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Family Friendly Festivals

Choice is always a good thing – but when it comes to festivals with so many on offer in the UK this summer it can be difficult to know which one is right for you – and for your family too!

Fear not – Joules have put together a handy festival quiz that can help you decide just where to take your tribe this summer, and where to plan your tickets for next year if they sold out before you could get your hands on one!

Click here, to take the quiz, but for some inspiration here’s our highlights of this season’s family-friendly music festivals.

Boardmasters

If the thought of the Cornish coastal breeze wafting through your hair whilst you listen to James Bay, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Lianne La Havas to name but a few sounds like your idea of a perfect weekend, then Boardmasters is the festival for you. The four-day event began back in the 80s as a small-scale surf competition and has since grown to be one of the biggest events on the British surfing calender. With a number of surfing competitions over the weekend, you can also take to the waves yourself in surfing lessons – or alternatively enjoy the calmer side of things chilling out at the Beach Bar.

Camp Bestival

Kids are well catered for at Camp Bestival, with a whole plethora of children’s activities on offer over the course of the weekend. From taking part in a BRIT school session, kids discos and a dedicated areas for Toddlers – you can be sure your family won’t be bored! There’s a whole host of activities on for adults too including archery lessons, theatre - and of course the music. You can keep the whole family occupied before dancing the night away in your wellies!

The Big Feastival

Food is at the heart of this festival which is hosted at Alex James’ Farm in the Cotswold countryside. With Mark Ronson, Foxes, Kaiser Chiefs and more taking to the music stage, there’s also top chefs including Jamie Oliver, Tom Kerridge and Great British Bake Off winner Nadia Hussain sharing their knowledge (and creations) at various cookery events over the weekend. Cbeebies Justin Fletcher will also be keeping the kids entertained, with a dedicated family zone and vintage funfair also on offer.

Wilderness

There’s a more relaxed atmosphere at Wilderness festival, with a host of theatre and art productions on offer over the weekend. On the music side of things, there’s headline performances from Robert Plant, Flaming Lips and Crystal Fighters, whilst the kids are kept busy with games, sporting activities and arts and crafts activities. Take part in one of the long table banquets and enjoy dishes from Raymond Blanc, or sample the cuisine of the infamous Duck & Waffle. Pack up your festival essentials – including a raincoat to protect yourself from the changeable British weather – and enjoy the calmer side of life for the weekend.

WOMAD

Described as ‘The World’s Festival’ the WOMAD festival held in Charlton Park is free for kids making it a real family event. Sample the delights on offer at the Global Food Market and enjoy the vintage funfair before taking part in a dance or music lesson. There’s even spa treatments on offer for those looking to get some real rest and relaxation!

So what are you waiting for, take the quiz and find out which is the right festival for you both this and next summer!





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