There is a huge choice of family and baby-friendly festivals across the UK, with something to offer everyone. Of course, going to a festival pre-kids is a very different experience, however there’s no need to stop attending festivals after having a baby. From music and comedy to food, face-painting, yoga and so much more, there’s something for all ages to enjoy.
Glastonbury is a magical place for families to come together and make unforgettable memories, whilst also experiencing different cultures, incredible music, delicious food and a break from the stresses of daily life.
There’s no doubt that there are plenty of things to consider (and pack!) such as a buggy when taking babies/children to Glastonbury or any other festival. However, taking your little one(s) to a festival can be hugely rewarding, fun and an all-important family-bonding experience.
Can you bring a baby to Glastonbury and other festivals?
In short – yes! No age is too young, as long as you're prepared. Some festivals are better suited for older children, while others cater for families with younger kids, so it is a good idea to choose a festival that is appropriate for your child’s age and interests (as well as your own!).
What pushchair should you take for a festival?
Bringing a buggy to a festival can make it easier to navigate through the crowds and provide a comfortable space for your baby to rest. You need a buggy that's compact and practical across any terrain. The iCandy Core features a rural wheelbase - perfect for tackling different types of surfaces, including grass or uneven terrain. Ensure your pushchair is equipped with all the necessary items you'll need for your baby, with a changing bag or backpack that attaches securely to the pushchair handlebars, containing nappies, wipes, bottles, snacks, toys, and any other essentials. Don’t forget to bring a rain cover and screen! Weather conditions can change quickly at outdoor festivals, so it's wise to bring a rain cover or canopy for your pushchair. iCandy’s Universal Screen offers UPF50+ and effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays.
Can I camp at a festival with my baby?
Of course! Most festivals offer a family-only camp site (double-check the festival website before booking). For example, at Glastonbury there are two family camping fields which are monitored and patrolled by campsite crew. Try to maintain your baby's regular sleep routines as much as possible, by sticking to familiar bedtime rituals to help them feel secure and promote a good night’s sleep.
All iCandy carrycots are suitable for permanent overnight sleeping and will fit perfectly inside a family tent! The ideal sustainable travel cot or Moses basket solution.
How can I get around with my baby at a festival?
Whether you are a stickler for routine, or a go with the flow kind of parent, it’s a good idea to have a rough schedule and plan for the day. Decide what activities and bands you want to check out and how much time you want to spend at each activity, so you can factor in those all-important naps and mealtimes, meaning you can relax and enjoy your festival experience!
How can I feed my baby at a festival?
Find a comfortable and quiet spot – many festivals offer designated spaces to feed your baby, but you should always be able to find a shaded and less crowded area where you can comfortably sit and feed your baby. If you're bottle feeding your baby, bring pre-measured formula in individual containers or use ready-to-feed formula. Pack enough bottles and sterilised water in insulated containers to keep them at the right temperature during the day, and keep an eye out for designated areas with access to warm water for preparing formula if needed. A travel steriliser might come in handy to keep bottles hygienic and clean.
If your baby has started eating solid foods, plan ahead by bringing pre-prepared baby food in small, sealed containers. Choose foods that don't require refrigeration and can be served at room temperature. Alternatively, you can bring fresh fruits or vegetables that are easy to prepare and feed on the go. Pack a small set of utensils, including spoons and bowls, suitable for your baby's age and needs, and disposable bibs and wipes can also be handy for easy clean-up.
“When my family and I attended Glastonbury, I was bottle and breast feeding so was able to experience both. Breastfeeding was a lot easier as it meant I could do it easily anywhere without requiring any equipment. For bottle feeding we brought a large tub of cold water to sterilise the bottles. Also, at a place like Glastonbury I found there was absolutely no judgement which made me feel even more at ease!” - Regular festival go-er and Mum of two, Kim Stammers.
Tips for what to pack for your baby
- Plan the daily essentials: Pack a well-stocked changing bag with all the essentials, including nappies, wipes, formula or breast milk, bottles, baby food, extra clothes, blankets, and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.). Bring enough supplies to last the duration of the festival.
- Weather: Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go to the festival. If it is going to be hot, be sure to bring plenty of high SPF sunscreen, your baby’s sunhat and bottled water. If it is going to be cold, remember to bring warm clothes.
- Snacks and drinks: Food and drink can be expensive at festivals, so it is a good idea to bring some of your own, to save money and avoid long lines. Pouches and dried fruit are low mess and easy to grab on the go.
- Buggy/pushchair/stroller: If you have young children, it is a great idea to bring a buggy to a festival. As well as wheels that can handle many terrains, a pushchair with a generously sized basket comes in handy to tote those essentials during the day.
- First-aid kit: Carry a small first-aid kit with essential items like plasters, antiseptic wipes, antihistamine cream and any necessary medications for your baby, and familiarise yourself with the location of medical facilities and emergency exits at the festival.
- Ear protection: For little ones, ear defenders are a must to protect their delicate hearing. As kids get older, they may prefer more subtle ways to avoid ringing ears, such as decibel-reducing earplugs
- Clothing: Layers, layers, layers! Prepare for every eventuality that the unpredictable British weather can present by packing layers to add or remove, depending on the temperature. For older children ensure you pack weather appropriate clothing such as wellies, waterproofs mean you don’t need to worry about multiple changes of clothes.
- Torch (with extra batteries), of course!
- Travel potty: For midnight wees and must-go moments
- A ‘boy scout’ mindset: Festivals can be unpredictable, so it is important to be prepared for anything. This includes bad weather, long lines and large crowds.
Most importantly, have fun! Festivals are a great way to spend time with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime. So relax and enjoy!