The beginning of summer is usually marked with the first festival of the year. It might not be Coachella, but us Brits know how to have a great time with face paint, wellies and of course lots of mud! You might not know this but there are many child-friendly festivals in Britain, meaning you and your kids can still have a great time camping out and enjoying a weekend of your favourite music.
We have put together a list of our Top 5 family festivals in the UK for 2017 to help organise your summer!
1. Latitude - Suffolk, July 13 - 16th 2017
Latitude is one of the big festivals of the year! Held in Suffolk, this festival has previously won awards for Best Family Festival and Best Family Day Out. The festival has a kid’s area packed full of hundreds of activities to last the entire weekend including creative crafts, face painting, theatre performances, science, soft play and reading. All of this alongside great music from Mumford and sons, The 1975, Two-door cinema club and many, many more.
2. Kendal Calling, Lowther Deer Park, Lake District, July 28th - 31st 2017
This family friendly festival not only has great music but also has a dedicated kid’s area, ‘Kids Calling’, packed full of activities to keep your kids occupied and busy at all times. There is also a family camping area meaning that you will be amongst other families encouraging your kids to interact and make friends on your weekend away.
3. The Big Festival, Cotswolds, August 26 - 28th 2017
This festival now featuring stars such as; Madness and Olly Murs, started as a simple food festival, now it’s full of music, laughter and lots of family fun! The activities include crafts, fun fair rides, and even a farm! The farm lets your little ones to interact with the animals; including chicks, lambs, piglets and rabbits! Entertainment for kids includes lots of silliness from TV presenters Dick and Dom and lots of smaller entertainers throughout the weekend!
4. Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, July 27 - 30th 2017
‘Kids are king at Camp Bestival!’ There is an upper kid’s garden and a lower kids garden, suited just for your little ones! The garden activities include learning a circus skill, bike riding, arts and crafts and even a bouncy castle and sand pit! For older kids there is a place called ‘The Den’ specially adapted for 13-17 year olds and the school of Rock from the West end will be performing with a theatre show you can’t miss! The lineup includes the likes of Madness, Mark Ronson, All saints and Kate Nash to keep the spirit up and the dancing level high!
5. Cornbury Music Festival, Oxfordshire, July 7 - 9th 2017
You can’t miss a weekend at Cornbury festival, packed full of fun activities for all ages! A supervised kids zone is right in the middle of the festival meaning you can enjoy the music and activities together. The kids zone includes lots of crafts, a circus skills tent to learn a new trick and a toddler disco. Music includes headliner Byran Adams as well as the Kaiser Chiefs and Jooles Holland… so don’t miss out!
Share with us your favourite festivals and ideas for the summer holidays!