Summer festivals

Festival No.6

Summer Festivals

Creative Tourist

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

  • 1. Manchester International Festival 2017


    Manchester International Festival 2017, 29 June–16 July 2017, from £12.00 - Book now

    The world’s first festival of original work and special events, returns in 2017 under new Artistic Director John McGrath. Here’s our guide to the unique programme, taking place across Manchester.

  • 2. bluedot 2017 at Jodrell Bank

    Lovell telescope in cloudy sky

    bluedot festival 2017 at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, 7–9 July 2017, from £129.00 - Book now

    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.

  • 3. A Weekend of Wonderful Things at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Country Park at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde.

    A Weekend of Wonderful Things at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 14–16 July 2017, from £0.00 - Book now

    A one-off showcase celebrating the 40th anniversary of Yorkshire Sculpture Park – special events and unique experiences that highlight the magic of this outdoor museum like no other.

  • 4. Manchester Jazz Festival 2017

    Image courtesy of Manchester Jazz Festival

    Manchester Jazz Festival 2017 at Albert Square, City Centre, 28 July–6 August 2017, from £5.00 - Book now

    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.

  • 5. Underneath The Stars Festival 2017

    Underneath The Stars Festival

    Underneath The Stars Festival at Cannon Hall Farm, 21–23 July 2017, from £20.00 - Book now

    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.


  • 6. Cloudspotting Festival 2017 at Gisburn Forest

    Image courtesy of Cloudspotting

    Cloudspotting Festival at Gisburn Forest, 28–31 July 2017, from £30.00 - Book now

    A long summer weekend retreat for a few hundred people in the stunning Forest of Bowland featuring cracking music and family arts. This year’s headliners are Moulettes, Baloji and Jesca Hoop.


  • 7. Just So Festival 2017 at Rode Hall, Cheshire

    Image courtesy of Just So Festival / Wild Rumpus

    Just So Festival at Rode Hall, Cheshire, 18–20 August 2017, from £20.00 - Book now

    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.

  • 8. Festival No.6 2017 at Portmeirion

    Festival No 6 2017 at Portmeirion, 7–10 September 2017, from £120.00 - Book now

    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.

  • 9. Ramsbottom Festival 2017: Head for the Hills

    Head for the Hills festival - Image by Andrew Allcock

    Ramsbottom Festival 2017: Head for the Hills at Ramsbottom Cricket Club, Manchester, 15–17 September 2017, from £8.00 - Book now

    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.


  • 10. Kendal Calling Festival 2018

    Kendal Calling

    Kendal Calling at Lowther Castle and Gardens, Cumbria, 26–29 July 2018, from £20.00 - Book now

    Gotcha. Yes we know that this is actually next year but as Kendal Calling is so good that 2017’s edition sold out before the line-up was announced, snap up your tickets for 2018 fast.