As the days get longer and the weather gets (slightly) warmer, it feels as though summer is just around the corner. So as well as holidays, seaside strolls and BBQs on the horizon, summer means festival season!
At Regatta we know just how fun the outdoors can be, and a festival is another great way to experience it. We’ve picked our Top 10 favourite family friendly festivals for 2018 – so you can give them a go this Summer!
Despite the occasional spot of mud & rain, the UK has some of the best festivals in the world, with plenty of family friendly options throughout the summer. Whatever the weather at your festival of choice, we are sure to have just the thing for you. If you’re just heading down for a day of music and fun, our range of stylish and waterproof jackets and wellies will keep you looking your best, whilst protecting you from the elements. Or if you’re planning on braving a whole weekend, our huge range of tents, furniture, sleeping and camping equipment will mean you can create your own home away from home.
Here’s our guide to the top 10 family festivals in 2018:
Pippingford Park, East Sussex
A weekend of wild adventure, eclectic music & great local food, designed especially for families with children in mind. Elderflower Fields is perfectly catered for children; from sports and arts camps, the urban woods activities, wildlife and environmental projects – there’s something for everyone. There are three stages scattered throughout the site for music and story telling. Each stage has acts performing throughout the day, which means there’s always something to do, see or listen to.
Adult weekend tickets £130, children under 16 £72.50, infants 3-5 £20, Under 3’s £1.00
Vicarage Farm, Hampshire
This alternative boutique festival has plenty in store for kids; from fancy dress football to pizza-making, a paint fight and a onesie disco. For adults, music is not just an afterthought, making Blissfields a good choice for lifelong festival fans. There are four music stages, whilst DJs play nightly from a double-decker bus. Last year’s line-up featured headliners The Cinematic Orchestra and Metronomy.
Adult weekend tickets £115, children 0-9 £15; day tickets available
Henham Park, Suffolk
With activities and entertainment for kids, teens and families now spread across three exciting areas, it’s no wonder Latitude has previously won ‘Best Family Festival’ and ‘Best Family Day Out’.
Latitude must be the closest grown-ups can get to a real festival experience with the little ones in tow. Watch The Charlatans, The Killers and Alt-J while your kids hang out in the Enchanted Garden, where there's circus skills classes, archaeology & history, and wildlife craft sessions.
Adult weekend tickets £197.50, children 5-12 £10, under 5 free; day tickets available
Secret Location, Northampton
Taking place in a secret location each year, this independent party weekend has won awards for its green efforts, family focus and all-round fun times. With over 20 diverse musical acts across 12 live stages, world-class cabaret, and an amazing array of workshops – Shambala is a special place where you play, revitalise, make lots of new friends and return to the world refuelled on the beauty of being alive.
Adult weekend tickets from £140.50, teens 15-17 £92.50, children 5-14 £40.50, under 5 free
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Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire
Kick off the school holidays with this weekend of fun at Baldersby Park in Yorkshire, combining music (Goldfrapp, Drenge, Public Service Broadcasting and others), cabaret, comedy, theatre, book readings, family films, and lots more. The success of this festival is its ability to cater for everyone and seeing how much fun the little ones and teens have side by side.
Adult weekend tickets from £145, children ages 6-15 £50, ages 3-5 £20, babies 0-2 free
Lowther Deer Park
Like a mini Glastonbury, Kendal Calling attracts some big names - this year, The Libertines, Catfish & the Bottlemen and Run DMC headline - whilst also offering great stuff for kids too. There’s plenty of family-friendly entertainment for mini Kendal Callers - workshops, games, creative performance, chill out zones and arts and crafts. There’s also Tiny Tim Peaks, with craft sessions, fun & games, storytime with special guests, music and more festival fun!
We’ve worked with Kendal Calling for 4 years to make sure festival-goers have the best experience. Visit our onsite shop for all of your festival essentials (or emergency items you may have forgotten to pack!).
Adult weekend tickets from £140, 11-15 year olds £81.50, 6-10s £19.25, under 5s free
Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Kids are king at Camp Bestival, with an avalanche of activities for children of all ages; 2 to 62!
You’ll find performances by Mr Tumble, and Dick and Dom, plus lots more happening on the Castle Stage and Big Top featuring live music acts. This year’s line-up features headlining performances from Rick Astley, Orbital and Basement Jaxx.
Adult weekend tickets £197.50, teens 13-17 £185, older children 10-12 £98.75, younger children 5-9 £45, under 4 £15, babies free
Charlton Park, Wiltshire
A knock-out celebration of global sounds, you’ll find anything from Mongolian throat singing to African drumming, which invariably sets kids off dancing.The World of Children runs from 9am to 7pm and features popular cookery and dance workshops, an adventure playground and a focus on painting and costume-making ready for Sunday’s much-anticipated carnival procession.
Adult four-day tickets £225, under 13s free, day tickets available
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Wilderness is all about escapism and creative freedom, putting arts and crafts first. Children can enjoy floristry, painting and cooking classes, whilst adults can relax in the natural spa. It’s also about rough and tumbling with your kids in the great outdoors and camping under the twinkling stars. The line-up this year features headlining performances from Nile Rodgers & Chic, Bastille, and Jon Hopkins.
Adult weekend tickets £179.50, teen £115, junior £35, child £5
The Good Life Experience
A festival of music, food, books, idea, and craft, for the whole family. Cerys Matthews' action-packed carnival-like festival is held on the Hawarden Estate in North Wales against a backdrop of not one, but two castles. With activities from tai chi and knot tying to foraging and campfire cooking - there's lots for everyone of all ages to get stuck in to.
Adult weekend tickets from £109, youth 12-17 £49, under 12s free