Fantastic festivals in England
Foodie fests are on the cards in Essex this summer, with the Colchester Food and Drink Festival kicking off the harvest season from 29th -30th August. Expect 100 stalls of fresh, local produce and artisan goodies, along with demonstrations from the cooking experts. Tempted to try a local tipple? Be sure to stop off at the Annual English Wine Festival at Newhall Vineyards on 31st August – 1st September for a taste of this sensational vineyard’s finest wines, live music and plenty of delicious local food.
From the 14th-19th September, “the loveliest castle in the world’, Leeds Castle, will throw open its doors and gardens for a floral celebration. Visit the Festival of Flowers and you’ll discover beautiful displays, crafted by award-winning floral designers, all set within the show stopping grounds and rooms of the castle. From 31st August – 1st September, Faversham, the home of Britain’s oldest brewer, will play host to its annual celebration of Kent’s hopping heritage. At this year’s Hop Festival, you can expect live music, local beer and the annual Hop Blessing and parade through the beautiful market town. Plus, with easy rail links to Faversham with Southeastern, you can happily enjoy a tipple or two while you’re here.
Cheshire has long been famed for its cheese in England, so it’s no surprise the region will host the International Cheese Show in Nantwich on 31st July. Sample from more than 5,000 cheeses from around the world, meet celebrity chefs and enjoy live entertainment in the English countryside. From 30th August – 1st September, the town of Nantwich will be celebrating all things gourmet, with the Nantwich Food & Drink Festival, packed with tempting food brought to you by local Cheshire producers.
From June – August, travel to Hitchin in Hertfordshire and be transported to the south of France at the sensational scent-filled Hitchin Lavender. Wander the fields of purple, capture beautiful photos and even buy a few gifts made from the lavender. From 29th September the streets of the enchanting cathedral city of St Albans will be packed with a foodie haven of local produce stalls, tempting tipples and pop up restaurants at the city’s annual St Albans Feastival.
The Peak District & Derbyshire
On 30th August – 1st September the iconic Chatsworth House will be opening its doors and grounds for the Chatsworth County Fair, one of the most spectacular outdoor events in England. Enjoy glorious countryside, cookery theatre and some of the finest food around. From 24th -26th August, the quaint village of Ashover plays host to the Ashover Festival, a celebration of arts, craft and floral displays for the perfect taste of the English countryside.