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 char
acters come to life, the family festival the perfect weekend getaway for getting out in the open, seeing some new music and experiencing something a little different.
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bluedot, Cheshire, 18-21 July
The award-winning Cheshire festival brings together science, culture and music at the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory. Expect family-friendly science shows, Big Fish Little Fish raves and the chance to create your own Wallis & Gromit characters with Aardman, the show’s creator. Headliners include Hot Chip, Kraftwerk 3-D and New Order.
Buy tickets on DiscoverTheBluedot.com
Latitude, Suffolk, 18-21 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. Sitting between the lake and the forest, the kids’ area is a haven of activity with traditional wood crafts and wild science experiments. Highlights for the adults include outdoor swimming and pampering sessions. Headliners are George Ezra, Snow Patrol and Lana Del Rey.
Buy tickets on LatitudeFestival.com
Citadel, London,14 July
Set to launch its new kids and family area this year, Citadel festival takes over West London’s Gunnersbury park for one day a year. On the kids’ line-up this year will be Albert’s Band, a fun-filled micro orchestra; world-reknowned magician Tom Brace, and Peppa Pig herself. It isn’t just about the performances, the family area will be filled with arts and crafts, soft play, a Roald Dahl workshop and much more. Adults are in for a treat too with headliners including Catfish & The Bottlemen, Bastille and Friendly Fires.
Buy tickets on CitadelFestival.com
Black Deer, Kent, 21-23 June
Returning for its second year, boutique festival Black Deer places families at the heart of its three-day summer party. The Americana and country music festival recreates the wild west in its Young Folk area complete with jailhouse and saloon. The Outpost features riding demonstrations, lasso practice and campfire singalongs. Children also have the chance to get creative with den-making with Woodland Tribe.
Buy tickets on BlackDeerFestival.com
Boardmasters, Cornwall, 7-11 August
Surf and music festival Boardmasters is back on Fistral Beach beach this summer with of wicked line-up of Wu-Tang Clan, Florence and the Machine and Foals. As well as the opportunity of learning to surf, they’ll be circus skills, family yoga, workshops, arts and crafts, and more.
Buy tickets on Boardmasters.com
BBC Summer Social, Liverpool, 3-4 August
Entering its second year, BBC Summer Social has a brilliant family lineup with the likes of Pixie Lott, Busted and John Newman, alongside CBBC and CBeebies stars such as Mr Tumble and Andy Day. There will also be a screening of the Horrible Histories movie followed by a Q&A with the cast. Expect theatre shows, inspiring workshops and appearances from popular children’s authors.
Buy Summer Social tickets on BBC.co.uk
Boomtown, Hampshire, 7-11 August
For five days, enter into the theatrical and fictitious city that is Boomtown. Divided into twelve distinct districts, immerse yourself amongst in the film-like street sets and indulge in a setlist of over 500 artists across 27 main stages and 80 street venues. The district of mischief and mayhem Kidztown is packed with interactive street venues, including a radio station run by children, that evoke imaginative play and adventure. Kidztown is packed with hundreds of workshops, including theatre and science sessions. The Raucous Rascals circus-themed stage will host acts from across the festival with delicate ears in mind. Boomtown headliners are Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Streets and Prophets of Rage.
Buy tickets online on BoomtownFair.co.uk
Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, 23-25 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 Two Door Cinema Club, New Order and Rudimental. The kids can look forward to CBeebies star Mr Bloom, yellow Transformer Bumblebee, Peppa Pig and George, and more. Music-based activities for children include Rock School, drum workshops, kids karaoke and a mini-disco.
Buy tickets on VictoriousFestival.co.uk
ONBlackheath, London, 13-14 July
With a mix of world-class music, family activities and fabulous food, ONBlackheath will see kids’ TV presenter Andy Day take to the Family Playground stage, alongside Mister Maker and Sooty who will be holding a Birthday Bake-Off! The Science museum will be performing explosive science experiments and allowing everyone to get hands-on learning about science.
Buy tickets on ONBlackheath.com
WOMAD, Wiltshire, 25-28 July
Catch artists from around the world as they come together at WOMAD festival this summer. Festival-goers will get the opportunity to learn new instruments, try new singing techniques and experience something new. The World of Children space is jam-packed with creative activities from morning until evening with things to do for teens and under fives too.
Buy tickets on WOMAD.co.uk
Shindig Festival, Somerset, 23-26 May
Relaxation and revelry in equal measure is the ethos of Shindig festival with Festival Kidz awarding it with a ‘Best For Family Raving’ accolade. Breakdancing, table tennis, trapeze and a table tennis championship are just a few of the wicked things on offer for the kids, while the music lineup features Estelle, Ozomatli and Kenny “DOPE”.
Buy tickets on ShindigFestival.co.uk
Starry Skies, Usk, 31 July-4 August
The makers of Shambala have now brought us Starry Skies, the best bits of a family festival and camping experience rolled into one. Included in the ticket price, children can try their hand at acrobatics, archery, axe throwing and more. There’s forest school for toddlers and Bub-Hub, a calm and cosy hub for the little babas to relax. For the adults, there’s wine tasting and a Craft Beer Wizard.
Book tickets on Starry-Skies.net
Big Feastival, the Cotswolds, 23-25 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 Rudimental (DJ set), Jess Glynne and Elbow. Lined up on the food and drink side is The Collaboration Kitchen, Friday Night Supper Club, Alex James Cheese Hub, celebrity chefs and plenty more.
Book tickets on TheBigFeastival.com
Green Man, the Brecon Beacons, 15-18 August
Wales’ largest music festival brings a top quality line-up to the beautiful Brecon Beacons with headliners including Eels, Father John Misty and Maribou State. Green Man has an ‘entire galaxy’ devoted to the Little Folk filled with creative workshops and activities to spark creativity and adventure into the imagination.
Book tickets on GreenMan.net