WOMAD Festival

26th - 29th July 2018

Location: Charlton Park, Malmsbury, Wiltshire

Size: 40000

Website: www.womad.co.uk

WOMAD stands for World of Music and Dance and it does pretty much what it says on the tin, with an enormous amount of other creative arts thrown in for good measure.  You will hear the very best of World Music, dance to all sorts of global and tribal beats and experience an absolute feast of culture.
Read more…

WOMAD 2017 Review

WOMAD 2017By Tim Kaye, Caroline Gilbert and Hazel (7) and Gwilym (5)

There is a very good reason why WOMAD is called ‘The World’s Festival’ it is like visiting 50 countries in one weekend.

This is our third foray into the many different sounds and experiences that are on offer here and it didn’t disappoint. The festival was notable again for being on the wet side but the organisation was strong throughout and despite a few near slippages outside the Siam tent we remained fairly mud free!

Read more…

Our Writers’ Recommendations 2017

All of our writers are festival veterans with more festivals under their belts than they can count! So which festivals are they excited about this year?

Read more…

WOMAD 2016 Review

By Tim Kaye, Caroline Gilbert and Hazel (6) and Gwilym (4)

Main arena WOMAD 2016

Organisers the length and breadth of the country dread the rain when they have put on an outdoor event. It’s easy to miss the essential spark of a particular festival when you are soaked to the bone and the kids are moaning.

This is what it was like last year but we came back undaunted. Keen to sample the WOMAD atmosphere to its full effect.  Read more…

WOMAD 2015 Review

With Hazel Kaye (5), Gwilym Kaye (3), Caroline Gilbert and Tim Kaye.

Mud (370x269)Let me just say at the outset that it rained at Womad, not just heavily but torrentially then stopped then rained again. Now I am not one to whimper at the first sign of a bit of water from above but this review is tempered by the fact that this brilliant festival endured a WOMUD year. Having said that, it is obvious the event provides so much to enlighten, entertain and enhance both young and old minds.

Having wanted to go to the festival of world music for so long we can safely say that it did not disappoint. It has a feel of a small, intimate and exciting festival and yet it’s the biggest stage for acts from around the world.

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…

Best Family Festivals 2014

Here are our top picks for 2014!

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…

WOMAD 2013 Review

In the words of my 5 year old: “I wish it could be WOMAD everyday”

Confession time, we were WOMAD virgins but this only added to the excitement of setting off on our five and a half hour journey to Charlton Park and our very first WOMAD experience.

Just as we were packed up and ready to leave home at 6.20 am the rain came. Nothing to worry about as we had managed to get everything in our trusted Dolly (our camper van) and at least we were dry.

Ten minutes into our journey and we were starting to worry a little as the heavens opened and just being able to see the road ahead of us was a struggle. Thoughts of “NO please don’t let this be how our first WOMAD is going to be” entered our heads but there was no use in worrying, what will be will be!

Read more…

Festival Kidz Team: Our Picks 2013

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…

WOMAD 2012 Parent Review

Taking 4 kids to WOMAD? Not a problem…!

Parent Review by the Dersons Family

My husband and I, and our 4 children, enjoyed a wonderful weekend of mind-blowing sounds, amazing sights and delightful tastes at WOMAD, Charlton Park.

Having packed everything required for the wide variety of weather that could come our way we arrived at WOMAD in the scorching heat and quickly had to find sunhats and sun cream.  We hired a cart to take our huge amounts of stuff from our van to the our camping spot and before long we were set up and the children were cooling their feet in buckets full of cold water!

We had paid extra for Thursday tickets and arrived at 11am, the campsite was already busy and buzzing with anticipation.

Being there early gave us and the children an opportunity to get to know the site and to take in the sights, sounds and smells. The children’s area was not yet open so could spend our time exploring. A lovely evening was finished off with an energetic dance to the Soul Rebels.

