Family Friendly Festivals in Yorkshire 2020

Yorkshire Festivals 2020 – Now, there are so many fabulous family friendly festivals in York and Yorkshire and here is our roundup of what’s available in 2020!

Family Friendly Festivals 2020

In the process of compiling this post, it strikes me that I really want to go to another child friendly 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 festivals as I can find in Yorkshire and some that are within easy travelling distance. They all have something different to offer. 

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Deer Shed Festival 8

Topcliffe, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire

24th-26th July 2020

If you watch a Pixar movie with your children, everyone has a great time. Not just the kids – everybody. Deer Shed strives for this Holy Grail every year. There are no specific “kids’ areas” – they’re not zoo animals! The whole site is accessible to everyone, big enough to feel you’re part of a special community, small and safe enough to let the kids explore, and there is always a something programmed to suit the varying tastes within the family. The music line-up (featuring Stereolab, Baxter Dury, Ghostpoet and many more) is as thrilling and contemporary as you will find at any UK festival in 2020you can share that thrill with your kids and feel perfectly safe at the same time. And if music isn’t your thing, take your pick from over 2000 hours of comedy, theatre, spoken word, science, cinema, sports, arts and crafts activities on offer for all ages across the weekend!



Underneath the Stars

Cawthorne, Near Barnsley

31st July – 2nd August 2020

Music and Arts Festival where children are welcomed.


Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival

Skipton, North Yorkshire

18th and 19th July 2020

From their website:

Join us at The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival for our 5th Birthday next year! Once again, we are taking over Funkirk Farm, Skipton on the 18th & 19th July 2020 to bring you a foodie fun filled weekend you will never forget.

For those of you who haven’t visited us before – you are in for a treat!  We have live celebrity demos by Ainsley Harriott and James Martin. You can also meet Ainsley at one of his book signing sessions! Plus, more live cookery demonstrations on our Yorkshire AA Rosette and Local Chef Cookery Stages. Fabulous workshops and masterclasses, a vintage funfair, crafting demonstrations, lots of fun activities to keep the kids entertained, tasting sessions, hundreds of exhibitors and the best street food the UK has to offer!


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Staxtonbury 9

Staxton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

– waiting for new dates for 2020

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 2017 schedule, children’s activities includes arts and crafts sessions, movies, kids disco, magic shows and sports coaching.


Sledmere House, near Driffield in East Yorkshire

20th – 23rd August 2020

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!


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WensleyAle Festival

Redmire, North Yorkshire

23rd to 25th May 2020

It’s family friendly with music, trains, bands, amazing countryside, it’s on the 23rd and 25th May at Redmire Station North Yorkshire.


Not in Yorkshire, but not too far away:


Just So Festival – Kids Festival

Rode Hall, Cheshire

20th, 22nd, 23rd August 2020

‘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. Child friendly festivals.


Y Not? Festival


24th-26th July 2020

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

22nd – 25th May 2020

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!

Here is our review of Geronimo at Arley Hall in 2018.


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  1. If ever you need a group of tribal belly dancers to entertain just ask, we are Northwind tribal belly dancers we are on FB and YouTube, we dance at festivals,WI days,steampunk days, fetes,fairy fests etc, we can do a mini workshop and joing in dance too. We are based around Keighley/Bradford but quite willing to travel . thanks

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