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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The Green Gathering 2022 Preview

Four days of music, spoken word, cabaret, crafts, campaigns, campfires, low impact living, love and green life… a festival community powered by sun, wind, people and passion… a festival beyond hedonism where you can party then wake up the next morning with new mates and a mission to change the world!

Green Gathering
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The Alchemist’s Playground Comes To Valley Fest

We are big fans of Woodland Tribe at Festival Kidz so we cannot wait for The Alchemist’s Playground at Valley Fest in August.

A new collaboration between Woodland Tribe and Arcadia will see kids set free to build and create their own playground and stage using real tools. We have absolutely loved this experience at previous festivals but Valley fest is taking it to the next level.

Read more…

Camp Bestival World Record

Camp Bestival Dorset has announced a major call out for festival goers to join a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title attempt for the Largest Disco Dance at the Dorset Jamboree this summer.

Read more…

Shindig moves to new location

We are so close to the 2022 festival season you can almost touch it.. we have already started on our costumes!

Shindig Festival is one of the first of the season, on 26th-29th May 2022. There hasn’t been a Shindig since 2019 so this makes it particularly special and we are excited it is finally back!

This year it moves to a new location, Dillington Estate, Somerset. The 16th Century house and hotel not only provides the backdrop but it is also exclusively for the use of festival goers. There are still rooms available, as well as several glamping options.

Read more…

Bluedot welcomes Tim Peake & Clangers!

The award-winning ‘out-of-this-world’ family festival announces UK’s pioneer astronaut plus Clangers and Brainiac Live

Tim Peake will headline the lineup for families at this year’s bluedot at Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank Observatory and we can’t wait.

image credit: Lucas Sinclair
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Best Family Festivals 2022

festival kidz recommended stamp

It’s wonderful to see the festival calendar filling up. There are a few festivals taking the year off, but most are running again, and we’re incredibly excited about 2022.

So what are the best family festivals for 2022, as recommended by Festival Kidz parents?

Here are our favourites, our tried and tested. The festivals we return to year after year. These are the festivals we give our Festival Kidz recommended stamp of approval.

For all the family friendly festivals running this year, please go to our A-Z, Map and Calendar.


Read more…

Guide to hosting an outdoor party

This last year we’ve all spent a lot more time outside. But in this unpredictable English weather an outdoor party can quickly turn into a washout if you’re unprepared. Here are our top tips for hosting a great weather-proof party.

We’ve included practical tips, recommendations, and a wish list of things we would like!

Read more…

WIN! Tickets to Victorious!

Victorious is one of our favourite festivals and we have a family ticket for TWO adults and up to TWO children to give away!

Set on the Seafront in Portsmouth, it matches a fantastic location with an excellent line up and a Kids arena packed full of activities that’s like a festival in itself.

Check out our 2019 and 2018 reviews to see how much fun our reviewer and her family had there.

When: 27th-29th August 2021

Where: Southsea Seafront, Portsmouth

Tickets are on sale now: £120 weekend pass, day tickets from £35

Enter in the widget at the bottom of this page, a winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.

Victorious sunset stage
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Green Gathering Saving Families

Family holidays are without a doubt one of the largest contributors to most household’s annual carbon emissions. Even if you are a hardcore eco-warrior doing all you can daily to reduce your impact on the planet, when the summer holidays arrive it’s often hard to make low carbon plans.

In comparison to overseas holidays, choosing to spend time closer to home is obviously better for the environment. Camping is a relatively low impact choice providing you aren’t buying lots of equipment or single-use items, and good quality second-hand supplies are easy to come by. Festivals, however, are very rarely able to claim they are low-carbon due to the simple fact they are for such a short period of time, plus all the infrastructure and individual travel involved.

Green Gathering is different. One of a few UK festivals that can really make the ‘eco family festival’ claim, it is not only a super fun family holiday, it’s also leading the way in sustainable events.

