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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Head to Birmingham for a summer of festivals

Head to Birmingham for a summer of festivals

This summer the streets, parks, bars and squares of Birmingham will be filled with melody as the city plays host to some fantastic music festivals.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Get your ‘blues’ fix at Broadstairs Blues Bash

Get your ‘blues’ fix at Broadstairs Blues Bash

Aint’ nothin’ but the blues - not the winter ones, but the music type in Broadstairs every February for one weekend.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

 
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

 
August events: Revel in the sounds of the Cambridge Folk Festival

August events: Revel in the sounds of the Cambridge Folk Festival

Join thousands in enjoying some of the finest folk music in Europe, at a gorgeous country hall in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 
July events: Watch the Battle of the Brass Bands in Durham

July events: Watch the Battle of the Brass Bands in Durham

Brass is given a modern twist with art installations in the streets and a dose of contemporary hip hop at BRASS Durham International Festival.

Location: Durham

 
Enjoy days and nights out on Hull’s buzzing marina

Enjoy days and nights out on Hull’s buzzing marina

Yorkshire’s only waterfront city boasts an array of attractions, from artisan shops and lively cultural events to inviting restaurants and pubs.

Location: Hull, East Yorkshire

 
June event: Watch a grisly re-enactment at the Alban Weekend

June event: Watch a grisly re-enactment at the Alban Weekend

Join thousands of people gathering in the streets of St Albans for Alban Weekend, a festival in June that re-enacts and celebrates the life of St Alban.

Location: St Albans, Hertfordshire

 
November events: Watch an illuminated parade at Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival

November events: Watch an illuminated parade at Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival

Experience the West Country tradition of ‘squibbing’ at the UK’s largest winter carnival.

Location: Bridgwater, Somerset

 
August events: Steampunk Festival

August events: Steampunk Festival

Lincoln was voted the world’s most steampunk city - find out why at the annual Steampunk Festival.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
June events: Take the family to Hertford Castle Fun Day

June events: Take the family to Hertford Castle Fun Day

Get into the carnival spirit with entertainment and stalls in the grounds of the historic Hertford Castle.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

 
September events: Give cultural films a go at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

September events: Give cultural films a go at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival gives you the chance to watch films you won’t find in your local cinema in a range of unusual surroundings.

Location: Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland

 
Go to Liverpool Sound City, an innovative music, film and art festival

Go to Liverpool Sound City, an innovative music, film and art festival

Get a ticket for one of the UK’s largest international music, digital and film festivals.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
Marvel at the Longleat Festival of Lights

Marvel at the Longleat Festival of Lights

See Europe’s largest display of Chinese lanterns at Longleat, where amazing hand-crafted illuminations will take your breath away.

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

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

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

 
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

 
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

 
July events: Enjoy the energy of South Tyneside Festival

July events: Enjoy the energy of South Tyneside Festival

This fabulous summer festival brings three months of free entertainment to the vibrant seafront resort of South Shields.

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

 
July events: Celebrate 10 years of Ventnor Fringe

July events: Celebrate 10 years of Ventnor Fringe

Inspired by the famous Edinburgh event, the Ventnor Fringe brings outdoor cinema, the best new comedians, and quirky cabaret events to the Isle of Wight's coastline.

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

 
July events: Immerse yourself in words at the Penzance Literary Festival

July events: Immerse yourself in words at the Penzance Literary Festival

A literary festival on the Cornish coast with a distinctly local flavour and a relaxed atmosphere that’s ideal for book lovers.

Location: Penzance, Cornwall

 
May events: Push boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

May events: Push boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Witness the world’s most diverse artists and performers from the risqué world of Burlesque.

Location: London, Greater London

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