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Get your summer entertainment sorted with our guide to the UK's biggest and best family friendly festivals. With fun for all the family including top music stars and kid-friendly fun, entertainment and activities these festivals will suit music lovers, craft fans and foodies alike.
Festivals are fast becoming one of the most popular ways to spend your great British summer, so let's dive in and find the best kid friendly music festivals in the UK this summer!
Covid-19: Please check with festival websites to confirm whether events will be going ahead, or for any changes to dates.
Date: 27th - 29th August 2021
Location: Alex James' Farm, near Kingham, Oxfordshire
This foodies delight, held annually at Blur bassist and cheesemaker Alex James' farm in the Cotswolds, and always features a stellar line-up of bands - after all Alex James must have some pretty good contacts!
For the kids there is fun from their favourite stars of kids TV and fim, plus animals, a funfair, crafts, tree climbing and much more.
And Cheese. Lots of cheese.
Date: June - September 2021
13 family-friendly festivals across the UK with the best of 1980's artists. The line up is different at every gig, from Wales to Scotland, Belfast to the North East and Yorkshire to Berkshire.
Big names that you can see this year include Adam Ant, Midge Ure, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Go West, ABC, Tony Hadley and Toyah.
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Date: 39th July - 1st August 2021
Location: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Camp Bestival is the family friendly version of the grown-up Bestival festival and this one has as much for the adults as the kids, with headliners from the best of rock and pop as well as top DJs. This year's big name acts is yet to be announced, but usually includes a truly stellar line up.
For the kids there is lots of entertainment for the kids including stage shows, vintage fairground rides plus lots more fun and games all over the site.
Date: 22nd - 25th July 2021
Location: Henham Park, Suffolk
Latitude is one of the big daddies of the festival world, as famous for it's varied food selection and glamping tents as for it's top name line of big name music acts. This year's headliners include Liam Gallagher, The Chemical Brothers and Keane.
For younger kids there is a dedicated area with country activites, while 12-16 year olds can enter another world of music, media, technology, fashion, wildlife survival skills and assault courses suspended in the trees.
Date: 4th - 6th June 2021
Location: Cheltenham Racecourse
The Wychwood festival is one of the UK's most popular kid-friendly festivals,with top name music acts plus majorettes, parades, silly sports, circus school and street theatre. It is know for it's friendly, homely atmosphere and top music line-up, which this year includes The Stranglers, ABC, Scouting for Girls, Toyah, T'Pau and Tankus the Henge.
For all the family there is dance and arts workshops, a circus school and a programme of talks, debates and comedy for all ages.
Date: 19th - 22nd August 2021
Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales
While the adults rock out to their favourite bands, kids up to 12 can explore The Lost City Of Atlantis, set against the backdrop of lush green Welsh mountains, the kids can go wild in their own aquatic adventure. Packed with an assortment of delights including craft workshops, bubbles galore, a bit of magic or just frivolous fun.
With a focus on Welsh music and a chance to camp in the lush Welsh countryside, Green Man is the perfect place to use as a base for exploring the widerarea of the magnificant Breacon Beacons.
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Date: 24th July 2021
With top names to be announced, the 12th Splendour Festival will be the biggest ever. With stalls, a funfair and kid's area there will be lots for the whole family.
Pack a picnic and if you are a Nottingham resident you can get discounted tickets too.
Date: New Date to be Announced in May 2021
Location: Arley Hall Cheshire
The Geronimo festival is the UK's largest festival for children - in fact it is described as "Glastonbury for kids" and it features top kids TV stars and family friendly bands.
Plus all the family can have a go at arts, crafts, circus skills, animals, inflatables, science shows and masses more.
Date: 28th - 31st May 2021
Location: Pippingford Park East Sussex
Date: 11th - 13th June 2021
Location: Stanford Hall Leicestershire
Elderflower Fields is the perfect first festival for families with kids. With family friendly music acts and woods full of kids activities including skateboarding, climbing, slacklining, parkour and many more adrenaline pumping experiences.
The kids can chill out after all that exhilleration with Arts Camp, crafty activities, the brilliant science dome, silly sports and all hte family can refuel with the wonderful food and drink vendors.
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