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Our Top Ten UK Family Favourite Festivals

When summer comes, the UK seems to go festival crazy. ACross the country tents, wellies and sleeping bags are thrust into cars, ruc-sacs and the occasional supermarket trolly for a 2-3 night shindig somewhere in the country with thousands of others.

But don't think festivals are all about high-decibal music. There's a growing breed of absolutely wonderful festivals for families with events and activities for parents and children of all ages from the tweenies to teenagers to run alongside the music.

Most festivals have campsites, but if you don't fancy sleeping in a sea of mud if it rains, let alone investing in a car load of camping equipment likely only to get one use, then why not combine your days at a festival with nights in a comfortable holiday cottage with clean loos, hot showers, fridges and Wi-Fi.

Here's our Top Ten Favourite Family Festivals with a suggested nearby holiday cottage in which to stay for the weekend.


1. Sail away to Lakefest

When: Mid August Where: Eastnor Deer Park, Herefordshire

Lakefest’s activities tent promises family friendly fun with pirate themed crafts, yoga for all ages and a place to relax in their chill-out zone whilst the kids are distracted with storytelling. Discover More

Where to stay: The Coach House. Sleeps 4
Stone-faced exterior and front garden of arural holiday cottage in HerefordshireFrom Eastnor Deer Park to your own little garden of delights at this quaint Herefordshire Cottage


2. The Big Feastival for Little Beasties

August Family Fun in The Cotswolds

When: Late August Where: The Cotswolds

Whether you want to brush up your circus skills, treat yourself to a My Little Pony Makeover or explore the ‘Little Dudes’ shopping Village’, The Big Feastival has a whole host of activities waiting for the whole family to enjoy. Discover More

Where to stay:**Yarrow Cottage.Sleeps 4
exterior of a historic thatched holiday cottage in the cotswolds

A little touch of Cotswold bliss to calm you down after each Feastival day.


3. Shambala

If Shambala followed by bedtime stories in a country cottage  = Utopia, then this is it!

When: Late August Where: Northampton

After a busy day of sandpits, performers and crafts, get ready for bedtime with a cup of cocoa and story-time in the family yurt. This whole funky, utterly creative festival is family friendly with plenty to explore. Discover More

Where to stay:**Stable Cottage . Sleeps 4**
exterior of a Cotswold sandstone holiday cottage in Banbury

It's a little over the border into Oxfordshire but still within easy reach of Northampton, and it is so lovely, it is hard to resist.


4. An Early-bird shout out for Elderflower Fields

Entering The Lazy Glades at Elderflower Fields

When: Late May Where: East Sussex

With a line up of activities and performers that always keep the younger ones in mind, this is one of the best family festivals around. With mountain boarding, fairy preservation walks and a big family picnic being just a few items on the schedule, it’s definitely worth checking out what’s on! Discover More

Where to stay: Stable Cottage Sleeps 6
front drive and exterior of Stable Cottage in West SussexSleep like a Log at Big and Comfortable Stable Cottage After a Day in Elderflowers Fields



5. Valley Fest

When: Early August Where: Somerset

Whether it’s having a go at driving the vintage tractors or catching a performance in the theatre tent, this festival doesn’t need a kids area because there’s something for them to enjoy around every corner. Discover More

Where to stay:
Cedar Lodge in Cheddar Sleeps 4
Cedar Lodge exteior with hot tub, Cheddar, SomersetChill out in your private hot tub after a day at Valley Fest

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6. 3 Wishes Fairy Festival

When: Mid June Where: Torpoint, Cornwall

Set your true magical self free at this fairy, unicorn and mermaid themed festival. Full of fancy dress and fairy school activities it promises to be a fun-filled weekend for the whole family. Don’t worry, Pirates are also welcome! Discover More

Where to stay: My View, Cawsand
Get together with another family in this large seaside holiday cottage with all the sea views you could wish for. Sleeps 11



7. Curious Arts Festival

Whatever it is...they are all smiling!

When: Late July Where: Hampshire

Film workshops, special performers and bedtime stories are what we’d love to kick our summer holidays off with. Luckily Curious Arts Festival has all this and much more making it a great summer festival for families. Discover More

Where to stay: Inglewood Cottage, New Milton in Hampshire Sleeps 6
Inglewood  - A Coastal Cottage in Hampshire. Curiously handy!




8. Y Not Festival

When the family have reached an age when there's a crossover in musical tastes - Y Not go?

When: Late July Where: Pikehall, Derbyshire 

Just look at that line-up for 2018. From toddlers to teens, everyone’s included here. With free entry for Under 12s, Y Not believes in good music, books and entertainment for all. Join in the sports day or burn your energy off at the disco, this one is not to be missed! Discover More

Where to stay: Robertswood House, Matlock.
Y Not book Robertswood House for a dual family weekend at the Festival?




9. Into the Trees

When: Mid September 

Where: Ashdown forest, Sussex

From the team behind Elderflower Fields, Into the Trees is a great way for kids to learn how to play, live and interact with the woods. With tree climbing, rope swings and wildlife shows there is plenty to keep them entertained whilst you discover the yummy food tents. Discover More

Where to stay: Stable Holiday Cottage, East Sussex
Come back to earth - but not with a bump at the comfortable Stable Cottage in Sussex



10. Blue Dot

See the Stars - Reach for the Stars at Blue Dot in Cheshire

When: Late July 

Where: Cheshire

Calling all future astronauts! Blue Dot comes with their own family friendly scientists, ready to explore the great unknown with you through talks, games, live experiments. Or take advantage of the fresh air we have here on earth with a picnic and music by the play area. Oh and the likes of The Chemical Brothers and The Flaming Lips line up on the main stage. Discover More

Where to stay: Gwenoldy - Swallows Rest

Between Cheshire and the North Wales Coast - spend a day at Blue Dot and another on the Beach recuperating.