Looking for the very best family-friendly festivals in the UK for 2019? Pack up the tent, pull on those wellies and stock-pile the glitter. From Camp Bestival to the Big Feastival, we’ve rounded up the food & music festivals with the best facilities and entertainment for kids, so you can all enjoy some al fresco fun this summer.
Best Family-Friendly Festivals 2019
Cornbury Festival Dates: 5-7 July 2019
In the Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, this luxe family-friendly affair features kids activities that include Ukulele for Kids, circus skills shows, kids yoga and a toddler disco. Young art lovers will find a host of workshops from screen printing to needle felting. There’s also a giant den, clay modelling and yoga for some outdoorsy festi-fun.
Latitude Festival Dates: 18-21 July 2019
Award-winning family-friendly festival Latitude has activities for kids, teens and families spread across three areas. Think pond dipping, star gazing, pizza making, a dedicated In Betweeners area for teens and a magical Enchanted Garden with a family-friendly programme for under-13s. There’s even a dedicated schools programme to allow teachers to bring along their class for some festival fun.
Deer Shed Festival dates: 26-28 July 2019
Started by a group of music loving parents, dissatisfied with paying over the odds for below average music, the founders of Deer Shed know what makes a good family festival. Their success is in not regarding children as second-class citizens, but also not over compromising for that ‘family friendly’ experience. Music, spoken word, theatre, cinema and workshops are all top notch. Under-5s activities include a sensory tent and soft play. Boom Chikka Boom baby rave anyone?
Camp Bestival dates: 25-28 July 2019
In our opinion, the very best of child-friendly festivals, Camp Bestival is a wonderland for little ones. Not to be confused with more grown up sister-festival , Camp Bestival vetoes the beer sludge and raving all-nighters for more child-friendly pursuits like bouncy castles, go-carts, fairgrounds, face painting, sandpits and glitter – the list goes on. In fact, most of the festival is dedicated to little party people. There’s even a Breastival Mother and Baby Chill Out spot for the newest mums. Head to the Upper Kids’ Garden on the lawn behind the castle to find the world’s biggest bouncy castle and keep your eyes peeled for visits from beloved characters such as the Gruffalo and PJ Masks. There are family shows and entertainment from Mr Tumble, Mister Maker & Big Fish Little Fish to name but a few. What’s in it for the parents? Oldies can enjoy Nile Rogers + Chic, Jess Glynne and The Human League to name but a few.
Port Eliot Festival Dates: 25-28 July 2019
At this seriously chic Cornish summer festival you’ll find talks from some of the biggest names in children’s literature, along with a dedicated children’s area, which provides a haven for adventure, with enchanting performances, interactive theatre, and more. There’s also kayaking and archery down by the river along with plenty of spots for wild swimming. Fun, no?
NORTH & SOUTH: CarFest
CarFest North Festival Dates: 26 – 28 July 2019
CarFest South Festival Dates: 23 – 25 August 2019
Headliners at this year’s split-location CarFest event in aid of BBC Children in Need include Jools Holland, The Jacksons and The Human League. There’s plenty on offer for kids, including the Vintage Village, where they can step back in time and visit the vintage market, tea rooms and sweet shops, and discover cars from the 30s through to the 70s. There’s also the Farm-Olympics, kids theatre and the Car-Nival. Limited tickets still available |
Standon Calling Festival Dates: 25-28 July 2019
With a family line-up your kids will be excited about, this year’s highlights include Horrible Histories and Andy & the Odd Socks. There’s plenty for adults too, with headliners including Paloma Faith and Brian Ferry.
Boomtown Festival Dates: 7-11 August 2019
The only choice for the coolest kids in town; Boomtown’s annual party is always a sell-out. If you have secured your family place, Kidztown is the place to check out, with The Sandcastle Stage hosting child-friendly acts all weekend. Junior Jungle , FUNDMC and Big Fish Little Fish will help to prove that the family that raves together, stays together, with musical styles including ragga-jungle to hip-hop to club classics. All this and more, at one of the most hotly-anticipated events on the festival calendar for 2019.
Green Man Festival Dates: 15-18 August 2019
Jumping around in a field surrounded by the breathtaking Brecon Beacons is most people’s idea of fun. There’s a ‘Little Folk’ area for glitter-filled under-12s fun. This year the area is transformed into The Lost City Of Atlantis, set against the backdrop of lush green mountains, where the kids can go wild in their own aquatic adventure. From craft workshops and bubbles galore, to a bit of magic or just frivolous fun; this is one of the best kids’ zones out there.
Big Feastival Festival Dates: 23-25 August 2019
Held on founder and Blur star Alex James’ farm in Kingham, the Big Feastival features a host of big names in family-friendly entertainment. This year’s line-up is yet to be announced, but previous years have featured everyone including Justin Fletcher and Andy & the Odd Socks of CBeebies fame to Peppa Pig, the Gruffalo and Paddington.
Curious Arts Festival dates: 23-26 August 2019
This stylish and beautiful arts and music festival is this year moving from Pylewell Park in the New Forest to the breathtaking estate of Pippingford Park with sweeping views across Southern England. There are a host of child-led activities to entertain the little ones at the music, arts and literature event. From children’s poetry and film workshops to classic cartoons and bedtime stories; you can take it in turns to find entertainment and cultural stimulation in this beautiful setting.
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