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UK Festival Spotlight: Food, culture and lifestyle events


Whether you’re a foodie, lifestyle or culture enthusiast, the UK is teeming with a range of festivals to suit you. To help you, we've lined up a selection of the best of the best events on the UK food, culture and lifestyle calendar, all of which are an easy and luxurious private jet charter away.

Food festivals

Friends enjoying food festival
Friends enjoying food festival

Anyone who thinks the UK’s cuisine is bland clearly hasn't been to one of the nation’s food festivals, which celebrate the best of local produce, meats and street food. To satisfy your taste buds, we've compiled a list of the UK’s best food festivals for 2018 below:

  • The Big Grill, 16-19 August, Herbert Park, Dublin.
    One of Ireland's first major food festivals, the biggest BBQ in Dublin includes cooking demonstrations and workshops, a BBQ cook-off and a series of challenges against a background of live music and DJ sets. If you want to attend this food festival, you can purchase your tickets here.
  • Isle of Wight Garlic Festival, 18-19 August 2018, Fighting Cocks Crossroad, Isle of Wight.
    This fun-filled food festival with the mantra "eat, drink, stink" takes place on the Isle of Wight. Along with over 300 food trade stands showcasing garlic-themed cookery demonstrations and local Isle of Wight produce, the two-day event also includes live music and children's areas, making it one that all the family can enjoy. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Garlic Princess, who can be seen sporting a crown made out of garlic bulbs! Tickets can be purchased here.
  • Meatopia, 31 August – 2 September, Tobacco Dock, London.
    With "eat, sleep, meat, repeat" as its strapline, this three-day festival is a meat-eater’s paradise. Established in New York, Meatopia was imported to the UK by one of the nation’s best butchers and chefs, Richard H. Turner. Taking over London's Tobacco Docks, this carnival for carnivores showcases a range of stalls offering mouthwatering charcoal- and wood-cooked meat. Ticket prices vary depending on which day you wish to attend and can be bought here.

Cultural festivals

Notting Hill Carnival parade
Notting Hill Carnival parade

The UK is a hub of culture throughout the year. We've selected three of our favourite 2018 cultural festivals below for your consideration:

  • Notting Hill Carnival, 25-27 August 2018, London.
    Europe’s biggest annual street party returns to London this August for carnival season. Notting Hill Carnival kicks off on Saturday evening with a Caribbean-themed street party, before the parade continues through Sunday's J’Ouvert and Children’s Day event, where food stalls and live music entertain crowds in Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park. The Grand Finale kicks off on bank holiday Monday with street performers, dancers, steel bands, street food markets and craft stalls. Free entry; no tickets needed.
  • Robin Hood Festival, 27 August - 2 September 2018, Sherwood Forest, Nottingham.
    Returning for its 34th year, the Robin Hood Festival is the ultimate family-friendly day out. There are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, including storytelling, medieval music and performances throughout the day. Be sure to watch the battle of the day between Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham near the Major Oak for an exciting event. Food and drink stalls are scattered all over Sherwood Forest to feed the hungry crowds reliving England’s Medieval past. Free entry; no tickets needed.
  • Hogmanay, 30 December 2018 - 1 January 2019, Edinburgh.
    A series of fun-packed events combine to make Hogmanay one of the UK’s most renowned cultural extravaganzas. The highlight of the self-proclaimed "World's Best New Year Street Party" is the Concert in the Gardens on New Year’s Eve, which features food markets, fireworks, street performers, disco divas and DJs against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The next day, celebrate the start of the New Year at the Loony Dook, which sees revellers in fancy dress take a dip in the chilly waters of Firth of Forth at South Queensferry. Ticket prices vary; purchase here.

Lifestyle events

Private jet flying over a city
Private jet flying over a city

Lifestyle events and expos are quickly becoming a centre of information and investment. We've compiled a list of three of the UK's most prestigious events below:

  • Goldsmiths Fair, 25-30 September and 2-7 October 2018, Goldsmiths' Hall, London.
    Internationally renowned as the premier UK lifestyle event for jewellery and silver, Goldsmiths Fair is a celebration of the best of British antique and contemporary jewels and craftsmanship. Collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers alike flock to Goldsmiths' Hall to snatch the best jewellery and silver the luxury market has to offer. Tickets can be purchased separately for each week or as a two-week package here.
  • The Gentleman’s Grooming & Lifestyle Show, 17-18 November 2018, Old Truman Brewery, London.
    With a mission to educate and inspire the modern man, the Gentleman’s Grooming & Lifestyle Show is dedicated exclusively to men, showcasing the very best grooming brands, products and services from around the world. For up-to-date ticket information, click here.
  • Amaze London, 30 November - 2 December 2018, Olympia London.
    Dubbed “the innovation and luxury lifestyle expo”, Amaze London features only the most exclusive products and services from a line-up of luxury global manufacturers. Stalls and expos cover digital, fashion, aviation, adventure and cars, to name but a few. To attend this prestigious event, you must first create a visitor’s profile here before applying for a visitor’s pass.

Up and down the UK, food, lifestyle, culture and art festivals celebrate the best of British culture. If you want to get involved, all that's left to do is charter a private jet to London, Dublin, Edinburgh, or the Isle of Wight and enjoy what the UK has to offer. To charter a private jet to any of these UK festivals and events, contact us to help you arrange a bespoke and luxurious trip.

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