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The best festivals for families and young kids - 5 festivals to go to in 2020
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The best festivals for families and young kids - 5 festivals to go to in 2020

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Are you looking for a festival for you and your family to go to? Maybe you have some young children and want to show them the festival experience, but not dive into the deep end of the festival world. In this blog, we're going to talk all things family friendly in the festival scene - what festivals to go to, where they are, and why they are perfect to take your kids to. 


1) Isle of Wight Festival

Located on (you guessed it) the Isle of Wight, this festival is a great place to start. A great location, it offers you something different than festivals on the UK mainland.

Why is the Isle of Wight Festival great for kids? 

With a whole area dedicated to giving young children a place to roam and have fun, 'Kidzone' will keep your little ones entertained for hours, if not days. Hear what the festival has to say about it:

"We can’t wait and we’ve got some real treats lined up for you this year, with a packed stage line up featuring 3 incredible, original shows from the hugely creative Noisy Oyster Theatre, mind-boggling tricks and laughs with  Huxley Magic, Peppa Pig and her festival stories and song, Wolly the bonkers stunt clown, Wonky Races with some mad antics and games, Carnival Dance and an animal filled parade with the Shademakers, Rascal Raves and our one and only Kids Talent Show.

So really you could just lay down your picnic blanket in front of the stage and let us entertain you. But wait! Get back up and look around! 

We’ve also got circus skills workshops with Ryde Extreme Performers, awesome natural crafts and nature play with Forest Schools, a packed Dressing Up Tent with catwalk and photobooth, a Face-painting Tent, a Craft Tent, filled with rotating “Make and Take” activities, including Kate and her team of community artists bringing us a “Wearing Art” extravaganza, Peppa Pig arts and crafts on Saturday, willow rod making and a whole heap of other creative fun. Even tiny ones can join the fun as we have a special Toddler Tent, with music and art for the under 5’s. 

We so delighted that Andy can join us again with his legendary people-powered Swingboats and Chairoplanes, so the kids can ride until they get dizzy, and expect Lego play, bubbles, colourful group painting with Nicola Gibbs, storytime and a whole lot more, as we just can’t stop ourselves bringing more to the party!

If you and your family arrive in time for play on Friday we’ve also got an Adventure Activities takeover, with Bushcraft and games, and our stage will feature performances from the young talent Medina Maestro, and possibly a rave!" 

Wow, if that doesn't convince you that Kidzone has enough going on to entertain your kids, we don't know what will. 

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Who's playing the Isle of Wight Festival?

Headlining the festival in 2020 are Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, The Chemical Brothers and Duran Duran. You may think that's a lot of headliners, and that's because the Friday and Saturday have joint headliners. 

Where can you find out more about the festival?


2) Latitude  

Latitude is located in Henham Park, Suffolk. With great line-ups every year, Latitude is a staple of the UK festival scene. 

Why is Latitude great for kids?

With specific family camping comes the enchanted garden, a magical place for you and your kids to relax and have fun. So many activities are on over the weekend, it's hard to sum them all up. We will do our best, so here is our rundown. All these activities were from 2019, so they might be slightly different in 2020. 

"The Canopy stage had theatre performances, dance workshops including Bollywood and Breakdancing, live music and more. As well as all these activities, there were family socials as well - great for making new festival mates.

Brian Paterson and his Mini-Zoo & Wildlife Display gave kids and teens the chance at Latitude 2019 to see some fascinating and beautiful creatures from meerkats to lizards, snakes to giant snails. There was also the chance to have hands-on experiences with more familiar furry friends.

Patches sewing project showed what people can create when working towards a common goal. Festival goers chose from hundreds of pre-cut patches to hand sew onto the ever-growing patchwork blanket. Families also created their own collaborative pieces over the weekend to take home.

Circomedia are dedicated to creating a space where people can discover the fullness of their physical, emotional and creative potential through circus. They were the UK’s first full-time circus school! At Latitude their expert tutors held workshops and created performances with their trapeze rig."

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Who's playing Latitude Festival?

With the more traditional three headliners, Latitude sees Haim play on the Friday, Liam Gallagher on the Saturday, and The Chemical Brothers on the Sunday. (Boy, do The Chemical Brothers work hard!) 

Where can you find out more about the festival?


3) Camp Bestival 

Taking place in Dorset, Camp Bestival is the sister festival to Bestival. Winning loads of awards when it comes to families, these guys know how to make an amazing family accessible festival.

Why is Camp Bestival great for kids?

"Featuring a truly enormous Kids’ Garden your little’uns will be utterly spoilt for choice. With a host of thrilling activities from soft play and circus skills to go-carts and glitter, there’s plenty of excitement for kids of all ages. Plus, there are kids’ shows and performances on the Castle Stage and in the Big Top, daring antics to be had at the Sports Park, and fairytale escapism in the Dingly Dell."

When it comes to awards, Camp Bestival has it all...

"In its first year Camp Bestival was awarded Best New Festival in 2008 at the UK Festival Awards and has since won Best Family Festival five times at the awards in 2017, 2014, 2013, 2010 & 2009. Camp Bestival also won Best Family Festival at the Family Traveller Awards in 2017 & 2015, and Pure Fun in 2019."

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Where can you find out more about the festival?


4) Wilderness

A festival that takes place in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, Wilderness is a unique experience that is way more than just the music.

Why is Wilderness great for kids?

Wilderness festival has loads going on for kids and young families in the Family Field. This is what Wilderness has to say about the Family Field. (This is slightly more cryptic than the other far more literal descriptions, but we love it all the same.)

"Enjoy theatre with Tootle & Nibs, make a mess with SPLAT! Art Den, get silly with the Flying Seagulls and settle in with storybook magic from Storystock. Most importantly, make plenty of new friends. Mortimer Nannies return to keep the little ones entertained while the adults explore and you can even keep the fun going with Kids Overnight Camp."

We desperately want to know what the flying seagulls are, as we are assuming they haven't trained a bunch of seagulls to entertain kids? 

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Where can you find out more about the festival?


5) Green Man

Onto our last recommendation. As you can tell by the name, Green Man Festival prides itself in being eco-friendly, and good to the environment. It's also fantastic for families!

Why is Green Man great for kids?

There is a huge range of things for families to take part in at Green Man, and for family members of all ages. Green Man have this to say:

"Otherwise known as Little Folk, our Children’s Area caters for the tiniest of tots all the way through to the most intrepid 12-year-olds. It’s perfectly plonked next to the Family Camping Fields and is bursting with workshops, music and mischief. Don’t miss the Children’s Parade on Sunday afternoon, where the little folk parade everything they’ve made over the weekend through the festival site and in front on the Mountain Stage.

Einstein's Garden was the first science area at a UK festival, and is now seen as a leader in science engagement. World leading universities and research organisations transfer their mega brain knowledge into over 100 mind blowing family-friendly performances, stretching from laughs, music and theatre, to walks, talks and interactive installations.

We run special yoga and capoeira sessions for kids, teens and families in Nature Nurture, which can be booked in advance."

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Where can you find out more about the festival?


So that's our roundup of our favourite family festivals! Having read this, are you planning on going to any of them? Or maybe you are going to get a babysitter and go to Download, either way we salute you in your family festival research. 

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