Camp Bestival - 26-29 July 2017
Set in the grounds of Lulworth Castle in Dorset, Camp Bestival is the brainchild of DJ Rob da Bank and his super creative wife Josie who curates this glorious extravaganza. The fact they have four children of their own really shows in the understanding of what makes families tick during a festival.
Everywhere you turn there are things for all ages. Get your glitter on in Art Town or try your hand at wood working in Spinney Hollow. There are wondrous acrobats such as the Insect Circus and jaw dropping spectacles such as the World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle.
And then of course there are the musical performances, often pandering to parents of a certain age! Headline acts include Mark Ronson, Madness, Brian Wilson, Holly Johnson and All Saints. Up on stage for the kids are the likes of Dick and Dom and Mr Tumble. If you usually leave festivals before the end, the firework finale on Sunday night is well worth staying on for with projections across Lulworth Castle and rousing accompanying music.
This year Family Traveller has its own Rock and Pop Stars Family Workshop in the Lower Garden with Luxury Family Hotels. Come and meet the team and get creative.
Wilderness - 2-5 August 2017
This clever festival celebrates all things woody and magical and is set in the ancient parkland of Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire. The ethos here is a summertime catharsis. A time when you can let go of inhibitions and swim naked, write a love poem, try acroyga or play cricket in a dress!
Headliners this year include Two Door Cinema Club, Bonobo and Grace Jones, but there’s plenty of action away from the stages for families. Kids will adore the chance to experience Storystock where fairy tales are brought to life and the Dreamstation where dreams are deciphered. Sharky and George are on hand to create a wild rumpus. There’s also Mr Benn’s dressing up box.
At the Polka Theatre, there are dynamic kids plays in two spaces, whilst Pachamama Crafts workshops connect kids with the natural environment. There’s also family yoga, macaroon art, pimp your pineapple, cartoonist classes and much more.
If parents want a night off to enjoy the more grown up side of the festival, they can book their kids into Green Caterpillar Forest Overnight Camp for 8-12 year olds. Here children stay in the Wychwood Forest and experience shelter building, pewter casting, fire lighting, woodland crafts, stargazing and more.
The Big Feastival - 24-26 August 2017
This cool way to celebrate the August Bank Holiday weekend places as much emphasis on food as music. There’s a heady mix of headliners in both fields including Olly Murs and Madness, and on the foodie front, Rick & Jack Stein, Antonio Carluccio and Nathan Outlaw.
From the vintage funfair to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, this festival is a no brainer for families in search of summer fun. And if you feel like you just can’t get enough, you could always try its Canadian cousin, The Big Feastival at Burl’s Creek, Oro-Medonte, Ontario, just north of Toronto, from 18-20 August!