Not sure which festival to go on your VW Camper Hire? Well here at VW Kamperhire we thought you might like to see a rundown of some summer festivals that are due to take place across Devon and Cornwall in 2019.
These are a combination of festivals in various towns across Devon and Cornwall. All of these festivals can be accessed very easily from your very own campervan. . There is music for everyone’s tastes; rock, Jazz, Symphony, Blues, 80s, 90s, folk and many more. Our advice is book early for campervans with festivals like Glastonbury as this is a popular camper hire.
Some of the festivals are free and some require tickets. The joy of a campervan hire allows you to travel easily from one event to another.
Some of these festivals are suitable for staying the odd day or perhaps making a longer stay, this is where the campervan is perfect. Please note line-ups do change and some of these festivals will sell out very fast. If you’re thinking about Glastonbury then this has already sold out.
Certain events have specific reserved fields for campervans, so you may need to purchase an additional ticket. Our advice would be to book early to avoid disappointment. Glastonbury and Camp Bestival have allocated Campervan fields and these tickets will sell very fast. Most of the other events will have plenty of campsites nearby. As the majority of the events are in peak season we would advise booking your campsite in advance. Try UK Campsites & Caravanning Club and Pitchup as a good source of potential campsites.
Exeter Beats Music Festival
Part of the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink, live bands will be playing throughout the day as part of the main food and drink festival as well as having a separate evening event, Exeter Beats which will see a host of fantastic music acts joined with more great food and drink! For more information please click here.
Dart Music Festival (10th – 12th May)
This annual three day music festival brings Dartmouth alive with acts performing at a variety of venues throughout the colourful town. Dart Music Festival is an extremely popular event and it’s even free! To learn more, please follow this link.
Yes there really is a festival called Pigstock, this is held at Bideford in Devon on Saturday 18 May. There is free parking and free entry to The BIG Sheep Family Attraction, which runs from 11am - 4pm. The music is on stage from midday with DJ Jo Whiley introducing acts like 1980s favourite Dr & the Medics and then new bands like Eliza & the bears. For more information Click here.
Held at Brixham from 25th - 29th May 2019. BrixFest will bring hundreds of artists, charities, chefs and local people together with thousands of visitors. Throughout the festival we encourage you to keep it local and spend your hard earned money in the local shops and restaurants. Dragon boat racing on the Sunday, fireworks will finish the day (assuming no fog this year!!). For more details loads of information on the following website click here.
Kingsbridge Food & Music Festival.
This three-day celebration takes place between 31st May - 2nd June and will showcase local tastes and sounds. The stunning waterside town square in Kingsbridge is the backdrop for a food and music lovers' heaven — featuring a tempting array of locally produced delicacies to enjoy while listening to an eclectic mix of talented musicians. This family-friendly festival is free, and features some of the finest acts in the South West. 2018’s diverse line up were handpicked to appeal to all ages and preferences — featuring funk, soul, jazz, rock, pop, dance, rhythm, blues, swing, Indy, and gospel choir, as well as the exceptional Jean Genie. To find out more information click on the official website Click Here.
Great Estate Scorrier 31st May - 3rd June.
Welcome to the Great Estate Festival the most rambunctious Garden Féte! Expect major international headline acts, a rambunctious mix of comedy, theatre, music and the arts, all within the beautiful grounds of Scorrier Estate. Tickets can be found here
Dates are yet to be announced but likely to be the 7th – 8th June. This is a two day favourite held at Newton Abbot Racecourse, Lemonfest sees top local DJs as well as musical acts from further afield come together to bring non-stop dancing and festival antics over the weekend. Find out more about Lemonfest here.
International pop star Kylie Minogue will headline the Eden Session on Tuesday 2nd July. The Inside Track Pass holder ticket is the option to select. As a Pass holder, you will hear the eden session line-up announcements first, and get an allocation of two tickets per Session. You will have the luxury of up to seven days to decide whether you want to buy your allocated tickets. And, if you don’t fancy any of the gigs, no problem because you only pay for the tickets you want. Click here.
Friday 21st June until Sunday 23rd June 2019. Held at Croyde Bay, North Devon. This is a sports and music festival promoting oceans sports. Jess Glynne and Razorlight headlined in 2018, line-up for 2019 to be announced. For tickets and more information Click here.
Let’s Rock Exeter
If you’re a fan of the 80’s then this one’s for you! Set in the grounds of Powderham Castle, Let’s Rock Exeter boasts a stunning line up of well-known artists to take you right back to the retro era, a jam-packed neon day out! More information about the event can be found here.
Monday 24th June until Monday 1st July 2019. The one and only Glastonbury festival is back again, after selling out in 30 minutes. The line-up is yet to be announced. If you’re lucky enough to have got tickets you will be in for a treat. If you’re considering taking a Campervan you need to book a campervan ticket. More information at Glastonbury Because of the size of Glastonbury we have a dedicated page for information so Click Here.
International pop star Kylie Minogue will headline the Eden Session on Tuesday 2nd July. The Inside Track Pass holder ticket is the option to select. As a Pass holder you will hear Sessions line-up announcements first and get an allocation of two tickets per Session. You will have the luxury of up to seven days to decide whether you want to buy your allocated tickets. And, if you don’t fancy any of the gigs, no problem because you only pay for the tickets you want. The official website for information is the following link.
