Festivals, Carnivals and Events

Festivals, Carnivals and Events around the UK, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, including music festivals, carnivals and summer fayres.


Dalek Lightwaves

This winter, Quays Culture will host a free interactive light festival,at Salford Quays: Home of Media City UK. The annual festival, Lightwaves 2018 will showcase inspiring digital light art; illuminating the public spaces for an unforgettable 10 days, from Friday 7 December until Sunday 16 December 2018. #Lightwaves2018

Featuring new and exclusively commissioned digital art displays alongside emerging talent and light workshops, from local, national, and international artists. Lightwaves 2018 will bring light to those dark winter nights, as 16 FREE light experiences span across Salford Quays and Media CityUK.

Winchester - 'England's Christmas Capital'

Winchester Market

Christmas is just around the corner, and ‘England’s Christmas Capital’ of Winchester is brimming with a huge variety of festive events. While seeing the brightly decorated city is more than enough to get in the spirit, there are many can’t-miss celebrations for the all the family to enjoy.

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market & Ice Rink

A bustling atmosphere, high-quality exhibitors and festive foods make the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market one of the best in Europe. Last year, the Christmas Market attracted more than 400,000 visitors and filled them with holiday cheer.

Bowhill House hosts intimate Christmas concert

Bowhill House

The historic and picturesque surroundings of Bowhill House in Selkirk will provide the backdrop for an exclusive evening with harpist Margaret Knight as the House opens its doors for a special evening of classical Christmas music. 

The first class musician has performed all over the world including The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican and Edinburgh Castle. She will bring her classical style to Bowhill for this intimate evening held from 7pm on Thursday 6thDecember.

Guests can enjoy an evening of classic carols and music played on the harp with which is sure to get everyone in the festive spirit. Bowhill House

Magic of Christmas Extended as a Farm is Transformed into a North Pole Adventure

Girl with gingerbread man cookie at the North Pole Adventure

Two local farmers are making their winter wonderland bigger and even more magical this year, as they bring back the North Pole Adventure to their Staffordshire farm.

Over 14,000 visitors experienced the North Pole Adventure in its first year at the National Forest Adventure Farm, near Burton on Trent.

To add extra sparkle to this year’s event, the owners have made a number of improvements, including extending the attraction to a huge 600m², additional opening hours and the inclusion of a new musical activity.

Highcross set to host Christmas carnival and parade

High cross Snow Globe

It’s set to be a white Christmas at Highcross in Leicester this year, as the shopping centre hosts a festive celebration like no other with the arrival of its enchanting White Christmas festival on Thursday 22nd November.  

The walk about activity will take place around St Peter’s Square and the malls. Complete with dancing snowflakes, Russian princesses, giant swans and even a winter dragon – there will be something for everyone to enjoy as this magical event takes place at Highcross, including real life snow fall…

Curling, skating and Santa – Oh My!

Lee Valley White Water Centre’s Christmas attraction

Lee Valley White Water Centre’s Christmas attraction is back for 2018. 

For the third year running the London 2012 Olympic legacy venue will host an array of seasonal activities and entertainment for families and friends to enjoy throughout the festive period.

The Christmas destination will run for just over five weeks from Saturday 1 December – Sunday 6 January 2019 and will feature an ice rink, curling sheets, a Santa’s Grotto and fun fair. 

Visitors can get into the Christmas spirit with a skate on the venue’s real ice rink.

Available from Friday to Sunday, ticket prices for ice skating start from £5pp and include a 45 minute session on the ice, skate hire and the use of a skate aid if required - perfect for experienced skaters and novices alike. 

Fetch & Follow presents ‘Winter Waggingland’

Fetch & Follow presents ‘Winter Waggingland’

A Christmas Market For Dogs and Their Owners, 11-4pm, Sunday 25th November, Netil Market, E8 3EL: back by popular demand, Fetch & Follow’s Christmas Market for Dogs and Their Owners will once again return to East London.

Newly named Winter Wagglingland the market is set to bring festive joy to four-legged friends and the people who love them. Bigger and better, the market promises a stella line-up of top independent pet brands, offering dog lovers something a little different to a squeaky Christmas cracker toy!

Winter Water Canal Festivals for all the family!

sunset over canal

Looking to plan a fun-filled Christmas? There are plenty of activities happening near you where families and friends can join together to get in the festive spirit. Some events have been running for years, like Anderton Boat Lift, whereas others are brand new, such as Sawley Marina’s Christmas Market, but they can all be found in the info graphic below. Packed out every year, Anderton Boat Lift is a popular choice for the festive season as it provides a cruise with Santa alongboats on canal the River Weaver.

Fall Down The Festive Rabbit Hole At The Alice In Winterland Lantern Festival

Alice In Winterland Lantern Festival

This winter, from 28th November, Southwark Park, London is being turned into a magical festive storyland, with the Alice in Winterland festival giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. 

Over 160 giant lanterns are turning the timeless story into an interactive experience perfect for the whole family and with some lanterns measuring over 6 meters high and 16 meters in diameter, the festival brings to life Alice in Wonderland in a unique way that makes for a truly memorable festive day out.

So book your tickets now to be part of the enchanting fantasy world of Alice in Winterland and experience the Alice in Wonderland tale as told through thousands of twinkling lights.

Experience the Magic of Europe’s Festive Markets with Park Plaza this Christmas

London at Christmas

‘Tis nearly the season to be jolly and nothing heralds the start of the Christmas period more than visiting a festive market. Since its first appearance in Germany in 1434, this charming tradition has been embraced by nearly every European city! With more choice and visitors than ever, the decision of which Christmas fair to visit can be overwhelming. To help you decide, Park Plaza Hotels® & Resorts shares its all-time favourite Christmas markets, giving you one less thing to organise yourself this festive season. 


