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BRITISH EVENTS around Florida.



              Scroll down to see future events. Please say you saw it on www.britishflorida.com. To advertise on this page email your query to britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com  On subject line put:  “British event Florida.”  Include your name + city + phone.  Or call publisher’s office [305] 371-9340.   NOTE:    For Miami events, see own page.   TIP: To find British events not listed on this page:  Click on the British Clubs, British Pubs and British Shops pages on this website.  Then PHONE [not email] them to ask what British events are coming up in their area.    ALSO for Scottish Festivals see the Scottish pages on this website.  


►   APRIL 11/12/13/14, 2019.  The Classic MG Club in Orlando, is hosting its annual “Gathering of the Faithful” for MG automobiles in Daytona Beach. MG owners from all over Florida gather here.  All lovers of British cars welcome to attend!  Full details on their website.  Ogle over a hundred glorious MGs of all colours and years.   Website www.gofsouth.com    QUESTIONS:  Contact James Hall show Chairman on [904] 282-1658 or send email to eventschair@mgclassics.org

►   WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2019 British event in Mount Dora at the Modernism Museum.  Dr. Louise Kane, who is British, presents a lecture titled: “Rebel London: Radical Minds.”  The event is called a Dine & Learn, 12:30 PM (luncheon) and 6:30 PM (dinner).  VENUE: at the Modernism Museum’s award-winning restaurant, 1921 Mount Dora. The cost is $35 for a three-course, prix-fixe luncheon (12:30 PM) or dinner (6:30 PM).  TO ATTEND: Call (352) 385-0034.   Event details on www.modernismmuseum.org     ABOUT DR. KANE:  Born and raised in London, Dr. Louise Kane is currently the Assistant Professor of Global Modernisms at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Kane earned her BA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and her PhD from De Montfort University. Her research is centered around literary Modernism and she has published widely on the subject of early avant-garde literary magazines and artistic movements, such as Dada and Surrealism.

►► FLORIDA RUN ENDS APRIL 22, 2019.  DOWNTOWN ABBEY, the exhibition comes to West Palm Beach.  Call [866] 811-4111 for tickets OR visit  www.downtonexhibition.com Located in CityPlace, 575 S. Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 –next to the Cheesecake Factory.    Downton Abbey: The Exhibition offers a fully immersive experience inside the world of Carnival Films’ multi-award-winning global television phenomenon.  After its New York City run,  it is now in downtown West Palm Beach.   The enhanced exhibition will offer never-before-seen elements connecting fans to their favorite characters, costumes, locations and historic events of the era, as well as showcase exclusive footage. It will provide a fascinating look at all aspects of the post-Edwardian period in which the popular TV series is set and offer in-depth insight into the remarkable events which shaped the world. From World War I to the Roaring Twenties, visitors will have the chance to learn about British society, culture and fashion.  Hailed by the New York Times as “a cleverly immersive experience mounted with the same exacting care as the show itself,” Downton Abbey: The Exhibition received an overwhelming response, attracting vast crowds daily since opening its doors on November 18, 2017 in New York City.  “Our fantastic experience in New York City confirmed to us that the huge Downton Abbey audience love the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world created by Julian, Gareth and the Carnival team,” said Sarah Cooper, COO, NBCUniversal International Studios. “With a movie in production and the Downton fan base more enthusiastic than ever, we’re delighted to be moving to Florida and opening up our exhibition to an even wider audience.”    “As we are about to start filming the Downton movie, it is an exciting time to announce that residents and visitors to Florida will soon be able to enjoy the amazing experience that is the Downton Abbey exhibition,” said Gareth Neame, Producer of Downton Abbey and Executive Chairman of Carnival Films.   With an even larger footprint than its New York City counterpart, the South Florida exhibition will transport visitors on an incredible journey through the grand home of Downton Abbey and offer an inside look into the world of the Crawleys and those that served them below stairs. From Mrs. Patmore’s hectic kitchen and the gossip-fueled servants’ quarters, to the family’s glamorous dining room and Lady Mary’s bedroom, fans will get the chance to walk through some of the series’ most recognizable and beloved sets. Visitors will also get an up-close look at over 50 of the show’s official costumes, worn by their favorite actors including Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith.  

