9 family-friendly music festivals in 2023

Make summer even more memorable at one of these 2023 family-friendly 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 and festivals happening in 2023.


Festivals in 2023: 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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Festivals in 2023: 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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Festivals in 2023: 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. Elsewhere in the West Midlands, there is more fun to be had as Camp Bestival bring the party (plus Fatboy Slim) to Weston Park.

Don’t miss…1980s icons Human League and Eurovision sensation Sam Ryder.


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Festivals in 2023: 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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Festivals in 2023: 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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Festivals in 2023: 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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Festivals in 2023: 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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Festivals in 2022: Festiva

Great Harwood, Lancashire

Top tribute acts, from Bjorn Again to The Bootleg Beatles, meet at Great Harwood Showground for an action-packed, all-inclusive festival full of first-class food, fairground rides and heart-stopping circus acts. 

Don't miss... dozens of kid and teen-friendly inflatables, from the ultimate assault course to the bungee run, alongside an incredible Freestyle Motorcross Show and Meet the Dinosaurs experience.

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Festivals in 2022: Gone Wild Festival

Powderham Castle, Exeter

Rediscover your sense of adventure with this family festival celebrating the great outdoors. Get a workout in with Mr Motivator, learn survival skills like shelter building and fire lighting, get out onto the water on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and dance the afternoon away with your little rascals at the silent disco. And make sure to carve out some time to see live performances from The Script, The Darkness and much more.

Don’t miss… Hear from the number one adventurer himself, Bear Grylls, alongside leading explorers like Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Laura Bingham.

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17 Feb 2023(last updated)

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    Whiddon Down, Devon

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    Rode Heath, Cheshire

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    Standon, Hertfordshire

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