Tape measure
  • Straight edge
  • Notched adhesive trowel or adhesive spreader
  • Plastic tile spacers
  • Spirit level
Safety equipment

  • Face mask
  • Safety specs
  • Gloves
Wear gloves and goggles when cutting tiles. Always use an RCD device with power tools.

Tiling walls

Skill level required

Laying tiles is not difficult, as long as you measure and plan ahead. Cutting and nibbling corners off tiles takes some practice. The fixing of natural stone is slightly more specialised than fixing ceramic tiles. Most natural stone tiles will require sealing before grouting with often a another coat of sealing liquid being applied after grouting.


Tiles can be bonded to virtually any dry, clean surface that’s in sound condition, strong enough to support their weight and properly prepared – this even includes old tiles.

1. Clean the walls
Remove all traces of dirt, grease and soapy deposits from a painted or previously tiled wall.

2. Repair damage
Ensure each wall is sound. Fix any areas of loose plaster.

3. Treat the wall surface
Remove any old wallpaper. If the walls were previously painted in a gloss finish, sand them down. Remove any peeling emulsion paint. Allow any new plaster to dry completely.

4. Prime surfaces
Absorbent surfaces such as new or bare plaster, timber, ply, or chipboard must be primed with a dilute PVA primer to prevent the moisture in the tile adhesive being absorbed too quickly by the wall, and to provide a much better key for the adhesive. Allow to dry thoroughly before you begin tiling.

Plasterboard or cement bonding boards, such as Wickes’ tile panel, should be fixed as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Marking out the wall

You’ll need timber battens in place before you start applying tiles to the wall.

1. Make a measuring gauge
Make a gauge from a length of timber. Lay some of your tiles on the floor with spacers in between and put the timber next to them. Mark each joint on the timber (see Fig. 1).

2. Mark out the wall
Measure and mark a point halfway up the wall above the highest floor or skirting board level as a starting point. With the measuring gauge positioned against this mark, mark downwards to show where each course of tiles will fall. If the space left at the bottom is less than half a tile high, adjust the starting point by half a tile, and use the measuring gauge to mark the rows again (see Fig. 2).

Fig. 1
Fig. 2

3. Fix timber battens
Measure and mark a horizontal line across the wall at the level of the bottom of the lowest row of whole tiles. Use nails or screws to fix a straight length of timber to the wall along this line, using a spirit level to check the batten is horizontal. Don’t drive the nails fully home as they will be removed later (see Fig. 3).

Measure and mark the centre point of the horizontal batten and use the measuring gauge horizontally to mark the position of the last whole tile close to the end of the wall. Mark this point on the batten (see Fig. 4).

Use a spirit level to mark a vertical line up from the position of the last tile (see Fig. 5). Fix another straight batten vertically along this line. Loose lay a few tiles into the corner formed by the battens to check that they sit squarely.

Fig. 1
Fig. 4
Fig. 5


1. Arrange your tiles
Arrange your tiles carefully before installation to get the best effect from the different patterns and shades of the tiles, especially when laying natural stone. When installing ceramic or porcelain tiles, shuffle tiles from different boxes to make sure any repeating patterns are randomly placed.

2. Start tiling
Begin tiling in the corner. Spread the adhesive over the area of two or three tiles at a time. Comb the adhesive with the notched side of the spreader to create space for it to move once the tile is pressed onto it, otherwise the excess adhesive will squirt out around the edges of the tile and can be messy to remove (see Fig. 6).

Fig. 6

Do not spread more tile adhesive on the wall than you can use in a few minutes, as it will go hard, lose its adhesion, and have to be scraped off. As you get more experience, you can spread a larger area – up to one square metre.

Ensure each tile has adhesive over its whole surface. Do not use dots or dabs of adhesive only, as this can cause tiles to crack.

Place the tiles firmly on to the scored adhesive with spacers set in between. Working sideways and upwards, complete the fixing of all whole tiles then leave to dry for around 24 hours.

Tile spacers come in various sizes from 1mm up to 10mm. The larger sizes are generally used only for floor tiles. For wall tiles, the most commonly used spacers are 3mm and 4mm; 4mm makes it easier to push the grout fully into the joints – important for shower enclosures.

Apart from that, the choice is aesthetic – a wider joint will emphasise the colour of the grout and attractive visual effects can be achieved using plain white tiles with a 4mm or 5mm coloured grout. For darker tiles, a 1mm or 2mm white grout creates a different effect.

Once dry, remove the battens carefully then cut tiles to fit around the perimeter. Where space is limited the adhesive can be applied to the back of the cut tiles instead of on to the wall.

For shower enclosures, make sure there is a continuous layer of waterproof tile adhesive over the whole wall. If necessary, spread a thin coat of adhesive on the wall, and then extra adhesive on each tile.


3. Cut tiles
Mark the glazed surface where it is to be cut and use a Wickes’ Wall & Floor Tile Cutter to make straight cuts (see Fig. 7). Smooth off the cut edge with a file. Try to ‘bury’ cut edges at the top, bottom or sides of the wall, where any imperfections will be concealed by edge trims or sealant.

For more intricate cuts – such as around pipes or rounded bath edges – use a tile saw with a tungsten carbide blade.

Fig. 7

4. Apply grout
When all tiling is complete and has dried for around 24 hours, fill the spaces between them using grout and a grout float. Push grout deep into each joint with a squeegee or brick pointer, making sure the joint is filled. This is especially important for shower enclosures. Remove any excess grout as you go. When you’ve finished, wipe down tiles with a damp sponge.

Finishing off

Seal any joints between tiles and horizontal surfaces such as baths, basins, sinks, worktops etc with Wickes’ Silicone Sealant to prevent moisture penetration.

Tiles will all have slight variations in size, so the tile spacers will not necessarily fit or space the tiles evenly on the wall. Use a spirit level to check each horizontal course for level and each vertical row for plumb as the work proceeds and add or remove spacing material to adjust.

Tiling floors


Just as for wall tiling, the surface needs to be sound, dry and even.

1. Make concrete ready
Ensure concrete floors are clean and dry. The floor does not have to be perfectly level because the floor tile adhesive can be applied as a thin bed or a thick bed, but it is preferable. Use Wickes’ Floor Levelling Compound if the concrete is very uneven or damaged. Lay an uncoupling membrane on the concrete to ensure that any movement or stresses in the concrete floor do not transmit through to the tiles and crack them. Use a flexible tile adhesive and flexible grout.

2. Tile over wooden floors
It’s possible to tile suspended wooden floors if they are sufficiently strong to carry the very considerable extra weight of tiles, they are 100% rigid, and the area below the floorboards is well ventilated. If the floor is weak and shows any sign of movement, you must strengthen it. Use a sheet material such as exterior grade plywood building up to a minimum 18mm thick covering and screw into place at no more than 200mm centres.

Bare wood or ply-covered floors should be primed with floor tile primer according to pack instructions before tiling commences.

