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The clocks have gone forward, Easter is behind us and we’re now full steam ahead towards that balmy summer we’re absolutely owed after one of the coldest winters in recent memory! Which all means only one thing: festival season is almost upon us.

Whether it’s the latest chart-topping superstars you’re into or the more undiscovered, burgeoning talents of the musical world who please your ear, England and Wales is blessed with festivals to suit everyone’s tastes. However, we know that the British weather and the camping facilities that go with these fab festivals sometimes just don’t quite get on. Our comfy beds and lovely warm showers are just what you need to get you through the weekend refreshed and ready for more.

Here’s our guide to eight of the best festivals near our hostels for you to enjoy in 2018!

For lovers of a city fest…


20-22 July 2018, Hillsborough Park, Sheffield

One of a horde of city centre festivals which have cropped up to rival the established names in recent years, Tramlines, Sheffield’s premier music festival, has grown to become a thriving summer celebration across five stages. This year, the festival has attracted artists including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Everything Everything, Clean Bandit and Blossoms to its three-day line-up.

YHA stay – YHA Hathersage, YHA Castleton Losehill Hall, YHA Eyam

All Points East

25 May – 3 June 2018, Victoria Park‎, London

All Points East is a brand new, ten day music fiesta in East London’s beautiful Victoria Park, encompassing a three day music festival, a community focused programme of midweek entertainment and three major All Points East Presents headline shows. The festival itself has a vast and varied line up, and will be a hit with lovers of indie. Highlights on the bill include Bjork, Lorde and The XX.

YHA stay – YHA London Thameside, YHA London St Pauls, YHA London St Pancras

If you just can’t get enough of our National Parks…

Kendal Calling

26-29 July 2018, Lowther Deer Park, Lake District

Born from a group of music lovers’ desire to see the fabulous fields of the Lake District put to better use, Kendal Calling is now considered the Lake District’s number one music festival. 2018 sees the festival enter its 12th year, with headline slots from the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen and the Libertines set to thrill large crowds on the edge of the National Park.

YHA stay – YHA Patterdale, YHA Dufton, YHA Helvellyn


26-29 July, Pikehall, Derbyshire

Buried in a tiny village in the Peak District, Y Not has grown into the area’s biggest festival which attracts music lovers from far and wide for a yearly celebration. With a fancy dress-themed day, super food and drink and a high-quality line up, the festival is hoping to return bigger and better than ever in 2018. Acts performing this summer include Manic Street Preachers, Jamiroquai and The Wombats.

YHA stay – YHA Youlgreave, YHA Hartington Hall, YHA Ilam Hall

For all of the family…


6 – 7 July 2018, Fairfield Farm, Denbury, Devon

With Glastonbury enjoying a well-earned hiatus in 2018, step forward ‘Glas-Denbury’. Set in the Devon village of Denbury, the festival seeks to showcase the talent the South West produces in everything from music, poetry and entertainment, to the food and crafts. The festival offers a nod to the family friendly festivals of yesteryear, with children enjoying free access, and headliners this year are Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

YHA stay – YHA Dartmoor

Deer Shed Festival

20-22 July 2018, Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

Another lesser-known gem is Deer Shed festival in North Yorkshire, an event which devotes itself to providing the family festival experience. With quality activities and workshops for young ones alongside some awesome music acts, the festival is growing into an excellent option for those who yearn for the festival experience with fewer hassles than the larger events can bring with them.

YHA stay – YHA Helmsley, YHA Osmotherley

For amazing locations…

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

16-19 August 2018, Purbeck Valley Farmhouse, Corfe Castle, Dorset

A small festival set on a farm on the beautiful Jurassic Coastline, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival features outstanding, original folk music across four stages. The event also provides music workshops, sessions, poetry, a children’s area and more! The festival is located in an idyllic landscape with beautiful views across to Corfe Castle.

YHA stay – YHA Swanage, YHA Lulworth Cove


8-12 August 2018, Watergate Bay/Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

Boardmasters is a celebration of surf and music, inspired by the freedom, creativity and adventure that both can offer. The five-day event is situated across two stunning locations near Newquay – the surfing mecca of Fistral Beach, where world class surf events frequently take place, and Watergate Bay, a stunning location in which to enjoy live music. This year’s line-up includes George Ezra, a set from Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac and the Chemical Brothers.

YHA stay – YHA Treyarnon Bay, YHA Perranporth

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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