Thankyou Ruth and Stephanie for your comments and information. I really do love carnivals/festivals as most people go only for one thing - to enjoy themselves and have a good time.
Bewdley - that is that in Shropshire Stephanie and if I remember rightly did this suffer quite badly from flooding one year?
Belbroughton - is that in the Black Country Stephanie?
The Edinburgh Tattoo is absolutely fantastic Ruth - I love bagpipes and drums. The castle makes a lovely backdrop for this event. The best time to go to the Tattoo is when the Fringe Festival is on - a lot of street entertainment making for a wonderful atmosphere. In the evenings the pubs are packed and full of life - I find the people in Edinburgh very friendly.
The Thames European Festival of Culture (held early September) is great and takes place all the way along the River Thames over the Saturday and the Sunday. In the evening there is a parade with music and dancing (Sunday night last year).
When I went to the 40's Weekend in Howarth, I made a big mistake not dressing up. Most people got into the spirit of this event and there was dancing in the car park. This event attracts a lot of people (young and old) and Howarth (Emily Bronte country) makes an ideal backdrop for this event.
Nice to hear from you both and if you ever want a guided tour of the Yorkshire Dales please do let me know.