Read more…

WOMAD Festival

26th - 29th July 2018

Location: Charlton Park, Malmsbury, Wiltshire

Size: 40000

Website: www.womad.co.uk

WOMAD stands for World of Music and Dance and it does pretty much what it says on the tin, with an enormous amount of other creative arts thrown in for good measure.  You will hear the very best of World Music, dance to all sorts of global and tribal beats and experience an absolute feast of culture.
Read more…

Our Writers’ Recommendations 2017

All of our writers are festival veterans with more festivals under their belts than they can count! So which festivals are they excited about this year?

Read more…

WOMAD 2015 Review

With Hazel Kaye (5), Gwilym Kaye (3), Caroline Gilbert and Tim Kaye.

Mud (370x269)Let me just say at the outset that it rained at Womad, not just heavily but torrentially then stopped then rained again. Now I am not one to whimper at the first sign of a bit of water from above but this review is tempered by the fact that this brilliant festival endured a WOMUD year. Having said that, it is obvious the event provides so much to enlighten, entertain and enhance both young and old minds.

Having wanted to go to the festival of world music for so long we can safely say that it did not disappoint. It has a feel of a small, intimate and exciting festival and yet it’s the biggest stage for acts from around the world.

Read more…

Best Family Festivals 2014

Here are our top picks for 2014!

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…

Festival Kidz Team: Our Picks 2013

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…

WOMAD 2017 Review

WOMAD 2017By Tim Kaye, Caroline Gilbert and Hazel (7) and Gwilym (5)

There is a very good reason why WOMAD is called ‘The World’s Festival’ it is like visiting 50 countries in one weekend.

This is our third foray into the many different sounds and experiences that are on offer here and it didn’t disappoint. The festival was notable again for being on the wet side but the organisation was strong throughout and despite a few near slippages outside the Siam tent we remained fairly mud free!

Read more…

WOMAD 2016 Review

By Tim Kaye, Caroline Gilbert and Hazel (6) and Gwilym (4)

Main arena WOMAD 2016

Organisers the length and breadth of the country dread the rain when they have put on an outdoor event. It’s easy to miss the essential spark of a particular festival when you are soaked to the bone and the kids are moaning.

This is what it was like last year but we came back undaunted. Keen to sample the WOMAD atmosphere to its full effect.  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…

WOMAD 2013 Review

In the words of my 5 year old: “I wish it could be WOMAD everyday”

Confession time, we were WOMAD virgins but this only added to the excitement of setting off on our five and a half hour journey to Charlton Park and our very first WOMAD experience.

Just as we were packed up and ready to leave home at 6.20 am the rain came. Nothing to worry about as we had managed to get everything in our trusted Dolly (our camper van) and at least we were dry.

Ten minutes into our journey and we were starting to worry a little as the heavens opened and just being able to see the road ahead of us was a struggle. Thoughts of “NO please don’t let this be how our first WOMAD is going to be” entered our heads but there was no use in worrying, what will be will be!

Read more…

WOMAD 2012 Parent Review

Taking 4 kids to WOMAD? Not a problem…!

Parent Review by the Dersons Family

My husband and I, and our 4 children, enjoyed a wonderful weekend of mind-blowing sounds, amazing sights and delightful tastes at WOMAD, Charlton Park.

Having packed everything required for the wide variety of weather that could come our way we arrived at WOMAD in the scorching heat and quickly had to find sunhats and sun cream.  We hired a cart to take our huge amounts of stuff from our van to the our camping spot and before long we were set up and the children were cooling their feet in buckets full of cold water!

We had paid extra for Thursday tickets and arrived at 11am, the campsite was already busy and buzzing with anticipation.

Being there early gave us and the children an opportunity to get to know the site and to take in the sights, sounds and smells. The children’s area was not yet open so could spend our time exploring. A lovely evening was finished off with an energetic dance to the Soul Rebels.

Read more…

"text/javascript" src="//cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/cookieconsent2/1.0.9/cookieconsent.min.js"> u get the best experience. If you continue without changing your settings we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Festival Kidz website.","dismiss":"Got it!","learnMore":"More info","link":"http://www.festivalkidz.com/terms-and-conditions/","theme":"dark-bottom"};