Dates of Family Friendly Festivals 2018 from the beginning of the Summer to the end
If you want to read more on Family Friendly Festivals from us, take a look at our Family Friendly Festivals page too!
East Sussex 25-28th May 2018
Elderflower Fields is perfectly catered for children. In 2017 all the activities were fun, well considered and just right for young kids (from around 4 upwards). The variety of activities on offer really was brilliant; we made giant bubbles, found fairy doors, listen to stories, created science experiments, danced to music, relaxed in hammocks, rode down the hill on skateboards, learnt to cook on a campfire and made mud pies. There were three stages scattered throughout the site for music and story telling. Each stage had acts performing throughout the day, which meant there was always something to do, see or listen to. To see our full review click here.
Standard Weekend ticket, £115 for adults, £62.50 for kids under 16, £15 for kids 3-5, Under 3’s FREE– www.elderflowerfields.co.uk
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2. Geronimo Festival
Arley Hall, Cheshire 25-28th May 2018
Knebworth House 30th June – 1st July 2018
Geronimo Festival, which returns for its fourth year, takes place at two locations in May and June; Arley Hall and Knebworth House. The format is slightly different at both venues (so check carefully), with Arley Hall, Cheshire offering camping for the full weekend too. At Geronimo Festival you will find a main stage with stars of children’s television (lots of CBeebies fame), including the amazing Justin Fletcher, performing to entertain the masses. However that’s not all… you can also choose from eco-friendly activities and get to grips with nature with a wide array of activities including a Parrot Encounter, meeting Giant Tortoises as well as trying your hand at Archery and Axe throwing. You can read a couple of reviews on Gernonimo Festival – see our Geronimo Festival 2017 and Geronimo Festival 2016 reviews!
Weekend Ticket £66 for Adults & Kids plus £85 for camping pitch (£120 live-in vehicle) 2 Day tickets from £55 and 1 day tickets £33, Under 2’s free
Slightly different pricing for Kenbworth as no camping, please see the website.
3. Wychwood Festival
Cheltenham 1-3rd June 2018
With its laid back and family friendly atmosphere, everywhere you look there are kids running around, chasing bubbles, practising circus skills and dancing to the live music. A perfect festival to enjoy live music and chill with friends. Consistently nominated as the “Best Family Festival” in the UK Festival Awards. This year will be the 14th Wychwood Festival and the organisers had clearly gone out of their way to make sure it was the best year yet for kids and families. You can read Travel Loving Families review of Wychwood Festival 2017 here.
Earlybird Weekend ticket, £115 for adults, £55 for kids under 14, #15 for kids 5-9, Under 5’s FREE; www.wychwoodfestival.com
4. Cornbury Music Festival
Cotswolds 13-15th July 2018
A high-end open-air party in the heart of Chipping Norton country. Apart from the cost of the fairground rides, most of the children’s activities are completely free. You may not know all the bands but go with the mindset of soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying time with your family.
It was due to be the last festival (see our Cornbury Festival 2017 review, written with that in mind) but they’ve now released tickets for this year – putting it firmly on the list of the top 18 family friendly festivals for 2018!
Featured Image of Cornbury Festival with Photo Credit to What Alex Did
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Suffolk 12th -15th July 2018
With activities and entertainment for kids, teens and families now spread across three exciting areas, it’s no wonder Latitude has previously won Best Family Festival and ‘Best Family Day Out’. It’s definitely a top family friendly festival!
A proper pop festival in the beautiful grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk. Arranged around the Latitude Lake is a stunning Kids Area, where children are entertained with fire shows, pizza-making, traditional woodland crafts and a host of exciting science experiments. There is also an Inbetweeners’ Teen Area. Here, teenagers can take part in music, media, fashion and technology workshops, or learn wildlife survival skills.
Weekend ticket, £197.50 for adults, £10 for kids under 12; latitudefestival.com
If you want to read more on Family Friendly Festivals from us, take a look at our Family Friendly Festivals page too!
6. Larmer Tree Festival
Cranbourne Chase 20th – 22nd July 2018
Larmer Tree took a break for 2017, but you can read Zena’s Suitcase’s review of Larmer Tree Festival 2017 here.
In 2017 Zena’s Suitcase decided it was a little lacking in variety for children and whilst they had a fabulous weekend, maybe something was missing. We are hoping that 2018 will be as good as 2016 and put this festival firmly back on the map.
Tickets are just being released now. Early Bird tickets have sold out but Tier One tickets are now starting to be released. Good news is that under 10’s are free for the weekend.
Adult weekend £179, 11 -17 yrs £112 and Under 10’s free.
