There are plenty of continental European festivals to take one's fancy, yet the English festivals have long featured heavily on our radars. Daresbury in England plays host to the flagship event of Creamfields although there have been many new international editions in recent years. A major dance music festival, this is your chance to see how the British party on their Bank Holiday weekend. And, of course, join in.

Bank on a great weekend

Held on the long Bank Holiday weekend in August, Creamfields spans three days and is heavily dance-focused. More than 80,000 people attend from all-over the globe to see the likes of Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, deadmau5, Paul van Dyk and Alesso amongst many others. If you like raves and clubbing, this one is for you. You've got twelve stages of the stuff to enjoy.

Loud music (very; this is not a festival for quiet camping), lighting, FX towers and fireworks all feature and to give you an indication of the scene it has emerged from, Daresbury is located in-between Manchester and Liverpool. There are hotel and apartment options in nearby towns although camping seems to be the main way to go (amusingly, the official website features the question "what if I can't find my tent?" in its FAQ section).


When is it?

26th August 2016 to 28th August 2016

Tips and tricks

  • Want to go, but want someone to arrange it for you? Ask Student Flights

  • Not surprisingly, this is an 18+ event.

  • Campers are allowed to bring limited quantities of food and drink into the event. No aerosols or glass are allowed at all. See the official website for more information.

  • Planes, trains and automobiles are all options for getting to the event.

  • Suggested items to bring (especially if camping) are sunscreen, toilet rolls, bins bags and lots of bottled water.

  • Identify your tent (maybe with a flag).

  • Pace yourse.f The British can party hard and this is a multi-day festival. Don't be afraid to whip out the old big square, little square, cardboard box.

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