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Fantastic Family Festivals 2018

Written by Amy Hughes

Let’s see some live music or the World’s largest disco ball,
At the following events, there will be something for all!
From Rapture Gaming to Camp Bestival,
What could be better than making magical memories at a family festival?

Camp Bestival, Lulworth Estate, Dorset

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26th – 29th July

Camp Bestival Sets Sail for its tenth year at Lulworth Castle. Your little mermaids and pirates are sure to love this year’s nautical theme, complete with an underwater carnival night parade. The world’s biggest bouncy castle and the world’s largest disco ball are also making a comeback so prepare to be wowed! Don’t miss out! BOOK HERE.

Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

19th – 22nd July

For an out of this world experience head to Bluedot, the festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space set against the backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope. Head to the Star Field, packed with scientific displays, games, experiments and workshops galore. With Manchester Metropolitan University and the Games Research Network teaming up to host an educational racing car game, The Making Rooms and their popular T-Shirt making sessions, the chance to create your own floating garden challenge with Practical Action, Light Saber lessons and many more activities, all priced between £3 – £6 per session, there’s plenty of things to keep budding young scientists entertained. There is also a Blue Planet show on Thursday night with the Halle Orchestra which is bound to be amazing. You can also see The Chemical Brothers, The Flaming Lips and more over the weekend. Find out more here.

Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Suffolk

12th – 15th July

Winner of Best Major Festival 2017, Latitude doesn’t disappoint. Headliners this year include Solange, alt-j and The Killers. There is a kids area and also an inbetweeners area for those who are aged 12+. Whether they have a go at the wildlife survival skills, assault course, or go for a swim in the lake, kids of all ages will have a blast! Find out more here.

Rapture Gaming Festival, Multiple Locations

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Between 21 July – 14th October

Gamers unite!! 2018 will see Rapture Gaming Festival tour across the UK with five weekends across 5 venues packed with Fortnite, Minecraft, Roblox, VR booths, Dragonball Z, big selection of retro games, tabletop games, and exciting stage entertainment with special guest appearances this is a weekend not to be missed! You can find dates, venues and prices here:

Shambala Festival, Northampton, Northamptonshire

20th – 22nd July

Credit: Louise Roberts

Playtopia, the kid’s area is a jewel in Shambala’s crown. Sandpits, craft workshops, and other activities keep them busy during the day, and they can finish with a cup of cocoa and a bedtime story in the Family Yurt! From funk to soul, disco to reggae and drum & bass to jazz, there’s music for everyone. If you want the atmosphere of Glastonbury without the crowds, then this is for you! Find out more here.

Drayton Manor’s Food & Craft Festival, Birmingham

18th – 19th August

Brand new for this year is Drayton Manor’s Food and Craft Festival! With more information coming soon, there will be over 30 stalls of fresh, mouthwatering food, including delights from all around the world. Find out more here.

Larmer Tree Festival, Salisbury, Wiltshire

19th – 22nd July

After taking a year off in 2017, Larmer Tree Festival is back for its 27th year. It is the quintessential summer party. Intimate, eccentric, and independent, they offer a unique party experience, encouraging a genuine festival community. They have also been awarded the UK Festival Awards for ‘Best Family Festival’ and ‘Best Toilets’ by festival-goers for the coolest, cleanest loos – in case that’s something you’re worried about! Find out more here.

The Big Feastival, Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds

24th – 26th August

Alex James of Blur offers his farm each year for a summer festival for all the family, combining top-class food with live music from your favourite bands. There will be special appearances from the Gruffalo, Paddington, and Peppa and George this year. For the adults, music from Tom Odell, Paloma Faith and more will be accompanied by appearances from celebrity chefs including Raymond Blanc, Marco Pierre White, and Gizzi Erskine. Find out more here.

Enchanted Festival, Horsham, Sussex

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27th – 29th July

Enchanted Festival runs from 4pm- midnight over 3 days. A Summer afternoon and evening Wonderland featuring a boutique market, food and drink, live music, street theatre, circus performance, vintage funfair and after dark Secret Illuminated Gardens with beautiful light shows, projections, storytelling, performance and pathways of fire. We have both day tickets and VIP weekend tickets on offer. BOOK HERE.

Kendal Calling, Cumbria

26th – 29th July

An award-winning, innovative, independent festival based in the Lake District, it features contemporary music and art alongside traditional rural entertainment. Head here for a weekend of festivity and escapism in the fresh country air. Tickets have now sold out for the 13th year running, but keep an eye out in case you can get your hands on some! Otherwise, keep this one for 2019. Find out more here.

Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales

16th – 19th August

This independent music and arts festival celebrated its 15th year in 2017 and this year doesn’t look to be any less exciting! Music, comedians, visual arts, interactive installations and even a cinedrome are on offer so there won’t be a dull moment for anyone. Early bird tickets have sold out so don’t hang about! Find out more here.

Do you know of any other fab family festivals? We’d really love to know! Someone else might love it, and really want to go! If you’ve got ideas, suggestions or reviews, you can shout all about it on whatever channel you choose!

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