18th - 20th August 2017
Location: Escot Park, Nr Fairmile, Devon, EX11 1LU
A really nice family-friendly festival with a strong and warm hippy vibe. Expect the atmosphere to be laid-back and friendly and expect the site to be very colourful and arty. Beautiful Days is the Levellers’ own annual family-friendly weekend camping festival. Founded in 2003.
What’s on for kids?
The Children’s Area at Beautiful Days is coordinated by Majical Youth Theatre. There are loads of activities, hands-on workshops and entertainment all weekend long for children of all ages. There are crafts, theatre, dressing-up, circus, rides, storytelling, workshops, comedy, face painting and more.
The main children’s area is situated right in the middle of the festival site between the Main Stage and The Big Top (Stage 2) but there are also story-telling and play areas in the campsites and there will be family-friendly performances in the Theatre Tent.
The line up:
This festival is run by The Levellers and the line up generally has a folky roots and reggae vibe. There are six stages at the festival – Main Stage, The Big Top, The Little Big Top, The BandStand, Bimble Inn and the recently added Theatre Tent which will be hosting theatre, puppet and musical performances throughout the day and then stand-up comedy in the early evening.
There is always a fun theme for dressing up on the Sunday. The 2017 theme is Rock the Boat, so expect mermaid, pirates, sailors, sea creatures, and all things nautical.
The line up for 2017 is so exciting: Levellers of course, New Model Army, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, Sisters of Mercy, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Hayseed Dixie, Therapy? (acoustic), Stiff Little Fingers, Alison Moyet, The Lightning Seeds, the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Afro Celt Sound System, Dreadzone, The Beat, The Selecter, Seth Lakeman, and many more. Circus of Horrors will be returning to the Theatre Tent after being a massive hit with the crowds when they performed here before.
The site and camping options:
Each year there is a designated family camping field. Beautiful Days is a family festival though so all of the camping fields have families camped in them!
There are 4 bars operated by the local Otter Brewery. You are also allowed to bring a reasonable amount of alcohol in for personal consumption.
ALL children, even babes in arms, need a ticket – they all count towards the audience capacity.
**2016 review by Sarah**
**2015 review by Catherine**
**2014 review by Naomi**