Beautiful Days 2015 Review

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.

Beautiful Days Festival
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Best Family Festivals 2015

CIAF 2014


Here are our top picks for 2015!

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.

We have included our affiliate links in the listings – if you click “Buy Tickets Now” you will go straight to the ticket page for your chosen festival. You will not pay anything for this but the festival will give us a small commission to keep Festival Kidz up and running – so please use them!

Read more…

Beautiful Days 2014 Review

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.

Read more…

Levellers on Tour!

Main Leveller mGreatest Hits cdAs Beautiful Days is now sold out, if you want to catch Levellers playing this year they have announced a Greatest Hits tour!

Tickets go on sale at 9am tomorrow!

I’m really excited about this as they’re one of my favourite bands, and to me they are festivals – whenever I hear Far From Home I’m instantly transported to my first Glastonbury…

They are also bringing out a  2 CD/DVD/Digital bundle of all 31 of their singles and videos to date in September. The album also features four unique collaborations with Imelda May (Beautiful Day), Frank Turner (Julie), Bellowhead (Just The One) and Billy Bragg (Hope Street), which are all brand new re-recordings.

Read more…

Best Family Festivals 2014

Here are our top picks for 2014!

Now is a great time to start thinking about buying your festival tickets – most of the festivals offer ‘early bird’ prices, which means they are reduced if you book them early.

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. Read more…

Festival Kidz Team: Our Picks 2013

Every year we face the same dilemmas – Do we go to our favourites, the ones we know and love, where the kids feel at home?

Or do we try out some new ones, potentially discover something amazing, and widen our knowledge of great festivals to recommend to all you lovely families out there?

We’re very lucky in that we get invited to far more than we can manage to attend… but the reality is that with kids (or even without kids) it’s just too tiring (and expensive!) so we’ve had to learn to pick and choose.

Here are the festivals we’ve picked this year and why Read more…

Beautiful Days 2012 Review

beautiful days photo collage
(c) Faceless Food

Beautiful Days Festival 2012

By Lisa from ‘We Don’t Eat Anything With A Face’

The law of averages should have meant that our third festival of the year was a dry one, having been to two wet and muddy festivals earlier in the year, but no; When we arrived at the rural Devon campsite for our first Beautiful Days festival, it was peeing down with precipitation.

Read more…

Our pick of the Festivals 2012

festivals top trumpsChoosing from the hundreds of excellent family-friendly festivals out there is really really tough.

Many families will place a different importance to different aspects.  Personally I don’t like my festivals too crowded, I like quality music but I’m not so bothered by big names, and most importantly I like a good range of workshops and street theatre to keep everyone entertained.  But people always ask me which are the best festivals for kids so here is my shortlist – the ones which I think have something extra-special about them: Read more…

Beautiful Days 2011 Review

2011 Beautiful Days Weather: Mostly dry and warm. Sunny at times but with heavy rain on the Saturday morning.

Review by: Chris Luxford (with a nearly 3 year old)

Getting to the festival:

The festival was clearly signposted from the A30 with stewards to guide people along the local lanes long before reaching the site. There was a steady stream of vehicles arriving, but no queue (though getting out on the Monday took an hour).

Read more…

Beautiful Days 2015 Review

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.

Beautiful Days Festival
Read more…

Beautiful Days 2014 Review

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.

Read more…

Best Family Festivals 2014

Here are our top picks for 2014!

Now is a great time to start thinking about buying your festival tickets – most of the festivals offer ‘early bird’ prices, which means they are reduced if you book them early.

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. Read more…

Beautiful Days 2012 Review

beautiful days photo collage
(c) Faceless Food

Beautiful Days Festival 2012

By Lisa from ‘We Don’t Eat Anything With A Face’

The law of averages should have meant that our third festival of the year was a dry one, having been to two wet and muddy festivals earlier in the year, but no; When we arrived at the rural Devon campsite for our first Beautiful Days festival, it was peeing down with precipitation.

Read more…

Beautiful Days 2011 Review

2011 Beautiful Days Weather: Mostly dry and warm. Sunny at times but with heavy rain on the Saturday morning.

Review by: Chris Luxford (with a nearly 3 year old)

Getting to the festival:

The festival was clearly signposted from the A30 with stewards to guide people along the local lanes long before reaching the site. There was a steady stream of vehicles arriving, but no queue (though getting out on the Monday took an hour).

Read more…

Best Family Festivals 2015

CIAF 2014


Here are our top picks for 2015!

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.

We have included our affiliate links in the listings – if you click “Buy Tickets Now” you will go straight to the ticket page for your chosen festival. You will not pay anything for this but the festival will give us a small commission to keep Festival Kidz up and running – so please use them!

Read more…

Levellers on Tour!

Main Leveller mGreatest Hits cdAs Beautiful Days is now sold out, if you want to catch Levellers playing this year they have announced a Greatest Hits tour!

Tickets go on sale at 9am tomorrow!

I’m really excited about this as they’re one of my favourite bands, and to me they are festivals – whenever I hear Far From Home I’m instantly transported to my first Glastonbury…

They are also bringing out a  2 CD/DVD/Digital bundle of all 31 of their singles and videos to date in September. The album also features four unique collaborations with Imelda May (Beautiful Day), Frank Turner (Julie), Bellowhead (Just The One) and Billy Bragg (Hope Street), which are all brand new re-recordings.

Read more…

Festival Kidz Team: Our Picks 2013

Every year we face the same dilemmas – Do we go to our favourites, the ones we know and love, where the kids feel at home?

Or do we try out some new ones, potentially discover something amazing, and widen our knowledge of great festivals to recommend to all you lovely families out there?

We’re very lucky in that we get invited to far more than we can manage to attend… but the reality is that with kids (or even without kids) it’s just too tiring (and expensive!) so we’ve had to learn to pick and choose.

Here are the festivals we’ve picked this year and why Read more…

Our pick of the Festivals 2012

festivals top trumpsChoosing from the hundreds of excellent family-friendly festivals out there is really really tough.

Many families will place a different importance to different aspects.  Personally I don’t like my festivals too crowded, I like quality music but I’m not so bothered by big names, and most importantly I like a good range of workshops and street theatre to keep everyone entertained.  But people always ask me which are the best festivals for kids so here is my shortlist – the ones which I think have something extra-special about them: Read more…