Festivals in England

Hello everyone,

What are the main festivals in England? Are there art, food, music, film, or other festivals expats can attend and participate in?

When do the festivals take place? How long does each festival usually last?

What activities go on during the festival? Is it necessary to buy tickets?

Are there any other events that take place in England that shouldn't be missed?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


Hi Priscilla, though we have yet to go, Glastonbury (Glasto) is the big music festival that shouldn't be missed. Over the course of 3 days, there are hundreds of acts on various stages, then at night there are different clubs/activities/food joints...etc.

Some other big festivals are in Reading and Leeds. On the smaller/midsize end, they are plentiful, especially in the summer.

Hope this helps!

Hi Priscilla,

Victorious Festival in Portsmouth (25th, 26th & 27th Aug 2017)
It's not the biggest, but lots of stage with different music style! ;)


Hi Priscilla. As stated above, the Glastonbury festival is very popular. There is also Parklife, Leeds Festival and Creamfields which are all music festivals. We also have smaller festivals such as the Gin Festival and the Beer Festival. An event that can't be missed are the German Christmas Markets in Manchester. They really get you in the mood for Christmas and you can buy food and drink there. They also have little stalls with things you can buy.

I'd be at The Knights of the Raj exhibition like a shot if I was still in the UK.


Curry has become as much a staple of British cuisine as fish and chips or the roast dinner. An exhibition is celebrating some of the earliest curry houses in Birmingham, a city synonymous with the cuisine.

Birmingham has long-been considered the birthplace of the balti - a fusion dish popularised in the 1980s and 1990s by the city's Pakistani community.

But some 50 years before that, in the 1940s, it was the Bangladeshi settlers that introduced residents to their native dishes, by cooking milder versions of curry to suit British taste buds.

The Knights of the Raj exhibition tells the story behind Birmingham's burgeoning curry business and was curated by artist Mohammed Ali, whose father was in the restaurant trade.

The above is more of an event than a festival but, moving back to strictly on topic, the great Yorkshire how at Harrogate is a must see event.
It's in July as a rule, you have to pay to get in and you have to be there early if you want any hope of parking.

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