Summer festivals to suit every generation

PUBLISHED: 12:07 23 June 2011 | UPDATED: 13:55 23 June 2011

Lulworth Castle in Dorset during Camp Bestival, which has won Best Family Festival two years in a row

Lulworth Castle in Dorset during Camp Bestival, which has won Best Family Festival two years in a row


As the festival season gets underway with the opening of a muddy Glastonbury yesterday, the Times takes a closer look at the weird and wonderful summer line up.

Close to home there are a range of festivals taking place in Mottingham, Greenwich and Bromley, over the coming months – including community, literary and comedy ones.

But for those who like their festivals a little larger and do not mind substituting soap and water for hand sanitiser gel for a whole weekend, then there is an intriguing line up to choose from which are easy to get to from south-east London.

The trend for the past few years has been for the small boutique feel which try and keep a firm distance from the commercialised behemoths which flourished in the 90s.

The Secret Garden Party on July 21 -24, in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, actually reduced their ticket numbers this year, thinking they were in danger of becoming too big. Although it is has already sold out, there is a waiting list for when tickets become available at Headliners include Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, the Guillemots, Mylo, Nero, The Bees and the Mystery Jets.

Some festivals want you to bring the whole family – babies included – and aim to please each generation.

Camp Bestival which takes place in the picturesque Lulworth Castle in Dorset on July 28 - 31 has walked away with the Best Family Festival award for the past two years. But this does not mean the line up is all CBeebies characters. Headlining is Primal Scream Presents Screamadelica, Blondie and Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. Visit

Many Brits are now choosing to team up their trip abroad with a festival stop over, the most popular being Sonar in Barcelona, Benicassim near Valencia and the EXIT Festival in Serbia. However there can be some more unusual suspects in Europe such as the Flow Festival in Helsinki, on August 12 - 14, in the historic Suvilahti power plant area, complete with installations. This year it can boast Kanye West, Mogwai and one of the year’s hyped stars Janelle Monae. Visit

Festivals closer to home

The Mottingham Festival which takes place every two years started on June 11 and runs until July 3rd. Highlights include Gardener’s Question Time with Mottingham Horticultural Society on Monday at 7.30pm at Dorset Infants School, a geneology talk at Mottingham Library on Saturday, between 11 and noon and a summer flower show on the same day in Maryfield Hall in Leysdown Road from 2pm to 5pm and a fun festival in Fairy Hill Park off Crossmead at 2pm, on Saturday, July 2.

Bexley’s biggest event the Danson Festival returns for two days on Saturday, July 2 in Danson Park, with X Factor finalist John Adeleye who has mentored members of boy band JLS, and soul band The Real Thing are also due to perform.

The Chislehurst Festival on September 17, will be home to 35 events over two weeks, including a dog show, live music, a Women’s Institute Open Evening and a cupcake masterclass.

In September in Greenwich, the comedy festival returns, with an impressive line up including Adam Buxton, Phill Jupitus and Tim Minchin.

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