3. Prepare other floors
Loose floor coverings such as vinyl sheeting should be completely removed, while old tiles must be thoroughly scrubbed clean and all traces of old polish removed.

It is essential that a suspended timber floor is made 100% rigid. Any movement will first cause the grout to break up, allowing moisture to enter, and subsequently tiles to break or lift. Use an uncoupling membrane on top of marine-grade plywood to help prevent cracking of the tiles. Use a flexible tile adhesive and flexible grout.

Marking out the floor

As with tiling a wall, you’ll need to use battens before you starting tiling.

1. Measure and mark the floor
Start in the corner of the room furthest from the door. Use a tape measure and a straight edge such as a spirit level to mark the centre line of the room from the door end to the far end. Find and mark the centre of this line.

2. Loose lay tiles
Loose lay tiles with spacers from the centre point along the line to the far wall. Fix a straight batten to the floor at 90° to the line of tiles where the edge of the last whole tile is (see Fig. 8).

Fig. 8

Loose lay further tiles towards the corner of the room and fix another batten at 90° to the first alongside the last whole tile (see Fig. 9). Check that the corner produced is exactly square, and that the positioning of neither line of tiles will result in narrow tiles having to be cut to fill in around the perimeter once the battening has been removed.


1. Dry lay your tiles
Arrange your tiles carefully before installation to get the best effect from the different patterns and shades of the tiles, especially when laying natural stone. When installing ceramic or porcelain tiles, shuffle tiles from different boxes to make sure any repeating patterns are randomly placed.

2. Start tiling
Begin from the prepared corner, following the instructions on the adhesive. Use a Wickes’ Wall & Floor Tile Cutter to cut tiles to fit around the perimeter once all whole tiles are laid and the adhesive has set.

Fig. 9

An adhesive setting time is quoted for ideal conditions and is only a guide. Where temperatures are low, air is damp, ventilation is poor, the substrate is not fully dry (new concrete/screed takes about one week per 2.5cm (1″) of thickness to dry), the substrate is sealed/non porous, excessive adhesive or thick tiles are used, setting times will be increased, sometimes greatly.

3. Apply grout
When all tiling is complete and has dried for around 24 hours, fill the spaces between them using an appropriate grout. Remove any excess grout as you go.

When you’ve finished, wipe down tiles with a damp sponge. Wickes’ Grout Film Remover removes cement film and grout residues from ceramic and terracotta tiles, however it should not be used on natural stone such as marble or other acid-sensitive materials. For natural stone including pure marble, granite, travertine, and slate, remove cement grout film after initial installation using Wickes’ Natural Stone Grout Film Remover.

Finishing off

Protect porous materials, such as slate, or other natural stone, with Wickes’ Tile & Stone Stain Protector followed by Wickes’ Satin Tile Sealer for a sheen finish that resists dirt penetration and staining by liquids.

To protect and shine marble, limestone and other natural floor tiles use Wickes’ Natural Stone Gloss Finish to create a tough but removable finish and protection against staining, scratching and dulling caused by foot traffic. It also deepens the colour and texture and is effective against damage from acidic substances.

Tile care and maintenance

Always choose products specified for the tile material you have chosen.

Cleaning and aftercare

For all ceramic floor tiles, glazed and unglazed, terrazzo, marble, natural stone and slate, Wickes’ Floor Tile Clean & Shine can be used and is particularly recommended for regular cleaning of floors treated with Wickes’ Satin Tile Sealer. Clean and protect pure marble, granite, travertine and other calcareous natural stone, as well as manmade materials containing marble such as terrazzo and composition tiles, in all types of finish, including polished, honed, flamed, riven etc, with Wickes’ Natural Stone & Wash Shine. It is particularly recommended for floors that have been treated with Wickes’ Natural Stone Gloss Finish.


To renovate stained tiles and remove old wax and polish from unglazed floor tiles, quarry tiles, natural slate and marble tiles, use Wickes’ Tile & Natural Stone Renovator. Follow with a fresh application of satin or gloss coating, as above.

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Full listings of the 2015 Religious Holiday festivals,

helping you plan for the new year.



14 Jan Makar Sankranti
This winter festival celebrates the Sun-God’s entry into the Northern Hemisphere.
17 Feb
Maha Shivarati
Devotion and thanks are shown to Lord Shiva, who danced his cosmic dance this night. Many Hindus fast.
6-7 Mar
Holi is a festival that welcomes the spring, which also celebrates Krishna, and the legend of Holika and Prahalad. Bonfires are lit to celebrate.
21 Mar
The Hindu Spring New Year – a good day to start new ventures. It symbolises renewal.
28 Mar Rama Navami
The birthday of Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana.
29 Aug Raksha Bandan
“Raksha Bandan” means “a thread for protection”. Sisters tie a thread bracelet around their brothers’ wrists, and receive gifts in return.
5 Sep Janamashtami/Krishna Jayanti
The birthday of Krishna. Many Hindus forego sleep for the 48 hours, and some fast.
13-21 Oct Navaratri/Durga Puja/Dusserah
Navaratri (nine nights) is a festival in which God is adored as Mother.
11 Nov
Diwali (Deepvali)
Diwali, the festival of light, extends over five days and celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.



15 May
The night journey and ascent of the Prophet Muhammad, celebrated by the telling of the story of how he was visited by two archangels.
1 Jun Lailat-Al-Bara’ah
“The Night of Freedom from Fire”, in which Muslims are graced with divine mercy and blessings.
18 Jun – 17 Jul
A month of dusk to dawn fasting, in which the gates of heaven are open and the gates of hell are closed.
13 Jul
The Night of Power, when the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims spend this time in study and prayer.
17 Jul
Muslims celebrate the end of fasting for Ramadan, with processions through the street and a celebratory daytime meal – their first for a month.
23-24 Sep
A major festival marking the end of Hajj, it remembers the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Most Muslims will abstain from work.
14 Oct
Al-Hijra/Islamic New Year
The new year, which marks the Prophet Muhammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina where he set up the first Muslim state.
23 Oct Ashura
A day of fasting marking the day Noah left the ark and Moses was saved by the Egyptians. For some, it is also a day of mourning.



5 Jan Birthday of Guru Gobindh Singh
The tenth and last Guru, who created the order of Khalsa and instituted the Five ‘Ks’.
14 Apr Baisakhi
The Sikh New Year festival, which also commemorates Sikhism being born as a collective faith in 1699.
16 Jun Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev
Guru Ajan compiled the Sikh scriptures for the first time, and on this day was executed.
11 Nov
A Sikh festival as well as Hindu. Sikhs celebrate the release from prison of Guru Hargobind Singh during this time.
24 Nov Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadu
A champion of religious freedom, executed for refusing to convert to Islam.



