Summer is synonymous with music festivals, family festivals and the sorts of pop-up, weekend-long events that you can lose yourself in (we’re thinking in a good way here – long-lasting enrichment as well as hedonistic times – honest guv). Here’s our guide to the best festival experiences taking place in a field or on the streets near you.
Here are our picks
Set beneath the awe-inspiring shadow of the Lovell Telescope, bluedot’s eagerly anticipated second mission features a stellar musical line-up, all the science knowledge you could think of and mindblowing family and visual arts.
The sound of jazz floats across the city for ten days in July, as Manchester Jazz Festival hosts performances across the city, with the central hub in Albert Square brimming with live music until late, street food and, of course, alcohol.
This charismatic folk and acoustic music festival in the glorious South Yorkshire countryside boasts headliners Newton Faulkner, Kate Rusby, Show of Hands, Lucy Rose and Raghu Dixit, topped off with a feast of family performance and creative workshops.
The best family festival in the UK? We think so. Adventure together into a wonderland of the best outdoor theatre, music, comedy, literature and other curious creative escapades. With midnight feasts, pillow fights and the bonkers Tribal Tournament be sure to snap up a ticket fast.
Step into Portmeirion’s sleepy cobbled streets, Italianate piazza, sandy shorelines and pastel-coloured buildings as it makes its annual transformation to play host to one of the most imaginative summer season events. Highlights at this, the festival’s sixth outing, come from The Flaming Lips, Adam Buxton’s BUG and a Sgt Pepper’s-themed carnival through the village.
The hills are alive with the sound of … a magnificent music line up with headliners Maximo Park, Beth Orton and The Stranglers, theatrical adventures galore for families and curious visual art installations.