Family friendly festivals round up... 2018

It’s the time of year where we begin to imagine the summer and we can start making plans for weekends away...weekends that include glitter paint, dancing, circus skills and much more. Take you pick for a weekend getaway from any one of the brilliant family festivals we have rounded up below... we are spoiled for choice!

We’ve included some new ones and some of our old favourites, and detailed the capacity (from smaller, intimate festivals to giant cities), the starting prices (there are still some good early bird offers on if you get in early) and when/ where they are.

Look out over the next few weeks as we will share reviews from some that we attended & loved last year.

 

Shindig Weekender

shindig 

When? 25th – 28th May

Where? Bruton, Somerset

How big? 6.5k

A new one to us at Country Mummy and we love the look of it! The line-up looks amazing with Soul to Soul, Stero Mcs, Jungle Brothers and Dub Pistols amongst others. The festival involves 11 themed areas including a house party, a circus show and a kids party. They are really selling themselves as a family affair with lots planned for little ones and teenagers with graffiti walls and Dj, MCing and breakdance workshops.

How much? It is super value with Adult tickets currently at £115 for the weekend including camping and children under 12 are free. 13 – 17 years are £50.

Check out the website for different Glamping options as well.

At the time of writing Shindig had SOLD OUT bar resale tickets that they will be releasing in April  so keep your eyes peeled on their website and social media for their release.

 

Geronimo 

 Geronimo

 

When? 25th – 28th May

Where? Arley Hall, Cheshire

This one is up north, but perfect for children with all the favourites on the line-up including Justin Fletcher, Mr Bloom, Katy Ashworth and Andy & Odd Socks. This year promises a whole host of new amazing activities including Highland Games, Sock Wrestling and Tigers Motorcycle Display team. A huge amount of activities and shows are included in your ticket price. This year there will also be a Spa with a crèche facilely!!

Taking your own tent is fine, but do check out their fantastic Glamping options including bell tents and amazing looking pre-erected tents.

How big? Capacity; 10,000 a day.

How much? Tier 2 tickets are now available starting at £30 per day. Children under 2 and senior citizens are free!

For the first time this year Geronimo have a second festival later in the year at Knebworth from 30th June – 2nd July. 

 

Wychwood

 Wychwood

When? 1st to 3rd June

Where? Cheltenham Racecourse

We love Wychwood! A beautiful setting and the most amazing kid’s area with loads of free performances and workshops. The main stage has really good viewing and the flat ground makes this a perfect festival for buggies as well. Acts this year include Shed Seven, Feeder, Baxter Dury and The Gypsy. 

How big? 7,500 people

How much? Adult tickets are £137.50, concessions £112.50, Child 10 – 15 years £72.50 and Child 5 – 9 years £27.50. Children under 5 are free. Camping passes for adults are £27.50 and include camping on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

 

Home Farm Fest

home-Farm

When? 8th – 10th June

Where? Chilthorne Domer, Somerset

This year welcomes the 13th festival for the charity ‘School in a Bag’. Over 3 days and 7 stages you can see over 130 bands. There is lots on offer for children with a playart children’s area, funzone inflatables, climbing wall, kids cinema and a kids disco. Friday night has the return of Posh wears and wellies theme.

How big?  Licensed for 5000, but often smaller numbers make this a perfect size festival to relax when you have little ones in tow.

How much? Weekend tickets £50 per adult, 0-5 years free, 6 – 17 year half price. Camping is £10 per tent for the weekend. Campervans & Motorhomes £25 per weekend.

 

Curry Rivel Live

 CRlive

When? Saturday 16th June

Where? Curry Rivel, Somerset

A small one day festival with live music from 1pm through to midnight. This festival hosts a wide repertoire of music from local musicians and bands. There is a ‘kids area’ with Circus workshops, face painting, inflatable rides, children’s rides, walk around characters and the local fire engine. Plus a new addition to this year’s festival with a children’s craft area.

How much? Super value with adult tickets at £13 + booking fee and children £5.00 + booking fee.

 

3 Wishes Faery Fest

 3wishes

When? 15th – 17th June

Where? Torpoint, Cornwall

 At Country Mummy we always love the look of these 3 magical days with 100+ free workshops, talks and walks. This year’s daily themes look super, exciting for little ones (and adults actually!) The Saturday is Unicorns with free unicorn horn making workshops and as if you didn’t need an excuse dress up like a character from The Greatest Showman then the Sunday theme will be Fairy Circus. A special request for no scary clowns though!

Glamping options are available with Shire Huts and Luxury Bell tents.

How much? Adult tickets including camping are £99. Family tickets are £240. Children under 7 are free.

Day tickets are available.

How big? 1000 people with plans to expand!

 

Goren Festival

 Goren

 

When? 29th to 30th June

Where? Honiton, Devon

Another new one for us at Country Mummy and we love the look of it – a festival in wildflower meadow, sounds wonderful! This is the 3rd year and they are introducing a 2nd stage to include even more fantastic bands. There are also some wonderful activities planned for children - forest school, pottery, moth trapping, bug hunts, archery, circus skills, bat walks, hay jumping, storytelling and a planetarium! There will be a dedicated campsite area for families with young children as well as a main campsite, campervan and a Glamping area.