6 Jan Epiphany
Epiphany remembers the wise men visiting Jesus.
1 Mar St. David’s Day
Celebration of the patron saint of Wales.
18 Feb –  2 Apr
The season of preparation before Easter, in which Christians often surrender a particular vice – such as chocolate or smoking. The sacrifice represents Jesus’ deprivation in the wilderness.
17 Mar St. Patrick’s Day
Celebration of the patron saint of Ireland.
29 Mar
Palm Sunday
The last Sunday of Lent marks Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, where the people waved Palm branches at him.
3 Apr Good Friday
A day to commemorate the execution of Jesus on the cross.
5 Apr
Easter Sunday
Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The most important Christian festival and the one celebrated with most joy.
23 Apr St. George’s Day
Celebration of the patron saint of England.
24 May
The festival where Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, 50 days after Easter. Regarded as the birthday of the Christian church.
1 Nov All Saints Day
A day to honour all saints and martyrs of the church.
30 Nov St. Andrew’s Day
Celebration of the patron saint of Scotland.
25 Dec Christmas Day
The day celebrating the birth of Jesus.



7 Jan Ethiopian Christmas
A celebration of Jesus, marked by a large feast.
23 Jul Birthday of Emperor Selassie
A celebration of the birth of Emperor Haile Selassie I, who Rastafarians recognise as Messiah and God, with music, song and prayer.
11 Sep Ethiopian New Year
Celebrated as Rastafarians believe Ethiopia to be their spiritual homeland. Its history is remembered through biblical passages.
2 Nov Anniversary of the crowning of Selassie
The high priest reads biblical passages and initiates singing to remember Emperor Selassie.



2 Feb Imbolc
Celebrates the land’s awakening and the growing power of the sun.
20 Mar Spring Equinox
Celebrates the renewed life of the Earth.
1 May Beltane
A fire festival, celebrates the coming of summer with maypole dances.
21 Jun Summer Solstice (longest day)
A time to celebrate growth and life but recognise the oncoming decline of the sun.
1 Aug Lughnasadh-Lammas
The beginning of the harvest season.
23 Sep Autumnal Equinox
A time to reflect on the past season.
31 Oct Samhain/Halloween
The Feast of the Dead. A time to remember and honour the dead.
21 Dec Winter Solstice
Yule, when the sun child is reborn.



8 Feb Parinirvana
The Buddha’s death, celebrated because he attained total Enlightenment, or Nirvana.
4 May Vaishaka Puja/Wesak
A celebration of the Buddha’s birthday, celebrated with much colour. In some countries there are special Wesak lanterns made, and caged birds are released.
12 Jul Asalha/ Dharma Day
The beginning of the Buddha’s teaching, celebrated with readings of scriptures.
8 Dec Bodhi Day
A day when some Buddhists celebrate Gautama reaching enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.


International Days

19 Feb Vietnamese/Chinese New Year
The start of the year on the Chinese calendar, also know as Tết in Vietnam.
26 Mar Bangladesh Independence Day
Commemorates the declaration of independence in 1971.
14 Jul Bastille Day
The French national holiday, celebrating the uprising of the modern French nation, particularly the storming of the Bastille.
14 Aug Pakistan Independence Day
Commemorates the creation of Pakistan when India was partitioned,
15 Aug Indian Independence Day
Commemorates the independence of India, as it left the British Empire.



14 Feb Valentine’s Day
Based on legends of Saint Valentine, who performed secret marriages while they were banned by Emperor Claudius II. Another legend tells of an imprisoned Valentine signing secret letters to the jailer’s daughter as “your Valentine”.
15 Mar Mothering Sunday
A traditional time for children to celebrate and thank their mothers, giving them cards, gifts and flowers.
21 Jun Father’s Day
A more recent parallel to Mother’s day for fathers, established in the early 20th Century by a daughter who wanted to express her appreciation for her single father.



4 Mar Purim
Commemorates the time when Persian Jews were saved from extermination by a woman called Esther.
3-11 Apr Passover (Pesach)
A festival celebrating the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, led by Moses, and a general celebration of freedom.
24-25 May
Marks the time when the Jews received the Torah. Prayers are said, especially at dawn, to thank God for the five books of Moses.
25 July
Tisha B’Av
A fast day commemorating several calamities that have occurred on this same day in the Jewish calendar. Known as “the saddest day in Jewish history”.
14-15 Sep Rosh Hashana
Jewish New Year, commemorating the creation of the world.
22 Sep
Yom Kippur
The Day of Atonement, when God decides how the next year will be for each person. Those who have repented for their sins will be granted a happy New Year.
27 Sep – 4 Oct
Sukkot celebrates the Jews’ years in the desert on the way to the Promised Land, and is celebrated by building huts.
5 Oct
Shemini Atzeret
Shemini Atzeret is the final day of festivities at the end of Sukkot.
6 Oct
Simchat Torah
Meaning “Rejoicing in the Torah”, this day marks the end of the yearly cycle of weekly Torah readings.
7-14 Dec Hanukah
The Jewish Festival of Lights, celebrated for eight days. It commemorates the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom. During Hanukkah, Jews light one more candle each night.
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You can apply:

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  • often through your local council

You can apply to more than one housing association at a time.

Waiting list

Once you apply, you’ll be put on a waiting list.

Housing associations normally offer housing to people most suited to that particular property. You may have to wait a long time for a suitable property to become available.

Housing associations are also known as Registered Social Landlords or Private Registered Providers of Social Housing.


Types of tenancy

Your rights and responsibilities depend on the type of tenancy you have.

Your tenancy agreement is a legal document that tells you all the rules about living in your property.

Starter tenancy

New housing association tenants may be offered a starter tenancy. These usually last 12 months and are like a ‘trial’ period.

You become an assured or fixed term tenant after 12 months, unless your housing association has either:

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Assured and fixed-term tenancies

At the end of your starter tenancy you’ll be offered either:

  • an assured tenancy – meaning you can normally live in your property for the rest of your life
  • a fixed-term tenancy – usually lasting for at least 5 years (your landlord will decide whether it’s renewed)

You rights may include:

  • buying your home
  • having your home repaired
  • swapping your home with another council or housing association tenant

Ending your tenancy

Your tenancy can be ended if:

  • you give the housing association 4 weeks’ notice in writing
  • the housing association evicts you
  • you transfer your tenancy to someone else or swap homes
  • the housing association needs to move you (eg to redevelop your property) – it should offer you a new property

Standard of your home

Your landlord has to make sure that your home meets certain standards. It must be:

  • safe and free from ‘category 1 hazards’ – these are things that can cause death or pose a serious danger to your health (eg by causing lung cancer, 80% burn injuries, loss of limbs, poisoning)
  • in a reasonable state of repair
  • equipped with reasonably modern facilities
  • warm enough

If you have concerns about the standard of your home you can make a complaint.

As a social housing tenant you can help run a maintenance service.




Follow these steps if you have a problem with your housing association home:

  1. Complain to your landlord – they should have a complaints policy that you can follow.
  2. Make a complaint to a ‘designated person’ (your MP, a local councillor or a tenant panel) if you can’t resolve the problem with your landlord.
  3. Contact the Housing Ombudsman if you and your landlord still can’t resolve the problem.

