Carnival performers at Boomtown Festival

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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Enjoy a seafaring adventure at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

With maritime attractions that span 800 years, there's plenty to pack into a short break to this historic waterfront city.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Ride a steam train on the East Lancashire Railway

This beautifully restored heritage railway puffs through stunning countryside, quaint villages and historic towns.

Location: Bury, Greater Manchester

 

Visit England's oldest Smock Windmill at Lacey Green

Restored to working order by The Chiltern Society, Lacey Green Windmill is England's oldest smock mill with wooden machinery dating from around 1650.

Location: Lacey Green, Buckinghamshire

 

Experience life at sea aboard Brunel’s ss Great Britain

One of the world's most important ships brought to life for modern-day visitors.

Location: Bristol

 

Take a trip through the Cotswolds on a steam railway

Sit back and relax as you explore the Cotswolds on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

Location: Toddington, Cotswolds

 

See Churchill's carriage at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is a working steam museum with one of the UK’s largest collections of locomotives, rolling stock and railway memorabilia.

Location: Quainton, Buckinghamshire

 

Relive the Industrial Revolution

Mills, canals, tunnels and follies in steep-sided valleys and rolling hills tell the tale of Calderdale’s key role in the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Calderdale, West Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Discover Sheffield’s story at Kelham Island Museum

The ‘Steel City’s’ unique industrial story is brought to life through interactive galleries at this captivating indoor museum.

Location: Kelham Island, South Yorkshire

 

Take your pick from Liverpool’s rich cultural gems

Liverpool is a thriving capital of culture with museums and galleries for every taste, many of which are free to explore. Dip in and emerge inspired.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Travel across Hampshire’s countryside on the Watercress Line

Witness the sights, sounds, smells and magic of steam travel from a bygone age and journey through Hampshire’s countryside on a restored steam train.

Location: Alresford, Hampshire

 

Take your senses on a trip back in time at Beamish

Touch, taste, hear, see and smell history on an unforgettable journey into the past at England’s largest open-air museum.

Location: Vale of Durham

 

Plumb the depths of Plymouth's rich maritime history

Home to the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Army, Plymouth boasts an inspiring rich maritime heritage and is steeped in military history.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

Explore Lancashire’s rich industrial history

From the largest collection of Tiffany Glass in Europe to the world’s last surviving steam powered mill, Lancashire museums offer a riveting day out.

Location: Lancashire

 

Discover 2,000 years of history in Gloucester

Roman ruins, an Anglo-Saxon princess, a murdered king's tomb, one of the world's most majestic cathedrals and the UK's best preserved Victorian Docks.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 

September events: Steam into autumn at North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Get on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway this autumn with a varied diary of events offering a great way to spend time with family and friends.

Location: Pickering, North Yorkshire

 

Visit the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution

By 1860, Lancashire was producing half of the world's cotton via its mills, hills and waterways, which you can now explore.

Location: Pennine Lancashire

 

Take a tour of the Peak District Mining Museum

Discover the cramped and hazardous world of a Derbyshire lead miner.

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

 

Midland Railway - Butterley

The Railway’s Footplate Experience provides big kids with all the necessary know-how to drive a steam train.

Location: Ripley, Derbyshire

 

Take family breaks to new heights at Anderton Boat Lift

Make family time a priority this spring at one of Cheshire's top heritage attractions.

Location: Northwich, Cheshire

 

Experience steam-age travel on the Nene Valley Railway

Visit one of England’s leading steam engine and locomotive attractions, based in Northamptonshire's Nene Valley.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

 

Full steam ahead on a loco driven by you

Many would love the chance to drive a steam engine, well now's your chance: become a train driver for the day at Telford Steam Railway.

Location: Telford, Shropshire

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