Best family-friendly festivals in Scotland

Best festivals for families in Scotland

Doune the Rabbit Hole / credit: Ann-Margaret Campbell

Our top five fests for all the family, including Solas, Kelburn Garden Party and Doune the Rabbit Hole

Think festivals aren’t the right place for kids? Think again. Several of Scotland’s best boutique festivals are welcoming kids and families in their droves. Here, we pick out five of the best for 2015.

Enjoying a range of family and kids-only activities, and fitted out with its own parent and baby room, Solas festival incorporates performing arts, literature and music. 2015’s musical acts include the Vaselines, Honeyblood, hip hoppers Hector Bizerk and Indian singer / composer Raghu Dixit.
The Bield, Blackruthven, Perth, Fri 19–Sun 21 Jun

Kelburn Garden Party
Set in a forested country park near the west coast, Kelburn’s headlined this year by Nightmares On Wax with capable support from Gentleman’s Dub Club, Optimo, Rozi Plain and Hector Bizerk. Its child-friendly elements include a wooded maze, a play fort and some grazing animals, as well as many curated activities.
Kelburn Castle, near Largs, Fri 3–Sat 5 Jul

One of the larger festivals on this list which is still kid-friendly, Wickerman is set on a farm in Dumfries and Galloway that offers a family quiet camping area and kids’ areas within the festival – but note that some parts are adults only. This year’s typically eclectic music mix includes The Waterboys, Tom Odell, Squeeze, Errors and Lulu, as well as the late evening Wickerman burning which finishes the event.
East Kirkcarswell, near Dundrennan, Fri 24 & Sat 25 Jul

Belladrum Tartan Heart
A larger boutique festival with some big names at the top of the bill (Kaiser Chiefs, The Proclaimers, Honeyblood, Eddi Reader in 2015), the famously scenic Belladrum has a family campsite and children’s activities, as well as a free entry for under-12s policy.
By Beauly, Inverness, Thu 6–Sat 8 Aug

Doune the Rabbit Hole
Free to all children under the age of 12 accompanied by an adult, and enjoying its own separate kids’ camping area, Doune the Rabbit Hole is famed for its provision for youngsters – but there’s a lot more to it than that. Expect poetry, workshops and credibly alternative music. The bill’s to be confirmed, but acts from recent years include Errors, Jeffrey Lewis, the Pastels and Clinic.
Cardross Estate, near Stirling, Fri 21–Sun 23 Aug

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Doune the Rabbit Hole

A boutique music festival that produces a strong line-up of music, theatre, comedy and spoken-word performances. Artists confirmed for the 2021 festival include Belle and Sebastian, John Cale, The Bluebells, The Pastels, Girl Ray, Cut Capers, Rachel Sermanni, Elephant Sessions, Snapped Ankles, Tide Lines and The Skints.

Cardross Estate, Port of Menteith

Thu 15 Jul

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01877 385223

Fri 16 Jul

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01877 385223

Sat 17 Jul

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01877 385223

Sun 18 Jul

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01877 385223

The Wickerman Festival

The Wickerman festival is quite probably the world’s only family-friendly music event inspired by a cult horror film about human sacrifice. Located in the prime Wicker Man territory of Dundrennan in Dumfries & Galloway, the festival’s unique selling point is its annual climactic burning of a bespoke wicker man (sans a…

Kelburn Garden Party

Kelburn Castle provides the fairytale setting for this eccentric music festival. The graffiti project for which Kelburn is known is just one of the items of hand-made décor, art and lighting that make the event a feast for all the senses. Six stages and various pop-up nooks host the musical programme, an eclectic mix of…

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

This family-friendly favourite of the Scottish music festival scene is back with theatre and spoken word events, ceilidhs, art and craft workshops and fancy dress. This year's music line-up includes Jess Glynne, Chvrches, Elbow, Tom Odell, Lewis Capaldi, Glasvegas, Richard Thompson and The Selecter.

Solas Festival

A midsummer music and arts festival in the heart of Perth and Kinross with performances and workshops in world music, theatre, dance, literature and visual arts, as well as talks and debates.

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