Dates of the Top 16 Family Friendly Festivals 2018
A post including the dates of Family Friendly Festivals in 2018 from the beginning of the Summer to the end.
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
2. Wychwood Festival
Cheltenham 1-3rd June 2018
With it’s 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 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
3. Cornbury Music Festival (Now No Longer)
A high-end open-air party in the heart of Chipping Norton country. Unfortunately the Cornbury Festival has now been cancelled.
Featured Image of Cornbury Festival with Photo Credit to What Alex Did
Suffolk, Dates 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’
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
5. Larmer Tree Festival
Cranbourne Chase 20th – 22nd July 2018
Larmer Tree took a break for 2017, but you can read Zena’s Suitcase Review 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.
No prices confirmed as yet.
6. 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 2017 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.
Children Weekend Tickets (under 5): FREE www.curiousartsfestival.com
7. 48th Stainsby Festival
“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 – TBC
“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.”
To read our reviews of nozstock.com just click here for 2016 and here for 2017!
9. 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.
You can read reviews of Deer Shed 8 (with a toddler) Deer Shed 7 and Deer Shed 6 by clicking the links!
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
10. 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”
There is a great review by Potty Adventures of their trip to Kendal Calling with kids here
and our latest review of Kendal Calling with a Baby from 2017.
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
11. 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.
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 here!
Adult weekend ticket, £175 (early bird), down to £10 for ages 4 and under and free for babies; campbestival.net
12. 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.
Adult weekend ticket, £135; children £50; Under 3s free; justsofestival.org.uk
13. Beautiful Days
17-19th August 2018, Devon TBC
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 go on sale in the New Year so no prices just yet. www.beautifuldays.com
14. 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!
Early Bird tickets are sold out and full price tickets go on sale in January. www.greenman.net
15. 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.
Adult weekend camping ticket, £179.50; thebigfeastival.com
16. 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. 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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