Posted by: Amber Smithwick
Hello festival season, welcome back!




  1. 1.

a day or period of celebration, typically for religious reasons.

"traditional Jewish festivals"


fete, fair, gala day, gala, carnival, fiesta, jamboree, pageant; More

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an organized series of concerts, plays, or films, typically one held annually in the same place.

"a major international festival of song"


It’s that time of year again, dust off your wellies and get the glitter ready – festival season has arrived.


Over the summer period there are hundreds and thousands of festivals across the country, celebrating; food, drink, music, religion, sport, fashion, film and much more.



When we think of British festivals, we initially think of the fantastic music and muddy fields of Glastonbury Festival. Each year approximately 175, 000 people gather in Pilton, Somerset in celebration of this wonderful festival. Glastonbury is a celebration of contemporary performing arts; music, art, culture, dance, theatre, circus and more. The city of tents will take months of preparation and planning and will take weeks to perfect production and set up.


In Bristol, we’re lucky enough to have many festivals running throughout the summer in our city. Some local favourites being;



Harbourside Festival – ‘The festival is free for all and brings over 250,000 people together each summer to celebrate our rich maritime history and enjoy some of the city’s best music and entertainment.’



Bristol Balloon Fiesta – ‘The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe. The Fiesta truly is a sight that can only be seen in Bristol.’



Bristol Food Connections‘It’s a week when food takes over the city, and we shine a light on all the great people, businesses and organisations that make Bristol’s food culture so uniquely independent and creative – celebrating every aspect of the journey of food – from field to fork.’


Many people have been inspired by the world’s festival community and have started to develop their own, in their own fields and gardens, showcasing their own style, art, food and music.


Fancy planning your own festival. Where do you start?


Location; Find the perfect location, if you live in a rural area with plenty of fields and greenery, ask your neighbours. It’s great to get your community involved.


Tents/Marquees; Find a yurt, tent or marquee hire company close to you, you’ll save a bit of money on delivery and they will usually help you get in touch with other suppliers such a posh or portaloo hire and catering.


Decoration; This is where we come in. Contact us for a quote on furniture, we have endless designs suitable for festivals including accessories too.


Our picks


- Our Large Wicker Hanging Chair; Wicker hanging seat. Black powder coated frame, cream cushions perfect for a festival chill out area.


Photography by: Plain Jane Events


- Alternatively, add some theatre with The Hammock Hub, Our amazing, self-supporting Hammock Hub is the perfect talking point for any event. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, the hammock system comes with 3 individual hammock pods for the ultimate in relaxation. Branding opportunities are available.



  • The Woodstock Collection, one of our most popular ranges. Beautifully reclaimed railway styled furniture with steel frames, handmade for us at Furniture On The Move. This collection includes, drinks tables, dining tables, stools and benches.


Food; Get in touch with several caterers and book a few that stand out. You’ll want to hire some that serve different cuisines or dishes so there’s some variety.


Music; Contact bands or DJs you love, you may evet have some friends that would like to play for you. Make sure that every act you have is suitable to your audience and stage times for example, you may want to book the bands for earlier on in the day and the DJs on late or in the early hours.


You’re now all set, it’s time to be creative and organise your own Festival!


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