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: 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

 
Sample real ales at the Winter Ales Festival

Sample real ales at the Winter Ales Festival

Discover your favourite real ale at the Derby CAMRA Winter Ales Festival at the Derby Roundhouse from 20-23 February 2019.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

 
September events: Enjoy Nordic walking at the Walking and Outdoors Festival

September events: Enjoy Nordic walking at the Walking and Outdoors Festival

The annual Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival offers a host of exciting outdoor pursuits and taster sessions.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
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

 
Enjoy a weekend of free outdoor arts across Birmingham

Enjoy a weekend of free outdoor arts across Birmingham

Head to the Birmingham Weekender this September, where the city centre will be bought to life with music, dance, theatre, art, literature, food and fashion.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
August events: Celebrate the arts at Devizes’ International Street Festival

August events: Celebrate the arts at Devizes’ International Street Festival

Head to the Wiltshire town of Devizes in late August for the annual Devizes International Street Festival.

Location: Devizes, 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

 
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.

 
August events: Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

August events: Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

The Robin Hood Festival is a celebration to all things medieval and, of course, Robin himself, that takes place each year at his home in Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

 
July events: Watch a traditional Cart Marking ceremony

July events: Watch a traditional Cart Marking ceremony

From handcarts and horse-drawn carriages to steam-driven vehicles and vintage London buses; see this parade of vehicles marked in the traditional Cart Marking Ceremony.

Location: London, Greater London

 
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

 
September events: Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

September events: 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

 
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: 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

 
May events: Visit the 1940s in West Yorkshire

May events: Visit the 1940s in West Yorkshire

Head to Haworth in West Yorkshire and get a glimpse into life in the 1940s.

Location: Haworth, West Yorkshire

 
June events: Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

June events: Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

The usually quiet coastal town Broadstairs comes to life to celebrate the life of Dickens at this week-long, eclectic festival.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

 
August events: Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

August events: Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Celebrate the Cornish fishing community’s hard work and delicious produce at the Newlyn Fish Festival.

Location: Newlyn, Cornwall

 
Get a fix at the London Coffee Festival

Get a fix at the London Coffee Festival

Master your latte art and sample some of the best small batch and specialist coffee at the city’s annual Coffee Festival in March.

Location: Brick Lane, London

 
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

 
July events: Go back in time at Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

July events: Go back in time at Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Originally one of the world’s biggest battle re-enactments, this event in the normally quiet village of Tewkesbury has grown into a festival recreating all aspects of medieval life.

Location: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

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