Top country festivals 2009


CLA Game Fair

Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire (July 24–26)

Festival of Hunting

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East of England Showground, Peterborough (July 22)

Ramblers’ Festival of Winter Walks

December 26–January 4, 2010

Scotland’s Countryside Festival

Glamis Castle, Angus (September 5–6)


Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Snape Maltings, Suffolk (September)

Clovelly Herring Festival

Clovelly Harbour, Devon (November 15)

Dales Festival of Food and Drink

Leyburn, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire (May 2–4)

Dorset Seafood Festival

Weymouth Old Harbour, Dorset (July 11–12)

The Exeter Festival of South West England Food and Drink

Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle (April 17–19)

Isle of Man Queenie Festival

The Isle of Man (June 29–July 5)

The Lakes Chilli Fest

Levens Hall, Cumbria (August 15–16)

Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival

West Dunbartonshire (September 12–13)

Ludlow Food Festival

Ludlow Castle, Shropshire (September 11–13)

Nantwich International Cheese Show

Dorfold Hall Park, Cheshire (July 29)

Rye Bay Scallops

Rye, East Sussex (February 20–28)

Narberth Food Festival

Narberth, Pembrokeshire (September 26–27)

Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food and Culture

Various locations

(August 18–September 18)

Pershore Plum Festival

Worcestershire (August 1–31)

Sussex Food and Farming Fair

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, West Sussex (May 3–4)

The Really Wild Food and Countryside Festival

St Davids, Pembrokeshire (September 5–6)

Wholly Herbs

West Dean Gardens, West Sussex (May 16–17)

Trossachs International Mushroom Festival

Aberfoyle, Perthshire (October 22–25)


Borders Festival of the Horse

Various venues, the Scottish Borders (May 15–26)

British Jumping Derby Meeting

Hickstead, West Sussex (June 25–28)

The Festival of British Eventing

Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire (August 7–9)


Hay Festival

Hay-on-Wye, Brecon Beacons National Park (May 21–31)

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Gloucestershire (October 9–18)

Swindon Festival of Literature

Wiltshire (May 4–17)

Henley Literary Festival

Oxfordshire (October 2–4)

Wigtown Book Festival

Dumfries and Galloway (September 25– October 4)



Shaftesbury, Dorset (April 13–25)

Belvoir Castle Steam Festival

Belvoir, Leicestershire (May 16–17)

Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Various venues, Cambridge (October 21–November 1)

Festival of Angels

The Quarter, York (December 12–13)

Festival of Fools

Muncaster Castle, Cumbria (May 24–28)

The Secret Garden Party

Huntington, Cambridgeshire (July 23–26)


Ashburton Blues Festival

Devon (May 29–31)

Glastonbury Festival

Somerset (June 24–28)

Isle of Wight Festival

Newport (June 12–14)

Wychwood Music Festival

Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire (May 29–31)

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Matlock, Derbyshire (July 31–August 2)

The Arts

Brighton Fringe Festival

Various venues, Brighton (May 2–25)

Edinburgh Festival

Various venues, Edinburgh (August 14–September 6)

Festival of History

Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire (July 25–26)

Sedbergh Festival of Books and Drama

Sedbergh, Cumbria (September 18–27)

Tartan Heart Belladrum Festival

The Belladrum Estate, Inverness-shire (August 7–8)


Cowes Week

Isle of Wight (August 1–8)

Conwy River Festival

Mouth of the River Conwy (August 8–16)

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood House, West Sussex (July 3–5)