7 Best UK Festivals to Road Trip to in 2018

If you’re ready to camp under the stars this summer, kick-back to live music and indulge in exceptionally good food – it’s road trip time!

Gather your friends, your children and even your pooch – we have handpicked the best UK festivals happening in 2018.

Isle of Wight Festival 2018

DATE: Thurs 21st – Sun 24th June 2018
LOCATION: Newport, Isle of Wight

If Kasabian, The Killers and Liam Gallagher is your idea of a dream line up, take your road trip via ferry to the Isle of White this summer, for the 50th Anniversary Isle of Wight Festival 2018.

In honour of the festival’s 'Golden Jubilee’, all attendees are invited on Saturday 23 June to adorn themselves in gold for a weekend of fun and celebration. Expect to see sparkling divas, shining stars and victorious gladiators come together for this year’s 50th anniversary.

If you’re feeling anxious about the conditions festival camping can bring, it’s also worth noting the option to pimp your weekend! Thanks to the top-notch ‘When Nature Calls’ luxury loo facilities, you can ensure you don’t miss your home from home comforts – not to mention, GHDs to help you look your best throughout the weekend.

More importantly, if you’re looking for a reliable and practical car to ferry the whole family, then 7 seater cars are among the very best. This is particularly helpful when you have an entourage of little ones and a camping kit to boot!

Latitude Festival 2018, Suffolk

DATE: Thurs 12th – Sun 15th July 2018
LOCATION: Henham Park, Suffolk

With headline acts including Solange, The Killers and alt-J, we’ll be packing the car and setting off early to make sure we don’t miss a second of 'The Best Major Festival 2017', Latitude.

The stellar line-up of acts from Thursday 12 July to Sunday 15 July at Henham Park, also includes The Vaccines, Wolf Alice and Rag N Bone Man. Plus there’s late night DJs, lake swimming, mouth-watering street feasts and a creative kids area, all set to impress again this year.

Green Man Festival 2018

DATE: Thurs 16th – Sun 19th August 2018
LOCATION: Brecon Beacons, Wales

The UK’s best music festivals offer much more than music alone, and the Green Man Festival is no exception. Brimming with live comedy, music and theatre, take your road trip to the Brecon Beacons for miles of forest, waterfalls and mountains from August 13, to settle in to the beauty of the welsh surroundings. Although food from home isn't allowed in the venue if you're planning on making a weekend of it, there are many beautiful picnic spots in the area.

The Black Mountains offer a backdrop like no other to bands including Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, John Grant and Grizzly Bear to name but a few.

The Big Feastival 2018 

DATE: Fri 24th – Sun 26th August 2018 
LOCATION: Kingham, Cotswolds

For both food and music lovers, Big Feastival offers first-class food and top-notch live music for all the family.

Now in its 7th year, this much anticipated festival will make its return to the Cotswolds on the August Bank Holiday, bringing with it award-winning street food, Michelin star chefs and chart-topping musicians including Basement Jaxx and Craig David taking centre stage.

With appearances from Paddington Bear, The Gruffalo, Peppa Pig and George, you’re sure to please even the smallest of festival-goers!

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Adventure in Utopia, Shambala Festival 2018

DATE: Thurs 23rd - Sun 26th August 2018
LOCATION: Secret Country Escape, Northampstonshire 

Billed as ‘an end of season exhale for those who have partied all summer’ – Virtual Festivals, Shambala Festival is an experience as good for your soul as it is your ears.

Think disco dancing beetles, succulent crowns, flowing human palms and neon hummingbirds at this year’s Avant Garde themed Shamabala festival, from 23 - 26 August – let your inner hippy rejoice and start planning those costumes!

Shambala organisers have even gone to the effort of providing a pre-festival Spotify playlist to enjoy their line up – so crank up the sound, and immerse yourself in their summer-loving soundtrack en route to the festival.

Godiva Festival 2018

DATE: Fri 31st August – Sun 2nd September 2018
LOCATION: Coventry, Midlands

Looking for a day trip music festival? Then road trip to the Midlands to enjoy Coventry’s much loved Godiva Festival, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. Join over 179,000 festival goers at the city’s War Memorial Park for a soon to be released line up – we can reveal the first headline act Ronan Keating, will be performing on the Sunday main stage.

Get your car road trip ready!

When setting out on your festival adventures this summer, remember to do your due diligence, making sure your car is properly prepared. Nobody likes breaking down. Or missing the show… Here’s 10 essential summer driving tips to ensure you stay safe (and cool) this summer. 

All set? Let’s get planning – set your route maps, prepare your road trip playlist, pack your camping essentials and make this a British summer to remember.

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