Getting out and about with kids need not be a thing of the past, as there are many great events that cater for the needs of families and have wonderful child-friendly activities and facilities. We bring you the best Family Friendly Festivals for 2018.
Isle of Wight Festival 21-24 June
Location: Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight
Line-up: Kasabian, The Script, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Rita Ora, Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher, James Bay, Jessie J, Soul II Soul, The Killers, Manic Street Preachers, Van Morrison, Camila Cabello, Sigrid, Travis, Sheryl CrowStaying: You have a choice of camping in your own tent in a field supplied with good facilities and showers, plus food outlets and bars. Kip’N’Go tents are pre-pitched, Harvest Moon and Pink Moon glamping has hot showers, loos and phone charging points, pre-pitched tents and PodPads, cute little huts in bright colours. CampKerala is a luxury site with amazing tents, real beds and a restaurant! There are plenty of hotels, guest houses and self-catering accommodation on the Island.
For kids: There is so much for kids to do, from their own stage with Be The DJ, Space Hopper Disco, magician Huxley with his Family Show, stunt clown Wolly, , The Shademakers Carnival Club, a Talent Show, Fancy Dress Competition, crafting and circus skills.
Tickets: Weekend £209 (includes camping), Friday only £65, Sat or Sun £75. Student £175, Teen £150 Child free.
Folk by the Oak – a Festival for all the Family to Enjoy
WIN a family pass worth £107 (2 adults and 2 children).
Folk by the Oak is just outside London, but its leafy location feels a million miles away. As the UK’s largest one day folk festival it promises all the open air buzz of a 3 day festival packed into one joyous day of music, fun and bunting! As well as bringing together an exceptional line- up of folk, roots and acoustic talent, which this year includes international festival favourite Amy MacDonald, the legendary Billy Bragg, and critically acclaimed Eliza Carthy,
Folk by the Oak is a festival designed with fun for all the family in mind!
“We want all our smaller Folk by the Oakers to enjoy the festival as much as the grown-ups!” says Caroline. “The venue lends itself perfectly to a family friendly festival. The Main Stage with its outdoor arena means that children can freely dance about in the parkland and our smaller, covered Acorn Stage attracts a little gathering of children right at the front singing along to favourite songs! As well as programming a day of back to back sublime music across the 2 stages, we have lovingly gathered together many magical, unique and imaginative activities for children to enjoy, either in our dedicated family area or dotted around the festival site”
2018 sees the welcome return of many activities to Folk by the Oak, plus a number of new and exciting additions. Out and about there are lively Folk Dance Sessions performed by Harpenden based Young Miscellany Dance Group> who are always happy to welcome adventurous audience members join in. Also around the festival site you will find Longbow Archery and Celtic Crafts with Celtic Harmony while the Splats Entertainment team are there to guide you through the finer arts of Circus Skills and The Complete Wasters are on hand with their recycled art workshop: Groovy Record Decorating. For those who love a little nostalgia there’s traditional wooden ‘Village Fete’ games and Traditional Fairground stalls such as the ever popular swing boats.
At the heart of the dedicated Family Space (close enough to the Main Stage that the grown-ups don’t miss any of the action!) is the formidable Slacklining School designed to bring your sense of balance into question! For the more daring among you there will be a new challenging Climbing Wall. Next to the old spreading oak tree you’ll find Storytelling in the Yarnsmith of Norwich’s medieval tent – the perfect space for tall tales and eloquent elaborations. Children and adults alike are invited to immerse themselves in the Lavender Mandala – a patterned sea of fragrance and colour. Likewise everyone is welcome to get in a tangle doing the Knot Making Workshops, decorate their hands with beautiful organic Henna Designs or get whisked away by the mesmerising Bubble Makers! For the musically minded The Morris Minors Singing Group will be gathering together young singers to explore some lively songs and if you’ve got enough puff left, there’s always the mesmerising didgeridoo workshops! There’s also a range of craft workshops in the Craft Tent to inspire all ages to get making, indulge in a mindful moment or two and enjoy some joyfully absorbing Knitting, Pottery, Willow Weaving and Woodturning. All this as well as Crown Making, Oak Leaf Art, Wishing Trees, Face Painting and more; there will be plenty of creative and exciting things for your children to enjoy.
