Family-friendly festivals to visit
Festivals were once the domain of teenagers and die-hard ravers only but, along with those teenagers, most festivals have matured and now welcome families in there thousands. Here’s our top five of the best family-focused festivals for 2014:
The Pet Show
2-3 August, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
The Pet Show 2014 is a must-see for pet lovers. Enjoy quality entertainment including exciting displays, special guests, meet-and-greet areas, animal habitat features, educational workshops and have-a-go activities at the largest national pet event in the UK. A Street Cat Named Bob author James Bowen will be in attendance, as will television’s Marc the Vet. You can even bring your own dog along!Stoneleigh Park boasts luxurious camping facilities. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is £40.48 when booked in advance. Camping booked separately, from £15. thepetshow.co.uk
Green Man 2014
14-17 August, Glanusk, Wales
Nestled in the Black Mountains (near Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons), the Green Man boasts music, comedy, poetry, literature, art and science, fun for 12 and unders and a separate area just for teens, spas, therapies, hot piping showers, luxury camping areas, local ale and cider sipping, all-night bonfires and a selection of locally sourced food over four days of festival fun.
With workshops on everything from photography to hat making, you can check out the hundreds of bands as the kids make new friends.
Adult tickets from £159, 3-12 year olds from £5, smaller children free. greenman.net
1-3 August, Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire
This Hertfordshire festival takes place around a scenic manor house and has become extremely popular with families. With a special children’s area in a secluded part of the grounds, you won’t need to worry about your kids wandering off.
Entertainment ranges from the traditional (a Punch and Judy show) to the novel (Maurice’s reggae nursery rhymes).
Singer-songwriter Frank Turner and Maximo Park are topping the bill this year.
Adult tickers from £129, all children’s tickets from £10, standon-calling.com
Chilled in a Field
1-3 August, Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, East Sussex
Having won a host of awards for its commitment to children’s entertainment, Chilled in a Field is dubbed the ultimate family-festival experience this summer. Its super-sized play area, array of workshops and healthy food ensures kids of all ages are well catered for. Plus there’s plenty of post-bedtime activities for adults, including live DJ sets and a cabaret show.
Adult tickets from £64.50, all children’s tickets for a nominal £1, chilledinafield.net
Towersey Village Festival
21-25 August, Towersey Thame, Oxfordshire
At Towersey it’s all about great music, dance, spoken word, street theatre, visual art, film and song. The Towersey Village Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with headline shows from Richard Thompson and Seth Lakeman. A separate events listing is planned for children, featuring a ceilidh band workshop and craft activities.
Add great campsites and beautiful surroundings, there is no better way to bring your summer holidays to a close.
Adult tickets from £120, five to 11 year olds from £55, younger children free, towerseyfestival.com