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 2019 with a focus on Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and a few ideas if you want to travel a little further afield. There are lots of great ideas from music festivals to carnivals and gourmet treats.
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 April 2019
Craft Theory 19/4 – Back for a 3rd epic year over Easter weekend, Good Friday is the only day you’re allowed to bring kids. There will be live music, gourmet food and a chance to meet brewers and sample some fantastic beers (for the grownups only of course!)
Family Friendly Festivals in May 2019
FredFest 18/05 – Wantage Town Football Club are holding their first ever Fredfest packed full of music from amazing performers, favourite headline music acts surrounded by an exciting variety of stalls and tasty food available. There’ll be lots to keep the kids happy,
Wood Festival 19/5 – 21/5 – 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 2019 dates tbc – with a kids garden and masses of fun attractions.
Lechlade 24/5 – 26/5 – multi-award winning family friendly festival in the beautiful Cotswold market town of Lechlade, alongside the River Thames.
Tilehurst Festival dates tbc – a fun filled family fun day with LIVE music, fun fair, food stalls from around the world.
Vaisakhi Festival Reading dates tbc – a free event open to all with floats, processions and more celebrating the Sikh New Year festival.
Reading Carnival 2019 – this year on 27th May 2019
Family Friendly Festivals in June 2019
Great Barn Festival 08/06 – 09/06 – Oxfordshire’s most eclectic family friendly festival of the Arts. Storytelling, Shakespeare, Folk Musicals, Comedy, Prohibition Jazz, Ukuleles and even a suit of Armour clad comedian. Definitely something for everyone!
Wychwood Festival 31/5 – 02/06 – The UK’s favourite family festival takes place within the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, with over 100 acts performing across four stages, plus music, dance and arts workshops, a circus school and a programme of talks, debates and comedy for all ages. With optional idyllic camping and something to satisfy all appetites, there’s no wonder Wychwood has been nominated as ‘Best Family Festival’ each year at the UK Festival awards.
Festival in the Field (Haddenham) 15/06 – Featuring NBS, A Little Bit of Country, Bitterroot and the Rum Band with special performances from the Bulembu Choir all the way from Swaziland. It will be a super family friendly festival with crafts, games and children’s outdoor play too plus plenty of food options to tuck into from a bbq to mexican food, ice cream and a tuck shop.
Rugfest 21/06 – 23/06 – a family friendly music festival offering an eclectic mix of different music genres offering something for everyone. Under 13’s are offered free entry with lots to keep every child occupied from drama workshops, storytelling, drum circles , circus skills and arts and crafts make and take, followed by the ultimate experience in a silent disco.
Tandem Festival 21/06 – 23/06 – A family friendly and eco music festival taking place in Oxfordshire. Come along to share in a 3 day adventure of dance, storytelling, crafts, workshops to introduce you to everything from yoga to food waste to feminism for dads, and spaces to be creative for all ages. They are run by the community for the community.
FloFest 22/06 – a Free family event, live music all day, food, bar, free activities, community groups, reggae area, variety tent, dog show, much much more.
Reading Water Fest 15/06 – Visitors to this year’s celebration of canal life will be treated to children’s activities, craft and charity stalls as well as boat parades and a boat tug of war.
East Reading Festival 23/06 – A celebration of the diversity of the local community with stalls, performance stages, rides and a funfair.
Family Friendly Festivals in July 2019
Cornbury 5/7-7/7 – They promise to deliver to you their regular mix of legends, new faces, laughter and a feast or two.
Cowley Road Carnival 7/7 – one of Oxford’s biggest community events with the carnival procession starting at 12:30pm.
Waddesdon Manor Summer Fest 6/7-7/7 – new for 2019 be amazed, delighted and entertained by a range of extraordinary street theatre, live music and arts performances.
Bastille Day 13/7 – 14/7 – After 7-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.
Fi Fest 2019 13/7 – 14/7 – family music festival with KIDSZONE between Maidenhead and Windsor.
Stainsby 19/07 -21/07 -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 18/7-21/7 – Nozstock is one of the UK’s longest running festivals – family-run, very much home-made and proudly independent on a beautiful working farm set upon rolling hills. The Nosworthy family continue to curate one of the UK’s finest emporiums of music, arts, food and drink, with a huge focus on keeping all kids and families entertained in the Little Wonderland Kids Area.
Camp Bestival 25/7 – 28/7 – 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) 20/7-21/7 dates still subject to planning – Charlbury’s free music festival with a children’s area to keep the little ones occupied. FREE
Readipop Festival (Caversham) dates tbc – under 14s are free with an adult ticket. Celebrating Reading’s creativity and raising vital funds for Readipop
Blisscamp – no event planned for 2019 at present.
Family Friendly Festivals in August/September 2019
Wilderness 1/8 – 4/8 – 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.
A Different World Festival 10/08 – Designed for young people and adults with additional needs, bringing the music festival experience to an audience that finds main stream events difficult to access. Rock , Folk and alternative music, workshops , stalls , food and drink.
Just So Festival 16/8 – 18/8 – The festival provides a magical experience where art, music and literature are embedded and entwined in a beautiful and wondrous 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 23/8 – 25/8 – 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.
Wokingham Festival 24/08 – 26/08 -Music all weekend. Fun for all the family, with lots of entertainment to keep your little ones happy this Bank Holiday Weekend!
Swanbourne Music Festival 25/8 – Join 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 4/9 – 6/9 – 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 – updated for 2020
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.”
Reading On Thames Festival – details tbc