England is no stranger to different annual events and the country celebrates a great many of those on a regular basis. While it may officially be the end of the summer season, there is no reason that we can’t celebrate its end and mark the beginning of the fall season. There are a number of events and different festivals taking place in August. In this post, we will take a look at some of the top annual events celebrated during this month:
1. Manchester Pride:
The Manchester Pride is another one of those big events taking place during the August Bank holiday. Large hordes of people show up together during this time to celebrate and promote LGBT. The city center of Manchester becomes a colorful spectacle at this time of the year. The flamboyant parade leads to another 72-hour party providing everyone a chance to enjoy festivities. Flaunt your flamboyance with the hottest attire and spice up things with some cool fragrance. The collection from Fragrance Expert to can get you the substantial discounts on some of the best-selling fragrances.
2. Reading and Leeds festival:
The Leeds festival is another attraction that is a highlight for many English people. This annual rock and roll party happens on an annual basis and includes some of the biggest names in the music industry who share the stage with each other to entertain the crowd. Some of the main headliners this year will include Kendrick Lamar, Fall out Boy, Kings of Leon, Papa Roach, Mike Shinoda, Hollywood Undead etc. The event is always a sold out amongst the public and this year is bound to be no different than the rest. Tickets for the event are on sale currently on the main website. If you are travelling to and from the UK, Etihad Airways has some great season discounts.
3. Stockton International Riverside Festival:
Stockton International Riverside Festival started in August 1988 and has gone on to become one of Europe’ s outdoor arts and street festival in recent times. The four-day event is made in a way to pay tribute to Britain’s war heroes and veterans for their thankless service to the country and the queen. The festival benefits both veterans as well as local artists. You will get to find a number of different activities being played out during the four-day event including dance, music, street theatre, pyrotechnics as well as circus acts. This time around, the event is slated to take place from August 2 to August 5. There are some free as well as ticketed events that one can choose from, all of which are available on the official website.
4. Boardmasters Festival:
Perhaps the biggest festival to take place in Cornwall, Boardmasters has a reputation to uphold for being one of the best festivals to be held in the United Kingdom. The Boardmasters festival started as a one-off surfing contest is now one of the biggest headlining music festivals. Set in the backdrop of the Cornish coast, Boardmasters is the ultimate destination for all music lovers out there. This year, there are some major artists headlining the event including the Chemical Brothers, Kano, Lily Allen, Catfish and the Bottlemen, George Ezra etc. The four-day event is slated from 8-12 August with tickets for the event already on sale.
5. England’s Medieval Festival:
The Herstmonceux castle becomes one of the most visited venues during the August Bank holiday weekend celebrating England’s medieval festival. The minute you enter the place, you will be greeted with a thousand sights depicting the medieval times. One can see an array of amazing demonstrations during this time including battle reenactments from older times, jousting performed by the Camelot knights, grand parades by men in uniforms and showcasing of a large number of arts, music, and cultural events. Patrons can even take part in many such events including jousting, archery, swordplay etc, There are also other not so dangerous activities to indulge in including calligraphy, wood weaving, blacksmith forging etc. There is also live music and bands for the entertainment of the public.
6. Notting Hill Carnival:
Another famous event slated for August is the Notting Hill Carnival which also holds the distinction of being the biggest street carnival in Europe. On an average, there are at least two million carnival goers during this time who wear their traditional Caribbean attires and dance to the beats of the Calypso as they make their way past the streets of London. The Notting Hill Carnival takes place around the same time as the England medieval festival, during the August bank holiday weekend and is definitely a scene to behold. If you like, you can even take part in the event showing solidarity with the many carnival goers. There are endless booze, food and general celebration in all parts of London around the time of the carnival.
So, there we have a small list of England’s top annual events and festivals celebrated across the month of August. Make sure to get your passes early. See you out there!