Mountains, Music and Summer Vibes
Posted at 11:00 - 14th June - Sarah Booth
The UK is host to some of the most diverse festivals in the world, combining music, adventure, inspiration and great food! Whilst well-loved events like Keswick Mountain Festival, and SHEFF have passed us by, there’s still plenty of opportunity to spend your summer exploring this eclectic world. We’ve picked out some extra fun festivals lined up for later this year.
A woodland adventure of music, comedy, theatre and art, Latitude Festival is a UK music and performing arts festival with a laid back vibe and particularly great for families. 2019's line up will include headline sets from George Ezra, Snow Patrol and Lana Del Rey, while its hugely diverse programme will also feature comedy from Russell Kane, Michelle Wolf and Jason Manford. Take a wander around the site, and you're just as likely to stumble across woodland film screenings, live art and the sanctuary of wellbeing, where you can relax amongst ambient soundscapes or bliss out with some yoga.
This festival is all about family time and fun, with a weekend of music, entertainment and games for all. Since its inception over ten years ago Camp Bestival has gone on to win the Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards a remarkable five times. This incredible achievement is thanks to the diverse programme it lays on each year including music, comedy, theatre, spoken word, arts and crafts, science shows and circus workshops. There's also a whole area dedicated entirely to 13-17 year olds called The Den, or if you're with younger children, head over to the Kids Gardens to be greeted by a vintage fairground, face painting and the insect circus. The theme for 2019's festival will be Heroes Vs. Superheroes, and according to founder Rob Da Bank, it's time for "the brave and perilous, courageous and noble, those with superhuman powers or those simply performing an everyday heroic deed" to step up.
Wilderness Festival is a boutique UK music festival, laying on an easy-going programme of music, theatre, art, comedy and incredible food and drink. Take a stroll around its site and you'll come across sets from international artists, as well as a variety of woodland fun, including immersive games, eccentric theatre, paddle yoga, outdoor circuit classes, workshops, talks, debates and even a lakeside spa. All held within a secluded natural setting, Wilderness is the perfect weekend to escape your daily life and run wild in nature.
Strictly for adults who are still kids at heart. Camp Wildfire is pretty much Scout Camp for grown ups! Adventure by day with activities like zorbing, cross bow shooting, tree climbing, wood whittling, trampolining, trapeze, calligraphy, silent yoga, bread baking, drumming, obstacle course, parkour, survival skills and much more; then party at night with the likes of Craig Charles, DJ Yoda, dance troops and an incredible choice of food and drink. With a range of accommodation from bring your own tents to luxury Glamping Pods, you are encouraged to let your inner child run free all weekend.
SWOF is a celebration of outdoor activities, adventures, pursuits and pastimes, plus fine food, great music and inspirational speakers. Festival goers can camp for whole weekend or visit for the day, taking part in as many events as they have energy for. Activities range from trail running and mountain bike challenges through to small-group guided adventures such as kayaking and climbing. There’s also plenty of action happening on site, where people can experience everything from axe throwing to yoga, campfire cooking, barefoot walking, wild food foraging and star gazing.
This festival has been going strong for 18 years and sees people converge from all over the world to be inspired by a weekend of film. Over 100 films are screened (from 240+ entries) with twelve coveted awards up for grabs. However Kendal is not all about extreme action - you can experience culture, drama, wildlife and environmental documentaries, plus the world's largest lecture programme covering outdoor content. Other highlights include art exhibitions, book events, including the coveted Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature and the ever-popular 'Kendal Mountain Film Academy'. The 'Film Summit' (supported by Channel 4 TV) welcomes 200+ industry professionals to an insightful programme of debate and presentations. The packed 'Specialist Sessions' are now legendary and provide a core social gathering for the following categories – Climb, Bike, Snowsports, Endurance Sports, Underground (Cave), Adventure & Exploration and a new one for this year - Outdoor Swimming.