How To Go To A Music Festival With Kids & Teens
How To Go To A Music Festival With Kids & Teens

How To Go To A Music Festival With Kids & Teens

Being a parent doesn’t mean you have to miss out on summer music festivals – these days, plenty of mainstream events offer everything from family-friendly accommodation to kids’ activities, clubs and camps. We sat down with the team behind Latitude and Rob Da Bank – the founder of Camp Bestival – to get their tips on how to have a successful time with children in tow. Plus, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite festivals taking place this summer…


Latitude is super family friendly, with something to please even the youngest of guests. There’s everything here from puppetry and drama classes to pond dipping, astronomy and pizza making. Older children of 12 years and over (who want to be slightly ‘cooler’) can explore the ‘Inbetweener’s Area’ hidden away in the woods, where there are exciting assault courses of nets and zip wires high in the trees.

The family area is always quite busy with loads going on. The area is crammed with activities and workshops to make things that children can take away and for parents to get involved in too. You could easily spend a day exploring the area and it's far enough from the big stages that it isn't as loud for little ones. With three separate areas for kids, teens and families, Latitude aims to be the best for families – and has won awards for its family friendly attitude.

We’re very proud to be a family friendly festival. However, there are a few things to note before your family arrives. We don’t allow anyone under 16 to be at the festival over the weekend without an adult of 18 or over. Children under ten must be always accompanied on site by an adult aged 18 or over. If you are happy for your child aged ten to 12 to walk through the arena entrance without you, then you can get an authorised unaccompanied wristband from any wristband exchange. Any children under 13 without one of these wristbands, or any children under 10 found on their own, will be looked after by the welfare team and we will try and get in touch.

The family campsite is our dedicated area for families with children 16 or under at the festival to camp out. The site features dedicated toilets, showers, washing up facilities and food traders.
The campsite is situated right next to the Enchanted Garden area with its busy programme of activities for families to enjoy together. The campsite also has its own arena entrance, meaning you can get into the festival quickly. You’ll also have access to the family car park, located close to the family campsite to minimise your journey from car to tent.

Here are Latitude’s top tips to have a safe and fun weekend:

  1. Learn the layout of the site – particularly your camping area so you can easily find toilets and stewards. Pick out memorable points near your campsite to help remember where your camping spot is located. Are there landmarks nearby that can help you find it?
  2. Decide on a meeting point with your family in case you get separated from each other. Take a photo of your children on your mobile phone in the morning so that you have the most recent photo on you.
  3. Get to know the people who are camped around you. It makes for a nicer environment and it means you’ll be familiar with who should be coming and going in your area.
  4. Keep your phone charged in case you’re separated from your friends. There will be two charge points, one at the campsite village and the other at the main arena. Power packs will also be on sale or you can bring your own.
  5. Stay hydrated. There are drinking water points throughout the arena which are free to use.
  6. Carry a torch with you or enable the torch on your phone to use for when it gets dark.
  7. Rely on festival stewards to help you. Don’t be worried about asking for help in any situation, whether it’s asking for directions or to report something or someone you’re worried about. There are medics at the festival who are fully equipped to deal with all situations so you don't need to bring a first aid kit, but many people bring a small kit with essentials such as plasters. Latitude can be sunny, so bring sun cream and clothes for a range of weather.
  8. Find ear plugs at the Welfare Tent. You may also wish to bring ear defenders for younger children.



We’ve been doing this for 15 years and are always amazed at how many families have never camped together, so these are real memory making adventures. I promise, it will be the highlight of your year.

We cater for every age at Camp Bestival, from two-days old to 92-year-old grandparents. Our whole show is designed around families, and everyone has at least one child with them, so we don’t segregate the campsites or zones. Everyone mucks in together and the campsites are nice and quiet most of the night. Teens tend to stick around at the Castle Stage for the bigger acts or the Bollywood tent for the DJs. We also have an amazing Textile & Fashion World area and loads of skateboarding and physical hands-on stuff for teens.

A lot of families do tend to set up in front of the main stage so they have a base for the day that everyone will remember how to find. I’m sure there are equally a lot of people who are a bit more freestyle and move from stage to stage or zone to zone. We are careful to try and keep things in roughly the same places each year so kids particularly can find their way about easily and get that sense of familiarity. I even enjoy it at shows like Glastonbury as I can always find my way home! You can take chairs into the main site, but just be careful about carrying more than you want as they are long days. Also remember to be respectful of sitting in a spot where people might want to dance or be able to stand and see the acts.

Making the weekend fun for both kids and adults the magic formula each family has to navigate. If there are two parents or carers that obviously means you can split duties – someone might be able to sneak off for an hour or two for a cheeky dad dance or some mum me-time having a yoga class or some pampering. There are loads of areas that are designed to enjoy as a family like Caravanserai or the Dingly Dell so no one should get bored or feel like they’re missing out.

