Here at Babes in the Woods we are big fans of the great outdoors (obviously), and love a good British summer festival. There’s loads of quirky and original wedding inspiration to be found at a festival, whether it’s tea lights in the trees, colourful marquees or an amazing local band. So here for you, is the pick of our favourite food, music and lifestyle festivals…
ColourFest – Wimbourne St Giles, Dorset
With a brim full of yoga this nourishing 4 day festival offers classes including Ashtanga, Acro, Hatha and Heart yoga, along with Auyvedic talks, soulful singing, live music and Thai massage. Early bird tickets are a steal at just £100 and you are guaranteed to leave feeling revitalized, healthy and happy.
The Big Festival – Kingham, Oxfordshire
Jamie Oliver and Alex James present The Big Festival, a full weekend of food, music, fun and frolics. With celebrity chefs such as Monica Galetti, Nathan Outlaw and Ashley Palmer-Watts cooking up a storm you won’t want to miss out on this big, delicious delight. Expect a multitude of food related fun including a market, potato patch, cheese hub and family cooking classes.
Shambala – Secret Location, Northamptonshire
This creative and inspiring festival has something for everyone. A program packed with music, theatre, debates, circus, cabaret and workshops, topped off with an electric party vibe. Expect to see fancy dress, fairy wings, crazy design and a host of fantastic live artists.
Holi Festival Of Colours - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Inspired by the traditional Indian paint throwing festival, this London spin off is a fantastic day of colourful, creative and rather messy fun. Get a one day ticket, which includes 5 bags of chemical free paint, and go wild in the mix of the crowd while paint rains on you or stand back for a spectacular view of multicoloured madness.
Womad – Malmesbury, Wiltshire
One of the original World music festivals, Womad is a rootsy, alternative and diverse festival with workshops, performances and food from across the globe. Dance the days away to African drum beats, drink chai in one of the many rustic cafes or join in a harmonious singing workshop.
Wilderness – Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
A magical music festival set in a stunning 800 acre estate in the heart of Oxfordshire. Expect the unexpected, previous years have featured a lakeside hot tub, mind blowing set decoration and boutique dining darling. While for some this festival may be a little hedonistic, if you like a drink and a dance you won’t be disappointed.
Port Elliot – St Germans, Cornwall
Post Elliot is a charming, laid back literary festival situated near the Cornish coast. A classy affair, entertainment includes a fabulous flower show, The Wardrobe Department dressing up all you fashion fans, gorgeous fresh food from top chefs and a plethora of poetry, politics and performers. Perfect for the family or a day trip ticket if you’re local.
This well loved folk festival has been bringing big names to Cambridge for the past 50 years. No longer just exclusively folk, there are also offerings of jazz, blues, country, and singer songwriters added to the mix. A civilized event with limited tickets, this wholesome, eco friendly weekender is ALL about the music.
3 Wishes Faery Festival – Torpoint, Cornwall
Step in to this award winning, enchanted, fairy themed festival in Cornwall. This festival takes fancy dress to the extreme with a separate fairy related theme for each day. With tons of great folk music and activates for ages, this really is the perfect summer family affair.
Somersault – Castle Hill, North Devon
Somersault is brand new five-day camp for the intrepid festivalgoer. This really is a foodies dream, with long table feasts lasting hours in the evening, you’ll be adorned with local delights from some of the UK’s best restaurants. But that’s not all, Somersault also appeals to the outdoor adventurer, with surfing, Exmoor excursions, horse riding, arts, craft and live music galore.