An organized series of concerts, plays, or films, typically one held annually in the same place.
"What festival shall we bring the family to this year?"
Summer half term starts in a week (see recommendations for camps here) yet we're still wearing winter coats. While we continue to will the sun to start... you know... shiningand making everyone feel good, we decided that today's issue, which is all about family-friendly festivals recommended by parents on Kinfo, might just remind it that it has a job to do.
Isabelle & the Kinfo Team
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The mecca, the don, the Godfather for festivalling families. Tickets aren’t cheap, but then you get so much for your pennies, nearly all the attractions are free. Kids love all the age-related stuff (see here) as much as watching mum and dance do their best, er, mum and dad dancing. “There is so much fun to be had you won’t have time to do it all," says this mum. Time your journey wisely to avoid the Dorset traffic.
Don’t miss: Leftfield, Brian Wilson, Madness
Same weekend as Camp Bestival, but much smaller and subsequently, less of a mission. “All so safe and a lovely site for our kids to run feral without having to keep them on a lead. And breath…,” says this mum, who has a big dance then chills chatting to friends old and new on the hay bales. In keeping with the scenery, expect country acts next to seasoned DJs. The fabulous Panic Circus teaches kids’ how to work a trapeze and how to make your dad compete in a human dog show.
Don’t miss: (hosts) Sancho Panza, Jeb Loy Nichols
A mum of 2 calls this one-day seaside (Hove, actually) event a “super annual day out”. Her kids were kept busy with music and games all day. This Sunday event follows Saturday’s Funk The Format, which is similar, but for adults, where Goldie will perform with the Heritage Orchestra. Expect heaps of bonkers, dressed-up fun and games, and lots of dads milking their ‘special day’, it being Father's Day. Mums at the bar, then. Trains go from Victoria and London Bridge – “a great day out”.
Don’t miss: The Gospel House Choir, Jenna G
If you go to one festival with your kids, make it this one, says this dad. Brecon Beacons is the Welsh destination for the most organic, non-sponsored, high profile artist event to exist in the exciting world of festivals. “My wife and I love the ales and ciders as much as the performers. And our kids love the Little Folk area.” Check out Einstein’s Garden for music, comedy and spoken word, with presentations from scientists and other, wonderful interactive experiences. Artists play against the backdrop of the Black Mountains.
Don’t miss: Michael Kiwanuka, Kate Tempest, and PJ Harvey
Any excuse to go to Cornwall, right? One tipper tells us her family visited this festival while on holiday nearby. It's quite far to travel to otherwise, but it is the one that everyone raves about. Bohemian, bookish and hippy in an artful, fun way. Woodland walks, wild swimming, archery and Hullabaloo theatre appease the kids, see here. And get this... not only is there a crèche, but you can book kids into an overnight Forest School in the evening and pick them up at 8.30am. Now that is tempting.
Don’t miss: Saint Etienne, Ceilidh Liberation Front
What's black and white and goes SNAP! A penguin with a camera?
Ease of access is definitely an attraction for parents with small kids, and this mum of 3 says everything is well laid out and simple, with clean loos, plenty of facilities. “It’s really safe and friendly.” Cornbury started in 2004, this is the last one ever. It'll be emotional, in a good way.
Don’t miss: The Pretenders, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Kaiser Chiefs
A fantastic, friendly event with woodland walks, hot tubs, and more and more kids stuff being featured on the bill (now that the organisers have had kids of their own, we suspect). See what's on for families here. This medium-sized festival is “more about glitter, boas and headdresses, less about music,” we're told.
Don’t miss: Jamaican toaster U-Roy
All the arts are covered: theatre, comedy, poetry, even ballet on occasion. Suffolk’s A12 gets jammed with Londoners leaving work for their annual baa-aall among the colourful herds. This is the kind of crowd that will delight in singing ‘Babel’ along with headliners Mumford and Sons on Sunday evening. Crafts, drawing and theatre are among the kids entertainment. “Nice and relaxing compared to other festivals,” says this dad. Rest of line up here.
Don’t miss: The 1975, Fleet Foxes
What’s not to love, one dad is saying, about the “king of all festivals.” (The walking, carrying tent gear, drunk teenagers, for starters…?). Only joking, we agree really. Everyone has to experience first-hand the global phenomenon that is Somerset’s multiple field extravaganza. Just make sure you pack wellies, wet wipes and a strong will. It’s survival of the fittest, and that’s without kids in tow. The kids area is, however, truly amazing. They will love you. Like, forever.
Don’t miss: Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry for the kids; Solange, Stormzy, Chic and First Aid Kit for the adults
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