Festivals in the UK

Glastonbury Music Festival

The Glastonbury Music Festival is a global event attended by around 175,000 people every year. Held in Somerset on the last weekend of June, the five-day festival celebrates contemporary performing arts with comedy, theater, circus acts and cabaret amongst other acts. The main attraction of this festival is the live music where leading pop and rock artists have headlined, alongside thousands of bands performing on multiple stages. An event inspired by the ethos of the hippie culture and free festival movements, if you love live music and partying, this one is for you.

Although this is the most popular, the UK is known for its range of music festivals such as T in the Park in Scotland (July) and Bestival on the Isle of Wight (September) to name a few.

When: End of June

Other festivals to look out for in the UK:

  • The Stonehenge Summer Solstice Festival – Held for 4 days leading up to summer solstice, chill on the Salisbury Plain with live music and a beer watching the sunrise over Stonehenge on the longest day of the year. (When: June)
  • The Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Festival – Yes you read that right, I said cheese rolling. In spring in Gloucestershire, participants from all over the world chase (or tumble after) a 9lb wheel of double Gloucester cheese down a phenomenally steep hill! It sounds mad but the winner gets the wheel of cheese and then everyone goes to the pub! (When: End of May)
  • Burns Night – In every pub and restaurant in Scotland, everyone celebrates in honor of the Scots Poet Robert Burns on January 25th. The night starts with a traditional ‘Burns supper’ of haggis, neeps, and tatties (haggis, swede, and potatoes) with whiskey before people get involved in reciting Scottish poetry, traditional dances and Scottish music. Couch surfing in Scotland around this time may be a night to remember! (January 25)
  • New Year’s Eve – London is the place to be! Standing on the banks of the River Thames watching one of the most famous fireworks displays in the world, with the sound of the crowds counting down while Big Ben chimes in the new year. Clubs and bars will be full, and a massive music festival will be held in the early hours of the new year with big acts such as Bryan Adams and Queen center stage.