Hammock Friendly Festivals
Festivals can be frenetic, exciting and somewhat tiring events. This year why not ease your festival going experience by taking a hammock along? Many festival sites are surrounded by trees and some have designated hammock areas.Our researchhas highlighted the following festivals as being particularly hammock friendly.
A Lost Weekend takes place on the banks of the Rutland River in parkland dotted with trees for hammocks to hang. While lazing in your hammock you can gaze upon England's largest reservoir (that’s if it hasn’t dried up!). A Lost Weekend is in its first year and is for over 18s only. Toploader and The Hosiers are some of the head liners.
Rhythmtree is surrounded by trees that are perfect for hammock hanging! This world music festival has 60 acts across three stages with a variety of afro-beat, Cajun drumming, blues and folk music. Rhythm Tree is an independent festival that has been going for three years. It started off as a didgeridoo festival but has grown into a world music festival. The Didge Café is one of the festivals most popular festivals and pays homage to Rhythmtrees' roots.
The Magic Loungeabout has a whole forested area plus trees scattered around the site, perfect for hammock hanging. Unwinding is an important part of the festival, so it's not unusual to see a people elongated on their hammocks. The festival caters to music lovers, families, campers and glampers. Besides it's growing music line-up including the Charlatans there is also a fringe theatre, a curious cinema, local food stalls and magic spa.
Latitude doesn't have an official policy on hammocks but festival goers are more than welcome to bring their own hammock and portable hammock stand. Latitude always has an impressive billing and this year is no different with the likes of Bon Iver, Elbow, Paul Weller and Lana Del Ray. Said to be more similar to continental European festivals, Latitude comprises elements of theatre, art, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics, dance and literature.
WOMAD has a hammock stall, with hammocks for chilling. There are trees on the festival site so depending on whether or not you get the good spots first you can hang your own hammock up for a mid afternoon snooze. You’re best bet is get there early! WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) brings together many forms of music, arts and dance from countries and cultures around the world. Said to be the home of the ‘best music you never heard’ this year’s line-up includes Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and the Buena Vista Social Club.
Wilderness is a “celebration of the arts and outdoors in the wilds of England”. It is set in Cornbury Park which is an 800-year old deer park surrounded by 1,700 acres of forest, so there is no shortage of beautiful spots to hang your hammock. Besides watching great acts like Rodrigo Y Gabriella, Wilco and Stornoway you can also enjoy Yotam Ottolenghi’s banquet eating. There is also a spa, wild swimming, foraging and hot tubs
Alchemy is set in a large park that has a great many hammock hanging points. Described as ‘a festival for festival people, very grass roots and old school’, Alchemy's ethos is to try be as green as possible and to support fair trade.