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.
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 matted 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.
Parking within arms reach means 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 kitchen sink half way across a festival.
Parking Friendly Festivals
Here, in alphabetical order, are the festivals we know of which allow you to camp with your car, or at least drop your stuff close to your pitch before parking. They are generally the smaller events due to the health and safety at bigger events making it more tricky.
Please comment below if you know of other festivals where you can camp with your car. These tips are gathered from from our readers; if you are involved in any these festivals please let us know of any errors. Thanks!
Burton Agnes Festival – Campers are allowed to have their car parked next to, or near, 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
Wistful Festival – The festival is held near a proper campsite! Thanks Timothy Bootle
And the rest (park a stones throw from your car)
England’s Medieval Festival – Park in the same field as your car
Nozstock The Hidden Valley – Car park is very close to family camping (two ticks according to the website!). Thanks Kevin Bolton
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, take a look at In a Field Somewhere’s “10 tips to enjoy (or survive) festivals with KIDS!”