21st - 23rd August 2020
Location: Escot Park, Nr Fairmile, Devon, EX11 1LU
A really lovely family-friendly festival with a strong and warm hippy vibe. Expect the atmosphere to be laid-back and friendly and expect the site to be very colourful and arty. Beautiful Days is the Levellers’ own annual family-friendly weekend camping festival.
People are always asking us which festival is the best!
There’s no easy answer to this as everyone has their own favourites.
Festivals have such a broad reach these days. There really is something for everyone. Do you want luxury or basic facilities, indie or world music, laid-back or party central?
So before you dive in and buy tickets…
The first time we went to Beautiful Days in 2011, we knew we’d found a very special event. This was our fifth Beautiful Days, and it is still our favourite place to be.
We had such a lovely welcome as we approached the information tent, the guy that runs it (I can’t believe we don’t know his name yet) called out, “You’re back!”
We were indeed back at Beautiful Days and everything was as it should be. Read more…
The South West of England – wild and hilly with spectacular views. These three festivals are very different but one thing that they all share is you will get plenty of fresh air and exercise. And if you have a children’s festival wagon – make sure you put in a bit of training before you go!
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We know there are other amazing festivals that we are missing out – and we’re attempting to get our reviewers around as many festivals as we can. The festivals below are our tried and tested choices, ones our writers go back to year after year.
Beautiful Days certainly holds a special place in my heart. It was our first family festival back in 2011 when our children were 7 and 3 years old. We loved it then and returned in 2012 and 2015 and felt the same. We had been really looking forward to this year’s festival, and as always it exceeded expectations! Read more…
Most festivals do what they can to be accessible to as many as possible. After all, they want to be popular, and to exclude people from attending would obviously result in less ticket sales!
An old fashioned feel good family festival
‘They’re not like they used to be’ – something we hear a lot at FestivalKidz as we get older. Parents reminisce about the ‘good old days’ of festivals.
Before sponsorship took over. Before you needed to take out a bank loan for a pint at the bar. Before the music made your ears bleed. Before the word ’boutique’ found a place in a field anywhere.
Beautiful Days festival remains true to its roots and is set firmly in the ‘good old days’.
I LOVE this festival! Having previously enjoyed bigger festivals as a pre-motherhood, carefree young woman, it was the first festival I went to with my young family in 2011, and I was firmly reassured that festivals can be wonderful places for children to play and learn.
We didn’t hesitate to go back the next year (a wet year), and loved it again despite the weather. We had to miss the next two years due to other commitments, but visited several other family festivals. I was very happy to return with my slightly older children (11 and 7) this year, to see how it compared to my fond memories and indeed to the other festivals.
It certainly did not disappoint. While some festivals do requiring a bit of psyching up to, the only mental preparation Beautiful Days needs is in regard to living out of a suitcase in a tent for a few days – the rest of it is just so easy and fun. It is so well organised, with so much to entertain every age group, with a gorgeous collection of artwork around the site.
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Whether a festival is good for you depends on what music you’re into and what other things you like doing at festivals, as well as the age of your kids. If you are new to festivals with kids, you may want to read our guide to Choosing the right Family-Friendly Festival.
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As a Levellers fan I have wanted to go to Beautiful Days for many years, and have heard only good things about it. So maybe my expectations were a bit too high, or maybe the festival has grown a bit too large, as although we enjoyed ourselves we didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped we would. I would value other people’s feedback on whether this year differed to previous years – please do comment below.