There are 100s of festivals taking place around the UK this summer. We’ve picked out some of the best family friendly festivals in Essex this July, August and September.

Essex Festival of Food and Drink at Cressing Temple Barns
Sat 15 July & Sun 16 July 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Braintree, Essex, CM77 8PD
Back with a bang for a seventh consecutive year, the Essex Festival of Food and Drink, sponsored by Adnams of Southwold will once again demonstrate exactly why the most “reem” of counties has a reputation for knowing how to party. Over 150 Artisan food and drink producers, free kids cookery classes, 2 open air food courts seating 600 visitors, live music and a wonderful party atmosphere.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Prices: Adult: £8.00, OAP (65yrs+) £7.00, Disabled £7.00, Carer: (one carer per disabled person) £7.00, Children (13-16yrs) £7.00, Children under 13yrs: FREE (no ticket required)

Spirit of the Corn Festival at the Museum of Power
Sat 15 July & Sun 16 July 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Live music, talks and workshops, nature and spirituality, country crafts and food stalls. Miniature steam train OPEN Sunday only for rides (extra charge applies). ‘Astaria’ model village OPEN. ‘Marshall’ the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by AIR and other oil / diesel engines will be running.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £5.00 per day £8.00 for the weekend; Children (5 to 15) £2:00 Children under 5 FREE

Summer Spectacular at Marsh Farm
Sat 22 July – Sun 3 September 2017
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Like a six-week-long festival, Marsh Farm will be holding their Summer Spectacular during the school holidays. Prepare yourself for magic shows and animal interactions. Play in the extensive indoor and outdoor play areas and run wild in the enormous inflatable village – all included with your entrance ticket! There are hours of fun to be had at Marsh Farm, with bouncy pillows, sand-pit, tractor town, tractor and trailer rides, den building, pony grooming and much more.
www.marshfarm.co.uk/events/summer-spectacular
Prices: £13.50 on the day or £10.99 online, under 2s go FREE (no dogs allowed).

Brightlingsea Free Music Festival
Fri 4 – Sun 6 August 2017
Hurst Green, Brightlingsea, Colchester, CO7 0HG
The festival thrives on its status as a FREE event and aims to attract an audience of all ages, showcasing a mixture of new and established bands. Alongside the music acts there will be multiple stalls, bars and entertainment areas for all of the family.
www.brightlingseafreefest.com

Festival of Wheels in Billericay
Sat 5 August & Sun 6 August 2017,
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD
The largest event of its kind in Essex, the Festival of Wheels gathers together the east coast’s rarest and most glamorous cars, bikes and trucks. In the kids’ area there will be a bouncy castle village supplied by Mega Inflatables, children and adults can enjoy a taste of what it’s like to pilot a monster truck in the pocket-sized replicas which can be driven around a designated course, fun fair rides that all of the family can enjoy, face painting, kids entertainers, racing car simulator (event, rides, inflatable, etc., will have an additional cost).
essexmotorshow.co.uk/essex-motor-show-festival-of-wheels
Prices: Adult £15.00 (£8.99 online), Child over 10 years £10.00 (£4.99 online), Family of 4 people £40.00 (£24.00 online), Under 10s FREE entry

Food for Thorpe 2017
Sat 26 & Sun 27 August 2017, 10.00am – 6.00pm
Golden Lane, Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex, CO16 0LD
The Thorpe Food Festival will be held in five acres of countryside in Thorpe-le-Soken. On display will be a range of delicious foods and drinks, sampling of specialist beers, local farmhouse produce and street foods. Magician Michael J Fitch will be hosting the event and entertaining everyone with his comedy and kids’ magic shows. There will also be a kids’ area, a vintage fair, arts and craft activities and vintage cars on display.
www.thorpefoodfestival.co.uk
Prices: £5 per day ticket, Under 16s FREE

Harlow Linkfest
Sun 27 August 2017, from 1.00pm
Harlow Town Park, Harlow, Essex CM20 2QQ
Linkfest is a FREE family music festival event held in Harlow Town Park. There will be hours of live music with original performances and tribute bands. Great atmosphere with stalls, food, bar, children’s rides and other entertainment.
www.facebook.com/pg/Linkfest-in-the-Park-227988120712461

Kidz Big Bash at Garon Park
Bank Holiday Mon 28 August 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Eastern Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex SS24FA T
Fun for all the family at a brilliant price! Live On Stage – MR BLOOM from Cbeebies, plus Essex’s best children’s entertainers. There will also be: fairground rides, activities, workshops, trampolines, go kart area, bouncy castles, and walkabout characters – all included in the ticket price.
www.tickettailor.com
Price: Super early bird tickets for £7.00, tickets purchased closer to the event date will cost more.

Woodfest at Hatfield Forest
Fri 8 – Sun 10 September 2017
Takeley, Essex, CM22 6NE
Held in the heart of Hatfield Forest, Woodfest offers a FREE intimate festival weekend that keeps nature at its centre. Suitable for all ages, the festival mixes music acts from folk to metal, with woodland produce, crafts, stalls, demonstrations and children’s activities. Having access to such the beautiful woodland and lake is a huge bonus for kids who just want to be up and active. Camping/Glamping is available, but pitches are selling fast so book soon.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatfield-forest/features/woodfest