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7. Curious Arts Festival
Hampshire, 20-22nd July 2018
Described as ‘one of the UK’s top boutique festivals’ by the Guardian, Curious Arts Festival is a celebration of artistic talent against the lush backdrop of the New Forest. There will be a massive choice of children’s activities on offer in 2018 to engross and exhaust little ones of all ages. Returning to Curious will be the Institute of Imagination with their interactive imagination pods which will complement our own magical and innovative programme of events. The children’s programme for next year already includes Breath of Life Puppetry workshops and Tales from Tall Trees events and a Jabberwocky Hunt.
Super Early Bird Weekend Tickets for Family : £191 Super Early Bird Adult Weekend Tickets: £91 Super Early Bird Children Weekend Tickets (5-13): £18
Children Weekend Tickets (under 5): FREE www.curiousartsfestival.com
8. 48th Stainsby Festival
Derbyshire, 20-22nd July 2018
“A smaller and more intimate festival which is – say fans – is better than Glastonbury because you see all your friends there.” The website is truly terrible and I have struggled to find lots of reviews but those I have read say it is great for families. Held in the picturesque hamlet of Stainsby with views to the beautiful Hardwick Hall, there are music workshops, a singing competition, storytelling, theatre, poetry, film and philosophy throughout the weekend with camping thrown in.
Adults, £60 (early bird); Under 12s go free, youth weekend, £35; stainsbyfestival.org.uk
Herefordshire – 20-22nd July 2018
“The festival’s ethos is about bringing play to everyone, in whatever form it can. Nozstock believes in the value of not only entertaining, but in participation and contribution. It’s an ever-changing event with a clear agenda; to invite conversation, interaction and serious recreation. Above all, Nozstock The Hidden Valley is a blissful family festival that caters to all ages with activities that little ones can enjoy as well as entertainment for teens, students, seasoned festivalites, party-starters and grandparents.”
10. Deer Shed Festival
20th-22nd July 2018, North Yorks
It’s the people that make Deer Shed Festival so great! The success of this festival is its ability to cater for everyone and seeing how much fun the babies, children and teens have side by side, instils the festivals aim….. Family friendly. From wash time for babies all sitting in little wash pots overflowing with bubbles; to an abundance of art tents for children to make just about anything, to the science tent where you can be lost for days in exploring the universe with The University of York, to soldering circuit boards.
Our reviewer asked lots of parents what they liked most about the festival set up and they all said … the size. Being able to have a short walk from your car to the camp site and onto the festival site was a huge bonus. You can pop back to your tent for lunch or children’s afternoon naps and the music tents are all in easy striking distance.
Adult 16+ full weekend ticket (from 3125 to £145) Child full weekend ticket (6 to 15) £45 Child full weekend ticket (3 to 5) £10
Child full weekend ticket (0 to 2) Free http://deershedfestival.com
11. Kendal Calling
July 27-30th 2018, Lowther Deer Park, Lake District
Great music and kids area and carnival-themed crafts. On the website Kendal Calling say” The festival is a safe and family friendly festival. We have a dedicated kids area (Kids Calling) with everything from a mothers and babies tent to workshops for teens and all ages. As part of the standard ticket we have a dedicated Family Campsite. As well as that, we recommend the Emperors Fields campsite to families as it is smaller in size and has all the facilities in one place. However we must remind all that kids remain the responsibility of their parents & guardians and not the festival”
Adult Weekend Camping – Release 4 £135.00 Face Value (Weekend Camping) Teen 11-15 years Weekend Camping £75.00 Face Value (Weekend Camping)Child 6-10 years Weekend Camping £17.50 Face Value (Weekend Camping) Under 5’s FREE www.kendalcalling.com
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12. Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle
Dorset, 26th – 29th July 2018
Four nights of camping doesn’t seem like enough time. Those who have been to Camp Bestival literally rave about it! A fellow blogger friend of mine Caro at Twinkle Diaries wrote at least 5 posts about it, and I’ll link to one here but do search her site for more posts on this well-known family festival.
Caro’s view is that “There are so many small boutique festivals popping up all over the country. Family, art and food festivals — festivals that cater to all kind of musical persuasion — whatever your taste, there is sure to be a festival to suit you. But if you have children, Camp Bestival is by far one of — if not — the best festivals you can go to.” High praise indeed!
You can also read Munchies & Munchkins 5 Top Reasons to Attend Camp Bestival!
Adult weekend ticket, £175 (early bird), down to £10 for ages 4 and under and free for babies; campbestival.net
13. The Just-So Festival
Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire, 17-19th August 2018
An annual, intimate, weekend-long camping festival for children and their families the Just So Festival provides an imaginative outdoor adventure like no other, showcasing the best art, music, literature, comedy and theatre for families in a wondrous landscape of woodland clearings, rolling parkland, arboreal amphitheatres and lakeside spots in the Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire.
