Y Not Festival to have a dedicated family area

Y Not Festival returns to the picturesque setting of the Peak District this July and as well as the incredible music line up, they have announced a host of new activities that will be on offer in their dedicated family and children’s arena, Strawberry Fields.

The Flying Seagull Project

A troupe of clowns, magicians, circus performers and musicians, they’ve been performing around hospitals, orphanages, schools, marginalised communities and refugee camps since 2007. They’ll bring parachute games, circus shows, magic, comedy, dance-offs and much more.

Tootles and Nibs

Tootles and Nibs create immersive theatrical environments designed to ignite and enthuse young minds and hearts. There will be daily songs and stories, plus puppet, theatre and magic shows.

Artful Dodgers

Family friendly daily raves, arts & crafts, fancy dress, a photo booth and a colouring area.


Y Not festival will also put on a host of activities for those slightly older children. This includes: graffiti sessions, with all equipment including protective masks provided; skateboarding workshops designed to shows kids how to skateboard safely; a trapeze for them to have a go at circus skills on; and a cinema screening the latest and greatest blockbusters.

Family Camping

The Family Camping area is designed to be a little less hectic than the others, to help people get a decent night’s sleep. It’s situated close to the car park, with separate toilets and showers to the rest of the campsite, an evening campfire with marshmallow toasting, and storytelling from early in the morning.

New for 2019, it will also be equipped with baby baths, free nappies and changing facilities.


Y Not Festival will return in 2019 with one of the UK’s biggest indie line-ups of the summer. Elbow, Two Door Cinema Club and Foals will headline, bringing a veritable arsenal of festival anthems between them. Other names on a bill jam-packed with musical quality include Mercury Prize winners Wolf Alice, indie royalty Franz Ferdinand, pop-punk heroes You Me At Six, Salford legends Happy Mondays and band of the hour Idles.


Y Not is placing a special emphasis on sustainability this year with their ‘Keep the Peaks Green’ campaign. This includes a Litter Bond: all bookings will include a compulsory £10 deposit, which can be redeemed when festivalgoers hand in a bag of rubbish on site. Single-use plastics will be prohibited for traders, and 10p will be given for each cup handed in. The Pitch Village will also be introduced for the first time, where a tent will be provided for, set up and packed away for attendees, negating the possibility of tents being thrown away into landfill.

Back for its 14th year this summer, Y Not will take place in Pikehall, Derbyshire from 25th-28th July. Since 2005 Y Not Festival began life as an over-spilling house party in deepest Derbyshire. With panoramic countryside views, a fully stocked bar of local ales, a mouth-watering selection of food and more live music than you can shake a stick at…Y Not has all bases covered.