Seven family-friendly summer festivals

Caroline Cassidy
Family summer festivals
Family summer festivals

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From food and culture to jazz and rock, there are festivals to cater for all tastes during the summer months, and these days there are plenty of weekend events that are family-friendly too. Here are a few of the festivals taking place this year, where both adults and children can have fun in the sun.

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Lunar, Warwickshire - 6th to 8th June
In only its second year, the folk-based Lunar festival takes place at Umberslade Estate, and boasts an eclectic musical line-up that includes the Polyphonic Spree, Donovan and Tim Burgess. Mask making, storytelling, dancing and a weekend kids club are on offer for the children, and the on-site farm is open to families too. A weekend ticket for adults costs £89, with under-16s tickets priced at £42.

Body and Soul, County Meath - 20th to 22nd June
Set in the grounds of Ballinlough Castle in Ireland, Body and Soul is a family-friendly celebration of the summer solstice, with a dedicated children's area (Young and Brave), as well as acrobatics, performance, and visual art for all ages to enjoy. Music comes courtesy of John Grant, Gary Numan, and Jon Hopkins among others. A weekend ticket costs €139.50 and includes camping.

Somersault, Devon - 17th to 21st July
Inspired by a good old-fashion British summer holiday, Somersault encourages active days filled with excursions to the beach, horse riding, rafting and mountain biking, so there's plenty to keep older children occupied. But it's also a music festival, with Jack Johnson taking this year's headline spot, while campfire feasts are organised under the watchful eye of Ethicurean's Nathan Outlaw. Tickets cost £123.66 for the whole weekend.

Chilled in a Field, East Sussex - 1st to 3rd August
Run by a not-for-profit social enterprise, Chilled in a Field is an all-rounder for family fun, and has been awarded a Silver Festival Kidz Award. There are free child-friendly workshops, activities and games on offer throughout the three days, and live music for the adults in the evenings. Adult tickets cost £64.50 for the weekend, with children's tickets priced at £25.

Lollibop, Hertfordshire - 15th to 17th August
This year's Lollibop is taking place in the grounds of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, and promises plenty for little ones to enjoy. As well as activities such as arts and crafts, den making, martial arts, and dance, there are workshops with Stomp and even footie coaching by the Tottenham Hotspur trainers. Stars of CBeebies and CBBC will also be there, and entertainment comes in the form of Thomas & Friends, Disney on Ice, Postman Pat among others. A four person family ticket costs £82.50.

Just So, Cheshire - 15th to 17th August
Held at Rode Hall Parkland, Just So is good clean fun of the old-fashioned variety, and family-friendly activities designed to inspire creativity and imagination. There's story-telling, music and workshops for all ages, not to mention pillow fights and fort-building. Adults pay £111.83 for the weekend, including camping, while children's tickets are £47.93. Under-3s get in free.
The Big Feastival, Oxfordshire - 29th to 31st August
The brainchild of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Blur's Alex James, this weekend festival combines food and music, and there's plenty of family fun too, including the Little Dudes Den, including village fete games, a funfair, face painting, and dance and jam sessions for children. CBeebies stars Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom will be there to entertain the little ones. For the grown-ups, Fatboy Slim, Jamie Cullum and De La Soul are some of the musical highlights, and the likes of Gennaro Contaldo, Monica Galetti and Valentine Warner will be showing off their cheffing skills. Weekend tickets cost £119.25 for adults and £64 for teens, while under-12s go free.

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