[I’m currently updating this post with information for family friendly festivals in 2020 as it becomes available!]
Summer 2018 was super festival heavy for us and in fact lots of our friends. 2019 has been a little calmer but you know what? We’ve missed it! One festival each summer just isn’t enough!
If you fancy trying out a festival with the kids in 2020, here’s the dates of some of our favourite family friendly festivals to consider:
1. Just So Festival – 21st / 22nd / 23rd August 2020 – 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 2019 – Hodge Podge Days
Just So Festival 2019 – The Brick Castle
20 Top Tips for Just So Festival 2019 – Mini Travellers
Just So Festival 2018 – Our Highlights – We’re going on an adventure
20 Things we did at Just So Festival 2017 – We’re going on an adventure
Fifteen reasons we loved Just So Festival – We’re going on an adventure
2. Camp Bestival – 30th / 31st July / 1st / 2nd August 2020 – 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:
Is hospitality camping worth if for Camp Bestival 2020? – Mini Travellers
Top Tips for Camp Bestival in 2020 – Mini Travellers
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 – 28th / 29th/ 30th August 2020 – 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 – 24th / 25th / 26th July 2020 – 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 Festival Weekend – Yorkshire Tots
5. Timber Festival – 3rd / 4th / 5th July 2020 – 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 and an even better offering in 2019 we can’t wait to see what they have to offer in 2020!
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:
Timber Festival 2018 – Family Friendly Festival Review – We’re going on an adventure
Timber Festival 2018 – Mini Travellers
Postcard Reviews of Timber Festival – Parent Shaped
Timber Festival 2019 – The Brick Castle
The family friendly Timber Festival 2018 – Otis & Us
6. Y Not – 24th / 25th / 26th July 2020 – Pikehall, Derbyshire
Y Not Festival had been on my radar for a little while before we finally bit the bullet and took the kids this summer. In a similar vein to The Big Festival, Y Not Festival is of a child friendly music 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.
Tickets increase in value nearer the festival so if you’re planning on going, the sooner you get your tickets the better! Tier 1 tickets are available now – these are priced at less than £100 for a weekend camping ticket and under 12s can attend Y Not Festival free of charge! (They are not guaranteed entry without a Child ticket so you do need to make sure you add this to your booking!)
You can read more about Y Not Festival here:
Y Not Festival with kids – We’re going on an adventure
Y Not Festival Family Review with Kids – Nomipalony
or why not watch our vlog from the weekend:
7. Kendal Calling – 30th / 31st July / 1st / 2nd August 2020 – Lowther Deer Park, Penrith
2020 sees Kendal Calling celebrate 15 years of festival fun in the Lake District. It’s a festival I’ve wanted to go to for years but it always falls on Ben’s birthday so it felt a bit tight to go off and leave him! Now he’s old enough to come too it’s definitely on our wish list!
Tickets start at £144 for a Release One adult weekend ticket with children’s tickets priced at £22 for age 6-10yr olds and £88.25 for 11 – 15 yr olds.
You can read more about Kendal Calling here:
Our thoughts on Kendal Calling 2019 – The Twinkle Diaries
Or you can watch The Twinkle Diaries vlog from Kendal Calling 2019 here
8. Bluedot – 23rd / 24th / 25th / 26th July 2020 – Jodrell Bank, Cheshire
Four days of music, science and cosmic culture
Tickets start at £158.75 for a Release One adult weekend ticket. Children age 6 – 10 go free but must have a ticket.
You can read more about Bluedot here:
Bluedot Review – The Twinkle Diaries
Ten reasons Bluedot Festival is family a family friendly festival – Mini Travellers
or why not watch this video of the weekend from The Twinkle Diaries
Have you got a favourite family friendly festival that I’ve missed? Which one’s top of your list for 2019?
Why not check out our playlist of family friendly festivals we’ve been to:
Camp Bestival fun fair – Mini Travellers
Camp Bestival castle – evenangelsfall
Deer Shed photos – Mini Travellers
Blue Dot photos – The Twinkle Diaries
Kendal calling photos – The Twinkle Diaries