Although you may have missed your chance to attend Glastonbury festival, there’s still many an opportunity to don your wellies for a weekend full of music and camping. With the amount of festivals the UK has to offer, sometimes it can be hard to whittle down the choices and brave the journey to up sticks and call a field your home for a few days. Nowadays music festivals are cultural affairs that feature the best in comedy, films and freshly produced foods, and can make for a great staycation. Here are our top picks of the best big festivals to attend over the summer season:
Where: Henham Park, Suffolk
When: 13th – 16th July
How much: £197.50 (+£8 BF)
Latitude is often known for its family friendly atmosphere, boasting a huge and diverse line up featuring a vast array of musicians as well as theatre performances, stand up gigs, art and literature. Heading the bill expect the likes of indie bands such as Mumford and Sons, The 1975 and Fleet Foxes. Take a wander through the festival’s magical woodland area, and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the colourful sheep whilst you’re out and about too!
Where: Watergate Bay, Newquay
When: 9th-13th August
How much: £184 (+£8 BF)
Boardmasters is more than just a music festival due to the plethora of skate and surfboarding competitions going on in and around the town throughout the weekend. The close beach location gives you the best of both worlds, where you’ll be able to swap your wellies for a pair of Havaianas. Anything goes for this festival’s diverse line up, with the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Pete Tong and Stormzy all gracing the stage.
Where: Hylands Park, Chelmsford
When: 19th-20th August
How much: £189 (+£10.95 BF)
Get your space buns at the ready and experience the best of Essex in a field for the weekend! Every year V Festival boasts a great line up filled with the chart topping pop music, as well as DJ’s playing a mix of house and UK garage. Heading the bill this year is Pink and Jay Z, so expect a mix of glittered up teeny boppers and trendy hip-hop heads.
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading
When: 25th- 27th August
How much: £205 (+£8 BF)
If you’re looking to let loose over a long weekend, Reading Festival is definitely the place to be. Taking place over the Bank Holiday at the end of August, the festival often attracts a younger crowd looking to celebrate their exam results. From the funfair to the silent disco, you’ll be partying through all night long. With the likes of Muse, Kasabian and Eminem taking the stage, expect a diverse crowd.
Where: Lulworth Estate, Dorset
When: 7th- 10th September
How much: £185 (+£11 BF)
This year Bestival has moved from the Isle of Wight to Dorset, making it a lot easier for us mainland-ers to make the journey. The festival has loads to offer in terms of things to do and see, becoming a wellness retreat, woodland adventure and a party through the night all rolled into one. With a great selection of food on offer, Bestival definitely has that community feel. Oh, and not to mention The XX and Pet Shop Boys will be gracing the main stage.
For outfit inspiration this summer season, check out our festival inspiration blog here!