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BRITISH EVENTS around Florida.


NOTE from Publisher:  Due to Corona situation, check directly with each venue to see if the events below are still happening.  

               NOTE:    For Miami events, see own page.   TIP: To find other 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.  Scroll down to see future events. Please say you saw it on www.britishflorida.com. [NOTE:  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. 

►  FRIDAY MARCH 27 and SATURDAY MARCH 28, 2020 in and on Delray Beach. The annual BEATLES ON THE BEACH FESTIVAL.  INFO/TICKETS on www.beatlesonthebeach.com 

► ONGOING:  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  

►  ONGOING:   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.   Please say you saw it on www.britishflorida.com

►  ONGOING: 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. 

 ►  Friday, March 20, 2020 8 p.m. The NEW YORK BEE GEES Tribute band .  The New York Bee Gees are the most authentic Bee Gees tribute band around with no lip syncing or pre-recorded music!  Based in New York, the show has played to sell out shows at The Paramount Theater and BB King NYC. B.B. King NYC wrote, “The NY Bee Gees Tribute Show presents the most extravagant Bee Gees show a fan can experience. The band offers all of the classic 70’s disco hits from “Stayin’ Alive” to “Night Fever” while embracing their early works such as, “To Love Somebody,” “I’ve Got To Get A Message To You,” and “Massachusetts.” The New York Bee Gees deliver songs from every decade of the Bee Gees catalog with a stunning production, powerful vocals and the professional stage presence to fill any club or casino.”  The New York Bee Gees Tribute Show is comprised of some of Long Island, New York’s most versatile and exceptionally talented players. The band includes present or former members of well known, world renown acts including; The Alan Parsons Project, Happy Together Tour, Meatloaf, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, Riot, Herman’s Hermits, Enrique Iglesias, The Rippingtons and moreCome see why they are No 1.  VENUE:  The King Center in Melbourne, Florida.  TICKETS: www.kingcenter.com or Box Office (321) 242.2219  

►  Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. THE MUSIC OF CREAM, PERFORMING DISRAELI GEARS & CLAPTON CLASSICS More than 50 years since their earth-shattering arrival onto the British music scene, the pedigree of hallowed 60’s supergroup, Cream, come together to honor the legendary band’s landmark album, Disraeli Gears. Performed in its entirety, the first set will be followed by hits and rarities from Cream, Clapton and Blind Faith.  Kofi Baker (son of Ginger) and Will Johns (nephew of Eric and son of Zeppelin/ Stones/ Hendrix engineer Andy) unite with master musicians Sean McNabb and Chris Shutters to unleash the lightning that electrified a generation. This immersive live show, featuring personal stories and rare footage, offers a backstage pass like no other.  VENUE: King Center in Melbourne. INFO/TICKETS  www.kingcenter.com or BOX OFFICE [321] 242-2219

►►  APRIL 11,  2020.   ANNUAL BRITISH CAR SHOW WHEELS ACROSS THE POND in Jupiter Florida.  Famous British cars and racing drivers attending all day, with booths, food and drinks and more.  This show has been going since 2006.  INFO and register your stunning British car to enter on  www.wheelsacrossthepond.com . QUESTIONS:  Call British organizer Neil Archer on [561] 601-3212.       

► THURSDAY APRIL 16, 2020 at 8p.m.  BEATLES TRIBUTE SHOW—RAIN.  Come together and celebrate peace, love and the greatest Beatle tribute concert ever! Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles – The Best of Abbey Road Live to honor the 50th Anniversary of the release of Abbey Road.  In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road, RAIN will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all your early Beatles favorites. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles” (Associated Press).  [I’ve seen this RAIN show—I recommended it—publisher PK]  VENUE:  KRAVIS in West Palm Beach.  INFO/TICKETS www.kravis.org or BOX OFFICE  [561] 832-74769 

► TUESDAY APRIL 21, 2019  THE WHO, one of Britain’s most brilliant bands, returns to Florida. VENUE: Hard Rock Live [the Guitar place] in Hollywood, Florida. INFO/TICKETS   Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. INFO/TICKETS:   www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com   BOX office [954] 797-5555  

►  Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. THE KINGDOM CHOIR from UK Following their show-stopping performance of Stand By Me at the Royal Wedding, London’s The Kingdom Choir will bring their infectious joy and inspiration across the Atlantic for a major North American tour. Founded in 1994 by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson, the choir draws from various Christian traditions and is dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performances. The Choir’s rendition of Stand By Me went straight to the top of the Billboard charts and this coming November they will be releasing their first full length album worldwide on Sony Music. Their success at the Royal Wedding has already seen them on several UK and American television appearances including ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning. VENUE: King Center in Melbourne. TICKETS: www.kingcenter.com or Box Office (321) 242.2219  

►  TUESDAY MAY 12, 2020 at 8.p.m.  Queen tribute show from UK:  One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen, who is British, as Freddie Mercury . They have been performing this show as Queen around the world since 2002.   VENUE:  KRAVIS in West Palm Beach.  INFO/TICKETS  www.kravis.org or BOX OFFICE  [561] 832-74769.

