Ultimate Guide To The Top Ten UK Festivals

Your only guide to the best UK festivals in 2017. From Glastonbury to Bestival and Wilderness, have the best British summer with our handpicked selection. Enjoy!

Glastonbury, Pilton, Somerset

June 21 – 25
Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher, Radiohead, Foo Fighters

Now in its 46th year, this looks set to be an emotional Glastonbury. As festivals go this is undoubtedly the most famous. If you were lucky enough to get one of the most in demand tickets in town along with the other 170,000, you’re in for a serious treat. There’s something amazing for everyone here. This is the biggest, most noteworthy celebration of music, art, and culture.


The sun sets differently at Glastonbury



Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire

July 7 – 9

Headliners: Pixies, Alt-J, Orbital

Last years winner for new festival on the block, Bluedot bills itself as an intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space. You can expect a fusion of a truly stellar line up of some of the best indie and electronic acts around alongside live art projections, science experiments and interactive installations. Especially relevant is that its set against a backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank. The festival celebrates science and the exploration of the universe with culture, art and technology.


Where science meets music


Lovebox, Victoria Park, London

July 14 – 15 
 Frank Ocean, Rag‘n’Bone Man, Jess Glynne, Solange

This year marks 15 years of love. Groove Armada are responsible for this festival of fun having kicking things off in 2003. It opens at midday so you can look forward to an all day event with a curfew of 10.45pm. There’s just about anyone who’s anyone there for you to enjoy from Rag‘n’Bone Man with his contemporary hip hop, to Jazzy Jeff  (yes Fresh Prince!) to Kano, Jamie XX and Chase & Status. Don’t forget your suncream.


Glitter, balloons and love – everywhere



Latitude, Beccles, Suffolk

July 13 – 16 
 The 1975, Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, Goldfrapp

This festival geared towards being family friendly is very much aimed at the indie-folk crowd. There’s a huge itinerary of theatre, film, poetry and literature to indulge in throughout the weekend. From swing to ballet to the wildly uncategorisable, the lakeside Waterfront Stage hosts a selection of the best talent in dance productions and companies. This year you can also enjoy a performance from soprano Katherine Jenkins too and Waitrose is popping up for the first time at a festival.


Dancing in the moonlight



Secret Garden Party, Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire

July 20 – 23 
 Crystal Fighters, Toots & the Maytals, Metronomy

The Secret Garden Party, often colloquially shortened to SGP was arguably the pioneer of boutique festivals in the UK. It still has the same values as it did when it started over ten years ago now. You won’t find any tacky sponsorships plastered all over this festival. Most of all, expect a lot of colour, a lot of swimming, a lot of running around, a lot of fun, a lot of paint and a lot of laughs. Finally, with an annual theme, this year is the bizarre nature of celebrity. We can’t wait to see all the pictures!


Hearts in the sky at SGP



Camp Bestival, Lulworth, Dorset

July 27 – 30 
Headliners: Mark Ronson, Madness, All Saints, Kate Nash

Another festival to keep the kids smiling all weekend. There are activities and attractions galore with everything from the craft-heaven Art Town, freestyle action at the Freesports Park. In addition, there’s The Den with it’s own dedicated music and arts line-up exclusively for teenagers. There’s also plenty for grown-ups. As a result you’ll be smiling from ear to ear too.

Camp Bestival, festivals

Fun for all the family at Camp Bestival



Wilderness, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

August 3 – 6 
 Grace Jones, Bonobo, Two Door Cinema Club

Wilderness hailed as the country’s poshest festivals is also one of the most fun. Wake up with a morning dip in the lake, enjoy gourmet food from your favourites throughout the day. Why not relax in the hot tubs with champagne, revel in the music (this years line up is a winner). Or perhaps indulge in yoga sessions, debates, readings, woodland walks. More of a party animal? Lose yourself in the Valley after dark. This year also sees the introduction of ‘’The Night Realm’ – late night revelry with vibrant dancefloors and most noteworthy, an evening with Ronnie Scotts to jazz away too as well. UK festivals don’t get much better.

Wilderness, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, festivals

Fancy a dip?



Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales

August 17 – 20 
Ryan Adams, The Shins, Future Islands, PJ Harvey

Since 2003 this festival has delivered some of the best line ups alongside scenery too good to be true. If you want to enjoy a festival but also relax for the weekend in the lull of the music then this one is for you. Once in, you become a ‘settler’. Therefore, get cosy around the Settlement bonfire or enjoy food and films together in the Hurly Burly tent. Camp for the week and host your own barbecues in the pond-lined valleys or wake up well with some yoga.

Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales, festivals

Look out for the big green man



Bestival, Lulworth, Dorset

September 7  – 10
 The XX, Dizzee Rascal, Rejjie Snow, Pet Shop Boys

Of all the UK festivals, Bestival has one some of the best awards. Hailed as one of the most eclectic you’ll ever experience, this year marks the first year at the Lulworth Castle Estate (same home of Camp Bestival) on Dorset’s jurassic coast. It always attracts a young crowd but also manages to keep that well-established feel. You get the devote Bestival goers still raving around the place too. This is one spectacular show.

Bestival, Lulworth, Dorset, festivals

It really is one of the best!



Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Gwynedd, North Wales

September 7 – 10
Headliners: Bloc Party, The Flaming Lips, The Cinematic Orchestra

Many who think of Portmeirion think of pottery. This tiny Italianate village in North Wales is so much more than pottery though. It comes alive though with ‘a festival like no other’ FN6. Become part of a unique fantastic fiery procession carrying a burning wax torch. Furthermore, expect marching bands, flamboyant backpacks, sequined samba headdresses, colourful flags and glitter alongside yoga and hot tub sessions. In conclusion, it’s a wild world in Wales.

Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Gwynedd, North Wales, festivals

Bubbles, glitter, magic and no pottery – it’s FN6



With special thanks to our industry expert

Sophie Clark

Sophie Clark

Pearl & Pear

Originally from Yorkshire and now London based, Sophie combines her freelance writing with developing campaigns that tap into the culture of now and generate meaningful awareness. Since setting up her communications business, Belle et Bien, her clients and limitless curiosity for all things health, wellbeing, lifestyle and travel related provide a constant source of inspiration.

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