Camp Bestival
Camp Bestival


What's your advice on…

How long to stay? 
Under-8s will absolutely love the whole four days and it’s just up to the parents to pace everyone so they can make it through the whole experience. Just sitting or lying down at the festival as it all goes on around you is as satisfying as trying to see 20 acts in a day.

How to move around the site?
Our trollies are very popular and always sell out quickly as little legs can get tired yomping around all day, so a trolley is a good call – or a homemade cart of some kind.

How to avoid losing your children?
We provide free wristbands that we encourage parents or carers to write phone numbers on which is one way, we also have a very robust lost kids policy and plenty of stewards and security.

How to manage tiredness?
Encourage them to have a nap like they would at home! Being in mid-summer, it’s usually dry and warm so take a break somewhere chilled and re-energise.

How to break up the day?
Many people tend to go back to their camps around 5/6pm to refresh everyone. It’s a good way to get warmer clothes or dump some stuff and then come out feeling ready for the evening!

Would you ever leave a child on their own in a tent?


Should they always stay in the same campsite as you?
We have a policy that anyone under the age of 18 needs to camp with their parents or legal guardian or nominated responsible adult. Children need to be with them at all times, however teens (age 13-17) are allowed some freedom during the daytime and early evening but must be with their parents/guardians after 10pm.

How can they charge their phones?
We do have mobile charging lockers on site, and they can also bring power banks.

Is it easy for them to get hold of alcohol on site?
No, we have a strong Challenge 25 policy in place at all bars and our bar staff are trained to spot and ID check anyone who looks under the age of 25.

Are there first aiders to help?
We have a fully equipped hospital at the festival as well as medics around the site.

How much independence should they have to go off? 
That’s really up to the parents who are the ones that know their children the best, but we’d hope that they were able to enjoy some level of independence around the festival site in line with their age and experience.


What are the essentials for a family?
A tent is always a good start! With the good old British weather, clothes for all seasons are essential – from flip flips to wellies. Try and leave electronic devices and tablets at home, there’s so much to do you shouldn’t need them and we think Camp Bestival is best enjoyed as a device-free break.

Do you need first aid kits?
It’s always helpful for blisters, headaches or sunburn but we do have a fully working field hospital onsite for more serious eventualities.

Do you suggest face paints and dressing up stuff?
Whatever floats your boat! We encourage dressing up, letting yourself go and embracing the theme but don’t worry as plenty of stalls sell accessories.

Finally, are ear defenders a must?
Perhaps for smaller children, but we are careful with sound limit. Just remember to never place kids in front of the large speakers.


Camp Bestival
Camp Bestival

Inspired? Here are some of the best family friendly festivals in the UK – with tickets still available…

Love Supreme


One for jazz and soul fans, the line-up for this year’s Love Supreme is one of its best yet – Thundercat, Grace Jones and Little Simz are at the top of the bill. We recommend splashing out for the Supremium VIP tickets: they’ll get you access to a stage-side seating area with its own bars, food trucks and nicer loos. The Lazy Bird Banqueting Kitchen will be serving up long-table, supper club-style breakfasts, lunches and dinners throughout the festival, while yoga, swimming in East Sussex’s oldest pool and after-parties in the woods are all on offer.

For kids: Bianca and Betty Bland will be hosting this year’s Love Supreme Kids Area, bringing their polished and skilfully curated entertainment to little ones at the festival. After two years off, they’ve dusted off their sequinned jackets, back-combed their wigs and have dug out their maracas. Parents are also invited to join in with the morning stretches, plus there’s a family disco.

30th June-2nd July




The magnificent Lovell Telescope at the Jodrell Bank space observatory makes a fine backdrop for this family friendly festival of exploration up north. For its sixth outing, musical line-up highlights include Beak>, Dry Cleaning, Teleman, Roisin Murphy, Grace Jones, Pavement and Black Country, New Road. Away from the music, a wellness area and gastronomy village will be bolstered by science talks, immersive installations and the opportunity to stargaze with scientists.

For kids: Join in the family fun at Bluedot, which has a roster of events featuring a host of science shows, kids’ cinema screenings, hands-on activities, interactive and dance-fuelled workshops, plus a dedicated mother and baby space – and a child-friendly rave. Children’s tickets start from £35 and under five are free. We love the sound of the Jedi Lightsaber training masterclass.

20th-23rd July




Pulp, Paolo Nutini, The Kooks, Metronomy, The Big Moon and Confidence Man are just some of the big names set to play the Suffolk festival this summer. But this weekender is about much more than music. Comedy highlights include Ed Gamble, Sara Pascoe and Romesh Ranganathan. Readings, debates, discussions and poetry will be held in the Speakeasy, lake swimming is a must, and there’s food from all your favourite traders at London’s Street Feast market. Remember to keep an eye out for the famous spray-painted sheep.

