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Go by train to some of Britain’s best music festivals this summer

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It’s festival season and we're gearing up for another summer of music magic as nothing beats being there. 

With an unforgettable line-up of events planned across the country this festival season, from Green Man in Wales to Parklife in Manchester and Camp Bestival for the baby ravers in both Shropshire and Dorset, all that’s left to do is plan your journey there.  

If you’re heading to Glastonbury this year you can find out more about travelling to Glastonbury Festival by train.

Travelling by train is not only the greener choice but a more cost effective one, too. Check out our top tips for making savings on your carbon footprint, and your wallet, this summer.

Don’t forget your Railcard

Over 20 million people in Great Britain can save 1/3 off most rail fares with one of our Railcards(external link, opens in a new tab). At just £30 for one year (or £20 for a Disabled Person’s Railcard(external link, opens in a new tab)), the cost will be made back in just 1 or 2 trips, leaving a whole year of chart-topping trips to be planned. Download your Railcard straight to your phone and start saving – it couldn't be easier! 

Book in Advance 

Relax in the knowledge that you are making big savings when you book your train ticket in advance. Ideal for longer journeys, over half a million Advance tickets for less than £10 are released weekly across Britain, usually available up to 12 weeks before your travel date. Couple this with your Railcard (external link, opens in a new tab)and you can get a further 1/3 off the cost of your festival journey. 

Travelling with friends? Enjoy the journey for less with GroupSave

Soak up the energy and excitement with friends and travel in a group. Groups of 3 to 9 people can save up to 1/3 off their total train fare when booking and travelling together. Enjoy the journey with friends and make it one to remember! Visit GroupSave to check participating train companies and terms and conditions.

Great British Festivals 2024

London: Mighty Hoopla, 1 to 2 June

The UK’s ‘most fabulous extravaganza’, Mighty Hoopla(external link, opens in a new tab) continues its reign as Britain’s top pop festival at Brockwell Park this summer, with Nelly Furtado, Jessie Ware, En Vogue and Real Housewives icon, Countess Luann, all set to perform over 2 days in the capital. 

Mighty Hoopla celebrates diversity in all its forms with freedom and self-expression at its heart. If you’re looking for fun, fashion and fab pop hits, you won’t want to miss it. 

Nearest station: Brixton

Manchester: Parklife, 8 to 9 June 

Parklife(external link, opens in a new tab) returns to Heaton Park in the heart of Manchester, where a stellar line up of acts including Doja Cat, Kaytranada, Peggy Gou, Sugababes and many more will perform in front of an 80,000 plus crowd. The Parklife Shuttle bus will run continuously during the day, departing from the corner of Aytoun Street and Minshull Street (M1 2DD), near Piccadilly train station – dropping you right outside the festival. A dynamic and memorable experience for music lovers awaits! 

Nearest Station: Manchester Piccadilly 

Birmingham: Birmingham Mela, 13 to 14 July 

Europe’s biggest South Asian music festival, Birmingham Mela(external link, opens in a new tab) returns to Victoria Park, Smethwick this July.  Music, dance, food, arts and crafts and lots more will bring the sights, sounds and spicy aromas of South Asia to Smethwick this summer – a joyful event that you won’t want to miss. 

The festival is a 10-minute walk from the station. 

Nearest Station: Smethwick Rolfe Street 

Newcastle: Mouth of the Tyne, 11 to 14 July 

A vibrant celebration of the north east’s heritage and artistic talent, Mouth of the Tyne once again takes place in Newcastle this July with Ocean Colour Scene, Rick Astley, Andrew Cushin, Heather Small and many more performing over 4 days at Tynemouth Priory and Castle. Expect stunning views out to sea, delicious street food, great local music and street entertainment. 

Tynemouth Metro station is about 20 minutes’ walk from the festival. 

Nearest station: Tynemouth Metro (connect from Newcastle)

Glasgow: TRNSMT, 12 to 14 July 

Scotland always delivers the atmosphere and TRNSMT Festival(external link, opens in a new tab), taking place in Glasgow Green in the city’s centre this July will be no exception. 4 stages across the site’s 50-plus acres will showcase the best of established and new and up and coming acts from the British and international music scenes, with Liam Gallagher, Gerry Cinnamon and Calvin Harris all headlining the main stage across 3 days. 50 local food traders and multiple bars will keep you fed and watered, while the festival’s resident funfair will keep thrill seekers entertained between the music.

