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 for kids, but we haven’t sidelined adult indulgences either – from locally-brewed beer to a lakeside spa, there's plenty to keep everyone happy...
Adult three-day ticket from £185; age 14-17 from £95; under-13s go free
The Taste the World stage invites artists to cook their favourite dishes, resulting in an intimate conversation with performers. And the World of Children experience keeps kids entertained with many free activities.
Line-up Ziggy Marley, Macy Gray, Orbital, Salif Keita, Anna Calvi and more.
Camp Bestival 2019
Adult weekend ticket from £180; students from £175; age 13-17 from £114; age 10-12 from £90; age five-nine from £31.50; age four and under from £11; babies under one go free
This year’s attendees are asked to don capes for the Heroes vs. Superheroes fancy dress theme. Kids will be kept busy in the CBeebies Magazine tent while adults enjoy Dorset Farmers’ Market and The Jam Jar Bar.
Line-up: Nile Rogers & Chic, Annie Mac, Jess Glynne, Sister Sledge and more.
Adult weekend ticket from £190.75; teen ticket (age 13-17) from £126.25; junior ticket (age six-12) from £39.75; age five and under from £6.25
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.
Plus, try dishes from Café Murano, Patty & Bun, and chefs Nieves Barragán and Tom Aikens.
Just So Festival 2019
Adult weekend ticket from £145; child ticket (age three-15) from £50; under-threes 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.
Just So Festival
The Big Feastival 2019
Adult weekend ticket from £152.50; teen ticket (age 13-17) from £85; child ticket (under-12s) from £25
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 also take part in cookery classes, dance lessons and jam sessions. And you’ll be able to tuck in to a variety of street-food favourites, including ice lollies from Lickalix and Made of Dough’s wood-fired sourdough pizzas, before taking in cookery demos by Andi Oliver and Raymond Blanc.
Line-up Elbow, Rudimental, Lewis Capaldi, The Zutons and more.
Pub in the Park
Various dates and locations
Adult tickets from £30; under-15s £20
If you missed Tom Kerridge’s Marlow event in May, the good news is that this year there are seven more fun weekends in Leeds, Knutsford, Bath, Warwick, Tunbridge Wells, Chiswick and St Albans between now and September. The afternoon sessions are best for spending time with the children. Pop-up ‘pubs’ include José Pizarro and Angela Hartnett.
Line up Clean Bandit, Rick Astley, Razorlight, Fun Lovin’ Criminals.
Historic Royal Palaces Food Festivals
Hillsborough Castle & Gardens Food Festival, 5-7 July; Hampton Court Palace Food Festival, 24-26 August; Tower of London Food Festival, 12-15 September
Enjoy a great day out with live cookery demos from top chefs and experts including Nadiya Hussain and Chris Bavin, street food, kids’ entertainment, plus shopping from artisan producers – all while exploring the stunning venues and grounds.
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Do you have a favourite food festival? We'd love to hear your ideas and recommendations...
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