Written by: Shani Fowler
Keeping the kids entertained during weekends and school holidays can be expensive to say the least, and for those with larger families, it can be especially hard. Taking the kids to festivals is a great way of getting the whole family out and all getting the opportunity to enjoy yourselves and now is a good time to snap up tickets, taking the opportunity to possibly snaffle a few early bird discounts with your booking.
Also some have free entry for the little ones which is obviously a result! Let’s have a look at what is on offer for the top family festivals for 2014.
This is located in a beautiful fairyland setting at Ashdown Forest, Sussex and runs from 23rd to 26th May 2014. Elderflower fields has something for the whole family including diverse music and workshops for the children and a supervised play and arts area for the under 5’s.
Chilled in a Field
This festival is located in the grounds of Bentley Wildfowl, at the Kent/Sussex borders runs and from 1st to 3rd August 2014. If you are festival first timer then is one could be a really good starter for you. It is perfect for toddlers. It is set in a pretty green space and doesn’t have overwhelming crowds to worry about. There are hobbit houses in the trees and a miniature railway. Under 5’s are just £1.00 entrance fee.
3 Wishes Fairy Fest
This festival runs from 20th to 22nd June 2014 and again is in a gorgeous setting at Mt Edgecumbe, Torpoint, Cornwall. Plenty of music and lots going on through the day where you can let your fairies and pixies live out their magical dreams. And maybe make a couple of wishes yourself! Under 12’s have free entry.
This festival runs from 21st to 24th August in Northamptonshire. It has a dedicated early years tent with puppet shows, dance classes, various workshops and also stay and play areas. This is one of the larger festivals but is brilliant because it has dedicated children’s area and also a crèche. Under 5’s are free entry to this event.
This one runs from 4th to 5th July 2014 and is located near Winchester. The site is small which lends itself to you being able to watch the main stage and catch a few tunes whilst sitting in a field with your toddler. Beware you don’t get too carried away with your rare opportunity to listen to the music and launch yourself into a dance which leaves everyone wondering what you are actually doing! There is children’s area which is run by Angel Garden, where there are children only toilets and a child friendly café.
This runs from 31st July to 3rd August 2014, and is located at Lulworth Castle in Dorset. There is something for everyone here, so much so, you may struggle to get it all done, but it is crowded so may not be the best for the really small ones or the first timer. It has a festival line up where there are “big names” performing.
This runs from 23rd to 27th July 2014 and is located at Barton Hill Farm, Monnow Valley on the Welsh borders. This is more a camping weekend with a dash of festival added to it which is great for absorbing a bit of music and festival atmosphere whilst getting back in touch with nature.
This runs from 25th to 29th June 2014 and is often considered the festival to be at. There are green kid’s areas and green fields. Of course there is the star studded line up and the venue is massive. This might be one where you go with the older ones although you may be considered to be ruining their street cred, especially if your rave dancing leaves you looking like you are swatting the flies. Remember your wellies too because if it rains over that weekend (as so often it seems to), the ground gets pretty boggy!
These are just a few of the festivals running this summer and they are great for a weekend of capturing outdoor action and entertainment. If you haven’t been to festivals as a family it is often best to start small, especially if you are taking more than one child. Large crowds and a couple of toddlers can be testing! Remember, (again especially if you are a first timer), to pack enough food and pack wisely, you might be able to survive on adrenaline and fresh air but your children won’t want to. Make sure you have plenty of water too. Oh and don’t forget the sun cream because you never know, it may just shine!