22nd - 25th August 2024

Location: Tarns, Cumbria, CA7 4NQ

Size: 5,000


A truly gorgeous small not-for-profit festival, warm and welcoming to all, including children and families.  In fact it is possibly one of the most family-friendly festivals out there.  There’s a family camping area, and so much going on for kids in the kids arena.  Although in fairness pretty much all of the adult workshops are suitable for the whole family to enjoy together.

This is a perfect festival to tack onto a longer Lake District holiday this summer.

Solfest has great facilities for families. The natural amphitheatre of the Main Stage and Drystone Stage ensure that you can get a fabulous view of the bands you want to see without having to risk being crushed in a marquee. Stand at the back and enjoy the whole panorama, or dance around at the front with your kids on your shoulders. It’s up to you.

The Workshops and Kids’ Arena has all sorts of fabulous things going on from Bushcraft, story-telling, puppetry, yoga, arts and crafts, physical activities and heaps of fun workshops like beading.  There’s no charge at all for activities in the Kids Arena… bouncy castles, face painting, crafts…it’s all free!!  So wonderful not be constantly dipping into your pockets for yet another go on the inflatables…

Camping at Solfest is a breeze – There’s a separate family campsite near to the Kid’s Arena so you don’t have to worry about late-night revellers keeping your children awake at night or your children keeping late-night revellers awake during the day! Unfortunately you can no longer park next to your camp, but the organisers say they aim to keep camping and parking as convenient as possible.

Campfires: Oh dear!  They are no longer allowed. Apparently previous festival goers have caused too much damage and the land owners have banned them. Please make sure you act responsibly at any festival allowing camp fires, we don’t want to see them banned at all festivals!