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The best UK festivals and events: July 2018

Check out our round-up of the best UK food festivals and events in July 2018, from a seafood festival in Dorset to an ice cream exhibition in London

Looking for food festivals to visit in July? Here’s our round-up of the best food festivals taking place this month, from a Nordic supper in the South West, to an ale festival in London. Check out all of July’s foodie events, here…


Henley Festival

Taking place over five days in the middle of July, Henley Festival brings together practitioners of music, art and food in the waterside Oxfordshire town. Pop-up restaurants will be serving handmade pasta from The Cooking Cooks, bavette steaks with charred nectarine salads from The BBQ Club and sweet chilli and chorizo squid from Audacious Crispy Squid.

There’ll be plenty of bars, too, including Black Cab Coffee who will be serving espresso martinis from a London taxi.

11 – 15 July,

A London black cab is parked next to a lake at Henley festival with a blackboard listing coffees and coffee cocktails

Port Eliot Festival

If you love reading about food as much as eating about it this cult Cornish festival is firmly based around literature but has now diversified to encompass much more than books. Not least where food is concerned. A selection of street food chefs will be setting up stalls on the lawn (choose between crab rolls from London’s CLAW, indulgent grilled cheese toasties from the Cheese Truck and monkfish curries from Katie’s Cornish hotpots). There will also be live demonstrations from Anna Jones, Zoe Adjonyoh and Genevieve Taylor, as well as a series of evening supper clubs hosted by Freddy Bird.

Between meals, there will be outdoor adventures to take part in, live music to listen to and workshops to take part in.

26 – 29 July,

A colourful plate of food being held in a woman's hands at Port Eliot festival
Credit: Sarah Louise Bennett

Latitude Festival

A line-up of live music, lake swimming, late night DJs and street feasts mean this year’s Latitude Festival should definitely be on your radar.

Over 80 street food stalls will set up home in Henham Park, Suffolk; think boa buns filled with pork belly from Yum Bun, Portuguese prego sandwiches from Growlers, vegan sushi rolls from Happy Maki and he Peckish Peacock’s meat-free feasts of spinach curry, cumin rice, pakoras and chutneys.

12 – 15 July,

Sunset over the lake at Latitude Festival
Credit: Lauren Maccabee

Hampshire Food Festival

More a call to arms than a festival, Hampshire’s annual food festival celebrates local producers and food businesses with a whole month of culinary activities. Over 60 events will take place over the 31 days including a pork pie and cider festival, veg masterclasses at Riverford Farm and wine tastings at Hattingley Valley. Pop-up restaurants will be appearing across the county’s towns, starting with a fish supper at JS Fresh Fish in Shamrock Quay.

1 – 31 July,

Manchester Eats Festival

For one weekend in July, Manchester’s Heaton Park comes alive with a flurry of food and drink-related activity. The Urban Eats area will see street food traders serving up falafel wraps, philly cheese steak sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas, while the Marketplace will give you a chance to buy products from local producers, including bottles of rhubarb liqueur from Rose Cottage Liqueurs and chilli oils from Yorkshire Drizzle.

7 – 8 July,

A crowd of people in a field at Manchester Eats Festival

SCOOP: The Wonderful World of Ice Cream

An ice cream festival in July? Sounds right up our street! Ice cream lovers rejoice; Bompass and Parr have created a three-month ice cream exhibition featuring the world’s largest collection of historic ice cream paraphernalia. Along with displays of Victorian ice cream moulds and Andy Warhol ice cream prints, there’ll be a programme of talks, events and demonstrations all based around our favourite summer treat.

29 June – 30 September,

A selection of plastic ice cream cones with an ice cream scoop on top

Here are some of our best ice cream recipes including:

  • Brown butter ice cream
  • Maple honeycomb ice cream
  • Chocolate and black pepper gelato
  • Blackcurrant ripple ice cream
  • Instant mango fro-yo

Mango Froyo Recipe

Timber Festival

The National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus have joined forces to create Timber Festival, a three-day event that looks to explore what woodlands can mean to us. Live music, spoken word workshops and storytelling will all take place as well and guided runs and the chance to relax in an eco-spa.

Food-wise, a feasting area will see farmers’ market stalls selling local produce, street food trucks and foraging workshops. Head to Goody Gujarati for veggie chaats, chickpea curries and fritters, or stop at the Doughology truck for Neapolitan style wood-fired pizzas.

6 – 8 July,

A wooden stage with a performance taking place in a forest is surrounded by people at Timber festival
Credit: Teneight

Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival

Dorset Seafood Festival is celebrating its 11th year in style, with champagne and seafood. Enjoy a glass of fizz overlooking Weymouth’s picturesque harbour then browse the festival’s 100 or so stalls to find your pick of the best seafood street food dishes.

Head to the Pavilion stage to see chef Neil Rankin and Sophie Mitchell in action. Every day there will also be BBQ masterclasses where you can learn how to cook fish burgers, seafood skewer tacos and dry spiced grilled fish over open flames. All profit will go to the Fisherman’s Mission charity.

14 – 15 July,

Check out the best places to eat and drink in Dorset here…

The harbour in Dorset at Pommery Seafood Festival. The teal river has boats on it and colourful houses in the background
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Here are some of the best places to eat and drink in Dorset including:

  • Brassica, Beaminster
  • Red Panda, Lyme Regis
  • Dorshi, Bridport
  • The Anchor Inn, Seatown
  • Deans Court, Wimborne

Red Panda, teriyaki tofu

Plates x Aesop

Shoreditch’s plant-based restaurant Plates and skin care brand Aesop have come together to create a series of seasonal dinners. Inspired by nature and the ingredients it offers, the five-course vegan tasting menu uses vegetables in creative and intriguing ways.


12 July,

A white plate on a grey surface topped with coconut, roasted carrots and mandarin