Is your family festival-ready?

Thinking about taking your family to one of the UK’s amazing music festivals this summer? Take our quiz to find out if you’re festival-ready, or better off staying at home with a nice cup of tea.

Thinking about taking your family to one of the UK’s amazing music festivals this summer? Take our quiz to find out if you’re festival-ready, or better off staying at home with a nice cup of tea. Play

Taking kids to festivals used to mean trekking around looking for a toilet clean enough for a nappy change or putting huge headphones on your baby to spare them from noisy arenas. Now, there are acres of outdoor festivals specifically targeted at families of all ages, and you’re just as likely to see Mr Tumble on the line-up as Madness. Here’s our pick of unmissable events that promise family fun throughout the school holidays.

Party at The Palace

12-13 August

Linlithgow Palace, Scotland
Located between Edinburgh and Glasgow, this popular Scottish fest has a parent-pleasing line-up, including Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight. The relatively small capacity of around 8,000 per day means less hanging around in queues for the loo, or when entering the festival.

Average cost: Weekend adult tickets are £85, from £5.30 for kids aged 6-15, and free for under-fives. There is no camping on site. A beer is around £4, soft drinks from £1, and food prices vary.

Value for money rating: *****

Family activities: The family-friendly zone by the main stage has a large screen, so everyone can watch the music without getting in a scrum. There’s also a kids’ stage with science lab and wild explorer shows. Most activities, such as the climbing wall and kids’ karaoke, are included, while rides and face painting cost extra.

Top family festivals; Party at the palace

What they say: ‘We pride ourselves on being a very safe festival with no arrests or recorded crimes since our first event in 2014. We pretty much do what it says on the tin – it’s a party overlooking a stunning historic palace and it’s great fun for the whole family.’

Fast fact: Party at The Palace was presented with Scotland’s Best Outdoor Festival 2016 by The Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards last year.


18-20 August

Rural Life Centre, Farnham, Surrey
Posh loos, camping a short stroll from the main festival site, hot showers and three stages you can walk between without a map and compass. Sounds like festival nirvana, and it is – especially when you throw in a working steam train.

Average cost: Weekend tickets start at £86 plus £25 for camping, £32.25 for ages 10-15 plus £16 for camping, and free for under-10s including camping. Food and drink prices vary.

Value for money rating: ****

Family activities: Get the whole family involved in a game of Laserquest, or leave the tots at kidzone while you go off for a massage (at extra cost).

Family friendly festivals; Weyfest

What they say: ‘Weyfest is attracting more people who “don’t do festivals or camping”. You’ll find many of them among the 2,000-plus campers who look upon the event as a mini-holiday each year.’

Fast fact: The venue is actually an open-air museum of rural life in the past century, with the exhibits open to festival-goers.

Just So

18-20 August

Rode Hall, Cheshire
Families are the focus, rather than an afterthought, at this intimate arts festival, with a capacity capped at 5,000. Theatre, music and general loveliness take place in woodland clearings, parkland and amphitheatres.

Average cost: Weekend camping tickets are £140 per adult, £50 for children and free for under-threes. Families can bring their own food and drink for the campsite. To buy, food and drink for a family of four costs, on average, around £20.

Value for money rating: ***

Family activities: The Peekaboo Garden area has activities for tots aged four and under, including baby yoga and massage.

Family friendly festivals; Just so

What they say: ‘This year’s festival has many adventures that help connect families to the incredible natural world around them, including woodland theatre and dancing by day, and bands, stories and songs as dusk falls, when the woodland magic really begins. And for the first time this year, you can spend a night sleeping under the forest canopy in your very own natural bivouac.’

Fast fact: Free baby products make nappy changes and bath times a pleasure. Almost.

The Good Life Experience

15-17 September

Hawarden Estate, Flintshire
Kids upset at the thought of leaving the family pooch behind? This fest is pet (as well as kid) friendly, so Dave the dachshund can share your tent.

Average cost: Adult weekend camping tickets start at £134, £69 for ages 12-17, and free for under-12s. Meals cost around £6.

Value for money rating: ***

Family activities: Tree climbing, axe throwing, archery, abseiling and limitless rides at the vintage fairground are free with the ticket price.

Family friendly festivals; The good life experience

What they say: Tom Herbert, of the Fabulous Baker Brothers, who’s back for a fourth year at the festival, says: ‘If Willy Wonka had married Liv Tyler and they’d run away with the circus, then after a lifetime of beauty, craziness and brilliance they gathered together all their loved ones, dogs and children for a celebration of life with luscious food, the smell of perfume and wood smoke, and linked arms for an almighty hoedown, it would pale in comparison to The Good Life Experience.’

Fast fact: The festival was founded by four friends, including singer and Radio 6 DJ Cerys Matthews, based on their idea of ‘The Good Life’.


22-24 September

Burton Constable Hall, Hull
Something to look forward to once the kids have gone back to school, this late-September is a delightful tapestry of live music, absorbing art and craft workshops, cabaret and comedy.
Average cost: Weekend camping tickets are £113.50, while ages 17 and under go free. Meals cost between £5 and £8, while craft ales start at £3 a pint.

Value for money rating: ***

Family activities: The school of witchcraft and wizardry, inspired by Harry Potter, has mind-boggling stories told by costumed characters. Most activities are included in the price.

Family friendly festivals; Cornucopia

What they say: ‘We’re a family friendly festival and understand the cost of including the whole family in the festival experience can be a challenge. So, we’ve pitched our ticket prices to make this easier – children are free!’

Fast fact: Festival-goers can create their own ‘phone art’ in the Instagram Artspace, contributing to a finished mosaic.

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