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Caravan Palace at the Secret Garden Party | © Danny North
Caravan Palace at the Secret Garden Party | © Danny North

You Must Not Miss These Hidden Festivals In The UK

Picture of Danielle Wood
Updated: 9 December 2016
Festival season is upon us once again, and it’s time to bring out the mud-coated wellingtons and sunnies, but it’s not necessarily all about Glastonbury and Bestival. We have uncovered the hidden festivals of the United Kingdom that will give you a taste for the alternative and intimate.

Love Saves The Day, Bristol

Love Saves The Day brings a riot of colour and fun to Bristol’s Eastville Park for the fourth year running. Organised by the experienced members of Glastonbury Dance Village’s Wow! Stage, In Motion series and GlobalGathering, Love Saves The Day is a collaboration of all the years spent lugging around music equipment by day and breaking a sweat in the dance tents by night. Bringing the feel of a city-centre event mixed with escapism of a weekend festival to their hometown of Bristol, Love Saves The Day combines all music styles in one vibrant space.

28-29 May 2016

Eastville Park, Bristol, UK

Love Saves The Day | © Khris Cowley

Love Saves The Day | © Khris Cowley

X Music Festival, Cardiff

Taking over Bute Park, Cardiff, X Music Festival hosts one of the biggest parties of the year, and if you have just finished exams, then it’s the ultimate stress reliever. Held inside the ancient walls of the former Cardiff Castle, the Welsh capital welcomes international and homegrown acts. Although their lineup of music heavyweights includes 99 Souls, Redlight and Annie Mac, don’t let the Welsh weather dampen the tone as X Music kicks off the summer festival calendar.

3-4 June 2016

Coopers field, Bute Park, North Rd, Cardiff, UK

X Music Festival | © Rob Matthews

X Music Festival | © Rob Matthews

Somerley Tea Party, Hampshire

The enchanting festival of the bunch, Somerley Tea Party is set between Old Somerley and the New Forest. The beautiful site on the grounds of the Old Somerley estate is overlooked by a large mansion house, inhabited by the family who have owned the land for generations, which lends itself to the exceptional atmosphere. Somerley Tea Party offers all of the ingredients for a truly special festival where you can step outside the city for a flurry of boutique electronic music and arts. The well-curated and diverse lineup makes for a larger festival in the coming years.

3-4 June 2016

The Old Somerley Estate, Hampshire, UK

Gottwood Festival, Wales

Set deep in the heart of a North Wales forest, there are no sponsors or corporations involved in the making of Gottwood Festival. Gottwood offers a beastly lineup, from 2 Bad Mice to Wolf Music – there is plenty to get excited about. If the music lineup isn’t enough to thrill you, their boutique camping village will, complete with a reception area, private showers, décor and the best access to the woods. There is a range of accommodation for all budgets, and Gottwood focuses on having more time to enjoy the experience than pitching a wonky tent. If you are looking for a more relaxed, less urgent way to get festival fever, then Gottwood is for you.

9-12 June 2016

Carreglwyd, Llanfaethlu, Holyhead, Anglesey, UK

Secret Garden Party

One of the country’s most beautiful and magical music and arts festivals in all the land, the Secret Garden Party is coming back this year to overflow with creativity, colour and mystery. Set on the grounds of a Georgian farm house, the festival has its own lakes, river and landscape and invites people to join the creativity, exploration and adventure spread over 15 stages. The annual event was launched to create an alternative to the established mainstream festivals, and since its inception, it has increased in size and popularity. Escape reality for a weekend and enjoy good music, arts and like-minded people.

21-24 July 2016

Grange Farm, Abbots Ripton, UK

The Pagoda | © Nick Caro

The Pagoda | © Nick Caro

Standon Calling

What started out as birthday garden party in 2005 has grown into the exciting Standon Calling festival. The manor house party on the beautiful grounds of Lordship Lane invites you to a place of storytelling and imagination, where a themed world comes alive. In 2016, you’ll find yourself in the Legend of the Lost Seas to celebrate with music you love, breakthrough acts and dancing until the early morning hours with your friends. Over the last years, the festival featured some of the biggest UK stars including Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons, Clean Bandit and London Grammar. Come along when the festival unfolds across day and night, and dive into the themed world.

29-31 July 2016

Standon Lordship, Standon, Hertfordshire, SG11 1PR