The best UK festivals summer 2023



A celebration of all things pop, this throwback festival features some of the best-known acts from the 1990s and 2000s. A dusting of glitter is most definitely encouraged.

When: June 3-4

Where: Brockwell Park, South London

Line-up: Kelly Rowland, Kelis, Natasha Bedingfield, Aqua, Rachel Stevens, Beverley Knight, Years & Years, Roisin Murphy, Soul II Soul, Jake Shears

Tickets: Day, from £59.50; weekend, from £114.50

Best for… PET LOVERS


You’d be barking mad to miss this pawfect event, which is a celebration of all things dogs. Will your pooch win best in show?

When: June 3-4

Where: Broadlands Park, Romsey, Hampshire

Line-up: K9 Splash Pool, Canine MOT Centre, Muddy Paws Tavern, live bands

Tickets: From £10 

Best for… BIG NAMES


The central London day festival series is back serving up some of the biggest names in the business, including two dates from rock legend Bruce Springsteen.

When: June 24-July 7

Where: Hyde Park, London

Line-up: Blackpink, P!nk, Take That, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Guns N’ Roses

Tickets: Day tickets from £90 



An extensive kids’ area makes this a brilliant first festival. From crafts and storytime, to kids’ yoga and a roller disco, you will be occupied from dawn to dusk.

When: July 27-30 and August 17-20

Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset, and Weston Park, Shropshire

Line-up: Sam Ryder, Mr Tumble, Dick and Dom, Mr Motivator, Grace Jones, Craig David Presents TS5

Tickets: Kids, from free; adult weekend, from £220 

Best for… ZEN


Brand new this year, Wellnergy aims to relax and recharge, combining mindfulness, fitness and food with music and laughter.

When: June 17 Where: Barn Elms, Barnes, South London

Line-up: Dr Alex George, Grace Beverley, Maude Hirst, Alice Liveing, and Dilly Carter, Gardens of Babylon featuring Parallelle (Hybrid), Patrice Baumel, Magit Cacoon

Tickets: Adults, from £65; kids, £22 

Best for… FOODIES


Big Feastival Come hungry to this delectable festival, which sees live cooking demos from top chefs, along with plenty of the UK’s best food and drink to try.

When: August 25-27 Where: Alex James’ Farm, Kingham, the Cotswolds

Line-up: Sigrid, Tom Grennan, Blossoms, The Vaccines, Rick Astley, Melanie C, Asma Khan, Nathan Outlaw, Anna Haugh

Tickets: Day from £85 for adults; free for children under five, older kids from £12.50; weekend, from £195 for adults, free for children under five, from £45.50 for older kids

Best for… SMALL


Set by the seaside in South Wales, this 30,000 capacity event has a stellar line-up and relaxed vibe. Grandparents go free, making it a family affair.

When: May 26-28 

Where: Port Talbot, Margam

Line-up: Anne Marie, The Kooks, James, James Bay, Jake Bugg, UB40, The Vamps, Kelis, Diversity, Melanie C, Vengaboys, Chase & Status, Groove Armada, Diversity, The Ks

Tickets: Family weekend camping and entry (two adults, two children), from £395.15

Best for… ECLECTIC


With an incredibly diverse line-up, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this Mancunian powerhouse.

When: June 10-11 Where: Heaton Park, Manchester Line-up: The 1975, Aitch, Fred Again, The Prodigy, Little Simz, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas: A NY State Of Mind, Skrillex, NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge), Becky Hill, Raye

Tickets: Day from £84.50; weekend from £149.50 

Best for… COMEDY


With acts in pubs, clubs and theatres, you’ll find the finest comedy at the Fringe, as well as cabaret, spoken word, acapella and much more.

When: August 4-28

Where: Edinburgh Line-up: Adam Kay, Bad Play, Chloe Petts, Rhod Gilbert, Grace Campbell, The Tony Blair Rock Opera

Tickets: From free 



A festival of ideas, Kite is brand new for this year, with fascinating talks and workshops, smattered with some brilliant music.

When: June 9-11 Where: Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire

Line-up: Joan Collins, John Major, Alastair Campbell, Toussaint Douglass, Candi Staton, David Baddiel, Suede

Tickets: From £59

Best for… FAMILIES 


There’s something for all the family at this award-winning event, from trails and circus workshops, to karaoke and Victorian-style sports day games.

When: June 2 – 4 June

Where: Scorrier House, Redruth, Cornwall

Line-up: Primal Scream, The Selecter, Ibiza Symphonic with DJ Andy Joyce, Bez (Happy Mondays) DJ Set, Cuban Brothers

Tickets: From £85

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