The last few years we have really gotten into Camping and Festivals as a family. When someone for suggested taking my two little ones to a festival I was a bit like ‘Whhaattt?’ I must admit. However since taking the jump attending family friendly festivals has become one of the main highlights of our year. So with that being said I thought I would create a post sharing our top 8 UK Family Friendly Festivals in 2018.
1. Camp Bestival (Dorset UK)
July 26th – July 29th 2018
We have attended Camp Bestival for the Last 2 years and this year will be our third year. Camp Bestival is one of the main highlights of our year each year as it is for many families . Camp Bestival have really thought of everything when it comes to creating a family friendly festival, which is why it is now one of the biggest family friendly festivals around.
There is so much to do for all the family, there’s never a boring moment whilst at Camp Bestival. There’s a mixture of different music, acts and shows to see to suit both kids of all ages and adults. This year the line up so far consists of a variety of different acts from Clean Bandit, Tokio Myers and Basement Jax to Mr tumble, Dick and Dom and Dinosaur World live which my little boy is especially excited for. On top of all this there’s a huge amount of Bars, Food Stalls, Author Talks, Attractions and Activities to have fun taking part in.
Adult Weekend Camping Ticket = £197.50
Child’s Weekend Camping Ticket – Ranges from £15 to £118 (depending on age)
Under 1’s (In arms) Are free but still need a ticket.
2. Elderflower Fields Festival (Pippingford Park, East Sussex, UK)
25th May – 28th May 2018
Elderflower Fields is a independent festival which has now been running successfully for 4 years and in 2016 celebrated its 5th birthday. It is one of the most popular festivals and has sold out pretty much every year so far.
The festival has a wide range of things to help keep the children amused. From art camps, music and theatre to environmental projects and wildlife. Along with this though there’s lots for grown ups too, there’s a double decker hot tub bus, well-being classes and a woodland cocktail bar. There is also Over 40 diverse acts on three stages, plus youth music workshops and performances .
One of the things that makes Elderflower Fields stand out is that they go out there way to provide a fantastic selection of food and drink. They try there best to promote local, family run businesses as much as they can, especially those who use locally sourced ingredients.
Adult Weekend Camping Ticket = £130
Teen Weekend Camping Ticket (13-17) = £72.50
Little Folk Weekend Camping ticket (5-12) = £20
kids 3 and under = £1
3. Green Man Festival (Brecon Becons, Wales, UK)
16th – 19th August 2018
Green Man Festival started in 2003 as a small folk day gathering, however it quickly became one of Europe’s most successful contemporary music and arts festivals. Located in the beautiful Brecon Becons, the festival has a fun but laid back feel too it. In spite of its laid back feel thou there is still lots of do and enjoy.
Those attending with little ones there is a area called ‘Little Folks at the Festival where little explorers to can get creative and enjoy some nature related activities. There’s lots of other wonderful areas at Green man for the family to explore as well as a variety of different music acts etc for all the family to enjoy. The music line up so far consists of such artists as Jane Weaver, Fleet foxes and Ider.
Adult Weekend camping = £180 (+fees)
Teen age 13-17 weekend camping = £115 (+fees)
Little folk camping = £20
Also day ticket options available.
The Beautiful Days is one of the smaller festivals but don’t let that put you off as it is a very popular choice for most families looking for a family friendly festival. Set in a lovely location in Devon with a average attendance each year of around 15,000 its a good option for first timers.17th – 19th August 2018
The Beautiful days Festival has lots to do for both adults and kids. There’s a children’s area where kids can do such things as Story Telling, Crafts, Music and there’s also Play Areas too. For the Adults there’s a variety of different Food Stalls, Craft Stalls, Silent Discos and Live Bands.
The first 2018 line up announcement is due on the 2nd March 2018. However with last years line up consisting of acts such as Beautiful days festival favourites the Levellers, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, The Cuban Brothers and The Circus Of Horrors, I’m really looking forward to seeing who will be announced this year.
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
5. Latitude Festival (Henham Park, Suffolk, UK)
142th – 15th July 2018
Latitude Festival is one of the more chilled and relaxed festivals, it as first held in July 2006 and has run annually ever since.
Amongst the things for the kids to do are a number of different workshops, the kids will have chances to watch and take part in everything from creative crafts to weird science and even theatre and outdoor performance. For adults there’s Poetry tents, photography & film studios and food and drink stalls.
The line up for this year is yet to be announced.. However I’m sure if its anything like previous years then it will be just as promising, if not better. Previous years have seen the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Portishead, Laura Marling and Snow Patrol.
Adult Weekend Camping Tickets = £197.50
5-12 years old Weekend Camping Ticket = £10
13-15 year olds Weekend Camping Ticket = £143.10
Under 4’s FREE
6. Larmer Tree Festival (Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK)
20th – 22nd July 2018
If you wish to visit one of the happiest, quirkest and friendliest family friendly festivals in the UK then Larmer Tree festival is the one for you. sadly the festival took a break in 2017 however it will be back this year and if 2016 is anything to go by its going to be a gooden.
This festival is especially great for kids as they have there own designated areas. There’s a Childrens area for kids ages 0-10 year olds where they can enjoy dancing, mini-gigs, puppet shows and even a bubble disco! Kids . For the Under 5s there’s a special area allocated for them too called the Nest, where they can play and party safely. There’s also a variety of different workshops for adults to take part in too such as music and creative dance, as well as the chance to attend and take part in adult talks.
The line up in 2016 was a great way with acts such as Jamie cullum, Jack savoretti and Mr bloom from Cbeebies. Excited to see who will be in this years line up.
Prices still to be announced.
7. Kendal Calling (Lowerdeer Park, Lake District, UK)
26th – 29th July 2018
Kendal Calling is described by many attendees as one of the happiest family friendly festivals around. One of the things that makes Kendal calling so family friendly is the dedicated kids area called ‘Kids Calling’ which has everything you could possibly want and need such as a mothers and babies tent and activities/workshops for both younger kids and teens. Theres also plenty to do as a family to do too such as the family & kids cinema and a wonderful music line up.
The line up for 2018 is going to start being released any day now. However 2017 line up saw some big names such as Stereophonics, Franz Ferdinand, Manic Street Preachers and Kate Nash so I’m counting down the days for the 2018 announcement.
Prices vary depending on when your purchase them, for more info click here.
8. Wychwood Festival ( Cheltenham, UK)
1st – 3rd June 2018
Wychwood Festival returns to Cheltenham racecourse for its 14th annual year this year. Wychwood Festival offers something for all the family which is probaly why it’s been nominated numerous times for ‘Best Family Festival’ at the UK Festival awards.
Over the course of the 3-day weekend at Wychwood Festival, there’s plenty for all the family to do and enjoy. Highlights include over 100 artists performing across 4 stages, 100+ workshops and activities for all ages as well as Comedy, Kids literature, a Real Ale Festival and optional idyllic camping and boutique camping.
The 2017 line up really show cased some of the wonderful acts that Wychwood can offer its attendees. Some of the names that attended in 2017 were Buzzcocks, Levellers and Katy Ashworth from cbeebies. Looking forward to seeing the 2018 line up.
Adult weekend ticket = £137.50
Child weekend ticket (10-15 years) = £72.50
Child weekend ticket (5-9 years) = £ 27.50
Children under 5 are FREE
I would love to hear about where your heading to this year? Also do feel free to let me know if I missed any wonderful family friendly festivals of the list, always on the look out for new ones.
I hope that where ever your travels take you this year you have lots of fun and make lots of lovely new memories.