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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August events: SO Festival

Lincolnshire’s coastal district of East Lindsey is transformed into an international arts venue during this annual summer festival.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

 

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: 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

 

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: 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

 

Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Immerse yourself in the gruesome world of the Vikings as the city of York celebrates its Norse past.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 

August events: Grab a beach spot for the Bournemouth Air Festival

The world's biggest airshow brings together the thrill of gravity-defying plane displays and an abundance of family entertainment on the ground - all for free!

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 

July events: Experience Stratford-upon-Avon’s River Festival

Stratford-upon-Avon’s River Festival in the summer is a two-day extravaganza on the banks of the River Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 

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

 

December events: Step inside Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Worcester's Christmas Fayre is the West Midlands' leading Victorian-themed street market.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

 

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

 

December events: Get in the spirit at the Lincoln Christmas Market

Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Lincoln Christmas Market in the historic Cathedral Quarter.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 

November events: Step back in time at the Victorian Christmas Festival

Get in the festive spirit at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Enjoy the energy of South Tyneside Festival

This fabulous summer festival brings three months of free entertainment to the vibrant seaside resort of South Shields.

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

 

All the fun of the fair with Dorset’s summer festivals

Dorset entertains the whole family all summer long hosting an array of amazing events and festivals that are unique, nostalgic or just plain fun!

Location: Dorset

 

July events: Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

Rediscover the charm of Wonderland with a fun-packed day of events on Oxford’s unique Alice’s Day.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

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

 

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

 
Two carved pumpkins lit up by candle

Top family-friendly Halloween events 2021

Boil, boil, toil and trouble! Get out this October half-term with these spooky yet family-friendly Halloween activities and events.

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