Summer is definitely on the way. For us, it wouldn’t be complete without attending a festival or two! You may be jealous of the recent Glastonbury line-up announcement, but remember, there are many other fantastic festivals out there. Once again we’re highlighting the ones that look good to attend with your family, and we’ve also discovered a few that we haven’t mentioned before. Capacity of each festival is included, as well as the starting prices and when/ where they are.
Look out over the next few weeks on Country Mummy Facebook as we share reviews from some that we attended last year. There will also be a few competitions coming as well!
When? 23rd – 26th May
We love the look of this festival to start the season. A super line-up this year including Estelle, Benjamin Zephaniah and the Dub Pistols as well as many more. With loads on offer for the whole family, we love the look of The Kids Kingdom including an Aardman model making workshop and a feminist mouse circus as well as a whole host of craft activities to keep the kids happy.
Where? Bruton, Somerset
How big? 6.5 k
How much? We think this one is good value with 4 nights including camping for £145 per adult, £85 for teens 13 – 17 and children 12 and under are free.
As well as camping, there are lots of boutique camping options with Bell Tents, Yurts and Airstreams available to rent.
A Country Mummy Competition to win a family ticket is being announced on Facebook today.
When? 23rd – 2nd June
Where? Hay-On-Wye, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, Wales.
One we are yet to discover, but we absolutely adore the look of this festival of Literature and Arts. One perfect for any little book worms you have, with lots of activities, workshops and discussions with a range of authors and illustrators for all ages and interests. This year, we are particularly excited by Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen and Judith Kerr. Although Hay festival is free to enter and has lots of interesting activities, stalls and superb food and drink, you will need to check their website for programmes. You need to book for talks and workshops in advance to avoid disappointment.
The official Hay Festival campsite: Tangerine Fields is a short walk from the festival, again this needs to be booked separately.
When? May 30th – 1st June
Where? Anglesey, Wales
Another new one and a little bit further away, but we simply had to share this one. It looks perfect, a fun-packed 3 day festival which promises to be super for the whole family. The programme is designed for children with something on every hour including, arts & crafts, cookery classes, live music and musical workshops including drumming and musical theatre. Also during May Half term, so this could become a perfect little holiday away.
How much? An adult ticket and family camping is £145 which includes 4 nights camping and priority pass and entry to the festival. A child ticket and family camping is £50.
When? 31st May to 2nd June
Where? Cheltenham Racecourse
A favourite for us at Country Mummy. Jess and family have attended many times now and they are always really impressed with the super kids’ area and free workshops. A good selection of live music and food stalls all in the fantastic setting of Cheltenham Racecourse. Look out soon for Jess’s review from last year. This year is the 15th birthday and the line-up looks really exciting with The Stranglers, Scouting For Girls and T’Pau as well as the popular Saturday morning act for the kids – this year it is Basil Brush!
How big? 7,500 people
How much? Tier 3 tickets are available with Adult tickets at £137.80, concessions £111.30, Child 10 – 15 years £68.90 and Child 5 – 9 years £22.00. Children under 5 are free. Camping passes and day tickets are also available.
When? 31st to 2nd June
Where? Scorrier House, Cornwall
Another new find for us, and we think this looks amazing! They advertise themselves as ‘the most rambunctious Garden Fete’ with a mix of music, comedy, theatre and arts all in the setting of Scorrier House, close to Redruth in Cornwall. The line-up this year includes Craig Charles Funk & Soul, James and Get cape. Wear cape. Fly .
There is a special kids’ area called The Playground with traditional fairground rides, bouncy castles, craft workshops and skate ramps. You will also find a Secret Gin Garden and Sanctuary where you can relax and unwind.
How much? We think this is super value with adult camping tickets only £85.00, youth (10 – 17) £25 and children under 10 at £10.00 + booking fees. Day tickets are available. There is also a separate family camping area.
When? 7th– 9th June
Where? Chilthorne Domer, Somerset
This year welcomes the 14th festival for the charity ‘School in a Bag’. Over 3 days and this year on 8 stages you can see over 130 bands. A lot is on offer for the kids with Playart children’s area, inflatables, rural crafts, kids’ cinema and a kids disco. This year sees the fabulous Reef headlining on the Sunday.
How big? 5000
How much? Weekend tickets per adult £60, 6 – 17 £30 0-5 years free. Camping is £5 per person. Weekender ticket holders can camp at £5 per person, campervans & motorhomes £30 per weekend.
When? Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June
Where? Curry Rivel, Somerset
A small festival in its 7th year. The main event on the Saturday has a wide range of local bands and musical genres from 1pm through to midnight. With lots to entertain the kids including a kids’ area with circus workshops, face-painting, inflatable rides and walk- around characters. For the first time this year events continue on the Sunday with ‘Picinic in the Park’ – take your own picnic along to listen to Wessex Big Band. This also happens to be Father’s day so a perfect treat for any dads out there.
There is no camping at the site, but there are a couple of local campsites close by that you could book up with to make a weekend of it.
How much? A weekend family ticket is £30, day tickets are available.
When? 21st to 23rd June
Where? Torpoint, Cornwall
This year the line-up so far includes Prima Nocta, The Dolemen and 3 Daft Monkeys. Every year sees exciting events perfect for your own little fairies and pixies with a Fairy School, themed fancy dress days and even a Fairy Dog Show this year. As well as an official world record attempt for the most people wearing unicorn horns!
