Friday, September 10, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in United Kingdom

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Public holidays

Every country (and sometimes some cities, like Glasgow and Edinburgh) in the UK has a number of (slightly different) public holidays when the majority of people are not working. Shops, pubs, restaurants and the like are usually open. Many UK residents use these holidays to travel, both within the UK and abroad. As a result, transport links are busier than usual and prices tend to rise. If your travel dates are flexible, you should avoid travelling to and from the UK on bank holiday weekends.

The following 8 public holidays apply in all regions of the United Kingdom:

  • New Year’s Day (1 January)
  • Good Friday (the Friday immediately before Easter Sunday)
  • Easter Monday (the Monday immediately after Easter Sunday)
  • Beginning of May, public holiday (first Monday in May)
  • Spring break (last Monday in May)
  • Summer holidays (last Monday in August, except in Scotland where it is the first Monday in August).
  • Christmas Day (25 December)
  • Boxing Day (26 December)

Northern Ireland has the following two additional public holidays:

  • St. Patrick’s Day (17 March)
  • Battle of the Boyne / Orangemen’s Day (12 July)

Scotland officially has two extra public holidays:

  • New Year’s Day (2 January)
  • St. Andrew’s Day (30 November)

In practice, with the exception of Easter, Christmas and New Year, UK public holidays are virtually ignored in Scotland in favour of local holidays, which vary from place to place.

If a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be moved to the following Monday. If Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a weekend, Boxing Day will be moved to the following Tuesday.

Festivals in United Kingdom



  • Albion fairs
  • Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk
  • Appleby Jazz Festival
  • Arundel Festival


  • Bath Fringe Festival
  • International Music Festival in Bath
  • Bath Literary Festival
  • Scarborough Stranded Festival
  • Bedford River Festival
  • Big Chill Festival in Eastnor
  • Birmingham: ArtsFest, Book Festival, International Carnival
  • Blackpool: Illuminations, Festival of Light, Festival of Rebellion
  • Blissfields, near Winchester
  • Bradford Mela Fest
  • Bridgnorth Folk Festival, Shropshire
  • Bridgwater: Guy Fawkes Carnival
  • Brighton Festival
  • Brighton Festival Fringe
  • Bristol : Ashton Court, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Harbour Festival
  • Bromyard Folk Festival
  • Bulldog Bash Motorcycle Festival
  • BunkFest
  • Castle Festival, Burton on Trent
  • Bury Festival, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • Buxton Festival, Buxton, Derbyshire


  • Cambridge: Folk Festival
  • Canterbury Cricket Week, founded 1842
  • Castlemorton Common Festival
  • Cheltenham : Cheltenham Festivals:
    • Cheltenham Jazz Festival
    • Cheltenham Literature Festival
    • Cheltenham Music Festival
    • Cheltenham Science Festival
  • Chicken Stock Festival, small arts festival near Malvern, Worcestershire.
  • Cleveland : Middlesbrough Music Live Stockton Riverside Festival
  • Clitheroe Food Festival, Lancashire’s premier food and drink festival, Clitheroe, Lancashire
  • Coventry : Godiva, Jazz, Town & Country, Kite, [3] Royal Show [4]
  • Creamfields Dance Music Festival
  • Festival of Cultures
  • Cyprus Film Festival in the United Kingdom


  • Deepdale Jazz Festival, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk
  • Donington’s Rock Monster
  • Dover Carnival, Dover, England [5]
  • Download Festival, an annual rock festival held at Donington Park since 2003.
  • Durham Miners Gala


  • Endless feast
  • Esethvos Kernow, Cornwall


  • Frome Festival, Somerset
  • FuseLeeds


  • Glastonbury Festival
  • Glyndebourne Opera Festival
  • Godiva Festival
  • Golowan Festival
  • Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, Colne, Lancashire
  • Green Man Festival
  • Green Belt Festival
  • Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
  • Guilfest


  • H2OFest
  • Harrogate: Harrogate International Festival, Great Yorkshire Show
  • Hay-on-Wye: Hay Festival for Literature and Art
  • Hemsby Fest
  • Henley Music and Arts Festival
  • HogSozzle Music Festival
  • Huddersfield: Caribbean Carnival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Asian Mela


