There are 100s of festivals taking place around the UK this summer. We’ve picked out some of the best family friendly festivals in Kent this July, August and September.
Ashford Festival in the Park 2017
Fri 14 July – Sun 16 July 2017
North Park, Tannery Lane (by Stour Centre), Ashford, Kent
This year the FREE Ashford Festival in the Park has a fun family environment. Activities include live bands, dancers, kids’ fun fair, bouncy castles, bungee trampolines, and a strongman competition.
Gravesham Riverside Festival 2017
Sat 22 July 2017, 11.00am-7.30pm
Riverside Leisure Area Gravesend, Kent DA12 2BT
Now in its fourth year, the FREE Gravesham Riverside Festival hosts a range of family fun with musical performances from live bands including S Club Party, Big Brovaz and Booty Luv. A traditional Summer Fayre will run in the Fort Gardens, including food stalls and a fairground. There will be lots in store for all the family throughout the day at Gordon Promenade and the adjoining Fort Gardens, culminating in headliners S Club Party taking to the stage.
Broadstairs Folk Week 2017
Fri 11 August to Fri 18 August 2017
Mixed venues, Broadstairs CT10 1JX
Broadstairs Folk Week showcases a variety of folk music against a seaside backdrop. The main concerts will be held in the large marquee in Pierremont Park with seating for 600 people. Festival tickets also include dances and concerts at the Pavilion on the Sands, concerts and workshops at the Baptist Church, smaller gigs at the Sailing Club, as well as most of the events held at the Folk Week campsite. Entertainment will be on for kids of all ages, including the Hobby Horse Club every day at 10.45am, arts & crafts, magic shows, circus skills, music sessions, fun & games, and much more.
Prices: You can purchase a full week’s pass with camping or just tickets for a specific event. A standard day ticket is £39.00 for adults, £17.00 for children (7-15 years) and £27.00 for kids aged 15 & 16.
Sat 12 August 2017, 1.00pm-11.00pm
Paddlesworth, Kent CT18 8AD
Colefest is a family-friendly festival that boasts a diverse mix of music, from country to American soul. On site there will be a licenced bar, food stalls and some “magical surprises.” There will also be a kids’ area with face painting, games for both kids and adults, stalls and more.
Prices: £8.03 online, under 12s FREE. Tickets may be available on the door for £10.00 but book online to avoid disappointment.
Weyfest 2017 in Farnham
Fri 18 August – Sun 20 August 2017
The Reeds Rd, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DL
Billed as the music festival without the mud, Weyfest offers a weekend of live music, camping, posh loos, good food and friendly people. Kids are kept busy with music, drama and creative arts workshops, train rides and all the attractions within the popular venue – the Rural Life Centre.
Prices: Day tickets start at £37.68 for adults, £21.50 for kids aged 10-15 years, and under 10s go FREE. Three day adult tickets are £106.63.
A New Day Festival in Faversham
Fri 25 August – Bank Holiday Mon 27 August 2017
Mt Ephraim Gardens, Staple Street, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent ME13 9TX
A family friendly festival featuring a line-up of classic rock, progressive rock, blues, roots and a bit extra. It’s set in what is probably the most beautiful festival location in the UK and offers camping/glamping including pre-pitched tents to save you packing all your gear.
Prices: Adult day tickets from £46.48, Child (10-15 years) day tickets £16.38, Family tickets available, Under 10s FREE
bOing! International Family Festival at the Gulbenkian
Sat 26 August & Bank Holiday Sun 27 August 2017
University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NB
bOing! hosts a range of top performers from the UK and Finland, Norway, The Netherlands and Portugal. One of the leading European arts festivals, bOing! offers a mix of FREE outdoor shows and paid indoor performances and art workshops, including baby-friendly classical concerts.
Prices: bOing! is free to enter (plus free parking). Tickets for the theatre performances are a maximum of £6.
Dover Music Festival 2017
Sat 26 August & Bank Holiday Sun 27 August 2017
Cruise Terminal 1, Western Dock, Admiralty Pier, Dover, Kent
Fun for all ages with food, drink and music by the sea. The FREE Dover Music Festival takes place in Dover and is advertised as a child friendly event, although children must be supervised at all times. Entry is by donation to Kelly Turner Appeal – whatever you can afford.
Kent Tribute Festival 2017 at Strode Park
Bank Holiday Sun 27 August 2017, 11.15am-9.30pm
Lower Herne Rd, Herne Bay CT6 7NE
Kent Tribute Festival assembles some of the UK & Europe’s best tribute acts with tributes to Bon Jovi, UB40, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Michael Buble, and more. The festival is suitable all ages. Kids will be able to enjoy the bouncy castles, some beautiful birds of prey from Southeast Falconry, and the lizards and reptile displays from Penfold’s Reptiles – all included in the ticket price.
Prices: Adults £40, Children £15, Family (2+2) £99, Senior £37
Will Adams Festival
Sat 9 September 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
Gillingham Park, Gillingham, Medway, Kent ME7 5
Celebrate the life and legacy of Will Adams – the first-ever Englishman to travel to Japan. From Tudor England and maritime history to Japanese culture in the 17th and the 21st century. Lots to see and do, including Taiko Meantime Drumming, martial arts, living history and storytelling.