Just So was awarded Best Festival in 2015 (You can read our review of 2014 here!) and our reviews of 2015 and 2016 (yes we love it!) and is the only combined arts festival dedicated solely to families in the UK.
You can also read another review here by Actually Mummy and find 9 Foodie Experiences from Just-So Festival by Tin Box Traveller.
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Adult weekend ticket, £135; children £50; Under 3s free; justsofestival.org.uk
14. Beautiful Days
17-19th August 2018, Escot Park, Devon
A small but increasingly popular festival, Beautiful Days is a good option for first-timers. Crucially, it also has a history of award-winning toilets. Reviews write about stacks of free kids activities and an overwhelming feeling of safety because it isn’t far too busy. It is very much about the music for the adults in the crowd (They had James playing in 2016 which this nearly 40 year old is sad she missed) but events like a Friday night Family Rave mean there is always something going on for the kids too.
Tickets are now available from www.beautifuldays.com
15. Green Man Festival
16-19th August 2018, Powys, Brecon Beacons
The Green Man Festival has, according to Heledd at Running in Lavender, a very laid back feel and is located in the stunning Brecon Beacons. ‘The Little Folk’ area is designed for families with young children and has activities and workshops planned to keep the kids entertained for the whole weekend. The entire family can enjoy the eclectic mix of live music and dance acts. They also have an excellent family camping area that include hot showers, toilets and fresh water taps.
I don’t know about you but I’m feeling the need to rush out to buy boho dresses, flat sandals, large sun glasses and of course a flower crown!
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Early Bird tickets are sold out and full price tickets are now on sale. www.greenman.net
Another Festival to Look Out for in 2018!
Thame, Oxfordshire, 24th-27th August 2018
One of the longest running independent music festivals in the UK (54 years and counting), Towersey’s family appeal spans generations of attendees, attracted by the relaxed friendly vibe. Although it’s always had a strong family-friendly offer, Towersey’s All About Children strand (launched in 2016) builds on its previous programme for 5-11 year-olds, with an emphasis on creativity, play and discovery. Activities range from Kindergym and Stone Age skills, to bedtime stories and a festival choir, while daily lantern making sessions culminate in an impressive dusk parade on the final night. There’s plenty to do for ages 11+ too, including DJ workshops, a Big Build challenge, theatre workshops, and space to just hang out.
Weekend Tickets (Tier 3): Adult £129; Conc £115; Youth £91; Child £59; Under 5 free. Day Tickets: Adult £40; Youth £28; Child £18; Under 5 free.
16. The Big Feastival
24th -26th August 2018 Cotswolds
It started with the food but the Big Festival is now more than that. It’s held on ex-Blur bassist Alex James’s Cotswold farm, and is always a mixture of fabulous food and high-end celebrity spotting. Last year the musical line-up included Mark Ronson, Kaiser Chiefs and Tinie Tempah, along with chefs Raymond Blanc, Tom Kerridge and Jamie Oliver.
There is much for the smaller people to do with cookery classes and a Little Dudes’ Den which includes face painting, jam sessions and giant haystacks. A perfect family friendly festival for foodies.
Adult weekend camping ticket, £179.50; thebigfeastival.com
17. England’s Medieval Festival
25-27th August 2018 Sussex
English Medieval Festival takes place at Herstmonceux Castle near to Hastings in East Sussex. A weekend of rustic camping and outdoor medieval-themed activities, and all set in the grounds of an amazing castle. You can wander along a market street with stalls selling clothing, jewellery, books, beautiful handmade fairies and all manner of medieval-inspired goods and make your way towards the front of the Castle where crowds gather to watch the reenactment. Loud beat of drums fill the air and anticipation rises as a procession of soldiers file past and gather in front of the castle. Then the seig commences…
Ticket Prices: Adult – £20 OAP – £19 Student – £19 Child (5-12 yrs) – £10 Child (under 5 yrs) – Free Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) – £58 Small Family (2 Adults & 1 Child) – £41
18. The Good Life Experience Festival
14th-16th September 2018 Hawarden Castle, Flintshire
This is a back-to-basics festival curated by Catatonia’s Cerys Matthews – perfect for families looking for an enriching festival experience. Kids activities are free: there’s a vintage fairground, axe-throwing for young Vikings, archery and abseiling for the fearless.
Kids (12-17) camping for the weekend, £59, under 11s free; adults £117 (early bird); thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk
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