Sunday 30 June 2024

The Best Family-Friendly Festivals in the UK featuring Carfest and More!

 One of our favourite things to do in the Summer as a family is to visit a festival. You can't beat sitting in a field watching the sun go down, listening to some cracking live music and taking in the atmosphere.  Most festivals have a dedicated kids area and here you can find all sorts of activities to keep them busy.  As the kids get older, we have started to try a few different ones and we have certainly found our favourites!

 Here’s a guide to some of the best family-friendly festivals in the UK.

1. Camp Bestival

Location: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
When: 25th-28th July

Camp Bestival is the ultimate family festival, combining music, arts, and family fun. Held in the picturesque grounds of Lulworth Castle, it features a stellar lineup of music acts such as Mcfly and Paloma Faith, alongside comedy shows, theatre performances, and workshops. Kids can enjoy the enormous Kids’ Garden with circus skills, face painting, and a dedicated toddler area. The festival also includes a wellness area for parents to unwind, making it a hit with families of all ages. Don't miss the fireworks on the Sunday evening! 

Elliot in the Lower Kids Garden, Camp Bestival

2. The Big Feastival

Location: Kingham, Oxfordshire
When: Bank Holiday Weekend August

The Big Feastival, founded by Jamie Oliver and Alex James, is a celebration of food and music set on Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds. It features live cooking demonstrations from top chefs, a fantastic music lineup including Becky Hill, and plenty of activities for kids. The Little Dudes’ Den offers crafts, games, and storytelling, while older children can enjoy workshops and outdoor sports. The festival’s focus on good food and fun makes it a deliciously delightful experience for families.

3. CarFest

Location: Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire
When: Bank Holiday Weekend August

CarFest, created by radio DJ Chris Evans, is a fantastic blend of cars, music, and family entertainment. Families can enjoy a vibrant mix of car shows, live music, great food and a host of activities for children. The festival includes a dedicated Kids’ Kingdom with crafts, circus skills, and sports activities. The track show, featuring classic and modern cars, is a highlight for all ages, and the proceeds support UK children’s charities, making it a feel-good event for the whole family.

Carfest Car Paddock

We visited Carfest for the first time last year and it was fantastic - easily one of the best family friendly festivals we've been to. We are looking forward to heading back this year!

4. Green Man Festival

Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales
When: 16th-18th August 2024

While Green Man is renowned for its impressive lineup of indie and alternative music, it’s also incredibly family-friendly. The festival’s Little Folk area provides a haven for kids, with workshops, storytelling, and musical performances tailored for younger audiences. The festival’s stunning location in the Brecon Beacons offers plenty of opportunities for families to explore the natural beauty of the area.

5. Gloworm Festival

Location: Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire
When: 16th-18th August 2024

Gloworm Festival is designed specifically for families with young children. It offers a magical and immersive experience with a focus on fun and creativity. The festival features live performances from popular children’s TV stars such as Maddie Moate and Andy Day, interactive theatre shows, craft workshops, and outdoor adventures. The Gloworm Woods are perfect for exploring, and the festival’s relaxed atmosphere ensures a stress-free experience for parents and kids alike.

Pic Credit - Sue Davis and girls at Gloworm Festival

6. Just So Festival

Location: Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire
When: 16th-18th August 2024

The Just So Festival is a magical, boutique festival specifically designed for families. Set in the beautiful woodland and parkland of Rode Hall Estate, it offers a variety of immersive and creative activities. Families can participate in storytelling sessions, arts and crafts, music and dance workshops, and outdoor adventures. The festival’s whimsical nature encourages children and parents alike to embrace their creativity and imagination.

7. Gone Wild Festival

Location: Powderham Castle, Devon
When: Bank Holiday Weekend August

Gone Wild Festival is a unique family festival that combines outdoor adventure with music and entertainment. Co-founded by Bear Grylls, it offers a wide range of activities, from bushcraft and survival skills to climbing, kayaking, and obstacle courses. The festival also features live music, storytelling, and workshops, making it a perfect blend of education and fun. Set in the stunning grounds of Powderham Castle, it’s an excellent choice for families who love the great outdoors.

Gone Wild Festival 

8. Victorious Festival

Location: Southsea Seafront, Portsmouth
When: Bank Holiday Weekend August

Victorious Festival is a vibrant family-friendly event set against the beautiful backdrop of Southsea Seafront. It boasts an impressive lineup of music acts across multiple stages, along with a dedicated Kids Arena featuring character meet-and-greets, live performances, and interactive activities. Families can enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, and a variety of sports and games. With its seaside location, it also offers the opportunity to relax on the beach and enjoy the coastal atmosphere.

Kids Arena at Victorious Festival

9. Glastonbury Festival

Location: Worthy Farm, Somerset
When: 27th-30th June 2024

Glastonbury is one of the most iconic music festivals in the world, and it’s surprisingly family-friendly. The Kidzfield is a dedicated area for children, featuring performances, workshops, and activities designed to entertain and inspire. From storytelling and puppet shows to arts and crafts, there’s plenty to keep the little ones engaged. The festival’s Green Kids Area focuses on environmental education and sustainable living, making it both fun and informative. Despite its massive size, Glastonbury offers a wealth of family-friendly amenities and activities.

Tips for Enjoying Festivals with Kids

  • Plan Ahead: Check festival websites for family-friendly amenities and activities.
  • Pack Essentials: Bring weather-appropriate clothing, snacks, and comfort items for the kids. 
  • Stay Safe: Keep a close eye on your children and use wristbands with contact information.
  • Take Breaks: Allow for downtime to avoid overstimulation and keep everyone happy.

These family-friendly festivals offer a perfect mix of entertainment, creativity, and outdoor fun, ensuring that both kids and parents have a fantastic time. So pack your bags, gather your family, and get ready to create some unforgettable memories at these wonderful UK festivals!

Exploring Carfest 

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