Fantastic Family Festivals

6/2/2022 3:11:09 PM
Fantastic Family Festivals
Fantasic For Families
  • National Festival of Making

It’s festival season! What better way to immerse yourself and your family in creativity than by going to a festival?

If camping, mosquitos and queues aren’t for you - no problem, because not all festivals are held on green (or muddy) fields. Turns out that there are many family-friendly festivals out there which let you enjoy the best of both worlds: a temporary fantasy world and your couch at the end of the day. 

Keep reading to find a festival for your family near you. From music and dancing to local food and comedy, we hope that you’ll find our ideal day out. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

Let us know what you have discovered by tagging #FantasticForFamilies on Facebook, Instagram or twitter.


1) The National Festival of Making 


The fourth edition of the National Festival of Making weekend returns this year! Working with makers, artists, manufacturers and festival communities, the festival programme will encompass making of all scales! Enjoy bookable and drop-in making workshops, art and industry commissions, artisan craft and local food producers' marketplaces, community embedded projects, and celebratory music and performances, bringing us back together through shared experiences.

Where? Blackburn, Lancashire

When? 11-12 June

What ages is this recommended for? Various, depending on the activity. Age-friendly!

How much? Free!


2) Craft Festival Bovey Tracey


The Craft Festival Bovey Tracey returns, featurings over 200 designer-makers and, now in its 18th year, more live craft demonstrations and activities than ever before.

Hosted in the parkland setting of Mill Marsh Park on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park, the award-winning craft event is considered one of the finest and friendliest in Europe. For The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year, the festival welcomes The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST). QEST supports the training and education for aspiring craftspeople and will be presenting past Scholars in a spectacular Giant Hat Tipi.

Where? Bovey Tracey, Devon

When? 17-19 June

What ages is this recommended for? 0-16 years, age-friendly

How much? Free -  £21


3) Best of the Fest at Edinburgh Festival Fringe


A favourite among comedy, theatre and performing arts fans, Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world's largest arts festival. There are so many events that sometimes it seems impossible to pick. So why not get a little help? 

The Best of the Fest daytime shows bring you bite-size tasters of the best comedy, music, family entertainment and circus, all prepared for you in a glorious Spiegeltent. With line-ups changing daily, it’s guaranteed not to get boring. 

Where? Assembly George Square Gardens, Edinburgh

When? 5-28 August

What ages is this recommended for? 5-16 years

How much? Free!


4) Cockpit Summer Festival and Open Studios

Cockpit is home to some of the most exciting makers in the world. Here’s a chance to experience craft, meet with makers in their studios, buy their products directly and enjoy a great day out.

Go behind the scenes and into the workshops of leading makers and discover the secrets behind extraordinary work. Experience the joy of making, with workshops, demonstrations, masterclasses and free family workshops. Bring your future makers along and make a day of it. Plus more Summer Festival fun, music, good food and fine company.

Where? Deptford, London

When? 17-19 June

What ages is this recommended for? 10-16 years

How much? Free!


5) REMEMBRANCES | Birmingham International Dance Festival


Enjoy a free mesmerising dance performance as part of the Birmingham International Dance Festival. REMEMBRANCES is a unique collaboration between contemporary theatre-makers, dance artists and poets from the Midlands and First Nations Canada.

As Birmingham prepares to host the Commonwealth Games, REMEMBRANCES asks how best to welcome Indigenous people as visitors to the city, the country and the land. In the time of #BlackLivesMatter, and in the face of colonial injustices, how can we offer a genuine space of welcome to First Nations people from Commonwealth countries?

REMEMBRANCES will be performed outdoors, in a public garden. Children are free to move around as this is not a ticketed event. Buggy friendly and wheelchair accessible. The performance itself is highly visual and deals with important topics of cultural exchange and how we can welcome those who are different to us.

Where? Cambridge Street, Birmingham

When? 25-26 June

What ages is this recommended for? 8-16 years

How much? Free!


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