The face of festivals has changed. No longer do you have to worry about the sprogs running naively into a mosh pit – a lot of festivals are now designed with the 2.4 children in mind.
If you thought your summer plans were now restricted to caravan parks and play parks – think again.
Here’s our selection of the best family-friendly festivals in the UK this Summer.
Where: Tanworth in Arden, Warwickshire
When: June 3-5, 2016
Who’s playing: Television, Super Furry Animals, Badly Drawn Boy
What’s it like: Set in the spiritual home of bashful folk icon Nick Drake – Lunar is a West Midlands festival with an impressive line-up of post-punk, indie and alternative. For children, Under 12s tickets come with access to Umberslade Children’s farm – complete with farmyard animals and adventure play areas.
How much: £115
Kelburn Garden Party
Where: Kelburn Castle, North Ayrshire
When: July 1-4, 2016
Who’s playing: TBC
What’s it like: Set in the grounds of a quirky Scottish castle, Kelburn Garden Party is a family-friendly festival with a serious woodland vibe. Alongside the main musical entertainment is art installations, theatre shows, pop-up gigs and even waterfall plunge pools.
How much: £79-114 for adult weekend tickets
Where: Henham Park, Southwold
When: July 14-17, 2016
Who’s playing: Maccabees, The National, New Order
What’s it like: Latitude’s commitment to opening festivals up to all ages has seen them pick up plenty of awards for being family friendly. The scenic site location in seaside town of Southwold is a huge draw and their triple-head main event line up is impressive for any festival.
How much: £205.50
Deer Shed Festival
Where: Baldersby Park, Topcliffe
When: July 22-24, 2016
Who’s playing: Richard Hawley, Everything Everything, Rae Morris
What’s it like: Deer Shed makes a big point of their accessibility of their site to children – choosing not to herd them off into separate locations but opening the whole up to family exploration. This year’s theme is the silver screen with acting workshops and some sing-a-long Frozen too. If you happen to know the words…
How much: £145
Where: Charlton Park, Wiltshere
When: July 28-31, 2016
Who’s playing: Hot 8 Brass Band, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, This Is The Kit
What’s it like: If you’re looking for a festival line-up offering some real diversity, you can’t get better than Womad. The three-day event in Charlton Park is a heavy line-up of ‘world’ music, jazz, blues and hip-hop from the four corners of the globe – and children under the age of 13 are welcome to head along for completely free.
How much: £175
Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
When: July 28-31, 2016
Who’s playing: Fatboy Slim, Tears For Fears, Jess Glynne
What’s it like: Bestival’s ‘little sister’ event is a multiple award-winner. This festival in the sunny Southern climes of Dorset is geared up to children in a big way, with art areas, fairground rides, facepainting and soft-play tent. There’s also a dedicated area for 13-17 year olds who may feel a little too mature for a session in the sandpit.
How much: £197.50
Where: Standon, Hertfordshire
When: July 29-31, 2016
Who’s playing: Suede, Ghostpoet, Gold Panda
What’s it like: Boasting one of the most scenic spots on this year’s calender as well as a diverse line-up of old favourites and up-and-comers, Standon Calling definitely stands as one of the most attractive smaller festival line-ups. The festival had teamed up with Elissa Gold Events to create a kid-friendly area too, with workshops, games and masterclasses for the youngsters.
How much: £145.22
Doune the Rabbit Hole
Where: Cardross Estate, Stirling
When: August 19-21, 2016
Who’s playing: Awesome Tapes From Africa, Bossy Love, C Duncan
What’s it like: An intimate music and arts festival in the Stirlinghsire countryside – that looks strikes a balance between festival and family fun with an array of activities and events for all ages. It’s a seriously independent vibe, from the musical names on the bill right down to the local food stalls.
How much: £88