Embrace Summer With The Best UK Independent Festivals

small summer festivals

Festivals have become an incredible part of British culture and every year, hundreds flock to different parts of the UK to enjoy music, mud and maybe even a little sun during the summer months. Whatever type of music or experience you’re into- smaller or independent festivals can be the best way to explore your tastes and introduce you to amazing upcoming artists. Always hidden in beautiful locations- holidays abroad are overrated now that you can have an outlandish experience on your own turf. We want to introduce you to a few gems which are increasingly popular and won’t cost you the earth to get to when you travel with National Express. You could even be in with the chance of winning a pair of BoomTown festival tickets that include coach travel when you enter the National Express competition. With no compromise on fun- now you can stop crying over Glastonbury and grab yourself a ticket to one of these wonderlands.

Why Choose Festival Coach Travel?

Travelling to your festival of choice by coach is a real no-brainer. Not only can you just sit back and chill with your friends and your bags all in one place; but you will also be safe in the knowledge that your driver will actually know the directions to where you’re going! Depending on the festival, National Express have hubs conveniently located all over the UK so that you can get to where you need to be in plenty of time. Travel from London Victoria, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh and plenty of other starting points. All coaches leave at optimum times to ensure that you get there for when the fun begins and you can choose your return time for when you know you’ll want to wind down. Forget the stress of maps, parking and petrol; with amazing rates on return tickets plus money-off deals when you book and travel as a group- you can’t go wrong with National Express to get your summer journey off to a great start.

How To Get To BoomTown For Less

When: 11-14th August

Where: Matterley Estate, Hampshire

boomtown fair festival

Let us first tell you why you should go to the BoomTown fair…

Since the birth of BoomTown in 2009, it has never ceased to capture the hearts and minds of curious festival goers. From the mysterious built city split into 9 incredibly different and wacky districts, to the labyrinth of 80 eclectic street venues- BoomTown embraces diversity and is nothing less than a colourful and  imaginative hub in the distant hills of Winchester where all kinds of musical genres are hailed glorious. From folk, reggae, punk and world to jazz, gypsy, jungle and techno- here you can embrace your freedom from the captivity of mainstream.

With plenty of amusements to keep you entertained on every step of your journey, discover dreamy walkways through bountiful trees and join the hundreds of other citizens going to BoomTown this August.

To The End Of The Road And Back

When: 1st-4th September

Where: Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset

come to the end of the road

For a truly special experience of music that is rumoured to be topping all of the UK festivals – finish your summer festival season at quite literally the End of the Road. Located in Dorset at the scenic Larmer Tree Gardens, there is a beautiful and tranquil vibe to this festival which is nonetheless an amazing summer blowout.  Set up in 2005 by festival-goer, Simon Taffe – he alongside music enthusiast Sofia Hagberg have immersed themselves in creating a festival which is full of bands they love and that you will too. Whilst they’ve made it fun and pretty fancy free – they are serious about the music. With no particular theme or genre on the line up, at The End of the Road it is more about what’s most exciting and outlandish.

Here you can find everything from Psych Folk to Pop/ Rock, and with an amazing literary line-up as well – there is no end to the surprises in this woodland wonderland. You won’t find frills at this festival either, with no VIP section in sight – you could end up enjoying an ale or an impromptu singalong in the fields with one of the artists. Camp up and enjoy the final rays of sun in a green paradise this year whilst you listen to and discover the best in musical talent.

Where Is The Green Man Festival Hidden?

When: 18th -21st August

Where: Glasnuk Park Estate, Crickhowell

green man music festival

In the mystical forestry of Brecon Beacons in Wales you will find the wonderland that is the Green Man Festival. Here they welcome you to be merry in great pastures green and to go wild from sunrise till sunset. Dance till dawn and be enraptured by musicians you know and love; with new acts to spellbind you, your friends and family- this is a world of freedom and discovery. Wander around and indulge in the soulful ambiance of music, science and nature. This is one escape for your senses which will leave you smiling. Explore the Walled Garden, which is not so secret after all for some unmissable beats or enter the Babbling Tongues stage to have a gas at some debaucherous fun with spoken word.

How About Music Festivals In Derbyshire?

When: 29th- 31st July

Where: Pikehall, Derbyshire

y not festival derbyshire

Y Not Festival has steadily been gaining momentum since its dawn from a once overcrowded house party in deep Derbyshire, back in 2006. As resident in the lush countryside of the Peak District, this is the perfect location for care-free festival fun. They celebrate all types of music, from the artists you know and love to those you have yet to discover. Enjoy alt rock, garage, R&B and more with international artists headlining too. Amazing line ups alongside panoramic views; here you can enjoy cider and camp fires for those truly traditional festival vibes at a very reasonable cost. Save even more on travel and get there fuss-free with National Express.

Party Hard At The Sundown Music Festival

When: 2nd-4th September

Where: Norfolk Showground, Norwich

the sundown festival

For some Norfolk urban vibes, get involved in Sundown festival. For a small event, it is full of energy, nice beats and calls on some serious UK names. This is the perfect celebration for the last days of summer before the winter wind down. Whether you want to camp, glamp or visit for a day trip like no other- party hard to world pop, dance and drum and bass at Sundown. National Express can take you straight to the festival from 6 different UK locations. Why not book as a group to save even more on your travels?

best summer festivals

These festivals are bound to give you a great release from everyday life and let you have an epic summer appreciating great music, views, entertainment and more. It’s the little things that count, but these festivals will entrance you in a big way and create some incredible memories. Who needs sea and sand when you can make waves in the rolling hills and amongst the enchanting woodland of the UK? Save your money for a rainy day, now you can have priceless fun on everything from your tickets and accommodation, right through to travel. With convenient pick up locations all around the UK from National Express, it won’t be long before you’re having the time of your life.

Be sure to check out the National Express competition so that you and a friend can win an amazing festival experience! You have until July 31st to enter – please do read the Terms & Conditions before you apply . On our National Express page you can find great offers on coach travel all year round. Make sure that you visit their events&festivals page when you’re planning your next trip to a festival so that you can save money on your summer fun.


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