The UK’s Best Family Festivals To Book Summer 2019 || My Baba

Looking for ways to keep the family entertained this summer? Book one of these fantastic family festivals. From picking up some surfing skills to seeing some favorite TV characters come to life, the family festival is the perfect weekend getaway for getting out in the open, seeing some new music and experiencing something a little different.

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Lost Village Festival 25-28 August

Taking place in a beautiful forest, set amongst the Lincolnshire countryside, Lost Village is a surreal exploration that encompasses food, music, wellness, comedy and a dose of adventure…

Discover an intricately curated world of music that spans electronic, disco and soulful sounds, with artists such as Bonobo, Jamie XX, Tom Misch, Kojey Radical, Horse Meat Disco, Honey Dijon, Daphni, Jayda G and many more. The full music lineup is here.

As you venture through the forest, expect to uncover an array of weird, wonderful and beautiful destinations, including an old airport, an abandoned zoo, derelict courtyards and overgrown gardens; a journey that includes talks, wellness, lakeside relaxation, comedy, creative workshops and spectacular visual performances amongst a passionately curated array of food and music.

For the first time, we will see the arrival of Table in the Woods, with Santiago Lastra (KOL), Roberta Hall McCarron (The Little Chartroom and Eleanore) and Rafael Cagali (Da Terra) for a never seen before chef table experience located in the woods, all cooked over open flames.

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Victorious Festival 26-28 August

Victorious Festival – the UK’s largest Metropolitan Festival- has today announced an exciting line-up of family-friendly entertainment for this year’s Kids Arena.

Labelled the ‘Jools Holland for kids’, YolanDa’s Band Jam will headline the Kids’ stage on Saturday whilst Captain Barnacles & Kwazii will headline the Sunday show with a special Octonauts ‘To Your Stations’ show. Plus, there’s tons more fun on site with appearances from everyone’s favorite firefighter, Fireman Sam, viral sensation Baby Shark and Go Jetters superheroes: Glitch & Ubercorn. Combined with an impressive music line-up including Sam Fender, Paolo Nutini, Anne-Marie and Stereophonics, Victorious continues to be one of its best family-friendly festivals.

Described as a ‘mini festival in itself’, the Kids Arena has tons to keep little ones entertained across the weekend including top performances the Kids Stage, adventure activities and opportunities to meet and greet your kid’s favorite characters throughout the weekend. All Kids Arena attractions are free, and with kids’ entry prices from £1, Victorious continues to be one of the best value festivals for families in the UK.

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bluedot, Cheshire, 21-24 July

The award-winning Cheshire festival brings together science, culture and music at the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Explore the bluedot experience, from the world’s best loved headliners beneath the legendary Lovell Telescope to late-night electronica in Orbit, science Dot Talks in Mission Control and The Star Pavilion, award-winning culture and comedy in Contact, family fun across the Science Fields and Big Bang Stage, and much, much more.

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bluedot. Festival. Photo credit: George Harrison

Latitude, Suffolk, 21-24 July

Winner of ‘Best Family Festival 2018’ Latitude is all about creating fun memories for all the family through music, comedy, theater, dance and more.

Set within the stunning surrounds of Henham Park, cinch presents Latitude has been creating unforgettable memories for over 15 years. Let your curiosity guide you through the very best in music, dance, comedy, poetry, theater, literature, podcasts, family activities and wellness. Your summer adventure awaits.

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Latitude Festival. Photo credit: Jen O’Neill

Black Deer, Kent, 17-19 June

Black Deer is a festival born from passion, and built from experience – thanks to its founders, who are no strangers to the festival and event scenes, having produced and directed some of the UK’s most loved featuring legendary American artists like Neil Young, the Eagles and Bob Dylan. And for whom, Americana and country music has become a lifelong love affair.

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Boardmasters, Cornwall, 10-14 August

Surf and music festival Boardmasters is back on Fistral Beach beach this summer with of wicked line-up of George Ezra, Kings of Leon and Disclosure. As well as the opportunity of learning to surf, they’ll be arts and crafts, family yoga, workshops, and more.

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Boardmasters Festival. Photo credit: Callum Morse

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Boomtown, Hampshire, 10-14 August

Boomtown at its heart is a living theater with a long history and an ongoing narrative, hundreds of characters roaming the streets and guiding the citizens through the labyrinth of adventures waiting to be discovered. Each chapter delves even further into the mythology of Boomtown, with endless stories for you to be part of and make your very own.

For 2022, they are starting with a clean slate and our world of new wonders to discover in Chapter One: The Gathering.

The premise is simple, they are a Gathering… Gatherings are a deep part of human connection and celebration and have been so for millennia, but in these current real-world times, they were also one of the first things to be outlawed. When we come together this will be The Gathering we’ve all been needing for so long…

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Boomtown Festival. Photo credit: Mike Massaro

Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, 26-28 August

With its stunning seaside location, Victorious festival is well-known on the family festival circuit – usually for its killer line-up. This year is no different with headliners including Stereophonics, Suede and Ocean Color Scene.

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WOMAD, Wiltshire, 28-31 July

Catch artists from around the world as they come together at WOMAD festival this summer. WOMAD stands for the ‘World of Music, Arts and Dance’. It gives its name to the internationally established festival bringing together artists from all over the globe. As well as presenting and celebrating the huge array of art forms the planet has to offer, a central aim of WOMAD’s many festivals is to promote cross-cultural awareness and tolerance.

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WOMAD Festival. Photo credit: Natalie Compagnie

Shindig Festival, Somerset, 26-29 May

Shindig is one of the country’s few genuinely ‘Boutique’ boutique festivals. No VIP tickets necessary as Shindiggers are all VIP and get to experience the acts up close and personal.

That’s the beauty of Shindig; we made it for our friends to enjoy. And now seven years later, their friends and their friends, friends are also loving it, and that’s the best way to build something wonderful and beautiful and happy. We’ve woven all the best bits we’ve experienced in our lives into a one weekend bag of laughs you won’t forget.

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Shindig Festival

Big Feastival, the Cotswolds, 26-28 August

The UK’s biggest family-friendly festival has a wealth of activities for the whole family. Expect children’s entertainers, kids’ TV characters, cookery classes, farmyard animals and more. Headliners include Stereophonics, Anne-Marie and The Human League.

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Green Man, the Brecon Beacons, 18-21 August

Wales’ largest music festival brings a top-quality line-up to the beautiful Brecon Beacons with headliners including Long Blondes, Carwyn Ellis and Beach House. People of all ages come to Green Man and whether you’re bringing the kids, teens, grandparents or the whole brood, there’s a host of activities and action that’ll keep them entertained from dawn ’till dusk…

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