How do you like the sound of rallying the brood and heading off to a music festival this summer? Here are the season’s top family-friendly events for wearing tassled t-shirts and dancing in a field!
The Local One - GoldCoast Oceanfest, 15 - 17 June
Goldcoast Oceanfest is right on Saltrock HQ's doorstep - in Croyde, North Devon. Its big enough to create a party atmosphere but small enough to not be overwhelming. The Friday is dedicated to kids, with schools from all over the area visiting for an Education Day, as well as a range of activities, and the whole weekend is full of sports and family friendly fun. It's the 20th Anniversary this year, and with performances from bands such as Razorlight, Toploader, Chase & Status and Jess Glynne, it's sure an unmissable weekend in the sunshine.
The Mysterious One: The Curious Yellow Weekend, 29 June - 2 July
This ‘fluffy’ Hertfordshire festival is marked ‘top secret’ because its exact location and the line up are revealed only after you’ve purchased your tickets.Chilled out reggae, spoken word acts and a Mystical Bell Tent – home to psychic readings – give this festival a blissed-out vibe. Kids are captivated by circus troupes; and belly dancing and spectacular light effects add a novel touch.
The Boho One: Latitude, 12-15 July
Children love Latitude because it’s packed to the rafters with insect discovery, forest storytellers and artsy events. A riverside haven of light installations, relaxing yoga and seaweed baths known as Solas are there, along with Pandoras Playground, the Shed of Stories, and the Faraway Forest, along with much more. With music, theatre, live art, dance, comedy and film, there's something for everyone, and this festival has been created with the aim to make it for everyone, including families - they even have a camping area for families only. And don't miss out on the lineup this year - big names include The Killers who are headlining on the Saturday night, and there will be performances from Jessie Ware, Alt-J, The Vaccines and many more!
The Sciencey One: Deer Shed, 20-22 July
With cosmology workshops, gadget-making labs and Meccano workshops, Deer Shed festival excels in science discovery. Set within a North Yorkshire parkland, the musical line-up is equally beguiling. Think music from Goldfrapp, Public Service Boardcasting and emerging international bands. Stargaze from your tipi or skip the science for magicians, comedians and crafts, or head to the cinema for singalong films, silent films and more!. This year's theme is Making Waves and we're all intrigued to see what this means!
The Feel-Good One: Camp Bestival 26 - 29 July
Set beside Dorset’s picturesque Lulworth Castle, Camp Bestival pulls out all the stops to boost that feel-good vibe. Baby Chill Out zones, luxurious hot tubs and all sorts of theatre and arts make it great for all ages. And disco yoga in ‘The Den’, plus the legendary ‘Big Fish Little Fish family rave crew’ will keep youngsters happy. Simple Minds, Rick Astley, Clean Bandit and The Cuban Brothers all join a stellar line up this year.
The One for New Talent: Standon Calling, 26 - 29 July
Florence & The Machine, Clean Bandit and Bastille all made their debut here. The list of emerging talent and children’s activities is endless. Expect everything from drumming workshops to cupcake decorating and cookery lessons. There's a family camping field, a range of wellness classes and treatments which are perfect for parents who want to drop their kids off at the babysitting services and relax for a few hours! If you're there for the music, there will be performances from big names such as Paloma Faith, George Ezra and Nina Nesbitt, alongside the up and coming talent!
The Barefoot One: Boardmasters, 8 - 12 August
Combine a bunch of flip-flopped surf fans with an epic DJ line-up and you have one of the biggest festivals in the surfing calendar. Enjoy BBQ feasts at the surf shack and watch pro surfers ride the peaks off Fistral Beach – who will win the Boardmasters crown? Catfish & the Bottlemen, The Chemical Brothers and George Ezra are headlinging this year, but relaxed Beach Session gigs, a BMX stage and a cool Surf Village provide entertainment aplenty for those with whipper snappers in tow.
The Alternative One: Green Man, 16 - 19 August
Set against the mountainous backdrop of Crug Hywel in the Brecon Beacons, Green Man Festival is like a grassy amphitheatre where kids of all ages come to play. Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, and Grizzly Bear will be amongst those headlining. Meanwhile, kids will be stoked by the Little Folks area, the teenagers will find themselves loving the Somewhere area (where they will find DJ workshops, T-shirt designing and more), and the whole family can take part in yoga sessions in the Nature Nurture zone!
The Intrepid One: Just So Festival, 17 - 19 August
With midnight feasts, campfire songs and crab racing (yes really), this Cheshire-based festival encourages families to embrace the quirkier side of life via arts, crafts, theatre, dance music and comedy. The beautiful Rode Hall Estate offers facilities for both happy campers and ‘glampers’. And folksy musical troupes will urge you to shout ‘yee-haw’ and dance the hoedown!
The Independent One: Solfest, 24 - 26 August
Solfest in Cumbria champions independent groups. So it’s great for families looking to sidestep the commercial-dominated events for a more community-focused feel. Kite displays, fire shows and views over the Solway make for a visually beautiful event, with the Fratellis headlining this fun festival. While the kids enjoy teddy parachuting, fancy dress parties and creative workshops, adults can party across nine music stages or hit up the Healing Garden for a dose of Zen.