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April

Saturday 26 April: World Day for Animals in Laboratories March, Nottingham

Each year anti-vivisection campaigners and members of the public from across the UK and further afield meet to mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories. This is an opportunity to make your voice heard in opposition to the vivisection industry, and also to raise public awareness. Meet at 12 noon at Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1 2DT. Please come along for a march through the city centre, handing out flyers and rallying for speeches. Find out more on the Facebook event page.

Saturday 26 April: Student Voice for Animal Rights: World Day for Animal in Laboratories event, Edinburgh

To mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories, Student Voice for Animal Rights at Edinburgh University has organised an event featuring stalls from local animal rights organization stalls, performances, speeches, creative action and vegan food in Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL from 12:30pm. Find out more on the Facebook event page.

Saturday 26 April: Viva!'s Incredible Vegan Roadshow, Gloucester

From 10:30am to 4pm at Gloucester Guildhall, 23 Eastgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1NS. Over 30 vegan stalls from Viva!, animal charities and vegan companies. Free entry, free vegan food tastings, a programme of talks and cookery demos. Find out more on the event website.

May

Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 May: Remember Rusty Weekend

Action for Greyhounds would like people to organise information stalls, leafleting or events to educate the general public on the cruelty involved in greyhound racing. Held over the nearest weekend to 02 May as it was on this date in 2004 that a greyhound called Rusty was found severely injured in South Wales. Rusty had been shot in the head with a captive-bolt pistol and his ears had been hacked off, because they contained tattoos that could identify him. Despite the appalling injuries, he was still alive when found but could not be saved and was later put to sleep. Contact Action for Greyhounds for leaflets, petitions and posters, and further information.

Saturday 10 May: The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival

10am – 6pm at The Queen's Hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ. Entry £2 (free to under 16s). There'll be over 100 stalls offering a wide variety of vegan goods, as well as free samples, talks, cookery demonstrations and more. Visit the event website for further details.

Saturday 10 May: Colchester Vegan Fair

From 11am to 3pm at Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF. A celebration of delicious vegan food and more in a relaxed and friendly environment. All welcome. Free entry. Find out more on the event website or event Facebook page.

Saturday 17 May: Dorchester March against the Badger Cull

Meet at 12 noon in Borough Gardens, Dorchester DT1 1RE for a march against the badger cull followed by a party in the park. For full details, visit Facebook event page or the Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare website.

Saturday 17 May: Manchester Vegan Fair

10am – 4pm at Chorlton Irish Club, 17 High Lane, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9DJ. There'll be 50 stalls as well as free vegan food, films, children's activities and more. For further details, visit the Vegan Organic Network website.

Saturday 17 May: Nottingham Cookery Workshop

We are seeking people who enjoy cooking and would like to give vegetarian cookery demonstrations in schools. By giving talks to schoolchildren, you can help form their lifelong attitudes towards animals. Find out more and register.

Saturday 17 May: Caketastic! vegan cake sale, London

Home made vegan cake sale, raffle, info stall, and more. All money raised will go to the fund which is paying for and facilitating rescuing injured street animals in India. Suggested entry: £3 waged, £1 unwaged. From 1pm to 6pm at The Commons House, Unit 5e, 5 Pundersons Gardens, Bethnal Green, London E2 9QG. Find out more on the Facebook event page.

Friday 23 – Sunday 25 May: VegFest Bristol

Taking place at the The Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5LL, VegFest Bristol is one of Europe's biggest vegan events with 140 stalls, 15 caterers, bars, live music, cookery classes, cinema, talks and workshops. Entry on the Friday evening is £10 and £5 before 5pm on the Saturday and Sunday; children under 16 go free. Download the event programme. Friday night acts: Boney M, Gwent Dickey's Rose Royce and Abba Gold; Saturday: Peter Hook and the Light, Ruts DC and Goldblade; Sunday: Zion Train and Black Roots. Visit the VegFest Bristol website for all the latest information.

June

Saturday 7 June: North West Vegan Festival, Lancaster

11am – 7pm at Lancaster Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PJ, and 11am – midnight at the Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 3PY. There will be 115 stalls spread over the two venues, a vegan beer and wine festival, a vegan cafe, cookery demos, vegan speed dating and meeting, films, children's activities and an aftershow. For more information, visit the event website.

