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18 best festivals to look forward to after lockdown

Time to get your wellies out!

Sharnaz Shahid

Festival season is back on! With the UK continuing to move ahead with the roadmap out of lockdown, it looks like smaller events and outdoor performances are making a sensational return to our fields.

But it doesn't stop there as large-scale events are set to take place from 21 June - without social distancing! Here is our guide to the best festivals that will take place this summer, and beyond.

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Pub in the Park

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Pub in the Park is getting the band back together! They'll be touring eight locations, from June to September, across the UK with their amazing band of chefs, musicians, artisanal producers and most of all, you! Pretty much everything you've been hankering for during lockdown is back on the menu - with actual people. Superstar chef Tom Kerridge will once again be
bringing together his band of incredible chef pals including James Martin, Andi Oliver and Paul Ainsworth for a weekend of great grub and fun in your town.

Across the UK, June to September, pubintheparkuk.com

Roofstock: Festival Weekender

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Rooftop Film Club will herald the start of festival season from its sky-high cinema in Peckham, transforming its rooftop into an oasis of festival fun. Escape the mud and head to the Bussey Building rooftop, awash with festival flags, bunting, rainbow streamers and festoons where glitter make-up artists will razzle dazzle you away from any festival FOMO.

London, 25–27 June, rooftopfilmclub.com

Taste of London

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This foodie haven is back for two long weekends in July, where festival-goers can taste-test the latest and most inventive dishes from the culinary capital. The line-up this year will feature the likes of Jack Whitehall's Food Slut, Big Mamma's Napoli Gang, Sonora Taqueria, Hot4U + more. Whether you're a local or travelling down to London looking for a summer day out, Taste of London is the must-attend event for summer 2021, with spots going fast.

London, 7-11 July and 14-18 July, london.tastefestivals.com

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Latitude Festival

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Celebrating creativity, diversity and inspirational talent, Latitude Festival adds yet more names to the arts and music stages, transforming Henham Park into the ultimate playground of artistic expression. Taking place 22nd- 25th July 2021 in Suffolk, the festival is headlined by Wolf Alice,  Chemical Brothers, Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bill Bailey, Katherine Ryan, Jo Brand, Reginald D. Hunter and Simon Amstell.

Suffolk, 22-25 July, latitudefestival.com

Tramlines Festival

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Held at Hillsborough Park, this is Sheffield's biggest festival of music, art, comedy and performance. Over five stages, Tramlines attracts discerning music lovers to families of all ages, for its international headline acts to family-friendly entertainment. The line-up for the 11th edition includes The Streets, Royal Blood and Richard Ashcroft, The Kooks, The Pigeon Detectives, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Mahalia, Jake Bugg, Blossoms, Dizzee Rascal, and many more.

Sheffield, 23-25 July, tramlines.org.uk

Travelling Feast

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This isn't just for music lovers, but for true foodies! The festival is a first-of-its-kind, providing a road trip like no other for food lovers everywhere. From Britain's best food trucks hand-picked by celebrity chef Paul Ainsworth himself to drinks makers, and chef buddies, this festival is a foodie fan's dream. All while some of the best performers such as The Kaiser Chiefs provide the soundtrack of the summer!

Cornwall, from 6-21 August, travellingfeast.co.uk

Gone Wild Festival

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Taking place during the August Bank Holiday in Devon, the Gone Wild Festival is for the adventurous type! Thrill-seekers will join Bear Grylls where they will focus on good times in the great outdoors with lots of thrilling activities for the family to get involved in. There is also going to be a great music line-up with headliners including Melanie C, Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight.

Devon, 26-29 August, gonewildfestival.com

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The Big Feastival

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The Big Feastival, proudly presented by M&S Food, is excited to announce even more unmissable foodie events and culinary stars joining the incredible line-up of music, food and family entertainment for the festival's 10th anniversary. Guests will be in for a treat with new additions to the line-up including Great British Bake-Off winner, Candice Brown and CHIC drummer, baker and soul food extraordinaire, Ralph Rolle.