The festival is within a 15-minute walk of Glasgow's stations.

Nearest stations: Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street, High Street Glasgow, Glasgow Argyle Street, Glasgow Bridgeton

Suffolk: Latitude, 25 to 28 July 

Renowned for bringing together multiple art forms in a picturesque setting, Suffolk’s Latitude Festival(external link, opens in a new tab) once again presents a stellar programme of events and activities for all ages and persuasions, spanning music, comedy, theatre and dance, wellness, food, live podcasts, and much more. Top hits include Latitude’s The Guest Chef, where well-known names prepare lunch and dinner service for 300 diners – Emma Frued, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Richard Curtis all took a turn at the menu in 2023. The festival also boasts an award-winning family programme, covering activities for children and parents across 4 exciting areas. On the music front, the festival presents Duran Duran, Kasabian, Keane and London Grammar as headliners for 2024. 

Nearest station: Halesworth 

Dorset and Shropshire: Camp Bestival

Dorset 25 to 28 July, Shropshire 15 to 18 August 

If you have little ones in tow, it doesn’t get much better than Camp Bestival(external link, opens in a new tab), with both Dorset and Shropshire festivals this year proving a top choice for family fun. Designed by families for families, Camp Bestival brings together the fun of family-friendly camping with everything you would expect from a traditional festival and then some. Top acts like Paloma Faith, McFly, Faithless, Pete Tong and many more will be providing the music, and an endless choice of activities including arts and crafts areas, soft play, silent discos, wall climbing and even a baby den for the very little festival attendees will keep the kids rockin’. Magical memories and mischief await! 

Nearest stations for Dorset: Wareham Dorset and Wool 

Nearest stations for Shropshire: Telford Central, Wolverhampton, Stafford 

Newquay: Boardmasters, 7 to 12 August 

If surf, sea and sounds is what you’re after, you won’t want to miss Boardmasters(external link, opens in a new tab) in Newquay this August. Inspired by the freedom, adventure and creativity of surfing and music, Boardmasters’ 5-day event, located across 2 of Cornwall’s most stunning beaches will keep you both active and grooving to incredible live music, featuring headliners Stormzy, Sam Fender and Chase & Status. Expect surf lessons, yoga sessions, spoken word and all-round good vibes. 

Get dropped right at the entrance by hopping on a Boardmasters shuttle bus, available approximately every 15 minutes from Newquay station from Wednesday 7 August. 

Check with your train company before taking your surfboard on the train. Visit our Luggage page for more information on what you can take on board. 

Nearest Station: Newquay 

Wales: Green Man, 15 to 18 August 

Experience the beauty of Wales in the wonderful and eclectic surroundings of Green Man(external link, opens in a new tab) festival this August.  The festival boasts a wide range of activities and attractions across 10 areas, including music, comedy, literature, art and science and much more, attracting a diverse audience of music lovers and creatives from across the globe. Big Thief, Sampha, Jon Hopkins and Sleaford Mods headline the festival this year. 

Free shuttle buses will run to and from the festival to the train station. 

Nearest station: Abergavenny 

Reading: Reading Festival, 21 to 25 August 

One of Britain’s longest running music festivals, Reading Festival(external link, opens in a new tab) lives up to its reputation as one of Britain’s most iconic music festivals this year with Blink-182, Fred Again, Lana Del Ray and Liam Gallagher all set to headline the main stage. Whether planning to camp or opting for a day ticket, Reading’s rich history makes this festival a must-see for music fans. 

Reading train station is a 15- to 20-minute walk from the festival site. 

Nearest station: Reading 

Cheshire: Creamfields, 22 to 25 August 

Creamfields(external link, opens in a new tab) returns to Daresbury, Cheshire this August. Since 1998, Creamfields has grown to become one of the world’s biggest electronic music festivals, renowned for its unbeatable line ups and groundbreaking staging and production. An immersive experience for dance music fans awaits with multiple indoor and outdoor stages featuring top acts from around the world including Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Michael Bibi, Bicep and many more. 

The festival will have shuttle buses running to and from the train stations throughout the weekend. 

Nearest stations: Runcorn, Warrington Central, Warrington Bank Quay, Liverpool Lime Street

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