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Top 10 2018 Family Friendly Festivals UK

Tuesday 2nd January 2018
By Kay Knight
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By Kay Knight
There's no better way to spend your free time this spring and summer than to visit some of the best music festivals the UK has to offer. Our festival season is amongst some of the largest worldwide and for very good reasons and is home to some iconic music experiences such as Glastonbury and Reading. Of course, it’s difficult to find time if you’re busy with excitable kids on summer holidays - so bring them along with you! With lots of family friendly festivals to choose from throughout the year, you’re bound to find one or two that suit everyone. Take time out to relax, enjoy good music, and have fun with all the family. We’ve come up with our top 10 family friendly music festivals for 2018 - check them out!

Ireby Festival, Cumbria - 25-26th May

Located in a small village north-west of the Lake District National Park, Ireby is the perfect destination for those looking to indulge in some amazing scenic views whilst experiencing some great music.The intimate venues will grant you access to artists such as Eliza Carthy and the Waynard Band, Bella Hardy Band, Tide Lines, The Small Glories, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan. What’s even better, under 12’s go free - so there's no excuse to give this festival a miss.


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Elderflower Fields, East Sussex - 25-28th May

Running over May bank holiday weekend Elderflower Fields gives you and your family the perfect chance to enjoy a bit of the may sunshine. Catering for children, this festival allows all the family to get involved with a great range of activities like making giant bubbles, riding down hills on skateboards and learning to cook on a campfire. The fun doesn’t stop there - there's three stages located around the site providing lots of entertainment for all ages. Each stage has a huge variety of acts performing during the day meaning there is always time to dance to some great music, listen to stories being told and make the most of your experience with your little ones.

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Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse - 31st May - 2nd June

Known for its family-friendly feel, and range of fun activities, Wychwood has never disappointed in the 13 years its been running - which is no surprise to us! The activities and workshops are overflowing with endless entertainment for people of all ages; making it almost impossible to get bored. With headlining acts including The Levellers, Billy Bragg, Katy Ashworth, The East Pointers and The Strypes this is an event that could make your family break a memorable one.


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Isle Of Wight Festival, Isle of Wight - 21-24th June

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary the Isle Of Wight Festival is proving that things only get better with age. Catering for all ages - this is a perfect festival to take your little ones along. For just 3 nights this will be the home of some of the biggest artists in the music industry such as Liam Gallagher, Kasabian, The Killers, James Bay, The Script and many more. If that doesn’t encourage you to visit the Isle Of Wight this summer season you must be outta your mind! Unmissable, absolutely amazing and truly gorgeous - this is a festival you need to see for yourself.

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Staxtonbury Family Music Festival, Staxton - 6-8th July

It’s all in the name! Staxtonbury is perfect for the whole family to enjoy which is why you should visit this summer. Located in Yorkshires gorgeous countryside, you will be enjoying this festival in a safe and comfortable environment. With designated family areas and a number of FREE activities like musical storytime, football, and tennis it’s a great place to bring your little ones in early July.Staxtonbury

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Latitude Festival,Suffolk - 12-15th July

From the team that brings you Reading and Leeds Festivals, Latitude is one of the biggest and best festivals in the UK, and has proved its worth by winning Best Major Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2017! With a truly fabulous music lineup appropriate for all the family including acts like The 1975, Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes as well as entertainment from Dara O’Briain and a whole load of others, you will definitely be getting your money’s worth. It doesn't stop there, Latitude makes sure everyone is catered for - providing kids with endless fun activities like reading, drawing and playing music in their very own kids' area, a film arena, a theatre/ discussion tent and a cabaret theatre!


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Camp Bestival, Dorset - 26-29th July

Being voted Best Family Festival at the Family Traveller Awards definitely counts for something! Camp Bestival always delivers with its amazing range of entertainment. With performances from well-known artists such as Rick Astley and Clean Bandit you’re sure to have an amazing time. There’ll be plenty for all the family to do and see as performers Dick and Dom and Mr Tumble bring some comedy to the stage with some hilarious entertainment to make this festival something to remember.

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Kendal Calling, Cumbria - 26-29th July

This festival is a great chance to see up and coming artists in the stunning surroundings of the Lake District. This amazing location has been put to great use by hosting this family friendly festival which began in 2006! They’ve had a good few years pleasing its visitors and no doubt 2018 will top the years before. There’s no chance of anyone being bored when you have the choice of amazing areas to visit for music, theatre, comedy and cinema.

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Green Man, Brecon Beacons - 16-19th August

Surrounded by miles of mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers it's no wonder this festival has been named Green Man. Granting you access to some of Wales’ most secluded and magical areas, there’s nowhere better to be this August if you’re looking for an adventure for everyone to get involved with. And don’t forget to check out the plentiful supply of workshops, games and of course the enchanted forest!

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Shambala, Northamptonshire - 23-26th August

Shambala is the first festival to achieve a 5 Star Creative Green rating, allowing you to relax knowing you’re not inflicting any damage on the environment whilst enjoying a weekend of fun and partying. Providing hundreds of diverse music acts alongside acrobatics and circus acts, workshops, stand-up comedy and much more including a wide variety of free children's activities to keep them busy and entertained.


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