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9 family-friendly music festivals in 2024

Make your summer memorable at these 2024 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 2024.

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Festivals in 2024: 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.

When? 21 to 22 July 2024

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Festivals in 2024: Deer Shed Festival

Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

Science is cool. That’s why, along with plenty of live music and comedy, Deer Shed Festival has heaps of kid-friendly activities and events, dedicated to everything from robots to forensics. Once you've had your fill of science experiments, head to the music stages to dance along to The Coral, Bombay Bicycle Club and CMAT.

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

When? 26 to 29 July 2024

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Festivals in 2024: 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…line up TBC

When? 25 to 28 July 2024

 

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Festivals in 2024: 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.

When? 16-19 August 2024

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Festivals in 2024: 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.

When? 25 to 28 July 2024

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Festivals in 2024: 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.

When? 22 to 25 August 2024

 

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Festivals in 2024: 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’, which takes place on the farm of Blur bassist, Alex James.

Don’t miss… getting hands-on learning at The M&S Food Cookery School, and watch top chefs like Raymond Blanc work their magic on The Big Kitchen stage. 

When? 23 to 25 August 2024

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Festivals in 2024: Gone Wild Festival

Holkham Hall, Norfolk

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 Sam Ryder, Example Mc Fly 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.

When? 8 to 11 August 2024

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Festivals in 2024: Deva Fest

Malpas, Cheshire

A music festival that's also a circus and fairground, complete with a big top for the headline acts? Count us in!  A staple of the Cheshire calendar since 2018, this family orientated, three-day music bash will take place at Cholmondley (pronounced "Chumley") Castle for 2024, and boasts an enviable line-up that includes British soul singer Rebecca Ferguson, Ocean Colour Scene and The Human League. And what's more, the kids won’t be asking you for money for the fairground rides every 10 minutes, as the rides are all free to use (height restrictions apply)!

Don’t miss… A whole host of family activities from Kids Kingdom, on-site watersports, circus shows and parades at no extra cost. 

When? 8 to 11 August 2024

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18 Apr 2024(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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    Rode Heath, Cheshire

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    Standon, Hertfordshire

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    Market Harborough

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    Kingham, Oxfordshire

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    Holkham Hall, Norfolk

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    Malpas, Cheshire

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