These are the best child friendly festivals that you need to experience before your little ones are, well, no longer little! The smaller festivals, the more magical ones that are catered to their imaginative, inquisitive minds. The ones that are more than just cool music. They’re about creating those priceless memories that you’ll look back in years to come.
I’ve been unintentionally harbouring this festival wish list for a while now, so it’s time to spread the love!
Family Friendly Festivals in the UK
1. Starry Skies
5-9 August 2020 | CWM Cayo Farm, Usk, Wales
This beautiful event is the sister festival to the epic Shambala Festival. Whilst Shambala is kid-friendly, Starry Skies is dedicated to the little people in your life.
It’s a small festival to keep that homely, community vibe, which means it’s not overwhelming for kids (it also means you should snap up your ticket quickly). It’s all about the fun here, so there’s live music, workshops, rope swings, tree houses, an amazing mud kitchen, a legendary water slide and lots more.
And for the grown-ups there’s a barn stocked with local ales and cocktails, and DJs playing the favourites.
It’s an eclectic hybrid of a child friendly festival and family holiday, designed to take away family travel stress and to encourage good old-fashioned enjoyment of being with nature and your favourites.
Adult tickets start from £145, children age 3-17 cost £45 and children under 3 are free. Your ticket includes your stay and experience for the whole event. You’ll need to bring your own tent, but if you’d rather glamp in a bell tent (and why wouldn’t you?!) you can pay a bit extra. Tickets and more info.
2. Elderflower Fields
22-25 May 2020 | Pippingford Park, East Sussex & 29-31 May 2020 | Stanford Hall, Leicestershire
Fancy a countryside festival that’s completely geared for children? This family friendly festival is more than just peformances on a big stage. There’s a whole host of workshops to keep little ones (and bigger ones) entertained.
Small in size, but not in what it offers, this creative kid festival features craft sessions like pom pom making and wand making. There’s a sports camp, face painting, tree climbing, bat detecting and loads more original activities.
And on the Sunday there’s a big family picnic. Bags of food are handed out and families are encouraged to share and make new friends. Now if that’s not a good example for kids, I don’t know what is!
For Leicestershire, adult tickets start from £80, children age 4 and over cost £40 and children 0-3 cost £6. Your ticket includes your stay and experience for the whole weekend and your picnic for the Sunday. Leicestershire tickets and more info here.
For East Sussex, adult tickets start from £135, children age 4 and over cost £67.50 and 0-3s cost £6. Inclusions are the same as above. East Sussex tickets and more info here.
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3. The Big Feastival
28-30 August 2020 | Alex James’ Farm in Kingham, the Cotswolds, OX7 6UJ
The perk of this family friendly festival is that you can just go for the days (rather than staying over) or for the whole shebang. It’s an ideal one for first timers or those who aren’t fans of camping.
There’s a family dedicated area at this child friendly festival, featuring a big top and little top and a craft tent. The two ‘tops’ include an impressive rota of wild fun, such as dancing, singing and circus fun. As you might have guessed from the name there’s a whole lotta food too! And that includes family dining with benches and high chairs.
The real draw with this child friendly festival is the ‘Up All Hours’ team. They’ll help you with nappy change facilities, quiet feeding areas, microwaves for heating up food or bottles. Baby friendly festivals are clearly a thing – hurrah!
For entry only (for the whole weekend), adult tickets start from £159.50, teens from £92 and under 12s are from £27. If you want to stay over, adults start from £189.50, teens from £112 and £43.50 for under 12s – that includes your entry ticket.
And if you want to upgrade to boutique camping you can pay a bit extra. You can find more info and tickets here.
4. Camp Bestival
30 July – 2 August 2020 | Lulworth Castle, Dorset
This iconic family festival draws crowds of all ages, including kids, and has recently won a family fun award. If your baba likes dressing up this is the festival to go allll out with their costume (and yours). The brighter the better!
My faves Groove Armada are playing this year, as well Fatboy Slim and Mr Tumble. What a combo! There’s even a Bowie disco.
Aside from fun music, there’s a cinema screening under the stars, circus activities, mermaids, bush craft, science games, bubbles and basically every other idea any little one could possibly dream up.
For the grown ups there’s a beard and moustache competition and for family competitiveness, there’s the pimp my trailer and dress up competitions.
