As the days get longer and the weather gets (slightly) warmer, it feels as though summer is just around the corner. So as well as holidays, seaside strolls and BBQs on the horizon, summer means festival season!
At Regatta we know just how fun the outdoors can be, and a festival is another great way to experience it. We’ve picked our Top 10 favourite family-friendly festivals for 2019 – so you can give them a go this Summer!
Despite the occasional spot of mud & rain, the UK has some of the best festivals in the world, with plenty of family-friendly options throughout the summer.
A weekend of wild adventure, eclectic music & great local food, designed especially for families with children in mind. Elderflower Fields is perfectly catered for children; from sports and arts camps, the urban woods activities, wildlife and environmental projects – there’s something for everyone. There are three stages scattered throughout the site for music and storytelling. Each stage has acts performing throughout the day, which means there’s always something to do, see or listen to.
Bluedot Festival combines music and science to create a truly unique festival experience. Since 2016 Bluedot Festival has been held at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire which offers a stunning backdrop to space and science-themed festival. You and the kids will be able to take part in fun science experiments, listen to talks by leading scientists, as well as dancing along to some great music across the whole weekend. This year Bluedot will be celebrating 50 years since the moon landing, so why not go and join in the fun this July.
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’.
Latitude must be the closest grown-ups can get to a real festival experience with the little ones in tow. Watch George Ezra, Snow Patrol and Lana Del Rey while your kids hang out in the Enchanted Garden, where there's circus skills classes, archaeology & history, and wildlife craft sessions.
The Big Festival
The Big Festival is another of our family-friendly favourites. Created by Jamie Oliver and Alex James, The Big Festival is an absolute must for food-loving families with appearances from some of the best chefs from the UK and abroad. In 2019 you'll also be able to dance along to acts like Elbow, Rudimental, Lewis Capaldi and Duke. The Festival runs from 23rd - 25th August so this could be the perfect way to finish an amazing summer with your family!
Taking place in a secret location each year, this independent party weekend has won awards for its green efforts, family focus and all-around fun times. With over 20 diverse musical acts across 12 live stages, world-class cabaret, and an amazing array of workshops – Shambala is a special place where you play, revitalise, make lots of new friends and return to the world refuelled on the beauty of being alive.
Kendal Calling Festival
Like a mini Glastonbury, Kendal Calling attracts some big names - this year you'll be able to see artists like, Courteeners, Manic Street Preachers and Tom Jones - whilst also offering great stuff for kids too. There’s plenty of family-friendly entertainment for mini Kendal Callers - workshops, games, creative performance, chill out zones and arts and crafts. There’s also Tiny Tim Peaks, with craft sessions, fun & games, storytime with special guests, music and more festival fun!
Kids are king at Camp Bestival, with an avalanche of activities for children of all ages, from 2 to 62! This year you’ll find performances by Mr Tumble, and Dick and Dom, plus lots more happening on the Castle Stage and Big Top featuring live music acts. This year’s line-up features headlining performances from Nile Rodgers & Chic, Jess Glynn and Annie Mac, as well as many others!
World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD)
A knock-out celebration of global sounds, you’ll find anything from Mongolian throat singing to African drumming, which invariably sets kids off dancing. The World of Children runs from 9 am to 7 pm and features popular cookery and dance workshops, an adventure playground and a focus on painting and costume-making ready for Sunday’s much-anticipated carnival procession. This year WOMAD will take place from 25th - 28th July, don't miss out!
Wilderness is all about escapism and creative freedom, putting arts and crafts first. Children can enjoy floristry, painting and cooking classes, whilst adults can relax in the natural spa. It’s also about rough and tumbling with your kids in the great outdoors and camping under the twinkling stars. The line-up this year features headlining performances from Robyn, Bombay Bicycle Club & Groove Armada.
Y Not Festival
If you've got any little music lovers under the age of 12, they'll be able to attend for free. Over the weekend you could also visit Strawberry Fields, which is a dedicated area for your children. If you're in need of some chill out time over the weekend you'll be able to find an on-site cinema. There's also a dedicated family-camping area for a quieter campsite environment.
Kit Yourself Out for a Fun-filled Family Festival
Whatever the weather at your festival of choice, we are sure to have just the thing for you. If you’re just heading down for a day of music and fun, our range of stylish and waterproof jackets and wellies will keep you looking your best, whilst protecting you from the elements. Or if you’re planning on braving a whole weekend, our huge range of tents, furniture, sleeping and camping equipment will mean you can create your own home away from home.