5 Boutique Festivals To Book Now

5 Boutique Festivals To Book Now

Getting your festival plans sorted for the summer? There’s more to life than Glasto. Here’s five cool little festivals to buy tickets for now

If you want… luxury fun   
Try… Wilderness  
Woodland yurts, wild swimming and a Saturday night banquet by Michelin-starred Angela Hartnett... this Oxfordshire festival is like A Midsummer Night’s Dream with  Pimms. The line-up includes Jessie Ware and Sam Smith and you can fend off hangover skin by nipping to The Sanctuary tent for a facial. Don’t mind if we do.
If you want… cool and quirky
Try.. Festival Number 6
The surreal faux-Italian village of Portmeirion on the Welsh coast - which feels like a miniature Narnia surrounded by thick woodland, the river Dwyryd and the peaks of Snowdonia - is the setting for this sweet boutique festival. Instead of your standard stage and tent set-up there are loads of intimate mini-gigs at random venues all over the village (so you won’t find yourself standing in a field feeling like you’re miles away from the action) and the utterly awesome London Grammar are set to headline.  

If you want… something new
Try.. Lunar
Forgotten your obligatory piece of crazy festival headgear? No problem! This brand new festival has a hat-making workshop where you can create your own. There’s also a climbing wall, weaving workshops and dance classes so you can sharpen up your moves to watch Donovan, Polyphonic Spree and Temples.

If you want… art and literature  
Try… The Curious Arts Festival
A good one if the dancing-all-night-in-the-mud thing isn’t really your bag. A wide mix of writers, artists and musicians come together for this boutique festival in the lush grounds of country pile Pylewell Park. It opens with a cricket match between two teams of authors and there’s everything from donkey rides to a film screening tent. Also, the (rather gorgeous) folkster Johnny Flynn is part of the musical line-up.
If you want… fun (and value for money) 
Try… Beacons
The Postman Pat scenery of the Yorkshire Dales makes a gorgeous backdrop for this four-day festival of art and music, where a camping pass will only set you back £99. In between partying you can browse the vintage fair or sample a lethal-sounding absinthe ice cream cocktail at Ginger’s Comfort Emporium (deffo not for kids).

By Lucy Pavia

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