Beer and beauty combine at these brews with a view events at both rural and city locations across the country
In Glen Fyne on the Achadunan Estate in the Highlands, this Fyne Ales brewery event is something of a pilgrimage for nature-loving hopheads – many build it into a West Highland Way itinerary. Now in its 10th year and serving more than 270 beers (from first-year flames, such as Thornbridge and Oakham,to new-wave icons such as Cloudwater and Verdant), Fyne is that rare beer festival where you can camp on-site, paddle in the river and do a three-mile walk to a pop-up bar at a remote bothy – a peaceful spot where the phone signal is at best patchy. Do not miss Fyne’s own citra hop-packed Jarl pale. • 31 May-3 June, adult weekend camping, £74.45, weekend pass without camping, £69.45, fynefest.com
Going to a music festival is something we should all do at least once in our lives, but there are some things you should know before you go. Prepare yourself for some fun in the mud as we give you our ultimate survival guide for music festivals.
If there is one thing you can pretty much guarantee is going to happen to you at a music festival, it will be not getting enough sleep. There’s just too much going on at night for you to even think about turning in. You’ll have to come to terms pretty early that you’re going to be tired. The best thing you can do is book an extra couple of days off work afterward so you can sleep all of the partying off.
You’re most likely going to be standing in the sun for long periods during the festival so you’ll be losing a lot of water. Then you’ll most likely be dancing around a bunch plus all the drinks you might be having will also dehydrate you.
Most festivals have places where you can drink water, and you should take advantage of those at every opportunity. For every strong drink you have, you should have some water in between, that way you’ll still keep your hydration levels up which will make you feel miles better.
Most festivals don’t come with shower facilities, or if they do, there’s a line a mile long to use them. You’re going to want to clean yourself as much as possible as you’ll get covered in dust or mud after a long day in a field.
One of the best tips we can give anyone going to a festival is to bring wet wipes with you. That way you can clean all of your vital areas without having to hope and pray that there’s a shower available to you.
Pick one that suits your taste
Make sure you go to a festival that suits your taste in music. You’re less likely to have a good time if there are a bunch of bands or artists around that you don’t like. The whole point in going to a music festival is to enjoy the tunes, right? Don’t just go to a festival because it’s close to where you live, or the tickets are cheap, make sure there are going to be acts there that you’ll enjoy.
Agree to disagree
Lots of people go to music festivals with their friends. If there’s a group of you going then you aren’t likely to all agree on which acts to see. Most festivals announce their lineup well in advance so you and your friends can arrange which acts you’re going to see together and which you’ll see alone. Don’t be afraid to miss out on some time with your pals just to see an act that you really like, this might be the only chance you get to see them live.
With these helpful tips, you can make sure to survive just about any music festival you find yourself at. You’ll be able to keep the party going for longer by following this survival guide.
Small but mighty, here’s our pick of the best music and arts festivals around Europe this summer • Tell us about your favourite small European festivals
Bulgaria’s Rhodope mountains, close to the Greek border, make an atmospheric setting for this multi-genre music festival. It’s a scenic escape with four stages showcasing underground electronic music and acoustic bands, plus zip-lining, a giant hammock in the forest, yoga and other wellness activities – along with hillside gatherings for sunrise. The resident choir from the local village of Polkovnik Serafimovo (around 100km south of Plovdiv) also performs in traditional dress with Kukeri dancers. • 6-9 June, €150.50 (plus camping for €6.50pp), meadowsinthemountains.com
Our pick of this summer’s smaller festivals features cool sites in the countryside, as well as art, crafts, yoga – and great sounds
Returning to Gilcombe Farm (a couple of miles from Bruton village’s train station), for a fifth year, Shindig still aspires to be a party with friends rather than a full-scale festival. There’s an onsite pub, local stalls and several smaller performance areas rather than one main stage. The lineup so far includes Estelle, Huey Morgan, Benjamin Zephaniah, DJs Kenny Dope, Nu-Mark and Audio Bullys, plus circus, comedy, wellbeing activities and workshops for children and teens including breakdancing and djing. Festivalgoers are also encouraged to Get Fruity, the theme for this year’s fancy dress. • 23-26 May, adult £154.45, teen (13-17) £79.90, under-12s free, shindigfestival.co.uk
Food festivals may well be one of our favorite things on earth. Who wouldn’t want to spend the day exploring the different sights, smells and tastes at an event solely evolving around offering you delicious food?
There’s hundreds and thousands of different food festivals located around the globe waiting to fill your mouth with exciting stuff, each specializing in a particular type of food or cuisine. If you’re a big foodie and love to travel, then perfect…You have come to the right place! Here’s a list of some the world’s best food festivals to tantalize your taste buds.
