Every year it seems more and more festivals are added to the Summer lineup, and whilst all the big named ones sell out well in advance, there are still plenty of great alternatives to keep you and the family entertained.
We’ve picked out 11 that you may not have considered before, and they all allow motorhomes!
Dates: 26-29 May
Location: Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest
Lineup: The Carny Villians, The Makeshift Ensemble
Now entering its sixth year, Elderflower Fields builds upon the winning formula of a festival designed especially for families with children. It’s an exciting and unique family experience that opens children and their parents’ minds to new opportunities in sport, music, the arts, the environment and food in the great outdoors.
Dates: 3-4 June
Location: Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire
Lineup: Buzzcocks, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Billy Bragg
Every year, Cheltenham Racecourse opens its gates to Wychwood Festival. Described by Time Out Magazine as ‘an excellent hybrid between the Big Chill, WOMAD and The Cambridge Folk Festival’, Wychwood is a relaxed, family friendly three day festival, that has everything from silent disco’s, to workshops, to comedy.
With The Independant effectively calling it ‘the most homely festival in the world’, there is plenty to enjoy at this super relaxed, congenial, and welcoming festival.
3 Wishes Fairy Festival
Dates: 16-18 June
Location: Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
The Fairy festival takes place at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. Set within 800 acres of ancient Cornish countryside, in an area of oustanding natural beauty. For 3 days and nights there live music, performances and workshops which are all free once inside. One of the the highlights is the Mermaids & Pirates Ball! Plus a Fairy world record attempt on the solstice! Just bring, wings, wands and a tutu! 🙂
Location: Pump Bottom Farm, Chichester, West Sussex
Voted ‘Best British Blues Festival 2010’ in the British Blues Awards, Blues on the Farm has a big reputation for presenting high quality music from World-class musicians, and all wrapped up in a family friendly, safe and relaxing environment. With plenty of favourable mentions, The Independent likened it to “A little piece of the Mississippi Delta on the Chichester Plain”.
Dates: 30 June to 2 July
Location: Glynde Place, Lewes, East Sussex
Lineup: Herbie Hancock, George Benson
Love Supreme is the first full weekend camping jazz festival in the UK, and also welcomes day trippers and non-camping weekend visitors. Set in the stunning surroundings of Glynde Place in the South Downs, the festival hosts 4 stages. Herbie Hancock and George Benson are headlining Saturday and Sunday respectively.
It’s not just about jazz though, oh no! There’s also DJs and club nights, talks and lectures, panels, classic album playbacks, films, dance classes, kids areas, VIP experiences, camping, and fairgrounds. The very definition of something for everyone.
Cornbury Music Festival
Dates: 7-9 July
Location: Great Tew Estate, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
Lineup: Bryan Adams, Kaiser Chiefs, Imelda May
A nicely-organized & comfortable event with many helpful and enjoyable add-ons. The 14th and final Cornbury festival takes place again over three days from Friday 7th until Sunday 9th July 2017, with the campsite opening on Thursday and closing on Monday. Headlining the Fabulous Finale is none other than Bryan Adams.
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
Dates: 3-5 August
Location: Belladrum Estate, near Inverness
Lineup: Franz Ferdinand, Sister Sledge, KT Tunstall
The Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival is a music and arts festival, held on the Belladrum Estate near Inverness, in Scotland. Founded in 2004, the festival has rapidly grown in popularity. The festival has sold out in advance every year since 2008, and this year is the launch of the new and official Belladrum Estate Tartan.
Dates: 3-6 August
Location: Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxfordshire
Lineup: Two Door Cinema Club, Grace Jones
An award winning festival of music, food, arts, learning, literature and rejuvenation. Set amongst the lakes, forests and parkland of Oxfordshire’s exquisite Cornbury Estate.
Dates: 11th-14th August
Location: Matterley Estate, Nr Winchester, Hampshire
Lineup: 47 Soul, Aardvark, AJ Tracey, Alabama 3
BoomTown rose up from the underground in 2009 to become one of the UK’s wildest and most inspiring independent festivals, from a humble village fair it is now a sprawling creative metropolis and home to every species of artistic miscreant! Every kind of musical genre is celebrated at BoomTown, from ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, pirate and disco to electro-swing, jazz, blue-grass, bass, jungle and techno, all enjoyed in a spirit of unity and freedom.
Dates: 19th-21st August
Location: The Rural Life Centre, Farnham, Surrey
Lineup: Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with special guest Chris Difford, Alison Moyet, Buzzcocks, Stereo MC’s, Ralph McTell, Hayseed Dixie, Eddie & the Hotrods, and many more.
Weyfest is more like a mini-holiday in the country than a music festival. Meet new friends in the friendliest of audiences, walk amongst daleks, cybermen and stormtroopers, choose from a fine selection of real ales, ciders and lagers or indulge yourself a little with a cocktail or glass of Champagne, eat from a wide variety of quality food vendors, play Laserquest, play an instrument, have a massage, drop the kids at the kidzone or browse the fascinating stalls, and much, much more at the annual spectacle that is Weyfest.
The Big Feastival
Dates: 25-27 August
Location: Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds
Lineup: Olly Murs, Madness, The Cribs, De La Soul
Jamie Oliver and Alex James present The Big Feastival 2017, a unique weekend celebration of music, food and fun for all the family, set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm.
Enjoy music from top acts, tuck into top chef demos in the Big Kitchen and have your fill from The Menu, featuring the cream of the UK’s street food crop. Browse local producer stands, join a cookery class or get your foodie fix joining top chefs for intimate Q&A sessions.