This Summer’s top 3 countryside festivals in the UK

This summer, we’ll be looking for any excuse to escape the city and revel in the sun-kissed British countryside. With this year’s calendar brimming with festivals celebrating everything from food and music to history and literature, we’re just a bit spoilt for choice. Still, we’ve somehow managed to whittle the list down to our top 3, so prepare to enjoy beautiful countryside views alongside a healthy dose of culture at one (or all) of our favourites…

Burghley Film Festival, Lincolnshire – 27th to 31st July, 2016

Watching films might not be the first thing you think of when you’re planning to bask in the warm outdoors, but the annual film festival in Stamford, Lincolnshire makes the most of the British summertime by taking over the grounds of the Elizabethan estate of Burghley House. For five days, a large cinema screen becomes the centrepoint of the historic gardens, laid out by renowned landscape architect Capability Brown, allowing festival-goers some al fresco viewing of blockbuster hits such as Harry Potter, Star Wars and The Dark Knight.

Burghley Film Festival 2016

Frome Festival, Somerset – 1st to 10th July, 2016

It should come as no surprise that the thriving artistic landscape of Frome plays host to one of the most exciting arts festivals in the British calendar. With over 200 events spread across various venues, for 10 days Frome is transformed into a celebration of music, food, literature, drama, fashion, comedy and photography. This year the community-organised festival celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare and has secured performers such as The Hoosiers and rap legends Sugar Hill Gang.

Frome Festival 2016

Cornbury Music Festival, Oxfordshire – 8th to 10th July, 2016

No British summer would be complete without an overnight music festival, but we’re not talking just muddy tents and cider here. Like the best of England, this music festival is civilised, charming and a very English affair. Tucked away amid the sunlit fields of Oxfordshire’s countryside, it’s a place where music-lovers and families alike can share pies and a glass of champagne with everyone from rockers and crooners like headliners Bryan Ferry and Seal, to farmers and fashionistas. And little old ladies who make exceptional cakes.

Cornbury Music Festival 2016

Nicole Harley is Editor at The Epicurean.

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