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. Timber Festival at the National Forest

    Courtesy Luke Jerram

    Timber Festival at Feanedock, 6–8 July 2018, from £15 - Find Out More

    An extraordinary new festival where music, art, philosophy and sustainability weave together into an exhilarating weekend in the heart of the National Forest, one of Britain’s boldest environmental projects.

  • 2. bluedot 2018 at Jodrell Bank

    Lovell telescope in cloudy sky

    bluedot festival 2018 at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, 20–22 July 2018, from £159 - Book now

    Entering its third year in 2018, bluedot is a festival of discovery located in the shadow of the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics; the iconic space observatory and the heart of our quest for knowledge. With announced names for 2018 including The Chemical Brothers, The Flaming Lips and Future Islands, as well as the festival’s signature science experiments, talks and immersive artwork, expect big things from bluedot in 2018.

  • 3. Underneath The Stars Festival 2018 at Cannon Hall Farm

    Underneath The Stars Festival

    Underneath The Stars Festival at Cannon Hall Farm, 20–22 July 2018, from £20 - Book now

    This charismatic folk and acoustic music festival in the stunning South Yorkshire countryside has a cracking family-friendly arts programme and tremendous food. Musical highlights in 2017 included Newton Faulkner, Lucy Rose and Kate Rusby – who is also one of the festival’s organisers.

  • 4. Kendal Calling Festival 2018

    Kendal Calling

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

    With back-to-back sell outs in 2017 and 2018, we recommend you beg, borrow but don’t steal to get in to Kendal Calling. Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Libertines, Run DMC, Ocean Colour Scene and James are among the big names announced for 2018.

  • 5. 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.

  • 6. 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.

  • 7. 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.

  • 8. The Good Life Experience 2018 at Hawarden Estate

    The Good Life Experience
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    The Good Life Experience at Hawarden Estate, 14–16 September 2018, from £49 - 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.