Wellies, tents, food stalls, entertainment, and not forgetting getting your groove on in a field. What’s not to love about festivals? And they’re a great place to take the kiddies too, your festival days don’t have to be behind you just yet. There are some amazing festivals in the UK that offer all sorts of family friendly entertainment. So grab a can of G&T, put your feet up, and check out our favourite festivals for families in 2018.
Where: Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Dorset
When: 26 – 29 July 2018
Camp Bestival won Best Family Festival 5 times at the UK Festivals Awards, and it’s easy to see why. Set in the majestic grounds of Lulworth Castle, on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic coastline, Camp Bestival is jam-packed with entertainment, from stellar musical morsels and cultural delights to stunning sideshow attractions and lashings of family fun. Featuring a truly enormous Kids’ Garden your little’uns will be utterly spoilt for choice. With a host of thrilling activities from soft play and circus skills to go-carts and glitter, there’s plenty of excitement for kids of all ages.
For more information and to book your tickets, click here.
The Big Feastival
Where: Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds
When: 24 – 26 August 2018
Alex James of Blur fame *swoon*, brings The Big Feastival to the Cotswolds again in 2018. This is a feel good festival of food and music for all the family. And aside for the awesome tunes, you’ll be spoilt for choice for what to do while you’re there. At the Big Feastival you’ll find more fun than you can shake a glow stick at, including; a vintage fun fair, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, the RAU Vegetable Patch, the Crayons & Crafts arts area brand new for 2018, tree climbing, The Big Top, face painting, story telling, jam sessions, bubbles and more at Little Dudes’ Den is the centre of fun for kids at the festival.
For more information and to book your tickets, click here.
Where: Dinton Pastures Country Park, Wokingham, Berkshire
When: 21 – 22 July 2018
Marvellous is a family-friendly tribute act festival in Wokingham, Berkshire. It’s on a smaller scale which makes it an ideal first time festival for those looking to dip their toes. As well as fantastic cover acts belting out all the classics, there’s loads to do and see for all the family. There will be loads of free activities for kids, and a fairground.
For more information and to pick up your tickets, click here.
Where: Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk
When: 12 – 15 July 2018
With activities and entertainment for kids, teens and families now spread out across three exciting areas, it’s no wonder Latitude has previously won Best Family Festival and Best Family Day Out. At Latitude you’ll find:
Kids’ Area – created with love and imagination, the area is full of creative, wild and adventurous activities.
Inbetweeners’ Area – for young people aged 12 years +, come into the woods and experience another world of music, media, technology, fashion, wildlife survival skills and assault courses suspended in the trees.
Enchanted Garden – The Enchanted Garden is open to anyone with kiddies under 13 years old and will have entertainment for all children regardless of their age.
For more information on Latitude, and to book your family tickets, click here.
Just So Festival
Where: Rode Hall, Cheshire
When: 17 – 19 August 2019
Just So is an annual, intimate, weekend-long festival – an imaginative outdoor family adventure like no other and the best family festival in the UK. With a love of stories and childhood escapades at its heart, Just So Festival enables families to step out of their day to day lives and into a wonderland of world class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits together. Underpinned by the Tribal Tournament, the most bonkers competition in the land, it takes audiences (from bumps to great grandparents) on a unique expedition of mischief and mayhem, to lands full of magical midnight feasts, curious creatures, raucous pillow fights, hidden retreats, top notch food & drink, boutique camping options and breathtaking beauty.
To find out more about Just So, and pick up your tickets now, click here.
Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
When: 2 – 5 August 2018
Wilderness welcomes festivalgoers of all ages and is a family friendly event. Rough and tumble in the great outdoors, camp under the stars, colourful characters roam free and explore the family dreamland. Wilderness as a whole is very family friendly, but we do also have a dedicated kids area for children. This is teeming with activities to keep your little ones (and you) entertained throughout the day. Think workshops, games, circus skills, and lots more.
For more info and tickets, click here.
Blissfields presents Blisscamp
Where: Woodmancott, Winchester
When: 5 – 8 July 2018
For Blisscamp we’re building you a ‘Best of Blissfields’. Our greatest hits boiled down into a thick syrup of adventure and massive beats all played out under our notorious blanket of July sunshine. It’s our most ambitious and carefully measured chance to start something new. And we’ve not forgotten about the little Blisscampers too, the beloved Angel Gardens are working with us to make sure they have the best weekend of their holidays. Not to mention we’re handpicking our favourite food vendors and adding in some new spots to eat and drink.
To find out more about Blisscamp and get your tickets, click here.
Where: Cheltenham Racecourse
When: 1 – 3 June 2018
As well as a fantastic music line up, Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse has a lot on offer for families with children of all ages. There are amazing workshops for kids including circus skills, comedy for kids, dance classes, crafts and much more.
To get your tickets for Wychwood, and to find out more information, click here.
Coming in 2019… Glastonbury
The iconic Glastonbury will be taking a break this year, but will be back in 2019. You can register for 2019 by clicking here.
We really hope you found this post on family friendly festivals useful! For other ideas on days out with the kiddies, click here.