Festival Fever

For a lot of people, May to September each year is all about summer festivals. In fact, with festivals in England showcasing everything from books to brie, you’re guaranteed to find a weekend shindig to float your boat. We love coming face to face with contemporary authors and drinking in discussions on heroines and plots. A festival’s the place to indulge in passionate concoctions by local chefs. Or turn up the volume with some open air rock; from fields in the middle of nowhere to the grounds of stately homes. Whatever the weather, it’s one big celebration – so come on, join in the party!

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Be inspired by authors, readings and workshops in the northeast

Be inspired by authors, readings and workshops in the northeast

Hexham's annual celebration of all things literary features some of the country's best writers, in a suitably beautiful setting.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

Culture
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Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Culture galore, plus the beautiful Cornish countryside make the Port Eliot Festival a truly magical summer event.

Location: Port Eliot, Cornwall

Culture
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Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Celebrate the Cornish fishing community’s hard work and delicious produce at the Newlyn Fish Festival.

Location: Newlyn, Cornwall

Coast
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High-octane thrills on track, water and in the air

High-octane thrills on track, water and in the air

Experience the thrills of Cholmondeley Pageant of Power. Watch the car rallies, air displays, water sports and more.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Sporting Events
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Country fair fun at the Cheshire County Show

Country fair fun at the Cheshire County Show

Spend the day tasting delicious local produce and meeting birds of prey at the Cheshire County Show.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Enjoy beer and cycling at Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

Enjoy beer and cycling at Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

There are hundreds of beers, ales and ciders to test out as you watch the cyclists whizz by at the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Food and Drink
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Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

Festivals and carnivals
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See the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

See the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

Every dance taste imaginable is catered for at Birmingham's showcase festival.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Performing arts
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Step back to the Summer of Love at the Isle of Wight Festival

Step back to the Summer of Love at the Isle of Wight Festival

At the legendary music festival in June you can see some of the biggest names in the business from the past, present and future.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

June events
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Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

Feeling hungry? Eat and drink your way around one of the UK’s biggest food festivals.

Location: Oxford South Parks, Oxfordshire

Food and Drink
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Enjoy the very best local produce Broadstairs Food Festival

Enjoy the very best local produce Broadstairs Food Festival

Fresh, local, award-winning produce and more. Simply delicious.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

Regional specialities
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Experience a celebration of Dorset seafood

Experience a celebration of Dorset seafood

Celebrate Dorset’s finest seafood, with cooking demonstrations and tasting opportunities. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Location: Weymouth & Portland, Dorset

Coast
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Enjoy delicious eats at EAT! Festival

Enjoy delicious eats at EAT! Festival

Forget everything you know about food festivals, EAT! NewcastleGateshead is something unique, innovative and rooted in NewcastleGateshead and the North East.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Festivals and carnivals
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Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Immerse yourself in a line-up of events showcasing the best of independent cinema and musical performances.

Location: London, Greater London

Culture
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Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Be part of Scarborough’s three-day celebration of all things music, theatre, dance, film and art.

Location: Scarborough, Yorkshire

Coastal towns
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Have some fun at Kendal Calling

Have some fun at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling is the most fun you can have in the countryside with fields full of activities and attractions.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

Festivals and carnivals
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Fill your belly at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Fill your belly at the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Sample the best of Liverpool’s thriving food and drink scene at this weekend of gastronomic delights.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

City
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Experience Hull's mixed arts, music and culture festival

Experience Hull's mixed arts, music and culture festival

Hull’s annual festival, Freedom, features torchlight processions, flaming installations, street dance, pop up galleries, aerial acrobats and music.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Take one historic town, combine it with its food culture, mix in local chefs and producers and you get the Ludlow Food Festival.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

Food markets
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Go Hi-de-Hi at Camp Bestival

Go Hi-de-Hi at Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival (Bestival’s baby sister) brings music, comedy and family fun to the Dorset coast each summer.

Location: Lulworth, Dorset

Culture

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