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Family festivals North West England 2024

Are you looking for family festivals North West England for 2024? Somewhere with great food, music and activities to keep the kids happy? If so, you’re in the right place as I have rounded up the best child-festivals in North West England. Find more Family days out North West here.

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It’s never too early to start thinking about next summer. Some of these festivals have tickets on sale already but not all of them. All the dates have been released though so you an add them to your diary.

These are the child-friendly festivals across the North West of England that I have found.

  • Just so festival
  • Blue dot festival – not going ahead in 2024
  • Kendal Calling
  • Cheshire Balloon Fiesta – not going ahead in 2024
  • Deva fest

And a few that are just outside of the North West region.

  • Deer Shed
  • Underneath the stars
  • Camp Bestival Shropshire
  • Timber festival
  • Y Not festival
  • TOTfest

Read on to find full details of all these great festivals.

Just so festival

When: 16th – 18th August 2024

Where: Rode Hall, Cheshire

Cost:

  • Early bird Adult weekend camping from £155.15,
  • Early bird Child (3- 15 years) weekend camping from £48.15
  • Early bird Adult 1 day ticket from £48.15
  • Early bird Child (3-15 years) 1 day ticket from £21.40

What to expect: We have been to this family festival twice and I can honestly we love it! It’s amazing for kids of all ages. It’s packed full of live music, amazing family theatre, circus & dance performances, and Storytelling. There’s also the tribal contest, fancy dress optional but encouraged and so much more

Review – Find my review from a few years back here – Just So festival 2019 review and highlights

Book here – Just So Festival 2024

Story teller and traditional gypsy caravan in the woodlands

Bluedot Festival – no event in 2024

When: No event in 2024 to let the ground recover. Hopefully it will be back in 2025.

Where: Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

Cost: These are 2023 costs.

  • Adult weekend camping from £209.25
  • Child (11-15 years) weekend camping from £104.50
  • Child (4-10 years) weekend camping from £38.50

What to expect: Bluedot is a unique mix of music, science and cosmic culture. As well as live music, there are live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks. The theme for 2023 is Space carnival and there is plenty for all the family to enjoy.

Find the full lineup below and watch this video to see just how much there is for all the family.

Review: Find out more from a family who have been here – 10 Reasons Bluedot Festival is a Family-Friendly Festival

Book here – Bluedot 2024

Kendal Calling

When: 1st – 4th August 2024

Where: Lowther Deer Park, Penrith

Cost: Weekend tickets – Adults – £199 + booking fee, Teens £95 + booking fee, kids (6-10) £25 + booking fee.

What to expect: This festival is billed as the most picturesque festival. Headline acts include Noel Gallagher’s high flying birds, The streets and Paolo Nutini.

For families, there is mini Kendal callers with loads of children’s activities including yoga, theatre shows, inflatables, circus workshops and much more.

Review: Read a fellow family blogger’s review here – thoughts on Kendal Calling 2019

Book here – Kendal Calling

Cheshire Balloon Fiesta – No event in 2024

When: This event has been cancelled for 2024

Where: Bolesworth Estate

Cost: Early bird 1 day adult ticket from £20, 1 day child ticket £10. Early bird weekend camping ticket from £100 per adult and £70 per child

What to expect: This family weekend will include mass balloon launches (weather permitting), iconic tetheres balloon, spectacular night glow displays and live entertainment including Heather Small and Scouting for girls. There will also be entertainment for kids including Brainiac live, Raver tots and Cosmic kids.

Find out more and book here – Cheshire Balloon Fiesta 2024

Deva fest

When: 8th -11th August 2024

Where: Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire, SY14 8AH

Cost:

  • Family of 4 day tickets from £124
  • Weekend family ticket, no camping from £321
  • Weekend family ticket with camping from £367

What to expect: This is a family-friendly music and food festival. Expect a free funfair, live music and comedy across 5 stages and street food. There are also watersports to take part in, family fun in the new kids kingdom entertainment zone and dinosaurs.

Find out more and book here – Deva Fest

pink/purple background with photos of family attractions and text says North West for kids

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Deer shed festival

When: 26th – 29th July 2024

Where: Baldersby park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

Cost:

  • Adult weekend camping from £179 (plus a booking fee)
  • Child (16-17 years) weekend camping from 100
  • Child (11-15 years) weekend camping from £75
  • Child (6-10 years) weekend camping from £75
  • Child (3-5 years) weekend camping from £50

What to expect: This is a family festival packed with music, art, science, sports and so much more.

