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Our Top 5 Family Friendly Festivals

With the festival season fully in swing, we thought it’d be a good idea to take a look at five of the most family friendly festivals coming up this year.

Just-So Festival

Family Friendly: the Just-So Festival, Cheshire.

As the only combined arts festival dedicated entirely to families in the UK, Just-So Festival has gone from strength to strength since it’s 2009 inception. A wonderful, intimate weekend-long camping experience designed for families and their children, it’s a haven of imagination and adventure like few around. There’s art, music, literature, comedy and theatre, all surrounded by the stunning views of Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire. A must for any family looking for a creative, joyous weekend.

When: 18th-20th August

Where: Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire

Price: Adult weekend ticket £135; children £50; under 3's go free


The very family friendly Kids Area at Latitude Festival.

With woodland strolls, lake swimming, beatboxing and wildlife survival courses for all the mini-Ray Mears proteges, Latitude is a firm UK favourite for families who love the outdoors, and with good reason. Not only is it idyllic, surrounded by beautiful green hills and stunning scenery – it attracts real A-list headliners such as Mumford and Sons and The 1975. With designated kids, teens and family areas, there’s something for everyone, making it one of the most popular choices for those looking for that big festival experience, but in a safe and intimate surrounding.

When: 13th-15th July

Where: Henham Park, Suffolk

Price: Adult weekend ticket £205.50, £10 for kids (with an adult ticket)

Camp Bestival

No hassle at the castle: Camp Bestival.

How many festivals can claim to have possibly the world’s largest disco ball? Camp Bestival can. The hugely popular little sister of Bestival is back again with a jam-packed weekend full of family focused fun. From CBeebies stars Dick and Dom and mud kitchens, right through to music from Beach Boys legend Ray Wilson, the festival is understandably popular. Following on from last year’s Outer Space theme, this year’s brings Pop Stars & Rock Stars. Expect glitz, glamour and spandex.

When: 27th-30th July

Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Price: Adult weekend ticket £175; children £10; under 4's go free

Green Man Festival

Looking lush: Green Man Festival.

Located in the glorious Brecon Beacons, Green Man is perfect eclectic mix of music, dance and arts. The facilities are a notable standout, with hot showers, toilets and fresh water on tap in the family camping area. There’s the ‘Little Folk’ area too – home to incredibly popular events such as the Woolly Circus, The Flying Seagulls and the Pedal Emporium, with multi-coloured dragons included of course. There’s plenty for the grown-ups too, with music coming from PJ Harvey, Ride, Future Islands and indie-pop legends The Shins.

When: 17th-20th August

Where: Brecon Beacons

Price: Adult weekend ticket £175; children £10; under 4's go free

Kendal Calling

Feeling the call: Kendal Calling in the Lake District.

Surrounded by the picturesque Lake District countryside, Kendal Calling is perfect for those looking for a smaller family festival experience. The dedicated Kids Calling area, plus the Lost Eden and Woodlands area provide a welcome fun alternative to the usually stellar music line-up. After 9pm the Lost Eden comes alive, with luminous webs and critters brought to life by an LED makeover. The Emperor Fields site is a must for families.

When: July 28th-31st July

Where: Lowther Deer Park, Lake District

Price: Adult weekend ticket £135; 11-15 years £75; 6-10 years £17.50; under 5's go free

Steven longs to live in the remote Scottish Highlands one day but he just can’t quite bring himself to be torn away from city life just yet. He instead makes do with frequent trips to anywhere green, walking wherever, climbing whatever, all while wishing life was a lot more like half the books and films he spends his downtime consuming.

An avid musician, video maker and a creative jack of all trades, Steven is rarely much happier than when he’s creating something for someone to watch, read or listen to. He’s fond of novelty cups, big coats, boots, playing music loudly and he eats far too many sweets. He also really, really likes castles.

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