Kid Friendly Festivals 2017


Festival lover with kids? Take the whole family to one of our favourite child friendly festivals this summer!


Common People – 27-28 May – Oxford/Southampton – Free for children 4 and under

The aim of Common People is to unite the community through music, art and good times.

From the creators of Bestival, Common People is the ultimate bank holiday bonanza.

Located in both Southampton and Oxford on the same weekend, each location has an array of acts and activities on offer.

Oxford boasts a Disco Shed, vintage funfair rides, pop-up performances, delicious street food from a number of vendors, cocktail bars for when you’re winding down of an evening and a fantastic kids area with a circus, face painting, crazy inflatables, and much more!

Southampton offers things such as The World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle, as well as vintage funfair rides, The People’s Front Room, a selection of arts and crafts to amuse adults and kids alike, fantastic street food, check in for drinks in The Jam Jar Bar or Sugar Skulls Cocktail Bus and keep the kids entertained in the fantastic Kids Area with the BigTopMania Circus, face painting & crazy inflatables, Nuttfield Theatre pop-up shows, Batala Samba Drummers and much more!

These are both non-camping events so you can buy tickets for one day or for the whole weekend if you don’t want to miss out!


Deer Shed – 21-23 July – North Yorkshire – Free for children 2 and under

With entertainment such as music, comedy, shows, sports, science, spoken word, literary, cinema, workshops, and theatre shows, there’s enough to keep you and the kids busy for the weekend!

There isn’t a “kids area” at Deer Shed as they don’t believe kids should be cooped up like zoo animals! The whole site is accessible to everyone so take a wander around where you’ll find something to keep everyone entertained no matter their age!With camping and glamping available depending on your preference (you can also take your campervan or caravan along if you’d rather) there are many options to keep you and the kids happy and comfortable during your stay.


Camp Bestival – 27-30 July – Dorset – Free for children 1 and under

Camp Bestival is a multi-award winning festival that combines a totally immersive family festival experience with a fun-filled camping holiday. With music, theatre & shows, attractions & activities, there’s something to keep everyone amused during your stay.

Camp Bestival boasts an enormous kids area where your little cherubs will be spoilt for choice with all the activities on offer. From soft play for the younger children to circus skills, go-carts and performances for the older children, there’s plenty to keep them entertained all weekend long!

There’s also an area for older kids who are too cool to be seen partaking in the other activities called The Den. Here, kids aged 13-17 are entertained with contemporary folk, live drum and bass and house, along with special guests and the very best bits of Rob da Bank’s Music Club as well as film screenings, open mic sessions and much more.

There are regular workshops especially for the little ones running each day encompassing dance, exercise, drama and music as well as ‘mmmBOP’; a multi-sensory, interactive class including the use of brightly coloured toys, puppets, parachutes, scarves, ribbons, bubbles and percussion instruments for children up to the age of five.

There’s also an area for older kids who are too cool to be seen partaking in the other activities called The Den. Here, kids aged 13-17 are entertained with contemporary folk, live drum and bass and house, along with special guests and the very best bits of Rob da Bank’s Music Club as well as film screenings, open mic sessions and much more.


Wilderness – 3-6 August – Oxfordshire

There’s an eclectic mix of music, talks & debates, theatre & arts and workshops on offer at Wilderness this summer and plenty to keep the kids busy throughout the weekend!

With a ‘kids zone’ full of fun, games, activities and workshops aimed at little ones, including Sharky & George, overnight forest camps, cooking classes and much more, there’s an abundance of choice depending on their interests.

For younger children there are the Mortimer Nannies, known as the keepers of calm, who will take care of your children while you have a little time to yourself. Returning to Wilderness for the 5th year, the nannies will be providing both day and night boutique babysitting sessions to give parents the time to enjoy some of the entertainment on offer.Located in the Kids Area, Mortimer are there to provide fun filled games, craft, make believe and movies to keep the kids entertained so you can relax, pamper or party, knowing that your little ones are being safely cared for. An in-tent private nanny service is also available if preferred.


Doune the Rabbit Hole – 18-20 August – Scotland

For music, art, theatre and spoken word, Doune the Rabbit Hole is the place to be in Scotland this summer!As well as some of the best of Scotland’s musical talent there’ll be workshops for kids and adults, arts & crafts and the best local food and drink suppliers.

Doune the Rabbit Hole is totally family friendly. Throughout the weekend there’s a huge range of activities for kids of all ages ranging from games to crafts and much more!

There’s a specific family camping area away from the noise so the little ones can sleep undisturbed ready for the next days’ shenanigans!


