Family-friendly festivals

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…

bOing!

One not to miss, the bOing! International Family Festival will be celebrating its 5th birthday on 25th and 26th August, 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. Book your bOing tickets now...

Little Words

Block out the calendar for May half term to enjoy a week at The Marlowe Theatre, celebrating stories and storytellers in all forms. Run in partnership with Canterbury’s much loved Wise Words Festival (taking a break this year), the week-long festival will feature both performances and free events across the Marlowe’s three spaces – including the brand new Kit venue! There will be sing-alongs, performances from the inimitable John Hegley, ballet, story nooks, craft tables, puppets, disgusting rhymes and fairy stories. Events runs from 28th May to 2nd June. Listen to the little words...

Woodlands Festival

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 from 8th to 10th June, 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...

Big Day Out

Back for its 3rd year, the Big Day Out festival at Mote Park Maidstone packs a punch when it comes to some seriously high calibre family entertainment. Not only will the one day extravaganza on 14th July feature chart-toppers including Alexandra Burke and Lemar, but it also boasts a huge kids zone, featuring characters from Paw Patrol and Peter Rabbit, superheroes, circus and hip hop schools, donkey riding, exotic animals, sports and puppet workshops, archery and a fun fair. Phew! Just think how much energy the kids will burn. Party in the park...

Broadstairs Folk Week

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 from 10th to 17th August, 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. Folk down by the sea...

Dreamland Margate

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! There will be visits from Paw Patrol, Octonauts, Peppa Pig and the brand new Dreamland Variety show on 27th July, all sure to keep that festive feeling flourishing on every visit. Living the dream...