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From live music to literature and top notch food, ten of the UK's best festivals to book for summer 2015


It's only February, but the summer calendar is already filling up. Lots of festival line-ups are being announced at the moment, and this is the time to grab tickets before they sell out and you find yourself stuck at home on the sunniest weekend of the summer.

We've selected ten of the best festivals happening in the UK, but don't worry if you're not quite a wellies and mud woman; there's something for everyone here, whether you're into music, food, books or dancing the night away.

Port Eliot Festival 


Port Eliot Festival

WHAT IS IT? Initially started as a literary festival, Port Eliot has blossomed into a gloriously multi-faceted event, with expertly curated music and stunning food offerings. Check out a poetry reading or go to a fashion show; it's all on offer at the beautiful Cornish site.

WHO GOES? Creative types drawn to the mix of interesting speakers, music plus great food plus stars such as Kate Winslet, Jarvis Cocker and Australian chef Skye Gyngell.

WHEN IS IT? July 30 - August 2

WHERE IS IT? St Germans, Cornwall 

TICKET DETAILS: £172 for a weekend pass, including booking fee.

MORE INFO: porteliotfestival.com

End of the Road 


End Of The Road

WHAT IS IT? One of the friendliest music festivals around, this small scale event has a folk and alternative indie focus and takes place in the sumptuous Larmer Tree Gardens, complete with wandering peacocks. This summer's line-up includes The War on Drugs, Tame Impala and Future Islands. Look out for secret DJ sets in the forest. 

WHO GOES? Folk fans and future hippies. 

WHEN IS IT? September 4-6 

WHERE IS IT? Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire

TICKET DETAILS: £195 with no booking fee

MORE INFO: endoftheroadfestival.com

Camp Bestival


Camp Bestival

WHAT IS IT? Bestival's little sister, this family-friendly event melds a mainstream pop line-up - this year Kaiser Chiefs, Grammy winners Clean Bandit and Professor Green are headlining - with comedy, art and theatre, with lots of entertainment for kids courtesy of Dick and Dom as well as a music stage specifically for 13 to 17-year-olds

WHO GOES? Fun loving families. 

WHEN IS IT? July 30 - August 2

WHERE IS IT? Lulworth Castle, Dorset

TICKET DETAILS: £195 for a weekend pass

MORE INFO: campbestival.net




WHAT IS IT? Held just outside of idyllic Southwold, Latitude is the daddy of grown-up music festivals. Celebrating its 10th birthday this summer, the line-up is yet to be announced, but last year Damon Albarn and Lily Allen took to the main stage, so you can expect some big name artists as well as great food and peaceful campsites. 

WHO GOES? Media types, young professionals, urbanites letting their hair down. 

WHEN IS IT? July 16 - 19

WHERE IS IT? Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk

TICKET DETAILS: £195.50 including booking fee

MORE INFO: latitudefestival.com

Jimmy's Sausage & Beer Festival 


Jimmy's Sausage & Beer Festival

WHAT IS IT? Hosted by Jimmy Doherty of Jimmy's Farm fame, this is a rather specific edible event. If you're a fan of meat and ale, then this will be carnivorous heaven. Toploader and Athlete will play into the night, whilst you chow down or attend a sausage making class. There's a mocktail bar for kids too, so they can join in the partying too after they've had their fun bouncing on the inflatable field. 

WHO GOES? Meat-lovers, hungry families and Jamie Oliver, of course. 

WHEN IS IT? July 25 - 26

WHERE IS IT? Jimmy's Farm, Ipswich, Suffolk

TICKET DETAILS: Early bird weekend pass £22 + £40 for camping

MORE INFO: jimmysfarm.com

Field Day


Field Day

WHAT IS IT? Perfect for Londoners who want to sleep in their own bed after a full day of music, east London's Field Day boasts one of the best curated line-ups of the summer and also has the added bonus of being only a bus ride away for most capital dwellers. This year sees sets from punk goddess Patti Smith as well as reformed Oxford alt.rockers Ride and FKA Twigs. 

WHO GOES? London based hipsters, music buffs and big name musicians - last year Florence Welch was in the crowd.

WHEN IS IT? June 6 - 7

WHERE IS IT? Victoria Park, London

TICKET DETAILS: £78 for the weekend

MORE INFO: fielddayfestivals.com

Hay Festival 

Hay Festival

Hay Festival

WHAT IS IT? Taking place over ten days - which handily happens to coincide with the spring band holiday - this festival of 'ideas' sees talks and conversations with the world's foremost thinkers in the day before nights full of comedy and music. This year Michael Morpurgo, Stephen Fry, Germaine Greer and Jacqueline Wilson will all be taking part. 

WHO GOES? Intellectuals, science buffs and culture vultures. 

WHEN IS IT? May 21 - 31

WHERE IS IT? Hay, Brecon Beacons National Park

TICKET DETAILS: £9+ per event 

MORE INFO: hayfestival.com

Brighton Festival 

Brighton Festival

Brighton Festival

WHAT IS IT? Guest director of this year's Brighton Festival is award-winning author Ali Smith. She's helped to curate the bill, which won't be announced on February 18, but expect to see everything from dance, art, music and film on the high-end line-up for the three-week-long arts and culture fest. 

WHO GOES? Bookworms, inquisitive locals. 

WHEN IS IT? May 2 - 24

WHERE IS IT? Various venues, Brighton

TICKET DETAILS: Booking opens February 19

MORE INFO: brightonfestival.org

Cambridge Folk Festival 


Cambridge Folk Festival

WHAT IS IT? Last year the Cambridge Folk Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary, making it one of the longest-running festivals in the world. The eco-friendly event isn't just for fans of softly-soft acoustic sounds either - bands here are allowed to rock out too, and there's a real feeling of community among the crowd, with people travelling from all over for this legendary weekender. 

WHO GOES? A global crowd of roots music lovers. 

WHEN IS IT? July 30 - August 2

WHERE IS IT? Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge 

TICKET DETAILS: £150 including booking fee 

MORE INFO: cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk




WHAT IS IT? The Shambala ethos is focused firmly on fun. This isn't a place to see big name acts, but rather to spend time with your mates attending dance classes and quirky workshops. There's a carnival every year too, and you can vote on the theme - either cosmic chaos, dreams of into the wild - on their website until February 28. Healing areas will help you chill out after evenings spent partying. 

WHO GOES? Gangs of mates, kids old and young. 

WHEN IS IT? August 27 - 30 

WHERE IS IT? Secret country estate, Northamptonshire 

TICKET DETAILS: £154.99 including booking fee

MORE INFO: shambalafestival.org



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