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…

The Alchemist’s Playground Comes To Valley Fest

We are big fans of Woodland Tribe at Festival Kidz so we cannot wait for The Alchemist’s Playground at Valley Fest in August.

A new collaboration between Woodland Tribe and Arcadia will see kids set free to build and create their own playground and stage using real tools. We have absolutely loved this experience at previous festivals but Valley fest is taking it to the next level.

Read more…

Shindig moves to new location

We are so close to the 2022 festival season you can almost touch it.. we have already started on our costumes!

Shindig Festival is one of the first of the season, on 26th-29th May 2022. There hasn’t been a Shindig since 2019 so this makes it particularly special and we are excited it is finally back!

This year it moves to a new location, Dillington Estate, Somerset. The 16th Century house and hotel not only provides the backdrop but it is also exclusively for the use of festival goers. There are still rooms available, as well as several glamping options.

Read more…

Best Family Festivals 2022

festival kidz recommended stamp

It’s wonderful to see the festival calendar filling up. There are a few festivals taking the year off, but most are running again, and we’re incredibly excited about 2022.

So what are the best family festivals for 2022, as recommended by Festival Kidz parents?

Here are our favourites, our tried and tested. The festivals we return to year after year. These are the festivals we give our Festival Kidz recommended stamp of approval.

For all the family friendly festivals running this year, please go to our A-Z, Map and Calendar.


Read more…

WIN! Tickets to Victorious!

Victorious is one of our favourite festivals and we have a family ticket for TWO adults and up to TWO children to give away!

Set on the Seafront in Portsmouth, it matches a fantastic location with an excellent line up and a Kids arena packed full of activities that’s like a festival in itself.

Check out our 2019 and 2018 reviews to see how much fun our reviewer and her family had there.

When: 27th-29th August 2021

Where: Southsea Seafront, Portsmouth

Tickets are on sale now: £120 weekend pass, day tickets from £35

Enter in the widget at the bottom of this page, a winner will be chosen at random after the closing date.

Victorious sunset stage
Read more…

The Green Gathering 2022 Preview

Four days of music, spoken word, cabaret, crafts, campaigns, campfires, low impact living, love and green life… a festival community powered by sun, wind, people and passion… a festival beyond hedonism where you can party then wake up the next morning with new mates and a mission to change the world!

Green Gathering
Read more…

Camp Bestival World Record

Camp Bestival Dorset has announced a major call out for festival goers to join a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title attempt for the Largest Disco Dance at the Dorset Jamboree this summer.

Read more…

Bluedot welcomes Tim Peake & Clangers!

The award-winning ‘out-of-this-world’ family festival announces UK’s pioneer astronaut plus Clangers and Brainiac Live

Tim Peake will headline the lineup for families at this year’s bluedot at Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank Observatory and we can’t wait.

image credit: Lucas Sinclair
Read more…

Guide to hosting an outdoor party

This last year we’ve all spent a lot more time outside. But in this unpredictable English weather an outdoor party can quickly turn into a washout if you’re unprepared. Here are our top tips for hosting a great weather-proof party.

We’ve included practical tips, recommendations, and a wish list of things we would like!

Read more…

Green Gathering Saving Families

Family holidays are without a doubt one of the largest contributors to most household’s annual carbon emissions. Even if you are a hardcore eco-warrior doing all you can daily to reduce your impact on the planet, when the summer holidays arrive it’s often hard to make low carbon plans.

In comparison to overseas holidays, choosing to spend time closer to home is obviously better for the environment. Camping is a relatively low impact choice providing you aren’t buying lots of equipment or single-use items, and good quality second-hand supplies are easy to come by. Festivals, however, are very rarely able to claim they are low-carbon due to the simple fact they are for such a short period of time, plus all the infrastructure and individual travel involved.

Green Gathering is different. One of a few UK festivals that can really make the ‘eco family festival’ claim, it is not only a super fun family holiday, it’s also leading the way in sustainable events.

Read more…