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These are the trains to UK festivals you need to take

Britain is famous for its music festivals. From huge affairs like Glasto to festivals with a single stage, like Fairport Cropredy Convention, we've listed 24 major festivals in the run-down below. That should keep you busy for the rest of the year!

Glastonbury Festival 21st - 25th June 2017

Worthy Farm, Glastonbury

Headliners: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran

The UK's most massive festival takes place at Worthy Farm in Somerset. It began in 1970 the day after Jimi Hendrix died and as it has grown, it may have lost things like Lost Vagueness; but it's gained the Unfairground, The Common, Shangri-la, Glasto Latino, Block 9, Arcadia and more. This year, in addition to the top headliners, Toots & The Maytals, Goldfrapp, Dizzee Rascal, The Avalanches, Ani DiFranco and Kate Tempest are all on the bill. When you're feeling overwhelmed by it all, head to the Green Fields.

How to get to Glastonbury Festival by train:

  • The nearest station to Glastonbury is Castle Cary
  • Buses run to the festival from Castle Cary

  • Book trains to Glastonbury

    Glastonbury Festival postcode: TA11 7DP


    Wireless 7th July 2017

    Finsbury Park, London

    Headliners: Chance the Rapper, Skepta, The Weeknd,

    Wireless is one of the biggest urban music festivals in the UK. Featuring Grime and Hip-hop artists, the 'ultimate summer party' takes place in London's Finsbury Park. Alongside the headliners, this year's line-up also includes Nas, Wiley and Bryson Tiller. There's no camping at the festival site, so if you're going for more than one day it's best to book a hotel or hostel or find a generous friend willing to put you up.

    How to get to Wireless by train:

  • Take the train to London
  • Take the Underground to Manor House (Finsbury Park is being Refurbished)

  • Book trains to Wireless

    Wireless Festival postcode: N4


    Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival - 7th - 9th July 2017

    Moseley Park, Birmingham

    Headliners: Chaka Khan, Soul II Soul

    Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul is a small Birmingham-based festival that takes place in the city's Moseley Park. In addition to Chaka Khan and Soul II Soul, Craig Charles will be there to DJ and compere. Nice. There's no camping at the festival, so festival-goers are advised to book accommodation in the city.

    How to get to Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival by train:

  • Take the train to Birmingham New Street or Birmingham Moor Street
  • From Birmingham New Street station, take bus number 50 to Moseley
  • Buses run to the festival site every 10 minutes and it's a 10-minute bus ride

  • Book trains to Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul

    Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival postcode: B13 8DJ


    Latitude Festival - 13th - 16th July 2017

    Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk

    Headliners: Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes and The 1975.

    In addition to the main headliners, world-class acts Goldfrapp, Tinariwen, The Divine Comedy and Grandaddy are playing Latitude this year. Will Young will be appearing with his band for Summer Jazz Sessions headlining the Music & Film Arena. London's Dance House, Sadler's Wells, comes to the Waterfront stage bringing an innovative dance line-up plus there will be Disco Yoga in the Caberet Arena. This year festival-goers can once again enjoy lake swimming.

    How to get to Latitude Festival by train:

  • The closest train stations are Halesworth and Diss
  • Latitudebuses.co.uk has information about shuttle buses from the station to the site

  • Book trains to Latitude Festival

    Latitude Festival postcode: NR34 8AQ


    Lovebox - 14th July - 15th July 2017

    Victoria Park, London

    Headliners: Frank Ocean and Chase & Status

    15 years ago Groove Armada and someone named Jools set up Lovebox to bring something new and different to the London parties scene. What started out as a big gig turned into a proper festival. This year, in addition to the main headliners, Jamie XX, Annie Mac and Andy C will all take to the stage. The festival is in the city so there's no camping. Advice is to book a hotel/hostel/ AirBnB, or find a lovely mate who will let you stay with them.

    How to get to Lovebox by train:

  • Take the train to London
  • Lovebox is in Victoria Park in Bow, East London
  • Bow Road is on the District (green) Underground line
  • Mile End is on the District (green) and Central (red) Underground lines
  • Bow Church is on the District Light Railway (DLR)
  • You can also take the Overground (orange) to Cambridge Heath, Hackney Wick or Bethnal Green and walk around 20 minutes from there

  • Book trains to Lovebox

    Lovebox postcode: E3 5TB http://loveboxfestival.com/

    Secret Garden Party 20th - 23rd July 2017

    Mill Hill Field, Cambridgeshire

    Headliners: Metronomy, Crystal Fighters and Toots & The Maytals

    The last ever Secret Garden Party promises to be the 'ultimate Secret Garden Party.' What was originally just a large garden party now has 18 areas, including the Lake, the Collosillyum the Pagoda and the Games Arena.