You can even bring your own picnic! Feeding kids without spending a fortune at a festival often means a trip back to the tent and missing out on the action. Folk by the Oak is rather different. The organisers actively encourage you to bring your own homemade food into the arena and enjoy your picnic wherever you please! Should supplies run low there’s a carefully selected and plentiful array of tasty food stalls including: traditional ice-cream vans, stone-baked pizzas, gourmet burgers, a BBQ, vegetarian dishes, Greek souvlaki, The Persian Kitchen, fish finger sandwiches and scrummy curries!
Location: Lulworth Castle, DorsetLine-up: Simple Minds, Rick Astley, Clean Band it, Orbital, Rae Morris
Staying: There are different types of camping fields (plus campervan and caravan area), each with car parks and their own showers, loos (many eco-friendly and compostable), tasty food stalls, and recycling points. In the Boutique Campsite are Tipis, Yurts, Squrts, Cloudhouses, Podpads, Bell Tents, Gypsy Bowtop Caravans and more.
For kids: Kids are king at Camp Bestival with a range of activites for children of all ages. A large section of the site is devoted to kids, with plenty to do and the Upper Kids’ Garden suited to giving them freedom to cavort and explore.
Tickets: Adult weekend £197.50, under 1 year free, 1-4 years 5-9 years £45, 10-12 years £98, 13-17 years £125.
CBBC Summer Social
Location: Croxteth Hall, Liverpool
Line up: Union J, HRVY, Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler, The Next Step, Deadly 60 and Saturday Mash-Up! Performances by orchestras from West End musicals; explore the Grade II listed Croxteth Hall with its garden and petting zoo.
For kids: Join the fun with CBBC and CBeebies characters like the Clangers, Sam and Mark, Naomi Wilkinson, Ben Shires and more. Mr Tumble is on site with a CBeebies Village packed with activities and performances. Go wild with Andy Day, discuss pets with Vet’s Tales, have a boogie at the groovy Go Jetters disco and listen to a Bedtime Story.
Staying: A list of accomodation can be found on the Visit Liverpool website.
Tickets: Adults from £30.80, child 2-17 £30.80, under 2 free.
Location: Standon Lordship, Herts
Line-up: Paloma Faith, George Ezra, Bryan Ferry, Goldfrapp, Django Django, Black Revel Motorcycle Club, Nina Nesbitt
Staying: An incredible range of bespoke, high-quality accommodation from Tipis to Deluxe Suites, as well as a host of exclusive facilities including a reception and lounge tent, hairdryers and beauty bar and premium bathroom facilities.
For kids: There’s a fun-filled programme of daytime activities and performances for babies, kids and teens in dedicated spaces right in the heart of the festival, plus Mortimer Nannies on hand to care for little ones while you enjoy the music.
Tickets: Adult weekend £171, 4-12 years £49.46, 13-15 years £150.29, Under 3 £6.56.
Geronimo 30 June
Location: Knebworth House
Line-up: Justin Fletcher, Mr. Bloom, Cook and Line, Andy & Odd Socks.
Staying: There are several affordable hotels nearby; book through the festival’s website.
For kids: There are lots of family activities including Big Fish Little Fish, the rave for kids, Stage Coach acting classes, Mess Around art classes and much more, all included in the ticket.
Tickets: £45 for 2 days. Kids under 3 free.
Location: Gunnersbury Park, London
Line-up: Tame Impala, Leon Bridges, Fat White Family, Goat, The Horrors.
Staying: No accommodation at the venue but details of local places to stay are on the website
For kids: There’s a dedicated kids’ club with activities like puppet making, workshops from Little Angel Theatre, soft play and storytelling.
Tickets: £45-49.50 for over 12s, 6-11s £5, 5 and under free.
Latitude 14 July
Location: Henham Park, Suffolk
Line-up: Solange, Alt-J, Belle and Sebastian, Rag n Bone Man, The Vaccines
Staying: No accommodation on the site but plenty near by.
For kids: The dedicated kids’ area has creative, and adventurous activities including circus skills, screen printing, crafts, yoga and the beautiful Canopy Stage with a full line-up of family friendly comedy, live music and shows.
Tickets: Adult weekend £197.50, under 13 years £15 under 5, free.