Top festivals in the South West

PUBLISHED: 18:00 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:54 04 August 2017

A celebration of good food and live music at Valley Fest.

A celebration of good food and live music at Valley Fest.


If you haven’t managed to dance in a field and sip cider at a festival this summer - don’t worry, there is still time.

A picture from Bristol's balloon fiesta, taken by Clive Furbank.A picture from Bristol's balloon fiesta, taken by Clive Furbank.

Valley Fest

Festival season is still in full swing with Valley Fest lighting up Chew Valley this weekend.

Local bands and DJs will be taking to the stage from August 4-6 and hundreds of festival-goers will be letting their hair down to party in style on The Community Farm, in Denny Lane in Chew Magna.

Tom Odell who is headling the Burning Lantern Fayre.Tom Odell who is headling the Burning Lantern Fayre.

The festival is a celebration of music, organic food and drink and family fun with cooking classes, fire pits and midnight feasts.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Scores of colourful balloons will be taking to the city’s skies next weekend for Bristol’s hugely popular international balloon fiesta.

Gin fans will enjoy the Grand Pier's new festival.Gin fans will enjoy the Grand Pier's new festival.

The fiesta attracts more than 130 hot air balloons from around the globe and revellers can enjoy four days of fun with aerial displays, night glows, fireworks, fairground rides, food and trade stalls from August 10-13.

Burning Lantern Fayre

The Burning Lantern Fayre is new to the festival scene this year with bands and entertainers taking over the picturesque grounds of St Fagans National Museum of History in Cardiff.

Elbow, who are headlining The Downs Festival in Bristol.Elbow, who are headlining The Downs Festival in Bristol.

Tom Odell, Jack Saverotti and The Shires are among the impressive line-up and festival fans will also be able to enjoy circus skills, a vintage fun fair, pony rides and storytelling at the family event on August 12.

Grand Pier Gin Festival

Gin lovers will be in paradise at the Grand Pier’s new festival on August 19.

People enjoying a swim at the South West Outdoor Festival last year. Picture Credit: Chris Lacey.People enjoying a swim at the South West Outdoor Festival last year. Picture Credit: Chris Lacey.

The Weston venue is hosting its first ever gin festival with 20 different flavours and specialities to sample from around the UK.

There will also be smasterclasses, talks and live music while visitors savour different varieties of the popular tipple.

The Downs Festival

Big names in rock, blues and hip-hop will be drawing crowds to the popular Bristol festival on The Downs on September 2.

Elbow will headline the main stage and other top acts include Roni Size, blues legend Seasick Steve, hip hop trio De La Soul and Groove Armada.

South West Outdoor Festival

If you enjoy a taste of adventure, a new festival in Cheddar could be just the weekend you’re looking for.

The South West Outdoor Festival will give people of all ages the chance to have a go at rock climbing, hiking, water sports, caving, archery, cycling and skiing. After a day of action, festival-goers will be able to camp under the stars in Cheddar Gorge.

The festival, which runs from September 8-10, has been organised by the National Trust, in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor and the Mendip Hills AONB.

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