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The Four Greatest British Festivals You Have Never Heard Of

Far away from the huge commercial festivals featuring gold record artists and acres of merchandising booths, these small events are providing quality entertainment on a smaller scale.

Leigh Folk Festival, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

Billed as the biggest free festival in the UK, this three-day extravaganza features music, art, and poetry from local artists and international talents. All events take place within walking distance from each other making it easy to explore each venue and sample everything the Folk Festival has to offer.

Beyond Music: Strange Festivals of the UK

If you automatically associate festivals with long days of being jostled by thousands of people while listening to music on distant stages, think again. Festivals are held to celebrate a variety of pursuits other than live music. And, some of those reasons are quite bizarre. Here are a few worth looking into if you are in the mood for something entirely different.

Up Helly Aa, Sherwick, Shetland

If you are of a mind to don a horned helmet and march through the streets with a burning torch before joining a thousand other pseudo-Vikings in a good old fashioned long ship burning, this festival is for you. Every year on the last Tuesday in January, Europe’s largest fire festival attracts thousands of participants from around the world in this tribute to the Scandinavian influence in this part of the UK.

Religious Festivals in the UK

The original UK festivals were held by Pagans to mark the passing of seasons and to honor important events such as the fall harvest. Over time, new cultures replaced the old belief systems with their own and modified local festivals to match their religion. Today, religious festivals still exist and they are attended by hundreds of thousands of devotees every year. Here are four popular religious festivals still held in the UK.