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The festival lowdown

'Tis the season for drinking too much cider and getting sunburnt in a field under the guise of being a live music fan. Here's our pick of the best summer fests.

Summer is upon us and with that comes the glorious festival season. Dig out your tent and dust off those wellies for our rundown of the best festivals coming to Surrey (and beyond) this year.



Trew Fields Festival
■ Fri 4 – Sun 7 July ■ Thatched House Farm, near Dunsfold

As the world’s first cancer awareness festival, head to Trew Fields to experience inspiring speakers, holistic health experts and doctors, and Stage 4 cancer thrivers and survivors and learn about everything from gut health to disco yoga, from medicinal mushrooms to healthy cooking.

Party in the Park
■ Sat 6 July ■ Woking Park

A much-loved free family event, Party in the Park showcases the best in entertainment for adults and children, including a fun fair, street theatre and dance performances and live music. This year’s event will conclude with an outdoor screening of The Greatest Showman. Come alive!

Kew the Music
■ Wed 10 – Sun 14 July ■ Kew Gardens

Join singing stars including Billy Ocean, Jools Holland and Craig David for a week of singing, dancing and reminiscing as they perform their classic hits in this idyllic setting for a picnic concert.

Henley Festival
■ Wed 10 – Sun 14 July ■ Henley-on-Thames, Oxon

Dust off your finest dress and heels for this year’s black tie event with performances from the likes of Boy George, Tom Odell and Jessie J. Sample luxury street food or head for a formal meal at one of the festival’s high-end restaurants. Chin Chin!

Oxted Beer Festival
■ Fri 12 – Sun 14 July ■ Master Park, Oxted

Gather your fellow beer enthusiasts and head to this year’s Oxted Beer Festival for a day of sampling a breadth of alternative beers and ales. Beer not your thing? There’s also a Pimm’s & Bubbles Bar at hand to quench your thirst.

■ Fri 12 – Sun 14 July ■ Flower Farm, Godstone

Beer fans ahoy! You’re spoiled for choice this weekend. The Flower Farm in Godstone is hosting Godstoneberry with an on-site brewery and live music across four stages.

FESTIVAL: Beer Bop a Lula
■ Fri 19 – Sun 21 July ■ Priory Park, Reigate 

Music, beer, Prosecco, Pimms and Gin – sounds like one helluva shindig! This new beer fest comes to Reigate this summer, featuring international and local musicians providing live music across two stages all weekend. Expect more than 1§00 beers, ciders and craft beers in the beer bar, plus a Pimms bar, Prosecco bar and gin bar, plus a retox cocktail bar.

Mini Monster Festival
■ Sat 20 July ■ Robert Denholm House, Nutfield

With bouncy castles, face painting, bungee runs, slip and slides and candy floss galore being just some of the attractions and this children’s festival is guaranteed to put a smile on the little monsters’ faces!

Staycation Live 2019
■ Fri 2 – Sun 4 August ■ Phillips Memorial Park, Godalming

Have a different music taste from your friends and family? Head to Staycation Live this August for music that suits everyone’s liking, from folk to funk and ska to hip-hop. Add a kid’s zone, bars, massages and never ending food to the mix and you’ll be in for the perfect weekend.

Sun and Moon Wellbeing Festival
■ Sun 4 – Sun 11 August ■ Merrist Wood, Worplesdon

Connect with your spiritual side with seven days of celebrating all things self care. Yoga and meditation for adults and street dancing and circus skills for the little ones are just a handful of the workshops on offer at this family-friendly festival.

■ Fri 16 – Sun 18 August ■ Rural Life Centre, Tilford

The Surrey Hills dives into festival season with this premium-boutique event that promises live music, fine foods and cocktail bars and a glamping experience that will make you forget about those missed Glastonbury tickets.

Pub In The Park
■ Fri 6 – Sun 8 Sept ■ Chiswick House and Gardens, Chiswick

Tom Kerridge’s popular gourmet scran meets live music fandango comes to Chiswick Gardens , with Razorlight, Clean Bandit, Texas and Gabrielle in tow (best dig out those combat trousers now).

Woking Food & Drink Festival
■ Fri 30 August – Sun 1 September ■ Jubilee Square, Woking

Dive headfirst into this weekend of culinary delights that is sure to fill the tums of the whole family.


■ Thurs 18 – Sun 21 July ■ Henham Park, Suffolk

This is the Radio 4 of festivals – refined, civilised and cultured, with its line-up of literary readings, theatre, comedy and Sadlers Wells ballet performances. They don’t skimp on the live music easier – this year Lana Del Rey, Underworld and Primal Scream are on the bill.


Camp Bestival
■ Thurs 25 – Sun 28 July ■ Lulworth Castle, Dorset

The kiddy-friendly alternative to Bestival, this one has loads to keep little people happy while you tuck into that box of wine. Human League, Chic, Jess Glynne are playing, with Sara Cox, Annie Mac and Spice Girl Mel C on DJ duties.

■  Thurs 1 – Sun 4 Aug ■ Cornbury Park, Oxford

A heady mix of right-on hippiness (think yoga, skinny-dipping and hot tubs) combined with impressive big-name music bookings. The line up includes Groove Armada, Robyn, Bombay Bicycle Club and Tom Odell.




Hampton Court Palace Festival
■ Hampton Court ■ Thu 6 – Sat 22 June

Revel in the joy of light summer evenings with a fortnight of concerts in the picturesque setting of Hampton Court, joining the likes of Nile Rodgers, Busted and Jools Holland. There are only a few tickets remaining though, so be quick!

Salomon Trail Festival
■ Sat 8 June ■ Box Hill, Dorking

Packed with trail workshops, running technique talks, yoga and, of course, running, this festival is a must-attend for runners looking to connect with likeminded active adventurers.

Guildford Summer Festival 2019
■ Sat 8 June – Mon 12 Aug ■ various sites across Guildford

Join in with the two months of fun in the (hopefully) sun with cycle races, exhibitions, farmers’ markets, classical concerts and even a homemade raft race!

■ Fri 21 – Sat 22 June ■ Apps Court Farm, Walton

Grab your sequins, tent and wellies for this family-fun festival filled with live music, arts and crafts and silent discos. Face paints at the ready!

Gin & Rum Festival
■ Fri 21 – Sat 22 June ■ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

The touring festival where you’re guaranteed to have a tipple or two is coming to Surrey for a weekend packed with tasting sessions, masterclasses and an award-winning resident DJ to boost the party vibe.

Walton-on-Thames Beer, Wine & Live Music Festival
■ Fri 28 – Sat 29 June ■ Walton-on-Thames Cricket Club 

Need to let your hair down? With beer, wine and live music all in one place, this not for profit community event is just what the doctor ordered. Headliners Jafuso Blue and Brickwork will lead the perfect soundtrack for a weekend of pure fun.

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