10 Unmissable Summer Festivals for the Whole Family in 2016
Summer is finally here! Months and months of grey, wet and just typically English weather has finally come to an end. Well, let’s be honest, it’s probably just going to be “not as cold” as usual for the next couple of months. And a bit brighter ;)
Nevertheless, we love summer and I don’t know about you, but here at Nomads we simply ADORE festivals. And as you well know, with the sunny season, also comes festival season!
So, because we love you and we’ve already got our supplies, outfits and tents packed up and ready to go – we’ve made a list to some of the best festivals you absolutely MUST attend this year.
Most of these are family friendly, too. So, check out these wonderful festivals then head over to our Favourite Festival Styles to get your outfits and who knows, we may even bump into you at one of these events!
Great festivals for the family – Summer 2016:
1. FarmFest - 29th & 30th July, Gilcombe Farm, Somerset
A refreshingly relaxed event for the whole family. Wide selections of musical tastes are catered for and even Fleetmac Wood are on the bill. You that read wrong… I mean – you READ THAT wrong! It’s Fleet-Mac-Wood – a great act dedicated to none other than Fleetwood Mac. As well as music, there’s amazing food, workshops and plenty of kids activities.
More info: http://www.farmfestival.co.uk/
2. The Godney Gathering – 16th July, Garslade Farm, Glastonbury, UK
It’s Glastonbury – but not as you know it! This one-day spectacular was a big hit last year and this time round there are over 75 fantastic acts, crammed into one special Saturday in July. As well as music, there is food from around the world and plenty to keep the kids busy.
More info: http://www.thegodneygathering.com/
3. Larmertree Festival – 13th to 17th July, Larmer Tree Gardens, nestled in the heart of the Cranborne Chase on the Wiltshire/Dorset border
This may clash with The Godney Gathering, but it is a great option for those who like a good few days of fun in the (hopefully!) sun! There’ll be some great contemporary music from Tom Odell, The Stranglers and Jamie Cullum - to name just a few. The stunning location sets this event apart, and there are lovely family festivaling facilities.
More info: http://larmertreefestival.co.uk/
4. Camp Bestival – 28th to 31st July, Lulworth Castle Grounds, Dorset
This really is a Summer Spectacular! If you fancy something a little more dazzling (and also pricier) than FarmFest, then this is the event for you. A huge line up of music, comedy and entertainment will scintillate your senses while there are an avalanche of activities for kids of ages 2 to 62!
More info: http://www.campbestival.net/
5. Port Eliot Festival – 28th to 31st July, St Germans, Cornwall
You are spoiled for choice on this weekend at the end of July! Our home, Cornwall, has this amazing adventure on offer! Tons of top comedians feature, as well as bands, interactive science venues, mindfulness workshops and kids activities – all spread across this enormous estate which you are free to explore in wonder.
More info: http://porteliotfestival.com/
6. Wonderfields – 8th to 10th July, Nr Exeter, Devon
“A bijoux festival with a passion for quality” – Wonderfields is a journey of the senses for all the family, in generous and enchanted grounds. Expect a warm and relaxed vibe that provides the ultimate setting for fully immersing yourself in a unique and magical experience. A genuine and fun camping event, with plenty of space, so you can chill alongside your whole party. Wonderfields also works with Temwa, to support disadvantaged people in Northern Malawi.
More info: http://www.wonderfields.co.uk
7. Green Man – 18th to 21st August, Brecon Beacons, Wales
“In the breath taking Brecon Beacons, where mystical ley lines converge amid ancient Welsh oak trees, something magical is stirring…” – Green Man features modern music, loads of camping areas for families and disabled access and dozens of entertainment areas. This is a big and beautiful festival for adventurers of all ages.
More info: http://www.greenman.net/
8. Chagstock – 22nd to 23rd July, Higher Fields, Whiddon Down, Devon
Great fun for 5000 people in a field in Devon! Chagstock is awesome, not only because of its great music line up and family facilities, but it is also a non-profit organisation that supports the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Water Aid. Enjoy good times in the delightful Devonshire countryside!
More info: http://www.chagstock.info/
9. Leopallooza – 29th to 31st July, Bude, Cornwall
On what is the most popular weekend of the year for festivals and events, just down the road from Nomads HQ at Bude, Leopallooza is the greatest house party – in a field! The mesmerising electronic/folk/dance band Crystal Fighters headline an amazing line up of modern acts. Family friendly during the day but a real party at night - in the exquisite Cornish landscape.
More info: http://www.leopallooza.com/
10. Watchet LIVE Music Festival – 26th to 28th August, Watchet, West Somerset
Quite a nostalgic line up of music, featuring UB40 and The Levellers! There is plenty of fun for children with creative activities and, of course, lovely food and drink to be enjoyed. All profits made are re-invested into the local community to fund free admission events.
More info: http://www.watchetfestival.co.uk/
There you have it. Your good-times game-plan for the next couple of months!
Don't forget to check out our Favourite Festival Styles so that you have all the right garments to feel good, look great and more importantly, ENJOY the summer in!