Festival Fun at VannFest

Fancy a festival? There’s plenty of family friendly options to choose from throughout the summer in Surrey.

We can’t guarantee the weather, but all these festivals, shows, carnivals and day events come recommended by other parents so we’re sure you’ll have a good time.

There are festivals for all tastes and interests – from music to food, agriculture to traditional fairs. They are all family friendly, many of them including things like arts and crafts activities, face-painting and the ubiquitous bouncy castle.

We’ve tried to include all the Surrey festivals here (and a few that are slightly further out) but please let us know of any other gems you know about. Oh, and they are in date order, just to help with your planning…

Happy Days - May 26 & 27

A festival that takes you back in time to those happy days! What music do you love to remember the most? This festival covers it all – the ’70s ’80s and ’90s.

Artists on the line-up this year include Gloria Gaynor, Cameo, Hacienda Classical, The Farm and many more.

Children under 12 are FREE at this family-friendly festival and there is free water on site, a themed retro bar, pyrotechnics, games area, family fun activities and food stalls.

The festival site in East Molesey has toilets with baby changing facilities and parking facilities.

Website: http://www.hdfestival.co.uk/

Farnham Spring Festival – May 27

A fantastic family fun day filled with sporting masterclasses, a mini funfair, live music, fun games to involve the entire family and a selection of delicious street food treats.

This festival is run by Farnham Town Council and takes place at Gostrey Meadow.

Website: https://www.farnham.gov.uk/things-to-do/springfestival

Surrey County Show - May 28

This is another event that has everything – animals, food and drink, entertainment, crafts and competitions.

Displays will include motorcycle stunts, cookery demonstrations, dog agility and show jumping. Victors will also be able to enjoy a petting farm, terrier racing, fly fishing, beagles and the Welsh Axemen.

Website: http://www.surreycountyshow.co.uk/

Godalming Town Show and Carnival - June 3

Billed as a day of adventure, this will appeal to the little ones with a knights and princesses themed carnival parade. For the grown-ups, there is live music, entertainment, food stalls and of course a beer tent!

This event raises money for local charities and takes place in Burys Field from midday.

Website: http://www.godalmingtownshow.co.uk/

Vann Fest – June 8-10

We can’t believe we have never come across this festival before! It sounds great. We’d love to hear from anyone who has been.

Vann Fest is described as a grassroots family friendly music festival with locally sourced food and booze, workshops for children and adults, comedy and FREE camping. It takes place in Ockley and raises money for The Royal Marsden. Children under 12 are FREE.

Website: http://www.vannfest.co.uk/

Horley Carnival – June 16

The theme for this year’s carnival event is Heroes and Villains. The parade through the town is followed by activities and entertainment at the recreation ground, including food, stalls, games, a dog display, gymnastics display, bands, Owls About Town, Animal Encounters and Beach's Funfair.

Website: http://horleycarnival.co.uk/

Frensham Fayre – June 16

This year’s Frensham Fayre is going ‘all around the world,’ in the heart of Frensham at the Hollowdene Recreation Ground. Join Paddington as he leads the parade and watch the action unfold with the More House band, dog show, kid’s sports day and special guests Punch and Judy.

There will also be stalls, a classic car rally, food and drink. By night watch the lights go on for the ever-popular Party in the Park.

Website: http://frenshamfayre.co.uk/

Farnham Carnival – June 30

Organisers want this year’s carnival day to be its most colourful and noisy yet! The theme is Rock and Pop Legends and there are some exciting entrants lined up to make the procession around the town one to remember.

After the procession, there will be live entertainment, music, side stalls, a bar and food in Gostrey Meadow. The day raises money for local charities.

Website: http://www.farnhamcarnival.org.uk/

MGSO4 Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival – July 2-8

This festival celebrates visual arts, music, theatre, dance and words. Events take place in a variety of venues and include many activities for children such as workshops, walks, theatre performances and more.

Website: https://mgso4festival.org/

Haselmere Fringe Festival – July 6-8

This biannual arts event has everything – music, dance, comedy, poetry, arena displays, workshops and taster sessions for children and even a battle of the bands competition.

The music line-up includes Scouting for Girls, The Real Thing, REWS and many, many more. Comedy includes Andy Stedman and Bobby Davro.

The festival takes place at Lion Green, in Weyhill, Haslemere.

Website: http://www.lionfest.co.uk/dance2018/

Party in the Park – July 7

A FREE, very family friendly festival in Woking Park including live music, dance, food and drink, workshops, rides and lots of activities to take part in.

This year the day will be on a vintage theme, celebrating the end of World War One and also the victory won by women on the right to vote.

Website: https://www.celebratewoking.info/party-in-the-park

Godalming Food Festival – July 7

A delicious day out with internationally-themed street food, live music and entertainment. Activities for children will include Punch and Judy shows.

The festival takes place throughout the town and at the Pepperpot.

Website: http://godalmingchamber.org/2018/02/godalming-summer-food-festival/

The Bourne Show – July 21

A traditional village show with something to interest all ages, including a dog show, stalls, a petting zoo, climbing wall, magic show, children’s races, a vintage car show, a barn dance and a grand marquee showing entries to the arts, crafts and home produce classes.

The event takes place on Bourne Green in Farnham and raises money for local causes.

Website: http://www.thebourneshow.com/

The Ripley Event – July 21

An action-packed and FREE family day out including arena entertainment, children’s entertainer, bouncy castles, pony rides, dog show, classic vehicles, a tea tent and much more.

