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 Lollibop, Just So Festival and Beautiful Days that are a god send for families with kids of all ages.
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.
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! All thing magical at the Harry Potter world, Thomas and Friends and Postman Pat Live.
Price: £20 per person Buy Here!
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!
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.
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!