Where? Hay on Wye, Hereford
What? This five-day festival of philosophy and music will explore the theme of Darkness, Authority and Dreams. ‘In these dark and turbulent times, we face many dangers, threats and unknowns. What beliefs and authorities have led us here? What dreams and visions for the future might enable us to create a better world?’ English electronic music group The Orb will headline the main stage, with The Correspondents also gracing the line-up.
Where to stay? Bodysgallen Hall, Llandudno, Conwy. Bodysgallen Hall is a dignified, gentle paced island of calm, close to Llandudno’s famous promenade and beaches. Climb its tower, built as a lookout for Conwy Castle – the medieval core of the fine 17th-century mansion – and you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view. The house has enormous character, with 15 antiques-filled bedrooms and 16 postcard-pretty cottages scattered around the estate’s 200 acres of wooded parkland. The former farmhouse now houses the spa with a large indoor pool, steam room, sauna and solarium. Doubles from £185.
Found out more in our round-up of the best small & boutique festivals of 2018.