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5 of The UKís Most Unique Summer Festivals

12 June, 2019


Once again, festival season is upon us and this year there is more competition than ever before. With so many different events taking place, there seems to be a festival which appeals to everyone. But, it isnít just a great lineup or ideal location which are the main attractions anymore. Festivals now offer everything from Michelin-starred dishes to circus entertainment, with speciality festivals set to soon overtake the likes of Glastonbury.


Long gone are the days where you spend your weekend stood in a muddy puddle after fighting your way to a good tent location, festivals have taken on a whole new meaning. If you want to experience a festival which has a little more than music and dodgy truck food, then here are 5 of the most unique festivals that the UK has to offer.

Wilderness, Oxfordshire

Wilderness festival is described as a boutique music festival, with a range of comedy, art, music and theatre, as well as wonderful food and drink to enjoy amongst its lakeside woodland location in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire. If you take a stroll around, then youíll find international artists, woodland fun, theatre workshops and even paddle yoga and lakeside spa.


Wilderness Festival is all set in a natural and secluded setting, making it the perfect festival and for you to escape your day to day life and run wild amongst the woodland. Children of all ages are welcome here, too, and there is even a dedicated quiet camping area set away from the main arena for smaller children, so it really is the perfect festival for the whole family. Wilderness also has a huge focus on the environment where the festival takes place and offers cup deposit schemes, non-plastic straws and has joined the 60 other UK festivals in banning plastic glitter, meaning that the face glitter, confetti and makeup that is allowed and used within the festival is bio-degradable.

Green Man, Brecon Beacons

A week-long festival set right in the hear of the Brecon Beacons, the Green Man festival is a completely unique festival. Over the years, the festival has grown from being just a party in a field into one of the best European festivals. The focus of Green Man festival is centred around local suppliers and high-quality music.

As well as music, there is plenty to do in the area surrounding the festival site if you want to get out and explore more of the Welsh countryside. There are no treks from car to campsite here, as everything is located in walking distance, catering to the many families who visit year after year. With over 100 locally brewed Welsh ciders and beers and vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian food options, Green Man is unlike any other UK festival.

Pub in the Park, UK-Wide

Tom Kerridge is a well known name in the foodie industry. The celebrity chef is known for his Michelin-starred restaurants and now has his own summer festival. Whilst Pub in the Park isnít a unique concept, it is one which has turned out to be quite successful for the chef. With chef stars attending and doing live cook-offs, Tom wows the crowds with a huge range of mouth-watering dishes. There is also wine-tasting events, Bake-Off winners and live music to complete the festival, which takes place in numerous locations across the UK such as; Bath, Tunbridge Wells, Warwick, Marlow and Leeds to name a few.

Lost Village, Lincolnshire

Since their first festival in 2015, the Lost Village festival has expanded into a surreal and unique experience. Located in an old, abandoned forest, Lost Village has become so much more than a music festival. Complete with comedy, surprise guest performances and debates, the festival also comes with incredible eating experiences. With renowned restaurants and a whole host of global flavours, eating is a huge part of the Lost Village experience and offer some of the best festival dining options across the UK festival scene. 

The Big Festival, Kingham

The Big Feastival is now renowned for being one of the UKís, if not Europeís, most popular family festivals, for music and food lovers alike. With fun-filled combinations of food and music, the weekend is packed full of culinary delights and sets from some of the biggest artists in music. This year, there is set to be Michelin star chefs as well as hugely popular food trucks and stands, covering a wide variety of different cuisines.

This years lineup is said to include Lewis Capaldi and Rudimental and, in amongst this, there are also things that the whole family can enjoy, from funfairs and craft workshops to tree climbing and childrenís TV heroes. If, at the end of all this fun, you want to wind down at the end of the day, head to the campfire and toast marshmallows under the stars.

 
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