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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September events: Enjoy Nordic walking at the Walking and Outdoors Festival

The annual Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival offers a host of exciting outdoor pursuits and taster sessions.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

July events: Go back in time at Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Originally one of the world’s biggest battle re-enactments, this event in the normally quiet village of Tewkesbury has grown into a festival recreating all aspects of medieval life.

Location: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Meet some of the UK's most beloved authors in an annual literary festival for the whole family.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

July events: Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Culture galore mixed with the beautiful Cornish countryside makes the annual Port Eliot Festival a truly magical summer event.

Location: Port Eliot, Cornwall

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

September events: Celebrate Doncaster at the St Leger Festival

Join the party at The William Hill St Leger Festival, the oldest classic horse race in the world, with an array of music, fine food, arts and culture – and racing of course!

Location: Doncaster, South Yorkshire

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

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

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

Hang with the hipsters at Field Day

The coolest festival in London is back and better than ever.

Location: London

October events: Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

Book tickets to a wide variety of new and award-winning films at London’s most accessible and exciting film festival.

Location: London, Greater London

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

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

June events: Revel in music at Westonbirt Arboretum for Forest Live

England’s forests turn into atmospheric music venues for Forest Live, offering an eclectic range of artists & an amazing night out.

Location: Westonbirt near Tetbury, Gloucestershire

September events: Help yourself to the best food and drink in Aldeburgh

Fine food, local brews and idyllic seaside make the perfect ingredients for a tasty weekend away.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Enjoy a feast of live music and sporting events in Nottingham

Prepare to rave about Nottingham’s headline music festivals and be bowled over by the city’s world-class sporting events.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Get your ‘blues’ fix at Broadstairs Blues Bash

Aint’ nothin’ but the blues - not the winter ones, but the music type in Broadstairs every February for one weekend.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

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

September events: Experience Agatha Christie's Riviera in Devon

Discover Agatha Christie's Riviera and follow in her footsteps by attending her namesake festival, and walking the Agatha Christie Mile in the bustling harbour town of Torquay.

Location: Torquay, Devon

July events: Celebrate a cultural cocktail at the Lytham Festival

Enjoy a new week-long summer festival of music, comedy and literature in the classic Lancashire seaside resorts of Lytham and St Annes.

Location: Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

May events: Feel inspired at The Bath Festival

Enjoy music and literature from around the world with an incredible programme of arts and events.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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