UK festivals seem to be getting less friendly on the wallet and more restrictive to making our younger and canine family members welcome. Here’s my breakdown of top child and dog friendly festivals in the UK in 2016…
Leamington Peace Festival
18th- 19th June 2016
A diverse and jam packed time table of events, workshops, talks, stalls and performances every year, showcasing local talent, crafts and causes as well as raising awareness on worldwide issues.
Dentdale Music & Beer Festival
24 – 26th June 2016, various venues, Sedbergh
A weekend of family fun held on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This festival takes place at various venues, pubs, and the campsites in and around Dent.
The Sun Inn and the George & Dragon provide real ales, home cooked food and a great atmosphere in the centre of Dent.
A separate area on the festival field will be dedicated to entertaining the children with a number of children’s games with a mix of live entertainment as well.
The music is usually spontaneous (although occasionally organised) so you won’t miss out wherever you are.
15 – 17 July 2016
£20 day – £55 full weekend
A well-established, intimate and family friendly event in a beautiful rural setting, held in large marquees on a greenfield site in the picturesque hamlet of Stainsby, Derbyshire. Held in large marquees in the picturesque Stainsby in Derbyshire, Stainsby Festival is a charity event with a focus on live music: hearing, playing, writing, performing, and learning. There are lots of activities for children, great comfort food, and exciting live music. Dogs are warmly welcomed as long as they are kept on a lead and all poop is scooped.
Ely Folk Festival
8th – 10th July 2016
£24 day – £81 full weekend camping
Taking place in the pretty cathedral city of Ely, this festival provides the opportunity to enjoy folk music in an intimate and friendly environment. As a dog friendly and activity packed event, Ely Folk Festival is perfect for a weekend camping trip or just a day out in the sun.
11th – 13th August 2016
£70 day – £120 full weekend (& kids under 12 go free)
Cropredy is a picturesque village, five miles North of Banbury, which plays host to up to 20,000 music lovers each August for the annual Fairport Cropredy Convention, a festival that specialises in music that’s all about fun and positivity. The festival has a truly communal atmosphere, giving kids a warm welcome with special events such as teaching circus skills, and admitting all dogs.
Farmer Phil’s Music Festival
12th – 14th August 2016
£35 day – £75 weekend
Nestled in the rolling fields of Shropshire, Farmer Phil’s Music Festival is an all-encompassing, family friendly event that features 40 live music acts in three days. As well as great music, the festival also features unique entertainment such as magic shows and comedy acts, making it a great option for the whole family, including your dog.
Shrewsbury Folk Festival
26th – 29th August 2016
£35 day – £160 weekend
As one of Britain’s favourite folk festivals, Shrewsbury Folk Festival prides itself on providing a distinctive mix of folk and roots music. The festival is a great option for all campers, featuring amazing music, great food and drink, incredible dance, and lots of kid friendly activities.
Foodies Festival at Alexandra Palace
27th – 29th August 2016
£16 day – £25 (3 day)
Foodies Festival is officially the biggest food festival across the UK, featuring pop-up restaurants, street food, cooking demos, wine and champagne theatre and a vintage tea tent. Spice lovers can take part in the daily Chilli Eating Challenge or if you have a more mellow palate head to one of the stages for an eclectic mix of live music. Dogs are permitted if kept on a short lead.