 ►  SUNDAY MAY 10, 2020 at 8.p.m.  Queen tribute show from UK:  One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen, who is British, as Freddie Mercury . They have been performing this show as Queen around the world since 2002.   VENUE: KING CENTER in Melbourne, Florida.
INFO/TICKETS   www.kingcenter.com BOX OFFICE [321] 242-2219

► Tuesday May 26, 2020 at 8p.m.  ELTON JOHN’s FAREWELL YELLOW BRICK ROAD TOUR.  VENUE: Amalie Center in Tampa. INFO/TICKETS Box Office [813] 301-6500 or www.amaliearena.com

Thursday May 28, 2020 at 8p.m.  ELTON JOHN’s FAREWELL YELLOW BRICK ROAD TOUR. VENUE: Amway Center in Orlando. INFO/TICKETS  Box Office [407] 440-7000 or www.amwaycenter.com 

►  Wednesday June 3, 2020 ELTON JOHN’s FAREWELL YELLOW BRICK ROAD TOUR. VENUE: JACKSONVILLE at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena. INFO/TICKETS  Box Office [904] 630-3900 or www.vystarveteransarena.com

SUNDAY JULY 5, 2020 The Rolling Stones return to Florida with their No Filter Tour.  VENUE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
INFO/TICKETS on  www.raymondjamesstadium.com 

►  SATURDAY JUNE 27, 2020 RINGO STARR with his All Starr Band returns to Florida.  See www.ringostarr.com
VENUE: At the Hard Rock in Hollywood [the Guitar Hotel] INFO/TICKETS www.myhrl.com or phone  BOX OFFICE [954] 797-5531

►  SUNDAY JUNE 28, 2020 RINGO STARR with his All Starr Band returns to Florida.  VENUE: Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. INFO/TICKETS www.rutheckerdhall.com   BOX OFFICE [727] 791-7400 

►  Friday August 7, 2020 at 8p.m. British singing heart throb HARRY STYLES with his LOVE ON TOUR.  VENUE: Amway Center in Orlando.     INFO/TICKETS  Box Office [407] 440-7000 or www.amwaycenter.com    

Thursday August 13, 2020 at 8p.m.   British legend ROGER WATERS with his THIS IS NOT A DRILL TOUR.  Roger Waters, the creative genius behind Pink Floyd, returns to North America with this all-new rock experience featured in-the-round for the first time. Promoted by AEG Presents’ Concerts West, the tour plays 31 cities across the U.S. and Canada and marks Waters’ first visit to the U.S. following his extraordinary performances at the 2016 Desert Trip Music Festival and his worldwide Us + Them Tour in 2018.  My work is to think, well, how can I make rock and roll more interesting or theatrical or exciting or visual or musical or whatever,” said Waters. “That’s what I’ve spent the last 50 years doing, expressing myself.”  VENUE:  AMWAY CENTER in Orlando.  INFO/TICKETS  www.amwaycenter.com or BOX OFFICE [407] 440-7000  Also see Roger ‘s website www.rogerwaters.com

►   NOVEMBER  2020:  CRICKET WEEKEND!   Full details on www.sarasotacricket.org  For players and spectatators.  Lots of expat Brits from Florida attend this.  This club founded by Sarasota-based  cricket aficionado Englishman Laurence Parry.      Get ready for a weekend full of fun.  Sarasota International Cricket Club will be hosting its Annual Six-a-Side Cricket Festival, a 3 day event.  Open to players (aged 18 and up) of all skill levels. Tournament entry fee required and includes social dinners/lunches.   For more information send email to  info@sarasotacricket.org  On subject line put:   “Sarasota Cricket query.” 

► POLO–the season runs November to April in Florida.  The sport of English princes.  Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry are all players and aficionados.  PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB in Wellington. See their website  www.internationalpoloclub.com  for a full slate of polo and social events. Or call their office [561] 204-5687.  This is the premier, swankiest polo venue in Florida, as much about champagne as polo and popular with the resident British community. I have been often as press and British event organiser/host. Our English princes have played there including Prince Harry in 2016.

 ► 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

 ►►► MARCH 2020 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 some years.  To get involved call Amy Ferrell [941] 349-6069 or send email to sarasotawelsh@yahoo.com  OR call Meg Larrabee [941] 923-2062

► 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 
VENUE INFO/TICKETS  www.thebbtcenter.com
BOX OFFICE [800] 745-3000
VENUE:   September 22 at Tampa’s Amalie Arena. TICKETS/INFO on www.livenation.com
Thursday January 23, 2020 evening. Acclaimed English crooner Englebert Humperdinck returns to Florida on his “Angel on my Shoulder” tour.
VENUE:  Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale.  INFO/TICKETS www.parkerplayhouse.com BOX OFFICE [954] 462-0222


► VENUE:  Amway Center in Orlando.     Tickets/Info www.amwaycenter.com
TICKETS/INFO www.kingcenter.com or Box Office [321] 242-2219 
VENUE: BBT Center in Sunrise. INFO/TICKETS   www.thebbtcenter.com   BOX OFFICE [800] 745-3000   
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
VENUE:   The Guitar Place,  Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. INFO/TICKETS:   www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com    Or call Box Office [954] 797-5555 and [954] 797-5531  
►► SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2019  at 10.30 a.m Annual Remembrance Service at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia, situated between Orlando and Ft. Myers. Florida.  There will be 23 Royal Air Force active duty members as well as a number of other local organisations participating.  Full event details on link:    www.5bfts.org.uk     British organiser Craig Martin, based in Jacksonville,  would like to invite Florida Brits and associated/interested  Americans, to remember the 23 RAF cadets that are buried in Arcadia.  Send an email to RAF member Craig  craigmartin79@hotmail.com  for more info.  NOTE: In World War 2, Arcadia was the training  base for pilots, American and British.  Town details on  www.arcadia-fl.gov 

►► 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

►  2020 date?   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


►►  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.