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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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September 2019

Turner Prize 2019 at the Turner Contemporary

September 28, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Margate, Rendezvous
Margate,CT9 1HGUnited Kingdom
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Turner Prize at the Turner Contemporary Margate

The prize and the gallery that were both named for artist J M W Turner will be brought together in 2019, when the Turner Contemporary Gallery...

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October 2019

Ilkley Literature Festival, Yorkshire, 2019

October 4 - October 20
Ilkley Ilkley,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Ilkley Literature Festival

Actors, writers, poets and even a few journos will descend upon the West Yorkshire Victorian spa town of Ilkley in October for the Ilkley Literature Festival. The county might be noted for its Yorkshire brass bands, but this 17-day bookish fete is the second oldest in the UK, as well as the leading one of its ilk in the North. Expect authors, politicians and philosophers to be drawn to the town, and its wonderful scenery nestled by Ilkley moor immortalised…

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November 2019

Tenby Blues Festival 2019, Wales

November 8 - November 10
Tenby Tenby,PembrokeshireUnited Kingdom
Tenby Blues Festival

Southwest Wales will be getting deep, down and meaningful when the Tenby Blues festival comes to the Pembrokeshire town between 8 to 10 November, 2019. Tenby Blues Festival 2018 Line-up This year the Malone–Sibun Band, featuring Marcus Malone and Innes Sibun, will play De Valence on Friday night, supported by the Grainne Duffy Band and Big Joe Louis. The following day, Sugaray Rayford will headline the same venue, with Crawlback and Whiskey River also featuring on the bill. Finally, the Wales'…

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EFG London Jazz Festival, 2019

November 15 - November 24
london London,United Kingdom + Google Map
EFG London Jazz Festival

A highlight in UK capital’s music calendar, the EFG London Jazz Festival is held each November. This year’s festival pays homage to the Windrush Generation...

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Winchester Christmas Market 2019

November 21 - December 22
Winchester Cathedral Winchester,United Kingdom + Google Map
Winchester Christmas Market

A highlight of the festive season, Winchester Christmas Market opens on 17 November. Since 2006 the market has been recognised as one of the leading Christmas Festivals...

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December 2019

Padstow Christmas Market & Festival 2019

December 5 - December 8
Padstow Padstow,CornwallUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Padstow Christmas Market & Festival

Foodies should head to the Cornish coastal of Padstow this December for the 12th Padstow Christmas Market & Festival. Master chefs Rick Stein (they don't call is Pad-stein for no reason), Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw will fly the Cornish culinary flag from 5 to 8 December. Paul Ainsworth, one of the star chefs at the Padstow Christmas Market & Festival Padstow has long been regarded as the culinary capital of Cornwall, but Padstow food festival is much more than…

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Beverley Festival of Christmas 2019

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm GMT
Beverley Beverley,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Beverley Christmas Festival

The hugely popular Beverley Festival of Christmas, in East Yorkshire, has grown from a small market to one of the largest festive celebrations in England. Held on 8 December from 10am to 4pm, join in the festivities. Staged each year since 1995 around the town centre of the medieval Minster town of Beverley, at its heart will be three traditional Victorian Christmas Markets selling everything from festive food and drink to arts and crafts. The historic market town with its two…

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July 2020

WOMAD 2020 : the World’s Music Festival

July 23, 2020 - July 26, 2020
Charlton Park Malmesbury,WiltshireSN16 9DG.United Kingdom + Google Map
WOMAD

Robert Spellman 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, artists, thinkers and even cooks from all over the globe head for the lush acres of Charlton Park Wiltshire to perform at WOMAD, the “world of music, arts and dance”. WOMAD 2019 Highlights {This information will be updated when the 202 lineup is announced.}  There is perhaps no other UK music festival…

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