Family Friendly Festivals 2020

The Green Family Festivals To Look Out For In 2020

Summer feels so far away right now, but if I close my eyes and try hard enough I can feel the sun on my body and hear music in the air. My eyes half closed, not a screen in sight, organic cider in hand. Festival season is our favourite time of year, and in 2020 it can’t come soon enough!

When I’m looking for a festival to visit, I don’t look for perfection (but let’s face it, Green Gathering come pretty damn close). I look for an awareness of where the festival is now, a clear plan for reducing its impact, industry recognition (A Greener Festival is great for this), location and a child-friendly ethos. After all, we’re borrowing the world from our children! These are the 4 UK festivals that should be on your radar this year.

Disclosure: gifted tickets*

Festival footprints: why it matters

According to Powerful Thinking’s The Show Must Go On report, the UK festival industry is responsible for 20 kilotonnes of CO2 annually based on onsite emissions alone. This figure rises to 100 kilotonnes when you include audience travel. These festivals generate some 23,400 tonnes of waste and consume 5 million litres of diesel. Yeah, you read that right: 5 million litres!

The impact of the festival industry is massive so like anything else, you should support ones that are mindful of their impact on the earth and trying to do something about it.

Green Gathering, Chepstow, 30th Jul – 2nd Aug

We are so pleased to be invited back to Green Gathering*. This will be our fifth year at the festival! They’re winning sustainability awards left, right and centre and it’s easy to see why: Green Gathering are completely off-grid, don’t rely on diesel or biodiesel, and nothing onsite goes to landfill. It’s a completely vegetarian festival too, with most stalls selling vegan food and about 1/3 exclusively vegan. For more on what an amazing festival this is, you can check out my reviews from 2019, 2018 and 2017 or last year’s Instagram Stories.

Sadly Green Gathering 2020 has been postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus.

Elderflower Fields, East Sussex, 22nd – 25th May 2020

It’s clear from their website that Elderflower Fields has children at the heart of everything they do. Their sustainability policy shows they have more work to do to make the festival greener, but they’ve signed up to Festival Vision 2025 and are clear on what their next steps are.

Nozstock, Herefordshire, 23rd – 26th July

When I asked the kids if they wanted to go back to Nozstock* in 2020, the answer was an extremely loud and enthusiastic yes! We spent most of last year’s festival in the off-grid craft area, drinking smoothies made with pedal power and weaving things out of willow. There was plenty for the kids to do and lots of tasty vegan food to keep us going. Their sustainability policy is transparent and they’re committed to improving – and I can’t wait to see how they’ve done in 2020. Check out last year’s review and Instagram Stories to find out more.

Shambala, Northamptonshire, 27th – 30th August

Shambala has won loads of sustainability awards, and is considered one of the UK’s leading green festivals. I’ve not been yet, but it’s loved by friends of mine who do go there – both as volunteers and guests. Sadly they’re sold out already this year, so unless you manage to snag a last minute cancellation, you’ll have to wait until 2021!

It’s so important that festivals organisers, like everyone else, look at what they’re doing and the impact those actions have on our planet. Kudos to the ones that are! Did I miss your favourite festival? Let me know in the comments!

Sadly Green Gathering 2020 has been postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus.

Image: James Ratchford/Green Gathering

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