Are We There Yet? Dig out the wellies for the festival season
Sunday 27 April 2008
Summer's on its way, which means it must be time for a festival. All that hanging out in tents and rolling in mud is guaranteed to get the kids enthused.
Glasto is great for getting down and dirty – but there's no need to stop there. Fantastic family-friendly festivals are springing up all over the UK as fast as you can say chill out, man.
Take Wychwood, 30 May to 1 June (01993 772580; wychwoodfestival.com), held on Cheltenham Racecourse (with a line-up that includes Duffy and Robyn Hitchcock). Everything from mask and sculpture-making to Bhangra Tots sessions will be laid on to satisfy mini creative spirits. And this year also brings acting and storytelling events in association with the Roald Dahl Museum.
Then there's Latitude, 17 to 20 July (020-7009 3001; latitudefestival.co.uk), in Suffolk. Kids' highlights of this jolly event (where Franz Ferdinand headline) include Junk Funk Wheelie Bin Drumming workshops, puppet shows and parades, and there's even a Parent and Baby Chillout Tent.
But if there's one festival not to miss with your little rockers this year, it's Camp Bestival (0844 8884410; campbestival.co.uk), 18 to 20 July, set in the glorious grounds of Lulworth Castle in Dorset. Acts including The Flaming Lips and Billy Bragg will be on stage, and with dressing-up tents, crèches and acrobatics for kids, as well as a Breastival Baby Temple with private baby-feeding areas and nappy-changing facilities, families can indulge in some quality chilling time.
All we need now is mud.
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