This article and its dates and figures were correct at time of publishing in May 2016.
The festival season is here and ready to be enjoyed by all. We’ve rounded up some of the different festivals all over the UK where you don’t have to be 18 to enjoy. It’s not all loud music and pop songs you’ve never heard of, but festivals that let you step back in time or taste a variety of great British gin. Simply scroll below to learn more about available festivals.
Reading Beer and Cider Festival
Date: 28 April-1 May
Cost: £7.50-£10 a day
The ticket includes two drinks, a commemorative glass you can keep, and access to the whole day and night’s entertainment. Select from a large range of beers backed by CAMRA and then sit back and enjoy the live entertainment for a full day of fun.
Location: George Street, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8BY
Beer and Mussel Festival
Date: 17 March
When an event is endorsed and run by Rick Stein you know the quality is going to be of the highest order. Including live music, comedy and cookery demonstrations.
Location: Cornish Arms, St Merryn, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8ND
Cornwall Gin Festival
Date: 25-26 June
Cornwall's first Gin Festival. Celebrating the gin of the UK, it’s a two day event of live music and gin appreciation.
Location: Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2PU
Melton Mowbray Food Festival
Date: 1-2 October
The Melton Mowbray food festival will be located in Cattle Market Town Centre, and it is known as the largest food festival in the region. Local specialties such as the pork pie, to international dishes, will all be presented at the festival for you to try. Professional chefs - Rachel Green, Jo Pratt, Teresa Bovey and many more will present their specialties and share their recipe tricks with you.
Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Date: 3-5 June
Cost: £34-£59 a day
The ideal mix of a fun safe family environment with fantastic music to appeal to any music fans out there. A good mix of acts and music styles make this a great festival for anyone to head along to.
Location: Evesham Rd, Cheltenham, GL50 4SH
Date: 26-29 August
Cost: £44 a day
A full day of music and the option to boogie in a swing hangar, this festival provides some fantastic international and domestic acts to keep you dancing and singing along throughout the day.
Location: Bedford, MK41 6AB
Date: 8-10 July
Cost: £30 - £89
The true English open air festival. Expect great music, a friendly atmosphere and maybe a rogue Morris Dancer. It’s a fun, safe, family friendly environment with feel good music.
Location: The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, OX7 4AF
Doncaster Folk Festival
Date: 20-22 May
Cost: £16.50 a day
This festival is a fantastic celebration of music. Come along and listen to some of the country’s best folk, roots, acoustic and blues acts.
Location: Location Venue 1: Doncaster Deaf Trust, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6AY
Location Venue 2: Ukrainian Centre, Beckett Rd, Doncaster, DN2 4AD
Gwyl Machynlleth Festival
Date: 21-28 August
Cost: Different concerts at different prices: free to £20 concerts. Reserved seasonal tickets: £185
The annual Machynlleth Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year! You are welcome to view the spectacular collection of music concerts, from the finest classical music to exquisite Jazz.
Location: The Tabernacle, Heol Penrallt, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8AJ
Whitby Spring Session
Date: 29 April-2 May
Cost: £40 for the weekend; Adult - Spring session with Camping: £60. Camping Only Ticket from £20 per Adult. Child Tickets - Spring session Camping: £30.
This festival presents the ideal mixture of music, food, drink and dance. People of all ages are welcomed to enjoy a relaxed weekend by the beach. The festival will include various music talents, such as Dan McKinnon, who will perform songs from past to present, also performing is John Tams and Barry Coope - the wonderful British Folk songwriters.
Location: 9 Windsor Terrace, Whitby, Y021 1ET
Bury St Edmunds Festival
Date: 20-29 May
Cost: Each show is individually priced ranging from: Free - £25
Bury St Edmunds is a truly classy arts festival. With a brilliant selection of music, theatre, films and art, the festival transforms Bury St Edmunds into a cultural capital for the week with a number of venues, both regular and abnormal.
Location: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Salisbury International Arts Festival
Date: 27 May-11 June
Cost: Each show is individually priced ranging from: Free - £25
40 years old now the Salisbury International Arts Festival keeps on getting bigger and better and attracting only the best acts. Experience all disciplines of the arts world at this international festival. A lot of the shows have free admission but a few of the acts offer very reasonable prices.
Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire
Gilbert and Sullivan Festival
Date: 3-21 August
The Gilbert and Sullivan Festival celebrates the work of W.S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan with performances by the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera company. Enjoy the classics such as Pirates of Penzance and the Mikado.
Location: Harrogate Royal Hall, Ripon Rd, Harrogate, HG1 2RD
Date: 9-25 September
Cost: Art Trail Presentation: £7 for entry (the only available ticket - information on the website). More details will be posted in June.
The annual Wirksworth festival offers a wide variety of events, such as music, food, arts and poetry. The festival first started 20 years ago, and it has become one of the most exciting UK events of the year. Wirksworth also contains a “Pick of the Past” feature, for people of all ages and enables you to come along and view various drama, jazz and dance shows.
Location: Wirksworth, Durham, DE4 4EU
Annual SIRF Festival
Date: 4-7 August
This festival is an "outdoor art spectacular", with circus, dance and art performances, as well as international open-air concerts. The festival first started in August 1988 and this will be its 27th year. You will be able to explore a diverse culture of carnivals and arts.
Location: Carnival: Church Road to Stockton High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, County of Durham.
Royal Bath and West Show
Date: 1-4 June
The biggest celebration of rural life in England; come along to the Bath and West showground to experience a day of food and drink excellence, as well as a good showing of the countries livestock. A great mix of food, fun and art.
Location: The Royal Bath & West of England Society, The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN
South Devon 1940's Festival
Date: 2-3 July
Experience true 1940's life with entertainment, food and games all inspired by this wonderful period. Expect a really fun day and evening - and you won't be out of place if you dress up in the period.
Location: South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DZ
Horses at War
Date: 16-17 April
Cost: Adult ticket: £18.50. Child: £10.50. Unlimited Pass holders enter free of charge
The annual Horse of War festival will be held at the Beamish Open Air Museum. The show will give you the chance to see the 16th Lancers cavalry and horse-pulled First World War vehicles.
Location: Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG
Harrogate Spring Flower Show
Date: 21-25 April
Cost: Gate prices: £18.50 + £3.50 show programme
The Harrogate Spring Flower Show is regarded as the UK's biggest and most prestigious independent gardening event. This festival is perfect for garden lovers, as the Spring Flower show will include more than 1,000 flower types, garden shop and the “Dig it” Theatre Company. The event will also have gift shops, a live cookery theatre and a feast of food for you to enjoy!
Location: Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8NZ
Heritage Coast Festival
Date: 28 May-5 June
A brand new festival that celebrates the beautiful North Eastern coast line. Expect to take part in organised themed walks and kayaking trips, followed by events in the afternoon and evening, ranging from barn dances to mini beast hunts to rock pool rambles.
Location: Durham Coast, Seaham, Co Durham, SR7 7DR