The UK Festival scene is the boldest, brightest and most varied (and sometimes downright weird) it has ever been, with more choice and more events than ever before.
With choices ranging from music, food, beer, environmental and comedy to name a few you will certainly be spoilt for choice.
I am a bit of a newbie (and late starter to festivals) but last year I finally ticked one off my bucket list by visiting the world-famous Munich Oktoberfest and it did not disappoint.
I was treated to dancing on tables, beer by the stein, live music (lots of 80s classics!) and food to make your mouth water (and a beer flavoured cardi by the end of it all). They don’t do things by halves there and I loved every minute (top marks from me – although the table might not have thought that!). A bonus is I didn’t have to sleep in a tent that was too small or collapsed on every movement (thoughts turn back to my teenage years travelling around Europe).
For many, however, the festival experience wouldn’t be authentic if you didn’t camp and get very muddy (but that isn’t really for me) and this is by no means the only option available nowadays, with choices ranging from campervans, glamping or even staying at a local Airbnb or hotel, the world’s your oyster (there’s even a festival for that in Falmouth in October!).
So now I have caught the bug (there’s festivals for those too!) and really want to add a few more to my growing list.
So we’ve been debating in Head office which festivals are not to be missed this year.
But just before I get on to those here are this year’s top 3 weirdest festivals I’ve stumbled upon:
- The International Festival of Worm Charming
- The World Toe Wrestling Championships
- and Bog Snorkelling at the World Championships at Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales.
So here are our top 5 pick of the best…
An eclectic, alternative festival with music and dance from around the world, ranging from American rappers to chanting tibetan monks. Also lots of delicious food and even a Womad spa with treatments and hot tubs. You don’t need to rough it either with lots of lovely historic and country hotels to stay in the area.
Don’t leave home without… our Womad Gomad Woodcut Whirly Tunic – (we currently have 20% off our fantastic Womad Collection which took inspiration from the very festival and is currently £34.39 (normally £42.99) – offers ends midnight Sunday 2 June.
GLASTONBURY: 25 – 30 June
The iconic music festival everyone knows about but finds it very hard to get tickets for! Tickets sold in 32 minutes this year so if you missed your chance, put your feet up and watch from the comfort of your own home. With huge line up acts and the best of the best music wise you will be spoilt for choice.
If you are lucky enough to be attending (no such luck for me this year) make sure you are prepared for all weather and all eventualities.
You can cover up a whole host of sins (food thrown, beer spilled, ketchup squirted…..) with a patterned print tunic like our Ginger floral print tunic top with a scarf, and a pair of crop trousers like our super trooper crop trousers or our lovely embroidered hem trousers
Don’t forget your wellies and waterproofs too!
My friends are going along with their teenage children, to then be dumped on arrival to find their own festival experience. The festival is a laid back affair with surfing and BMX and skate sessions and an amazing line up of acts playing over 12 stages at Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach.
Don’t leave home without your very berry lip balm and of course don’t forget your sun cream and sunhat.
If quirky but chilled is your thing then head to the Wilderness Festival which is advertised as a boutique UK music festival, laying on an easy-going programme of music, theatre, art, comedy and incredible food and drink at its lakeside woodland setting in Oxfordshire’s Cornbury Park.
There’s talks on mindfulness, workshops, as well as a wellbeing village where you can enjoy some meditation or gong baths (No water filled tub involved. It’s all about sound and vibrational energy of gongs – an ancient and powerful tool used to help still the mind and allow the body to deeply relax – not sure I would find that relaxing but whatever floats your boat!).
Alternatively dance until the early hours in the beautifully bonkers wooded dingly dell (hopefully it’s dark enough that no one will see my miranda style accident prone, sparkly hand dancing – I don’t want to scare the squirrels).
So grab your girlfriends, your glitter flipflops, a picnic and a glass of pimms from one of the amazing food providers and chill by the lake. Our Hazy Days range suits this relaxed festival perfectly – explore for yourself.
This is a hearty festival for all ages set in the stunning surroundings of the Brecon Beacons. Fans of indie bands will love it, although there is a varied music line-up and a emphasis on literature, comedy and the performing arts too. Take your kids, your mates or even your parents.
We all know the jokes about the Welsh Weather – having been brought up in Wales I tell you it’s really not true! Okay that may very well be a little white lie so keep warm with a good to go cardi or pack a porth coat (as August can sometimes become Autumn like), Oh and don’t forget the wellies! No sheep jokes please!
We’d love to see you wearing your Mistral festival gear– simply tag us with #wearingmistral on facebook or Instagram and our favourite image each month will have the chance to win £50 in online vouchers.
Emma Charlton, Ecommerce Sales and Marketing Manager