Beautiful Days is a music festival in Devon, UK which has been running since 2003. The festival is organised by Devonshire band The Levellers, the festival takes its name from the bands song, "Beautiful Day".
This festival is organised by the renowned enviro-loving band The Levellers who, as well as being the organisers of this festival, perform every year as well. There's no corporate sponsorship or advertising. It's organic, it's Devonshire, and its family friendly.
2012 line-up, rumours, news and our predictions
Headliners for Beautiful Days include Frank Turner, Bellowhead, Toots & The Maytals, Alabama 3 and many more.
To view the full line-up, click here.
2011 line-up and past line-up highlights
The 2011 line-up featured Big Audio Dynamite, Gogol Bordello, I Am Kloot, Carter USM, Flogging Molly, The Low Anthem, Oysterband and Roddly Woomble. For full details of the lineup click here
Past lineup details can be found here
The festival is comnpletely devoid of any sort of sponsorship and is partly run by the Levellers, a band who many see to be the voice of a generation of hippie travellers. So expect a hippie vibe in the most traditional sense, with friendliness and eco care.
Music Stages and Other Entertainment
There's the guaranteed Main Stage, and then depending on which year you go there could be any of the Big Top, Little Big Top, Dirty Davie's Bandstand, the Dance Tent and the Welfare Tent.
Beautiful days also offers a wide range of traders selling a variety of goods from hand-crafted jewellery to fairy wings! For your everyday items there is also the Talaton Village Shop - which is conveniently situated on site!
On Site Information
Food: There is a huge range of food at the Beautiful Days Festival. As you would expect from a festival set up by The Levellers, there will be vegetarian and vegan stalls as well as the usual food stalls.
Bringing Your Own Alcohol: The festival allows revellers to bring in enough alcohol for personal consumption.
Buying Alcohol: Four on site bars are run by the local Otter Brewery and aims to have pub style drinks and pricing. The names of the bars are: Hope Tavern, Fiddlers Arms, Over The Top Bar and Dirty Davey's.
Medical Assistance: There are medics on site. The medical tent is located between the Big Top Stage and the Children’s Area.
Festival Food and Drink
Beautiful Days has a diverse range of food outlets to satisfy everyone! There is plenty of choice to cater for meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans and all at reasonable prices.
Camping and Other Accommodation
There is usually a designated Family Friendly Campsite - in 2011 it was the Redwoods Camping Field. That is the first camping field on your right as you come over the bridge out of the arenas. As Beautiful Days is family friendly all-round; There are many activities for children run by the Majical Youth Theatre, including crafts, theatre, dressing-up, circus, rides, story-telling, workshops, comedy, and face painting as well as many others.
There will be no vehicles allowed on the campsites before, during or after the festival, except for disabled patrons. The car park is approximately a 10 minute walk from the festival arenas and there are people assisting with transporting equipment.
People wishing to be involved in the Beautiful Days festival that have mobility issues and suffer a disability now have a flat area next to the Big top. This area has disabled toilets and showers, and there are also viewing platforms in the main arena and big top. You are required to inform the festival in advance whether you are staying in a tent or campervan (no caravans allowed due to space unfortunately). Passes for the viewing platforms are also to be ordered before arrival.
If you would rather stay in the comfort of a hotel there are a few nearby:
The Tumbling Weir Hotel, Canaan Way,Ottery St. Mary,Devon, Ottery St Mary (nr Exeter), EX11 1AQ Tel: 01404 812752
Sid Valley Country House Hotel, Sidbury, SIDMOUTH, EX10 0QJ Tel: (01395) 597587 (This one has a pool)
Newcourt Barton, Langford, Cullompton, EX15 1SE Tel: 01884 277326
Location and Travel
By Plane? Exeter International Airport is situated off the A30, approximately 9 miles away from Escot Park. Unfortunately, there is no bus service from the airport to the festival, but a taxi from the airport will only take about 10-15 minutes. Exeter International Airport has flights to/from many places including Liverpool, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
By Bus? Stagecoach provided a Bus Service to the festival site from Exeter St. Davids Station on Thursday and Friday this year (in 2011). There were then buses returning to Exeter on the Monday morning. Unfortunately, no buses ran on Saturday or Sunday. Tickets cannot be booked in advance, just purchase a ticket when you get on the bus – the buses are marked for BEAUTIFUL DAYS. Extra buses will run as required. Adult single tickets are £5.00, Under 16's single ticket £3.00 and Under 5's are free. A Family Explorer (maximum of two adults and three children) is £13.
By Train? Call the 24hr National Rail Enquiries Line on 08457 48 49 50 for rail information and booking. The closest train station to Escot is Feniton. Beautiful Days runs a free shuttle bus from Feniton station on the Thursday and Friday.
By Car? Escot Park is just off the A30, in between Exeter and Honiton. Exit the A30 at Daisymount (eastbound) and at Iron Bridge (westbound). Follow AA signs for the Blue Route to get to the festival site. Buy your routing sticker (car routing/parking pass or campervan pass) in advance and it will make your festival entry much easier and it will help Beautiful Days to guide you on to the site and get parked. There is plenty of on-site parking. Being dropped off? Follow signs for the red route. Please note: Beautiful Days cannot accommodate caravans.
Contacts & Tickets
- Adult Weekend Camping Ticket £120
- 10 to Under 16's Weekend Camping ticket £60
- 5 to Under 10's Weekend Camping ticket £30
- Under 5's Weekend Camping Ticket £5
- Car routing/parking ticket £15.00
- Campervan £40.00
UPDATE: 05/06/12 All tickets have sold out.
Volunteer and job positions
For more information click here