festivals in the UK An eclectic and growing list of small, alternative and boutique festivals in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. While a few music festivals are included we tend to include more participatory events. Know a great event that isn’t listed? Let us know!  

Festivals in 2021



April

Into The Wild

30 April-3 May 2021 | Sussex, England

Into The Wild Gathering opens the heart and spirit to the beauty of life. This weekend in the Sussex countryside will leave you feeling healthier, more connected and joyful than ever before. The festi ...

Space to Emerge (Cancelled)

30 April-3 May 2021 | Lake District, England

A family-friendly event with a variety of more than 20 different workshops (including some for children), opportunities for one to one healing sessions, evening entertainment with music and dancing, a ...

May

Wood Festival

21-23 May 2021 | Oxfordshire, England

Wood Festival is an annual festival of music and nature. The family friendly event runs entirely on renewable energy and features a stacked program filled with singers, workshops and activities. The f ...

To be confirmed: Small World Solar Stage

23-27 May 2021 | Kent, England

The Small World Solar Stage  is the perfect festival if you are into sustainability, education, low impact alternatives. A live, Solar Powered stage and cafe where shows range from the healing to th ...

Shindig Festival

27-30 May 2021 | Dillington Estate, England

Shindig Festival is a mash up of a gig, a house party, a circus show, comedy night, a wellbeing retreat and a kid’s party. No main stages, just an arrangement of stretch marquees, so you can be in a ...

Gaia Tribe Summer Camp

28 May-2 June 2021 | North Yorkshire, England

The Gaia Tribe Summer Camp is an annual event held by The Gaia Tribe. Voted the UK’s friendliest family festival, the five-day event combines the vitality of live music and dance with relaxation, gr ...

Sea Change Festival

28-30 May 2021 | Totnes, England

Sea Change Festival is a festival of high times in Totnes and Dartington, England. Hosted by the Drift Record Shop, the event celebrates music, art, culture each year. The festival organisers say:  ...

To be confirmed: How The Light Gets In Festival

31-31 May 2021 | London, England

How The Light Gets In is the largest philosophy and music festival in the world. Hosted by the Institute of Art and Ideas, the bi-annual event combines the world’s leading thinkers with Nobel Prize ...

To be confirmed: Small World Festival

31-31 May 2021 | Kent, England

Small World Festival is a biannual festival that takes place in the spring and summer. The five-day event helps raise awareness of sustainable living and celebrates creative spirit; powered entirely b ...

June

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Fire in the Mountain Festival

3-7 June 2021 | Wales

Fire in the Mountain Festival is something homegrown and non-commercial set ancient farm between the foothills of the magnificent Cambrian Mountains and the beautiful coast of Cardigan bay.’ Lo ...

Something To Smile About Festival

4-6 June 2021 | Lincolnshire, England

Something To Smile About Festival is a festival for all! The annual family friendly grass roots music festival features a variety of free workshops combined with amazing local and international bands ...

Anthropos Festival

10-14 June 2021 | near London, England

The Anthropos Festival offers you stunning visual art, diverse electronic beats and live acts. Workshops, lectures, discussions, healing area, welfare, live painting, artistic involvement,spa & s ...

Eden Festival

10-13 June 2021 | St Ann's, Scotland

When a festival features areas with names like Vishnu Lounge, The Lost Disco and The Melodrome Theatre, you know it’s going to be one of the most interesting events to go to. The festival organi ...

Gottwood Festival

10-13 June 2021 | Wales

Gottwood  takes place on the Northern tip of Wales nestled between rolling hills and the Irish sea, the small close-knit festival have built an intimate family feel since their first edition back in ...

Rumble Festival

11-14 June 2021 | Chesham, England

Rumble Festival is a wild weekend of sound inspired movement and dance in the heart of England. The annual event features plenty of opportunities to dance and explore with a variety of teachers, works ...

The Beacon Festival

18-19 June 2021 | Watlington, Oxfordshire, England

The Beacon Festival is a not-for-profit family friendly Music festival in Oxfordshire (Watlington). The organisers say: “We are a festival that celebrates real ale, music, workshops and plenty ...

Pagan Tribal Gathering

24-28 June 2021 | Warwickshire, England

The Pagan Tribal Gathering is a chilled out camping event, family and pet friendly with a spiritual theme leaning towards paganism. There will be speakers on various esoteric topics, workshops on ever ...

