Tents, sleeping bags, wellies and flip flops at the ready, as Oxfordshire enters its last – and busiest weekend of the festivals.

Bank Holiday weekends used to be so simple. If you were young and crazy you’d head to Reading. If you preferred something a bit more civilized and acoustic, you’d pitch your pop-up at Towersey. Now the adventurous music-lover has been thrown into a spin by a plethora of al-fresco gatherings to choose from.

So while Metallica, the Mumfords, Wolf Alice and The Libertines are doing their thing just over the Thames in Berkshire; and Bellowhead kiss goodbye at Towersey, some very impressive names indeed get busy in a number of other fields around the county.

The Big Feastival has gone from middle class picnic to very cool indeed by attracting the likes of Example, Dizzee Rascal, Groove Armada and Ella Eyre (not to mention the host himself, Alex James). There are also a couple of upstarts: Tadstock brings Dry the River to a solar farm on the edge of the Cotswolds and Scratch Perverts join a largely local line-up at the all new Winterwell Festival.

This lovely-looking gathering takes place at Church Lane, Yarnton, on Saturday, and, looks like being one of the smartest shows of the summer.

Taking place on the lawns and in the walled garden of a grand country house, Winterwell has live tunes from our friends The Dreaming Spires – aka Truck and Wood festival founders Robin and Joe Bennett – and The Parades, Count Sizzle, Count Skylarkin, DJ Law, The Blondettes, Robbie Boyd, The Menendez Brothers, Horse Meat Disco, Trypiq and Sonic Death Monkey.

As you might expect, there’s face painting, but also massage, life drawing, ferrets, hawks, blackjack, roulette, musical bingo and a cricket match. Now you don’t get that at Reading. Go to winterwell.co.uk/tickets

If you can’t get to any of this weekend’s gatherings, fear not: the festival season is not over. Some of the biggest names will be heading to Bestival from September 10-13.

See bestival.net for details.