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The Best Family-Friendly Festivals

From Camp Bestival to Port Eliot, we've rounded up the music festivals with the best facilities and entertainment for kids

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Looking for the very best family-friendly festivals in the UK for 2020? See what happened in 2019 and start planning ahead for next year. 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. 

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

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. Buy Cornbury tickets

DEVON: Tunes on the Sands

Tunes on the Sands Festival Dates: 12-14 July 2019

Listen to KT Tunstall, Newton Faulkner and Hoosiers with your toes in the sand at Tunes on the Sands festival, coming to Blackpool Sands beach this July. Alongside the music, children can enjoy beach activities, kayaking, a circus and silent discos, as well as taking part in a big beach clean. Buy Tunes on the Sands tickets

SUFFOLK: Latitude Festival

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. Buy Latitude tickets

YORKSHIRE: Deer Shed Festival

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? Buy Deer Shed tickets

DORSET: Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival dates: 25-28 July 2019

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 & 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. Buy Camp Bestival tickets

Read our review of Camp Bestival 2018

CORNWALL: Port Eliot Festival

Port Eliot Festival Dates: 25-28 July 2019

port eliot festival

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? Buy Port Eliot Festival tickets



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 |

HERTFORDSHIRE: Standon Calling

standon calling

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. Buy Standon Calling tickets


ISLE OF WIGHT: The Great Wonderfest

The Great Wonderfest Festival Dates: 1-4 August 2019

Children’s TV and family festival favourites Dick & Dom are launching their very own music festival for kids, The Great Wonderfest, to be hosted on the Isle of Wight this August. Highlights for mini festival goers will include 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. If you want to make a week of it, the campsite will be open from the Monday previous to families wishing to enjoy an alfresco getaway on the Isle of Wight. Buy The Great Wonderfest tickets


Boomtown Festival Dates: 7-11 August 2019

Boomtown Kidzone

Boomtown Kidzone

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. Buy Boomtown tickets 

Read our review of Boomtown Fair 2018

WALES: Green Man Festival

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. Buy Green Man tickets

COTSWOLDS: Big Feastival


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. Buy Big Feastival tickets

EAST SUSSEX: Curious Arts Festival

Curious Arts Festival

Curious Arts Festival, photo by: James Gillham

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. Buy Curious Arts Festival tickets

Read our review of Curious Arts Festival 2018

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