Happy Campers: 8 of the best UK family festivals in 2018
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 local festivals designed for families and children. More than just a kids’ tent in the corner, the best family festivals have kids at the heart and they are becoming increasingly popular.
Here comes our guide to some of the best children’s festivals in the UK for 2019 to help you create an unforgettable family experience! The only question is which one (or two!) will you choose?
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Wychwood Family Festival31st May - 2nd June 2019, Cheltenham Racecourse (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire)
The 15th edition of Wychood Family Festival comes in 2019 and it promises to deliver big time! Over 100 acts are expected to appear on stage, including Scouting For Girls, T'Pau, Toyah,Bez and more.
Wychwood also hosts arts workshops, circus school, debates, talks and all sorts of fun for the whole family. No wonder this event is a regular nominee in the “Best Family Festival” at the UK Festival Awards! We’d say it’s time for you and the kids to join the fun…Top 5 must-dos at Wychwood Family Festival:
- Make your own clay models with Aardman, the creators of Shaun the Sheep and Gromit and Wallace
- Have a good laugh with Mr. Dilly’s World of Wonder show; it’s part comedy, part improv and a whole load of fun - perfect for a children’s festival!
- Put on your dancing shoes and boogie your way through the decades with Joe Porter’s Kitchen Dancing disco extravaganza
- Every family festival needs a good singalong! Wychwood brings you Family Songs with Nick Cope, lead singer of the 90s band Candyskins
- Feel like a Broadway star and learn some of the most famous dance routines in musical theatre history at ChiChi Fit
Weekend tickets from £125 for adults, £60 for kids 10-15. Day tickets available too.
Nozstock: The Hidden Valley
Come to the Rowden Paddocks in Herefordshire this July for a spectacular weekend at the 21st edition of Nozstock: The Hidden Valley, one of the UK’s longest running family festivals.
Wildly imaginative, as always, Nozstock 2019 will run under the truly magical (and hilariously punny) theme - Wizard of Noz. A line-up featuring Rudimental (DJ Set), Soul II Soul, DJ Zink + SP:MC and Kings of the Rollers promises an awesome festival vibe. But if you're looking for the best entertainment spot for families, it's definitely the Little Wonderland Kids Area where you’ll find enough arts & crafts activities to keep your little festival-goers occupied the whole weekend.
Top 5 must-dos at Nozstock: The Hidden Valley:
- Make magic wands, crowns, wings, and even a witch's hat at Little Wonderland Kids Area
- Check out The Altered State stage for UV shows, theatre performances and stand-up comedy that will leave you in stitches
- Enjoy family movies at the Wrong Directions Cinema every day until 6pm. There will be everything from undying classics to the most inspiring latest releases
- Belt out some of your favourite tunes at the Folk Jam area. Everyone’s invited to sing and play; who knows maybe even one of the performing artists will stop by...
- The kids are always keen to watch fireworks displays near you? Don’t miss out on the fireworks at the end of the festival; Nozstock is sure to close with a bang!
Weekend tickets from £130 for adults, from £100 for teens (13+) and kids under 12 go FREE.
Deer Shed Festival
Pitched as the festival that makes kids the main event, Deer Shed Festival promises to be the ultimate family festival experience. With kid-friendly music, comedy, sporting activities, science, workshops, cinema and great food on offer - you’re going to have one family weekend to remember!
Top 5 must-dos at Deer Shed Festival:
- Have a go at parkour, as the 2018 family favorite is back! There will be sessions for mini Deep Shedders the whole weekend
- Discover a new family favourite musician, by seeing as many of the music acts as possible. Headliners this year include Ezra Furman, Anna Calvi, BC CAmplight & Sunflower Bean
- Learn to solve the Rubik’s Cube with Generation XYZ. Admit it, this is one children's festival activity grown-ups can learn from, as well
- Unwind with a spa session in the Yorkshire forest in one of Deer Shed’s Siberian Larch wood hot tubs...Best family festival EVER, right?
- Try something new. Don’t stick to the programme, be impulsive and try out an activity you’ve never thought of doing before
Weekend tickets (including camping) from £145 for adults, and £20 - £50 for kids, under 2s are free. Day tickets also available.
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.
