With the ‘Beast from the East’ behind us and spring in the air, it’s time to blow the cobwebs away and get out and about. The UK is brimming with things to do in April, from foodie festivals to literary events. And with the Easter holidays approaching, why not book a break away so the whole family can join in with the fun?
For the best April events, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a place to stay. Holiday Lettings has hundreds of rentals all over the UK, whether you’re looking for a city centre apartment in Manchester or a converted barn in the Cotswolds. If you’ve been wondering where to go in April, let these fantastic festivals be your guide and combine your visit with a holiday.
When: 7 April
In 2018, the Northern Vegan Festival and its partner, the Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival, was voted the UK’s second favourite vegan festival. It’s easy to see why, as this healthy food extravaganza hosts 200 stalls, cookery demonstrations, inspirational talks, interactive workshops and yoga. There’ll also be children’s activities throughout the day. Entry is £5 and 100 per cent of the ticket money goes to animal welfare charities as the festival is completely run by volunteers. There’s so much to do in Manchester, why not make a holiday of it and book a stay nearby?
When: 12 – 14 April
The 12th Skipton Beer Festival will once again be at Ermysted’s Grammar School and it’s shaping up to be a fantastic event. The festival will be showcasing over 75 real ales from Orkney to Somerset, ciders and perries from Cornwall to Scotland and bottled beers from around the world. After sampling the drinks, you might get a bit peckish but don’t worry – food at all sessions will be provided by local butchers, Drake and Macefield. If wine is your tipple of choice, there’ll be some fruity numbers available, and soft drinks will be on offer for the designated drivers. And as the festival is just a 12-minute walk from the town centre, you can explore the independent shops and historic sights, such as Skipton Castle, while you’re there.
When: 21 April
The Surrey Food Festival returns for its third year in 2018 with over 100 different food stalls showcasing their products. Expect fantastic marketplace traders and a Kids Zone full of entertainment for the children to enjoy. There’ll be a number of acts performing on the main stage throughout the day, with bars offering a range of drinks from champagne to speciality ale. If you love food and drink, make Richmond-Upon-Thames your number one stop this April. There are plenty of rentals to choose from nearby, whether you’re looking for a romantic cottage for two or a spacious family home.
When: 21 – 22 April
The Bishop Auckland Food Festival is a fabulous free event for all the family held in the heart of the town centre. Watch live demos from celebrity chefs, including This Morning’s Phil Vickery and Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown, in the Town Hall for just £5 each. Enrol in The Gin School or the Chocolate Workshops, and gain some expert cooking advice on the Market Place live stage. With 120 specialist food and drink producers, pop-up cafes, workshops for both the adults and children, and live music, this event is not to be missed!
When: 26 – 29 April
Chipping Norton Literary Festival is a celebration of all things bookish in the heart of this beautiful Cotswold town. You’ll have the chance to meet well-known and new writers, from Lionel Shriver, the author of We Need to Talk About Kevin, to second-time novelist Kit de Waal. Media stars including Jeremy Vine, Liza Tarbuck, Reggie Yates and Richard Osman will also be joining in with the festival. There’s a wide range of events covering fiction, food, nature and health, along with poetry and writers’ workshops. And, as ever, there’s a fun-packed children’s programme across the weekend.
When: 26 – 29 April
This four-day festival includes Welsh, English and bilingual literary events such as discussions between leading academics, Welsh Rugby Union stars and entrepreneurs. There’ll also be comedy from stand-up Noel James, and panel discussions. Literature and music blend in the Medieval Music event, whilst comedy and history combine in Psychopaths in Literature. Plus, readings for children will keep younger book fans entertained, and workshops for writers will help budding authors hone their skills. The packed programme is sure to leave you feeling inspired and with a reading list to last you through the summer and beyond! For more information, please visit www.llandeilolitfest.org
When: 26 April – 6 May
The annual literary festival takes over this Northumberland town every spring and it’s not afraid of tackling the big issues. The festival features heavy-hitting discussions about politics, with guests including Harriet Harman, Alastair Campbell, Evan Davis, John Crace and Chris Mullin. There’ll be discussions on philosophy with AC Grayling, and on fiction with Kate Mosse and Rachel Joyce, among others. Jeremy Vine and Tim Marshall will be covering topical issues and there’ll be cookery demonstrations by leading food writers, writing workshops, book signings and much more. If you’re looking for things to do in April, Hexham also has guided tours and a two-day book fair in the Civic Hall during the festival.
When: 26 April – 6 May
Calling all culture-vultures! Celebrate Scotland’s rich past and traditions while revelling in the best of the country’s contemporary performers, with story, music, song, film and dance. Residents and visitors alike will be joining in the fun and there’s something for everyone, without breaking the bank! Performers, both local and international, take part in more than 80 shows and events across 27 venues. So, book a break in Edinburgh this April to join in with the convivial ceilidh and experience the heart of a nation inspired by tradition. For further information, please visit www.tracscotland.org
When: 28 – 29 April
This pet-friendly show includes events and attractions from across the globe. Come and have a go at country pursuits guided by experts or compete in various competitions running over the two days. Browse over 350 shopping stands, food halls and craft halls, and watch cookery demonstrations by top chefs from the region. Sit back and relax in our VIP suite overlooking the Main Arena situated in front of Euston Hall whilst sipping a Pimm’s. Or indulge in afternoon tea in the beautiful grounds of Euston Estate, by kind permission of the Duke and Duchess of Grafton. When it comes to April events, this country show is definitely a contender.
When: 30 April
This exciting celebration of summer is a dazzling display of fire, drumming, and acrobatics on a scale not seen anywhere else in the world. The event marks the changing seasons by bringing this ancient Celtic festival to a modern audience. For one special night, a huge cast of otherworldly creatures lead thousands of spectators on an unforgettable procession around Calton Hill. Through spectacular fiery displays and immersive storytelling, the event shows the May Queen transforming the Green Man from his wintry guise so they can rule together over the warmer months. If you’re looking for things to do in April with a difference, you’ll love the Beltane Fire Festival.