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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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November 2019

EFG London Jazz Festival, 2019

November 15, 2019 - November 24, 2019
london London,United Kingdom + Google Map
EFG 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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Winchester Christmas Market 2019

November 21, 2019 - December 22, 2019
Winchester Cathedral Winchester,United Kingdom + Google Map
Winchester Christmas Market

A highlight of the festive season, Winchester Christmas Market opens on 17 November. Since 2006 the market has been recognised as one of the leading Christmas Festivals...

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December 2019

Padstow Christmas Market & Festival 2019

December 5, 2019 - December 8, 2019
Padstow Padstow,CornwallUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Padstow Christmas Market & Festival

Foodies should head to the Cornish coastal town of Padstow this December for the 12th Padstow Christmas Market & Festival. Master chefs Rick Stein (they don't call is Pad-stein for…

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Beverley Festival of Christmas 2019

December 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm GMT
Beverley Beverley,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Beverley Christmas Festival

The hugely popular Beverley Festival of Christmas, in East Yorkshire, has grown from a small market to one of the largest festive celebrations...

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Edinburgh Hogmanay Scotland, 2020

December 30, 2019 - January 2, 2020
Edinburgh Edinburgh,ScotlandUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Edinburgh Hogmanay

It's fair to say that no other nation celebrates the coming New Year quite as much as the Scots. So, if you are looking to see in 2020, there is no better place to start...

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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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JORGE DREXLER credit SILVIAPOCH

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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£3 – £6
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
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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March 2020

St David’s Day 2020, 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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RAW WINE Fair at Covent Garden, London

March 8 - March 9
The Store X, 180 The Strand
London,WC2R 1EAUnited Kingdom
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RAW Wine Fair

With the issue of sustainability very much to the fore of the food and drink industry, London’s RAW WINE fair is the place to learn all about wines that are good for the environment...

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Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, London, UK, 2020

March 29
Putney London,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Oxford Cambridge Boat Racw

THE OXFORD CAMBRIDGE BOAT RACE 2020 IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 PANDEMIC. DATES FOR THE 2021 EVENT HAVE NOT YET BEEN ANNUNCED. How about watching a sport that…

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May 2020

Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2020

May 2 - May 17
Isle of Wight isle of wightUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Photo of 2017 Walk The Wight Credit Jason Swain

The 21st Isle of Wight Walking Festival will take place from 4 to 19 May. Walkers of all abilities can join in the two weeks. With more than half of the Isle of Wight designated as ...

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Bury St Edmunds Festival 2020, Suffolk

May 14 - May 24
Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds, + Google Map
Bones Apart Bury St Edmunds Festival

Tony Christie, Dead Bones and Jenni Murray will appear at the 35th Bury St Edmunds Festival from 14 to 24 May, 2020. Currently (22 March) the Bury St Edmunds Festival…

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Chelsea Fringe 2020, London, UK

May 16 - May 24
Chelsea, Chelsea
London,United Kingdom
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Chelsea Fringe Festival

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to enter 16 to 24 May in your diaries for a diverse and stunningly beautiful festival, the Chelsea Fringe. If you love…

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Chelsea Flower Show 2020, London, UK

May 19 - May 23
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road
London,SW3 4SRUnited Kingdom
Chelsea Flower Show

The environment and sustainability are the focus for the 2020 Chelsea Flower Show as this famous Royal Horticultural Society event shows that it moves with the times. UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO…

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Malton Food Festival 2020, Yorkshire, UK

May 23 - May 25
Malton YorkshireYO17United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Malton Food Festival

One of Yorkshire's premier local food festivals will occur in the town of Malton from May 23 to 25, 2020. Celebrating its twelfth anniversary the Malton Food Festival 2020 (or…

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June 2020

Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2020

June 20 - June 21
Stonehenge Wiltshire,SP4 7DEUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Stonehenge Summer Solstice

The longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, the Summer Solstice is a time when the days really get long and the nights are short. There is no…

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