The time is nearly upon us to don our wellies, put feathers in our hair and dance in fields until the sun comes up. Festival season in the UK is what we live for. But who ever said that this hedonistic British past time was only for the dedicated party goers? Here are our pick of the bunch of family-friendly festivals up and down the country.
Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle
Dorset, 27th to 30th July
Not only does Camp Bestival offer a rocking lineup every year (Madness, Mark Ronson and Kate Nash are just a few of this years headliners), but the eclectic range of food will blow your socks off. Think tasty Asian street food, fresh seafood and melt-in-the-mouth burgers. Kids rule the roost at this festival and there’s a whole area dedicated to making your tots smile. There are circus skill lessons, bouncy castles, Bestival mother and baby chill out and even a music school to encourage emerging talents. Camp Bestival is the family festival holy grail!
The Good Life Experience, Hawarden Castle
Flintshire, 16th-18th September
This is a festival for those who want to get back to basics and enjoy some time outdoors without access to 3G or a games console. Although not your traditional festival, The Good Life Experience is all about chilling out. You can sit around a campfire talking about adventures with Ben Fogle, chat with Jeremy Vine over a posh coffee or watch outdoor cooking demonstrations from the likes of Thomasina Miers. Activities for kids here are free; there’s a vintage fairground, a climbing and abseiling wall for the brave and axe-throwing competitions for the little viking in the family.
Herefordshire, 22nd-24th July
Nozstock is quickly becoming one of the UK’s most beloved family festivals. A weekend here is a journey into the whimsical and the festival is all about encouraging play for everyone, aged 6 to 61. It will shock you senseless and make you laugh until your belly aches. This blissful family festival will soon capture your heart and bring you back year after year.
Lowther Deer Park, Lake District, 28th-30th July
Kendal Calling is a festival with the fam in mind; as standard, family camping is available without pre-booking and there is a dedicated kids area (Kids Calling). This area has everything a family could possibly need – from mama and baby tents to teen workshops and younger children. And did we mention that Stereophonics and Manic Street Preachers are headlining?
Beautiful Days Family Festival
Escot Park, Devon, 18th-20th August
It would be a tragedy to post an article on family-friendly festivals without mentioning our favourite Devon weekender, Beautiful Days. Small but mighty, this lovely little festival has got everything covered. From helter skelters to tons of free children’s activities and the overwhelming feeling that it’s safe to let little ones run around as it’s not that busy. It’s beautiful and fun, and every year on the Sunday night they end it all with The Levellers and an almighty fireworks display. It doesn’t get much better than that.