Family Friendly Festivals in Yorkshire 2023

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Yorkshire Family Festivals – There are so many fabulous family friendly festivals in Yorkshire with something for the everyone from toddlers to teens.


Family Friendly Festivals in Yorkshire

There are lots of child friendly festivals and they all seem to have a slightly different focus from music, to comedy and theatre.  Some festivals 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

Topcliffe, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire

28th-31st July 2023

The Deer Shed ethos: “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.

But we are a cultural event too and you will be exposed to many new things. We like new things. You might be challenged by some of them, but we want every family member to leave Baldersby Park inspired, if that’s ok.

And finally, our music line-up, hitting you through extremely high fidelity PA systems will be as thrilling and contemporary as you will find at any UK festival – it’s just that you can share that thrill with your kids and feel perfectly safe at the same time.”


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Underneath the Stars

Cawthorne, Near Barnsley

4th to the 6th August 2023

Music and Arts Festival where children are welcomed.  “We have a whole host of family friendly activities and entertainment for Underneath the Stars designed with kids in mind and packed full of fun.

Children will never be bored as they take part in craft activities, music and dance workshops, theatre, and puzzles, all perfect for little ones and FREE!! No booking needed.”


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Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival

Skipton, North Yorkshire

21st-23rd July 2023

From the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival website:

“The UK’s biggest food and drink festival takes place at Funkirk Farm on 21-23rd July 2023 with a fabulous line up celebrity chefs!

Get up close and personal with Gino D’AcampoSi King from the Hairy Bikers and Yorkshire’s very own James Martin in the unique big top theatre kitchen.

Our festival is jam packed with a whole host of foodie activities, you can experience an outstanding schedule of culinary talent across our many kitchen stages, sip champagne in the VIP bar, try your hand at cooking in one of the many cookery schools, sample tasters and tipples in a masterclass and get practical in a workshop.

Kids love the festivals as much as grown-ups do and there’s a whole host of activities to keep them entertained.

Build sandcastles in the giant sandpit, ride on farmer John’s mini tractors, become a budding chef in the kid’s cookery school, meet some furry friends at the petting farm, dress up for the princess party, cut, stick and colour in the crafting tent, get messy in the mud kitchen and dance like no one’s watching at the kids disco.

The weekend kick starts its live music line up from Friday 21st July which continues through to Saturday and Sunday evening with amazing tribute acts from Wannabe Spice GirlsKaty PerryWe Are Champion Queen, Take That Live alongside renowned artists DJ Gok Wan, Pat Sharp, Brutus Gold’s Love Train and The Zoots sounds of the 80s. Don your fancy dress, dust on the glitter and dance the nights away!”


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Sledmere House, near Driffield in East Yorkshire

18th – 20th August 2023

From the Tribfest website:

“Once again we’ve got a great KidZone at Tribfest to make sure everyone can enjoy their time at Tribfest!

The Kidzone line up is below and there will be much more to keep our little tribfesters busy see the timetable below!


Head over to our line up page to see some of the fantastic things we have planned for you!

We are also excited to announce that Scrapstore will be coming back for all of your crafty needs and a new surprise will be pulling up on Friday & Sunday from 2pm – 6pm! You won’t want to miss this!”


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Not a family festival in Yorkshire, but not too far away:



Just So Festival – Kids Festival

Rode Hall, Cheshire

18th, 19th, 20th August 2023

‘A Family Weekend Adventure Beyond Your Wildest Dreams’

From the Just So Festival website:

“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.

Just So takes audiences (from bumps to great grandparents) on a unique expedition of mischief and mayhem, to lands full of magical midnight feasts, curious creatures, hidden retreats, top notch food, drink and boutique camping options.

Immerse your family in an unforgettable experience at our festival in Rode Hall, Cheshire.”


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Y Not? Festival


28th– 30th July 2023

From the Y Not? Festival 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.”


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Geronimo Festival

Arley Hall, Cheshire

26-29 May, 2023

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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WensleyAle Festival

Redmire, North Yorkshire

Dates to be announced

It’s family friendly with music, trains, bands, amazing countryside, it’s on at Redmire Station North Yorkshire.


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