Top 7 family-friendly British music festivals to rock your summer including Boardmasters, Bestival and Splendour

Festival season is in full swing, and it’s the perfect opportunity to dust off your wellies and start practising your best air guitar moves.

You don’t have to be up for all-night raving to enjoy a festival – and you also don’t need to leave the kids at home.

In fact, there are plenty of music festivals that cater for younger kids, with fun-filled programmes and activities to keep them occupied, as well as family-friendly acts taking to the stage.

We’ve searched out the top 10 festivals across the UK that work well for families looking for a fun break this summer.

If you’re after more fun things to do with the kids during the school holidays, then you may want to check out our round-up of the best family days out all over the UK taking place this summer.

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1. Boardmasters Festival – Newquay, Cornwall, August 9-13

Love watersports? Then book your tickets to this year’s Boardmasters Festival

Music and extreme sports mix at this annual summer fest in Watergate Bay. The line-up is always strong, and this year is no different with performances from Jamiroquai, The Vaccines, Stormzy and Two Door Cinema Club on the setlist.

Surfing and wakeboarding take place off-shore and there’s also skateboarding and BMX biking.

Accommodation is easy – as well as standard camping and glamping options, you can arrange for helpers to take your equipment to the site – and there are also hotels and self-catering within easy reach.

Tickets: Weekend tickets start from £160 for adults. Child tickets are just £2 but must be bought in conjunction with an adult ticket. Get yours from SeeTickets here or StubHub.

2. Tramlines – Sheffield, July 21-23

Tramlines in Sheffield city centre

Hate camping? This festival is the one for you – it takes place across Sheffield with four outdoor stages at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield Cathedral, the Hope Works warehouse and Leadmill.

Headliners include The Libertines, All Saints and Primal Scream, and there’s going to be plenty of family-friendly entertainment on offer including a crafts fair, street theatre and plenty of quirky workshops.

Oh and if you are making a city break of it, check out our guide to the best things to see and do in the city.

Tickets: From £49.50 per adult. Children under 12 go free but their ticket must be in conjunction with an adult ticket. Get yours on the website here.

3. Curious Arts Festival – New Forest, July 21-23

Curious Arts Festival Mad Hatters Tea

Located on a privately owned country estate in Hampshire, this boutique festival is like a scaled-down Latitude, mixing literature and music.

As for the line-up, you can expect music from Tom Odell, literary musings from Matt Haig, and stand-up comedy from Ed Byrne to name a few.

And for James Bond fans, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be closing the festival with a very exciting performance of the film series’ iconic songs.

You can dip in for the day or make a break of it either pitching a tent or taking the glamping option.

It’s notably kid-friendly too – there’s storytelling, screenings of classic children’s films, plenty of games, puppet making and an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party.

Tickets: Adult tickets start from £55 for the day, child tickets from £20. You can also get weekend family tickets from £279, based on two adults and up to three children. Get your tickets from Eventbrite.

4. Rewind Festival – North Cheshire, August 4-6

Rewind Festival 2015

For pure nostalgia, nothing beats Rewind, a seemingly endless loop of the finest 1980s popsters.

Held in the civilised surroundings of Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire, performers include Belinda Carlisle, Status Quo and even The Village people.

Throw in a funfair, glamping options that include pamper lounges and seriously posh loos alongside a capacity of just 20,000 and it’s one of the most relaxed festivals around.

If you can’t make this one, Rewind Scotland is on at Scone Palace, Perth, July 21-23, and Rewind South is at Henley on Thames, Oxon, August 18-20.

Tickets: From £59.50 per adult, £29.75 per child. Get your tickets from Ticketline.

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5. Splendour Festival – Nottingham , July 22

This musical extravaganza takes place right by the heart of the city centre, so it’s the perfect excuse to book in a city break if you want to make a long weekend of it.

The line-up will include performances from the Kaiser Chiefs, Busted, Tony Hadley and Gabrielle Aplin, but as well as music there will be loads of entertainment on offer, food stalls, and even a separate stage with a whole other host of musical appearances.

Meanwhile kids will no doubt love the fairground rides and the free, dedicated kids’ area which will have a host of workshops and activities on offer.

Tickets: Tickets are £59.60 but if you live in the area and have a City Card you can get them for £39.60. Teens ages 11-17 with a City Card can get tickets for £22. Buy yours from Alttickets.

6. Bestival – Dorset, September 7-10

Bestival is always top of music lovers’ summer to-do lists, and this year’s line-up hasn’t disappointed, with The XX, Pet Shop Boys, Dizzee Rascal, Rag’n’Bone Man all set to perform.

There will be plenty of different areas on offer from an ‘Ambient Forest’ to the Instagrammable ‘Colour Field’, but for those bringing kids then it’s ‘The Lawn’ which may prove to be a hit.

Featuring delicious food (and decadent tipples for the adults) there will be a dedicated kids’ area – including one for toddlers- as well as a bouncy castle, bug workshops, lego play tent, face painting and even magicians.

Tickets: Adult tickets from £196, children under 12 go free. Teens (13-17) tickets from £131.85. Get yours from Ticketline.

7. Lake District Summer Festival, July 29 – August 11

Opera, ballet, orchestra, piano concertos and singing – nothing is off limits in this quirky festival!

Plus as it takes place over a couple of weeks there’s plenty of opportunity to check out all of the acts, or incorporate it into your Lake District staycation.

It’s perfect if you’re looking to escape the crowds and looking for something a bit more peaceful to do with the kids – and budding musicians will no doubt be blown away by the performances.

Tickets: You can see the full list of events and book your tickets on here.

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