Farmer Phil’s Music Festival

10th - 12th August 2018

Location: Shropshire

Size: 2,000

Website: www.farmerphilsfestival.com

Could this be the best kept secret in the small festival world?

Set on farmland in the glorious Shropshire countryside, it has all the hallmarks of a perfect little festival: real campfires, circus tent (courtesy of Panic Circus), storytelling, craft tent, puppet shows, fancy dress, workshops, spacious camping, comedy, open mic, discussions, 40+ bands, an acoustic stage and of course a main stage. Read more…

Farmer Phil’s Festival 2016 Review

Farmer Phil’s is such a difficult festival to write a review about. It doesn’t tick any of the ‘family friendly festival’ boxes – the facilities are very basic and there’s not so much entertainment on offer as it’s so small, and there’s no dance music (although this might be good news for some!)

However, the festival was voted ‘best tiny festival 2015’ by our readers, and now that we have visited we understand why. It’s certainly different from all those ‘identikit’ commercial festivals out there. And it will certainly suit those parents wanting to take their children properly back to nature.

Read more…

Are festivals good for dogs?

festival dog

With record high temperatures at festivals predicted this summer many of us will struggle with kids out in the sun. Essential festival kit for little ones included hats, water bottles, practical clothing and oodles of sunscreen. But did anyone think about what to pack for man’s best friend?

Read more…

Best Family Festivals 2015

CIAF 2014


Here are our top picks for 2015!

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.

We have included our affiliate links in the listings – if you click “Buy Tickets Now” you will go straight to the ticket page for your chosen festival. You will not pay anything for this but the festival will give us a small commission to keep Festival Kidz up and running – so please use them!

Read more…

Our pick of the Festivals 2012

festivals top trumpsChoosing from the hundreds of excellent family-friendly festivals out there is really really tough.

Many families will place a different importance to different aspects.  Personally I don’t like my festivals too crowded, I like quality music but I’m not so bothered by big names, and most importantly I like a good range of workshops and street theatre to keep everyone entertained.  But people always ask me which are the best festivals for kids so here is my shortlist – the ones which I think have something extra-special about them: Read more…

Break away from the crowds

With some of the bigger festivals cancelling this year, here is a selection of my favourite smaller and more alternative festivals offering something a bit different from the mainstream:

2000 Trees has great music and plenty on offer for kids: musical instrument / mask-making, face painting, juggling, bonfires and nature walks (although sometimes all kids want is an open space to run around in, and they certainly have that too).  twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

The Green Man Festival is a medium size festival set in beautiful countryside in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.  The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and the music tends to have a modern yet folky edge.  You can camp for a week to make the trip into a holiday. greenman.net

Read more…

Farmer Phil’s Music Festival

10th - 12th August 2018

Location: Shropshire

Size: 2,000

Website: www.farmerphilsfestival.com

Could this be the best kept secret in the small festival world?

Set on farmland in the glorious Shropshire countryside, it has all the hallmarks of a perfect little festival: real campfires, circus tent (courtesy of Panic Circus), storytelling, craft tent, puppet shows, fancy dress, workshops, spacious camping, comedy, open mic, discussions, 40+ bands, an acoustic stage and of course a main stage. Read more…

Are festivals good for dogs?

festival dog

With record high temperatures at festivals predicted this summer many of us will struggle with kids out in the sun. Essential festival kit for little ones included hats, water bottles, practical clothing and oodles of sunscreen. But did anyone think about what to pack for man’s best friend?

Read more…

Our pick of the Festivals 2012

festivals top trumpsChoosing from the hundreds of excellent family-friendly festivals out there is really really tough.

Many families will place a different importance to different aspects.  Personally I don’t like my festivals too crowded, I like quality music but I’m not so bothered by big names, and most importantly I like a good range of workshops and street theatre to keep everyone entertained.  But people always ask me which are the best festivals for kids so here is my shortlist – the ones which I think have something extra-special about them: Read more…

Farmer Phil’s Festival 2016 Review

Farmer Phil’s is such a difficult festival to write a review about. It doesn’t tick any of the ‘family friendly festival’ boxes – the facilities are very basic and there’s not so much entertainment on offer as it’s so small, and there’s no dance music (although this might be good news for some!)

However, the festival was voted ‘best tiny festival 2015’ by our readers, and now that we have visited we understand why. It’s certainly different from all those ‘identikit’ commercial festivals out there. And it will certainly suit those parents wanting to take their children properly back to nature.

Read more…

Best Family Festivals 2015

CIAF 2014


Here are our top picks for 2015!

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.

We have included our affiliate links in the listings – if you click “Buy Tickets Now” you will go straight to the ticket page for your chosen festival. You will not pay anything for this but the festival will give us a small commission to keep Festival Kidz up and running – so please use them!

Read more…

Break away from the crowds

With some of the bigger festivals cancelling this year, here is a selection of my favourite smaller and more alternative festivals offering something a bit different from the mainstream:

2000 Trees has great music and plenty on offer for kids: musical instrument / mask-making, face painting, juggling, bonfires and nature walks (although sometimes all kids want is an open space to run around in, and they certainly have that too).  twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

The Green Man Festival is a medium size festival set in beautiful countryside in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.  The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and the music tends to have a modern yet folky edge.  You can camp for a week to make the trip into a holiday. greenman.net

Read more…

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