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Dates of the Top 15 Family Friendly Festivals 2017

A post including the dates of Family Friendly Festivals in the UK in 2017 from the beginning of the Summer to the end. To find dates for Family Friendly Festivals 2018 as and when they are listed. Do head to our Family Friendly Festivals 2018 post!

16 Family Friendly Festivals 2018 (1)

1.Elderflower Fields

East Sussex 26-29th May

This festival promises to be a weekend of adventure, discovery and inspiration. All the planned activities are aimed towards families and children. In 2017 Elderflower has over 40 bands, Dj’s, adventurous sports (including climbing and skateboarding), creative workshops and lots more. Importantly, the campsite facilities include free hot showers and toilets. And if you enjoy a bit of pampering (I know I do!) you can also book yourself into the woodland spa!

Adult Weekend – £110 Child Weekend – £60 Under 5 Weekend – £10

Dates of the Top 15 Family Friendly Festivals 2017

2. Cornbury Music Festival

Oxfordshire, July 7-9th

A high-end open-air party in the heart of Chipping Norton country.

The supervised Kids Zone is right in the middle of the festival, so you can drop in and out. Activities are all free for children. As well as a circus skills tent and toddler disco, a new addition is the Mayflower Project Teen Tent, also supervised. This is a comfortable setting where young festival-goers can take part in activities and workshops or slump on sofas and roll their eyes at parents enjoying themselves.

In 2016 Older party goers enjoyed music from All Saints, Bryan Ferry, Seal and Jamie Callum. You can read about the 2017 (and last ever!) Line Up here in Travel Loving Family’s Post.

Adult weekend with camping: £200; Kids from £35;

Dates of the Top 15 Family Friendly Festivals 2017

3. Larmer Tree Festival,

Unfortunately taking a break for 2017, but you can read Zena’s Suitcase Review here.

Larmer Tree Festival

4. Latitude

Suffolk, July 13-16th

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, £205.50 for adults, £8 for kids;

Dates of the Top 15 Family Friendly Festivals 2017

5. Curious Arts Festival

Hampshire, July 21-23rd

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.

Full price Weekend Tickets: £128  Full price Family Weekend Tickets: £256 Children Weekend Tickets (5-13): £23

Children Weekend Tickets (under 5): FREE

Goldilocks, The Bookworm Players

6. 48th Stainsby Festival

Derbyshire, July 21-23

“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; 

Dates of the Top 15 Family Friendly Festivals 2017

7. Nozstock

July 22-24, Herefordshire

“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 review of just click here. Our reviewer is adamant they must return in 2017 and you can too with a chance to WIN tickets at the end of this post!


8. Deer Shed Festival

July 21-23, Baldersby Park, 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 more reviews of 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

Deer Shed 7

9. Kendal Calling

July 28-31, 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!

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

Photo Credit to Kendal Calling

10. Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle

Dorset, July 27-30th

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; 

Camp Bestival Photo Credit to Twinkle Diaries

11. The Just-So Festival

Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire, August 18/19/20

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 Tin Box Traveller.

Adult weekend ticket, £135; children £50; Under 3s free; 

Just So Festival

12. Beautiful Days

Escot Park, Devon  August 18/19/20

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.

Photos provided courtesy of Virtual Festivals @

Photos provided courtesy of Virtual Festivals @

13. Green Man Festival

Powys, Brecon Beacons August 17-20th

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.

Green Man Festival

14. The Big Feastival

Cotswolds, August 26-28

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; 

The Big Feastival

15. The Good Life Experience Festival

Hawarden Castle, Flintshire, September 15-17th

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); 

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Dates of the Top 15 Family Friendly Festivals 2017


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

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  1. December 8, 2016 at 4:37 pm — Reply

    Great post. Thanks so much for including a link to our review of Kendal Calling. We loved it there!

  2. December 9, 2016 at 11:17 am — Reply

    I had no idea they did so many festivals for kids. I love the look of the ones in the Lakes!

  3. December 10, 2016 at 8:24 am — Reply

    What fun! We haven’t braved a festival with the kids yet but I’d love to try this year. Deer Shed isn’t too far from us!

  4. Jo kinsella
    December 10, 2016 at 7:40 pm — Reply

    Love a family festival!

