In summer there’s nothing better than kicking back at your favourite festival, enjoying top-notch entertainment, delicious food and precious time with family and friends. However, when you add kids into the equation, things can become a little less idyllic given festivals aren’t always geared towards younger guests.
Of course, a festival experience doesn’t have to mean little ones getting fed up of being bored and having tired lets, as there are plenty of UK summer festivals that tailor their programmes to suit families with kids.
From Yorkshire to Dorset, these festivals offer everything from creative outdoor play to special family camping areas and helpful extras like nanny and trolly hire services.
Read on for our round up of the best family-friendly summer festivals…
Henham Park in Suffolk
Latitude isn’t targeted just at families but there’s lots of things to do for kids at this laid-back festival from playing in magical forests to arts and crafts and watching films.
There’s a family campsite with dedicated toilets, showers, washing up facilities and food traders, right next to Enchanted Garden area with its busy programme of activities for families to enjoy together.
16 – 19 July 2020. BUY TICKETS
Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds
Alex James’ foodie festival offers a range of activities to keep kids occupied from the vintage funfair and circus school to the soft play area and Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park where children can get up close with cute animals.
There are dedicated family areas, play zones and a family dining room complete with benches, high chairs and shaded space, making it easier for families to eat together in peace.
28 – 30 August 2020. BUY TICKETS
Wychwood Family Festival
Wynchwood boasts an “idyllic” campsite sitting beneath the Prestbury Hills complete with areas for caravans, campervans and luxury camping options like tipis and yurts, for those who don’t fancy pitching up a tent with kids in tow.
The festival itself offers a programme of activities for little ones and has a funfair, arts and crafts workshops and kid-friendly dance lessons.
29 – 31 May 2020. BUY TICKETS
Deer Shed Festival
Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire
Deer Shed describes itself as the "ultimate family friendly festival", stating that it strives every year to ensure kids and adults alike have a great time.
The festival has a creative programme of activities for children, from making leaf mobiles and butterfly feeders with The Woodland Trust to art classes teaching print making and even the air guitar Olympics.
24 – 26 July 2020. BUY TICKETS
Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Camp Bestival has won awards for being a family-friendly festival and the fact each year is themed makes for a whole load of fun children can get involved with. This year it’s all about the movies.
The festival’s curator said: “We all love going to the movies and watching films with our kids, so why not do it live in a field in 2020. We have some stunning installations for you and some once in a lifetime memory makers.”
30 July – 2 August 2020. BUY TICKETS
Just So Festival
Rode Hall, Cheshire
Rode Hall is all about “childhood escapades” and prides itself on allowing families to forget the daily grind and enjoy its programme of arts, theatre, dance, music and comedy.
Steps have been taken to make the site as family-friendly as possible, from a hard-standing path to be used by pushchairs and wheelchairs to the Peekaboo area with nappy-changing tents and space for feeding babies. Each day the Peekabo area is also home to baby bathtime sessions.
21 – 23 August 2020. BUY TICKETS
Stanford Hall, Leicestershire and Pippingford Park, East Sussex
Set in the heart of beautiful countryside, the two Elderflower Fields festivals are designed especially for families with children.
The festivals offer everything from family picnics to yoga for kids and tree climbing sessions. There’s also a team of qualified nannies in an area decked out with beanbags so kids can relax during the evenings while parents have a spot of time to party.
22 – 25 May 2020 (Pippingford Park) and 29 – 31 May (Stanford Hall). BUY TICKETS
Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons
With rides, arts and craft workshops and kids theatre, little ones won’t get bored playing in Green Man’s designated Children’s and teenage areas.
The festival offers a trolley hire service meaning kids can be taken from A to B without getting tired legs and there’s a relaxing family camping field, too.
20 – 23 August. BUY TICKETS
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