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Event Category: Festivals in the UK

There are thousands of festivals in the UK ranging from the weird to the mundane. Some of the more famous include the Chelsea Flower Show and the Edinburgh Fringe, but we Brits are prepared to celebrate anything and everything, even watercress.

UK Music Festivals and Carnivals

Music is a key element in many a festival, with festivals specialising in music from rock to contemporary, including Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight Festival and Womad. If in London on the last weekend in August, be sure to head to the Notting Hill Carnival – the biggest party in the capital.

Food Festivals in the UK

Outside of music, food is the most common thing celebrated at UK festivals, from the Ludlow Food Festival to the Malton Food Festival and even the Alresford Watercress Festival. Summer is the best time for foodies to visit the UK, as there are seemingly food events each weekend, catering to all tastes and fads.

Literary Festivals

Another more niche element is the literary of book festival. One of the leading literary events is the Hay Festival. Although you will find literary and book festivals popping up all over the kingdom, including the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Fringe Festivals

The Edinburgh Fringe held in the Scottish capital in August, is the most notable UK fringe festival, but there are other fringe festivals up and down the land, including the Ventnor Fringe on the Isle of Wight.

The above is just a snippet of all the special events in each and every corner of the UK. With so much on offer, make sure you check out our event pages to ensure you include one of the UK’s many festivals on your UK holidays.

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May 2021

Whitby Fish and Ships Festival, 2021

May 15 - May 16
Whitby Whitby,United Kingdom + Google Map
Whitby Fish and Ships Festival

The North Yorkshire town of Whitby is famed for its fabulous fish and chips, that and a nautical traditional that includes Captain Cook. So, why not combine the two together…

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Chelsea Fringe 2021, London, UK

May 15 - May 23
Chelsea, Chelsea
London,United Kingdom
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Chelsea Fringe Festival

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to enter 16 to 24 May in your diaries for a diverse and stunningly beautiful festival, the Chelsea Fringe. If you love…

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Nick Knight: Roses From My Garden

May 19, 2021 - January 16, 2022
Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury,BuckinghamshireHP18 0JHUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Nick-Knight-Saturday-20th-May-2017-Hand-coated-pigment-print-©-Nick-Knight-Courtesy-of-the-Artist-and-Albion-Barn

Nick Knight has worked with the likes of Alexander McQueen and John Galiano. The visionary photographer has directed videos for Tom Ford, Lady Gaga and Kanye West...

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Phantoms of Surrealism, Whitechapel Gallery

May 19 - December 12
Whitechapel Gallery, 77 – 82 Whitechapel High Street
London,Select a State or Province:E1 7QXUnited Kingdom
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Free
Phantoms of Surrealism

From May the Whitechapel Gallery in London will present a new archive exhibition, Phantoms of Surrealism that collates artworks, photographic scrapbooks and correspondence from the London International Surrealist Exhibition that…

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Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Gloucestershire

May 31
Cooper’s Hill Brockworth,GloucestershireGL3 4SBUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling

Held in the village of Brockworth in Gloucestershire, the Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is held on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday each year. In 2020 it was scheduled…

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June 2021

Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2021

June 25 - June 27
Blenhem Palace, Woodstock
Oxford,OX20 1PPUnited Kingdom
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£15 – £25
Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Held in June each year, the Blenheim Palace Flower Show is a wonderful horticultural show set in the surroundings of arguably England's finest stately home. The show is expected to…

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July 2021

Lymington Seafood Festival 2021, New Forest

July 16 - July 18
Bath Road Park Lymington,HampshireUnited Kingdom
Lymington Seafood Festival

One of the foody highlights of the South Coast, the Lymington Seafood Festival occurs each summer, and this year it is going ahead in line with the government's relaxation of…

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WOMAD 2021: the World’s Music Festival

July 22 - July 25
Charlton Park Malmesbury,WiltshireSN16 9DG.United Kingdom + Google Map
£185 – £240
Womad festival

Travel Begins at 40 gives the run down on this year’s WOMAD music festival, which is staying true to its global roots. Every summer in late July musicians, poets, actors,…

