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The Best Family-Friendly Festivals for 2018

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The Best Family-Friendly Festivals for 2018

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


Looking for the very best family-friendly festivals in the UK for 2018? 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 outdoor fun this summer. 


Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Best Family-Friendly Festivals 2018


Curious Arts Festival

Curious Arts Festival

Curious Arts Festival, photo by: James Gillham

Curious Arts Festival dates: 20-22 July 2018

There are a host of child-led activities to entertain the little ones at music, arts and literature event Curious Arts Festival at Plyewell Park in Hampshire. 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

Deer Shed Festival

Deer Shed Festival dates: 20-22 July 2018

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

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival dates: 26-29 July 2018

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

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 Peter Rabbit, Peppa Pig and Paddington. There are family shows and entertainment from Mr Tumble, Dick and Dom, Mister Maker & the Shapes and Dinosaur World Live to name but a few. Buy Camp Bestival tickets

Port Eliot Festival

Port Eliot Festival Dates: 26-29 July 2018

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: 27 – 29 July 2018

CarFest South Festival Dates: 24 – 26 August 2018

Headliners at this year’s split-location CarFest event in aid of BBC Children in Need include Paloma Faith, Razorlight and lean Bandit, plus an inclusive supergroup including Kaiser Chief’s Ricky Wilson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp. 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

standon calling

Standon Calling Festival Dates: 26-29 July 2018

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



Boomtown Festival Dates: 9-12 August

Boomtown Kidzone

Boomtown Kidzone

The only choice for the coolest kids in town; Boomtown’s massive 10th anniversary party is pretty much sold-out apart from resale tickets and boutique Boomtown Springs offerings. If you have secured your family place, Kidztown is the place to check out, with The Sandcastle Stage hosting acts such as Disney Rascal performing ska/reggae covers of favourite Disney tunes; Tantz , the Leeds based klezmer/Balkan beats/gypsy jazz bohemians who’ve taken the UK world/roots music scene by storm, and 3-year-old garage selector, DJ Archie, who will be the youngest superstar to grace a Boomtown stage. 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 2018. Buy Boomtown tickets 

Green Man Festival

Green Man Festival Dates: 16-19 August 2018


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

Big Feastival


Big Feastival Festival Dates: 25-27 August 2017

Held on founder and Blur star Alex James’ farm in Kingham, the Big Feastival features a host of big names in family-friendly entertainment, from Justin Fletcher and Andy & the Odd Socks of CBeebies fame to Peppa Pig, the Gruffalo and Paddington. Buy Big Feastival tickets

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Cornbury Festival Dates: 13-15 July 2018

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. Buy Cornbury tickets

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