Family Festival

We’ve deliberately shaped the Royal William Yard Festival to suit all ages, from the eclectic, award-winning line-up to the practical, accredited on-site creche facilities. There’s a specific family-friendly slant to proceedings, so whether you’re coming with kids or simply enjoying a weekend of laid-back gratification, it’s all here waiting for you.

If you want a spot where the kids can run around freely, head to the Secret Garden, where the Blues & Jazz stage will be kicking out some relaxed, soulful tunes within a securely walled space complete with a large lawned area. So grab a drink, take a load off and let the kids burn off some energy while you enjoy the music. The Secret Garden bar will be appropriately stocked with soft drinks, as well as premium offerings in the pagoda, which boasts killer views over Plymouth Sound and beyond.

Ocean Studios have very kindly opened up space for the duration of the festival, so there’ll be a tonne of interactive theatre, child-focused performances, face-painting, balloon-modelling and workshops throughout each day.

If the kids in question are a little older, set them free to discover the festival for themselves, checking out vintage motors, experiencing new music and stopping in at various food stands to recharge. Kids’ wristbands will be instantly distinguishable from adults’ for added safety around bar areas. Plus, for your complete peace of mind, we’ll have a secure ‘lost children’ procedure in place throughout the entire event.

With street performers dotted around stage areas and a spacious area up at Devil’s Point for running off excess small-person energy, you and the kids are guaranteed a weekend to remember. Hopefully in the sun!

In a bid to guarantee total safety and fun for all, we’re capping numbers at a sensible level to make sure the whole festival is completely inclusive and secure. The only restrictions in place will be within the Factory Cooperage, where the minimum age for entry will be 18.

A little time to yourself?

Respected local childcare group Noah’s Ark will be operating a creche within Mills Bakery. With decades of experience providing a caring, home-from-home environment for pint-sized Plymothians, they will be running hour-long slots for kids aged six months to five years. Activities and toys will be engaging and age appropriate, and the little ones are guaranteed to have a great time. So bag yourself a slot and go let your hair down!

We’d recommend securing your space way in advance to avoid disappointment, so download the booking form below, complete and return it to Once received, the festival organisers will contact you to arrange payment via a safe and secure PayPal account.

So go on, kick off the summer half term with some family-friendly festival fun!

Download Word Booking Form