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Family-Friendly Festivals to take the Kids to!

Festivals are no longer for grown-ups, in fact there’s a growing line up of fun family events popping up all over the country. If you’re looking for fun gifts for toddlers, why not take them away for a memorable weekend, here’s a few to keep in mind. (Dates and events correct at time of going to press, but please check as they are subject to change).

If you don’t mind camping, then a weekend at Camp Bestival in Dorset is sure to be fun-filled. There’s plenty of entertainment for everyone, including fun tunes from Rick Astley to Clean Bandit and stand-up comedy to kids’ theatre shows. Speaking of which, children will be kept entertained with lots of plays for kids with performances from Mr Tumble, Dick and Dom along with Pirate Sandpit, face painting and fancy dress galore! There’s lots of choice for kids eating too. An adult weekend ticket is £175, those under 4 go free. campbestival.net


A festival pretty much considered for kids, Elderflower Fields in East Sussex offers a dreamy weekend of fun. It includes everything from storytelling corners to music performances, bubbles galore and learning how to cook on a campfire, all interwoven with acts performing throughout the day. Tickets start from £15 for kids (aged 3-5).www.elderflowerfields.co.uk
One of the more mainstream events, Lattitude in Suffolk (July) brings people of all ages to its weekend of entertainment. For music lovers’ this year it’s headlined by The Killers, but also includes acts from Rag ‘N’ Bone man to The Charlatans (throwback!) among many others. For kids, there’s plenty to do, from woodland crafts to learning outdoor skills, plus there’s music, media and fashion workshops. Little ones will love it - think of it as the perfect gift for 2 year olds! Tickets start from £10 for kids under 12; latitudefestival.com
One of the newer ones is Bearded Theory in Derbyshire, a gathering of musicians, this year including Blossoms, Robert Plant and the Fun-Loving Criminals. Children are by no means an afterthought, if anything they take centre stage, with fun rides and the ‘Bearded School’ bringing educational sessions to youngsters. Why not bring your outdoor tableware and throw a tea party! Tickets start from £29 for children camping.
The Just-So Festival in Cheshire (August) offers an intimate weekend within magical settings, from a Spellbound Forest to the Flamingo lounge. For little one’s there’s baby massage, baby yoga and a book club to name a few distractions. Meanwhile there’s retro discos, circus workshops and silent discos to keep the big kids entertained! Tickets start from £50, under threes go free when camping. http://www.justsofestival.org.uk/
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