Events in spring

England Events in spring

England’s springtime festivals and events come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional country fetes to world-class sporting events and quiet, intellectual affairs. What’s more, there’s something to suit all tastes and interests. Foodies can sink their teeth into Yorkshire’s best produce at the Malton Food Lovers Festival whilst vintage darlings clamber aboard the East Lancashire Railway’s 1940s festival. Sip a quintessentially English Pimm’s at a garden party in Cumbria, join in with the Morris dancers for an old-fashioned May Day knees-up or click your fingers and tap your toes to the sound of Bristol’s thumping jazz scene.

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Experience the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink

Experience the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink caters to over 20,000 people, allowing them to eat, drink and celebrate the South West’s best.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Click your fingers to the sound of Bristol’s jazz scene

Click your fingers to the sound of Bristol’s jazz scene

Bristol plays host to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative jazz and blues artists for the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Location: Bristol

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Celebrate historic England at Abbey 900 in Cirencester

Celebrate historic England at Abbey 900 in Cirencester

At Cirencester's year-long festival you can marvel at the Abbey's manuscripts, dance at a May Day Fleece Fair and tuck in at a Medieval Banquet.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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Treat yourself at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival

Treat yourself at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival

It’s a case of food, glorious food at Brighton & Hove’s Food & Drink Festival but don’t miss out on the chance to learn about local produce too.

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

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Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Discover why the twentieth century’s great writers and artists found their inspiration in the fishing town of St Ives.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

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Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

For 17 days during May, Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance creating a plethora of entertainment for all ages.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Eat your way through Salcombe’s Crab Festival

Eat your way through Salcombe’s Crab Festival

Visit the UK’s most delicious seafood festival, with hundreds of activities, chef demos and eating experiences to be had in South Devon.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

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Welcome spring and its cuckoos at the Downton Cuckoo Fair

Welcome spring and its cuckoos at the Downton Cuckoo Fair

Maypole and morris dancing, craft stalls and Wiltshire’s farm produce are just some of the many things you’ll find at this free event in May.

Location: Downton, Wiltshire

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Put your best foot forward at WalkFest

Put your best foot forward at WalkFest

Put a spring in your step over the spring bank holiday weekend at the North York Moors National Park’s annual walking festival.

Location: North York Moors, North Yorkshire

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Spread the joy at the World’s Original Marmalade Festival

Spread the joy at the World’s Original Marmalade Festival

Unleash your inner Paddington Bear on a visit to the World’s Original Marmalade Festival, which will be held in the historic town of Penrith.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

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See world-class sport in Durham this spring bank holiday

See world-class sport in Durham this spring bank holiday

Get a warm north east welcome and see the England cricket team play once again on the ground where they dramatically clinched the Ashes in 2013.

Location: Chester-le-Street, Durham

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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

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Delight in days out with the kids at West Dean Gardens

Delight in days out with the kids at West Dean Gardens

Bring your family to West Sussex this Easter holidays and join in with trails, crafts and activities.

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

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Watch the Tetbury Woolsack Race

Watch the Tetbury Woolsack Race

This is undoubtedly one of England's strangest sports, but its tradition dates back to the 17th-century.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

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Have a nautical time at Gloucester Tall Ships Festival

Have a nautical time at Gloucester Tall Ships Festival

Set sail to Gloucester as the award-winning Gloucester Tall Ships makes its return voyage to the UK's most inland port on 27 to 29 May.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Explore Exmoor on foot at its annual walking festival

Explore Exmoor on foot at its annual walking festival

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

Location: Exmoor, Devon

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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

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Enjoy the great outdoors at the Peak District Walking Festival

Enjoy the great outdoors at the Peak District Walking Festival

Put on your hiking boots and join in with one of a hundred themed events and walks happening across the Peak District.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

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Experience the excitement of the Aintree Grand National

Experience the excitement of the Aintree Grand National

Experience the excitement of the Aintree Grand National.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Discover Shakespeare in the Royal Library

Discover Shakespeare in the Royal Library

In 2016 Windsor Castle is celebrating the playwright's longstanding association with the town of Windsor and the royal court.

Location: Windsor

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