Know Your Roots Tribal Gathering-To Be Announced

30-30 June 2021 | Romford, England

A beautiful family weekend set in a majestic wild flower meadow, surrounded by forests, mother nature & the natural mystic that flows on through the air. The retreat organisers say: “The wee ...

To be confirmed: Galway Juggling Convention

30-30 June 2021 | Galway, Ireland

The Galway Juggling Convention is an annual celebration of juggling by the National University of Ireland. The three-day event features a variety of juggling workshops, games, a gala show and more. Th ...

July

Barn On The Farm Festival

1-4 July 2021 | Gloucester, England

Barn On The Farm is an annual four-day festival hosted at Over Farm, just outside Gloucester, England. The multi award-winning event aims to ‘Bring New Music Closer’, creating a unique and intimat ...

Also Festival

2-4 July 2021 | Warwickshire, England

Also Festival is a Music festival set over three transformative days, taking a look through the crucial ideas of our time, gazing on the natural world and into the internal world, to consider why we ...

Kelburn Garden Party

2-5 July 2021 | Glasgow, Scotland

Kelburn Garden Party is an annual, independent music and arts festival in the heart of Scotland. The festival takes place in a unique, 13th century painted castle and has been dubbed Scotland’s most ...

Timber Festival

2-4 July 2021 | Swadlincote, England

Timber Festival is the international forest festival celebrating woodland culture. The annual celebration features a weekend of debate, celebration and reflection in the Feanedock National Forest. The ...

Glas-Denbury Festival

6-18 July 2021 | Devon, England

For the perfect family weekend out, Devon’s ‘Festival Of The Year’ showcases the best of creativity, food, music and entertainment in in the South West. Enjoy more than 6 stages of l ...

Noisily Festival in England

Noisily Festival

8-12 July 2021 | Leicestershire, UK

Noisily Festival is an event that celebrates coming together and community and it looks beautiful. It’s a platform for arts, music and creativity.  The festival organisers say: ‘Noisily ...

Brainchild Festival

9-11 July 2021 | East Sussex, England

Brainchild Festival is a three day festival celebrating creativity, bold ideas & DIY spirit at a peer-to-peer level. The festival organisers say: “We connect and stitch together the collect ...

Buddhafield Festival

14-18 July 2021 | Somerset, England

Buddhafield Festival is an annual celebration of community and connection with the land. The festival welcomes more than 4000 visitors each year for a weekend of song, dance, arts and crafts, yoga and ...

Beat-Herder Festival

15-18 July 2021 | Lancashire, England

Beat-Herder Festival is an annual celebration of beats and barminess. Creating unforgettable memories since 2006, the three-day event welcomes thousands of visitors each summer and showcases everythin ...

Stainsby Festival

16-18 July 2021 | Chesterfield, England

Stainsby Festival is an annual, non-for-profit event in the heart of Chesterfield, England. The event has everything from folk and world music to craft stalls, children’s entertainment, workshops, t ...

Tropical Pressure Festival

16-18 July 2021 | Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan

A small, vibe filled, family friendly festival, that celebrates the music, dance and food of 3 Tropical continents. The organisers say: “Tropical Pressure takes place at Mount Pleasant Eco Park; a ...

Nozstock The Hidden Valley

22-25 July 2021 | Herefordshire, England

Nozstock The Hidden Valley is an annual, four-day music and arts festival in the rolling hills of Herefordshire, England. The festival brings together visitors of all ages from little ones to seasoned ...

Dance Camp East

24 July-1 August 2021 | Suffolk, England

Dance Camp East is a camping holiday with a difference! The annual family-friendly event welcomes hundreds of visitors each year to celebrate music, dance and community in the heart of East Anglia. A ...

Camp Bestival

29 July-1 August 2021 | Dorset, England

Camp Bestival is an annual, ‘awe inspiring’ and multi award winning summer festival in the heart of Dorset, England. The family friendly event features a wide variety of local and international mu ...

Green Gathering

29 July-1 August 2021 | Wales

The Green Gathering is the perfect festival if you are into sustainability, education, low impact alternatives. It prouds itself to be the greenest gathering in the United Kingdom. Here you’ll f ...