  • Ilkley Literature Festival
  • International Sea Festival
  • Great Britain International Guitar Festival, Wirral
  • Isle of Wight Festival 1968, 1969 and 1970


Jersey Eisteddfod


  • Keighley: Keighley Festival
  • Kendal Mountain Film Festival
  • Keswick Mountain Festival
  • Knebworth Concerts (occasionally)


  • Latitude Festival, Suffolk
  • Ledbury Poetry Festival, Herefordshire
  • LeeFest, Bromley
  • Leicester: Leicester Comedy Festival, Leicester Caribbean Carnival.
  • Letchworth Garden City: Rap-Aid Music Festival
  • Lichfield Festival
  • Liverpool: Liverpool Garden Festival (1984)
  • Londres : Carnaval de Cuba ; Carnaval Del Pueblo, le plus grand festival d’Amérique latine en Europe ; City of London Festival ; Covent Garden Festival ; Dollshouse Festival ; Festival of Britain (1951) ; Greenwich+Docklands International Festival ; Greenwich Film Festival ; Lesbian and Gay Film Festival ; Notting Hill Carnival ; Oktoberfest, le festival culturel allemand qui se tient à Richmond-upon-Thames ; Portobello Film Festival ; Spitalfields Festival
  • Ludlow Festival, Shropshire
  • Festival of Lights
  • Luton Carnival
  • Lyme Regis Fossil Festival


  • Middlesbrough : Middlesbrough Music Live
  • Montol Festival, Penzance


  • Newcastle upon Tyne: Hop farms
  • Fish Festival in Newlyn
  • Norfolk and Norwich Festival


  • Peak Literary Festival, Peak District National Park
  • Pershore Plum Festival, Pershore, Worcestershire
  • Peterborough Festival


  • Reading: Reading Festival, WOMAD
  • RhythmTree World Music & Didgeridoo Festival, Calbourne Water Mill, Calbourne, Isle of Wight
  • Ross on Wye International Festival


  • Salisbury International Arts Festival
  • Sathiyanathan Natarajan
  • Scarborough Literature Festival
  • Shakespeare School Festival
  • International Documentary Film Festival in Sheffield
  • Shifnal Festival
  • Sidmouth International Festival
  • Soundwave Festival
  • St Barnabas Community Day, Bow, London
  • Stonehenge Free Festival
  • Strawberry Market, Cambridge
  • The Rise of the Swans


  • Thames Festival
  • Three Choirs Festival
  • The Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival
  • Towersey Village Fete
  • Tramline Festival


  • V Festival
  • Vegfest (United Kingdom)


  • Warwick Folk Festival
  • West Country: West Country Karnevalstour
  • Weyfest
  • Wimborne Folk Festival
  • Wirral International Film Festival
  • Womad
  • Women in Tune
  • Worcestershire Literature Festival


  • Young Carer’s Festival, Curdridge, Southampton


  • Zebru Festival


  • Aberdeen: Aberdeen International Youth Festival, World Youth Arts Festival; Word; Wordfringe; Dance Live; Sound
  • Dumfries and Galloway: Gaelfest
  • Dundee: Dundee Flower and Food Festival, Dundee Guitar Festival, Dundee Blues Bonanza, Dundee International Book Award
  • Edinburgh: Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, International Sea Festival
  • Glamis, near Forfar: The Scottish Countryside Festival
  • Glasgow: Glasgow Jazz Festival; Celtic Connections; MovieMinds, ein internationales Online-Filmfestival
  • Hebrew Celtic Festival
  • Inversion: Festival Connect
  • Inverness: Highland Festival
  • Loopallu Festival
  • Pitlochry Festival
  • Shakespeare Schools Festival, at various venues
  • Shetland Folk Festival
  • St Magnus Festival, Orkney
  • Up Helly-Aa, Shetland


  • Abergavenny Food Festival
  • Brecon Jazz Festival
  • Cardiff Festival
  • Cardiff International Film Festival, Wales
  • Hay Festival for Literature and Art
  • Llangollen International Eisteddfod
  • National Eisteddfod of Wales
  • Pontardawe Festival
  • Shakespeare Schools Festival, at various venues
  • Festival of the Small Nations
  • Urdd National Eisteddfod

Northern Ireland

  • The Belfast Festival in Queens
  • Belfast Film Festival
  • Shakespeare School Festival, Belfast and Derry