Looking for ways to keep the family entertained this summer? Book one of these fantastic family festivals. From picking up some surfing skills to seeing some favourite TV characters come to life, the family festival is the perfect weekend getaway for getting out in the open, seeing some new music and experiencing something a little different.
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Henley Festival, 6-10 July
Taking over the Festival site on Sunday, there will be a whole host of wonderful activities and performances for children of all ages and stages. Highlights include a thrilling, hilarious and high-energy show of astoundingly original magic and laugh-out-loud comedy in the form of Gizmo’s Marvellous Magic Show, Carlos Airhead will dazzle children with his metamorphosis from man to a six-foot balloon, plus MC Grammar will be tackling subjects from football to volcanos in his hugely popular Wonder Raps.
For young comedy fans, the Festival is thrilled to present Jones and Barnard with their family friendly Variety Spectacular Show packed with giggles, juggling and escapology; Cookie the Clown will be giving out balloon models and laughs for free; Mr Pineapple Head will perform is captivating vintage and silent clown routine; and aspiring young entertainers can perfect their own performance skills in the Comedy Club 4 Kids and Theatre Club 4 Kids.
For creative little ones there will be workshops galore with Henley Youth Choir sharing singing tips, Henley Youth Festival nurturing young artists, Funky Faces offering face-painting sessions, Tommy Gurr sharing a live Doodle Jam for all children to get involved, plus Henley Literary Festival will be on hand for storytelling sessions. And if that’s not enough Adora Bubbles will share their magic amongst flurry of bubbles and smiles! With a jam-packed exciting programme, Family Sunday at Henley Festival promises an unmissable day out for the entire family.
Book tickets www.henley-festival.co.uk
Lost Village Festival 25-28 August
Taking place in a beautiful forest, set amongst the Lincolnshire countryside, Lost Village is a surreal exploration that encompasses food, music, wellness, comedy and a dose of adventure…
Discover an intricately curated world of music that spans electronic, disco and soulful sounds, with artists such as Bonobo, Jamie XX, Tom Misch, Kojey Radical, Horse Meat Disco, Honey Dijon, Daphni, Jayda G and many more. The full music lineup is here.
As you venture through the forest, expect to uncover an array of weird, wonderful and beautiful destinations, including an old airport, an abandoned zoo, derelict courtyards and overgrown gardens; a journey that encompasses talks, wellness, lakeside relaxation, comedy, creative workshops and spectacular visual performances amongst a passionately curated array of food and music.
For the first time, we will see the arrival of Table in the Woods, with Santiago Lastra (KOL), Roberta Hall McCarron (The Little Chartroom and Eleanore) and Rafael Cagali (Da Terra) for a never seen before chef table experience located in the woods, all cooked over open flames.
Book tickets on Lost Village festival.com
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Victorious Festival 26-28 August
Victorious Festival – the UK’s largest Metropolitan Festival- has today announced an exciting line-up of family-friendly entertainment for this year’s Kids Arena.
Labelled the ‘Jools Holland for kids’, YolanDa’s Band Jam will headline the Kids’ Stage on Saturday whilst Captain Barnacles & Kwazii will headline the Sunday show with a special Octonauts ‘To Your Stations’ show. Plus, there’s tons more fun on site with appearances from everyone’s favourite firefighter, Fireman Sam, viral sensation Baby Shark and Go Jetters superheroes: Glitch & Ubercorn. Combined with an impressive music line-up including Sam Fender, Paolo Nutini, Anne-Marie and Stereophonics, Victorious continues to be one of best family-friendly festivals.
Described as a ‘mini festival in itself’, the Kids Arena has tons to keep little ones entertained across the weekend including top performances the Kids Stage, adventure activities and opportunities to meet and greet your kid’s favourite characters throughout the weekend. All Kids Arena attractions are free, and with kids’ entry prices from £1, Victorious continues to be one of the best value festivals for families in the UK.
Book tickets on Victoriousfestival.co.uk
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bluedot, Cheshire, 21-24 July
The award-winning Cheshire festival brings together science, culture and music at the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory.
Explore the bluedot experience, from the world’s best loved headliners beneath the legendary iconic Lovell Telescope to late-night electronica in Orbit, science Dot Talks in Mission Control and The Star Pavilion, award-winning culture and comedy in Contact, family fun across the Science Fields and Big Bang Stage, and much, much more.
Buy tickets on DiscoverTheBluedot.com
Latitude, Suffolk, 21-24 July
Winner of ‘Best Family Festival 2018’ Latitude is all about creating fun memories for all the family through music, comedy, theatre, dance and more.
Set within the stunning surrounds of Henham Park, cinch presents Latitude has been creating unforgettable memories for over 15 years. Let your curiosity guide you through the very best in music, dance, comedy, poetry, theatre, literature, podcasts, family activities and wellness. Your summer adventure awaits.
Buy tickets on LatitudeFestival.com
Black Deer, Kent, 17-19 June
Black Deer is a festival born from passion, and built from experience – thanks to its founders, who are no strangers to the festival and events scene, having produced and directed some of the UK’s most loved featuring legendary Americana artists like Neil Young, the Eagles and Bob Dylan. And for whom, Americana and country music has become a lifelong love affair.
Buy tickets on BlackDeerFestival.com
Boardmasters, Cornwall, 10-14 August
Surf and music festival Boardmasters is back on Fistral Beach beach this summer with of wicked line-up of George Ezra, Kings of Leon and Disclosure. As well as the opportunity of learning to surf, they’ll be arts and crafts, family yoga, workshops, and more.
