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The Best of Britain’s Festivals

With a booming population and a thriving arts, music and cultural scene, Great Britain is a destination to be reckoned with. There’s no end to the attractions available in England, Scotland and Wales. And each year, especially in summer, it’s a festival lovers dream. It could very well be called “The Land of the Festival.”

Britain’s diverse offerings when it comes to festivals mean a wide-range of activities, and no matter what your tastes, there’s sure to be something to suit every member of the family.

 

Here are our picks for our Best of Britain’s Festivals

Glastonbury Music Festival

Glastonbury music festival

It’s hard to believe this music festival has been around for more than 40 years — it started the day after Jimi Hendrix died in 1970. Hosting top acts from around the globe, thousands of music devotees congregate at Worthy Farm outside Pilton, Somerset, England for a wild (and sometimes wet and muddy) weekend of camping and music.

Buddhafield 

Buddhafield

Heading into its 20th year in 2013, the Buddhafield Festival in Somerset is designed to advance the teachings of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. If you’re into clean living and seeking only natural highs, then this is the festival for you. Musical performances are complimented by morning meditation and yoga classes, and alcohol and drinks are strictly verboten.

LolliBop

Lollibop

With a tagline of “The Big Bash for Little People,” this new-ish festival (it’s only been around for 4 years) is aimed squarely at kids. And with activities such as face painting, “wacky races,” stilt-people and an enchanted forest, kids 10 and under would get the most value out of it.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Fireworks at Hogmanay Edinburgh Scotland

Billing itself as the world’s best New Year’s celebration, Hogmanay is the 4-day event ringing in the new year with a bang, Scottish style. Events include a torchlight procession, a candlelight concert, and plenty of signing and dancing. Plus we think there might be alcohol. 

Merlin Festival

Merlin Festival Wales

Held in Carmarthen, Wales each August, the Merlin Festival celebrates the Welsh roots of the world’s most famous magician. Again this one is more for the kids, but it’s a great day out if you in the neighbourhood. Some would even say it’s magical.


A Day out at Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water Cotswold Bridge on River Windrush

One of my favourite places to visit in the Cotswolds is the charming chocolate box village of Bourton-on-the-Water. A cottage holiday in the UK is the perfect opportunity to explore Bourton-on-the-Water and many other delightful villages in the region.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a picturesque village in Gloucestershire, in the heart of England. It is a large village with a stunning High Street built in traditional yellow limestone. The eye-catching buildings, wide grassy borders and several low stone bridges are the reason the village attracts so many visitors every year. The earliest bridge dates back to 1654 and the number of bridges crossing the River Windrush on its way to meet the River Thames has led to Bourton-on-the-Water being nicknamed the Venice of the Cotswolds. It has also has been voted one of the prettiest villages in England and lies in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The village is so beautifully kept; even a satellite dish on a house in the village has been painted the same colour as the brick work to disguise it. This attention to detail and how immaculately looked after the village is truly stunning.

Model Village Bourton-on-thw-Water

There are many quaint shops to enjoy on a day out to Bourton-on-the-Water, including a shop selling lovely china tea cups, charming gift shops and places to buy unique antiques. Last time I visited I even picked up a traditional a wicker basket.

A personal favourite of mine is the model village. This replica village is built to one ninth the size of the village including a model of the model village itself! Work began on the model village in the 1930’s and it opened in 1937 and it has been really well looked after and updated over the years. The accuracy and craftsmanship of the work on display is very impressive, all the shop fronts are kept up to date and there is even the sound of hymns being sung from the churches.

High Street Cotswolds Bourton on the Water

There are lots of tea shops serving a yummy cream tea, with sandwiches, scones and cakes and a pot of tea as well as a traditional fish and chip shop on the High Street where you can enjoy mouth-watering fish and chips in the sunshine on the picnic benches outside.

A holiday to the Cotswolds is the perfect opportunity to bring your four legged friends along too. A dog friendly cottage means that even the pets can come on holiday and enjoy a well earned break. Visit http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/ for a great selection.