Adult tickets start from £200, children age 5-7 range between £60-£15. Babies and babes in arms are free. Your ticket includes your stay and experience, and like most of the others, you can pay a bit extra to upgrade your stay. You can also pay more for backstage passes. Money talks! Find tickets and more here.
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10-12 July 2020 | The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire
This festival organiser’s young daughter helps head up the kid area, so you can relax knowing your little ones will be mesmerised for the weekend. This small festival is home to workshops, such as learning to play the ukulele, arts and crafts fun and live music.
It’s a homely, feel-good festival – the sort both your children and grandparents could go to. Choose to stay for the whole weekend or just pop in for one of the days.
Adult day tickets cost £94, over 70s cost £50 and child tickets are just £20. Weekend tickets to include staying over start from £226 for adults, £135 for over 70s and child weekend tickers are £35. Find tickets and more here.
6. Just So Festival
21-23 August 2020 | Rode Hall, Cheshire
Magical midnight feasts, curious creatures and hidden retreats – you’ll find it all at this magical and enchanting weekend family festival. Divided into captivating zones, explore the Cloud Cuckoo Land, the Spellbound Forest and who knows what else.
You’ll find live music, writers and authors telling stories, puppetry, opera, and opportunities to create clay faces and more. It’s an imaginary world come alive.
Dip a toe in with a day ticket or jump in with both feet for a weekend stayover.
Day adult tickets start from £45 and child day tickets from £20 – bargain! Weekend tickets start from £140 for adults and £50 for children. Under 3s are free. Find tickets and more info here.
16-19 July 2020 | Henham Park, Suffolk
The Chemical Brothers, Snow Patrol and Haim are head liners at this UK festival. So what makes it so family friendly? Well, there are two dedicated areas – a kids area and an inbetweeners teen one.
Activities have a creative, fun side but also a conscious element. There’s crafting from unwanted sticky labels and recycling, sustainable wood workshops and lots more.
For kids who love to read there’s story telling by authors, as well as arty activities in line with some of the books. Oh and there’s camp cooking for kids, rope bridges, wild science, puppetry, fairground rides and that’s just a schmidgen of what’s on offer.
Adult weekend tickets start from £226, over 12s from £156 and under 12s from £15. You can also buy day tickets from £84 or £10 for children. Find tickets and more info here.
8. The Great Wonderfest
6-10 August 2020 | Duxmore Farm, Isle of Wight
Peppa Pig meets BMX bike park, meets historical re-enactments meets family yoga, meets live music meets pamper stations – this is probably one of the most rounded, bizarre, eclectic family festivals that really tries to cater to every one in the family.
You can choose to visit for the day, but given the location I’d recommend going along for the weekend. After all, there really is so much on offer to entertain the kids and we all know happy kids, means happy parents.
Talking of which, there’s plenty to keep mum and dad busy too.
Adult weekend tickets start from £90 and camping from £110. Child ones are from £25 and £27.50 for camping. Find tickets and more info here.
9. Deer Shed Festival
24-26 July 2020 | Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire
You won’t find kid’s areas here. The whole site is open to everyone and strives to be the Pixar of festivals. Following a weekend of fun, culture, crafting, signing and dancing, you’ll leave inspired.
Each year the festival has a different theme. Last year’s was Generation XYZ. What remains the same is the family friendly angle. There are science and sport activities, music and dancing, mindful well-being sessions and more.
For under 5s there’s sensory play, sing and sign and more. And for parents with babies it’s made as stress-free as possible with baby-friendly toilets, highchairs, sling hire, ear defenders and all the other baby gear.
Adult tickets cost from £130 and children tickets are from £30-£70. Under 3s are free. You can find out more and buy tickets here.
10. Standon Calling
23-26 July 2020 | Hertforshire
Ever wondered how to train a dinosaur? Chances are your little one has. And they can find out how at Standon Calling festival. This is said to be one of the most child friendly festivals in the UK. Kids can get hands on with saws and tools in the woodland tribe, showcase their best moves in the music zone and generally have an absolute blast!
There’s also an outdoor pool that festival goers can enjoy. Forget Satndon, it should be called Standout!
Adult tickets currently cost £149, under 12s are £35 and under 3s are £5 and include the stay and experience. Find out more here.
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