6 family friendly festivals in the North of England 2019

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6 family friendly festivals in the North of England 2019

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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. Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival, Skipton

When: July 20-21

Cost: Festival tickets start at £13.50 per person for a one day pass and £71.56 for a family weekend pass. A camping pitch is an additional £51. 

Who’s On:  Little Fix (Little Mix), Take That Live (Take That), Abba Revival (Abba) and Pure Magic (Freddie Mercury) tribute acts alongside some of the best of Yorkshire’s up and coming music artists. 

Beyond the music:  Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival has live celebrity demos by the Hairy Bikers, Brian Turner, Mary Berry & Lisa Faulkner, plus more live cookery demonstrations alongside fabulous workshops and masterclasses, a vintage funfair, spirits and cocktail hub, karaoke bar, crafting demonstrations, lots fun to keep the kid entertained, tasting sessions, hundreds of exhibitors and the best street food and drink the UK has to offer!

“We know kids love festivals as much as grown-ups do, so our festival is packed full a lot of activities for the kids to do, many of which are completely free! We have everything from Circus Skills Workshops, a Princess Party, Kids Disco, Pizza Making Workshops, Kids Craft Tent, Reading Corner, Petting Farm and Petting Zoo (with scary snakes!), a mini-world cup football camp, a mini-Wimbolden Tennis Camp, a vintage funfair and lots more,” they say.

2. Deer Shed Festival, Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire

When: July 26-28

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 Ezra Furman, Anna Calvi, Akala, Sunflower Bean, Gruff Rhys, BC Camplight, She Drew The Gun, Pins, Charles Watson, Tiny Ruins, Tom Williams, Skinny Pelembe, The Howl and The Hum, Gently Tender, Lucia, Rascalton.  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 GENERATION XYZWe’ve been to both Deer Shed Festival 8  and Deer Shed Festival 9.   

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.

We’ve written a post on 14 tips for making the most of your visit to Deer Shed Festival.

3.  Underneath the Stars FestivalCannon Hall Farm near Barnsley, South Yorkshire

When: August 2-4

Cost: Full weekend adults tickets start at £132.50, Full weekend youth (7-15) tickets £45 – 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 include The Proclaimers and Billy Bragg.

Beyond the music:  Underneath the Stars Festival  will have lively street‐arts performers, storytellers, art installations, workshops and circus activities. 2019’s food vendors will all been hand‐picked for their creativity, quality ingredients and value for money, as will the range of local real ales, ciders, wines and spirits available at The Festival Bar.

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

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When: July 25-28

Cost: Full weekend camping ticket for adults from £143.75, Full weekend camping tickets children (11-17) £88.25, Full weekend camping children (6-10) £22, 5 and under free

Who’s On: Line up to be announced

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

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When: August 16-18

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: To be announced.

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 12-15

Cost: Adult weekend camping tickets start at £179, child 12-17 years weekend camping ticket £84, and children under 11 go free.  Dogs welcome. There are various camping options and tickets available.

Who’s On:  To be announced

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 was the perfect way to end the summer! We liked it so much we came back the next year too!

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16 Responses to 6 family friendly festivals in the North of England 2019

  1. Zoe Forde says:

    The Good Life and Underneath the Stars look like they’d be right up my street. Must visit some festivals in England someday 🙂 x
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  2. I didn’t realise there were quite a few family friendly festivals! I’d love to go one day! x
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  3. Kellie Kearney says:

    So many fab festivals up North. I love the sound of Kendall Calling, sounds right up my street 🙂
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  4. Rebecca says:

    So many fantastic things on this summer! Thanks so much for sharing x

  5. Polly Davies says:

    great round up! We’re off to The Good Life Experience and Just So this year from this list!
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  6. Ickle Pickle says:

    All of these festivals look great – we are going to our first one at the end of the month, and can’t wait! Kaz x
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  7. Karen says:

    I did not know about the Corbridge festival… My other half family lives near there. I may have to hassle him to go one year. I haven’t been to a festival in year. hence me picking your blog out of #thelist. We live near Kendal too so have the best of both worlds! #thelist
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  8. We usually go to music festivals but I’m starting to look in to family-friendly festivals and this is SUCH a great list for us. Thank you! X X
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  9. I love festivals but haven’t been to any of these. We are off to Camp Bestival in a couple of weeks. Great round up. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x
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  10. I’ve heard that Just So is fantastic, some great recommendations here! x

  11. Tanita says:

    We seriously need to go to a family festival, they looks so much fun. Great list her thank you I am going to have a peak and see if we are able to go to any this summer. x

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  13. Emma Raphael says:

    I haven’t heard of a couple of these, they all sound amazing. I have a few friends that go to Kendal Calling each year, it sounds lovely! 🙂

  14. Tadej says:

    This festival looks interesting and full of fun, I should take a look.

  15. Sharon says:

    Must keep an eye out for thee festivals. Thanks for the heads up, I know the family will love them.

    Cheers Sharon…
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  16. Great post! Thanks for sharing the information. Keep posting more.

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