The Top UK Summer Festivals of 2019

12 Jul 2019 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Abi Sritharan

From celebrating music to enjoying mouth-watering dishes, these are the best UK festivals, headline acts and hotels to seek out this summer.

Latitude, Suffolk

Suffolk’s renowned Latitude festival returns to Henham Park to celebrate music, comedy, theatre and art. This year’s line-up will include headline sets from George Ezra, Snow Patrol and Lana Del Rey, while its diverse programme will also feature comedy from Russell Kane and Jason Manford, as well as theatre productions from companies such as Sadler’s Wells. Film screenings, live art performances and yoga classes will also be on offer.

18-21 July, from £77.50,

STAY: Tuddenham Mill

With its chic rooms and Italian furnishings, Tuddenham Mill is a great place to spend the night – however, it’s the food that draws the crowds. Tuddenham Mill’s elegant restaurant serves modern British classics, including afternoon tea and a good old Sunday lunch.

From £115 per night,

Camp Bestival, Dorset

Camp Bestival is suitable for the whole family. Held at Lulworth Castle in Dorset, this award-winning event comprises four days of comedy shows, literature programmes, workshops, and of course, plenty of music. Musical acts this year include Jess Glynne, Nina Nesbitt and Sister Sledge. Altogether now: “We are family…”

25-28 July, from £55,

STAY: Boutique Camping

Camp Bestival offers a range of boutique camping options. A short walk away from the main stages, the campsite boasts hot showers, a dedicated car park and staff ready to welcome you and ensure you have a great experience.

From £530 for four nights,

Boardmasters, Cornwall

This festival is unlike any other in the UK as it takes place on the beach. Grab your surfboards, sunglasses and sunscreen for five days of music by Florence & The Machine, Jorja Smith, Plan B, Rudimental and more, as well as an array of activities including surfing, yoga, silent discos, paddle-boarding and BMX-riding.

7-11 August, from £69,

STAY: Porthbeach Hotel

This beachside boutique hotel offers a relaxed and casual atmosphere with sea views, a manicured garden and comfortable rooms. The family-run hotel is perfect for those seeking some quiet time after a loud day at Boardmasters.

From £120 per night,

Wilderness, Oxfordshire

Wilderness is a hit with foodies, musical fans and wellness warriors alikes. This year the event features acts such as Tom Odell, Freya Ridings and Robyn, as well as an array of theatre performances, wellbeing workshops and an impressive food offering from the likes of Petersham Nurseries and Bao. The Veuve Clicquot Champagne Garden also returns to the festival this year. Here guests will be able to enjoy exclusive DJ sets, picturesque views and plenty of champagne.

1-4 August, from £179.50,

STAY: Wilderness Boutique

The onsite Wilderness Boutique is the best place to reenergise after each jam-packed day, thanks to its pamper parlour, luxury showers and dedicated restaurant and bar.

From £320 per person for the weekend,

The Port Eliot Festival

The Port Eliot Festival of Creative Arts will return to the grounds of Port Eliot in Cornwall. The festival – which brings together artists, musicians, writers, actors and comedians from all around the world – will feature a stellar line-up of performers including Lily Allen and Charlotte Church. The four-day Cornish festival will also have plenty of food and drink pop-ups, as well as cooking demos from the likes of Russell Norman and Valentine Warner, for guests to sink their teeth into. In addition to this, there will be a range of family activities, workshops and a host of outdoor activities to keep guests of all ages entertained for the entire festival period.

25-28 July, from £65 for an adult, from £35 for a child,

STAY: Onsite Camping

All Weekend tickets include camping stays onsite, so why not make the most of the festival by booking a weekend ticket and staying overnight? For those who prefer a bit of luxury, botique camping options are also available.

Included in a weekend ticket,

The Big Feastival

The Big Feastival, one of the UK’s most popular family festivals for food and music lovers, is back for its biggest edition yet this summer. Held on Blur bassist and renowned foodie Alex James’s farm, this three day festival is a mini-holiday for the whole family. Guests will be able to enjoy music from Lewis Capaldi, Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Jonas Blue and more, whilst enjoying delicious dishes from an eclectic array of restaurants and chefs including Claw, The Cheese Bar, Raymond Blanc OBE and Prue Leith CBE. There will also be a playground filled with activities to keep the kids entertained, whilst adults can take part in fitness classes. Kids and big kids alike can also enjoy the vintage funfair and the farm onsite. What more could you want?

23-25 August, from £67 for an adult, from £40 for a child,

STAY: Heythrop Park Crowne Plaza Hotel

Although camping onsite is available, some of us prefer a bit of luxury R&R. If you’re one of these people, head to the nearby Heythrop Park Crowne Plaza Hotel complete with comfy rooms, a golf course and an array of spa treatments.

From £155 for two,