GoMunkee’s pulled together an exciting selection of family-friendly festivals happening this summer.
The number of festivals in the UK has rocketed in recent years and there’s huge diversity in the offer – music, entertainment, cookery, curiosity, adventure, literary, circus, bushcraft… This means loads of fun for children, teens and families, with many festivals putting family right at the centre. It’s a good idea to book early for Early Bird discounts, and grab tickets before they sell out. Where tickets aren’t yet available (ie, CarFest South), get yourselves on the mailing list and be ready to page refresh, so you don’t miss out. No more FOMO.
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18-20 May 2018, Alfriston, East Sussex
A mystical weekend in the beautiful Sussex countryside. Entertainment for children is free and hosted by Fairy Dust Events. Everything from dressing up, to puppet making and musical instrument sessions. Plenty of fairy entertainment, including zumba, pirates, treasure hunts and bubbles …
Tickets on sale now. Standard 3-day weekend ticket, £77.50 for adults, £20 for kids 5-15, under 5s free.
Elderflower Fields – The Family Festival
25-28 May 2018, Danehill, Uckfield, East Sussex
Elderflower Fields is a three-day, green field camping festival, designed especially for families with children. A weekend of wild adventure, eclectic music and great local food, sports, nature and the arts and all set in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside. Make giant bubbles and mud pies, find fairy doors, listen to stories, create science experiments, dance to music, relax in hammocks, ride down the hill on skateboards and learn to cook on a campfire. Three stages across the site for all day performances, music and storytelling.
http://www.elderflowerfields.co.uk Tickets currently on sale.
Standard Weekend ticket, £115 for adults, £62.50 for kids under 16, £15 for kids 3-5, under 3s free.
Chilham Chase and Chill
28 May, Chilham, Canterbury, Kent
Fun-run, fete and all-day music festival, set in the magnificent grounds of Chilham Castle. A full day of family fun and activities, games, food and drink including The Chilham Chase – a 2-mile fun obstacle race with prizes for various teams. Birds of prey display from The Hawking Centre and classic cars provided by The Morgan Club.
1-3 June 2018, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire
With its laid back, family friendly atmosphere, everywhere you’ll see kids running around, chasing bubbles, practising circus skills and dancing to the live music. Consistently nominated as the Best Family Festival in the UK Festival Awards, this year is the 14th Wychwood Festival. And the organisers are striving to make it the best year yet for kids and families. Highlights over the three-day weekend include over 100 artists performing across four stages – headlined by The Gipsy Kings – 100+ workshops, carnival parades and activities for all ages, as well as comedy, kids’ literature, poetry, yoga and optional boutique camping.
Tickets on sale now. Early Bird Weekend ticket, £115 for adults, £55 for kids under 14, £15 for kids 5-9, under 5s free.
Geronimo – The Children’s Festival
30 June-1 July, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire
Described by the Daily Mirror as ‘Glastonbury for Kids’, Geronimo has an additional venue at Knebworth House for 2018. This ‘ultimate family festival in the UK’ has a children’s field like no other and caters solely to the very young, allowing families to connect in a fairytale existence for an amazing, dressing up, fun weekend. Headline acts include Justin Fletcher, CBeebies’ Mr Bloom, Andy & Odd Socks and Cook & Line. Early bird (discounted) tickets are now on sale, increasing in price the nearer the dates gets nearer, so book now.
Wealden Literary Festival
30 June – 1 July 2018, Woodchurch, Kent
Wealden Literary Festival is a celebration of nature and place through literature, arts, crafts and food.
The festival has something for people of all ages and is proud to be a family-friendly festival with entrance for children aged 13 and under being free.
The fun-filled programme of talks, events and activities is hand-picked for children and includes:
- Talks and readings from leading children’s authors and illustrators
- Interactive outdoor activities providing playful encounters with the natural world
- Den-building, bushcraft and foraging
- Art classes using natural materials
Early bird tickets now available. Adults £45 per day. Children under 13 free.
Big Day Out
14 July 2018, Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent
A big, noisy one-day event with plenty of things for kids of all ages too: Hip Hop dance school, circus skills, Let’s Make Some Bubbles, Fairytale Princesses singing songs from Frozen, cheerleading workshop, exotic animals, donkey rides, sports workshop, archery, caving, ferret racing, drum school, puppet workshop, super heroes, Bollywood dance show. Headlining the music – Alexandra Burke. What more could you possibly want? Tickets for sale now, from £15.