    How to get to Secret Garden Party by train:

  • The closest train station to the last hurrah is Huntingdon
  • There is a Big Red Bus that goes from Huntingdon to the festival
  • Taxis go from Huntington, the journey is around ?15

  • Book trains to SGP

    Secret Garden Party postcode: PE28 2PH


    WOMAD 27th - 30th July 2017

    Charlton Park, Wiltshire

    Headliners: Toots & the Maytals, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Afro Celt Sound System

    World of Music Arts and Dance (WOMAD) Festival celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Set up by Peter Gabriel and friends in the 80s as a family-friendly World Music festival, it has looked outward for a diverse range of artists to come and play every year since. Kids under 13 go free and the festival features a World of Children. There's also a small funfair. One of the festival's highlights is the Siam tent, which will make you feel like you?re beneath the night's sky even by day.

    How to get to WOMAD Festival by train:

  • The closest station to the site is Chippenham
  • A festival shuttle runs from Chippenham station

  • Book trains to WOMAD Festival

    WOMAD Festival postcode: SN16 9LL


    Wilderness Festival - 3rd - 6th August 2017 Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

    Headliners: Two Door Cinema Club, Grace Jones, Bonobo

    An Oxfordshire festival of music, food and ideas ? Wilderness features wild swimming and fine dining and is very, very Oxfordshire. You can even learn to butcher a deer here. There's theatre of the roaming kind and the spectacle type as well as outdoor games, like disco gold and croquet. There are also talks by Bruce Parry, Vince Cable, Yottam Ottolenghi as well as Reni Eddo-Lodge on why she's no longer talking to white people about race.

    How to get to Wilderness Festival by train:

  • Take the train to Charlbury
  • Walk around 30 minutes to Cornbury Park
  • Take a taxi 5 minutes to Cornbury Park

  • Book trains to Wilderness Festival


    Wilderness Festival postcode: OX7 3DG

    Edinburgh Fringe - 04 - 28th August 2017

    Headliners: There are no headliners but known names include Alexei Sayle, Al Murray and Phill Jupitus

    Not a music festival but a very, very big festival of performance. Theatre, comedy, probably body popping and more can be found in the sprawling streets of Edinburgh during the Fringe. The festival features more than 50,000 performances in the space of a month and this year celebrates its 70th birthday.

    Book accommodation early to avoid disappointment, or better yet, stay with a friend in the city.

    How to get to the Edinburgh Fringe festival by train:

  • Take the train to Edinburgh Waverley

  • Edinburgh Fringe festival postcode:

    Green Man Breacon Beacons 17th - 20th Aug 2017

    Headliners: The Shins, Michael Kiwanuka, PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams, Kate Tempest, Thee Oh Sees

    Music, hot tubs, yoga, Wales. What more do you need? Set in the glorious Brecon Beacons surrounded by mountains, rivers and more, it's easy to see the 'green' in Green Man. There's the option to stay a week with a Settler?s Pass to make the most of the location, enjoying barbeques and pub trips before the party gets started.

    How to get to Green Man Festival by train:

  • The closest train station is Abergavenny
  • Free shuttle buses run from the station to the site from 10am ? 11pm on Thursday and Friday from 9am ? 10pm. Monday from 6am until early afternoon
  • Allow an hour and a half for the journey to the site and for the journey back

  • Green Man Festival postcode: NP8 1LP


    Boardmasters 9th - 13th Aug 2017

    Newquay, Cornwall

    Headliners: Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, Alt-J, and some serious surf talent

    The biggest UK surf contest takes place at this surf festival, so expect to find some big names here. There's also live music from some big-hitters and the festival features an oyster restaurant, beach yoga and wellbeing too. Boardmasters is located on the Cornish coast, where the surf is most definitely up.

    How to get to the festival by train:

  • The closest train station to Boardmasters is Newquay
  • A shuttle bus runs from outside the station

  • Boardmasters postcode: The postcode for the music arena is: TR8 4AN, for Fistral Beach, where surf village is and where the surf comps and beach sessions take place it is: TR7 3SW


    Fairport Cropredy Convention 10th - 12th August 2017

    Headliners: The Divine Comedy, Petula Clark and of course, Fairport Convention & friends

    This folk festival that can 'never be pigeon-holed as a folk festival' has been going since 1980. It has just one stage so nobody misses anything and two satellite performance spaces in the form of the village?s two pubs. Lovely.

