We’re all familiar with the mainstream music festivals, but summer brings an array of weird but wonderful celebrations that are definitely worth checking out. I’ve asked the Go Ape team for their favourites and we’ve narrowed it down to our favourite five!
So pack your sunglasses (and wellies!) and get on down to…
1. Geckgo, North Wales
A beautiful mix of extreme sports and live music, Geckgo allows you to try out skateboarding, rock climbing or, for the absolute adrenaline rush, skydiving-all whilst enjoying the beautiful North Wales landscape. If you would rather be an observer than a participant, there are martial arts demonstrations and competitions allowing you to experience the action from the beer tent.
2. Holi Festival of Colours, London
Inspired by the traditional Hindu Holi Spring Festival celebrating goodness over evil, the Festival Of Colours was born in Berlin in 2012 and now spreads it’s love across 4 European cities every summer.
The organisers encourage attendees to wear white to make the colours even more vibrant, then every hour the partygoers are given a countdown before shaking their bags of powder paint in the air, creating a sea of technicolor hues.
Dancing amongst dazzling clouds of rainbow coloured powder on a summer day is an uplifting experience, bringing people together no matter what their background.
3. Mudfest Airfield Anarchy, Nottinghamshire
Not for the faint hearted amongst you! This is a 2 day event which sees 5,000 participants taking on up to 100 obstacles across miles of unforgiving terrain depending on which package you go for.
Those taking part will need to climb scramble nets, tackle rope swings, wade through mud pits, tackle water obstacles, crawl through tunnel systems and clamber over hay bale towers but, hey, it’s all in the name of charity folks!
For the spectators amongst you there are some great bands lined up, and an Urban Attack sprint course to watch.
4. Wilderness, Oxfordshire
For those wanting a more chilled summer experience, with perhaps some new skill learning opportunities thrown in, Wilderness is for you.
There is definitely a feeling of ‘discovery’ at Wilderness, whether you have always fancied trying out tightrope walking, perfume making, ukulele strumming or learning how to Tango.
And if you want to get away from the hub of activity, you can check out the activities on offer such as fly-fishing, horse riding or archery. Take a break from it all with yoga and meditation classes and wellbeing sanctuaries. Food and drink-wise, there are long table banquets offering a feast of world-class cuisines. Plus you can wash it all down over at the Champagne Orangery or the ethnically aware Coffee Camper before you check out the Talks and Debates tent.
One not to miss! Check out the Explorer Camp with journalists, film makers and the crazy adventurers of the world sharing their stories and anecdotes.
5. Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire
With a different theme every year, no two Secret Garden Parties will ever be the same, and 2015 sees ‘Childish Things’ come into swing.
What makes this festival stand out from the others is the sheer imagination put into the various events taking place all around the site.
The main stage, aptly named ‘where the wild things are’ is a visual feast of entwined tree trunks and branches lit for dramatic effect. There is a lake, which you can sail a boat across to reach the other side of the festival, no doubt to embark on your next sensory adventure!
With a great emphasis on discovery and eccentricity you could come across hidden stages, a pig race, or a ninja-training ring. With 99% of festival-goers choosing outrageous fancy dress, there’s even more the reason to let go of your inhibitions and embrace the craziness!