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No Babysitter Needed! Top Family Friendly Festivals
The idea of carrying a toddler to a festival may seem like a nightmare waiting to happen but this doesn’t mean it can’t be done as there are plenty of alternatives such as Wilderness, Bestival and Lollibop that are safe and enjoyable.
The UK’s biggest festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds may have earned themselves a reputation for being rock and roll but this doesn’t mean families with young children have to miss out on the fun. Check out our guide to family-friendly festivals this summer.
Wilderness - August 7th -10th - Oxfordshire
If you have older kids then this is perfect, as entertainment provided by the Roald Dahl and Charles Dickens museum will keep the children entertained for hours. Meanwhile, you can sneak off to chow down on street food made by top star chefs, engage in live philosophical debates and dance to a string of acts.
Price: Weekend family camping £125. Buy here
Camp Bestival - July 31st - 3rd August, Lulworth Castle, DorsetWith plenty of dedicated areas for the little ones to run around and a dedicated breast feeding area for new mothers, Besitval is a top choice for families of all ages. Kids will never run out of things to do as activities such as kids yoga and go-karting will keep them occupied for hours, and if you manage to catch a spare minute make sure to check out headliners such as Basement Jaxx and Sinead O'Connor who will have you dancing until the sunsets.
Don't Miss! The comedy shows, or grizzly dads can sign up for the beard and moustache competition.
LolliBop - 15th - 17th August - Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
If camping isn't really your thing but you would still like to soak up the festival atmosphere, then why not try this day-festival which is aimed purely at children under 10. Set in beautiful gardens, it's a full-on kiddies wonderland featuring some of the biggest names in kids entertainment. They have tried to make the event as stress-free for parents by providing buggy parks, boob and botty boudoirs where you can change the baby, breast feed in comfort and warm up baby food.
Don't Miss! Thomas and Friends, Postman Pat Live.
Price: £20 per person Buy Here!
Chilled in a Field – 1-3 August - Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, East Sussex
If you have never been to a festival before, then this tiny and child friendly festival is for you. There is no overwhelming crowds, and plenty of green space for the kids to run around. Take the kids on an adventure by visiting the hobbit houses hidden in the trees or take them for a ride on the miniature railway. Best of all children five can go for a quid!
Don't Miss! Swing dancing lessons at the 1940's prohibition opening night party Price: £64.50 for three days camping. Buy Here!
Picture: Chilled In A Field
Just So Festival - 15-17 August - Road Hall Parkland, Cheshire
If you're the arty type who wants to immerse your kids in a beautiful world of creativity, arts and children’s fantasies then this friendly festivals set in the woodlands is perfect! Don't worry about the kids being distracted by commercialism or TV characters because there is far too many activities, exploring, dressing up to do! Under 3′s go free.
Don't Miss! The indoor barn dance hosted by Cut a Shine.
Price: Adults: £105 Children: £45 and kids under 5 go free! Buy Here!
Shambala – 21-24 August - Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire
Get the kids snuggled up and ready for bed after a long day of activities by gathering in the Family Yurt which is used as a chill out zone and for bedtimes stories with hot cocoa. Check toddlers into the crèche, or keep them active in toddler play spaces, and sandpits whilst you relax with a pint near the lake. There is also an early years tent in the main festival with puppet shows, dance classes, workshops.
Don't Miss! Femi Kuti, The Shamabla Carnival.
Price: Adults £135 Children £35 Kids under five go free! Buy Here!
WOMAD - 24th - 27th July - Charlton Park, Wiltshire
Feel the chilled-out bohemian vibes all weekend, with this family friendly festival for those who are hippies at heart. The name stands for World of Music and Dance, and the festival provides exactly what it says on the tin! So expect lots of workshops and tribal sounds.
Don't Miss! Taste the World restaurant where you can try foods from different countries.
Price: Adult £180 Children under 13 go free! Buy Here!
BoomTown, 7th-10th August, Winchester
Combining a fun environment for all ages, BoomTown covers all bases with their line-up which includes the likes of Ms Dynamite to Chas n Dave. It's dedicated children's area, KidzTown, serves up workshops and stage shows to bingo. There's also a dedicated 'Babychamber' tent where parents can wind down with their toddlers and babies.
Price: Adults £150 Children under 12 go free! Buy Here!
Beautiful Days - 15-17th August - Escot Park, Devon
If you want a child-proof festival with a strong and warm hippy vibe then head to this laid-back event which will see legendary reggae artist Jimmy Cliff take to the stage. There's no nee to miss any of the action either as the children’s area is situated right in the middle of the festival site between the Main Stage and The Big Top (Stage 2).
Don't Miss! The theatre tent with live plays
Price: It's currently sold out but make sure you snap up your tickets for next year.
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