We have made a list of all the festivals in South West England (mostly Devon & Cornwall) that we can find plus a couple thrown in from Wales as they so good. So many to choose from. If you know of any more that aren't on this list, please let us know and we'll add it on.
Truro Festival http://www.trurofestival.co.uk/ dates tbc
St Edellion Summer Festival www.endellionfestivals.org.uk. 8 - 16th April 2017
Classical music festival. No camping but campsites close by.
Porthleven Food Festival http://porthlevenfoodfestival.com 21st - 23rd April 2017
Port Eliot Dog Festival and Whippet Tea Party - https://www.facebook.com/events/1935335203354916/ Set in the beautiful grounds of Port Eliot, all proceeds raised go to Children's Hospice South West. Highlight of the annual event is Roo and Lark's Whippet Tea Party where an invitation for lunch and canapés is extended to all whippet friends. It’s a really great day out (PE's quirkiness at it's best!)
St Ives Food & Drink Festival http://www.stivesfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk 13 - 14th May 2017. Held on Porthminster beach.'
Run to the Sun http://www.runtothesun.co.uk/ VW festival in Newquay. Not on this year or the last couple years.
Chill at the Mill http://www.chillatthemill.co.uk/ 26 - 28th May 2017 Retorrick Mill proudly hosts Mawgan Porth's very own 500 person festival of reggae, funk and food delights. www.facebook.com/chillatthemill
The Great Estate Festival - www.greatestatefestival.co.uk 2 - 4th June. A brand new festival set in Scorrier estate (Redruth) - woodland silent disco, Burlesque, swamp circus, cornish wrestling, Electric swing circus & lots more.
Wychwood Festival www.wychwoodfestival.com 2 - 4th June 2017. Family festival set on Cheltenham racecourse with campsite close by.
3 Wishes Faery Fest http://fairyfestival.co.uk 16 - 18th June For three fairytastic days & nights of faery delights! Where humans and faerie folk can walk (or fly!) side-by-side in perfect harmony, in celebration of the magical time of the summer solstice and midsummer’s eve. Held at Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park in Torpoint Facebook event page
Electric Beach Festival www.electricbeachfestival.co.uk 16 - 17th June 2017
Electric Beach Festival is a two day event happening next to the beach at Watergate Bay, nr Newquay. No camping so have to find a campsite close by.
Glastonbury http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/ 21 - 25th June 2017 A Tickets sell out in under 2 hours so good luck for getting them.
Maker Festival www.makerfestival.co.uk. Dates TBC - looks like a lovely place to camp anytime of the year. Wild eco camping, close to Plymouth on the Rame Peninsula. A family run festival run occasionally with various music sessions running through the year.
Galowan Festival www.golowanfestival.org - Midsummer celebration has revived many of Cornwall's ancient customs and has grown to become a major arts and culture festival: its central event 'Mazey Day' now attracts tens of thousands of people to the Penzance area in late June.
Tunes in the Dunes http://www.tunesinthedunes.co.uk/ 30th June - 2nd July 2017 Set on the beautiful Perranporth beach. With a back drop of scenic cliffs and sand dunes, this is a truly unique event where you can enjoy your live music with an ice cold beverage with your feet in the sand and the ocean only a stones throw away. Tickets £65 for weekend, under 15s £40. Camping fees extra in campsite close by.
Dante Summer Festival www.dantefestival.org date TBC, Tamar Valley
Concerts of Mozart, Brahms & Britten alternate with open rehearsals, folk music, workshops, guided walks & children events.
Rock Oyster Festival www.rockoysterfestival.co.uk. 7 - 8th July 2017. Close to Rok / Wadebridge, Cornwall.
See blog from 2015. 2 day music & food festival set on the banks of the camel estuary. Stunning location.
