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!
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 2019
Elderflower Fields 2019
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
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Wychwood Festival 2019
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
FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVALS IN JULY 2018
Timber Festival 2019
Derby- 5th – 7th July 2019
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.
Cornbury Music Festival 2019
Cotswolds – 5th-7th July 2019
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 2019 dates are confirmed 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
Suffolk – 18th-21st July 2019
We’re excited to reveal Latitude Festival 2019 will take place from the 18th – 21st of July 2019 once again in the beautiful Henham Park, Suffolk.
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
If you want to read more on Family Friendly Festivals from us, take a look at our Family Friendly Festivals page too!
Larmer Tree Festival 2019
Cranbourne Chase 18-21st July 2019
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.
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Curious Arts Festival 2019
Hampshire,19-21st July 2019
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
Herefordshire – 19-21st July 2019
Tickets for Nozstock Festival which will take place 19th-21st July 2019 are on sale now with Super Early Bird Tickets costing £95 from Friday or £105 from Thursday. Kids under 12 years of age are free. http://nozstock.com/tickets/
“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.”
Deer Shed Festival 2019
North Yorks – 26th-28th July 2019
Deer Shed 10 will take place from 26th-28th July, comfortably within everyone’s summer holiday. Early bird tickets will be available from 10am on 6th September 2018 via www.deershedfestival.
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.
Here is what we thought of Deer Shed 9 together with top tips for Deer Shed Festival 2019!
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
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.