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

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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Watch a grisly re-enactment of the death of Britain’s first saint

Watch a grisly re-enactment of the death of Britain’s first saint

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

Location: St Albans, Hertfordshire

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Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Explore the City of Bath that inspired one of England’s most famous writers, and step into a Georgian world.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Celebrate Mozart with world-class cultural events in Bath

Celebrate Mozart with world-class cultural events in Bath

If Mozart is music to your ears then don’t miss a spectacular celebration of the musical genius at the annual Bath Mozartfest this November.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Explore Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, where all the town’s a stage

Explore Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, where all the town’s a stage

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival celebrates the town’s quirky and distinctive arts scene, with a reputation for delivering big names in a local setting.

Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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Combine blue skies with vintage cars on England’s south coast

Combine blue skies with vintage cars on England’s south coast

Don’t miss out on a visit to Magnificent Motors, Eastbourne’s exciting vintage and classic car motoring event over the May Bank Holiday weekend

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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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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Adventure like the Famous Five in Dorset

Adventure like the Famous Five in Dorset

Visit the Isle of Purbeck on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, which is said to have inspired Enid Blyton's books.

Location: Purbeck, Dorset

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Dance ‘til dawn at Standon Calling

Dance ‘til dawn at Standon Calling

Head to Standon in Hertfordshire for a three-day summer party featuring big music acts, an on-site nightclub and bars that never close.

Location: Standon, Hertfordshire

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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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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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Gather your pieces-of-eight for some piratical fun

Gather your pieces-of-eight for some piratical fun

Landlubbers beware! Grab an eye-patch and a parrot and head to Brixham for an adventure on the high seas.

Location: Brixham, Devon

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Celebrate all things garlic at the Garlic Festival

Celebrate all things garlic at the Garlic Festival

Did you know garlic is not just useful for scaring off vampires, but can also be used to make beer and popcorn? Find out how at the Garlic Festival.

Location: Newchurch, Isle of Wight

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Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Join the thousands of people each year at the world-famous Lyme Regis Fossil Festival celebrating millions of years of history.

Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset

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Taste Yorkshire’s best produce at the Food Lovers Festival

Taste Yorkshire’s best produce at the Food Lovers Festival

The festival boasts an enviable line up of some of the county’s top chefs, offering live cookery demonstrations and private classes to gastronomes.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

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Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

With up to 40 races a day and more than 1,000 boats pulling into harbour, Cowes Week is the sailing spectacular event not to be missed.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

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Grab your partner and ceilidh on down to Sidmouth Folk Week

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

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Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Get up to NewcastleGateshead and be inspired by a festival centred around art and creativity in children.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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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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Discover, explore, taste and enjoy at the Suffolk Show

Discover, explore, taste and enjoy at the Suffolk Show

Take your family on a weekend break for hours of fun, stimulation and entertainment at Suffolk’s biggest and barmiest event in June near Ipswich.

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk

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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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