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Since the new year is just around the corner, why not start the year off right by planning a fun family holiday?
Although we are still a couple of seasons away from summer, it’s wise to plan early, and there is no better way to spend your vacation than attending a family festival. With so many festivals to choose from, you won’t have to arrange outdoor games every day to keep the kids occupied. If you’re short for ideas, here are four family-friendly festivals to enjoy across the UK next summer.
Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire
The Shambala Festival is a four-day contemporary performing arts festival that celebrates many types of music such as rock, pop, and so on. Held in Northamptonshire, the team has thought of everything when organising the festival. Close to the car park, there is a family camping area with hot showers and washbasins. The family yurt is another perfect place to stay, with many amenities such as beds, loos, as well as bins for baby diapers and food compost.
At this festival, your children will love exploring the surroundings through nature workshops and woodland adventures. Children can also enjoy Playtopia, a massive field complete with workshops, equipment, and entertainment from Arty Farty and Super Pirates. Furthermore, the famous Flying Seagull Project will delight both adults and children with circus acts and humorous Wheels on the Bus remixes. Finally, complete the evening by watching fireworks in front of Kelmarsh House. The Shambala festival was postponed this year, but it will resume the following summer.
Starry Skies, Wales
Starry Skies is another festival organised by the Shambala Festival’s award-winning events team. This event takes place on a farm in the Welsh countryside, where the rustic farm is filled with rolling meadows and old trees, making it the perfect location for four fun-filled days beneath the stars. You’ll love the scenery, even more, when you discover that there’s an iron age fort nearby where you can capture the magnificence with your instant camera. The Starry Skies is unique in that it has a small capacity – only 250 families split across three fields, ensuring that there will be no overwhelming crowds.
Families with babies will enjoy the entire experience because there is a cosy yurt housing morning song, infant massage sessions, and you can drop in at any time for a feed, snooze, or chill. In addition, the Toddle Out crew creates adventure trails through the woods, mud kitchens in which to cook up messy pies, rolling down hills, and insect hunts for children. When it comes to entertainment, Starry Skies has it all, from live music to circus acts from Big Top Mania and R & R. Make sure to check out the Little Fluffy Clouds Family Rave as well, a chance to dance to melodies from your youth.
Latitude Festival, Suffolk
Latitude is an award-winning family-friendly festival held in the lovely gardens of Henham Park in Suffolk. With many prominent acts performing this year, this pop festival is the one you can take your children to with this year’s line-up includes Wolf Alice, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Chemical Brothers. Aside from all the entertainment, there are dedicated kids and family zones where kids can enjoy fire shows, pizza-making, traditional woodland crafts, and a range of exciting science projects.
The festival has an environmentally-friendly ethos as well, so you can teach your children all about environmental responsibility. On another note, there is a Teen Area where teenagers can take part in music, fashion and technology classes, and learn animal survival skills. There’s also a special school programme that allows teachers to bring their students along for some festival fun. With activities spanning three zones, it’s no surprise that Latitude won Best Family Festival and ‘Best Family Day Out.’
Camp Bestival, Dorset
A wonderland for little ones, Camp Bestival is the family-friendly version of the grown-up Bestival festival, and it offers just as much for the adults as it does for the kids. The big-name acts for next year have yet to be confirmed, but earlier editions’ headliners have included the best of rock and pop, as well as prominent DJs. That said, much of the festival is devoted to little partygoers.
Camp Bestival offers more kid-friendly activities such as the bouncy castle that can be found in the Upper Kids’ Garden on the lawn and keep an eye out for appearance by beloved characters like the Gruffalo and PJ Masks too when you’re there. Other than that, there’s the Soft Play Tent, which has ball pools, ride-on cars, and so on for children under the age of five.
The good news is that there’s a professional staff to oversee, so you won’t have to worry about the children’s safety. If you’re up for some humour, head over to the stage to see Mr Tumble, Mister Maker, and Timmy Mallett performing live.
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