Family festival round-up 2023
Festival-going may have changed since having children, but there's really no need to miss out. Check out our round-up of the best family-friendly events coming up this summer.
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Summer is packed full of fun foodie events the whole family will love. We’ve picked out the ones most geared towards kids, but we haven’t sidelined adult indulgences either – from locally-brewed beer to a lakeside spa, there's plenty to keep everyone happy.
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Charlton Park, Wiltshire
Consistently on our top picks list, this world music festival draws impressive and diverse headliners as well as a smorgasbord of activity for all ages. There are areas dedicated to art, science, and words plus over 80 free workshops where you can learn yoga (of all kinds), dancing singing, basket weaving, drumming and everything in between. Two large tents are home to The World of Children, packed with creative pursuits running all day, as well as a space dedicated to fun activities for the under-5s. Our favourite part of the festival? The inspirational Taste the World stage, where artists are invited to come and cook a dish that has meaning to them and share their stories and culinary creations with the audience.
2023 music highlights: Bombay Bicycle Club, Cinematic Orchestra, Soul II Soul
Adult ticket: from £125 for single days to £260 for full four days.
Child ticket (13 and under): free with a paying adult.
Teenager ticket: Reduced price tickets available when purchased alongside an adult ticket.
Wilderness Festival 2023
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
In its 12th year, Wilderness again invites you to immerse yourself in their high-end fiesta. This corner of Oxfordshire offers a plethora of luxury camping options, ideal for festival enthusiasts who prefer convenience and relative luxury over traditional camping hassles. The Family Field promises a vibrant and playful experience for children, including The Flying Seagulls Project, a big-hearted initiative that has spread love and laughter to over 130,000 underprivileged children worldwide since 2008. Food enthusiasts are in for a treat, with the chance to secure a seat at one of the exclusive chef's tables, long table banquets, or supper clubs available throughout the weekend. With big names in the food industry on the bill, many seats sell out well in advance of the festival. All that and we haven’t even mentioned the Stellar music line up yet…
2023 music highlights: The Chemical Brothers, Christine & The Queens, Fat Boy Slim
Adult ticket: from £229.50 (buy 6 tickets for the price of 5)
Child ticket (0-5): from £11
Junior ticket (6-12): from £44
Teen ticket (13-17): from £129.60
Green Man 2023
Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Green Man blends music, science and arts perfectly to provide a good time for all ages. The Little Folk area, conveniently located near the family camping fields, offers workshops, storytelling sessions, face painting, and interactive performances for children up to the age of 12. The Somewhere area is dedicated to teenagers, featuring a program of workshops, fire shows, and creative activities like filmmaking. Food enthusiasts will love the Black Mountain Banquets, celebrating Welsh cuisine with Danny Jack and Tom Hunt leading the way. Make sure to secure your seat before the festival begins!
2023 music highlights: Self Esteem, First Aid Kit, Devo, Spiritualized
Adult ticket: from £210
Student ticket: from £183
Teenager ticket (13-17): from £140
‘Little folk’ ticket (5-12): from £32
Infants 0-4 ticket: Free
Just So Festival 2023
Rode Hall, Cheshire
A forest of creativity awaits in the Cheshire countryside at this family-first festival. Focusing equally on art, music, and literature, it orchestrates memorable experiences while embracing the essence of simplicity. A curated selection of specialist food trucks and unique coffee options keep festival-goers energised throughout the day. Feeling competitive? The Just So Bake Off awaits your best efforts...
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Adult weekend ticket: from £208.65
Child weekend ticket (3-15): from £74.90
Under 3 ticket: Free
The Big Feastival 2023
This festival (held at Alex James’ farm) is a bit of a foodie frenzy, but there’s also plenty for children to do, from group games to circus workshops. They can take part in cookery classes, dance lessons and jam sessions. And you’ll be able to tuck into a variety of street-food favourites, including campfire treats from Montezuma and The Alex James Cheese Hub, before taking part in cookery demos.
2023 music highlights: Sigrid, Blossoms, Rick Astley, Melanie C
Adult weekend ticket: from £197.95
Teen weekend ticket (13-17): from £108.30
Child weekend ticket (12 & under): from £44.30
Pub in the Park 2023
Various dates and locations
Now the UK's largest food and music festival tour, Tom Kerridge's Pub in The Park guarantees a fantastic day out. A haven for food enthusiasts like us, we eagerly compile a list of the incredible restaurants we've been longing to try and indulge in a feast for the senses. The combination of world-class dining options and nostalgia-infused music headliners creates an intoxicating atmosphere. If you're attending with young ones, we recommend booking the Saturday AM or lazy Sunday sessions, when the restaurants offer child-friendly dishes and activities like face painting and pirate-themed fun.
2023 music highlights (various by location): Bananarama, McFly, Happy Mondays, Ronan Keating
Adult ticket: from £43.50
Child ticket (6-15): from £27.13
Child ticket (0-5): Free
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Do you have a favourite food festival? We'd love to hear your ideas and recommendations...
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