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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December events: Grab yourself a festive bargain at Bath Christmas Market

Bath Christmas Market is a magical festive shopping experience, set against the city centre’s stunning backdrop of historic buildings.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

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: Discover yuletide fun at Kielder Winter Wonderland

Visit Father and Mrs Christmas in their secret woodland home, help the elves prepare for the big day, meet real reindeer and enjoy a jolly musical experience.

Location: Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland

 

December events: Enter a magical winter wonderland in Suffolk

Get into the Christmas spirit with a visit to a Christmas Fair in medieval Lavenham and a Dickensian Christmas at a Tudor manor in Long Melford.

Location: Lavenham and Long Melford, Suffolk

 

October events: Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Wrap up warm for Leicester’s spectacular Diwali lights switch on, or join in with a wealth of activities and celebrations leading up to the epic finale on Diwali Day.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

December events: Join Santa on the La'al Ratty through Eskdale

Climb aboard the family favourite 'Santa Express' which returns to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway this winter.

Location: Ravenglass, Cumbria

 
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Fireworks

9 of the best Bonfire Night events in England

Remember, remember the 5th of November with five of the best annual fireworks displays across the country.

 

December events: Walk in Nottingham's magical Winter Wonderland

A traditional Christmas-card scene is recreated in Nottingham's Old Market Square every winter – the perfect place to get into the festival spirit.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 

December events: Enjoy a festive family day out at Perrygrove

Enjoy a truly magical experience with the family this Christmas at Perrygrove Railway.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

 

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

 

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

Get in the festive spirit at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

December events: Find your festive spirit at Salisbury's Christmas Fayre

Shop 'til you drop at Salisbury's annual Christmas Fayre, held in the beautiful Guildhall Square.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

 

Get that festive feeling at a cosy Christmas Fair

Soak up the festive atmosphere at a Christmas fair, while staying in a luxury apartment, and sipping cuppas with cute kitties.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 

Glide into Christmas at the Tunbridge Wells Ice Skating rink

A favourite festive destination, ice skating in Royal Tunbridge Wells offers something for skaters, shoppers and spectators this season.

Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

 

December events: Experience a quintessentially English Christmas

Visit the small market town of Much Wenlock for festive trinkets, handmade gifts and sweet and savoury snacks at its Christmas Fayre.

Location: Much Wenlock, Shropshire

 

Do your Christmas shopping the Victorian way in Leicestershire

This Christmas, Melton Mowbray town centre goes back in time to offer a traditional Victorian experience at the Victorian Fayre.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

 

December events: Enjoy Christmas magic at the Dickensian Festival

Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to Grassington Dickensian Festival where you'll find stalls, entertainment, local food and crafts.

Location: Grassington, Yorkshire Dales National Park

 

November events: Get into the festive spirit at Hertford Christmas Gala

Start off the festive season at Hertford's annual Christmas Gala.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordshire

 

December events: Enjoy a spot of festive shopping at Taurus Crafts

Pick up tasty treats and Christmas gifts at Taurus Crafts’ annual Christmas market.

Location: Lydney, Gloucestershire

 

November events: Enjoy a festive shopping experience at Derby Roundhouse

Buy perfect festive gifts at the fabulous Christmas Fair held in the stunning Derby Roundhouse, a beautiful building offering a magical atmosphere.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

 

November events: Start your shopping at the Weald and Downland Christmas Market

Find the perfect gift and enjoy a great day out at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum.

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

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