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.
Gloworm Festival, Nottinghamshire 18th – 19th August
A true family festival that encourages families to play and have fun in a safe environment. You will find a wealth of entertainment, from live music to workshops, theatre to cooking, every corner you turn will lead to new activities and adventures to be had.
CBBC Summer Social, Liverpool 3rd – 5th August
A line up of CBBC and CBeebies favourites alongside a host of music artists. Performances and activities from Mr Tumble, The odd socks, visit the adorable animals at Croxteth Park Farm including pigs, sheep and cows or journey through an enchanted maze in the Clangers’ Garden and discover a real hidden treasure!
Towersey Festival, Oxfordshire 24th – 27th August
This festival has always been family orientated and this year will have 3 dedicated venues for their ‘All About Children‘ family programme
Camp Bestival – 26th – 29th July, Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Kids are king at Camp Bestival. There is an avalanche of activities for children of all ages, including, fairground rides, face painting, Soft Play, CBEEBIES Magazine, Mr Tumble and Hey Duggee, kids disco, magic and adventures.
The Big Feastival – 24th – 26th 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; circle school, Peppa pig and George, a farm, fairground rides, face painting, tree climbing, Paddington Bear, little dudes den and even a live performance from CBeebies superstar Justin Fletcher.
Wilderness 2nd – 5th 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, forest school, soft play, fairy doors, den building, nature walks, overnight camp experience and more.
Other festivals include;
Green Man – 16th – 19th August, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Beautiful Days – 17th – 19th August, Escot Park, Devon
Cornbury Festival – 13th – 15th July, Oxfordshire
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