Review: Find out everything you need to know from Yorkshire tots to teens – 14 tips for making the most of your Deer Shed Festival weekend

Book here – Deer Shed

Underneath the stars

When: 2nd – 4th August 2024

Where: Cinderhill farm, Cawthorne, near Barsnley

Cost:

  • Adults weekend tickets £168
  • Child weekend tickets (7-17 years) £50
  • Camping from £27 per night
  • Car parking, £7 for the day or £21 for the full weekend

What to expect: This is the 10th anniversary of Underneath the stars so you can expect a fantastic celebration. Full details to follow.

Book here – Underneath the Stars

Camp Bestival Shropshire

When: 15-18th August 2024

Where: Weston Park, Shropshire

Cost: Tickets on sale now

  • Adult weekend – £210 (+ booking fee)
  • Age 13 to 17 Weekend – £155 (+booking fee)
  • Age 10 to 12 Weekend – £128 (+booking fee)
  • Age 5 to 9 Weekend – £108 (+booking fee)
  • Age 2 to 4 & Weekend – £85 (+booking fee)
  • Babes In Arms (1 & Under) – FREE (but ticket required)
  • Weekend car parking £24.10 (+ booking fee)

What to expect: Back for it’s third year, is the sister show of one of the UKs top family-festivals, Camp Bestival (Dorset). As you might expect, it includes music, art, science and so many family activities.

Confirmed for 2024 is mermaid lessons, roller disco, night parade, a silent disco, wild swims and other water sports, Faithless, Paloma Faith, Rick Astley and loads more.

Review: Find out what We’re going on an adventure and her family thought of it here – Camp Bestival Shropshire 2022

Book here – Camp Bestival Shropshire

Timber festival

When: 5th – 7th July 2024

Where: Feanedock, The National Forest

Cost:

  • Adult weekend camping tickets from £150 (subsidised), £175 (standard), £200 (supporter)
  • Child (3-15 years) weekend camping ticket from £55
  • Adult day tickets from £70
  • Child (3-15 years) day tickets from £40

What to expect: This family festival is all about music, nature & art. It’s from the same team as Just So festival too. The full programme hasn’t been released but expect campfire stories, music, workshops, yoga and more.

Review: Otis and us reviewed Timber festival a few years back. Find out more here – Timber Festival Review

Book here – Timber Festival

Festival stage at sunset

Y Not festival

When: 2nd – 4th August 2024

Where: Pikehall Derbyshire

Cost: Weekend camping tickets £159.50

What to expect: This isn’t an exclusively family festival but there is a family camping area and plenty for families to enjoy. This is probably the festival on the list that is nearest to a music festival, kids are welcome but they aren’t the focus. It sounds great for taking older children.

Review: Find out more about taking kids to Y Not here – Y Not Festival with Kids

Book here – Y Not Festival

Totfest Yorkshire

When: 19th May 2024

Where: The racecourse, Weatherby, West Yorkshire

Cost:

Adults and children over 1 year old – £24.75

Babies 3-11 months – £13.20

What to expect: Totfest is a festival for preschoolers. Highlights include Phonics with robot reg, The hartbeeps hub, the rainbow parade, messy play, soft play and so much more!

Book here: TOTFest Yorkshire!

We invented the weekend

Where: Salford, Greater Manchester, various locations

When: 15th and 6th June 2024

Cost: FREE

What to expect: There will be loads of free events. So far CBeebies Bedtime stories and yoga have been announced.

Gloworm Daresbury

When – 23rd June 2024

Where – Walton Hall and Gardens, Warrington

Cost – Adults and children aged 3 and over £30.25

This is a family festival with Maddie Moate and Nigel Clarke confirmed so far.

Book here – Gloworm Daresbury Tickets

Kinderfest 24

Where – Haigh Woodland park

When – 4th and 5th May 2024

Cost – Adults £8, children (3-12) £5.50, under 2s free.

This festival includes children’s walkabout entertainers, activity zone, bubble performers, huge inflatable zone , live music and much more.

Book here – Kinderfest 2024 Tickets, Wigan

Which festival will you visit this summer?

Family camping tips

Most of these festivals are ones where you can camp. So you might need some tips on camping with kids if you are new to it.

I also have a post on Tips for taking a toddler to Just So festival. The majority of these tips will apply to taking a toddler to any family festival.

Where to next?

Another family favourite is a dinosaur-themed day out. Find the best Dinosaur days out north west here.

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