Glas-Denbury (5th - 6th July)
This award-winning (Gold winners of festival of the year for the devon tourism in 2018) this family friendly festival in South Devon is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. There are normally at least four stages at the festival with a range of artists. Glas-Denbury is a two day magical event where friends and families gather for a colourful, fun, Devonshire do! Further details regarding Glas-Denbury are available here.
Tropical Pressure Festival
This is held at Mount Pleasant Eco Park in Porthtowan in Cornwall. This is an exciting and inspiring festival bringing a packed programme of live music, food, and dance. Tickets go on sale 1st December 2018. The line-up is yet to be confirmed. Click here
Chagstock (19 - 20th July)
Taking place on the breathtaking landscape of Dartmoor National Park, Chagstock combines idyllic surroundings with great music and a friendly atmosphere. This year’s theme is under the sea. Heading lining this year are the Fun Lovin Criminals and there are local acts and other performers to deliver a beautiful weekend. To find out more about Chagstock, please click here.
Sundowner-sessions As a privately-owned beach, Lusty Glaze in Newquay is a little cove that has played host to some of the biggest and most well-loved names in music over the years, as well as featuring local, upcoming talent. They’ve been awarded the No.1 spot by The Times for ‘Most picturesque live music venues in the UK’ and, over the years, they have worked hard to build a reputation as one of the most exclusive, unique and beautiful spots to enjoy live music. Summer is all about endless evenings, relaxation and music, and our Sundowner Sessions in Newquay capture the essence of this within a picturesque oceanfront setting. Click here.
Port Eliot Festival
25th to the 28th July Described as a literary festival, but with the feel of a garden party, the Port Eliot Festival attracts a mix of celebs, art lovers, live music, foodies and book worms. Held in the spectacular grounds of the ancient Port Eliot estate in southeast Cornwall, the festival provides inspiration and surprises for all ages at every turn. Click here.
North Cornwall’s favourite festival, takes place at Roskear Farm, near Wadebridge, located right on the famous Camel trail, making it one of the few festivals that can be easily accessed on foot or by bike. Dates are not yet confirmed but likely to be around the 5th July. More details can be found here.
It’s held from Thursday 25th until Sunday 28th July at Lulworth castle. This is a combination of music, comedy, literature and kids area. This is a great one for the family. The line-up is yet to be confirmed. Early bird tickets have sold out and you will need to purchase a spate ticket for a Campervan. Tickets and more information can be found here
Dartington International Summer School & Festival (28th July – 25th August)
Over the course of four weeks, during the day Dartington Hall opens its doors as a summer school for musicians; by night, the school is transformed into a music festival like no other with the professional tutors taking the stage and occasionally students as well. For more information, follow this link.
Summer Music Festival, Port Isaac Date have been confirmed as the 30th July through to the 9th August. The Internationally famous festival has a Symphony orchestra and a chorus of 75, with guest artistes, encompasses the classics from Brahms to Stravinsky, music from Broadway and late night brass bands. Information is yet to be confirmed for the summer festival. In addition there is also an Easter festival on the 13th through to the 21st April 2019. To keep up to date lick the following link following link.
Sidmouth Folk Festival
There's been a folk festival since 1955, Sidmouth swells by tens of thousands culminating in a huge firework display on the Friday night. There are a number of free performances in the day and evening. In addition certain performance require a ticket please refer to the following website (which hasn’t yet been updated for 2019 – the last time we checked). to keep upto date with progress for 2019 then Click here.
Held from the 7th - 11th August. A surf, skate + music festival situated across two legendary locations at Fistral beach and Watergate Bay, featuring the best in action sports including Surfing plus a laid back music festival across 8 stages. This has a great website that gives you a flavour on what you missed last year. The Line-up for 2019 is yet to be announced. Click the following link following link.
From the 16th-18th August this festival takes place at Escot Park in Devon, it’s been running for 16 years. The festival has several stages, amazing site art, a huge children’s area, comedy, theatre, family camping, real ale bars from Otter Brewery & a great choice of food and craft stalls. Beautiful Days has no sponsorship, branding and does not advertise. For more information Click here.
Cornwall Folk Festival
Wadebridge late August With acts from across the world, this long running festival takes over the town of Wadebridge offering music on every corner. Gretchen Peters and Eddi Reader headlined in 2018. Dates and lie-up are still to be confirmed for 2019 although anticipate this will start around the 23rd August. To keep up to date with progress click here.
27th-30th August Focusing on Traditional and New Orleans Jazz and putting a swing in the step of the town each year, the lively four day Bude Jazz Festival features a great bill of both local and national jazz musicians from around the world. The official website can be found here.
The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival
Penhallow: 13th-15th September A three-day event fusing live music, secret cider walks, tractor rides and glamping in hobbit huts, Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival has quickly become one of the most magical experiences in the Cornish calendar. The Fratellis, Hayseed Dixie and the Wurzels will headline this year. The super early bird ticket is available now. More details including tickets can be found here.
Looe Music Festival
Looe It’s the last of the summer festivals in a dramatic, magical location. Enjoy music on the main stages or just soak up the atmosphere around the town, Visit for the day, or stay all weekend. Please Note: Unfortunately last year’s event was suddenly cancelled when the charity went into administration. At this point in time its unknown if the Festival will be resurrected for 2019.