We LOVE a festival.
Here is a round up of 6 of the best family friendly festivals in the UK this summer.
Camp Bestival : 27-30 July 2017
Camp Bestival is clearly named as it is the Best family festival to visit especially if your family are festival virgins. There are hundreds of child-friendly pursuits on offer including bouncy castles, go-carts and fairgrounds and as well as a ton of arts and crafts. Whilst most of the festival is dedicated to little people there is also loads on offer for the adults. 2017 sees Madness, Brian Wilson presenting Pet Sounds, Holly Johnson and All Saints. Matinee shows include stars from School of Rock: the Musical and a special appearance from Mr Tumble. Apparently there is also a kids’ disco beneath the world’s largest disco ball. Groovy baby.
27-30 July, Lulworth Castle, Dorset; adult weekend £209.50, child £16.50-£134.35, babies free. campbestival.net
Port Eliot Festival : 27-30 July 2017
This stylish, boutique festival is a magical combination of books, food, music, art, comedy, fashion, films, flowers, wildlife and water. Held in the spectacular grounds of the ancient Port Eliot estate in southeast Cornwall, there is inspiration and surprises for all ages. Festival goers can swim in the estuary or watch performances by the water, in the church or the art-filled house itself. This year the vibe is a special 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” with Saint Etienne, Rose Elinor Dougall and futuristic jazz. Highlights include food from Gizzi Erskine and Nathan Outlaw, the immensely popular Cabaret Tent (where you can bop until dawn) the River stage and The Hullabaloo tent for kids.
27-30 July, St Germans, Cornwall; adult £172.50, child £105, family weekend (2 adults and 2 children aged 8-13) £455, under-8s free. porteliotfestival.com
Standon Calling: 27-30 July 2017
This year sees the festival’s 12th birthday party, and the excellent line up includes Orbital, Clean Bandit and Grace Jones and Editors. Horrible Histories open the main stage, and attractions include a fairy garden, a swimming pool and the Standon Calling dog show. There’s also some excellent activities for everyone from babies to teens, with pony rides, swimming and trapeze lessons on offer. There’s even an onsite babysitting service. Apparently the street food selection is one of the best at any UK festival, too. Yum.
27-30 July, Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire; adult £145.91, 4-12 years £38.50, 13-17 years £103.31, under-4s £5.50. standon-calling.com
Smoked & Uncut: Weekend dates from 10th July – 9th September
Held at THE PIG hotels and Lime Wood throughout the summer, Smoked & Uncut began its cool story with acoustic Sunday sessions but within year had grown into a sunday gathering of live music and a BBQ in the sun with the family.
Super relaxed, listen to laid back beats whilst feasting on locally sourced food and street food whilst sleeping under the stars in the understated luxury of the Clamping Village. There is plenty to keep parents happy in 2017 including a VIP feast cooked by Angela Hartnett and friends and a tent of entertainment for little festival goers.
Weekend dates from 10th July until 9th September at THE PIG, THE PIG near Bath and THE PIG on the beach and Lime Wood. New Forest. Family Ticket £122.50, Adult £47.50, Child £22.00, Under 5’s go free. smokedanduncut.com
The Wilderness Festival: 3rd-6th August.
The Wilderness Festival is where its at for the more chilled amongst you (note you not us; feeling the pressure here). The location around a peaceful lake in stunning Oxfordshire Countryside sets the tone and the vibe is all about losing yourself in the wilderness and exploring your spirituality.
The line up is low-key, a little folksy and the chilled vibe carries with it a wide variety of workshops, banquets, spoken-word events and arts activities. There is wild swimming, fly fishing, yoga classes and mindfulness walks and rowing on the lake. Rumour has it that there is also an in-tent nanny service so you can party the night away while the little ones are snoozing.
You might not ever want to leave.
3rd-6th August, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, Adult £178, Teen £105, Junior £35, Under 5’s Only £5.wildernessfestival.com
Big Feastival: 25-27 August 2017
Alex James (ex-Blur, cheesemaker extroadinare, father of children with cool names) anually hosts the Big Feastival at his Cotswold farm. This is a family event for foodie families who love eating and sampling food stuffs whilst listening to music at the same time.
What’s not to love; music is from of Olly Murs, Madness, Hacienda Classical, De La Soul and Louisa Johnson and delicious food will be served up by superstar chefs including Nathan Outlaw, Antonio Carluccio and Cyrus Todiwala.
There is serious festival fun for all the family, including the Little Dudes’ Den, Dick and Dom, Paw Patrol, Flower Crown Workshops and the Farm Park. Go Feast.
25-27th August 2017, Kingham, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJ, £185 adult weekend ticket with camping, £155 without camping , Teen £90 and Under 12’s weekend ticket £30. thebigfeastival.com
Images courtesy of Port Eliot Festival ©CFaruolo.