Glastonbury has been and gone and in all its vibrant, (NON) mud-caked-glory, heralding the start of the Great Summer Festivals.
Whilst cramped camping and hygiene woes are synonymous with ‘Glasto’, many would love to experience the smaller-scale Summer Festivals that was more about celebrating creative, artistic and culinary talents in clean, bunting-adorned tepees, where pies mix with champagne and gourmet chefs stand side-by-side with local farmers.
The long, warm sun-drenched days are here for the taking, so make sure you make the most of them with our round-up of the Top 10 Family Friendly Summer Festivals:
1. Cornbury Music Festival
Oxfordshire, July 7-9th
It’s a high-end affair here, in the glorious Chipping Norton countryside. We are talking Kids Zone, Teen Tent, Circus skills tent, great food and music. It is civilised, charming and irresistible – a homespun melting pot where music-lovers share culinary delights with superstars, toffs, rockers, crooners, Morris dancers, farmers, urbanites, and fashionistas. Brian Adams, Kaiser Chiefs, The Pretenders and Jools Holland are just some the great line-ups.
2. The Just-So Festival
Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire, August 18/19/20
An intimate, weekend-long glamping festival for children and their families. the Just So Festival provides an imaginative outdoor adventure like no other, showcasing the best art, music, literature, comedy and theatre for families in a wondrous landscape of woodland clearings, rolling parkland, arboreal amphitheatres and lakeside spots in the Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire.
3. The Big Feastival
Cotswolds, August 25-27
Held on ex-Blur bassist Alex James’s Cotswold farm, it is always a mixture of fabulous food and high-end celebrity spotting. Olly Murs and Madness will be performing as well as countless other fantastic artists (hosted by Jo Whiley )and many wonderful chefs such as Rick Stein and Antonio Carluccio.
There is much for the smaller people to do with cookery classes and a Little Dudes’ Den which includes face painting, jam sessions and giant haystacks.
4. Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle
Dorset, July 27-30th
It’s a children’s paradise here of dens, activity gardens, science tents and activities that span the wonderful to the amazing. For grown-ups there are food markets, cafes, bars, talks and music stages (line up is endless and includes All Saints, Mark Ronson and The Lightening Seeds.) Bring your babies, toddlers, teenagers and yourselves, as everyone has a great day covered, with no chance of getting bored.
Suffolk, July 13-16th
With activities and entertainment for Kids, Teens and Families now spread across three exciting areas, it’s no wonder Latitude has previously won Best Family Festival and ‘Best Family Day Out’
A proper pop festival in the beautiful grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk. Arranged around the Latitude Lake is a stunning Kids Area, where children are entertained with fire shows, pizza-making, traditional woodland crafts and a host of exciting science experiments. There is also an Inbetweeners’ Teen Area. Here, teenagers can take part in music, media, fashion and technology workshops, or learn wildlife survival skills.
6. Curious Arts Festival
Hampshire, July 21-23rd
Described as ‘one of the UK’s top boutique festivals’ by the Guardian, Curious Arts Festival is a celebration of artistic talent against the lush backdrop of the New Forest.
There are music, literature & comedy line-ups, as well as workshops both for children and adults and a whole host of curiosities.
7. Port Eliot Festival
Cornwall, 27-30th July
Touted as “One of the coolest festivals on the Summer circuit” by GQ & Vogue. It has exhibitions, workshops, music, open fire campfire sessions, science tents, outdoor adventures on the water and even a wardrobe department, to really get into the festival spirit.
8. Wilderness Festival
Oxfordshire, 3rd-6th August
With glittering delights packed to the rafters, this is an eco-friendly festival with a difference. There are pioneering global artists, and activities that range from wild swimming, hunting skills, out-door hot tubs to learning to cook, paint or forage.
9. Smoked and Uncut
New Forest, Hampshire,
8-9th July The Pig Brockenhurst / 22-23 July Limewood, New Forest / 19-20 July, The Pig, Near Bath / 9 September, The Pig, Devon
Held at THE PIG hotels and luxury Lime Wood throughout the summer. Street-food feasting, day-long drinking, dancing like no one is watching and sleeping under the stars.
10. Green Man Festival
Brecon Beacons, 17-20th August
Green Man Festival lands a 1,500 strong folk-led lineup across the comedy, theatre and literary spheres onto mountainous worlds that dazzle and delight. One of those is Little Folk, an Alice in Wonderland park filled with all sorts of magical games, activities and workshops to let your child’s imagination run wild.