School holidays, bank holidays and even weekends can be a logistical nightmare when there’s a family to think of, there’s so much time and it can seem like not enough to fill it with - but we’re here to completely prove that theory wrong. There’s a lot going on over the next few months, where the bringing of children is not only welcomed but encouraged, with admittance for the majority of family friendly events offering a reduced price for tots as well as teens. Here are our top family picks for the summer season and beyond...
Saturday 26th May
Seel Park, Ashton-Under-Lyne
With a lineup that boasts acts from a number of eras, Atmosphere Festival in the Manchester area of Mossley is the definition of fun for the entire family. A headline set from noughties indie heros Scouting For Girls, as well as Liverpool legends Cast, 70s post punk band A Certain Ratio, and some 90s icons, as Bez from the Happy Mondays and Back 2 Basics head honcho Dave Beer claim DJ sets. The best part? Those under 18 get to attend for a lower price and under 12s go completely free!
StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival
Saturday 26th May
Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
If you’re a food fan, this event was made for you - as well as your family! Following on from a successful two years, an upgrade became completely necessary due to sensational demand of hungry punters and stalls wanting to share their delicious foods. Now taking place at Harrogate’s Great Yorkshire Showground, the return of StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival will see fairground attractions, games and more with a quaint vintage theme.
Sunday 15th July
Gunnersbury Park, London
Primarily, Citadel is a festival known for offering an exceptional selection of live music, with a UK exclusive headline performance from Aussie psych rockers Tame Impala and the likes of The Horrors, Leon Bridges, Chvrches, GOAT and more, the day-long Sunday celebration also offers workshops, alternative entertainment and a camp specifically tailored to kids. With workshops in science, art, theatre as well as a special assortment of sports day activities, both adults and children alike will be desperate to take part. Citadel Festival offers reduced price ticket for those ages between 6 and 11, while children under 5 are free of charge.
Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th August
Cornbury Park, Charlbury
Headlined by Chic and Nile Rodgers, a good old fashioned disco dance is a must at this year’s Wilderness Festival, but although the lineup is a pretty spectacular affair, with Jon Hopkins, Bastille, IAMDDB and more also joining, the Cornbury Park weekend goes far beyond the music. Suggested by its namesake, Wilderness is a stunning setting for any of fan nature regardless of age, with supple greenery and natural lakes dotted about the site, and activities to suit. For the younger attendees, there’s storytelling, a soft play area, art workshops, education on the outdoors and unique to any festival - there’s the Mortimer Nannies. Reduced ticket prices for Teens, Juniors and Children are available.
Glasgow Tigers Speedway Racing
Peugeot Ashfield Stadium, North Glasgow
See your little’uns as little daredevils? For an enthralling and exhilarating family day out, watch multiple motorbikes race around a track as Glasgow’s favoured speedway racing team create entertainment for all ages. With the option of bringing the younger members of the crew for as little as £1 and a family pass also available, you’ll be roaring for Glasgow Tigers.
Image courtesy of Wilderness Festival.
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