UK Summer Festivals for Outdoor Enthusiasts

It seems that today there are summer festivals covering just about every interest, and outdoor enthusiasts are especially well catered for, with many festivals held in great hiking areas. Here are some summer festivals to be held that are worth checking out.

Shropshire Hills AONB_UK Summer Festivals for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Shrewsbury Folk Festival is a perfect base for exploring the nearby Shropshire Hills AONB.
28-31 AUGUST
Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Shropshire

Organized annually since 1997, Shrewsbury Folk Festival has become one of the country’s major events for the genre. Along with music there’ll be Morris dancing and activities for children. What is more, camping will be available, making it a perfect base for exploring the nearby Shropshire Hills AONB.

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Festival No.6, Snowdonia

This culture, arts, and music festival is held within the bizarre and beautiful Italianate village of Portmeirion, which was used as the location for the cult 1960s TV show The Prisoner. Beyond the village the mountains of southern Snowdonia loom, with Cadair Idris just down the road. As part of the festival, there will be many interesting events organized: from woodland walks and wild swimming to an illustrated talk by natural navigator Tristan Gooley. There will also be music from acts including Stornoway and Belle and Sebastian.

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West Highland Way_UK Summer Festivals for Outdoor Enthusiasts
The Lomond area offers great hiking opportunities, particularly with the West Highland Way.
Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

At this festival organized on the far southern shore of Loch Lomond, you can expect to see moret than 20,000 visitors. There will be plenty of local beer and produce on display, as well as cookery workshops for all ages, lessons in foraging and bushcraft and even a haggis-eating competition. The Lomond area offers great hiking opportunities, particularly with the West Highland Way following most of its eastern shore.

Isle of Harris Mountain Festival, Outer Hebrides

Isle of Harris Mountain Festival is a great opportunity to explore the unique landscape of Outer Hebrides, a rugged isle off the north-west of mainland Scotland. Besides guided walks, outdoor sports and photography workshops, Jim Crumley will be talking about his book The Eagle’s Way and Alan Rowan will be discussing Munro Moonwalker and his numerous Scottish adventures.

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Sugar Loaf_UK Summer Festivals for Outdoor Enthusiasts
the town is perfectly located for a walk up the conical-shaped Sugar Loaf to make up for any overindulgence.
Abergavenny Food Festival, Brecon Beacons

For one weekend, the market town on the edge of the Black Mountains will host world-class chefs including Tom Kerridge, Raymond Blanc, and others. There you’ll also have the opportunity to try plenty of Welsh produce. Fortunately, the town is perfectly located for a walk up the conical-shaped Sugar Loaf to make up for any overindulgence.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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