You may think that your days of stumbling into a tent at 3am after a night of dancing under the stars in your wellies are over. For the most part, you’re probably right. With small children you’re much more likely to stumble into your tent at 3am whilst camping because it’s the sixth time your youngest has woken up that night. Your days at a different kind of festival though, may only just be beginning. Family festivals are gaining more and more popularity as they’re a fantastic way of bringing all ages together and spending time outdoors. They’re a chance to get creative and immerse yourself in fantastical worlds full of music, theatre and storytelling.
Cornbury Music Festival
Cotswolds, 5th-7th July
Civilised and charming, the Cornbury Music Festival is a homespun melting pot where music-lovers share pies and champagne at an open-air party in the heart of Chipping Norton. This is a weekend that is tailor-made for the whole family, which means mum can make the most of the Massage Marquee whilst dad can take the children to watch this year’s headlining act: The Beach Boys.
The Just-So Festival
Cheshire, 16-18th August
During this annual, intimate, weekend-long camping festival you can expect an imaginative outdoor adventure like no other. It sets the best art, music, literature, comedy and theatre against the beautiful backdrop of woodland clearings, rolling parkland, lakeside spots and an arboreal amphitheatre in the Rode Hall Estate in Cheshire. Just-So was also awarded Best Festival in 2015 and is the only combined arts festival dedicated solely to families in the UK, so set those expectations high and book your tickets before they sell out!
Dorset, 25-28th July
Camp Bestival is a multi-award winning festival that combines an all-encompassing family festival experience with an action packed camping holiday; an event branded on their website as a ‘Festi-Holiday’. Camp Bestival has an ever-increasing fan base who claim it is one of the best immersive experiences for families with children. Four days just doesn’t seem to be long enough.
Geronimo Festival Cheshire, 24th-27th May
Geronimo is catered to children like no other festival, brimming with fancy dress and face paint, transporting you to a fairytale realm where families connect and have fun. Our favourite part? You can choose between camping and glamping options (we know which we’d pick), with options ranging from the Royal Indian Shikar Tents to luxury Moroccan-themed Bedouin Tents, which are decorated with thick Persian rugs, a hand-printed lining, and have sumptuous beds with Egyptian cotton bed linen. Who can ever find the air bed pump anyway?
Lake District, 25th-28th July
Think great music and carnival-themed crafts in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, if not the world: the Lake District. With a dedicated children’s area (Kids Calling) and everything from a mothers and babies tent to workshops for teenagers, the standard ticket includes a dedicated Family Campsite which will ensure there’s something for everyone.
Curious Arts Festival
East Sussex, 23rd-26th August
Described as ‘one of the UK’s top boutique festivals’ by The Guardian, Curious Arts Festival is a celebration of artistic talent against the lush backdrop of the New Forest. With a massive choice of children’s activities on offer to engross and exhaust little ones of all ages, the line-up for 2019 is already looking spectacular with Breath of Life Puppetry workshops, Tales from Tall Trees and a Jabberwocky Hunt. This magical and innovative programme of events is certain to be a hit with little ones.