Dust off your sun hat and wellies because it’s festival time again! If you’ve been counting down the weeks then you’ll be pleased to know that you are almost there. Come rain or shine the UK’s top festival venues are tuning up and getting ready for the 2016 summer festival season.
To help you find your perfect festival pick, here’s our best family friendly raves and where to get down and dirty with some of the top performers and superstars on the UK festival scene this year.
Cheltenham Racecourse – 3-5 June 2016
As one of the UK’s most family friendly festivals, Wychwood offers some diverse acts from The Waterboys and 10cc who will be headlining this year to CBeebies superstar Justin Fletcher aka the lovable Mr. Tumble. There really is something for everyone in the family with over 100 bands on 4 stages and over 100 workshops for all ages. Pitch your tent and stay for the weekend with idyllic camping beneath the Prestbury Hills. If you want a taxi big enough for the family and your camping gear use minicabit’s unique luggage selector and rest assured you be able to fit in all the essentials.
Isle of Wight Festival
Newport, Isle of Wight – 9-12 June 2016
This year’s Isle of Wight Festive sees Queen with Adam Lambert, Faithless, The Who and Stereophonics hit the stage, to drop just a few names. As a reincarnation of one of the UK’s first-ever festivals, this venue continues to pull in the world’s biggest names, while the festival’s traditional fairground adds to the family-friendly atmosphere.
Donington Park, Derby – 10-12 June 2016
Download is one of the most prestigious hard rock and heavy metal festivals in the world having taken over from the legendary Monsters of Rock Festival at Derby’s Donington Park. Over the three days you find some of the biggest names from the 70s up to the new generation of rock, including the headline acts of Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.
Pilton, Somerset – 22-26 June 2016
No festival season would be complete without heading to Glastonbury, and as one of the original UK festivals it still offers unrivalled entertainment. Take a look at this year’s headliners; Muse, Adele, and Coldplay to start with and you get the idea of how big Glastonbury Festival really is. With the infamous Pyramid Stage and the ‘secret acts’ that come out over the five days you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice on what to watch.
T in the Park
Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, Scotland – 8-10 July 2016
T in the Park is most definitely Scotland’s crowning glory, with Kasabian, Avicii and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds visiting the Perthshire bash this year. Having seen some of the legendary acts that have appeared here over the years, it’s sure not to disappoint any festival goer.
Standon, Hertfordshire – 29-31 July 2016
Standon Calling is all about the music, fun and lots of dancing. You can party with Suede, Jess Glynne and Kelis in the beautiful grounds of Standon Lordship. Standon Calling festival is only 30 miles from both London and Cambridge, why not compare cab fares and take the easy option to get to Herfordshire. With a jam packed family programme the kids will be far from bored, and the Standon Calling story for 2016 is ‘Legend of the Lost Seas’.
Hylands Park, Chelmsford & Weston Park, Staffordshire – 20 & 21 August 2016
World class artists and superstars hit the stage in both Chelmsford and Staffordshire as the V Festival is held across two stately parks simultaneously. Ever heard of Justin Bieber, Sia, Faithless, Jess Glynne, Rhiannah, Kaiser Chiefs, David Guetta, Tinie Tempah, Little Mix and Rita Ora? Well thats just some of the line up at both venues which guarantees a fantastic weekend of amazing music.
Reading & Leeds Festival
Richfield Avenue & Bramham Park – 26-28 August 2016
Bank Holiday Monday wouldn’t be the same without the Reading Festival with both rising and established indie acts, metal, next generation dance, hip hop and alternative pop bands. With the Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining on the Saturday night, you can imagine the line up is pretty impressive at Reading this year. How about Jack Ü, Imagine Dragons and Duke Dumont to name a few.
Southsea, Portsmouth – 27 & 28 August 2016
Manic Street Preachers and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds headline Victorious, alongside Travis and Mark Ronson. For the last two years, the Victorious Festival was among the finalists for ‘best family festival’ in the UK Festival awards, offering family fun whatever your age. Get ahead of the game and pre-book your taxi to and from the festival and avoid the crowds.
Newport, Isle of Wight – 8-11 September 2016
Bestival hits the Isle of Wight’s Robin Hill in September with rock and pop music on seven stages with headliners The Cure, Major Lazer and Hot Chip. Add to this the hundreds of close-up performers and artists offering unrivalled fiesta like entertainment and bizarre fun and you have Bestival. Don’t forget Fancy-dress Saturday which is now legendary.
Whichever of the festivals you plan to head to this summer, compare taxi quotes to get the best price and pre-book a taxi right to the festival entrance!