10 family-friendly festivals that are not totally sold out!


Festival season is around the corner… wellies, suncream, mud, blah blah blah. As a family first or with kids who are already seasoned savvy festival goers – all you really want to know is…. when, where and what’s going on? Here are 10 UK festivals with a spirit of adventure, creativity and some great line ups…  get practising your dad dancing!

Green Man

When: 18th – 21st August 2016

Where: Brecon Beacons, Wales

Tagline: In the breathtaking beauty of The Brecon Beacons, where mystical ley lines converge amid ancient welsh oak trees, something magical is stirring…

Elderflower Fields

When: 27th – 30th May 2016

Where: Pippingford Park, East Sussex

Tagline: Our ambition for Elderflower Fields is to provide a unique family experience that opens children and their parents minds to new opportunities in sport, music, the arts, the environment and food. We want to get more kids out into the beautiful countryside and inspired by new challenges. We’re committed to remaining independent and offering the very best value festival we can.

Deer Shed

When: 22nd – 24th July 2016

Where: Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

Tagline: The family friendly music, arts and science festival set in beautiful North Yorkshire parkland.


Just So

When: 19th – 21st August 2016

Where: Rode Hall, Cheshire

Tagline: A family weekend adventure beyond your wildest dreams.

Camp Bestival

When: 28th – 31st July 2016

Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Tagline: Kids are king at Camp Bestival. There is an avalanche of activites for children of all ages; 2 to 62!

Doune The Rabbit Hole

When: 19th – 21st August 2016

Where: Cardross Estate nr Stirling, Scotland

Tagline: Doune the Rabbit Hole is truly family friendly. Kids under 12 can come for free(as long as they bring an adult) and in conjunction with Kidding Around Collective, throughout the weekend we offer a huge range of activities for kids of all ages from games to crafts (and the always popular Jelly Slide). We also have a special Family Camping area which is positioned away from the late night revellers so you can all get some sleep in before the inevitable early rise!



When: 11th – 14th August 2016

Where: Eastnor Castle, Ledbury

Tagline: We consider you all to be royalty, and so a move to the grounds of Eastnor Castle seems fitting. Complete with lakes and simply stunning surroundings, we invite you to join us for our fifth year of musical magic.


When: 14th – 17th July 2016

Where: Southwold, Suffolk

Tagline: Why should adults have all the fun? Here at Latitude, we want everyone to have unforgettable experiences they’ll remember forever, and our huge family areas reflect that. This year, kids could find themselves down the Rabbit Hole with Alice one second and learning to DJ the next.

Bliss Fields

When: 1st – 2nd July 2016

Where: Vicarage farm nr Winchester, Hampshire

Tagline: HOUSE PARTY Your inner child has been given the keys to Blissfields – under one condition – you absolutely have to throw a party. From the soul basement of Animal House to a gunging at Noel Edmonds, from student digs to country estates, it’s time to go old school and take over the palace for one ultimate weekend party. Bring your sleeping bag, PJs and mixtapes to the biggest house party of 2016.


When: 25th – 28th August 2016

Where: Secret country estate, Northamptonshire

Tagline: Shambala takes place across four days on the August Bank Holiday Weekend at a stunning secret location in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. The variety and quality of entertainment on offer is staggering for a festival of its size. With over 200 diverse musical acts across 12 live stages, world-class cabaret, an amazing array of workshops, stand-up comedy, inspirational talks and debates, jaw dropping circus and acrobatics, interactive theatre and nationally acclaimed poetry all housed in beautifully decorated venues.

Pioneering, intimate and truly innovative, Shambala Festival has perfectly blended creativity and participation for well over a decade. Shambala is a special place where you play, revitalise, make lots of new friends and return to the world fuelled-up on the beauty of being alive. As well as being known as a “legendary party”, it is also a haven for cutting edge theatrics and performance, a think-tank of ideas and an award winning green event.

Some of these festivals are dog friendly and have crèches! Check their info pages for details.



  1. Can I add Victorious Festival in Southsea on August Bank Holiday. With a brilliant location on the seafront, its a wonderful little festival supporting local acts and businesses but has grown year on year and has a great music lineup and lots going on and tickets start from only £20 a day and £1-£7 for kids. For kids it includes the Blue Reef Aquarium, Southsea castle, the skate park and D-day museum as well as an awesome kids arena with lots of free stuff to do. (and lush baby changing and breastfeeding facilities which was so unexpected) Plus I love a festival I can walk home from and sleep in my own bed 🙂

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