If you’re tired of all the usual mud-filled festivals this summer, how about a different take with a special focus on art, music and food? First up, there is SNAP at the Aldeburgh Festival which is bringing together sculpture, video, photography and drawings by artists including Darren Almond, Gary Hume, Johnnie Shand Kydd, Sarah Lucas and Juergen Teller. All the artists taking part have some connection with East Anglia (whether by birth, home or just holiday) and their work will be presented all around Snape, from foyers to derelict buildings.
Next, in July, Kew the Music has a great line up of singers from Blondie, Bryan Ferry, Jamie Cullum and The Feeling to Jools Holland. Tickets aren’t cheap (around £36 for an adult) but then just think of the money (and effort) you save by being able to sleep in your own bed afterwards!
In September, Alex James is launching his new festival, Harvest, which is focusing on food. There will be chefs aplenty from Yotam Ottolenghi, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Valentine Warner and Stevie Parle to Rachel Allen plus Daylesford cookery school, gardening workshops with Monty Don and lots for the kids including Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox by the Holland Park Opera company. It is out in Oxfordshire so you can either head back home at the end of the evening or opt for the Harvest Hotel boutique camping.