I don’t know about you, but in my books spring and summer definitely call for Festivals. The UK is a great location for summer events, from the popular Latitude Festival to the most anticipated Glastonbury. However, there are many other less known festivals that are worth checking out, so here is my Top 5:
A non-profit food festival to please food lovers. From stalls to supper clubs, restaurant deals and cookery lessons, Eat Cambridge promises a food and drink extravaganza. To show off the best of what Cambridge has to offer why not taste the delicious handmade gelato of Jack’s Gelato, and admire the exclusive Festival Cake created by Two Little Cats Bakery!
March Summer Festival
The March Summer Festival is back for its sixteenth year. Located at West End Park, this ‘free party in the park’ has lots of activities and events. With face painting, bands, fairground rides, and stalls, this has the premise to be fun for all the family. The festival also includes vehicle and carnival parades and a fancy dress competition. What more could you want?
Peterborough Heritage Festival
Although this is the only festival I’ve attended from top five, it is my absolute favourite. There are lots of fun activities, live battle re-enactments (I’m hoping to try my hand at archery this year) and many varied markets stalls that will leave you feeling as if you have been teleported back in time. More than 30,000 people attended last year, and predictions show it will be bigger and better in 2015.
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival
For all literature lovers, this festival is sure to capture your heart. Tickets can be booked for performances of Shakespeare’s plays, including Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and you can book up to ten tickets for each performance. Of course if you want to indulge in all of Shakespeare’s playwriting skills there’s even a Season ticket available (for three or six performances). To get the full feel for the festival, leave modernism behind and picnic before the show to make your night really memorable.
Cambridge Film Festival
Film lovers should definitely check this out. The Festival is celebrating its thirty-fifth year with plenty of screenings and events to entertain everyone. Filmmakers have until May 20th to submit their works, but if you’re not a film maker and want to get involved there are also volunteering opportunities. Once again, people will be able to attend Movies on the Meadows—this time over the August Bank Holiday weekend (August 23rd – 24th)—and Cinema on the River, a unique experience where you can enjoy a fine film whilst being punted along the river Cam. This year the festival has inspired and collaborated with Rufus Wainwright:
Of course, there are so many events in Cambridgeshire that some of them didn’t make the cut, but they’re still worth mentioning:
- Peterborough Green Festival (May 23rd – 31st)
- Cambridge Folk Festival (July 30th – August 2nd)
- Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival (September 12th)