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 12 that you may not have considered before, and they all allow motorhomes!
The Great Escape
Dates: 17 to 19 May
Lineup: Mostack, Mist, Steel Banglez
The Great Escape is a little different to your regular festival setup. It showcases over 450 up and coming bands, from all over the world, across 30+ different venues in and around Brighton. All of which are accessible with the 1 wristband. Stay at a nearby campsite, then head off into town to find your new favourite band.
Dates: 25-28 May
Location: Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest
Lineup: Lakuta, Huw Eddie & the Carnival, Swing Zazou
Now entering its seventh 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: 1 to 3 June
Location: Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire
Lineup: The Gypsy Kings, Shed Seven, Feeder
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: 15 to 17 June
Location: Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cornwall
Lineup: Rapalje! + Prima Nocta!
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. The daily theme on Saturday 16th is Unicorns. There will be free unicorn horn making workshops, and real unicorns at the festival! 🙂
Dates: 29 June to 1 July
Location: Glynde Place, Lewes, East Sussex
Lineup: Earth Wind & Fire, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Steve Winwood
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.
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: 13 to 15 July
Location: Great Tew Estate, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
A nicely-organized & comfortable event with many helpful and enjoyable add-ons. The 15th Cornbury festival takes place again over three days from Friday 13th until Sunday 15th July 2018, with the campsite opening on Thursday and closing on Monday. Last years headlining act was none other than Bryan Adams, so don’t think it won’t be hosting the big names!
Dates: 2 to 5 August
Location: Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxfordshire
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: 8 to 12 August
Lineup: Rag’N’Bone Man, The Chemical Brothers, George Ezra
Boardmasters is a festival like no other, being the only surf, skate and music festival, not just in Britain, but in Europe. With one of the most stunning backdrops to any festival, and situated across two legendary locations along the beautiful Cornish coastline, Boardmasters, along with their best ever lineup promises to be one event you won’t want to miss.
Dates: 9 to 12 August
Location: Matterley Estate, Nr Winchester, Hampshire
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: 16 to 19 August
Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales
Lineup: The War on Drugs, Fleet Foxes, John Grant
Green Man has over 100 acts playing across 3 days and has everything from Indie to Folk, but it is also so much more. There will be art installations, literature and film tents, Welsh poetry, art and music, theatre, science, comedy, a Nature and Nurture massage area… The list goes on and on and on!
Dates: 17 to 19 August
Location: The Rural Life Centre, Farnham, Surrey
Lineup: Aswad, Roachford, Brother Strut, The Christians
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.
Dates: 31 August to 2 September
Location: Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire
Lineup: Happy Mondays, Ocean Colour Scene, Embrace, Space…
Cool Britannia is a brand new festival set in the the historic location of Knebworth Park. If you like 90’s music and britpop then this is the one for you. One of the highlights for sure will be Britpop Classical where a full orchestra – together with a rock band and guest soloists will perform unique versions of some Britpop classics. Not to be missed.