7 Family Friendly Festivals in Ireland, UK and Europe

Jill Holtz

January 20, 2023

family friendly festivals in Ireland, UK and Europe

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If you have been considering taking the kids with you to a music festival this summer, then you might be wondering which one to go to. We have picked 7 family friendly festivals known for their music but also other things, including art, dance, literature and more.

These are all taking place this summer in Ireland, UK and Europe.

Family Friendly Festivals around Europe

If you haven’t been to a music festival with your kids before, then I would recommend it, with a few tips you can make it the most amazing experience. It is good to choose a more family-friendly festival, so here are 7 taking place in Ireland, UK and Europe to enjoy.

Family Friendly Festivals in Ireland


body and soul festival

This year’s family friendly Body&Soul Festival takes place in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath from 16th-18th June 2023 with Moderat, Gilles Peterson and Sorcha Richardson amongst the music acts.

Body&Soul invites you and your family to come down to the woods on the summer solstice weekend to dance with the fairies and follow twinkling pathways to secret corners unknown, all with new sights, sounds and stories that will thrill, excite and enchant the spirits of your Soul Kids.

For the wee ones check out the Soul Kids programme with lots of fantastic activities for children, including yoga, creative workshops and wonderful surprises.

“We’ve been to Body and Soul for 4 years and the kids love it! There is a lovely wooded area when you can wander around and you’ll happen upon all kinds of quirky entertainment. The Soul Kids area is great for the younger ones and because it’s contained within a walled garden, it is beautifully sheltered and safe. We’re going again this year and we can’t wait – the count down is on!” – Paul

More info at www.bodyandsoul.ie.

Kaleidoscope Festival

kaleidoscope 2023

Kaleidoscope is returning to Wicklow’s Russborough House Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July 2023, promising magnificent music, terrific theatre, incredible inspiration, super sports, fantastic food, and more.

They will have plenty for kids with specific programs for ages 2-5, 6-11 and 12-17-year olds.

Headline acts are still to be announced at time of writing.

“We had a fabulous time at Kaleidoscope, music, workshops and activities for the kids, it was just great fun” – Katie

Visit www.kaleidoscopefestival.ie.

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Family Friendly Festivals in the UK


Latitude Festival takes place at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolks Thursday 20th – Sunday 23rd July 2023. This year’s headline acts include Pulp, Paolo Nutini and George Ezra.

Latitude’s awards for “Best Family Festival” and “Best Major Festival” (UK Festival Awards) are testament to the huge array of family-friendly activities available at Latitude for children and parents alike.

Arranged around the banks of the central Latitude lake you will find the incredibly enticing Kids’ Area, where children are entertained all day and into the night with everything from pond dipping and stargazing to bush-craft skills and French knitting. A real hive of activity, your only problem is how you’ll fit it all in!

“All 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed Latitude, it’s very child-friendly. There were lots of kids activities throughout the day and we loved the library tent where you could borrow kids books from and bring them away with you. There was plenty of wide open space too so you never felt over crowded and you could easily find a good spot at the back where it wasn’t too loud” – Jill

Visit www.latitudefestival.com.


WOMAD 2023 takes place 27th – 30th July 2023 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury with a feast of world music. There’s usually a couple of acts you will have heard of, but one of the joys of WOMAD is experiencing all sort of music you haven’t heard of before.

WOMAD is a feast of culture. Apart from experiencing the hottest musicians and inspiring new talent from around the world there is always much more to discover. Children and families have always been a priority at WOMAD so it’s no wonder that festival atmosphere is safe, welcoming and a little bit magical. And with children aged 13 and under free, it’s very child friendly.

“The good thing about Womad and kids is because the acts are not that well-known (but of exceptional quality) you can discover the acts with your children. It’s great to see them respond to “non-pop stars”, as it were. One of our favourite things was the Food & Music workshop where different musicians talked about their life and album while cooks made a dish from their country and we got to taste it at the end” – Ramsay

Visit www.womad.co.uk for more information.

Camp Bestival

camp bestival

Camp Bestival takes place in two locations in 2023:

  • Lulworth Castle in Dorset 27th – 30th July 2023 with top acts including Grace Jones, Craig Davis and Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  • Weston Park in Shropshire 17th – 2oth August with Primal Scream and The Human League amongst the acts

Kids are king at Camp Bestival. There are tons of activities for children of all ages; 2 to 62! A large section of the festival site is devoted to the little-uns with the Upper Kids Garden and Lower Kids Garden, separate Toddlers’ Area, Breastival Mother and Baby Chill Out section plus activities, theatre, shows, fairground rides, face painting, Soft Play Tent and Sandpit (for under 5’s) as well as a separate area dedicated to 13-17s.

And inter-mingled amongst all this are plenty of food markets, cafes, bars, talks and music stages to ensure the slightly older clientele don’t stand a chance of getting bored.

Visit www.campbestival.net.

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Family Friendly Festivals in Europe

Tollwood Summer Festival

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The Tollwood Summer Festival takes place from 16 June to 16 July 2023, at Olympiapark Süd in Munich, at the foot of the Olympic Hill. It’s known for its theatre productions from all over the world, for its concerts with regional, national and international stars of the Rock and Jazz scene, and for its more than one hundred free shows featuring performance groups and bands from the genres of Rock, Pop, Salsa, Reggae and the Blues.

It also has a big ecological and social commitment, with more than 80 percent of all events being free of charge, while the big theatre and concert events are offered at far below the usual local price.

There’s also a special “Market of Ideas”, with hundreds of small stands with handcrafted arts and culinary treats (all certified organic) from all over the world.

This year’s headliners include Bonnie Tyler & Chris Norman, Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa.

Visit www.tollwood.de.

Pohoda Festival

pohoda festival slovakia

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Pohoda takes place 6th – 8th July 2023 at Trencin, Slovakia, situated 120km from Bratislava and 190km north-east of Vienna. Jamie xx, Sofi Tukker and Wet Leg are amongst this year’s acts.

Described as a music and arts festival where alternative, indie, electronica, world music & punk meet classical; alongside literature, dance, visual art, film and theatre, it specialises in putting together interesting combinations of different artists.

The festival is based at a former military airfield in the valley of the river Vah surrounded by three of the Western Carpathian Mountains. From a visitor’s point of view, the festival area is easy to reach and provides an ideal and generously designed area for a limited capacity of 30,000 visitors. Forget about queuing for food or toilets, cramped camping or moving around the site in large crowds – the capacity is set in a way that ensures it is comfortable and open, to match the name of the festival: Pohoda/Slavic/: peace, ease, contentment.

There’s a children’s park available at the festival where you can have your child babysat by a professional service provider. The park has several attractions available, programmes for children, and a changing table as well as a family camping area.

Visit pohodafestival.sk.

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