    How to get to the Fairport Cropredy Convention by train:

  • Take the train to Banbury
  • From Banbury get the bus to Cropredy. https://www.stagecoachbus.com/plan-a-journey

  • http://www.fairportconvention.com/

    Boomtown Fair 10th - 13th August 2017 Near Winchester, Hampshire

    Headliners: The Specials, M.I.A., Cypress Hill, Ziggy Marley

    The raucous festival that takes place in what looks like a series of movie sets turns to chapter 9 in its elaborate backstory this year.

    There will performance artists from fire-breathers to probably trapeze artists alongside many, many music masters including Alabama 3, Shy FX Soweto Kinch and Beans on Toast and The Wurzels in addition to the headliners. Intense.

    How to get to Boomtown by train:

  • Take the train to Winchester station
  • Pick up the Boombus shuttle at Winchester station for ?5 each way from Thursday 10th - Monday 14th

  • http://www.boomtownfair.co.uk/razyecybyeatdyrtcbyy

    Shambala 24th ? 27th August 2017 Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire

    Headliners: Soweto Kinch, Alice Russell and poet Benjamin Zephaniah

    Last year Shambala went meat-free - this year they will stay meat-free with the exception of some ethical meat options; invasive species' the American crayfish and grey squirrels will be plated up. Also on the menu are insects. Yum. This family friendly festival has loads of talks as well as everything from puppetry to performance poetry from Anna Freeman.

    How to get to Shambala by train:

  • Nearest train station is Market Harborough
  • Bio-fulled shuttle buses go from Market Harborough for ?3 each way and can be booked from the ticket-booking page on the site

  • http://www.shambalafestival.org/

    V Festival 19th ? 20th Aug 2017 Hylands Park & Weston Park

    Headliners: Annie Mac, Pink, Jay Z

    The festival is at two locations simultaneously, Hylands Park and Weston Park, sharing headliners. It features an array of popular music, including performances from Clean Bandit, Stormzy, Dizzee Rascal and Sean Paul. Comedian Dave Hill will be among others in the Glee Comedy Tent. Plus there's glamping if you don't want to camp.

    How to get to V Festival - Hylands Park by train:

  • Chelmsford train station is the closest station to Hylands Park
  • A First Bus shuttle will operate between the station and Hylands Park for a fiver return
  • For bus times see the travel page of the festival's website

  • V Festival - Weston Park by train:

  • Closest train stations to Weston Park are Wolverhampton and Stafford
  • A National Express shuttle operates from Wolverhampton Bus Station (Pipers Row) and Stafford train station for a tenner return or ?7 single. On Saturday and Sunday there will also be a service operating between Telford and the festival site ?8rtn/ ?5 single

  • http://www.vfestival.com/

    Creamfields 25th - 27th Aug 2017


    Headliners: Annie Mac, Andy C, Chase and Status DJ set, Fatboy Slim, Faithless DJ Set

    Clubbing in a field! Lovers of dance music can spend their August Bank Holiday Weekend at this award-winning dance festival. FTW. This year is the festival's 20th anniversary and the organisers are promising a bigger festival than ever before.

    How to get to Creamfields by train:

  • Closest train stations to the festival site are Liverpool Lime Street, Warrington Bank Quay, Warrington Central and Runcorn station
  • There will be shuttles running between these and the festival site, although Runcorn only has buses from the site to the station at the end

  • http://www.creamfields.com/

    Reading and Leeds Festival 25th - 27th August 2017 Reading and Leeds

    Headliners: Muse, Kasabian and Eminem

    This duo of festivals features hundreds of performances across eight stages, with artists switching between the two locations - so those playing Reading Friday play Leeds Saturday and so on. There's a distinct rock vibe here but you'll find everyone from rap royalty Eminem to Nu Metal cream of the crop Korn and Drum N Bass legend Andy C.

    How to get to Leeds Festival by train:

  • Take the train to Leeds
  • Shuttle buses will be running from Leeds city centre with full details available on the festival website

  • http://www.leedsfestival.com/

    Reading Festival 25th - 27th Aug

  • Take the train to Reading
  • The festival site is a 15 - 20-minute walk from the station

  • http://www.readingfestival.com/

    South West Four 26th - 27th August 2017 Clapham, London

    Headliners: Pendulum, Tinnie Tempah, Eric Prydz

    City-based festival South West Four takes place on London's Clapham Common on the August Bank Holiday weekend. With tech, trance and dance this is a festival for party-lovers.

