UK's Top Family Friendly Festivals for 2024

UK's Top Family Friendly Festivals for 2024

As the anticipation for the festival season builds up, families across the UK eagerly await the chance to immerse themselves in music, culture, and shared experiences. With an abundance of options available, selecting the perfect family friendly festival can be overwhelming. But fear not, as we've compiled a comprehensive guide to the most exhilarating and inclusive festivals happening in 2024, promising fun for all ages!

1) Y Not Festival

We love Y Not Festival. Nestled in the breathtaking Peak District, close to beautiful Matlock, Y Not Festival has become a staple for families seeking a blend of music and outdoor exploration. Featuring a diverse lineup spanning various genres and multiple stages, Y Not ensures there's something to captivate every musical taste. Families can indulge in an array of activities in their Strawberry Fields area and if that’s not enough pop in and out of the festival and take in the many local activities and nature walks. With designated family camping areas and amenities, Y Not Festival prioritises the safety and enjoyment of festival goers of all ages. This year sees Jamie T, Snow Patrol and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds headlining and for a small extra fee, why not try the Thursday upgrade where Kaiserchiefs and Scouting For Girls take centre stage.

2) Kendal Calling

Such a stunning festival, against the picturesque backdrop of the Lake District, Kendal Calling stands out as a premier festival renowned for its family friendly ambiance. With some fantastic acts this year ranging from The Streets to Paul Heaton, and the festival caters to a wide spectrum of musical preferences, ensuring constant excitement. Families can participate in storytelling sessions, circus workshops, and interactive art installations, fostering creativity and connection. With dedicated family camping zones equipped with essential facilities, Kendal Calling offers a seamless and enjoyable experience for families, making it an ideal summer destination.

3) In It Together Festival

The In It Together Festival is a three day event that celebrates community, inclusivity and diversity. Taking place at Margam in Swansea between 25th and 27th May, In It Together Festival provides a welcoming environment for families to come together and enjoy live music, community engagement, and immersive experiences. With headliners this year including Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Sugababes and Dizzee Rascal, there’s something for everyone with the festival hosting their Tic Tac Toe area with over 100 activities for children and adults and even a restaurant where you can enjoy a meal and a glass of Prosecco whilst watching the main stage acts for £30pp. Make sure to book on their website to take advantage of this.

4) Isle of Wight Festival

This years Isle of Wight Festival is our favourite line up this year with amazing artist after amazing artist. Headliners The Prodigy, Pet Shop Boys and Green Day join The Streets, Keane, Simple Minds, The Pretenders and Suede, plus many, many more meaning there really is something for everyone on this incredible line up. The Festival offers a wide range of camping and glamping options as well as family camping, however, with great transport links you can stay pretty much anywhere on the Isle of Wight over the festival weekend, giving you the chance to take in some of the amazing surroundings in one of the UK’s top holiday destinations. Check out their website for links to local cottages and Airbnb’s.

5) 2000 Trees

Nestled in the idyllic Cotswold Hills, 2000 Trees aims to provide a unique music festival environment for bands and audiences to co-exist as a community, where individuals feel free to be themselves. The festival combines a love for music with a deep appreciation for nature and community and offers families an intimate and immersive experience amidst the lush greenery. The site at 2000 trees is always impressively clean due to the amount of volunteers that help with litter picking and with the festival itself being relatively small (around 10,000 attendees), the crowds are never too crazy and walking from stage to stage or back to your tent is never too much hassle, meaning popping back to the tent for an afternoon rest and a drink is pretty easy!

6) Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival is actually targeted at families with small children and is a multi-time winner of Best Family Festival. The Camp Bestival brand offers two weekends and two destinations; Dorset on 25th-28th July, and Shropshire on 15th-18th August. Both offerings feature an eclectic lineup of music, theatre, and arguably unrivalled family-friendly activities. From circus workshops to science experiments, there's no shortage of excitement for young festival-goers. With themed costume days and dedicated family camping areas, Camp Bestival creates a vibrant and inclusive environment where families can create unforgettable memories together. If you’re looking for a family festival, Camp Bestival really is brilliant and there’s no shortage of top quality acts with artists including McFly, Paloma Faith, The Darkness, James Arthur & Sophie Ellis-Bexter making up this years festivals.

7) Latitude Festival

Celebrating the arts in all its forms, Latitude Festival invites families to embark on a journey of discovery and creativity. With a diverse lineup spanning music, theatre, literature, and comedy, the festival offers something for every member of the family to enjoy. Families can explore the Faraway Forest, engage in craft workshops, and indulge in delicious food from around the world. With family camping options and facilities catered to young children, Latitude Festival ensures a harmonious and enriching experience for families seeking cultural immersion and artistic inspiration. Kasabian, Keane, London Grammar and Duran Duran headline this year’s impressive line up.

