Festivals are a defining feature of British summertime, but we understand that not everybody can afford to go to the big weekenders like Glastonbury. The good news is that you don't have to. There are plenty of festivals all over the country that are just as fun and are completely free! Here's our top picks that you can attend this summer.
Out There Festival – Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Out There Festival is now the region’s largest free festival of street arts and circus', regularly attracting audiences in excess of 60,000 people. Taking place in the beautiful seaside town of Great Yarmouth, Out There showcases the town's rich heritage through truly breath-taking live performances. Take the entire family down to witness the wonder that Out There has to offer, with something there for everyone to enjoy, we guarantee that the whole family will have a great time.
As well as all the festival fun, there's plenty of additional things on offer for you to enjoy. There's plenty of yummy grub available throughout the weekend. If you fancy a break away from all the festival madness, why not visit The Drill House for a bite to eat whilst the kids enjoy some circus fun. From caravanning by the sea to glamping, Great Yarmouth offer many wonderful ways to accommodate your trip, so get booked in now!
Feel Good Festival – Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Prepare yourself this August for fantastic free entertainment, all day long in Rochdale's Town Centre. Taking place in the heart of Rochdale, against the stunning backdrop of the historic Town Hall. Feel Good offers the perfect selection of live music across multiple indoor venues and a massive outdoor main stage. Massive bands such as Feeder and Razorlight have taken the main stage before, so you never know which big names may attend this year.
Feel Good brings the streets of Rochdale alive with a magnificent celebration of culture, food and live music. As Feel Good takes place in the very centre of the town, there's a massive collection of unique restaurants, bars and shops that you can delve into. So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself to Feel Good Festival and make your summer one to remember!
Bermondsey Street Festival – Bermondsey, London
September 14th, save the date and take a trip down to London for the Bermondsey Street Festival, a unique annual event that celebrates the rich and diverse community around this unique street. Bermondsey Street Festival see's hundreds of truly awe-inspiring attractions. Including over 200 art & craft and food stalls, a fashion show, performance stages (including the home grown South London Music Stage), maypole dancing and, of course, the infamous dog show.
Welcoming over 12,000 visitors each year, spread out over two parks and a street. Enjoy the very best food from local restaurants, jam out to small artists from the local area and have an all-round fantastic time. All completely for free. It is a truly magnificent local event that reaches out to the diverse culture of this iconic street.
Clarence Park Festival – Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Clarence Park Festival is the longest running free music festival in Yorkshire which has brought brilliant live performances to Wakefield since the early 2000s. Welcoming up to 8,000 attendees every year, it is a fun, family friendly atmosphere that absolutely anyone can enjoy. Showcasing new and exciting local talent, spanning multiple different genres and styles.
Wakefield Music Collective (the festival organisers) aim to provide a fun-filled weekend. So, if you're looking for a fun, family-friendly free weekend, check out Clarence Park Festival.
Godiva Festival – Coventry, West Midlands
Possibly the biggest free festival in the country, Godiva Festival is the perfect solution to a family friendly free weekend away. With legendary British boy band Busted just announced as Godiva's Sunday headliner, it's guaranteed to go off with a bang. Based in Coventry's historic War Memorial Park, this three-day event offers great live music, family entertainment, international food and drink, craft village and a children’s fun fair!
Organised by Coventry City Council with the support of partners, the festival prides itself on offering the best of Coventry and Warwickshire. Spanning over the course of a weekend. Over the last 18 years, Godiva has grown from strength to strength, and currently is viewed by many as the UK's biggest and best free family festival and attracts almost 150,000 visitors each year. In the build up to the festival each year, the organisers also run the eagerly anticipated 'Godiva Calling' competition, a battle of the bands type competition where the winning band or artist will get to play the festival.
So that's our list of the top festivals that you can attend this summer without spending a penny! Plan your adventure now and start filling your summer with new experiences.