10 Family-Friendly UK Festivals for Late Summer

The UK’s festival season is well under way, and with the heatwave set to continue there’s little chance of needing wellies at any of these 10 festivals.

Look out for us at numbers 6 and 8!

 

1. Camp Bestival, Dorset – 26-29th July

A mammoth sized festi-holiday packed with entertainment options for adults and children alike!

Family entertainment will include big names such as Peter Rabbit™, Andy & The Odd Socks, Mr Tumble, Mister Maker, Peppa Pig, Dick and Dom, Big Fish Little Fish and much more including an Air Guitar Championship, Beard & Moustache competitions, Dinosaur World Live and more.

2. Valley Fest, 3 – 5th August, Somerset

Looking for something closer to nature? Valley Fest is the UK’s only organic festival which takes place on a working organic farm. A small family-friendly festival in a stunning location overlooking Chew Valley lake in Somerset, kids are encouraged to run wild, get back to nature and have fun learning about looking after the land and where food comes from.

Meet farm animals, pick vegetables, play on vintage tractors or enjoy storytelling, crafts, films, silly games and pop up entertainers.

3. Wilderness, 2-5 August, Oxfordshire

If culture’s more your thing, Wilderness is packed with it for old and young. In the lovely setting of Cornbury Park you’ll find big name headliners such as Bastille and Nile Rodgers & Chic alongside theatre, poetry, dance and much more.

Family entertainment includes Polka Children’s Theatre, Splat Art School, Storystock, Forest Camps and film making. There’s even a babysitting service available!

4. LoveBN1Fest, 5th August, Brighton

An afternoon of fun in Brighton’s Preston Park, LoveBN1Fest will bring all the communities and Rainbow families together this August. Main stage artists include Nile Rogers & Chic, Jess Glynne, Gabrielle and more, plus learn circus skills, see performance artists and cabaret.

There’s lots of family friendly entertainment planned as well as a funfair, street food village and WellBeing area. Children under 11 are FREE!

5. Just-So Festival, 17-19th August, Cheshire

If you’re up north mid-August check out this intimate, weekend camping festival for children and their families – the only combined arts festival dedicated solely to families in the UK!

Described by Mumsnet as “a kids’ festival that parents are allowed to tag along to”, there is plenty for all ages with an emphasis on combining art, music and literature in a wondrous landscape of woodland, park and lakeside spots.

6. Wildchild Festival, 17 – 19th August, Dulwich

Baby Broadway will be performing at an enchanting new family festival this August. Set in the leafy green area of Dulwich, South London, Wild Child has an emphasis on the arts, creative play, STEM & wellbeing for 0-11-year-olds and their grown-ups.

We will be performing in the Harmony Hideaway but there are also dance workshops, coding and science experiments, family discos, magic lessons, theatre and comedy to enjoy across the festival. In the Crafty Den there is giant outdoor painting and cool crafts and there’s an intimate Babes in the Burrow area especially for 0-3-year-olds.

7. Shambala, Northamptonshire – 23-26th August

If you want to enjoy a festival with no environmental guilt, Shambala is the first festival to achieve a 5 Star Creative Green rating.

There are 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 (including SOCK Wrestling, break dancing, acro balance, kung fu, soft play and a good old fashioned sing-along) to keep them busy and entertained.

8. The Big Feastival, 24th – 26th August, The Cotswolds

Baby Broadway is thrilled to be returning to perform in the Big Top stage of this fab family festival!

Created by Alex James from Blur and Jamie Oliver you’ll find top quality food and drinks, great headliners including Basement Jaxx and Paloma Faith and a disco in a cheese hub.

Family entertainment (apart from us J ) comes in the form of CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher, Andy & the Odd Socks, Dick and Dom, Peppa Pig, The Gruffalo as well as a farm, Gospel-oke, a My Little Pony makeover, a Play Doh tent, family workshops and much more. We can’t wait!

9. England’s Medieval Festival, 25-27th August, Sussex

If you’re looking for something a little more….alternative… head to Herstmonceux Castle near Hastings in East Sussex where a weekend of rustic camping and outdoor medieval-themed activities awaits!

Browse the market street for clothes, jewellery, books, handmade fairies and any medieval-inspired goods you may wish to purchase before watching a reenactment of a siege on the castle. Be amazed by real-life jousting, parades, falconry and plenty of demonstrations of a bygone age that the whole family can enjoy.

10. River Stage Festival, every weekend until 12th August, Southbank, London

A FREE outdoor festival every weekend this summer, with live music, dancing, DJs, family workshops, club nights and theatre. Whilst there you can sample tasty street food or try local craft beers and summer cocktails.

Each weekend a different company takes over the stage with their acts and artists:

27 – 29 July: Sadler’s Wells (read the full programme here)

3 – 5 August: nonclassical (read more)

10 – 12 August: National Theatre (read more here…look out for the fabulous Mrs H & the Singalong Band at 1.45pm on the 11th!)