This summer we are determined to take our toddler to her first music festival. Here is how we went about choosing a family-friendly music festival.
We fully intended to take D to a festival when she was a baby. But for one reason and another we did not get round to it. So this year we have planned ahead and got something booked in the calendar. It would probably have been a much more relaxing experience with a pre-mobile baby. Oh well!
To the uninitiated Camp Bestival seemed to be the obvious choice. It was the only family orientated festival that I had heard of. But then I looked at the price. In 2017 it would cost a whopping £430 for the 3 of us (27th – 30th July 2017). We could go camping in Spain for a week for less.* It seemed like some research was in order.
Choosing a Family-Friendly Music Festival: The Research
First we set our criteria:
- Has a reputation as being family-friendly
- Budget – i.e. it must cost less than a week in Spain. Preferably a lot less…
- Has a line-up that appeals to both of the adults. This is trickier than it sounds.
- Within a few hours drive of London.
Then a simple Google search revealed that there were actually lots of festivals in the UK marketed as being family-friendly – who knew! I love a bit of research, so jumped right in. In fact, I find the planning almost as fun at the trip itself.
These are the sites that we found most useful in our short-listing:
The Festival Kidz website gives comprehensive details of festivals, along with reviews and advice.
Armed with this information, we drew up a short-list. In our case, this was PennFest (22nd – 23rd July 2017), Beautiful Days (18th – 20th August 2017) and Camper Calling (25th – 27th August 2017). We’ve gone slightly off-piste as only one of those makes the ‘best’ family-friendly festival lists.
Then it was off back to Google to search for blog posts from people who had actually been to these festivals with babies, toddlers or kids (an example) and to check out the 2017 details (price, line-up, etc).
Choosing a Family-Friendly Music Festival: The Decision
In the end, we went for Camper Calling as it had the most mutually agreeable line-up. And appears to be a bargain at £151.30 for the 3 of us. Keep an eye out for the review in the summer to see how we found it…
*For those who are interested, the week camping in Spain in July price breakdown for 2 adults and 1 toddler is:
Flights with Ryanair to Malaga (mid-week, hand luggage only): £142
Car hire for 1 week (mini) with Goldcar Rental: £111
7 nights camping at Camping Rural La Cabañuela: £72
Cheap tent and sleeping bags from Decathlon Malaga: £44