Our favourite festivals

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Our favourite festivals

With festival line-ups being released earlier than ever, now’s the time to catch the last of the early bird ticket offers and get your summer diary buzzing. We’ve put our heads together and come up with our ultimate summer to-do list.

How The Light Gets In
Hay-on-Wye – 25-28 May

Billed as the world’s biggest philosophy festival, the line up is all about warming up your cranium rather than limbs. With a lineup including talks and debates from linguists, astrophysicists, parapsychologist turned sceptics and robot ethicists, as well as comedy and music, it’s a new style of festival which I think will break some boundaries. Anna, Marketing Assistant

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Dot-to-Dot Festival
Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham – 25-27 May

I’ve only been to the Bristol segment of this festival, with all the bands travelling to 3 different cities over a weekend. Several venues are opened up for a great mix established acts and ones you haven’t heard of. It’s a great opportunity for discovering bands who are just starting up, and you never know, you may be lucky enough to be watching the start of something special (The XX, Mumford & Sons and Ed Sheeran have previously played). Overall it’s just a great day of music. – Andy, Accounts Assistant

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Noman’s Land
Oxfordshire – 15-17 June

Really lovely and small. The year I went we dressed up as fairies and walked around the place blowing bubbles for a few hours, which was a dream. 100% might do again. The festival calls itself a three day hands on music festival with a unique twist.. – Lucy, Finance Assistant


Isle of Wight Festival
Isle of Wight – 21-24 June

I love the IOW Festival for a few reasons. Firstly you have to get on a boat to get there. Awesome. Secondly it’s still got its hippy/peace vibe going on which makes it one of the friendliest festivals I’ve been to (in fact each year I meet up with some folk I met over 6 years ago). But mostly, I love it because it’s a family tradition, as my Mum attended the very first IOW Festival; and she sat on the hill and listened to Jimi Hendrix. Must have been heaven. – Kate – HR Director

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Love International
Croatia – 27 June-July 4

I’m hopefully doing away with the weather lottery and heading out to Croatia for Love International and some sun. A festival with its own private beach? That’s the way to do it. – Hannah – HR Manager

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Leicestershire – 5-8 July

Such a pretty festival in the forest with a great community feel. They say: “whilst rooted in the electronic music scenes, Noisily is a holistic environment which feeds the mind, body and soul. It’s a celebration of psychedelic culture in a society which is increasingly looking within for happiness and fulfilment, and away from material goods and money as the definition of success.” Sounds pretty good to us! – Lucy, Finance Assistant


Port Eliot Festival
Cornwall – 26-28 July

Port Eliot’s bohemian, aristo, arty roots now manifest as a glorious mix of music, words, fashion, food & pottering about. Always sunny (well almost – no one mention 2017) it is the perfect parent festival – small enough that is actually quite hard to lose the children but busy enough wth worthy woodland & woodwork adventure & excellent literary stuff & lots of nonsense that no one gets bored. Brilliant grown up food & a few opportunities for the middle aged ex-ravers amongst us to have a midnight stomp about in a tent & everyone is happy. A little bit smug but that is because everyone is very clever to have found themselves there! – _Mel, _

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Valley Fest
Somerset, 4-6 August

Valley Fest is a foodie haven, held on a community farm. Kids can run amok while parents feast on organic picnics or chill out in the wellness tent. All supported by like-minded suppliers and supporters such as our friends over at Yeo Valley. – Sam, Managing Director

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Green Man Festival
Brecon Beacons, Wales – 16-19 August

Held in mid-August in an absurdly beautiful Brecon Beacon setting (the main stage has glorious mountain as a back drop), The Green Man festival never disappoints. The line-up is always spot on, it’s the perfect size, very chilled (great with kids) so I’d highly recommend. P.s. its in Wales so obviously it always rains.- Sam, Managing Director

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Beautiful Days
Devon, 17-19 August

Run by folk-legends the Levellers, the festival sells out by word of mouth – not a penny is spent on advertising, or received from corporate sponsorship. The result? A world free from hard-sell, with a really easy fancy dress theme everyone can get on board with, and a fantastic mix of modern and old-school folk. Stalwarts the Bimble Inn help keep the party going after dark. – Anna, Marketing Assistant