Niche Festivals in the South West 2024

Who's ready for a summer of niche festivals?

There are an array of festivals that offer a variety of experiences that celebrate music, culture, and community.

We’ve found five niche festivals happening this Summer!

Glastonbury Festival - 26th - 30th June (Somerset)

You’re probably thinking this isn’t really a niche festival, but with so much to do, there’s definitely something there for everyone. So we had to include it in our list!

The legendary Glastonbury Festival needs little introduction. Held at Worthy Farm in Somerset, this iconic event is the pinnacle of the British festival scene.

Known for its diverse lineup spanning rock, pop, electronic, and beyond, Glastonbury also offers a plethora of other attractions, including theatre, circus, cabaret, and holistic wellbeing areas.

Glastonbury is more than just a music festival; it’s a cultural phenomenon that draws visitors from all over the world to its mystical grounds.

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Tropical Pressure -12th - 14th July (Cornwall)

Bringing a slice of the tropics to Cornwall, Tropical Pressure Festival at Mount Pleasant Eco Park celebrates the vibrant cultures of Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

This three-day event features live music, dance, and cuisine from around the world, all within a stunning eco-friendly setting.

With a commitment to sustainability, the festival offers a vegetarian menu, recycling initiatives, and a focus on reducing environmental impact. Tropical Pressure is a colorful, joyful celebration of global diversity and unity.

Buddhafield - 17th - 21st July (Somerset)

Buddhafield offers a serene retreat into mindfulness and spirituality.

Located in the tranquil Somerset countryside near Taunton, this festival provides a space for meditation, yoga, and spiritual growth, with workshops and talks led by experienced practitioners.

Buddhafield is an alcohol-free event, emphasising clarity and peace of mind. The festival’s ethos of low impact living is reflected in its vegetarian food offerings and commitment to sustainability.

Attendees leave Buddhafield feeling rejuvenated and connected to both themselves and a supportive community.

The 70th Sidmouth Folk Festival - 2nd - 9th August (Devon)

A cornerstone of the folk music scene, the Sidmouth Folk Festival celebrates its 70th anniversary with a week-long extravaganza of music, dance, and community.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Jurassic Coast, this festival features performances from renowned folk artists, ceilidhs, workshops, and storytelling sessions.

The town of Sidmouth comes alive with the sounds of traditional and contemporary folk music, making it a must-visit for all.

Beautiful Days - 16th - 18th August (Devon)

Beautiful days, held in Escot Park near Ottery St Mary in Devon, is the brainchild of the folk-rock band the Levellers.

This independent festival prides itself on its eclectic lineup and family-friendly atmosphere.

With multiple stages featuring rock, punk, folk, and more, Beautiful Days caters to a wide range of musical tastes.

The festival includes family camping, children’s activities, and a variety of food and craft stalls.

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