Top Family Friendly Festivals in the Midlands

Updated for 2019

There are lots of family friendly festivals to be found in the East Midlands and beyond for you and your children to enjoy this summer.  Now the sun has finally decided to join us my thoughts are very much turning to summer days spent outdoors with the kids enjoying the many local festivals on our doorstep.  We are quite lucky being based in Nottingham as there are quite a few festivals near by.

Festivals provide children with an opportunity to enjoy music, theatre, arts, and a whole range of other fun activities all in one place.  Nothing keeps an inquisitive and active child busy quite like going to a festival in the summer, and that is going to make for happy parents if you ask me.  Here are my favourite family friendly festivals in the Midlands for you to consider going to in 2018.

Just So Festival

When: 16/17/18 August 2019

Where: Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire

Why: Just So, now in it’s 9th year, is one of the top family friendly festivals in the world.  It’s clear to see why when it puts stories and childhood escapades at it’s heart to create one of the most magical outdoor adventures you and your family will ever experience.  Just So is dedicated solely to children and their families, offering astonishing arts and unique experiences for a family weekend like no other.

With some exciting new additions to the Just So Festival program for 2018, you will have the intriguing and enthralling Playground of Illusions, an area full of mystery and trickery from Travelling Light Circus to look forward to plus many more.

How Much: Day Tickets £45 (adult) £20 (child) Under 3’s Free. Camping Tickets £140 (adult) £50 (child) Under 3’s Free

For More Info: www.justsofestival.org.uk

Timber Festival

When: 5/6/7 July 2019

Where: In the heart of the National Forest

Why: Timber is an extraordinary, family friendly festival where music, art, theatre, storytelling, science and play will weave together into an exhilarating weekend in the heart of the National Forest, one of Britain’s boldest environmental projects.

Created by the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus, experience the transformative impact of forests with artists, musicians, and scientists. Explore what woodlands can mean to us and how we can re-imagine our relationship with our environment. Play and create in an arboreal wonderland, where the tonic of wildness rules supreme.

If this appeals to you, I am running a giveaway to win a family day ticket for up to 5 peaple to attend Timber Festival, so don’t miss out!

How Much: EARLY BIRD TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE – Day Tickets £35 (adult) £10 (child) Under 3’s Free. Camping Tickets £130 (adult) £45 (child) Under 3’s Free

For More Info: http://timberfestival.org.uk/

Gloworm Festival

When:17th-18th August 2019

Where: Thoresby Park

Why: Gloworm Festival is aimed at families with children up to the age of 13 years old.  It brings together music, creative experiences and outdoor activities to encourage parents and their children to enjoy playing together in the outdoors.  The festival boasts excellent facilities and all activities are included in the ticket price.

How Much: Day Tickets £25 (adult) £10 (child) Under 3’s Free. Camping £105 for 3 nights

For More Info: http://glowormfestival.co.uk/

Bearded Theory Festival

When:23/24/25/26 May 2019

Where: Catton Hall, Derbyshire 

Why: The spring gathering at Bearded Theory Festival is an award winning music focused family friendly festival.  Best described as the festival with a little something for everyone, their mixed music line up is bound to appeal with The Cult headlining for 2019, and other acts including Editors, Stiff Little Fingers and Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.

The Woodland area is a huge hit with festival goers, and the theme for 2018 is Fairy Folk and Forest Creatures so expect some serious dressing up as well as lots of family friendly activities.

How Much: Camping Tickets £120.75 (adult) £57.75 (teen) £29.40 (child) Under 5’s Free

For More Info: www.beardedtheory.co.uk

Splendour Festival

When: Saturday 20th July 2019 

Where: Wollaton Park, Nottingham

Why: Splendour Festival is Nottingham’s famous music festival at Wollaton Park.  Now in it’s 10th year, Slendour has proved popular with local residents and visitors to the city alike.  If you are a family who enjoy live music, but don’t want to commit to camping this is a great festival to add to your list of things to do this summer.  With a designated area for children including a fun fair and plenty of kids activities, you’ll be able to enjoy the festival atmosphere without packing the tent.  Headliners last year included Paloma Faith and The Charlatans.

How Much: Day Tickets £53.90 (adult) £22 (11-17 years) Under 10’s Free. Discounts available for Nottingham City Residents

For More Info: www.splendourfestival.com/

Riverside Festival

When: 2 – 4 August 2019

Where: Victoria Embankment, Nottingham

Why: Riverside Festival in Nottingham is the county’s biggest free festival weekend packed with great music, wonderful street food and plenty of fun and activities for the kids including the famous duck race. One of the highlights is the free firework display on Saturday night, where crowds line the river to enjoy the action.

How Much: Free (no camping)

For More Info: Riverside Festival 2018

Will you be attending any festivals in the Midlands this summer?  Would you add any to this family friendly list?  I’d love you to share which festivals you will be going to and why they are great for families in the comments below.

Pin for later

We have been invited to attend some of the festivals discussed in this roundup.

Zena

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

10 Comments

  1. April 20, 2018 / 11:19 pm

    All things being well, I’ll be heading to Timber – I’m a bit of a tree-hugger so it sounds fab. Further afield I’d recommend Curious Arts Festival at Pylewell Park in the New Forest. I’ve never actually taken children, but it’s definitely family friendly with book events, storytelling, activities and comedy all aimed specifically at younger festival goers.

  2. April 23, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    I’ve actually never heard of any of these festivals and I am a festival lover x

  3. hannah wood
    April 23, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    This is a good post and been wanting to get the kids to some festivals this year.

  4. April 23, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Great post, I had no idea there were so many family festivals around! I know my son would love to go to one of these one day so I will be showing him this post on the weekend and perhaps we could make a plan to finally go to one soon!

  5. April 24, 2018 / 8:11 am

    Oh I definitely fancy going to the Bearded Theory Festival – I love Robert Plant!! These all sound fab though!

  6. April 24, 2018 / 8:31 am

    This looks like such an amazing list of festivals and it’s so great to hear that so many of them now are family friendly, too!

  7. April 24, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    The Timber Festival sounds awesome, I like that its more rustic! I’d like to give it a try xxx

  8. April 25, 2018 / 8:38 am

    What a brilliant roundup, I love festival season. The Bearded Theory Festival sounds great, I haven’t come across that one before.

  9. April 26, 2018 / 4:03 am

    I have never been to a festival before but since I am not too far from the midlands, I could check some of these festivals out. Lovely roundup

  10. April 26, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    It is good to hear that there are some family friendly festivals in the Midlands for you to enjoy. I like the sound of Splendour festival with Paloma Faith.

More About This UK Travel Blog

Whether you are looking for travel tips to make the most of your next cruise holiday or you need UK travel ideas we’ve got you covered on Zena’s Suitcase UK travel blog.  We started sharing our holiday and travel reviews in 2013, so if you can’t find the travel, family or lifestyle blog above you are after make sure you head over to the search bar to find what you need.  Think of us as one of the best travel blogs brimming with ideas to get you out and about with and without the kids.