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2021 Festivals in Somerset

2021 Festivals in Somerset

Festivals in Somerset come in all shapes and sizes.

SOMERSET’S LARGEST FESTIVAL

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. In 2020, this incredible music festival will have been in existence for 50 years!

This festival doesn’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 2021

Shindig Weekender (Bruton) 27 – 30 May 2021

The Bath Festival Finale Weekend 29 – 30 May 2021

Home Farm Fest (Chilthorne Domer) 11 – 13 June 2021

Pub in the Park Royal Victoria Park in Bath 18 – 20 June 2021 (music & food)

Smoked and Uncut (music & food festival) 10 July 2021 – The Pig, near Bath

Somerstock Saturday 10 July 2021

Nass Festival (Action sports & music festival near Bristol) 8 – 11 July 2021

Priddy Folk Festival takes place 9 -11 July 2021

Godney Gathering (Garslade Farm, Glastonbury) 16 & 17 July 2021

Farmfest (Gilcombe Farm nr Bruton) 30 – 31 July 2021

Valley Fest (by Chew Valley Lake) 30 July – 1 August 2021. Held on an organic farm. Attracts some big names.

ArcTanGent (one for heavy metal lovers) 19 – 21 August 2021 on Fenhill Farm nr Bristol

Watchet Music Festival takes place 27 – 29 August 2021

Priston Music Festival (near Bath) 17-19 September 2021

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 13 and 14 February 2021. 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.

There is also usually a Snowdrop Festival at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells.

Festivals in Somerset

Enjoy a snowdrop festival at The Bishop’s Palace

Mells Daffodil Festival usually takes place on Easter Monday. There’s much more to this festival than just daffodils. It’s taking a break in 2021. Hopefully it will be back in 2022!

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.

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

Festivals in Somerset

Wells Comedy Festival will hopefully be back again in May 2021. Performances take place in various venues in Wells. Catch a big name for a small price.

The National Trust’s Top of the Gorge festival usually takes place at Cheddar Gorge in June.

Festivals in Somerset

Enjoy the views from Cheddar Gorge

The Frome Festival usually takes place in July and has lots of events, exhibitions and workshops to enjoy.

Wells Theatre Festival 8 – 11 July 2021

Buddhafield (nr Taunton) 14 – 18 July 2021

Wells Art Contemporary usually takes place in July and August. The stunning setting is Wells Cathedral

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 12 – 15 August 2021

The Cheddar Food & Drink Festival will hopefully be back again in September. It takes place in Cheddar Gorge

Wedmore Real Ale Festival 10 – 12 September 2021

The Jane Austen Festival in Bath 10 to 19 September 2021

Wedmore Arts Festival (a slimmed down version this year) 24 – 26 September 2021

Somerset Art Weeks (at various venues across Somerset) 18 September – 3 October 2021Festivals in Somerset

Wells Food Festival A Sunday in mid October

Wells Festival of Literature takes place 15 – 23 October 2021

Yeovil Literary Festival usually runs in October / November

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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