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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July events: Sing along to folk hits at the Warwick Folk Festival

July events: Sing along to folk hits at the Warwick Folk Festival

For four days each summer, Warwick is awash with the sights and sounds of folk music from across the world.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

 
Experience Gloucester’s festival favourites

Experience Gloucester’s festival favourites

Bring the whole family along to experience Gloucester’s festival favourites this summer. There is a huge range to do and see so join in the fun.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 
June events: Have a wild weekend at Bristol’s Festival of Nature

June events: Have a wild weekend at Bristol’s Festival of Nature

Discover and explore the natural world from the heart of the city of Bristol, the Hollywood of wildlife film-making.

Location: Bristol

 
November events: Join the highbrow chit-chat at Chester Literature Festival

November events: Join the highbrow chit-chat at Chester Literature Festival

There’s no shortage of wordy stimulation and novel debate for book worms at the Chester Literature Festival.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 
Revel in the sounds of the Cambridge Folk Festival

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

 
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

 
May events: See Salisbury's amazing Art Festival

May events: See Salisbury's amazing Art Festival

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

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

 
Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Hear old school traditional to cutting-edge contemporary jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

 
October events: Get giddy at the Nottingham Goose Fair

October events: Get giddy at the Nottingham Goose Fair

The Goose Fair is one of Europe’s largest travelling fairs and is one of Nottingham’s oldest traditions, dating back more than 700 years.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
August events: Strut your stuff at Brighton Pride

August events: Strut your stuff at Brighton Pride

At Brighton Pride you can enjoy a risqué drag act, dance till your heart’s content and eat fish ‘n’ chips by the sea all in the same day.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 
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

 
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

 
8 of the tastiest food festivals in autumn

8 of the tastiest food festivals in autumn

The aromas of sizzling wild boar sausages, creamy Stilton cheese and warm doughy bread all lingering in the air; celebrate the great tastes and smells of food festival season at one of these locations.

 
Watch Indie A-listers at the End of the Road Festival

Watch Indie A-listers at the 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

 
See global superstars at the Isle of Wight Festival

See global superstars 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

 
November events: Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

November events: Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get involved in a unique celebration of local and international films at the Cornwall Film Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

 
August events: Taste the best of Trout ‘n About Food Festival

August events: Taste the best of Trout ‘n About Food Festival

Take your pick from hand-crafted jewellery to award-winning sausages at this gourmet event in the heart of the Test Valley.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

 
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 gourd at Slindon Pumpkin Festival

Get your gourd at Slindon Pumpkin Festival

Take park in this celebration of gourds and squashes, including an unusual form of pumpkin art, within a National Trust village in West Sussex.

Location: Slindon, nr Arundel, West Sussex

 
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

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