Carnival performers at Boomtown Festival

Discover the best music festivals in England

From 24 hour parties to outdoor hot tubs, discover some of the best music festivals in England. From massive outdoor stages with the biggest headline acts to quirky niche events starring the next big thing, any one of these festivals is ideal to build a summer break around.

While many festivals are preparing to run in 2021 once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, please be aware that dates and lineups are subject to change. Please always check with the event's website for restrictions or alterations before purchasing tickets, booking accommodation or travelling.

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June events: Become part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Celebrate Hebden Bridge's quirky and distinctive arts scene at this unique festival, known for delivering big names in a local setting.

Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

 

Dance the weekend away at East London's Lovebox

See dance-music greats strut their stuff on stage at this hip East London festival.

Location: London

 

June events: Enjoy a flutter on the horses at Royal Ascot

Enjoy a quintessentially British day out at Royal Ascot – a highlight of the summer social calendar and one of the most exciting events of the year.

Location: Ascot, Berkshire

 

May events: Push boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Witness the world’s most diverse artists and performers from the risqué world of Burlesque.

Location: London, Greater London

 

June events: Revel in music at Westonbirt Arboretum for Forest Live

England’s forests turn into atmospheric music venues for Forest Live, offering an eclectic range of artists & an amazing night out.

Location: Westonbirt near Tetbury, Gloucestershire

 

See global superstars at the Isle of Wight Festival

See some of the biggest names in the business from the past, present and future at this legendary music festival in June.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

 

June events: Celebrate the written word at Stoke Literary Festival

Housed within a working factory, the Stoke Literary Festival is a surprisingly scenic spot for a literary celebration.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

 

June events: Revel in the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Visit Greenwich this summer for amazing sights and sounds at London's biggest festival of free theatre and performing arts.

Location: Greenwich, London

 

June events: Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

The usually quiet coastal town Broadstairs comes to life to celebrate the life of Dickens at this week-long, eclectic festival.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

 

June events: Cheer on a winner at the Northumberland Plate Festival

Put on your posh frocks and enjoy three days of racing and live music at one of the biggest events in the North East horseracing calendar.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 

June events: Country fair fun at the Royal Cheshire County Show

Spend the day tasting delicious local produce, watching monster truck displays and meeting birds of prey at the Royal Cheshire County Show.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

 

Rock out at Download Festival

Horn signs at the ready; get set for a weekend of rock as the biggest names in metal take to the stage at Download Festival.

Location: Leicestershire

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