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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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January 2020

Slapstick Festival Bristol, 2020

January 23 - January 26
Bristol Bristol,United Kingdom + Google Map
Slapstick Festival

Fans of the silent screen should head to Bristol this January for Slapstick Festival 2020, a celebration of silent and vintage screen comedy, and much more. Now in its 16th…

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In The Round 2020, Roundhouse London

January 23 - February 1
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road
London,NW1 8EHUnited Kingdom
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In recent years, the Roundhouse has done a little mid-winter shapeshifting. The great Victorian hemisphere in Camden Town, now one of London’s most cherished rock venues...

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Burns Night, Scotland, UK, 2020

January 25
Dumfries Dumfries,ScotlandUnited Kingdom
Burns Night Burns Supper

Held in January, long with Hogmanay and St Andrew's Day, Burns Night is the leading festival in Scotland. However, Burns Night is more widely celebrated across the country than the…

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Up Helly Aa, Shetlands, 2020

January 28
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 2020

CAMRA Derby Winter Ale Festival 2020

February 19 - February 22
Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road Pride Park
Derby,DE24 8JEUnited Kingdom
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Derby Winter Ale Festival

February is the perfect time to visit the city of Derby, regardless of the state of the local football team Derby County’s fortunes. The 16th CAMRA Derby Winter Ale Festival…

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Olney Pancake Race, Buckinghamshire, UK, 2019

February 25 @ 11:55 am - 12:30 pm GMT
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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July 2020

UK Pride, 2020, Newcastle, UK

July 17 - July 19
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Newcastle-upon-Tyne,TynesideUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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UK Pride

The largest celebration of the LGBTQ+ comminity in Britian, in July 2020, UK Pride will combine with Northern to create a bigger Pride festival. UK Pride Events Planning is underway…

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WOMAD 2020 : the World’s Music Festival

July 23 - July 26
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…

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October 2020

BFI London Film Festival 2020

October 7 - October 18
london London,United Kingdom + Google Map
BFI London Film Festival

The 64th BFI London Film Festival will walk red carpets around the UK capital once more this October. From 7 to 18 October, the leading UK film festival will present…

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