Written by: Cally Worden
Wanting the lowdown on the top family festivals 2015?
Festivals are the ideal environment in which to indulge in some laid-back outdoor summer fun. We all know how much kids love mucking around outdoors and so do festival organisers – that’s why you can find increasing numbers of events aimed specifically at families. Here is our pick of the 5 best ones coming your way across the UK this summer. Time to break out the family camping gear, some funky ear-muffs for the little ones and head out into the countryside.
Cornbury Festival: 10-12 July 2015
Its convenient location in Oxfordshire makes Cornbury easy to access from anywhere in the central and southern parts of the UK. It boasts its very own dedicated Kids Zone, where you can let the kids loose on a variety of activities including clay-making, Bhangra dancing and circus skills. And all this to a soundtrack of music that this year includes Jack Savoretti, Roger Hodgson from Supertramp, Billy Ocean, and Tom Jones. For those who really can’t face camping among the mud and the masses, there are also some seriously comfortable Glamping tents available to hire.
Larmer Tree Festival: 15-19 July 2015
If you are new to festivals then Larmer Tree is the ideal introduction. Set in beautiful surroundings on the borders of Dorset and Wiltshire, this festival is gentle and easy going. There is plenty to keep kids of all ages occupied, including woodland crafts, a film club and street theatre activities. A dedicated area for family camping, complete with baby changing and other welcome facilities, add to the appeal. Ease yourself gently into festival life at this popular event.
Deer Shed Festival: 24-26 July 2015
This event is a little more traditional and is aimed at seasoned festival-goers who find themselves with kids. Activities for the little ones have a focus on the physical, making it an ideal place for energetic children to go mad outdoors without you having the hassle of clearing up after them. Organisers have thoughtfully provided 8 tonnes of sand to create a pit of magnificent proportions, a sports field and a dedicated cardboard city where the kids can let their construction imaginations run riot. There is a soft play area for smaller children, and a music line-up that includes Billy Bragg, Damien Dempsey, and John Grant. North Yorkshire entertainment at its best.
Standon Calling: 31 July – 2 August 2015
A relatively fresh -face on the festival circuit this Hertfordshire event has a growing fan base. Breaking the mould of the traditional festival, Standon Calling offers delights such as a swimming pool and a kids area that offers everything from yoga workshops to drama classes. The annual themed fancy-dress contest is sure to delight the kids and tunes from Basement Jaxx, the Dandy Warhols and Little Dragon will keep the grown-ups smiling too.
Camp Bestival: 30 July – 2 August
This Dorset festival has to rank towards the top of the list for overall entertainment. Cat in the Hat live will enchant little and big people alike, and what self-respecting kiddie would pass up the chance to see TV favourite Mr Tumble in person. Soft play for the under 5s and fairground rides and an insect circus for the older kids are among the other entertainment on offer. And all to the backdrop of tunes from the likes of Underworld, Kaiser Chiefs and Professor Green.