Going to a festival with children can be lots of fun, but now its not all about you, its about them!
You may have been to 101 festivals before you had children but you can no longer sling a few things in to a bag, live on beers and burgers and wake up two days later in a hedge.
With so many festival sites now ensuring that they are child friendly, with Kid Zones and crèches, tasty food and safe areas for them to play in, it is perfectly acceptable and doable to take your children with you to a festival.
If your children are engaged and having fun, you will too!
“A person’s assent to the reality of a situation, recognising a process or condition without attempting to change it”
You need to understand that going to a festival with your children is a totally different experience to what you may be used to.
You will be spending a lot more time in the circus skills tent or queuing for the face painting.
There are so many wonderful family-friendly festivals happening throughout the summer, all varying in size, and duration – here’s a few of our favorites.
Towersey Festival, Oxfordshire 26th – 28th August
“A life-enhancing welcome offered to all”
This festival has always been family orientated but now has an ‘All About Children’ area new for 2016 which organisers hope will offer exceptional value and a really great space packed with inclusive activities for all the family to share.
Their brilliant programme of events include; Kindergym, Story Telling Workshop, Festival Choir, Climbing Wall, Zumba Kids®, Zane’s Magic Stall, Cardboard Madness, Lantern Making, Poetry Writing
Camp Bestival – 28th – 31 July, Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Kids are king at Camp Bestival. There is an avalanche of activities for children of all ages – fairground rides, face painting and a Soft Play Tent, Mr Tumble and the lazy town team will also be on hand while smash hit West End production Aliens Love Underpants will put on a special performance.
The Big Feastival – 26th – 28th August, The Cotswolds
This is a well thought out feel good festival of food and music for all the family, there is definitely something for everyone here, including; family Olympics, fairground rides, face painting and haystack mountain, family yoga, percussion workshop, storytelling, little dudes shopping village – a selection of market stalls handpicked for little ones and even a live performance from CBeebies superstar Justin Fletcher.
Wilderness (pictured) 4th -7th August, Oxfordshire
Set in a beautiful nature reserve this festival enables you to meet new people, meet new ideas and have new experiences – it combines nature, culture and music with great food.
On offer for the children, puppet making origami, polka theatre, magic show, insect circus, kids comedy corner, overnight camp experience – shelter building, fire lighting and foraging.
Other festivals include;
Green Man – 18th – 21st August, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Blissfields – 1st – 2nd July, Winchester
Shambala – 25th – 28th August, Northamptonshire
Beautiful Days – 19th – 21st August, Escot Park, Devon
Cornbury Festival – 8th, 9th and 10th July 2016, Oxfordshire
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