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. LOOK Photo Biennial — Chapter One: Transplant

    Yan Wang Preston

    LOOK Photo Biennial — Chapter One: Transplant at Victoria Gallery and Museum, 6 June–25 September 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Open Eye Gallery presents LOOK Photo Biennial 2019: a major programme of photography-based exhibitions taking place across Liverpool, the Wirral and Shanghai.

  • 2. Manchester International Festival

    MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
    Photo: Josh Telles

    Manchester International Festival 2019 at Albert Square, City Centre, 1–18 July 2021, from £12.00 - Book now

    Manchester International Festival is the world’s first festival of original work and special events – a biennial celebration of performance, art, music, theatre and more, which marries the world’s best-known artists with Manchester’s cultural institutions. Returning 4 – 21 July 2019, MIF19 is the second festival under Artistic Director John McGrath.

  • 3. Vintage by the Sea in Morecambe

    Vintage by the Sea
    Image courtesy of Vintage by the Sea

    Vintage by the Sea at Midland Hotel, Morecambe, 31 August–1 September 2019, 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.

  • 4. The Good Life Experience 2019 at Hawarden Estate

    The Good Life Experience
    Vic Phillips

    The Good Life Experience at Hawarden Estate, 12–15 September 2019, from £119 - Book now

    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.

  • 5. Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2019

    Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2019
    Carl Sukonik

    Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2019, 26 September–7 October 2019, free entry - Find Out More

    The biggest food and drink festival in the North is back, and this time it’s a brand new location: the picturesque Cathedral Gardens.

  • 6. Manchester Folk Festival 2019

    Emily Dennison

    Manchester Folk Festival 2019 at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 16–20 October 2019, from £6.00 - Book now

    Indulge in a long weekend packed with amazing gigs in great venues. Get involved in singing, songwriting and craft workshops. Grab your friends and dance a ceilidh. This festival is a chance to discover new bands, create something you’re proud of, relax with friends and make new connections. Plus the added excitement of the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which it will host on the 16 October.