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 summer festivals and experiences taking place in a field or on the streets near you.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Just So Festival 2018 at Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire

    Pillow Fight at Just So Fesival courtesy of Chris Payne

    Just So Festival at Rode Hall, Cheshire, 17–19 August 2018, from £20 - 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. 2017 was all about midnight feasts, pillow fights and the bonkers Tribal Tournament. Be sure to snap up a 2018 ticket fast.

  • 2. Vintage by the Sea in Morecambe

    Vintage by the Sea courtesy Emma Sudall
    Emma Sudall

    Vintage by the Sea at Midland Hotel, Morecambe, 1–2 September 2018, free entry - Find Out More

    Celebrate the brilliance of 20th century design, fashion, vehicles and entertainment at this award-winning festival set around Morecambe’s famous art deco Midland Hotel.

  • 3. Festival No.6 2018 at Portmeirion

    Festival No.6 2018 at Portmeirion, 6–9 September 2018, from £120 - 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 of last year’s festival came in the shape of The Flaming Lips, Adam Buxton’s BUG and a Sgt Pepper’s-themed carnival through the village.

  • 4. Head for the Hills 2018

    Head for the Hills

    Head for the Hills 2018 at Ramsbottom Cricket Club, Manchester, 14–16 September 2018, from £10.00 - Book now

    Formerly Ramsbottom Festival, the award-winning Head for the Hills returns for its eighth outing this September, with a musical line-up including The Bluetones, The Futureheads’ Barry Hyde, The Lovely Eggs, Stealing Sheep and plenty more – as well as exciting arts, theatre and activities programmes.

  • 5. The Good Life Experience 2018 at Hawarden Estate

    The Good Life Experience
    Vic Phillips

    The Good Life Experience at Hawarden Estate, 14–16 September 2018, from £119 - Book now

    Exclusive 10% discount for Creative Tourist readers. Co-founded by Cerys Matthews, The Good Life Experience returns for its fifth outing, in the shadows of two castles on the Hawarden Estate in Flintshire. The festival features music from the likes of Gwenno, Bill Ryder-Jones and Norman Jay, as well as campfire cooking, spoken word, a 1930s fairground and dozens of activities for all ages.

  • 6. bluedot 2019 at Jodrell Bank

    Lovell telescope in cloudy sky

    bluedot festival 2018 at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, 19–21 July 2019, from £59.75 - Book now

    Entering its fourth year in 2019, bluedot celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landings with a special weekend of music, science, arts, technology, culture, food and film beneath the iconic Lovell Telescope.