Everybody loves a festival. But let's face it, not all of us are cut out for camping.
So don't let the thought of roughing it for a weekend stop you from enjoying festival season. Book yourself into a nearby hotel and be the cleanest and most well-rested festivalgoer around. Cheating? Possibly. Comfy? Yessir.
Thanks to the rise of city centre festivals such as Parklife, South West Four and Wireless, finding accommodation near your chosen event shouldn't be a problem. And even the most rural of festivals have some kind of civilisation neraby, so there are always hotel or B&B options available. Of course, the less hotels in the area the faster they'll book up, so if you're adamant that nothing but a bed and a hot shower will do, you'll need to act quickly.
Leeds and Reading Festivals take place at the end of August in… you guessed it… Leeds and Reading. Thankfully these are both pretty big cities with loads going on accommodation wise. But you won't be the only one searching for a comfy bed over the weekend of 24th - 26th August, so you'll need to be wiley if you're going to get yourself a room at a reasonable rate. Have a look at our hotels guide to find hotels near Leeds Festival and hotels near Reading Festival, and save dollar by booking online.
Parklife Weekender is a fairly new addition to the festival calendar, but in three short years it's grown into one of the UK's most exciting outdoor events, drawing crowds from all over the UK to Manchester's Platt Fields Park. This year's event takes place over the weekend of June 9th-10th, and will see the likes of The Flaming Lips, Dizzee Rascal, Nero, Noah and the Whale, Justice, Azealia Banks and loads, loads more perform over two days. What's important to note about the Parklife Weekender is that there is no camping on-site, so if you're coming from outside Manchester you'll need somewhere to stay. Thankfully, Manchester has no shortage of beds to suit all budgets, but you'll need to be quick to get the best deal. See all hotels near Parklife here. Oh, and you can buy your ticket for Parklife Weekender here if you haven't already.
The capital is host to no shortage of festivals this summer, with Wireless, SW4, Field Day, Lovebox and Hard Rock Calling just some of the huge outdoor events taking over London's various green spaces. Again, none of these festivals have a camping option so if you're heading to London for one or all of these events, you'll be needing somewhere to stay. Find hotels near Wireless Festival, hotels near SW4, hotels near Field Day and hotels near Hard Rock Calling here. You can also buy tickets for Wireless Festival through Skiddle now.
This is of course just the tip of the festival season iceberg, so for a full list of all UK festivals and nearby accommodation, check out our 2012 Festivals Guide here.
Originally published: 13th Feb 2012