I think with all the grey skies at the moment and the January blues seeming to hang on, what we all need is summer and of course festivals. I have had several people ask what festivals I recommend for families, so I am listing my top five for 2017.
With a big drum roll needed here is my top five in no particular order.
Blissfields Festival – 6th – 8th of July – Winchester
I am a little bit biased when it comes to Blissfields as I work with the amazing angel gardens every summer at blissfields but I love it so much. It’s just the perfect size, has lots on offer for all ages and it’s nearly always hot and sunny which is a massive bonus with a festival and children.
I wrote this piece on working and playing at bliss last year. Blissfields working and playing, I hope it goes some way to help explain how brilliant this festival is.
Greenman Festival – 17th – 20th of July – Crickhowell
Check out my review from last year for more love on this festival… Those were the days, is gushing with lots of praise and affection for this gorgeous festival.
Starry Skies – 2nd – 6th of August – Herefordshire
Starry Skies is about a ten minute drive from my house but I have sadly yet to get to it. I do know plenty of people that have made it and adore it. Several friends work at festivals all summer but this is the one they enjoy more than any other. It is slightly different as it doesn’t have big stages with bands but it’s so much more than that.
Currently on the site they say “We’ll be bringing back (and improving) all your old favourites, such as Forest School, Den Building, Woodland Tribe and the Farm Tours as well as some brand spanking new bookings that are sure to delight.
Elderflower Fields – 26th – 29th of May – Sussex
Now this looks lovely. I’m very, very tempted to give this festival a visit this year. It’s a beautiful looking festival and I really think it’s going to be one of the best of 2017. I nearly did not mention it as I want to keep it hidden away! This is how it describes itself.
“Elderflower Fields is a three day, green field camping festival, designed especially for families with children. A wild weekend adventure, packed full of music, sports, nature and the arts, all set in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside”
Lakefest – 10th – 14th of August – Herefordshire
Another festival on my doorstep in stunning surroundings. A family friendly festival with some big names on the stages so this one isn’t just about the children, the adults normally get to hear some really good music too. It is larger than some of the others I have listed so maybe it’s not the one to try if you’ve never been to a festival with children before.
Little information on what’s going on this year but if pervious years are anything to go by it normally has one of the best lineups of the year at this festival.
I would love to hear about lots of festival adventures this summer, if I can help and advise with any festival advise please pop me a message. I am always very happly to advise and help. The best thing about winter is knowing festival season will start again soon