UK Festivals and Events to Check Out This Summer

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There is perhaps nothing more British than a summertime festival. Festivals are one of the best things about summer time, and the Brits don't half do them well. From food, to culture, to music, there is plenty on offer this festival season. Up and down the country, all summer long, there are hundreds of events to keep you entertained if you are sticking around. And, let's be honest, everyone needs to experience a British summertime at least once in their lives, right?


So, read on for Team AppUK's top picks of the best UK festivals 2017.


Isle of Wight Festival

When: 8th-11th June.

Where: Newport, Isle of Wight.

One of the UK's oldest music festivals, Isle of Wight delivers year after year with a line-up that provides big names, and something for everyone. Set in the idyllic countryside of the Isle of Wight (just off the south coast of England, less than 2 hours from Portsmouth), this year's festival sees headliners David Guetta, Arcade Fire, and Rod Stewart, amongst other big names such as Run DMC, Clean Bandit, and Bastille. Why not make a holiday out of it, and explore the rest of the island whilst you are there? It was one of Queen Victoria's favourite places, and she regularly spent summers there throughout her life.


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Download Festival

When: 9th-11th June.

Where: Donington Park, Derby.

Download is the go-to festival for metal-heads and rockers, with bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Muse previously gracing the stage. This year's headliners are System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, and rock legends Aerosmith. With four stages and over 100 live acts, Download is a weekend of total rock heaven.



When: 10th-11th June.

Where: Heaton Park, Manchester.

If ever there was a student-friendly festival, Parklife is it. From the people behind Manchester's legendary Warehouse Project, the festival is a two-day celebration of urban, pop, indie, and dance music, right in the heart of Manchester. This year's line-up includes The 1975, Frank Ocean, Two Door Cinema Club, and Fatboy Slim, amongst others.


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When: 24th-27th August.

Where: Daresbury, Cheshire.

Originating from Liverpool's Cream nightclub, Creamfields has become a mainstay in the global dance music calendar. The legendary festival now attracts thousands of dance music fans from all over the world who are looking to party to some of the biggest names in the industry. This year's line-up includes Martin Garrixx, Chase and Status, deadmau5 & Eric Prydz, and The Chainsmokers.


Reading and Leeds

When: 25th-27th August.

Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading, and Bramham Park, Leeds.

The famous Reading and Leeds festival is a must at least once in any festival fan's lifetime. There is perhaps no other way of spending August Bank Holiday weekend in the UK! Student cities Reading in the South, and Leeds in the North, play host to some of music’s biggest names. The festival is traditionally more rock and indie music based, though has branched out in recent years to include hip-hop and urban artists. The line-up is the same for both sites, though artists play on different days across the three-day weekend. Headliners this year are Kasabian, Eminem, and Muse.


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Taste of London

When: 14th-18th June.

Where: Regent's Park, London.

Some of London's best restaurants will be at the park all weekend, providing samples and tasting menus for festival goers. Alongside them will be drinking and music in this five-day food bonanza. Top chefs will also be there to provide cooking lessons and demonstrations. Tickets are £30 and under for a session. What better way to spend a (hopefully!) sunny weekend than lots of tasty food in one of the capitals most beautiful parks?


Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival

When: 8th-9th July.

Where: Weymouth Harbour, Dorset.

A must for fish and seafood fans! Held at Weymouth Harbour, just 1 hr 30 mins from University of Southampton, the UK’s largest seafood festival regularly plays host to over 50,000 people each year, drawing in some of the biggest names in the business. Festival goers can enjoy talks from restaurant owners, fresh seafood and other nibbles from top chefs, and live music. Entrance is free, with the festival raising money for the Fisherman's Mission, a charity which supports fishermen and their families.


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Great Dorset Chilli Festival

When: 5th-6th August.

Where: Wimborne St Giles, Dorset.

Fan of something with a little more heat? Set in the beautiful grounds of the Earl of Shaftesbury's estate in Dorset, less than an hour away from Bournemouth University, the Chilli Festival offers cooking demonstrations, talks, chilli-eating competitions, chilli-making competitions, chilli sauce judging, and, of course, plenty of spicy street food to try! Entrance is just £6 in advance, or £8 on the door.



