St Patrick’s Day is on 17th March, and we don’t know if it’s the Irish charm or the tradition behind it, but it’s a huge celebration for people all over the world. You don’t just need to be on the Emerald Isle to enjoy it – let’s have a look at some of the best places to celebrate here in the UK.
If you’re in or around the capital this St Patrick’s Day weekend, then be sure to check out the St Patrick’s Day Festival which is running from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 March. There are events going on all over London, including a parade, live music and celebrations of Irish art and culture – this year there’s an Irish photography exhibition among other great things. Find out more here – it attracts thousands of people, so as the Irish would say, bound to be good craic.
Manchester has an amazing Irish festival that’s been running since 2 March and has included Irish dancing lessons, live music and Irish language classes among other things. The fun isn’t over yet though with plenty more classes, dances and culture planned over the next few days – culminating in several all day parties on the day itself – check out the website for more information.
With all of Liverpool’s historical links to Ireland, St Patrick’s Day is bound to be a big event for the city. Whilst Birmingham is the only city in the UK with an official “Irish Quarter” – Liverpool has something of an unofficial Irish quarter in the streets around the Central train station, so heading there on St Patrick’s Day for a few drinks is not going to disappoint. This year’s St Patrick’s day events include the Parade and plenty of parties and pub crawls – legendary 90s girl band B*Witched are even playing a number of gigs – more information here.
There are several events going on throughout Sheffield this St Patrick’s Day. If liquid celebration is what you’re after then head to the St Patrick’s Day beer festival on the 17th, it’s on from 4pm until midnight. It’s free entry and there will be food stalls, plenty of booze and a line-up of 5 live bands. For the more fitness-focused there are also the St Patrick’s Day Purgatory runs – 5km, 10km and a half marathon – and head to one of the many parties throughout the city to celebrate when you’re done! This is just a few of the events going on around the UK – this website will give you more information on St Patrick’s Day celebrations in your area.
As the Ireland v England Six Nations rugby match falls on St Patrick’s Day this year, wherever you are and whatever you do, it’s bound to be a great day - have fun and drink responsibly.