The UK has many family-friendly festivals with something to offer everyone. From music and comedy to food and drink, there’s something for all ages to enjoy. Today we will share the top Family Friendly Festivals UK 2024: Dates to help you plan! These are great family-friendly alternatives to Glastonbury.
Should You Take Your Family To A Festival?
Festivals offer a unique opportunity for families to come together, bond over shared experiences, and create lasting memories. Whilst also providing exposure to different cultures and traditions, entertainment, education, and a break from the stresses of daily life. Through these shared experiences, families can deepen their connections and learn new things. Plus enjoy fun activities together, ultimately strengthening their relationships and well-being.
These Family-friendly festivals typically offer various activities, such as live performances, arts and crafts, interactive games, food and drink options, and educational workshops. These cater to all ages and interests, ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Dates of Family Friendly Festivals UK 2024 from the beginning of the year to the end.
You can also find Six Top Family Friendly Festivals in Scotland here.
Family Friendly Festivals In May 2024
1. Elderflower Fields South 2024 – Family Festivals 2024
East Sussex, 24th -27th May 2024
Elderflower Fields is a small, safe and friendly festival designed especially for families with younger children. They believe in the transformative power of spending time immersed in nature, letting kids be a little bit wild and free, and appreciating great food and the arts with friends.
Weekend Tickets – www.elderflowerfields.co.uk
2. The Big Retreat Festival 2024
Pembrokeshire 24th-27th May 2024
The Big Retreat Festival is set in the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is taking place on 24th to 27th May 2024.
There will be over 300 feel-good experiences, along with creative and inspirational learning activities for all the family on offer (all included in your ticket), all curated by The Big Retreat Festival team to delight, restore, and recharge the festival goers. From fitness and yoga classes, bushcraft workshops, bug hunts, water slides, sports coaching, wild swimming, puppet shows, immersive storytelling and so much more …
Early Bird tickets are now available at the Big Retreat Festival
Family Friendly Festivals In June 2024
3. Wychwood Festival 2024 – Top Family Festivals 2024
Cheltenham Racecourse, 31st May – 2 June 2024
With its laid-back and family-friendly atmosphere, everywhere you look, kids are 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 family festival takes place in beautiful Gloucestershire with over 100 acts performing across four stages, the countryside, wi music, dance and art workshops, a circus school and a programme of talks, debates and comedy for all ages.
A secret pleasure for those who know their festivals. The highly recommend Morning Star
You can read Travel Loving Family’s review of Wychwood Festival for 2018 here and Travel Loving Families’ review of Wychwood Festival here.
Weekend Camping Tickets – . www.wychwoodfestival.com
Family Friendly Festivals In July 2024
4. Timber Festival 2024 – Family Festivals 2024
Derby, 5-7th July 2024
Timber Festival, we LOVED you! If you’re looking for a very relaxed vibe, a genuinely family-friendly festival where you will feel instantly relaxed, then Timber is your festival. If you’re looking for Mr Tumble, neon lights and famous bands, you’ll need to head elsewhere. Click here to read our full review of the first Timber Festival 2018.
Please look here to read how Rachel got on at Timber Festival in 2019.
Timber Festival 2024 will return to Feanedock on 5th-7th July 2024
Earlybird Weekend Tickets: Day tickets are also available. All tickets are subject to a booking fee. https://timberfestival.org.uk/tickets/
5. The Brit Fest Cheshire 2024 – Family Festivals 2024
Ashley Hall & Showground, Altrincham, 5th to 7th July 2024
NEW for 2024 – The Brit Fest Cheshire boasts an outstanding line-up of live music from artists hailing from the shores of Great Britain, taking place from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July 2024 in the grounds of Ashley Hall & Showground in Altrincham. In addition to the impressive live music programme, the event will also showcase a real celebration of British culture, the arts, fashion, food and drink, and classic cars – making the festival stand-out as a unique event.
