Baby ravers rejoice! There’s no need for kids big and small to miss out on all the festival fun this season.
While nearly all the big music festivals have kids entertainment these days – and Kent’s big events certainly do! – there are plenty of lively weekend festivities and week-long celebrations that are perfect for families who want to chill, dance, and be merry together!
So if you want to give your little ones a taste of the festival life (without the killer hangover), take a look at our quick selection of some of the best family-friendly festivals happening in Kent this summer.
Dress ready to rave with a floral or hippie style to get groovy on the dancefloor with bubbles, balloons and confetti cannons. There will be floral craft and a play-doh table for the smallest ravers. And if the little ones need a break, there is a breakaway area with tents, tunnels, foam mats and a ball pool - so there's lots to enjoy!
All unicorns and fairies are welcome at the Myth & Magic rave! Enjoy the enchanted wood at Groombridge Place and dress up as your favourite magical character. Get a transfer tattoo and your face painted and eat as many burgers and hot dogs as you can after dancing.
7th - 9th June
Indulge yourselves, mum and dad – this is the Kent festival for mind, body and spirit. And dancing, there’ll be dancing too. Woodlands Festival is an independent family friendly festival set in secluded fields in the heart of Cranbrook, where families can relax and kids can be kids again! Along with great music, and divine spa treatments, there will be plenty for the kids to enjoy including arts & crafts, fancy dress, treasure hunts, storytelling and the Fabularium Forest Disco. With lots of camping options, and a bar stocked with the likes of Hush Heath, Gusbourne and Copper Rivet, you can’t go wrong!
Go down to the woods today
9th - 16th August
One of our big music festivals for 2018, Broadstairs Folk Week is a great choice for families looking for a musical adventure with their little folkers. The festival boasts a full programme of Young Folk activities including the family lunchtime ceilidh at the Pavilion on the Sands, dance and singing workshops, fun lessons with new instruments, and activities with the festival Hooden Horses and Clarence the Folk Week Dragon – all right next to sandy Viking Bay beach! There’s even a circus workshop tent on the campsite so big kids can enjoy a lie in after dancing the night away.
24th - 25th August
One not to miss, the bOing! International Family Festival, with an incredible line-up of performers flocking to Canterbury from Australia, France, Denmark, Spain and across the UK. One of the only arts-focused family festivals of its kind, you can expect to party with upwards of 15,000 people over the weekend and enjoy the best in in theatre, dance, music, films created for all ages. Expect free outdoor performances, incredible staged productions, live music, workshops and adventures across the University of Kent campus all weekend.
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For those who don’t want to lose that festival vibe once the music ends, then look to sun-soaked Margate where a ‘festival in a day’ experience awaits you, all summer long. Dreamland Margate gets a special mention in our family-friendly round up, as the seaside vintage park has a huge programme of live music and entertainment planned this year, along with daily appearances from aerial circus, pop up circus entertainers, and brand new rides available throughout the summer school holidays!
Living the dream