We don't know about you, but we love a good family friendly festival here at booicore. There's nothing like packing the car up with your kids changing ponchos, loading the kids in and heading off for a family camping experience at one of the many music festivals the UK has to offer. If you are planning a dedicated family weekend this year, then you need our list of the best family festivals to choose from:
GoldCoast Oceanfest - 21st to 23rd June - Croyde, North Devon
Celebrating its 21st year this year, #Oceanfest19 is one of those festivals which is small enough not to feel overwhelming for first-time festival-goers but big enough that you don't miss out on the party atmosphere. The whole weekend is packed full of family fun including Beach Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Open Water Swimming, Paddle Racing and Surfing. They even have an award-winning “Education Day" on Friday 15th where they educate local school children on making responsible personal and environmental choices using fun activities such as circus skills.
One important note. This festival does use strobes, strobing effect lighting and AV which may affect people with photosensitive epilepsy.
Latitude 2019 - 18th to 21st July - Hanham Park, Southwold, Suffolk
Latitude is one of the best family-focused festivals there is, because not only does it have amazing things to keep the adults entertained, it also has its own mini children's festival of its own. With a dedicated kids area featuring creative crafting, weird wildlife, science and adventure, theatre, music and outdoor performances plus a teen area focused on experiences such as animation, music and fashion - there really is something for everyone.
Deer Shed Festival - 10 - 26th to 28th July - Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire
Something a little different, this festival is focused on science discovery - with this year’s theme being 'Generation XYZ'. Set in North Yorkshire parkland and featuring music from up and coming international musicians, there are tonnes of activities for everyone to get involved in from morning to night.
Camp Bestival - 25th to 28th July - Lulworth Castle, Dorset
We can't talk about family festivals without mentioning Camp Bestival, which this year has the theme 'Heroes Vs Superheroes’. There is the upper kids garden with its circus skill workshop and toddler’s area and the lower kids garden with fairground rides and a soft play tent and sandpit. Not forgetting the World's Biggest Bouncy Castle, plus performances by huge names in kids’ entertainment as well. The musical line up this year includes Jess Glynne, Rak-Su, Mr Motivator and the House Gospel Choir!
Boardmasters - 7th -11th August - Trebelsue Farm, Watergate Bay, Newquay
One of our favourite family festivals, Boardmasters is the ultimate mix of flip-flopped surf fans and families with some awesome music and a surfing competitionthrown in. Who doesn't want to go home with the Boardmasters crown? The line-up this year includes big names such as Florence + The Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Plan B and Mabel plus coastal adventures, well-being workshops and street food aplenty.
Just So Festival - 16th to 18th August - Rode Hall, Cheshire
Created to allow families to play, dance and create together this spellbinding event in Cheshire will help you all to explore your creative sides through arts, comedy, crafts, dance music and theatre. Set in a woodland environment, you will experience magical feasts and curious creatures and generally have a fabulous time! There are a few Just So traditions to be aware of such as The Just So Bake off (where you can win a family ticket for next year’s festival), the Midnight Feast and Campfire songs and stories in Spellbound Forrest.
So, there you have it - your guide to the best family festivals the UK has to offer. Which one are you going to go to? Oh and don’t forget your booicore 😎