Housing Ombudsman
Telephone: 0300 111 3000
Find out about call charges

Buying your home

As a housing association tenant, you might be able to buy your housing association home at a discount.

Online General Stuff

UK Festivals list, Online listings/Upcoming 2015 is proud to share with you thefestivalcalendar web’s definitive guide for UK Summer Music Festivals in 2015. If 2014 is anything to go by, then 2015 will be the best year ever for live music.

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Upcoming 2015 UK Festivals


February 2015

White Cliffs Ska Reggae Festival,  logo

Start Date: 14th February 2015
This festival will have you up on your feet from the get go… view festival



March 2015

Bangor Music Festival logo

Start Date: 4th March 2015
Celebrating the best in new music and sound… view festival


Seaside Rock 2015 logo

Start Date: 13th March 2015
‘Seaside Rock’ tribute weekend returns for a second spectacular year to Tencreek Park, Looe ! … view festival


Freshold Festival  logo

Start Date: 27th March 2015
2015… view festival


April 2015


Start Date: 3rd April 2015


GeckGo logo

Start Date: 4th April 2015
GeckGo is bringing you the ultimate in extreme sports experiences and live music…. view festival


DaveFest III logo

Start Date: 17th April 2015
We’re back for more, and so should you be!… view festival


FOCUS Wales  logo

Start Date: 22nd April 2015
4 Day Music and Comedy Festival with Interactive Panels… view festival



Start Date: 24th April 2015
The first Festival of Chamber Music in Hay on Wye… view festival


May 2015

Dumbfest Music and Comedy festival in Hampshire logo

Start Date: 1st May 2015
Music and Comedy festival with all proceeds going to The Teenage Cancer Trust…. view festival


Cosmic Puffin 8 2015 logo

Start Date: 1st May 2015
Family friendly music festival, 5 stages, over 100 bands charities supported The Autistic Society, Bliss and Aldlife… view festival


Filey Folk Festival 2015 logo

Start Date: 1st May 2015
Over 150 Acoustic Acts playing around various venues in Filey… view festival


Ribble Valley Jazz Festival logo

Start Date: 1st May 2015
6th Annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival takes place from Fri 1st to Monday 4th May – May Day Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 – an excellent way of spending a jazzy weekend – includes Blues Stage, Top UK headliners, Streeet Festival, rural village gigs – all in the centre of the United Kingdom!… view festival



Start Date: 2nd May 2015
Bristol Folk Festival will be reaffirming its place in the UK festival calendar this year, when it returns to the city over the May Bank Holiday, on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May!… view festival

May 2015

Noize Level Critical Rockin For The Children logo

Start Date: 2nd May 2015
100% Charity festival over 2 days in Nottingham, 20 bands and all proceeds go to Awareness for Autism and RACPA UK… view festival


Soundstock Festival logo

Start Date: 2nd May 2015
Family friendly music & comedy festival, raising funds for Essex Air Ambulance, Wheels for Stanley & Chelmsford Community Radio… view festival


Soundclash logo

Start Date: 2nd May 2015
Brand new Dance music festival for the south coast. 4 STAGES! (SOUTHAMPTON)… view festival


CROOKFEST 2015 logo

Start Date: 3rd May 2015
One Day Rock Festival… view festival


Poppleton Live Festival logo

Start Date: 4th May 2015
A friendly festival near York – music, comedy, drama – with Ralph McTell, Fairport Convention, The Barron Knights and lots more, in a friendly intimate village setting…. view festival


The Great Escape logo

Start Date: 14th May 2015
Europe’s leading festival for new music… view festival


Stourbridge blues festival 2014 logo

Start Date: 16th May 2015
12 hours of top blues acts in the heart of the Black Country … view festival


Bearded Theory Festival logo

Start Date: 21st May 2015
Bearded Theory Festival is set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall in South Derbyshire. In 2013 Bearded Theory was named Best Small festival at the UK Festival Awards…. view festival


How The Light Gets In 2015 logo

Start Date: 21st May 2015
The world’s largest philosophy and music festival, featuring thought-provoking debates and legendary parties…. view festival


Sunrise Celebration Festival logo

Start Date: 21st May 2015
Piercefield Park, Chepstow, Wales… view festival


The Alderney Performing Arts Festival  logo

Start Date: 22nd May 2015
An Annual Festival celebrating the Performing Arts through out Alderney… view festival


Wannasee Tribute Festival 2015 - Bishop Auckland logo

Start Date: 22nd May 2015
15 world class tributes paying homeage to some of the worlds greatest artist in a fantastic open air stadium… view festival


HogSozzle Music Festival 2015 logo

Start Date: 22nd May 2015
HogSozzle is 3 days and 3 nights of utter ridiculous! Discover something new with a handpicked selection of up and coming Bands, DJs and Comedy. Get involved with all the Sizzling Extras such as a Huge Hog Roast & a Pigment Paint Fight! Use the code FESTCAL for 10% off ticket prices!!… view festival


Elderflower Fields Festival logo

Start Date: 22nd May 2015
A magical weekend of adventure, discovery and inspiration designed especially for families with children in mind. Eclectic music, camping with nature and great local food & drink, all set in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside…. view festival

May 2015

Ashburton Blues  Festival logo

Start Date: 22nd May 2015
Weekend festival of the Best of the Blues in Glorious Devon surroundings… view festival


Breaking Bands Festival logo

Start Date: 22nd May 2015
The sole aim of the event is to bring the very best of the bands of the future into one place to open up the festival season and show what they can do…. view festival


X Music Festival Edinburgh logo

Start Date: 22nd May 2015
Join 10,000 people at X Music Festival Edinburgh this summer as the UK’s biggest & best artists take to the stage!… view festival


Game On logo

Start Date: 22nd May 2015
The Midlands only sport and music festival…Perfect for sports teams end of season tour…. view festival


Bude and Stratton Folk Festival logo

Start Date: 22nd May 2015
Bude and Stratton Folk Festival is a friendly mix of folk concerts, workshops and themed events held annually on the late May Bank Holiday weekend. It features dance displays, music and song all based in and around the North Cornwall coastal town of Bude. … view festival


LeeStock Music Festival 2015 logo

Start Date: 23rd May 2015
LeeStock is a charity music festival in Suffolk held in the grounds of an old East Anglian Tudor Hall, and will be back in 2015 for it’s 8th year…. view festival


Valleys SoundFest logo

Start Date: 23rd May 2015
The Valleys SoundFest is held annually in the heart of Rhondda Cynon Taff by students of Coleg Y Cymoedd…. view festival



Start Date: 23rd May 2015
The UK’s Premier TRIBUTE BAND tour comes to York for the 1st time… view festival


Newport Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend logo

Start Date: 28th May 2015
Jazz Festival based on the Isle of Wight featuring top UK jazz musicians and singers… view festival


Wychwood Music Festival logo

Start Date: 29th May 2015
Nominated Best Family Festival in the UK Festival Awards 10 years running… view festival



