With warmer weather approaching, the festival season is gearing up to bring fantastic music, entertainment and great local food to your calendar.
So, if you’re planning a visit to top events around the UK, check out some of our favourites below. Our suggestions of luxury holiday cottages nearby also create an unforgettable experience.
Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival
Location: West Sussex
Date: 23-26 June and 16-18 September 2022
Goodwood House plays host to two fantastic events this year. First, the Festival of Speed is hailed as the greatest celebration of motorsport and culture. This event is a family favourite and features the infamous Goodwood Hill Climb and unrestricted access to impressive motors. Then, in September, the estate comes alive for Goodwood Revival with historic motorsport and a weekend of vintage fun and glamour.
You don’t have to stay too far away from the fun with a selection of beautiful large cottages in West Sussex to choose from. Aldwick Hundred is a favourite for beach lovers as you can step straight out onto the sand. Plus, its 40ft swimming pool and relaxing hot tub offer a blissful stay. Another top spot is Summers Lodge, with stunning interiors and plenty of space to wine and dine.
Date: 28-31 July 2022
If you’re looking to enjoy a weekend of summer fun with a fantastic music and entertainment line-up, Camp Bestival is for you. With top names such as Rag n Bone Man, Rudimental and Razorlight hitting the stage, you can party all day and night with the whole family. What’s more, this event also features theatre shows, comedians and attractions, suitable for adults and kids.
You don’t have to pitch a tent to immerse yourself in this family-friendly event. Our collection of cottages in Dorset creates an ideal haven to retreat to after the festivities. Holmegate House is just ten minutes from Lulworth Cove and features a pool, gardens and secluded grounds to a slice of serenity. Another favourite close by is Manor on the Cove – contemporary space with an indoor pool, games room and views over Lulworth.
Location: Isle of Wight
Date: 30 July – 6 August 2022
As one of the world’s largest and oldest annual sailing regattas, Cowes Week is not to be missed. The event hosts a variety of attractions on the waterside. See all the action as around 8,000 competitors take to the sea in racing events throughout the week. Don’t forget to stay for the spectacular fireworks on the final Friday.
For a relaxing break on the island, Shalfleet Manor is a top choice. The captivating surroundings, log fires, heated pool and sun-drenched terrace create a unique holiday experience for the whole family. Solent View Manor is also a beautiful holiday spot. With decadent living spaces, outdoor heated pool and dreamy interiors, you’ll never want to leave.
Hay Literary Festival
Date: 26 May – 5 June 2022
The Hay Festival is one of the biggest literary events in the summer calendar. What started as a modest gathering of literary lovers 30 years ago now hosts over 100,000 people over 11 days. This unique festival features writers, poets, scientists and historians, plus many more. There’s also a vibrant programme for kids.
Stay right in the heart of Hay-on-Wye at Westbrook Court. This wisteria-clad former farmhouse is perfect for large family breaks. It features a wood-fired hot tub, games room and alfresco dining. For a contemporary retreat with the same relaxing vibes, check out The Whole House. Its modern yet rustic charm is perfect for all ages.
Location: The Cotswolds
Date: 26-28 August
In August, Alex James’ Cotswold farm comes to life with music from the UK’s biggest artists at Big Feastival. You’ll be spoilt for choice with fantastic dining options, and Michelin starred chefs taking to the stage with cooking displays. This jam-packed weekend is not to be missed!
Why not pair your festival visit with a stay in Wellacres House. This stunning manor house in Blockley is bursting with luxury details, including acres of gardens, an outdoor pool and a relaxing hot tub. For another slice of rural charm, Kingham Cottages is a top choice for a mix of rustic and modern touches – all topped off with steam room, heated pool and tennis court.
Henley Royal Regatta
Date: 28 June – 3 July 2022
For a prestigious sporting event in the height of summer, head to Henley-on-Thames. The Henley Royal Regatta is renowned for its spectacular racing and social events along the waterside. For just less than a week, the local area comes alive with entertainment and music to make your visit truly memorable.
For a stay right in the heart of the regatta, the Boho Townhouse is a great option. Its boutique vibe and beautiful living spaces offer a tranquil haven. Plus, there’s plenty of room for outdoor dining. Hazlewood House opens up luxury living with a hot tub, spacious dining, and alfresco areas just outside of town. Finally, if you’re getting friends and family together, Riverside Retreat sleeps 21 and provides opulent surroundings for a unique escape.
Date: 30 July – 6 August 2022
After a few years away, Salcombe Regatta is back in 2022 and is set to be a fantastic event for all ages. The water’s edge hosts a range of activities for kids and adults with plenty of music, entertainment and local food to get stuck into while you watch the sailing.
Salcombe is a beautiful spot in South Devon, and a stay in The Moult places you close to the water’s edge. One of its best features is the 22-metre pool overlooking the estuary. You’ll also enjoy having the South West Coast Path right on your doorstep.
Finally, if you’re looking for a modern and sleek accommodation option, Landmark is for you. Its full-length balcony is ideal for alfresco dining and admiring Salcombe’s North Sands cove through the trees. With two acres to explore and stylish interiors to enjoy, this holiday home creates a truly unforgettable experience.