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16 British Festivals You Must Visit Before You Die

Eat, drink, dance.

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1. The Big Feastival, The Cotswolds

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Jamie Oliver and Alex James of the band Blur team up for Big Feastival, a three day treat in the Cotswolds for foodies and music lovers. This year will bring in cooking demonstrations and tasters from reknowned chefs including Oliver, Deliciously Ella, Mark Hix, and Hemsely + Hemsley, and will feature musical performances from Dizee Rascal, Paloma Faith, and more.

The Big Feastival runs 28th-30th August 2015.

2. London Craft Beer Festival, London

This lovely London festival is a must for beer connoisseurs, featuring brews from over 21 independent breweries across the UK, Europe, and the US. The Bethnal Green festival also features top-notch London street food favourites, plus live music.

The London Craft Beer Festival runs 13th-16th August 2015.


3. The International Cheese Awards, Nantwich

Cheesemakers from around the world compete for the title of Supreme Champion at the International Cheese Festival in Nantwich. The awards offer a one-show day festival for visitors to sample and buy the competing cheeses, as well as attend celebrity chef workshops. Entry is free, and demonstrations only cost £5!

The International Cheese Awards Show Day takes place on July 29th 2015.

4. Meatopia, London

Meatopia is a carnivore's dream. The festival goes well above and beyong your takeaway kebab shop cuts, promising ethically sourced and chemical free meats cooked over a real fire onsite. The festival provides great drinks to pair with your meaty meal, plus culinary demos and live music.

Meatopia runs 9th-20th September 2015.

5. Vegan Festival, Newcastle & Scotland

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For the veggie crowd, the Vegan Festival comes to both Newcastle and Edinburgh in the summer. During its run, the festival hosts one of the most comprehensive vegan shopping markets in Europe, and brings in speakers and demonstrations from vegan-friendly businesses, plus delightfully yummy food stalls.

The Vegan Festival runs in Newcastle on July 4th 2015, and in Edinburgh August 8th 2014.

6. The Great British Beer Festival, London

CAMRA sponsors the annual 5-day celebration of real ales, filling out Olympia Exhibition Centre with 900 ales, ciders and perries on offer from over 350 British breweries, plus international beer options.

The Great British Beer Festival runs from 11th-15th August 2015.


7. BoomTown Fair, Hampshire

This fantastical festival outside Winchester features 10-themed districts, including "Chinatown," "Old Town," and "Wild West," with incredibly well-designed and unique stages and villages to match each area's vibe. The festival offers an eclectic mix of performers from various genres, from ska to disco to blugrass and everything in between. This year's headliners include Flogging Molly, Streetlight Manifesto, and Kate Tempest.

BoomTown runs from 13th-16th August 2015.

8. Festival No. 6, Portmeirion

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Held in the UK's most charming village, Festival No 6 deserves a high place on your festival bucket list. The lovely and intimate festival brings big headliners to the seaside, but maintains a relaxed and intimate vibe. This year's headliners include Belle and Sebastian, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and Everything Everything. The festival also offers a cultural component, with talks and discussions from artists, with Irvine Welsh and Kate Tempest included in this year's schedule.

Festival No. 6 runs 3rd-6th September 2015.

9. Bestival, Isle of Wight

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Bestival has consistently held its own as one of the best boutique festivals in the UK. With particular attention placed on creating an atmosphere promoting peace, love, and community, the festival hearkens back to the peak of Woodstock and isle of Wight. This year's line up will include Tame Impala, Mark Ronson, and Charli XCX, plus the festival offers venues for arts and crafts, film screenings, stellar food, and spiritual workshops.

Bestival runs from 10th-13th September 2015.


10. Kendal Calling, Cumbria

If you want a combined foodie, music, and arts festival, then Kendal Calling is the one-stop-shop of festivals for you. Nestled in the Lake District, the boutique festival offers carnival attractions, and in-house ale festival, cinema, and craft markets, alongside popular music performers, with Snoop Dog, The Vaccines, Kodaline, and more on the slate for this year.

Kendal Calling runs from 30th June-August 2nd 2015.

11. Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire

This picturesque festival in Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire is an abosolute gem. The festival explores a different theme every year (this year's festivities revolve around the notion of "Childish Things"), and in addition to hot stage acts offers games, organised paint fights, arts and crafts, and discussions. This year's performance line up includes Angus & Julia Stone, Jungle, and The Cat Empire.

Secret Garden Party runs from 23rd-25th July 2015.

12. Loopallu, Ullapool

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This tiny and remote festival on Scotland's West Coast is a hidden gem and perfect for beginner festival goers, or attendees who like a more low-key scene. Despite its remote location, the festival has managed to pull in big-name performers and earn attendee loyalty. Its shoreline location and stunning view of Loch Broom surely help. This year's line up will feature Mumford and Sons, The Fratellis, Franz Ferdinand, and Jake Bugg.

Loopallu runs from 25th-26th September 2015.

13. Somersault, Devon

This charming seaside festival sits in the shadow of North Devon's Castle Hill Estate, and the perfect British summer getaway. For stellar musical acts, foodie eats, and nearby surfing, you can't do any better. This year's line up will feature performances from Bombay Bicycle Club, Passenger, Honeyblood, and more, plus comedy and circus events, wellbeing workshops, and feasts.

Somersault runs from 23rd-27th July 2015.


14. The Fringe Festival, Edinburgh

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There's no experience like the Edinburgh Fringe for theatre lovers. The sheer amount of productions that populate the city's streets, hotels, bars, and traditional theatre venues during the Festival's three week run is truly incredible. This year's program features over 3,000 arts events travelling in from all over the world, offering a range of subject matter and production style, as well as theatre and performance workshops and lectures.

Edinburgh Fringe runs from 7th-31st August.

15. Wilderness, Oxfordshire

Wilderness is well-known for catering to intellectuals, offering a range of talks and debates spanning subjects from literature to economics to philosophy. The picturesque festival grounds in Oxfordshire are the perfect place to getaway for some self-exploration and to gain insight on new and beloved topics, and the festival offers plenty of additional entertainment, from music (including Bjork this year), theatre, and arts.

Wilderness runs from 6th-9th July 2015.

16. International Book Festival, Book Festival

Book nerds should look no further than the Edinburgh Book Festival. The city is already charming in its literary history and influence, so the added effect of the festival makes it a book lover's paradise. The incredible literary event brings in authors from across the globe for discussions, lectures, signings, and workshops. Past attendees include Haruki Murakami, J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin, while this year, festival goers can hear from David Mitchell, Phillipa Gregory, Alan Cumming Elif Shafak, Colm Toibin, Carol Ann Duffy, and more.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival runs from 15th-31st August 2015.

Did we leave your favourite festival out? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!