Remember when summer-time festivals used to be all about booze, loud music and staying up all night? Now however, we party-crazy people have slowed down a bit and need our kids to be entertainment more than ourselves and the option of having a family-friendly tent is vital!
Tip 1 – Prepare for Everything and Anything
The UK is great at holding such a large number of outdoor events but due to the ever-changing and unpredictable weather, I will never fully understand why. Attending these ‘summer’ festivals basically means you need to be prepared for all four seasons to hit you in one day. This means you need to be prepared for every single scenario – anorak, sunscreen, scarf and ice block.
Kid-Friendly Festival #1
Boardmasters Festival – Newquay, Cornwall (August 10th – 14th).
This is always a great family-friendly festival as the line-up is always strong. This year James Bay, Craig David, Kaiser Chiefs and Wolf Alice will all be performing. Accommodation is also mega easy – as well as standard camping and glamping options, you can arrange for helpers to take your equipment to the site – and there are also hotels and self-catering within easy reach.
Tip 2 – Make Quality ‘You’ Time
Always make sure you take some time to yourself to take in the surroundings on your own. This is essential in ensuring that you are keeping your cool. Even if it just means taking a little walk to the portaloos, definitely make time for yourself.
Kid-Friendly Festival #2
Latitude Festival – Suffolk (July 14th – 17th)
The Latitude Festival is perfectly arranged around the green, green banks of the Latitude Lake is a stunning kids activity area, where children are entertained with fire shows, pizza-making, traditional woodland crafts and a host of exciting science experiments.
Tip 3 – Make a plan
Right, so this is a very important one. If everyone gets a chance to do what they would like to do at some part of the day then this makes sure everyone remains happy and the peace is kept. Babies and toddlers are easier when it comes to the choice of activities but make sure you pick right for the older ones as chaos can be caused!
Kid-Friendly Festival #3
Green Man Festival – Breacon Beacons (August 18th – 21st)
Held in the Brecon Beacons, with very high ethical standards, this is the perfect family-friendly festival for green fingered parents. With 5 different stages and specific areas for kids, teenages and even a adult creche selling ale, coffee and a shop selling vinyl records, this is the perfect event to suit everyone’s needs.
Tip 4 – Don’t Forget the Snacks
Last but by far not the least, the last thing you want on a day like this is hungry kids. Kids have tiny tummies and the queues can be ridiculously long to wait for food, so don’t risk it and bring a stash-load of enough snacks to feed an army. Make sure it’s not perishable if you do happen to get a heatwave though!
Kid-Friendly Festival #5
Camp Bestival – Lulworth Castle, Dorset (July 28th – 31st)
There’s the World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle (they believe!). The side turrets are equal in height to the walls of Cardiff Castle, making it taller than the Great Wall of China. Bubble Shows and appearances from CBeebies’ LazyTown and Mr Tumble will keep the youngest happy.