7 family-friendly music festivals

England is big on festivals. There’s a huge array of shindigs going on throughout the summer, spreading that Friday feeling across an entire weekend. And the great thing is, many of them are child-friendly. In fact, some even dedicate whole areas and festival programmes to children. Here’s our guide to some of the best family-friendly events in the country.


Chagstock Festival

Whiddon Down, Devon

Image of crowd with children at Chagstock Festival

Just the ticket for first-time festival-goers and the budget-conscious, tent camping is free as is admission for children under the age of 12. Chagstock also offers concessions for families with children over 12. Not to mention the free, glorious views over the northern edge of Dartmoor.

Don’t miss… A plethora of child-friendly events and entertainment such as face painting and hat making.

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Deer Shed Festival

Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

Science is cool. That’s why, along with plenty of music, comedy and arts, Deer Shed Festival has heaps of kid-friendly science-related activities and events, dedicated to everything from robots to forensics.

Don’t miss… Water bottle rockets, tree climbing and a giant game of hungry hippos!

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Camp Bestival

Lulworth Castle, Dorset

A family favourite set in the historical surroundings of Lulworth Castle where kids are king, fun and games is the staple theme and the Jurassic Coast is just on your doorstep.

Don’t miss… A special 30th anniversary celebration of iconic duo Wallace and Gromit.

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Standon Calling Festival

Standon, Hertfordshire

One for the cool kids, Standon Calling has a whole area dedicated to entertaining the younger set during the daytime, right at the heart of the festival. As an added bonus, the festival offers on-site baby sitting in the evenings.

Don’t miss… Yoga and meditation sessions and the hot tubs on the hill.

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Just So Festival

Rode Heath, Cheshire

Spellbound Forest by day at Just So Festival

Just So puts on an enchanting show for babies and grown-ups alike, with feeding, changing and bath tents for babes, a secret, enchanted fairy city for curious young explorers, arty events for creative kids and yoga and massages for parents in need of TLC.

Don’t miss… The Silver Screen glade, where you can jump into interactive cinematically-themed events during the day and snuggle up with a blanket and a classic family film at night.

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Shambala Festival

Market Harborough

Puppet cabaret, storytelling, thought-provoking workshops and plenty of live music are just a few of the things you’ll experience with the kids at this chilled-out eco-festival.

Don’t miss… The crazy bikes, trampolines, hula hooping, break dancing and bubbles of the Playtopia Kids' Field.

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The Big Feastival

Kingham, Oxfordshire

The Big Feastival, Kingham, Cotswolds, England

A-list chefs rub shoulders with famous musicians at this tummy-tempting family-friendly ‘feastival’. It’s curated by the Jamie Oliver Foundation and takes place on the farm of Blur bassist, Alex James.

Don’t miss… The NEFF Cookaholics Cookery School, where you can cook up a storm under the guidance of top chefs.

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22 Mar 2021(last updated)

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    Whiddon Down, Devon

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    Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

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    Lulworth Castle, Dorset

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    Standon, Hertfordshire

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    Rode Heath, Cheshire

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    Market Harborough

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    Kingham, Oxfordshire

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