Warning – may induce severe hunger. Our mouths are literally drooling.
Wildfoods Festival (Hokitika, New Zealand)
This festival is located in the small town of Hokitika on the west coast of New Zealand, and offers visitors some rather odd things to eat, to say the least. From seagull eggs to insects, this event specializes in eccentric foods that attempt to blow your mind in how something sounding so gross can actually be delightfully delicious. This one’s for you if you have an adventurous taste palette and don’t squirm easily.
Salon de Chocolate (Quito, Ecuador)
Although there are plenty of renowned chocolate festivals around the world, Quito is perhaps considered the best. Thousands of visitors gather each year to get a taste of some of Ecuador’s tastiest high-quality chocolate. There’s also plenty to see and do with cookery classes and competitions. This one’s for you if you love chocolate – so that’s pretty much everyone then?
Dumpling Festival (Hong Kong)
AKA The Dragon Boat festival. This holiday date takes place on the fifth day of the fifth Chinese lunar month, with restaurants, locals and tourists coming together as one to feast on tasty dumplings. The festival takes to the streets, offering up the best-tasting variety of dumplings made from glutinous rice and plenty of different fillings. This is for you if you’re looking to explore and celebrate a National cultural heritage.
Vegetarian Festival (Phuket, Thailand)
Mostly taking place on the island of Phuket, this festival is part of a nine-day Thai celebration for the promotion of mind and body detoxification. Locals take to the streets to celebrate, conjuring up some of Thai’s tasty vegetarian dishes using soybean and protein substitute products instead of meat. This one’s for you if you’re not a meat-eater and want to find out some fantastic new Asian recipes.
Pizzafest (Naples, Italy)
Did someone say pizza? Yes please. Pizzafest is one of the world’s biggest pizza festivals, taking place every year in Napoli’s Caracciolo in which over 500’000 visitors will come to eat more than 100’000 pizzas. The celebrations include recreations of historical recipes and pizza-making competitions. This one’s for you if you’re feeling extra hungry. Dig in!
Bacon Festival (Sacramento, California)
The Bacon festival offers the very best of bacon – all from farm-bred organic hogs and made with the very best natural ingredients. There’s plenty of strange dishes on offer – bacon ice cream, bacon salad, and bacon cocktails. It’s also advised that all of this is washed down with the very best beverages from the local breweries. We’re not gonna say no to that now are we? There’s even a Kevin Bacon tribute band that plays. This one’s for you if you want to have some good old’ fashioned community fun.
Food festivals are the perfect way to try some of the regional grub. There seems to be more and more cropping up each year so keep your eye open for what ones that may be near you on your travels. Top tip – go when you’re feeling extra hungry. You’ll be in heaven.
Music festivals are a staple event for any fun-seeker and big-time dancer looking to boogie the night away. Unlike concerts or live gigs at venues, music festivals tend to give a spectacular once in a lifetime experience for those listening and watching to the artist right there and then – with thousands of happy people around you – even if you are in a muddy field.
There are hundreds of exceptional music festivals all around the world – from dance to pop, from rock to hip-hop. There’s plenty out there. We want to give you a guide of some of the countries that are considered to have some of the best. Get your wellies and shades ready!
The Best Festivals: Coachella, Burning Man
Woodstock festival held in the Catskill Mountains in 1969 was highly-regarded as a pivotal moment in the world’s popular music industry. After this, the United States had a lot to live up to. We’ve not been disappointed though. Coachella, CA attracts thousands of festival-goers each year with its glamorous celebrity-spotting vibes and its annual lineup of the world’s best pop, rock, and dance artists. Also Burning Man, NV continues to become more and more popular with mainstream visitors for its unique focus on the arts community, peace & harmony and self-expression.
Best Festivals: Reading & Leeds, Glastonbury
The UK caters to international interests, hosting a wide variety of music festivals. There seems to be an annual event created for nearly every type of musical genre. Some of the best festivals include Reading & Leeds which continue to draw in crowds to its rock and alternative line up, while Glastonbury is often regarded as the best festival in the world, having hosted some of the most prestigious international acts – Dolly Parton, David Bowie, Beyonce, Oasis. Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world with a capacity exceeding 175’000.
Best festivals: Primavera Sounds, Benicassim International Festival
Spain is the perfect location for the best summer festival. With its sunny Mediterranean climate, festival-goers are attracted to Spain’s musical festivals for their mix of chilled vacation vibes and their top lineup headliners. Benicassim continues to be one of the best festivals on the International circuit, hosting the best names in pop, rock, and electronica, while Primavera Sounds is also notably popular with festival-goers for its laid-back take on the best urban artists in pop, rock, and underground dance music.
