The summer season is jammed packed full of great family friendly festivals all around the country. We’ve got a great line up of the top family friendly festivals in 2018 with a focus on Oxfordshire and Berkshire and a few ideas if you want to travel a little further afield.
Whether you want to pop in for a day full of fun or have the whole camping experience too, there’s a lot on offer specifically for the kids. Happy kids = happy parents!
Family Friendly Festivals in May 2018
Wild Tweed 2018 – 6/5 – 7/5 – Kick off the festival with luxury family entertainment in the countryside. Set at a world class venue in Buckinghamshire, there lots of complimentary activities for kids, live music and plenty to keep the grown ups happy too.
Wood Festival 18/5 – 20/5 – A festival of music and nature it has lots in store for families from arts and crafts to den building in the woods.
Common People 26/5 – 27/5 – with a brand new kids garden and masses of fun attractions.
Lechlade 25/5 – 27/5 – multi-award winning family friendly festival in the beautiful Cotswold market town of Lechlade, alongside the River Thames.
Family Friendly Festivals in June 2018
Wychwood 1/6 – 3/6 – Highlights over the 3-day weekend 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.
Tandem Festival 22/6 – 24/6 – a family friendly and eco music festival taking place in Oxfordshire. They have a new kids creative area this year and are run by the community for the community.
Family Friendly Festivals in July 2018
Blisscamp 5/7 – 8/7 – One big difference the organisers are looking at with Blisscamp is a more inclusive arena and as such they’ll have no fence between camping and stages in 2018, they’ll be mixing up stalls and stages amongst craft and family areas – knowing this will be something to really add to weekend.
Cornbury 13/7 – 15/7 -an eclectic mix of music across 4 stages, the Berk’s Nest Comedy Emporium, a magical children’s area with a complete programme of workshops, gourmet festival caterers with a huge choice of culinary delights, an emerging talent stage, an extensive range of arts and crafts stalls and roaming entertainers who never fail to stop you in your tracks.
Bastille Day 14/7 – 15/7 – After 6-years of continued success, Bastille Day Festival Reading is rolling out its plans for yet another weekend of fun, relaxation and laughter staged in the Forbury Gardens, Reading.
Stainsby 20/7 – 22/7 -a well-established, intimate and family friendly event in a beautiful rural setting, held in large marquees on a greenfield site in the picturesque hamlet of Stainsby, Derbyshire.
Nozstock 20/7-22/7 – At Nozstock they embrace the whole family festival experience – this means you will find great activities and entertainment for all. The children’s space is a friendly, welcoming environment for both parents and littles alike. All are welcome to get creative, be amazed by wondrous stories, sculptures and entertainment, or roll your sleeves up for some physical fun.
Camp Bestival 26/7 – 29/7 – The most well known of the family friendly festivals, situated in Dorset, Camp Bestival is a multi-award winning festival that combines an all-encompassing family festival experience with an action packed camping holiday; something that they like to call a Festi-Holiday!
Riverside Festival (Charlbury) 28/8-29/8 – Charlbury’s free music festival with a children’s area to keep the little ones occupied. FREE
Family Friendly Festivals in August/September 2018
Wilderness 2/8 – 5/8 – an award winning festival of music, food, arts, learning, literature and rejuvenation. Set amongst the lakes, forests and parkland of Oxfordshire’s exquisite Cornbury Estate, it’s become popular with locals and those further afield and enjoyed by many families too.
Just So Festival 17/8 – 19/8 – The festival provides a magical experience where art, music and literature are embedded and entwined in a beautiful and wonderous landscape. They provide a broad range of musical, theatrical, and visual performances, workshops and installations within a safe, natural and magical setting.
Shambala 23/8 – 26/8 – Playtopia is the Kid’s Area at Shambala and is reputed to be one of the most vibrant on the festival circuit and is a real jewel in Shambala’s crown. It’s absolutely jam packed all day with activities and entertainment and could easily keep your nippers entertained all weekend – but it doesn’t need to as the rest of the festival is absolutely kid friendly too! From the sandpits to the golf course, craft workshops and of course the legendary Woodland Tribe, kids are invited to roam wild before ending the day with a cosy cup of cocoa and bedtime story in the Family Yurt!
Big Feastival 24/8 – 26/8 – The Big Feastival is a summer festival for all the family, combining top-class food with live music from your favourite bands on Alex James’ Farm in Kingham.
Swanbourne Music Festival 26/8 – Join us for a day packed with quality food and drink, arts & crafts and live music from local bands as well as chart-topping household names alike.
Bunkfest 31/8 – 2/9 -On the banks of the Thames in South Oxfordshire, Wallingford BunkFest is a free-access community festival providing a unique, family friendly celebration with something for everyone. – FREE
Off The Tracks – 31/8 – 1/9 – On a quest to create the perfect small festival they’ve been named a top ‘Small is Beautiful Festival’ by the Sunday Times.”