  5. December 14, 2016 at 8:23 pm — Reply

    This is great – I especially love the photo of Caro and family at Bestival! Yay!!

  6. December 15, 2016 at 11:10 pm — Reply

    I went to Latitude festival last year and hope I can go next year! I loved it so much it is such a lovely happy festival! Such a good vibe there and always a good line up too!

  7. December 31, 2016 at 10:01 am — Reply

    My pal’s go to Tarten heart by Inverness in August – they’ve been going since their youngest was 4 and she’s 12 now. They really rate it as a family festival and have seen alot of musicians who made it big later (Ed sheran for one).
    thanks for the great write up – I’ll pass it onto my pals with kids who like camping/music
    Love bec

  8. January 9, 2017 at 10:26 am — Reply

    I love the fact that this post is full of lots of smaller festivals – perfect for kids. Green Man was our first as a family, and we LOVED it! This we’re hoping to possibly go back, and are also hoping to head to Just So. So many fab events to choose from….and I can’t believe James are still going 🙂

  9. January 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm — Reply

    So useful – it’s amazing how much variety there is these days for kids and families at festivals.

  10. January 9, 2017 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    I agree with Caro – Camp Bestival is BRILLIANT. I am tempted to try Just So this year too!

  11. January 11, 2017 at 6:15 am — Reply

    I’ve never actually been to a festival but nice to know I haven’t missed the opp now we have a child #citytripping

  12. January 31, 2017 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    These festivals look awesome!

  13. Sheila
    February 11, 2017 at 11:54 am — Reply

    Have really enjoyed some of the festivals mentioned above. Would like to add End of the Road to the recommendations as its become our favourite family and friends festival. There is alway great music , the childrens area is full of activities so a fab mix of fun for all !!!

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  15. March 4, 2017 at 10:34 am — Reply

    Great list, might have to coincide a visit back to the UK with one of these dates!

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  18. July 3, 2017 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    These look great. Will have to make a note of these festivals and get one put in the diary. My two kids would love a festival. Thanks for the information.

  19. July 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    Hope you can include 3 wishes Fairy Festival 15th to 17th June 2018 in your listings for next year 🙂

  20. July 6, 2017 at 10:57 pm — Reply

    We did Just so Last year and had a great time. A few weeks ago our youngest started talking about it again. I feel bad that we aren’t festivaling this year now.
    Just so was a much more relaxed pace of festival. However the people who got the most out of it were the ones that got dressed up and took part in the tribal tournaments and embraced their team animals.
    A great list for checking the dates for this year. thanks

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  22. mani
    July 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm — Reply

    super post i like it

  23. July 11, 2017 at 5:17 am — Reply

    Nice post :Thanks for the including a site link to our review of Kendal Calling. I really like this

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  25. July 12, 2017 at 8:59 am — Reply

    Superb post.
    The Information is useful for me as I will forward the link of the post to my brother, who lives in Derbyshire.

    • Annmarie
      December 26, 2017 at 7:23 pm — Reply

      Bearded Theory is in Derbyshire and that won Best Family Festival last year. Can’t understand why it isn’t on this list as it’s been known for being family friendly for years.

      • December 28, 2017 at 7:55 am — Reply

        Thanks for bringing it to our attention Annmarie we haven’t heard of it before. If you would like to put a few lines together to explain why it’s amazing then please do and we can consider adding it. Thanks Karen

  26. July 20, 2017 at 5:44 pm — Reply

    I’ve never been to a festival before, these look fab and would definitely like to go with the kids x

  27. September 14, 2017 at 7:59 am — Reply

    What fun! We haven’t overcame a celebration with the children yet however I’d love to attempt this year. Deer Shed isn’t too a long way from us!

  28. zara
    September 14, 2017 at 10:06 am — Reply


  29. December 29, 2017 at 6:04 pm — Reply

    Hi, Karen! This is an amazing list! There is something for everyone and I`m sure that a lot of plans has been made after reading this article. I was wondering, what festivals you visited this year and which one is your favorite?

    • December 30, 2017 at 9:02 am — Reply

      We visited Nozstock and Just So ourselves. Both excellent but totally different.

  30. April 11, 2018 at 11:57 am — Reply

    I really like your post it is very informational post . Thanks for sharing this awesome post with us

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