The Vicar's Picnic

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2018 acts announced so far - Fun Lovin' Criminals, Starsailor, Cast, The Dualers, Nine Below Zero, The Sex P*ssed Dolls, Bang Bang Romeo, The Scorchers, Noble Jacks, Brilleaux, The Hiwatts. The Dance Tent - Norman J MBE, Crazy P, Mrs Doris, Nightmares On Wax, PBR Streetgang plus many more.


Yalding, Kent. ME18 6HB


Accessible from the M20, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells. Yalding train station is about a 30 minute walk from the event.


Early Bird weekend adult tickets, with camping start at £97.50. Child tickets start at £16.20 and under 4s go free. Buy tickets here.


20th-21st July 2018


3,000 capacity per day.

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If you're looking for a small, family friendly, yet still uber-cool festival, then look no further than the Vicar's Picnic in the beautiful village of Yalding, in Kent. "Picnickers" can enjoy a magnificently picturesque setting with all the comfort, ease and soul associated with smaller festivals. This isn't to say that the bands are equally as small in stature; the headliners in 2016 were the amazing Reef and festival-goers enjoyed an acoustic set by John Power from Cast. And the organisers haven't disappointed for 2017, with Glaswegian indie rockers, The Fratellis, filling the headline spot on Saturday night.

This truly is a perfect example of how smaller festivals can often have more spirit, atmosphere and a shared sense of enjoyment. It's also perfect for kids and small enough for parents to be able to relax, as the walk from your tent or campervan to the main stage only takes about thirty seconds! Kids are well catered for in terms of entertainment, too. The Vicar’s Picnic team believes in the idea that if the kids are fully entertained in a fun, yet safe environment – particularly where the majority of entertainment is free – it provides the best way for the parents to relax.

The price is also attractive and an unforgettable weekend watching fantastic live music and experiencing all that is great about music festivals won't break the bank. 

What we love about this festival.

This is a wonderful independent festival, with a truly local feel. The setting is picturesque and the main stage is situated right next to the camping fields, making the whole experience completely hassle-free. There's a great range of food and a well stocked bar at reasonable prices.

Camping and Glamping Options

Camping in the adjacent field costs just £10.80 for the weekend and campervans and caravans are permitted with a special ticket priced at £43.20 There is also the option of glamping in a luxurious bell tent.

Past lineups

The Fratellis, From The Jam, Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets frontman) and The Karpets, Glass Peaks, The Devils Cut Combo, Rudy Warman and the Heavyweather, Reef, Cast, John Power with Jay Lewis, The Novatones, Skinny Lister, Coco and the Butterfields, The Skatonics, Maker, Dusty Old Vinyl, The Parkas, Santini Air, Youth Reaux, Secret Disco by FNUK, Mowgli.

Kids and families

There is a wonderful kids' field which is just as popular as the musical line up. Past years have included

climbing walls, tag laser, vibrant workshops, staffed inflatables, walkabout entertainers, face-painters, and a dress-up corner. There have also been workshops that range from hula-hooping classes to kid-friendly Raspberry Pi tech sessions. There's even a hang-out zone for teenagers with a mocktail bar! Your kids will be every bit as entertained as you!

A touch of luxury

The glamping option of staying in a luxury bell tent or shakir is not to be missed, along with Saturday morning yoga class and poetry readings. This festival will allow you to have some "me" time!

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