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.
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.
More info shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk
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.
More info festivalnumber6.com
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.
More info harrismountainfestival.com
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.
More info abergavennyfoodfestival.com