Not only stunning tourist places, United Kingdom is also famous for vibrant culture and ethos. The best of these traditions is reflected through an array of festivals in United Kingdom. From religious to harvest, from music to heritage; UK rejoices every kind of festivals with complete pomp and show.
To cherish the true colours and ethnicities of the country, glance at the handy note on important festivals of UK.
Vibrant and unique festivals in United Kingdom
The popular festivals celebrated in UK truly reflect the culture and heritage. They are gorgeous, popular and rejoiced with full glory. Make your trip to the English land a memorable affair.
1. Diwali in Leicester: All about fireworks, food, fun and frolic
Diwali in Leicester is most famous religious festival of England, UK. With gorgeous fireworks, street décor, carnivals, music shows and dance performances; Leicester celebrates diwali in full glory for two weeks. It is the grandest and most popular religious festival of England, UK and one of the biggest outside India. Admire the twinkling lights, enjoy the peppy songs and dance and indulge with mouth-watering Indian delicacies.
Date: 28th October to 11th November 2018
2. Hogmanay: New year in Scotland
In Scotland, the celebration on the last day of the year is popular as Hogmanay. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most famous festivals in United Kingdom, where along with music concerts, games and carnivals, Hogmanay is rejoiced following a local tradition called ‘first footing’. This celebration starts after midnight, where the person enters his neighbour or friend’s house to gift him cake, shortbread, whiskey and cookies, wishing him good luck for new year. Hogmanay celebration also involves fireball swinging and marching up to the top of Lomond Hills.
Date: 31st December 2018
3. Burns Night: Remembering the great poet Robert Burns
Burns Night is the celebration of life and work of famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns. This is one of the handpicked United Kingdom Festivals, where the great masterpieces of this poet are remembered and matched with traditional Scottish food and drinks, on the poet’s birthday. The Burns Supper was first held on 1801 and continuing over 200 years to emphasise the tradition and culture.
Date: 25th January 2019
4. Jorvik Viking Festival: Rejoicing the heritage
Location: York, England
Much famed as one of the famous festivals in England UK, Jorvik Viking Festival is a huge celebration of the Viking heritage. This festival is one of its kind in entire Europe where the locals rejoice the arrival and conquest of England by Viking army. From combat performances, guided walk to competitions and feasts; this week-long celebration has everything.
Date: 20th to 27th February 2019
5. Obby Oss: May day celebration
Location: Padstow, Cornwall
On every May day, Padstow- a coastal town of English county of Cornwall celebrates Obby Oss festival. The celebration starts with midnight song near Golden Lion statue, followed by gala processions, parades, local dance and music, The procession comprises of eponymous hobby horse, which is colloquially termed as Obby Oss. No discussion on national festival of England UK is complete without mentioning this one.
Date: 1st May 2019
6. Hay Festival: A cultural feast in UK
Location: Powys, Wales
There are many popular and important festivals of UK and Hay Festival is one of the most popular name in the list. This is the annual literature festival, held in Hay-on-Wye in Wales. Featuring live music shows, book launches, book fairs and film screening; Hay Festival pulls great volume of native people and tourists, for over 10 days.
Date: 23rd May to 2nd June 2019
7. Robin Hood Festival: An amazing celebration
Location: Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
As astounding as the name, this is a delightful week-long celebration and one of the most fun-filled United Kingdom festivals. From pony and horse rides, archery, nature walks to dance and music shows and magic shows; Robin Hood Festival has something for every age group.
Date: End of August to September. Date yet to be announced.
8. Notting Hill Carnival: A glorious street carnival
Since 1966, this is an annual music feast, that takes place on Notting Hill Street, London. Celebrated every year in August, this was the greatest UK music festivals 2018 had witnessed. One can witness live performances of costume clad Caribbean dancers, calypso and zouk music. It will be a great experience to indulge with local and authentic Caribbean street food, that have roots in Europe and UK.
Date: 25th to 26th August 2019
9. Edinburgh People’s Festival: A celebration by the people and for the people
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
While shortlisting famous festivals in United Kingdom, it will be unfair to skip Edinburgh People’s Festival. Celebrated across the city, this is a cultural feast and talent hunt for local people. Other than this, Edinburgh People’s Festival also hosts marvellous exhibitions, seminars, talk shows and book fairs.
Date: August, 2019. Dates yet to be announced.
10. RHS Harvest Festival: To taste and buy fresh and organic best quality agricultural produce
Among all, the most popular harvest festival in United Kingdom is the one organised by Royal Horticulture Society. Popular as RHS Harvest Festival, this is where the freshest organic vegetable and fruits are exhibited. The farmers and agricultural producers display their annual produce and people can see, taste and buy the products. Moreover, this is one of the most noteworthy UK festivals 2018 had seen, where award winning varieties of pumpkins were displayed for all.
Date: 2nd to 3rd October 2019
All set to embark on your journey to United Kingdom ? Make sure you visit the country during the festive season to experience its beauty, culture, and hospitality.