Are you struggling for ideas this St Patrick’s Day? Has your local pub’s Irish night lost its pizazz? Or have you not celebrated St Patrick’s Day at all before? If you find yourself answering yes to any of those questions then this blog is for you!
You don’t have to go all the way to Ireland to celebrate Paddy’s Day, (although it is incredible over there!) there is plenty to get up to on the merriest day of the year in the UK. From parades to concerts and even a Guinness Village or two, there are bags to do that won’t cost you a pot of gold!
Check out how some of the UK is celebrating St Patrick’s Day in 2019, below.
It wouldn't be Paddy's Day without a good old parade and the capital is hosting a fantastic one. Be amazed by extravagant floats, marching bands, Irish Dancing and much more! If that doesn't take your fancy head to the festival in Trafalgar Square to watch performances from well known Irish acts and browse through its many stalls.
If you are looking for something more low-key to do in London this St Patrick’s Day then head to one of its many Irish pubs and bars for a real authentic experience. The Auld Shillelagh is a big favourite as well as the Howl at the Moon in Hoxton which is taking over Hoxton Community Garden this year with some amazing Irish Music and drinks.
With one of the largest Irish communities in England, there will be plenty going on in Birmingham this St Patrick's Day. Head to the city's oldest pub the Old Crown in Digbeth where they will be bringing back their popular Guinness Village for a week. This one of the best places to sample a pint of the black stuff.
Or you could take in the annual Birmingham St Patrick's Day Parade, the third largest in the world only behind Dublin and New York! Join the thousands of revellers that line up Digbeth High Street as floats, dancers and bands from an array of different cultures, as well as Irish, come together for an inclusive festival. Try your hand (or in this case feet) at some Irish dancing and bring out your inner Michael Flatley.
St Patrick’s isn’t just loved in the Midlands and the capital, Manchester will also be bringing a northern spin on proceedings with their very own Irish Festival. Taking place over a whopping 16 days there is tonnes going on in Manchester city centre in March. Head to a St Patrick’s Day Mass at St Kent’s Irish club or pop into Hennigans Sports Bar for an afternoon watching GAA sports and one of the best pints of Guinness in the area.
One unique way you can celebrate Paddy’s Day in Manchester is tasting a Guinnito at Mexican eatery Barburrito and yes it is as delicious as it sounds. A Guinness soaked beef burrito what’s not to like!
Visit Leeds' Millennium Square as it is transformed into a merry Irish Festival. Starting off with an electrifying parade, a day full of entertainment begins with Live Irish Music and Dance, delicious food and activities for all the family! Have a go on one of the fair games and see if you have the luck of the Irish.
We couldn’t talk about St Patrick’s Day without mentioning its country of origin! Ireland will be celebrating the day all over the country, however, Dublin is definitely the place to be. Hosting a spectacular festival that will see thousands of people attend, you will able to immerse yourself in the Paddy’s Day spirit like nowhere else.
It’s not hard to see why the Dublin parade is one of the biggest in the world with storytelling, street theatre and pageant companies putting on an extravagant show. There will also be a whole host of other events taking place all week from a craft brew and food fair to an illumination of the city. You can also attend the Guinness Supper Club.
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