The Family Festival Guide

2022 Award Winners!

And the winners of our Festival Kidz 2022 Awards are…

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Washing kids at a festival

Eeeww – smelly!

Well, it is a festival so normal rules on washing and personal hygiene tend to go out of the window for a few days.  A pack of wet-wipes and a relaxed attitude will be enough for most people.  Sometimes though, annoying as it may be, the kids will need a wash. Either because they are caked in mud (or worse), or because their bottoms are suffering from nappy rash, or because they develop an allergy to the emergency sunscreen you just bought for £20 at the festival stall.  Or maybe it’s just that you’re a family who would rather have a wash?

Most festivals with camping offer showers.

Most little children HATE showers.

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Your Teenager’s first festival?

glastonbury 95 with Alison
Glastonbury ’95

A parent wrote to us asking about teenager festivals:

Our 16 year old is off to their first festival this year with some friends. They are all pretty sensible but I can’t help worrying.

Any advice?

Letting our kids spread their wings and explore the world is something all parents will wrestle with at some stage.

Teenage years are tricky – everyone tells you so. We want to give them space to grow and freedom to develop, but most importantly we want to keep them safe. Read more…

VOTE! Festival Kidz Awards 2022

All the nominations are in and it’s time to VOTE!

Please use this voting form to vote for your favourite family festivals, entertainers and traders, and tell us what it is that makes these so special to you! 

Read more…

Nibley Festival 2022 Review

The friendly and beautiful Nibley Festival utterly charmed us first time visitors. It was a joy waking up to the awesome countryside views, the music was well pitched and accomplished, and the kids’ activities were well thought out, varied and fun. We had a great time!

Nibley Festival 2022
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Festival Kidz Awards 2022

The Festival Kidz Awards are back, but with a difference!

We asked all our writers to nominate festivals in three categories, to reflect the differing needs of the ages of our children. We have restricted the nominations so that festivals are only nominated in one category. We acknowledge that some of these festivals are excellent in more than one category, but we feel they are particularly good for the nominated age.

This year we would also like to celebrate all the people involved in making our family festivals extra special. So we are including the often overlooked festival workers. The ones that run the activities for children, provide the music, entertainment, food and stalls. Our writers have nominated their favourites.

Nominations are open until the end of November for you to nominate the festivals, musicians, performers and traders that are special to your family! Details on how to nominate are at the end of this post.

Shindig kids field
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End of the Road 2022 Review

By Natalie Paris (guest reviewer)

It’s the final festival of the season and – if you think you can handle scrubbing all the glitter off the night before your kids go back to school – End of the Road is completely worth it. This compact festival is always hugely popular, selling out months in advance. Now, I always thought this was due to the lineups being full of the need-to-know bands indie music fans love but since our visit this weekend I’ve realised it’s also because it’s just a great, easygoing little festival. Not perfect, of course, but a microcosm of everything you might want in a weekend, with a surprising amount of fun for families alongside the music too.

End of the Road 2022
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Towersey Festival 2022 Review

It has been a long 3 years since our last visit to Towersey. And a lot has changed in that time. As we approached August Bank Holiday I was hopeful that all the wonderfulness of Towersey would remain. And I was also optimistic that their new site at Claydon Estate would bring even more magic to what is already a great festival.

You would be hard pushed to find a more established festival than Towersey. It has been running for almost 60 years and there is no doubt that this team know their stuff. Our last visit, 3 years ago was pretty much perfect. But this year they have moved to a new home. The magnificent Claydon Estate. Would they be able to deliver their usual flawless festival experience at this new site?

Read more…

2022 Award Winners!

And the winners of our Festival Kidz 2022 Awards are…

Read more…

Your Teenager’s first festival?

glastonbury 95 with Alison
Glastonbury ’95

A parent wrote to us asking about teenager festivals:

Our 16 year old is off to their first festival this year with some friends. They are all pretty sensible but I can’t help worrying.

Any advice?

Letting our kids spread their wings and explore the world is something all parents will wrestle with at some stage.

Teenage years are tricky – everyone tells you so. We want to give them space to grow and freedom to develop, but most importantly we want to keep them safe. Read more…

Nibley Festival 2022 Review

The friendly and beautiful Nibley Festival utterly charmed us first time visitors. It was a joy waking up to the awesome countryside views, the music was well pitched and accomplished, and the kids’ activities were well thought out, varied and fun. We had a great time!

Nibley Festival 2022
Read more…

End of the Road 2022 Review

By Natalie Paris (guest reviewer)

It’s the final festival of the season and – if you think you can handle scrubbing all the glitter off the night before your kids go back to school – End of the Road is completely worth it. This compact festival is always hugely popular, selling out months in advance. Now, I always thought this was due to the lineups being full of the need-to-know bands indie music fans love but since our visit this weekend I’ve realised it’s also because it’s just a great, easygoing little festival. Not perfect, of course, but a microcosm of everything you might want in a weekend, with a surprising amount of fun for families alongside the music too.

End of the Road 2022
Read more…

Washing kids at a festival

Eeeww – smelly!

Well, it is a festival so normal rules on washing and personal hygiene tend to go out of the window for a few days.  A pack of wet-wipes and a relaxed attitude will be enough for most people.  Sometimes though, annoying as it may be, the kids will need a wash. Either because they are caked in mud (or worse), or because their bottoms are suffering from nappy rash, or because they develop an allergy to the emergency sunscreen you just bought for £20 at the festival stall.  Or maybe it’s just that you’re a family who would rather have a wash?

Most festivals with camping offer showers.

Most little children HATE showers.

Read more…

VOTE! Festival Kidz Awards 2022

All the nominations are in and it’s time to VOTE!

Please use this voting form to vote for your favourite family festivals, entertainers and traders, and tell us what it is that makes these so special to you! 

Read more…

Festival Kidz Awards 2022

The Festival Kidz Awards are back, but with a difference!

We asked all our writers to nominate festivals in three categories, to reflect the differing needs of the ages of our children. We have restricted the nominations so that festivals are only nominated in one category. We acknowledge that some of these festivals are excellent in more than one category, but we feel they are particularly good for the nominated age.

This year we would also like to celebrate all the people involved in making our family festivals extra special. So we are including the often overlooked festival workers. The ones that run the activities for children, provide the music, entertainment, food and stalls. Our writers have nominated their favourites.

Nominations are open until the end of November for you to nominate the festivals, musicians, performers and traders that are special to your family! Details on how to nominate are at the end of this post.

Shindig kids field
Read more…

Towersey Festival 2022 Review

It has been a long 3 years since our last visit to Towersey. And a lot has changed in that time. As we approached August Bank Holiday I was hopeful that all the wonderfulness of Towersey would remain. And I was also optimistic that their new site at Claydon Estate would bring even more magic to what is already a great festival.

You would be hard pushed to find a more established festival than Towersey. It has been running for almost 60 years and there is no doubt that this team know their stuff. Our last visit, 3 years ago was pretty much perfect. But this year they have moved to a new home. The magnificent Claydon Estate. Would they be able to deliver their usual flawless festival experience at this new site?

Read more…

And thanks to the following festivals for their support in the past