From dance floor fillers to pop megastars: July festivals you can reach by train

As summer gets into full swing, it’s time to step out and enjoy the world’s biggest acts. Get a gang together and check out these top festivals you can reach easily by train while relaxing and charging your mobile devices. Remember, you can get 1/3 off train tickets with GroupSave, visit

British Summer Time

Hyde Park, London
12–14 July
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is a 10-day event, with six days of ticketed gigs and four days of free midweek community-focussed activities. Now in its seventh year, British Summer Time is a super event that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Barbara Streisand will be the main act performing on 7 July, with Bryan Ferry and Kris Kristofferson taking up the rear. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for A Star is Born encore between Streisand and Kristofferson!

On 13 July, festival stalwart Florence + Machine joins gravelly-voiced American rockers The National as headliners. Support acts include Lykke Li and Texan trio Khruangbin.

Take a GWR train to London Paddington station. Hyde Park is a short walk from the station.


Charlton Park, Wiltshire
25–28th July
This famous world music festival has been around for 37 years. First set up by rock super star Peter Gabriel, Womad now runs over 150 festivals around the world.

A hidden gem among the British festival scene, Womad has attracted great acts over the years, including De La Soul George Clinton and Django Django.

This year, Ziggy Marley, the eldest son of reggae star Bob Marley, will join Macy Gray, Anna Calvi and Orbital as headliners of this three-day event.

Take a GWR train to Chippenham station. The festival will run a shuttle bus to and from the festival, Thursday 25 July – Monday 29 July.

Truck Festival

Hill Farm, Oxfordshire
26–29th July
One of the longest-running events on the festival circuit, Truck Festival was first held in 1998, with the main stage constructed out of three flatbed trucks.

It’s come a long way since then and is now known as a kind of bijou Glastonbury. An indie music fan’s dream, Truck Festival has previously hosted big names, such as George Ezra, The Lemonheads and Manic Street Preachers.

This year, headliners include Wolf Alice, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and Slaves, with Johnny Marr, Public Service Broadcasting and Lewis Capaldi also taking up prominent spots on the bill.

Take a GWR train to Didcot Parkway station. There are connecting buses or taxis direct to the site.