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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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August 2021

Edinburgh Festival (Edinburgh International Festival)

August 7 - August 29
Edinburgh Festival The Hub, Castlehill
Edinburgh,EH1 2NEUnited Kingdom
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Edinburgh Festival

The Edinburgh Festival, or Edinburgh International Festival, kicks off on 7 August, 2021. This year’s programme features some of the best...

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Waterperry Opera Festival 2021, UK

August 12 - August 21
Waterperry Gardens Near Wheatley,OxfordshireOX33 1JZUnited Kingdom
Festivals in August Waterperry Opera Festival

Just like most festivals and events in the Uk this summer, the Waterperry Opera Festival has faced numerous challenges. However, the team has devised an innovative approach...

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Green Man Festival 2021, Brecon Beacons, Wales

August 19 - August 22
Brecon Beacons National Park Crickhowell,PowysNP7United Kingdom + Google Map
Green Man Festival

Held in the beautiful Black Mountains, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales the four-day Green Man Festival is a must for the UK’s festival lovers this…

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Freedom Festival Hull 2021, Yorkshire

August 20 - September 5
Hull Hull,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Free
Freedom Festival Hull 2021

Held in late August ro early September, the Freedom Festival Hull is the flagship event in the former UK City of Culture’s festival calendar. Now in its 14th year and…

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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. This year's festival…

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Malton Food Festival 2021, Yorkshire, UK

August 28 - August 30
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 August 28 to 30, 2021. The Malton Food Festival 2021 (or Malton Food Lovers Festival…

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Great Northern Food & Drink Festival 2021

August 28 - August 30
Scampston Hall Malton,YorkshireUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£6 – £30
Great Northern Food & Drink Festival

The Great Northern Food & Drink Festival, a new foodie delight, will come to North Yorkshire in August, over the Bank Holiday weekend. Organisers say that the festival will celebrate…

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Southampton Pride 2021, UK

August 28
Guildhall Square Southampton,United Kingdom + Google Map
Free
southampton pride

More than 17,000 people are expected to travel to the South coast for Southampton Pride on 28 August 2021. The event will include a Pride Village and Market Hall inside…

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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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Meatopia Festival 2021, London

September 3 - September 5
Tobacco Dock, Junction of Wapping Lane and Pennington Street,
London,E1United Kingdom
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£21.20 – £89.04
Meatopia

Meat lovers should head to London’s Tobacco Dock from 30 August to 1 September for Meatopia, the celebration of sustainable, quality meat, alternatively take the trip...

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Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest 2021, UK

September 3 - September 5
Waddesdon Manor Aylesbury,BuckinghamshireHP18 0JHUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£5
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 2021, UK

September 6
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. The 2020 Abbots Bromley Horn Dance…

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Ludlow Food Festival 2020, Shropshire, UK

September 10 - September 12
Ludlow Castle, Castle Square
Ludlow,ShropshireSY8 1AYUnited Kingdom
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£12
The 2017 Ludlow Food Festival seen from the great tower.

Now a veteran of the UK food festival circuit, the first Ludlow Food Festival was held in 1995 when members of the local Chamber of Trade and Commerce decided a…

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Taste East Devon Food and Drink Festival 2021

September 11 - September 19
East Devon DevonUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Taste East Devon

This September will see East Devon become a foodie’s delight as the field to fork Taste East Devon Food and Drink Festival takes over the countryside. The festival will feature…

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Walking East Yorkshire Festival 2021

September 11 - September 19
Walking East Yorkshire Festival, Room JF76, County Hall,
Beverley,YorkshireHU17 9BAUnited Kingdom
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Free
Walking East Yorkshire Festival

Celebrate the Great Outdoors with the annual Walking East Yorkshire Festival held from 11 to 19 September, 2021. The walking festival highlights the Yorkshire Wolds landscape...

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Henley Festival 2021, Henley-on-Thames, UK

September 15 - September 19
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 September 2021. Expect Michelin star chefs, lots of…

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Isle of Wight Festival 2021, UK

September 16 - September 19
Seaclose Park Newport,isle of wightUnited Kingdom + Google Map
£70 – £185
Isle of Wight Festival

One of the most popular and colourful festivals in the summer music scene, the Isle of Wight Festival returns to the rolling isle off the South Coast of England this…

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Abergavenny Food Festival 2021, Wales

September 18 - September 19
Abergavenny Abergavenny,NP7 5DGUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Abergavenny Food Festival

This September will see the 22nd edition of the Abergavenny Food Festival. Created in 1999 by a couple of local farmers the Festival has grown from just 3,000 visitors to…

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Southampton International Boat Show

September 19
Mayflower Park Southampton,Hampshire + Google Map
£26.50
Southampton International Boat Show

Britain’s largest boating returns to the shores of the Solent in Europe’s largest purpose built marina this September with the 52nd Southampton International Boat Show 2021... 

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