The event takes place at Ripley Village Green and money raised goes to local and national charities.

Website: http://www.ripleyevent.org/overview.htm

Albury Music Festival – July 22

This is a family-friendly festival of live music featuring talented musicians from the local area, many of whom also play both nationally and internationally.

There will be a barbecue, bar, bouncy castle, face-painting, stalls, a raffle, and more. The festival takes place at Albury Cricket Ground and is free to attend.

Website: https://www.alburymusicfestival.com/

Cheese and Chilli Festival – July 21 & 22

There is more to this festival than just chilli and cheese. Other attractions include pig racing, falconry displays, rides for children, inflatables, live music, cooking demonstrations, a chilli eating contest, a man v food event and more.

The festival takes place in Shalford Park, Guildford and is FREE for under 16s.

Website: http://www.guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford/16133?product=1378441

Staycation Live – August 3-5

Godalming’s community music, food and arts festival showcasing a broad range of music, local food and entertainment.

There will also be a kids’ zone, willow twisting, baby and toddler yoga and much more.

Website: http://staycationlivefestival.co.uk/

The Loxwood Joust – August 4 & 5, 11 &12

Step back in time and experience the verve and vigour of a world where lives were harsh and hearts were passionate at this unique, fun and educational day out for all the family!

This celebration of medieval mayhem includes workshops, lots of jousting demonstrations, displays of weaponry, archery and cannon fire, the Living History Village and the Children’s Kingdom – a festival within the festival where they can try archery, face and wound painting, pelt the peasant, sword school and the bouncy castle.

Website: http://legendpresents.co.uk/loxwoodjoust/

Frimley Lodge Live - August 4 & 5 

This is a music festival of tribute acts, allowing you to experience some of your favourite tunes live but in a more family friendly setting.

This year the line-up includes Oas-is, Blurd, Blobbie Williams, The Chilli Fighters, Wannabe – The Spice Girls Show and more.

The event takes place in Frimley Lodge Park.

Website: https://www.camberleytheatre.biz/new/whats-on/frimley-lodge-live-0

Chertsey Agricultural Show – August 11 & 12

Meet the people and see the livestock that bring the country to life. This event includes birds of prey and falconry, cattle, chickens, ducks, rabbits, sheep, pigs and goats, a pet show, a dog show, dog agility, craft and food marquees, horticultural marquee with vegetables, flowers, domestic and craft classes and a horse show.

Website: http://www.chertseyshow.co.uk/welcome/4518267646

Weyfest – August 17-19

This is a music festival that still allows you to enjoy the finer things in life – nice loos, lovely wine, fine foods and even cocktails and champagne!

The line-up this year includes Aswad; 10cc; The SAS Band featuring Roger Taylor, Madeline Bell, Paul Young, Toyah and Chris Thompson; Hayseed Dixie and The Christians.

The event takes place at the Rural Life Centre and has plenty for the kids including steam train rides, Laserquest, The Racing Bug, Daleks, Cybermen, Stormtroopers and more.

Website: http://www.weyfest.co.uk/

Victorious Festival – August 24-26

Victorious takes place in Portsmouth but since it has been named one of the best family festivals, we thought it was worth a mention.

The line-up this year includes Paul Weller, The Libertines, the Kaiser Chiefs, Paloma Faith and Brian Wilson and The Prodigy.

The kids’ arena includes a stage featuring Mr Bloom, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol. There will also be an adventure zone, science tent, parkour performances, a nerf arena and more.

Website: http://www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/

Egham Royal Show – August 25 & 26

Dog displays, a boating pond, falconry, archery, electric go-karting, fairground rides, tombola, comical Punch & Judy shows, a bouncy castle and live music – this is so much more than just an agricultural event. It does of course also have all the animals: rare breeds of cattle, pigs and sheep, livestock competitions and an educational section on the narrative of milk.

Website: http://www.eghamroyalshow.org.uk/

Godstone Fete and Donkey Derby – August 27

This event includes lots of family fun including Punch & Judy, bouncy castle, coconut shy, dog show, gymnastics displays, stalls and more.

Website: http://www.godstonefete.co.uk/

Woking Food and Drink Festival – Aug 31 – Sept 2

A FREE festival dishing up days of live cookery demonstrations, celebrity chefs, family activities, workshops, live music and street entertainment.

All the activity takes place in Woking town centre.

Website: https://www.wokingfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk/

Haslemere Food Festival - September 22

It’s time to celebrate food! This event includes tastings, live demonstrations and stalls featuring a delicious array of different food and drink. The festival also has a children’s zone with lots of entertainment and activities.

This event takes place at Lion Green and is FREE to attend.

Website: http://www.haslemere.com/foodfestival/

Farnham Food Festival – Sept 30

Sample some delicious foods, get some tips from chefs, watch cookery demonstrations and enjoy live music from local talent – what’s not to like!

The festival hosts over 100 producers selling a variety of products and takes place in Castle Street.

Website: https://www.farnham.gov.uk/events/farnham-food-drink-festival

Guildford Book Festival October 7-14

Children's illustrators David Roberts, Yuval Zommer and CBeebies Olobob Tops illustrator Leigh Hodgkinson have already been confirmed for this year’s book festival.

Events take place at venues across the town over 10 days and include appearances by high profile writers. See the website for more details of individual events.

Website: http://www.guildfordbookfestival.co.uk/

What we love about all these festivals and shows is that both children and parents can have a great time. We hope you enjoy!