Festivals in England

Festivals in England

The more eccentric the festivals in England, 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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Global sounds and a world of words at WOMAD

Global sounds and a world of words at WOMAD

Grab your tent and get down at the long-running World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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Wander into the Wilderness Festival

Wander into the Wilderness Festival

The Wilderness Festival is here to combine nature with art in a festival bursting with life and adventure. Swim the river and absorb the atmosphere.

Location: Oxfordshire

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Have a rockin' great time at the Castle

Have a rockin' great time at the Castle

This free music festival will be held in the grounds of Hertford Castle, and with four stages spread over three different areas, there will be something for everyone.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

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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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Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

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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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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Follow your bliss at Blissfields

Follow your bliss at Blissfields

This festival is totally independent, limited to 5,000 tickets a day and keeps its prices reasonable.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Music to your ears, in spectacular surroundings

Music to your ears, in spectacular surroundings

The Lake District is an idyllic setting for music events ranging from the hottest new pop and rock acts to the best in classical music.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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See the Yorkshire Dales come alive in a myriad of creativity

See the Yorkshire Dales come alive in a myriad of creativity

This summer’s Grassington Festival in June is a popular two-week extravaganza in the Yorkshire Dales, with music, theatre, film, comedy and more.

Location: Grassington, North Yorkshire

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Step back to the Summer of Love at the Isle of Wight Festival

Step back to the Summer of Love at the Isle of Wight Festival

See some of the biggest names in the business from the past, present and future at this legendary music festival in June.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

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Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

The Robin Hood Festival is a celebration to all things medieval and associated to Robin, taking place annually within his home of Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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Rock out at Download Festival

Rock out at Download Festival

Horn signs at the ready; get set for a weekend of rock as the biggest names in metal take to the stage at Download.

Location: Leicestershire

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See Salisbury's Amazing Art Festival

See Salisbury's Amazing Art Festival

Take part in the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, and immerse yourself in music, art, dance, and theatre of the highest caliber.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Get that festive feeling at a cosy Christmas Fair

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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Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Take one historic town, an enviable food culture, passionate local chefs and food producers and you get the perfect recipe for Ludlow Food Festival.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

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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

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Plan a visit to Hull's fresh grass roots festival

Plan a visit to Hull's fresh grass roots festival

Grab your dancing shoes and head down to Humber Street Sesh - a fresh, grassroots festival hosting over 150 bands in one day, all set in the atmospheric old fruit market.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Indie A-listers in a country oasis at End of the Road Festival

Indie A-listers in a country oasis at End of the Road Festival

The intimate surroundings of the End of the Road Festival give you the chance to get up close and personal with the bands and their music.

Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset

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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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See what’s on this winter in Nottinghamshire

See what’s on this winter in Nottinghamshire

Take part in some of Nottingham’s most loved winter events and keep the winter out and warmth in as you relax in front of a roaring fire afterwards.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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