Cotswolds, 27-29 August, thebigfeastival.com

Manchester Pride Festival

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Zara Larsson, Sigala, Annie Mac, Gabrielle, Katy B, Example and Eve will lead a stellar line-up set to appear at this year’s MCR Pride Live in August. In partnership with Virgin Atlantic, the festival will feature six key strands: Activism, Equality, Arts and Culture, Youth and Family, Community and Party.

Manchester, 28 and 29 August, manchesterpride.com

Park Proms

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Parks Proms is brought to you on the beautiful and historic Broadlands Estate - home of the Mountbatten family. Nestled in the gorgeous surroundings of the Test Valley in Hampshire, the regal splendour of Broadlands country house provides a fabulous setting for what will be an unforgettable August Bank Holiday weekend.

Hampshire, 27–28 August, parkproms.com

Victorious Festival

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One of the UK's biggest metropolitan family friendly festivals is making a greand return this August. Madness, The Streets, Royal Blood, Supergrass, Rag n Bone Man, The Kooks, Craig David, Nile Rogers and Annie Mac are some of the big names in this year's line-up. 

Portsmouth, 27-29 August, victoriousfestival.co.uk

The Artisan Collective Fairs

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The Artisan Collective Fairs is brand new for 2021. The first one is taking place at the wonderful Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire. Artisan producers, crafters, makers and bakers will be placed centre stage at a brand new Fair launching this September. The evnt itself will be bringing together the best independents in food, drink, shopping and craft for an uplifting late summer's day out to remember.

Cambridgeshire, 3-5 September, artisancollectivefair.co.uk/wimpole

Mighty Hoopla

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One of the UK's best pop festivals returns, following its inevitable 2020 hiatus. Promising Mighty Hoopla's greatest edition to date, the festival will host the biggest names in pop and beyond, from the nostalgic to the new. There will also be an abundance of wild and wonderful acts, comedians, DJs and parades will be joining the party this year.

London, 4 September 2021, mightyhoopla.com

Highest Point

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Highest Point is your destination for three days of unrelenting energy this year. The packed lineup has artists such as Rudimental, Ella Eyre and Hannah Wants ready to put the party in full forward gear. The biggest festival in the Lancashire region, an extra Thursday date has been added as the festival expands even further. 

Lancaster, 2-4 September, skiddle.com/festivals/highest-point-festival/

Wellnergy

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This exciting new offering is the UK's first 'theme park for wellness'. The idea for Wellnergy was created during 2020 by the business' Founders, who wanted to create an event to help heal individuals mentally and physically from the aftermath of the COVID crisis and give people something positive to look forward to, as well as to generally promote all things connected to wellness. Wellnergy combines the five pillars of fitness, food, mindfulness, sound and laughter to create a completely unique, fun and enriching experience.

Oxfordshire, 4-5 September, wellnergy.co.uk

Henley Festival

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One of the UK's most glamourous boutique festivals in the stunning setting on Henley-on-Thames is back! This year's unforgettable line-up includes seminal British pop band Madness, multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter James Blunt, singer-songwriter sensation Sophie Ellis-Bextor and the legendary Kathy Sledge from Sister Sledge.

Henley-on-Thames, 15-19 September, henley-festival.co.uk

Isle of Wight

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Isle of Wight is welcoming festival-goers with a bigger and better new line-up. This year, music fans will have the pleasure of seeing Duran Duran, Tom Jones, David Guetta, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Kaiser Chiefs, The Script, All Saints and lots more.

Isle of Wight, 16-19 September, isleofwightfestival.com

KISSTORY Festival

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Taking place on Streatham Common, get ready for TWO huge days of the very best Old Skool and Anthems. Playing across multiple stages will be DJ Luck & MC Neat, Oxide & Neutrino and Judge Jules plus live performances from KISSTORY legends Lisa Maffia, Kele Le Roc, Fatman Scoop, Another Level, Artful Dodger, Damage and many more.   

London, 25-26 September, kisstoryfestival.com

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