Countdown To Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2018 Begins!

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland entrance

In less than 100 days’ time, festive fanatics can step into the ultimate yuletide utopia as Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park on 22nd November 2018, with a host of awe-inspiring new attractions including Ice Sculpting Workshops, Peter Pan On Ice, Teletubbies Christmas Show and the return of The Magical Ice Kingdom with a sparkling new theme – ‘The Enchanted Forest.’ Open daily from 10am – 10pm, merry-makers can also expect the UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink (now even bigger), the return of Zippos Circus and Cirque Berserk with all new shows, and stand-up comedy ‘lates’ at the Circus MegaDome, plus Bar Hütte festive karaoke booths. The new Coaster Pass will give thrill seekers tap ’n’ ride access to all roller coasters on site for the duration of the event.

Well-being Festivals to Get You Inspired this Autumn from Vegan Events UK

Vegan Events Festival Stand

There’s an exciting array of inspiring well-being festivals happening across the UK this autumn, organised by Vegan Events UK. And with an estimated 3.5 million people, and rising, in the UK identifying themselves as vegan [1], there’s never been a better time to find out more about this growing lifestyle choice.

Vegan Festival Organiser Victoria Bryceson says, “With the number of people in the UK describing themselves as vegan at an all-time high, there’s a massive demand around the country for vegan-friendly events. Our festivals are set to be a fantastic day out whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or simply vegan-curious. The idea behind the festivals is to educate and inform everyone about the vegan lifestyle and offer support to anybody who would like to try it.”

The Enchanted Forest 2018 gets off to a wild and wonderful start

The Enchanted Forest 2018

Hundreds of invited visitors watched in delight as The Enchanted Forest launched its much-anticipated 2018 show Of The Wild in Faskally Wood, near Pitlochry, tonight (Wednesday, October 3).

Showcasing the wild and wonderful autumnal beauty of Highland Perthshire, the sound and light spectacular has released a record 80,000 tickets for its extended five-week run from October 4 until November 4, 2018.

Ian Sim, chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, which operates the event, said:

Sefton Park Palm House Trust to transform into a winter wonderland

Sefton Park Palm House Trust

The Sefton Park Palm House is to transform into a magical winter wonderland this December, with no less than 25 festive events set to take place inside the historic Grade II* listed historic glass house.

 Kick-starting with a free winter concert on Sunday 2nd December, The Sefton Park Palm House will play host to various other festive-themed musicals, merry tea dances and jovial parties throughout the month, as the excitement continues to build for Christmas Day!

 Arguably the highlight of the seasonal calendar, the Palm House will be screening a host of Christmas classic film favourites from Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st; with Nightmare Before Christmas, Die Hard and Scrooge just three of the iconic films being shown under the stars.

Discover The Secret Winter Garden at Croxteth Hall

Secret Winter Garden at Croxteth Hall

Step through a magic doorway and discover The Secret Winter Garden all aglow at Croxteth Hall. A brand-new winter lights event, brought to you by the Lantern Company

Fun lovers and families are invited to step into the beautiful Victorian surroundings of Croxteth Hall and Gardens this December, where a magical, illuminated adventure awaits. Lantern Company, renowned for their extraordinary illuminated events and parades the world over, are back in town with a brand-new illuminations extravaganza called The Secret Winter Garden - created especially for Croxteth Hall. The event has been made possible by support from Liverpool City Council.

Raise A Glass To The Greatest Showman Who Has Ever Lived

The Greatest Showman

A new festival -The Greatest Festival - inspired by the the award-winning movie – The Greatest Showman, will be heading to Winchester this October and Bristol and Liverpool this November.

The Greatest Festival, set to tour the UK, will feature lives singers from The Greatest Showman and other movie mega tunes. Audience participation is fully encouraged, turning the festival into a huge sing-a-long that would put a huge smile on the face of Barnum himself.

Raise Money On The Slopes With SubJam

Raise Money On The Slopes With SubJam and BEYOND

Subvert Boardstore at BEYOND, is pleased to be hosting one of the Greater Manchester’s most highly anticipated (and unusual) fundraising events. Now in its 11th year, SubJam will hit the Chill Factore slope, for a spectacular snowboarding event that will see a series of seriously fun activities arrive at Manchester’s home of adventure, with all donations going directly to The Christie. 

Arrive in style at a 2019 festival with Yescapa campervans

Take a Yescapa campervan to a festival in 2019

Every year, an estimated 14million people flock to Britain to attend its world-famous music festivals. While there might be a dormant party animal in all of us, there comes a time when getting your toes stepped on at Creamfields and splashing around in the mud at Glastonbury does not quite make as much sense as it used to. Perhaps for 2019 you are craving a little bit of extra comfort, flexibility and independence or just a smart way to spend more quality time with your family. Say no more! Yescapa has got you covered.

Eat and drink your way through Galloway Country Fair

Galloway Country Fair

Every year Galloway Country Fair delivers exceptional food and drink, and this year the Fair will continue to excite visitors’ taste buds.

With 30 food and drink exhibitors and more than ten caterers, the hardest choice for visitors will be choosing which to have. From selections of fine cheeses to meat pies, burgers and donuts, this year’s food options will showcase the best of what the region has to offer.

For the adults attending, there will be numerous drink exhibitors featuring gins, ciders, beer, whiskey and more.

Anna Fergusson, Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate Manager, said:  Galloway Country Fair,