There are concerts and activities to suit everyone from toddlers to teens this summer - so get outside, get dancing and crafting, using our guide to find the best festival for your family.
Music festivals were originally for adults to let their hair down – you may have earned your stripes at Glastonbury or the Isle of Wight. But it turns out that gadding about in a field is also fun for children – the dressing up, the intriguing sounds, the togetherness, the endless fun and the parades of exciting people.
It didn’t take long for festivals to start providing special programmes for children, and today there are dedicated family events that construct magical worlds for them, if only for a weekend. Festivals are places where children can indulge their imaginations and grow creatively. Like any camping trip though, it pays to be prepared, so have a good think about what to pack in advance.
Best for hands-on fun
Charlton Park, Wiltshire
The Sunday carnival is a highlight of this genuinely laid-back world music festival. Little ones will love getting mucky in the World of Children arena, painting and sticking themed crafts that they can wave during the parade. Large puppets inhabit the arena too, plus the African drumming will get them dancing in seconds.
28-31 July, adult weekend camping from £205, womad.co.uk
Best for babies
Wide skies and butterflies
Raynham Estate, Norfolk
This brand-new festival offers live jazz for the tiniest of revellers, along with other multi-sensory fun. Held on a country house estate, the festival is making a big effort to be inclusive. Alongside the line-up of big-name bands are activities such as workshops, crafting and bedtime stories read by drag queens.
5-7 Aug, adult weekend camping from £198, wideskiesfestival.co.uk
Best large festival
Lulworth, Dorset and Weston Park, Shropshire
Camp Bestival can’t be beaten for its variety of children’s entertainment. It has two sites this summer, Dorset in July and Shropshire in August. Both are a fair size, so some walking is required. But children will love the shows with familiar television stars, the circus skills arena, the fairground and mud playground.
28-31 July and 18-21 Aug, adult weekend camping from £227, campbestival.net