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Just like spring sunshine, these art and culture festivals in the UK are set to light up the months ahead. From intellectual leaps to flights of fancy, epic outdoor staging to intimate gigs, there’s so much wonderful stuff to see and do, right on our doorsteps. So pick what art and culture festivals in the UK most speaks to you and get that YHA stay booked.


Cambridge Literary Festival

16th- 19th April 2020
Stay: YHA Cambridge

We live in extraordinary times. And where better to debate, discuss, debunk and deconstruct the extraordinary events of recent days than this glorious city and seat of learning. At its heart, Cambridge Literary Festival is a celebration of art, creativity and conversation.

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Brighton Festival

2nd- 24th May 2020

Brighton Fringe

4th May-3rd June 2020
Stay: YHA Brighton

The wonderfully colourful Children’s Parade kicks off England’s biggest and boldest curated mixed art and culture festivals in the UK on 6th May. The rest of the month is spent showcasing the best in cutting edge dance, theatre, circus and music in Brighton’s many arts venues, parks and public spaces. Acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet and playwright Lemn Sissay is this year’s Guest Director. 

And as if that weren’t enough, the Fringe promises a joyful explosion of comedy, cabaret, music and visual arts.

St Ives harbour

St Ives Literature Festival

9th-16th May 2020
Stay: YHA Penzance

Poetry readings, creative writing workshops, open air events, book launches and comedy acts; it’s all here and that’s why it’s one of the best art and culture festivals in the UK. St. Ives becomes a hive of activity as writers and poets descend on the town to share their work. Many events are free to enjoy for you and the whole family. 

Hay festival

Hay festival

21st- 31st May 2020
Stay: YHA Kington or YHA Danywenallt

For 10 days in May, Hay is home to a festival of the mind which brings together writers from around the globe to debate, tell stories and celebrate the great ideas that have the power to change our way of thinking. And it’s all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Welsh Borders. Looking for an art and culture festival in the UK for you and your loved one to attend? This is the festival for you!

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Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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