Shambala is a very family-friendly festival, with a wild side. We do everything we can to make the festival great for the whole family, whilst maintaining the music, magic and mayhem!
“Of all the festivals I have been to it is still the friendliest and after watching my friends with their children last year I knew this year I could not leave mine behind.” – UK Festival Guides
MAKING IT EASIER FOR FAMILIES
We know how tiring a festival can be for families with little ones. To make life easier we provide:
A dedicated and flat Family Camping Field near to the car park with compost loos, hot showers and wash basins
Dedicated Family Live-In Vehicle Field near to Family Camping
Woodland adventure area for kids with free-play, nets and nature workshops
Focus on ‘free-play’ activities in the Kids Field
Wheelbarrows for loan to help get your kit from the car park
The family yurt – a dedicated space for families with children, the hub of family camping, with veteran festival families on hand all day to offer information, advice and warm hugs. Wake up singing every morning and go to bed with cocoa, fire and stories every evening.
Thinking of bringing a festival wagon or trolley, for transporting sleepy little ones? Our friends at Festival Kidz have put together a handy guide to the different options available – check it out HERE.
New for 2023: The Family Cafe
Open early each day for early-risers, The Family Cafe is nestled between family camping and Playtopia and is a dedicated food venue serving healthy meals, snacks and refreshments for families. Featuring child friendly menu, kids meal times and family-friendly pricing, check the black boards each day for the daily specials. The cafe is also open for breakfast on Bank Holiday Monday morning so do pop down if you need some quiet tent packing time!
CHECK OUT WHAT OUR LITTLE SHAMBALANS GOT UP TO IN 2018…
STUFF FOR KIDS
We are proud to have one of the most vibrant Kids’ Fields on the festival circuit. It’s absolutely jam packed all day with activities and entertainment. Make monsters, build badges, design costumes, get messy, draw dragons and so much more in the many art tents. Try hula hooping, race on the crazy bike track, get bouncy on the trampolines and learn some circus skills.
There is also free face painting, a puppet tent, music making, toddler play and workshops, games, animation workshops, random walkabout acts and much, much more!
We spoil your kids and make the rest of the festival kid friendly too. There are sandpits, climbing areas, workshops in the Craft Field and Enchanted Woods and, as always, surprises at every turn.
You can also get involved with the epic Shambala Carnival, crazy golf, swinging chairs and fairground rides. And don’t forget the popular bedtime stories with cocoa in the Family Camping Yurt.
BRINGING BABIES OR TODDLERS?
We have a Camp Site Shop selling everything you could possibly need, and The ‘Young Families’ Campsite is stewarded to maintain buggy size gaps between tents so you can actually get home.
After the success of the Toddle Inn (early year’s workshop tent) in recent years, you can expect another jam -packed programme of dance, sing-along and fun tailored to the 3-5yr olds.
Did you know we also run a family camping holiday, especially for kids and their grown ups?
If your little ones love Shambala, Starry Skies will blow their minds – and if you’re yet to brave a festival with your kids, this is the perfect stepping stone!
We’ll release tickets soon for Edition Nine of Starry Skies, taking place in the gorgeous Black Mountains of Herefordshire!
There’s more activities on offer than you can shake a stick at; a huge build-your-own-adventure-playground, mud kitchens that would put Mary Berry to shame, a GIANT legendary water slide, pony grooming, axe throwing, forest school sessions for all ages and wine and craft beer tasting for the grown ups.