Festival-going may have changed since having children, but there's really no need to miss out. Check out our round-up of the best family-friendly events coming up this summer.
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Summer is packed full of fun foodie events the whole family will love. We’ve picked out the ones most geared towards kids, but we haven’t sidelined adult indulgences either – from locally-brewed beer to a lakeside spa, there's plenty to keep everyone happy.
Charlton Park, Wiltshire
Adult three-day ticket from £225; age 14-17 from £130; under 13s go free
The Taste the World stage invites artists to cook their favourite dishes, resulting in an intimate conversation with performers. The World of Children experience keeps kids entertained with many free activities.
Line-up: 2020 line-up TBC. 2019 line-up included Ziggy Marley, Macy Gray, Orbital, Salif Keita, Anna Calvi and more.
The Good Life Experience 2020
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Hawarden Estate, North Wales
Adult weekend ticket from £160; age 12-17 from £80; age 50-11 from £20, under 4s go free
If your kids are into crafts, making and outdoor adventures, The Good Life Experience ticks all the boxes. This unique celebration of artisanal living is less music-focused than other festivals in our line-up, instead offering food workshops, craft sessions like screen printing, pottery, weaving, chair-making and carpentry, plus lots of spoken word. There’s also axe throwing, archery, canoeing and wild swimming at the picturesque lake, a strong food offering and, in keeping with its resolutely canine-friendly environment, a dog show for four-legged attendees.
Line-up: 2020 TBC. 2019 line-up included Norman Jay, Guy Chambers and Dave Haslam.
Camp Bestival 2020
30 July - 2 August
Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Adult weekend ticket from £200; students from £195; age 13-17 from £135; age 10-12 from £110; age 5-9 from £60; age 4 and under from £20; babies under 1 go free. Buy tickets
This family-friendly offshoot of Bestival has a yearly theme, and this year it's ‘Camp Bestival goes to the movies’. Kids will be kept busy in the CBeebies Magazine tent while adults enjoy Dorset Farmers’ Market and The Jam Jar Bar.
Line-up: Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Liam Payne, Friendly Fires, The Sugarhill Gang and more.
Wilderness Festival 2020
30 July - 2 August
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Adult weekend ticket from £185; teen ticket (age 13-17) from £126.25; junior ticket (age 6-12) from £39.75; age 5 and under from £6.25. Buy tickets
This award-winning festival is famous for its family-friendly vibe. Kids can get stuck into everything from yoga to theatre production, and there are also plenty of creative workshops. But if you want to experience the lakeside spa, a meditation class, or one of the famous hot tubs, there’s a handy babysitting service.
Line-up: Foals, Loyle Carner, Supergrass, BICEP, Kelis, Elder Island and more.
Just So Festival 2020
Adult weekend ticket from £149.10; child ticket (age three-15) from £53.25; under 3s go free
This is a magical experience where art, music and literature are celebrated. From an opera for children to a lantern parade, a silent disco and storytelling, there's plenty to keep young ones happy. Plus, try crêpes from Cosy Rosie’s, Kroket’s French-style croquettes or tacos from Tacoporium.
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The Big Feastival 2020
Adult weekend ticket from £152.50; teen ticket (age 13-17) from £85; child ticket (under-12s) from £25. Buy tickets
This festival (held at Alex James’ farm) is a bit of a foodie frenzy, but there’s also plenty for children to do, from group games to circus workshops. They can take part in cookery classes, dance lessons and jam sessions. And you’ll be able to tuck into a variety of street-food favourites, including ice lollies from Lickalix and Made of Dough’s wood-fired sourdough pizzas, before taking part in cookery demos.
Line-up: 2020 line-up TBC. 2019 line-up included Elbow, Rudimental, Lewis Capaldi, The Zutons.
Pub in the Park 2020
Various dates and locations
Adult day tickets from £37.28; ages 6-15 from £21.30, under 5s free. Buy tickets
Tom Kerridge's food and music festival has eight locations across England between May and September – Marlow, Leeds, Knutsford, Bath, Warwick, Tunbridge Wells, Chiswick and St Albans. The afternoon sessions are best for spending time with the children. Pop-up ‘pubs’ include José Pizarro and Angela Hartnett.
Line up: James Blunt, Rick Astley, Razorlight, Heather Small, Craig David and more.
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Do you have a favourite food festival? We'd love to hear your ideas and recommendations...
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