At TEG English we encourage our students to make the most their time in the UK. During the summer, we Brits really know how to make the best of the sunshine, and our wide range of festivals is evidence of this. Whatever your tastes may be, the UK has a festival for you. And probably closer to your TEG city than you think! Our team at TEG Cardiff has created a list of some of the most student-friendly festivals so you can make the most of your summer experience.
With international superstars from the Beatles to Ed Sheeran coming from the UK, it’s no surprise that we have some of the best music festivals in the world. However, not everyone can afford a ticket to Glastonbury (the biggest music festival in the world!), so here are some more budget-friendly ideas for you!
1. Victorious Festival Portsmouth: 24th-26th August
This local Portsmouth festival takes place on Southsea Seafront and is a great option for our students in both Portsmouth and Southampton. This year’s headliners include British legends Paul Weller (Saturday) and The Libertines (Friday). Tickets start at £33 per day, making it a lot more affordable than a lot of the big festivals!
2. New Forest Folk Festival: 4th-8th July (£40 day ticket)
For all fans of folk music, the New Forest Folk Festival is a perfect day out. Located in the middle of the New Forest, this festival is a great place to relax and escape the city while listening to some great music. Day tickets for the weekend cost just £40 and the site is in the perfect location for our students in Southampton.
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3. Abergavenny Food Festival: 15th-16th September
Less than 40 minutes on the train from Cardiff city centre, this Welsh food festival is perfect for both Bristol and Cardiff students. A ticket for the whole weekend costs just £14, and day tickets are only £9, so this festival will not break the bank! With a full programme of activities including talks, lessons and tastings, students of any age will have a great time.
4. Dorset Seafood Festival: 14th-15th July (Weymouth – FREE)
If you like seafood, then this is the festival for you! Just two hours on the train from Southampton, students can join up for a great day out in Weymouth. This seaside festival is completely free, just remember to bring money for all the fresh, British seafood!
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5. Bristol Harbour Festival: 20th-22nd July
This festival is completely free and perfect for TEGies in Bristol or Cardiff. Their twenty stages are spread across the whole city, so it’s a great way to discover Bristol. Acts performing include poets, circus performers, and Bollywood dancers. You may even find a mermaid telling tales from the sea!
6. Eisteddfod – 3rd-11th August
This festival celebrates Welsh culture and language so is the perfect experience for our students in Cardiff. Some say it started back in 1176, and is traditionally a competition-based festival. Now, though, the festival includes hundreds of events and activities for the whole family. This is the first time in a decade that the festival is being held in Cardiff, so don’t miss it! A lot of events are free to attend, however, day tickets cost £10 for access to certain areas of the festival.
The British are known for being a bit eccentric from time to time, and we show it in the most beautiful ways! Take a break from your studies to enjoy one of these totally unique festivals.
7. Bristol International Balloon Fiesta: 9th-12th August (free!)
This weird and wonderful event is unique to Bristol and a perfect day trip for students in any of our colleges. The main event is the sight of over 130 hot air balloons in one place. Don’t miss the Nightglows on Thursday and Saturday when you’ll see the sky lit up with balloons and finished off with a firework display!
8. Winchester Hat Fair: 29th June – 1st July (free!)
Despite the title, hats are not obligatory! This festival is famous for it’s bizarre street performances and art, and takes place in Winchester City Centre. You can see theatre performances, circus acts, and even spot a flashmob! Explore the city and see what you discover on your way. This festival is completely free and an amazing day our for Southampton and Portsmouth students alike.