The UK holds some of the best festivals around the world. You’ve probably heard some of the biggest events including the Glastonbury and Reading music festival. Although they are a great festival, you may find that it can be expensive to go to these festivals especially when adding up everything you need to get there including the tickets, travelling expenses, camping gears and foods. So if you are on a budget and still want to see a decent festival, it’s worth trying out some of the free festivals that the UK has to offer. We’ve listed some of them below.
London’s West End Live
The Westminster Council partnered with the Society of London Theatre to create this great festival that allows the group of London’s West End to show off their talents in front of large crowds. The London theatre group are diversely talented and is known to provide some of the best shows around the city.
Stockton International Riverside Festival
Stockton welcomes international world class singers to perform live at the festival. You will find a variety of shows and activities to do including circus acts, dance, street performances, food stalls and so much more. The festival is on for four days straight with free entrance!
Peterborough’s Willow Festivals
The willow festival showcases up to 100+ groups and singers that perform different genres from R&B, Indie, Jazz, Rock and Blues. The acts are mainly groups and artists who are UN-signed. It’s a great way to discover new artist and bands that you’ve not heard of before. The festivals last up to three days.
Liverpool’s International Music Festivals
The Liverpool music festival was created to replace the legendary Matthew Street Festival that has hosted some great live music for the past years. The new festival is said to be hosting a variety of live music from local bands, orchestra and the Beatles acts.
India is known to host a broad range of religious festivals that are filled with songs, prayers, parades, activities and colours. You will find festivals that celebrate different events and religion from Hinduism to Christianity. So if you’re looking to experience their festivals for the first time, we recommend some of their best traditional festivals below.
Diwali is one of their most famous festivals, and it is also called the festivals of lights. The festival celebrates their legendary God called Lord Rama. The celebration lasts for five days in which they observe in different names including Diwali, Govardan Puja, Bhai Duj or Choti Diwali.
Ooty Summer Festivals
The Ooty festival is celebrated in the Botanical Garden during the month of May. You will find live music, flower shows, activities, fairs, traditional arts and sports activities to keep you entertained throughout the day.
Onam is one of the longest festivals that can last up to ten days. They celebrate their new year with plenty of foods, new clothes, visiting temples and showcasing some of their traditional dances. They also have a boat event that involves rowing of boats with some background drums music.
The Ramzan Eid is a celebration for ending a fasting season. The event usually occurs after a new moon is seen after the month of fasting. It is celebrated by the Muslims in which they will visit a mosque anywhere around the world and celebrate the event.
Holi stands for the festivals of colours. It represents the victory of good and bad through celebrating colours. Holi is celebrated all around India every March when the full moon is shining. The fun part about this festival is you get to smear each other’s face with a paint of colours in which they call it as ‘Abir’.
Deciding what to pack for a festival will depend on how long you’ll be staying in the event. If you’re only staying for 2-3 days, you will only have to pack lightly. However, if you’re staying longer than three days, then you might need to pack more essentials. Packing your food is extremely important as you want to avoid spending your money on the food stalls that are overpriced.
Food should be the first thing on your list to pack, so you won’t get hungry or end up buying some random foods in the festival. Ideally, you should bring food that you can quickly throw in a BBQ. The best meat to bring are hotdogs or burgers as they don’t go off too quickly compared to a chicken or a steak. We also recommend bringing a disposable BBQ as they are lightweight, portable and of course disposable. Bringing a portable cooker or kettle is ideal if you are staying longer. In this case, you can also bring some food that will last longer like a tinned food, packed noodles and some snacks too.
Don’t forget to bring your tent and your sleeping bags. If you want to pack lightly, we advise on buying a packable tent or an inflatable mattress. However, if you have your car and are looking to stay longer, then there is no harm bringing a bigger tent and a comfortable sleeping bag.
Most camping sites would have a tap water available on site, so you won’t have to worry about bringing your own bottled water unless you don’t like drinking from a tap. When it comes to alcoholic beverages, you can bring your drinks but make sure that they are stored in a plastic bottle as most campsites do not allow any glass bottled drinks on site.
Clothes and hygiene needs
Most festivals are held in summer, so bringing some clothes that are suited for hot weather is ideal. Clothing pieces including a sandal, hat. Trainers and a lightweight poncho are the basics that you should have in your bag. Lastly, don’t forget to pack your hygiene essentials as most camping sites will have a shower facility.