The UK boasts some of the world’s finest further education in some of the country’s most vibrant cities. And where you find the UK’s top universities, you’ll also find Collegiate’s superior student accommodation.
In each of Collegiate’s city locations, you’ll find a host of opportunities to enjoy all sorts festivals (many of them free) ranging from music to theatre and from food to arts. So make the most of your student life, knowing with confidence that you can crash out at the end of an amazing day in one of our unique student apartments that offer great value, superb facilities and peace of mind.
The Collegiate team checked out just a few of the festivals and events that are planned in each of our cities, but to really get involved make sure you go online to look for dates and exact details of what is happening, where and when.
Aberdeen is renowned for offering a series of “edgy” festivals; festivals that aren’t quite like anything you can see anywhere else. Aberdeen’s vibrant and distinctive festivals include a spectrum of events such as the Aberdeen Jazz Festival, Arts Across Learning Festival, Techfest, Dancelive and the North East Open Studios sound. So why not get involved and get on the edge!
Birmingham offers a year packed with events to satisfy even the most demanding festival goer. For example there’s the Moseley Folk Festival, which showcases unsigned acts right next to well established international artists, while the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival brings top drawer players from across the world to Birmingham for a series of (mostly) free gigs. For something very different the Fierce Festival is an international festival of live art with a reputation for risk-taking, excellence and innovation. So there’s plenty to do and enjoy in the UK’s second city, check out the web and get your festival programme sorted.
Brighton (and Hove actually) is really is a city of festivals. From the biggest arts Festival in England to comedy, food, music, film and artists' open houses, you'll usually find somewhere in the city that is in full festival swing. The city certainly knows how to celebrate arts and culture all year round, with Brighton festivals packing venues and filling the streets right across the calendar.
Bristol is a lively place with festivals and parties happening every week throughout the city. Bristol hosts a packed programme of events with an exciting mix of music, literature, entertainment and outdoor fun across the city. No matter what time of year it is you’ll be guaranteed to find an event that suits every taste.
Cardiff’s main event is ‘Summer in the City’, which runs from 21 June-6 September and provides a great summer of entertainment. Enjoy the festive atmosphere at a variety of events including colourful parades, exciting live music and theatre, popular family entertainment and world class sporting events, including the Extreme Sailing SeriesTM in Cardiff Bay. Best of all many of the events are free with something for everyone to get involved in.
Edinburgh is renowned for its annual International Festival and of course the Fringe, where every aspiring actor gets the chance to strut their stuff and perhaps one day become a leading thespian, comic, musician or artist. It all goes on in this great city and for those who want bagpipes, drama and fireworks, what about the world famous Military Tattoo, held at the iconic Edinburgh Castle. So go get your kilt and get in the swing!
Exeter celebrates age old traditions as well as modern music, food and culture and the programme of annual festivals includes Animated Exeter in February and Vibraphonic in March. Whatever you’re musical tastes, there is sure to be a concert or performance you can enjoy in the Heart of Devon. Rural culture is also marked through festivals such as the Devon County Show or Exeter Food Festival.
Glasgow is known as the Merchant City and its annual festival showcases
music, performance, street-theatre, dance, food and markets, all held in the heart of the city. Glasgow also hosts a biennial and unique contemporary visual arts event, that takes place in various venues and locations across the city, including Glasgow’s major art spaces and cultural institutions.
Leeds as you might expect of this lively city, Leeds is at the heart of the UK summer festival season and thousands flock there each year. The city hosts the Leeds Festival, Live At Leeds, and Slam Dunk, while nearby in Yorkshire there are the Bingley Music Live and Beacons Festivals. The annual Leeds Festival, held at Bramham Park, just outside the city, is one of the largest musical events in the region.
Liverpool specialises in unique festivals and celebrations in all forms. Arts, food and drink, performance, heritage and music from all over the world, there’s something to appeal to everyone. Down in the docks area is Tate Liverpool, the focus for a summer festival curated by young people for young people. The line-up includes live art, dance, performance, music, workshops and an exhibition by the artists of the future
London the UK’s capital city offer so much it is hard to know where to begin, but perhaps the best place is the More London Free Festival, which brings an impressive line-up of events and performances to the city. Events are divided into five cultural categories, and the festival kicks off with a four-day street party of Latin and Caribbean food and fun. The Free Fringe features lighthearted theatrical shows and there is also a focus on film. All events are free and no booking is required, but arrive early and bring a cushion.
Oxford is perhaps one of the more sedate of our academic cities, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do and fun to be had. How about getting along to the amazing Wilderness Festival just outside the city at Cornbury Park, where lakes and forests provide a perfect accompaniment to outdoor dining and live music. This is your chance to camp out and enjoy nature as well as great music, amazing food, talks and debates, late night revelry, wellbeing events and international theatre.
Plymouth has one of the best event programmes in the country. The ‘La Solitaire du Figaro Race’ will see thousands of sailing enthusiasts descend on Plymouth when the city hosts this top international sailing event, while MTV will be ‘crashing’ Plymouth Hoe to stage a spectacular live music extravaganza. The largest free food festival in the South West, Flavour Fest, showcases the best of regional produce and the British Firework Championships held in Plymouth is Britain’s most spectacular fireworks display. It’s your chance to enjoy seeing the sky lit up over Plymouth.
This maritime city has much to offer and not surprisingly the biggest event in its annual calendar of activity is the Maritime Festival, which takes place on both land and sea. Attractions include displays and demonstrations with exhibits including historic ships, cars and steam driven vehicles of all sorts as well as art exhibitions, craft fairs and trader stands. The city also offers a summer celebration like no other with a festival of theatre, film, music, visual art and dance in partnership with some of the City’s leading arts organisations.