Tropical Pressure festival www.tropicalpressure.co.uk 14 - 16th July 2017. An exciting, family friendly cultural festival for Cornwall - celebrating the rich music, dance and food of 3 Tropical continents. Happy our Jabula tent will be there! www.facebook.com/tropicalpressurefestival See our blog from 2016 and 2015.
Chagstock http://www.chagstock.info/ 21st - 22nd July 2017. Hosted at Whiddon Down (close to Exeter and covers about 70 acres of farmland with glorious views over the northern edge of Dartmoor. Sells out at 5000 people.
Zestifal https://www.falmouth.co.uk/falmouth-events/zestifal/ 23 - 27th July. The town will be transformed with loads of activities, sports and initiatives all inviting people of all ages and abilities to take part. This is an opportunity to try something new – Pilates, Zumba, tennis, climbing, cricket, hockey, circus skills or paddle-boarding.
Lafrowda, www.lafrowda-festival.co.uk 8 days in July, St Just, Cornwall. 1 - 15th July. 15th is Lafrowda Day.
An 8 day community arts & music festival. From hip hop to harmony, from folk to funk, we’ve twelve hours of free entertainment to suit every taste and, of course, three spectacular processions. All this, and street performers, stalls, refreshments, bouncy castles, and a great family-friendly atmosphere.
Somersault www.somersaultfestival.com/ TBC. Castle Hill, Barnstaple, North Devon. Beautiful river side venue. “Brand new lifestyle festival with the spirit of an old-fashioned holiday camp” - Daily Mail. Message on their website 2016: Following this years’ weather conditions and subsequent discussions with the estate, both Lord and Lady Arran and the Somersault festival organisers recognise the need to take a break and allow the land some time to recover. It’s been wonderful to have the opportunity to organise such a unique festival within the stunning grounds at Castle Hill, enjoyed by a record 30 thousand people over its inaugural two years. We’d like to thank our devoted audience, our talented festival team and our amazing partners for the many incredible memories and we look forward to bringing Somersault back to Castle Hill soon.
Devon Dub fest www.devondubfest.co.uk/ TBC. Show n Shine VW festival with lots of music.
Village Pump Festival http://www.villagepumpfolkfestival.co.uk/ Not running in 2017. Trowbridge. Fabulous family festival, great venue & entertainment. The kids entertainment is incredible & if you go, we recommend a dip in the stream, there's even a deep pool by the old wheel.
Ale & Anchor Music Festival: date tbc - Set in the garden of 'The Old Coastguard' in Mousehole, Cornwall. See 2016 festival photos & details.
Halsetown Village Fete & Beer Festival - http://www.halsetownvillagefete.co.uk A proper village knees up! Free entry.
Port Eliot Festival www.porteliotfestival.com 27th - 30th July 2017, St Germans, Cornwall
This festival is in a stunning location for camping with a lake & castle & lots of trees. Big lineup of bands, entertainment as well as literary, culinary & artistic giants. www.facebook.com/PortEliotFestival
Gin & Jazz in the Park - Penlee Park Penzance www.facebook.com/events/404646616534833/ 29th July 12 - 5pm a summer garden party with delicious food, live music, festivity and escapism deep in the grounds of Penlee Park.
Secret Garden Silent Disco - www.facebook.com/events/2170333579859229/ 29th July 7.30pm till midnight. Dance amongst the trees in a secret garden within Penlee Park. Pick your channel and choose your side as DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels, playing the best in dance, pop, rock and house party classics, while you dance the night away in our secret garden under the stars. Also specialist bars and world foods available.
Womad Festival http://womad.co.uk/ 27th - 30th July 2017. Charlton Park, Upper Minety, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9DG.
WOMAD is a 'World of Music, Arts and Dance festival. Tickets from £145. Capacity 40000. Camping allowed
Leopallooza www.leopallooza.com 28th - 30th July 2017
They describe it as like a massive house party...in a field. Bude, North Cornwall. It will be taking place within 'The Wyldes' – a custom made festival site set in a scenic, lush valley in North Cornwall.
