Our Favourite: Family Friendly Summer Festivals

Kids and parents shouldn’t have to miss out on this season’s festival fever. Whether you’re looking to rock out or expand your mind in a new aged workshop, festivals of every persuasion are providing safe and stimulating environments for children and their families.

Here are some of the best for the rest of summer months…

Lollibop Festival Kids Love Regents Park London

Party People Lollibop Festival, Regents Park, London



Big Chill Festival


4th-7th of August, Herefordshire

This year Big Chill promises its best ever facilities for families including the Little Chill Festival area just for kids. Here you will find a dedicated area for children, family camping and midnight movies. Workshops for kids run alongside entertainment from Magician Mr Bamboozle, clown Matt Zaz and award-winning illustrators and authors Hannah Shaw and Andy Stanto.



Lollibop Festival


5-7th of August, Regents park London

Lollibop doesn’t just cater for kids but is created especially for them. This year sees performances from Zing Zillas, Dick and Dom, Horrible Histories, Waybuloo and Charlie & Lola! All activities are free with the ticket price and check out the food stalls which cater to little bellies. We are looking forward to the Enchanted Forest and the Bubble Zone.




Thames Festival (FREE)


10-11th  September, London

The free and conveniently located Thames festival is a great way to mark the end of summer. Performances and events are family friendly with storytelling, dancing and workshops for the kids. Mum and Dad can spend a chilled out weekend sampling fare from ‘Feast on The Bridge’. Push out bedtime for the Night Carnival, Sunday  7.45 – 9.30pm,  Britain’s biggest and best illuminated night-time Carnival procession.



Electric Picnic


2nd-4th Septenber,  Co Laois (50 minutes from Dublin)

Electric Picnic festival in Ireland has camping areas exclusively for families. The ‘Soul Kids’ Children’s area is equipped with special workshops and a chill out space for Mum and Dad, suitable for  toddlers to 12 year olds. Parents will find plenty to do, as well as the musical line up try the comedy tent, public lectures, art installations or some quiet time in the Zen garden.


Kids at the Electric Picnic Festival in Ireland, Photo: Dara Munnis

Kids enjoying the Electric Picnic Festival in Ireland


Summer on the Hudson Festival (FREE)


May-29th September, Riverside Park, NYC

All programmes and events at Summer on the Hudson are free and the fun lasts from May till the end of the year. Try dance parties, workshops and night-time movies. We love the dedicated sports and performance series for kids, including tots soccer and the Bindlestiff family Cirkus.



Boutique Babysitting


Need a little extra help? Boutique Babysitting specialise supervised kids club facilities for some of the country’s best festivals. The team see festivals as an incredible opportunity for children to  develop through music and seek to provide children with a safe festival experience of their own. You can see their full festival schedule here.



Festival essentials from AlexandAlexa


Antik Batik Pink Dress with knitted  collarBarbour Red Wellington Boots Kids

Munster Kids Blue and Grey Striped 'Eat Me' Jumper

Munster Kids Blue and Grey striped ‘eat me’ jumper AlexandAlexa.com

Barbour red wellington boots AlexandAlexa.com

Antik Batik Pink Dress with knitted  collar AlexandAlexa.com ON SALE


Share your favourite family festival experience here on the blog, review one of our picks or suggest your own. Other parents will appreciate your feedback.


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