• Caroline Matthews

Family friendly festivals


Elderflower Fields 2018 25th to 28th May - Pippingford Park, Sussex Elderflower Fields invites families to escape to an enchanting Sussex wilderness and explore your wildest side. An award-winning weekend of discovery, relaxation, and back to basics fun. Explore a wealth of activities, the delights of nature, fantastic music and the best local food and drink. Sports, crafts, music, cooking, science, nature, well-being, spoken word and so much more.

Into The Trees 2018 14 / 15 / 16th September Pippingford Park, Sussex Into The Trees is a fascinating journey taking you into the amazing world of trees and will open your eyes to the ways in which we can play, work, learn and explore amongst them. A rare chance to explore protected ancient Ashdown Forest woodland and the perfect opportunity for adults to relax enjoying fantastic local food and drink while kids run free.

Chilled in a Field 2018 3-5th August Bentley, Sussex. Chilled in a Field Festival is a small and affordable feel-good family-friendly festival for grown-up party people. Having kids doesn’t mean you have to miss out on amazing live music and DJs until late into the night and your child-free friends will love it too.

England's Medieval Festival 2018 24-27th August Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex.

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the wonderful sights, sounds and spectacle of the past. Enjoy dazzling demonstrations, realistic battle re-enactments, thrilling jousting, magnificent grand parades, highly-skilled falconry, music, dance and even mud theatre. Have-a-go activities, castle banquets and everything fit for a king at England's Medieval Festival.

Starry Skies Family Camp - 8th-12th August

Starry Skies Family Camp provides a beautiful setting and a whole host of whatever-the-weather activities. From forest school to bush craft, a fancy dress disco, family raves and treasure hunts to den building, tree climbing and even a chance to build your own adventure playground. Families can take time to explore and connect with nature and with each other, in a way that is not always easy to do in everyday life.The new site, situated on a family farm, has acres upon acres of beautiful woodland, magnificent trees, an Iron Age fort, rolling green meadows and a rustic old barn for music and mayhem, Starry style. With hot showers, clean toilets and delicious food, surrounded by all this space, it's the perfect place for a Famous Five style adventure!

Maverick Festival - 6th-8th July

Maverick Festival is the UK’s first and finest Americana festival, set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. With goats, ducks, donkeys and other farm animals wandering around the site, this is the perfect festival for all the family. This year there is a special feature in the program about Hawaii, so learning to Hula with Hawaiian singer and dancer, Kehau Kahananui could be a fun activity for all!

Green Man 16th August - 19th August 2018

More than just a music festival, Green Man offers 10 enchanting areas to be explored! Dive into late-night revelry, sip bubbly in hot tubs, choose from 100s of independently brewed beers, discover areas for the kids or delve into the film, comedy and literature events that run alongside the dazzling display of music, all set within the majestic backdrop of the Brecon Beacons, Wales.

Deer Shed Festival, 20-22nd July Deer Shed is a family music festival with an extensive line up of shows, sports activities, workshops and even a cinema. There’s no penned off “kids area” and children and adults share equal rights. There is also a 'Widerwild' programme which includes den building and a mud kitchen, to help families enjoy the great outdoors.

Fairy festival - 17th June

Held over 3 days and nights, 3 Wishes Fairy Festival is the UK’s most magical gathering! A real-life fairyland with 100+ free workshops, live music, and amazing traders, you’ll be spoilt for choice during this mini midsummer event. There’s even a unicorn world record taking place on the Saturday in the main fairy kingdom arena, and a fairy dog show (just for fun!) and everyone’s a winner!. Under 7’s go free and adult tickets start at £30 daily, a camping pitch is include din the ticket price, just bring your own tent or camper van. Or you can book one of the luxury Glamping shire huts, gypsy bow top wagons or a tinker Bell Tent! There’s hot showers and flush toilets with toilet roll! Plus a fine selection of vegetarian and vegan food.

Wychwood festival, 1st-3rd July

Voted one of the UK's best-loved family festivals, Wychwood Festival returns To the Gloucestershire countryside for its 14th edition this year, featuring incredible entertainment for the entire family. The festival hosts a plethora of activities from music, dance, workshops and a circus schools to a well-curated programme of talks, debates and comedy.

Geronimo Fesitval

Geronimofest is a fabulous family festival at Arley Hall, Cheshire on 25th- 28th May and Knebworth House, Hertfordshire 30thJune and 1stJuly! Amazing adventures for the whole family ... Where else can you watch Cbeebies superstars on stage, enjoy heart stopping arena acts and pet a giant tortoise - all in one place!

Portelio Festival 26-29 July 2018

Port Eliot Festival takes place at the beautiful, ancient Port Eliot estate at St Germans in South East Cornwall, finding its way into the woodland, park, indescribable historic House and oldest church in Cornwall. Revelling in music, food, fashion, comedy, art, wellbeing, wildlife and plenty besides, there are no off-limits ‘luxury’ areas and no in-your-face sponsors.

Nozstock - 20th-22nd July

Tucked away in the rolling hills of Herefordshire, Nozstock, is an award-winning boutique festival. This weekend odyssey is set on a working farm filled with eccentricities and a handmade feel. Come prepared for a line-up of ska, rock, hip-hop, funk, drum and bass, house and a whole lot more

The Big Feastival - 24th - 26th August

The Big Feastival returns this August Bank Holiday Weekend, with headliners including Paloma Faith and Craig David, whilst Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White will be cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Jimmy's Festival - 21st & 22nd July

Headlining the family music and food festival this year are Paul Young and the Happy Mondays, with support from are The Rats, The Bluetones, Marsicans, Longey & The Gospel Trash, Bessie, Ashfields, MINT, Rory Hope and Tom Lumley. In addition to the line-up, the festival includes a programme of celebrity chef demonstrations in the Woodforde’s Kitchen hosted by Joe Hurd. Headlining for the kids, Dick & Dom will take to the main stage on the Sunday, bringing their own brand of mayhem and comedy. The festival will welcome over 20,000 people over the weekend, who can immerse themselves in a laid back, friendly atmosphere with quality food, music and more. In the heart Suffolk, Jimmy’s Farm boasts a wildlife park, a butterfly house and an ancient woodland which will host workshops throughout the festival including den-building and woodland craft.

Citadel Festival - 15th July

Those with little ones can discover a day of delights at Citadel’s dedicated Kids’ Camp with activities for all ages. Make a puppet and walk them down the catwalk with a dedicated workshop by London’s Little Angel Theatre. Raise your voices to the light-hearted indie-surrealist tunes of Nick Cope. Make a masterpiece with Picassos in the Park, learn how to be a superhero or create your own music with Ben Gates’ giant percussion garden and interactive sound sculpture. Plus soft-play and story-telling.

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