What? Described as ‘a utopic retreat like no other’ Houghton Festival is back for its second year from the 9th to the 12th August. A celebration of music and art in the Norfolk countryside, Houghton’s eclectic music line-up is curated by Fabric resident Craig Richards who will also be playing his own sets over the weekend. Expect electro, techno, house, disco and everything in between with big names including Horse Meat Disco, Joy Orbison and Ben UFO – and with its 24-hour music licence, spontaneous back-to-back sets and ‘special surprise guests’, it’s set to be one of the most exciting festivals of the year, all located within the idyllic grounds of Houghton Hall in Norfolk.
Adding to the excitement is the amazing food line-up, including a floating restaurant and the El Pastor X Patrón supper clubs on the banks of Houghton Lake which will be serving up their famous tacos, guac, salsa and Patrón tequila cocktails for the perfect accompaniment to the festivities. The festival sold out within minutes, but there are some resale tickets available if you fancy an impromptu weekend getaway, and you can book your spot in advance for the Patron X El Pastor events here.
Where to stay? Congham Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Set in 30 acres of gardens and woodland, this calm, handsome Georgian house has a special feature: its acclaimed herb gardens, containing almost 400 varieties, plus orchards and kitchen garden. To either side is a drawing room and library, and there’s also a slick bar. The airy dining room works both for smart gatherings and relaxed, informal meals. The bedrooms are all impeccable and comfortable, divided between those in the house and those in the garden wing, next to the pampering Secret Garden Spa. The house rooms are cool and classical in style and make lovely havens in which to relax. Doubles from £135.
Found out more in our round-up of the best small & boutique festivals of 2018.