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Discover the best music festivals in England

From 24 hour parties to outdoor hot tubs, discover some of the best music festivals in England. From massive outdoor stages with the biggest headline acts to quirky niche events starring the next big thing, any one of these festivals is ideal to build a summer break around.

While many festivals are preparing to run in 2021 once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, please be aware that dates and lineups are subject to change. Please always check with the event's website for restrictions or alterations before purchasing tickets, booking accommodation or travelling.

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Cookery and butchery courses at Coddy's Farm

Boost your culinary skills with seasonal cookery and butchery courses at Coddy's Farm, in Holmfirth. Great accommodation, great views, great food.

Location: Holmfirth, Yorkshire

 

Watch cheese making at The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company

Observe Cheddar’s last remaining cheesemakers as they go about their work and learn the tricks of their trade.

Location: Cheddar, Somerset

 

Master your bread-making skills at Blackfriars Restaurant

Visit England’s oldest dining room in Newcastle and leave with some expert cooking skills from a master baker.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

 

Explore the home of Bombay Sapphire on a distillery tour

Become a cocktail-making master at the home of Bombay Sapphire gin. Enjoy a hands-on experience with gin experts, before embarking on a self-discovery tour.

Location: Laverstoke, Hampshire

 

Plan a seasonal dinner party with Raymond Blanc

Embrace your passion for food and learn to create phenomenal cuisine with new techniques that support Raymond's own cuisine and food philosophy.

Location: Great Milton, Oxfordshire

 

Learn the art of chocolate making at Slattery Patissier & Chocolatier

Chocolate lovers should make a beeline for the leafy north Manchester suburb of Whitefield, where they’ll find John Slattery’s Patisser and Chocolatier.

Location: Whitefield, Greater Manchester

 

Cocktail mixology masterclasses at Maiyango

The intimate setting of Maiyango is perfect for re-igniting or kindling a romance. Learn how to make your own cocktails with a resident mixologist.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Experience a revival of Cotswolds’ culinary traditions

Perfect your culinary skills at Thyme at Southrop’s cookery school, then explore some of the Cotswolds’ best restaurants in Bibury and Nailsworth.

Location: Southrop, Gloucestershire

 

November events: Take a Christmas cookery class with a celebrity chef

Explore the world of Christmas food and drink with Michelin-starred celebrity chefs at the Taste of Christmas event in London’s Docklands.

Location: London

 

Get stuck into cooking lessons at Brompton Cookery School

Learn the tricks of the trade with an award-winning chef at a cookery school housed in a beautiful barn conversion near Shrewsbury.

Location: Near Shrewsbury, Shropshire

 

Baking courses down on the farm at Manor Farm Tea Shoppe

In the picturesque village of Bleasby in Nottinghamshire is Manor Farm, where you can enjoy a tranquil break whilst perfecting your baking skills.

Location: Southwell, Nottinghamshire

 

Get clued up on healthy cooking at Harborne Food School

Learn how to cook healthy, sustainable food at Birmingham’s newest food school.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Enjoy a five-star cookery break by the sea

Become an expert in the kitchen with a Cookshelf cookery course in Eastbourne, before relaxing after a busy day at the 5 star Grand Hotel.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

Enjoy the outdoors and its culinary delights at Talton Lodge

Surely there’s nowhere other than Talton Lodge where you could combine canoeing, Tug O’ War and sausage-making courses?

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 

Make your own cheese in rural Somerset at Hagley Bridge Farm

Learn how to fill your fridge with cheese, yoghurt and butter made by your own fair hand.

Location: Watterow, Somerset

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