Summer is here and that only means one thing – Festival Time! There are so many festivals around, but which one to choose? I always say, try something new. If you’ve attended the biggest most popular festivals why not go for a new experience?
Wilderness– 2-5 August 2018 | Oxfordshire.
Heaven for foodies and musos, Wilderness offers an excellent mix of bands. It’s also about rough and tumbling with your kids in the great outdoors and camping under the twinkling stars. Address: Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3EH. Website: wildernessfestival.com Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £179.50
Greenman – 16-19 August 2018 | Brecon Beacons.
Green Man brings you music, comedy, literature and film. Impressive areas for kids and teens which include the fabulous Einstein’s Garden, for playful experiences inspired by science and nature. Address: Glanusk Park, Crickhowell, Powys NP8 1LP. Website: greenman.net Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £180; £155 for full time students; £115 for 13-17 year olds; £20 for 5-12s; under 5s free.
JUST so– 17-19 August | Cheshire.
This is a lovely festival whereby you daren’t even think of turning up not dressed up as one of six different woodland animals. This festival ‘for children and their families’ in Rode Hall Parkland, brings art, music and theatre to a series of wild natural landscapes, with immersive and whimsical activities, performances. Address: Rode Hall Estate, Scholar Green, Cheshire ST7 3QT. Website: www.justsofestival.org.uk Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £140; children £50; under 3s free.
Shambala– 10-13 August 2018 | Northamptonshire.
Everything from location to line up is kept one big fat secret until you buy your ticket for this relaxed, family-friendly festival. It’s always a good mix of emerging talent and big names in rock, pop, folk and world music. Website: shambalafestival.org Tickets: Adult weekend tickets from £149; 15-17 year olds £89; 5-14 year olds £39, under 5s free.
The Big Feastival – 24-26 August 2018| Cotswolds.
This foodie music festival is run by Blur bassist Alex James on his farm in Kingham, which means the music line up is pretty good. For 2018 Basement Jaxx, Clean Bandit, Craig David and Paloma Faith leaving Marco Pierre White, Raymond Blanc and Mark Hix, among those sorting out the food. For kids, there’s Justin Fletcher, Paddington, Peppa Pig and George, a vintage funfair and field-to-fork cookery classes. Address: Alex James’ farm, Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJ. Website: thebigfeastival.comTickets: Adult weekend tickets from £149.50 without camping, teens from £89.50; under 13s from £26.15; babes in arms free.
If you aren’t keen on camping at the festival, especially if you have kids, why not book into a hotel overnight? Imagine going to your favourite festival, having a soft comfy bed to sleep in and warm water to shower under, hmmm sounds great. You’ll also be the most refreshed person the next day at the festival. Visit https://www.groupon.co.uk/discount-codes/shops/travelodge.co.ukand see if any of these deals fit in with your summer plans no matter what you do.