Best Festivals in the UK

From live music in the summer to foodie festivals, mass-scale comedy events to alfresco burlesque gatherings; the breadth of festivals in the UK are second to none. With something for everyone - big or small - there are plenty of UK festival events worth looking into, whatever your tastes. So without further ado, here are the best festivals in the UK (according to us!).

Last updated on 1st June 2017

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One of the most charming festivals in the UK? We think we've found it. From teepees and community spirit to DJs and dancing, Curious Yellow is a magical adventure that's set to bring everyone together this June in Essex.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Live Music, Something A Little Different, Festival
Alternative / Indie
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Taking place in a secret woodland, In The Woods is one of summer's most sought after festivals. Spend the first weekend in September soaking up the chilled-out vibes of the festivals whose previous headliners have included Alt-J, Young Fathers and Lianne La Havas. As well as hot line-up of music, the festival hosts film screenings, theatre and spoken word performances and street-food trucks.

Festival
Alternative / Indie
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In our opinion, it's not fun unless it's rum. Heading back to Cuban Embassy this year courtesy of the names behind Dine Birmingham, join the Birmingham Rum Festival 2017 for more rum tasters, heralded street food, live music and more. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Festival, Food & Drink, Live Music, Daytime
Live Music
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Notting Hill Carnival

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Perhaps one of the most famous public summer UK festivals, The Notting Hill Carnival is a stalwart on the London events calendar. A completely vibrant celebration of culture, food and music - check out our guide to the best places around the carnival (and the best places to party after, too!).

Happily Affordable ££
Queen's Park

Meat-free eaters and drinkers rejoice as Vegan Beer Fest returns to East London for its fifth year. Head over to Hackney to party in a beer hall, slurp pints of vegan beer, munch street food at the outdoor festival and grab a glass of vegan beer.

Festival, Daytime, Food & Drink
Hackney
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Celebrating all things Belgian this beer festival takes place in Hackney's Oval Space. Join the East London spot to try some of the continent's best beers along with Belgian food that includes meatballs, fries and croquettes.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Festival, Food & Drink, Daytime, Something A Little Different
Background Music
Hackney
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@The Boiler House at The Old Truman Brewery on Various dates

Forget the slammers and sombreros, this festival is teaching you the truth about tequila and mezcal. With traditional dancers, Aztec ceremonies and plenty of authentic bottles, this East London festival is taking place in October.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Festival, Food & Drink, Live Music, Pop-Up
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Do you love chicken wings? Course you blooming do, and this is the event for you as a two-day bonanza of chicken wings takes over London in August. There will be traders, wing eating competitions, craft beers and live music.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Festival
Rhythm and Blues
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A festival dedicated to burgers - yes, you heard that right, Birmingham. Brum's Big Fat Burger Festival does what it says on the tin with piles of patties, lashings of sauce and heaps of deliciousness.

Daytime, Festival, Food & Drink, Pop-Up
Party Mash Up
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To celebrate a decade of adventure, Wonderland are throwing a huge birthday bash. Join the group as they take over a secret location for burlesque, DJs, live music, tea parties, hot tubs and much more.

Festival, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights
Live Music
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15 events @ 14 venues with 15 upcoming dates from 26 Jun 2017 until 01 Jul 2017

The Manchester Beer Week will see the world's biggest brewers and distillers descend on his English city for a celebration of Britain's long lover affair with beer. Revolving around a handful of masterclasses, supper clubs and exclusive talks, this is one week of events beer fans would do well to attend. 

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