Best Festivals For Kids 2015


Looking for a family friendly festival to take the kids to this year? Why not try one of these!

Camp Bestival

Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
When: 30th July – 2nd August

Kids are a priority at Camp Bestival and with a large section of the site being solely devoted to youngsters, there’s plenty to keep them busy!
Whether they want to learn some circus skills, jump on a bouncy castle, race around on bikes and go-carts, get their faces painted or have a go on some fairground rides, there’s sure to be something to entertain them!
There’s a toddlers’ area for the younger children and the Breastival Mother and Baby Chill Out area.
There’s also a wide range of entertainment for the older children. This year there’s the Insect Circus, Art Town, the Kids Catwalk and also a soft play tent and sandpit for the under 5’s.
There’s entertainment for all ages throughout the site with performances from the likes of Mr Tumble and many more and also live music performances.
The Dingly Dell is a brilliant place for families to take part in activities together. Take a walk in the woodland area and learn how to make fires outdoors, how to identify different trees and you can even see some wildlife  – there are owls and falcons to meet!
For teens there’s ‘The Den’ with live drum and bass and house, along with special guests from the Guardian Literary Institute and Rob da Bank’s Music Club, film screenings, open mic sessions and loads more!
To keep the parents entertained there are a number of talks and music stages and a wide range of food stalls, cafes and bars to choose from.


Where: Gilcombe Farm, Somerset
When: 31st July – 1st August

Farmfest, with it’s chilled out vibe, is the perfect place for children to have a go at the many activities they provide.
The family campsite is located at the top of the field, away from the main music area so come bedtime it’s nice and quiet! Kids are welcome anywhere on the site however.
With a dedicated kids tent full of arts and crafts and different activities for all ages including making animal puppets and creating musical instruments from recyclable materials as well as ‘Singaling Workshops’, or learning circus skills, there’s sure to be something your little tykes want to do!
Peas in a Pod offer yoga based storytelling along with hot chocolate and bedtime stories to relax the little ones ready for the evening.
There’s also a family pirate show and the Duhig Family Disco, Farmfest’s resident children’s DJ!
There are plenty of food bars to choose from with a wide range of food – including the farm’s own farm shop, offering it’s own produce.

Just So Festival

Where: Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire
When: 21st – 23rd August

Designed around families, Just So Festival is a weekend of music, theatre, visual performances, workshops and activities for any age!
With a range of activities for the smallest visitors, Peekaboo is for children 0-4 and offers a range of sensory and fun ideas including baby massage, clay pottery, lullabies in the evening so they drift off peacefully and a yoga based stretching class in the morning to wiggle them awake!
For the slightly older children there are a number of performances including book readings, and a wide range of shows, or if they’re more hands on there are workshops in things like circus skills and music and there’s also a paper plane contest, a pillow fight and even The Gruffalo makes an appearance!
Evenings play host to movie showings and with Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and E.T. scheduled, your little ones can chill out before bedtime.
A range of food and drink vans are available (including an ice cream van and a cake van!) so there’s sure to be something to take your fancy.

Deer Shed Festival

Where: Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire
When: 24th – 26th July

Incorporating music, arts, and science, there’s going to be something to interest everyone at Deer Shed Festival.
Specially for the little ones, there’s a sports field full of activities including swingballs, space hoppers, hula hoops and countless other things to allow them to burn off all that energy!
There’s also a soft play area for the smaller kids (under 5) so they can jump about to their heart’s content, or they have 8 tons of play sand for building sandcastles and generally having fun in!
There are a number of performances aimed at children like Samsam bubbleman – a world record breaking bubble act, interactive book readings and book workshops and countless science workshops for learning and fun all at once.
For the adults there’s a range of music and arts performances including comedy (all of which are PG rated).
A wide range of food will be available from a number of stalls and new for 2015 – a pizza vendor!


Where: Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire
When: 27th – 30th August

Shambala takes place over the August bank holiday weekend and with over 200 diverse musical acts over 12 stages, cabaret, a huge range of workshops, stand-up comedy, talks and debates, circus and acrobatic acts and interactive theatre performances no-one will have time to be bored!
With a dedicated kid’s field with non-stop activities and entertainment throughout the day, the kids are sure to find something to do whether it’s making costumes and monsters, drawing and painting, hula hooping, racing on the crazy bike track, having a go on the trampolines or learning some circus skills!
The Shambala Carnival is a huge event over the weekend for everyone to get involved in, you can play some crazy golf or have a go on one of the fairground rides – that’s if you’ve got time after trying everything else!
There’s a creche for 2-7 year old’s if you need some time to yourself (up to 3 hours) or you can send your 8-12 year old’s off to the Shambala Bush Camp for a whole night of peace!
There are music performances, shows and dances for the adults, and many food stalls and bars for refreshments throughout the weekend.


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