Nibley Music Festival

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Location: North Nibley in the Cotswolds, half way between Bristol and Gloucester.

Size: 3,800


North Nibley Music Festival has grown from quaint village party to proper music festival in just a few years.  The success is down to a devoted organising committee and the full support of the locals.  Nibley just has the most welcoming atmosphere 🙂

The names on the line up get bigger each year but Nibley remains a low-cost, not-for-profit venture and is never over-crowded.

What are the highlights for families?

The organisers know that for you to have a good time, the kids have got to have fun.  There’s loads for them to do at North Nibley Music Festival and most of it’s completely free!  There is a huge Craft Tent (organised by Junkfish) so they can get really creative.  There is also a Preschool Play Area and some great entertainers and workshops too.  Entertainment this year is TBC but in previous years there has been a free Double Decker Play Bus, free inflatable slides and free bouncy castles, free Silly Science demonstrations, free hula hooping and circus skills, free arts and crafts, and loads more.  Did I mention that ALL the kid’s activities are FREE, leaving you more pennies to treat them to an ice cream and a few bevvies for yourselves from the reasonably priced local bar!

It’s one of the friendliest festivals around and run entirely by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis.  Nibley is a rare festival gem.  Most important is the nine hours of great music – some names you will know plus a great choice of the best bands you haven’t heard of.  Add entertainment for the kids, stalls, food from around the world, local beer, and it’s the recipe for a perfect day.

What makes Nibley Festival unique?

It may be small, but the stunning Cotswold location, outstanding friendliness of volunteers, organisers and punters, and the attention to quality makes it feel very special indeed.  Pro-rata, this festival probably has the largest area devoted to kids play and crafts that we have ever come across… and as well you know, happy kids = happy parents!