Glamping options are available with Shire Huts and Luxury Bell tents.
How much? Adult weekend tickets including camping are £110. Family tickets are £260. Children under 7 are free.
Day tickets are available.
How big? 1000 people with plans to expand!
When? 28th to 30th June
Where? Honiton, Devon
This festival looks perfect, all set in a beautiful flower meadow where children have really been considered with so many things for them to get involved with. This year includes circus skills, science experiments, bumblebee safaris and bat walks. There is a special family camping area which promises to be close to the evening events.
How big? 1500 people
How much? Early bird tickets are still available, super value at £24 per adult for a weekend ticket ( the same price as last year) Children 5 – 16 £5. Under 5s are free. Camping is £12 and campervans £24.
When? 13th July
Where? Cardiff Castle
We really like the look and the line-up of this family-friendly one-day music and food event in Cardiff Castle. Clean Bandit, Tom Odell and Circa Waves headlining this year’s event with other live music all day. As well as music and activities for kids running all day, expect a super selection of food stalls with a delicious line-up for street food.
How much? Adult tickets are currently £41.50, Ages 12 – 17 £23.90 and under 12s are £6
When? 18th – 21st July
Another tried & tested festival from Country Mummy is Larmer Tree. Jess loves the atmosphere at this wonderful festival set in Larmer Tree gardens. She has been many times and her children have always had a fabulous time. This year’s line-up looks very exciting with music from The Cat Empire, Gomez and KT Tunsell. Comedy is on offer from Josie Long and Nish Kumar and for the kids BBC Andy Day and the Odd Socks.
Where? nr Salisbury
How big? 4,000 people
How much? Tier 2 tickets are currently on sale with adult tickets at £185 for the weekend. Youth tickets (11 – 17 years) £117, Children 0 – 10 years are free. Day tickets will be available soon. Look out for a Country Mummy Competition for a family Sunday ticket coming soon!
Comfy camping is available so be sure to look at options including Honey Bell Tents and Airstreams.
When? 19th – 20th July
Where? Chagford, Devon
This year headliners include Fun Lovin Criminals and From the Jam. 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. Bell Tent Glamping is also available.
How big? 5,000 people
How much? Adult weekend ticket including camping from £ 95.23 and Youth 12 – 17 years are £63.13 Under 12s are free.
When? 20th July
Where? Near Glastonbury, Somerset
A brilliant one day festival. This year The Feeling are headlining along with many others. There is a designated children’s area with circus skills and craft workshops as well as a children’s disco and party tent.
How big? 5000 people
How much? Tickets are £30. 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.
Again, look out for our competition for a family ticket coming soon!
When? 25th – 28th July
Where? Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Another tried & tested festival from Country Mummy. This festival has so much on offer for all the family. This year’s superb line-up includes Nile Rodgers & Chic, Jess Glynne and Annie Mac as well as Mr Tumble and Mr Maker and the Shapes and Mr Bloom & his band for the kids. The older children will be happy as well with The Den and Rob da Bank’s Music Club a dedicated area for 13 – 17 years.
How big? 30,000 people.
How much? Adult weekend tickets with camping from Thursday are currently £189.00 Teen 13 -17 £114, Children 10 -12 £90, children 5 – 9 £31.50 and children aged 4 & under £11. Babies 1 and under are free.
A huge range of Glamping Packages are available.
When? 17th – 19th August
Where? Escot Park, Devon
Jess went for the first time last year with her children and loved it ‘To me it was like a smaller Glastonbury, with a super chilled crowd of people and there was always something really interesting going on. The kids area is really close to the main stage, so you could easily split your time between the two keeping everyone happy and not feeling like any of you are missing out. The kids had a wonderful time joining in with many workshops and interacting with walk-about performers. A super time was had by all’
This year the line-up includes Skunk Anansie, Ziggy Marley and The Levellers as well as so many other performances over several stages.
How much? Adult Weekend Camping Ticket £142.50, 10 to Under 16’s Weekend Camping Ticket £70, 5 to Under 10’s Weekend Camping Ticket £40, Under 5’s Weekend Camping Ticket £5, Car Parking Pass £15, Campervan Pass £45.
When? 23rd – 25th August
Alex James’ farm hosts this festival for food & music lovers! This runs over the August bank holiday weekend and this year we think they have an exceptional line-up with Jess Glynne, Elbow and Rudimental. They also have Justin Fletcher for the younger ones as well as walkabout characters of Peppa Pig and the Paw Patrol dogs. For the foodies, well known chefs involved this year include Raymond Blanc, Tom Brown and Prue Leith.
How much? Adult Weekend Camping Ticket £180.00, Teen Weekend £105 and Child Weekend £40 plus booking fees. Non-Camping and Days tickets are available.
When? 24th – 25th August
Where? Near Axminster
The River Cottage Festival is in a beautiful setting and offers a weekend of music and food with lots of super activities for children. There is a whole host of Master classes and Experiences for adults to get involved in as well.
How much? Adult weekend tickets start at £95 with day tickets available. Under 16s are free but must be accompanied by an adult.
Luxury Bell tents are available to hire for the weekend.