Looking to whisk the kids off for a weekend of magical woodlands, curious creatures and live music? Read on to find our round-up of the best family friendly festivals taking place this summer.

From spellbinding forests to catching Dick and Dom battling it out for the title of the best festival DJ, here’s where to head this summer.

Standon Calling

From Horrible Histories Live to Dick & Dom’s DJ Battle, swimming pools to their infamous dog show, Standon Calling is the place to head for a family-friendly excursion this summer. 

Running just as school holidays break up, the Herefordshire festival will be returning with bigger acts, greater competitions and activities that’ll keep the kids entertained for hours on end. The Flying Seagull Project will be heading to the festival, bringing with them a full circus experience packed out with workshops, shows and performances, while Tootles + Nibs will be entertaining you with immersive and interactive theatre. 

For music, expect Primal Screen, Craig David, Bastille and Hot Chip to be headlining the weekend.

Dates: 22nd – 25th July
Website: www.standon-calling.com 

Green Man Festival 

Whether you’re travelling to a festival for the music, the experience or the kiddie area, Green Man Festival combines the best of the bunch. Green Man Festival is still yet to confirm whether it’ll be going ahead but have announced that they will be releasing details in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled for more details and whether you can grab tickets or not. 

There are ten areas to explore, including the Little Folk, a space dedicated to little ‘uns from babies to 12-year-olds. It’s here you’ll find workshops, activities and adventures to explore.

Dates: 19th – 22nd August
Website: www.greenman.net

Just So Festival 

For a spellbinding weekend filled with midnight feasts, boutique camping and curious creatures, head to Just So Festival at Rode Hall, Cheshire. Running 20th – 22nd August, the festival is a small annual festival that’s designed with families in mind. 

This year’s theme of the Tribal Tournament is the Carnival of the Animals. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as different animals and compete to win ‘golden pebbles’ for their team before the final parade and crowning of the overall winning team. 

Head to The Observatory and learn more about planets and stars, nip to the Spellbound Forest and climb trees, listen to campfire tales and catch incredible theatre performances on stage and travel to The Village Green for ames, outdoor art performances and the lantern parade.

Dates: 20th – 22nd August
Website: www.justsofestival.org.uk

Wilderness Festival 

When you’re looking for a kid-friendly festival, the main worry is the activities on offer. If there’s not enough to keep your child entertained for an hour, then how on earth are you going to keep them bemused for a four day stint. Which is where Wilderness Festival comes to the rescue. The festival is jam-packed with weird and wonderful activities to keep your little ones laughing all weekend long.

Tucked away in the heart of Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, Wilderness Festival is surrounded by, well, the wilderness. 5,000 acres worth to be exact. The line-up is yet to be announced and despite it already being sold out, there are hints that there’ll be another ticket drop 

Get in the magical spirit and let the kiddies explore what Mother Nature has to offer.

Dates: 5th – 8th August
Website: www.wildernessfestival.com

Latitude

Surrounded by acres of rolling fields of Suffolk, Latitude is a countryside festival that’s known for bringing some of the biggest names in theatre, comedy, music and dance together in one space.

Running in late July, immerse yourselves in the theatrics of the festival and take part in the bountiful activities and going-ons. Back in 2018 the festival won the Best Family Festival award at the UK Festival Awards, so naturally it seems quite the perfect place for the kids to run around and explore the enchanted garden hidden within. From crafting corners to circus activities, there’s so much to do. Plus Bastille, First Aid Kit and Snow Patrol will all be headlining. 

Dates: 22nd – 25th July
Website: www.latitudefestival.com

Camp Bestival 

Returning to Dorset’s Lulworth Castle on 29th July – 1st August is Camp Bestival. Head here for a weekend filled with live music, DJs, theatre, fine food, comedy and entertaining talks. The kids are guaranteed to be entertained too. They’ll be taking part in the Bigtopmania kids theatre and circus, busy making cardboard castles and playing dress up in the fancy dress parade.

Dates: 29th July – 1st August
Website: www.campbestival.net

Y Not 

Located in Derbyshire, surrounded by acres of hills and countryside, Y Not festival is filled with everything from comedy to paint fights, carnivals to in-house cinemas. 

They’ve got a dedicated family and children’s arena, Strawberry Fields, that’s packed with entertainment from clowns, magicians, circus performers and musicians from The Flying Seagull Project, crafting activities for the kids and even graffiti sessions for the tweens to channel their inner Banksy.

Dates: 30th July – 1st August
Website: www.ynotfestival.com 

The Big Feastival 

For a festival filled with a whole lot of food, look to The Big Feastival, the family-friendly festival brought to you by Blur bassist, Alex James. Located in his big ol’ farm in the Cotswolds, the festival will see the likes of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Sigala, Ella Eyre, Tom Grennan, Nile Rodgers & Chic all headline the weekend in August. 

On the cards for the kids, there’s a performance from children’s TV star Justin Fletcher, Horrible Histories will be making you feel gruesome and entertainment from Roald Dahl and The Imagination Seekers, a group dedicated to the wonderful worlds that the children’s writer created.

Dates: 27th – 29th August
Website: www.thebigfeastival.com


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