Over the past decade, UK festival culture has evolved beyond recognition and is becoming a popular choice for families thanks to an upsurge of child-friendly options. With all the big names striving hard to cater for little people, and more small-scale setups appearing each year – we thought we’d share a few of our favourite family-friendly festivals.
What: Geronimo Festival
Where: Arley Hall & Knebworth House
When: 25 – 28 May & 30 June – 1 July
One look at Geronimo’s footage and you’d be mistaken for thinking that adults just aren’t needed here. This colourful festival is so child-friendly that even the main stage acts come straight out of the CBeebies House. But don’t worry – there’s plenty for grown-ups too.
You can camp in all kinds of luxury as well as bringing your own digs. For the adults there is a special area called Bathing Under the Sky where you can unwind in traditional Swedish hot tubs and saunas in idyllic settings.
For more information, visit the Geronimo website.
What: Camp Bestival
Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
When: 26 – 29 July
Voted Best Family Festival at last year’s Family Traveller Awards, Camp Bestival is the little sister of Bestival, but with a special focus on families with small children. It offers an astonishing array of activities and entertainment for all ages, whilst still giving grown-ups a chance to watch their favourite bands and artists hit the stage.
There are also plenty of camping options from the traditional self-setup to indulgent luxury. They even have electric buggies that offer taxi rides around the site.
more information, visit the Camp Bestival website.
What: Latitude Festival
When: 12 – 15 July
The biggest festival on the list – Latitude started out just like any other small boutique festival, back in 2006, but has grown rapidly year on year having made quite a name for itself. Known for its great music lineup and green setting, it has worked hard to become more family oriented with designated Kids’ Zones. The Inbetweeners’ Area caters specially for over 12s, where they can enjoy their very own world of music, media, tech and fashion, and even learn some wilderness survival skills or take on treetop assault courses.
For more information, visit the Latitude Festival website.
What: Deer Shed Festival 9
Where: Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire
When: 20 – 22 July
Up in the north of England, not too far from the Dales, Deer Shed Festival 9 takes on a slightly different approach to family festival fun. This year’s theme is Making Waves, with a lineup of predominantly electronic music and more activities than you could possibly imagine.
The science tent offers up everything from learning how to create your own synth sounds to exploring the Arctic in virtual reality. Then there’s the extensive choice of sports to choose from – including Buggy Core Fitness and a friendly game of Quidditch! There’s also a special programme for under 5s.
For more information, visit the Deer Shed Festival website.