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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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May 2021

Nick Knight: Roses From My Garden

May 19 - October 31
Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury,BuckinghamshireHP18 0JHUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
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Phantoms of Surrealism, Whitechapel Gallery

May 19 - December 12
Whitechapel Gallery, 77 – 82 Whitechapel High Street
London,Select a State or Province:E1 7QXUnited Kingdom
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Free
Phantoms of Surrealism

From May the Whitechapel Gallery in London will present a new archive exhibition, Phantoms of Surrealism that collates artworks, photographic scrapbooks and correspondence...

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October 2021

Raindance Film Festival 2021, London

October 27 - November 6
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 2021

EFG London Jazz Festival, 2021

November 12 - November 21
london London,United Kingdom + Google Map
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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Tenby Blues Festival 2021, Wales

November 12 - November 14
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 12 to 14 November, 2021. Unfortunately, the 2020 Tenby Blues…

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Lumiere Light Festival Durham

November 18 - November 21
Durham Durham,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Lumiere Light Festival Durham

Lumiere Light Festival Durham is the largest light festival in the UK. Held every other year since 2009, the next Lumiere Festival is slated to occur in November 2021. Organisers…

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January 2022

Up Helly Aa, Shetlands, 2022

January 25, 2022
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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March 2022

Olney Pancake Race, Buckinghamshire, UK, 2022

March 1, 2022
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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April 2022

Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings, Sussex

April 29, 2022 - May 2, 2022
Hastings Old Town Hastings,SussexTN34 3ARUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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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 2022

Alresford Watercress Festival 2022, UK

May 15, 2022
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 15 May, the 2022 Alresford Watercress Festival will see fifteen thousand…

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July 2022

Dunmow Flitch Trials 2022, Essex, UK

July 9, 2022
Taberds Ley Great Dunmow,EssexUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£12 – £22
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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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WOMAD 2022: the World’s Music Festival

July 28, 2022 - July 31, 2022
Charlton Park Malmesbury,WiltshireSN16 9DG.United Kingdom + Google Map
£185 – £240
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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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August 2022

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 2022

August 20, 2022 - August 21, 2022
Fighting Cocks, Bathingbourne Lane
Newchurch,Isle of WightPO36OLUUnited Kingdom
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£12.50 – £20
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Notting Hill Carnival, London 2022, UK

August 27, 2022 - August 29, 2022
Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Grove
London,W10United Kingdom
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Notting Hill Carnival

Traditionally the iconic Notting Hill Carnival is held over the August bank holiday weekend. Starting with the Panorama event on the Saturday, Sunday is family day, and the main parade…

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World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Wales

August 27, 2022 - August 28, 2022
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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December 2022

Padstow Christmas Market & Festival 2022

December 1, 2022 - December 4, 2022
Padstow Padstow,CornwallUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Padstow Christmas Market & Festival

Unfortunately the 2021 Padstow Christmas Market & Festival which was due to be held from 2 to 5 December has been cancelled. The provisional dates for 2022 festival are 1…

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