Start Date: 30th May 2015
Colourful UK Dance Festival… view festival


June 2015

Let's Rock Bristol! logo

Start Date: 5th June 2015
The Ultimate 80’s Festival returns for a 3rd year!… view festival


Boom Bap Festival logo

Start Date: 5th June 2015
Hip Hop festival … view festival


Heart of Rock and blues festival logo

Start Date: 5th June 2015
Heart of Rock & Blues Festival is held at Penmaenau Farm in the beautiful Welsh countryside overlooking the town of Builth Wells and the River Wye…. view festival

June 2015

Something to Smile About 2015 logo

Start Date: 6th June 2015
A Whole Day of Festival Fun for Charities, 23 Acts, 2 Stages + Fireshows, Entertainers, Workshops, Rides, Crafts, Food & Stalls, Real Ale and more!… view festival


Something To Smile About 2015 logo

Start Date: 6th June 2015
A Whole Day of Festival Fun for Charities, 23 Acts, 2 Stages + Fireshows, Entertainers, Workshops, Kids Area, Crafts, Food & Stalls, Real Ale, and more!… view festival


Isle of Wight Festival logo

Start Date: 11th June 2015
The Official Isle of Wight Music Festival… view festival


Symmetry Festival 2015 logo

Start Date: 11th June 2015
3 Day Family Music Festival at Sennowe Park in Norfolk. … view festival


Download Festival logo

Start Date: 12th June 2015
The legendary, award-winning event, crowned ?Top Festival of 2007? by Billboard magazine Download returns for another year… view festival


Scooter & Ska Rally Fest  logo

Start Date: 12th June 2015
Scooter Rally – Ska Fest Weekender – Fun For All – 
Camping On Site… view festival


Wallingford Blues & Beer Festival  logo

Start Date: 12th June 2015
25th anniversary of one of the UK’s most established blues events. Two nights of the best blues & Saturday afternoon of eclectic blues for the familu… view festival


X Music Festival Cardiff logo

Start Date: 12th June 2015
Join 30,000 people this year at X Music Festival Cardiff with the UK’s biggest & best artists!… view festival


MudFest logo

Start Date: 13th June 2015
The UK’s Premier Obstacle Race & Music Festival… view festival


Fylde Rock & Roots Festival logo

Start Date: 18th June 2015
A brand new family friendly music festival on the Fylde coast, Lancashire. Bringing you quality live music in a fantastic setting…. view festival


The Acoustic Festival of Britain 2015 logo

Start Date: 19th June 2015
The Acoustic Festival of Britain offers four stages of unplugged and acoustic music covering folk, rock, blues, guitar, country, bluegrass + a few legends… view festival


Wallingfords Summer Music Festival Rugfest logo

Start Date: 19th June 2015
Rugfest – Wallingford’s Summer Music Festival return for a 7th year, bigger better and brilliant ! this eclectic grass roots festival continues to deliver .. A great festival with something for everyone, family fun and massive bands… view festival


Sussex Solstice 2015 logo

Start Date: 19th June 2015
SUSSEX SOLSTICE 2015 LIVE MUSIC – FAMILY CAMPING – CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT – BARS – FOOD Established music festival raising money for The Teenage Cancer Trust and The MS Society in 2015 in Burwash © Sanctuary Media Entertainment Ltd… view festival


Wannasee Tribute Festival 2015 - Penrith logo

Start Date: 19th June 2015
World class tributes paying homeage to some of the worlds greatest artist… view festival

June 2015

Beacon Festival 2015 logo

Start Date: 19th June 2015
BEACON FESTIVAL is a boutique family event celebrating the longest day of summer high up on The Chiltern Hills of South Oxfordshire!… view festival


Riverside Rock logo

Start Date: 20th June 2015
Riverside Rock 2015 is a musical extravaganza with something for everyone young and old…. view festival


Headlander Festival logo

Start Date: 20th June 2015
2 day’s of great music across 3 fully covered Marquees from Rock to Blues to Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass and Reggae…. view festival


Let's Rock Leeds! logo

Start Date: 20th June 2015
The Family Friendly 80s Festival… view festival



Start Date: 20th June 2015


Glastonbury Festival logo

Start Date: 24th June 2015
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts… view festival


Togfest 2015 logo

Start Date: 26th June 2015
Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes provides the back drop for one of Milton Keynes’ premier live music events. … view festival


Stone Valley Festival III logo

Start Date: 26th June 2015
The ever popular SVF is back again in 2015. More music and even more scooters!… view festival


July 2015


Start Date: 3rd July 2015
A lovely family friendly music festival with 25 acts held over two days with all money made going to a local disabled school. … view festival


Surf Coast music festival logo

Start Date: 3rd July 2015
Based at Perranporth aerodrome on the Cornish Surf coast… view festival


Europe's Tribute to Elvis festival Blackpool 2015 logo

Start Date: 3rd July 2015
THE ULTIMATE ELVIS EVENT OF 2015 IS HERE AND WE INVITE YOU TO BE A PART OF IT. The only officially Elvis Presley Enterprises endorsed festival & Elvis Contest in Europe. “IF YOU ONLY ATTEND ONE EVENT ALL YEAR, THIS SHOULD BE THE ONE”… view festival


Lowde Fest 2015 logo

Start Date: 4th July 2015
Hampshire’s premier music and beer festival returns to Hazeley Bottom on July 4th 2015…. view festival


The Fling Festival logo

Start Date: 4th July 2015
On Saturday 4th July, the unique summer festival of live music, cabaret and curiosity will again welcome adults of all ages to the glorious Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex…. view festival


Gravesend Bluesrockfest logo

Start Date: 4th July 2015
The Gravesend Bluesrockfest is fast becoming the must see festival. In its 3rd year the previous headliners have been Larry Miller and Aynsley Lister – This year we welcome Chantel McGregor as our headliner with a star studded line up to support. Albany Down and Troy Redfern are already confirmed wi… view festival

July 2015

The Fling Festival logo

Start Date: 4th July 2015
Essex leading boutique festival of assorted amusements… view festival


Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod logo

Start Date: 7th July 2015
Llangollen welcomes the World to Wales for the unique International Festival of Music and Dance. A great day and celebrity evening concerts… view festival


T in the Park logo

Start Date: 10th July 2015
The biggest festival in Scotland… view festival


The Eyes Have It Music Festival logo

Start Date: 10th July 2015
A weekend rock, pop and blues festival … view festival


Into The Wild logo

Start Date: 10th July 2015
Into The Wild is a brand new festival set in the English countryside just an hour north of London 10th-12th July 2015… view festival


NASS Festival logo

Start Date: 10th July 2015
NASS is the UK’s only professional action sport and music festival…. view festival


Alsager Music Festival logo

Start Date: 10th July 2015
Held in Milton Park, Alsager on 11th July, starting at 12pm and finishing at 9pm. 3 stages, beer, food and more…. view festival


Glas-Denbury Music Festival logo

Start Date: 10th July 2015
A proper, pucker, decent, down to earth, happy, smiley, local family friendly festival… view festival


