Summer of outdoors festivals

The number of festivals in the UK is fast-growing and expanding in diversity. Here we bring you 10 great summer festivals to visit. So pack your camping – or glamping – kit, wellies and a few outdoors clothes and head to a festival near, or far, from you.

Lunar Festival

June 6 to 8

Umberslade Estate, Warwickshire

The Lunar festival combines music with lots of activities for all ages including yoga, foraging, sausage making and bird spotting.


3Foot People Festival
June 24-26

Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex

A fun festival for little ones, the entertainment includes farmyard animals, giant sandpits and children’s workshops.

See 3Foot People Festival

Port Eliot Festival

July 24 to 27

St Germans, Cornwall

The festival combines literary and musical themes to offer an altogether different style of experience for creative types. The event is also based in the beautiful grounds of the listed house of Port Eliot.

See Port Eliot Festival

Camp Bestival

July 31 – August 3

Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Camp Bestival is for families, especially families who love good food. The event features a Feast Collective, which showcases independent chefs and foodmakers for a delicious outdoor eating experience.

Camp Bestival

Chilled in a Field Festival
August 1 to 3

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, East Sussex

We love the name of this festival, which promises plenty of “good clean fun for families”. Science workshops, music, big water fights and lots more to keep all the family entertained.

Chilled in a Field

Lollibop Festival

August 15 to 17

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Music, arts and crafts, sporting activities and nature talks for the under 10s, all set in the surroundings of a fabulous stately home. Oh, and the kids might appreciate the chance to see CBeebies star Justin Fletcher.

Lollibop Festival

Coll of the Sharks Festival

August 21 to 26

Isle of Coll, Scotland

Make your way to the Isle of Coll for this very snappy festival. The waters off the Isle of Coll are home to basking sharks, as well as other sea life. Festival goers can go scuba diving or take a boat trip to see the sharks up close or stay on land and take part in six days of activities celebrating the basking shark.

Coll of the Sharks

Festival No 6

September 5-7

Portmeirion, Gwynedd

Arts and culture come together for an unconventional festival in the pretty village of Portmeirion. The line up in 2014 includes Pet Shop Boys, Beck and Neneh Cherry.

See Festival No 6

Loopallu Festival

September 26-27

Ullapool, Scottish Highlands

Set on the shores of Loch Broom and in the beautiful fishing village of Ullapool, this unusual festival is a secret gem just waiting to be discovered. For what is essentially a small, local festival, the headline acts in the past have been are amazing, including Mumford and Sons and Franz Ferdinand.

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The Big Feastival

August 29-31

Alex James's farm near Kingham, Oxfordshire

The clue is in the title of this one… Food and music come together for a festival that will be perfect for food-loving music fans. Star names behind the fest are Jamie Oliver and Alex James – and the music will come from Guilty Pleasures, Bjorn Again, Fleetwood Bac and Fatboy Slim among many others.

The Big Feastival


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