The Best Family-Friendly Festivals: What’s Officially Cancelled?
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While we remain hopeful that we will be able to bring you good news and a return to live music soon, here, we will keep you updated with which family-friendly festivals have been cancelled, postponed, and those which are currently still going ahead so you can stay in-the-know.
Family-Friendly Festivals 2020
Cornbury Festival Dates: 10-12 July 2020
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
The festival currently appears to be going ahead. A statement on the website reads:
‘We are monitoring the situation closely and on a continuous basis. We appreciate that public health advice can change from hour to hour and we will adapt accordingly should it do so, keeping our customers informed of any changes that may affect them.’
Tunes on the Sands Festival Dates: 10-12 July 2020
This brand-new festival, coming to Blackpool Sands beach this July, hasn’t announced any notice of closure or postponement as of yet. 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
Latitude Festival Dates: 16-19 July 2020
Set to go ahead, 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
Deer Shed Festival dates: 22-26 July 2020
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? No postponement or closure announcements have been made as of yet. Buy Deer Shed tickets
Camp Bestival dates: 30 July-2 August 2020
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
Set to go ahead as planned, the festival organisers posted the following statement on their site:
‘Camp Bestival 2020 is proceeding as planned, and we are excited to welcome everyone to the event in 4 months time. The safety and health of our festival-goers, artists, and staff is always our top priority and planned for accordingly.
‘We continue to closely monitor official guidance from the World Health Organisation, Public Health England, UK Government and local public health authorities as information evolves.’
NORTH & SOUTH: CarFest
CarFest Festival Dates: 28 – 30 August 2020
Headliners at lastyear’s split-location CarFest event in aid of BBC Children in Need included Jools Holland, The Jacksons and The Human League. This year, both CarFest North and CarFest South are being combined into one big festival. 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, carfest.org
A message to festival-goers on the website reads:
‘The idea of bringing all our amazing CarFesters together is a very exciting one, and despite tough circumstances, the whole team are committed to making this year’s event better than ever before. We promised you more music, more cars and more stars… and now we’ll be creating some very special extra activities for all our fabulous CarFest friends and families.’
Standon Calling Festival Dates: 23-26 July 2020
Hertfordshire’s hottest boutique festival ensures a family line-up your kids will be excited about; last year’s highlights included Horrible Histories and Andy & the Odd Socks. There’s plenty for adults too, with Primal Scream, Artful Dodger, Alexis Kings and more set to perform. Buy Standon Calling tickets
The festival is set to go ahead, though organisers have issued a statement claiming that they are ‘mindful of the developing situation’ and ‘keeping a close eye on guidance from the World Health Organisation, Public Health England, UK Government and local public health authorities’. Read the full statement here.
The Great Wonderfest Festival Dates: 6-10 August 2020
Set to go ahead for 2020, children’s TV and family festival favourites Dick & Dom launched their very own music festival for kids last year, The Great Wonderfest, hosted on the Isle of Wight. Highlights for mini festival goers last year 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. Buy The Great Wonderfest tickets
Boomtown Festival Dates: 12-16 August 2020
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 tickets
Festival organisers are proceeding to go ahead for 2020 as planned, stating ‘we feel it’s very likely we will still be in a position to deliver a show of spectacular offering in August’. See Boomtown’s full Covid-19 status update here.
Green Man Festival Dates: 20-23 August 2020
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. Set to go ahead, buy your Green Man tickets here
Big Feastival Festival Dates: 28-30 August 2020
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
A Covid-19 update on the website reads:
‘In these uncertain times, family and loved ones really are the most important thing, so here at Feastival HQ we hope everyone at home is safe and doing well.
‘Just like you guys, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and advice from the UK Government and Public Health England. Right now our amazing team are working as hard as ever to put together the best festival we possibly can and we look forward to welcoming you all to the farm at the end of August. If our plans change for any reason, we will be sure to let you know as soon as possible. Whilst we are dreaming of sun, music and great food, just in case the event is cancelled we’d like to reassure you that ticket buyers will be refunded.’
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