Family Friendly Festivals in Somerset

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Here in Somerset we are so lucky to have lots of great family-friendly music festivals on our doorstep where the family entertainment isn't just limited to great live music. These festivals also have lots going on for the kids too, from workshops and storytelling, to circus skills and crafts.

Here are some suggestions for top times out with all the family….

Shindig Festival

When: 21st to 24th May 2020

Where: Dillington Park Estate, Nr Yeovil

Shindig Festival claims to be a glorious mash up of a house party, a circus show, comedy night, a well-being retreat and a kid’s party. Sounds amazing!

Set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland near Yeovil, there are no main stages but a number stretch marquees. Each area is specially curated for it’s audience and boasts ‘a soulful dose of relaxation and revelry to funky warriors and their families’.

There is plenty to keep the children entertained with DJ workshops where they can learn to mix and scratch, learn to breakdance or have a go at spraying paint!

Under 12’s go free!

There are loads of different accommodation options including hotel rooms!

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Top of the Gorge Festival

When: 12th to 14th June 2020

Where: Cheddar Gorge

The Top of the Gorge Festival returns for its third year, with the promise of a weekend long carnival of outdoor adventure, entertainment, inspiration and fantastic local food and drink. Tickets can be purchased for the whole weekend or you can visit for a day.

You will find something to suit everybody at this festival, challenges aplenty for the courageous adventurers including trail running, mountain biking, road cycling, climbing, caving or axe-throwing!

You can catch some great motivational speakers telling amazing tales of travel and adventure which will be sure to inspire you to set your own challenges.

After a day of adventure you’ll be ready to relax and be entertained by a top line of live music including local artists and those from across the UK, covering a range of genres.

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The Godney Gathering

When: 17th to 18th July 2020

Where: Garslade Farm, Godney, Somerset, BA5 1RU

To celebrate it’s 10th year running The Godney Gathering is holding it’s first ever two day festival. The first event in 2011 had a single outdoor stage, in 2020 they are bringing you seven different stages! Four different live music stages, the Silent Disco, The Playground Stage and the very popular Comedy and Cabaret Stage.

The festival has hosted some huge names such as UB40, Feeder, The Darkness, Scouting for Girls, The Hoosiers and last year The Feeling. The Lightening Seeds and The Coral have recently been announced as headliners this year! Alongside the big headliners you will also find a lot of local talent, the organisers of the festival have a strong ethos in supporting local music.

I took my children along to this festival last year and we all had a fantastic day out. The children found they had friends from school at the festival and they were all comfortable enough to venture off with their mates and make the most of the time and find out all that the festival had to offer. There was a brilliant system for children who couldn’t find their parents and the friendly team of stewards were on hand to help out at all times. My children could usually be found in the silent disco, which I do confess we all loved!

I would highly recommend this festival for anyone who wants to venture into festival land with their children, it’s secure, well organised and fantastic fun!

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Valley Fest

When: 31st July to 2nd August 2020

Where: Chew Magna

So Valley Fest’s mission statement reads:

‘Valley Fest is a festival on a mission: to make the world more delicious and celebrate life’

That sounds like a great start to me!

Valley Fest’s main passion is local South-West produce and the belief that sharing delicious food and brilliant live music is the best way to live it up – I do have to say I agree!

What you can expect from Valley Fest 2020:

There are currently 9 different areas for you to eat, drink, dance, relax, learn, play and much more Valley Fest really does have all bases covered.

You can expect top-live music and DJ sets! Last year’s headliners included Razorlight and Tom Odell plus DJ sets from Basement Jaxx and Leftfield.

Food to die for as Valley Fest have carefully selected the best of Bristol’s street food offerings, sample flavours from around the world. You can also book onto a number of Valley Fest Feasts being held across the weekend. A chance for you to eat with your fellow festival goers, sample culinary delights and surprise performances.

Last year you could pre-order tapas or brunches to share at the long tables with your family or festival friends, visit an artisan market purchase and sample locally produced products, see cooking demos and talks on food – keep your eyes peeled to the website for a heads up of what this year’s offerings will be!

Valley Fest prides itself on being a top festival for kids, there are no specific kids areas because there are fun things for kids to do all over the festival, theatrical entertainment and activites, arts and crafts, poems and stories, children’s yoga and of course an Aardman model making workshop!

Valley Fest sounds like a top festival for the whole family to relax, sample great, be entertained and learn.

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