While tickets for major summer events and festivals can set you back you hundreds of pounds, there are a host of free alternatives out there.
Here’s our round-up of 20 free summer events and festivals across the UK.
City of London Festival
What: Music and arts against the backdrop of some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks and open spaces.
When: 22nd June-10th July
Where: Venues across London
More info: City of London Festival website
Notting Hill Carnival
What: One of the world’s most famous free carnivals takes over the streets of west London.
When: 30th-31st August
Where: Notting Hill
More info: Notting Hill Carnival website
More London Free Film Festival
What: Free outdoor film screenings including Ghostbusters, Selma and Still Alice.
When: 2nd-24th September
Where: The Scoop amphitheatre on the South Bank
More info: More London website
What: Ten days of theatre, art, film, music and talks to celebrate culture and heritage in Portsmouth.
When: 19th-28th June
Where: Various locations in Portsmouth
More info: Portsmouth Festivities website
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
What: Over 100 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes take to the skies along with evening firework displays.
When: 6th-9th August
Where: Ashton Court, Bristol
More info: Bristol Balloon Fiesta website
What: The oldest carnival in the UK celebrates its 127th anniversary. Highlights include an illuminated carnival procession and regatta.
When: 26th, 27th August and 5th September
Where: Ryde, Isle of Wight
More info: Ryde Carnival website
Godiva Music Festival
What: Live music including The Wombats and Embrace as well as local bands, plus stand-up comedy acts and family field with entertainment for all ages.
When: 3rd-5th July
Where: War Memorial Park, Coventry
More info: Godiva Festival website
Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival
What: Two-day free festival featuring live performances and workshops as well as illuminated boat parade and fireworks display on the River Avon.
When: 4th-5th July
More info: Stratforward website
Nottingham Riverside Festival
What: Nottingham’s largest outdoor festival with live music, street theatre, dragon boat racing and fireworks on the banks of the River Trent.
When: 31st July-2nd August
Where: Victoria Embankment, Nottingham
More info: Nottingham City Council website
Worcester Music Festival
What: Live music from hundreds of up and coming bands and artists as well as workshops led by the musicians and artists who perform.
When: 18th-20th September
Where: Various venues across Worcester
More info: Worcester Music Festival website
What: Series of events throughout the summer. Free events include the International Food and Drink Festival, Classic Car and Boat Rally and Cardiff Carnival.
When: 21st June-6th September
Where: Cardiff Bay
More info: Cardiff Festival website
The Big Cheese Festival
What: Entertainment, fireworks and the ‘Great Cheese Race’, all in celebration of Caerphilly’s history.
When: 24th-26th July
More info: Caerphilly Council website
What: Music and entertainment in the shadow of the Black Mountains.
When: 29th-30th August
More info: Talgarth Festival website
Brass: Durham International Festival
What: Live brass music and family events.
When: 16th-19th July
Where: Various venues in Durham
More info: Brass Festival website
SIRF 13 (Stockton International Riverside Festival)
What: One of the largest free arts festivals. Four days of street theatre, circus, dance and music.
When: 30th July-2nd August
Where: Various venues around Stockton-on-Tees
More info: SIRF website
Liverpool International Music Festival
What: Live music including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Shaggy, Lemar and The Hoosiers.
When: 27st-31st August
Where: Sefton Park, Liverpool
More info: LIM Festival website
What: Blues music festival with over 90 live performances, featuring over 70 acts.
When: 3rd-5th July
Where: 20+ locations across Dundee
More info: Almost Blue Facebook page
Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival
What: A free companion to the main Edinburgh Festival including comedy, theatre and cabaret events. Events take place in nightclubs, caves, bars and buses.
When: 7th-31st August
Where: Various locations around Edinburgh
More info: Edinburgh Festival website
Lidl Titanic Maritime Festival
What: Watch tall ship parades and races over four days along with talks, tours, fireworks and street theatre.
When: 2nd-5th July
More info: Tallships Belfast website
Red Sails Festival
What: Live music, theatre, magic, dance events, drum workshops and a childrens' fancy dress competition.
When: 19th-25th July
More info: Red Sails website
More free festivals
You'll find lots more free festivals and events at the Free Events website but it's worth checking details with individual locations before setting off.