When the temperature begins to rise there’s nothing quite like getting out of doors and making merry in the midst of nature. A perfect solution would be to partake of the many fairs and festivals around the UK this summer. While everyone knows about the Glastonbury, Reading and Isle of Wight fests, there are plenty of outdoor celebrations which cater to several different interest groups.
To ease your festival planning, here’s a list of some of the most interesting events in the land.
Henley Festival (8-12 July): Set on the banks of the River Thames, this five day fest, which started in 1983, features live music, contemporary arts, comedy, fireworks, fine dining and street theatre.
Hyper Japan (10-12 July): Bringing the best in Japanese food, culture, music, games, anime and style to the O2 in London, this event encourages cosplayers to come as the character of their choice.
Manchester International Festival (2-19 July): Indoor and outdoor venues host a variety of music, visual arts, theatre, dance, food and family events in Manchester. All works are commissioned specifically for the festival by internationally acclaimed artists and many go on to tour the world afterward.
The Curious Arts Festival (17-19 July): This fest, which takes place on the Pylewell Park Estate in Hampshire, features music, literature, comedy, children’s activities, opera under the stars and an array of “curious adventures” such as snail racing and inspirational breathing.
Edinburgh Art Festival (30 July-30 August): Begun in 2004, this is the largest visual arts fest in the UK. This will be the first year for a group exhibition dedicated to early career artists.
Vitality SportFest (1-2 August): This unique festival hosts camping families and sports professionals for athletic coaching for kids aged 5 to 16. Coaching is available for rugby, tennis, football, gymnastics, netball, hockey, cricket, rowing and boxing. Families can also enjoy competitions and food by Jamie Oliver.
Norwich Body Art Festival (16-17 August): A celebration of all things tattoo, this festival will feature artists, traders and entertainment.
Just So Festival (21-23 August): If family adventure is your thing, this event is for you. The weekend long camping festival “provides a magical experience where art, music and literature are embedded and entwined in a beautiful and wondrous landscape.”
Earth Spirit Gathering (21-24 August): Devoted to “encouraging the talent that lies within us all” visitors can watch live bands and participate in several workshops, including astronomy, belly dancing, clowning, story-telling, yoga and drumming.
The Big Feastival (28-30 August): Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver holds this annual family-friendly music and food festival on a farm at Kingham, The Cotswolds, with proceeds going to Oliver’s Food Foundation charity.
This is just a small portion of the events you could be enjoying before fall sets in! So, take your summer fun seriously and find the perfect fest for you by searching the list here.