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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January 2023

Up Helly Aa, Shetlands, 2023

January 31
Lerwick Lerwick,Shetland IslandsUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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If you want to see a horde of Vikings parading through the streets, before burning a galley boat and then making merry for 12 hours, Up Helly Aa is the festival for you...

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February 2023

Slapstick Festival Bristol, 2023

February 14 - February 19
Bristol Bristol,United Kingdom + Google Map
Slapstick Festival

Fans of the silent screen should virtually head to Bristol this March for Slapstick Festival 2021, a celebration of silent and vintage screen comedy, and much more. Now in its…

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March 2023

St David’s Day 2023, Wales, UK

March 1
Wales United Kingdom
St David’s Day

We’ve all heard of St Patrick’s Day, but how many of you know of St David’s Day? The much neglected patron saint of the principality of Wales is celebrated on…

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Olney Pancake Race, Bucks, UK, 2023

March 21
Olney Olney,BuckinghamshireUnited Kingdom

While people around the UK are celebrating the approach of Lent by tossing pancakes in the warmth of their own kitchen, the gentlefolk of one Buckinghamshire town take to the…

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Surrey Hills Spring Festival 2023, UK

March 25 @ 10:00 am - March 26 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
Rural Life Living Museum, Reeds Road, Tilford
Farnham,SurreyGU10 2DLUnited Kingdom
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£10 – £12.50
Surrey Hills Spring Festival

Held over a weekend in March at the Rural Life Living Museum, the Surrey Hills Spring Festival will celebrate the arrival of spring and include the finest in Surrey's cuisine,…

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April 2023

Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, London, UK, 2023

April 26
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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Foodies Festival 2023, UK

April 29 - September 10
Various
Scouting for Girls foodies festival

Since Foodies Festival was started in Edinburgh in 2006, it has grown into what the organisers claim is the largest food and drink festival in the UK. Dubbed Gastro-Glastonbury, Foodies…

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May 2023

Guernsey Literary Festival 2023

May 10 - May 14
Guernsey Literary Festival, PO Box 174,
St Peter Port,GuernseyGY1 3LGUnited Kingdom
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Guernsey Literary Festival

The Guernsey Literary Festival is a vibrant celebration of the world of literature set on the beautiful Channel Island in May. One of the leading literary festivals in the UK,…

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RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2023

May 11 - May 14
THREE COUNTIES SHOWGROUND MALVERN WORCESTERSHIREWR13 6NWUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£28 – £45
RHS Malvern Spring Festival

The Malvern Spring Show or RHS Malvern Spring Festival will once more be held at Worcestershire's Three Counties Showground in May. The four-day celebration of everything horticultural is held in…

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Pub in the Park Festival 2023

May 12 - September 10
Various
£43.40 – £106.76
Pub in the Park Festival

Mixing gourmet food, great music and a great atmosphere, Pub in the Park will continue its tour around England this summer, starting in Wimbledon on 12 May and ending in…

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Great British Food Festival 2023 (GBFF)

May 13 - September 24
Various
The Great British Food Festival

What started as a small family business in 2010 has turned into one of the major food festivals in the UK. The Great British Food Festival (GBFF) features the country’s…

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North Leeds Food Festival 2023

May 13 @ 10:00 am - May 14 @ 7:00 pm BST
Roundhay Park Leeds,West YorkshireLS8 2HHUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£4.95 – £8.95
North Leeds Food Festival

The family friendly, UK food festival returns to Roundhay Park in Leeds, West Yorkshire for the seventh time in May. The North Leeds Food Festival celebrates local and international food,…

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Alresford Watercress Festival 2023, UK

May 21
New Alresford New Alresford,HampshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£5
Alresford Watercress Festival

If you are a fan of cress then Hampshire is the place to head for this May. Held on 21 May, the 2023 Alresford Watercress Festival will see fifteen thousand…

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Chelsea Flower Show 2023, London, UK

May 23 - May 27
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road
London,SW3 4SRUnited Kingdom
Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show, the world's most famous horticultural show, returns from 23 to 27 May, 2023. As the climate crisis bites it affects gardeners and nature in numerous ways.…

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Hay Festival 2023 Wales, UK

May 25 - June 4
Hay Festival, DAIRY MEADOWS, BRECON ROAD
HAY-ON-WYE,WalesHR3 5PJUnited Kingdom
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Hay Festival

The Hay Festival in Wales is the leading book festival in the UK. Held in the beautiful Welsh town of Haye-in-Wye towards the end of May, the 2023 Hay Festival…

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June 2023

Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2023

June 26 - July 9
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 - July 9
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 July 2023. Expect Michelin star chefs, lots of…

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Lymington Seafood Festival 2023, New Forest

July 14 - July 16
Bath Road Park Lymington,HampshireUnited Kingdom
£6
Lymington Seafood Festival

One of the foody highlights of the South Coast, the Lymington Seafood Festival occurs each summer. The Lymington Seafood Festival must be one of the most picturesque...

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August 2023

Waterperry Opera Festival 2023, UK

August 11 - August 20
Waterperry Gardens Near Wheatley,OxfordshireOX33 1JZUnited Kingdom
The Elixir of Love

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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The Big Feastival 2023, UK

August 25 - August 27
Alex James’ Farm, Cotswolds
Near Kingham,OxfordshireOX7 6UJUnited Kingdom
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£197.95
The Big Feastival

Hosted by Blur bassist Alex James at his Cotswolds farm and now in its 12th year, The Big Feastival is held over three days across the August Bank Holiday, and…

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