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Get your summer entertainment sorted with our guide to the UK's biggest and best family friendly festivals. With fun for all the family including top music stars and kid-friendly fun, entertainment and activities these festivals will suit music lovers, craft fans and foodies alike.
Festivals, epecially festivals designed to appeal to the whole family, are fast becoming one of the most popular ways to spend your great British summer, so let's dive in and find the best kid friendly music festivals in the UK this summer!
Covid-19: Covid 19 is still with us and while whole events are unlikely to be cancelled, some performers may need to withdraw from events at short notice.
Date: 4th - 7th August 2022
Location: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Wilderness is a four-day boutique festival spanning Music, The Arts, Food and Wellbeing, all set amidst the idyllic surroundings of Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire.
The mix of music, crafts and kids activities make it perfect for families.
Date: 18th - 21st August 2022
Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales
At Green Man, while the adults rock out to their favourite bands, kids up to 12 can explore The Lost City Of Atlantis, set against the backdrop of lush green Welsh mountains, the kids can go wild in their own aquatic adventure. Packed with an assortment of delights including craft workshops, bubbles galore, a bit of magic or just frivolous fun.
With a focus on Welsh music and a chance to camp in the lush Welsh countryside, Green Man is the perfect place to use as a base for exploring the wider area of the magnificant Breacon Beacons.
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Date: 28th - 28th August 2022
Location: Alex James' Farm, near Kingham, Oxfordshire
This foodies delight, held annually at Blur bassist and cheesemaker Alex James' farm in the Cotswolds, and always features a stellar line-up of bands - after all Alex James must have some pretty good contacts!
For the kids there is fun from their favourite stars of kids TV and fim, plus animals, a funfair, crafts, tree climbing and much more.
And Cheese. Lots of cheese.
Date: Arley Hall 26th-29rd August 2022
Location: Arley Hall Cheshire
The Geronimo festival is the UK's largest festival for children - in fact, it is described as "Glastonbury for kids" and it features top kids TV stars and family friendly bands.
Plus all the family can have a go at arts, crafts, circus skills, animals, inflatables, science shows and masses more. This year's lineup features Sam and Mark, Bez and Clint Boon, plus Monster Trucks, a circus and the World's Biggest Bouncy Castle!
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Date: May - September 2022
15 family-friendly festivals across the UK with the best of 1980's artists. The line up is different at every gig, from Wales to Scotland, Belfast to the North East and Yorkshire to Berkshire.
Big names that you can see this year include Scritti Politti, Nik Kershaw, Sqeeze, The Selector, Tiffany and OMD.
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After 2022's massively successful return for the UK's top festivals, lots of 2023's events have already been announced and are available to book, and tickets are already selling fast.
Here are the ones that have been announced so far.
Date: 28th April - 30th April 2023
Location: Charisworth Farm, Blandford, Dorset
The first family festival of the year, Teddy Rocks, is a family friendly event raising money for Teddy20, a children's cancer charity. You can camp on site in a tent and there are glamping options.
The music is an eclectic mix of rock, electro, acoustic, dubstep, drum and bass, and everything in between. The lineup for 2023 has not been announced yet, but bookings are already open.
Date: 26th - 29th May 2023
Location: Ashdown Forest, East Sussex
Elderflower Fields is the perfect first festival for families with kids. With family friendly music acts and woods full of kids activities including skateboarding, climbing, slacklining, parkour and many more adrenaline pumping experiences.
The kids can chill out after all that exhilaration with Arts Camp, crafty activities, the brilliant science dome, silly sports and all hte family can refuel with the wonderful food and drink vendors.
Tickets are on sale, performers will be announced in the autumn.
Date: 2nd - 4th June 2023
Location: Cheltenham Racecourse
The Wychwood festival is one of the UK's most popular kid-friendly festivals,with top name music acts plus majorettes, parades, silly sports, circus school and street theatre. It is know for it's friendly, homely atmosphere and top music line-up.
For all the family there is dance and arts workshops, a circus school and a programme of talks, debates and comedy for all ages.
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Date: 14th - 16th July 2023
Location: Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham
Fantasy Forest, the popular family-friendly festival, is a weekend packed full of lively entertainment, unique experiences, fantastic food and drink, and much more. Enjoy a magical weekend of fun, live music and entertainment at one of the Cotswold’s most well-known castle and grounds.
The full programme will be announced soon.
Date: 20th - 23rd July 2023
Location: Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire
At Standon Calling you can expect a fun-filled plethora of daytime activities and performances for babies, kids and teens in dedicated spaces, as well as interwoven into the festival’s programming.
Booking is now open, with the performers to be announced soon.
Date: 20th - 23th July 2023
Location:Henham Park, Suffolk
Latitude is one of the big daddies of the festival world, as famous for it's varied food selection and glamping tents as for it's top name line of big name music acts.
For younger kids there is a dedicated area with country activites, while 12-16 year olds can enter another world of music, media, technology, fashion, wildlife survival skills and assault courses suspended in the trees.
First release tickets have already sold out but more releases will be available in the near future. Lineup TBA.
Date: 20th - 23rd July 2023
Location: Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire
A blissful family festival that caters to all ages with activities that little ones can enjoy, as well as entertainment for teens, students, seasoned festivalites, party-starters and grandparents.
With live performance, comedy, arts workshops, spoken word, games and after-dark, experimental cabaret, with a splash of late-night disco.
Date: 27th - 30th July 2023
Location: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Camp Bestival is the family friendly version of the grown-up Bestival festival and this one has as much for the adults as the kids, with headliners from the best of rock and pop as well as top DJs.
For the kids there is lots of entertainment for the including stage shows, vintage fairground rides plus lots more fun and games all over the site. Lineup to be announced, but tickets are on sale.
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