Tiverton Balloon and Music Festival logo

Start Date: 10th July 2015
Two live music stages plus balloons, food, trade stalls and entertainment… view festival


Cornbury Music Festival logo

Start Date: 10th July 2015
A lovingly crafted, top-notch, very English open air party, tailor-made for the whole family…. view festival


Wistful Festival logo

Start Date: 11th July 2015
Small music Festival to raise money for The Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund… view festival


Cazfest logo

Start Date: 11th July 2015
Familiy orientated charity music festival established in 2009 to promote awareness of heart risk in the young… view festival


Ripley Rocks logo

Start Date: 11th July 2015
Ripley Rocks is a Summer one day festival of music…. view festival


Let's Rock Southampton! logo

Start Date: 11th July 2015
The Family Friendly 80s Festival… view festival

July 2015

Oakwell Music Festival logo

Start Date: 12th July 2015
Family friendly music festival held at the historic Oakwell Hall Country Park… view festival


King's Lynn Festival logo

Start Date: 12th July 2015
Classical Choral Recitals Jazz Talks Exhibitions Films… view festival


Larmer Tree Festival 2015 logo

Start Date: 15th July 2015
Larmer Tree Festival 2015 – celebrating their 25th anniversary this year promises the most exciting festival to date…. view festival


Latitude Festival logo

Start Date: 16th July 2015
theatre, art, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics, dance and literature… view festival


Lovebox logo

Start Date: 17th July 2015
Lovebox is one of the most authentic festivals of the summer… view festival


chiddingly jazz blues rock and beer festival logo

Start Date: 17th July 2015 is a jazz blues rock festival in aid of st wilfrids hospice…. view festival


Festival 8 logo

Start Date: 17th July 2015
A boutique festival in the heart of lincolnshire,17th-19th july A celebration of the senses hidden in a magical grove of tree’s, a family festival. Music, dance, games, laugher, talks, food, drink, nature and good times…. view festival


Alive At Delapre - Jessie J logo

Start Date: 18th July 2015
Jessie J headlines the second night of the Alive@Delapre music event…. view festival


Folk by the Oak logo

Start Date: 19th July 2015
A festival of folk’s finest acts gathered in beautiful leafy parkland for one uplifting summer day of music…. view festival


Ambition logo

Start Date: 23rd July 2015
An eclectic four-day mix of performances and installations in the heart of South London. Curated by cultural champions, expect to be absorbed by music, theatre, comedy, dance, and the visual arts. Many stages will be free of charge, but most evening shows will require tickets or weekend wristbands…. view festival


Somersault Festival logo

Start Date: 23rd July 2015
A five day vacation of music, adventure & outdoor living in the heart of Devon… view festival


Deer Shed Festival logo

Start Date: 24th July 2015
The family friendly music, arts and science festival set in beautiful North Yorkshire Parkland. 24 – 27 July 2014…. view festival


Music Mania Festival 2015 logo

Start Date: 24th July 2015
Full festival weekend, live bands, DJ’s, camping, beer tents, attractions, custom show, food vans…. view festival


Underneath the Stars Festival logo

Start Date: 24th July 2015
BijOU fAmiLy feStivAL of muSiC aND aRTs… view festival

July 2015

Deerstock logo

Start Date: 24th July 2015
Charity Music festival… view festival


Monmouth Festival 2015 logo

Start Date: 24th July 2015
Free Music Festival in Monmouth, UK… view festival


SAUSAGE 15 logo

Start Date: 24th July 2015
A non profit, Intimite, friendly music festival near Salisbury in Wiltshire… view festival


Llandudno Jazz Festival 2015 logo

Start Date: 24th July 2015
Calon Promotions are delighted to announce the inaugural Llandudno Jazz Festival 24-26th July 2015…. view festival


The Steelhouse 2015 logo

Start Date: 25th July 2015
5th annual Steelhouse Festival is back with a rock ‘n’ roll vengeance this summer!… view festival


Tramlines 2015 logo

Start Date: 25th July 2015
Tramlines Festival 2015 >>> 24/25/26 July Tickets >>>… view festival


Farmfestival 2015 logo

Start Date: 31st July 2015
The UK’s most independent festival, over 2 days in the beautiful Somerset countryside…. view festival


Richmond Live logo

Start Date: 31st July 2015
Two day music festival held in the picturesque town of Richmond Yorkshire… view festival


OutCider 2015 logo

Start Date: 31st July 2015
Just eclectic music and local cider, ale and food. A minimum of fuss and cost, a maximum good time. You knows it…. view festival


Tfest logo

Start Date: 31st July 2015
Tfest is a 3 day tribute music festival… view festival


August 2015

Sidmouth Fringe Sessions logo

Start Date: 1st August 2015
A series of intimate musical performances held over five nights in an idyllic Devon village during the first week of August…. view festival


Summertime Swing #11 logo

Start Date: 2nd August 2015
Festival of the best in swingin’ music hosted by the famous The Jive Aces… view festival


Rock at the Castle logo

Start Date: 2nd August 2015
Don’t miss out on the annual Rock Festival. Come along and listen to live bands, musicians and acoustic acts performing in the Castle grounds. … view festival


Wickham Festival logo

Start Date: 6th August 2015
A 4-day family-friendly Festival in a beautiful rural setting on the outskirts of an historic Hampshire village…. view festival

August 2015

Northern Green Gathering logo

Start Date: 6th August 2015
We are a family friendly gathering devoted to ecological themes and sustainable living…. view festival


Holifair 2015 logo

Start Date: 7th August 2015
Holifair is a three day family friendly festival with live music, workshops, caberet, kids area, wellbeing area and all set at the beautiful Holifield Farm at the head of the Helford Estuary in West Cornwall… view festival


Glass Butter Beach logo

Start Date: 12th August 2015
Glass Butter Beach is a music, action sports & beach lifestyle festival set on the edge of Cardigan Bay near the picturesque surf village of Abersoch. The vibe is very much based around the beach with surfing, wakeboarding, BMX & skateboarding core to the roots of the festival…. view festival


BoomTown Fair logo

Start Date: 13th August 2015
Pushing the boundaries in every direction!!… view festival


Blind Cat Festival logo

Start Date: 14th August 2015
Psychedelic Space Rock Festival in the beautiful suroundings of Cabourne Pava Events site in Lincolnshire… view festival


Tribfest Music Festival logo

Start Date: 20th August 2015
Tribfest is the summer’s biggest tribute band music festival in East Yorkshire, probably the world, now in its 9th year!… view festival


Just So Festival logo

Start Date: 21st August 2015
A magical weekend of creative adventures for families. … view festival


Wildwood Festival logo

Start Date: 21st August 2015
Simply Great music, great food & drink, a stunning venue and fantastic people ….. To give you what we love. That’s our mission statement. … view festival


