Fancy a festival this summer but not keen on the muddy grounds, tiny tents and inevitable downpours? We’ve got the perfect solution for you. There’s no need to board a plane and head for further shores to enjoy live music, delicious food and incredible art on the beach this year. As summer fast approaches, we’re delighted to share this list of beach festivals in the UK, so you can enjoy festival vibes without worrying about packing your wellies.
Indulge in sun, sea and sand without all the hassle of travelling abroad. Whether you’re looking for thrilling water activities or relaxing tunes as the sun goes down, we’ve got your summer line-up covered. Take a look at our list of beach festivals and let us know to which shore you’re heading to this summer!
Tunes in the Dunes, Cornwall
8th-10th June 2018
The first festival on our list is Tunes in the Dunes. What can we say? The Cornish have got epic beach festivals down to a tee! Heaven for music lovers, Tunes in the Dunes takes place on the award-winning Perranporth beach.
Tune in the Dunes Line-Up
There’s something for everyone on the Tunes in the Dunes line-up this year, as the white-sand beach will host some fantastic word-famous acts. 80’s pop sensation UB40 headlines the main stage at Looe on Saturday night, followed by indie star Jake Bugg and pop folk sensation, Gabrielle Aplin on Sunday. Prepare to dance the night away at this magnificent event, which is hosted by beach bar and restaurant The Watering Hole, so you can enjoy refreshing drinks and fabulous food and drinks while experiencing this stunning summer event.
Tune in the Dunes Accommodation
If camping on the beach isn’t for you, then don’t hesitate to join us at Holywell Bay Holiday Park, where you’ll find second-to-none touring & camping facilities, as well as fantastic glamping pods and a great range of caravans with space for all the family.
Highlights from 2017's Tunes in the Dune Festival - Video courtesy of Joshua Timmins
GoldCoast Oceanfest, Croyde Bay
15th-17th June 2018
Luckily, you don’t need to head down-under to get the ‘Gold Coast’ experience. Celebrating its 20th year in 2018, GoldCoast Oceanfest takes place just steps from Ruda Holiday Park in Devon, making it the perfect day to lay your hat after a day of singing along to fantastic artists, tucking into delicious street food and playing awesome beach sports.
GoldCoast Oceanfest Line-Up
This year’s line-up is nothing short of amazing, with six-time UK number one singer songwriter Jess Glynne, indie rock veterans Razorlight and a DJ set from dance music legends Chase and Status. Surfers’ paradise Croyde Bay will not only welcome these outstanding artists to its shores, but visitors will also be able to enjoy fun water sports and beach games throughout the weekend.
Goldcoast Oceanfest Accommodation
As an official partner of the GoldCoast Oceanfest, we’re delighted to offer great deals on accommodation just minutes from the fun and festivities of one of Devon’s top calendar events. Whether you’re bringing your own tent for the traditional festival experience, or fancy a taste of luxury with our glamping pods, Ruda Holiday Park has a fantastic range of accommodation. Bring your own tourer or check into one of our excellent static caravans and make the short stroll to Croyde Bay for the event of the summer.
Check out #Oceanfest17 - Video courtesy of Panoptic Motion
Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Tynemouth
5th-8th July 2018
Our next stop on this list than with an amazing event that overlooks one of the UK’s Blue Flag beaches, Tynemouth Longsands. As if that’s not cool enough, the Mouth of the Tyne Festival is hosted at historic North East landmark, Tynemouth Priory. With over 2,000 years of history, the priory was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Having been home to Anglo-Saxon settlers, a royal castle and even a coastal defence, the English Heritage site is hands-down one of the UK’s best venues for a festival.
Mouth of the Tyne Festival Line-Up
Check out the amazing line-up for 2018’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival and get in the mood for some northern soul by the sea. The festival will play host to numerous amazing acts, including pop icon Paloma Faith, X-Factor winner James Arthur, musical legends Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott and British soul pioneer Beverley Knight.
Mouth of the Tyne Festival Accommodation
If you’re travelling from outside the region to experience this stunning beach bonanza, or just fancy treating yourself to a home-away-from-home this July, Whitley Bay Holiday Park is just a 10-minute drive from Tynemouth, where you’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy as the festival ignites, so you can make a day of it.
Boardmasters, Fistral Beach
8th – 12th August
Surfers will also love the next festival on our list. Five incredible days of music, arts and surfing, Boardmasters is the perfect way to experience Cornwall’s favourite past time at one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. Idyllic and spiritual, Boardmasters aims to move away from the traditional music festival and promotes a passion for nature, a focus on wellbeing and an appreciation for all things surfing.
This year’s line-up to be seen to be believed. Enjoy indie favourites Catfish and The Bottlemen, electronic legends The Chemical Brothers and singer songwriter George Ezra, and many more world-famous acts, with golden sand between your toes, a refreshing drink and the breath of salt in the sea air. What more could you want?
Boardmasters Festival highlights 2017 - Video courtesy of Boardmasters Festival
Looe Music Festival, Cornwall
21st-23rd September 2018
Don’t worry, the seaside festivities don’t come to an end in August. Head to the small town of Looe in Cornwall this September and you’ll find summer is still very much in full swing. Coming alive with art, music and delicious food, the town of Looe hosts this eponymous festival each year for locals and visitors alike.
Looe Music Festival Line-up
The multi-award winning Looe Music Festival takes place on the beautiful Looe Bay, and will welcome a star-studded line-up including eighties folk stars The Waterboys, Finnish YouTube sensations Steve ‘n’ Seagulls and punk legends The Stranglers.
Looe Music Festival Accommodation
Not sure where to stay near Looe? We’ve got you covered. Just two miles away from the bay, you’ll find Looe Bay Holiday Park. After a long day partying by the beach, you can tuck into a comfortable bed in one of our static caravans or even a luxury lodge, new to the holiday park for 2018.
Take a look at Looe Music Festival in 2017 - Video courtesy Loeemusicfestival