Activities & Days Out / 18 July, 2023 / My Baba

16 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, 25th – 27th 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! Dance the night away to performances by iconic artists like Craig David, McFly, and Texas 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 characters like Basil Brush and Postman Pat and enjoy hilarious live shows with Horrible Histories and Yolanda’s Band Jam. Meanwhile, AdventureFest offers exciting opportunities for skill development with Scout Camp Live and Outback 2 Basics, along with captivating workshops led by seasoned explorers. For the brave souls, BugFest awaits with exotic creepy crawlies to interact with!

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!

From only £19, your child’s day ticket unlocks limitless adventures, and here’s the best part — under 5’s can join the fun for free!”

Book tickets here

Lost Village Festival 24-27th August 2023

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, Desiree, Dixon, Joy Orbisonl, Club Fitness, Honey Dijon, 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 derelict buildings and relics of the past, through deserted junkyards and deep into the woods.

Book tickets on Lost Village festival.com

Featured image: Lost Village festival

Victorious Festival 25-27th August 2023

Set on the stunning Southsea seafront in Portsmouth, Victorious Festival is one of the most beautifully located festivals in the UK.

The Victorious Kids Arena is a mini-festival in itself and what’s more, all the activities in the area are totally FREE! Now open for ALL 3 DAYs of the festival!

From Ready to Rock School & Kiddi-oke to bongo sessions and mini-discos, there’s plenty of music fun for youngsters of all ages.

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. Victorious continues to be one of the best value festivals for families in the UK.

Book tickets on Victoriousfestival.co.uk

Featured image: Victorious Festival

bluedot, Cheshire, 20-23rd July 2023

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

bluedot. Festival. Photo credit: George Harrison

Latitude, Suffolk, 20-23rd July 2023

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

Latitude Festival. Photo credit: Jen O’Neill

Boardmasters, Cornwall, 9-13th August

Surf and music festival Boardmasters is back on Fistral Beach beach this summer with of wicked line-up of Liam Gallagher, Cypress Hill, Lorde and Florence And The Machine. 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

Boardmasters Festival. Photo credit: Callum Morse

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Boomtown, Hampshire, 9-13th August 2023

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 2023, they are carrying on with their story with Chapter 2: The Twin Trail.

How do we imagine something better when systems of control are all we’ve known? We can only be what we can imagine, and whoever controls the story, controls the city. Is our story one of control, fear and isolation, or one of freedom, love and connection? It is time to go deeper, walk the Twin Trail, and conduct a revolution of the mind.

Buy tickets online on BoomtownFair.co.uk

Boomtown Festival. Photo credit: Mike Massaro

Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, 25-27th August 2023

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 Jamiroquai, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs and Ellie Goulding.

Buy tickets on VictoriousFestival.co.uk

WOMAD, Wiltshire, 27-30th July 2023

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

WOMAD Festival. Photo credit: Natalie Compagnie

Big Feastival, the Cotswolds, 25-27th August 2023

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.

The festival will proudly welcome Oti Mabuse, Vernon Kay and Laura Whitmore to host the Main Stage along with the amazing talents of Everything Everything, Mae Muller and Newton Faulkner to the Cotswold’s farm along with incredible DJs Seb Fontaine, Tall Paul and even Simon Pegg!

Book tickets on TheBigFeastival.com

Big Feastival

Big Feastival

Green Man, the Brecon Beacons, 17-20th August 2023

Wales’ largest music festival brings a top-quality line-up to the beautiful Brecon Beacons with headliners including Devo, Spiritulised, Young Fathers and First Aid Kit. 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

Featured image: bluedot Festival

Truck Festival, 21-23rd July 2023

Truck is a fantastic family festival, not too big but not too small and always super friendly. With the likes of The The Wombats, alt-J, and Royal Blood taking centre stage, Truck is set for another fantastic festival in the Oxford countryside. More line up is still to be announced.

Book tickets Online here 

Shambala, 24-27th August 2023

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!

Book tickets Online


Photo credit: Louise Roberts

Just So, 18-20th August 2023

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.

Book tickets Online

Camp Bestival, 27-30th July 2023

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.

Book tickets Online

Geronimo Festival, 23-26th August 2023

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.

Book tickets Online 

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