Of course, this wouldn’t be one of the best family festivals in the UK without an A-list line-up on the main stages, right? So, get ready for a weekend of quality acts, including Jess Glynne, The Human League, Big Shaq, the Wailers and more.
Top 5 must-dos at Camp Bestival:
- Take a bounce on the World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle, fact
- See a theatre performance in The World’s Greatest Tent. No Hugh Jackman appearances (that we know of) but plenty of the UK’s top performing talent to enjoy
- Got under 5s? Practice your moves in kids’ fest musical workshops, including zumba, tambourine and magical adventures
- Watch Cbeebies star Mr Tumble live on stage for some classic slapstick comedy that will leave you in stitches
- To earn its spot amongst the best family festivals Camp Bestival has to offer what kids love best - soft play!
Weekend tickets (including camping) from £180 for adults, and £11 for kids, under-1s are free. Day tickets also available.
Elderflower Fields - The Family Festival offers a weekend revolving around parents and kids. What started as a family and friends event which could only classify as a modest local festival proved to be so popular it rocketed right onto our list of best family festivals in the whole UK!
Sports, music, arts and learning how to help the environment all in one - Elderflower Fields posses the pure spirit of love and joy that every festival should have. No wonder families love it!
Top 5 must-dos at Elderflower Fields:
- Go to Green Caterpillar Woodland Camp for bug hunting, woodland crafts and other camp classics, including campfire stories and S`mores
- Join the Woodland Tribe - grab your tools, build the playground of your dreams AND play on it!
- Check out the music acts, including TotRockinBeats, SK Shlomo and Gary Stewart’s Graceland
- Hear the trees talk! Geared with highly sensitive microphones you’ll be able to listen to the inner workings of a tree
- Experience an evening of Bat Detecting in the woods
Weekend tickets (incl 1 car and free standard camping) for adults from £130, kids (3+) from £62.50 and under 3s from £6. This event is quite small, so don’t waste time and book now!
Just So Festival
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 family festival is a treat beyond your wildest dreams, and with some traditions we love the sound of, they seem to have everything, well...Just So!
Top 5 must-dos at Just So Festival:
- Check out the brand new Curiosity Shop to learn amazing art skills like stop motion animation, illustration or textile crafts
- Wander into the enchanting Wonderland for night-time DJs, author talks & music workshops
- Heat things up with a blazing pyrotechnics show at the Fire Garden
- Uncover the secrets of Garden of Delight, an area of the estate which has been off-limits for the public until this year’s children’s festival
- Do all 10 of Just So Festival`s top picks, including Silent Disco, Lantern Parade, Tribal Tournament and Campfire talks with Ian Douglas
Weekend tickets (including camping) from £140 for adults, and £50 for kids, under-3s are free. Day tickets also available.
The Big Feastival
The Big Feastival is the UK’s best family festival if you’re a foodie! Street food to die for, all-star line-up of professional chefs and cooking classes for you and your mini Master Chefs - this is a feast for the soul!
A proper family festival needs great music. Having scored names, such as Craig David and James Arthur in 2018, it’s easy to see how The Big Feastival has earned its spot in the big leagues. Can’t wait to find out what awesome acts they’ll pull out of the bag this year!
Top 5 must-dos at The Big Feastival:
Watch this space, info about your favourite family festival coming soon!
Weekend tickets (excluding camping) from £187 for adults, and £43.50 for kids. Day tickets also available.
Green Man Festival
Green Man has been known as one of the best family festivals for years. To keep the whole gang entertained, the organisers have prepared 10 awesome areas, packed with activities for tots, teens, and anything in between.
Fancy exploring the stunning woodlands around as well? 3 days might not be enough for you. Don’t worry though, Green Man offers week-long camping on-site, if you’re interested in staying longer.
Top 5 must-dos at Green Man Festival:
- Send your teens to Somewhere - there they’ll find everything from film making classes to thrilling fire shows
- Become one with nature in a kids Yoga session. There’s no better location to try it than the magical Brecon Beacons!
- Watch the best kids’ movies at The Cinedrone from 10AM every day
- Into science? Check out over 100 family-friendly performance in the Einstein's Garden
- Join Children’s Parade on Sunday and see brilliant creations made by your under-12s in the Little Folk workshops
2019 Ticket Info TBA here
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