For kids: The Enchanted Garden can be found in the family campsite. Just moments from the dedicated kids’ area, it’s a little more relaxed, with space to spread out, chill out and have fun. As well as vintage fairground rides, the festival also offers a family friendly programme of activities, offering plenty to do without straying too far from your tent. In a fantastic woodland location, the Inbetweeners’ Area for 12-17-year-olds is just the place to be for teens interested in music, broadcast media, fashion, dance, theatre and the arts.

20th-23rd July





Yes, this is more music than food festival, but Wilderness always pulls out all the stops when it comes to hospitality. This year, expect feasting and dining from Olia Hercules, Jeremy Lee, Adam Handling and Anthony Demetre. Don’t forget your bathing suit – the wood-fired hot tubs and the lake prove popular every year, regardless of the weather. Line-up highlights include Chemical Brothers, Fat Boy Slim and Arlo Parks.

For kids: The Mortimer Nannies are returning to Wilderness for their 10th year. The nannies will be in their usual spot in the family field hosting sessions between 12pm-12am, so parents can nip off to have some fun. The team’s yurts will be packed with toys, crafts, games and fun and at night-time the yurts will transform into a giant sleepover with fairy lights, blankets and beds. A separate baby hub will be open throughout the weekend providing complimentary nappies and a quiet place to feed. In-tent nannies are also available.

3rd-6th August


Pub In The Park

Various Locations

Tom Kerridge’s annual food festival is back on the road this year. Each of the ten weekends will play host to Tom’s two Michelin-starred pubs, The Hand & Flowers and The Coach, plus a selection of other top UK restaurants and Michelin-starred chefs, who will be serving their most popular dishes across the weekend. Every event will celebrate the very best food the country has to offer, combined with great live music, chef demonstrations, top quality shopping and family-friendly festivities. Music across the festivals will include Sugababes, Sam Ryder, The Jacksons and Clean Bandit.

For kids: Kids and family tickets are available, plus under-fives go free so all the family can join in. The Super Pirates are on hand with immersive storytelling and theatre, there will be a land of inflatables plus a family disco rave. What’s more, all the restaurants will create kid-friendly dishes: The Kentish Hare will be serving up cheesy chipolata dogs; parmesan arancini will be on hand from The Oarsman; and popcorn chicken served with vermicelli rice noodles and peanut sauce will be available at Noya's Kitchen.

Various weekends from 12th May-10th October


Daylesford Summer Festival


Daylesford’s Summer Festival has become a yearly highlight in the Cotswolds. This year the festival is celebrating 20 years and will be a two-day event for the first time. Each year the Daylesford Summer Festival sees the organic farm come to life with stalls, workshops, debates, crafts, dog show, singing, dancing and, of course, an array of delicious food. This year’s special guests include Clodagh McKenna, Ruth Rogers, Tom Parker Bowles and Richard E Grant – and there will be a dog show and hot air balloon rides across the weekend.

For kids: There will be a packed itinerary for families, young children and teens. Discover a wide array of attractions and activities including special guests, JCB Dancing Diggers, live music, cooking demonstrations and hands-on creative workshops. Best of all, children under 12 go free.

17th-18th June


The Big Feastival
The Big Feastival

Big Feastival


Blur bassist and cheesemonger Alex James’s annual festival is arguably one of the best at getting the balance between food and music bang on. Aside from the Alex James Cheese Hub, chefs in attendance will include Asma Khan, Nathan Outlaw, DJ BBQ, Big Zuu, Lisa Goodwin-Allen and Becky Excell, while Sigrid, Tom Grennan and Blossoms will headline the main stage.

For kids: Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park is an award-winning attraction and home to an impressive collection of rare and native farm animals, including giant Suffolk Punch horses, majestic Highland cattle and greedy goats. Elsewhere, a live science experiment workshops offers exciting opportunities for children to be able to experiment, investigate and explore the world around them in a playful, friendly environment. Another highlight sees Justin Fletcher take to the main stage on Saturday afternoon and to see children’s TV megastar for a live performance of his biggest hits.

25th-27th August


Camp Bestival

Dorset & Shropshire

Bestival is no more. Thankfully, Camp Bestival – the team’s more family friendly offering – returns to Dorset this summer – and there’s a weekend in Shropshire too. Music highlights include Grace Jones, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Ella Henderson and Craig David, there a lots of theatre and immersive experiences – we like the look of Bongos Bingo and a wellness talk with Fearne Cotton – and food experiences include handpicked food legends/traders, a daily cocktail hour, wildfire cooking, a s’mores station, a DJ BBQ feasting experience, the Khana Wala Bazaar offering exceptional Indian and Pakistani food, plus the legendary WI Tea Tent.

For kids: Kids are king at this festival – there’s an avalanche of activities for children of all ages: at BigTopMania kids can learn circus skills and see Mr Tumble, while the Lower Kids' Garden is packed full of entertainment for slightly older children (this year you'll find the ‘Brainiac Live’, Horrible Histories’ Terrible Tudors, vintage fairground rides and face-painting).

27th-30th July & 17th-20th August


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