Sunday 8 June: Animal Blessing Service, Aberdeen

All animals with their human companions are welcome to the Animal Blessing Service at Craigiebuckler Church Hall, Springfield Road, Aberdeen AB15 8AA. The service starts at 3pm and will be conducted by Rev Kenneth Petrie.

Saturday 28 June: Animal Aid's Londonwide Street Collection

Please help us on our biggest fundraising event of the year. We can collect anywhere in London on Saturday 28 June. Contact Mark Phillips if you would like to do a collection in London, or to put in touch with your local organiser.

Saturday 28 June: V3K Ultra, Wales

V3K Ultra takes in all the mountains over 3,000ft in Wales, taking in 55km with over 4,000m of ascent over Wales’ highest, toughest terrain. This year V3K Ultra will be part of the Skyrunner® UK series. The race starts at Nant Gwynant. There will be marshals along the route at strategic places and will serve as checkpoints. Runners must visit all 15 of the 3,000ft peaks, and must remain vegan throughout the day. Find out more.

July

Friday 4 – Sunday 6 July: Vdelicious, London

Held at Kensington Olympia, there will be stalls, talks, and cookery demonstrations. Aimed at vegans, vegetarians and meat-reducers. Once again, the show will be co-located with the Allergy & Free From Show, tickets allow entry into both shows. Find out more.

Saturday 12 July: Animal Aid’s Walk for the Animals

To be held on Hampstead Heath, London. Email Mark Phillips or call 01732 364546 ext 223 for information, registration and sponsorship forms.

Friday 25 – Sunday 27 July: Snowdon Vegan Weekend

Join the Vegan Organic Network for a sponsored walk to the summit of Snowdon to raise funds for their work and for Sea Shepherd. Accomodation and vegan food will be available at the nearby Pen-Y-Pass YHA, but it is advised you book early to avoid disappointment. For more details, visit the Snowdon Vegan Weekend website.

Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 July: Greyhound Remembrance Weekend

The first commercial greyhound races were held on 24 July 1926 at Belle Vue, Manchester. Every year over the weekend nearest to 24 July events are held in memory of the hundreds of thousands of greyhounds that have suffered and died at the hands of the British greyhound racing industry. If you would like to hold an event this weekend, contact Action for Greyhounds for materials and information.

August

Sunday 17 August: London Vegan Festival

From 11am to 8pm at Kensington Town Hall, London W8. Entry £2 (under 12s free). Come along for stalls, talks, and vegan food and drink. Find out more.

September

Saturday 13 September: Northern Vegan Festival, Blackpool

11am – 6pm at Empress Ballroom, Winter Gardens, 61 Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HU. Entry £2 (under 12s free). There'll be more than 150 stalls, a vegan café, films, talks from experts, cookery demos, childrens’ activities, vegan speed meeting and much more. Co-located with the LABL Fair Blackpool and a free 100+ stall Handmade and Vintage Craft Fair. For further details visit the event website.

Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 September: London Vegfest

Held at Kensington Olympia West Halls, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX from 11am to 6pm. Over 200 stalls packed with plant-based products, samples and special discounts, alongside talks, cookery demos, workshops, films, together with book signings, live performances and kids entertainment. £10 entry, £6 concessions, under 16s free. Visit the website for updates and full information.

October

Saturday 4 October: Live a Better Life, Edinburgh

LABL Fair is Edinburgh's new multi theme ethical and healthy living event at Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh EH14 1RJ. Helping you to Live A Better Life, with 120 stalls offering everything from food to natural beauty and healthy living to fairtrade clothes. Plus cookery demonstrations, film screenings, talks and a free prize draw will add to the entertainment. Entry £1. Find out more.

November

Saturday 22 November: Animal Aid South West Christmas Without Cruelty Festival 2013

Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter EX1 1BW. Details to come. Keep the date free!

December

Sunday 7 December: Animal Aid's Christmas Fayre

Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX. Details to come. Keep the date free!

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