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.

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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September events: Help yourself to the best food and drink in Aldeburgh

September events: Help yourself to the best food and drink in Aldeburgh

Fine food, local brews and idyllic seaside make the perfect ingredients for a tasty weekend away.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

 
August events: Grab your partner and ceilidh on down to Sidmouth Folk Week

August events: Grab your partner and ceilidh on down to Sidmouth Folk Week

The Regency town of Sidmouth on Devon’s Jurassic Coast celebrates a week of folk music, dance and song every August.

Location: Sidmouth, Devon

 
See Britain's finest comedians at Leicester Comedy Festival

See Britain's finest comedians at Leicester Comedy Festival

Get a glimpse at the future of British comedy at the annual Leicester Comedy Festival.

Location: Leicester

 
July events: Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

July events: Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

Rediscover the charm of Wonderland with a fun-packed day of events on Oxford’s unique Alice’s Day.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Get your jazz hands out for the Scarborough Jazz Festival

Get your jazz hands out for the Scarborough Jazz Festival

Each September, the annual Scarborough Jazz Festival on Yorkshire’s north coast provides the ideal tonic for music lovers to wash away those summer blues.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 
August events: SO Festival

August events: SO Festival

Lincolnshire’s coastal district of East Lindsey is transformed into an international arts venue during this annual summer festival.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

 
August events: Step back in time at the Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival

August events: Step back in time at the Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival

Come and enjoy the atmosphere and immerse yourself in heritage, entertainment, re-enactment and have-a-go fun.

Location: Lytham Green, Lancashire

 
Experience York's Literature Festival

Experience York's Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
August events: Discover Leicester's Caribbean Carnival

August events: Discover Leicester's Caribbean Carnival

Join the annual Leicester Caribbean Carnival in August for a celebration of culture and tradition full of music, colour and dance.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
Get away at The Great Escape

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

 
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

 
May events: Tuck into a three day food festival in Exeter

May events: Tuck into a three day food festival in Exeter

Celebrate the best food and drink from the South West at this event in May.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
May events: Get down to The Suffolk Show

May events: Get down to The Suffolk Show

Take your family on a weekend break to Suffolk’s biggest and barmiest event near Ipswich and see the Shetland Pony Grand National.

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk

 
All the fun of the fair with Dorset’s summer festivals

All the fun of the fair with Dorset’s summer festivals

Dorset entertains the whole family all summer long hosting an array of amazing events and festivals that are unique, nostalgic or just plain fun!

Location: Dorset

 
July events: Global sounds and a world of words at WOMAD

July events: Global sounds and a world of words at WOMAD

Grab your tent and learn more about cultures across the world at the long-running World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

 
November events: Get inspired at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

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

 
9 family-friendly Halloween events

9 family-friendly Halloween events

Boil, boil, toil and trouble! The witches are searching for their pointy hats, the dead are stirring in their graves and the pumpkins are turning a fiery orange. Halloween is nearly upon us. Get out and about this October half-term with these spooky yet family-friendly Halloween activities and events.

 
Enjoy music, arts and wild lake swimming at Latitude

Enjoy music, arts and wild lake swimming at Latitude

Combine sing-your-heart-out music with theatre, comedy, wellbeing, food and family-friendly activities and you have Latitude Festival, held in Henham Park, Suffolk.

Location: Suffolk

 
August events: Mosh to the biggest acts at Reading and Leeds Festivals

August events: Mosh to the biggest acts at Reading and Leeds Festivals

Head to Bramham Park in Leeds or Little John’s Farm in Reading for three days of unbeatable live music.

Location: Reading and Leeds

 
December events: Start off your Christmas season in Chester

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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