Summer is finally here and so is the festival season! We’ve compiled the ultimate guide that is your one-way ticket to having the most enjoyable and comfortable time at a Festival, from which ones to go to, how to get there as well as the essentials to pack to make sure your festival experience is one to remember.
Best Festivals in the UK
Glastonbury, Somerset (26-30 June)
Glastonbury Festival needs little to no introduction. It is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world and a template for all the festivals that have come after it. The difference is that Glastonbury has all the best aspects of being at a festival in one astonishing bundle.
Festival No.6, North Wales (6-9 September)
Taking place in the beautiful village of Portmeirion in North Wales, at Festival No. 6 a whimsical experience set in the most magical costal setting. A multi award-winning music, arts and culture festival, with an eclectic mix of iconic and the best new artists.
Green Man, Wales (16-19 August)
Set among the lush evergreen hills of the Brecon Beacons, Green Man is a favourite among eco-conscious festival-goers who only want to leave an ephemeral mark; thanks to its promise to keep waste and plastic usage to a minimum. But it’s the tried and tested alchemy of music, literature, comedy and performing arts that combine to create it's appeal.
The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts is an annual literature festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, for ten days from May to June. An idyllic laid back educational affair, the festival was described by Bill Clinton in 2001 as "The Woodstock of the mind".
One of the highlights of the Cornish summer, the brilliant Port Eliot Festival attracts an abundance of writers, musicians, thinkers and doers to the South West, and for good reason to one of the most beautiful corners of the country.
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Any veteran festival goers know of the bathroom situation and that no festival luggage is complete without your own personal loo roll supply. Add Who Gives A Crap
loo roll to your list to avoid any awkward moments.
Festival sleep isn't the best you'll get but it can certainly be improved by bringing a Snoooze Travel Pillow
, giving you that comfort of your own bed at home with its down like feel. (We're also packing an eye mask and earplugs!)
How to get there
Great you've booked your festival, you're all packed, but how do you get yourself there with all your kit too! Festival websites usually have information on how to get to the festival grounds, but while we’re at it, here are some tips on travelling to the festivals.
Most festivals will have the option to park at the festival but can usually be more costly as you pay for a car park ticket. Fill your car (with people and kit to spread the cost!) and remember don't leave valuables in sight in the car. It's definitely worth checking what you can and can't bring into a festival and sometimes there are car checks.
Check the festival website for the best station to travel to and get your train tickets in advance. Most festivals will have a transfer from the train station to the festival grounds so life is made easy for you!
Some festivals have bus transports available from the bigger cities to the festival grounds, and sometimes are even included in certain ticket prices. These will sell out though so definitely worth sorting out your transport in advance whatever way you're travelling.
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