►► NOW till May 5, 2019  BRITISH EXHIBITION :  Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement.    Three generations of artists revolutionized the visual arts in Britain by challenging the new industrial world. Featuring 145 works by artists including – Everett Millais, William Morris and Gabriel Rossetti, Victorian Radicals presents art from the Victorian era.  A must see – many of these artworks have never been exhibited outside the UK.   LOCATION:   Vero Beach Museum of Art  3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach FL 32963  Tel:  772.231.0707.  Details on website  www.vbmuseum.org

  ► FRIDAY APRIL 26, 2019 Legendary British rock band WHITESNAKE ...THE FLESH & BLOOD WORLD TOUR.   Whitesnake are an English hard rock band formed in 1978 by David Coverdale, after he left his previous band Deep Purple. Mega platinum WHITESNAKE, are proud to announce the 2019 “FLESH & BLOOD” World Tour. The concerts will feature songs from the new studio record to be released on Frontiers entitled “FLESH & BLOOD,” alongside their biggest hits and songs from one of the greatest back catalogues in rock ‘n’ roll history spanning over 40 years. LOCATION: King Center in Melbourne, Florida.  INFO/TICKETS:  www.kingcenter.com  BOX OFFICE [ 321] 242-2219

►► APRIL 12, 2019 for fans of iconic British band CREAM. The Music of Cream 50th. Anniversary Tour, featuring Ginger Baker’s son Kofi.  See www.musicofcream.com.  Show at Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale. INFO/Tickets on www.parkerplayhouse.com

►► Thursday APRIL 11, 2019 for fans of iconic British band CREAM. The Music of Cream 50th. Anniversary Tour, featuring Ginger Baker’s son Kofi and relatives of other orginal band members.  See  www.musicofcream.com.   At the King Center in Melbourne.  INFO/TICKETS:  www.kingcenter.com Or call Box Office [321] 242-2219

►► APRIL 13, 2019 for fans of iconic British band CREAM. The Music of Cream 50th. Anniversary Tour, featuring Ginger Baker’s son Kofi. See www.musicofcream.com.  At Kravis Center, West Palm Beach. INFO/TICKETS from Box office [561] 832-7469 or  www.kravis.org 

►►► THIS MONTH:   ORLANDO British-American Chamber [BACC] holds business and social events throughout the year.    Mix and mingle with fellow British professionals in the area. Non-members welcome.  For  a current calendar and/or membership information phone the BACC office [407] 226-7251 and they’ll email it.  Ask for current British President Nick Grounds. Say you saw it on www.britishflorida.com  

►  This month:  THE BRITISH-AMERICAN Chamber of Commerce Broward/Palm Beach [BACC] holds various business and social events in Ft. Lauderdale, Boca and Palm Beach.  Soccer evenings too, with famous EPL soccer players visiting from UK.  Non-members welcome.   Phone BACC President Roy Yates [954] 942-7330 and he’ll email you an invitation, latest calendar and membership details.   Ask about their popular Christmas party every December—100 + Brits attend!   Please say you saw it on www.britishflorida.com

►►► THIS MONTH:   ORLANDO CITY SOCCER CLUB has a British co-owner Phil Rawlings,  British coaches and players.  Their stadium is in downtown Orlando. They are an MLS [Major league soccer] team.  They regularly bring over UK Premier League teams in the summer for friendlies.  Orlando SC invited me up from Miami as a VIP guest for a Newcastle United match  a few years ago.  For current fixtures/events consult their website www.orlandocitysc.com  or phone their front office [855] ORL CITY.   Say you saw it on www.britishflorida.com  


► THURSDAY MAY 16, 2019 Smash Hit British show Kinky Boots returns to Florida.  At Kravis Center, West Palm Beach. INFO/TICKETS:  www.kingcenter.com Or call Box Office [321] 242-2219 

