This spring and summer, we’ll bring you news of the most fabulous festivals you can get to without flying…first up, head to Devon in June for the GoldCoast Surf and Music festival
The GoldCoast Oceanfest Surf and Music Festival takes place – beachside – in Croyde, North Devon on the 17,18 and 19 June.
Running for the 18th year, it’s a hugely popular event in a beautiful location. Music fans might be interested to know that it’s known for spotting up-and-coming artists: Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Bastille all cut their teeth here.
The GoldCoast Directors are brothers and (mad-keen surfers) Warren and Shaun Latham. The duo puts equal emphasis on laidback music and freewheeling sports, with everything from beach volleyball and ultimate Frisbee to nationally-recognised surfing and surf life-saving competitions at the festival.
On site, against a stunning ocean backdrop, you’ll also find street food vendors, bars, art workshops, adrenalin zones, a craft cider and ale tent, a pop up cocktail bar, circus skills and the Tea & Jam Tent.
A unique festival, it’s big enough to create a great party atmosphere, but it’s not overwhelming – be warned, though; with a capacity of just 10,000, tickets sell fast.
Camping is available across the road at Ruda Park and there are plenty of B&Bs, cottages and hotels in the area (if you prefer glam accommodation to retreat to after the fun, check out Woolacombe Bay Hotel or Saunton Sands).
Headliners this year include DJ Fresh (Friday), Sunset Sons (Saturday) and KT Tunstall (Sunday…but, in spite of the big names, it’s a budget friendly affair: weekend tickets cost from just £55 per adult, £45 per child and a family ticket from £150 (2 adults & 2 children).
Surf’s up, dudes!
How to get to the GoldCoast Surf and Music Festival festival without flying:
By car, come off the M5 Motorway (North and South) at Junction 27. Follow the North Devon Link Road A361 towards Barnstaple. Travel around Barnstaple using the “Downstream Bridge” and keep on the A361 taking a left at the traffic lights in Braunton and proceeding on the B3226 to Croyde via Saunton.
By train, the London Paddington to Penzance service stops at Exeter St. Davids where you can catch the Tarka Line to Barnstaple.
From Barnstaple train and bus stations, the B1 surf bus goes to Croyde and stops travels outside the festival site – and you can take your surfboard or bike at no extra cost.
For more information visit: www.GoldcoastOceanfest.co.uk
Words: Johanna Payton for Feet on the Ground
Images: GoldCoast festival