Larmer Tree festival www.larmertreefestival.co.uk - not on in 2017.
Hayle Fest www.haylefest.co.uk 3 - 6th August 2017 Thursday is Ska Night, Fri is 80s night, Sat is Foundry Day & Fireworks & Sunday is Sea Shanty Shenanigans with a Raft race. Each day is ticketed with fantastic bands playing.
Big Green Gathering http://www.greengathering.org.uk/ 3 - 6th August 2017
Piercefield Park, Chepstow, NP16 6BE, Wales. Powered by the wind & sun. Looks amazing, surrounded by lush forests.
Sunrise festival http://www.sunrisefestivals.co.uk We've been to this festival three times and were a bit upset when it moved all the way to Wales. Sadly it seems to have been cancelled when last checked.
Labrynth Blue & Roots Festival http://www.bluesandroots.co.uk/ Not on in 2016 - they having a break 2017 TBC? Set on fields directly overlooking the ocean (halfway between St Austell & Plymouth, hosted at the Labyrinth farm, close to Monkey Sanctury & Looe)
Holifair family festival http://www.holifieldfarmproject.co.uk/ dates tbc 2017. Holifair is a family friendly fundraising festival with over 30 live bands, talks, cabaret, barn dance, kids area with loads of great workshops, dance tent, chillout space, walkabout acts, firepit, storytelling, bar, craft and wellbeing area, plus local caterers and stalls set here on our beautiful farm.
Knee-deep Festival www.kneedeepfestival.com or www.facebook.com/kneedeepfestival 2017 dates tbc.
Liskeard - in a secret location. Indie, Folk and electronica take the musical forefront, with a mixed cocktail of bright day time treats, wild night time beats and quaint, quiet, escapist retreats. Set over two main stages, alternated to remove any risk of overlapping bands and unfortunate clashes, the sound found is eclectic, varied and driven by a variety of moods.
Beautiful Days http://www.beautifuldays.org/ 18 - 20th Aug 2017. Escot park, Devon. The festival has music and entertainment across six stages plus a children’s area in the centre of the festival for toddlers through to teens, walkabout theatre, site art installations, comedy, theatre, family camping, food & craft stalls, healing area & play areas.
The Little Apple Cyder & Music Festival http://www.cornwallciderfestival.co.uk/ 8 - 10th Sept 2017
Healey's Cyder Farm, Penhallow, TR4 9LW. 3 days plus camping early bird price is £25 per person, under 14s free.
First & Last Dub Club festival dates 2017 tbc www.bestwickbiker.wix.com/fnlfestival Held at Treen campsite overlooking the ocean, 20 minutes walk to to Porthcurno or to the nudist beach. VW Show & Shine & bands
St Ives September Festival www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk 1 week in Sept 2017
Art, Literature & music festival at different locations around St Ives town.
Henry's Little Big Gig, www.littlbiggig.co.uk 2017 dates tbc
is an exciting live music and ale family festival based at the infamous Henry’s Campsite in the Lizard. Henry’s is a magnificent campsite set just south of Kynance Cove, with a stunning sea view, palms trees, quirky eco-art and rescued animals.
Looe Music festival www.looemusic.co.uk 29th Sept - 1st Oct 2017. Early bird tickets £99 for adults.
Held on the Harbour beach of Looe town as well as in the town. Headline acts play on the spectacular Adrenalin Quarry Stage looking out to sea while 60+ bands will perform all across Looe, all weekend in the pubs and on the Harbour Stage.
THROUGH OUT SUMMER
Anyone who likes beach parties - visit http://www.thewateringhole.co.uk/events/ - the Watering hole pub is right on Perranporth beach and they often have bands playing there.
Halloween Masked Ball - http://maskedball.net/ Epic 1 night party held at different venues each year.
Bike Lights Wadebridge - http://wadebridgecreativehub.co.uk/bikelights-real/ Incredibly spectSee more info on our blog.