    There's no camping, so having a mate in the city you can crash with is a good shout. Otherwise hostels like The Clink, Wombats or Palmers Lodge are good options on the lower end of the price scale. For those willing to spend more, London has a vast array of hotels for varying budgets.

    How to get to South West Four by train:

  • Take the train to London
  • Nearest London Underground stop is Clapham Common/ Clapham South

  • https://www.southwestfour.com/

    Notting Hill Carnival 27th - 28th Aug 2017 Notting Hill, London

    Headliners: Everyone in the carnival procession!

    The biggest street party in Europe, Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of Caribbean culture. A colourful carnival procession goes through the streets at midday, jerk chicken abounds and some powerful sound systems pump out reggae, dancehall and more.

    How to get to Notting Hill Carnival by train:

  • Take the train to London
  • Hop on an Underground train to Shepherd's Bush, Bayswater, Paddington, Queen's Park, High St Kensington or Holland Park to avoid the crush at Notting Hill Gate, Westbourne Park and Royal Oak (more than a million people show up to party each year)

  • Moseley Folk Festival 1st - 3rd September 2017

    Moseley Park, Birmingham

    Headliners: Laura Marling, Amy MacDonald and Jose Gonzalez

    Unsigned artists rub shoulders with well-known acts at this festival in the 11-acre woodland park, which spills out to the village pubs nearby also. It's features a mix of traditional, modern and contemporary folk music. There will be workshops too. Plus Badly Drawn Boy says it's "better than Glastonbury."

    How to get to the festival by train:

  • Take the train to Birmingham
  • Get the number 50 bus from outside Birmingham Moor Street to Moseley

  • Festival postcode: B13 8DD


    Sundown Festival 1st - 3rd September 2017

    Headliners: Craig David and Pendulum

    This festival takes place at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich and features dance acts as well as artists like Rag?N?Bone Man and Wiley alongside the headliners. There?s a tropical tea party area as well as a brand new area ? Mystree ? with light installations, projections two stages and a bar.

    How to get to the festival by train:

  • Take the train to Norwich
  • Shuttle buses put on by First Bus will run between the centre of Norwich and the festival. Find out more about buses here: https://www.firstgroup.com/norfolk-suffolk

  • http://www.sundownfestival.co.uk/

    Bestival 7th - 10th September 2017

    Lulworth Estate, Dorset

    Headliners: Annie Mac and Andy C amongst others

    The festival with a different fancy dress theme each year returns this year in colour, so pick a bright colour and dress entirely in it.

    Aside from all the music, it includes the world's largest confetti gun, night parades and circus performers at Caravanserai. There's an Ambient Forest stage set amongst the glowing trees and this year's Bestival also features a spectacular Baz Luhrman-esque temple stage.

    How to get to the festival by train:

  • Bestival has moved from it's home on the Isle of Wight to Lulworth Estate (logistical reasons)
  • Take the train to Wool or Bournemouth
  • Shuttle buses run to the festival from Wool and from Bournemouth

  • http://www.bestival.net/

    Cornucopia Festival 22nd - 24th September 2017

    Near Sproatley

    Headliners:The Dohl Foundation, Sheelanagig

    Billed as the UK's most family friendly festival and featuring The Dohl Foundation and Sheelanagig, Cornucopia is a great treat for kids at the end of September when they've recently been launched into the new school year.

    How to get to the festival by train:

  • The nearest train station is Hull
  • Buses 174, 220/221 and 277 run from the city centre to the nearest village to the festival; Sproatley

  • http://www.cornucopiafestival.co.uk/

    Looe Music Festival 29th September - 1st October 2017

    Looe, Cornwall

    Headliners: Lulu, Happy Mondays and The Jesus & Mary Chain

    A festival on the beach! This festival in the small Cornish town of Looe sees the beach transformed with a stage and the streets dressing up to join in with the festivities, from the beach to the quay as they say "everywhere is the venue." There's also a Big Cornish Sing on Saturday where thousands of people will singone song together in Cornish. Listen to the song here: https://soundcloud.com/the-changing-room/roev-sos-roev-cornish-version

    How to get to the festival by train:

  • Take the scenic train to Looe
  • The beach is a ten-minute walk from there

  • https://www.looemusic.co.uk/
    Sophie | 19-07-2017
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