It’s the one of the greatest of Great British past times – the summer festival is an amazing celebration of music, arts, food and drink, fun and sunshine (sometimes!).

Festivals of old have probably not been the most family friendly, but now the modern British festival understands the importance of including and encouraging young people, and when planning the programme often puts family activities right up there on equal billing as the bands, acts and artists.

This is great news for culture vultures with young families because it not only means you can catch some old favourites (seems there is a distinct mid-naughties flavour to festivals this year!), plus some cool new acts, and you are able to share this experience, and the excitement it generates, with your child, creating lasting and inspiring memories.

Here’s our guide to family festival fun this summer:

Bring the fun to you

BBC’s Glastonbury coverage last year generated a flurry of pitched tents in back gardens on my street, with mums, dads and kids camping out overnight, and doing their own performances for neighbours. It was very simple but really good fun! With a fallow year in the South West the BBC have introduced The Biggest Weekend which again will bring the action to you via all your fave radio stations and on the tellybox, perfect if your troupe can’t make it there.


Kendal Calling has grown rapidly into one of the biggest and best festivals around and now occupies a beautiful new home in Lowther Park, Cumbria. With lots for tots through to teens, there is fun for the whole family. Well worth checking out if you fancy a trip up to the Lakes.


In and around the midlands there is an abundance of family orientated festivals. We’re really excited to be able to be part of the action at 2 this year – Wychwood in June, and Lunar in July. We’re taking our creative workshops on the road! Packed with fun-filled music making to the max, our unmissable events will include special “Salute the Uke” or “Guitar Gurus” workshops and will be the perfect opportunity to keep your child entertained. Be ready to play and explore by strum strum strumming away to your heart’s content! Find out more about our festival workshops


There is an eclectic mix of festivals with something for everyone across the south of England. Whether a trip to the New Forrest for Curious Arts Festival – lots to engross and exhaust little ones of all ages. To Suffolk for the indomitable, award-winning Latitude. Or to Witshire for the quintessential summer party at Larmer Tree – intimate and eccentric. Want to keep it close in London? Check out the amazing Citadel Festival in Gunnersbury Park in July where we will be taking our creative workshops!

Find out what is happening near you this summer