17th - 19th August 2018
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.
Beautiful Days certainly holds a special place in my heart. It was our first family festival back in 2011 when our children were 7 and 3 years old. We loved it then and returned in 2012 and 2015 and felt the same. We had been really looking forward to this year’s festival, and as always it exceeded expectations! Read more…
Most festivals do what they can to be accessible to as many as possible. After all, they want to be popular, and to exclude people from attending would obviously result in less ticket sales!
An old fashioned feel good family festival
‘They’re not like they used to be’ – something we hear a lot at FestivalKidz as we get older. Parents reminisce about the ‘good old days’ of festivals.
Before sponsorship took over. Before you needed to take out a bank loan for a pint at the bar. Before the music made your ears bleed. Before the word ’boutique’ found a place in a field anywhere.
Beautiful Days festival remains true to its roots and is set firmly in the ‘good old days’.
I LOVE this festival! Having previously enjoyed bigger festivals as a pre-motherhood, carefree young woman, it was the first festival I went to with my young family in 2011, and I was firmly reassured that festivals can be wonderful places for children to play and learn.
We didn’t hesitate to go back the next year (a wet year), and loved it again despite the weather. We had to miss the next two years due to other commitments, but visited several other family festivals. I was very happy to return with my slightly older children (11 and 7) this year, to see how it compared to my fond memories and indeed to the other festivals.
It certainly did not disappoint. While some festivals do requiring a bit of psyching up to, the only mental preparation Beautiful Days needs is in regard to living out of a suitcase in a tent for a few days – the rest of it is just so easy and fun. It is so well organised, with so much to entertain every age group, with a gorgeous collection of artwork around the site.
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Whether a festival is good for you depends on what music you’re into and what other things you like doing at festivals, as well as the age of your kids. If you are new to festivals with kids, you may want to read our guide to Choosing the right Family-Friendly Festival.
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As a Levellers fan I have wanted to go to Beautiful Days for many years, and have heard only good things about it. So maybe my expectations were a bit too high, or maybe the festival has grown a bit too large, as although we enjoyed ourselves we didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped we would. I would value other people’s feedback on whether this year differed to previous years – please do comment below.
As Beautiful Days is now sold out, if you want to catch Levellers playing this year they have announced a Greatest Hits tour!
Tickets go on sale at 9am tomorrow!
I’m really excited about this as they’re one of my favourite bands, and to me they are festivals – whenever I hear Far From Home I’m instantly transported to my first Glastonbury…
They are also bringing out a 2 CD/DVD/Digital bundle of all 31 of their singles and videos to date in September. The album also features four unique collaborations with Imelda May (Beautiful Day), Frank Turner (Julie), Bellowhead (Just The One) and Billy Bragg (Hope Street), which are all brand new re-recordings.
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Now is a great time to start thinking about buying your festival tickets – most of the festivals offer ‘early bird’ prices, which means they are reduced if you book them early.
Whether a festival is good for you depends on what music you’re into and what other things you like doing at festivals, as well as the age of your kids. If you are new to festivals with kids, you may want to read our guide to Choosing the right Family-Friendly Festival. Read more…
Every year we face the same dilemmas – Do we go to our favourites, the ones we know and love, where the kids feel at home?
Or do we try out some new ones, potentially discover something amazing, and widen our knowledge of great festivals to recommend to all you lovely families out there?
We’re very lucky in that we get invited to far more than we can manage to attend… but the reality is that with kids (or even without kids) it’s just too tiring (and expensive!) so we’ve had to learn to pick and choose.
Here are the festivals we’ve picked this year and why Read more…