Our round-up of the best family-friendly festivals is here and we've included a few new additions...we're already very excited about the start of festival season & the excuse for crazy costumes, all weekend parties, delicious foods & jaw dropping acts brought together to make Summer 2017 sing.
This year we’ve included the capacity, so whether you are after a small intimate affair where the children can have a little freedom or a gigantic pop-up city with something mesmerising around each corner there should be something perfect for your family.
Kicking off the festival season we love Wigfest, a small family-friendly festival in a beautiful Devon setting. It’s really good value for 3 nights of camping and children under 16 are free. They have lots going on in the day to entertain the children as well including free use of bouncy castles all day. Lots of live bands play throughout the day and evening with a silent disco for later in the night.
The theme this year is ‘It’s a knockout ‘, encouraging people to get a team together and take part in fun games throughout the day.
Jess went last year & says.. “We love Wigfest! Last year I was heavily pregnant (2 weeks from popping) and had a marvellous chilled out time keeping all the family happy. It is small enough so I could sit back and watch the other two children run around the field making new friends and enjoying the free bouncy castle, without having to follow them around all day. They also loved the crockery smashing stall that you paid a small fee for. Some brilliant music, super friendly festival-goers, lovely/ great value food all with beautiful views over the Devon countryside. We will be back this year with the baby!”
When? Friday 26th – Sunday 27th May
Where? Black Dog Village, Devon
Capacity? 500 people
How much? £40 for a weekend camping ticket per adult. Day tickets and one night stays available. All children under 16 are free.
If you want to travel a little further afield then this kid’s festival looks amazing! It’s been called Glasto for kids and has all the favourites on the line-up including, Justin Fletcher, Mr Bloom, Andy Day & Katy Ashworth as well as a whole world of entertainment with 100 activities all geared for the little ones, with most being included in your ticket price.
This year the festival introduces camping & glamping (some amazing looking pre-erected card & cube tents!) so you can make a whole weekend of it. The theme this year is Princess, Knights & Dragons, so join them at Arley Hall for a magical weekend.
When? 27th – 29th May
Where? Arley Hall, Cheshire
Capacity? 10,000 people per day
How Much? Tier 2 3 day ticket is £55 per person. Children under 2 are free. Camping starts at £60. Day tickets are available.
Wychwood takes place at Cheltenham racecourse. It is fantastic for families and the flat ground makes it really easy for little ones and buggies, and there is easy access to the camping areas. There is something for everyone with over 100 bands and 100 free workshops for all ages over the weekend.
There is a superb kid’s area each year with loads of hand-on activities, stories and shows. Headliners this year include Buzzcocks, The Levellers and Billy Bragg and for the children Cbeebies presenter Katy Ashworth.
Jess went last year heavily pregnant with a 5 & 3 year old in tow. Read her review here;
When? 2nd to 4th June 2017
Where? Cheltenham Racecourse
Capacity? 7,500 people
How much? Adult 3 day entry pass £140, adult camping pass is £25. Children under 5 are free. Day tickets and one night camping passes are available.
How about this...a four day Yoga festival with dance, music and meditation in beautiful surroundings in the heart of Dorset? Immerse yourself in workshops and programmes to calm and connect you. The festival welcomes children with The Treehouse Kids area offering something for all children encouraging them to make new friends and be creative and imaginative.
This year’s new venue means some children’s activities will be around the outdoor swimming pool at Gaunts House. The festival offers a wonderful variety of delicious vegetarian food and is drug and alcohol free with a 4 day event enabling you to relax and get the full Colourfest experience.
When? 1st – 4th June 2017
Where? Gaunts House, Dorset
Capacity? 1000 people
How Much? Super Early Bird Tickets available at £130 per adult and includes camping. Kids 3 – 16 years £20. There is also In-House Accommodation at Gaunts House available at an additional cost to the colourfest ticket.
Home Farm Festival
Home Farm Festival is a small family-friendly festival with 90 bands playing over the weekend on the family farm in Somerset. It is the biggest annual fundraising event for the Piers Simon Appeal and School In A Bag. There are lots of things going on to entertain the children including Kids Disco, Kids Cinema, PlayArt, Funzone and a family camping area. Lots of music for the adults and we love the idea of the Friday night Posh Frock & Wellies theme. Who doesn’t like to get dressed up and dance around with some wellies on!!
When? 9th – 11th June 2017
Where? Chilthorne Domer, Somerset
Capacity? 5,000 people
How Much? Adult Weekender £45, children 6 – 17 years half price, children 5 and under are free. Day tickets are also available.
3 Wishes Fairy Festival
We’ve always loved the look of 3 Wishes Fairy Festival. Dress up as a fairy with your little ones for the whole weekend and get involved in free workshops & listen to live music on two stages. This year’s line-up includes Jasmine Beckett-Griffith and Linda Ravenscroft. Each year they have the world record attempt for the largest gathering of Fairies.
Each day has a theme this year it’s Santa Fe, so as well as fairies you will see mermaids & pirates.
When? 16th – 18th June
Where? Mount Edgcumbe House, Torpoint, Cornwall
Capacity? 1000 people
How Much? 3 day ticket including camping is £99 per person.
Priddy Folk Fest
Jess says “We’ve been for the last couple of years now. We love the kid’s tent and the children have had such fun joining in with different musical workshops from African drumming to dancing in a kid’s ceidfdlh. There are lovely food & ales on offer and a super atmosphere. Day tickets are available so you don’t have to go for the whole weekend. A really lovely family day out.”
