There are 100s of festivals taking place around the UK this summer. We’ve picked out some of the best family friendly festivals in Herts this July, August and September.
The Great British Food Festival at Knebworth House Gardens and Park
Sat 22 July & Sun 23 July 2017, from 10.00am
Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX
The event starts at 10am each day, with over 70 artisan stalls, craft and gift stalls, tasty hot food vendors, great chef demos, kids cookery and circus workshops, and live music throughout the day. A great foodie day out for the whole family.
Cost: Adults £30.60, child 3-16 years £8.55, under 3s go FREE
Standon Calling, Ware
Fri 28 July – Sun 30 July 2017
Standon, Ware, Hertfordshire SG11 1PR
Standon Calling is a family-friendly three-day music festival that offers a fun-filled programme of daytime activities and shows for babies, kids and teens, all in dedicated spaces. Entertainment for kids includes circus skills, magic, arts and crafts, storytelling, performances and shows such as Horrible Histories – and even 90’s aerobic legend Mr Motivator! There will also be a team of professional nannies on hand to watch your little ones while you enjoy some adult time.
Cost: From £57 (+booking fee) for an adult day ticket, £25 (+booking fee) for a child day ticket (4-12 years) and £5 (+booking fee) for an infant day ticket (0-3).
Festival of Wildlife at Panshanger Park Forest School
Sat 29 July & Sun 30 July 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, SG14 2NA
The 2017 Festival of Wildlife, in association with Herts Natural History Society will once again take place in Tarmac’s beautiful Panshanger Park, near Hertford. 2017 will see more fantastic walks, talks and children’s activities as well as arts, crafts and the chance to meet lots of local conservation organisations.
Cost: Free to attend, but donations encouraged
Big Jiveswing Festival, Watford
Sun 30 July 2017, 1.00pm-6.00pm
Cassiobury Park, Watford, Herts WD18 7LB
The Big JiveSwing Festival is one of the UK’s largest free jazz festivals, featuring some of the best musicians, bands and dancers in the UK. Expect a fun family atmosphere with live cabarets, dance classes for children and adults, a vintage photo booth and refreshments on sale at the Cha Café in the park. Feel free to bring your own blankets, chairs and picnic supplies.
Rock at the Castle, Hertford
Sun 6 August 2017, 12.30pm–7.30pm
The Castle, Castle Street, Hertford, SG14 1HR
This well-established free music festival takes place in the grounds of Hertford Castle.
Four music stages surround the Castle where live bands, musicians and acoustic acts play to the public. From Rock to Folk, Indie to Pop, this music festival has something for everyone. Food stalls and pop up bar available for refreshments. For kiddies there will be games, face painting, sand art and a bouncy castle.
Meraki Festival, St Albans
Fri 11 August – Sun 13 August 2017
Hertfordshire County Showground, Dunstable Road, St Albans AL3 79T
Meraki is three-day music festival bring you top live acts across 2 stages, including Tony Hadley, Bonnie Tyler, Belinda Carlisle, Rebecca Ferguson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Lemar. This is a family-friendly event that’s really pushed the boat out to keep the little ones entertained and happy – including games, shows, movies, activities and even a blackout tent for nap times! The activities at Meraki are all-inclusive, so once you’re in you can enjoy it all at no extra cost (excluding food and drinks).
Cost: From £70 (+£3.64 booking fee) for an adult day ticket and £15 (+£1.17 booking fee) for a child day ticket
Benington Chilli Festival 2017, Stevenage
Sat 26 August – Mon 28 August 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Benington Lordship, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG2 7BS
Pepper worshipers will be in for a treat at the Benington Chilli Festival that will run throughout the August bank holiday weekend. With chilli-themed stalls, food and drink and a chilli eating competition. For little ones there will be entertainment provided by Bruce Airhead, as well as face painting and sand art, all set in the beautiful historic gardens.
Cost: Adults £8.50. Children: Under 16’s £5, Under 12’s Free. Free Parking.
Lazy Sunday Old Skool Festival 2017, Bucks
Sun 27 August 2017, from 12.00pm
Fox and Duck, Arlesey Road, Stotfold SG5 4HE
Join the Fox and Duck for an Old Skool takeover of the pub venue with a huge beer garden.
All the family welcome! Many attractions to keep the children entertained including bouncy castles, air brush tattoos, helter skelter, giant connect 4, stalls and more.
Standard Tickets £8 (1 adult plus 1 child). Children are charged £3 for all day use of the kids’ zones.
Sun 27 August 2017, 12.00pm-9.00pm
Metropolitan Police Sports Ground, Aldenham Rd, Bushey WD23 2TR
BushFest is the family-friendly music tribute festival featuring tributes to Queen, Take That, Elton John and more. The organisers also promise plenty of activities, food, drink, crafts, and a massive fireworks display for the finale (so don’t forget ear defenders for your tiny tots).
Cost: Adult (12yrs +) £15 (plus booking fee), Child (under 12) £5 (plus booking fee). Prices on the gate will be higher and subject to availability.
Sat 2 Sept 2017, 12.00pm-8.00pm
The Green, Croxley Green WD3 3
Croxfest is a yearly music festival in Croxley Green held on The Green. It is free for all to attend – enjoy a varied line-up of acts in a family-friendly atmosphere.