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The Great British Summer we eagerly await every year is the ideal time for barbecues, street parties, fun fairs and our personal favourite, festivals!

A fun, family festival is the perfect opportunity for adults to enjoy something that’s more up their street than a kids party, whilst the little nippers can learn, play and be social with other like-minded children.

From beautiful surroundings in the Brecon Beacons, to a bear hunt in Hampshire, we’ve pulled together some options to help you choose the right festival to suit your family’s needs!

Green Man

18th – 21st August, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Set in the picturesque Brecon Beacons, eco-friendly festival Green Man is perfect for the family. If being surrounded by breathtaking scenery wasn’t enough, there’s a raft of popular musicians for the grown ups to enjoy, as well as an outdoor cinema showing family friendly movies. Little ones can get stuck into the Little Folk area – this year’s theme is jungle so there’s bound to be an adventure waiting!

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Camp Bestival

28th – 31st July, Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Also known as Bestival’s ‘little sister’, Camp Bestival is the ultimate family festival experience. As the name suggests, camping is compulsory so remember to pack your all-weather camping essentials! This year’s theme is Outer Space, so if you fancy attending, you’ll need an outfit that’s out of this world! Kids can bound into the world’s largest bouncy castle, and learn a circus skill at BigTopMania.

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Kendal Calling

28th – 31st July, Lowther Deer Park, The Lake District

This award winning festival is set in the stunning Lake District – the perfect family setting. Not only can you enjoy music and great food, there’s also a cinema on site, providing an ideal end to a gorgeous summer’s day. Keep the kids occupied in the Kids Calling area with games, workshops, creative performances and lots more.

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Curious Arts

22nd-24th July, Pylewell Park, Hampshire

A great all-rounder festival, this year’s Curious Arts line up hosts musicians, authors and comedians for adults to enjoy, along with a cornucopia of children’s activities, including a bear hunt, puppet theatre workshop and a poetry trail – an ideal family trip. If that wasn’t enough, you can also listen to some of Opera’s most famous choruses at the Curious Opera show!

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Down to the Woods

13th-14th August, Hardwick Hall, County Durham

The largest festival in North East England, Down to the Woods provides an alternative to the well-known mainstream festivals. On top of the standard camping packages, there are glamping and yurt packages available for those looking for a more comfortable stay! Expect to see top names in music along with some of the hottest new acts. Kids and big kids alike can enjoy the fairground and face painting in the children’s play area.

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Boardmasters

10th -14th August, Newquay, Cornwall

For the sportier family, Boardmasters is an ideal festival to head to; sun, sea, sand and surfing – what more could you want? Take in the sights of the beautiful Cornish coast whilst jamming out to artists such as James Bay and the Kaiser Chiefs. Learn how to surf by day and spend your evenings chilling out in the Beach Bar. If you prefer a bit of action, check out the Fistral Beach skate and BMX competition!

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If you can’t get down to a festival, why not see what’s on for free in your local area? Mumsnet and the BBC have useful tools on their website to help you find out what’s on near you!

 

Will you be heading to a festival with your family this year? Tweet us @Provident_Loans and let us know!