Local summer fêtes, festivals and fairs 2016

If you didn't snag tickets for Glasto, don't feel too bad - there are plenty of other festivals and fairs around the country to enjoy, from village fetes to weekend events 

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South West

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Glas-Denbury, Teinbridge

A family-friendly music festival in a beautiful Devon setting, whose organisers are passionate about creating a little piece of magic for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned festival addict or are just dipping your toes in the festival scene, Glas-Denbury is for you.

 

Chagstock Festival, mid-Devon

Set in 70 acres of farmland on the edge of Dartmoor, Chagstock is renowned for its stunning location, diverse line-up of artists and non-corporate, family-friendly atmosphere. 

 

Curious Arts Festival, Pylewell Park

Writers, artists and musicians are all to be found in the grounds of gorgeous Pylewell Park for this festival, described by the Guardian as "one of the best boutique festivals in the country." The prices are especially family-friendly (children under 13 go free), and there's plenty to see and do, from poetry to comedy to Curious Opera.

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Greater London

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Morden Family Fun Day, Morden

The organisers of the Morden Family Fun Day are committed to keeping their vendors local, so this is a great one for families keen on community-building. It's also very family-friendly.

 

Wimbledon Park Food Festival, Wimbledon Park

Relax on hay bales and listen to live music whilst soaking up the atmosphere - with plenty of children's activities such as face painting, vintage rides and a dedicated storyteller too, there's something to suit every taste.

 

Nonsuch Country Show, Cheam

The Nonsuch Town and Country Show will be hosting many new and exciting attractions this year for kids to get involved with, from acrobatics to animal handling. The festival also supports small producers and will include a Bake Off tent.

 

Belmont Festival, Belmont

The Belmont Festival is a family fun day out for local residents, as well as a fund-raising event for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. There is entertainment available in the Children's Arena, but if you're looking for some peace and quiet (and home-made cakes!), you'll find it in the Tea Rooms.

 

Lambeth Country Show, Herne Hill

All the attractions of a traditional country fair plus much more, including horticultural shows, sheepdog demonstrations, vegetable and flower competitions, craft & food stalls, and an on-site farm. Music this year features a mix of dub, afro-beat, disco, folk, ska and soul.

 

Colourscape Music Festival, Clapham

Colourscapes are walk-in structures of colour and light, originally created by artist Peter Jones in the early '70s. The Colourscape Festival allows you to experience the intensity and subtlety of this interactive art, and creates a relaxing, beautiful and calm experience for visitors.

 

Crouch End Festival, Crouch End

The Crouch End Community Arts Festival is now the UK's biggest community arts festival with over 200 performers, plus nine schools, and hundreds of events in over eighty venues. If you're local, someone you know is probably involved!

 

Cally Festival 2016, Caledonian Road

The Cally Festival is a family-focused street party on the Caledonian Road - this year promises to feature more market stalls, fun and creative activities, and performances than ever before.


Hampstead Summer Festival, Hampstead

Laugh, dance, watch, sing, eat, drink, play, or paint - the Hampstead Festival has got a jam-packed fortnight of arts, culture and social events for you to look forward to. The art trail is an especially great way for kids to have fun while learning about Hampstead's history.

 

The Marylebone Summer Fayre, Marylebone

The Marylebone Summer Fayre provides everything you would expect from a traditional village fete  - but as it's in central London, it also includes a music stage featuring some of the most exciting up-and-coming acts in the country.

 

Teddington Music Festival, Teddington

Held at Teddington School, the festival includes local musical talent as well as quality food and drink from local businesses - a fantastic family day out.

 

Kew Midsummer Fete, Kew

Entry is free and there are plenty of attractions to please all ages, including live music acts throughout the day on the stage, a traditional Victorian funfair, and the ever popular Dog Show.

 

International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston Upon Thames

Launched in 2009, IYAF has become a ‘must see' arts festival. Showcasing the best young talent, nationally and internationally, IYAF is for young artists aged 5-26, and is often considered a foretaste of what you might see in a month's time at the Edinburgh Fringe.

 

Grand Medieval Joust, Eltham

Magnificent knights on horseback clash at the greatest event of medieval England. If your child is mad for medievals, this event is a must - young knights can test their courage and bravery in the field, as well as being entertained by a court jester.

