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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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March 2020

Andy Warhol Art at Tate Modern, London

March 12 - September 6
Tate Modern, Bankside
London,SE1 9TGUnited Kingdom
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Andy Warhol Art

Due to the Coronavirus pademic, the Tate Modern is closed until 1 May at least. London’s first retrospective of Andy Warhol art in almost 20 years is to open at…

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Nick Knight: Roses From My Garden

March 28 - November 25
Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury,BuckinghamshireHP18 0JHUnited Kingdom + Google Map
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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
Free
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
£185 – £240
Womad festival

UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 PANDEMIC WOMAD 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ORGNAISERS HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT : "Ticket holders for WOMAD 2020 can credit this year’s ticket for WOMAD 2021…

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August 2020

Notting Hill Carnival, London 2020, UK

August 29 - August 31
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 29 - August 30
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 30 - August 31
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 2020 will be held over the August…

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September 2020

Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest 2020, UK

September 5 - September 6
Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury,BuckinghamshireHP18 0JHUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest

The Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest promises to be the hottest event of the summer. The manor house built for the Baron de Rothschild in the 1870s to entertain guests and…

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Abbots Bromley Horn Dance 2020, UK

September 7
Abbots Bromley Abbots Bromley,StaffordshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

One of the longest surviving medieval rituals in England, the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance has been performed in a village in Staffordshire since 1226. Horn Dance Ritual The folk dance…

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Alresford Watercress Festival 2020, UK

September 20
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 20 September, the 2020 Alresford Watercress Festival will see fifteen thousand…

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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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April 2021

Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings, Sussex

April 30, 2021 - May 3, 2021
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 2021

Whitby Fish and Ships Festival, 2021

May 15, 2021 - May 16, 2021
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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Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Gloucestershire

May 31, 2021
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, 2021 - July 31, 2021
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, 2021
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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