The best summer family festivals 2018

If you think that the English countryside consists of nothing but patchwork hills and sleepy villages, you’d be wrong! The UK festival season is amongst the largest in the world, and it’s easy to see why.

The UK countryside offers some truly spectacular backdrops for festivals throughout the summer months, and long gone are the days when festivals were reserved just for the grownups.

Family festivals are popping up all over the country, and they’re a lot of fun. Glitter, circus tents, welly boots and all, here are our favourite UK family festivals.

Valley Fest - Chew Valley Lake, Somerset

3-5 August

Overlooking the beautiful Chew Valley in Somerset, Valley Fest is the UK’s only organic festival, taking place on a working organic farm.

With loads of activities for kids and grown ups alike, including games, competitions, meeting farm animals, and of course, fantastic organic food, Valley Fest was founded by BBCs Food and Farming Outstanding Farmer of the Year nominee, Luke Haskell, in 2014.

Boasting everything from firepits to Sunday picnics and midnight feasts, the festival offers a fun-packed few days for every member of the family.

Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales

16-19 August

Offering everything from music and comedy to literature and art, Green Man festival in the Brecon Beacons includes something for every member of your family, including an immersive area for kids and teens.

This year’s festival features The Lost City of Atlantis, an aquatic adventure set against the lush green mountains packed with activities and workshops to keep them amused until sunset.

The Big Feastival, The Cotswolds

24-26 August

Ideal for the ‘foodiest’ of families, The Big Feastival is famously run by Blur bassist Alex James on his farm in Kingham.

With tasty treats provided by names such as from Rick Stein, Antonio Carluccio and Nathan Outlaw, good food is guaranteed, and so is good music, judging by the 2018 line-up.

This year’s festival will see Basement Jaxx, Craig David and Paloma Faith take to the stage.

Colourful crowd at festival

Deer Shed Festival, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

20-22 July

Founded by a group of music loving parents, Deer Shed festival encapsulates everything that makes for a great family festival.

Taking place in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, the festival is known for providing top-notch entertainment for children. With arts and crafts, science workshops and even baby raves, Deer Shed has it covered.

This event isn’t just for the kids, though. This year’s musical line-up is an impressive one, with Goldfrapp headlining the fun-packed festival.

Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset

26-29 July

Sister of the well-established Bestival, Camp Bestival in Lulworth, Dorset arguably set the trend of family friendly festivals back in 2008.

Today the festival is perhaps the most well-known family friendly festival in the UK, with large sections of the site being devoted solely to children. Upper Kid’s Garden includes circus lessons, a bouncy castle and go-carts, whilst Lower Kid’s Garden caters for older children with fairground rides and face painting.

With food markets, music stages and entertainers left, right and centre, there’s no chance of getting bored at this festival site! There’s plenty to keep the grown-ups entertained too, with 2018’ lineup including Simple Minds, Rick Astley and Clean Bandit.

Amusement rides

Just as there are so many beautiful areas of UK countryside to discover, there are plenty of amazing home-grown family friendly festivals to explore, too.

But don’t take our word for it, get outside this summer and enjoy one, or some, of the many festivals that are on offer. If you’re looking for more inspiration for outdoor family activities this summer, check out some of our recommendations!

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