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12 family-friendly festivals for summer 2017

Looking for a festival that you can take the kids to this summer? Here is our list of the best family-friendly festivals in the UK, from the big hitters to the quirky alternatives.

All the festivals have the advantage of being close to one of our cabin locations, which means you can enjoy all the excitement of the festival before heading back to a luxury cabin when the music stops playing.

1. Forest Live, 23 June - 2 July

Not a single festival but a series of live shows in the forest brought to you by Forestry Commission England, Forest Live is a chance to see some of your favourite singers in a stunning outdoor setting.

Olly Murs, Tom Jones, and Elbow are among the artists coming to Sherwood Forest, Thetford Forest near Thorpe Forest, and Dalby Forest near Cropton and Keldy. The concerts and our cabins are going fast so book soon!

2. Blissfields, 6 - 8 July, Hampshire

This big music festival near Winchester has grown up around a family vibe. The theme for Blissfields this year is "Bizarre" and children are invited to dress as mystical woodland animals and creatures - so they will be perfectly at home back at your cabin in Blackwood Forest.

Photo credit: Blissfields

3. Latitude, 13 - 16 July, Suffolk

Having previously won 'Best Family Festival' and 'Best Family Day Out' awards, Latitude is one of the biggest family-friendly festivals. With areas designed specifically for different age groups, it's clear that the kids are more than an afterthought and, with a stellar line-up of artists, the adults should be happy too. Latitude is based in Southwold, just over an hour from Thorpe Forest.

Photo credit: Dan Dennison

4. Mitcheldean Folk Festival, 14 -16 July, Forest of Dean

Taking folk to the Forest of Dean is the mission of the Mitcheldean Folk Festival, which promises a packed programme of music, poetry, and family entertainment.

This lovely intimate festival has the added benefit of being just a short drive or taxi ride to our cabins at Forest of Dean.

5. The Curious Arts Festival, 21 - 23 July, Hampshire

The Curious Arts Festival is a slightly eccentric boutique festival that combines music, literature, comedy, and curious adventures. There is a full programme of children's events which includes immersive theatre, songwriting workshops, and traditional games. It's just over an hour away from Blackwood Forest.

Photo credit: Curious Arts Festival

6. The Deer Shed, 21 - 23 July, North Yorkshire

The Deer Shed has been described as "the ultimate family festival". There's music for the grown-ups - The Divine Comedy are one of the headline acts - and so much for children that it's hard to know where to start.

Photo credit: The Deer Shed

The Wilderwood is a wild space for outdoor play, there's arty workshops, science fun and some of the bests kids' shows from the Edinburgh Festival. A short drive from Cropton and Keldy, the kids can keep the outdoor fun going back at the cabin.

7. The Port Eliot Festival, 28 - 31 July, Cornwall

The Port Eliot Festival is nothing short of idyllic; the perfect setting for families. For children there are workshops, dressing up, wild swimming and a dedicated area called Hullabaloo. For adults there's comedy, music, art, literature, and so much more. All just half an hour from Deerpark.

Photo credit: Carolina Faruolo

8. Doune the Rabbit Hole, 18 - 20 August, Stirlingshire

An intimate festival, which takes place beneath the ancient oak trees on the Cardross Estate, Doune the Rabbit Hole brings a huge line-up of bands to the stage. It promises to take family fun seriously… very seriously, so expect craft workshops, face-painting, and dressing up - whatever your age! Our cabins at Strathyre are just 20 minutes' drive away.

9. Glow Worm Festival, 19 - 20 August, Nottinghamshire

Glow Worm Festival at Clumber Park is aimed firmly at the little ones. Meet Postman Pat, Bing, and the Chuckle Brothers.

There is also a Dinosaur Paddock, a beach, and an on-stage lineup of tribute bands. Stay at our cabins in Sherwood Forest.

10. Carfest South, 25 - 27 August, Hampshire

Carfest is huge! It's one of the cornerstone fundraisers for BBC Children in Need and it is unlike any other festival you will go to. As the name suggests, it's all about cars, but there is music, food, and family fun too. There are only day tickets left, so do it in style and spend the days at Carfest and the nights in the quiet luxury of a forest cabin at Blackwood Forest, which is just down the road.

11. The Best of the West Festival, 8 - 10 September, Argyll

A celebration of the West of Scotland, the Best of the West Festival takes place in the grounds of Inveraray Castle. With superb Scottish music, including a set from Eddie Reader, a food and drink marquee bursting with Scottish goodness, and cookery demonstrations by some of Scotland's top chefs, it's a wonderful assault on the senses. It's family friendly too, with entertainment for the kids and space to play. Stay at Ardgartan Argyll.

12. Looe Music Festival, 29 September - 1 October, Cornwall

Although not explicitly billed as family friendly, there are under-18 tickets and lots for the children to see and do at Looe Music Festival. Headline acts include Happy Mondays, Lulu, and The Jesus and Mary Chain. And it's only seven miles home to your cabin at Deerpark.

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