Last year we decided to ask you for your favourite festivals, and now here’s the full list! All the quotations are from you, our readers, and festivals are ordered by the number of votes for each of our awards categories.
Best Large Festivals
: 26th - 30th June 2019
2015 Best Large Festival award
Glastonbury Kidz Field is just brilliant!
The Kidz Field is a festival in itself, and nothing rivals the entertainment on offer in the main festival. Not for the faint hearted however!
: 26th July - 29th July 2018
2015 Large Festival Runner Up award 2014 Silver award
The king of family festivals – this is one of the largest family friendly festivals in the UK. Great if you want a ‘proper’ festival line up of big names across many genres, however it is a large site and can be crowded, especially for smaller children. So many activities and shows, you’ll struggle to pack it all into the weekend, but great for mixed age kids as there is something for everyone.
: 20th - 23rd July 2017
The Secret Garden Party has grown but it remains a fantastic choice for those festival goers wanting a more arty, alternative scene. Family friendliness has also improved over the years.
: 12th - 15th July 2018
Fantastic Children’s Arena (practically a festival in itself) and a great Inbetweeners Teen Area to keep older kids interested, engaged and thoroughly entertained. A great mix of Literature and Music, and multi-coloured sheep!
: 25th - 27th August 2017
If you fancy a weekend of watching celebrity chefs, in a field, with a side serving of live music and a huge dollop of fete then this is the perfect festival for you.
Best Medium Festivals
: 17th - 19th August 2018
“Beautiful Days is always so friendly and always sell out,but they have resisted increasing the size.Great family festival”
2015 Best Medium Festival award
“Beautiful days wins hands down. The best people. The happiest vibe. The friendliest faces and the awesomest entertainment.”
: 16th - 19th August 2018
2015 Medium Festival Runner Up award 2014 Gold award 2013 Gold award
Hottest acts on the new music scene. Beautiful location in the Brecon Beacons. Great imaginative and inspiring kid’s areas to go above and beyond normal festival expectations. Stay for a week and turn it into a holiday.
: 24th - 27th August 2017
2014 Gold award 2013 Festival of the Year award
Truly a ‘festival-goers festival’ – they manage to accommodate and include children in the whole site without removing the festival spirit. The kids’ field includes a fantastic onsite crèche, and there are interactive games and art to climb on across the site. There is separate camping for young families with it’s own entertainment and campfire away from the main festival, and so many workshops, activities and performances your children will be talking about it all year.
: 3rd - 6th August 2017
A feast of utter gorgeousness, where nature, art and music come together in a wild yet earthy celebration of our existence. Set in a naturally beautiful site with spas, lake swimming, creative exuberance and expressiveness.
: 2nd - 4th June 2017
Laid back and mellow. There are plenty of activities and workshops laid on and there’s a Children’s Literature Festival with lots of top kids authors. You can drive up to the campsite to unload. Copes well with rain due to lots of hard standing areas.
: 21st - 23rd July 2017
YOU SAY:“Loved Nozstock’s kids activities – decorating Mr Spoons then chasing Button Moon around the festival accompanied by a rocket with a megaphone. Classic fun mixed with 80s nostalgia.”
2014 Silver award
‘Posh’, easy to manage, big names on the line up, big kids’ area and very well organised. Lots for the whole family to enjoy.
Best Small Festivals
: 9th - 12th August 2018
2015 Best Small Festival award 2014 Families Choice award 2014 Silver award 2013 Silver award
“I have attended every Lakefest festival because they are simply brilliant. Exceptionally well organised and good all round fun and entertainment for everyone. Your every need is catered for and you really feel that some personal ‘love’ has been invested in making it such an fantastic event.”
: 20th - 21st July 2018
2015 Small Festival Runner Up award
“Have been going to Chagstock for a few years now, camping with our children now aged 8 & 12yrs. Loads to do with the children who don’t get a chance to get bored & that’s on top of the great bands. Really well set up, organised & a great festival for all ages.”
: 24th - 27th May 2018
“Bearded Theory had a school for children and lessons were taught to the highest standards. This is an amazing effort by the organisation which deserves an award for the school being so tremendous and inclusive.”
2014 Silver award 2013 Gold award
“Bearded Theory offers quality free activities for children/families, this is a real family friendly festival with its own Childrens Village run by dedicated volunteers with vast experience in child care. Babies are catered for and all ages even teens in the Childrens Village.”
