A time or event of celebration. "Let's book this year's summer festival for the kids, ooh, this one looks good..."


Wasn't last weekend fun! Ah we love the sun, don't we?

The heat put us in the zone for thinking about summer, which means one thing (well maybe two, if we include holidays)... festivals.

Before we dive in to our selection of the best family-friendly fests holing up around the south from half term onwards, we want to thank everyone for sharing your recommendations on the app this week.

Let's keep going! Download the app, see how useful we are, then add your own recommendation that other families can enjoy.


Camp Bestival

July 26-29, Dorset

There's too much info on their homepage alone to précis this into one paragraph, so click away and be amazed. "So much fun!" says this mum of 2. We've been. It is brilliant. You might find yourself dragged from pillar to post and need a holiday at the end of it, but your kids will love you forever.

Cornbury Festival

July 13-15, Oxfordshire

Last year was to be their final one ever... but it was so much fun they decided to throw another. Friday headliners UB40 will have us racing up the M40 as soon as school finishes, the Hairy Bikers will be feeding the masses, and there are tonnes of fabulous (free) kids activities, here. 

Green Man

August 16-19, Wales

Seasoned festival organisers, great music programmers (this year's headliners are Fleet Foxes and The War on Drugs)educational and fun kids' activities (cycle power charge your mobile phone, learn about marine conservation, blow bubbles). Yes, it's Wales, it can rain, but it quickly disappears deep into the Breacon Beacons.


August 24-27, Northamptonshire

"More about glitter, boas and headdresses," says this dad of 2. Musically it is less contemporary than some festivals (their background is world music), but they are less corporate than most, too. Devotees run around discovering weird and wonderful goings-on. Fabulous family fun here.

In The Neighbourhood

May 28-31, London

The recommendation says it's a new event for London. This half term (four-day) free-for-all has family-friendly films, theatre workshops, sports and heaps of innovative activities. With so much going on, sandwiched between stellar gigs, we're confident it'll be a success. Don't forget to recommend it on the app if it is.

Elderflower Fields

May 25-28, East Sussex

A festival big on sustainability that has been "built around the family and kids." You may not have heard of all the live performers, but their bios are inspiring. The Wow Pow spoken word tent is back and there will be an "Animals v Robots" dance off. Recommended by a mum of 2.

Into The Trees

September 13-16, East Sussex

Run by the same organisers as above, and recommended by the same mum, this takes place in the same ancient Ashdown Forest – home to Winnie The Pooh's famous bridge. It's a cheap-as-poohsticks woodland celebration of nature and trees. Muddy good fun! 

Campo Sancho

July 27-29, Hertfordshire

A big, friendly, country party for dance-music fans and their offspring. Live music, great DJs, decor, and free kids' activities take over a small, gorgeous site that's "safe and lovely," says one mum. 


July 13-15, Suffolk

Solange is a good enough reason to go this year, we think. A well-organised, artsy weekend beloved of the middle class festival-goer. Just avoid the heavy traffic in and out and you'll have a great time. "Nice and relaxed compared to other festivals," says this dad of 2. Family info here.


September 18-October 8, London

A mum of 2 is strongly recommending it because it brings families together with great plays and interactive workshops. This year they have added more comedies for ages 8-12.Tickets will be on sale at the end of June. Note, it sold out in advance last year. See more info here.

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