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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Get in the swing at the Manchester Jazz Festival

Get in the swing at the Manchester Jazz Festival

Feel the groove or just chill out with ten days of cutting-edge tunes and killer beats at the Manchester Jazz Festival.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Music and nightlife
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Take part in a Confetti Battle in Devizes

Take part in a Confetti Battle in Devizes

Join the crowds gathered in Devizes' historic market place for this colourful event!

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

August events
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Taste the Best of the Test at Trout ‘n About Food Festival

Taste the Best of the Test at Trout ‘n About Food Festival

Take your pick from hand crafted jewellery to award-winning sausages; experience this gourmet event in the heart of the Test Valley.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

Events
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Celebrate a unique musical heritage at BRASS Durham International Festival

Celebrate a unique musical heritage at BRASS Durham International Festival

Brass is given a modern twist with art installations in the streets and a dose of contemporary hip hop, at BRASS Durham International Festival.

Location: Durham City

Budget
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Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Enjoy traditional dishes, dance and dress, while learning about the country’s unique culture, at Bristol’s annual Thai Festival.

Location: Bristol

Low cost
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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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Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

At Brighton Pride you can enjoy a risqué new drag act, dance till your heart’s content – and eat fish ‘n’ chips.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Free
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Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Don’t miss this exciting literature event, Words by the Water A Festival of Words and Ideas, which is set by a lake surrounded by the Northern Fells.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Make a date for Bath Fringe Festival

Make a date for Bath Fringe Festival

A buzzing 17-day festival of multiple art forms (some that don't have names yet) held in all kinds of settings within Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Performing arts
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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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Enjoy music from around the globe at Rhythmtree

Enjoy music from around the globe at Rhythmtree

Rhythmtree world music festival offers hippy food and happy faces, alongside some of the top global music stars for festival-goers of all ages.

Location: Shalfleet, Isle of Wight

July events
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Calling all food lovers to Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

Calling all food lovers to Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

Holmfirth’s Food and Drink Festival in September is a jam-packed weekend with cookery demonstrations, food markets, live music and entertainment.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

September events
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Get giddy at the Nottingham Goose Fair

Get giddy at the Nottingham Goose Fair

Goose Fair is one of Europe’s largest travelling fairs and is one of Nottingham’s oldest traditions, dating back more than 700 years.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Enjoy live music at Broadstairs Folk Week

Enjoy live music at Broadstairs Folk Week

Discover a world of music then dance from early till late in the streets, pubs and promenades of this atmospheric town.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

Festivals and carnivals
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Three days of music at Strawberry Fields

Three days of music at Strawberry Fields

Taking place on a farm locally famed for strawberry picking, this growing festival offers a multi-staged line-up of international and local acts.

Location: Heather, Leicestershire

August events
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Plan a day at Shrewsbury Flower Show

Plan a day at Shrewsbury Flower Show

Shrewsbury is a pretty floral place most of the time, as you might expect for a town where Percy Thrower was Parks Superintendent for 28 years.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Enjoy jazz at Southport International Jazz Festival

Enjoy jazz at Southport International Jazz Festival

Head to Southport in Merseyside to listen to some of the best jazz musicians from around the globe.

Location: Southport, Merseyside

May events
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Experience York’s Literature Festival

Experience York’s Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Literature, film and TV
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Help yourself to the best food and drink at Aldeburgh

Help yourself to the best food and drink at Aldeburgh

Fine food, local brews and idyllic seaside make the perfect ingredients for a tasty weekend away.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Coastal towns
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Indulge your sweet tooth at The Chocolate Festival

Indulge your sweet tooth at The Chocolate Festival

Celebrate the tasty world of chocolate at this multi-sensory event.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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