Fantastic Festivals in The Malverns & Beyond

If you enjoy live music and entertainment, The Malverns is THE place to be this summer! With a wide array of music festivals appealing to lovers of jazz, blues, dance, and more, there’s something for all. Check out our line up of the top festivals in the magical Malverns this year…

Jazz it Up

As Upton-upon-Severn’s original festival, jazz lovers from near and far gather in this picturesque riverside town to listen to some of the genre’s top bands and artists today. Held from 25th-26th June 2022, all proceeds will go to Upton Jazz Association – encouraging local and talented young people to explore jazz music and develop their performance skills. This year’s programme features the Hot Club du Nord, T J Johnson Quartet, Martin Litton’s Red Hot Peppers, Harlem Jazz Orchestra, and so much more. Get your tickets here.

Dance for Days

Set in stunning Herefordshire countryside at Eastnor Castle Deer Park from 30th June – 3rd July 2022, El Dorado is an intimate and enchanting boutique music festival brought to you by the people behind the famous Cirque Du Soul. With a fantastic line-up spanning across multiple dance genres, you can party along to all your favourite house, disco, drum and bass, jungle, and dubstep tunes. You won’t want to miss it with some amazing acts, including Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, Wilkinson, Hybrid Minds, and Skream! Get your tickets here.

Banish those Blues

After two years of no festival due to the ongoing effects of the global pandemic, Upton Blues Festival is back from the 15th-17th July 2022 to celebrate its 20th anniversary – promising to be bigger and better than ever before! Thousands upon thousands of music fans flock to Upton-upon-Severn each year to jam out at the two main stages, an acoustic stage and thirteen pub venues. This year’s line up includes The Folly Brothers, Kara Grainger, Mumbo Jumbo, Northsyde, and The Big Ginge Blues Band. Get your tickets here.

To the Lakes

The picturesque grounds at Eastnor Castle Deer Park will once again be hosting one of Worcestershire’s most exciting music festivals from 11th-14th August 2022. LakeFest is a fun, family-friendly festival with oodles of great music, entertainment, family activities, fairground rides and creativity, welcoming visitors from near and afar to this stunning corner of rural Herefordshire. This year’s programme includes the superb Manic Street Preachers, Supergrass, Leftfield, UB40, and more. Get your tickets here.

Let the Sun Shine

Head to Upton-upon-Severn from 26th-29th August 2022 for a feel-good family weekend jam-packed full of good music and great company at The Sunshine Festival. Dozens of top acts will grace the 5 stages across 3 days, including some stellar local talent, catering to all ages and music tastes. This year will see the likes of The Human League, Level 42, Squeeze, Dr Hook, The Wurzels, Showaddywaddy, The Blow Monkeys and many more. Get your tickets here.

Our Music Festival Survival Kit

What should you include in your festival pack to stay comfortable for the day? We have created a top ten list of items to include in your backpack to help you get through the summer festival season…

  • Wellies – because a downpour is never far away in England!
  • Foldable rain mac – see above
  • Head torch – to find your way back to the car late at night
  • Folding chairs – for when you need to sit back and relax
  • Sun protection – to stay safe in the hot sun
  • Water bottle – to stay hydrated and avoid the queues
  • Sunglasses – to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays
  • Hat – to stop your head from getting burnt
  • Portable charger – to keep your phone juiced up
  • Snacks – in case you get a bit peckish in between acts

Summer Staycations at Swallowfields

Our luxury glamping retreat is situated at the foot of the magical Malvern Hills in the spectacular South Worcestershire countryside. We are filling up fast for the summer season – however, we do have some limited availability to coincide with the above festivals:

  • Banish those blues at Meadowsweet from Friday 15th – Monday 18th July
  • Head to the lakes at Meadowsweet from Friday 12th – Monday 15th August

Click here to book your break in the magical Malvern Hills today!


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