Infographic of The Best Family Friendly, Food and Music Festivals in Summer 2015
Regardless of where you live in the UK during the summer you will be able to attend numerous food and music festivals but if you have children and you want to take them you will want to find a festival that is family friendly, safe and have a range of activities that will ensure kids are entertained regardless of the weather. We have identified 14 different festivals across the UK with something for everyone including food and drink, music, dancing, singing, vintage fairs and cookery demonstrations.
So the sun is shining and the kids are home from school, eager to do something and be entertained. Fear not parents for wherever in the country you are, there is something happening that will satisfy their urge and let the whole family have some fun.
Womad – 24-26th July – Charlton Park, Malmesbury
Womad is a celebration of food and music from around the world and includes a Taste the World stage where chefs can be seen producing their amazing dishes. Kids under 14 can go in free of charge and there is a steam fair to see as well as a dedicated kid’s zone.
Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival – 28th-30th August – Kingham, the Cotswolds
The Big Feastival is a perfect combination of music and food with Jamie Oliver being behind the food and Alex James behind the music. There is the Big Kitchen Stage, which will feature stop talent such as the Fabulous Baker Brothers, Gizzi Erskine and Mark Hix while the Main Stage will feature Paloma Faith and indie-rock group The Feeling. The kids can also enjoy the funfair, the big top tent and there is a little dudes den for the smaller kids.
Manchester Food Festival – 10-21st September – Manchester
The Manchester Food Festival is spread around the city centre with no single venue and means there is something for all tastes. It has been operating for 18 years and within the period are a number of special events. There are also special children’s workshops including one based at the community library in Salford.
Ludlow Food Festival – 11-13th September – Ludlow
Ludlow Food Festival started in 1995 and continues with the same aim of showcasing the diverse range of food and drink from producers in the local area. As well as sampling the tasty wares on offer, there is plenty for the kids to do including a cookery school, learn circus skills such as juggling and even learn about farming and wildlife.
Rutland Food & Drink Festival – 12th September 10am-6pm – Rutland Water, Sykes Lane Empingham.
The Rutland Food & Drink Festival enters its 6th year and is a great chance to sample the local produce or be inspired by the craft of the local chefs. As well as the food and drink, there is also plenty of family activities to entertain the kids, stalls to spend their pocket money and even a funfair.
Abergavenny Food Festival – 18-20th September – Abergavenny
Now in its 16th year, the Abergavenny Food Festival has over 200 exhibits from the best food and drink producers as well as demonstrations from well-known chefs. Headlining the festival this year is top chef Tom Kerridge while kids can get involved at the Food Academy, perfect for budding chefs.
Cornbury Music Festival – 10-12th July – Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire
Cornbury is a unique music festival where people can sit back and enjoy a homemade pie or a glass of champagne while listening to modern music, Morris dancers and even chat with the gourmet chefs. The children’s zone includes workshops, crafting areas and even circus skills.
Latitude – 16-19th July – Southwold, Suffolk
Latitude is a relaxed, family friendly music festival that features big names on stage including Noel Gallagher, comedian Jason Manford and even Nina Conti, a ventriloquist. The kids area is sectioned off for different age groups so there’s something suitable for all including assault courses for the over twelve’s and fairground rides for all ages.
Camp Bestival – 30th July-2nd August – Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Camp Bestival is a combination of arts, music and creativity for both adults and kids with a diverse line up. This year kids favourites Ella Henderson and Clean Bandit are taking part along with music groups such as Level 42 and Soul II Soul for the adults. Kids can enjoy a wide range of activities including circus skills, face painting and special toddler areas.
Kendal Calling Festival – 30th July–2nd August – Kendal, Cumbria
Kendal Calling started as a music festival and now encompasses food and drink as well as a dedicated children’s area called LadyBird. There are plenty of facilities for the kids to play as well as activities such as face painting while workshops such as making puppets and learning beatboxing will keep them occupied.
Family friendly festivals
Blissfields – 3-4th August – Winchester, Hampshire
Blissfields has grown from the first festival 15 years ago in a small field to become the most popular Family Friendly Music Festival in Hampshire. The Kids will not be bored. There are two main Music Stages, The ‘Hidden Hedge’ with Burlesque Cabaret, international DJ’s and trapeze artists, a Craft Area, a Timewarp Sportsday and even a Blisscotheque.
Bristol International Balloon Festival – 6-9th August – Bristol
The Bristol International Balloon Festival has become one of the most balloon festivals in the world and ranks as one of the top five outdoor events in the UK. As well as seeing the amazing balloons there are also cross overs with local landmarks including Bristol Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium while features such as the Scooby-Doo Mystery Mansion will appeal to all ages!
Green Man – 14-17th August – Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Green Man is a festival designed with environmentally friendly concerns and combines music, food and family fun. It is a great place to try something new or discover a new artist while kids can try new activities including in the Einstein Garden and the Nature Nurture area.
Notting Hill Carnival – 30-31st August – Notting Hill, London
The Notting Hill Carnival has been held every August Bank Holiday since 1966 and is the largest carnival of its kind in Europe. Sunday is Children’s Day so is the perfect time to take the kids to see the amazing costumes as well as checking out the hundreds of food stalls and enjoy the vibrant music.
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