Many families are looking to stay in the UK this summer and Valley Fest, the best-tasting music festival in the South West, is proving a popular choice. Government restrictions permitting, the event will take place between 30 July and 1 August. Headliners of the family-friendly food and music festival near Bristol include Texas, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Deacon Blue.

The weekend also showcases the region’s finest produce: from charcuterie to cheddars and ciders to sausages, with plenty of Somerset style and sizzle. And the consistently biggest crowd-pleaser of all: the view. Edged by the rolling Mendip hills, Chew Valley Lake provides the sparkling backdrop.

Live acts

Now in its sixth year, Valley Fest’s line up has always included some big names as well as plenty of rising stars. For 2021, My BABY, The Allergies, The Blockheads, The Snuts, Toploader, The Cuban Brothers, Beans on Toast and Oh My God! It’s the Church are on the bill. See the full line up here.

Mother and baby at Valley Fest

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The best-tasting music festival

There is much food for thought and much thoughtful food on offer at Valley Fest. You can join in with BBQs, feasts, street food, chef demonstrations and panel discussions.

Cooking demonstrations

Over the weekend you can see Great British Bake Off stars Chetna Makan and Briony May Williams; Rob Howell from Root Bristol; chef and author, Olia Hercules named Observer Food Monthly’s Rising Star of 2015.

Additionally, Tom Hunt, author of Eating for Pleasure, People & Planet, is on the bill along with TV’s Andy Clarke who will be highlighting some stunning ethical drinks producers. Not forgetting ‘Queen of the Bean’ food writer and chef, Jenny Chandler, who will be showing how kids can make easy dishes at home.

Four plates of food at Valley Fest

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New for this year: a live-fire stage! Showcasing the best ingredients from Wales and the South West, with plenty of laughs and delicious tasters to boot. The line-up includes Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn from Hang Fire Southern Kitchen and chef Henry Eldon of The Cauldron Restaurant. Plus, eco-chef and UN World Food Programme Ambassador, Arthur Potts Dawson teaches us how to make the most of our summer vegetables.


The region’s culinary heroes and heroines will be cooking up a storm day and night in our spectacular dining marquee. Owner of the Michelin-starred Pony and Trap, Josh Eggleton, together with Rob Howell, Head Chef of Root, a Bib Gourmand award winner, will be at the helm. A very special Sunday lunch feast, with every ingredient on the plate sourced from within the Chew Valley is not to be missed!

Back by popular demand, chefs of Bristol and the Chew Valley will be whipping up a big Sunday lunch BBQ. Cooked over fire-bowls and combine-harvester BBQs(!), you’ll be eating some of the highest quality meat in the South West as well as plenty of alternatives for vegetarians. Plus, there’ll be more street food than you can shake a stick at – something to tickle everyone’s taste buds and suit every budget.

People at a Valley Fest feast

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Lazy lakeside lushness

Valley Fest takes place in one large meadow making it perfect for first-time festival goers and families of all ages. People often remark how easy it is to get around – no long hikes across fields or hours of losing your friends. In fact, part of Valley Fest’s appeal is the lazy lakeside vibe. Not only that, you can drop in on poetry, storytelling and comedy sessions.

Group of friends at Valley Fest next to Chew Valley Lake

Image credit - Louis Smith

An ethical eco party

The festival is held on an organic farm so looking after the land is part of its DNA. Whether that’s through talks on soil health, wildlife-friendly gardening, farm tours or via panel discussions on regenerative farming, there is a host of fascinating and progressive topics to choose from.

View over Valley Fest and Chew Valley Lake

Image credit - Ania Shrimpton 

Fancy dress Sunday

Singlets, splendid jackets and striped trousers at the ready! Flash: A Tribute to Queen will play on Sunday and have inspired our theme. As is customary, there will be prizes for the best dressed Queen-inspired outfits.

Expect treats, beats and plenty to eat with hedge-to-hedge Somerset sparkle and a spectacular soundtrack across the weekend. Adult weekend tickets are £175 (plus booking fee). Should the event not go ahead, ticket holders will be offered a rollover to 2022 or refunded.

Visit the Valley Fest website to book tickets and keep up with all the festival’s latest news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

This content was kindly sponsored by Valley Fest.

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