We love festival season. There’s something magical about bringing together a host of experts, artists, enthusiasts, and fans into one space. You can’t help but leave uplifted, entertained and inspired. And festivals don’t always mean mud and wellies, which might be a relief to hear. Take a look at our selection below and make May an extra special month.
Winchcombe Festival of Music & Arts, 20 – 27 May, Winchcombe, Glos
Delve into this festival of music and arts to celebrate the best local bands, groups, artists, poets and writers. With workshops and activities for everything from archaeology to photography to concerts, garden visits, a free art trail and great food and drink you’ll be left inspired and entertained.
Book tickets: winchcombefestival.co.uk/
RHS Malvern Spring Show, 9 – 12 May, Malvern, Worcs
Set against the magnificent Malvern Hills, the RHS spring festival is packed with flowers, food, crafts and family fun. Get sage advice from your favourite garden celebrities like Monty Don, Carol Klein and Joe Swift, and feast upon culinary tips from Raymond Blanc and Master Chef’s John Torode.
Book tickets: www.rhs.org.uk
Hellens Music Festival, 1 – 5 May, Herefordshire
Immerse yourself – or dip your toe – in this five-day classical music feast and listen to world-class artists perform, inspire local children and teach talented students from the best music colleges in Britain. Pre-concert lunches and suppers available.
Book tickets: hellensmusic.com/
Malvern Walking Festival, 25 May – 2 June, Malvern, Worcs
Take the fantastic opportunity to explore the stunning Malvern Hills with this 9 day programme of Themed Walks on and around the Hills. There are great options for all levels of walkers – from easy to strenuous – but book soon as many are already sold out!
Book tickets: www.malvernwalking.uk
Hay Festival, 23 May – 2 June, Hay-on-Wye, Powys
We hardly need introduce you to this world famous festival of literature and arts but we can urge you not to miss conversational gems with writers like Stephen Fry, Jeanette Winterson, and Ian McEwan; fun and engaging kids activities, comedy, music, and tempting cookery workshops. Be sure to book your sessions soon because many are already sold out.
Book tickets: www.hayfestival.com
Coleford Walking Festival, 11 – 19 May, Coleford, Glos
The Coleford area abounds in natural beauty, intriguing history and is the perfect place to explore by foot. This brilliant festival offers walks with varied challenges and terrain: there is something for everyone: families, dog walkers, the serious walker, heritage lovers, and for the occasional rambler.
Book tickets: colefordareawalkingfestival.co.uk
Stroud Steampunk Weekend, 25 – 26 May, The Subscription Rooms, Stroud, Glos
The Spring bank holiday weekend, Stroud will be hosting its first Steampunk festival with a Steampunk Market, talks by Steampunk authors, Herr Doktor’s Cabinet of Curiosities, Tea Duels, great food and drink, film premieres, dramatic presentations, readings, and tours of Stroud.
Book tickets: stroudsteampunk.weebly.com
Bath Festival, 17 – 26 May, various locations, Bath, Somerset
Enjoy this diverse celebration of music and literature with a rich programme of more than 120 events. Highlights include talks by hit TV series Killing Eve, author Luke Jennings, much loved poet Pam Ayres, Mariella Frostrup and Matt Haig. Plus music, opera, comedy and lots in between.
Book tickets: bathfestivals.org.uk
Wells Comedy Fest, 24 – 26 May, various locations, Wells, Somerset – Sponsored by Glide Media.
We’re tickled pink to sponsor this big weekend of brilliant stand-up hosted by England’s smallest city. This year’s line-up features Nish Kumar, Josie Long, Lost Voice Guy, Nick Helm, Mark Watson, Shappi Khorsandi, Hal Cruttenden, John Robins, Phil Wang, Jan Ravens, Ed Gamble, Dave Johns, Jamali Maddix and lots more.
Book tickets: www.wellscomfest.com
Little Vintage Show, 11 – 12 May, Cambridge, Glos
This is a lovely little steam show with something for the whole family. Enjoy vintage tractors, historic motor cars and caravans, motor cycles and more. To keep you entertained there’s a variety of arena events, trade stalls and free activities for the kids.
Book tickets: www.littlevintageshow.co.uk