Adorning the scenic Cumbrian landscape for more then a decade, Solfest’s eclectic entertainment assembly is set to return for the August bank holiday weekend.

Rubbing shoulders with the carefree, non-corporate joy of Secret Garden Party and Shambala, the not-for-profit family festival favours merriment and make-believe over ego and advertising, with sideshows ranging from street theatre to a professional kite flying display.

It features a crop of Manchester’s best musical exports from recent years, with The Mouse Outfit, Riot Jazz, Buffalo Brothers, Age of Glass, Red Eye Hi-Fi and Jenna & The Gs all heading north to spend the last weekend of August in the Lake District. Topping the bill is Craig Charles, familiar to many who tread the boards at his monthly Band on the Wall residency.

For those in search of a quieter life, there’ll be yoga, art installations and a healing area, plus a dedicated kids area to wear the nippers out. And the cherry on top is a well-stocked bar with local ales and an enviable platter of food stalls.

Solfest 2016


The festival runs from 26-28 August, 2016.

Tickets are available from £89 via

Tarnside Farm

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