28th - 29th July 2017
Location: Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0QE
Size: Perfectly manageable at 4000
An intimate and lively alternative to the large commercial festivals, set in its usual organic farm spot at the heart of the Somerset countryside. There is loads going on for families and Farmfestival is one the most affordable festivals of the summer too.
No dates for 2018 yet
Location: Barton Hill Farm in the Monnow Valley, just on the Welsh Borders.
Check out our reviews of Starry Skies 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
In 2013 I wrote an article about how festivals are the new family holiday, and the team behind the wonderful Shambala Festival have had exactly the same thought!
That same year they launched the successful Starry Skies, the new family holiday that looks like a festival. It’s for families only so it removes the more shady side of festival going and adds to the ‘back to nature’ side that is so fantastic for the children.
Dance, Live Music, & Arts Festival
(where we play all day, and dance all night)
Chilled in a Field, 2015 Tiny Festival Runner Up, 2014 Gold Award Winner & 2013 Silver Award Winner, is a favourite of Festival Kidz because they have managed to retain the friendly festival vibe while creating a wonderful safe place for children to play. Due to its tiny size the children are free to roam around, make friends and explore while the parents can chill out and relax. There is live music, workshops and activities, local real ales and ciders, DJs and a relaxing Tea Tent so all tastes are catered for.
Brother Strut will headline the Summer Breeze Festival main stage with their energetic UK soul and funk on Saturday the 19th of July 2014. This six piece band are all seasoned session players who between them have played on numerous hit records with artists such as Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Amy Winehouse, Tina Turner, Alicia Keys and The Temptations. The Saturday headline support slot is filled by the amazing Sheelanagig. Their infectious Balkan rhythms and beats will keep your feet a jiggin! Laid Blak are set to headline the café stage on Saturday night and into the early hours of Sunday morning. Having recently been hailed as the best reggae band in Northern Europe, the joyful energetic unity they exude throughout their show proves Laid Blak to be the ultimate festival act. Over the two days 25 quality acts will play across two stages, the line-up is filled with amazing quality music acts from all over the UK; with more acts still to be announced. Whilst listening to quality music you can enjoy a variety of reasonably priced fine foods and real ale. Take a stroll around our quirky festival traders and chill out in our tranquil healing garden.
Family fun will be provided in the dedicated children’s area, including a big fun art and craft tent where activities are offered at no cost on the day. Around the festival site will be oodles of silliness and many goings on including stilt walkers, circus performers, fire jugglers, puppet shows, junk building, pizza workshops, the silly hat stand, juggling ball making, ribbon skirt making and wearing, didgeridoo workshops, silly games and even the creation of a giant mural. Plenty to keep the kids amused, including the big kids!
Read our Parent Review 2012 by Naomi
Enjoy not just quality music, but a variety of fine foods and a real ale bar (we ensure these are reasonably priced). Take a stroll around the vintage market, quirky festival traders and chill out in the tranquil healing garden. The vintage tent holds tea parties, fashion shows, make-up and hair styling workshops and much more besides. Read more…
20th - 22nd July 2018
Location: Hill Farm, Church Lane, Steventon, Oxon, OX13 6SW
Truck Festival is a reasonably priced back to basics affair, under the management of another great little festival, Y Not in Derbyshire. Expect great music from smaller bands – no million pound headliners, but fantastic new discoveries and hand-picked gems.
Big brother of the intimate eco-friendly Wood Festival.
Kid’s (and parent’s favourite!) musician Nick Cope performed at Truck in 2013. We caught up with Nick and the kidz asked him all about becoming a musician… click here for the full interview, it certainly made us chuckle.
Dedicated family field with kid’s activities and entertainment.
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We’re not sure when (if?) Hullabaloo will be back, their web site says: “Info on 2013 Festival coming soon!”
NEWS: Chilled in a Field have announced their new home for 2014!
This year Chilled in a Field will be held in the Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum. This location is even more perfect for families as it is a wonderful magical place for children to visit, and entry to Bentley is included in your ticket. Read more…
Is this your first time?
Don’t worry if you’re a bit nervous about the whole idea of a music festival with children. Even if you went to a hundred festivals before you had kids, the first one with them is a completely new experience! Read more…
Croissant Neuf – not just ‘family-friendly’ but a real family festival
Review by Naomi Jones – with her girls Eloise (6), Charlotte (3) and Amelie (3)
Croissant Neuf gave me many new festival experiences, and for someone who has been to so many festivals that is an unusual thing.
Chilled in a Field is small but perfectly formed
*Chilled* in a Field will always mean something special to our family, as it was the first festival for our two youngest last year, aged only 2. We wanted to visit it again but I admit I was a little bit concerned that as we had since been to much bigger festivals we might be disappointed in one so small. However I shouldn’t have worried – what *Chilled* misses out in big names and variety of entertainment it more than makes up for with atmosphere, enthusiasm and heart.