Activities & Days Out / 17 May, 2024 / My Baba

Family-Friendly Festivals To Book This Summer Hols

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.

CarFest, Hampshire, 23th – 25th August

Enjoy seven festivals in one at Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire this August. There’s AdventureFest, FoodFest, KidsFest, RetroFest, SpaFest, StarFest, and, of course, CarFest! Rock n roll the night away to performances by iconic artists like Richard Ashcroft, Jonny Marr, and Beverley Knight and witness jaw-dropping track shows featuring legendary cars that will leave you in awe.

Get ready for a family adventure like no other at CarFest! Little adventurers will be thrilled with KidsFest, where they can meet beloved CBeebies characters. There’s a Sports Zone and an Arts Zone for kids to use up some energy or get creative. Bands and characters to be announced soon!

Parents can indulge in culinary delights with demonstrations by top chefs, rejuvenate mind and body with insightful wellness workshops, and get insider tips from exclusive celebrity appearances. CarFest has it all for the whole family to enjoy!

Book tickets: Carfest.org

Victorious Festival 23-25th August

Set on the stunning Southsea seafront in Portsmouth, Victorious Festival is one of the most beautifully located festivals in the UK. There’s a stellar line-up this year too, with FatBoy Slim, Snow Patrol, Jamie T, Biffy Clyro headlining.

Described as a ‘mini-festival in itself,’ the Kids Arena has tonnes to keep little ones entertained across the weekend, including top performances on the Kids Stage, adventure activities and opportunities to meet and greet your kid’s favourite characters throughout the weekend. Victorious continues to be one of the best value festivals for families in the UK.

Book tickets: Victoriousfestival.co.uk

Featured image: Victorious Festival

Latitude, Suffolk, 25-28th 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. This year’s line-up includes Kasabian, Kean, Duran Duran and London Grammar.

Set within the stunning surroundings of Henham Park, 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 family summer adventure awaits.

Book tickets: LatitudeFestival.com

Latitude Festival. Photo credit: Jen O’Neill

Boardmasters, Cornwall, 7-11th August

Surf and music festival Boardmasters is back on Fistral Beach beach this summer with a line-up that includes Chase & Status, Sam Fender and Stormzy. As well as the opportunity to learn to surf, there’ll be arts and crafts, family yoga, workshops, and more.

Book tickets: Boardmasters.com

Boardmasters Festival. Photo credit: Callum Morse

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Boomtown, Hampshire, 7-11th August

Boomtown is a living theatre with a long history and an ongoing narrative. Hundreds of characters roam the streets and guide the citizens through the labyrinth of adventures waiting to be discovered. Each chapter delves even further into Boomtown’s mythology, with endless stories for you to be part of and make your own.

If you choose to play, the aim of the game is to discover the stories unfolding all over the city and the collective wisdom teaching us all how to transform our world.

Book tickets online: BoomtownFair.co.uk

Boomtown Festival. Photo credit: Mike Massaro

WOMAD, Wiltshire, 25-28th 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 that brings together artists from all over the globe. In addition to 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.

Book tickets on WOMAD.co.uk

WOMAD Festival. Photo credit: Natalie Compagnie

The Big Feastival, the Cotswolds, 25-27th August

The Big Feastival is billed as the UK’s biggest family-friendly festival, with a wealth of activities on hand for the whole family to enjoy. Expect children’s entertainers, kids’ TV characters, cookery classes, farmyard animals and more.

The festival will proudly welcome Snow Patrol, Becky Hill, Ash, Jonny Marr and Natasha Bedingfield to the Main Stage along with the amazing talents of Scouting for Girls, Kate Nash and Cat Burns. The Big Kitchen returns with chefs Raymond Blanc, Fitwaffle, Jack Stein and Max La Manna. There really is something for everyone!

Book tickets: TheBigFeastival.com

Big Feastival

Big Feastival

Green Man, the Brecon Beacons, 15-18th August

Wales’ largest music festival brings a top-quality line-up to the beautiful Brecon Beacons with headliners including Big Thief, Sampha, Jon Hopkins, Sleaford Mods and more.

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:GreenMan.net

Featured image: bluedot Festival

Truck Festival, 26-28th July

Renowned as “The godfather of small music festivals,” Truck offers a remarkable family-friendly experience. With a perfect balance between size and intimacy, it’s known for its welcoming atmosphere.

Kids can enjoy the fairground attractions while a plethora of entertainment ensures they’re constantly engaged. This year, the spotlight shines on headliners like The Streets, The Kooks, Jamie T, and Wet Leg, promising another unforgettable festival amidst the picturesque Oxford countryside.

Book tickets: Truck Festival.com 

Just So, 16-18th August

Brought to you by the minds behind Wild Rumpus, the Just So festival unfolds amidst the breathtaking Rode Hall Estate in Cheshire. Tailored exclusively for children and their families, Just So promises an enchanting blend of arts and cultural experiences.

Embracing the spirit of creativity Just So invites you to unleash your skills, talents, and ideas in its whimsical realm. Whether you’re dazzling with juggling balls, sharing cherished stories by the campfire, or strumming your guitar under the stars, this festival celebrates your unique contributions. It’s a gathering where every family member’s sparkle adds to the magic of the event.

Book tickets: Just So Festival.org.uk

Camp Bestival, 27-30th 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.

Designed by families, especially for families, this festival combines all the fun of a fantastic family camping holiday with everything you’d expect from an idyllic and action-packed festival adventure.

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.

Book tickets: Camp Bestival.net

Geronimo Festival, 23-26th August

The Sunday Mirror has billed Geronimo Festival as the ‘Glasto for kids.’ It’s the largest children’s festival in the UK, with hundreds of activities for children aged 0 to 12.

Imagine all of your children’s favourite performers, characters, songs and fun in one weekend of colour, sparkle, giggles and bubbles. Geronimo has a wealth of talent to delight children and parents alike. With children’s entertainment and activities, live music, food stalls and camping, Geronimo is the perfect mini-vacation.

Book tickets: Geronimo Fest.com

Henley Festival, 10-14th July

Experience the ultimate family outing at Henley Festival’s Playdate 2024, featuring a delightful array of activities and shows. Enjoy Jonny Awsum’s acclaimed musical comedy, Marcel Lucont’s interactive gameshow, and Darryl Carrington’s captivating blend of traditional circus skills and modern tech. Be enchanted by Professor Twistopher’s classic Punch and Judy, mesmerized by Professor Strange’s time-traveling magic and circus acts on his grand tricycle, and thrilled by the Amazing Balloon Lady’s fantastic creations. Join in the fun with Pemberton and Hague’s juggling and dancing, witness Thomas Trilby’s international circus prowess, participate in a live Doodle Jam session with Tommy Gurr, and much more!

Book tickets: Henley Festival

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