Neverworld Music Festival

29-31 July 2021 | Kent, England

Neverworld Music Festival is an award-winning boutique music festival in the heart of Kent, England. The annual event features a wide variety of local and international artists ranging from local tale ...

World Yoga Festival

29 July-1 August 2021 | Reading, England

The World Yoga Festival is an annual celebration of traditional yoga in the UK. The event welcomes more than 1500 people from over 40 nations to a weekend of classes, workshops, concerts and more. The ...

Barefoot Festival

30 July-2 August 2021 | Leicestershire, England

A magical weekend waits you in the beautiful British countryside. The award winning Barefoot Festival features something for the whole family to enjoy, from arts and crafts to chilled out workshops, l ...

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Farm Fest

30-31 July 2021 | Somerset, UK

A down to earth, affordable but overall fun festival happening at Gilcombe Farm, in the heart of Somerset, on 24 & 25th July 2020. It started as a party for friends and has stayed that way 15 year ...

The Spirit Of Awen Camp

30 July-8 August 2021 | Gloucestershire, England

The Spirit Of Awen Camp is an annual Pagan gathering of celebration, rituals, workshops, laughter, inspiration and more. Embrace the spirit of the bear and call for a new awakening at The Spirit Of Aw ...

To be confirmed: Bimble Bandada

31-31 July 2021 | Dorset, England

If you are into an eco-friendly lifestyle and enjoy music and nature then Bimble Bandada is your festival.The 2020 festival will again be 100% solar powered, and on a new magical site in Dorset (nr Bo ...

To be confirmed: The World Music Workshop Festival

31-31 July 2021 | Suffolk, England

The World Music Workshop Festival is an annual education-based festival celebrating the power of the drum. The event welcomes a diverse lineup of artists from all over the world, combined with global ...

To be confirmed: Wonder Fields Festival

31-31 July 2021 | Devon, England

Wonder Fields Festival is a little slice of #HeaveninDevon. The annual event features a diverse lineup of musical talent, as well as outdoor activities, workshops and talks and even paddle board yoga! ...

August

Wilderness Festival

5-8 August 2021 | Oxfordshire, England

Wilderness Festival is an award-winning celebration of music, food and arts. The annual event features a unique lineup of musical talent, theatre and arts, talks, debates, outdoor activities and more. ...

Emerging Hearts Contact Improvisation Dance Camp UK

7-12 August 2021 | Wiltshire, England

A great opportunity to discover the magic of contact improv!  The contact improv camp organisers say: ‘Many of us have this innate desire to dance and be together, especially at this time whe ...

Northern Green Gathering

12-15 August 2021 | Ashbourne, Derbyshire Dales, England

Northern Green Gathering is a Family Friendly celebration of life where Power is sourced from Wind, Solar and Human (on Bikes) power. The retreat organisers say: “Nature is the key to the Gathe ...

Green Man Festival

19-22 August 2021 | Matterley Estate, Winchester

Come an enjoy of an award winning independent music festival which promotes the best emerging artists to shout loudly their talent. What the organizers say: “Tumble through ten wild lands of laughs, ...

Tribal Earth Summer Festival

19-22 August 2021 | Laughton, Near Lewes East Sussex

Tribal Earth is a festival that has been running for over 20 years. This 4-day family friendly camping festival is packed with all the things you would find at bigger events but for just 500 people. I ...

One Love Festival

20-22 August 2021 | The Hop Farm, Kent

One Love Festival is currently the UK’s longest continuously running specialist reggae music festival. It was created in 2008 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s famous 1978 Peace ...

Soul Circus Yoga Festival

20-22 August 2021 | Elmore, England

The Soul Circus Yoga Festival is the UK’s most exciting yoga and wellness festival. The annual event celebrates movement, music and food with world-renowned teachers, speakers, musicians and more. T ...

Lost Village

26-29 August 2021 | Lancashire, UK

To find yourself, first you have to get lost. At Lost Village Festival you get lost in a forest and find yourself in a 3 day event that includes music, global food, art, comedy and talks, discover mag ...

Shambala Festival

26-29 August 2021 | Northamptonshire, England

Shambala takes place across four days on the August Bank Holiday Weekend at a secret location in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. With over 200 diverse musical acts across 12 live stages ...