  Friday, May 31  2019.   BRIT MUSIC LEGEND OZZY OSBOURNE  “No More Tours Show #2”.    VENUE: BBT Center in Sunrise. INFO/TICKETS   www.thebbtcenter.com   BOX OFFICE [800] 745-3000   

 ► SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 // 7:30 P.M.   British singer FLORENCE + THE MACHINE // HIGH AS HOPE TOUR .
VENUE:  Amway Center in Orlando.     
Tickets/Info www.amwaycenter.com

  Thursday July 18, 2019.   ENGLISH HEAVY METAL BAND BAND IRON MAIDEN  Legacy Of The Beast Tour – 2019.  VENUE: BBT Center in Sunrise. INFO/TICKETS   www.thebbtcenter.com   BOX OFFICE [800] 745-3000   Band info:  www.ironmaiden.com 

► SEPTEMBER  THE WHO–one of Britain’s greatest bands.  September 20, 2019 at the BBT Center in Sunrise.  September 22 at Tampa’s Amalie rena. TICKSTS/INFO on www.livenation.com

►  SEPTEMBER 2019  Peter Frampton, acclaimed British musician . See his official website www.frampton.com

Catch his FAREWELL TOUR throughout numerous USA cities. FLORIDA DATES:  September 4 in Jacksonville at Daily’s Place.  September 6 at West Palm Beach Coral Sky Amphitheatre.  September 7 at Tampa’s Credit Union Amphitheatre   For other dates and cities and buy tickets go to www.livenation.com

►  Wednesday October 5, 2019  British musical legend Justin Hayward formerly of the Moody Blues. Having chalked up fifty years at the peak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over.  Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked. Over the last forty-five years the band has sold 55 million albums and received numerous awards. Commercial success has gone hand in hand with critical acclaim. The Moody Blues are renowned the world over as innovators and trail blazers who have influenced any number of fellow artists.  Justin is honored with the Moody Blues on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on Sunset Boulevard, and this year the band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  At the King Center in Melbourne.  INFO/TICKETS:  www.kingcenter.com Or call Box Office [321] 242-2219


►►  NOVEMBER 23, 2019.   Elton John Farewell Tour at BBT Center in Sunrise [west Ft. Lauderdale] INFO/TICKETS  www.thebbtcenter.com   BOX OFFICE [800] 745-3000   
►   MARCH 2019–the Annual Wheels Across the Pond British Car show in Jupiter. For this year’s date and details, to enter your car or attend,   see www.wheelsacrossthepond.com  or call British organiser Neil Archer on [561] 601-3212
►   NOVEMBER xxxxxxx, 2019:  CRICKET WEEKEND!    For players and spectatators.  Lots of expat Brits from Florida attend this.  This club founded by Sarasota-based  cricket aficionado Englishman Laurence Parry.   Full details on www.sarasotacricket.org    Get ready for a weekend full of fun.  Sarasota International Cricket Club will be hosting its 24rd Annual Six-a-Side Cricket Festival over Thanksgiving weekend. Like the  previous years it will be a three day event, Friday through Sunday.  This fun-filled 3 day event is open to players (aged 18 and up) of all skill levels. Tournament starts on Friday November 23 and the ends on Sunday November 25, 2018. Participating teams comprise a minimum of 6 players. Tournament entry fee is $175 per player and includes Friday evening social, Saturday night dinner and catered lunch buffet on Sunday.  For more information send email to  info@sarasotacricket.org  On subject line put:   “Sarasota Cricket query.”

►►►  FT. LAUDERDALE year-round .  Revolution Live and the Culture Room are 2 locations which has younger, edgier and current British stars and bands year-round over from the UK, too numerous and frequent to list on this page.  So consult their websites weekly:  www.jointhe revolution.net  [Box office 954-449-1025] and www.cultureroom.net  [954] 564-1074. 