How big? 1500 people

How much? Early bird tickets are still available at £24 per adult weekend ticket. Children 5 – 16 £5. Camping is £12 and campervans £24.

 

Larmer Tree

 Larmer Tree

 

When? 19th – 22nd July

where? nr Salisbury

Returning after last year’s break is another Country Mummy favourite Larmer Tree. A fantastic festival for families with exciting workshops and crafts on the Larmer Lawns. This year’s line up includes Jake Bugg, First Aid Kit and Tune Yards. This year they are introducing a new Larmer Spa with woodland hot tubs deep in the woods – sounds blissful!

How big? 4,000 people

How much? Tier 2 tickets are currently on sale with adult tickets at £179 for the weekend. Youth tickets (11 – 17 years) £112, Children 0 – 10 years are free. Day tickets will be available soon.

Comfy camping is available so be sure to look at options including Honey Bell Tents and Airstreams.

 

Godney Gathering

 Godney

When? 21st July

Where? Near Glastonbury, Somerset

We love this super-value one day festival. Another fantastic line-up this year with headliners Feeder as well as The Correspondents. A special designated children’s area sees the return of favourite performers, circus skills workshops and crafts.

Jess went for the first time last year with her brood and had a fab time. Here’s what she says..

“From the moment we arrived the kids were thoroughly entertained! The kids area was well positioned , so we could see the main stage and the kids area easily. Sometimes kids areas are a little away from everything else, but here we could catch up with friends, listen to music, dance and keep a watchful eye on the children having a marvellous time with their friends. Highlights for us as a family of 5 were the kids craft tent – the mothers of Godney run this tent and provided free workshops making beautiful jewellery and ivy garland. Our daughter Daisy loved this. We also loved the Cabaret tent and the kids loved trying out the silent disco in the impressive igloo dome. The Kids spent ages dancing away with headphones on.”

A fantastic day out!

How big? 5000 people

How much? Tier 2 tickets are £25. Children 15 and under are free.

Tickets do not include camping, but you can book camping at Garslade Campsite if you wanted to make a night or weekend of it.

 

Curious Arts

 curious-arts

When? 20th – 22nd July

Where? Hampshire

Curious Arts is in such a beautiful setting in the grounds of Pylewel Park near the New Forest. This year the Saturday night will be headlined by the incredible John Newman. There are also lots of literary acts planned and a superb comedy tent. For the children a massivechoice of activities are on the cards. This is the only festival that we know of that you can take a dog on a lead, so perfect if you don’t want to leave your pooch at home. Look out for Jess’ full review from last year that we will share soon.

How big? 5,000 people.

How much? Weekend family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) £279.00. Weekend adult tickets £128 and weekend child tickets £23.00. Camping included in the tickets price.  Day tickets are available.

 

Chagstock

When? 20th – 21st July

Where? Chagford, Devon

A super festival in Devon with fantastic headliners Imelda May & Buzzcocks. There is a children’s area in the main arena with bouncy castles, face painting, climbing towers and various workshops. There is a separate camping area for campers/ caravans and a quiet area for families.

How big? 5,000 people

How much? £100.32 for a weekend ticket including camping and Youth 12 – 17 years are £64.64. Under 12s are free.

 

Camp Bestival

 camp-bestival

When? 26th – 29th July

Where? Lulworth Castle, Dorset

This is the most amazing experience for children and if you haven’t been before then we highly recommend this weekend. There is something for everyone here, with all ages considered. The line-up this year looks fantastic with Simple Minds, Rick Ashley and Clean Bandit. For the children there is a massive range of shows with Mr Tumble, Dick & Dom and Mr Maker amongst others.

How big? 30,000 people.

How much? Adult weekend tickets with camping from Thursday are currently £187.50, Teen 13 -17 £119, Children 10 -12 £95.25, children 5 – 9 £33 and children under 4 £11. Babies 1 and under are free.

A huge range of Glamping Packages are available. Check out the Morrocan themed Bedouin tent – Amazing!

 

Beautiful Days

When? 17th – 19th August

Where? Escot Park, Devon

Perfect for families with 7 stages and a huge children’s area, superb site art, comedy, theatre and family camping. The line-up will be announced on 20th March.

How much? Adult weekend camping ticket is £142.50, 10 -16s £70 and 5 -10 year £40 and Under 5s are £5.

 

The Big Feastival

 big-feastival

 

When? 24th – 26th August

Where? Cotswolds

Alex’s James farm hosts this wonderful festival perfect for food lovers and music lovers. It always promises to be a brilliant family affair with lots on offer for children over the August Bank Holiday weekend. There are glamping options and this year you can book a guaranteed plot if you are bringing your own tent – perfect for those of you that like to know you have some space around your tent!

How much? Tier 1 tickets are on sale at £179.50 per adult including camping, Teen tickets are £104.50 and children under 12 are £37.25

 

River Cottage Festival

 River Cottage

When? 25th – 26th August

Where? Near Axminster

Another festival perfect for food lovers in the beautiful setting of The River Cottage. Enjoy music, food and drink and listen to speakers and chefs. Lots of activities are on offer for the little ones as well with lots of crafts and workshops.

How much? Adult weekend tickets start at £99 with day tickets available

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