Britain's best outdoor festivals

From the Outer Hebrides to Somerset, here is a selection of the best outdoor music festivals taking place this summer

Published: June 14th, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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Tiree Music Festival


14-16 July, Isle of Tiree, Scotland
The Tiree Music Festival offers a convivial small-festival feeling on the tiny Isle of Tiree with its white sandy beaches and choppy waters, which are loved by international surfers. This year, Scouting for Girls headline. £80.


19-22 July, Stornaway, Outer Hebrides

In the grounds of Lews Castle overlooking Stornaway harbour (with daily ferries to Ullapool and the Isles), the magnificent location is where local, international, traditional and new Celtic musicians are showcased. This year Imelda May, The Waterboys and more. £87.

Deer Shed

21-23 July, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

The ultimate inter-generational family-friendly festival, where children are integrated into the whole event. Music (Teenage Fanclub, Kate Tempest, The Divine Comedy), comedy, sports and workshops, plus yoga, massage and hot tubs. From £135.


27-30 July, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Folding seats are welcome at Charlton Park grounds and arboretum where WOMAD celebrates global and British music and dance, with plenty of fusion. Very inter-generational – teenagers love the steam fair. £175.

Green Man

17-20 August, Brecon Beacons

An awesome ‘magical’ setting where ley-lines converge with ancient Welsh oaks. The green man is the lord of misrule, so prepare to dance till dawn. An impressive line-up includes PJ Harvey, Michael Kiwanuka, Ryan Adams, Julian Cope and Sleaford Mods. £180.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

25-28 August, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

A friendly festival in seated marquees by the River Severn. It features international legends but focuses on the great British folk tradition, from jigs and sea shanties to Billy Bragg. Workshops offer yoga, dance and kids’ activities. From £135.

Festival Number Six

7-10 September, Portmeirion, Gwynedd

The Italianate village hosts eclectic music, from male-voice choirs to this year’s headliners The Flaming Lips, with talks, theatre, cabaret, poets and pop-up raves in the woods. Busy, but with room to escape into exquisite coastal estuarine landscape. From £205.

South West Outdoor Festival

8-10 September, Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Hosted by the National Trust, this incorporates stargazing, wild swimming, hiking, biking, coasteering and camp cooking with films, live local musicians and talks by adventurers. £40 (early bird rate).

The Good Life

15-17 September, Hawarden, Flintshire


Eclectic music – from disco to swing – meets poetry, bushcraft, foraging and abseilng in the grounds of Hawarden Estate. A celebration of real food, vintage tweed, bicycles, books, singing and tree-climbing. £117 (early bird rate).



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