►►  MIX WITH AUSSIES and KIWIS….our “family.”   The Aussie Kiwi Club hold gatherings usually in Ft. Lauderdale.  Annual Anzac Day party every April, usually in Broward County.  For current details see website www.southfloridaaussiekiwiclub.com   Or view their Facebook page facebook.com/aussiekiwiclub.com

►►►  Northport British Club [Sarasota area] holds events throughout the year and its Christmas party in early December.  To attend or join the club,  call Barbara Bannard on  [941] 423-4483

 ►►► SARASOTA BRITISH CLUB holds events throughout the year.   The club was established years ago and has 100 + British members.   To join/details call the [941] 706-1172 and ask for Gary Lee.   Or Sandra Cherry on [941] 927-2612. Their annual Christmas gathering is always early December so contact them November 30 for details.   

►►► Gulf Coast St. David’s Welsh Society, based in Sarasota  holds various events throughout the year, including a St. David’s Day celebration. They bring over a choir from Wales most years. To get involved call Amy Ferrell [941] 349-6069 or send email to sarasotawelsh@yahoo.comOR call Meg Larrabee [941] 923-2062

►  TAMPA British-American Business Council holds various British business and social events throughout the year.Call BABC Tampa office [813] 221-7438 and ask for Anabel.Or email  anabel.rodriguez@ogletree.com  Ask her to email you the latest info.  Their annual Christmas gathering 2018 is …….TBA.  Contact them by December 1 for details.   

► PROMOTER LIVENATION–the USA’s largest—-brings a year-round stream of top British performers and bands to its  venues across Florida.  Consult their  website  www.livenation.com  for current shows and buy tickets.  

►    Join local Irish residents at the Irish-American Ceili Club [IACC], which holds events throughout the year in South Florida only, usually Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale area.  Call or email IACC President Patrick O’Dea–a real Irishman with accent to prove it! [954] 921-4325  Email:   irish32@aol.com  



►►► ORLANDO British-American Chamber [BACC] holds business and social events throughout the year.    Non-members welcome.  For  a current calendar and/or membership information phone the BACC office [407] 226-7251 and they’ll email it.  Every year they hold  a super Christmas party—come and mingle with fellow British professionals in the area. Their annual Christmas gathering is always early December so contact them December 1 for details.    Call the office to book. Say you  saw it on www.britishflorida.com

►►►  Northport British Club [Sarasota area] holds events throughout the year and its Christmas party in early December.  To attend or join the club,  call Barbara Bannard on  [941] 423-4483


£££   TIP:  WANT TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING over UK CURRENCY?   DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.  [ I use Moneycorp myself–FABB President.]   The pound is shaky.  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings. To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend you use the services of Moneycorp.  At lower rates than any bank!  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save considerable  exchange fees, like Moneycorp.   NOW is an advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:   Moneycorp, the UK company with an office in Florida and droves of satisfied Florida clients. It is the only UK currency exchange company licenced to deal in 50 states.   Many expat Brits here have used this currency service for years and report huge savings and satisfaction.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com for details.  Moneycorp’s HQ is in England.   Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005.

flagman►►+   YOUR UK PENSION:  ARE YOU OVER 55?  DID YOU PAY INTO A UK COMPANY/PRIVATE PENSION?    Do you know whether and how you can access your lump sum and bring it over to the USA?   For a FREE review of your UK pension contact Mark Solomons in Florida with Florin Pensions direct on [561] 793-1311 or via email  msolomons@florinpensions.com  On Subject line put: “To Mark Solomons—UK pension query”.    Include your name + city + phone + a sentence about the type of company/private pension you paid into. Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business.  As FABB’s UK pensions expert he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.   


