English summer stands for unforgettable music festivals and carnivals

From Glastonbury in Somerset to the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain is home to a whole range of excellent festivals and events throughout the summer.

To help you plan a fab English summer full of live music, cold cider and anxious weather-watching, here are a few tips how to build your holiday around some of these memorable parties.

Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood Forest, English summer

Copyright: Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood Forest

Where to go

Whether Caribbean music or theatrical re-enactments of the Robin Hood story is your thing, you’re sure to find more than one fun place to go to with your family or friends. Check out this year’s biggest and best UK music festivals month by month or top 10 greatest events.

What to wear

Each English summer go-to hotspot has its own style and dress code to consider. You can hit the high street shops to pick your outfits accordingly – with a hint of 70s boho chic or more glitter glam. If you’re more daring and want to join the carnival you’re heading to, then you should take a closer look at some of these premium fancy costumes.

Carnival costumes by Female Costumes, English summer

Copyright: FemaleCostumes.co.uk

Beauty Pirate – £73.63
Black Bunny – £89.55
Black Mermaid – £110.20
Rebel Robin Hood – £73.63
Classic School Girl – £37.62
Cute Hipster Mermaid – £54.87
Disco Dance Chick – £47.02
High Seas Sweetheart – £61.14

Brighton pride, English summer

Copyright: Brighton-Pride.org

Survival tips

To avoid crashing the party before it has even started, check the tips below. I recommend you plan ahead so you can survive the whole day.. and night, full of fun and joy:

  • Sun cream – even if the sun is not blazing hot, you’re spending a whole day outside so you need good UV protection.
  • Top layer – we all know how English summers can be unpredictable. Make sure you have a top layer to throw over your shoulders.
  • Hydrate – drink lots of water before, during and after the event. You’ll be running around feeling hot, therefore hydration is vital.
  • Shades – have a pair of shades and a hat. They’ll protect you from the sun and will help you keep your hydration levels up.
  • Drink responsibly – you will surely enjoy a few drinks, but pace yourself. Don’t forget the water and leave the booze for when the sun goes down.
  • Pair with a friend – even if you’re in a big group of friends, have a buddy to look out for each other. In case if you get lost, there will be someone to raise the alarm, and to keep you out of trouble.
  • Have comfortable shoes – even if you’ve decided to roll in your most glamorous high heels during that street carnival, make sure you’ve got a sensible pair to slip in when your feet get tired.

Which are your favourite festivals and events for the summer? Have you decided what you’re wearing yet? Let me know in the comments section below.



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