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: Get in the spirit at the Lincoln Christmas Market

Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Lincoln Christmas Market in the historic Cathedral Quarter.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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December events: Visit Hyde Park at Christmas and witness a Winter Wonderland

Gather the family and get your skates on for the UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink at London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Location: London

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Join a festive guided walk in Stratford-upon-Avon

Experience a festive guided walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's home-town on Christmas Day.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Santa at Drusillas Park near Eastbourne

December events: Meet Father Christmas at Drusillas

A magical Christmas experience is waiting for all the family at Drusillas Park this winter.

Location: Alfriston, near Eastbourne

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December events: Find the perfect gift at the Exeter Christmas Market

The Exeter Christmas Market represents the best of what Britain, the South West and the rest of Europe has to offer – with a mix of great food, excellent crafts, unique gifts and decorations.

Location: Exeter

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December events: Grab yourself a festive bargain at Bath Christmas Market

Bath Christmas Market is a magical festive shopping experience, set against the city centre’s stunning backdrop of historic buildings.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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October events: Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Wrap up warm for Leicester’s spectacular Diwali lights switch on, or join in with a wealth of activities and celebrations leading up to the epic finale on Diwali Day.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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December events: Enjoy Christmas magic at the Dickensian Festival

Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to Grassington Dickensian Festival where you'll find stalls, entertainment, local food and crafts.

Location: Grassington, Yorkshire Dales National Park

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December events: Join the biggest Christmas Day party in Britain

Wake up on Christmas morning and head down to Eastbourne's Bandstand for a festive live concert you won't forget.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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November events: Enjoy a festive shopping experience at Derby Roundhouse

Buy perfect festive gifts at the fabulous Christmas Fair held in the stunning Derby Roundhouse, a beautiful building offering a magical atmosphere.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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November events: Get into the festive spirit at Hertford Christmas Gala

Start off the festive season at Hertford's annual Christmas Gala.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordshire

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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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December events: Create unique Christmas gifts at Hot Pot Pottery

If you’re looking to find the perfect unique gift then a visit to the Hot Pot Pottery Christmas Fayre is a must.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

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See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

Manchester’s Chinatown is transformed as lanterns, food stalls and a Dragon Parade take over the streets of the city.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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December events: Find your festive spirit at Salisbury's Christmas Fayre

Shop 'til you drop at Salisbury's annual Christmas Fayre, held in the beautiful Guildhall Square.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Do your Christmas shopping the Victorian way in Leicestershire

This Christmas, Melton Mowbray town centre goes back in time to offer a traditional Victorian experience at the Victorian Fayre.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

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December events: Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

Experience the timeless beauty of Durham City as you explore the traditional Durham Christmas festival this winter.

Location: Durham City, Durham

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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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December events: Step inside Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Worcester's Christmas Fayre is the West Midlands' leading Victorian-themed street market.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

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December events: Enter an underground Christmas cave

Follow the story of Archie and the Unicorn, told through glittering lights in an underground cavern.

Location: Clearwell Caves, Gloucestershire

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Get that festive feeling at a cosy Christmas Fair

Soak up the festive atmosphere at a Christmas fair, while staying in a luxury apartment, and sipping cuppas with cute kitties.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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