Move over Glastonbury

Wondering what festival you should go to this year? Well, look no further...than your local canal or river. Swap your £200 weekender ticket for a party with your local community enjoying talented musicians, hearty local food, drink and the wonderful sights and sounds of our waterways.

Blisworth Canal Festival Blisworth Canal Festival

Summer is here (finally) and this year we have more festivals on our waterways than ever before. We have a few crackers that we want to share with you.

RiverFest on River Lea - 29 May

This alternative festival offers an array of musical talent, cycle rides, food and drink for those who wish to unite with their community and help make the River Lea an even more beautiful riverside haven.

International Mersey River Festival - 3-5 June

Not one, or two but three days of Liverpool's finest waterfront entertainment. Joining the party will be 60 narrowboats, four tall ships, a canoe polo tournament, jet skiing demonstrations, flyboarding and the list goes on. Something for the whole family to enjoy.

Liverpool Mersey River Festival

Leicester Riverside Festival - 4-5 June

This popular annual event offers boat trips, live music, food from around the world and exciting activities to keep the kids entertained. Spread across the Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard and Castle Gardens, there is plenty to keep you busy. Of course you can always just find a nice spot and chill there for the day!

Foxton Locks Festival - 18-19 June

Calling all dog-owners. Foxton Locks is hosting its very own dog show. There will also be a fun fair for the kids (and the adults that can't resist), displays through the weekend in the arena, a craft fair and music celebrating popular local bands.

Choose green fields....not creamfields!

Leeds Waterfront Festival - 25 - 26 June

Back for the 9th year - this weekend is jammed-packed full of music and entertainment filling Leeds waterfront with a buzzing atmosphere. 

Leeds Waterfront Festival

Mellor Mill Festival - 24 July

Definitely sitting in the 'alternative' section for festivals, this wonderful day out is for those who enjoy archaeology. This hands-on event will having you digging and exploring in the historical setting at Mellor Mill in Stockport.

Brighouse Canal Festival - 20-21 August

If canal boat rides, live music, a street market with over 70 stalls of locally produced food is your thing, then this festival is for you. Get yourself to Brighouse on the Calder & Hebble for train rides, vintage vehicles and a fun fair.

Stoke Bruerne Village At War - 10-11 September

For a trip back in time to the forties, this tribute event at Stoke Bruerne dominates the village for the weekend. With live music, dancing, 40s fashion parades and military vehicles - it's a great excuse to dress up and join in.

Last date edited: 27 May 2016