: 2nd - 5th August 2018
“Kids have the best time in a totally non commercial environment, focus sing on what can be done with ones hands and heart, rather than corporations doing things for kids.”
: 15th-17th June 2018
2014 Silver award 2013 Gold award
“I have been to most of the festivals in the uk over the years and 3 wishes Faery fest is the best out of all of them ! Its Fantastic on every level, we bought our ticket for this years, a week after the last one had finished ! And we can not wait!”
: 25th - 28th May 2018
2014 Silver award
“We have been every year now and it just gets better and better. They listen to our comments and work so hard for it to be a very happy weekend for adults and children. A great place. “
: 22nd - 23rd July 2017
Jimmy’s Farm had a difficult year in 2015 due to terrible weather, but is still a firm favourite with our readers due to the amazing venue full of play areas and animals.
: 20th - 22nd July 2018
2014 Gold award 2013 Gold award
“Amazingly family friendly, chilled out, loads to see and do, and just a great vibe. We love Larmer Tree.”
: 7th - 10th June 2018
Originally a youth project, Eden festival is a real community festival supporting young people and artists. It has a varied mix of music and arts and lots for children to do.
: 17th - 19th August 2018
“‘Just So’ is the most exciting weekend of the year for all ages, especially for families with small children. Would not miss it for the world !!!”
: 5th-7th July 2018
2014 Gold award 2013 Silver award
Once a small gathering of friends in the Bliss family fields, now grown into a proper little festival, with an excellent children’s area run by Angel Gardens. Boutique yet entirely unpretentious – friendly and fun with an excellent line up of up and coming bands.
: 6th - 8th July 2018
2013 Silver award
Not-for-profit, family-focused, community event with a relaxed and welcoming vibe.
Best Tiny Festivals
: 10th - 12th August 2018
2015 Best Tiny Festival award
“For many years i have gone back every year , I class this as my holiday, a weeks camping for free in glorious countryside, small friendly and trouble free, the festival suits all ages. This year i took along my grand children, who had such a wonderful time, we will return next year and hopefully many more years to come. clean safe and so much to do. Fab stalls and great food bars at an affordable price, where else can you camp for a week, with a whole weekend of music and entertainment thrown in for £75 ?”
: Back in 2018
2015 Tiny Festival Runner Up award 2014 Gold award 2013 Silver award
“Chilled in a field is a magical experience. We have watched it grow and improve year after year. They create a creative, welcoming almosphere which never fails to deliver spectacular family entertainment, games and music. Looking forward to 2016.”
: 29th June - 1st July 2018
“Flummoxed is small and has spread by word of mouth… A field of friends and friends of friends. A perfect weekend getaway, a roaring fire, good tunes a place where kids can be kids and the adults can relax.”
: 2017 event cancelled
Beautiful lights and captivating art installations are scattered throughout the forest as punters mingle with nature and music over two stages, nourished by local ales and food. A silent disco and gigantic bonfire keep things going till sunrise in a picturesque valley beside the site.
: 18th- 20th May 2018
Relaxed, small and friendly, on the beautiful Sussex Downs, for those who still believe in Faeries. All in one field so very safe for small children.
: 30th July - 5th August 2017
“It was truly magical. Amazing food, an incredible programme of workshops and activities for adults and children.”
Best Day Festivals
: No dates yet
2015 Best Day Festival award
“It’s full of magic and joy. We feel welcome as soon as we walk through the gate. It’s not commercial, I don’t feel like I have to keep buying stuff for the kids but the things that are on sale are of good quality. I have attended this festival since it first began with my daughter and now take my grandchildren. It attracts a wide variety of people with their children. It’s also educational, with lots of information about the natural world as well as the magical.”
: 15th July 2018
2015 Day Festival Runner Up award
A great day out for the whole family, with an expansive craft tent, workshops, children’s activities, storytelling, circus skills, and real ale bar, music stalls, vintage stalls, recycled gifts and delicious food.
: 2nd - 3rd September 2017
A fantastic main stage and a pop up cinema truck made this a great festival, as long as you avoid the expensive fun fair attached!
: 27th-29th June
“3 foot festival was excellent for our little ones. Promoting local early years classes and loads of free play opportunities. Brilliant. “
We also asked you to recommend any of your favourites that haven’t been nominated. We will be adding factsheets for all the new ones, so if you could write in with a few paragraphs on why you think they should be included together with a photo if possible we will add that to the site – please send all emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.