Summer Festivals

Creative Tourist

Festivals! From all-nighters to family-friendly fun via considered, thought provoking weekends, we pick out the best experiences in the North.

For some, probably (but not exclusively) younger readers, summer is synonymous with late nights enjoying music in what’s usually a farmers field, possibly even rubbing elbows with strangers in an increasingly boggy dance tent until dawn, then repeating it all over again the next day.

For others, that just sounds too exhausting to even think about. While we fully endorse party-sized weekends that require their own holiday from which to recover, it’s not for everyone.

The brighter months are also about family experiences and the sort of pop-up, weekend-long events that you can get good and lost in together.

Scanning the festival calendar for the cream of the crop, we’ve selected our top picks for summer 2022. From hedonistic weekends of underground music to immersive family festivals, we’ve got all bases covered.

Here’s our guide to the best Summer Festivals taking place in a field or on the streets near you.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Manchester Folk Festival 2022

    The Drystones

    Manchester Folk Festival at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 13–15 October 2022, from £13.20 - Book now

    In October 2022, Manchester Folk Festival will be back with another joyous celebration of the best in British folk, with some brilliant artists performing at venues all over the city.