Think festival: think Glasto, Reading, Leeds, knee-deep quagmires, terrible toilets and trashed tents, right? But how about climbing, trail running, mountain biking and proper camping? The UK hosts some amazing adventure festivals and 2019 is no exception. This year we’ll be heading out to enjoy what the best of them have to offer. From film festivals to try-every-outdoor-activity-festivals - we can’t wait to get out there, get inspired and soak up the atmosphere. It’s always good to get holiday suggestions from a trusted source – so here’s the low-down from our staff on five of their favourites.
CAMP WILDFIRE ADVENTURE CAMP
Sevenoaks, Kent, 30th August – 2nd September
This award-winning festival is a bustling adventure camp of expedition, bushcraft and adventure sports with music and creativity thrown in. We love the fact that this festival is about disconnecting from technology, encouraging you to minimise your screen time and embrace all the wild adventures the weekend has to offer. The festival boasts over 60 activities including raft building, climbing, yoga, quad biking, and even beekeeping!
THE GOOD LIFE EXPERIENCE
Hawarden Estate, Flintshire, 12th – 15th September
Launched in June 2014 by Cerys Matthews, Steve Abbott and Charlie, and Caroline Gladstone, the idea was simple, to create a festival unlike any other. It would feature great food, axe throwing, campfire cooking, mass sing-alongs, comedy, great beer, talks by explorers, fantastic live music, abseiling, a 1930s fairground, butchery displays, poetry, literature, wild swimming... and everything would be aimed at adults and children alike. Since its launch, the festival has gone from strength to strength but crucially, it has stayed small. There is no backstage area, no VIP tent; all the performers are there because they’re happy to meet and mingle with the festival goers.
LOVE TRAILS FESTIVAL
Gower Peninsula, 4th – 7th July
Popular with our Bristol staff, the Love Trails Festival makes the most of the glorious Gower Peninsula. A jam-packed weekend full of running, music, adventure, and well-being, it’s a non-stop endorphin hit made even better when the weather plays ball. With the Welsh coastline as your backdrop and the opportunity to wild swim, rock climb and even paraglide, we’re sure this festival will impress.
KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL
Kendal, Cumbria, 14th – 17th November
This established festival is a staff favourite. Now in its 18th year, this award-winner has a packed programme that sees inspirational speakers, explorers, artists and more come together to celebrate the best of the outdoor and adventure sports culture. The highlight is their International Film Competition, attracting filmmakers from around the world. Over 100 films are screened across the four days, covering everything from extreme action sports to environmental documentaries. Full of excitement and energy, we’ve found it an excellent counter to the cold and grey of November.
West Sussex, 28th – 30th June
Celebrating its fifth year, Yestival is the creation of adventurer of Dave Cornthwaite. Set in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, it’s far more than just a weekend of camping. With speakers, musicians and comedians, workshops, walks and games, this celebration of ideas and inspiration make it the perfect place to connect with like-minded adventurers and plot future escapades. Filled with motivation and positivity, this is our kind of weekend recharge.