Top UK festivals


Are you a Grad, Elementary or High School teacher looking to make the move to teach in the UK?

Make the most of your summer when teaching in England by planning in seeing some the top UK Festivals! There is something for everyone, offering a welcome escape from life in the classroom. No matter your musical tastes, a delightful mix of festivals exist to help you celebrate the summer in style, either this year or next…


The biggest name on the UK festival scene, Glastonbury is the festival that all others strive to be. Expect to see the biggest names in the music world gracing the Pyramid Stage, discover immersive theatre in Shangri-La or rave the night away in Arcadia. More than 200,000 people packed into the largest greenfield festival in the world this year, and you’ll want to be quick off the mark if you want to attend in future - the tickets sell out fast!


The heavyweights of electronic dance music, house and techno converge on Daresbury for Creamfields – a stand out hit over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Driven by global dance brand Cream, tens of thousands attend every year for the packed line-up and a glimpse of stunning lighting, visuals and pyrotechnics.

Isle of Wight

Still going strong after more than 50 years, the Isle of Wight Festival continues to attract the biggest names in music time and time again. Offering a mix of rock, pop, electronic and everything in between, this is a festival that has faced up to musical and cultural change, embraced it, and continued to rock on the other side.

Reading and Leeds

Also packed into the August Bank Holiday Weekend, both Reading and Leeds continue to inspire both young and old. Watch out for big-name Indie rockers, alternative pop and next generation dance, as well as the up and coming stars of tomorrow. To add to the appeal, both the city of Leeds and the town of Reading are chock-full of history, brimming with shopping opportunities and have enough bars to give your liver a workout it won’t forget in a hurry.

Green Man

With the glorious Brecon Beacons providing the backdrop, the folk music at Green Man provides a wonderful escape from reality. Add in a wealth of literature events, theatre, comedy and even spa treatments and it’s easy to see why it’s growing in popularity year after year. Don’t forget to try out the local ales and ciders too – there’s plenty to pick from!


If rock or heavy metal is your thing, look no further than the world of Download. It’s the UK’s premier rock festival and it welcomes the genre’s biggest hitters, from the stars of the 1970s and 1980s right until the present day. Don’t miss the nation’s air guitar championship and medieval mayhem at Demolition Download – full battles by enthusiasts in real suits of armour! There’s also a huge fairground if you get bored between sets!


A festival city in its own right, Boomtown sets up in the heart of the South Downs National Park and is renowned for its vibrant, escapist approach. With more than 25 stages and more than 80 unique street venues split across four main areas, expect a cauldron of diverse music, featuring everything from reggae and hip-hop to jazz, jungle and trance. Add in immersive theatre, ground-breaking art and an array of different performances and you have a festival that’s too good to miss!


A festival that’s more than just music – expect an eclectic line up of comedy, drama, poetry, film and politics at Henham Park in Southwold, Sussex, in addition to iconic artists and bold newcomers. You won’t be surprised to hear that Latitude is popular with families as a result, and you’ll find everything from farm animals to yoga and woodland film screenings across the countryside site.