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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Have a rockin' great time at the Castle

Have a rockin' great time at the Castle

This free music festival will be held in the grounds of Hertford Castle, and with four stages spread over three different areas, there will be something for everyone.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

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Watch the Lord Mayor brand cars in the Cart Marking ceremony

Watch the Lord Mayor brand cars in the Cart Marking ceremony

From handcarts and horse-drawn carriages to steam-driven vehicles and London buses; see this parade of vehicles marked in this traditional ceremony

Location: London, Greater London

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Seafood, real ale and free music in bundles

Seafood, real ale and free music in bundles

Throw three sheets to the salty Scarborough wind, with a smorgasbord of food and drink fit for the most famed of seafarers.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Explore the City of Bath that inspired one of England’s most famous writers, and step into a Georgian world.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Grab your partner and ceilidh on down to Sidmouth Folk Week

Grab your partner and ceilidh on down to Sidmouth Folk Week

The Regency town of Sidmouth on Devon’s Jurassic Coast celebrates a week of folk music, dance and song every August.

Location: Sidmouth, Devon

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Cycle the Peak District in style at Eroica Britannia

Cycle the Peak District in style at Eroica Britannia

Handlebar moustaches and sepia filters at the ready… Eroica Britannia returns in June for a weekend of vintage road racing and retro recreation.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

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Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

There are over 200 films to choose from at London’s most accessible and exciting film festival.

Location: London, Greater London

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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 partying at the Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Location: Reading, Leeds

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Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

See opera's biggest stars hit the high notes at Glyndebourne.

Location: Lewes, East Sussex

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Visit the UK’s Festival City this October

Visit the UK’s Festival City this October

Nottingham is the UK’s festival city in October, with 15 major festivals and events taking place in the city centre.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Be inspired by authors, readings and workshops in the northeast

Be inspired by authors, readings and workshops in the northeast

Hexham's annual celebration of all things literary features some of the country's best writers, in a suitably beautiful setting.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

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Take a break to the Bath Literature Festival

Take a break to the Bath Literature Festival

The best of the world of literature comes to the world heritage city of Bath, so come and hear the stories.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Help yourself to the best food and drink at Aldeburgh

Help yourself to the best food and drink at Aldeburgh

Fine food, local brews and idyllic seaside make the perfect ingredients for a tasty weekend away.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

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Relive your childhood at the Loogabarooga Festival

Relive your childhood at the Loogabarooga Festival

Exciting annual event will feature ‘incredible illustrations and brilliant books’.

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

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Keep on truckin' at Truck Festival

Keep on truckin' at Truck Festival

See big names in rock and dance music perform at an intimate festival on a farm near Oxford.

Location: Steventon, Oxfordshire

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Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

Rediscover the charm of this enduring classic with a fun-packed day of events each year on the 1st July in Oxford

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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See what’s on this winter in Nottinghamshire

See what’s on this winter in Nottinghamshire

Take part in some of Nottingham’s most loved winter events and keep the winter out and warmth in as you relax in front of a roaring fire afterwards.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Enjoy a weekend of music at Beverley Folk Festival

Enjoy a weekend of music at Beverley Folk Festival

The market town of Beverley in East Yorkshire plays host to the annual Beverley Folk Festival which recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Enjoy top-class music and haute cuisine at the Big Feastival

Enjoy top-class music and haute cuisine at the Big Feastival

Whatever happens at this festival, you won't go home with an empty stomach.

Location: Kingham, Oxfordshire

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Get festival fever during May in Brighton and Hove

Get festival fever during May in Brighton and Hove

The seaside city comes alive with four fantastic festivals taking place in one month of madness.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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