Family Friendly Festivals in the UK

One of the things I miss about living in the UK is being able to take my girls to a festival.  There are so many family friendly ones on offer this summer and lucky for you, a comprehensive list below!  This post is brought to you today by Knowsley Safari, a day out guaranteed to bring lots of fun and memories with your family.

Your Ultimate Guide To Family-Friendly Festivals In 2013

Although festivals often cost the amount you’d spend on a family holiday, there’s nothing quite like the atmosphere and conviviality it creates. The facilities may be atrocious, and every day, it may seem like personal hygiene is a far away dream (they never have enough showers), but you can get a vast array of entertainment at your fingertips. And it often gets the kids out of your hair for the weekend.

The following family-friendly festivals will make sure that everyone has a fantastic time…even if they get a bit smelly after day two.

Cornbury Music Festival

Cornbury music festival John Lambeth  StatusPhotography

If you’ve got a bit of a thing for quaint, English country fayres, this takes the biscuit. Cornbury Music Festival is a posh and eccentric answer to UK festivals. A tad on the upmarket side, you’ll benefit from a fantastic line-up, including Keane, Beverly Knight, Van Morrison, and Echo and the Bunnymen. Meanwhile, the Completely Kids Zone can enthral the kids with magic shows, sculpture, face painting, and children’s yoga!

Prices: £190 for camping adults, £110 for 13-16 year olds, £30 for 3-12 year olds, and under 2s go free.

Hay Festival

Bookworms and intellectuals, you’ll love Hay Festival. Amongst the beautiful Brecon Beacons, you can benefit from daily lectures and talks from some of your favourite literary individuals. While you break out a mental sweat, the kids will get to meet some fantastic authors and partake in lots of interesting workshops.

Cheap as chips, all you’ll have to pay for is a campsite spot or a place at a local B&B nearby. You only fork out for the price of each thing you want to see. If you feel like you’re missing out on music, Noah and the Whale can hit that spot for you.


Latitude 2012 copyright Marc Sethi

One of the most popular festivals around, Latitude was named the best family festival last year. The line-up includes Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Modest Mouse. If you’re looking for a giggle, comedy geniuses Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran are available to see.

Literary junkies can dork out over Carol Ann Duffy and Germaine Greer. And all the while, kids can enjoy entertainment all day, from pond dipping to helter skelters, to theatre workshops and magical woodland.

Prices: £182.50 for a camping adult, £132.50 for 13 – 15 year olds, £5 for 5 – 12 year olds, and under 5s go free.

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival once held the accolade of ‘best family festival’ for two years running. The fun for kids is endless: Horrible histories, dinosaur petting zoos, Dick and Dom, Mr Tumble, circus skills, and knight jousting. It’s all happening.

Adults can enjoy performances from Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, as well as poet, John Cooper Clarke. When the trial-by-camping starts to take its toll, you can relax in the Heavenly Healing Pamper Lounge, or go stuff your face in the British Foodies Tent.

Prices: £190 for camping adults, £113 for 15-17 year olds, £98 for 11-14 year olds, and under 10s go free!


Cornbury photo copyright John Lambeth, Status Photography

Latitude photo copyright Marc Sethi



  1. Gretta Schifano

    I’ve not taken the kids to a festival yet, but I’d definitely like to. These all sound great.

    1. Nicola

      I want to go to all of them!

  2. Mandi

    Going for a tour around Latitude on Friday, very excited as my husband was involved in the original concept at Henham and it has just grown into something amazing xxx

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