 

Greenwich Parkfest, Greenwich

The festival focuses on local performers and is designed to encourage Greenwich's residents to make the most of their parks and public spaces - it hosts a number of live music and theatre acts.

 

Music in Wanstead Park, Wanstead

This festival in Wanstead Park will include a London School of Samba procession, a drumming workshop, Mr Alexander's Travelling Show, live ferrets to race (yes, really) and live snakes to handle, vintage films, plus crafts and workshops galore.

 

Fairlop Fair, Barkingside

Held at Fairlop Waters Country Park, the Fair includes something for all ages, from toddlers to grandparents and everyone in between. With a fairground, arts and crafts zone, and a land train, there are plenty of activities to choose from.

 

Croydon Comedy Festival, Croydon

The Croydon Comedy Festival offers live stand-up and theatre galore, with tickets on sale for performances in three separate venues around the area.

 

Croydon Heritage Festival, Croydon

Taking place from Saturday 18 June until Sunday 26 June, this year's festival is themed ‘Undiscovered Croydon', aiming to take people on a journey around Croydon to reveal its iconic locations and residents, little-known facts and best-kept secrets. Another one for the trivia maniac in your household.

 

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North and North West

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Just So Festival, Cheshire

The Just So Festival showcases the best art, music, literature, comedy and theatre for families in a landscape of woodland clearings and rolling parkland in the Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire. The setting is idyllic and the atmosphere is child-friendly, but retains an undeniable aura of cool.

 

Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield

A family-friendly festival, revolving this year around the theme of Space. The ten-day programme includes science talks and workshops, music and dance, spoken word, and commissioned theatre performances. 

 

NiddFest, Upper Nidderdale, Yorkshire

A literary festival dedicated to bringing authors, poets, and experts in writing about nature to the Yorkshire Dales. The programme includes den-building, wild swimming, and stargazing, and there is a dedicated children's section featuring Hattie Garlick, Helen Stephens, and a recreation of Wilfred's birthday party from the beloved Brambly Hedge books.

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South East

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bOing! Family Festival, Canterbury

Headlining this year's festival is a fantastic new adaptation of the dark and classic tale Pinocchio by Jasmin Vardimon Company, plus an inflatable maze which will bring out the kid in you, and thrill your (actual) children.

 

Great Comp Hens and Gardens, Sevenoaks

Hens & Gardens is a poultry, art and garden show - unusual, perhaps, in the typical summer line-up of music and arts festivals, but if you live in the countryside or your child is animal-mad, this is one you should definitely catch.

 

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Midlands

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Splendour Festival, Wollaton

Now in its eighth year, Splendour is a fantastic feast of music, comedy and children's entertainment.

 

Lark in the Park, West Bridgton

Rushcliffe's mammoth play day celebrates 27 years in 2016, and includes free shows, workshops, have-a-go sports and community displays. The theme this year is Heroes - come dressed as your favourite hero and join in the fun.

 

On the Edge Festival of Children's Theatre, Birmingham centre

On the Edge brings the most imaginative international theatre for children to the city of Birmingham, with Birmingham Repertory Theatre as the main hub for sixteen different shows.

 

The Big Family Festival, Sutton Coldfield

The Big Family Festival offers an outdoor cinema, a solar-powered tent hosting comedians, and a chill-out tent complete with surprise celebrity storytellers. With interactive science shows, circus skills and breakdancing workshops planned too, plus lots of street food, this really is one of the biggest and most exciting family festivals on offer.

 

Wizzafest, Droitwich Spa

Wizzafest brings together local communities and enterprises through live performance. Music, visual art and theatre are all on the agenda, and there are plenty of activities to allow children to have a go themselves.

 

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East of England

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Standon Calling, Ware

Standon Calling is a small annual music festival held in the grounds of private residence Standon Lordship. It started as a private annual party, and it keeps some of that magical, intimate feeling, but has evolved over the years into a lovely first festival for families with young children.

 

Green Festival, Norwich

The Green Festival offers fun activities including rural crafts, children's entertainers, boat trips, a circus skills workshop, and much more, providing both a fantastic family day out and the chance for children to learn more about our environment. 

 

Elvedon Show and East Anglian Dog Festival, Thetford

The Elvedon Show has something for everybody - from demonstrations by the fabulous Stunt Monkey acrobats to sheep racing, a petting farm to cookery demonstrations. Dogs are welcome too (and can even be entered into the local dog show!)

 

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