All of the activities are focused on bringing people together, from speed-meeting to communal dinners; you're required to participate rather than spectate.The party on the Saturday night includes an erotic element with a playroom and BDSM area, so over 18s only.One of the first festivals to combine a literary and musical lineup, Port Eliot is a charming experience, with talks inside the majestic house, a flower show in the gardens, a wardrobe department to get you in the mood, and Airstream and gypsy caravans to sleep in.Public Service Broadcasting are headlining, while Caught by the River and The Idler provide a diverse lineup of writers and thinkers.It has yet to announce the lineup for its 10th festival but this is one to book for the unique setting and atmosphere as much as the artists.30 May-1 June, Cwmnewidion Isaf, Cnwch Coch, Aberystwyth Weekend ticket £95Set in the foothills of the Cambrian mountains, this is a not-for-profit organisation that puts on an annual sustainable festival, with funds going towards the renovation of the farm on which it is held.The Roundup will be launched tomorrow evening with a live broadcast on 2MIA FM from the venue, the Leeton Jockey Club on Racecourse Road.
At night DJs take over the central bar while mini nightlubs pop up around the rest of the site.
19-20 July, Bath and West showground, Shepton Mallet Weekend ticket £100Orchestival is a groundbreaking venture featuring collaborations between world-class musicians such as Squarepusher and The Unthanks, the Philharmonia and theatre company Kneehigh.
Conductor Charles Hazlewood plans to blur boundaries, defy genres and make symphonic music accessible to all.
Campfire feasts will be overseen by Nathan Outlaw of the Ethicurean team.
6-8 June, Umberslade Estate Weekend ticket £89The Lunar festival is back for its second year in the spiritual home of singer-songwriter Nick Drake.