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Latitude Festival | © Jen O'Neil
Latitude Festival | © Jen O'Neil

Festivals You Must Not Miss In England In July 2016

Picture of Ellie Griffiths
Updated: 9 February 2017
As summer arrives, so does the endless list of possibilities. From drinks to performance, to literature and food, an array of festivals are coming to England this July and you don’t want to miss them. To help, The Culture Trip London have discovered those you should pencil in right now!

 

Gin Festival Leeds 2016

Do you have a passion for gin? The UK’s largest Gin Festival returns with over 100 gins, featuring both new and old gins, new producers and a variety of entertainment, all for you. Starting in 2012, the biggest and best gin festival will hand you a glass upon arrival for you to keep and enjoy your gin out of. So, whether you want to attend a talk from the industry experts or simply taste-test all gin possible, you cannot miss this.

1 – 3 July 2016: Afternoon and evening sessions available

Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD

Cocktails | Courtesy of Gin Festival

Cocktails | Courtesy of Gin Festival

 

Penzance Literary Festival

Read between the pages in order for all book worms and literary lovers to make the most out of the seventh edition of the Penzance Literary Festival. This year’s theme, Going Underground, is set to fascinate, excite and inspire you to come across new writers and performers, whether you attend a workshop or performance by a national name, a local talent or a future star. From Winnie-the-Pooh to Dungeons and Dragons, there’s something for everyone.

6 – 9 July 2016: Various events

Various venues in Penzance

Bookshop Band | Courtesy of Penzance Literary Festival

Bookshop Band | Courtesy of Penzance Literary Festival

 

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Live the re-enactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury along the original location of the 1471 battlefield at the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival. The highlight of summer in Tewkesbury since 1984, people from across the world travel here for the largest free medieval gathering of its kind throughout Europe. From suits of armour to the odd dragon keeper, this is a bag of sweets and period entertainment to travel back in time to.

9 – 10 July 2016: Saturday 11AM – 6PM, Sunday 11AM – 5PM 

Tewkesbury Battlefield, United Kingdom

Battle of Tewkesbury Re-enactment | Courtesy of Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Battle of Tewkesbury Re-enactment | Courtesy of Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

 

The Brindleyplace Outdoor Film Festival

Back for its fifth year, Birmingham’s Central Square will see the return of the big screen to showcase the best movies voted by you – the public – in this completely free Outdoor Film Festival. This year, celebrating the Best of British, 007 will take to the screens in Spectre, alongside our favourite English Bear Paddington, the iconic Mary Poppins and the mega blockbuster Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

12 – 21 July 2016: Various screenings

2 Brunswick St, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2JF

Mary Poppins | © Walt Disney Productions

Mary Poppins | © Walt Disney Productions

 

Bristol Harbour Festival

Defy gravity for one weekend at the Bristol Harbour Festival; home to arts, circus, dance, boats, good food and drink, music and nautical capers. Of course there will be plenty of musical acts and comedy talents taking to the stage, however, the world class circus and street theatre performances are not to be missed. These daring performances, at the natural amphitheatre of Castle Park, will have you wanting to juggle your way through the crowds to see even the slightest of movements by these performers!

15 – 17 July 2016

Various locations in Bristol

Boat competition | Courtesy of Bristol Harbour Festival

Boat competition | Courtesy of Bristol Harbour Festival

 

Latitude Festival

With works from leading figures such as Richard Alston – one of the world’s most musical choreographers – headlining at Latitude Festival, this year is bound to be like no other. High energy productions by Sadler’s Wells, theatre and cabaret performances, and shows by comedians such as Russell Howard, Milton Jones and David O’Doherty will further grace the stages, alongside music performances by the likes of Chvrches, New Order, M83 and many more.

14 – 17 July 2016

Henham Park, Henham, Southwold NR34 8AQ

Latitude 2015 | © Marc Sethi

Latitude 2015 | © Marc Sethi

 

Standon Calling 

In the corner of Hertfordshire’s countryside, you will find the valley of the River Rib, where the music you love will play a part in one of summer’s greatest manor house parties. This year, immerse yourself in the Legend of the Lost Seas with a variety of acts and performances that will have you dancing until the early hours of the morning. Standon Calling featured some of the UK’s biggest stars in their early careers, including Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons, and Bastille.

29 – 31 July 2016

Standon, Hertfordshire

Standon Calling (2015) | © Gaelle Beri

Standon Calling (2015) | © Gaelle Beri

 

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

As Edinburgh Fringe Festival is around the corner, the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival returns for the fifth year, spreading across 23 venues. Featuring a handful of performances, this festival supports all art forms in offering greater access to non-traditional theatre-going audiences. With a little something for everyone, we wish you luck in deciding what you want to watch first!

1 – 31 July 2016

Various venues across Manchester

September in the Rain Performance | © Shay Rowan

September in the Rain Performance | © Shay Rowan

 

LeeFest Presents The Neverland

Born out of teenage rebellion, LeeFest returns for its tenth year with all new music, arts and creative endeavours for you to obsess over. Instead of looking and celebrating the past accomplishments like previous years, LeeFest will be flying to Neverland where you will have the chance to never grow old, freeze time, and enjoy the now. With an immersive kingdom of music, why would you want to grow up?

28 – 30 July 2016

John Darlings Farm, Hartfield Road, Edenbridge, TN8 5NP 

Neverland | Courtesy of LeeFest

Neverland | Courtesy of LeeFest

 

By Ellie Griffiths