Best festivals: Tomorrowland, Pukkelpop
Belgium festivals are the place to be for travelers and those interested in soaking up some European culture. The country attracts festival-goers for its extravagant theming and immersive experiences. Tomorrowland has become one of the largest music festivals in the world, hosting the best international names in electronic dance music. It’s even reached such great popularity that it has other spinoff festivals – TomorrowWorld in the US, Tomorrowland Brasil and Tomorrowland Winter located in the French Alps. Pukkelpop is another award-winning music festival located in Belgium, attracting festival-goers all across the globe for its eclectic host of genres – dance, pop, rock, alternative, hip-hop, heavy metal, and so much more.
Music festivals bring their crowds together lovingly as one like no other type of event can. There are truly some remarkable festivals out there with an appeal for everyone. So find the right one for you. You’re certainly invited, come along! Remember to bring your dancing shoes.
Whether you’re a coffee drinker, dog lover or yoga pro
Looking for the best alternative festivals 2019 has to offer?
This year we’re being treated to a calendar of brilliant events for absolutely everyone – no camping in a muddy field necessary.
Whether you love dogs, coffee, yoga or vegan food, there are lots of alternative festivals 2019, and you won’t want to miss them.
Alternative festivals 2019
So where do we start?
Balance Festival – London
Credit: Balance Festival
What is it?
Balance Festival cherry-picks the country’s top boutique studios, delicious food and drink suppliers, expert trainers, yogis and wellness and athleisure brands to join forces under one roof. Expect high-octane workouts from the likes of KXU, BLOK, Another_Space, Third Space, Barry’s Bootcamp, F45 and UNIT, as well as the chance to try some delicious food and meet like-minded gym bunnies.
If you’re partial to a bit of yoga, you’ll be excited to know that there will be a FLOW yoga studio for you to settle into savasana. Sessions are free to festival goers and include some big names in the biz, from Patrick Beach to Marc Hatvani.
When is it?
10th – 12th May 2019
Where is it?
The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.
How much is it?
Standard Admission tickets to Balance Festival are priced from £24.50 for day tickets and from £50 for VIP day tickets. Weekend entry is currently priced at £90.
The festival has been set up for people to celebrate and enjoy all things vegan – there will be 230 stalls selling their wares, from vegan meats, cheeses, chocolates, cakes, alcohol, supplements and sauces, to clothing, footwear, bags, cosmetics and jewellery.
Expect talks on various vegan-related talks on fitness and health as well as cookery demos, an art exhibition, live music, comedy and panel discussions.
When is it?
23rd – 24th March 2019
Where is it?
The Brighton Centre, King’s Road, Brighton
How much is it?
Advance day tickets are £8. Weekend Tickets are £13.20. On the door day tickets are £10.
Whether you’re a beginner or a yoga pro, the OM Yoga Show is the chance to immersive yourself in all aspects of the ancient practice. From free open classes and workshops to over 100 exhibitors – showcasing yoga accessories, clothing, jewellery, super food and retreats – there’s something for everyone.
Soak up the atmosphere and get ready to perfect your crow pose.
When is it?
11th – 12th May 2019
Where is it?
EventCity, Phoenix Way, Off Barton Dock Road, Trafford City, Manchester
How much is it?
Day tickets £7.50, two day tickets £12.50. OM Yoga Ticket bundles, including entrance, 1 year subscription to OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine, and a goody bag £39.99.
This is the ultimate festival for you and your pooch. With everything you would expect from a great dog day out, the event will bring dogs and dog lovers the Dogstival Display Arena, the Dog House Behavioural Stage, Get Your Paws Involved Activities, K9 Aquasports Pool, Canine Chill Out Den,live music,artisan food and drink, a Vintage Fun Fair and Pylewell House’s dog-friendly beach.
When is it?
18th – 19th May 2019
Where is it?
Pylewell Park, New Forest, Hampshire
How much is it?
Adult one day admission costs £15.44, and a child ticket costs £9.11 (includes booking fees).
The annual festival will welcome coffee-lovers from all over the world to taste some of the finest artisan coffee from burgeoning start-ups, industry pioneers and long-established companies.
Over 250 exhibitors are expected to join the celebration for a jam-packed schedule of coffee tastings, espresso martinis, workshops, latte art and showcases from world-class baristas, all to the soundtrack of live DJs and musicians.
When is it?
28th – 31st March 2019
Where is it?
The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.
How much is it?
Standard admission is £18.50, VIP admission is £30 and includes entry to the secret garden, a coffee cocktail token and fast track entrance. Full weekend admission is £90.
