Do camping, music, and festival merriment sound like the ingredients for a perfect summer weekend? If so, you’ll be happy to know that there plenty of family friendly summer festivals in the North of England to choose from this year. We had our first festival season in our bell tent last year and we’re hooked! From May to September, a summer full of festival fun awaits.
1. Geronimo Festival, Arley Hall
When: May 25-29
Cost: Festival tickets start at £30 per person for a one day pass and £85 for a camping pass. Under 2’s, carers and senior citizens go free. For a full price list visit Geronimo Festival at Arley Hall website.
Who’s On: Clint Boon, Norman Jay MBE, Mr Tea & The Minions, Rockin’ Rhinos & more!
Beyond the music: Geronimo Fest has hundreds of activities planned for children aged from 0-12. There will be live shows on the Geronostage from TV favourites like Justin Fletcher and Mr. Bloom! Families can watch a live circus show, build a den, swing through the trees, enjoy a thrilling BMX bike display and even zip down high wires! Adventurous kids can explore the Adrenaline Zone or get arty in our craft marquees. To top it all off there is also storytelling, zumba and ballet workshops and a petting zoo to name a few!
2. Deer Shed Festival, Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire
When: July 20-22
Cost: Full weekend tickets including camping (£50 additional fee to add Sunday night camping as well): Adult tickets £145, Children’s tickets (6-15 years old) £50.00, (3-5 year olds) £20, (0-2 years old) free.
Who’s On: This year performers include Nadine Shah, This is the Kit, Blaenavon, HMLTD, Dream Wife, SIVU, Warm Digits, AD/DK, Rozi Plain, Seamus Fogarty, Mush and Holy Moly & the Crackers. Read more Deer Shed festival music acts.
Beyond the music: Deer Shed Festival is set in beautiful, rolling Yorkshire parkland offering both family glamping and camping options. Each year The Deer Shed Festival has a new theme and this year it’s Making Waves. Deer Shed Festival was our very first family festival last year and we had an unforgettable weekend! We’re so excited to return again this year.
In addition to all the music on offer, there will also be kid friendly comedy shows, lots of sporty events, a science tent, theatre, workshops and cinema.
3. Underneath the Stars Festival, Cannon Hall Farm near Barnsley, South Yorkshire
When: July 20-22
Cost: Full weekend adults tickets start at £110, Full weekend youth (7-15) tickets £40 – camping and day tickets also available.
Who’s On: Barnsley’s very own folk star Kate Rusby will headline Underneath the Stars Festival. Other artists will be announced shortly.
Beyond the music: Underneath the Stars Festival will have storytelling and nature walks, music and dance workshops, street theatre, a craft village and loads more. Underneath the Stars Festival promises a “grand feast of music and arts presented with a unique charm and style.”
Kate Rusby said:“It’s just so lovely to be bringing the music and musicians we love to our beautiful corner of Barnsley, and it seems to come around so quick, it’s amazing! I can’t wait to see the brightly coloured big-tops going up in the fields and the whole site being made to look magical, it always signals a special summertime treat is about to begin.”
4. Kendal Calling at Lowther Deer Park, Lake District
When: July 26-29
Cost: Full weekend camping ticket for adults from £154, Full weekend camping tickets children (11-17) £88.25, Full weekend camping children (6-10) £23, 5 and under free
Who’s On: Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Libertines, Run DMC, Hacienda Classical, James, Shed Seven, White Lies and many more!
Beyond the music: Kendal Calling is set in the stunning surrounds of the Lake District with an incredible four days of arts installations, gourmet food, kid’s entertainment and a real ale festival.
There is a dedicated kids area of the festival, Kids Calling, with workshops, games, creative performance, chill out zones and carnival-themed arts and crafts.
5. Just So Festival, at Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire
When: August 17-19
Cost: Tickets start at £140 for an adult’s weekend camping ticket, £50 for a child’s weekend camping ticket, under 3’s go free. Non camping tickets also available.
Who’s On: Dance like wild things to the outstanding music line-up of over 20 live bands on the Footlights stage including moustache-powered troubadours Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers and good-time-gang Thingumabob & The Thingumajigs. Don’t miss interactive concert from clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh, toe tapping folk from The Shackleton Trio and mini musical circus experience 12-piece The Roustabouts.
Beyond the music: Just So Festival directors Rowan Hoban and Sarah Bird produce large scale family arts events in wild natural landscapes. They set up Just So Festival in 2009 to create a spellbinding weekend where families could be immersed in incredible stories and moments of wonder together, and experience world class breathtaking outdoor arts and fantastic food. Our family of reviewers had an amazing time last year. Read their visit to the Just So Festival.
6. The Good Life Experience, at Hawarden Estate in Flintshire, Wales
When: September 14-16
Cost: Adult weekend camping tickets start at £139, child 12-17 years weekend camping ticket £72, and children under 11 go free. Dogs welcome. There are various camping options and tickets available.
Who’s On: DJ Trevor Nelson, Norma Jay Mbe, Caught by the River, Ruairi Glasheen Drumming and more!
Beyond the music: The Good Life Experience takes place in the shadow of two castles. You can expect great locally produced food, axe throwing, foraging, campfire cooking sessions with world class chefs, mass sing-a-longs, over 40 expert craftspeople, comedy, beer served by experts, talks by explorers, a canine circus, raucous music, abseiling, a free 1930s fairground, tree climbing, butchery displays, poetry, literature and endless How To talks.
Our first ever Good Life Experience last year was the perfect way to end the summer!
Looking for more family friendly festival suggestions? Check out:
- The Top 15 Family Friendly Festivals 2017 by Mini Travelers
- 5 Reasons to Buy Tickets to Camp Bestival by Munchies & Munchkins
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