While most festivals now offer dedicated children’s events, there are still some crucial questions to ask:
- Are children allowed? Some festivals are still adults-only, so confirm that children can go before booking tickets.
- How far is the walk to the site? There is almost always a long walk from the car park to the festival site, so find out where the family car park is located – it will offer you much better access.
- What food is available? Ask about the range of food available onsite, and even then pack some favoured snacks in case there is nothing to your toddler’s taste.
- Where can families sit? If the festival is a small event, then there will probably be space to set up a blanket close enough to the stage that you can still feel a part of it, but far enough away so you won’t be trodden on underfoot.
- How good are the toilet facilities? There are actually awards for the best festival toilets (visit www.festivalawards.com), so there’s no shame in asking.
- What are the security arrangements? Most festivals have a plan of action if a child is separated from her parents at the event, but ensure everyone knows the routine before you go.
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