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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Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Meet some of the UK's most beloved authors in an annual literary festival for the whole family.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
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

 
May events: Tuck into a three day food festival in Exeter

May events: Tuck into a three day food festival in Exeter

Celebrate the best food and drink from the South West at this event in May.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
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

 
Mosh to the biggest acts at Reading and Leeds Festivals

Mosh to the biggest acts at Reading and Leeds Festivals

Head to Bramham Park in Leeds or Little John’s Farm in Reading for three days of unbeatable live music.

Location: Reading and Leeds

 
Go to Liverpool Sound City, an innovative music, film and art festival

Go to Liverpool Sound City, an innovative music, film and art festival

Get a ticket for one of the UK’s largest international music, digital and film festivals.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
September events: Celebrate over 2,000 years of Gloucester’s history

September events: Celebrate over 2,000 years of Gloucester’s history

Experience the city’s rich history at the Gloucester History Festival in September with family activities, parades. talks and tours.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Get away at The Great Escape

Get away at The Great Escape

The Great Escape brings hundreds of up-and-coming artists to 35 venues over three days in Brighton and Hove.

Location: Brighton, Sussex

 
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

 
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

 
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: Head to foodie paradise in the New Forest

November events: Head to foodie paradise in the New Forest

Celebrate the New Forest’s rich culinary heritage at its annual Food & Drink Fortnight from 3 to 16 November 2019.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

 
September events: Experience Agatha Christie's Riviera in Devon

September events: Experience Agatha Christie's Riviera in Devon

Discover Agatha Christie's Riviera and follow in her footsteps by attending her namesake festival, and walking the Agatha Christie Mile in the bustling harbour town of Torquay.

Location: Torquay, Devon

 
Party hard at Wireless Festival

Party hard at Wireless Festival

Enjoy three days of dancing to world class hip-hop and R&B acts at Wireless Festival in London’s Finsbury Park.

Location: Finsbury Park, London

 
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

 
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

 
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 Festival.

Location: Leicestershire

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