Festival season is right here, bringing tasty native meals, craft beer and dwell music to picturesque websites all around the UK.
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North East Chilli Festival
When? 13-15 July 2018
Where? The port city of Blyth with vivid, Insta-pretty seashore huts is a 50-minute bus experience or 30 minutes by automobile from Newcastle.
Why go? Sample among the hottest and best chilli concoctions from growers, cooks and makers from throughout the UK. Local favourites the Geordie Banger Company can be there, together with a great deal of different connoisseur avenue meals stalls. There’s dwell music, cabaret, a disco and tenting onsite with a festival-by-the-sea theme this 12 months.
What else can I do there? Check out Blyth port, dominated by mammoth wind generators; the golden sand at South Beach; or catch a Blyth Spartans match – one in every of England’s most well-known novice soccer golf equipment. The High Light lighthouse can also be price a glance, inbuilt 1788 (with additional sections added in 1888 and 1900), it’s one in every of Blyth’s oldest buildings, and was as soon as close to to the shoreline, however now sits amongst a row of homes within the city.
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Hawkshead summer time beer competition
Summer beer fest in Staveley
When? 9-21 July 2018
Where? Hawkshead Brewery within the village of Staveley within the Lake District, half means between Kendal and Windermere.
Why go? To get a style of the northern craft brewing scene. There’s meals all day, dwell music, and no entry price. This is one in every of two festivals at Hawkshead Brewery – there’s additionally the Spring beer fest in March.
What else can I do there? You’re slap bang in the midst of the Lake District, with its wooded valleys, picturesque lakes and dry-stone partitions, so head out for a stroll and drink in (sorry) the world-famous surroundings that has stoked the creativeness of writers and artists for hundreds of years. This a part of the world can also be made for adventurous sorts, with horse using, climbing, gorge strolling, climbing and kayaking among the many actions you’ll be able to strive.
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Berwick meals and beer competition. Photograph: Doug McKinlay/Getty/Lonely Planet
Berwick meals and beer competition
When? 31 August-2 September 2018
Where? Berwick-upon-Tweed, simply south of the Scottish border and proper on the Northumberland coast.
Why go? There are a whopping 80 stalls right here promoting native food and drinks, in addition to cookery demonstrations and dwell music. Oh, and there’s an animal farm, too. The competition itself is about within the city’s 18th-century barracks and the doorway price contains entry to the museum.
What else can I do there? Berwick is a helpful base for exploring the realm’s stunning seashores and sand dunes, in addition to the fairytale castles of Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh.
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Liverpool food and drinks competition. Photograph: Alamy
Liverpool food and drinks competition
When? 15-16 September 2018
Where? The sprawling 95-hectare (235-acre) Sefton Park in Liverpool.
Why go? For celeb chef demos, culinary masterclasses, dwell music and sampling the products of among the finest pop-up food and drinks distributors within the UK.
What else can I do there? Not only a mecca for Beatles followers, Liverpool has a lot extra going for it. Hit the choice tradition path, taking within the metropolis’s edgy artwork galleries by day and a warehouse get together within the up-and-coming Baltic Triangle district by night time.
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Arley Hall. Photograph: Alamy
Arley Hall meals competition
When? 22-23 September 2018
Where? Arley Hall, Cheshire – Northwich or Hartford are the closest practice stations.
Why go? To stock up on native produce from the artisan market and watch demos by stars from the Great British Bake Off and Masterchef. Amateur bakers can enter the “cake off”, which sees 500 truffles tasted and judged.
What else can I do there? Wander the intensive gardens of Arley Hall, which seems like it’s straight out of a interval drama (and has in actual fact featured in a number of TV exhibits, together with Peaky Blinders).
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Wakefield competition of meals, drink and rhubarb
When? 22-24 February 2019
Where? Wakefield, within the well-known “rhubarb triangle”, an space of West Yorkshire that has grown the very best quality compelled rhubarb for a whole bunch of years.
Why go? To get your head across the mysterious business of forcing rhubarb. This is the method during which rhubarb crops are lifted from the soil late within the 12 months and relocated to heat, darkish sheds the place they end their progress. Thrillingly, they often make a faint creaking noise as they develop. Like an in-demand celeb with a closely booked up diary, compelled rhubarb is just accessible from late December to March, making it one of many coolest greens going (or fruit, as a US courtroom dominated in 1947). At the competition you’ll be able to learn to create nice dishes from rhubarb – moreover crumble – hop between avenue meals distributors, or do a restaurant safari, making an attempt dishes in every of them the place rhubarb is a giant characteristic. There’s dwell music, avenue leisure and a household rhubarb path, too.
What else can I do there? Set on Wakefield’s historic waterfront overlooking the river Calder, the Hepworth Wakefield is the location of main exhibits from worldwide up to date artists, in addition to everlasting exhibitions exploring the work of Wakefield-born artist Barbara Hepworth.
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