The day-by-day schedule of acts for the main stage were announced in the past two weeks, opening the festival on Friday 5th July are Scouting for Girls, Cast, The Feeling, Starsailor, Lottery Winners, Reef, Dodgy, Chris Helme and Mike Joyce. On Saturday 6th July, you can see Kim Wilde, Thomson Twins Tom Bailey, Nik Kershaw, Johnny Hates Jazz, Real Thing, Paul Young, Sonia, T’Pau, Owen Paul and Hot Chocolate. Last but not least on the final day Sunday 7th July are Heather Small, Fleur East, Tunde Baiyewu from The Lighthouse Family, Toploader, The Bluetones, The Christians, The South, Cassidy Janson, Matt Ford’s Big Band and Neeve Zahra. Making this an unparalleled music line-up for a brand new festival.
Tickets are now on sale. https://thebritfest.co.uk/
PRICES: Day tickets start from £60 plus booking fee and full Weekend Tickets from £145 plus booking fee.
6. Nozstock 2024 – Family Friendly Festivals 2024
Herefordshire, Thursday 18th -21st July 2024
Tickets for Nozstock Festival, which will take place 18th-24th July 2024, are on sale now.
“The festival’s ethos is about bringing play to everyone, in whatever form it can. Nozstock believes in the value of entertainment, 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 and entertainment for teens, students, seasoned festivalites, party-starters and grandparents.”
7. Latitude 2024 – Family Festivals 2024
Suffolk, 25th-28th July 2024
Latitude Festival 2024 will take place in the beautiful Henham Park, Suffolk.
It’s no wonder Latitude has previously won Best Family Festival and ‘Best Family Day Out’. It’s a top family-friendly festival! With activities and entertainment for kids, teens and families now spread across three exciting areas.
A proper pop festival on 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 exciting science experiments. There is also an Inbetweeners’ Teen Area. Teenagers can participate in music, media, fashion and technology workshops or learn wildlife survival skills here.
Weekend Standard/Family Camping Ticket: latitudefestival.com
8. Bluedot 2024 – Family Festivals UK 2024
Jodrell Bank Cheshire, 25th-28th July 2024
Bluedot is a music, science and culture event held annually in July since 2016 at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. It combines music, live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks – but how does that make Bludeot a Family Friendly Festival?
When a festival makes it look cool to be a scientist, when learning is celebrated, and when talks about space are as exciting as the music headliners, this sends a brilliant message to the kids.
You can read ten reasons why Bluedot is a Family Friendly Festival here. But you can also check out this fab video from the Twinkle Diaries with whom we spent the weekend.
Bluedot 2024 dates are 25th-28th July 2024
Weekend Camping Ticket – https://www.discoverthebluedot.com/
9. Standon Calling 2024 – Family Friendly Festivals 2024
25th -28th of July 2024 Standon, Hertfordshire
Standon Calling always delivers the epitome of the British summer festival experience, and following an incredible show last July reveals a substantial first wave of names for the ultimate fun-filled four-day camping weekender, happening 25th-28th July 2024, including Years & Years, Self Esteem, Bloc Party and my personal favourite The Human League.
Funky house star Katy B will be bringing the beats to the new look Electric Willows stage – Standon’s home of dance, nestled in the atmospheric woodland – and will be joined by a range of impeccable DJs, including Erol Alkan, Girls Don’t Sync, Girls of The Internet, Jaguar and more to be revealed.
What makes this magic come to life is the immersive world of fun surrounding the superbly handpicked musical bill. Few festivals offer its onsite swimming pool and riverside hot tubs, a famous dog show and a colourful costume parade.
Comedy Line Up
The dedicated comedy lineup is set to expand again, having previously seen big names like Phil Wang, Milton Jones, Russell Kane and Zoe Lyons! Take the mic over on The Lawn stage, alongside illuminating talks from leading voices. Expect a packed weekend of free well-being classes and workshops, plus everything from circus cabaret to immersive theatre, and of course, an unbelievable selection of the UK’s finest street food vendors, as Standon proves year after year to be the ultimate foodie destination.
