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Festival No.6

Event date: September 6–9, 2018
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Festival No.6

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“Welcome to a festival like no other.” These are the defining words printed across an entry gate banner at Festival No.6. Such confidence is echoed by all who attend the event, which delivers in its promise as a “bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture.” It’s the picturesque location that will initially woo visitors. Arriving at the Welsh town of Portmeirion, which also happens to host the event and acts as its peripheral borders, is akin to stepping into fantastical Narnia. The magical Mediterranean-style coastal village is surrounded by woodlands and sits pretty alongside a picturesque estuary. It’s more than just a location, and No.6 would not be what it is today without its beloved host.

The trees are decorated with lanterns and streamers, costumes are encouraged, and revellers have the chance to dance upon a floating dance floor in the forest. The mood is experimental and surreal, with an obvious commitment to the arts, in all their forms. Be swept up in eclectic day carnivals, visit The Gatehouse for a poetry fix, grooving beside a caravan pumping out drum ‘n’ bass or dance those feet off at a techno dugout in the forest.

Upbeat shenanigans aside, relaxation is taken just as seriously. Take a dip in the swimming pool, be pampered at the Mermaid Spa, send the kids to pirate training workshops, or enjoy fine food as part of Dinner at Clough’s, which involves three days of fine dining menus created by Michelin-starred chefs.

Festival No.6 has done exceedingly well to rise above the saturated British summer event line up. For those who have experienced festival burnout, this might just rekindle the passion.

WORDS OF WISDOM

  • Have fun with accommodation. Aside from the standard camping ticket, there’s also an opportunity to bed down in an expansive Lotus Belle yurt, wriggle into a tipi, or commit to the full VIP experience by booking a suite at 4-star Hotel Portmeirion, one of North Wales’ most iconic hotels. It’s right in the heart of the village, boasting views out across the estuary
  • Train with Virgin Trains. They provide a fuss-free direct service from London.

PRE EVENT WATCH: Festival Number 6: 2014 Highlights Video by festivalnumbersix

Visit Festival No.6

Crowd by the quayside at Portmeiron, Wales
Group excited over giant bubble floating past
Group sitting on stone wall watching something at Festival No 6
 Crowd wandering through pathways between trees and houses for Festival No 6
White balloons suspended over a green pond for Festival No 6
Duo in white clothes and bicycle wheel hats performing in front of a small group
A ram installation with lighted up horns
A procession of people wending through the trees at night
Band playing to audience from a colonnaded building for Festival No 6
Performers in lighted up costumes
Group with arms raised to touch giant bubbles floating past
A lush, leafy, little waterway in PortmeironMan resting in a hammock tied between trees in a forest hollow hung with colourful flagsGirl above the crowd enjoying the night's performance
Crowd in the forest with colourful flags above them
Woman with a colourful feathered hat on amongst colourful props at Festival No 6
Group dancing on the lawn
Audience watching a band perform outside a colonnaded building
Giant white balloons float over the crowd
The Pres Llareggub Brass Band performing on the Clough stage at Festival No 6
Dancers in colourful skirts dancing through the streets
Man walking into the sea for a swimSpectacular light show in front of the stage at night at Festival No 6, Portmeiron, WalesMan performing to a happy crowdCrowd watching a performance at night with town buildings bathed in light at Festival No. 6, Wales
Published on April 6, 2016
Location: Portmeirion, Wales
Country: United Kingdom ›
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