By Adam Preston
With spring in full swing and the sun now making its appearance, summer is just around the corner, and with summer comes all of the festivals. Just because you’re now a parent that does not mean that you can’t still go and enjoy the music, sight and sounds. Here is a list of the top family friendly festivals this year.
Lechlade Festival – http://www.lechladefestival.co.uk – 27th-29th May 2016
Lechlade is an affordable family music festival with bands and performers across three stages across all music genres. Kids 16 and under go free and there’s lots to keep them entertained including storytelling, a free play tent and workshops. A great way to enjoy the late May bank holiday. For a bit of nostalgia, the headliners this year are The Proclaimers.
Best Family Festival – http://www.isleofwightfestival.com/- June 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th
ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL – Children of up to age of 12 can go for free and even offers discounts for students- the festival has won best family festivals of the year 2015 at Festival Awards. The festival has its own Kids Zone for the little ones and plenty of other things for mum and dad to get up to as well.
Ymuno Festival – http://www.ymuno.com/ – July 1st-4th 2016
This little festival in North Wales (Rhyd-y-foel) brands itself as ‘a little festival with a big heart.’ With the lineup of activities including ‘Laughter Yoga’, a ‘junk instrument workshop’, and Den building, it looks like the whole family will have great fun. Toddler and Babies under 3 go free, and under 18’s get their ticket for just £16.
Barefoot festival – http://www.barefootfestival.com/ July 29th, 30th and 31st
Based in Leicester this is a nice grass roots festival with plenty to do. There are workshops throughout the weekend, which both parents and children can get involved with. Every day has its own theme from such things as Fairy Friday, Sparkly Saturday and Bollywood Sunday, so you and the kids can get really involved.
Green Meadows Festival – http://www.greenmeadowsfestival.org/ – August 12th-14th
It’s always good to support a charity event and Green Meadows Festival is running for the 5th year in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. This festival is in the grounds of Elton Hall, near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, and features new and unsigned bands from the area. New for 2016 is a completely separate camping area for families and they’ve also got a dedicated kids area with lots of workshops, games and activities on during the day. Infants (0-3) go free, 3-12 years is £10 13-17 years is £25 and over 18’s are £67 at full price, but there are still some £55 tickets left.
Which festivals are you going to this year? Are there any you feel should be on our Family Friendly Festivals list? Let us know below or via Facebook.