8) The Big Feastival

Curated by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and musician Alex James, The Big Feastival offers a culinary journey like no other, featuring top chefs, food stalls, and cooking demonstrations. Set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm, families can enjoy live music performances, food tastings, and interactive cooking sessions, fostering a love for food and music in a festive atmosphere. With designated family areas and activities for children, The Big Feastival promises a delectable and entertaining experience for food-loving families looking to indulge in a weekend of culinary delights and musical treats.

These are just some of the fantastic family festivals the UK has to offer. Below is a comprehensive list of all the family friendly festivals taking place this year, so pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and embark on a journey of music, laughter, and boundless joy and support your local festivals in 2024!

May

3-5th - Teddy Rocks, Dorset

10-11th - Highest Point, Lancaster

17-19th - Mountain Festival, Keswick

19th - Totfest, Yorkshire

23-26th - Bearded Theory, Catton Park, Derbyshire

23-26th - Shindig, Somerset

23-26th - Knockengorrah, South West Scotland

24-26th - In It Together, Port Talbot

24-26th - Devauden Festival, Monmouthshire

24-27th - The Big Retreat, Pembrokeshire

24-27th - Elderflower Fields, East Sussex

30-1st - Red Rooster, Suffolk

30-2nd - Wavelength Spring Classic, Devon

31-1st - ShyneFest, Surrey

31-2nd - Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham 

31-2nd - The Great Estate, Cornwall

June

7-9th - Kite Festival, Oxford

9th - Totfest, Suffolk

13-16th - Beardy Folk, Hopton Court, Shropshire

13-16th - Eden Festival, Lockerbie

14-16th - Solas Festival, Perthshire

20-23rd - Isle of Wight Festival, Isle of Wight

21-22nd - Morley Festival, Norfolk

21-23rd - Goldcoast Oceanfest, North Devon

21-23rd - Vanlife Fest, North Yorkshire

22-23rd - Africa Oye, Liverpool

22-23rd - First Light Festival, Lowestoft

23rd - Totfest, Berkshire

26-30th - Glastonbury, Somerset

July

4-7th - Gate to Southwell, Nottingham

4-7th - Folk in a Field, Norfolk

5-6th - Alderfest, Shropshire

5-7th - The Brit Fest, Chesire

5-7th - Camper Jam, Weston Park

5-7th - Timber, Feanedock, The National Forest

5-7th - Nibley, Cotswolds

5-7th - Love Supreme, East Sussex

5-7th - Staxtonbury Family Music Festival, Scarborough

5-7th - Sign of the Times Festival, Hertfordshire

6th -Totfest, Hertfordshire

10-13th - 2000 Trees, Cheltenham

12-14th - Jurassic Fields, Dorset

12-14th - Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival, Birmingham

13th - Kaleidoscope Festival, London

14-16th - Also Festival, Warwickshire

18-21st - Nozstock, Herefordshire

21st - Totfest, Cheshire

25-27th - Belladrum, Tartan Heart Festival, Inverness-shire

25-28th - Camp Bestival, Dorset

25-28th - Latitude, Suffolk

25-28th - Womad, Charlton Park

25-28th - Starry Village, Herefordshire

25-28th - Harlequin Fayre, East Anglia

26-28th - Poole Harbour Festival, Poole 

26-29th - Deershed, North Yorkshire

26-29th - Home of the Drum, Llanfyllin

August

1-4th - Wilderness, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

1-4th - Kendal Calling, The Lake District

1-4th - Wickham Festival, Hampshire

1-4th - ValleyFest, Bristol 

1-4th - Green Gathering, Chepstow. 

2-4th - Y Not Festival, Derbyshire

2-4th - Good Vibrations Society, East Grinstead

5-11th - The Wild Meadows (from The Secret Garden Party), Huntingdon

7-11th - Lakefest, Herefordshire 

8-11th - Deva Fest, Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire

15-18th - Camp Bestival, Shropshire

15-18th - Greenman , Crickhowell

15-18th - Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Dorset

16-18th - Just So, Rode Hall, Cheshire

16-18th - Camp Kindling, Sevenoaks Kent

16-18th - Stowaway Festival, Buckinghamshire

16-18th - Gloworm , Newark

22-25th - Greenbelt, Boughton House

22-25th - Solfest, Cumbria

22-25th - Shamabala, Market Harborough

22-26th - Into the Wild, Chiddinglye Estate, Sussex

23-25th - Carfest, Hampshire

23-25th - Camper Calling, Ragley Hall

23-25th - The Big Feastival, The Cotswolds

23-25th - Between the Trees, Bridgend, South Wales

23-25th - Victorious, Southsea

23-25th - Maui Waui Festival, Norfolk

23-26th - Geronimo, Arley Hall, Northwich 

23-26th - Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Shropshire

23-26th - Towersey Festival, Buckinghamshire

29-1st - End of the Road, Dorset

29-1st - Wick Street Festival, East Sussex

September 

6-8th - Into The Trees, Sussex

13-15th - The Little Orchard Festival, Cornwall

19-24th - Equinox Festival, Lincolnshire

 

 

 

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