Family-friendly life can be tricky, but welcoming a new member to the join the fun doesn't have to mean giving up on festivals. In fact, there are tons out there that are not just family-friendly, but include whole areas dedicated to the next generation, filled with wonder and endless activities. Here are some to put at the top of your list.
Last updated: 11/01/2017
Headliners: Levellers, Thrill Collins + more TBA
The ultimate family delight, Wychwood Festival packs in more than 100 artists of music and comedy, alongside a kids' literature festival and countless workshops for all the family, meaning all ages are entertained. And we mean all, as the music spans the generations, sweeping in British rock legends such as UB40 and the rising urban sounds of Ghostpoet. There will also be rides, stalls, a silent disco and a real ale festival for the parents to enjoy!
Ticket Ages: Under 5s go free but £0 ticket needs to be purchased. Ages 5-9 and 10-15 have their own price bracket
When and where: 2-4 June 2017, Cheltenham, UK
Headliners: Madness, Mark Ronson + more TBA
Set in the magical surroundings of Lulworth Castle, Camp Bestival has won the 'Best Family Event' accolade at the UK Festival Awards so many times, that it’s now considered a must for children and adults of all ages. Sister event to the majestic Bestival, little sister is just as full of nonsense and surprise, with theatre, art, comedy, poetry and all kinds of entertainment, specifically targeted at different age groups from 0-100.
Ticket Ages: Those under 4 go for free but still need a ticket, while those under 18 must be with a parent, or a legal or nominated guardian.
When and where: 27-30 July 2017, East Lulworth, UK
Tauron Nowa Muzkya
Headliners: Christian Löffler + Mohna, Gold Panda, Ho99o9
Regarded as one of the most pioneering festivals around, Tauron Nowa Muzkya will turn your child into the coolest kid at school in the space of a weekend. But if the wave of dance, electronica, nu-jazz and soul does get a bit too much for them, the festival also has a scheduled kids activity program and a whole kids district where every child can experience a range of games along with music and art workshops in the company of a professional carer.
Ticket Ages: Unfortunately, the festival doesn't offer any discounts for children.
When and where: 6-9 July 2017, Katowice, Poland
Headliners (2016): M83, Iggy Pop, John Newman, Years & Years
The largest arts and culture festival in the Baltics is set amongst sunny beaches and misty forests with every corner scattered with dazzling artwork. Walk around and find yourself lost in the magic, or take the children over to Kids Island, where they can get involved with a whole host of activities aimed to explore, stimulate and harness creativity.
Ticket Ages: Children up to the age of 10 can visit the festival for free, and an adult must accompany children under the age of 16 at all times.
When and where: 14-16 July 2017, Salacgriva, Latvia
Headliners (2016): The Maccabees, The National, New Order
Opera by a lake and DJs hidden in the wood, Latitude is as much a visual adventure as it is a physical and musical one. Deep in the magical forests of rural Suffolk, Latitude’s journey of eclectic music, theatre, film and creative arts will hold the attention of every member of the family, meaning you could quite easily jump from a craft workshop to a Brian Cox lecture, and end up at a huge pyrotechnic headline set.
Ticket Ages: Latitude has a range of tickets for those under 18, which are: Under 4s (free), 4-12s (child ticket starting at £8), 13-15s (accompanied teen ticket), 16s and over (full price ticket).
When and where: 13-16 July 2017, Southwold, UK
Isle of Wight Festival
Headliners: Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart, David Guetta & Run-D.M.C.
A festival heavyweight, Isle of Wight consistently pulls in the biggest names on the scene, bagging a festival exclusive in the form of Fleetwood Mac, and Life's soundtrack artist Pharrell Williams. But despite the scale, Isle of Wight far from neglects the next generation, dedicating a Kids Zone filled with performances and events across the weekend, such as arts and crafts, storytelling, circus acts, magicians and more to entertain the little ones.
Ticket Ages: Those under 12 get in for free – but they must still be booked in advance.
When and where: 8-11 June 2017, Isle of Wight, UK
Headliners: Pheonix, Placebo + more TBA
Set amongst a beautiful château, Beauregard combines unbeatable music and stunning French countryside in a mix of festival and idyllic country holiday. Beyond the eclectic bill, the festival's children area, aptly named Space Kids, was designed by household name IKEA, meaning we can expect the classic design to compliment the range of activities.
Ticket Ages: Children under 12 are free and don't need any form of ticket, just some form of valid ID to prove their age on entry.
When and where: 7-9 July 2017, Normandy, France
Colours of Ostrava
Headliners: alt-J, Imagine Dragons, Norah Jones, Birdy
Add another dose of colour to your summer at Ostrava, partying amongst former blast furnaces, mines and ironworks revitalised with new life. Renowned for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Colours lays on a dedicated kid's programme around the wider theatrical performances, workshops and film screenings for everyone to enjoy.
Ticket Ages: All those under 140cm can enter the festival for free.
When and where: 19-22 July 2017, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Green Man Festival
Headliners (2016): Belle and Sebastian, James Blake, Laura Marling, Floating Points
Taking in the might of the Brecon Beacons, Green Man Festival lands a 1,500 strong folk-led lineup across the comedy, theatre and literary spheres onto mountainous worlds that dazzle and delight. One of those is Little Folk, an Alice in Wonderland park filled with all sorts of magical games, activities and workshops to let your child's imagination run wild with Alice, the Mad Hatter and his friends. Don't forget your fancy dress!
Ticket Ages: Children aged up to 4 go free but do need an Infant Ticket, while Little Folk tickets for children aged 5-12 only cost £5.
When and where: 27-20 August 2017, Brecon Beacons, UK
Headliners: Clap! Clap!, Hot 8 Brass Band, Honeyfeet
Shambala is a place to play, revitalise, and make lots of new friends while enjoying the eclectic mix that perfectly blends creativity and participation, meaning the festival really pushes the boundaries when it comes to embracing families. With too much to mention in a sentence, the winner of the Festival Kidz 'festival of the year' for 2013 dedicates camping space, a family yurt telling bedtime stories, a vibrant kids field with endless activities, and even a Bush Camp, where children are taken offsite for a whole night to experience an inspiring adventure. And that's just a taste!
Ticket Ages: Under 5s can go for free, while those aged 5-14 cost around £40, and those then up to 18 cost around £90. Tickets must be booked for all ages.
When and where: 24-27 August 2017, Northamptonshire, UK
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