The weather may be trying to tell us otherwise but summer is upon us and that can only mean one thing – it’s festival season! But don’t let the typical British weather put you off booking a ticket. Sun is sure to be on the horizon and, with tickets for many of this year’s events already selling out fast, you could be left disappointed. Here’s our pick of the favourites – with five more revealed in the July issue of Country Living, out now.
For families: Grassington Festival, Grassington, Yorkshire
14-29 June (grassington-festival.org.uk)
There’s still time to enjoy this annual extravaganza of music, art, craft and food –sure to entertain every member of your family. Taste Yorkshire’s finest produce at tomorrow’s farmers market, forage for wild ingredients Taste the Wild’s Chris Bax on 19th June and discover the Dales on a guided walk on 21st.
For music lovers: Womad, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
25-28 July (womad.co.uk)
The music may be international – Mali’s Rokia Traore is appearing alongside homegrown talent, including Sam Lee, Capercaillie and Alice Russell – but you’re guaranteed British ingredients at the food market. Don’t miss The Bath Pig’s surprising chorizo stew, made using pork from Large White pigs.
For foodies: Sausage and Beer Festival, Ipswich, Suffolk
27-28 July (jimmysfarm.com)
Celebrate those two traditional favourites with producers from all over the UK. There’ll be a prize for the best banger and a competition to see who can eat the most, as well as activities for all the family such as a craft market, nature trail, animal petting corner and live music.
For vintage hunters: Goodwood Revival, Chichester, West Sussex
13-15 September (goodwood.co.uk)
Step back in time at this annual celebration of all things vintage. Go shopping in the period Tesco supermarket, buy antique treasures from the market, get a Grace Kelly-inspired makeover, then rock n’ roll the night away to Mike and the Rhythm Stars.
For crafters: Somerset Arts Weeks Festival, venues throughout Somerset
21 September-6 October (somersetartworks.org.uk)
It may be planning ahead, but with over 400 local artists and craftspeople opening their studios to the public, and a programme of exciting events taking place throughout the county, this 16-day celebration of British artisans is worth taking time out for.