Child friendly Festivals - camping, music, theatre, comedians, good food, junk food, dodgy toilets, lovely toilets, FAMILY FUN!!!!
Beautiful Days - 17th - 19th August
Where: Escot Park, Ottery St Mary, Devon
Winner of the BEST FAMILY FESTIVAL at the UK Festival Awards 2011 the 10th Beautiful Days Festival offers diverse music, very relaxed atmosphere, fab food courtesy of River Cottage, real ale, 6 stages, loads of activities for the kids and moments a plenty to ensure you all enjoy yourselves. Music from The Black Seeds, Public Image Ltd, The Water Boys, Emily Barker and of course the Levellers form part of the line up.
Cost: Whoops - SOLD OUT
Camp Bestival - 26th - 29th July
Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Beautiful spot for the little sis of the Isle of Wight festival. The Gruffalo Show, boutique baby-sitting, fireworks, theatre in the woods, dingly dell and a pamper lounge. The line up is phenomenal and too diverse and big to start but big bands, little bands, folksy, rock, pop...and djs! Comedians to keep you giggling, poets, djs - there's heaps going on - Mr Tumble is there as is The Gruffalo - as is a Kids Big Top, Kids Theatre Workshop, a Bouncy Castle, a separate Toddlers' Area the pioneering Breastival Mother and Baby Temple. The Lower Kids Garden, meanwhile, is packed full of entertainment for slightly older children including the English National Ballet tent, Insect Circus & Museum and the Little Big Top! The web-site incidentally is FANTASTIC.
Cost: Adult weekend tickets from Thurs £185 - kids under 10 free
Latitude - 15th - 18th July
Where: Henham Park, Suffolk
BRILLIANT LINE UP - Bon Iver, Paul Weller, Metronomy, Richard Hawley - I wish my holiday was the week after!!!! Tons of stuff to see and do and experience - fantastic music line up including - live theatre, djs, debates, literature, comedy - just SO good. It's civilised, green, very cultural and very family oriented with puppet shows, arts and crafts, stories and drama workshops to keep the kids happy. Tangerine fields tents still available - so you don't have to take your own - limited ticket availability so be quick.
Cost: Weekend Family Campsite Adult Ticket - £175. Kids aged 5 - 12 yrs £5 - ticket required for camping.
WOMAD - 27th - 29th July
Where: Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Huge relaxed cultural melting pot of music, food, people, arts, crafts with loads of new artists, as well as old favourites. WOMAD celebrates Music, Art and Drama and you'll be exposed to so much of it. The line up is vast with names you may never have heard but whose sounds you will love. All manner of camping options are available. Lots of interesting workshops for the kids - this is a global institution - you'll be happy to be a part of it.
Cost: Adults from £135, Teenagers - £70, Kids under 13 free
Solfest - 24th - 26th August
Where: Tarnside Farm, Cumbria
Solfest is based on the community generated by the happenstance of you lot sharing this weekend - it's like a huge commune. Completely family friendly, completely packed with kids activities including crafts, arts, dressing up, music, loos where required - there is just SO much you need to go on the site and read about it! Line up includes James, The Magic Numbers, Astrid Williamson and lesser known bands being given a chance.
Cost: Adult weekend tickets (17+) - £95, Young Person (12-16) - £65, Child - £25, Under 5s free.
End of the Road - 31st August - 2nd September
Where: Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset
A very relaxed, ‘intimate' (smaller) festival with it's own Victorian Piano Stage, 6 workshop venues offering all kinds of stuff for all ages to do and a line up that goes on and on filled with names you'll want to remember. I want to see Grandaddy! The quality of everything is so lovely - the place is so lovely - you'll get to drink well, eat well and play merrily - under twinkly merry lights - enjoy.
Cost: Adult Weekend Ticket £150, Youth 13-17 £120, Kids 6-12 £50. Free for under 5s.
The Big Chill
Cancelled this year due to clash with the Olympics - but look it up next year!
Beat-Herder - 29th June - 1st July
Where: Ribble Valley, Lancashire
Festivals like they used to be! I mean that in a good way. Is the festival child-friendly - "yep" says the site! Loads of bands battling it out in places such as The Beat-Herder & District Working Men's Social Club. Big sense of humour, big atmosphere!
Cost: Sold Out - next year - check site around November mind!