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Dates of the Top Family Friendly Festivals 2019

Dates of Family Friendly Festivals 2019 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!

1.Elderflower Fields

East Sussex 24-27th May 2019

At Elderflower Fields we enjoyed an eclectic mix of music over the weekend and it was wonderful to see the children enjoy the performances as much as we did. The highlight was seeing Ben Ottewell on the Woodland Stage. Just three weeks earlier I saw Ben with his band, Gomez, sell out the Royal Albert Hall. It was wonderful to be able to sit on hay-bales at the Woodland Stage with my family, and hear him sing again. Ben was joined on stage by two of his children, and then many more, including our two year old, who danced along with great excitement. The presence of the children seemed fitting for Elderflower Fields and Ben seemed to be enjoying their support, despite our two year-old charging around the stage. To read our full Elderflower Fields Festival review for 2018 click here and for Elderflower Fields 2017 here.

They’ve sold over half of their Elderflower 2019 tickets as at 12th July 2018!

Standard Weekend ticket, £120 for adults, £55 for kids under 16 Under 3’s £5–  www.elderflowerfields.co.uk

 

We’ve sold over half our Elderflower 2019 tickets – wow!

 

2. Wychwood Festival

Cheltenham 31st May – 2 June 2019

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 15th 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 Family’s review of Wychwood Festival for 2018 here and  Travel Loving Families review of Wychwood Festival 2017 here.

Earlybird Weekend ticket, £115 for adults, £50 for kids 10-15  Under 10’s FREE; www.wychwoodfestival.com

Dates of the Top 15 Family Friendly Festivals 2018 - Read my guide at www.minitravellers.co.uk

3. Timber Festival

Derby tbc

If you’re looking for a festival with a very relaxed vibe, a festival that truly is family friendly and one where you will feel instantly relaxed then Timber is your festival. If you’re looking for Mr Tumble, neon lights and famous bands then you’ll need to head elsewhere. Timber Festival we absolutely LOVED you! To read our full review for the very first Timber Festival in 2018 just click here.

Timber Festival 2018 | Family Friendly Festival Review

4. Cornbury Music Festival

Cotswolds tbc

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 the 2018 Cornbury Festival was as fantastic as ever, why not take a look at Travel Loving Families Cornbury Festival Tips here!

Cornbury Festival is definitely back on the list of family friendly festivals for 2019!

Featured Image of Cornbury Festival with Photo Credit to What Alex Did

Keep reading for more recommendations on the top family friendly festivals in 2019!


 


More top family friendly festivals for 2019

5. Latitude

Suffolk tbc

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

Latitude Festival - As featured in my Family Festivals for 2018 guide at www.minitravellers.co.uk

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 tbc

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.

http://larmertreefestival.co.uk

Larmer Tree Festival - As featured in my Family Festivals for 2018 guide at www.minitravellers.co.uk

 

7. Curious Arts Festival

Hampshire,tbc

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

Goldilocks, The Bookworm Players

 

 

8. Nozstock

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!

Nozstock Festival - As featured in my Family Festivals for 2018 guide at www.minitravellers.co.uk

9. Deer Shed Festival

North Yorks tbc

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

A collection of images from Deer Shed 7, a top family friendly festival in the UK

10. Kendal Calling

Lowther Deer Park, Lake District tbc

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

A collection of images from Kendal Calling, a UK summer festival for families. Photo Credit to Kendal Calling

11. Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle

Dorset, tbc

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 

Camp Bestival - Photo Credit to Twinkle Diaries

12. The Just-So Festival

Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire, tbc

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.

Why not check out our video:

Adult weekend ticket, £135; children £50; Under 3s free; justsofestival.org.uk 

Just So Festival - As featured in my Family Festivals for 2018 guide at www.minitravellers.co.uk

13. Green Man Festival

Powys, Brecon Beacons – tbc

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 are now on sale.  www.greenman.net

Green Man Festival - Part of my guide to the top UK family friendly festivals in 2018

 

Another Festival to Look Out for in 2018!

14. Towersey Festival

Thame, Oxfordshire, tbc

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.

www.towerseyfestival.com

Towersey Festival

 

15. The Big Feastival

Cotswolds – tbc

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 

The Big Feastival - as featured in my top family friendly festivals guide at www.minitravellers.co.uk

16.  England’s Medieval Festival

Sussex – tbc

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

Medieval Festival Castle

17. The Good Life Experience Festival

Hawarden Castle, Flintshire – tbc

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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Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

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