Blissfields is at The Park, Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott, Winchester, Hampshire
What’s the vibe Awarded 2007 Best Small Festival accolade, this year’s theme promises to be a sci-fi-tastic “Out Of This World” experience.
Musical interludes Frank Turner (nominated Best Solo Artist in the NME Awards) headlines, with former Razorlight member Andy Burrows and SixNationState also on the bill.
For the kids Katy Ashworth from CBeebies’ I Can Cook will be performing songs and storytelling, alongside lots of family arts and crafts, juggling and circus skills workshops, puppet shows and hula-hooping. Not to mention the chance to dress up as an alien or spaceman.
Added extras The Blisscotheque will showcase local DJ talents, or strut your stuff at the Future Disco. Family activities also include It’s A Knockout, plus open-mic and campfire jamming sessions.
Where to stay Pitch your tent in the family area that is situated furthest from the noise of the stage (further to walk, yes, but much more conducive to sleep, plus being a small-scale venue nowhere at Blissfields is too far to walk).
What does it cost £69.95 for adults; £46.95 for 6–15 years; under-fives are free (nominal 1p charge).
Extend your stay You’re within close proximity of the leafy confines of the New Forest with picturesque walks where you can get close to nature. If you fancy a country house hotel, try Balmer Lawn from £229 B&B for a family of four, or for old-style charm, try Cottage Lodge B&B in Brockenhurst, £200 per night for a family of four.
Check out other happenings in our round-up of the funkiest family festivals for summer 2011.