Buy tickets on Boardmasters.com
Boomtown, Hampshire, 10-14 August
Boomtown at its heart is a living theatre with a long history and an ongoing narrative, hundreds of characters roaming the streets and guiding the citizens through the labyrinth of adventures waiting to be discovered. Each chapter delves even further into the mythology of Boomtown, with endless stories for you to be part of and make your very own.
For 2022, they are starting with a clean slate and our world of new wonders to discover in Chapter One: The Gathering.
The premise is simple, they are a Gathering… Gatherings are a deep part of human connection and celebration and have been so for millennia, but in these current real-world times, they were also one of the first things to be outlawed. When we come together this will be The Gathering we’ve all been needing for so long…
Buy tickets online on BoomtownFair.co.uk
Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, 26-28 August
With its stunning seaside location, Victorious festival is well-known on the family festival circuit – usually for its killer line-up. This year is no different with headliners including Stereophonics, Suede and Ocean Colour Scene.
Buy tickets on VictoriousFestival.co.uk
WOMAD, Wiltshire, 28-31 July
Catch artists from around the world as they come together at WOMAD festival this summer. WOMAD stands for the ‘World of Music, Arts and Dance’. It gives its name to the internationally established festival bringing together artists from all over the globe. As well as presenting and celebrating the huge array of art forms the planet has to offer, a central aim of WOMAD’s many festivals is to promote cross-cultural awareness and tolerance.
Buy tickets on WOMAD.co.uk
Shindig Festival, Somerset, 26-29 May
Shindig is one of the country’s few genuinely ‘Boutique’ boutique festivals. No VIP tickets necessary as Shindiggers are all VIP and get to experience the acts up close and personal.
That’s the beauty of Shindig; we made it for our friends to enjoy. And now seven years later, their friends and their friends, friends are also loving it, and that’s the best way to build something wonderful and beautiful and happy. We’ve woven all the best bits we’ve experienced in our lives into a one weekend bag of laughs you won’t forget.
Buy tickets on ShindigFestival.co.uk
Big Feastival, the Cotswolds, 26-28 August
The UK’s biggest family-friendly festival has a wealth of activities for the whole family. Expect children’s entertainers, kids’ TV characters, cookery classes, farmyard animals and more. Headliners include Stereophonics, Anne-Marie and The Human League.
Book tickets on TheBigFeastival.com
Green Man, the Brecon Beacons, 18-21 August
Wales’ largest music festival brings a top-quality line-up to the beautiful Brecon Beacons with headliners including Long Blondes, Carwyn Ellis and Beach House. People of all ages come to Green Man and whether you’re bringing the kids, teens, grandparents or the whole brood, there’s a host of activities and action that’ll keep them entertained from dawn ‘till dusk…
Book tickets on GreenMan.net
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Enchanted Fields Festival, 24-26th June
Enchanted Fields festival is a family event held in the beautiful Victoria Park, Southport. Wellness plays a huge role in the development of children (and adults), and with such an incredible variety now available, it has never been easier to bring wellness to our little ones.
Over the 3 day event, the festival offers an array of yoga workshops designed for children and families to enjoy, including bubble yoga and a trip to outer space. Enjoy interactive storytelling times, or learn how to juggle and balance in our circus skills workshops. If you’re in the mood to shake your tail feather, check out the Shindig tent, filled with live music, try hula hoops, play with bubbles and dance workshops, or be amazed watching fire jugglers, angel wing displays and balancing acts. You can even book a kids massage in the Enchanted Fields’ holistic village.
Book tickets online here.
Truck Festival, 22-24nd July
Truck is a fantastic family festival, not too big but not too small and always super friendly. With the likes of The Kooks, Kelis and Kasabian taking centre stage, Truck is set for another fantastic festival in the Oxford countryside. More line up is still to be announced.
WHEN: 22-24nd July
WHERE: Hill Farm, Oxfordshire
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Shambala, 25th – 28th August
Shambala is a very family-friendly festival, with a wild side. We do everything we can to make the festival great for the whole family, whilst maintaining the music, magic and mayhem!
WHEN: 25-28th August
WHERE: A secret country estate, Northampton
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Just So, 19th – 21st August
From the creators of Wild Rumpus, Just So festival is taking place on the fantastic Rode Hall Estate in Cheshire. Specially created for children and their families, Just So offers brilliant arts and cultural experiences for all the family.
They encourage you to bring your skills, talents and ideas to the curious world of Just So. If you can juggle, bring your juggling balls and show us what you can do. Bring your favourite stories and read them around the campfire circle. Bring your guitar, fiddle or just your favourite songs for music and singing in and around the site. This is a festival for you and your family, and the more of you that shines through, the better it will be.
WHEN: 19-21st August
WHERE: Rode Hall Estate in Cheshire
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Camp Bestival, 28th – 31st July
Set in the majestic grounds of Lulworth Castle, on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic coastline, Camp Bestival is jam-packed with entertainment, from stellar musical morsels and cultural delights to stunning sideshow attractions and lashings of family fun.
Featuring truly enormous kids’ gardens your little ones will be utterly spoilt for choice. There are a host of thrilling activities and family fun from soft play and circus skills to bush-craft and the world’s biggest bouncy castle, and much more excitement for kids of all ages spread across the spacious grounds of Lulworth Castle. Plus, there are kids’ shows and performances on the Castle Stage and in the Big Top, daring antics and crafty delights to be had at Wild Tribe, and fairy-tale escapism in the Dingly Dell.
WHEN: 28-31st July
WHERE: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
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Geronimo Festival, 27th – 29th August
Geronimo Festival has been billed as ‘Glasto for kids’ by the Sunday Mirror. The largest children’s festival in the UK with hundreds of activities for children aged from 0-12. Watch live shows on the Geronostage from TV favourites and amazing new talent.
WHEN: 27-29th August
WHERE: Arley Hall, Cheshire
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