Are you looking to take your family to a music festival, but unsure where to start? I’ve put together a list of festival weekenders that I know will blow your kids’ minds, while making sure you have the best of weekends too.
My own festival weekenders started back in the late 90s, and despite them being some of the most epic memories, before I took Lily to her first festival weekend, I did have massive flashbacks of Reading Festival campsites, with portaloos burning into the night.
I needn’t have worried – taking my 4-year-old to a festival weekender was just incredible and I wish we could bottle up that amazing festival buzz that we both came home with.
Yes, it had its own challenges (read my tips for taking your kids to a camping festival here), but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world – so many memories made, so many different experiences, so many new adventures… and she loved every minute!
I’d taken her to several day festivals before, such as the Leicester Riverside Festival which we’d been to every year since she was a baby, but in 2019 I took her to her first weekend festival, Gloworm Festival, and now I’m going to make sure we head to a festival every year.
So, here are some of my top family weekend festivals on my radar for 2020…
Any followers will know we are no stranger to shouting out our love of Gloworm Festival, set in Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire from the 15th-16th August 2020.
Aimed at children aged 0-13 years, there is truly something for all the family, with music, activities and arts all guided towards different age-groups.
From well-known children’s artists and headline acts, through to some top toy brands, a funfair, farmyard, facilities for families, meet-and-greets with their heroes, and places to play, every corner of Gloworm Festival is an incredible adventure for all ages.
What’s more, the campsite is family-friendly too, so you don’t need to worry about those festival campsite flashbacks from the 90s, and can just enjoy a fun and safe weekend together! I knew it would be awesome, but Lily’s stoke level was x10000, she was in total awe at everything, and I can’t wait to take her back.
Everything you need for all the family in one incredible weekend – what else could you ask for?!
Another festival aimed purely at families is the family-festival-slash-family-holiday that is Camp Bestival, in the stunning grounds of Lulworth Castle, Dorset.
With a music lineup fit for every king, queen, prince or princess, this festival takes place from 30th July til 2nd August, giving you a summer holiday to remember.
With kids’ shows, music, entertainment, soft-play and more, along with a full arts programme for the whole festival, it truly promises to be a fantastic weekend for all the family.
What’s more, this year they’re rolling out the red carpet with the theme of “Camp Bestival Goes to the Movies”, with an open-air cinema, sing-a-long movie nights, acting workshops and more.
Black Deer Festival
I know a whole weekend entirely of family-specific entertainment isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so if you’re looking for something a bit more relaxing for all the family, but still has plenty for the kids to do, the Black Deer Festival in Kent will be a very special place to head.
An Americana and country-music festival that runs from 19th-21st June, the Black Deer Festival is a welcoming, relaxed and inspirational festival filled with music, food, arts and more.
They have a dedicated area for children of all areas called Young Folks, where younger visitors can enjoy arts, crafts, exploring the outdoors and more.
With activities in 2019 such as den-building, creative workshops, and music lessons through to forest school and cowboy classes, there promises to be so much for children to immerse themselves in again this year, while learning about arts, culture and history.
What’s more, there is a full festival programme with some incredible artists, food and activities to make sure every generation experiences a weekend to remember.
Find out more about Young Folks at Black Deer Festival here.
Another festival aimed at all the family and boasting plenty of fun for the kids is the Big Feastival in the Cotswolds from 28th-30th August 2020.
Alongside all the fantastic food and music lined up for the weekend, there are areas designed specifically to keep the kids happy too!
There’s a Big Top to enjoy plenty of family-friendly music and dancing, a Little Top for some chill-out time, a craft tent, circus and more.
There’s even a family feeding area and an Up All Hours area with a team to ensure everything from nappy-changes to feeding (bottle-warmers included!) are as easy as possible at a festival.
For more information, visit their website here.
In the heart of the National Forest you’ll find the incredible Timber Festival from 3rd-5th July.
Timber is an International Forest Festival, celebrating everything to do with forests, with music, arts, lectures and more across the weekend.
The festival is eco-friendly, even providing free biodegradable nappies for babies, while educating, enjoying and sharing the incredible forests around you.
Immerse yourself in a truly magical weekend in the forest with the family and you can even enjoy discounted tickets if you travel there by bike from Birmingham with their guide.
Find out more about Timber Festival here
If you live near Leicestershire (29th – 31st May) or East Sussex (22nd – 25th May), Elderflower Fields is definitely a family-friendly festival not to be missed.
It promises to be an action-packed three days of festival fun with the family, with a true focus on sports, the arts, music and nature.
With music, crafts, workshops, art sessions, kids yoga, sports camps and even nannies on site, this truly looks a magical weekend for all the family this May.
Find out more about Elderflower Fields here.