The award-winning family festival, Head For The Hills, returns for it’s 8th year on 14th, 15th and 16th September.

Surrounded by beautiful panoramic views of rolling Lancashire hills, this fun-filled family friendly festival, is renowned for showcasing exciting new music, alongside world-class headliners, as well as its great taste in food and drink.

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This year, headliners include: –

  • Slow Readers Club
  • The Bluetones
  • The Boomtown Rats
  • The Lovely Eggs
  • Stealing Sheep plus much more




Friday 14th September

The Slow Readers Club will open the festival in style on the Friday, with a double headliner spectacular.  They will be accompanied by underground surreal-psych punk rock Lancaster duo, The Lovely Eggs, and Manchester post-punk three piece LIINES.


Saturday 15th September

The Bluetones will head up an eclectic day full of music and arts with, Stealing Sheep, Barry Hyde (of The Futureheads), Alice Jemima and returning North East Newcastle folk rockers Holy Moly & The Crackers


Sunday 16th September

On Sunday, legendary Dublin rock band The Boomtown Rats will fulfill the legendary closing set. With a career spanning four decades and fronted by legendary Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof, the band announced in 2017 that they plan to release their first album in over thirty years and are set to close the family festival in style with the final headline show of the weekend.



Family Fun

With an inclusive family focused ethos, a relaxed atmosphere and an impressive arts programme, Head For The Hills has maintained a strong reputation as a great festival for parents and children.

Kid friendly highlights include: –

  • Performing Arts
  • Workshops
  • Face painting
  • Arts & crafts
  • Theatre shows –
  • Walkabout comedy
  • Installations

The event also has a fully dedicated baby changing tent, and is easily accessible for prams and strollers.


Theatre Shows

The shows at the event are set to include: –

Travelling Light Circus

Showcasing installations including the ‘Pendulum Wave Machine’ and new production, ‘The Playground of Illusions’, a collection of ‘giant toys’ that each contains a visual or auditory illusion; these toys are placed in an area that festival goers will be free to wander around and explore.

Mufti’s L_ve Hangman

A life-sized, 3D version of the timeless pen and paper favourite with a catchy original soundtrack, tongue-in-cheek puppetry and awful dress sense, L_ve Hangman is set to bring a huge amount of interactive fun to the weekend.

A Bird In Hand Theatre

A Bird In Hand Theatre will be offering a sweet and gentle alternative piece of puppet theatre called ‘Special Delivery’, which is a show without words that appeals to both adults and children, blending beautiful puppetry with a good dollop of silliness.

Dizzy O’Dare

Topping off the theatre programme will be ‘Baba Yaga’s House’ a new unique and bizarre walkabout from contemporary circus theatre company Dizzy O’Dare.




There will be some exciting interactive workshops, including a new playful, physical comedy workshop by Shifting Sands Theatre called THE FILM KREW, where families can help re-create epic films such as Spartacus, Star Wars, Gone With The Wind as you’ve never seen them before.

Manchester and Bury collective, Gang Of Five, will be setting up their spectacular ‘ART-tillery Tent’ at the festival – a special art studio space, that is set to inspire festival goers’ artistic flare with exciting and interesting arty sessions inspired by the whole Head for the Hills experience including creating a Monster Head Army, making your own festival Zine and lively figure drawing with a difference.


Food & Drink

The festival will feature a wide variety of food stalls and beverage tents offering a range of locally-sourced produce including its very own beer festival, organised by festival partners, Hollinworth & Price and Silver Street Brewing Co. The beer extravaganza will be a celebration of the region’s brewing talent with over 30 cask ales from across the North West.



Tickets are now on sale for the event, which is organised by The Met in association with Blueprint Studio and Scruff of the Neck.

Ticket prices start at £40 for a day ticket and £100 for a weekend ticket, with discounts for children and families.

Further information, and updates, for the event can be found here

Buy tickets here



The event is to be held at Ramsbottom Cricket Club, Acre Bottom, Ramsbottom BL0 0BS


Travel & Parking

Further information regarding getting to, and from, the event can be found here


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