Shambala – 24-27 August – Northamptonshire – Free for under 5s

With one of the most vibrant kid’s fields on the festival circuit, Shambala is jam packed with entertainment throughout the weekend for your little ones.

Playtopia, the dedicated kid’s area, is full of craft workshops, activities, and entertainment from ‘crazy bikes’, trampolines, hula hooping, break dancing, carpentry corner, sand pits and a golf course!

Check out the Family Yurt for fun for the younger kiddies. Start the day with a sing along, come for storytime in the afternoon and finish off the day with the children’s fire and cocoa at bedtime to wind down before another busy day!

Also hidden deep in the woods is the ‘Woodland Tribe’, where kids get to build their own dens and design and build their own adventure playground! All amongst tree top nets, camp fires, rope swings and an amazing zip wire!

The whole festival is child friendly but with a huge range of activities in Playtopia, they probably won’t want to leave!


The Big Feastival 25-27 August – The Cotswolds – Day Tickets Free for under 12s

From the Royal Shakespeare Company to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, there’s definitely plenty to see and do at The Big Feastival this summer.

Kids can head over to the ‘Little Dude’s Den’ for a number of workshops and activities as well as the Big Top, NEFF Little Kitchen & cookery school, crayons & crafts and much much more!

Also check out the vintage funfair for kids and adults alike. Whatever you like, there’s something for everyone here.With appearances from household names such as Justin Fletcher, Dick & Dom and Marshall from Paw Patrol, your kids won’t want to miss!

There are also plenty of music acts, top chefs and food stalls for the adults to enjoy as well!


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Best Kid Friendly Summer Festivals


Looking for family friendly festivals to take the kids to this year? Here are some of our favourites!


Green Man Festival
A festival for everyone made up of music, comedy, literature, film & more.
With a safe children’s area crammed full of activities for your little ones situated right next to the family campsite, this is the perfect place to bring your family.
There are also a number of workshops and activities for teens spread throughout the site, including ‘Somewhere’ – a fantastic designated area for 13-17 year olds with a huge range of activities including circus skills, film making, football tournaments and much more.
18-21 August 2016
Brecon Beacons, Wales


Curious Arts Festival
With an area dedicated to rides for the kids where you can buy a wrist band which can be used all day, your kids aren’t going to get bored at Curious Arts Festival!
There is a designated area within the trees for activities such as storytelling, magic shows, face painting and pottery as well as loads more.
There is so much for kids to make see and do at Curious Arts; you won’t want to be anywhere else this summer holiday!
22-24 July 2016
Pylewell Park, Hampshire


Broadstairs Folk Week
Broadstairs Folk Week has a huge range of activities for kids and is certainly one you don’t want to miss! Clarence the Festival Dragon will make an appearance and with workshops in a wide range of activities including music, circus skills and Morris Dancing, regular story times, a creative tent, magic shows and more, your little ones won’t know what to do next!
Take the family for a fun filled day, weekend or even a whole week!
5-12 August 2016
Broadstairs, Kent


Camp Bestival
Camp Bestival is hugely devoted to kids – with many areas and activities for them to run free and feel safe.
In the Upper Kids Garden there are circus skills to learn, a bouncy castle, bikes and go-karts to ride, special toddler’s area and ‘Breastival’- the mother and baby chill out area.
There is also a Lower Kids Garden for the slightly older children with an insect circus, art town for them to release their inner artist, fairground rides, face painting, soft play and a sandpit for under 5’s.
Activities aren’t just confined to these areas and are scattered throughout the site so no matter where you want to go, your kids can find something close by!
28-31 July 2016
Lulworth Castle, Dorset


Deer Shed Festival
Kids are welcome anywhere at Deer Shed Festival so there are no specific areas for the little ones, but with comedy, theatre, spoken word and literary performances, science workshops, sports to take part in and music performances, there’s almost too much to fit into one weekend!
This year they have a special workshop with Aardman – the creators of Wallace & Gromit & Shaun The Sheep where kids can make their own Shaun or Gromit to take home!
22-24 July 2016
Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire


Larmer Tree Festival
The family lawns is the place your kids will want to be at Larmer Tree Festival. With shows, dance, puppetry, mini-gigs, craft and music workshops and their very popular bubble disco there’s everything your kids could possibly want throughout the weekend.
Activities kick off on Thursday afternoon for kids of all ages including The Nest – an area specifically designed for under 5s to enjoy.
13-17 July 2016
Larmer Tree Gardens, Cranborne Chase


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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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