Monday, 8 April 2013

Family-friendly festivals

Don’t wait for the weather to catch up to enjoy the UK’s spring and summer festivals. The beauty of these events is that you can just spend the day and retreat to your fabulous holiday accommodation when you’re done.

What makes a good festival? Sampling tasty food treats, supping locally brewed beer, foot-tapping to fab music and a fantastic location as the backdrop. That should do it.

Here are just a few of the great festivals happening this year in good old Blighty for you to enjoy on your hols.

Ludlow Spring Festival – 11-12th May
The beautiful medieval castle in Ludlow, Shropshire, plays host to the Spring Festival which showcases over 150 real ales from at least 50 brewers. But that’s not all, you’ll also find lots of vintage cars, live music and food stalls to browse. Follow the Pâté Trail on Saturday and the Pudding Trail on Sunday for more delights in the town itself.

Truro and Penwith College Fal River Festival – 24th May-2nd June
This ten-day festival is packed with events and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Centred around the water, events include the Castle to Castle swim across the Fal Estuary if you want to brave the water, gig racing and wildlife walks. The festival also embraces the local history and culture of the area with art, drama and musical performances. These include jazz bands, Celtic music and a male voice choir. Probably best not to join in with the latter. And where there’s a festival there’s also great food; the festival doesn’t disappoint with cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs.

West Dean Chilli Fiesta – 9-11th August
The eye-watering and mouth-watering Chilli Fiesta takes place in West Dean near Chichester in Sussex. It’s a great three-day celebration of this fiery little spice. Also a chilli heat endurance test for those who are brave enough to sample the foods on offer. Cookery demos, live music, beer on tap and everything chilli you could possibly want to buy complete the line-up.

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival - 17-18th August
Smelling is believing at this wonderfully pungent festival held just outside of Newchurch on the Isle of Wight. What awaits the uninitiated? Basically a lot of garlic flavoured treats as well as live music and plenty of beer. Don’t worry it’s not full of garlic-breathing drunks playing air-guitar; on the contrary, it’s full of foodies and extreme garlic lovers. So it’s appropriate for families with lots of entertainment laid on for the little ones in the form of a huge fun fair, archery and children’s entertainers. You’ll also find cooking demonstrations in large garlic marquees and hundreds of stalls featuring delicious local produce and arts and crafts.

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