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11 Jul 2019
If you think going to a festival this summer means you’ll be trudging through a muddy field full of thousands of strangers who haven’t washed in days, listening to music and, well, generally having a great time...you’re right. And wrong. These festivals have so much to offer that you won’t be able to decide which to head to first!
World Snail Racing Championships - 20 July
If you're after something a little slower paced, this is an event not to be missed. While not technically a festival, people have flocked to Congham, Norfolk, for 25 years to cheer on up to 200 snails competing to be crowned World Snail Racing Champion.
The event is free of charge and makes for an exciting afternoon for families of all ages.
Whitstable Oyster Festival - 27 - 29 July
It would be shellfish of us to keep this gem of a festival to ourselves. The weekend celebrates all things oyster and participation is strongly encouraged. Watch the oyster parade, complete with brass and samba bands and colourful costumes.
Love oysters? Prove your devotion by taking part in the Oyster Eating Competition that takes place on the Harbour Stage. First person to demolish six oysters and half a pint of beer will be declared the winner!
Great Dorset Chilli Festival - 3 - 4 August
It's the ninth year of the festival that puts your tastebuds to the test with spicy street food, stalls filled with peppers of all strengths, as well as ice cream and beer to quell the fire!
Dorset is home to the Dorset Naga, one of the hottest chillies around, so this is the perfect place to hold this celebration of spice!
Don't miss it - it's the hottest ticket in town!
Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival - 10 - 18 August
2019 marks the Silver Jubilee of this fun festival! Follow the trail around this Yorkshire village to see scarecrows created to look like famous people from film, tv, literature and politics!
Once you've worked up a hunger scavenging for scarecrows, enjoy sandwiches and homebaking served in the Village Hall. This festival really does celebrate all things traditional.
Porthcawl Elvis Festival - 27 - 29 September
Don't think that the end of summer means the end of the festivals. Put on your blue suede shoes and head to Porthcawl where, for one weekend a year, the King is back and ready to rock.
The biggest festival of its kind, visitors can watch performances from the Elvis Gospel Show, and Elvis Orchestrated - featuring members of the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra.
The highlight of the weekend is The Elvies, where Elvis tribute artists compete to be crowned King.
Buy your tickets for this amazing event - it's now or never!
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