We are a nation of festival lovers. It seems we love nothing more than live music, performance and dance, arts and crafts in a field with some rain, some sun, and lots and lots of mud. We have also recently gone nuts for Family Friendly Festivals and here at Mini Travellers we have loads and loads of Family Friendly Festival reviews for you to check out before you decide to book one!
Family Friendly Festival Reviews and Posts
Videos of Family Experiences at some of our favourite Family Friendly Festivals
Unbeknownst to us, this was the final year of Cornbury Festival. Which is so disappointing for a lot reasons, which you will find out more as you read on. One of this year’s sponsors was Dorset Cereals. Having them on board was a really great idea, especially for the people camping there over the …
One of the family events of the summer last year that was truly memorable was the Just So Festival at Rode Hall in Cheshire. When the opportunity to go again this year came about we jumped at the chance. The festival organisers kept the format similar to previous years but …
10 Top Tips for Surviving a Festival with Kids
We love a Family Friendly Festival here at Mini Travellers and have some great reviews on the site linked to these posts, Dates of the Top 15 Family Friendly Festivals 2017 and Dates of the Top 16 Family Friendly Festivals 2018. Family Friendly Festivals are amazing and wonderful for children …
FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVALS IN MAY 2018
The first festival of the year from our list of top 17 Family Friendly Festivals in 2018 is:
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
FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVALS IN JUNE 2018
Cheltenham 1-3rd June 2018
With it’s laid back and family friendly festival 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 Friendly 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
FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVALS IN JULY 2018
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 Cornbury Festival and this review has been written with that in mind, but they’ve now released tickets for next year! 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
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.
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.
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.
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
OTHER FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVALS IN JULY 2018
20th to 22nd July, Hampshire
20th to 22nd July, Derbyshire
July 27-30th 2018, Lake District
Family friendly festivals are amazing and wonderful for children and adults alike. So here are some of our top tips for surviving the experience. The full list of tips is here.
There are some amazing festivals out there that are very family friendly, but read reviews carefully. Work out what will be best for you and your family? Do you want bands late into the night, or do you want a child focused event which is pretty much done by 10pm?
Go with Friends
Festivals are more fun I think in bigger groups, particularly if it rains! You can band together, share toilet trips with kids, share the trips to the bar and generally enjoy the fun together making memories.
Pack the right clothes!
With British Summer as it is you are going to need Wellies, raincoats, sun hats and suncream as a starter for 10. If you’re camping think about it getting colder at night, if you’re not think about where you will put everything during the day as it turns from sunshine to rain or vice versa.
A plan if they get lost?
Festivals can be busy chaotic places. You need a plan in case they get separated from you. Most festivals will suggest you write the kids number on their festival wrist band, We have from time to time done this on their shoes too. If they are too little for the bands, as they can come off, think about decorating an old plain t-shirt with your phone number on the front. Alternatively watches like these Tinitell watches that they can use to call you if they get lost would be another good idea.