If you happen to be in the UK this season, why not check out some of the local festivals? Here are 10 festivals that offer something for the whole family, they surely won’t disappoint!
Deer Shed (North Yorkshire)
The 10th Deer Shed Festival will be held at Baldersby Park near Topcliffe between July 26-28 and will feature performances by Anna Calvi and Ezra Furman (among others), and comedians Nina Conti and Reginald D Hunter. The venue is at a large area, leaving plenty of space for art installations, willow crafts, fireside cooking, promenade theatre, and a singalong cinema. There are also several other activities that attendees can choose from, from indoor activities like retro gaming and slime-making at the science tent to outdoor activities like family yoga, bubble wrap yoga, kayaking, and wrestling workshops.
Eden Festival (Dumfries and Galloway)
The Eden Festival, which used to be part of the now-defunct Wickerman festival, is held at the Raehills Meadows near Moffat. There are various activities set up for people of all ages, from workshops and arts and crafts for kids to a lineup of performances by the likes of Bondax and John Cooper Clarke for adults. Families can enjoy the drive-in cinema, as well as the mass aerobics sessions.
Larmer Tree (West Country)
The Larmer Tree Festival is marking its 29th year this year. It continues to be a relatively intimate gathering with just around 5,000 attendees. This year’s festival, which will be held between July 18-21, will include acts such as The Cat Empire, Gomez, Kate Tempest, Josie Long, and Nish Kumar. Festivalgoers can also look forward to ukulele jamming, sustainable clothing workshops, carnival crafts, and several other creative and wellness activities.
Tropical Pressure (Cornwall)
The Tropical Pressure Festival is a celebration of African, Latin American, and Caribbean culture, held at the Mount Pleasant Eco Park in Cornwall. There is live music by day, and a children’s program featuring creative workshops, Afro-Brazilian dances, headdress-making, and campfire cooking. At night, attendees can expect cocktails, fun tropical costumes, a secret dance tent, and a silent disco. This year’s festival will be held between July 12-14.
Timber (East Midlands)
Timber is the UK’s first international forest festival, organized by the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus. This year’s event will be held between July 5-7 and will feature folk and soul music, as well as woodland sound art and experimental music. There will also be talks by various creatives, scientists and activists, plus activities like theatre, laughing yoga, dance classes, and ‘Think Like a Tree’ workshops.
Doune the Rabbit Hole (Stirling)
This laid-back festival held at the Cardross Estate in Port of Menteith features an interesting lineup of performances by Sister Sledge, Simian Mobile Disco, the Wailers, the Damned, and more. Workshops and activities such as art sessions, family yoga, clowning sessions, and open James are designed to allow families to spend time together. Dogs are most welcome, too.
Campo Sancho (Hertfordshire)
This small-scale festival, now on its third edition, is run by Sancho Panza, the popular underground house sound system crew that has taken part in numerous other festivals and events. This year’s event near Stevenage features several DJs and a kids’ disco. There will also be craft workshops, local food stalls, and frozen carnival cocktails for everyone to enjoy.
Elderflower Fields (East Sussex)
The Elderflower Fields, now on its eighth year, is a three-day event held at the Pippingford Park and features a wide range of activities like climbing, kayaking, parkour, trapeze sessions, and workshops. There are also kids-only activities like arts and sports camps to give the adults time as they check out the spa or the numerous musical performances from different genres, from ska to hip-hop.
The Great Estate (Cornwall)
The Great Estate held on the grounds of a country house in Scorrier, features an interesting selection of activities from the usual craft workshops, rides and face painting to more unusual entertainment such as Mexican wrestling, sword swallowing and contortionists. The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, James, and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly are some of this year’s performers.