Deer Shed Festival is an independent festival run by a family for families – with a welcoming atmosphere and a strong passion for decent music, food and entertainment for all the family.
Reviews: 2017, 2015, 2014
18th - 20th August 2023
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.
The Festival Kidz Awards are back, but with a difference!
We asked all our writers to nominate festivals in three categories, to reflect the differing needs of the ages of our children. We have restricted the nominations so that festivals are only nominated in one category. We acknowledge that some of these festivals are excellent in more than one category, but we feel they are particularly good for the nominated age.
This year we would also like to celebrate all the people involved in making our family festivals extra special. So we are including the often overlooked festival workers. The ones that run the activities for children, provide the music, entertainment, food and stalls. Our writers have nominated their favourites.
Nominations are open until the end of November for you to nominate the festivals, musicians, performers and traders that are special to your family! Details on how to nominate are at the end of this post.
Announcing the 2017 Festival Kidz Awards!
You voted for your favourite festivals, and this year we have decided to include all the results to show you how close some of them were!
The following awards are based solely on the votes of all of you, our family festival goers! And the winners are….
The fantastical festival that is Just So Festival is going one better than the usual nights under canvas this year with the chance to build your own bivouac and sleep under the forest canopy. Read more…
The Festival Kidz Awards are Back for 2015!
This year we are giving out a new award – the Families’ Choice Award. This is awarded entirely based on the number of votes from our followers. We had an amazing response of nearly 600 votes, 276 of which were for our winning festival, LAKEFEST!
Congratulations to Lakefest!
In second place were the Fairyland Trust events – Fairy Fair and The Real Halloween, followed by Just So and Green Gathering tying for third place.
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!
The Festival Kidz Awards are Back for 2014!
Voting has now closed
Festival Kidz is run by parents for parents. We want to be able to recommend the best festivals for people to take their children to.
To this end, all our reviewers have submitted their recommendations and we are now compiling the results. Our coveted Festival Kidz Gold and Silver Award winners will be announced soon.
We are rating them in more categories this year – activities, camping, facilities, value for money, entertainment, accessibility and green credentials.
NEWS: Chilled in a Field have announced their new home for 2014!
This year Chilled in a Field will be held in the Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum. This location is even more perfect for families as it is a wonderful magical place for children to visit, and entry to Bentley is included in your ticket. Read more…