Need a Job in Florida?  Consult FABB’s Jobs Websites list.  For details email you name + City + contact phone
to  britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com   On Subject line put:  FABB’s Jobs list 
►►► 2020:  TBA  Sunday xxxxxxxxx,  10a.m. to 2p.m. Annual Croquet Day presented by the BACC of Broward/Palm Beach. A GREAT BRITISH DAY OUT.   Location: McDonough Park in Lighthouse Point.  [Lighthouse Point is just south of Boca Raton].  Free. Bring Your Picnic Food, Lawn Chairs, Favorite Tipple, & we’ll provide the Pimms !  Free parking.  Play oh-so-English  croquet with us—easy to learn! To attend:  Call Roy Yates in BACC office [954] 942-7330 and he’ll email you an invitation.
Venues:     ►►  March 16, 2019 Elton John Tour comes to BBT Center in Sunrise. TIX/INFO:    www.bbtcenterfltickets.com TICKETS:  From amwaycenter.com, or Chase Box Office at Amway Center [407] 440-7000 or Ticketmaster.com.  Full details about the shows, Elton’s life and career on   www.eltonjohn.com
►►►   At Kravis Center, West Palm Beach. INFO/TICKETS from Box office [561] 832-7469 or  www.kravis.org     
VENUE: King Center in Melbourne, NE Florida.  INFO/TICKETS:  www.kingcenter.com Or call Box Office [321] 242-2219
VENUE: BBT Center in Sunrise. INFO/TICKETS   www.thebbtcenter.com   BOX OFFICE [800] 745-3000   
VENUE:    Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. INFO/TICKETS:   www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com Or call BOX office [954] 797-5555  
►► Sunday FEBRUARYxxx, 2020  BRITISH CLASSIC CAR SHOW at the Royal Palm Plaza in Boca Raton.  See website www.goldcoastbritcar.com for details and location. Enter your classic British car or just come as spectators.   Got an e-type Jag or an Aston Martin? Neither do I.   But you can ogle these triumphs of British engineering, along with vintage Rolls Royces, MG’s, Triumphs, Mini Coopers, Jensens, Morris Minors and other magic motors at the annual British Classic Car Show.  It’s a hugely successful, well-organised event,  hundreds of British car owners and admirers attend and I spend the day there most years.  Part of the fun is bumping into Britpals you haven’t seen for ages, some of whom are as old as the cars they’re drooling over.  British booths and vendors, British foods etc there too. To enter your car, take a booth or an ad in their programme to promote your British business, call Brian Jenkins on [954] 581-2893.  Free entrance. Show is from 11a.m. to 4p.m.   SHOW INFO:     www.goldcoastbritcar.com

►► MARCH 1, 2019 St. David’s Day celebration by the Gulf Coast St. David’s Welsh Society in Sarasota. 
For details call Amy Ferrell [941] 349-6069 or email to  sarasotawelsh@yahoo.com

►► Saturday March 2, 2019  in Ft. Lauderdale.   The SOUTH FLORIDA SCOTTISH FESTIVAL and Games is a major all day event attended by thousands of Scots and Wannabe Scots,  English/Irish/Welsh  and American Anglophiles each year.  For details/location/tickets see website www.sassf.org Established by the Scottish-American Society of South Florida [SASSF] in  1983.  OCH AYE.   It’s immense fun—Tartan everywhere, bagpipers, clans, highland dancing competitions, Scottish country dancing, Scottish Heavy Athletics,  professional Scottish entertainers, Clan tents, sheepdog demonstrations, Scottish/Irish/English/Welsh merchandise,  foods and imported beers.  Wear Something Tartan and Go!   www.SASSF.org

►►  Every January:   SARASOTA SCOTTISH GAMES.  See website for this year’s date. Always a great day out, och aye,  including bagpipers and drummers, live Scottish entertainers, highland dancing,  Scottish clans, wannabe Scots,  Scottish athletics like tossing the caber, sheepdog contests,  beer and food vendors selling Scottish baked yummies.  British expats come from miles around.  Each Scottish festival offers much to enjoy, so wear something tartan and go! Phone [941] 342-0509 or view website   www.sarasotahighlandgames.com

►► EVERY JANUARY:   DO TRY A BURNS SUPPER….Celebrate Scotland’s world-famous poet Robert Burns.     Join fellow English/Scottish/Welsh/Irish local expats for this unique event.   People gather for Rabbie Burns suppers in all corners of the world with annually over 9000 such celebrations held.  The best in Florida is presented by the Scottish-American Society of South Florida [SASSF] at a Ft. Lauderdale area location. I have been and it’s a truly convivial evening–PK.    FOR THIS YEAR’S date and location consult www.sassf.org.