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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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.

 
Add Stratford Literary Festival to your list of things to do in April

Add Stratford Literary Festival to your list of things to do in April

Be in the company of celebrity authors and best-selling writers at this lively literary event in the UK.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 
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

 
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

 
June events: Revel in music at Westonbirt Arboretum for Forest Live

June events: Revel in music at Westonbirt Arboretum for Forest Live

England’s forests turn into atmospheric music venues for Forest Live, offering an eclectic range of artists & an amazing night out.

Location: Westonbirt near Tetbury, Gloucestershire

 
Dance ‘til dawn at Standon Calling

Dance ‘til dawn at Standon Calling

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

Location: Standon, Hertfordshire

 
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

 
October events: Bon appétit at Hertford Food and Drink Festival

October events: Bon appétit at Hertford Food and Drink Festival

If you’re a ‘foodie’, then Hertford is the place to be as the town centre will be bursting with various food and drink activities.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordshire

 
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

 
November events: Celebrate Mozart with world-class cultural events in Bath

November events: 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

 
November events: See Longleat in a different light

November events: See Longleat in a different light

Experience the magical Festival of Light with hundreds of illuminated displays after dark before staying in a luxury Longleat spa hotel.

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
July events: Party in the Peak District at Y Not Festival

July events: Party in the Peak District at Y Not Festival

Watch big-name music acts perform with sweeping views of the Peak District National Park as your backdrop at the Y Not Festival.

Location: Pikehall, Derbyshire

 
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

 
May events: See musical legends at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

May events: See musical legends at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Swing into springtime in style at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, one of the leading Jazz events in England.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

 
December events: Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

December events: Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

Experience the timeless beauty of Durham City as you explore the traditional Durham Christmas festival this winter.

Location: Durham City, Durham

 
Wander into the Wilderness Festival

Wander into the Wilderness Festival

A ticket to Wilderness in Oxfordshire's countryside is like a ticket to a mini paradise where art, music, fine food and nature collide.

Location: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

 
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

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