Near, Far, Wherever You Are: we’ve got a Festival for you…
Festival season is fast approaching – tickets are being bought and tents are being dusted off (including sponging off last year’s mud). But with such a variety of festivals available for us to visit, you might have some trouble deciding which ones to prioritise in 2018. So, whether you’re looking to stay closer to Bristol or travel a little further a field, we’ve made a list to make your summer festivities a little easier to organise…
The UK’s biggest food festival is returning to Bristol this May. Durdham Downs play host to Great British Bakeoff star Steven Carter-Bailey, Masterchef winner Ping Coombes, Michelin Starred chefs and many more. With all sorts going on over the weekend including workshops, talks, kids classes, the Feast in the Street food avenue and even a double decker bar bus, what better way to kick off your festival season? Get your tickets here for a delicious mid-May treat!
It’s the seventh year of Love Saves The Day and it’s bigger than ever. More stages are being added this year, meaning that it’ll be the biggest and best yet! The hugely popular festival is spoiling us this year with headliners including Fatboy Slim, Bicep, Tom Misch, Sampha, and Mabel. With ticket options for just one day or the whole weekend, it’s easy to find something for everyone at this celebration of Bristol’s best underground music scene.
If you want more of an eclectic mix of things to see and do over your May bank holiday weekend, we’ve got a treat for you. The world’s biggest Philosophy and Music Festival returns to Hay-on-Wye this year and it’s our personal favourite. This year the festival is bringing together world-class speakers, thinkers and performers from all over the globe for a weekend filled with culture, debate, music and comedy, as well as delicious food and drink! Why not get the full experience and upgrade your camping experience to a yurt? Don’t miss your chance to grab your tickets for a truly unique bank holiday festival.
Alongside HowTheLightGetsIn Festival is the annual Hay Festival, which runs on longer to the 3rd of June. If you love the sound of HowTheLightGetsIn, why not take some more time to explore Hay and camp in style in the process? Riverside Festival Camping offer boutique yurts which are available exclusively for the duration of both festivals (from the 24th of May to the 4th of June). The yurts are the perfect way to treat yourself over the bank holiday and are ideal for couples, families, and groups big or small – book now to get your first choice!
2018 is the year that Bristol finally welcomes DogFest. For one whole weekend, dogs and dog-lovers alike can take part in activities, shopping, charity dog walks and even doggy dancing. Hosted by The Supervet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, this festival promises to be the paw-fect weekend for your dog to relax, spend some time in the vast open spaces of Ashton Court and even get treated to a grooming session. Look at tickets and more information here.
The annual gem of Bristol’s free festivals, the Bristol Harbour Festival returns this July with its usual dazzling array of music, dance, performance and maritime events. Keep an eye out for all of the act announcements, but with previous years featuring circus performances, flotillas down the harbour and more food stalls than you can count, this celebration of Bristol’s maritime history is bound to be as brilliant as ever.
Bristol is famously the home of Banksy, but the street art tradition becomes a city-wide spectacle every year during Upfest. Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival, Upfest attracts over 400 artists to paint 50 venues across Bedminster and Southville. The best part – it’s completely free for the public! With a mixture of artists from all over the world and food stalls to keep everyone happy, this festival is not to be missed in the heart of the city.
Perhaps one of Bristol’s most iconic symbols, hot air balloons will once again rise over the city as part of the annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Free for the entire family, Ashton Court is the Fiesta’s long-term home and includes all day entertainment as well as a range of food and drink options. We recommend visiting in particular for one of the infamous Nightglows and firework finales for a truly magical evening. Take a look at what’s on and when here.
Summer is brought to a close in Bristol with this fabulous one day event. Durdham Downs is host once again to this popular community favourite, and with headliners Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Paul Weller, it’s the perfect way to see off summer in style. Get your tickets so you don’t miss out on a great day out where there’s really something for everyone!
Planning your summer festivities? hotels, or indulge in one of our luxury suites to really make sure you celebrate. If you're headong to Hay-on-Wye in May, take a look at the luxury yurts that are available for an extra special festival experience.
Posted on 11th April 2018 by Honor