Standon Calling is such a fun event, providing the perfect family-friendly environment for experiencing all the joys of a festival, with a wealth of entertainment and activities for all ages to explore. All the big names are there in 2024.
You can buy tickets here: https://standon-calling.com/
Read our full review of Standon Calling in 2022
10. Deer Shed Festival 2024 – Family Friendly Festivals 2024
26th-29th July 2024 Topcliffe, North Yorkshire
It’s the people that make Deer Shed Festival so great! The success of this family-friendly 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 many parents what they liked most about the festival set-up, and they all said … the size. Having a short walk from your car to the campsite 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 within easy striking distance.
Deer Shed 10 was a bit wet, so here are Six Top Tips for Surviving a muddy festival and our review of day 1.
Here is what we thought of Deer Shed 9 and top tips for Deer Shed Festival 2019!
Full Weekend http://deershedfestival.com
11. Camp Bestival 2024, Lulworth Castle – Family Friendly Festivals 2024
Dorset, 25th-28th July 2024
Four nights of camping doesn’t seem like enough time. Those who have been to Camp Bestival rave about it! A fellow blogger friend of mine, Caro, at Twinkle Diaries, wrote at least five 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, “There are so many small boutique festivals all over the country. Family, art and food festivals — festivals that cater to all kinds of musical persuasion — whatever your taste, there will surely be a festival to suit you. But if you have children, Camp Bestival is one of — if not — the best festivals you can go to.” High praise indeed!
You can also read our review of Camp Bestival Dorset 2022 here.
You can also read Chelsea Mamma’s review of Camp Bestival from 2021!
And why not check out our video too?
You can also read Munchies & Munchkins 5 Top Reasons to Attend Camp Bestival!
Weekend Tickets: campbestival.net
Family Friendly Festivals In August 2024
12. Kendal Calling 2024 – Family Friendly Festivals 2024
Lowther Deer Park, Lake District, Kendal Calling 2nd-4th August 2024
On the website, Kendal Calling says,” The festival is safe and family-friendly. Great music and kids’ area, and carnival-themed crafts. There is 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, they 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.”
To find out what Kendal Calling with Under 5’s is like, read this review by Alicia, who visited with 3 Under 5’s.
Potty Adventures has an excellent review of their trip to Kendal Calling with kids here and our latest review of Kendal Calling with a Baby from 2017.
Weekend Camping – www.kendalcalling.com
13. Valley Fest 2024
Chew Valley Lake, Somerset 1st -4th August 2024
Valley Fest is the best-tasting music festival in the South West. The weekend is perfect for first-time festival-goers and families of all ages.
THAT view! The event occurs alongside the glittering Chew Valley Lake with the rolling Mendip hills in the background. It’s only 9 miles from Bristol and Bath—Showcasing Bristol’s live music scene and refined local food producers. You can expect everything from charcuterie to cider, street food to sit-down feasts – all with plenty of Somerset style and sizzle.
14. Camp Bestival Shropshire 17th-20th August 2024
Camp Bestival launched its sister festival to the ever-famous Camp Bestival Dorset at Weston Park in 2022 and it was a HUGE success.
Following hot on the heels of the pioneering Dorset-based jamboree in July, Camp Bestival Shropshire was a brand-new, stand-alone event bringing all the unique and essential family-friendly elements of the original Camp Bestival to the heart of England.
It was excellent, and here are some fabulous reviews of the weekend.
15. Festival of Sport 2023
Holkham Estate, Norfolk, 11th-14th August 2023
A weekend of family fun with sporting legends! Festival of Sport is the ultimate family sports festival, with entertainment, camping, competitions and coaching from world-class sporting legends for kids aged 5 -17, all set within the stunning grounds of the Holkham Estate in Norfolk and founded by rugby stars Will Greenwood and Austin Healey.
