Festivals may evoke scenes of muddy fields and misbehaving teenagers, but for those who want more than a warm cider and soggy bacon sandwich, there are ones out there with a much more grown-up feel.
These offer boutique camping, luxury facilities, fine dining, spa treatments and even yoga, for when you’ve enjoyed one cocktail (yes, there are cocktail bars) too many and need a little r&r!
So get your diary out! These are the UK food, drink and music events you need to visit this summer…
Larmer Tree, 13-17 July
Found down in the south of England, nestled in the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens in the heart of the Cranborne Chase on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, you will find the magical Larmer Tree festival. A feast of family friendly entertainment spanning five fun-filled days, this lovely festival could well become the highlight of your summer. The music is only part of the experience, as captivating comedy, entertaining theatre, and fabulous food and drink offerings will keep you enthralled. The daily Farmers Market brings you the best in fresh, local produce and will keep you well fed, and make sure you try their special Golden Larmer Ale before you leave. Named the ‘Small Festival of the Year 2015’, Larmer Tree is a guaranteed good time.
Get tickets and find out more here!
Disaronno Terrace Parties, Various dates
Disaronno are inviting Amaretto lovers to enjoy cocktails with an Italian twist at rooftop terraces across the UK. Italian songwriter Jack Savoretti will be there performing, helping to bring a taste of Italy to the UK with his mellow acoustic sounds. Find out more here!
Citadel, 17th July
Replace your average Sunday afternoon with this fun festival in the heart of one of London’s most picturesque parks. Headlined by Sigur Ros and Caribou, this festival is about so much more than music. Full of fabulous feasts, wonderful workshops, areas to relax in and tummy tickling comedy tents – you won’t regret it! Find out more here!
Latitude, 14 – 17 July
Far more than just a music festival, Suffolk’s Latitude is celebrating its 11th year this year, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Much more than just a music festival, the ‘Faraway Forest’ and The Little House will show theatre, dance and other live performances from the likes of Sadler’s Wells, the National Theatre and Opera North. Find out more here!
Festival No6, 1-4 September
Perhaps the most visually stunning festival in the UK, Festival No6 is set in the Italiante-inspired coastal village Portmeirion in Wales, surrounded by sea, mountains and forests. This year will see performances from Noel Gallagher, Bastille and Hot Chip. Find out more here!
Kendal Calling, 28 – 31 July
Home to some of the most stunning scenery in the UK, this year again the Lakes will also host award winning festival Kendal Calling. There’s fabulous glamping options for those that hate sleeping under canvas, and a Garden of Eden area for those who need a little detox – lovely! Find out more here!
Lost Village Festival, 27-29 May
While this tiny festival may only be in its second year, it’s already earned an enviable reputation, with luxurious outdoor spa facilities, yoga workshops and tribal banquets to impress even the most discerning festival goer. The festival is a celebration of the weird and wonderful, set deep in the forest. A great one to explore! Find out more here!