Guide to Alternative Summer Festivals 2018

I love a festival. Whether that be music, food or drink. I first went to a music fesival when I was quite young (legal to drink…I THINK) and I went to Reading Festival. It was back when the line-up didn’t get announced until the very moment the tickets got released and tickets were like gold dust. I didn’t shower for 4 days, did my business is a porta loo and drank until I was dehydrated and from there I caught the festival bug.

Every year I say I’m going to attend all the festivals and have an amazing time and every year I only attend at least 1 place on my list.


2018 is looking to be a busy couple of summer months with lots of things in the pipe line which is super exciting.





26th – 28th May

Slam Dunk is an alternative music festival that takes place over one weekend in 3 different locations. Tickets are as follows; 
Festival Only = £49 (+ Booking Fee)
Festival + Afterparty = £55 (+ Booking Fee)
Megaticket (3 days + Afterparty) £170 (+ Booking Fee)
Slam Dunk Tour (Megaticket + Travel + Accommodation) = £395 (+ Booking Fee)
2018 will be my 4th year running but 5th overall. 3 years ago I attended the South date which is based in London.
For the past 2 years I have attended the North date which is in Leeds. There is also a Midlands date which is in Birmingham. Leeds is an amazing city, if you haven’t visited then I would 100% recommend.


8th – 10th June

Download was the festival my mum used to attend ever year whilst growing up, and I only attended for the first time last year.
If you like the heavier music, and some lovely sunshine then this festival is for you. Download is located in Donnington, which is in Berkshire, England in Donnington Park.
Download offers a variety different tickets and packages;
3 night standard camping ticket adult– £216 (including fee)
3 night standard camping ticket child – £108 (including fee)
Quiet camping is also available.
5 night standard camping ticket adult – £226.89 (including fee)
5 night standard camping ticket child- £113.40 (including fee)


2000 TREES

12th – 14th July

2000 trees is a 10,000 cap music festival, based in the Coltswold Hills.
Tickets are as follows;
£60 for a day ticket – Thursday/Friday/Saturday
£99 for a 2 day weekend ticket
£115 for a 3 day weekend ticket
VIP – £185 (3 days)

I have never attended 2000 trees but the majority of my friends have, and have loved it. I’m not sure if it’s on my list to attend this year either as the urge to leave the country this year is massive.


Food & Alcohol

The UK is home to some of the world’s most famous food festivals, big and small.

Gin festivals

Gin Festivals is the largest gin festival in the UK and it’s great. Each city also have their own small gin festivals in bars so keep an eye out.
VegFest is Europe’s biggest vegan festival which originated in Bristol but has now expanded to Brighton, London & Glasgow too.
The Big Cheese Festival
The Big Cheese Festival is situated in Caerphilly and has been running for 28 years. Free event and over 80,000 people are expected to attend this year.
The festival where you can watch live music, see a hot dog eating contest happening and drinking some craft beer all at the same time. Grillstock is situated in Bristol and tickets are £53 for the weekend. Day tickets are also available.
Are you going to any festivals this year?
Which ones?
(I need a new adventure)

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