The Best UK Festivals

There's no denying that UK festivals are some of the best in the world; from Glastonbury to Oktoberfest, our country has nailed the art of music celebrations, food pop-ups and beer bashes. We've rounded up the creme de la creme, so when you're not dancing in your wellies, try everything from dedicated chicken wing bonanzas to booze-testing all-dayers.

Last edited by Scarlett Welch

Last updated on 29th May 2024

UK-Wide: Wing Fest 2024

Discover some of the most delicious chicken the UK has to offer at Wing Fest across London, Bristol, Sheffield and more. Alongside your beer, bourbon and bites, you can enjoy live music and cracking entertainment such as eating competitions (the Clifton Chilli Club Lava Wing Challenge AKA the hottest in the world will be taking place across all three days), axe throwing and much more as the almighty event celebrates 10 years of being saucy, promising to be bigger and better than ever. Secure tickets starting from £25 each and bag a free trucker hat thrown in for you to sport while you chow down on tender Buffalo wings. 

Birmingham: Luna Springs Discobomb Festival

@ Luna Springs on Saturday 20th July and Saturday 14th September 2024

This July and September, unleash your inner dancing diva at Luna Springs with tickets starting from only a tenner to its Discobomb Festival. The all-day extravaganza will be headlined by world-class DJs spinning the best house hits, as well as feature performances from Ibiza Gogo dancers and queens. Gather your friends and secure your place early to enjoy a welcome drink before you embark on a celebration of life, love and music under showers of confetti. And if you get peckish? There'll be an expansive selection of street food available, as well as delicious classic cocktails.

Liverpool: Craft Brew Festival 2024

@ Invisible Wind Factory on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June 2024

If you're after a sunny day out with plenty of booze, then make your way to the Liverpool Craft Brew Festival this June. Taking place at the Invisible Wind factory, you'll find some of the UK's top independent brewers here, from Siren Craft Brew to Jimbrew Brewing and Bayonet Brewing. You can munch on delicious street food while you sip, as well as enjoying live music and taking part in exciting giveaways.

Bedford: Brewpoint's Beer & Beyond Festival 2024

If you're on the hunt for some cracking food and drinks this spring, look no further than Brewpoint's Beer & Beyond 2024. Tickets start from only a tenner to a day brew won't want to miss. Explore a range of homemade beers as well as guest kegs, before tucking into some delicious eats courtesy of gourmet food trucks whipping up burgers, pizzas from a brick oven and more. Plus, there's live entertainment thanks to performances from talented artists across a variety of genres. 

Watford: Herts Pride 2024

@ Cassiobury Park on Sat, 31st Aug 2024 @ 12:00 - 22:00

Herts pride 2024 promises an all-day festival filled with love, laughter and live music. This fantastic event is taking place in Watford's Cassiobury Park this August, with local and UK-wide performers like Billie Gold and Cherry Liquor hitting the stage. Whether you're after drag shows, cabaret artists o just a boogie in a tent, you can find it all here for as little as £12 per person.

Manchester: Freight Island Summer Festival Series

Freight Island in Manchester is pulling out the stops with its Spring Summer Festival Series, featuring some incredible headliners like Norman Jay, Sophie Lloyd and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) across the next few of months. The buzzing bar will be welcoming local collectives from across the city as well as hosting DJ sets, and what's more, admission is free. Not only is the haunt a great place for a bit of alfresco sipping (think experimental, nitro-infused cocktails like the Mola Twisted Melon and Lychee), but it's also home to some sensational grub with pizza from Voodoo Ray's and loaded patties thanks to Burgerism. 

Weymouth: Quayside Fest 2024 At Rendezvous

@ The Rendezvous, Weymouth on Saturday 29th June 2024 and 5 other dates

Perched beside the picturesque harbour, The Rendezvous is a three-floor pub that hosts the unmissable Quayside Festival 2024, taking place on the 4th of May. Entry is free (but you still need to book tickets) meaning that this buzzing spot fills up quickly as revellers are keen to catch a fantastic lineup of live music, as well as delight in food stalls and plenty of beer. 

Birmingham: Birmingham Cocktail Weekend

Drink £5 cocktails for four days straight – only at Birmingham Cocktail Weekend. Taking place across July and October at The Hendrick's Gin Hub at Hotel du Vin, these boozy festivals will see over 40 of the city's best bars serving discount sips and exclusive food offerings, as well as hosting tasting sessions and one-off events. You could have access to all of this, plus a fantastic hotel discount and £4 mocktails, just by purchasing a £12 ticket; as far as small UK festivals in 2024 go, this one is thirst-quenching and fabulous.

Birmingham: Seasonal Markets

Searching for the best UK festivals in 2024? Then head to Birmingham's seasonal markets taking place at The Bond. Tickets start from £7.50 for an array of themed events across summer, autumn and winter. Enter a BBQ paradise on the 3rd of August and devour smoky bites, get down to live DJ sets and try some tasty tipples. July brings a burger-fuelled affair packed with music and there's even an Oktoberfest-style event offering street food and dancing to get you in the Bavarian spirit.

Newcastle: Fedfest 2024

@ The Fed on Sun, 25th Aug 2024 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

Experience some of the world's finest tribute acts as they all come together for Fedfest 2024 in Newcastle. The Fed, Gateshead's epic entertainment venue, will host the likes of Royal Rhapsody, Typically Tina and Hello Dolly across indoor and outdoor stages. Tickets start from £17.50 if you're an early bird, then from £20.50 for the second release. There'll also be a bucking bronco to hop on, cocktail bars to quench your first with and crowdy-okie. So, shimmy on down on Sunday the 25th of August to singalong to We Will Rock You and more.

London: Best Music Festivals

When it comes to UK music festivals in 2024, London isn't one to shy away from hosting hedonistic weekends packed with multi-coloured face paint, glitter and scrumptious street food. It offers an event for everyone, from the celeb-frequented All Points East at Victoria Park to the drum and bass-dedicated Waterworks in Gunnersbury Park. If you're keen for a weekend merging the hottest pop acts and drag stars together, then the Mighty Hoopla is for you. This year, thanks to BST Hyde Park's incredible lineup, you'll even have the chance to witness the one and only Stevie Nicks perform to thousands. 

Sheffield: Best Festivals

Sheffield is jam-packed with fun festivals to attend this year. From the iconic Tramlines which see popular artists like Snow Patrol, Paolo Nutini and Bombay Bicycle Club take to the stage in Hillsborough Park to independent film festivals showcasing the best and the brightest from across the globe. There's even the opportunity to combine your love of movies with synth thanks to Sensoria this year. And if you're feeling thirsty? The Steel City Beer & Cider Festival is taking place this October.