The Ultimate Guide to Free UK Festivals 2018

Summer’s here! The sun is shining, you’ve booked time off, packed your bags and got the beers in. The festival season is well and truly upon us, but let’s face it, they are not cheap. The tickets alone can cost upwards of £200, then with travel expenses, food and all the other little things it can really start to add up. Before long you’ve found yourself forking out the cost of an all-inclusive, week-long getaway for a weekend festival, and that’s before you’ve sorted your spending money!

What are the Best Free Festivals across the UK?

If five pounds for a pint isn’t your idea of a bargain, we’ve handpicked a savvy selection of fabulous free and affordable UK-based festivals. Whether you’re a full-blown theatre buff, looking to entertain the family for the summer or just want to dance the night away, we’ve got something to tickle everybody’s fancy without having to cough up the cash.

Here's our Top 5 Free Festivals from across the country:

1. Godiva Festival

Dates: Fri 31 Aug - Sun 2 Sep

Location: Coventry

Details: Named after Coventry’s legendary Lady Godiva, the Godiva Festival started as a one-day event in 1997 and has been a three-day event since 1998. Offering two separate fields – Main and Family – it is advertised as the biggest free family music festival in the UK. This year expect music from Ronan Keating, Professor Green, Little Comets with more to be announced!

2. Notting Hill Carnival

Dates: Sat 25 Aug - Mon 27 Aug

Location: Notting Hill, London

Details: Join in the fun of the nation’s biggest street party! The carnival has been held in London since 1966 and is attended by around one million people every single year. Sample the music, delicious street food and celebrate London’s Caribbean communities, culture and traditions. Expect eye-catching costumes, steel bands and an electric atmosphere.

3. Feel Good Festival

Dates: Sat 18 Aug

Location: Rochdale

Details: Feel good for free with Rochdale’s amazing Feel Good Festival. Experience fantastic, free entertainment in Rochdale town centre with live music from Feeder, not to mention a number of big venues including the main stage set against the backdrop of Rochdale town hall. You’ll find all the family entertainment you could want… and it’s all free. There's plenty of food and drink on offer, too.

4. Freedom Festival

Dates: Fri 31 Aug - Sun 2 Sep

Location: Hull

Details: Established in 2007, Freedom Festival is an annual music and performance arts event held over three days. The award-winning international arts festival has the theme of freedom, exploring democracy and equality and what that means in the 21st century. Expect poetry, music, comedy and more, and find out why Hull was awarded City of Culture in 2017.

5. The Big Cheese

Dates: Fri 27 Jul - Sun 29 Jul

Location: Caerphilly

Details: Over 80,000 people are expected to go to this year’s Big Cheese, set in the stunning grounds of one of the UK’s most impressive castles. Now in its 21st year, The Big Cheese portrays the history and heritage of Caerphilly and is an extravaganza of folk dancing, fire eating and falconry displays. Expect musical entertainment, fireworks and educational activities. Truly an event for the whole family to enjoy.

Fancy some more free festival fun? Here's the best of the rest:

We all want to make the most of those long summer days but making great memories doesn’t have to cost you the earth. Enjoy the authentic festival experience and enjoy the beautiful landscape around you without having to re-mortgage the house! People come from all corners of the globe to experience the UK’s iconic festival season, and even on a budget, you can too.

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