SUMMER FESTIVALS | a curated selection of the finest festivals in our neck of the woods this summer. Some boutique and undiscovered others a little better known, all with good vibes and a desire to celebrate music, food, wellbeing and creativity. Set in some of the finest countryside locations in and around Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire and The Cotswolds, we hope you’ll get to enjoy some time out this summer.
5 – 7 July 2019, Great Tew, Oxfordshire
A lovingly crafted, top-notch, very English garden party. Head to The Cornbury Music Festival and you’ll find classic summer entertainment for a family-friendly crowd from all walks of life. Pitched as ‘a country fair with a rock and roll twist’ or ‘a farmers market with a dancefloor’ that should give you a rough flavour of what to expect. Dubbed ‘Posh-stock’ it has all the traditional ingredients you would expect from a festival with nice loos to boot!
Llarmar Tree Festival
18 – 21 July 2019 , Cranborne Chase, Wiltshire
The ultimate family-friendly summer party of music, comedy and theatre set in the Victorian pleasure gardens on Cranborne Chase. Having remained small by choice, in order to offer a safe community vibe for all ages, Llarmar Tree festival-goers can choose to party through the night or turn in early – whatever it takes for an ultimate chilled family weekend.
Hawkswood Seed Festival
19 – 21 July 2019, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Less hedonistic than other festivals perhaps, The Hawkswood Seed Festival has a focus on celebrating courageous climate leadership, creative expression and innovation in partnership with the natural world, Hawkswood in a place where new ideas are planted. So if you are open to inspirational talks from practitioners and experts on: living without plastic, making your own toothpaste and telling your story using mindful photography, then this festival may pique your interest.
25 – 27 July 2019, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset
A mischievous melting pot of music, arts, party and people, Farm Fest invites you to ‘come and play’. According to Bristol Live, it’s one of the country’s most unique and intimate festivals. Set on a farm in the Somerset countryside, the fields are peppered with seven music venues all with something different on offer. From comedy to children’s events, workshops, theatre and of course music. With the crowd capped at 5,000 the original uniqueness of the festival is preserved for all to enjoy.
26 – 28 July 2019, Hill Farm, Oxfordshire
According to The Guardian, Truckfest is “The Godfather of the small festival scene”, like Glastonbury but without the need for sat nav to find your way around. Set in an idyllic countryside setting and staging some of the biggest names and best emerging talent on the music scene.
2 – 4 August 2019, Chew Lake, Chew Valley, Somerset
A sumptuous weekend of eating, drinking, dancing, learning and lazing by the lake, Valley Fest is ‘The Best Tasting Music Festival in the South West’. With hedge-to-hedge Somerset sparkle and plenty of nonsense set to a spectacular soundtrack, Valley Fest is West Country wildness at its best.
1 – 4 August 2019, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
A boutique UK music festival with an easy-going programme of music, theatre, art, comedy and food at a lovely lakeside woodland setting. With music sets from international artists, woodland fun, immersive games, workshops and debates, Wilderness is the perfect weekend to momentarily escape daily life and ‘run wild in the creative wilderness’.
23 – 25 August
Set on Alex James’s Farm in the Cotswolds, the Blur bassist turned cheese-maker, hosts a food and music-led weekend of revelry in his own back yard. With a Big Top, Little Top, Bandstand and Giant Tipi you will sense that this is very much a family affair alongside being a love affair with food.
The Downs Festival
31 August & 1 September 2019, Clifton Down, Bristol
Now in its fourth year, The Downs Bristol combines music, performance, art, good food and information sharing, creating a community who come together annually to dance, listen and build connections.With performances by established and emerging artists, talks and panel discussions, culinary offerings from independent, ethical traders and a lively children’s area, The Downs offers a myriad of opportunities for positivity, building awareness and musical discovery.
7-8 September 2019, Ebbesborne Wake, Wiltshire
Verve Festival is a place where music, exercise and wellness meet in soulful surroundings. Based on the premise that exercise and wellness should be a way of life, you can enjoy woodland workouts, forest bathing, feasting and dancing under the stars. The perfect combination of health and hedonism.
Wild & Well Festival
Autumn 2019, Ashton Court, Bristol
For those who want to live in a happier, healthier and more connected way, the Wild & Well Festival programme is built around the 4 cornerstones of: move, eat, connect, explore. Workshops explore subjects such as loneliness, grief, resilience and community; movement classes range from Tai Chi and Bollywood Dance to a Silent Woodland Rave. There are talks and tastings from local foodies, and you can learn foraging, survival skills and take part in a whole host of exciting woodland adventures.