Delicious Bank Holiday Events
The late May Bank holiday is the perfect opportunity to plan yourself a lovely day out. We have scaled the festivals of the UK to find you some delicious and free events where you can sit back, relax and taste some great local and international food.Whether you're planning a romantic weekend, something for the family or are a roaming foodie looking for somewhere to satisfy your gourmet cravings, our list of events will cover it all. We wish you a fabulous foodie weekend and suggest you pop along to one of these exciting festivals...
If you’re planning a bit of an adventure whilst in Cornwall for the weekend, then you should definitely pop into Falmouth for this delicious festival. Whether you’re a resident foodie or coming from further afield, you will be treated to a weekend of world street food markets, local produce fairs and performances from some talented Cornish musicians. Best of all you’ll be in a beautiful coastal town and the sun will (hopefully) be shining.
If you’re lucky enough to spend the Bank Holiday in Cornwall, head to the luscious countryside of West Penrith for a fabulous family festival. There is so much variety at Don’t Wake the Fish, that people of all ages and interests can discover something new and exciting to eat, drink or do here. Between the field kitchen serving hearty breakfasts and dinners, West Country based bands performing all day and a Maker’s market running hands on workshops – the entertainment is endless.
Giving you the opportunity to step inside your TV, Channel 4’s River Cottage invites you to their HQ in the Devonshire countryside. If you want a professional’s insight into using ethical and seasonal produce – look no further. The River Cottage team have a wealth of information they’re only too willing to share. With activities for younger visitors including puppet shows and falconry displays and a barbecue going all day long, it’s a great choice for a family and foodie weekend away.
Essentially this is one big party held in a beautiful medieval castle and country park - sounds tempting to us! There’s live music, tastings, workshops and something you don’t see every day, the annual Welsh Perry & Cider Championships. Aside from these attractions there’s boat loads of tasty food when you get peckish. You’ll also get to see the first professional jester in over 700 years in action.
How many festivals give you the option of arriving by horse and carriage? Beccles is the first we’ve heard and with celebrity chef Richard Bainbridge along for the ride to give cooking demonstrations - we’re already impressed. The vibrant market town will also welcome producers from all over the Waveney Valley who will be showcasing their delicious goodies. If you like the sound of Suffolk Smokehouse and the Norfolk Truffle Company then you know where to stop by for a bite to eat on Saturday.
This festival is larger than life and with over 160 unique producers you will be spoilt for choice for what to eat. At the Food Lovers festival you’ll find a great atmosphere and with Levi Roots headlining, there will be even more energy and enthusiasm in Malton than usual. As the evening draws in, you can also discover some exotic street food at the night market whilst watching some live music performances. It’s well worth a visit during your Bank Holiday weekend!
The Great British Food Festival rather speaks for itself... but if we had to convince you how great it really is just have a peek at their stunning venue, Harewood House. This event has everything you could ever wish from a food festival and more, including Great British Bake Off Alumni such as Luis Troyano and Howard Middleton in attendance. There are also competitions (you may still have time to enter or you can watch) - most popular are the Man vs. Food displays which are truly something to behold.
If you pop along to Whitchurch this weekend we can guarantee you’ll learn something, whether it’s from Rosemary Shrager’s cooking demonstrations or from friendly traders showcasing their food and drinks. Discover some wonderful North Shropshire produce and they will be on hand to tell you anything about their food from field to fork. You can try your hand at cocktail making too. This is an ideal event, if you’re thinking of bringing the family along as there are plenty children’s activities to get up to too.
As one of the UK’s most magnificent houses and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is already a wonderful place to visit. Team it with an impressive food festival and it’s an event you don’t want to miss! You will have a vast and varied selection of food to choose from over 100 producers, whether it be Spanish tapas, Vietnamese cuisine or wood fired pizza that you fancy. If you’d rather forage for your food let Wildfood UK take you on an adventure or just sit back, have a picnic and enjoy the scenery.
Foodies has the perfect recipe for a fantastic food festival; a main course of delicious traders from vegan and vegetarian stalls to barbecued meats, a side dish of talented musicians, cooking demonstrations from top chefs and the ever popular drinks theatre! This Bank Holiday their bringing their foodie fun to the capital so it’s set to be one of their best festivals of the year. Look out for some interesting food stalls, from a giant ship inhabited by pirates serving rum cocktails to a bus bar with open top seating.
Bringing something a little different to our Bank Holiday line-up is the county show. With more activities and performances to get involved with than you can actually fit in the two days! There are animals in abundance with cattle shows and falconry displays, a marching band and Europe’s premier stunt and trick riding team - you just never know what you’ll discover at the Redbourn Showground. Of course one of the most exciting things to do will be to eat and there will be dozens of food stalls and refreshments to keep any foodie satisfied.
Hold on to your hat! Taste Cumbria will be taking over Ulverston this Bank Holiday for a festival awash in award-winning beer and delicious local delicacies. If you’d rather hail some ale there’s a merry “locally brewed” trail you can follow too or you can head to the vintage village hall for some wonderful goodies you won’t find on the high street. There’s a children’s area for the one little ones too so that they can enjoy the festival just as much as you.
This is the first ever Feast Hinckley to take place in this lovely little town of Leicestershire and when better to celebrate than on the sunny (hopefully) late May Bank Holiday. It will be a haven for anyone looking for fresh, seasonal and local ingredients which might just inspire you to make a new dish over the weekend. If not you can always head to the chef demonstrations tent, where you’ll pick up a few recipes. However you choose to spend the time Feast Hinckley will have all the charm of one big foodie street party – see you on Castle Street!
There are so many more wonderful festivals happening this weekend, you can find them all here!