V Festival logo

Start Date: 22nd August 2015
2 Venues, 2 days of top acts… view festival


Purbeck Valley Folk Festival logo

Start Date: 27th August 2015
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival is a small festival set on a farm on the beautiful Jurassic Coastline. We’re a festival that’s loved by everyone because there’s loads for kids to do, loads for parents and loads for the old folkies!… view festival


Reading Festival logo

Start Date: 28th August 2015
Big annual music festival in Reading… view festival


Leeds Festival logo

Start Date: 28th August 2015
Legendary Leeds Music Festival… view festival


Into the Wild Summer Festival logo

Start Date: 28th August 2015
INTO THE WILD hosts inspirational festivals, with great Music, workshops and lots more…… view festival


Creamfields logo

Start Date: 28th August 2015
Creamfields is back! Bigger, better, bolder and with one almighty line up! The multi-award winning dance festival returns to Daresbury in Cheshire on August Bank Holiday weekend with the biggest electronic line up you’ll see anywhere this year…. view festival

August 2015

The Vicar's Picnic logo

Start Date: 28th August 2015
Coolest small boutique festival this side of Cairo. … view festival


Sunshine Festival 2015 logo

Start Date: 28th August 2015
Back for it’s 6th year Sunshine Festival is set to further cement it’s place as the heart of England’s greatest Family Festival…. view festival


3 Chords Festival logo

Start Date: 28th August 2015
The third 3 Chords Festival bringing punk to Cornwall takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August 2015 at Trereife House, in Penzance, Cornwall…. view festival


Watchet Music Festival logo

Start Date: 28th August 2015
Bringing The Festival Experiance to West Somerset… view festival


Castell Roc Festival logo

Start Date: 28th August 2015
Castell Roc is held inside Chepstows stunning Castle… view festival


September 2015

LodeStar Festival logo

Start Date: 4th September 2015
LodeStar 2013 -Home of exciting high quality music… view festival


One Love Festival  logo

Start Date: 4th September 2015
UK’s No1 Reggae and Dub Festival… view festival


Weyfest logo

Start Date: 4th September 2015
A relaxed, fun and super-friendly festival set in the beautiful Rural Life Centre, Farnham… view festival


Bestival Festival logo

Start Date: 10th September 2015
Bestival takes place in September at Robin Hill, Isle of Wight… view festival


Franks Steak Out Family Festival logo

Start Date: 11th September 2015
A weekend of family fun, excitement, music, amazing local food & drink, activities and inspiration designed for all ages…. view festival


Little Big Gig logo

Start Date: 18th September 2015
A family run music and ale festival on the most southerly point in England, overlooking the Atlantic, surrounded by farm animals…. view festival


Herts Jazz Festival 2015 logo

Start Date: 18th September 2015
The best of British and European jazz all in one venue in easy access of London and the midlands…. view festival


Forth Bridges Live logo

Start Date: 18th September 2015
Music and Arts Festival in the shadows of the mighty Forth Bridges… view festival


Salford Music Festival  logo

Start Date: 24th September 2015
Salford Music festival 2015 will probably be on these dates.. THANKS to every single person that played, helped out, got involved, supported, hosted and attended , 2014 definitely the best ever yet again.. Roll on SMF 2015 … view festival

September 2015

Party In The Valley logo

Start Date: 25th September 2015
Two day music festival set in the heart of the Lake District national park, keswick… view festival


October 2015

Riverside Beer & Folk  And Festival logo

Start Date: 2nd October 2015
Riverside Beer & Folk Festiva In Aid Of The North Devon Air AMbulance And North Devon Childrens Hospice… view festival


November 2015

The Naughty Reunion  logo

Start Date: 12th November 2015
The Naughty Reunion shoves thousands of ravers together for the last big session of the year. And for 2015, we’ve lined up more than 60 acts across separate arenas. We’re talking turntables manned by clubland’s top DJs, stageshows from the biggest chart-climbers, and the hottest breaking acts…. view festival


EFG London Jazz Festival logo

Start Date: 13th November 2015
10 days of live music in 50+ venues across London, Friday 13 – Sunday 22 November 2015… view festival


December 2015

Test Event logo

Start Date: 3rd December 2015
the Test Event… view festival

Online General Stuff

List of UK newspapers – print and online listings

Written by Gavriel Hollander


The Sun remains the most read UK newspaper, according to data from the National Readership Survey.All national news groups were slightly down in terms of their total readerships compared with the last time the NRS published data in May, relating to the year to March 2013. A poll of 36,000 British adults found that just under 13.5m people read The Sun or The Sun (Sunday) either in print or online every week. The paper is 1.5m readers ahead of its nearest challenger, the Mail, which attracts 12m readers across its daily and Sunday print titles and the Mail Online.


Title Print (000s) Website only (000s) Combined (000s)
The Sun/The Sun (Sunday) 12,400 1,076 13,476
Daily Mail/The Mail on Sunday 9,521 2,449 11,970
Metro 7,458 389 7,847
Daily Mirror/Sunday Mirror/The People 6,762 1,123 7,885
The Guardian/The Observer 2,781 2,475 5,257
The Daily Telegraph/The Sunday Telegraph 3,051 1,848 4,899
The Times/The Sunday Times 4,347 178 4,525
London Evening Standard 3,471 272 3,743
The Independent/The Independent on Sunday/i 2,607 1,056 3,662
Daily Express/Sunday Express 2,683 291 2,974
Daily Star/Daily Star Sunday 2,774 151 2,924
Daily Record/Sunday Mail 1,503 188 1,691
Financial Times 892 334 1,226
The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday 334 201 535
The Herald/Sunday Herald 296 136 4,322
Yorkshire Post 287 62 349
Glasgow Evening Times 214 49 263
Online Movie Listings

Online List of theatres in UK |theatre listings

Online List of theatres in the UK From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


The following is a online list of active professional theatres and concert halls in the United Kingdom.This online list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. They are organised alphabetically in name order.











The King’s Theatre, Newmarket






Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth










Online Movie Listings

Top online UK cinemas list |cinema listings lists all open cinemas in the United Kingdom as far as known, in most cases with the number of auditoria, seating capacities and a Web link for the cinema or the group it belongs to. To qualify for inclusion the venue must have full cinema-standard digital projection and/or 35mm in use. Where a cinema is only part-time on films this is indicated.

Also noted are announced new cinemas or extra auditoria where the plans are thought to be firm, in particular that planning permission has been granted if needed. Where a cinema has closed or been modified the information is kept on the list for a year then deleted.