For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.festivalofsportuk.com
16. Hardwick Festival 2024
Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield 16th-18th August 2024
Hardwick Festival is the biggest event of its kind in the Northeast and continues to support the local music scene through its commitment to showcasing the best emerging talent from across the region
Known for its family-friendly atmosphere and beautiful setting, the event organisers at Hardwick Festival offer an array of amazing experiences for all ages. Nestled within the wooded area and by the top lawn is a dedicated children’s area filled to the brim with child-friendly entertainment, including magic shows, ventriloquists, Punch & Judy, children’s workshops, interactive discos, and a fun fair. There are rides for all ages of kids from big inflatable slides and merry go rounds for the smaller kids through to dodgems and fairground thrill rides for the adults.
17. The Gloworm Festival 2024
Holme Pierrepont Country Park, Nottinghamshire 16th-18th August 2024
The Gloworm Festival is a brilliant 3 day Festival that has been especially created for grown ups and their little people. They invite their festival goers to play in a warm, welcoming and creative environment, loose their inhibitions, let their hair down and have some fun. At the Gloworm Festival, they believe that Children are the most important people in the world, which is why this event is aimed at families with Children aged 0-13, with plenty for teenagers and grown ups to enjoy too.
2024 will see the festival return for its 8th year, but in a new location with a lineup that will delight both little and big kids alike! Pop along and enjoy your favourite TV Stars, boogie on down to some brilliant bands, and join in some of the many workshops and activities the festival has to offer.
What makes this festival extra special is all the entertainment is included in the ticket cost so there are no hidden extras, apart from the fairground which is free until 5pm daily.
You can buy tickets to Gloworm Festival here.
18. The Just So Festival 2024
Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire, 16-18th August 2024
Tickets for Just So Festival 2024 are on sale now.
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 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 by Actually Mummy and find 9 Foodie Experiences from Just-So Festival by Tin Box Traveller.
Here are our Top Tips for Just So Festival here!
19. Camp Kindling 2024 – Summer Camp or Festival?
Sevenoaks, Kent 16th-19th August 2024
Camp Kindling– billed as a Summer camp for families, is an activity camp by day and a festival by night.
Every family member needs a ticket, and there are age-group tickets for kids. Babies are free of charge as most activities are unsuitable for them. However, there is a creche, nanny service and soft play, a sand pit and a mud kitchen for the tiny ones.
I would say most activities are suitable for 5+, although to experience all activities fully, I think 6-10 is the perfect age range for the festival. You enrol for activities before the weekend starts. Not all activities need to be paid for by your credits: many activities are free and run on a drop-in basis. The events run on a timetable from 8 am to 5 pm, with music/comedy/talks/story-time starting from 5 pm on a drop-in basis.
You can find out more in our full review of Camp Kindling here.
20. The Long Road Festival – Family Friendly Festivals 2024
Stanford Hall, Leicestershire 23-25th August 2024
The Long Road Festival is a fabulous fusion of good time country music, sensational food, great entertainment and community spirit! One of the best family festivals we have been to and one I would happily return to year on year with or without the kids.
Spanning from 23rd-25th August in 2024 The Long Road Festival turns Stanford Hall in Leicestershire into a Nashville- inspired haven for music lovers and families. Imagine fun filled days where the kids are entertained with American camp style games and crafting and evenings are spent under the stars, around open camp fires , listening to country music and drinking moonshine cocktails.
You can read our full review of The Long Road Festival in 2023 here.
21. Towersey Festival – Family Friendly Festivals 2024
Thame, Oxfordshire, Towersey 25th-28th August 2023
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 robust family-friendly offer, Towersey’s All About Children strand (launched in 2016) builds on its previous programme for 5-11 year-olds, emphasising 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+, including DJ workshops, a Big Build challenge, theatre workshops, and space to hang out.
22. The Big Feastival 2024 – Family Friendly Festivals 20234
Cotswolds, Big Feastival 23rd-25th August 2024
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. This year the lineup includes Rick Astley, Mel C and Example.
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.
23. Carfest 2024
Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton, Hampshire 23rd – 25th August 2024
CarFest is an annual family-friendly festival held in the United Kingdom that combines live music, cars, and food. It was created by Chris Evans. The event features car displays, track events, live performances from various musicians, food stalls, and family entertainment.
