Best UK festivals for families
If you're looking to take the kids to a festival but not sure which one is for you then check out our guide for the best UK festivals for families. All of which make considerable efforts to making festivals more environmentally friendly and encourage coming along as a whole family.
Camp Bestival is a 'little sister' festival of Bestival and is designed specifically to be child friendly and has won 'Best family festival' four times since it was created in 2008. With an enormous kid's area they'll be spoilt for choice! Choose from go-karting, fair ground rides, kid's shows, circus acts and daring sports. Or watch their favourite acts from TV like Mr Tumble and Dick and Dom.
This child friendly festival is great for kids as young 2 and has different childrens areas for 'upper kids' and 'lower kids'
Kid's entertainment isn't limited to the Kid's areas like in most festivals, you'll find fun and games for the whole family spread across the whole festival. We loved the 'Dingly Dell' where you can learn as a family how to make fires, take woodland strolls and have close encounters with owls and falcons!
As well as the amazing range of children's and family activities you'll be able to listen to great music acts such as Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons and Florence and the Machine!
Camp Bestival supports a wide range of charities including Energy Revolution who aim to reduce carbon emissions and they encourage festival goers to use the 'Big Green coach' company; for every customer that goes to camp festival using this transport they will save and protect 5 square foot of Amazonian rain forest for 10 years!
When: 26th to 29th July 2018
ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL
Your kids will never run out of things to do at the Isle of Wight festival. The Kidzone has an amazing range of children's entertainment including a circus and stunt show, talent show, craft tent, face painting, and dressing up tent. There's also a toddler tent where little ones can take part in rhythm time, story time and lego making.
There are plenty of camping options available if you don't want to stay in the main camp, including boutique camping and local hotels.
Isle of wight have won awards for being the best green festival, their efforts include raising money for eco projects, using renewable energy where possible and promoting carbon responsible transport to and from the festival.
When: 21st-24th June 2018
Where: Isle of Wight
The Green Man festival in Brecon Beacons, Wales is a great family festival which has a wide range of family friendly entertainment including circus acts, skipping competitions, skirt making and children's shows.
For older children visit the 'Somewhere field' where they can create music videos, try their hand at dj'ing and learn some circus acts.
We loved 'Einstein's Garden' which features a range of interactive experiments, wildlife walks and nature experiences. Not only is this area loads of fun for kids but is also incredibly educational too! Take part in science experiments or have a go at learning to play the drums!
For parents who are looking to unwind they also have the nature nurture area where you can get treatments, sit in a hot tub with a glass of champagne or take part in a pilates class!
Not only is this festival amazingly fun for the whole family but it's back drop of the Black Mountains is incredible!
Green Man's aim is to showcase new and emerging talent, work with local communities and schools to bring about positive change for adults & children and to encourage engagement and understanding of science. They also raise over £10,000 for local causes each year.
When: 16th-19th August 2018
Where: Brecon Beacons, Wales
Glastonbury festival encourage taking your kids with you so much so that they have their very own kids festival within the main event. The Kidz Field is suited for kids of all ages and has a range of children's entertainment and activities including climbing walls, theatre and circus acts, workshops, fairground rides and soft play! There are two family camping fields too so plenty of opportunities for your kids to make new friends and camp away from the normal festival chaos.
We love that Glastonbury also has 'The Green Fields', an area which promotes awareness of how we impact the world and how individually and together we can be more ethically and environmentally friendly. Visit this arena and you'll find solar powered movies, a secret underground venue, professional huggers, music and a stone circle!
Glatonbury work with Wateraid, Green peace and Oxfam to help the festival become greener. Plans involve a limited edition Glastonbury water bottle with free refills all weekend and a people powered sound system; jump on the gym bike to help create energy to run the sound system and screens.
Glastonbury now only runs every two years to allow the ground to recover
When: 26th-30th June 2019
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