The legendary Glastonbury festival has just had another incredible year, but for those not lucky enough to get tickets, or prefer to stay local, we excitedly anticipate our equally vibrant local festivals that have gone all out to provide bundles of summer fun for the whole family.
As we head into longer and sunnier days, we can officially declare festival season is finally here. Hartley Wintney led the way last weekend, whilst Glastonbury will certainly be gripping the nation this weekend, offering plenty of music, fun and joyful entertainment for everyone. Festivals are the ultimate celebration, bringing communities together with great music, food and entertainment.
Festival entertainment has not only gripped the UK, but the world, reflecting their local cultures with a rich vibrancy. Some countries have passionately gone to extremes to offer outlandish enjoyment. Brazil, for instance, is renowned for providing the world’s most famous and colourful festival, Rio de Janeiro Carnival, while the Spanish get messy with tomatoes at their annual La Tomatina. True to form, us Brits will be soaking up the rain at Glastonbury, perhaps an orderly alternative to South Korea’s Boryeong Mud Festival.
Local festivals may not quite go to these extremes, but they certainly provide an eclectic mix of fun activities and popular music to bring communities together. If you are looking to make the most of the relaxing summer days, head out to one of these great family festivals. After all, who could resist great music, great food and great company, particularly when supporting a good cause?
Here is a quick lowdown on some of the local festivals coming up over the next few weeks:
Fleet Carnival 2017
Calthorpe Park Playing Fields
This year’s theme for the procession is Under The Sea, so you can expect some bright and wonderful floats. The main Grand Procession is being held on Saturday 1st July, with live music, a funfair and various shows taking place each day.
Music In The Park Farnborough
King George V Playing Fields
5pm – 10pm
Held every two years, the event is organised by the Farnborough Rotary Club to raise funds for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham. The concerts offer a series of tribute acts, including Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and other soul legends and will come to a close with a fantastic fireworks display.
Hook Choral Society Summer Concert
Elizabeth Hall, Hook, RG27 9HH
This local concert offers light music with a two-course supper served in the interval.
Lowde Fest 2017
Saturday 8th July
Set up in support of The Lowde Music Trust, this festival offers a simple promise, to provide a fantastic family day out with amazing live music, wonderful beer, and great food. With a funfair, live music, camping, a world food market and beer!
Ash Music Festival
Harper’s Recreation Ground, Guildford Road, Ash (opposite The Lion Brewery)
11am – 7pm.
An annual charity event, supporting The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and C.R.Y.
Along with a line-up of top local bands, the event will host children’s amusements, refreshments, a tombola, beer tent and much more.
It is humbling to see communities come together, so with many of these festivals giving to charitable causes, these offer a great family day out.