6 Of The Best Small British Festivals

The music festival is somewhat of a British institution, and no summer is complete without a trip to a muddy field with your mates.

While established festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival or V Fest may book the biggest bands and pull in the biggest crowds, the UK festival calendar is full of smaller, quirkier offerings that also happen to be much more affordable.

Looking to mix it up this year? These are our favourite alternative festivals for 2016. Bring on summer!

1. Kendal Calling

Where? A stunning waterside location in the Lake District.

When? 28th – 31st July.

Why? A small and laid back festival with both big names and upcoming musicians on the bill. The festival organizers make a big effort to transform the site into a magical playground, and the impressive roster of comedy, theatre and DJs means you’ll never be bored.

Who’s playing? Rudimental, The Charlatans and Madness all headline.

How much? £135.

2. End Of The Road



Where? Larmer Tree Park in Dorset.

When? 2nd – 4th September.

Why? End the summer with a bang at this intimate and friendly festival. The line-up offers an alternative offering of artists, and the festival prides themselves on top quality food and drinks.

Who’s playing? Bat For Lashes, Animal Collective and harpist, Joanna Newson all headline.

How much? £195.

3. Brownstock



Where? Moriss Farm in Essex.

When? 8th – 10th July.

Why? Shortlisted for “Best Small Festival” by The UK Festival Awards in 2014 and for “Best Dance Event” in 2015 this event has put Essex firmly on the festival map. Offering an impressive line up of DJs, if youre a fan of dance music this one is for you.

Who’s playing? Annie Mac, Tinie Temper and Katy B, to name a few.

How much? £89.

4. Festival No 6


Where? The charming village of Portmerion, North Wales.

When? 1st– 4th September.

Why? The spectacular location is what really makes this festival special. The festival is staged throughout Portmerion (an Italian style village), the surrounding woodlands and a beautiful stretch of beach. Expect all things weird and the wonderful at this quirky festival.

Who’s playing? Hot Chip, Super Furry Animals and Bastille, plus an epic sounding David Bowie tribute from the Manchester Orchestra.

How much? £180 with camping and £170 without.

5. 2000 Trees



Where? Near Cheltnham in the rolling Cotswold hills.

When? 7th-9th July

Why? Priding itself on being non-commercial and sponsorship free, this alternative event is much more affordable than some of the bigger name festivals. This festival is all about the music and offers over 80 new and underground acts from the worlds of rock and indie.

Who’s playing? Twin Atlantic, Refused and Neck Deep headline.

How much? £95 for the full three nights.

6. Wildlife

Where? Brighton Airport.

When? 11th and 12th June

Why? If getting muddy is not your thing then this festival could be for you. Held at the old Brighton airport, this non-camping festival is organised by the people behind The Warehouse project. Only in it’s second year, the organisers have pulled in a top notch line up of dance, techno and house acts.

Who’s playing? Disclosure, Rudimental, James Bay and many, many more.

How much? £116 for the weekend and £65 for the day.

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