10 bizarre British and Irish festivals

The excitement phrase this summer season is ‘Staycation’ – figures just lately launched from Hostelworld present a 19% yr on yr enhance on bookings into the UK from UK travellers.

Subsequently by combining the highest hostel within the land with the most effective of British and Irish festivals, Hostelworld has taken it’s choose of the highest ten issues to do throughout a staycation. With lots of them free to attend and providing actions starting from catching a wild-goat to the extra conventional British beer pageant, these provide the proper strategy to spend your summer season with out breaking the financial institution!

London’s Notting Hill Carnival

When: 30th – 31st August

Since 1966 the August Financial institution Vacation has meant just one factor, carnival time! The Notting Hill Carnival is the most important of its sort in Europe. The streets come alive with vibrant colors, rhythmic sounds and Caribbean meals. Over 1,000,000 revelers can’t be unsuitable of their selection of carnival.

London Home Resort – CLICK HERE

Considered one of London’s hottest price range motels, it affords an amazing location in central London from its newly renovated premises. With personal loos, flat-screen TV’s, Wi-Fi web, and even air con for that rarest of occurrences, the British Summer season, it’s the best choice to see the pageant from.  Being solely a 20 minute stroll or a tube journey from the pageant the sights and sounds are virtually subsequent door.

Edinburgh Worldwide Competition

When: 14th August – sixth September

The Edinburgh Worldwide Competition transforms one of many world’s most lovely cities into the house of the best creators and performers within the arts world. Six main theatres, a number of smaller venues and a few unconventional ones showcase the most effective from across the globe.

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Bus Station Backpackers Hostel affords a much better evening’s sleep than its title suggests! Situated within the metropolis centre simply 90 metres from the primary bus station, the free breakfast and web must be sufficient to entice visitors in. The small hostel affords a comfortable ambiance to fulfill others with its residence from residence type. Providing free metropolis excursions and even a free pub crawl it’s a good spot to get to know Edinburgh earlier than venturing to the pageant.

London’s Nice British Beer Competition

When: 4th – eighth August

Mixing two of Britain’s favorite issues, its capital and its beer all the time affords a profitable mixture. The start of August sees the Nice British Beer Competition descend on Earl’s Court docket. With over 450 completely different beers accessible together with a number of ciders and perries the pageant is a who’s who of homegrown and worldwide tipples.

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Only a 20 minute stroll from the pageant the ace hostel offers the proper respite from the festivities. A three star rated hostel it affords visitors it’s very personal bar, backyard and even a hot-tub! The up to date price range lodging affords a selection of personal or bunk mattress rooms relying on desire and free breakfast for all. Personal rooms even have their very own en suite loos, fridges and patios. It’s fashionable luxurious at an reasonably priced value.

Carlsberg Comedy Competition, Dublin

When: 23rd- 26th July

That includes the comedy world’s quickest rising new comers alongside the outdated palms of the circuit the Carlsberg Comedy Competition affords guests extra laughs than they’ll collectively shake a stick at. With a connoisseur BBQ and sideshow sights there’s something for everybody on the pageant.

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Only a quick stroll from the capitals O’Connell Avenue lies Globetrotters/The Townhouse. This 200 yr outdated constructing was previously the house of well-known poets and playwrights Mr. Dion Boucicault and Lafcadio Hearne (Koizumi Yakumo) and has been painstakingly resorted in order that it maintains the character of years passed by. Open 24 hours a day all yr spherical backpackers from the world over can take pleasure in their keep in a historic residence.

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Competition

When: 1st August – 31st October

Hundreds of single women and men descend on the harbour city of Lisdoonvarna yearly for six weeks. All have one factor on their thoughts – to seek out their excellent match. Historically the cities matchmakers would introduce the eligible little kids of farmers to gather on dowries, whereas the custom itself has modified the concept has stayed the identical for 150 years and continues to be going sturdy.

Allie River Hostel – CLICK HERE

The Aille River Hostel in Doolin is the gateway of the 700ft excessive Cliffs of Moher. The 300 yr outdated renovated cottage is located proper within the centre of the charming seaside village set in opposition to the rugged Atlantic Ocean on the northwest coast of county Clare. Famend world vast as the standard music capital Eire folks journey from everywhere in the world to take part and benefit from the conventional periods accessible in all three of Doolin’s pubs.

