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.
Plus, the earlier you book your tickets, the cheaper it is for you too, with many offering earlybird or Tiered prices and payment plans.
Following Covid, it has been a difficult time for the music industry and it is great to have been back at events this year, however I know with reduced capacities and tickets carried over, there have been a whole different level of challenges for festivals in 2021.
We really do hope things can be brighter for everyone in 2022, for everyone involved – artists, contractors, organisers, security, camping, portaloo companies, stage management, etc etc, and anyone else involved in such incredible events.
If you still have an option to carry over tickets for any festival in the future, please transfer your tickets if you can, as it really supports the industry and the future of the festival.
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!
So, here are some of my top family weekend festivals on my radar for 2022…
Please note, I’ve updated festival dates for 2022, but some information or the lineup may change.
Gloworm Festival – 12th – 14th August 2022
Any followers will know we are no stranger to shouting out our love of Gloworm Festival, which will be returning to the amazing Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire from the 12th-14th August 2022.
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 – definitely a great place to start if you’re looking for your first family festival too!
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 in 2022.
Everything you need for all the family in one incredible weekend – what else could you ask for?!
Ticket prices are currently frozen in band 1 for 2022, including payment plans, so don’t miss out!
Camp Bestival – 28th – 31st July 2022
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 28th July til 31st July 2022, 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.
Words can’t describe how much fun we had at Camp Bestival this year – it is more than just a festival, it is a full on immersive experience, a family holiday, a festival for all, just rolled up in one.
Check out our full review here.
Black Deer Festival – 17th – 19th June 2022
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.
Sadly postponed for the past 2 years, Black Deer Festival is an Americana and country-music festival that will run from 17th – 19th June 2022, 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.
Elderflower Fields – 27th – 30th May 2022
Elderflower Fields is definitely a family-friendly festival not to be missed and we had a beautiful time in 2021 at Elderflower Fields South, so we are super excited to hear they will be back from 27th – 30th May 2022!
It promises to be another action-packed weekend of festival fun with the family, with a true focus on sports, the arts, music and nature.
What we love about Elderflower Fields is the natural feel, with activities designed to help families learn to enjoy the world around us in a relaxed and fun environment.
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 year – and we can’t wait to see what the festival brings in 2022 too.
Check out our full review here
Find out more about Elderflower Fields here.
The Big Feastival – 26th – 28th August 2022
Another festival aimed at all the family and boasting plenty of fun for the kids is the Big Feastival in the Cotswolds from 26th-28th August 2022.
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.
Into the Trees festival – 9th – 11th September 2022
The sister festival of the amazing Elderflower Fields is Into the Trees Festival, also returning to Pippingford Park next summer.
We loved Elderflower Fields so much that we really do hope to head to Into the Trees someday, with earlybird tickets currently just £45 for adults and £25 for children for the weekend (as of September 2021).
Missing from our lives more than anything is time spent outdoors in nature… Into The Trees takes you on a fascinating journey through one of the South East’s most unique landscapes. A chance to relax and explore our natural surroundings with your family, connect with nature and camp out under the stars.
With activities for all the family throughout the weekend including archery, raft building a woodland spa, arts, crafts, music and more, you’ll be sure to enjoy everything there is to learn and have fun in nature at Into the Trees.
Find out more about the festival here.
Timber festival – 1st – 3rd July 2022
In the heart of the National Forest you’ll find the incredible Timber Festival from 1st – 3rd July 2022.
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
5 on the Farm Festival – Dates 2022 TBC
A new addition to the festival scene in 2021 was 5 on the Farm Festival in Yorkshire, and a teaser has been placed on their website for Season 2, meaning it will be making a return and we are buzzing to find out the dates for 2022!
You can check out our full review here and a bit of further information about 2021 here:
Children and big kids alike can enjoy a weekend full of fun at the activity-packed festival, taking place at Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley, South Yorkshire where hit Channel 5 show, This Week on the Farm is filmed.
For younger visitors, Milkshake! favourites Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol, Milkshake! Monkey, Blue’s Clues will be with Peppa Pig in the Milkshake! Meadow at the festival.
Over 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day outdoor event which is billed as the perfect British day out and dog-friendly weekend staycation for all ages.
Visitors can step into the world of Channel 5’s best loved shows and enjoy a fantastic variety of activities including presenter panels and Q&As, floristry, pottery, woodwork, arts and crafts, cooking, yoga, bee keeping, baking and countryside skills workshops and demonstrations, and see their favourite stars perform throughout the weekend – all included in the ticket price.