For the young, summer music festivals are mostly about partying all night and overindulgence. That all changes when you have little ones to think about. The good news is that the festival scene is receptive to the needs of the family - as long as you know where to look.
Here are six festivals that you might consider pencilling into this year’s summer diary!
1. Camp Bestival
27th – 30th July 2017 | Lulworth Castle, Dorset, UK
Little sister to the ever-popular Bestival, the enchanting environs of Lulworth Castle hosts four days of generation-spanning entertainment. With music, theatre, comedy, circus acts and the world’s biggest bouncy castle just the tip of the activities line-up, your brood won’t get chance to be bored for a second!
As the name suggests, the camping facilities are excellent with plenty of hot water and decent toilets. There’s plenty of space for motorhomes too. Confirmed acts include Madness, Brian Wilson, Mark Ronson, Julian Clary, Dick & Dom and CBeebies’ Mr Tumble.
Camp Bestival is specifically designed as an entry point for families dipping their toe into the summer festival scene for the first time. The organisers encourage anyone feeling a little anxious or uncertain about taking the kids to a festival to get in touch.
2. Secret Solstice
16th - 18th June 2017 | Reykjavik, Iceland
The ethereal majesty of the Nordic island is explored in one of the most unique summer festivals staged across the world. Under the perennial amber glow and midnight sun of the 72-hour solstice, the camp takes place right in the reassuring toy-town ambience of Reykjavik. Breath-taking scenery, geothermal hot springs and unearthly landscapes are just moments away if you need to take the kids for a countryside break amidst the action. The organisers also offer additional trips to a lava tunnel and a walk through a glacier. This year’s line-up includes Foo Fighters, Chaka Khan, Rick Ross and The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft.
13th - 16th July 2017 | Henham Park, Suffolk, UK
Latitude has come far since its humble beginnings just over a decade ago. These days it’s the go-to gathering for a safe and lazy summer unwind. With an emphasis on artistic activities, cabaret acts, adventurous rambles and family workshops, it’s almost enough to forget that they boast musical acts to rival any major festival line-up this side of Worthy Farm. This year sees Mumford & Sons, The 1975, Fleet Foxes, Goldfrapp and Velvet Underground legend John Cale take to the stage. The site also includes a distinctive teens’ area, enchanted garden and the inimitable flock of Technicolor sheep.
6th - 8th July 2017 | Tencin, Slovakia
Pohoda in Slavic translates to peace, ease and contentment. This is the eclectic music and arts festival that thrives on its reputation of safe camping and comfort. Based at a former military airfield and surrounded by Carpathian Mountains, there is generous space and plenty of facilities to cope with the usual demands of thousands of revellers. Literature, dance, art, film and theatre are celebrated with hundreds of attractions to keep you and the kids busy during your soothing stay. The headliners this year include Slaves, Benjamin Clementine, Mykki Blanco and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.
21st June - 16th July 2017 | Olympiapark Süd, Munich, Germany
Here’s a festival with a difference. Not your traditional camping operation, but a month long fixture in the Olympic Park. Focusing on theatre, performance, art and culture, it’s a creative city within a city for free spirits. And most of it is free! Expect big top stages, lantern-lit evenings and mouth-watering bites from around the world.
27th - 30th July 2017 | Charlton Park, Wiltshire, UK
The Rolls Royce of world music festivals, Womad is a celebration of global art, culture and music. It’s stoically family-friendly - from in utero to octogenarian and is considered one of the world’s safest and easiest camping events to attend. You can expect fairground attractions, workshops, craft, dance lessons, therapies and so much more to occupy busy hands and enquiring minds. So much so, in fact, that you could skip the music altogether. But given that the line-up includes Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, Benjamin Zephania, and the jaw-dropping talent of Maarja Nuut, why would you want to? Glamping yurts available, naturally.
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