Events + Festivals

5 Best Cultural Festivals in the UK

Chinese New Year
1. Chinese New Year
Where: Liverpool, England
Date: Chinese lunar new year
Highlights: Liverpool is home to Europe’s oldest Chinese community. This makes the city a go-to place in the UK for anyone who wants to experience traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. See the stunning displays, fireworks, dragon and lion dances and so much more. Not to mention the wide array of delicious Chinese foods you can find everywhere.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2. Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date: August
Highlights: Edinburgh Festival Fringe or The Fringe is the largest arts festivals in the world. It showcases various events and activities including children’s shows, circus, comedy, dance, musicals, exhibitions, and so much more.

Notting Hill Carnival
3. Notting Hill Carnival
Where: London, England
Date: August
Highlights: The Notting Hill Carnival is the biggest street festivals in Europe which started in 1966. It is a celebration that showcases Caribbean culture, creativity, cultural diversity, and a sense of community.

Robin Hood Festival
4. Robin Hood Festival
Where: Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England
Date: August
Highlights: Robin Hood Festival celebrates the life and times of Nottinghamshire’s famous outlaw. Set in two different locations in the Sherwood Forest Country Park, the fun-filled festival features a wide array of activities like archery lessons, Children’s Outdoor Theatre performances, and more.

5. Hogmanay
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date: 31 December, New Year’s Eve
Highlights: Rooted in the Viking tradition of celebrating winter solstice in late December, Hogmanay is one of Scotland’s most festive events. The spectacular fireworks displays, various local customs and rituals, and various other fun activities surrounding it are just some of the great things to see and experience as you celebrate Hogmanay in Edinburgh.