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Happy Campers: 5 of the best UK family festivals in 2018

Lisa O'Keeffe

31 May 2018

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Wellies? Check. Tent? Check. Bringing the kids to a festival? Let us convince you…

Weekends in a field don’t have to be a distant memory when you have kids, thanks to a growing number of festivals designed for families and children. More than just a kids’ tent in the corner, dedicated family festivals that have kids at the heart are becoming increasingly popular, and provide the perfect opportunity for an unforgettable family experience.

A campsite at Deer Shed family festival

Here’s our guide to some of our favourite 2018 family festivals and children's festivals taking place all over the UK this summer – the only question is which one (or two!) will you choose?

  1. Geronimo Festival

    25-28 May 2018, Arley Hall, Cheshire
    30 June - 1st July 2018, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

    Aimed at children under 13 and their families, Geronimo Festival is all about playing, learning and creating magical memories. Quite fitting then that this year’s theme is princesses, knights and dragons, and that there are a huge range of activities to enjoy. With glamping and camping added for the first time this year, book your visit now for a magical adventure at the festival dubbed as ‘Glastonbury for Kids’ by the Daily Mirror!

    Three kids playing on a grass bed at Geronimo Festival

    Top 5 must-dos at Geronimo Festival:
    1. Roll up for not one, but two full circuses on-site at the festival, plus daily circus skills workshops
    2. Meet and greet giant tortoises, and trust us when we say they’re huge!
    3. Listen to guilty pleasures or poptastic favourites, with a silent disco and wheel of chance adventure at Our Kids Social
    4. Hop on some crazy bikes. Can your family tame Doc’s tricky tricycles?
    5. Ready, set, socks off! The sock wrestling federation will be here this year. Can your child take their opponents socks off first?

    Weekend tickets (excluding camping) from £45, under 2s are free. Find out more, and book for Arley Hall, or book for Knebworth House now! Day tickets also available.

    Parents and their kids at Geronimo Family Festival

  2. Deer Shed Festival

    20-22 July 2018
    Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire

    Pitched as the festival that makes kids the main event, Deer Shed Festival promises to be the ultimate family festival experience! Combining music, comedy, sporting activities, spoken word, literary book club, science, workshops, cinema and food, all suitable for a family audience, you’re guaranteed to not run out of things to explore throughout the weekend.

    A father and daughter at Deer Shed Festival

    Top 5 must-dos at Deer Shed Festival:

    1. Feeling hungry? Try the human version of the popular Hungry Hippos game!
    2. At the Circus Workshops learn how to juggle, spin plates on sticks, and throw custard pies at bad guys
    3. Discover a new family favourite musician, by seeing as many of the music acts as possible
    4. At the Den Experiment, your little ones can learn how to make a sheltered and safe woodland den
    5. Grab hold of a slime recipe book, and create your very own gooey and slippery slime

    Weekend tickets (including camping) from £135 for adults, and £10 for children, under 2s are free. Find out more, and book now by clicking here! Day tickets also available.

    Two kids in a wheelbarrow at Deer Shed Festival

  3. Camp Bestival

    26-29 July 2018
    Lulworth Estate, Dorset

    Ask anyone to name a family-friendly festival, and Camp Bestival is likely to be a name you hear quite a lot. Sister festival to Bestival, Camp Bestival is the award-winning family-friendly version, with a host of activities and performances suited to a younger audience. Learn circus skills, experiment with paint and glitter in Art Town, or listen to the line-up on the main stages, including Clean Bandit, Simple Minds, Mr Tumble plus Andy & The Odd Socks.

    Families sit on grass in front a big Camp Bestival sign

    Top 5 must-dos at Camp Bestival:

    1. Take a bounce on the World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle, fact
    2. Get practising your best air guitar moves, then compete for the title of ‘Best Family Jam’ in the UK Festival Air Guitar Championships
    3. Enjoy live performances from acts such as Clean Bandit, Rick Astley and a Fearne Cotton DJ set
    4. Be a dancing queen at the Kids Disco, featuring the World’s Largest Disco Ball – if that doesn’t keep you dancing we don’t know what will!
    5. A visit to Camp Bestival doesn’t mean missing out on everyone’s favourite activity; soft play. The under 5’s tent is filled with a host of soft-play mayhem, plus regular workshops

    Weekend tickets (including camping) from £180 for adults, and £10.60 for children, under 1s are free. Find out more, and book now by clicking here! Day tickets also available.

    A kid on his dad's shoulders at Camp Bestival

  4. Just So Festival

    17-19 August 2018
    Rode Hall, Cheshire

    We defy you to not have a smile on your face as you explore the enchanting Just So Festival, with families and woodland spirit at its core. Encouraging you to get involved at every opportunity, this laid-back festival is a family treat beyond your wildest dreams, and with some traditions we love the sound of, they seem to have everything, well, Just So!

    A family walking through the entrance to Just So Festival

    Top 5 must-dos at Just So Festival:

    1. Bring an extra pillow, you’ll need it for the raucous family pillow fight on the Village Green!
    2. Visit the Spellbound Forest before bed, for an enchanting evening of campfire singalongs and stories
    3. Earn the ultimate bragging rights, by taking part in the mums' race as part of the Great Just So Sports Day
    4. Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Footlights stage to enjoy an exciting line-up of over 20 brilliant artists and bands
    5. Take part in the Tribal Tournament, in fancy dress. That’s all we’re going to tell you, but trust us!

    Weekend tickets (including camping) from £135 for adults, and £50 for children, under 3s are free. Find out more, and book now by clicking here! Day tickets also available.

    Two girls dressed as lions at Just So Festival

  5. The Big Feastival

    24-26 August 2018
    Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds

    Combining top-class food with live music, you already get an idea of why The Big Feastival has made our top 5! Food is definitely at the heart of this festival, so you won’t be surprised to see a stellar line-up of chefs demonstrating top grub in the NEFF Big Kitchen over the weekend, though with names including Craig David and James Arthur flying the flag for music, it’s definitely earnt its Feastival status. With loads of family fun to enjoy too, we recommend a visit to this family festival this summer.

    Helter Skelter at The Big Feastival lit up at night

    Top 5 must-dos at The Big Feastival:

    1. Visit a pop-up of one of our most popular attractions, as Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park team set up camp with some of their favourite furry and feathered friends
    2. Be a  Greenleaf Tree Climber, and at the top you’ll have the best view of the festival
    3. Treat your taste buds by seeing how many of the street food outlets you can sample – trust us, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
    4. Visit the RAU Vegetable Patch, where little ones can find out more about the journey from field to fork, before heading to the NEFF Little Kitchen for hands-on cookery classes
    5. Visit the festival’s signature vintage funfair, complete with a Helter Skelter and dodgems!

    Weekend tickets (excluding camping) from £179.50 for adults, and £37.25 for children. Find out more, and book now by clicking here! Day tickets also available.

    Kids at cookery school at The Big Feastival


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Lisa O'Keeffe

31 May 2018

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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