Cinema Circuit Links

AMC UK Web Site American company with small number of UK sites ( AMC U.S. parent site)
Cineworld Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema.
Curzon Small group originally focussed on the London area but by 2013 acquiring sites in other parts of Britain.
Empire Cinemas Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema
Everyman Listed on London AIM market from November 2013. Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema
Hollywood Cinemas
Light Cinemas Launched on the continent in 2008 the group now have a list of a number of UK sites under development.
Merlin Cinemas
Movie House Cinemas Includes photograph of each cinema.
Northern Morris
Odeon Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema, with photographs.
Omniplex is based in the Irish Republic and runs a number of venues in Northern Ireland
Picturehouse Owned by Cineworld but separately named & managed. Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema, with photographs.
Reel Cinemas
Scott Cinemas Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema.
Showcase (American owners National Amusements)
Silver Screen Cinemas
Vue Cinemas Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema.
West Coast Cinemas Scotland
WTW Cinemas

Other Cinema Link

American Widescreen Museum is devoted in particular to the various widescreen and large format processes of the past but also covers other technical matters of exhibition.
The A-Z of Projection is a Wiki allowing experts to explain terms used in cinema exhibition, especially projection.
BKSTS, the Moving Image Society, has as its memebership people in the UK working in the cinema industry,including exhibition.
Brighton Cinema History is a very full background to the city’s cinemas over the years.
The British Board of Film Classification Web site explains the UK film classification system and with the aid of the new (2013) Insight service the reasons for the certificate given to all submitted films.
The British Film Institute runs the National Film Theatre and publishes an annual Film Handbook on which this list was originally based when it was first put on the Web in the summer of 1995.
Event Cinema Association supports and promotes event cinma presentations on behalf of distributors and exhibitors and raises public awareness.
Cinema Exhibitors’ Association is the body representing a large number of both circuit and independent UK cinemas; a range of statistics on cinemas can be found under ‘Facts and Figures’.
The Cinema Theatre Association is involved in all aspects of cinema buildings past and present. This list of cinemas is provided with their support and their bi-monthly Bulletin giving details of openings and closings is one of the main sources of new information.
CinemaTour is a photographic record of cinemas worldwide with locations and historic details.
Cinema Treasures is an American site with details on individual cinemas, past and present, throughout the world including over 3,200 in Britain.
Digital Cinema Media is the joint Odeon-Cineworld cinema advertising company established in 2008.
Dusashenka’s Cinema Photos mostly in Britain, on the Flickr site.
English Heritage have a large number of cinema photographs, often from the 1930s, in their Picture Gallery. Select View Picture Gallery and type cinema as the search item.
Film Distributors Association UK distributors site with release schedule, description of what distributors do, & links to them.
Guardian Film covers all aspects of movies including exhibition.
Odeon/UCI General and financial information on the company, including European activities.
Odeon Cavalcade is a collection of 1960’s views of Odeon theatres, mostly in evocative black-and-white.
Pearl and Dean is one of the two major companies selling screen advertising and the site also contains other information about exhibition.
Projected Picture Trust are involved in preserving cinema projection equipment.
Scotland’s Surviving Cinemas, records details of as many of Scotland’s cinemas as survive today, including pictures and news.
Subtitles is involved in promoting subtitled cinema presentation for the hard of hearing.

Notes and Caveats

This online list was introduced in 1995, the early days of the World Wide Web, and is updated from a number of sources including my own observations, heplful emails, and items in the CTA Bulletin. I would very much like to thank everyone who sends corrections and updates.

There is no financial remuneration in any form involved with collating and providing this information. This is a spare time activity and the online lists are in no way official. Every care should be taken in their use, and they should be checked against official data if any decision rests on the information.

This online list is administered by Jeremy Perkins on behalf of the Cinema Theatre Association.

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Top 10 Things to Do After a Car Accident, Automobile guide

If you are involved in an automobile accident, there are certain things you can do to protect yourself and your interests. The following is a list of the top ten things you should do if you are in an automobile accident:

1. STOP. Never drive away from the scene of an accident, even a minor one.

2. PROTECT THE SCENE. You can prevent further accidents by setting up flares, or keeping your flashers on. If it is dark and your lights don’t work, you should have a flashlight to keep you safe while you wait in your disabled car or by the side of the road.

3. CALL THE POLICE. Even if there are no serious injuries, it is a good idea to call the police. You may need a police report to file a claim with your insurance company, even if it is just to make a claim for damage to your vehicle. The vehicles involved in the accident should remain where they are, unless they interfere with traffic.

4. MAKE AN ACCURATE RECORD. When the police arrive, make sure you tell the investigating officer(s) exactly what happened, to the best of your ability. If you do not know certain facts, tell that to the officer. Do not speculate, guess or misstate any of the facts. If you are asked if you are injured and you are not sure, say you are not sure, rather than no. Often, the pain and injuries from motor vehicle accidents become apparent hours after the actual collision. You should also make sure statements made by other persons involved in the accident are accurate as well.

5. TAKE PICTURES. If you happen to have a camera in your vehicle, or a cell phone equipped with a camera, you should take pictures of the vehicles if there is visible damage. If you have visible injuries, you should photograph them as well. However, you should in no way interfere with the on-going police investigation. If you cannot take pictures at the scene of the accident, take them as soon as possible after the accident.

6. EXCHANGE INFORMATION. Typically, the investigating police officer obtains this information. However, if the police do not respond to the accident, you should obtain the name, address and telephone number of all persons involved in the accident, drivers and passengers alike. You should also obtain information about insurance by asking to see the insurance card for all vehicles involved in the accident. If there are witnesses, you should get information from them as well so that you or your attorney can contact them in the future. If police respond to the accident, the investigating officer usually will provide all drivers with a police report number. You can use that number later to obtain the police report. If the accident occurs on a state highway, you must request the report from the state police.

7. REPORT THE ACCIDENT. Notify your insurance company as soon as possible. Many policies require immediate reporting and full cooperation. Find out if you have medical benefits as part of your insurance coverage. You pay extra for that type of coverage – known as “medpay” – so you should use it. In fact, if you have medpay coverage, you are required to submit your accident-related medical bills to your insurance company. Medpay coverage is primary for accident-related medical bills. Once medpay benefits are exhausted, private health insurance becomes your primary insurer. Medpay benefits are available to all the occupants of the vehicle. Your insurance rates should not increase as a result of submitting claims for medpay coverage.

8. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. Often, injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents are not immediately apparent. Most of our clients report feeling the most pain a day or two following an automobile accident. Unless you are absolutely certain you were not injured, you should seek medical attention at your local emergency room or by seeing your family physician. Even in accidents involving minor impact, you can sustain a serious and permanent injury to your spinal cord. If you lost consciousness or were dazed for even a short period of time following the collision, you may have suffered a concussion or closed head injury. This can cause cognitive and behavioral changes if left untreated.

9. KEEP A FILE. Keep all your accident-related documents and information together. This information should include a claim number, the claim’s adjuster who is handling the claim, names and phone numbers of all contacts, receipts for a rental car and other expenses incurred as a result of the accident.

10. PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. Perhaps the most important thing you should do after an accident is to consult your attorney. Your attorney can protect your rights and make sure valuable evidence is not destroyed. Often, insurance companies want to take statements immediately after an accident. It is important that you have received legal advice before providing such a statement. Your attorney can advise you on issues ranging from how to make sure you are fully compensated for your vehicle to how to make sure you are getting the best medical treatment available. Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no legal fee unless the attorney recovers compensation for your injuries.