Arts and Life

August bank holiday 2022: UK events, festivals and carnivals


24-30 August: Liverpool 

International Beatleweek

A week-long celebration of the biggest band in the world takes place in Liverpool over the August bank holiday weekend. The annual International Beatleweek brings Beatles tribute bands from around the world to the famous Cavern Club where it all began. The Beatles played the Cavern Club nearly 300 times, helping it become the most famous live music venue in the world.


25-28 August: Daresbury, Cheshire

Creamfields North

Iconic dance music festival Creamfields is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Held in Daresbury, Cheshire, Creamfields North’s line-up includes acts such as Above & Beyond, Armin Van Bureen, Camel Phat and Carl Cox.


25-28 August: Exeter, Devon

Gone Wild Festival

Nature Valley Gone Wild returns to Powderham Castle in Devon. Created in partnership with Bear Grylls, the festival offers live music from The Script, All Saints and Sophie Ellis-Bextor and talks from famous explorers such as Ranulph Fiennes. Exciting outdoor activities include an obstacle course, stand-up paddle boarding and bushcraft skill workshops. The festival raises money for RMA – The Royal Marines Charity, proudly supporting serving and former Royal Marines and their families.


25-28 August: Lincolnshire

Lost Village

Held in a beautiful forest, set amongst the Lincolnshire countryside, Lost Village is a four-day festival featuring music, food, wellness, comedy and adventure. Musical highlights include artists such as Bonobo, Jamie XX, Tom Misch, Kojey Radical, Horse Meat Disco, Honey Dijon, Daphni, Jayda G and many more. As well as the musical offering, there will also be a big foodie focus at Lost Village. Fine dining experiences within the woods will be offered by KOL, Da Terra and Roberta Hall. Chefs such as Melissa Hemsley and Tim Siadatan (Padella and Trullo) will serve up forest banquets and there’s also a Hawksmoor Sunday Feast.


25-28 August: Victoria Park, London

All Points East 

All Points East is a multi-day festival of music and entertainment held in east London’s Victoria Park. Headliners for the bank holiday weekend include Tame Impala, The National, Disclosure, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.


25-29 August: Rye, East Sussex

10th Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival

With a stellar line-up featuring jazz and blues artists from around the world, this year the Rye International Jazz Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary. Artists such as Curtis Stigers, Stanley Jordan, Imelda May and the Roberto Fonseca Trio will grace the stages at venues around the town, and there will also be a host of free music and fringe events taking place. A variety of ticketed and non-ticketed events are on offer throughout the weekend.


25-29 August: Dorset

Great Dorset Steam Fair

The Great Dorset Steam Fair is said to be the world’s largest heritage event showcasing Britain’s industrial, agricultural and leisure history. Catch a glimpse of age-old steaming giants being put through their paces, watch authentic Victorian variety shows, admire the fabulous showman’s steam engine line-up and explore the largest travelling fairground of its type in the UK, where many of the rides are powered by show-stopping steam engines.


25-30 August: Kent

White Cliffs Walking Festival

Explore the historical treasures of towns and villages in Kent over the bank holiday weekend. There’s a variety of walks to suit interests and abilities, from a gentle countryside stroll with an ice cream pit stop to an informative walk taking in the history and archaeology of Dover. Most of the walks are free to join, but booking is essential to ensure there are no more than 40 people per walk.


26-27 August: Herefordshire

Hereford River Carnival

Hereford River Carnival has grown to become Herefordshire’s biggest community event – and it remains entirely free for the public. The event typically attracts 20,000 people to sing, dance, make masks and carnival costumes, eat great local food and have fun on the Wye. This year’s theme is Make Waves with the aim to bring the seaside to Hereford through music, dance, sport, arts, crafts and old-fashioned games.


26-28 August: Penrith, Cumbria 

Wannasee Festival Penrith

Back for 2022, Wannasee boasts a line-up of world-class tributes to many of music’s most popular acts, from ABBA and AC/DC to Coldplay and Queen.


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