My Top Family Festivals For 2019

Each year we countdown to our summer holidays by listing all the festivals we want to head to. We spend hours scouring the line ups, working out the dates and seeing which of the festivals ticks all the boxes for our family. Over the years we've been to so many festivals that Max is a self proclaimed expert! He knows what he loves and so he's helped me compile our list for this year's top family festivals. With festivals covering the whole of the UK, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this list!

Victorious Festival (23-26th August - Portsmouth)

Victorious is our favourite festival year in, year out. There's something special about this ever growing festival by the sea. From its brilliant line up that appeals to all, to it's community feel kids area that doesn't break the bank. It honestly ticks all our boxes and we are super pleased to be Victorious Festival Ambassadors and head back along the coast to visit the festival we call home. This year we are super excited to dance along to Two Door Cinema Club, New Order and Clean Bandit in the evenings and spend our day time in the completely free kids arena. With prices starting from £30 a day for adults and just £8 a day for kids, it's an affordable festival that's perfect for the whole family.

Read our previous Victorious Festival Reviews to see just how much we love the festival that is truly victorious.

Deer Shed Festival (26-28th July - North Yorkshire)

Deer Shed Festival is one that has been on our radar for a few years. The distance from home (and the clash with other local festivals) has been the main reason why we have never made the journey up to visit. With a line up that's packed full of free activities, comedy and music, there's never time to feel bored. The vast comedy line up is definitely something that appeals to Scott, whilst the shows and talks stand out for me. The ticket prices are average at £155 per weekend ticket, although it is disappointing they don't sell day tickets!

Read this fab review from North East Family Fun to see how much fun they had at this festival.

Teddy Rocks Festival (3-5th May - Dorset)

Teddy Rocks Festival is still in its infancy, what started as a fundraiser to raise money for fighting children's cancer, has turned into a weekend festival that smashes its previous year's total year on year. With a fantastic line up this year including The Zutons and Toploader, it's definitely more on the rockier side when it comes to music. That's not to say it isn't family friendly as we absolutely loved when we went a couple of years ago! Ticket prices are affordable, with an adult weekend ticket starting at £60 and kid's tickets at just £22.

Read our review of Teddy Rocks 2017.

Just So Festival (16-18th August - Cheshire)

A whimsical family festival that will be sure to please the senses as you discover their curious delights. This festival is Just So perfect for little ones as there's everything from dancing to storytelling. In its tenth year, this festival is one that has been on our radar for a long time and we will get around to visiting at some point! With a brilliant community atmosphere to it, this festival is a must visit for locals and those further afield. And with prices starting at £145 for an adult, its an affordable weekend away too.

Read this Just So Festival review from Typical Mummy to find out more.

Electric Fields Festival (4-6th July - Dumfries)

Nestled in the heart of the forests in a Scottish castle, this festival is special for it's location alone. And with a line up that would have me jumping on a plane if I had a free weekend (and enough money to jump on a plane!) just because it's quite fantastic. It's a fairly new festival, but is making waves in Scotland as a top family festival. Last year I spent the whole weekend watching the brilliant Nyomi from NomiPalony Instagram story their weekend wishing I was there! Tickets start at £120 for an adult weekend ticket, which isn't too bad for an intimate festival with a fab line up. 

Read Nyomi's review of the brilliant Scottish Electric Fields Festival.

Timber Festival (5-7th July - Swadlincote)

Organised by the same bunch that run the brilliant Just So Festival, this festival is a weekend wilderness experience that's nestled in a forest. With a focus on reconnecting with nature as opposed to big hitting musical stars, it's a perfect festival for those wanting to disconnect from their phones and enjoy time as a family. It honestly sounds like a retreat that everyone can relax at! There isn't much announced for this year so far, but with weekend tickets starting at £80 per adult it's a fantastic festival investment. 

Read this Timber Festival Review from the brilliant Hodge Podge Days.

Shindig Festival (23-26th May - Somerset)

Kicking off the festival season in Somerset is Shindig festival. Dubbing itself as a glorious mashup between a gig, a house party, a comedy show, a circus show and a kids party, you can see how it appeals to all. And with a lineup including Estelle, Dub Pistols and Benjamin Zephaniah, it's certainly got an eclectic array of artists. Whilst adult tickets are fairly pricy for a new festival at £130, kids under 12 are completely free which balances it out a bit!

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