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Now in its 7th year, The Big Feastival is a unique festival experience that blends top musicians with the best food you can think of, along with entertainment to keep the kids thoroughly entertained from morning to night.
Hosted on Alex James’ farm nestled in the Cotswolds, you won’t be disappointed with the music line up with Basement Jaxx, Craig David and Paloma Faith headlining the weekend.

Since becoming a family of three, we have merged our love of summer music festivals with keeping our five year old little lady entertained. Getting the family friendly festival blend right is something we’ve been perfecting over the last few years, so here’s our handpicked top 5 family festivals with environmental consciousness of 2018 for you.

Just So Festival, 17-19 August, Rode Hall, Cheshire

Just So Festival is the perfect place to immerse small minds in creative memory making. It’s the place dreams are made of, with interactive installations wherever you turn. The Spellbound Forest at dusk is a magical place to be – gather around a picture perfect campfire for bedtime stories, drum circles and magic being made. You’ll find babies well catered for with a line up especially for them – we highly recommend baby yoga and story time is a right treat. Don’t miss out of Saturday evening’s Tribal Tournament where costumes have been handcrafted months in advance and the atmosphere is electric. There’s heaps more on the line up since our last visit, so take a look and plan your trip.

Timber Festival, 6-8 June, Feanedock, the National Forest

From the makers of Just So Festival, comes a brand new imaginative creation for 2018, Timber Festival. Set in the depths of the National Forest, is a festival that blends environmental appreciation and the arts. Music will take you from morning to night as you take part in singing the Dawn Chorus or stay awake for a Secret Midnight Gig. For families you’ll find immersive theatre, ariel acrobatics from trees and have the chance to delve into the world of bees and even learn a pollen packing dance. This is a festival to reconnect you with nature and assist you in coming away a more relaxed and energised version of yourself, make sure you get involved in a guided run at sunset and don’t miss out on the eco spa.

Camp Bestival, 26-29 July, Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Camp Bestival holds the title as the best UK Family Friendly Festival, so it’s a must to include in this list. You’ll find music, family theatre, comics and amazing food. Headlining you’ll see Simple Minds, Rick Astley. For the kids there’s a UK festival exclusive taking place; ZSL London Zoo: Gruesome Nature Live! An interactive musical show featuring original songs, you can find out the frightful facts about some truly grisly creatures, including who’s got the largest, slimiest eyeball, and which species of animal can endure fire, ice and radiation and even survive in outer space, plus many more monstrous truths.

The Big Feastival , 25-26 August, Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds

The Big Feastival is a treat for grown ups and children alike. This festival really blends a grown up festival feel with the most amazing organic food options and music line up, with heaps of activities to keep the kids entertained too. Justin Fletcher kicks off the main stage, with Paloma Faith closes it. Check out our full preview here.

Living in Northumberland has it’s plus points – beautiful scenery, close to the country as well as the coast, but when it snows, oh it snows. We are now on day three of being snowed in thanks to the #beastoftheast. We have taken this chance to really reconnect as a family. It’s wonderful how the snow slows you down – and forces you to leave the car on your drive and go where you need to by foot.

Deer Shed festival is a wonderful gem of a family festival within an hour and a half of our home in Morpeth. Now in its 8th year we can’t believe this was our first outing to Baldersby Park near Thirsk.

Armed with a new tent and four year old in tow, we arrived Friday afternoon after shedding tears at Isabella’s pre school graduation! A little larger than some family festivals we have been to in the past, we thought it best to hire a Mr Trolley to get us from our car to campsite – it was needed!

Just So Festival is a curious place for a two year old and the perfect place to experience our first ever eco family festival.

We arrived at Rode Hall in Cheshire on Friday morning; after a short queue of traffic we pitched our tent and hung up our bunting. If the memories of Glastonbury have put you off festival camping, then let me assure you there is space a plenty and the toilets and showers were the cleanest we have ever seen.

If you’re looking for an eco family-friendly festival to introduce your little person to a world within the woods, then we may have just stumbled across a delightful little festival aptly named ‘Just So’.

Just So Festival is taking place over the August bank holiday weekend, and we simply can’t believe how much is on offer for under 4s. From nappy changing tents to bubble baths before bed, the Peekaboo area will be right up our toddler’s street.

Start your family’s day with some yoga, engage in chello playing and rattle shaking, and that’s all before you’ve started to explore the festival further. You’ll find a Fairy Ball which sounds simply magical, as well the chance to dress up as family ‘tribe’ and partake in the annual ‘Tribal Tournament’ (we’d need to get creative for this one!) As festivals go, there’ll be plenty of music to tap your toes to, and if theatre and dance is more your cup of tea, then head to The Spellbound Forest.

Just So, is ‘just so’ sustainable, making a clear plan to reduce waste, champion reusable nappies and switching off at night where possible. Sarah Bird, Festival Director said: ‘We’re working all the time towards making Just So Festival as sustainable as possible. Everything about the event is geared up to make an incredible weekend of creative adventures for families. We want the festival to have as little impact on the environment as possible and are really lucky to have a festival audience who support this”

Sounds just charming, doesn’t it?

Just So Festival 2015 will take place on 21/22/23 August 2015 at Rode Hall Parkland, Scholar Green, Cheshire.

Weekend Adult with camping :: £110 face value (plus booking fee of £7.15)

Weekend Child with camping :: £50 face value (plus booking fee of £3.25)

Weekend Under 3s :: Free

Tickets are available here.