Sure, mankind has been prancing about in fields since the dawn of time but these days it’s a little, well, fancier. So we’ve sourced some stylish sanctuaries for you to crash-out in, from pitch-perfect super-tents to manicured manor houses, all within 45 minutes of this year’s best al fresco gatherings for dancing, dining and debating… Plus a Smith-only Isle of Wight Festival glamping offer from Camp Kerala, the original luxe lodging specialists…
FIELD DAY 6–7 JUNE VICTORIA PARK, LONDON
Who goes? East London’s tight of trouser, bearded of face and tattooed of arm crowd.
What happens? Street-food snacking, craft-beer drinking and a whole lot of dancing to bleeding-edge bands and trend-setting DJs.
Where to stay Not only is the Ace Hotel Shoreditch less than 15 minutes away, it’s an official Field Day partner so you can expect some after-party shenanigans before you finally crash out in your mod-minimalist room.
ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 11–14 JUNE SEACLOSE PARK, ISLE OF WIGHT
Who goes? Nostalgists, exam-less teens, families, Blur obsessives, Pharrell fanatics and Fleetwood Mac fans (so just about everybody).
What happens? A good old fashioned bands-in-the-park knees-up just two hours from London with proper billboard headliners.
Where to stay For the first time at IoW, our friends at Camp Kerala – the tent trailblazers who brought glamping to Glasto– are pitching their palatial tents. Quote ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’ when you book (on 07825 163032 or 01749 860 077) and along with your VIP ticket and elegant digs, you’ll get a hamper full of White Company gear, cashmere socks and chocolates.
ALSO FESTIVAL 19–21 JUNE COMPTON VERNEY, WARWICKSHIRE
Who goes? The venn diagram intersection of salon-loving sophisticates and outdoorsy, why-the-hell-not types.
What happens? Just your usual festival stuff: rave yoga, philosophy breakfasts, bat walks, Balkan-themed woodland pop-ups, that sort of thing…
Where to stay Church Street Townhouse, in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon, is a buzzy little bolthole with boudoir-chic bedrooms and a mouthwatering menu of British fare served all day.
GLASTONBURY 24–28 JUNE PILTON, SOMERSET
Who goes? Anyone organised/lucky enough to get a ticket, or with the connections to blag one. Plus a few boho’d-to-the-max supermodels.
What happens? What doesn’t? Bonkers cabaret, hidden cinemas, giant fire-breathing sculptures, spiritual gatherings, a world’s worth of food stalls and a few thousand bands, DJs and entertainers.
Where to stay Whether you’re joining the savvy, mud-averse Somersetters for festival week, or in need of recuperation straight after, The Pig near Bath, the Talbot Inn or At The Chapel are your go-to getaways.
CURIOUS ARTS FESTIVAL 17–19 JULY PYLEWELL PARK, HAMPSHIRE
Who goes? Bookworms, theatre goers, bons vivant, anyone vaguely culturally curious.
What happens? A well-planned, weekend-long, country-house dinner party, basically, with talks from writers (seek out ever-entertaining Smith reviewer Damian Barr), playwrights and comedians, musical interludes and on-the-hoof happenings.
Where to stay Equally stimulating estate escape, The Pig is your perfect put-your-feet-up destination after a day of brain-stretching bonhomie.
PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL 30 JULY TO 2 AUGUST ST GERMANS, CORNWALL
Who goes? Radio 4 fans, interesting folk off the telly and most of the London literati.
What happens? Words (QI‘s John Lloyd, Greenpeace’s John Sauven), music (DJ Andrew Weatherall, Archie Bronson Outfit), food (Rick Stein, Thomasina Miers), other things (Russian swearing lessons, frisbee tree golf, jazz dance classes).
Where to stay Stick to the literary theme and take a room at grand coastal manor Fowey Hall, the inspiration for Toad Hall in Wind in the Willows.
WILDERNESS 6–9 AUGUST CORNBURY PARK, OXFORDSHIRE
Who goes? Those who like their wilderness served with a side of luxury.
What happens? The back-to-nature setting means you can while away your afternoons wild swimming, horse riding and hot-tubbing before settling in for an Angela Hartnett-prepared banquet, say, or a spot of Shakespeare. Plus Björk is headlining, so expect something memorable.
Where to stay With its pristine lawns and handsome hamlet setting, you could forgive Lower Slaughter Manor for being a traditional rural retreat. In fact, it has all the boutique-hotel trappings of a suave city stay.
GREEN MAN 20–23 AUGUST GLANUSK PARK, BRECON BEACONS, WALES
Who goes? Got a respectable record collection? Don’t like your festivals branded to oblivion? Love a mountain backdrop? This is the weekender for you…
What happens? An enviable line-up of bands (Super Furry Animals, St Vincent, Hot Chip, Father John Misty, The Staves), locally sourced food and a sprinkling of folksy magic – all under the watch of the Green Man himself.
Where to stay Stay on and explore more of the Brecon Beacons from family-run home-from-home, the New White Lion.