Imagine jetting off on vacation. Now, imagine jetting off on vacation knowing that you get to satisfy your love of food at the same time. Who knew life could get better? Thankfully, there are a handful of the coolest food festivals around the world that should be more than enough for you to sink your teeth into.
Cayman Cookout – Cayman Islands
Want to learn how to cook from a Michelin-star chef while feeling the white sand from the beaches ooze between your toes? Look no further. The Cayman Cookout is the perfect place for anyone with a love of brilliant weather and food as cooks from all around the world all prepare some of their greatest meals alongside one another while everyone gets to try a piece at the end.
Salon du Chocolat – France
We have two words for you: chocolate and Paris. Yes, this food festival will combine the elegance of the city with the deliciousness of chocolate all in one incredible event. Hundreds of people from all around the world travel to the Salon du Chocolat where they create everything from their finest tastes to chocolate sculptures and everything in between. Still not convinced? There is also a fashion show where the models wear chocolate dresses.
Pizzafest – Italy
Many of us have fallen for pizza over the years, and it seems as though it could soon be time to travel to Italy to give it all the love this food truly deserves. As well as getting to try all kinds of flavors (cue mouth drooling already), visitors can also learn how to make the pizzas for themselves as well as watch some of the top chefs in the world compete head to head in the annual World Pizza-Making Championship.
Chinchilla Melon Festival – Australia
While you might have never realized how much you love melons, that could all be about to change thanks to the Chinchilla Melon Festival in Australia. There is celebrity melon eating, melon skiing, and even melon chariot racing. This food festival is also the perfect place for melon growers to show off their incredible harvest of the year before everyone gets to tuck into a melon feast while dancing the night away at the street parade.
La Tomatina – Spain
This festival is held in a small town in Spain and could be the ultimate way that many of us need to let off some steam. If pelting thousands of strangers with perfectly ripe tomatoes sounds like your idea of a good time then it might be time to book a flight to Spain. Be prepared to get messy as people at this food festival spend an hour throwing nearly 133,000 pounds of tomatoes all thanks to a street brawl back in the ‘40s.
Whether you want to enjoy a selection of gourmet meals or finally have the chance to play with your food, there are so many food festivals in the world that allow thousands of people to come together and show their appreciation for the goods on offer. Life really can’t get much better.
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We all love to have a good time, but there are some places in the world where people know how to have the best time possible. These are some of the best festivals the whole wide world has to offer.
Carnival, Rio de Janeiro
There’s no party like a Brazilian street party, and Carnival tops the lot. Around 5 million people per year make the journey to the Brazilian city to see the amazingly colorful spectacle. Carnival is celebrated at the end of the Brazilian summer, and it becomes one frenzied party filled with great music and people dancing in the streets.
La Tomatina, Valencia
For one whole hour, people line the streets of the Spanish city Valencia. Battle lines are drawn, and friendships are ended as chaos reigns supreme. The festival has tens of thousands of participants all flinging tomatoes at each other. We’ve all dreamed of having a huge food fight when we were children, and for over 60 years this Spanish city has been living out their childhood fantasies. When the hour is over, you just wish yourself off in the river and let the drinks flow as the party gets started.
Mardi Gras, New Orleans
The Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans is probably one of the most famous in the world. It is one big party of beads, drinks, and giant heads. Revelers line the streets of New Orleans while parades of floats drift down the street, each decorated in celebration of anything and everything. Everyone dresses in costumes, adorning themselves in purples, greens, and golds as the entire city throws a huge party. Then there is the tradition of king cakes, which are baked with a toy child inside. Whoever gets the child then has to bake the cakes the following year.
Dia de Los Muertos, Mexico
If there is one culture that really knows how to celebrate their lost loved ones it is the Mexicans. Dia de Los Muertos, or ‘Day of the Dead,’ is a huge carnival where people wear paper mache skeletons and paint their faces like sugar skulls. Those who participate devote the day to cleaning the graves of their family members, decorating them with flowers and candles. Those who have passed are remembered fondly, while those still living make sure they enjoy the day by having as much fun as possible.
Krampusnacht, Central Europe
In certain parts of Europe, the Krampus is the bad side of Santa, who punishes those children who have been bad. Just as Santa is celebrated, so too is the Krampus and he even gets his own parade in many European cities. It’s a little creepy but one of the best European Christmas traditions, as Krampus appears on 5th of December, the night before the feast of St. Nicholas. It is customary to offer the Krampus some Schnapps to get him to leave you alone.
If you’re looking for a good time then join the millions of people who enjoy these world famous festivals. They are celebrated all over the globe and are all worth adding to your bucket list.