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July and August are the time for festivals, but unless you booked tickets months in advance, you’re unlikely to be able to get hold of any. If you want to go to any of the big festivals like Reading or Glastonbury, the tickets aren’t cheap either, and you might have even considered taking out a loan! So we have created a guide to get you through the whole of August, attending festivals for free! (It’s around 2400 miles, and the petrol would cost you about £600 though, so you might want to stick to some of the more local ones.)
27th July – 4th August
Set in the historic Welsh border town of Monmouth, this festival is all about music. From jazz to ska, you’re bound to find something you like. The committee aim to let anyone to lose themselves in music, in the open air, in pubs and churches.
3rd August – 5th August
The UK’s biggest pride festival in Brighton promises to be unforgettable. This vibrant event is a celebration of diversity, and has many events to get involved in.
8th June – 12th August
This summer festival is full of art and heritage events, including a host of craft fairs and farmers markets. On 6th August, there is also an Alice Day in the Castle Grounds, with entertainment inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
9th August – 12th August
This year is the 40th anniversary of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, so it’s bound to be more balloon filled than ever! There are over 100 balloons taking off during the day, and if you stay until late, you can see the famous Night Glows, when balloons light up the sky in time to music.
3rd August – 27th August
While you do need to pay for certain acts, there are many free events at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in venues all over the city. There should be thousands of performances, with shows and events to suit all ages.
18th August- 19th August
Despite the name, this festival is not just about garlic. There will be hundreds of arts and craft stalls, live music, and activities for children like a giant fun fair. For the garlic lovers though, there will be marquees with cooking demos throughout the whole day.
26th July – 26th August
Not to be confused with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which also focuses on the arts, the Art Festival brings together the leading art galleries in the city in a celebration of the finest visual art.
25th August – 27th August
This celebration of Caribbean heritage is one of the world’s largest street carnivals. The Carnival will be filled with colour, music and flavour. There will be traditional Caribbean dancing, food stalls as well as floats and costumed performers.
27th August – 2nd September
While you are not obligated to dress up for the Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood Forest, it is definitely encouraged. You can listen to medieval music, watch performances, or just wander through the forest in a nature walk.
30th August – 2nd September
As the name implies, the Bournemouth Air Festival is an air show, featuring a huge line up of aircraft to see. There will also be performances from the RAF Red Arrows in aerobatic displays.
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