Festival fun for families (Picture: Ania Shrimpton)
It’s probably fair to say that not all festivals are exactly child-friendly.
For one thing, kids are liable to get bored – all that standing about and weary little legs are not a good mix.
These festivals, however, have made entertaining the whole family a priority, with tonnes of entertainment, games and shows to thrill kids, and funky tunes and big names for adults, too!
Deer Shed Festival
Discover the science of fun (Picture: MattStonePhotography)
They might learn something at Deer Shed Festival with specially tailored science, from robots to a laser maze and bottle rockets, a kid’s-eye view of the best of the Edinburgh Festival, a sports field, family wellbeing (including a hot tub big enough for all of you), Wilderwild for the getting of hands dirty, cinema, arts, comedy and a line-up including John Grant and Django Django.
July 29-31, Topcliffe, North Yorks.
Ronan rocks up
There will be no shortage of fun at Cornbury Festival with a line-up set to appeal to all ages and tastes, from Bryan Adams and Ronan Keating to The Darkness and The Waterboys.
With a garden fête, tents for kids and teens and lots of fancy dining and champagne, we think all the boxes are truly ticked.
July 8-10, Great Tew, Oxfordshire.
Stunning views and free kids
We’re all on a budget these days and that’s something that makes Chagstock especially attractive as children under the age of 12 get in free, with concessions for over-12s. Thanks guys.
With a specially designated kids’ area and all children wearing wristbands with your contact number, they have it all figured out.
For grown-ups there’s Ash and Kula Shaker and more to be announced. Oh, and views of Dartmoor!
July 22-23, Dartmoor, Devon.
The future of dreams (Picture: Ania Shrimpton)
They’re celebrating 20 years of ‘adventures in Utopia’ at Shambala so it should be a vintage festival, especially at Playtopia, where you’ll find sandpits, a golf course, craft workshops and the legendary Woodland Tribe, which finishes with a cup of cocoa and bedtime story in the Family Yurt.
It’s about building a Utopia so everyone is welcome.
August 25-28, Market Harborough, Leicestershire.
Magic and comedy in Oxfordshire
You don’t have to have a family to go to Wilderness but if you do, you’ll be spoiled for choice. A Family Field with acro-yoga, anyone? The Magical Musical Bubble Bike? Family bingo? A family ceilidh? Nature trails? Horse riding?
Even a nanny service, because you can have enough of a good thing, right? Top dining, a women’s circle, archery… who needs a blinking line-up, right?
Aug 4-7, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire.
Something for every taste (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)
Let’s face it, Latitude is so huge, it would be weird if there wasn’t a whole load of activities for families… even so, they’ve outdone themselves. Camp Greenpeace, a woodland hideaway, an Enchanted Garden for sword-fighting and fun-fairing.
Add Lewis Capaldi, Manics, Snow Patrol, poetry, theatre, dance, mind, body… they’ll probably even be able to fix your dodgy watch.
July 21-24, Henham Park, Suffolk.
The Big Feastival
From Mr Tumble to Jamie Oliver (Picture: Jenna Foxton)
You may think it’s all about grown-ups filling their faces and having a cheeky wine but there’s plenty to keep sprogs occupied at the Big Festival. Farm parks, storytelling, Comedy Club 4 Kids, yoga, den-building, circus, tree-climbing and superstars like Andy & The Odd Socks, and Justin Fletcher.
For you, it’s Jamie Oliver, Thomasina Miers, Stereophonics and Anne-Marie.
Aug 26-28, Alex James’ Farm, Oxfordshire.
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No big names, but loads of big fun
They bill it as ‘a family weekend adventure beyond your wildest dreams’ and it certainly looks as if Just So has it covered for kids who like a story with a focus on literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits.
It all takes place in the Spellbound Forest, on the Village Green, at the Flamingo Lounge or Shangri-La. Big fun without the big names.
August 19-21, Rode Hall, Cheshire.
Simply the best
They call it ‘the little sister of Bestival’ but the double-headed Camp Bestival is definitely the big one when it comes to family-friendly festival fun.
Expect raves with Big Fish Little Fish, a Desert Island Disco, DJ BBQ Fire Feasts and a line-up that includes everyone from Rag‘n’Bone Man to Sister Sledge and Fatboy Slim to Horrible Histories.
July 28-31, Lulworth Castle, Dorset; Aug 18-21, Weston Park, Shropshire.
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