At KidsFest, children can delight at live performances on the Pudsey’s Spot stage, where they will have the chance to meet their favourite characters from CBeebies and CBBC – including Basil Brush, Postman Pat and the Teletubbies. But that’s not all! From burning energy on the sports field, to unleashing their creativity at the Art Club, there is no shortage of fun.
Across at AdventureFest, thrill-seekers can take part in a variety of exhilarating activities, from getting close to creepy crawlies, to learning essential life skills at workshops hosted by world explorers. There will also be plenty of opportunities to enjoy all things outdoors, such as archery, donkey derby and rock climbing.
24. Victorious Portsmouth Festival 2024 – Family Friendly Festivals 2024
Portsmouth, 23rd-25th August 2024
Victorious Festival is the UK’s Biggest Metropolitan festival combining three days of family fun with unique artists to give you an incredible weekend of fun.
You can read a more comprehensive review of Victorious Festival here, but a quote from it sums it up for families here.
“Victorious Festival is reasonable. £35 for a day ticket is just amazing. Considering how much you are getting for your money, it is such a bargain. I did feel like Victorious Festival gave the most for its money of all the festivals I have been to with the kids, with things like children’s fairground rides being free! That’s just unheard of usually, and it’s so nice to say yes, kids fill your boots without worrying about the hole burning through your purse.”
Note: There is no camping on-site at Victorious Festival; allocated camping sites nearby provide a shuttle bus service. Parking is available on-site at a charge and does require pre-booking.
25. Gone Wild with Bear Grylls Festival 2024
Powderham Castle, Devon, 22nd-25th August 2024
One of the UK’s fastest growing family festivals – Gone Wild Festival 2024 with Bear Grylls!
Adventure Activities: Dive in to family-friendly activities & shows which will keep you entertained throughout the 4 days all included in the ticket price! This year there will be more activities, with more capacity and a new format with additional premium experiences available too.
Get up close and personal with global explorers, athletes, and conservationists. Gain insights from their experiences and ignite your passion for adventure and environmental conservation.
Camping Included: Included in the ticket price is 4 days camping so you don’t have to worry about extra costs for pitching up. We also have camping extras available if you want to upgrade your stay, with brand new options like pre-pitched tents and belle tents for 2024 now on sale too.
A festival surrounded by breath-taking landscapes, exciting challenges, and the wisdom of Bear Grylls himself. From survival workshops to inspiring talks, this festival is your gateway to a world of wild possibilities.
Book Now: https://www.gonewildfestival.com/tickets/ Embrace the Wild!
26. Into the Trees Festival 2023
East Sussex, 8-10 September 2023
Run by the team behind the award winning Elderflower Fields festival, and set in the same beautiful location of Pippingford Park in East Sussex. Into the Trees aims to bring balance into the busy lives of children, parents and grandparents. A chance to spend precious time together in nature and try a host of outdoor activities. Take part in art, nature and sport, enjoy new experiences with the family, or simply slow down and relax in the beautiful wild Sussex playground.
We had Mini Travellers visit in 2019 so do read their review of Into the Trees to find out what they thought.
What Sort Of Activities Would You Expect To Find At A Family Festival?
Family-friendly festivals have it all; many activities usually cater to all ages and interests. Live performances are a common feature, ranging from music concerts and dance shows to theatrical productions and storytelling sessions.
Plus, arts and crafts are also popular, with workshops where families can create art pieces using various materials and techniques. Interactive games, such as giant inflatables, carnival games, and obstacle courses, provide entertainment for children and adults alike.
Food and drink options are plentiful! Various vendors offer everything from gourmet cuisine to classic festival snacks. Additionally, educational workshops may be available, covering topics such as sustainability, cultural awareness, and science experiments. With so many diverse activities, family-friendly festivals provide an ideal opportunity for families to spend quality time together and create lasting memories.
Did you love this guide to the best family festivals in 2023? Dates will be updated as they become available. Also, check out Caro’s guide to UK Festivals with dates for 2023 and Katys Van life festival guide; if you have a camper van this is a must.