Alfresco Festival

27-30 August 2021 | Kent, England

Alfresco Festival is an annual award-winning underground music festival. The three-day event has grown to become one of the best electronic music festivals in the UK and features the world’s best DJ ...

Between the Trees Festival

27-29 August 2021 | Candleston Castle Campsite, South Wales

A contemporary folk festival for all ages, set deep in a Welsh woodland by the sea. Between The Trees is a magical place to encounter nature, create art, learn new skills, listen to spoken word and di ...

Exhale Festival

27-30 August 2021 | West Sussex, England

Exhale Festival is an independent wellness festival in the heart of West Sussex. The annual event takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend and features a weekend of fun, yoga, music, food and ...

All About Love

31-31 August 2021 | Somerset, England

All About Love’s purpose is to accelerate the awakening and dissolve the separation between all of the people who are waking up right now. It is a powerful prayer for a new way of living made real t ...

To be confirmed: Another Love Story

31-31 August 2021 | Meath, Ireland

Another Love Story is an annual celebration of music, art, conversation, food and more; nestled amongst Killyon Manor. The unique 18th century home hosts hundreds of visitors, as well as a range of mu ...

To be confirmed: Northern Gathering

31-31 August 2021 | Oxford Island, Northern Ireland

The All Ireland Permaculture Gathering, also known as Northern Gathering, is an annual, self-organising event that focuses on building a better world. The event features a variety of workshops, skill ...

To be confirmed: Sun & Moon Festival

31 August 2021-31 August 2020 | Surrey, England

Sun & Moon Festival is an annual celebration of light and love. The gathering brings together kindred spirits, old friends and new friends for a week-long celebration of wellness and wellbeing. #S ...

To be confirmed: Wild Heart Gathering

31-31 August 2021 | Sussex, England

Wild Heart Gathering is a magical, inspirational festival that takes place in Sussex, England each year. The week-long gathering features a variety of musicians, as well as more than 75 inspiring work ...

September

Camp Wildfire

3-6 September 2021 | Kent, England

Camp Wildfire is an annual summer camp for adults. Offering a wild weekend of life-affirming inspiration, Camp Wildfire is filled with wild adventures and even wilder parties! The festival organisers ...

Field Maneuvers

3-5 September 2021 | London

If you are into house and techno, this is the festival to go to! With a capacity for only 800 people, this is a small and friendly way to get off your face to repetitive beats.     What the ...

Off The Tracks

3-5 September 2021 | Castle Donington, UK

A 32-year-old festival that invites you to leave the city stress behind and enjoy of shiatsu, tai-chi and meditation. It offers independent music for your curious ears and also this is a highly kids f ...

Equinox Festival

17-19 September 2021 | Chalk Farm, Lincolnshire

Equinox Festival is a gathering of the tribes. Performance, art, interaction and education for all. Set inside a hill, in the breathtaking Lincolnshire Wolds. Six stages representing all musical taste ...

To be confirmed: The Old Saw Mill Garden Party

30-30 September 2021 | Northallerton, England

The Old Saw Mill Garden Party is not your average garden party! The award-winning music festival takes place in a unique, secret location and there are only 500 spots available! https://www.facebook.c ...

November

To be confirmed: AlgoMech Festival

30-30 November 2021 | Sheffield, England

AlgoMech is the annual festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement in Sheffield, England. The event features more than 35 artists across a weekend filled with performances, talks, workshops and mo ...

To be confirmed: Scottish Radical Herbal Gathering

30-30 November 2021 | Perthshire, Scotland

The Scottish Radical Herbal Gathering is an annual event that celebrates radical health and herbalism. The three-day event features a variety of workshops, skill shares, discussions and more. The fest ...

To be confirmed: Sheffield Digital Festival

30-30 November 2021 | Sheffield, England

Sheffield Digital Festival is an annual event celebrating all things creative and digital. The Festival features a wide variety of events, demos, expos, meetups, hangouts and more. The festival organi ...

December

To be confirmed: Body & Soul

31-31 December 2021 | Westmeath, Ireland

Body & Soul is an annual gathering celebrating art, music, performance and creative expression in Westmeath, Ireland. The award-winning festival aims to heighten awareness of human-environment con ...