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Covid-19 has pretty much cancelled the 2020 festival season. The good news is that many of the festivals are rolling over all tickets to their 2021 event. If you have tickets for 2020, hopefully festival organiser will have been in touch to let you know what the options are - generally same time, same place next year, or a refund.
Of course, most of the events are also selling newly released tickets for 2021 already so if you are a planner, you can get your tickets in now. Generally the earlybird tickets for 2021 have already gone, so you'll be paying something close to full price. Festivals are spread across the country and, although they are concentrated in the summer holidays, there are plenty in the spring and autumn too.
They also varying dramatically in terms of the overall feel, from the mega-fest that is Camp Bestival to the craft-based The Good Life Experience Festival to the food focused Big Feastival.
Most festivals in 2021 are keen to promote their climate change awareness and sustainability, with a fair number charging a carbon offset and encouraging/organising travel by public transport.
See also - What to Pack for a Festival
It is great that there will still be festivals in 2021, and to help you make the best choice, we have summarised the events below as a map and a list.
To allow a comparison between festivals, we have also included an indication of the cost of tickets for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids. The prices shown assume you camp for the entire festival and doesn't include any additional cost that may be charged for parking/campervans etc. All events have different pricing structures, especially when it comes to kids' tickets so the price we have quoted assumes children that are older than babies but not yet teens. Many of the events haven't released 2021 tickets but have confirmed dates - here we have shown the 2020 price.
Have fun searching for your perfect festival in 2021!
|Date||Date||Name||Cost for 2 adults + 2 children|
|29 Apr-2 May||Thu 29th April - Sun 2nd May||The Good Life Experience Festival|
Hawarden Castle, Flintshire
|22-25 Jul||Thu 22nd - Sun 25th July||Bluedot|
Jodrell Bank Cheshire
|22-25 Jul||Thu 22nd - Sun 25th July||Nozstock|
Tier 4 tickets
|22-25 Jul||Thu 22nd - Sun 25th July||Standon Calling|
Tier 3 tickets
|28-31 May||Fri 28th - Mon 31st May||Elderflower Fields South|
Pippingford Park, East Sussex
Unchanged from 2020
|4-6 Jun||Fri 4th - Sun 6th June||WYCHWOOD FESTIVAL|
|2-4 Jul||Fri 2nd - Sun 4th July||Timber Festival|
|9-11 Jul||Fri 9th - Sun 11th July||Cornbury Music Festival|
THE GREAT TEW PARK, OXFORDSHIRE
|9-11 Jul||Fri 9th - Sun 11th July||Ely Folk Festival|
Earlybird, available until 31 May
|23-24 Jul||Fri 23rd - Sat 24th Jul||Chagstock|
|24 Jul||Sat 24th July||Splendour Festival|
Wollaton Park, Nottingham
1 day event
|29 Jul - 1 Aug||Thurs 29th July - Sun 1st Aug||Camp Bestival|
Lulworth Castle, Dorset
|29 Jul - 1 Aug||Thurs 29th July - Sun 1st Aug||Kendal Calling|
Lowther Deer Park, Lake District
Price includes Thursday add-on
|29 Jul - 2 Aug||Thurs 29th July - Mon 2nd Aug||Y Not|
Tickets not yet released
|30 Jul - 1 Aug||Fri 30th July - Sun 1st Aug||Chilled in a Field|
|30 Jul - 1 Aug||Fri 30th July - Sun 1st Aug||Deer Shed Festival|
Topcliffe, North Yorkshire
Tier 3, ends 24/7/2020
|4-8 Aug||Wed 4th - Sun 8th Aug||Starry Skies|
|19-22 Aug||Thu 19th - Sun 22nd Aug||Green Man 2021|
Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Wales
|20-22 Aug||Fri 20th - Sun 22nd Aug||Just So|
Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire
2020 price - tickets on sale 21 Aug
|26-29 Aug||Thu 26th - Sun 29th Aug||Shambala Festival|
Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire
|27-29 Aug||Fri 27th - Sun 29th Aug||The Big Feastival|
|27-30 Aug||Fri 27th - Mon 30th Aug||Towersey Festival|
|27-29 Aug||Fri 27th - Sun 29th Aug||Victorious Festival|
Tickets not yet released
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