Many festivals are very well geared-up for babies and toddlers, so we’ve done a round-up of some of the best festivals for the youngest members of your family
Whether you’re there for the music, workshops or because you’ve heard about the amazing kids activities on offer at festivals nowadays, if you’ve got a baby or toddler in tow, you’ll want to keep them happy too. Here are our top 10 family festivals.
Kick off festival season in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. As well as more than 100 bands for adults, you’ll find a children’s circus workshop, magic shows, and entertainers. There’s a special yurt dedicated to breastfeeding, plus on-site facilities for warming baby milk or food, and baby-changing areas. The family camping area has buggy-friendly paths and little one’s under four are free.
From 1-3 June 2018
Near Blackruthven, Perth, this music festival has a child-friendly line-up with puppet theatre, storytelling, baby yoga, plus the opportunity to have a go at picking up some circus skills. Your little one can also meet the on-site farm animals, including chickens, miniature pigs and alpacas. There’s a special parent and baby room inside the main house offering peace and quiet for breastfeeding mums, plus baby-changing facilities.
From 22-24 June 2018
This festival near Winchester, Hampshire scores highly for being baby and toddler-friendly with its breastfeeding tent, rest area for pregnant mamas, baby-changing facilities and warming facilities for baby food and milk. There’s plenty of activities to keep little ones busy by day, such as treasure hunts, sports day sessions, music, movement and messy play.
From 5-8 July 2018
Has your toddler ever tried hunting for fossils, pond-dipping, stargazing or learning to make pizza? If not, this is the place. This festival near Blythburgh in Suffolk has a kids’ arena offering lots to keep little ones busy, including theatre shows and a mini monster roadshow. Make sure you book into the special family camping area offering 8am activities — perfect for keeping those early risers busy — and a shorter walk to the arena. Look out for the face-painting, crafts, a baby bath area, baby-changing facilities and a Little Latitude tuck shop stocked with everyday family essentials.
From 12-15 July 2018
5. Larmer Tree
Calling itself the ‘happiest, friendliest festival in the world’, this event in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire has a range of activities for babies and toddlers, including face painting, storytelling, puppetry and even a bubble disco. Parents will be happy too — you’ll find baby-changing facilities and the festival site is totally accessible for buggies.
From 19-22 July 2018
6. Deer Shed
This music, arts and science festival set in parkland in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire has lots to do for little ones including a sandy play area and soft play, and crafts aimed at under-fives — junk modelling and playdough, anyone? There’s a welfare tent kitted out with microwaves for warming baby milk and food plus a discreet zone for breastfeeding. Volunteers from the National Childbirth Trust are around to offer help to parents, and can hand out nappies and wipes if you run out. There’s lots of buggy-friendly terrain in the camping area too.
From 20-22 July 2018
Based in Charlton Park, Wiltshire and surrounded by big open fields, this a family festival everyone will enjoy. WOMAD has a dedicated World of Children complete with WOMAD Weenies for under 5’s, a storytelling tepee and teen tent. This year’s theme is insects so keep your eyes peeled for butterflies, dragonflies and scorpions. The best bit? All children under 13 go free.
From 26-29 July 2018
Located in Lulworth Castle, Dorset, this festival — where kids are king — has so much choice in terms of child-friendly activities that you won’t know where to start. There’s a separate toddler play area plus fairground rides, face-painting, bouncy castles, a circus skills tent and a huge sandpit to play in. And let’s not forget the shows, including Dick and Dom and Mr Tumble. If you’re breastfeeding, make sure you check out the Breastival Mother & Baby Chill-out tent, plus baby-changing facilities too. The organisers also have everyones’ shut-eye in mind — all entertainment stops at midnight.
From 26-29 July 2018
This festival in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire is set in untouched forest for a beautiful backdrop to the kids line-up of storytelling shows, walkabout theatre shows — you follow the performers around the site — and puppetry. There’s a special children’s zone with crafts, dressing up, a café and face-painting, and you’ll find baby-changing facilities here too. If you need a break, book the daytime childcare or evening babysitting slots. But do also make the most of your surroundings and take a walk around the picturesque festival site — a great way to tire excited little ones out.
From 2-7 August 2018
10. Green Man
Toddlers will love exploring this festival in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. It has a great children’s area where little ones can get messy with crafts, practice a new skill at circus school and clamber about in the play area. The family campsite has buggy-friendly paths, and there are baby-changing facilities too.
From 16-19 August 2018