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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December events: Visit Hyde Park at Christmas and witness a Winter Wonderland

December events: Visit Hyde Park at Christmas and witness a Winter Wonderland

Gather the family and get your skates on for the UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink at London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Location: London

 
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

 
October Events: Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

October Events: Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales, that's taking place between 4 and 20 October.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

 
August events: Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

August events: Sink your teeth into the Oxford Foodies Festival

Feeling hungry? Eat and drink your way around one of the UK’s biggest food festivals.

Location: Oxford South Parks, Oxfordshire

 
October events: Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

October events: Get merry on local brews at the Robin Hood Beer Festival

With its fine selection of beer and cider stalls, many of which offer local produce, Nottingham's Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival is a great place for drink connoisseurs.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
August events: Dance your wooden clogs off at Broadstairs Folk Week

August events: Dance your wooden clogs off at Broadstairs Folk Week

Join in the fun – play the spoons, sing along with the many bands, shake a clog or head along to the Hobby Horse Club.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

 
Calling all food lovers to Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

Calling all food lovers to Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

A weekend of tasty treats, markets, live music and entertainment in Holmfirth.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

 
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

 
Party in the Peak District at Y Not Festival

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

 
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

 
See stars take to the Meridian at Greenwich Music Time

See stars take to the Meridian at Greenwich Music Time

Experience live performances in the magnificent surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College, overlooking the Thames at this music festival in July.

Location: Greenwich, London

 
July events: Join the colourful parade at Bristol Pride

July events: Join the colourful parade at Bristol Pride

Take in some drag queen cabaret or chill out to some pumping tunes; whatever you decide to do at Bristol Pride, it won’t be boring.

Location: Bristol

 
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

 
Watch the Battle of the Brass Bands in Durham

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

 
May events: Don your tweeds for the Nottinghamshire County Show

May events: Don your tweeds for the Nottinghamshire County Show

May is usually your first chance to enjoy the spring sunshine, so spend it wisely with an action-packed day at the Nottinghamshire County Show.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

 
November events: Get inspired at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

November events: Get inspired at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Listen along to amazing performances at the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music.

Location: Huddersfield , West Yorkshire

 
August events: Discover Leicester's Caribbean Carnival

August events: Discover Leicester's Caribbean Carnival

Join the annual Leicester Caribbean Carnival in August for a celebration of culture and tradition full of music, colour and dance.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
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

 
Enjoy music, arts and wild lake swimming at Latitude

Enjoy music, arts and wild lake swimming at Latitude

Combine sing-your-heart-out music with theatre, comedy, wellbeing, food and family-friendly activities and you have Latitude Festival, held in Henham Park, Suffolk.

Location: Suffolk

 
Join the crowds at All Points East

Join the crowds at All Points East

Huge headliners meet exciting new artists in London’s Victoria Park this summer as part of All Points East.

Location: Victoria Park, London

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