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Weird and Wacky Festivals

With music festivals, food festivals and beer festivals popping up all over the country, there are plenty of festivals for you to enjoy over the coming months. However, we want to shed some light on those festivals that are bit more quirky, (some may say ‘weird and wacky’) and stray from the norm, the kind of festivals that are made to remember.

Red Rooster @RedRoosterFest 31st May - 2md June

Nearest Train Station: Stowmarket

Red Rooster promises a good time weekend full of Rhythm and Blues In the heart of Suffolk. Brining the sounds and smells of the Deep South to the Suffolk countryside, Red Rooster wants you to enjoy good food, good music and an atmosphere known only in the Deep South. With only the best musicians and highest quality of music, this party goes for days and nights. Now in its fourth year, it’s not something you won’t want to miss.

JOY Festival @JoyFestivals Date TBC

Nearest Train Station: Lewes

JOY is a summer celebration of food, drink, music and lifestyle which brings together an extraordinary collection of exhibitors rarely found together in Sussex. Watch as Convent Field is transformed into a paradise for foodies, music lovers and fans of the unique and artisan. There will be over 50 wonderful artisan food stalls selling a wider range of different food and drinks along with a number of stalls containing items you won’t find on the high-street.

Gin Festival @GinFestival Various Events

Gin Festival began when its co-founders, Jym and Marie, were left wanting more after every gin tasting session they went to. With the need to find more interesting and exciting gins along with widening their knowledge they began Gin Festival. Brining you gins from all over the world, distillers who are passionate about their spirt along with music you can get your groove on to, this festival is a must visit for gin lovers from all over.

The Vicar’s Picnic @vicarspicnic 20th – 21st July

Nearest Train Station: Yalding

Founded by a group of friends who had missed out on tickets to Glastonbury, The Vicar’s Picnic was originally meant to be a one-off garden party that would raise money for local causes along with showcasing a wide range of musical talent. The success off The Vicar’s Picnic has turned it into an annual event. The organisers also believe that children can be fully entertained in a safe and fun environment which means it’s the best possible way for adults to relax and enjoy the amazing festival too making it a great time for all the family. Due to its growing popularity it has moved from its original location on Vicarage Road to The Lees in Yalding.

LeeFest Presents: The Neverland @leefest 2nd – 5th August

Nearest Train Station: Cowden

LeeFest was borne out of teenage rebellion in 2006 and has rapidly grown in size and stature. Since its beginning LeeFest has gained mainstream acclaim by winning ‘Best Grassroots Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards and ‘Best Festival’ at the Association of Independent Music Awards. Due to the creator’s belief that LeeFest should always be innovating, growing and evolving, this year’s festival, The Neverland, will re-imagine the concept of the festival with a spectacular, immersive kingdom of music.

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival @Scarecrowfest 11th - 19th August

Nearest Train Station: Skipton

Scarecrows first arrived in Kettlewell back in 1994 and since then they’ve come back each year with the help of a small committee and the whole community. As you follow the trail around the idyllic Yorkshire village, cast your eyes across the wide variety of scarecrows on display. You’ll be encouraged to explore the scarecrow trial and solve the clues associated with each. Can you solve all the clues and find the hidden scarecrows?

Bog Snorkelling Championships 26th August

Nearest Train Station: Llanwrtyd

An annual event in Llanwrtyd Wells, the World Bog Snorkelling Championships brings with it hundreds of participants from around the world with plenty of spectators. The event begins at 10am at Waen Rhydd bog and if you don’t fancy partaking in the bog snorkelling yourself, you can enjoy the food and drink stalls, crats, bouncy castle and live music whilst you spectate. If you do fancy taking the plunge, you can submit your entry online.

Forró Fest @JuliaForro 24-27th August

Nearest Train Station: Berkhamsted

A unique Brazilian inspired festival, Forro Fest, brings teachers, bands and performers together for a fun filled weekend of activities. With the mains focus of the festival being Forró, a close partner dance born in the northeast of Brazil, there will be live bands and workshops from day to night. With an incredible line up, there is fun for all to be had at Forró Fest.

If any of these fantastic festivals have peaked your interest, don’t forget you can book your train tickets with here.

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Beer Festivals

We have picked out our favourite beer festivals in the UK. They’re all accessible by train so no one has to be the designated driver! To make travel to these beer festivals even easier, we’ve highlighted their nearest train station. So go on, go forth and explore.

Food Festivals

Of all the many festivals that have popped up over the last few years, we think food festivals may just be our favourite. Giving us the ability to try a whole host of new and different food items, whilst finding new and exciting parts of the country, there is no better reason to hop on board a train and go exploring.

Music Festivals

Avoid the stress of festival traffic and hop on the train! have collated the best music festivals to go to this Summer and by booking your tickets in advance you could save a considerable amount of money! Find out more about these fantastic music festivals and book your train travel now.

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