Summer 2018 has been super festival heavy for us and in fact lots of our friends. If you fancy trying out a festival with the kids in 2019, here’s some of our favourite family friendly festivals to consider:
1. Just So Festival – 17th / 18th / 19th August 2019 – Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire
If you’re looking for slightly random but entirely magical family fun with theatre, live music, pillow fights and fancy dress then you won’t go far wrong with Just So Festival.
Tickets start from £20 for one day child ticket and £45 for an adult day ticket – but there’s so much to do that camping is highly recommended!
You can read more about Just So Festival here:
Just So Festival 2018 – Our Highlights – We’re going on an adventure
20 Top Tips for Just So Festival 2019 – Mini Travellers
Making Marvellous Memories at Just So Festival 2018 – Hodge Podge Days
20 Things we did at Just So Festival 2017 – We’re going on an adventure
2. Camp Bestival -25th / 26th / 27th / 28th July 2019 – Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Camp Bestival has long been on my list of family friendly festivals to visit but it always seems to fall on an awkward weekend for us. I love the idea of the annual camp theme and so much live music to introduce the children to. It always looks to be so full of fun and a really giddy atmosphere!
Tickets start from £30 for weekend child ticket (aged 5 to 9) and £170 for an adult weekend ticket – but these prices will increase as the date gets nearer and the first tier tickets sell out!
You can read more about Camp Bestival here:
12 Top Tips if you’re heading to Camp Bestival in 2019 – Mini Travellers
Growing up with Camp Bestival – Parent Shaped
Sailing the Camp Bestival Sea – My Two Mums
Creating Memories to Last at Camp Bestival – evenangelsfall
3. The Big Feastival – 23rd / 24th /25th August – Alex James’ Farm, Kingham, the Cotswolds
The Big Feastival takes place on Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds each August and offers a full family programme mixed in with plenty of food, boutique bars and music. Dave and I attended this year for the first time and felt that The Big Feastival was a good step between family festivals like Just So Festival and the music festivals of our youth. We didn’t feel remotely out of place attending the festival without kids, but equally this is very much a family friendly festival and one we’d like to take our children to – though perhaps another year or so down the line.
Tickets start at £84.50 for an adult day ticket with up to two free children’s tickets (under 12s) or £189.50 for an adult weekend ticket and £47.25 for children’s weekend tickets.
You can read more about The Big Feastival here:
The Big Feastival – Sort of! – We’re going on an adventure
The Big Feastival 2018 – Scrapbook Blog
4. Deer Shed – 26th / 27th / 28th July 2019- Topcliffe, North Yorkshire
Hitting it’s 10th anniversary, Deer Shed is a family friendly festival packed with music, arts and science – one we’ve been meaning to go to for the last couple of years but it always seems to clash with something for us! We were particularly impressed to hear that in 2018 they began to take steps to eradicate single use plastic from the festival by banning the sale of plastic bottles and straws on site – well done loves!
Tickets start at £115 for an early bird adult weekend ticket with camping with children’s prices tiered according to age. Again, tickets will be come more expensive the closer you get to the event so if you do want to go, consider purchasing early when these go on sale on 6th September.
You can read more about Deer Shed Festival here:
11 Top Tips if you’re heading to Deer Shed Festival in 2019 – Mini Travellers
14 Top Tips for making the most of your Deer Shed Fesitval Weekend – Yorkshire Tots
5. Timber Festival – 5th / 6th / 7th July 2019 – Feanedock, the National Forest, Derbyshire
New to the festival scene in 2018, Timber Festival offers something a little bit different with a focus on forests, environmental awareness and sustainability – this is one of the grown ups as well as the kids! After an impressive first year. we can’t wait to see what they have to offer in 2019!
Tickets start at £5 for a child’s super early bird Friday ticket or £15 for an adult’s super early bird Friday ticket with super early bird weekend tickets coming in at £90 for adults – our advice is to book early before the prices go up!
You can read more about Timber Festival here:
Postcard Reviews of Timber Festival – Parent Shaped
Timber Festival 2018- Family Friendly Festival Review – We’re going on an adventure
Timber Festival – The Brick Castle
Timber Festival 2018 – Mini Travellers
The family friendly Timber Festival 2018 – Otis & Us
6. Y Not – 25th / 26th / 27th / 28th July 2019 – Pikehall, Derbyshire
Y Not Festival has been on my radar for a little while but until now we’ve felt perhaps the children were a little young. In a similar vein to The Big Festival, Y Not Festival is of a child friendly festival than a family focused festival with a cracking line up of bands including Elbow, Two Door Cinema Club and Foals as well as circus skills, theatre and graffiti for the kids. There is a family camping area near to the car park for convenience and offering separate toilets and shower facilities as well as a campfire and bedtime stories.
Tickets increase in value nearer the festival and there are now only Tier 4 tickets available – these are priced at £139.50 for a weekend camping ticket.
Have you got a favourite family friendly festival that I’ve missed? Which one’s top of your list for 2019?
Camp Bestival fun fair – Mini Travellers
Camp Bestival castle – evenangelsfall
Deer Shed photos – Mini Travellers
YNot festival – Press