When? 7th – 9th July
Where? Priddy, Somerset
How Much? Early Bird adult tickets with camping £82. Children under 11 are free.
The Godney Gathering
This fantastic one-day festival is incredible value at £22.50 per ticket and children 15 years and under are free. This year’s exciting line-up includes The Darkness, Dub Pistols and Nathan Grisdale as well as another 73 acts over 7 stages. There is a designated children’s area with lots on offer from circus skills, craft workshops and a children’s disco and party tent. You can book camping just across the road at Garslade Campsite an organic family farm campsite in the heart of Somerset.
When? Saturday 15th July
Where? Godney, nr Glastonbury
Capacity? 4999 people
How Much? Tier 2 tickets £22.50 with children 15 and under free.
Curious Arts Festival
A new one for Country Mummy, & we really love the look of this festival in The New Forest. This is it’s fourth year and promises lots for your little ones, including puppetry workshops and a Jabberwocky hunt. Headlining this year is the fantastic Tom Odell amongst other live musical acts.
There is also a strong literary line-up & we have to say, we are very intrigued by a festival that starts with a cricket match!! Sounds like they have something for everyone.
When? 21st – 23rd July
Where? Pylewell Park, New forest
Capacity? 4000 people
How Much? Early bird weekend tickets £102, children £25 and family £200. Camping is free and Glamping options can be booked from March.
Another lovely festival in sunny Devon. This is perfect for families with a separate family camping area and a special kids area including bouncy castles, climbing walls and workshops. The line-up this year looks really fun with The Shires and Soul II Soul already announced.
When? 21st – 22nd July
Where? Chagford, Devon
Capactiy? 5000 people
How Much? Weekend adult ticket (including camping) £90. Children under 12 are free
This is an amazing festival for the whole family... a continuous parade of fancy dressed young and old, magical bubbles and laughter and merriment from all. The site itself is big, but easy to walk around and so much to see for everybody… jousting, a ferris wheel, a blow up chapel! With the added excitement of Lulworth Castle as the back drop.
This year’s line-up looks like one of the best yet with music from Madness, All Saints, Mark Ronson & Lightning Seeds to name a few as well as all those magical acts for the kids.. Mr Tumble, Dick & Dom, Mister Maker and School of Rock the Musical and so many more fabulous acts to keep the kids happy all weekend.
When? 27th to 30th July
Where? Lulworth Castle, Dorset
How Much? Adult Weekend Ticket - £197.50, Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket - £125, Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket - £98.75, Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket - £45, Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket - £15 and children under 1 are free.
Capacity? 30,000 people
Check out Danielle’s experience and amazing photos to tempt you..
Farm Fest has its own family campsite in the heart of the Somerset Countryside and offers some outstanding family fun for two days in the Kids Tent. The theme this year will be Animal Antics with lots on offer to entertain the kids including theatre, puppetry and a family disco.
We also love the sound of all the arts & crafts planned encouraging children to get hands on. Get them involved with the resident artist Sadie Eddington with plans for a large art installation using recyclables!
They also have other fun and games across the site and a yearly hat competition. Older children are also considered with lots on offer for teenagers including dance workshops, jewellery making and yoga for all ages.
When? 28th & 29th July
Where? Bruton, Somerset
Capacity? 5,000 people
How much? Adult weekend ticket £79, children 13 – 17 £54, children 12 & under are free. Camping & parking included in the ticket price.
River Cottage Festival
How about enjoying this festival in the grounds of the River Cottage itself this August bank holiday weekend? Definitely one for all you foodies with lots of master classes and demonstrations promised.
As well as this, they have lots of food & drink stalls, live music and lots planned for children, including circus skills and instrument making. There is a pop-up restaurant at the River Cottage itself and over the weekend you may get to meet Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall himself. Camping and Glamping options are available.
Tried & Tested, Jess says “We went for the day last year to celebrate my dad’s 70th birthday. It was a lovely family get together with all the grandchildren. Everyone loved the day and there were lots of fun activities for the children. It was brilliant to see the River Cottage headquarters, such a beautiful setting!’
When? Saturday 26th – 27th August
Where? Nr Axminster, Devon
How Much? Weekend ticket £85 per adult, this year children under 16 are free. Day tickets are available.
Capacitiy? 4,500 visitors over the weekend.
The Big Feastival
Another one for your foodies, take a look at Jamie Oliver and Alex Jame’s festival The Big Feastival, also on the August bank holiday weekend. As well as an amazing array of food stalls, cookery schools and demonstrations, the music line-up is always really exciting with headline acts being announced very soon. A real family vibe, children are well catered for with a big top full of activities and workshops and a vintage fair on site.
When? 25th – 27th August
How Much? A three day camping tickets starts at £179.50 Children 12 and under are free. Day tickets are available.
As always, nice to know we are spoilt for choice.
Have you seen the Country Mummy shop now live on the website selling gift bundles? Available at the moment we have the baba sensory bundle which includes 9 engaging & developmental items perfect to entertain your little ones alongwith a cream drawstring bag to store them all in. Perfect for a baby shower gift.
We also have the mama bundle stocked with treats and a perfect idea for a Mother's Day gift.
Launching soon we have the friendship bundle...and this one includes fizz :)