Family Friendly Festivals in Yorkshire 2017

Now, I have to start this post by the admission that I have never been to a festival (family friendly or otherwise!). At least, I have never been to the sort of festival where you camp over. Is there a definition for this type of festival or am I talking rubbish? I’ve been to festivals where we just visited for the day, York Food and Drink Festival for example (yummy!), or even the Literary Festival at Hay. But I have never done a camping-over-the-weekend type festival!

In the process of compiling this post, it strikes me that I really want to go to a festival, they all look amazing! There are lots and they all seem to have a slightly different focus from music, to comedy and theatre. Some are not child friendly at all and you would never consider taking your children. Some are more for the adults but with enough to keep the kids happy and some are all about the kids!

I’ve listed as many family friendly ones as I can find in Yorkshire and some that are within easy travelling distance. They all have something different to offer. Let me know about any I have missed and I will add them.

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Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival

Skipton, North Yorkshire

22nd– 23rd July 2017

From their website:

It’s a weekend family event and there’s plenty for the children to do, from the Vintage Fun Fair and educational talks about birds of prey to a kids area full of fun activities to keep them occupied – the event has it all!

For the first time since the Festival’s conception, you can make a full weekend of it, as camping is offered at very reasonable rates, meaning you can enjoy the food and drink as well as taking in the rich heritage and great shopping of Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales if you wish to do so.

A family weekend camping (for two adults and up to three children including tent pitch) with tickets into the festival will set you back just £62 if you use the code : FREECAMPING (limited availability so get in quick!).


Deer Shed Festival 8

Topcliffe, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire

21st-23rd July 2017

From their website:

If you go and watch a Pixar movie with your children, everyone has a great time. Not just your kids, EVERYBODY!!! We strive for this holy-grail every year.  We don’t have kid’s areas as such, they’re not zoo animals! The whole site is accessible to everyone and we will welcome you as though you were our house guests, which you essentially are.

Music, Comedy, Shows, Food, Cinema and Theatre, sounds fantastic!


Burton Constable Hall

22nd – 24th September 2017

Burton Constable is situated in Holderness in East Yorkshire, 10 miles north east of Hull and 15 miles east of Beverley

From their website:

We are a family friendly festival and know the cost of including the whole family in the festival experience can be a challenge. We have therefore pitched our children’s and family ticket prices to make this easier – like CHILDREN ARE FREE! The festival village is a safe environment for children to explore. Children’s activities can be found in and around the festival village. Baby changing facilities are located in the stable courtyard.

The Land of Green Ginger is the children’s and crafts centre for the festival and you will find the Judy’s Attic Craft Tent, children’s entertainment and activities from Captain Kipper and the Flamborough Trolls, the Yorkshire Dragon drums, the Dolly Daydream caravan, the zorbing balls, the bungee and some beautiful old time fairground rides.


Staxtonbury 9

Staxton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

7th-9th of July 2017

From the website:

Probably the friendliest Music Festival in the country. If you like sunshine, fresh air and beautiful countryside, having a laugh, making new friends with all kinds of music and activities thrown in for good measure then read on…..

Looking at 2016 schedule, children’s activities includes arts and crafts sessions, movies, kids disco, magic shows and sports coaching.


Sledmere House, near Driffield in East Yorkshire

17th – 20th August 2017

From their website:

There’s loads to do in the Kid’s Zone at Tribfest. Plenty to keep children of all ages happy! Once again we’ve got a great Kids Zone at Tribfest to make sure everyone can enjoy their time at Tribfest! The Kidzone will be open 12pm – 7pm each day and we’ve got some great entertainment planned for kids of all ages!


WensleyAle Festival

Redmire, North Yorkshire

26th-29th May 2017

It’s family friendly with music, trains, bands, amazing countryside, it’s on the 27th and 28th may at Redmire station North Yorkshire.



Not in Yorkshire, but not too far away:


Just So Festival

Rode Hall, Cheshire

18th, 19th and 20th August

‘A Family Weekend Adventure Beyond Your Wildest Dreams’

From their website:

Now in its 8th year, Just So is an annual, intimate, weekend-long festival – an imaginative outdoor family adventure like no other and the best family festival in the UK. With a love of stories and childhood escapades at its heart, Just So Festival enables families to step out of their day to day lives and into a wonderland of world class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits together. Underpinned by the Tribal Tournament, the most bonkers competition in the land, it takes audiences (from bumps to great grandparents) on a unique expedition of mischief and mayhem, to lands full of magical midnight feasts, curious creatures, raucous pillow fights, hidden retreats, top notch food, drink and boutique camping options and breathtaking beauty.

Y Not? Festival


27th-30th July 2017

From their website:

We make a huge effort to ensure the festival is accessible and fun for people of all ages.  We have a dedicated quiet family camping area situated a few minutes walk from both the main arena and car park. There are showers and toilets in family camping.  Throughout each day there is loads happening onsite suitable for people of all ages.  We have workshops, a range of activities and performances of most types that you can imagine. Some examples from previous years are: mask and costume making, child-friendly cabaret, sports days, carnivals, hoola hooping and circus skills among many others.


Geronimo Festival

Arley Hall, Cheshire

27th-29th May 2017

From their website:

Geronimo is a family festival aimed at children under 13 and their families. The festival is focused on quality family time and imaginative play. The aim of the festival is to encourage families to play, learn and create magical memories together.

Please note that all children aged under 2 are completely free and do not require a ticket!


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