You've probably seen the pictures on the news (it always amazes me how muddy wellies or dirty legs make the BBC News At 10, but there you go.) Yes, if it rains, fields can become muddy and in the UK, we can't avoid the rain, not even in the summer. It had even put me off going to festivals for years... until I saw the light! What you need to realise is this. At many, many UK music festivals in the UK, even if it does rain, it won't be anywhere near as bad as those "swimming in the mud" images you've seen on the news. There are heaps of smaller festivals at which this would just never happen. It's only when hundreds of thousands of people traipse over the same walkways en route from one distant stage to another, that these kind of horrors can occur. Unfortunately, that type of scenario can ruin your festival experience; believe me, I've been there. But, it doesn't have to be this way. By choosing one of the many wonderful smaller festivals in the UK, you can avoid the quagmire and actually turn your experience around completely. Think massage, think aromatherapy, think Prosecco in a hot tub. Sound appealing? Well, did you know that you can do all of this and more at the vast majority of the UK's boutique music festivals. You certainly don't have to compromise on the music either! Take the great boutique festival, Festival Number 6, in the beautiful Portmeirion as an example. The Mermaid Spa there was the perfect retreat from partying hard to Kaiser Chiefs, Bastille and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds last summer. Or, the Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival in Cornwall, where you could have popped into the Bedouin chill out lounge or had a treatment in the eco spa to get ready for jumping up and down to "Place Your Hands" from the legendary Reef!
So, this year, why not mix music with indulgence and luxury? Go to www.festivalparadise.com to read more about the "touch of luxury" that many UK festivals offer for festigoers. Hopefully we'll help you find a music lineup and pamper package that suits you!