Cornbury Music Festival
13-15 July 2018, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
A high-end open-air party in the heart of Chipping Norton country. Apart from the cost of the fairground rides, most of the children’s activities are completely free. The supervised Kids’ Zone is right in the middle of the festival, so parents can drop in and out. Activities are all free for children. As well as a circus skills tent and toddler disco, there’s the Mayflower Project Teen Tent, also supervised. This is a comfortable setting where young festival goers can take part in activities and workshops or slump on sofas and roll their eyes at parents enjoying themselves. Older party-goers can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy time with (or away from) their family. Initial line-up includes music from Alanis Morissette, Pixie Lott, UB40, and Amy McDonald.
Range of different ticket options now on sale.
12-15 July 2018, near Southwold, Suffolk
With activities and entertainment for kids, teens and families now spread across three exciting areas, it’s no wonder Latitude has previously won Best Family Festival and ‘Best Family Day Out’.
This is an authentic pop festival, is set in the beautiful grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk. Arranged around the Latitude Lake is a stunning kids’ area, where children are entertained by fire shows, circus skills and performance, screen printing, wildlife crafts, award-winning authors, archaeology and history, yoga, pizza-making, traditional woodland crafts and a host of exciting science experiments. From the Canopy Stage there’s a full line-up of family friendly comedy, live music and shows, plus Saturday and Sunday morning family socials. There’s also an Inbetweeners’ teen area. Here, teenagers can take part in music, media, fashion and technology workshops, or learn wildlife survival skills. Headliners on the big stage in 2018 include The Killers, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man and Harry Hill.
Tickets now on sale. Weekend ticket, £197.50 for adults, £10 for kids under 12.
Larmer Tree Festival
20-22 July 2018, Cranbourne Chase, Dorset
Larmer Tree Festival is the quintessential summer party, set in the fanciest of pleasure gardens. After a year-long break, Larmer Tree Festival is back for its 27th year. It has secured itself as one of the UK’s most loved and long-standing small festivals – a combination of its breathtaking location, extraordinary and creative events with shed loads of fun stuff to delight, entertain and inspire for all the family.
The Larmer Tree Festival has been awarded the UK Festival Awards for ‘Best Family Festival’ and ‘Best Toilets’ by festival-goers for the coolest, cleanest loos. Headline acts in 2018 include First Aid Kit and Jake Bugg.
Early Bird tickets have sold out, but Tier One tickets are now starting to be released. Good news is that under 10s go free for the weekend.
Adult weekend £179, 11-17 yrs £112 and under 10s free.
Curious Arts Festival
20-22 July 2018, Pylewell Park, Hampshire
A quirky festival of music, literature, comedy and irresistibly Curious happenings. This boutique festival is held in the lush gardens of Pylewell Park on the south coast. Everything’s just a bit curious, as you’d expect. There’ll be a massive choice of children’s activities on offer in 2018 to engross and exhaust little ones of all ages. Events are updated all the time. Children can enjoy a Curious Bear Hunt through the Park and budding writers may explore The Week Junior Journalism Course or attend the writing workshop. There are bedtime stories every evening as well as bat walks and an Alice in Wonderland Party. For grown-ups, there’s poetry, bookish talks by best-selling authors, live music (Gareth Malone, John Newman and more) live stand-up, arts and crafts and immersive adventures…
Early bird tickets now on sale. http://www.curiousartsfestival.com
Weekend family ticket, £279, £23 for kids under 16, under 4s free. Range of other tickets/prices available for individual days.
26-29 July 2018, Lulworth Castle, Dorset
The theme for 2018 is Camp Bestival Sets Sail! So, hop aboard, pull up the gangplank and prepare for departure to the biggest fancy-dress party ever, on a voyage of festi-holiday fun fit for all the family. Headliners include Rick Astley, Clean Bandit and Simple Minds.
As ever, family shows and entertainment are front and centre of the promenade deck, with top billing turns from long-time Camp Bestival legend, Mr Tumble, plus Dick and Dom. Head to the Pirate Sandpit, the Dingly Dell (featuring den building and tree climbing), Crafty Cabin for knitting and tie-dye, the Insect Circus and Museum, Bigtopmania Kids’ Theatre and Circus, Spinney Hollow Woodland Crafts and the sports park and skate ramps. Marvel at Dinosaur World Live, ballet with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Pirates of Penzance – the musical, Royal Albert Hall’s Seafaring Symphony and workshops, the return of Come Dancing in the Spiegeltent. There’s the Underwater Carnival Night Parade, sailing talks with High Seas Adventurers, pirate bedtime stories, the World of Supersaurs and Now, That’s What I call Sea Shanties. Plus teen talks and opinions. So much to cram into just four days and nights.
