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When most people think of British festivals, certain images come to mind; muddy fields, sodden anoraks, warm cider in plastic cups and port-a-loos that could be regarded as a health risk. Nowadays, there is such a wide selection of festivals available offering so many different experiences that the term ‘festival’ is starting to be redefined. Food and drink fairs, health and well being, art and cultural events are all rising in popularity, with more and more festivals focusing on providing special and exciting experiences, often blending a number of experiences into one. Head to a music festival and partake in some relaxing yoga or visit a cycling event and indulge in some vintage shopping. Of course, if its the traditional mix of mud, burgers and epic music, there are still plenty of events that provide such a service.
With over a thousand festivals held every year in the UK, it can be difficult to decide which to attend. We have compiled a list of our top 7 festivals for June, varying in location and theme, but all offering a fantastic way to spend a day or more.
The Keswick Mountain Festival will be based in Keswick‘s Crow Park, as well as a number of other venues around the Lakeland town. The unique festival offers a combination of outdoor activities, sporting events, camping, guided walks, expert speakers, live music and attractions for all the family.
Held in the beautiful village of Grassington in the Upper Wharfedale Valley, the fortnight-long Grassington Festival is a multi-arts and music event that has been running for 38 years. The festival provides a line-up of fun and enriching experiences for both residents and visitors of all ages, with a mixture of performances, live music and visual arts, including family meadow walks, shadow puppetry and a performance of Dr Doolittle for the kids.
Retro bikes, gin bars, vintage shopping, gourmet pubs, dressing up and live music, Eroica Britannia is returning to the Peak District this June for the fourth year and is bigger than ever. The central events at the festival would be the bike rides, which range from 30 miles to 100 miles, taking in many of the beautiful sights and villages of the Peak District on the way and have to be completed on pre-1987 road bikes. Other competitions include ‘Best in Show’, whose categories inlcude best bike, best dressed man/woman/family/dog, best mustache and best cake.
The first Isle of Wight Festival was held 50 years ago in 1968 and was heralded as the European equivalent to Woodstock, with the line up in 1970 including the likes of The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Supertramp and Leonard Cohen – to name just a few. The festival stopped running after that year until it was successfully relaunched 32 years later to much acclaim, booking numerous top acts.
Nestled in the valley of the River Derwent, the grounds of the illustrious Chatsworth House make an idyllic setting for the second Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show. At the event you will find the traditional magnificent floral displays, a wide variety of exhibitors and a living laboratory exploring the need for plants in the city. There are plenty of talks, demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend held by professionals, as well as opportunities to indulge in some retail therapy.
The Stoke Literary Festival consists of three days of panel discussions, author talks, hands-on workshops and live performances, all taking place in different rooms and spaces of the Emma Bridgewater pottery factory on the canal-side. With talks from authors like Sophie Kinsella, Rachel Joyce, Michael Morpurgo and historians such as Jonathan Dimbleby, Simon Thurley, Dan Jones and Peter Frankopan.
Held in the grounds of stately home Glynde Place in Sussex, not far from Brighton, Love Supreme Festival is Britain’s only outdoor Jazz Festival offering a range of acts, Q&A sessions, club nights, salsa classes and a children’s funfair. This event has been referred to as ‘the British Jazz World’s Glastonbury’ with top acts including Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Earth, Wind and Fire, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, Tom Misch and Mr Jukes (Bombay Bicycle Club’s front-man Jack Steadman).
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