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Free UK Festivals & Carnivals

Region-by-region guide to 60+ events in 2016

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Updated 26 Jul 2016

Whether you want to listen to pop, house, rock or jazz music, or be part of a carnival or parade, there are free UK festivals to suit all tastes, and most are suitable for families. Just use the list below to pick your area.

Here are a few highlights we’ve spotted among the 25+ free festivals still to come this summer: Feel Good Festival in Rochdale (including headline act, The Fratellis), Bristol International Balloon Fiesta and Red Sails Festival in Portstewart.

Alternatively, it may be possible to get into the big paid-for festivals, including Reading and Leeds Festival and V Festival, without paying a penny, though it can take some work and you may be a little late for some this year. See the stewarding guide below.

In which region are you looking?

It's worth noting that some festivals are spread across different venues and may have concerts that cost extra, so always check with the organisers before you go.



Northern Ireland


North East England


East England

South West England

West Midlands

East Midlands

Yorkshire and Humber

North West England

South East England

Have we missed any? If you know of any great free festivals in your area that we've not included, we'd love to hear about them. Add any suggestions to our free festivals thread.

You can also view all UK festivals & carnivals on this larger map.