Getting in amongst the crowds

The more eccentric the festivals, the greater the fervour with which we embrace them. St George’s Day is celebrated at concerts and creative events around the country with parades, maypole dancing and thrilling enactments of St George slaying the dragon. May Day fêtes on village greens mark the start of summer. Be entertained by a Morris dancing troupe and the crowning of the May Queen. On Bonfire Night, join a parade through towns where effigies of the traitorous Guy Fawkes are held aloft and eventually burnt. Cheer as the fireworks light up the smoky November sky.

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Take a trip to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Take a trip to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Take in a performance at the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music.

Location: Huddersfield , West Yorkshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

For 16 days during May, Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance creating a plethora of entertainment for all ages.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Festivals and carnivals
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Join the highbrow chit-chat at Chester Literature Festival

Join the highbrow chit-chat at Chester Literature Festival

There’s no shortage of wordy stimulation and novel debate for aspiring book worms at the Chester Literature Festival.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Literature, film and TV
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Seafood, real ale and free music in bundles

Seafood, real ale and free music in bundles

Throw three sheets to the salty Scarborough wind, with a smorgasbord of food and drink fit the most famed of seafarers.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Coast
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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

Gardens and Parks
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A celebration of all things garlic

A celebration of all things garlic

Did you know garlic is not just useful for scaring off vampires, but can also be used to make beer and popcorn? Find out how at the Garlic Festival.

Location: Newchurch, Isle of Wight

August events
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Discover a fusion of arts and culture in the heart of Wiltshire

Discover a fusion of arts and culture in the heart of Wiltshire

When it comes to laying on world class events and entertainment, Wiltshire is a class act and will definitely have you coming back for more.

Location: Wiltshire

Price: From £6

Festivals and carnivals
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Explore Exmoor on foot at this fantastic walking festival

Explore Exmoor on foot at this fantastic walking festival

Pull on your hiking boots and join in the march at the North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival.

Location: Exmoor, Devon

Countryside
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Hone your detective skills at the Agatha Christie Festival

Hone your detective skills at the Agatha Christie Festival

Be inspired by the Queen of Crime’s world on the English Riviera at the annual Agatha Christie Festival.

Location: Torquay, Devon

Low cost
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Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Immerse yourself in the gruesome world of the Vikings as the city of York celebrates its Norse past.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Culture
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Enjoy a weekend of music at Beverley Folk Festival

Enjoy a weekend of music at Beverley Folk Festival

The market town of Beverley in East Yorkshire plays host to the annual Beverley Folk Festival which recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

Culture
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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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Celebrate the birthday of the Bard

Celebrate the birthday of the Bard

Head to Shakespeare’s home town and join in the annual party that marks the anniversary of the playwright’s birth.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Budget
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Enjoy arts events at Holmfirth Arts Festival

Enjoy arts events at Holmfirth Arts Festival

Take in music, art, comedy, theatre, literature and inspiring things to do in Holmfirth and the Holme Valley.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

If you're a culture vulture then you'll absolutely love Portsmouth's annual festival of culture, arts and heritage, spread out over two weeks.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Events
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Discover Caribbean traditions in Leicester

Discover Caribbean traditions in Leicester

Join the annual Leicester Caribbean Carnival in August with a parade around the city, culminating in an event in Victoria Park.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

August events
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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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Be entertained at the Stratford River Festival

Be entertained at the Stratford River Festival

There’s tons of fun to be had at the Stratford River Festival, with live music, street entertainment and fireworks on the River Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Music and nightlife
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Be bowled over by the Scarborough Cricket Festival

Be bowled over by the Scarborough Cricket Festival

The annual festival is one of the most historic sporting events in the world and has played host to some great cricketers over the years.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Events
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Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate, and the Winter Festival presents one of the biggest events across the country on New Year’s Eve.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Seasonal celebrations

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