Britain’s Best One Day Festivals for Summer 2017

Big, loud, boutique and intimate, Britain boasts an eclectic mix of festivities celebrating music, food and fun.

These days, many even offer the chance to enjoy the festivities, without the sleepless nights under soggy canvas.

So, here’s our guide to this country’s greatest one day events and fantastic longer festivals with day passes. Wellies and sun hat at the ready...

Strawberry Fair, Cambridge: 3 June


A jam-packed day with music and arts in the magical setting of Cambridge’s Midsummer Common. Free for everyone and run by volunteers, Strawberry Fair attracts more than 30,000 visitors.

With a diverse range of music from over 100 groups, the fair also offers food, film, dancing and parades.

Funk the Family, Hove Park, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex: 18 June


This one day midsummer event in the charming coastal town of Hove in Sussex, really does what is says on the tin.

Family-friendly funk music is complemented by tempting food and kids are entertained by circus skills, slack-lining, bubbles and balloons. For the discerning adult funk fan, there’s a DJ set from Jazzy B

Leigh Folk Festival, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex: 22-25 June


From walk-up waterfront gigs to pub performances, Britain’s biggest free folk festival has a unique, down-to-earth atmosphere.

In addition to music, there’s poetry, traditional dance, street theatre and storytelling. If you’re visiting with a troop of littlies, Saturday is the best day for children’s activities.

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Llangollen, Wales: 3-9 July


This cultural festival celebrating international music and dance invites thousands of performers from around the world to converge on the small riverside town to compete, make friends and perform.

There’s plenty for children to enjoy on and off stage and Manic Street Preachers headline on the Sunday.

Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival, Moseley Park, Birmingham: 7-9 Jul


You usually need a key to get into this pretty private park in the centre of Moseley, but for a day or two in July (and in September when there’s a folk festival) party-goers pour through the gates to enjoy a tiny festival with a big personality.

This year Chaka Khan is amongst the headliners.

Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth Harbour, Dorset: 8-9 July


Celebrating its 10th year in 2017, this free foodie festival offers everything you'd expect including 100 stalls showcasing sumptuous seafood.

Learn how to fillet a fish, delight your kids with crabbing and mackerel fishing or simply sip a glass of champagne on the harbour side.

Vintage on the Dock, Albert Dock, Liverpool: 9-10 July


Celebrating 20th century cool, Vintage on the Dock unites fashion and music with a free event at the iconic Albert Docks.

Browse vintage clothes and records, admire classic cars; learn how to dance the Charleston or have a go at traditional creative techniques, including printing and graffiti.

Kew the Music, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Surrey: 11-16 July


A series of outdoor picnic concerts held in the horticultural paradise of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Surrey. There are six ticketed days of music, including big name acts such as Passenger, Razorlight and Hacienda Classical.

If you’re feeling flush add a VIP hamper or BBQ to complete your quintessential English summer experience.

Wilderness Gathering, Bush Farm Bison Centre, Wiltshire: 16-20 August


A festival of bush craft and music in Wiltshire with demonstrations, artisan crafts and, luckily, pre-scavenged food readily available.

You and your family can learn survival skills, savour nature and wilderness living and in the evening kick back whilst listening to the blues before returning to the comfort of your cottage.

The Big Feastival, Alex James’ farm, Cotswolds: 25-27 August


A collaboration between cheese fanatic Alex James and Jamie Oliver in the Cotswolds, the emphasis here is unsurprisingly on all things culinary, from cooking demos to the best in street food.

There’s also a vintage fair, Adam Henson’s Cotswold’s farm park and class music acts. Under 12s go free, so treat the family to a cosy cottage and some top-notch nosh. Pick your ideal day and enjoy!

Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, Scottish Highlands, Scotland: 24 September


Not your average jog round the block, this unusual festival kicks off with various running races in the Highlands, including the marathon itself and ‘Wee Nessie’ for under 5s.

There are kids’ activities aplenty, and whether you’re running or not, you can enjoy the pipe bands, food fayre and beer tent, not to mention the spectacular scenery.

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