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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 2021

Burns Night, Scotland, UK, 2021

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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March 2021

Slapstick Festival Bristol, 2021

March 1 - March 7
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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April 2021

Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings, Sussex

April 30 - May 3
Hastings Old Town Hastings,SussexTN34 3ARUnited Kingdom + Google Map
festivals in the uk Jack of the Green Hastings

The Jack in the Green Festival takes place in the Sussex coastal town of Hastings – 1066 and all that – traditionally over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. A…

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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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Alresford Watercress Festival 2021, UK

May 23
New Alresford New Alresford,HampshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Alresford Watercress Festival

If you are a fan of cress then Hampshire is the place to head for this May. Held on 23 May, the 2021 Alresford Watercress Festival will see fifteen thousand…

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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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July 2021

Henley Festival 2021, Henley-on-Thames, UK

July 1 - July 31
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 2021. The exact date is unknown as…

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Dunmow Flitch Trials 2021, Essex, UK

July 10
Taberds Ley Great Dunmow,EssexUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£12 – £22
Dunmow Flitch of Bacon

Few of the many festivals in the UK are steeped in a history as long as the Dunmow Flitch Trials. Held every leap year, in Great Dunmow Essex, the trials…

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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 27 - 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 27 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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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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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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Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival

August 29 - August 30
Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds, + Google Map
Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival © Rob Holding

Bury St Edmunds’ food festival is returning to the medieval Suffolk market town in August. Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival 2021 will be held over the August…

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September 2021

Lindisfarne Festival, 2021, Northumberland, UK

September 2 - September 5
Beal Farm Northumberlandtd15 2pbUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£66.22 – £110.84
Lindisfarne Festival

Ocean Colour Scene, Goldie, Pete Doherty and the Puta Madres, and Lidisfarne are amongst the acts performing at the Lindisfarne Festival 2019 held at Beal Farm...

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