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Get your summer entertainment sorted with our guide to the UK's biggest and best family friendly festivals. With fun for all the family including top music stars and kid-friendly fun, entertainment and activities these festivals will suit music lovers, craft fans and foodies alike.
Festivals are fast becoming one of the most popular ways to spend your great British summer, so let's dive in and find the best kid friendly music festivals in the UK this summer!
Date: 29th July 2018
Location: Printworks London
Aimed at 4-14 year olds, but with plenty for younger kids, this children's festival has the worlds largest inflatable The Beast, Unicornland for dressing up, a soccer school from Chelsea FC, Discos, gaming, a magical funfair and much more.
Add in arts and crafts, street food and a special area for under 4's it is a day out that will keep your monsters happy.
Date: 25th-28th May and 30th Jun-1st Jul
Location: Arley Hall Cheshire and Knebworth House Hertfordshire
Described as "Glastonbury for kids" both locations feature top kids TV stars Mr Bloom and his band, Cook and Line, Alex Winter and the legendary CBeebies star Mr Tumble himself, Justin Fletcher.
Have a go at arts, crafts, circus skills, animals, inflatables, science shows and masses more.
Date: 24th—26th August
Location: Alex James' Farm, near Kingham, Oxfordshire
This foodies delight, held annually at Blur bassist and cheesemaker Alex James' farm in the Cotswolds, has a stellar line-up including Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit, Basement Jaxx, Craig David, Mel C, The Sugarhill Gang and much more.
For the kids there is fun from Peppa Pig, Justin Fletcher, Paddington, the Gruffalo, plus animals, a funfair, crafts, tree climbing and much more.
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Date: 1st-3rd June
Location: Cheltenham Racecourse
Headliners are The Gypsy Kings, Feeder, Baxter Dury and Shed Seven, and for all the family there is entertainment from Dick and Dom plus majorettes, parades, silly sports, circus school and street theatre.
For all the family there is dance and arts workshops, a circus school and a programme of talks, debates and comedy for all ages.
Date: 26th - 29th July
Location: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Camp Bestival is the family friendly version of the grown-up Bestival festival and this one has as much for the adults as the kids, with headliners Rick Astley and Simple Minds plus DJ sets from the likes of Basement Jaxx, Shed Seven and Sara Cox.
For the kids there is Dick & Dom, Dinosaur World Live, ballet from Matthew Bourne Live and a musical version of The Pirates of Penzance.
Date: 16th-19th August
Location: Brecon Beacons, Wales
While the adults rock out to The War On Drugs, Teenage Fanclub and Fleet Foxes, kids up to 12 can explore The Lost City Of Atlantis, set against the backdrop of lush green Welsh mountains, the kids can go wild in their own aquatic adventure. Packed with an assortment of delights including craft workshops, bubbles galore, a bit of magic or just frivolous fun.
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Date: 21st July
With top names like Paloma Faith, The Charlatans, Marc Almond and Bjorn Again the 10th Splendour Festival will be the biggest ever. With stalls, a funfair and kid's area there will be lots for the whole family.
Pack a picnic and if you are a Nottingham resident you can get disounted tickets too.
Date: 3rd–5th August
Location: Croxteth Country Park, Liverpool
This one day festival is packed with all your favourite CBBC and CBeebies stars including Hook & Line, Andy Day and the hardest working man this summer, Justin Fletcher. Alongside this will be performances from musical stars like Union J, HRVY, Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler.
With soccer school from Liverpool FC, popular kids authors, a Magic Flute workshop hosted by Opera North and The Clangers Garden there is fun for all the family.
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Latitude is one of the big daddies of the festival world, as famous for it's varied food selection and glamping tents as for it's line up which this year includes headliners The Killers along wth Solange and Alt-J.
For younger kids there is a dedicated area with country activites, while 12-16 year olds can enter another world of music, media, technology, fashion, wildlife survival skills and assault courses suspended in the trees.
Date: 30th August-1st September
Location: Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
A big line-up featuring Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tennage Fanclub, Leftfield, James and Public Service Broadcasting and the whole gamut of childrens activities.
Drumlanrig castle boasts it's own adventure playground and there will be magic shows, drama workshops, arts and crafts, kids disco sports and a chance to meet lots of animals too.
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