Our Guide to Boutique Festivals for 2019

Posted on Feb 20 2019 - 9:00am by Samantha Clark

You’ll already be well equipped with knowledge of the mainstream festivals and if you’re going this year, you’re sure to already have tickets. But if Coachella, Glastonbury or any of the other major festival is sadly not on your hit list this year, check out some of the lesser known but equally reputable festivals.

Valley Fest- Get on my land!

vallley fest

Photo Credit: Louis Smith

The bohemian festival of west country dreams. Valley Fest is an up and coming festival that has grown massively since its launch in 2014. This year, they welcome acts such as Razorlight and Basement Jaxx with more acts to be announced over the next few months. With a chew valley backdrop, a world of street food, yoga and tai-chi classes, film tents and theatrics for children, spa, workshops, acoustic breakout sessions and ethical shops, there really is something for everyone!

Day and weekend tickets available: https://valleyfest.co.uk/

Henley Festival

Henley Festival

Looking for a more upmarket festival that trades wellies for heels? That is the Henley Festival. The Henley Festival takes place annually on the scenic Thames and is the countries only black-tie festival. This glitz and glam event has hosted Rita Ora, Elton John and Tom Jones to name a few of the stellar stars, fireworks on the bank and a foodie line up to die for.

Check it out: http://henley-festival.co.uk/

The Big Feastival

The Big Feastival

Hosted on the fields of Alex James, best known as Blur’s basest, The Big Feastival is a family-oriented festival that collates great music, entertainment and food. In addition, they support food-based charities and organisations to help stop hunger. This years’ line-up is yet to be announced but looking back at last years’; Craig David, Paloma Faith, James Arthur, Paddington, Justin Fletcher Peppa Pig, Marco Pierre White and Raymond Blanc, this year is sure to be startling.

Find out more: https://thebigfeastival.com/ (Recommend last year as one of the best family friendly festivals by mumsnet)

The Curious Festival

Is a collection and celebration of various art forms including live music, comedy, literature, theatrics and more. For this festival the ambiance is more garden party than raver so oriented to a more chilled, explorative vibe than getting drunk in a field. Perfect for families looking for a great time. This year they’ve switched location and coincided the event with Byline Festival, allowing you access to both events with no additional costs. So, if you like to celebrate the arts in the broadest sense, this is the festival for you and your family.

Tickets and further information are available via their website: https://curiousartsfestival.com/

Explore Wellness Festival

Take to the Forest of Dean in this festival exclusively dedicated to wellness. Enjoy yoga classes, meditation sessions, dance in various forms, live music, home cooked and vegan food and optional holistic therapies. If you’re looking for a tailored festival that dedicates itself to R&R, this is it.

Find out more about their festival through their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ExploreWellnessFestival/

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