Food and drink in England

Food and drink

A nation that invented afternoon tea to satisfy that long gap between lunch and dinner is clearly a nation obsessed with food. Fresh-from-the-sea fish ‘n’ chips and sizzling Baltis, vibrant street food and Michelin-starred establishments: you’ll find a treat to suit your tastes in England. Tuck into regional specialities, from pikelets to pork pies, stinky cheeses to sizzling sausages. Wash it all down with a carefully crafted real ale, cider, G&T or award-winning wine. England is also famed for its gastro pubs, buzzing food festivals and quirky celebrations of produce – asparagus festival or garlic fiesta, anyone? You’ll find the best food and drink in England.

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December events: Enjoy a festive family day out at Perrygrove

Enjoy a truly magical experience with the family this Christmas at Perrygrove Railway.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

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Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

May events: Shake your tail feather at Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival

See some of the best performers from the world of burlesque and alternative cabaret at this event in May.

Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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August events: 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

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July events: Experience Stratford-upon-Avon’s River Festival

Stratford-upon-Avon’s River Festival in the summer is a two-day extravaganza on the banks of the River Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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July events: Watch a live opera at the Buxton International Festival

Take your seats and enjoy a summer celebration of music, art, opera and literature on the edge of the scenic Peak District.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

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August events: Grab a beach spot for the Bournemouth Air Festival

The world's biggest airshow brings together the thrill of gravity-defying plane displays and an abundance of family entertainment on the ground - all for free!

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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November events: Get inspired at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Listen along to amazing performances at the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music.

Location: Huddersfield , West Yorkshire

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Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Meet some of the UK's most beloved authors in an annual literary festival for the whole family.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Stunning sea views and fine wines at a hip Dorset clifftop hotel

Enjoy a romantic summer break to the luxurious Seaside Boarding House in Dorset.

Location: Burton Bradstock, Dorset

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December events: Get set for winter at The Alnwick Garden

For a festive day out with a difference, wrap up in your cosiest Christmas jumper and join in the fun at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland.

Location: The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

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December events: Discover yuletide fun at Kielder Winter Wonderland

Visit Father and Mrs Christmas in their secret woodland home, help the elves prepare for the big day, meet real reindeer and enjoy a jolly musical experience.

Location: Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland

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October events: Scare yourself silly at Longleat this Halloween

Longleat’s infamous Halloween Ghost Tours are back and they're bigger and eerier than ever.

Location: Longleat, Wiltshire

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December events: Start off your Christmas season in Chester

Visit Santa, sip on mulled wine and spend the weekend celebrating all things festive in the beautiful city of Chester.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

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August events: Be amongst the flowers at the Shrewsbury Flower Show

Flowers, fireworks and two fun-packed days of celebrity chefs, floral displays and family attractions at the Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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August events: Dance your wooden clogs off at Broadstairs Folk Week

Join in the fun – play the spoons, sing along with the many bands, shake a clog or head along to the Hobby Horse Club.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

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December events: Enjoy a spot of festive shopping at Taurus Crafts

Pick up tasty treats and Christmas gifts at Taurus Crafts’ annual Christmas market.

Location: Lydney, Gloucestershire

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September events: Steam into autumn at North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Get on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway this autumn with a varied diary of events offering a great way to spend time with family and friends.

Location: Pickering, North Yorkshire

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December events: Have a winter weekend at Compton Verney

Delight in festive fun with the family at at Compton Verney, Warwickshire's award-winning art gallery.

Location: Warwickshire

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Tend the rhythm at Beat-Herder Festival

See big-name dance acts and eclectic live bands at a summer festival that brings the funk to the farmland for three days in July.

Location: Sawley, Lancashire

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Get away at The Great Escape

The Great Escape brings hundreds of up-and-coming artists to 35 venues over three days in Brighton and Hove.

Location: Brighton, Sussex

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Browsing cars at the London Classic Car Show

Discover all-time greats at the London Classic Car Show

Get up close and personal with hundreds of classic cars at the London Classic Car Show between 14-17 February.

Location: Docklands, London

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