Summer festivals are fast becoming the trendy events to attend, but what do you do if you have a young family? Easy – you go to a family-friendly festival. There are lots all around the UK, and to help plan which is best this summer we have come up with a list below; from music & food festivals, to arts & crafts festivals.
Check our some of the best Family Festivals this year.
July 13-16, Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk.
At Latitude there’s plenty to do in the Kid’s and Inbetweener’s areas! This year the Kids Arena is going to keep your little ones entertained all day and into the night with everything from pond dipping and astronomy, to pizza making and a night-time disco & fire-show.
July 27-30, Lulworth Castle, Dorset.
Kids are king at Camp Bestival. There is an avalanche of activities for children of all ages; 2 to 62! A large section of the festival site is devoted to the little-uns with the Upper Kid’s Garden on the lawn behind the castle particularly suited to giving them a bit of freedom to cavort and explore. Activities here include the likes of Big Top Mania where you can learn a circus skill, a bouncy castle, bikes and go-carts, a separate toddler’s area and the pioneering Breastival Mother and Baby Chill Out zone, plus theatre, shows and spectaculars galore in The Greatest Tent on Earth!
July 27-30, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
Peter Gabriel’s “World of Music & Dance” is the best place to see world music stars anywhere in the UK. An array of activities at World of Kids includes climbing and beat-boxing lessons. The renowned craft-making culminates in a children’s procession on Sunday.
August 17-20, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales.
Music is the lifeblood of Green Man. The organisers get their biggest kicks from welcoming spellbinding musicians who you may know already, or will be really pleased we introduced you to. They will stun, break your hearts and send you bonkers. Every Green Man moment has its own soundtrack.
August 18-20, Rode Hall Parkland, Cheshire.
The Just So Festival is an annual weekend-long camping festival for children and their families. The festival provides a magical experience where art, music and literature are embedded and entwined in a beautiful and wondrous landscape. Provided are a broad range of musical, theatrical, and visual performances, workshops and installations within a safe, natural and magical setting. Every clearing and glade holds a new way to unleash creativity. Families discover and delight in the spectacular within the woodland environment during this weekend camping event.
The Willowman Festival
June 15–18, Hillside Rural Activities Park, Knayton Thirsk.
Family-friendly boutique music festival set in the heart of North Yorkshire. What could be better to escape the daily drudgery of modern Britain than camping under the solstice sky for a whole four days?
The Cornbury Music Festival
July 7-9, The Great Tew Park, Great Tew Estate Oxfordshire OX7 4AF.
The Cornbury Music Festival is one-of-a-kind: an eclectic and eccentric musical carnival – a dynamic summer festival disguised as a country fayre – a lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party, tailor-made for the whole family.
The Big Feastival
August 26-28 Cotswolds,
Encourage the children to cook at this mouthwateringly good weekend. Held on ex-Blur bassist Alex James’s Cotswold farm, it’s a guaranteed mix of fabulous food and high-end celebrity spotting. This year the musical line-up includes Mark Ronson, Kaiser Chiefs and Tinie Tempah, along with chefs Raymond Blanc, Tom Kerridge and Jamie Oliver.
July 6-8 Vicarage Farm, nr Winchester, Hampshire
A wonderful space for families and adults alike and everyone will find something to suit, even if it’s just a quiet space to reflect for a while. They will bring arts, crafts, workshops and amazing spaces to the weekend. Run by folk who work for love not money they have built up a great following at festivals across the country.
18-20 August Rural Life Centre, Tilford, Surrey
Where people open gates for you, say "excuse me" and move aside to let you to the bar. Where the tantalising aromas of great food mix with the nostalgic smell of steam from the resident railway, conjuring up memories of a bygone industrial age.
Where both young and old come to share new music experiences, together.
Where the sound of live music is everywhere whilst you wander through a fascinating museum dedicated to life in Rural England.
And where fans laugh, smile and nod to each other with a familiarity gained only from their mutual annual pilgrimage.