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UK Pride, 2021, Newcastle, UK

July 23 - July 25
Exhibition Park and the Town Moor, Exhibition Park and the Town Moor
Newastle-upon-Tyne,United Kingdom
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Free
UK Pride

The largest celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in Britian, in July 2021, UK Pride will combine with Northern to create a bigger Pride festival. UK Pride Events Planning is underway…

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Ventnor Fringe, Isle of Wight 2021

July 23 - August 1
Ventnor Exchange, 11 Church Street
Ventnor,Isle of WightUnited Kingdom
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Ventnor Fringe

The Isle of Wight's award winning arts festival, Ventnor Fringe will be from 23 July to 1 August, 2021. This year's Fringe will feature perfiormances outdoor cinema and improv events.…

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Cowes Week 2021, Isle of Wight

July 31 - August 7
cowes, isle of wight cowes,isle of wightUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Cowes week, the largest regatta of its type in the world, c. Paul Wyeth

Since 1826, Lendy Cowes Week has been an essential entry in the English summer calendar, alongside Wimbledon and the Henley Regatta. Of its type, the largest sailing...

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August 2021

Fringe by the Sea 2021, Scotland

August 6 - August 15
North Berwick East LothianUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Fringe by the Sea

Forget the Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival, Fringe by the Sea returns to the East Lothian town of North Berwick in August for ten days of music, literature, film,…

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2021

August 6 - August 30
Edinburgh Fringe Box Office, 180 High Street
Edinburgh,EH1 1QSUnited Kingdom
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Edinburgh Fringe

One of the largest arts festivals in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival takes place in the Scottish capital from 6 to 30 August, 2021. Details of this year's festival…

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Edinburgh Festival (Edinburgh International Festival)

August 7 - August 29
Edinburgh Festival The Hub, Castlehill
Edinburgh,EH1 2NEUnited Kingdom
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Edinburgh Festival

Featuring 2,600 artists from 40 countries, the Edinburgh Festival, or Edinburgh International Festival, kicks off on 2 August, 2019. This year’s...

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Waterperry Opera Festival 2021, UK

August 12 - August 21
Waterperry Gardens Near Wheatley,OxfordshireOX33 1JZUnited Kingdom
Festivals in August Waterperry Opera Festival

Just like most festivals and events in the Uk this summer, the Waterperry Opera Festival has faced numerous challenges. However, the team has devised an innovative approach...

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Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 2021

August 21 - August 22
Fighting Cocks, Bathingbourne Lane
Newchurch,Isle of WightPO36OLUUnited Kingdom
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£12.50 – £20
Festivals in UK Isle of Wight Garlic Festival (2)

Newchurch, in the centre of the picturesque Isle of Wight, nestling amidst sloping hills, is the perfect location for a festival. It is here that every year in August the…

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Whitby Folk Week 2021, Yorkshire

August 21 - August 27
Whitby Whitby,United Kingdom + Google Map
Whitby Folk Week

Wish you could dance, sing or play an instrument, but don't know where to start? Whitby Folk Week this August may be just what you're looking for. There are more…

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Malton Food Festival 2021, Yorkshire, UK

August 28 - August 30
Malton YorkshireYO17United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Malton Food Festival

One of Yorkshire's premier local food festivals will occur in the town of Malton from May 28 to 30, 2021. The Malton Food Festival 2021 (or Malton Food Lovers Festival…

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Notting Hill Carnival, London 2021, UK

August 28 - August 30
Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Grove
London,W10United Kingdom
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Notting Hill Carnival

The iconic Notting Hill Carnival returns bigger and better this year over the August bank holiday weekend as usual. Starting with the Panorama event on the Saturday, Sunday is family…

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World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Wales

August 28 - August 29
Llanwrtyd Wells Llanwrtyd Wells,PowysUnited Kingdom + Google Map
World Bog Snokelling Championship

The World Bog Snorkelling Championship is part of a two-day World Bog Series taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales. The World Bog Snorkelling Championship…

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