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The Best Family-Friendly Festivals 2021

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From Camp Bestival to Cornbury

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We bring you all the latest on the family-friendly festivals hoping to go ahead this year, offering plenty of activities for little ones to enjoy plus great music line-ups.

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Family-Friendly Festivals 2021

July

OXFORDSHIRE: Cornbury

Cornbury Festival Dates: 9-11 July 2021

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. Buy Cornbury tickets

DEVON: Tunes on the Sands

Tunes on the Sands Festival Dates: 9-11 July 2021

This is a brand-new family-friendly festival, set to arrive at Blackpool Sands beach this July. Billy Ocean is due to perform, whilst little ones can enjoy beach activities, kayaking, art instillations and silent discos. Parents, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s also a Tarquins gin terrace. Buy Tunes on the Sands tickets

SUFFOLK: Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival

Photo: Sarah Koury

Latitude Festival Dates: 22-25 July 2021

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. This year sees the likes of Liam Gallagher, Haim and The Chemical Brothers take to the stage. Buy Latitude tickets

YORKSHIRE: Deer Shed Festival

Deer Shed Festival dates: 30 July-1 August 2021

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? Buy Deer Shed Festival tickets

DORSET: Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival dates: 29 July-1 August 2021

Camp Bestival

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 Bestival, 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 and Timmy Mallett. What’s in it for the parents? Oldies can enjoy Groove Armada, Liam Payne and Friendly Fires, to name but a few. Buy Camp Bestival tickets

NORTH & SOUTH: CarFest

CarFest

CarFest Festival Dates: 23-25 July, 13-15 August, 27-29 August 2021

Headliners at the last split-location CarFest event in aid of BBC Children in Need included 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.

HERTFORDSHIRE: Standon Calling

standon calling

Standon Calling Festival Dates: 22-25 July 2021

Hertfordshire’s hottest boutique festival ensures a family line-up your kids will be excited about; the last festival’s highlights included Horrible Histories and Andy & the Odd Socks. There’s plenty for adults too, with Primal Scream, Bastille, Hot Chip and more set to perform. Buy Standon Calling tickets

August

ISLE OF WIGHT: The Great Wonderfest

The Great Wonderfest Festival Dates: TBC

Set to go ahead for 2021, children’s TV and family festival favourites Dick & Dom launched their very own music festival for kids in 2019, The Great Wonderfest, hosted on the Isle of Wight. Highlights for mini festival goers included the Peppa Pig: Summer Festival with an interactive stage performance plus the chance to meet Peppa and George, dance workshops from Flawless and daily performances from the TV comedy duo hosts themselves. Pre-register for The Great Wonderfest tickets

HAMPSHIRE: Boomtown

Boomtown Festival Dates: 11-15 August 2021

Boomtown Kidzone

Boomtown Kidzone

The only choice for the coolest kids in town; Boomtown’s annual party is always a sell-out. Little ones will love Kidztown which features a petting zoo, cinema, face painting and tattoo parlour and more. Buy Boomtown Fair tickets

WALES: Green Man Festival

Green Man Festival Dates: 19-22 August 2021

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. Last year the area was transformed into The Lost City Of Atlantis, set against the backdrop of lush green mountains, where the kids could 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. Buy Green Man Festival tickets

COTSWOLDS: Big Feastival

Feastival

Big Feastival Festival Dates: 27-29 August 2021

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 features CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher and Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Five, whilst adults will enjoy performances from the likes of DJ Sigala, Rag’n’Bone Man and Nile Rodgers & CHIC. Buy Big Feastival tickets

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