4 Of The Best Family Festivals 2017
Boy do we love festivals. There is nothing better than going to a festival and being able to take the whole family along!
Festivals have never been more popular in the UK, but whilst there are more and more being held every year, if you’re looking for ones that are suitable for families, it can be tough to decide which one(s) to go to. You will find that most festivals are happy to have kids attend however, some are more suitable for your young ones than others. Here we take a look at four of the most popular festivals in the UK which reviews state are great for festival goers of all ages. Below are two of the better known family friendly festivals and two lesser known but equally as awesome family festivals.
Hippy’s, rockers, folk and metal heads of all ages are welcome at all. In fact – everyone is welcome and will no doubt have a wonderful time.
When: 14 – 16 July 2017
Where: Henham Park, Suffolk
Cost: £205.50 for an adult weekend ticket, £10 for a child (5-12) weekend ticket.
Latitude is known, and quite rightly so, as being one of the very best family festivals not just in the UK but in Europe too. Not just a music festival, Latitude is seen as being more of a continental European festival rather than your typical UK festival. Why? Well, in addition to the wonderful bands that they manage to get on the bill each year, they also have elements of so many other things to entertain the family from arts, cabaret, comedy, theatre, dance and oh so much more. There is even a pretty amazing area just for the kids where there is a multitude of things to keep them amused. This year there will be pizza making and woodland crafts just to name a few. Sounds like great fun! I wonder if adults can go too?!?!?!
The scenery around the festival is pretty amazing too comprising of beautiful woodland and even some lakes. And relax.. aaahhhhh!
Latitude Festival is run by the same guys that look after the Reading and Leeds Festivals (which are awesome too), Festival Republic. Those of you who have been on the festival scene for many years will probably remember festival republic as Mean Fiddler, back in the day anyways…
The first festival went live in 2006 and has been growing stronger ever since.
With a wonderful vibe, bands of all genres to suit all ages and so many things to do, this truly is a wonderful family festival.
Latitude 2017 will see the likes of Mumford and Suns and Fleet Foxes headline amongst so many other ace bands.
More info: http://www.latitudefestival.com/
When: 27 – 31 July 2017
Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Cost: Adult Weekend Ticket – £197.50, Student Weekend Ticket – £185, Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket – £125, Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket – £98.75, Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket – £45, Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket – £15.
Camp Bestival is what I would call a relatively new festival. With the first ever festival in 2008, Camp Bestival, the little sister of Bestival, has become such a popular festival with families that have small children. The reason for this is because they know that it is important for families to be able to attend festivals and enjoy themselves and feel comfortable in doing so. Family time is precious and so why not take them somewhere fun where there are activities for everyone.
Set in the beautiful Dorset countryside, at Lulworth Castle the festival site really is a sight to behold. Even without the bands and the entertainment it is a wonderful place to be with wonderful walks and of course the beautiful castle.
For the grownups you have of course the music, the beer tents (yummy), a plethora of food and stalls galore for you to peruse much like at all the other great music festivals. Now, for the kids, this is something rather special. Camp Bestival have made such an effort to make sure that there is something for kids of all ages and to be honest, I think that they have done an amazing job. They have Upper and Lower Kid’s garden which is where the fun is at! A space for the kids to go when they want space and where they have the freedom to explore and have major fun. Do your little uns like bouncy castles, bikes, go-karts and such? Well this is just a drop in the ocean of what they have available. Oh wait, I forgot to mention the face painting, the insect circus and the art area – you will have to go to find out the rest 🙂
There is also soft play areas for kids under 5 and a mother and baby chill out area which is aptly named Breastival..
There is even The Den, an area for older kids aged 13 -17. They have thought of everything!!!
Camp Bestival will see some amazing bands in 2017 so get your tickets and you too could be watching Madness, Leftfield (playing the whole of Leftism – amazing), The Lightning Seeds and many more fun bands.
More info: http://www.campbestival.net/
The Good Life Experience Festival
When: 15 – 17 September 2017
Where: Hawarden Castle, Flintshire
Cost: £117 for an adult weekend camping ticket, £39.50 for 12 -17 years of age, 11 and under go free.
One of the lesser known UK festivals and not one that I had heard of before, the Good Life Experience Festival at Hawarden Castle in Flintshire gives you and the children a chance to take a break from consumer society and have so much fun. This festival really does sound amazing. I am gutted that we are busy on these dates this year but next year, we will be there without a doubt. Not as Mystical Mayhem but just as 2 hippy’s :-). Just reading about The Good Life Experience makes me think that within no time this will become a very popular family festival. If you love the outdoors, crafts, live music and having a great time, then you quite simply have to go here!! Launched in June 2014 this really is a new festival . This festival was born out of an idea shared by four friends who wanted some simplicity back in their lives, a time to enjoy the simple and more straightforward things in live and connect with nature even if only for a short while. There are so many crafts and activities for everyone to take part in and I really mean so so many. Always wanted to try your hand at archery or even axe throwing, well at The Good Life Experience you can. You can also take some cooking classes, some pumpkin carving and mosaic making classes. There is also tree climbing, pelt making, yoga, Tai Chi, wood carving, adventure playgrounds, play fort, wall climbing all the way through to meditation. There really is something here for all the family. Go on, get your tickets. You know you want to!!!
More info: https://www.thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk/
The Stainsby Festival
When: July 21 – 23 2017
Where: Stainsby, Derbyshire
Cost: £60 for an adult camping ticket, £35 for a youth ticket (12 – 17) and under 12s go free.
Stainsby Festival is a lovely little festival that is run by a registered charity which means that it is 100% not for profit. A fabulous event run purely by volunteers who want to because they are part of the Stainsby community. How long can this go on right? Well, you will be pleasantly surprised, this year’s festival is #49, yes that’s right #49. Just brilliant! The profits of each festival fund the next. Such a wonderful concept not run by many festivals.
Stainsby is all about live music and having fun. You will not see any big band names here but that does not mean that the bands are not amazing. The bands that play here really can hold their own.
There are so many things to do from walks to craft and many workshops of all kinds. Here there are things to test all senses 🙂 A wonderful great all rounder festival.