Cardiff Massive Weekend

When: 31st July – 2nd of August

Happening in and round Cardiff’s civic centre, the Cardiff Massive Weekend affords a large dwell music occasion in opposition to the again drop of its personal travelling enjoyable honest of white knuckle rides and household sights. Acts confirmed for the occasion embrace; Assault! Assault!, Children In Glass Homes and the Zutons. All of this totally free!

NosDa Studio Resort– CLICK HERE

‘NosDa’ which means good evening in Welsh guarantees precisely that from its location on the banks of the River Taff. After its £1million makeover it delivers each fashionable and reasonably priced lodging. With a selection of safe combined and single intercourse dorms and quite a few personal rooms, every outfitted with loos, kitchens, TV’s and even balconies you’d want an amazing motive simply to go away the room. The hostel additionally homes its very personal bar, health club and artwork gallery! With free parking, breakfast and Wi-Fi it’s considered one of Cardiff’s prime choices. The placement solely made higher being a mere 15 minutes from the pageant grounds.

Bristol Harbour Competition

When: 31st July – 2nd of August

Considered one of Britain’s greatest and greatest liked free occasions, the Bristol Harbour Competition showcases the globe’s most interesting abilities throughout all the performing arts to greater than 200,000 guests. Alongside 7 performing phases and three fringe phases the pageant performs host to historic ships and boats, kids’s leisure, continental markets, a improbable array of foods and drinks, and town’s greatest annual fireworks present.


Having simply reopened its doorways in April the YHA Bristol affords one of the reasonably priced locations to remain within the metropolis. With its model new café bar and new personal rooms it affords the proper base from which to discover town. It’s only a 15 minute stroll from bus and prepare stations and enjoys a surprising location on the waterfront.  From Bristol’s huge vary of pubs and golf equipment to its well-known waterfront and artwork galleries there’s a wealth of locations to discover on the door cease together with the Harbour Competition itself.

Cork’s Guinness Jazz Competition

When: 23-26th October

The award profitable Guinness Jazz Competition options a few of right this moment’s biggest jazz artists from Brazil’s Claudio Roditi to America’s The Unhealthy Plus throughout a number of venues – it’s poised to be a surprising pageant.

Bru Bar and Hostel – CLICK HERE

Bru Bar and Hostel is Cork Metropolis’s latest hostel. Situated within the coronary heart of town centre this contemporary hostel options personal rooms and dorms full with personal loos, digital key card entry, free web entry and its very personal bar!

Puck Honest, Killorglin

When: 10th -12th August

Killorglin hosts considered one of Eire’s quirkiest festivals. After catching a wild goat and crowning it king, three days of revelry begins with singing, dancing and parading. The honest finishes with a firework show as vibrant and vibrant because the pageant and its characters.

Neptunes Hostel – CLICK HERE

Located within the centre of Killarney city, Neptune’s Hostel is adjoining to the Nationwide Park, but solely 5 minutes from bus and prepare station. Open all yr, Neptune’s offers people, teams and households a heat, pleasant welcome and environment friendly service. The Nationwide Park, lakes and mountains of Killarney are a real paradise for mountaineering, strolling, biking, water sports activities, fishing, pony trekking, tennis and golf.  If out of doors actions aren’t for you the hostel can organize day excursions to the Ring of Kerry, Dingle and the lakes of Killarney.

Galway Oyster Competition

When: 24th – 27th September

To expertise the most effective connoisseur sea meals, dwell music and Guinness on the town the Galway Oyster Competition is the one place to be. The town comes alive with 1000’s of individuals from across the globe all there to have fun the oyster.

Sleepzone Galway Metropolis – CLICK HERE

This spacious hostel, positioned only a quick distance from Eyre Sq. affords backpackers the perfect at reasonably priced costs – 24 hour reception, ensuite rooms, a pool desk and for these lengthy summer season evenings a barbeque terrace! This extremely fashionable hostel additionally affords free web entry and is WiFi enabled, excellent for the brand new breed of “flashpackers” who can carry their laptops round totally free wi-fi browsing!

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