The Best British Spring Festivals

Spring is arriving, which means it’s time to venture out of the comfort of a cosy home and start doing stuff again. There are lots of events around this time of the year, particularly of the cultural variety. If you’re looking for a weekend’s break, why not make a quick trip to a literary festival or go and see a show? Here are a few suggestions for events happening around the UK that would be worth planning to visit:


York Literature Festival:

York is known for being a cultural city and for having a literary history. The Literature Festival, which takes place between 17th and 24th March, makes the most of that, with venues all over the city hosting bookish events. See famous authors read from their work, take a master class on writing short fiction, or even enter the poetry competition for the chance to win £100. There’s a parent and baby bookclub, the opportunity to go on a literary walking tour, lots of musical shows and concerts and a grand finale featuring the eminent Carol Ann Duffy, who was the country’s first female poet laureate.

Book a room in one of our York hotels, and you can enjoy the festival, as well as the rest of what the city has to offer. Visit York Minster, and learn about the religious significance of the town, or see a show at the historic Theatre Royal.


Glasgow International Comedy Festival:

The Scots are known for their cracking sense of humour, and Glasgow is known for its legendary Comedy Festival. Attracting some of the biggest names in British comedy, this event is a must for any stand-up fan. From the 14th to the 31st March, there are all sorts of events happening in and around the city, and you should book up a spot in one of our Glasgow hotels as soon as possible so you don’t miss out. Highlights include shows by Harry Hill, Andy Parsons and Chris Addison, as well as lots of other big name comedians. There are over 350 shows in 40 venues during the 16-day period, so there’s certainly something for everyone.

If your stomach muscles need a break from laughing, the city has lots to offer visitors as well. Visit The Glasgow Science Museum, have tea in the classic Willow Tearooms, and investigate the city’s shipping heritage at Clydebuilt.


Ideal Home Show:

If you’re thinking of doing some Spring cleaning, or perhaps some Spring re-decorating, there’s no better place to visit for inspiration that the Ideal Home Show. Held in Earls Court from 15th March until 1st April, there are hundreds of stalls, events and demonstrations. Wander around show gardens and furniture displays, stop off at the champagne bar, or have afternoon tea in the tearoom. There’s a gadget section for any technology fans, and a pampering corner where you can get everything and anything you need to give yourself a bit of TLC.


If you book a room in our Fulham hotel, you’ll be in the best location for all of London’s other attractions, too. So why not book to see something on the West End, or visit a museum or two while you’re there?


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