Four spaces that double up as festival venues

With the festival season getting into first gear, we take a look at a selection of venues which also double up as festival locations.

Kelmarsh Hall has been home to festivals and fairs at its Northampton location
Kelmarsh Hall has been home to festivals and fairs at its Northampton location

Kelmarsh Hall 

Located in Northampton, Kelmarsh Hall has lots of outdoor space where events from festivals to fairs can be held. The venue has 124 acres of flat, well-drained park land, parking for up to 14,000 cars and easy road links to the M1 and M6. It can host a maximum of 20,000 people and the site, which has views across to the Grade II listed hall and surrounding countryside, is available all year.

Where: Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens, Kelmarsh, Northampton NN6 9LY

Contact: 01604 686543

Arena UK

Championship show ground Arena UK, in Grantham, is well known for horse and pony-related events, however the venue is also available for festivals and parties. The venue is one of the largest outdoor equestrian arenas in the UK, spread across 500 acres of land. For music events and parties, it has more than 2,600 sq metres of indoor floor space across three outdoor marquees, as well as 2,250 sq metres of indoor space located adjacent to its fully licensed bar.

Where: Arena UK, Allington Lane, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 2EF

Contact: 01476 591569


Used during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Summerhall is also available to hire throughout the year. Located in the centre of the city, the venue is in fact a one-hundred year old former veterinary school. It therefore has spaces with a municipal feel, some with a post-industrial or medical influences and spaces with a grand period feel to them. The main hall can host 150 seated and 200 standing, while the Dissection Room - often used as a music venue - has the capacity for 450 standing and 180 seated.

Where: Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

Contact: 01315 601580

Brighton Dome

Used as one of the venues for the Great Escape Festival in Brighton, the Brighton Dome is well known for hosting musical events. It comprises three main venues: the Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre. The former is an ornate art deco space which can host between 1,400-1,700 people seated or 1,700-1,800 standing.

Where: Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE

Contact: hires@brightondome.org

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