Early bird tickets now available. Complicated price range of tickets for children, depending on their ages. Extra charges for parking, campervans, trailers, pus numerous upgrade options/passes. Monthly payment plan available.
3-5 August 2018, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset
Valley Fest is a veritable wonderland for children. Kids run wild. There’s no ‘kids’ area’ because fun activities are all around them. They can head over to Hogsnorts Farm Academy to learn more about farming life, do some veg picking with The Community Farm, horse around on the vintage tractors and even meet the farm animals and enjoy the falconry displays. Weleda Wellbeing have kids’ yoga sessions and seed bomb workshops. There’s also an arts and crafts tent, a film tent and adventures with poetry and stories. Good food, great music… ‘Feel ripples of love from the laid-back vibe of a lakeside party’. ‘Lush little family festival in the most gorgeous location’. ‘Being there felt like you were part of the best-kept secret party – the kind that happens spontaneously, when you least expect it.’
Tickets now on sale, with an optional instalments option.
bOing! Kent’s International Family Festival
25-26 August 2018, University of Kent, Canterbury
Join us again this summer for an exciting weekend of the best live performances from across Europe to excite and inspire all ages. bOing! 2018 will be the biggest bOing! yet. Loads of free performances and activities, stunning theatre, puppets, dance and quirky fun for all the family. Watch this site for updates for this massive, magical family festival.
Entry to bOing! is free, although tickets need to be booked for many events – including free events.
24-26 August, Laverstoke Park Farm, near Basingstoke, Hampshire
CarFest South presents a fabulous mix of music, cookery, cars and fun all in aid of BBC Children in Need. As the brainchild of Chris Evans, it’s a magical weekend of entertainment for all the family. Music acts already confirmed include Jools Holland, Status Quo, Texas, The Feeling and The Proclaimers. Further big music announcements will be made prior to the event.
CarFest will obviously feature lots and lots of cars and there will be dance workshops, custard pie fights, a ‘car’-nival parade, pig racing, a vintage steam fair and other fun.
http://www.carfest.org/welcome/welcome-to-carfest-south The second round of tickets will be released in the Spring. Sign up for the newsletter, news and the ticket date announcement. Tickets will sell out very quickly.
The Big Feastival
24-26 August 2018, Alex James’ Farm, Kingham, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
Food is at the heart of this festival, where children are encouraged to cook at this mouth-wateringly good weekend. Held on former Blur bassist, Alex James’ Cotswold farm, it’s a guaranteed mix of fabulous food and high-end celebrity spotting – Rick Stein will be cooking up a feast there this year. 2018’s musical line-up, hosted by Jo Whiley, includes Olly Murs and Madness. Small chefs can head to the NEFF Kids’ Kitchen for hands-on cookery classes. Adam Henson will be introducing feathered and furry friends and kids children can become Greenleaf Tree Climbers – at the top they’ll have the best views of the festival. Headlining for the kids in 2018 are Peppa Pig and George, Justin Fletcher, Paddington and The Gruffalo. There are numerous international street food outlets, and kids can visit the RAU Vegetable Patch where they can learn about the journey from field to fork. The Big Feastival features a vintage funfair, complete with dodgems and a helter skelter.
Weekend tickets (excluding camping) from £179.50 for adults and £37.25 for children. Day tickets also available.
England’s Medieval Festival
25-27 August 2018, Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex
A weekend packed with outdoor medieval-themed activities, set in the grounds of an amazing castle. The castle is the centrepiece of the entertainment, coming under siege and battle daily by re-enactors. Be enthralled by jousting, watch a longbow contest, cover your ears when the cannon is fired. Grand parades, medieval puppet shows, strolling minstrels, jesters, wizards and 12 ft giants circulate. There’s a Kid’s Kingdom with staged performances, living history encampments and over 200 craftsmen and merchants plying their trades. A great day out for all the family.
Ticket Prices: Adult – £20 OAP – £19 Student – £19 Child (5-12 yrs) – £10 Child (under 5 yrs) – Free
Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) – £58 Small Family (2 adults & 1 child) – £41
September date tbc
OnBlackheath is a south London family-orientated music festival, held each September on Blackheath Common.
The festival showcases a generation-spanning music line-up alongside some incredible food, workshops and pop-up stalls on one of the capital’s greenest spots and is in partnership with John Lewis.
The last edition featured sets from The Libertines, Jake Bugg and Seasick Steve, while Michelin-starred chefs and kids’ entertainers created a refined, warm and relaxed atmosphere, just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of central London.
https://www.festicket.com/festivals/onblackheath/2018/ Sign up for email date/ticket sale announcements