One of the biggest excuses we hear from parents for not taking their kids to festivals is the fear of getting all the camping equipment from the car to their pitch. Obvious other excuses like toilets and not wanting to sleep in a tent we can’t help with, but here’s a little guide to some of the easiest festivals in the UK to camp at with kids.
With the carefree pre-kids days of packing little more than a sleeping bag and a bottle of vodka well behind most of us, the idea of a festival with kids can be daunting. For those that have experienced the freedom of arriving at a festival as a teenager with a small backpack on a National Express coach, then leaving with little more than a pocket full of fabulous memories and very matty hair, many parents just can’t be bothered. There’s no denying, taking kids to festivals requires some dedicated planning and sensible packing. You are unlikely to have a great weekend with little ones if all you pack is tutus and glitter!
There are festivals who make it easy for families. The simple idea of being able to camp within reach of your car make a BIG difference. Especially to festival newcomers. You can squeeze as much as is humanly possible in to your car without having to worry about how you are going to transport the kids and the kitchen sink half way across a festival.
Here’s the festivals we know of that allow you to camp with your car, or at least drop your stuff right at your pitch before parking. They are generally the smaller events due to the health and safety at bigger events making it more trickly.
Please comment below if you know of other festivals where you can camp with your car. These tips are gathered from festival advice from our readers. If you are involved if these festivals please let us know if anything is incorrect.
Burton Agnes Festival – Campers are allowed to have their car parked next to them or near to their tent.
Asparafest Music & Food Festival – Camp with your car. Thanks for the tip Sarah James
Elderflower Fields – Camp next to your car if you pre-book a campervan pitch (£40 pictured above). These are 9 x 6 meters and as many tents can camp on it as you wish (max 1 vehicle). Thanks for the tip Sarah Jones
Fairport’s Cropredy Convention – Camp by your car and it’s super friendly! Thanks Emily Marshall
Farmer Phil’s Festival – Camp next to your car, tents, campers, caravans all park together. Thanks Laura-Jayne, Lesley Speed and Kevin
Lakefest – Prebookable camping pitches (£40) allow you to camp with your car. Thanks Martin Newell
Mello Festival – Camp with your car
Shrewsbury Folk Festival – Camp with your car. Thanks Edd Farmer
Three Wishes Faery Festival – Camp with your car. Thanks Tania Watkins
Wildfire Festival – Camp with your car. Thanks Dave Ritchie
And the rest (park a stones throw from your car)
England’s Medieval Festival – Park in the same field as your car (pictured)
Nozstock The Hidden Valley – Car park is very close to family camping. Thanks Kevin Bolton. (two ticks according to the website!)
Starry Skies – Doesn’t let you camp next to your car, but they have areas to park and unload your gear where you pitch, before moving the car to the carpark. Thanks Sarah Jones, Jo Lewitt and Helen Rothwell.
Warwick Folk Festival – Park near your car and it’s a lovely flat site too. With a swimming pool! Thanks Emma Sharman.
Let us know if you know of more easy festivals where you can camp with your car. For more tips on planning for a festival with kids click here.