Read our reviews: 2017, 2016 and 2015
Cornbury Music Festival has been a Festival Kidz favourite for many years. Its welcoming, safe and friendly atmosphere make it a hit among families. People come back year after year and say it is the highlight of their summer.
Known affectionately as ‘Poshstock’, this is definitely a festival for people who like their festivals to be nice.
It’s hyper middle-class with VIP opportunities galore, and picnic blankets and camping chairs aplenty. But everyone is welcome and it never feels too elitist.
Food is top-notch and while there are luxury items available, general festival fare is reasonably priced.
Kids’ activities are well thought out and plentiful, and there is a fab teen tent, The Mayflower, for older children.
It’s a great festival to let tweens and teens have their first experience of roaming a festival site by themselves. It’s large enough for them to feel independent, while small and safe enough to be comforting for parents. Kids this age will also enjoy the fairground rides and range of stalls on offer selling festival gear.
Posh loos, When Nature Calls, are available at an extra cost, but general toilet facilities are always clean and well stocked throughout the grounds.
The site is easy to get around and flat.
Family camping is very spacious and quiet, with plentiful toilets and showers and a beautiful view.
Music leans towards country and pop, and you will always find some real musical legends drawing the crowds.
**2017 was due to be the last year for Cornbury, but due to overwhelming demand, it is back for 2018!**
For more information and tickets, go to www.cornburyfestival.com
Read our review of Cornbury 2017 here
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 ‘return’ of Cornbury in all its glory…
Cornbury Music Festival, set in the Great Tew Estate in Oxfordshire, is possibly about as traditionally ‘British’ as you can get. If it wasn’t for the huge stages and campsites, one might be forgiven for thinking one might have stumbled upon a rather large village fete complete with Morris Dancers and straw boaters. Read more…
All of our writers are festival veterans with more festivals under their belts than they can count! So which festivals are they excited about this year?
Cornbury Festival has had a successful 13 year run. It has provided a lovely, rather posh family-friendly event that has converted even the most festival-shy.
However, this year, after much deliberation, the 14th Cornbury Festival will be the last. The good folk at Cornbury are looking forward to going out with a bang.
They’ve promised us they are pulling out ALL the stops for The Fabulous Finale. There will be all the usual great stuff, an array of top talent, friends old and new. There may even be a few sparklers at the end.
Dancing, relaxing, playing, laughing, feasting…
These are the first five words that spring to mind when I think back on our four days at Cornbury. I think it’s testament to a really great festival, especially where children are involved, when you can come back feeling relaxed and switched off. We were lucky to have exactly that experience.
I didn’t really know what to expect from Cornbury 2015 – having read words like ‘genteel’ and ‘civilised’ thrown at it, and being well aware of its location near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, home of the ‘Chipping Norton set’ I feared we commoners may be a little out of place.
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.
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Announcing the 2nd annual Festival Kidz Awards!
2014 was a fantastic year for family friendly festivals – we reviewed more than ever before and visited so many that it made judging the awards extremely difficult. If your favourite festival is missing from this list, please feel free to comment below!
Review by Ellie Allen and family
“Are we nearly there yet?”
My husband and I, along with our two boys (ages seven and eight) have been looking forward to this festival for weeks! Finally the day arrived and after a busy day at work and school, we were on our way.
We’d been watching the weather forecast all week and for once it was right. Read more…