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Created on 21 August 2012

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Britain has some fantastic festivals from food and music to the slightly more bizarre. Have a look what festivals are taking place in your area or the area you are next planning on visiting. And with so much national heritage too, there is bound to be something that takes your fancy.


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  • 1 British Museum All year round in Great Russel Street, London Great Court, British Museum, London. Courtesy of British Museum, © Dennis Gilbert Festivals & Heritage

    World-class collections from civilisations across the globe are exhibited at the British Museum in Bloomsbury. Its mission is to "illuminate the histories of cultures for present and future generations", with popular galleries devoted to the Assyrians and the Ancient Greeks.

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  • 2 Dunnottar Castle All year round in Aberdeen Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven. © Dunecht Estates Festivals & Heritage

    The ruins of Dunnottar Castle, a dramatic cliff-top fortress, near Stonehaven date back to the fourth century. Look out for the War Memorial on nearby Black Hill, which affords 360-degree views of the castle and bay.

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  • 3 Lydiard House & Park All year round in Swindon A view of Lydiard House from across the lake, Swindon. Courtesy of Swindon Borough Council Festivals & Heritage

    Dating from the 18th century, Lydiard Park was originally a medieval deer park. The 260 acres include a lake and ornamental flower gardens, while the house contains numerous elegant state rooms, a unique painted window and 18th-century Lady Diana Spencer room.

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  • 4 Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum All year round in Wallsend Festivals & Heritage

    The Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum examines what life was like on the Roman frontier at Hadrian's Wall, combining finds unearthed at the fort with interactive computer displays.

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  • 5 International Slavery Museum All year round in Liverpool International Slavery Museum; plantation model © Lee Garland. Courtesy of Liverpool Museums Festivals & Heritage

    Based in the Merseyside Maritime Museum at Liverpool's Albert Dock, the International Slavery Museum explores the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery. Exhibits address the slave trade's many legacies and relate stories of bravery and rebellion among the enslaved people.

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  • 6 Llandaff Cathedral All year round in Cardiff The interior of Llandaff Cathedral, Wales. Courtesy of Cardiff Tourist Board Festivals & Heritage

    Cardiff's Llandaff Cathedral is a prime attraction for both worshippers and visitors. Take the woodland path from Llandaff Green to the cathedral, and see its 13th-century Chapter House and Jacob Epstein's 20th-century Christ in Majesty sculpture.

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