Big Feastival

When: 25th-27th August.

Where: Kingham, Oxfordshire.

Taking place on ex-Blur bassist Alex James' farm just outside of Oxford, the Big Feastival is a 3-day festival celebrating food and music. James has now turned his hand to cheese making, so there is of course plenty of cheese on offer, alongside talks from top chefs and bakers, and music from the likes of Olly Murs and the Hacienda Classical. The main highlight of the weekend has got to be the food market, featuring stalls from some of the UK's top street food providers.


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Underbelly Festival

When: 28th April – 30th September

Where: Southbank, London.

Underbelly is the combination of two popular London festivals; Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground. The festival brings 5 months of comedy, cabaret, circus, and family entertainment to central London, right on the River Thames. There aren't just shows available; street food stalls and bars will also line the route of the festival location, making it a great day (or night) out for everyone.


Manchester International Festival

When: 29th June – 16th July.

Where: Venues across Manchester City Centre.

Held every 2 years, the Manchester International Festival is the world's first 'festival of original, new work, and special events'. This year sees a combination of art, dance, poetry, music, and theatre productions being put on by both big names and local creatives alike. Albert Square, in the centre of the city, will be transformed into 'Festival Square', whilst music venues, theatres, arts spaces, and even bars, will host events and performances.


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BBC Proms

When: 14th July - 9th September

Where: Royal Albert Hall, London

The Proms are the world's biggest classical music festival, culminating in 8 weeks of live music performances, talks, workshops, family events, and more. The main venue for the concerts is the Royal Albert Hall in Central London, but there are other events across the country, including Hull and Glasgow. The Last Night of the Proms is arguably the highlight in the calendar, and is a must if you can only make it to one date!


Edinburgh Festival Fringe

When: 4th-28th August.

Where: 294 venues across Edinburgh city centre.

The Scottish capital's famous festival starts on the 4th August, kicking off 3 weeks of creative performances. Last year, over 3,000 shows were put on for spectators, featuring dancers, singers, comedians, drama, musicals, opera, circus performers, cabaret, children's shows, and exhibitions, from big names and those just starting their careers. There really is something for everyone! Many students, not just from the Edinburgh universities, but from all over the UK will be performing in their own unique shows at the Fringe. Get up there and support your peers.


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A bit of everything

Glastonbury Festival

When: 21st-25th June.

Where: Pilton, Somerset.

No list of UK festivals would be complete without arguably the most legendary of all time; Glastonbury. This year's line-up includes Pyramid Stage headliners Radiohead, Foo Fighters, and Ed Sheeran. But the main stages provide only a fraction of the Glastonbury experience, the enormous site comprises of many other areas, with dance tents, circuses, theatre, food, family events, and more. In reality, the festival is almost like a hundred different festivals all in one. Trust us, the Glastonbury experience truly is like no other.


Latititude Festival

When: 13th-16th July.

Where: Southwold, Suffolk.

In the beautiful countryside of eastern England, Latitude is an almost fairy-tale like experience. DJs hidden in the woods, an opera on the lake, an onsite cinema, clowns, actors, and dance troupes provide something magical for everyone. Musical guests such as The 1975, Mumford and Sons, and Fleet Foxes round out the experience.

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Camp Bestival

When: 27th-30th July.

Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset.

Camp Bestival is the family-friendly little sister to Bestival, and is known for its playfulness, fancy-dress, and all round silliness. Set in the beautiful English castle Lulworth, less than 2 hours from Exeter, the festival offers everything from medieval jousting, to comedy, to poetry. The music is also of course a highlight, with Madness, Mark Ronson, and Anne-Marie amongst the acts performing.



When: 9th-13th August.

Where: Newquay, Cornwall.

One for the adrenaline seekers out there, Boardmasters mixes surfing, skateboarding, and BMXing, with music, food, and drink. Held in the surfers paradise of Newquay down on the South West coast of England, the festival is a unique celebration of sun, sea, and sand. Music acts include Two-Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, and Alt-J.


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