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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May events: The Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance every May.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 

May events: Push boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Witness the world’s most diverse artists and performers from the risqué world of Burlesque.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Stratford Literary Festival

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

 

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

 

Experience York's Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 

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

 

May events: Put your best foot forward at WalkFest

Put a spring in your step over the spring bank holiday weekend at the North York Moors National Park’s annual walking festival.

Location: North York Moors, North Yorkshire

 

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

 

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

 

May events: Get down to The Suffolk Show

Take your family on a weekend break to Suffolk’s biggest and barmiest event near Ipswich and see the Shetland Pony Grand National.

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk

 

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

 
Salcombe Crab Festival

May events: Learn from food experts at Salcombe Crab Festival

Love seafood? Salcombe’s delicious crab celebration should be right at the top of your things to do in Devon list.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

 

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

 

Connect with Dot to Dot Festival

This festival of indie, pop, electronic and alternative music is a travelling show, moving between three cities over three consecutive days.

Location: Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham

 
Man pouring latte at the London Coffee Festival.

Get a fix at the London Coffee Festival

Master your latte art and sample some of the best small batch and specialist coffee at the city’s annual Coffee Festival in March.

Location: Brick Lane, London

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