These days, summer festivals are a hot family destination. Once the preserve of patchouli-effusing hippies and up-all-night party animals, now the festival circuit is full of events that cater for families.
Whether you fancy a tranquil one-day folk affair like London’s Apple Cart or a full-on family fiesta like Camp Bestival there is a sun-dappled sanctuary (or mud-mulched field) out there to suit every brood’s preference. Top of the bill for variety is Lattitude, a mixed bag of music, comedy, theatre and children’s events to suit every taste set in a picturesque Suffolk park surrounded by a decidedly surreal kaleidoscope of dip-dyed sheep. Or for true diversity, Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD, now entering its fourth decade, is a celebration of global music arts and dance, sure to add a sunny exotic flavour to even the soggiest of British summers days.
The festival vibe, of course, is all about peace, love and understanding, and the idea is that you get to chill out and relax in the delightful company of your happy brood. That moment will come, hopefully, when you’re all languishing comfortably on a big blanket, on a hazy sunshiny afternoon, listening to some great music, sipping a little libation, as your child merrily scampers and skips, catching bubbles in the air. Before then, however, you have the journey to your destination with all your clobber in tow (a consideration when choosing your festival); the queuing to get into the camp site (hence, it’s a good idea to arrive the day before, really early, or late to avoid peak times); and the joys of setting up camp, which can be fun if that’s your thing; if not, consider taking advantage of the many offerings of ready-made boutique camping from stylish yurts to pods, Airsteam motorhomes to groovy vintage campervans.
This article previously appeared in Junior magazine as a print article