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The best festivals to enjoy with your children this summer

With the summer festival season in full swing, you may be tempted to don your wellies and join in the fun. However, with a collection of kids in tow it is important to consider whether they will be welcome within the traditionally adult atmosphere of a festival. Here we have gathered a selection of family friendly events that not only welcome children, but also actively encourage their participation!

Deer Shed, North Yorkshire, 24th – 26th July 2015

The theme for this year’s celebrations is ‘Up in the Air’, meaning the festival will explore the world of weather, helicopters, stars and even broomsticks! The event’s creative team all have children themselves and were inspired to launch the Deer Shed in response to negative experiences at more established events. Expect entertainment, art and facilities that are welcoming and accessible to all!

Standon Calling, Hertfordshire, 31st July – 2nd August 2015

An independent festival with a focus on fun for kids of all ages, this will be their 10th year and it is all about the Wild West. Festivalgoers will be able to visit various characters and locations from that iconic period in American history, so dig out your waistcoat and pants for a wild hoedown! There is also an outdoor pool to play in, so do not forget to pack swimwear.

Boomtown, Powys, 13th – 16th August 2015

Boomtown started life as a small village fair and has now spiralled into a musical metropolis, encompassing a number of different zones. The best spot for children is Kidztown, a safe and inclusive place where the younger revellers can enjoy music, performance and workshops aimed specifically at them. The main section of the fair is also suitable for families and the organisers signpost other areas considered child-friendly. They are always open to suggestions about how the event can be improved for visiting families, so be sure to drop them a line if you visit.


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