Music festivals aren’t often seen as a family friendly environment, so you may be surprised to hear that there are a number of festivals that are a great family weekend away or just a day trip.
We’ve only ever been to one as a family but we had a great time and we’re considering our options for this Summer as we’d like to do another festival together before the kids are too old to want to do things like this with us – if that hasn’t already happened. 😉
Since we’ve been doing some research, I thought I’d share what looks to us to be the top 5 family-friendly music festivals this summer…
Latitude Festival in Suffolk is renowned for being one of the most family-friendly festivals around. There is a huge collection of artists performing across a number of different stages, from musicians to kids’ entertainers, to some of the best comedians in the game, Latitude has it all.
This year’s festival is headlined by chart-topper George Ezra, pop princess Lana Del Rey, and the creators of many classic songs Snow Patrol. Alongside these amazing acts, you can take in some of the best comedy acts such as Jason Manford and take your kids to view some of the finest kids’ entertainers around.
You can contact See Tickets customer services team to enquire about tickets, but tickets always sell fast for this one!
Bingley Music Live
Set in Myrtle Park, Bingley Music Live is a thriving and growing family friendly festival pulling in some of the best acts in world music. This year’s edition’s lineup is yet to be announced but last year saw the likes of Shed Seven, Jake Bugg and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds take to the stage. This year is only set to be bigger.
Bingley Music Live is notorious for being a family friendly environment, with funfair rides available to keep your kids entertained throughout the day. They are also very well known for being wheelchair and disability friendly, so if that is something you worry about, fear not at Bingley!
Taking place in the picturesque county of Cumbria, and one the doorstep of the Lake District, Kendal Calling has something for everyone. The lineup spans across decades, with indie favourite Courteeners topping the bill, alongside Manic Street Preachers and Chic & Nile Rodgers.
Kendal Calling is a safe family environment, with a special kids’ area called Kids Calling and carnival-themed crafts. There are also mothers and babies’ tents, and workshops for kids and teenagers of all ages. They also have a dedicated family campsite, that has been specifically created for families of all ages.
Wychwood Family Festival
Held at Cheltenham Racecourse, Wychwood Family Festival is dedicated to creating a family friendly festival environment. With a bill that includes Scouting for Girls, T’Pau and Toyah Bez, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
Wychwood plays host to a whole variety of activities, from circus schools, to art workshops, as well as being able to create clay models with Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. There are also kids’ comedy shows, and if the parents fancy a boogie, you can head to Joe Porter’s Kitchen Dancing disco party! Tickets can be purchased from See Tickets, with under 5’s going for free!
Wilderness Festival is based in Oxfordshire and is heaven for food connoisseurs and music lovers. There is a superb mix of bands from the returning Bombay Bicycle Club, to Robyn and Groove Armada.
You can take in the theatre and the arts with some of the finest contemporary theatrical performances on show across the weekend. There is also a kid’s area of the festival, specially designed for families. Here you can play in the Splat! Art Den, or head to the Family Theatre Tent with Tootle & Nibs.
It’s a family friendly environment and is a great introduction festival for your children and an opportunity to get them out into the great outdoors camping under the stars.
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