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2022 Festivals in Somerset

2022 Festivals in Somerset

Festivals in Somerset come in all shapes and sizes.


At the top end of the scale is the world famous Glastonbury Music Festival. Here, up to 250,000 music lovers gather at Worthy Farm. It’s hard to believe that this incredible music festival has been in existence for over 50 years!

Even prior to the pandemic, this festival didn’t take place every year. The land and local residents are given a break every 5 years or so. (Festival founder Michael Eavis usually has a herd of dairy cows grazing on the land.)

Festivals in Somerset

Somerset is home to a huge array of music, food, art, literary and comedy festivals which take place throughout the year.

A selection of Music FESTIVALS IN SOMERSET in 2022

Shindig Weekender (Bruton) 26 – 29 May 2022

Home Farm Fest (Chilthorne Domer) 10 – 12 June 2022

Pub in the Park Royal Victoria Park in Bath 17 – 19 June 2022 (music & food)

Smoked and Uncut (music & food festival) 9 July 2022 – The Pig, near Bath

Somerstock Saturday 9 July 2022

Nass Festival (Action sports & music festival Shepton Mallet) 7 – 10 July 2022

Priddy Folk Festival takes place 8 -10 July 2022

Godney Gathering (Garslade Farm, Glastonbury) 15 & 16 July 2022

Farmfest (Bruton) 29 – 30 July 2022 pre-party on 28th July

Valley Fest (by Chew Valley Lake) 4 – 7 August 2022. Held on an organic farm. Attracts some big names.

ArcTanGent (one for heavy metal lovers) 17 – 20 August 2022 on Fenhill Farm nr Bristol

Watchet Music Festival takes place 26 – 28 August 2022

Other festivals in Somerset

Wassail on or around 17 January at various farms across Somerset. (Give thanks for the harvest. Drink cider, sing songs and perhaps fire a shotgun!)

Festivals in Somerset

Eat festivals – various location across Somerset. Locally focused food and drinks festivals from a multi award-winning organisation.

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival 19 and 20 February 2022. Special stalls at the Sunday Market, talks, a snowdrop trail, a procession, arts and crafts and booksignings.

A Festival of Snowdrops takes place at East Lambrook Manor Gardens during February 2022 (1st until 27th).

There is also a Snowdrop Festival on various weekends from 29 Jan – 27 Feb 2022 at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells.

Festivals in Somerset

Enjoy a snowdrop festival at The Bishop’s Palace

Wells Festival of Film is organised by the independent Wells Film Centre. It usually features a range of classic films and an outdoor screening in the beautiful grounds at the Bishop’s Palace.

Wedmore Arts Festival 7 – 14 May 2022

May 11 is Somerset Day. Lots of events take place around the county to celebrate this special day.

Festivals in Somerset

Wells Comedy Festival returns in 2022! Running from 27 – 29 May. Performances take place in various venues in Wells. Catch a big name for a small price. Confirmed acts include; Harry Hill, Shaparak Khorsandi, Al Murray, Phil Wang and Mark Watson.

The National Trust’s Top of the Gorge festival takes place 10 – 12 June at stunning Cheddar Gorge.

Festivals in Somerset

Enjoy the views from Cheddar Gorge

The Frome Festival takes place 1 – 10 July 2022. Lots of events, exhibitions and workshops to enjoy. Comedy, music, walks, art trails and much more.

Wells Art Contemporary usually opens in August and runs through September in Wells Cathedral

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 11 – 14 August 2022

Wedmore Real Ale Festival usually takes place in September

The Jane Austen Festival in Bath 9 – 18 September 2022

Somerset Art Weeks (at various venues across Somerset) runs from 24 September until 9 October 2022Festivals in Somerset

Wells Food Festival is usually in October

Wells Festival of Literature takes place during October. It is the festival’s 30th anniversary in 2022!

Yeovil Literary Festival runs from 20 – 24 October 2022

After delving into a few great festivals in Somerset, perhaps it’s worth remembering that there is more to a festival than first meets the eye.

the origin of festivals

Throughout history, festivals have usually centred around communities to celebrate religion, traditions or seasons and are often marked by national holidays. (Interestingly, the UK is among the nations with the fewest public holidays in Europe. Finland has 15!)

The word, ‘festival’ comes from the word feast, first used in the 12th century, while the Spanish  word, ‘fiesta’ is usually associated with a religious feast to honour a patron saint. (Spanish residents enjoy 14 public holidays a year.)

Seasonal festivals are determined by the solar and lunar calendars and by the cycle of the seasons – especially the affect on crops. This has ensured that many festivals centre around and celebrate food.

Festivals in Somerset

Somerset is steeped in these traditions. We love festivals in Somerset. It’s an excuse to gather and have some fun.

the more unusual FESTIVALS

Beltane is a pagan festival held at the beginning of May. It  promotes abundance and is commonly associated with fertility. (Originally, couples used to frolic in the woods while the Beltaine fire raged.) Glastonbury is the place to be with colourful celebrations taking place in the market square. (Just a word of warning. Don’t frolic too much or you might get arrested…)

The Summer Solstice (celebrated just over the border at Stonehenge in Wiltshire) is world famous and attracts a real mix of people.

Harvest Festival usually occurs around the Autumn equinox and the Harvest Moon. This is an especially important time in rural Somerset when we gather in the crops. This is also the time when the market traders of London don their wonderful Pearly King & Queen outfits and celebrate.

The Winter Solstice also attracts the crowds to Stonehenge. When the sun rises at around 8am on 21 December the shortest day in the northern hemisphere is underway. However, the burning of logs ‘ Yule’ has become better known for that lovely dessert we eat at Christmas.

Nowadays festivals come in many different guises, but the principle of gathering people, celebrating a product or skill, sharing experiences and having fun has not changed. We have many wonderful festivals in Somerset to enjoy.

Festivals in Somerset

The award-winning The Cross at Croscombe B&B lies in the heart of Somerset making it a great base from which to explore. Whatever you plan to celebrate – have fun!


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