31st - 3rd September 2023
Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset/Wilts borders
Parent Review: 2022
Highlights for Families
End of the Road prides itself on being an intimate and friendly festival.
It’s a festival that everyone can enjoy and families are warmly welcomed and catered for. There is a dedicated children’s and family area.
The camping is very close to the action because the site is so small – this means there isn’t too much of a trek to get back to your tent if you’ve forgotten something.
Loads of things going on: lots of music on small stages and tents around the site, comedy tent, cinema tent, healing retreat, workshops, art installations and even a Woodland Library. This year you can join Tiny Wild Fox in the Imagination Den for theatre, stories and ridiculous games, get involved in yoga games for kids or attend little folk nursery rhymes. The parents can enjoy singing with Melody Mamas and the artsy amongst you can try printing, stitching, sketching, carving or braiding. The workshops all have an inclusive ethos so children and grandparents alike can work side by side on designing the perfect monster mask.
The festival ethos is to provide music lovers with a magical experience and an escape from the daily grind. The food provided is as organic as possible, along with a good selection of high quality local ales.
The Site, Camping and Facilities
The festival site is in the stunning grounds of the Larmer Tree Gardens. There are peacocks wandering around free range and roosting in the huge trees. There are exotic macaws too.
The site has lots of open spaces and wooded areas to explore and a fantastic adventure playground for kids. The festival site is small and easy to get around. The forests are strewn with fairy lit paths that lead to a hidden Victorian piano stage, a library that winds around a beautiful old tree, the famous flashy dance floor, and many more breath-taking surprises. Plus the dedicated children’s and family area will offer more performances, workshops and activities than ever before. There is also a games area (with table tennis, bowling and more) located between the fairy light woods and the Garden Stage.
There is a dedicated family camping area at the festival. It is located close to essentials, like toilets, water and showers, as well as the children’s entertainment.
There are a number of Information Points, First Aid Station, as well as steward and security points who will all help you to have a pleasant festival experience. However, they will be giving children wristbands that you can write your mobile number on – this way, one of the festival team of stewards will be able to call you and reunite you with your children as soon as possible should you become separated from your little one for any reason!
The Line Up
Musically this year End of the Road Festival boasts Vampire Weekend, St Vincent, Feist and Yo La Tengo amongst their acts and their comedy line up includes Dave Johns, Mark Watson and Angela Barnes as well as a live recording from The Bugle Podcast. There is also a literature line up which can be found here.
Great time lapse of the EOTR set up: