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 2022

Derby Folk Festival 2022, Derby, UK

September 30 - October 2
Derby Market Place Derby,DE1 3AEUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Derby Market Place credit Matthew Jones Photography

This autumn will see Derby buzz with the Derby Folk Festival held in the city centre. Held from 30 September to 2 October, the festival will include a host of…

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October 2022

BFI London Film Festival 2022

October 5 - October 16
london London,United Kingdom + Google Map
BFI London Film Festival

The 66th BFI London Film Festival will walk red carpets around the UK capital once more this October,  with a plethora of films including world premieres. From 5 to 16…

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Isle of Wight Literary Festival, 2022

October 6 - October 9
Isle of Wight isle of wightUnited Kingdom
Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival is a major literary event in the south of England, that draws leading writers and thinkers from around the UK. This year, Dr Maggie…

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Cheltenham Literature Festival, 2022

October 7 - October 16
cheltenham, 109-111 Bath Road
Cheltenham,GL53 7LSUnited Kingdom
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Cheltenham Literature Festival

Could there be a more appropriate setting for The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival than the historic Regency spa town of Cheltenham...

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Ilkley Literature Festival, Yorkshire, 2022

October 7 - October 23
Ilkley Ilkley,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Susie Dent by John Lawrence

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…

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The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2022

October 7 - October 10
Settle Settle,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2017 Shepherds Purse tasting

The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival held in October is a celebration of Yorkshire cheese and its recent revival. Events include: a 5.5 mile guided walk through the countryside, cheese tastings,…

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Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2022

October 8 - October 16
Isle of Wight isle of wightUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Isle of Wight Walking Festival

The 21st Isle of Wight Walking Festival will take place from 4 to 19 May. Walkers of all abilities can join in the two weeks. With more than half of the Isle of Wight designated as ...

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Wildscreen Festival, Bristol, UK, 2022

October 10 - October 14
Bristol Bristol,United Kingdom + Google Map
£81
wildscreen festival

Supported by BBC Studios Natural History Unit, the Wildscreen Festival is the leading natural world storytelling event. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the festival, with the theme of:…

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Lincoln Sausage Festival 2022

October 15
Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Castle
Lincoln,LincolnshireUnited Kingdom
£1
Lincoln Sausage Festival 2022

October is the month that the merry folk of Lincoln tuck into more than 30,000 bangers at the Lincoln Sausage Festival, held in the glorious setting of the medieval Lincoln…

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Marathon du Malton 2022, UK

October 23
Malton YorkshireYO17United Kingdom + Google Map
£27.50
Marathon du Malton

Inspired by the Marathon du Medoc, the Marathon du Malton returns to the streets of Yorkshire’s foodie town on 23 October, 2022. “Britain’s Tastiest 10k”, the Marathon du Malton takes…

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Raindance Film Festival 2022, London

October 26 - November 5
Vue Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street
London,SW1Y 4LRUnited Kingdom
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£10 – £195
Raindance Festival

The largest independent UK film festival, The Raindance Film Festival returns to London for its 27th edition in September. Describing itself as the “champion of the underdog”...

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November 2022

EFG London Jazz Festival, 2022

November 11 - November 20
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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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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2022

November 18, 2022 - January 2, 2023

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will open its doors for the festive season on 18 November, offering an array of yuletide delights for the whole family. Entry to Hyde Park Winter…

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April 2023

Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, London, UK, 2021

April 26, 2023
Putney London,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Oxford Cambridge Boat Racw

How about watching a sport that demonstrates strength and endurance as well as being, at the same time, a quintessentially English cultural icon? The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race...

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June 2023

Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2023

June 26, 2023 - July 9, 2023
All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, Church Road, Wimbledon
London,SW19 5AEUnited Kingdom
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Wimbledon Tennis championships

For many Londoners the advent of summer can only mean one thing – the Wimbledon Tennis tournament, or The Championships Wimbledon. The oldest tennis tournament in the world Wimbledon is…

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July 2023

Henley Festival 2023, Henley-on-Thames, UK

July 5, 2023 - July 9, 2023
Henley Bridge Henley-on-Thames,OxfordshireRG9 2LYUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Henley Festival

Rustle out your DJ as the UK’s most glamorous festival, the Henley Festival returns to the banks of the River Thames in September 2021. Expect Michelin star chefs, lots of…

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